Food For Thought Friday

Before The Honeymoon’s Over

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Do you have a list – either on paper or in your head – of the things you want to have to do before you get married, turn 30, have your first child (or other milestone occurs)?

I’ve seen a lot of these “Bucket List” type of posts recently, and thought I would share our list with y’all:

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Yep. That’s our To – Do list for our marriage before Jonah Elizabeth is brought by the stork 😉 Some of the items will be quite the feat; some are small yet meaningful; some are already in the works…

What about you? What’s on your list?

Have a wonderful Friday & weekend everyone!!

Love and God’s Blessings To You All!

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You Might Be An Adult When…

Wednesday…you are much too excited about your brand new…kitchen sink.

Here is our old one. I must say, I was not a fan…

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Here is our new sink & faucet fixture!

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Seriously, how much better does that look? I know you are not able to see the rest of the kitchen & the lighting for the picture is horrible, but the backsplash tiles and cabinet hardware really pop with the new sink’s colors and textures! What an easy (we installed this ourselves) & inexpensive upgrade for any kitchen!

In other news, you may have seen these lovely flowers my sweet husband had delivered to me at work for Valentine’s Day:

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I love hydrangeas & tulips…and of course, pink and green…and polka dots! Craig must know me well… 😉

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Our furs spent the night out with their furry friends at the doggie sitter & Craig & I stayed here:

Hilton Atlanta Marietta Conference Center & Resort

If you live in the Atlanta area and have never stayed here…you really should. It’s a beautiful hotel and really, a hidden gem! We had dinner at a newer restaurant in Marietta called “Cosmopolitan”, which was delicious – most especially their dessert which was even gluten-free!

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What a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

*Oh, and I apologize for the misunderstanding! My surgery will be next Wednesday at 1pm. We are soooo blessed with your prayers and support! We love you all!*

Remember – Don’t forget to enter our giveaway while there’s still time! If you have any concerns about not being on Facebook or how to enter, just contact me or Craig.

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Out @ Opulent & A Completed Great Room!

WednesdayYay! We have finally made it to the middle of the week! I’m in the midst of Pure Barre’s January 21 Day Challenge, and boy, the week is dragging by!! 5-7 days/week of leaving the house at 4:45 am. {Yawn.}

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 But I must say that I am LOVING getting this workout in every day! (No, we aren’t being sponsored by PB) But seriously, if you have a studio near you, try this work out. It’s 55 minutes of pure BURNING, while doing NO cardio whatsoever.

As you can tell from the title of this post, between all the Pure Barre classes & work, we have finally completed our great room/den/family room. I found a pillow & throw for our new French barrel cane chair:

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Here is a close-up of the fabric:

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Against the silver of the draperies and the flat grey of the chair, I am loving the way this fabric is both metallic and flat flax-colored linen in one. Perfect blend of opulence and tranquility – The whole theme I designed this room around.

wpid-IMG957648.jpgAnd if you’ll notice in the back left corner of the picture above, you can just barely see our final addition:

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This antiqued brass and wood inlay Threshold Target Bar Cart was originally $129.99. NO WAY. (Although, apparently, much better than the price at Crate & Barrel – see link!)

wpid-20140109_181506.jpgBut when I found it the other day for 70% off, making it right around $38?!?!? Yes, ma’am. It needed to come home with us. Not only does it fit the character of our room really well, it also alleviates a storage issue as we have way too many things don’t have enough cabinet space. 🙂

wpid-20140109_181542.jpgI found that great set of dessert plates with various gold and white designs, the striped and polka dotted paper straws, & those awesome coasters toward the back made for us by my sister-in-law, Mandy to go with the cart…. And yep, you guessed it! Everything I bought was on DEEP discount. Everything else was a wedding gift, and I’m so excited they now have a space to be displayed!!

I even found this little gem you can’t see in any of the pictures:

I remember describing my ‘vision’ for this room back before I even lived in this house, when Craig & I were engaged. He was a bit skeptical back then. 😉 But the other day, he told me he can see my ‘vision’ in the room now, and he says I achieved it (YES!!!). Win!

I think one of the most important aspects of interior design (or probably any design work, for that matter) is to create a space based around a feeling, an experience you want to have when you walk into that room. You are able to, then, pick colors, fabrics, and pieces that reflect that feeling. Pretty soon, the room has come together and you never had to fret over which style you are – traditional, modern, farmhouse, because it is all based around pieces you love and a feeling you desire.

Remember us telling you we went to Opulent for dinner the other night with my parents and brother? Thought we would share these two cute pics today:
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Just like all of our family, we really wish we could spend more time with this bunch! Dinner was delicious and alot of fun!

One other note for today, keep your eyes and ears open for Jesus. Yesterday, we talked about how God has been really speaking to us with the book of Isaiah…Well, yesterday, He put yet another verse from Isaiah in front of us. Sometimes God’s Will for your life, and His promises are right in front of you.

Join us tomorrow!

xoxo,
Pier & Craig

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Antiquing, Appointments & (Not) Alot More

WednesdayI feel like y’all have been robbed of What’s Up Wednesday posts for the past two weeks, being that both Christmas and New Year’s Day fell in the middle of the week. Unfortunately, our lives aren’t that exciting – 😉 – so today’s post just reverts back to that of a typical “What’s Up Wednesday”.

So what’s up?

Well, for one, I have been working on our home decor – as usual, and so, while Craig was away for work, I spent last Saturday afternoon perusing Dupre’s Antique Market on the Marietta Square… Folks, oh. my. goodness. gracious. I love love love a good antique store. Seriously, other than Goodwill, antique stores are my favorite places to shop – and for the same reason I love Goodwill shopping: You just never know what you might find. (And I love discovering a treasure underneath a pile of junque {that’s fancy junk, in case you were wondering}.) What makes most antique shopping even better than Goodwill? You can barter down their pricing!

Dupre’s has everything from fine china to local original artwork.

The next time you’re in the Atlanta area, you really have to visit this place…

We have been in the market for an occasional chair to “finish” (ha, ha) out our great room, and (under a pile of genuine junque) I came across this:

wpid-20140107_223124.jpgA gorgeous grey French barrel cane chair – vintage, of course!

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While scouring Dupre’s from top to bottom, I also found a great set of drapery panels for our kitchen.

wpid-20140107_222919.jpgCraig was pretty surprised when he returned home from his trip that afternoon I had hung these babies on my own! 😉 Little did he know his wife was handy with a cordless drill! 😉

wpid-20140107_222801.jpgBetween the gorgeous chargers I found at Goodwill last week, and these draperies, our little kitchen/breakfast room area feels really warm and inviting! Interior design for your own home is always the most fun! 😉

In other news, 2014 is going to be the year of the physician visit. Between Craig and myself, this year alone has already meant our gracing the offices of 4 doctors. Ugh. I can feel our HSA Account groaning! But, this is a good thing! Items we have been putting off are being taken care of – namely, my 90-year old right knee, as we affectionately refer to it.

The Scene Of The Crime

Since the dreadful skiing incident of (early) 2012 when I hit a mogul and fell face first down the mountain…My knee has been in bad terrible shape. For the first 3 weeks, I couldn’t move it at all. It was swollen up like a sausage, and the pain…Oh, I can’t even describe that. It was excruciating. Well, even now – 2 years later – my right knee creaks loudly when I bend it, and it is still unbearably painful to do any sort of ‘high-impact’ exercise (which is why I switched to Pure Barre). If I put any strain on my knee, or walk too far (seriously), I pay for it for the next week. Craig is all too familiar with the look on my face that says it’s time for Aleve and Ben-Gay.

Now that the insurance stars have aligned, I was finally able to see a Sports Medicine Specialist/Orthopaedic Surgeon…who told me he was pretty sure I have been dragging around a torn ACL for the past 2 years, and it (shocker!) has not healed correctly.

No wonder it hurts so much, huh?

Now to wait for the results of the MRI. Stay tuned.

Otherwise, we are awaiting our inaugural appointment with the Atlanta Center For Reproductive Medicine. Fingers are crossed for better care than we’ve been given at Horrible OB-Gyn of Nameless Town In Georgia.

Prayers, please.

Now that y’all are allllllll caught up on the lives of the Newlywed Lefebvres, I have one little question for you?

Let us know. Your answers will be shared only with us and are completely anonymous. We just want to know how YOU feel!

Thank you to http://waitingforbabybird.com/ for this awesome reminder!

Until Tomorrow,

All Our Love,
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Two Years Ago Today…

Good Morning Everyone!

Today is a very special day indeed! Two years ago, on this very day, at this very time, I must have been sitting at my desk at RB Management, poring over magazine pictures and talking with my friends at the office…Trying to decide what I was going to wear for a VERY special date I had that evening. A first date. A first date with the man who turned out to be my husband.

One year ago on this day, I had received a (what appeared at the time to be) very odd package delivered to me at the office…It contained a CD of special songs…a sweet letter…and another envelope I wasn’t allowed to open yet. I left work early for a doctor’s appointment, and afterwards watched a DVD of our past year together with Craig and then went to get ready for our Anniversary Date, only to be met with beautiful flowers and an AMAZING proposal.

Two years ago today my life changed forever, and one year ago today, it changed even MORE and for the absolute best! Happy two year anniversary of our first date, and one year anniversary of the day you asked me to be your wife, Craig! I love you!

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One Year Ago Today!

 

It’s the first of these years we have not been able to be together, but such is the life of a pilot’s wife! I am, however, able to enjoy this Holy Thursday with the adorable Miss Daisy, and her sister Lucy – both babies are napping and so I finally had a chance to write this blog!

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In other recent news, the draperies are (halfway) completed! 1: We misplaced, and JUST found the return for the other window, and 2: Craig has to be here to thread the bobbin on my sewing machine… SO (or SEW ha ha ha), I did the first panel with stitchwitchery to try and surprise my hubby a few weeks ago with completed draperies… BUT it took almost 4 hours to finish one panel, and my sewing machine just would not allow me to thread it…When C got home, he threaded the bobbin and the second panel was completed while he washed the car with Lucy (fun for him! lol), but then we couldn’t find the return for the 2nd window in our bedroom…So, one window – two panels – are complete!

Draperies DraperiesI’ll try another picture where you can better see the entire window treament soon. I’m not sure why, but the flash on my camera made everything look blue…Oh, well, at least my side of the room is darkened – which means Lucy doesn’t wake up with the roosters, as she did BEFORE the drapes…Whew! 🙂 I really love the wa the window turned out! Craig’s cornice board, made with shims and leftover finish from the refurbishment of our  dresser, plus these draperies, against the deep blue accent wall, really do a lot for our bedroom!

We have ANOTHER new addition in our home, as well: “Alfred”.

Alfred AlfredThe cow rug! :-)If you are in the design world, this rug is a Safavieh! Pricewise, we STOLE it! If you know my husband at all, you know two things: First, he is not likely to pay a lot of money for a rug…Especially one that is solely for decoration. But also, he has a thang for cows and all things farm. “Alfred” (along with the cow print I gave him for Christmas) really makes a statement in our den! Both we AND our girls just love it!

If you haven’t been over in awhile…ahem….please come and visit SOON! You must see all the changes that have turned this once-bachelor pad into our little family’s home!

Little Lucifer Lucy has been growing like a WEED – or maybe faster!

Baby LucyThat was the day we brought her home. This is the other day:

Big Girl!She has discovered a new walking trail, which is DEFINITELY her favorite! The only downside is the 20 minute drive to reach it, along with the fact it is FIVE MILES LONG. You certainly have to carve out a large portion of your day to be able to indulge her!

Walking with DaddyThere are plenty of opportunities for her to get into trouble, considering this is a true nature trail. Yesterday she dove right into a creek that runs alongside the trail, and desperately attempted to catch a fish – which was actually just a floating leaf, but I didn’t have the heart to tell her. Three hours and a 20 minute car ride home later:

Well Worth ItThis was MY reward! The 5 mile walk is MORE than worth it! 🙂

Craig and I celebrated 6 months of marriage a few weeks ago:

Perfect Six Months!And these truly have been the best six months of my life. Hands Down. Without Question! And so, on that note, let me say that we were overjoyed to celebrate the marriage of two more of our dear friends this past weekend: Ashley and JW (or John, or P. Diddy???? Not sure WHAT to call him after the speeches we heard at the rehearsal dinner…) 🙂 It is wonderful to be able to welcome another set of our friends into the bliss and journey that is marriage! Congratulations Ash & J! We wish you all the happiness!!

Ashley Well, I must go! Lucy needs a walk, I need to finish my Bible Study, and then I have to get ready for our parish’s Holy Thursday service! Being in the choir has been SUCH a blessing!

We wish you all the best, and send you all of our love.

In Christ,

Pier & Craig