Gray & Air Home | The Move Out (Sort-of) Part II

We are down to the studs and starting to expand our square footage into the front and back yards. Our team of 2 ½ men are getting things done at lightning speed, so it gives us hope that we will be able to complete the project within our timeframe. Gray had maybe a little too much fun demoing and Air is happy to be settled at the apartment. Now let’s just see if we can get it all finished before baby #2 is here!

Things we have recently learned: 

  • You can plan all you want, but sometimes you just never know where life is going to take you (i.e. getting pregnant while simultaneously going through a complete home renovation). 

  • Perfection is boring.

  • We wouldn’t change any of it for the world!

Listing + Property Tour on Dream Catcher Drive | Just Listed

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Just Listed- 208 Dream Catcher Dr | Austin, Texas

Welcome to 208 Dream Catcher Dr, located in the highly-coveted, gated community of Grand Mesa at Crystal Falls in Leander, TX. Complete with 3,732 square feet encompassing 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and an open-concept kitchen and living area. The master bedroom and formal living boast tray ceilings with cohesive hardwood flooring throughout. The true gem of this property is the custom outdoor patio and kitchen with a built-in fireplace and bench seating, large covered portion, and smart phone controlled landscape lighting. The Crystal Falls neighborhood includes amenities such as a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, parks, and playgrounds. Located in the award-winning Leander school district, this home is hill country living at its finest. 

Listing Agent- Gray Adkins, Realtor, GRI // Powered By Waterloo Realty

Listing + Property Tour on Ambush Canyon | Just Listed

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Just Listed- 2545 Ambush Canyon | 5 BR | 4.5 BA

This spacious contemporary home sits on .358 acres, overlooking the beautiful central Texas hill country in the highly coveted Crystal Falls neighborhood. Complete with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a large open kitchen, first story master bedroom, a game room, study, and a movie theatre; this home is perfect for entertaining the entire family. High ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room create unobstructed hill country views. The Crystal Falls neighborhood includes amenities such as a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, parks, and playgrounds. Located in the award-winning Leander school district, this home achieves high design in an amazing community.

Listing Agent- Gray Adkins, Realtor, GRI // Powered By Waterloo Realty

Listing + Property Tour on Alonso | Just Listed

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Just Listed- 5213 Alonso

Stunning home located on large corner lot with second-story hill country views. Spacious 4 bedroom/ 3 bath home has an open concept floor plan with ample natural light, perfect for family living and entertaining. This home is just minutes from downtown Austin and is located in a Sweetwater community. Enjoy Sweetwater’s many amenities including a fitness center, hike and bike trails, and a 10-acre club complete with swimming pools, athletic fields, and more. Host pool parties with neighbors, relax in your own backyard, and enjoy Hill Country beauty with an Austin address.

Listing Agent- Gray Adkins, Realtor, GRI // Gray & Air Real Estate Group // Powered By Waterloo Realty

Tough as a Mother.

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It’s crazy to believe that this is my second Mother’s Day as an official member of the “Mother’s Club”. I mean please someone explain to me how time flies so quickly?? But man oh man I could do the typical blog post about how I have been changed, and how I love being a mother more than anything in the entire planet ( which is all VERY true) this year I have decided to switch things up and get on a real level with you. So here are 5 things I’ve learned about being a Mom (while also being a full-time marketer, home rehabber and wife) and how I try to balance and attempt to be the best Mom I can.

  1. Don’t get too comfortable- I think back on my pre-momhood stage and laugh now because I thought all my years of working with children would prepare me for motherhood. While I definitely learned a few things that have made the transition easier, I quickly realized that little babies are CONSTANTLY growing, changing and becoming little people. Once you have a few days in a row of consistent sleep and a solid routine starting to build…. WHAM.. BAM. They change and they are on to a new stage. For my type A personality this has been a humbling challenge to say the least. But I’m soaking it all in because I look back at how FAST a year flew and dang. The days are long and the years are lighting fast.

  2. One day you will feel like a human again- I am proud to say that I survived a year of nursing and pumping. I know that it is not for everyone and I 100% believe it’s every mother’s decision on how they nourish their children, but this ended up being the thing that worked best for our family. BUT. OH. MY. GOSH. I had no idea what pumping was going to mean for me. Over the last year, I have pumped in my car, in a storage closet at work with a non locking door, at the job site (several times),  a LOFT dressing room, several bathrooms and the list goes on. Not going to lie, for the majority of this year I felt like a human feeding machine who solely existed to make sure my baby never went hungry. And while I will definitely check this off as one of my greatest accomplishments, it does not take away from the dedication and discipline it required of me as mom and person. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and the day I stopped pumping I felt like a BRAND NEW WOMAN! Score.

  3. Prepare to be HUNGRY all the time- As noted above I pumped and nursed constantly so inherently I was also hungry ALL the time. I read a quote the other day that said something to the effect of, “it takes 30% of your energy to breastfeed your baby, which is more than your heart requires to beat.” So phew. Hungry all the time, yes, because my energy supply was depleting. But as soon as Ivy started eating solids she also became very curious of the food I was eating. So the cutest girl in the whole world essentially was eating all my food. Becoming a parent is a real selfless act, ha.

  4. Copy cats walk among us- This is a lesson I’m still very much learning, but babies are like little sponges. They look to you for everything and they are always watching and learning. It has been equal parts fun and terrifying as you then realize you want to be the BEST version of yourself so that your child only picks up on the good parts. It just reminds me on a daily basis to slow the heck down, smell (or in Ivy’s case eat) the dandelions and be kind to everyone you meet because those little ones are watching.

  5. You can always justify a purchase- I’ll start this one off by saying- Gray if you are reading this stop reading now. Okay- I always wanted a little girl especially since I am one of 3 girls and having Ivy has been NOTHING short of incredible. But man, I can literally justify buying her something almost everywhere I go. Whether it’s a snack, a toy, a shirt, some socks, pajamas or a stuffed animal it does not really matter because I find some real joy in picking her up little thing. In full disclosure, she just hit the stage where she can really comfortably sit in the cart at Target and it has all gone down hill. Just the other day I bought glittery gold Pumas because she saw them and kept saying “shoes”. SO yeah, the shopaholic within me might be taking over as Ivy’s interest in shopping continues to grow but I’m trying to wrangle her back in and remember she’s just a baby and she doesn’t need it all. Can any other moms or dads out there relate? Well I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress though, oops.

So in conclusion, I am very much still figuring out this Mom thing but really enjoying the process a long the way and hope you enjoyed reading this post!

P.S. Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing, hardworking, hustling moms out there. xoxo- Air

 
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