New Year’s Weekend Review

Hi. It’s the Monday (okay, Tuesday) after a long break from the office. Andy and I know this as “Super Monday”. It has all the things you hate about Monday, multiplied by a factor of at least 10. Poor Graham isn’t even immune apparently, because it practically took a fire hose to peel him off my legs at daycare dropoff this morning.

So, to get my day flowing, I thought I’d write some highlights from our four day weekend:


On Friday, Andy and I dropped Graham off at school and set out on a day all to ourselves. Mission: furniture shopping. (By the way, LOTS of parents were doing this apparently, based on the number of moms in pajamas and no makeup dropping off and walking straight back out of the building.  I don’t know if I’d be so bold in my wardrobe selection if daycare was in my place of business.)

Anyhow, Andy and I hit up seven (count ’em, SEVEN) furniture stores, and ended up with the following:

(Don’t mind the color discrepancies… all the pictures we took were with the iPhone.)

Left and center: our new kitchen table and chairs.  The table has a distressed finish on top to hopefully hide a few toddler fork-marks.  It’s a compact 60-inch rectangular number with a hidden 18″ leaf inside. No more cramming around the table when we have company, can I get an ‘amen!’?

Top right: Our impulse buy. A buffet/hutch that will go in our breakfast nook. All the extra storage and opportunity to free up some cabinet/pantry space was too tempting to pass up. Andy and I are so excited about this.

Bottom right: A buffet for the dining room.  Complete with marble top for serving.  We’ve needed this one for quite awhile, but the recent pregnancy highlighted the need for it more imminently.  (I know that doesn’t make a ton of sense, read on.) We store our china and other fine things in a linen closet upstairs.  The linen closet currently has no more room should we need to store another little person’s things inside it.  Plus, having your china at toddler reach is just dumb.  There, I said it.

Also on Friday? We dropped off our official registration for Graham’s new daycare.  If you’ve been following along, we went with Option 2.  Option 1 threw in an additional discount bringing the cost about equal with Option 2, which made it OH so tempting, but fact of the matter was this:

If the goal was to bring G’s daycare closer to home, there was really no contest.

So, we dropped off a check, and Andy and I are so, so excited for this next chapter for Graham.  Plus, we got to peek into his new classroom and see one of his teachers and his new little buddies, and he is going to fit right in! :)


Saturday, New Year’s Eve, we took down Christmas decorations during Graham’s extra-long naptime.  Shortly after finishing up that project, Brian, Michelle and Charlie came over for a visit.  Graham and Charlie played the rest of the afternoon away together, and this is basically how we spent our New Year’s.  Watching the kids, putting Graham to bed, then popping some champagne and loafing on the couch.  It was great, actually.

Sunday, we did NOTHING. We’re not machines, after all.


You’re going to laugh, but we actually hired a sitter to come over so we could go shop carpet.  Where is all this home improvement energy coming from all of the sudden?  Don’t know, but I’m not asking questions. We found something we loved, but we’re going to go back to the place this week and double-double check that we can’t do something we love equally for less cost.  If not, we’re going for the original.

That was our ‘restful’ weekend – and if you come to our house in February, you are not going to recognize the place!


  1. Love all the choices! January is such a great time to freshen up things around the house. Sometimes things look bare or shabby when the Christmas decorations come down.

  2. Love this! Furniture shopping is the best! I love your “impulse” buy it’s awesome! Can’t wait to see pics when it’s all in place!

  3. These pictures are doctored. Busted!

  4. Busted. I’m not advertising what we paid – tacky! Even though, truth be told, I’m proud of the screaming deals. :)

  5. I love all of the choices :) seems like you’ve got a bit of the nesting bug….it’s a great, productive bug to catch every now and again!

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