February 24, 2015

Going On in February

going on in february succulentsgoing on in february diggin in the dirtgoing on in february runninggoing on in february koi

eating Mexican food for Husby’s birthday. A few years ago, instead of cake he requested a birthday flan. It’s been tradition ever since. (Although I’m still perfecting my recipe. This year’s was a bit sloppy.) We preceeded the flan with kale, butternut squash and mushroom enchiladas for dinner.

listening to podcasts all the time, and also to T Swift. Always to T Swift.

watching season 7 of The Office when Husby is home, and season 1 of Vampire Diaries when he’s working late.

reading The Name of the WindIf you looked at my recent stack of books you’d think I was really into fantasy. Which is weird, cuz I’m not. But I guess I’m on a bit of a kick. I just finished The Night Circus and it was so pretty.

running with the stroller through the arboretum. At least on days that hit double digits.

playing chase Cheeks around the room.

practicing waving, clapping, and walking. No solo steps yet, but they’re coming quick.

shuffling rooms around because for the sake of my sleep, Cheeks needed to get his own room. Bye bye TV/guest room, hello temporary nursery.

planning our garden, the bookcase I’m going to build, and a certain baby boy’s first birthday celebration.

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January 9, 2015

new house tour

If you follow along on Building Earth, you already know our big news (If not, you should!) We bought a house!

About a year ago, when Husby came to Wisconsin to do some residency program interviews and fell in love with this rural track program, we hatched this plan to buy a house before the new year. Back in October I started touring houses, and by the end of October we were ready to make an offer. We got very lucky and everything with our offer, inspection, financing, and closing went so smoothly. And so here we are, in the new year with a new house.

It’s a cute little one-story, two-bedroom, starter bungalow. It’s got some great features, like a large kitchen and dinette, some beautiful wood trim, a cut out window surrounded nook, and this wood plank ceiling that kept me thinking of this house as I looked at others (This was the first house I saw when I started looking). And a spacious back yard on the south side of our house. We’ve been hatching garden plans since we made our initial offer.

Want to take a peek?

You come into a room we are calling the study/library/front room

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Off to the left is the 1st bedroom – it’s the master because it’s got a slightly larger closet, but otherwise the two bedrooms are identical.

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Through the front room to the living room:

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The first door off the living room is the bathroom:

new house tour

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And then the second bedroom:

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And the living room leads into the kitchen and dinette:

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There is also a front porch and an unfinished basement.

The house needs some updating to meet our tastes, but otherwise everything is in very good condition. We’ve been picking paint colors, tossing around ideas for built-in features and updates, exploring every nook and cranny, and even started painting the ceilings this week.

It’s been so exciting to have this little plan take shape and come to fruition, and we’re even more excited to really settle in and create the space where we will see so many other future plans (and first steps) take place!

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December 30, 2014

Oh 2014

Dear 2014,

You certainly kicked our butts. Mostly in good ways.

love, clare, husby, and Cheeks

It’s almost like we tried to shove every possible big life change into a single calendar year. I think my grandma put it best when she told us, “Well, you certainly don’t like to let the grass grow under your feet.” True story Grandma.

So for posterity’s sake, here’s a rundown of what our 2014 looked like.

survive a polar vortex. have a baby. quit a job. graduate from med school. move to WI. try to adjust to residency life. make new friends. start another blog. celebrate many weddings. garden. can. ferment. grow 9 fruit trees. learn how to sit, scoot, and then crawl. continue to try to adjust to residency life. go on so many walks. knit. grow 3 teeth. house hunt. house buy. get far too little sleep. try to adjust to residency life.

Some of these things I’ve shared, many I haven’t. Because it turns out that trying to adjust to residency life, getting too little sleep, and having a baby is like the perfect storm of keeping me from getting much more done than the laundry and a walk each day. But I’m hoping to get back to it.

In the mean time, we’re hoping for some snow, hoping the next tooth gives us a little bit of a break, hoping for a full night’s sleep, and hoping our next vacation gets here soon.


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October 13, 2014

around here in mid-October

around here we are trying to re-teach a certain seven month old how to take naps.

around here I have a pantry stocked with pickles, tomatoes, salsa, jam, and a freezer filled with green beans and chard. The spoils of summer will remain with us for a while.

around here there are 20 pounds of apples waiting to meet their fate. (sauce, sauce, sauce, crisp, sauce)

around here the trees have turned every shade of incredible, and the air has a bite to it more frequently than not.

around here we are gearing up for what I’m sure is going to be a great fin to this years wedding season.

around here we have houses on the brain.

around here we are getting ready to celebrate 3 years of marriage and 6 years as a pair.

aside from this whole nap strike business, October remains my very favorite month.

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August 7, 2014

7 things: summer 2014 faves

What’s this? A new 7 things post? Who’d of thunk? But here I find myself, freshly on the other side of 30. New city. New baby. New blog. With all these new things in my life I thought I’d offer up a list of my tried-and-true summer faves for a little bit of balance.

1. Making cold press coffee with this French Press. And drinking it over ice with a healthy splash of heavy cream.

Summer fave cold press iced coffee

2. Summer dinners composed of fish tacos, caprese salads, and grilled zucchini. Just the best.

3. Little Free Libraries. We loved them in Detroit, and we still love them in Madison. Yesterday I picked up a book on Tai Chi. You know, for all the free time I have when I’m not baby wrangling.

summer fave little free library

4. Wrapping up Cheeks’ diaper in these diaper covers. Recommended by my besti, a mama with plenty of cloth diapering street cred. Bright covers and (almost) never a blow out.

5. Plenty of long summer walks. Because I gotta get my steps in, yo.

6. Podcasts. Okay, I know I’m totally late to the party on this one, but I’m totally digging downloading a couple episodes of a good podcast to my phone and then binge listening while strolling through down with the babe. My current faves are Elise Gets Crafty (creative entrepreneurship)  and Girls Gone Wod (CrossFit). Do you have any favorites to share?

7. Any time we three get to spend together. Especially if it involves outdoor music and the occasional Spotted Cow. The times are fewer now that Husby is knee deep into residency, so we’re cherishing it even more.

three at concert

Look, Cheeks is already a selfie pro!

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