Monday, March 30, 2009

I think we've found The One

Our weekend was jam packed with activity and it all started Thursday when we found out someone wanted to see the condo on Friday afternoon. We spent the evening straightening up - nothing major since I think we've been doing a pretty good job of keeping it clean when we leave for work, just in case we get a last minute call. During the showing, we went to dinner at our favorite pizza place and relaxed. Our realtor emailed us Friday night saying they really liked it. Now we just sit and wait and hope they make an offer. I'm so happy that we got some positive feedback. Now, show me the money!

After walking through 6 more homes on Saturday afternoon, Mark and I are made an offer of our own. I'm afraid to talk about it too much because I don't want to jinx anything. But, it's in a super nice, quiet neighborhood and it's plenty big for the three of us (and more) on over 3/4 of an acre in Farmington Hills. Even though it's a foreclosure, it is totally livable while we fix it up *because you know we will* and it's listed at a price that we just can't refuse. Of course, we aren't the only ones that think so because ours is bid number 3 and this home has only been on the market for a few days. Please keep your fingers crossed for us.

We spent the rest of the day visiting with Grammy Goulding and Uncle Nick, plus we had dinner and chatted with Aunt Kristin at night. Sunday was consumed with the usual, plus lots of sketching and a spontaneous trip to IKEA. It's so hard not to think about what we would do to this house! So hard to focus on what I should be doing and not get wrapped up in a house that is not mine (yet, if ever). Designing and quoting a new kitchen is kind of work-related...right?

Things in the world of Morgan are awesome. She gets to see her old pal Boden tonight, so I can't wait to see those two interact while we visit with Dave and Angie. She's starting to point (or whine or grunt) for things that she wants and is signing "no" when she gets close to something she knows she shouldn't touch - like Mark's speakers. She'll crawl over to them, pull up to stand at the speaker, sign "no" and giggle. Either she doesn't understand what no means yet or she thinks it is a game. My guess is the latter because I can't help but laugh at her when she does that. She's such a little stinker and has developed quite a personality.

That's all I have to share for now. Here's to big news on the homefront!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Stall Tactics

Just playing with Photoshop this morning and jazzed up my banner up there. I should be getting ready for work but this is much more fun.

Lots to update you with, I'll be back later this weekend. Happy Friday!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

let's make a deal

Well, the condo is officially listed. Again. We've been doing a lot of cleaning and rearranging, constant Morgan-proofing and picking up to make sure the condo looks presentable. We only looked at one house last week. It's old (which I love) and it's my favorite (our favorite?) one so far, but we have a few more to look at and hope that no one else swipes this one up in the meantime.

Morgan took her first tub bath last Sunday night and loves it. She likes to belly flop into the water and splash splash splash. I see swimming classes in our very near future.

Tooth #3 is here now, her top left. I feel like she's doing something new every day. This week she started shaking her head "no" and she is standing for longer periods by herself. Auntie K says she has about 3 weeks to start walking but whenever I tell her that, she just shakes her head "no". I'm a little sad about it because when she really starts walking well on her own, they will move her to the toddler room. Wait a minute, didn't we just get here? She'll get to see old friends again, I just wish her teachers could move with her. It's too much to think about right now.
Morgan is starting to enjoy more table food. Last week she had a piece of pizza crust, a slice of pear and grapes cut teeny tiny. New foods on deck: cherries, tofu, broccoli, papaya, black beans and lentils.
Yesterday morning we braved the cold (25 degrees), bundled up and took a walk downtown for breakfast. Morgan loves her new footmuff. It was so snuggly she took a nap in it while we strolled through the neighborhood looking at houses. I went to Kristin's Stampin' Up workshop in the afternoon and made a bunch of cards. That was very fun and I think I got a lot done considering I haven't made cards in forever.

I'm not quite sure what we have planned today besides the usual: grocery shopping and 50 loads of laundry. Perhaps we'll get a chance to enjoy this weather again. Have a nice Sunday!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

so you think you can dance?

Just wanted to share a little clip of Morgan parading around the coffee table at Auntie K and Uncle Troy's place on Saturday night. (Again, it's just a simple camera video, but you'll get the gist.)

Friday, March 6, 2009

nine: part two

[it's hard to focus on a moving baby that wants to eat the camera you are holding]

Height: 28"
Weight: 18 pounds 4 ounces

Doc said Morgan is growing and developing wonderfully! We've got her on a great eating and sleeping schedule. She's eating 4 big bottles and three meals a day plus a snack every once in a while. She hasn't had a middle of the night feeding in over a week and when she does sporadically wake in the middle of the nap, she can fall back asleep on her own. Ah, independence. Let's hope this whole 'spring forward' business doesn't screw with us.

Morgan has met or is ahead of all of the milestones for a nine month old. In the last week, Morgan has started to clap and play patty-cake and she is getting brave and letting go while she is standing, trying to stand on her own. Woah! And I think stranger anxiety is starting to kick in. She is typically a very curious and social little girl, as long as Mark or I are within reach. She was very unhappy this afternoon when nurse Abby put her on the scale to be weighed. She kept reaching for me, poor thing. Luckily she is very comfortable with her daycare teachers, we haven't yet experienced this when we leave her in the morning. Her little friends seem to be a nice distraction.

That's all for now. I'm so happy it's the weekend. I wish the weather would stay just like this. I love having the windows open again. Here's to a fun and productive weekend. All 47 hours of it.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


baby wait and see
baby mo
burrito supreme
baby girl
my peanut butter pie is 9 months old today.

i just realized that i have less than 3 months to plan a birthday party.

gotta go - will be back tomorrow with stats!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Welcome March.

So happy it's March and spring is near. I'm so over long johns, sweaters and take-your-breath-away winds.

We had a really great weekend here including more house shopping and number crunching. We checked out three more homes in Farmington and one in Ferndale but haven't committed to anything yet. They all have their pros and cons, some more than others, but there's only one (Ferndale) that I can see us making our home. Now we just have to talk ourselves into parting with the money. There are a lot more things to consider than there were 7 years ago when we bought the condo. We need to think about how many bedrooms it has (for Morgan and future babes), the neighborhood, school district (eck!) and what to do with this effin' condo. Our searching requires a bit more research this time around since it will be long term. Ugh. Commitment.

Saturday we had a long overdue visit with my parents. While Morgan was busy chasing Kodi around the dining room table (poor thing, he was so not amused), mom and I shared decorating ideas and internet favorites. And, since we are packed to capacity, we took a carload full of Morgan's quickly outgrown baby paraphernalia to store in their basement...until we have one of our own. Our living room looks nice again. I can breathe again.

Morgan is officially in her big girl car seat too. The last couple weeks I was practically busting a nut every night carrying her in her carrier up two flights of stairs. Not so much because it's heavy, just awkward. Morgan seems to like her new seat a lot more - she's not squished, she can see out the window and she's already taken a nap in it. All is good.

Grocery shopping is a hit too. Morgan loves sitting in the front basket and watching people. And grabbing stuff. Last weekend she almost snagged a bottle of wine. Holy Hannah, when I heard those bottles clanging, I thought for sure a mess was to follow. I gotta remember to keep her in the middle of the aisle way because I'm sure this isn't going to be the last time she tries to swipe something.

We also did a little experimenting this weekend and were successful in getting Morgan on three meals a day, plus fewer (but larger) bottles. Of course, she loved it. More food + fewer bottles = more time to play. A happy Morgan. Well, other than this teething crap. She is gnawing on everything - end tables, furniture legs, shoe soles, utensils - come on tooth 3, LET'S GO!

This week is off to a good unproductive start. Today has been full of daydreaming about tearing stuff up. Painting. Decorating a baby room. Planting a garden. All in my imaginary house. Oh, and dresses for a very special event this July. For me and Morgan (no, not matching know me better than that!) Friday is Morgan's 9 month checkup and this weekend we are gaining visitors (Mark's dad and step mom) and losing an hour. I wonder if this means Morgan will sleep in until 8am on Sunday?