Back In Action

So sorry for the long hiatus.....we went on our "babymoon" last week and I have been scrambling around the last few days trying to get back into the swing of things.  It will probably take a few more days for me to adjust to doing more than sitting on a float and reading a book all day, but I'll manage eventually. 

Honestly, though, whoever thought up the concept of a "babymoon" is a genius....which means it was probably a woman!  It was so great to spend time together without worrying about work or the house or chores; just us.  I'm sure we will travel after he is born, but I have a feeling it won't be the same (even if we leave him with our reliable parents).  We are really excited about the future, don't get me wrong, but it has just been the two of us for over 5 years now and it's going to be hard to shift the focus away from the "two of us" to the "three of us".  It's sort of sad but exciting at the same time.  It is like a new chapter in our lives.  And to be completely honest, we spent most of the week talking about him to each other or talking to my belly and feeling his kicks together.....so at the end of the day, the adjustment will probably be easier than we think. 

I could go on forever about that though, but let's get down to the details.  For our little getaway, we decided to go to Grand Cayman for a 7-night stay.  It was ah-mazing!  Every moment was fantastic.  We probably could have been anywhere warm together and it would have been wonderful, but I was especially impressed with the beaches.  We have been to a few different islands in the Caribbean over the years and this has by far the best beach we've seen.  It was not too crowded, clean, walkable and the water was just breathtaking.  I can't think of a better way to have spent our last "hoorah" together.  If anyone wants more specific information or has questions about the island, please feel free to shoot me an email at simplebeautifulhome@gmail.com.  I could go on and on about the trip for hours, but I will spare you my diatribe. 

In house-related news though, we came back to a bit of a mess.  Our dryer broke the day before we left.....wa waaaa.  I'm pretty sure it was manufactured around 1975, so after a 36-year run we can't blame him for going into retirement.  Let's face it, that is a lot longer than I plan to work...haha (only kidding, honey!).  But despite the fact that we knew this day would come, we weren't exactly prepared to buy a new dryer right away.  I was hoping to shop around and get a really good deal before we actually NEEDED it, but obviously that didn't work out.  Best laid plans.....  So, needless to say, we are on the hunt for a new matching washer and dryer set at the moment and it is a bit overwhelming.  We were originally going to just buy the dryer, but since the washer is a bit older as well, we thought it would make sense to switch to a more energy efficient model at this point and sell the older one on craigslist to make up some of the cost.  We have been looking at consumer reports and online reviews for the last few days and I can't say that we are much further along in the process than we were before we left for vacation, but I feel like I'm pretty well-versed in the differences between a top loader and a front loader, as well as the cost-savings we could benefit from by using a high-efficiency washer.  So....I'm going to keep at it and I will be back with some details on what I find.  If anyone out there has purchased a set recently and would like to share their opinions or reviews, I would REALLY appreciate it. 

And on top of that, the ice maker in our fridge stopped working.  At first, we thought that it was smart enough to go into "vacation mode" while we were away and not waste the ice cubes, but it has been a few days now and we can't seem to get it going again.  Luckily we purchased the extended warranty though, so they are coming out to check it out next week!  Phew!  This really isn't too much trouble for us, but its just another thing that we have to deal with when we would rather be working on nursery-related projects and taking care of some landscaping needs (our lawn is finally looking normal....but I think it will take another year and maybe some seeding in August to get it to where we want).....ahhhh the joys of homeownership!

So that's it for my little update.  I have a lot of projects up my sleeve...and even some that I've already completed and haven't had a chance to blog about, so stay tuned!! 

Oh, and I will update this post with some photos tonight when I get home.  I have been meaning to upload them from my camera for the last few days, but lately I have been so tired when I get home from work that I just plop on the couch and fall asleep at 8:00....oops!  I guess that's pretty common for the third trimester though......EEEK I can't believe there are only 13 weeks left!! 

Happy Wednesday everyone!!


  1. 13 weeks?!?! He'll be here before we know it, my goodness! So happy to hear you had a nice babymoon. So sorry to hear about the bum dryer and ice maker. If it was only a little warmer, you could hang your clothes out to air dry. Oh well.

  2. Can't wait to see some photos. Your holiday sounds like it was fabulous - just what you and hubby needed before the arrival of junior. Happy dryer shopping! Ange