It usually starts around February here in Minnesota when we get the first few sunny days above 30 degrees and all start to emerge from our winter hibernation. I'm so happy to be coming out of the winter fog, especially given how depressing our winter has been this year. Aside from Ruby having a cold this weekend while Pete is in bed with the flu, the last few weeks have been really nice. I've been busy with friends but also pulling back a bit to take care of myself by working on projects around the house and taking time for me.
In January I had a work trip to San Francisco - so my best friend Brittney came with and we got to explore a bit and spend a couple nights in Sonoma!
We visited the painted ladies, the full house house, and muir woods although it ended up being a cloudy, rainy weekend.
Kunde is our favorite winery - and it was so fun to go back after our first trip almost 5 years ago - and with Britt being pregnant she got to drive me around for wine tastings all day ;) ;)
I've been brunching a bit more - because that's what you do in your 30s! No longer are the days where I go out to the bars most weekends - I much prefer going to bed early and getting up early to enjoy the weekend rather than spending it napping because let's face it - I just can't handle the bar scene like I used to!
Over Valentine's day I had another 'Galentines' weekend with Britt. We spent 6 days in Tucson and it was glorious. We initially were planning to vacation with her family in Costa Rica but had to abandon that plan due to the zika virus. So we found the hottest & sunniest place in the US that Sun Country would take us and it was the most relaxing trip ever.
We spent each day by the pool reading, drinking, eating and sleeping. It was just what I needed.
We've done a few minor projects at home. Since we bought our house I have really wanted to white wash this outdated pink brick. Instead of a light white wash we ended up just doing a solid white. We lived with it for a few days and decided we needed to change the walls too - so then we painted the living room from the dingy green it was to a lighter, fresher, pale blue - "limelight" by Behr. This room connects to the kitchen which used to be a dark tan color. We connected the two rooms with one paint color and it made the space feel so much airier! Now we're deciding what to do with the mantels, built ins, and kitchen cabinets.
I've also been collecting plates for my dining room - many of them are on the hutch on the opposite of this wall, but I have a plan to fill this wall with old plates.
The rest of the house is still a constant work in progress - Once we do it one way I end up changing it up after a few months which Pete can't stand.
We started transiting "the cat room" for a future baby room and so far we just have this hanging.Lo & Jesse's fundraiser last year specifically for a baby room. Little did we know that once this was up and we began trying for our family, the meaning behind this piece was something we would be thinking about a lot more. Pete & I have had many talks about what we hope for our future family after our two losses. Where we go from here is still up in the air due to testing, but we're so hopeful. I know that we're so lucky already and that it could be worse, but we're definitely not the same people than we were before the miscarriages, which is weird to say. I think our marriage grew from this but we're still navigating through some of the muck. In the meantime we're enjoying the brighter, warmer weather, focusing on our health, and spending time with the fur children - who keep us plenty busy!