School Projects

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Now that we’re moving, it’s forcing us to purge everything that we don’t need. This isn’t that hard for me since I usually reorganize my stuff every season, but usually Ryan isn’t so willing to part with things “we may eventually need”. He’s an old lady trapped in a 31-year-old man’s body.

Last night I threw out my design school projects since they were taking up a lot of room in the attic and I don’t have a need for them. In design school, each project had about 5-10 design boards and took about 40+ hours so it was a bit sad to get rid of them. I took pictures to remember them and thought I’d share with you. :)

 

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My Two Babies

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The past few months have been a whirlwind and went by so quickly! I can hardly believe that Cole will be 12 weeks old this Thursday. When I was pregnant I originally told clients that I’d only need 4-6 weeks for my maternity leave and the clients who had children laughed at me. I can now see why! It really does take three months to get into a groove and develop some sort of a schedule. We’re still working on that schedule part, but it has gotten so much easier! Cole is an awesome sleeper and only wakes up once, maybe twice, each night and when he does he goes right back to sleep. He’s even had a few nights where he slept eight straight hours! He’s been in his crib from the first night home from the hospital and I like to think that helps with his sleeping. Once we swaddle him and put on his sound machine, he usually goes right to sleep. He is amazing, that little boy.

He is developing such a fun personality now that he’s almost three months old. He has been smiling a ton and is just now starting to giggle and coo which melts my heart. When Ryan sings to him in a silly voice he kicks his legs like crazy and smiles a big toothless smile. Here’s a few of those adorable smiles. :)

 

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I have some more big news! Ryan and I bought a house! :) I know, we’re crazy. Two of the most stressful things in your life and we did them both within 10 weeks of each other. It doesn’t feel real and we’re both on cloud nine.

We weren’t planning on moving for at least two years but Ryan was looking at real estate every day “just for fun”. That’s like going to target “just for fun”. You always end up with a cart full of random items that you probably didn’t need. But, that’s besides the point.

Ryan found a different house last February and we ended up placing an offer but it didn’t get accepted. Looking back, I am so relieved! Our realtor casually mentioned that she had another house coming on the marketĀ  on March 28 (my birthday), so I saw it as a sign. She described this house and my eyes glazed over: center hall colonial, fixer upper, north side of Cranford, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a wood burning fireplace and a finishable basement (for a future office). Ahhhh! It reminds me of the Father of the Bride house (my absolute dream house) but obviously on a much smaller scale. I knew this was “the one”.

We closed on the house last Monday and it couldn’t have gone any better. We met the previous owner who lived there for 40 years and raised her family there. She was emotional to say goodbye to the house but she was so happy that a young family was moving in. She was sassy and full of life and exactly who I was hoping she’d be. Her positive energy was infectious and it made me feel so good because I know the house is full of good energy too. I asked her what her favorite thing about living there was and her answer would have been my own. She said her kitchen was always filled with people and love. I promised that we would continue to love the house, cook delicious meals in that kitchen, and have parties to create new memories. After we signed our life away to the mortgage company, the previous owner and I hugged and we both cried. While I jokingly teased that it was from my nursing hormones, I know it’s just because I’m just so happy. SO happy. I am so excited for this next chapter in a house I am so proud to call my own.

Since the previous owner was a bit older, it does need a lot of work. This past weekend Cole spent time with his Grandmas while Ryan and I were able to paint almost every room. It’s amazing how productive you can be when you don’t have an infant attached to you! Before we move in we are going to refinish the wood floors, install wood flooring in one of the rooms that is currently carpeted, and install central air. Go big or go home, right? We’re also removing a few HUGE trees that are way too close to the house. See that big daddy below on the left? He’ll be gone soon so we don’t have to worry about him falling on the house.

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My line of work is dangerous for my own house because I have big plans. For the exterior I want to built an overhang over the porch so the house doesn’t look so flat. We’re going to paint the shutters black and eventually get a new front door. We’re going to replace the lighting, windows, add landscaping and remove that funky walkway to the street. We have another walkway that goes to the driveway which is what we would use anyway. Ryan photoshopped a picture here to get an idea. Swoon!

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I’m sure I’ll be posting progress pictures once we have time and money (ha!) to do more work. I don’t want to rush anything because this could be our “forever home” and I also don’t want to miss out on Cole’s infancy. Spending time with him is way more important than stressing over which windows to buy or how quickly we can add molding to the dining room. :) Baby steps.

 

The Dean Hotel

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I’ve never been to Rhode Island, other than traveling through on a train, but The Dean Hotel is making me want to plan a trip soon! Each room has a mixture of vintage furniture adding incredible warmth to the spaces. I am also loving the brass in the bathroom, the wainscoting in the bedrooms, and the black doors! This hotel is proof that modern and neutral spaces can be cozy and inviting.

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It’s been a happy 14 years.

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This past Wednesday Ryan and I celebrated our 14th (!) anniversary. We’ve been together for 14 years, but married for three years. It’s so wild to me that I’ve known Ryan for half of my life, that we’ve been together for so long and that we’ve already been married for three years. I’m sure I’ve said this before but when I first met Ryan I did not think we’d be together for so long. He was my first boyfriend and I just thought he was going to be a summer fling. Because realistically who marries their high school sweetheart?! When we first became friends, I was madly in love with him. I can clearly remember asking my mom to stop at CVS one night before I saw Ryan because I wanted to buy Strawberry Kiwi lipsmackers in case he kissed me. Of course I didn’t tell my mother that, but I remember feeling giddy buying it. It feels like just yesterday.

Fast forward 14 years and we spent our anniversary lounging in our PJ’s with our new baby boy. No one prepared us for the intense amount of love we would feel for this little guy. I read a quote online that said “Don’t marry a man unless you would be proud to have a son exactly like him.” This quote couldn’t be more appropriate for Ryan and Cole. If Cole grows up to be exactly like Ryan, then I’ve done something right in my life. I am one lucky woman with two boys that I am so grateful to call my tiny little family.

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Cole Alexander

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I’d like you to meet Cole Alexander Dreissig, the little boy who has stolen my heart! He was born April 10 at 4:32pm at 8 pounds, 15 ounces and 20.75″ long. I’ve been meaning to share this exciting news for a few days now, but this hungry little mush has other plans for me. I was scheduled to be induced on 4/11 since I was already over a week late, so I am grateful that he came on his own terms. I went into labor very early that morning and was surprised at how relaxed I was. The last two weeks of my pregnancy, I was constantly on edge because I didn’t know what to expect and I was worried that I wouldn’t know if I was in labor (ha, so naive). Once my water broke early that morning, I felt a huge sense of calm.

I was in labor for about 14 hours but the time went by so quickly. Ryan and I both expected a stark white delivery room with doctors moving around the room quickly and screaming orders but the experience couldn’t have been further from that. (Clearly we watch too many movies.) We only had two people in the room – the nurse midwife and nurse – and they were so positive and empowering I felt like I could have done anything. I could not have asked for a more beautiful delivery and feel so lucky to be the mom of this beautiful, healthy little boy.

April 10, 2014 is the best day of my life.

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Sawyer Berson

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I’m 6 days past my due date and still no baby here! I’ve been spending time resting and catching up on design inspiration to try and occupy myself. It’s easy to get burned out when you’re creative every single day so I’ve really been enjoying this down time to clear my head. I recently came across the firm Sawyer Berson out of NYC. How have I never seen their work?! They are an interdisciplinary firm specializing in architecture, interior design and landscape design and I can not get enough! Each of their projects are so unique – from South Hampton to Rodeo Drive – but they all have modern, clean lines. I could live in every one of their projects!

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