Monday, July 27, 2015

Property Mother: Episode 2

Well, folks, our home rehab is in full swing! We (and by 'we' I mean Joel, mom, and my uncle Greg) have gutted the bathroom,  basement, and ripped up all of the flooring throughout the house and we are finally ready to start moving things in.

The bathroom when we moved in...
The bathroom post demo... how does it look so much smaller now!

Celine and I are spending our time packing our rental house, running errands around town, making sure our crew is fed and watered, and picking out furnishings for the house. We're in our final week before we have to be out now, so naturally I scheduled a break to get my hair done. Everyone needs a little TLC, and with the way that this pregnancy has been giving me a run for my money, I'm ready for a mini-mom-cation.

I try to stay away from trendy hairstyles, but I'm starting to run out of options of ways to change out my hairstyle. I already have layers, I can't maintain bangs, I'm happy with the length, and I can get curls when I want them, so color it is! (I did try the colored feather extension a few years ago, but according to my stylist, that's out now. Good to know!) After a few Pinterest searches of color trends for the year, I'm ready to step out of my comfort zone. Here we go!

Thank you Ashley at Design Masters Salon for my new summer locks!

Speaking of vacations, we are so excited to have my mother & father-in-law in the area as they enjoy a little R&R themselves. It'll be so great to spend some quality family time with them on the lake while our house comes together. Here's a little sneak peek of that upcoming post:

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Celine Evelyn: 11 months

My dearest little Celine,

I can't believe how close to a year old you are already! I still call you "the baby" and get corrected for it, but to me, you aren't a toddler for another month so everyone will just have to deal.

You're getting so much braver when you're cruising around the furniture or climbing up on us. You hold on to our clothes with just one hand as you bend over to reach toys, propel yourself off toe get up onto the couch with a little more force, or bounce along with whatever music you hear. You've figured out dancing and it's awesome. You also make the scrunchy "too mean for the people" face I made when I was your age, which fills my heart.

You have a couple of favorite syllables that you repeat often, but they tend to blend each time you say them so it's not totally clear what you're saying. "Dum... bum... mom... bud... mub... dud... dem..." etc (for an hour or so, give or take. You can say "Mom" and "Dad" but I'm not sure you've totally matched them with us yet. Although you do say "Mom" the most when you're crying, so that might be something.

You get really excited when you hear someone coming through a door (or similar sounds) and you giggle and grab us and try as hard as you can to book it in any other direction. I'm not sure where that comes from, but let's just roll with it for now. Sometimes when you're crawling around you'll take a break and put your head down on the floor and look around and under your arm... the world looks so different upside down!

You love to eat eggs, fruit, cereal, and Kleenexes (we try not to give you those). I can't wait to see what you do with cake and frosting at your birthday party in a couple of weeks.

There was some kind of a virus going around, and it had you locked in for a good week. You had me quite worried when your fever spiked to 103.1, but we got all of the help we needed and you had the chance to sleep off a lot of it. You are such a trooper and you were so patient with us. Thank you for that.

Life with you is an adventure. You are sweet, sassy, and completely cuddly. A few times when you were tired you crawled around the room and collected your giraffe blanket, baby doll, and a burp cloth and crawled into my lap for snuggles. It was perfect. I love you, I love you, I love you.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Property Mother

"Just pretend we're on Property Brothers. I'm the brothers. You're the homeowner. Trust me; it'll all come together on time and look better than you imagine." -my mother, reassuring pregnant-hormonal-stressing-TV-loving me

The front door still wasn't finished when this was taken, hence the wood propping it closed

My mom is a rockstar. She's a designer/decorator/contractor/painter extraordinaire and a DIY expert. Our house, as it turns out, seems to be quite the undertaking. Joel is having a ball demo-ing the bathroom, basement, and ripping out the flooring. I get to spend my time packing the rental house up, planning the decor for our new home, and above al, chillin' with the babe.

Packing with babies... She's obviously very helpful.

You'd think our house was an art gallery given the amount of my wall decor. I'm out of control.
So far we're still in "demo mode," but now that all of the final decisions on the flooring and bathroom are made, things will really get rolling. The basement will be a work in progress for a while, but we are ripping all of the grossness out first so we can start fresh once the main level is finished and feels like a home.

Basement demolition. He's such a hottie.
The beginning of a long, frustrating process to replace the door. It would have been so much easier had it been done right in the first place. So proud of Joel and Mom for pulling through!
I'll make sure to post more pictures and updates as we move right along. In the meantime, please say some prayers on our behalf to St. Joseph (and whoever the patron saint of packing is... I'll more than probably need some intercession on my end too).

Thursday, July 9, 2015

#12in12 Book Challenge

One of my new year's resolutions for 2015 was to make more time to read. I set for myself the tangible goal of reading 12 books in 12 months. It may not seem like a lot, especially to the heavy readers out there, but given I haven't completed a book on my own since 2008 (give or take) makes this a pretty big feat for me.

I made a list at the beginning of the year of the books I wanted to read, mixing difficulty levels and genres, but as soon as I got wrapped up in the Maze Runner books and I was gifted The Miner's Lady, the list went out the window. Well, that and I lost it.

So far I have read:

January - Angels (And Demons) by Peter Kreeft

February - The Maze Runner by James Dasher
March - The Scorch Trials by James Dasher
April - The Death Cure by James Dashner
May - The Miner's Lady by Tracie Peterson

June - Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
July - The Artist's Daughter by Alexandra Kuykendall (in progress)

I also started How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age, but I wasn't sure if it should count as reading because we have it as an audiobook. Also, I just received my copy of Bébé Day By Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting, but that doesn't really seem like a read-from-cover-to-cover book as much as a reference book. Quick poll: should these two count?

What are some of your favorite books? Any recommendations for the rest of the year?

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Rauches Bought a House!

We graduated college, got married, had a couple kids, and we're taking one of our last "first steps" into adulthood... Joel and I are buying a house!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we have attempted this before, but it didn't go so well. It was divine providence that it didn't work out, and it is a breath of fresh air to have everything fall into place this time around. We have t-minus 16 days until closing (unless we close early!) and I have quite a bit of packing to do in the meantime. So of course, I am sitting on the floor playing with Celine and blogging.

 We have gotten a little done though... we sold half of our furniture on local Facebook for-sale groups (less to move + cash in the pocket = win) and as you can see in the background, I've managed to put a few things into bags and boxes so far. I promise, my kid is not playing on the floor next to garbage... in those bags are throw pillows, blankets, and stuffed toys.

We do have a little bit of updating to do on our new little home and I have been pinning incessantly and window shopping galore to prepare myself. We have color schemes, flooring, layout, and some decor pieces picked out and I can't wait to see everything come together. Hopefully it looks as wonderful in my house as it does in my head. Just for fun, I'll give you a couple of teasers from my inspiration boards:

Celine hasn't picked up yet that anything is changing, which cracks us up given we're missing furniture or something is moved when she waked up from any given nap. She is too busy with cruising the furniture and eating anything we put in front of her to care. She can crawl pretty much the length of the house now, and knows when she's doing something she's not supposed to (the peek back at us before she goes for the TV cords behind the stand is a dead giveaway). Her favorite activity as of late is pulling out baskets, boxes, and tubs and, one by one, removing every item from inside before leaving the heap on the floor to find the next box. It could be worse.

Until next time!