Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Back at it....

I've missed you my blog friends! It has been far too long since I've posted but over the past week or two I have been trying to jump in and read your blogs. Everyone seems to be keeping quite busy with summer activities!
I started back to work on Monday after only 6 weeks off. I know I should feel fortunate to have even had that much time off but I'll admit it's a bit difficult. Legally I could have taken a full 12 wks but unfortunately it would have been 6 wks unpaid and with the addition of my dearest Delaney we really could not swing it right now. It's going to be an adjustment getting used to paying for 2 kids in daycare.

Oh my darlin' Delaney

Delaney (aka Baby Sissy, Laney and Laneybug) was 6 wks old Monday which is hard to believe. She has started smiling at us and cooing which has been so fun. She'll have her 2 mo check up in a couple weeks and I'm anxious to see how much she weighs now.
Big Brother Aidan is adjusting well to having Baby Sissy in the house and likes to give her pecks on the cheek.



Project Updates
My home office project has been at a bit of a standstill as adding the hardwood floor into the dining room, then finishing it as well as re-finishing the existing has been a huge undertaking.



Here is a 'before' shot of the dining room. This was after Handsome Hubby laid the new hardwood down but before it was finished. As you can see the room is not very large so when it was carpeted it really seemed to cut the room off since it was surrounded by hardwood in the entryway and kitchen. (Not sure what that little bubble in the upper right hand corner is but it's something goofy with my camera.)

Here it is nearly finished. If you look closely you'll see that we still have to re-add the quarter round trim to the baseboard and then touch up the molding with a fresh coat of semi-gloss white paint.

The table is an antique my mother bought for me. It was originally a walnut color which I generally like but I decided to paint it black. Since I just brought the table back with me on my little jaunt up to Iowa last week, I've not yet had time to find chairs for it.
Here's what I have in mind...


This is one of my faves. I like the texture, and the mix of black and browns. I've tried to intermix blacks and browns throughout my house and these have received great reviews. They're from Target and are only $79.99 a piece.



This chair is at Amazon.com and is also a steal. I like the distressed black and think it too would compliment the table.

I like this one as well however I'm a bit concerned it'd be too much black.

I'd love to get your input on which you think would look best!

In my next post I'll have to share pictures of our living room. We had new carpet installed and I think it's looking quite nice if I do say so myself. :) 'Til then happy hump day!!

***Update: Just noticed Head Hen from Runnin' the Roost asked in a comment earlier what I do for living that allows me to work from home. I'm a Project Manager and fortunately due to the nature of my postion I am able to work full time from my home office. I wake up everyday feeling so fortunate for my job and being able to work from home.***

9 comments:

CJ said...

The wicker chair you have shown first from Target is my favorite. I think it'll add wonderful contrast & texture to the room!

Seeker said...

I like the second chair the best...it's so elegant!!

hqm said...

Glad you are back! I love the first chair...

Thirty-One Trendy said...

I'm glad you're back. I'm supposed to be doing work but I've been sitting here reading your past blogs. Holy cow, girl - you're creative! Loe the mod podge bucket and matching frame. Love the bulletin board. Can you come to my house please?!

Kerry said...

hard one... I think I like the first one the best! Baby Delaney's feet - too too cute!

Kerry said...

I also went back to work after just 6 weeks with my second. I don't know about you but it was HARD. I actually cried in one the the meetings out of frustration and because my milk was coming in at the same time. Not good.

workinthatpreppy(ADN) said...

wow..love those piggys of delaneys! is she using her burp pad I made:)? the black (2nd choice) with a great fabric would be cool but i do like the first one too. easy, functional and laid-back...

sisters with style said...

What is it about baby's feet that make you squeal with delight? You are so lucky to be able to work from home!!

Kate said...

I love the baby feet! Your office is going to be beautiful! I wouldn't be able to decide...

What a great thing to be able to work from home like that. I'm thinking more and more of moving in that direction when I go back to work one of these years! It will be sooner rather than later, though I'm afraid. But working from home would give the flexibility to still be involved in kids' school things and volunteer and not feel like it's one or the other, which is what most moms and working moms end up feeling.

You go, Girl!