{pretty, happy, funny, real} - Jumping into August

I cannot believe it is August already. In {pretty, happy, funny, real} style from Like Mother, Like Daughter, here's a little about the month so far.

{pretty}

We took a mini-vacation last weekend to Richmond, Virginia. My penchant for reading reviews online led us to interesting areas, one of which featured this unique wall. With boards across the windows and weeds taking over, the oddly shaped building was clearly not in use. We could not help wondering who took the time to create such a beautiful design and for what purpose. 

 Building on Summit Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.

Building on Summit Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.

{happy}

In our effort to make fitness a hobby, we have started signing up for races. Our first 5k together was last weekend. I cannot say my performance was stellar, but the experience was a good start to our new racing routine. Next up, a four-miler in September.

 5k finishers!

5k finishers!

{funny}

This morning, I took on a daunting task: giving the schnoodle a haircut. Dog grooming can take quite a chunk out of the budget, so I decided to try it myself. With a squirmy and energetic puppy like Louie, failure and catastrophe were very real potential outcomes. After more than an hour of trimming and treating, Louie the Lion-Tailed emerged. The picture does not do the tufted tail justice. Haha. The tuft happened accidentally, but was too entertaining to remove. Sorry, Louie. 

 Louie the Lion-Tailed

Louie the Lion-Tailed

{real}

I said goodbye to prenatal vitamins this week. When you are in that phase of life where "prenatal" could be just around the corner, the appropriate vitamins are a good idea. Been there, done that, don't need to see the vitamins in my cupboard. Goodbye, extra infertility reminder. Hello, standard woman vitamins.

Prenatal Vitamins

Preparations!

We haven't received confirmation or updates yet, but are making preparations anyway. Last night, I went shopping with a friend for kid's stuff. Me! Buying kid's stuff! Not even for gifts. This kid's stuff is going in our house. Surreal! Since we do not know if these specific children will be joining our family, I tried to limit myself to things that little visitors (nephews, nieces, friends' children) could enjoy. 

 Kid purchases: puzzle, train, blocks, bib, bowls, plates, spoons, and sippy cups.

Kid purchases: puzzle, train, blocks, bib, bowls, plates, spoons, and sippy cups.

Due to a minor snowstorm, my husband and I both have the day off today. We are taking the opportunity to prepare a bedroom for kids. A kids' room. In our house. What?!?!? Again, we are trying to remember that it may not be used for these kids, but will hopefully be used by foster kids at some point in the future. In spite of the uncertainty, the room transformation is exciting. 

 This cube organizer will act as a dual nightstand, toy box, bookshelf. 

This cube organizer will act as a dual nightstand, toy box, bookshelf. 

We plan to pick up at least one bed tonight and hang curtains. This room should be ready in no time! AHHHH!