The daily struggle

Life has been a bit uneven at the J household. A was gone for a full week with my mom. I had GT training, so A was whisked away to spend a week with Grams. I envisioned movie nights, a clean house, and bliss-filled sleep. I got none of these things! J and I went to no movies, the house did not get cleaned, and I was found that I missed A so much it was hard to fall asleep. I have to say I am a bit disappointed. I feel like J and I missed an opportunity...
When we met my mom to pick A up on Sunday it was apparent that A was very spoiled. Amazing how one week away can break all the good habits and replace them! Grams had let A sleep in the bed with her, gave her mid-night bottles, and all kinds of "bad" food. To say that the first night back was a rough one is an understatement. A woke up at 11:30 and was up crying and fussing until 12:30. This is the first time in a while that she hasn't slept through the night. I am dreading tonight. I know that makes me sound awful, but I had so enjoyed those nights of sleeping straight till 6:30 or 7. Oh well, the life of a parent I suppose.
The daily struggle comes from A's super strong personality. She is so stubborn! I love it, but some days...Ah well, I should enjoy it while I can.

Also just as a side note, I am currently obsessed with Steampunk fashion. Now, I am not all about the full regalia, but I love the look of it. The boots, the vests, the Victorian blouses, I love it very very much. I think if I meet my weight loss goal this year, I may just have to replenish my wardrobe with a few Steampunk-esque pieces.
That is all for now!

Home Improvement

This weekend J, my mom, my step-dad, my sister-in-law, and I redid our dining room. We converted it into a playroom for A. I can not believe we did it! It was so much work. I will say J did an awesome job, especially since he did most of the work.

A few before pics, obviously we had already started moving things around. I was a little sad, I mean my dining room was pretty! I hand painted the blue and brown rectangles, found matching curtains, and art work. However, we really did not need a dining room. We are lucky enough to have a house with an eat-in kitchen.
What we did need though was a playroom! Baby books and toys had over taken our living room. I am not sure how it happened, it was just like one day we woke up and BAM! We were living in a Toys-R-Us. A's first birthday did not improve things. Our fabulous friends and family brought more toys and books, adding to our already crowded toy chest. After stepping on 15 Little People Animals I had enough.

This is from Thursday night, J and I were pulling up carpet, something that actually turned out to be easier than expected.

A loved the echo sound the room made once the carpet and padding were removed. Carpet removal was hands down the easiest job of the whole project. It took maybe 20 minutes?

These are from Friday night. J is removing the baseboards while his sister and I pick up nails, sweep, and mop. YUCK! This was no fun.

Saturday--J about to cut and fit the last piece! He did such an amazing job. I was very proud. I was more in charge of decorating. Also thanks to my great step-dad, who came to show J how to do this.

A enjoying her new play room! Please note, I put together the lovely white cabinet in the corner. Also I (with the help of my mother) went to Target to get all the cute decor. These pictures are from Saturday. Since then, I have painted a chalkboard, hung curtains, and added some wall art. I am waiting on the white armoire and the vinyl tree to arrive. I will post more pictures once it is really finished.

She loves it already!

This was a big project for us. The first real improvement we have made since buying the house a year ago. I have to say, it has really made me excited to do more! J may not agree though...

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain

Welcome to my first blogging experience. I am not sure what direction this blog will take, but my hope is that it will be a true, brutal account of day-to-day life in the J. household. I have recently found myself on the precipice of adulthood and it frightens me!

A--she is the light of my life. A true spitfire at only a year old, I can not even imagine what the future will hold for her.

J--My dear, long-suffering husband.

S--A spoiled, bratty, baby. The fact that she is a dog has never occurred to her.

L--The sweetest, most break-your-heart eyes you will ever see.

And me, well I would rather read than clean; I hate baking. I love Louisa May Alcott, Neil Gaiman, and Oscar Wilde. I hate all pictures of myself, so you shouldn't expect may of those...