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First Real Winter Snow + My Model of the Moment

I feel like this winter got a lot colder a lot faster than years past. We hada little bit of snow last week, but it wasn’t too impressive, and it was pretty cold outside. So, we passed on making a big deal about it with the boys, and decided to wait for something better.

Well, this morning we got it!


Marco is suddenly becoming much more difficult to get in a picture. Luckily, Ty is now sitting up, and always full of smiles. He’s officially my newest model. I think he’s doing quite well.



It wouldn’t be a complete set of snow photos without Frankie. She was made for the stuff.


Marco and Dad built a very tall snowman.





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Welcome Ty William

I never blog anymore, but I figure there’s no better reason to dust off the old keyboard and create new post than then arrival of our adorable baby boy –
Ty William Puricelli.

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May 4, 2013 2:07pm
8lbs 1 oz, 20.75 in long

Ty arrived in record time (as in 6 hours faster than his brother, Marco). From the start, he’s been a happy little guy. Now almost 10 weeks old, he’s busy showing off the sweetest big-cheeked smiles. I forgot how infectious those tiny little grins really can be.

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Marco is a great big brother, adjusting well to having to share the attention. Sure, we saw a little jealously sprout up at first, but overall he thinks “baby” isn’t so bad.
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All in all, life as a family of 4 is going well!
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July 10, 2013 · 3:54 pm

Making Room for Baby #2

One of the reasons I love finding out the baby’s gender is the chance to plan the nursery. And now that we know baby #2 is a boy, it’s time to get moving.

He’ll be in what we currently call the “computer room.” Which, in all reality, is the place we store the ever important things like Lucas’ college beer coozie collection and my rarely used knitting supplies. There’s also a nice shot glass collection, and a hand-me-down loveseat that I halfheartedly covered about a year ago, and has been doing a fine job of collecting dust ever since.

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This is also the last-remaining wallpapered room in the house. Hopefully it comes down as cleanly as it did in Marco’s Room de Toile. It’s kind of like a burlap print, which isn’t the most offensive we’ve seen, but definitely isn’t something we want to keep around, either.

I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be doing in that room, but I’ve been leaning towards a navy and lime green feel. I’ve found some examples that I really, really love, and I’ve found some examples that I really don’t. So, I’m being cautious as I move ahead. I’ve found a few starter pieces for inspiration.

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I love that sweater moose head. It’s made from upcycled sweaters. The only problem is, there’s no guarantee which sweater you’ll be getting. So, while that one is pretty adorable, there’s always the risk of getting some purple and tangerine argyle combo instead. Hmm. Risk worth taking?

As for the walls, I think I’ll keep them neutral. Like a soft gray. But, then again…maybe one lime green wall (or dark navy??) wouldn’t hurt? This is pretty cute:


I’m feeling good about the color combination. Now it’s just a matter of finding the motivation to clear out the room and strip that wallpaper. And figure out where we’re going to store/hide everything in there. Ugh. Did I mention that room also served as my overflow closet? Yep, a lot to do and the clock is ticking! Those moms weren’t kidding when they said pregnancy #2 flies by!

Anyway, just to finish things off, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and post a few before and afters of Marco’s room. Such a fun transformation. I seriously can’t believe that toile. I won’t mention names, but a few people questioned why we were taking it down…

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Holy cow we came a long way!


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2012 at a Glance

So, turns out 2012 was not the year I took on a professional blogging career. Not that it was ever really a goal (okay, maybe in far away dreams when there are 38 hours in every day and I no longer have that natural need for sleep). I do wish I had kept up a little bit more, but my lack of dedication to this page was well overshadowed by the other things in my life:

1. Watching my favorite little man grow into a walking, talking, adorable toddler. I can’t believe what a difference a year makes. It’s been so, so fun. I can’t wait to see him grow more and more. And see him as a big brother!


Our 2012 Christmas Card. The words say it all.

2. Yep, big brother is right! Baby boy #2 is due this spring, May 4th to be exact. Life with two is a little terrifying to think about, especially two within 19 months of each other, but we’re up for the challenge. In fact, we can’t wait. Oh, and any name ideas are more than welcome. Seriously. We’re struggling.


Lucas’ work Christmas Party. I have no idea how he got his stomach out that far, but it’s pretty impressive.

3. Some house stuff, though nothing compared to 2011. When I look back at 2011, I can’t believe everything we accomplished on our new-to-us home. We bought that sucker as-is and dove headfirst into an insane amount of work – stuff I swore I’d blog before and afters of. Yeah, it hasn’t happened. Maybe one day it will . That being said, it was nice to not have the stress of “must get done work” this year and focus on more basic things like painting the shutters from green to black and finding the right living room rug. And if it weren’t for that 1st trimester exhaustion + toddler that hit me like a rock this fall, I swear I would have done so much more.

4. It’s hard to do housework when you’re busy doing work, work. I don’t really like to blog about my job, but there was one project in particular that really reminded me how fortunate I am to have it. It was an annual contest held by Purina® Pro Plan® Rally to Rescue®, where rescue groups within the program submit their stories, four finalists are chosen, then videos are made for the public to watch and vote on. For me, this meant about 3 weeks of traveling to 4 cities across the country – Phoenix, Sacramento, Charlotte and Door County – listening to rescuers and adopters tell stories of how their rescued pets are now doing great things. I swear I was touched by each and every person we met along the way. And their pets. With all of the bad things that seem to happen in our country, it’s so wonderful to be welcomed by 4 groups of total strangers, and feel connected with and inspired by them in just two days. And all the more reason I believe that if everyone in this world had a dog or a cat (or both) in their home, it would be happier, more selfless place.


Pudding, this year’s contest winner. He saved his owner’s life the night she brought him home. Pretty amazing. The story was shot in Door County, Wisconsin at a little neighborhood flower shop. I kind of wanted to move there, or at least find a vacation home.

5. All the rest.  We’ve also been busy doing what we do. Lucas and I did manage to sneak in a trip to Mexico in February when Marco was 5 months old. It was so needed (though I think we could use one more than ever right now). I think we attempted one camping trip together, which didn’t even last an entire night due to a horrible thunderstorm. We spent a few weekends at the lake (both Table Rock and Ozarks). We made it out to the wineries a couple of times. Lucas grew another giant pumpkin, while being challenged by a horrible drought. We went out, hung out with family and friends, all the stuff that keeps you going. And, I’m sure there’s a lot more, but it’s all kind of a blur. We’re very blessed to have all we have!


Annual lake trip with our friends, this year at Table Rock.

I’m not big on resolutions, but I do hope to blog maybe once a week. Along with getting more done with the house, getting back in shape after baby #2 comes (I am the only child in my family who has yet to run a 1/2 marathon), taking a much-needed vacation…and the list goes on.


Marco watching the fireworks this week. Since the drought caused everyone to cancel the 4th of July shows this year, Kirkwood saved theirs for the New Year.

Happy New Year! Be safe and cheers to a wonderful 2013!!


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2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 kids (well, 1+1 on the way). And 1 guide to spot-free rugs.

Marco’s nursery was inspired by a Momeni rug I found on Zulily, then quickly became obsessed with.

But, within days of putting it in his nursery, Frankie had already broken it in. Living in this zoo that we like to call home, I find our rugs being broken in about every 3-6 months. Including this morning, when I walked downstairs to find a fresh pet stain on our new living room rug.

I instantly went looking for this chart from the Momeni website. It has come in handy on multiple occasions, and provides tips for every type of stain. I decided to add it to the blog (and pinterest) to always have easy access to the link.

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Just Ask A Cousin

Last Spring, as excited as Lucas was to find out we were having a boy, it’s safe to say my 9 year old twin nieces were as equally disappointed. You see, Marco made the official boy-to-girl cousin count 5 to 3. Which, to a set of 9 year old girls, is devastating. Or so they thought.

This past Sunday we were at my parent’s house for dinner. We were sitting around the table, talking about my Chicago brother and his wife who will be finding out the sex of their new baby in a few weeks. When we asked Ella and Grace if the baby would be a boy or a girl, they didn’t have an answer.

“I bet you want it to be a girl,” Lucas taunted.


“Cause you wanted Marco to be a girl. You were pretty upset when we found out he was a boy.”

The two girls blushed a little, looked down towards the table and were momentarily speechless. Until Grace, about as clever as she is sweet, replied with a smile…

“That was before we knew how perfect he’d be.”


Marco is one well-loved, lucky little guy.


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Toe-tally Amazed

There are some things you don’t fully grasp the humor of until you’ve become a parent.

Like toe sucking.

Tonight, Lucas and I were beyond entertained at the sight of Marco reacting to the sight of his toes. Image

The oohs. The ahhs. The sluuuurp…smack….mmmmms.


And, of course, sticking them in his mouth and going to town.

I know this is another totally normal milestone for 5 month olds. But when it’s your own, it becomes absolute, laugh-out-loud hilarity.

With a bit of admiration, too.

About two weeks ago, we were wondering why he hadn’t found those little suckers yet. And just like everything else we’ve discovered so far, it happens in the blink of an eye.

Seriously. If we’re this excited about seeing him find his toes, I can’t imagine what we’re going to be like the first time he scores a goal!

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