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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Cool People Doing Cool Things: MetalWork Austin

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Ever wonder how (and where) things like metal staircase rails, hood vents, and furniture are made? Enter MetalWork Austin: a custom metal fabrication shop that focuses on creating unique architectural details, interior furnishings, and metal art; locally owned and operated by Ryan Scott-Nairns.  

Ryan was inspired by his uncle, a welder and fabricator who worked on everything from power plants and space shuttle parts to metal sculptures and art cars. In his late teens, Ryan decided to follow in his uncle’s footsteps. He took a metal sculpture class at ACC and from there pursued a degree in metal arts. After gaining experience working in metal shops, blacksmithing, and creating decorative ironwork; he decided to set out on his own.

Ryan says, “The best thing about my job is that it’s a never-ending learning process. You can study endlessly and still not know everything. I never know what challenging or interesting items our clients will request. We have designed and built so many unique items, like a cactus cabinet, a copper vent hood, and even a hanging library with a catwalk!”

We met Ryan and his wife Marie through our mutual friends and neighbors and hit it off from the start. As South Austin residents, Ryan and Marie enjoy every bit of what 78745 has to offer, from its restaurants and entertainment to its sense of togetherness.

“We love South Austin because it’s a very neighborly community. I like working with other local small businesses and there’s a strong sense of camaraderie between the entrepreneurs here. We all are very supportive of each other.”

And it’s easy to support MetalWork Austin when all of their creations are unique, beautiful, and made to last. We work with Ryan and his team to incorporate his designs into the houses we renovate and are always recommending MetalWork to clients who are remodeling their new homes.

So if you’re in the market for a beautiful staircase railing, a one-of-a-kind kitchen table the whole family can gather round, or even want a piece of metal art to make a statement; look no further than MetalWork Austin.

Follow along for all things MetalWork Austin >>> facebook.com/MetalWorkAustin | Instagram @metalworkaustin Portfolio + Website http://metalworkaustin.com/ <<<<<

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Vlog: Gray & Air's Block Party 4

Hey friends. Our final Block Party for 2017 video is here. We are so thankful for the support from our friends, family and community during the four summer block parties. It was truly a special time and we hope those of you who attended enjoyed the recap videos.

A big shout out to all of our cosponsors- Gray & Air,  Thicket, ATX, Jason Lewis @ Supreme Lending, Wells Solar & Electrical Services, Mana Management, LiveOak Photo Booth

Thank you to all the vendors for participating in the raffle: Level Up ATX, Granny's Kitchen, SOCO Burgers, Don Parrillon, Revolution Vegan Kitchen, Gyros GR, Dragon Delight 

Gray & Air: When We Bought Our House Pt. 2

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Hey friends! Today's post wraps up our "When We Bought a House" post and gives you a glimpse into what our future renovation plans are. 

If you read our last post "When We Bought a House Pt. 1" you know that we left off discussing our quick house hunt, closing and the count down to our wedding was less than two weeks away. Now as previously discussed we fell in love with our new house and the potential it offered. As most of you know we are kind of suckers for renovating, updating and taking houses and making them ours, so it was basically a challenge we happily faced. 

As soon as we got the keys to our new home it was time for us to get to work. Now there were a few things that we knew we needed to have happen, BEFORE we moved in officially and they were as followed: rip up all of the blue carpet from all three bedrooms and two bathrooms, remove the tan carpet in the front office area, remove wallpaper from entry way, kitchen, and both bathrooms, and get everything freshly painted, and install NEW toilets. 

Now considering our wedding was less than two weeks away we had to be smart about what money we spent and how we allocated our "renovation" budget. Being the DIY-ers that we are, we made several trips to Home Depot bought masks, gloves and drove to the house and got to work. 

I think back on that time and I am pretty sure we were working off of little sleep, wedding nerve excitement and a whole LOT of redbull. We managed to get all the carpet up in one day, picked out tile for bedrooms, hallway and bathroom. We even worked alongside the painters so that we could speed up the wall paper removal process. #TeamWork

After many long days, ~500 trips to Home Depot and working like dogs, we met our goals and had everything moved in one day before our rehearsal dinner. Our wedding went off without a hitch and we honeymooned in our new home enjoying each other's company and rearranging our furniture many times. 

It's been so fun to look back and reflect on that time and how far we have come with our home. We are now gearing up for our first true renovation and we have been Pinning up a storm! We are looking forward to sharing with you before and afters and design tips along the way! Thanks for reading. 

**PSA buying a house that needs some work two weeks before your wedding is not for the faint of hearts. If you do decide you're up for the challenge contact us today! 

Gray & Air: When We Bought Our House Pt. 1

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Today's post is an ode to our 1966's home purchase, to the very REAL emotions that come with purchasing your own house and a photo compilation of what it looks like when you buy a house, renovate it and get married all in the same month. 

Okay so let's go back in time for a moment and set the scene. The count down to our wedding was on and we had less than 2 months to go before saying "I Do".  Gray and I thought we had settled on the idea that we would pursue purchasing a condo in West Lake or South Austin, once the wedding excitement died down. However, we started discussing (okay- kind of obsessing over) other options and we were not quite ready to settle down. So one morning a little over a month and a half left until wedding time, we decided to go look at 3 different properties in our price range. 

The first house we looked at was mildly updated but was on a pretty small lot and just didn't have the magic we were looking for, so we moved on to house number two. I wish I could remember more about house number 2, but I can't which is a pretty good indicator we were not very impressed or deeply moved to pursue this property. So onward we went to house number 3. In true Gray fashion, he continued to encourage me to keep an open mind about the third house (as we were driving), even though I had already ruled it out in my mind.  Gray has always been great at seeing the potential, especially in real estate and would not take no for an answer.  As we were pulling up, I seriously got all the feels.

HUGE lot, one story house, private street, giant trees, it was getting better and better the closer we got.

Once we were parked we (probably mostly me) jumped out of the car, Gray opened up the lock box and we walked inside. I can speak for both of us when I say it was love at first sight. The house was much more spacious then all the condos I had lived in before and while it had outdated wall paper, blue carpet in the bathrooms and a beige wall color (I STRONGLY disliked) it had a whole LOT of potential. I remember FaceTiming my Mom and walking her around the lot and telling her all the things we would do to make this home ours, and after that it was a magical, crazy fast moving blur.

That night we put in an offer on the home (accepted), we entered into our 7 day option period where we had our inspector, plumber, foundation and HVAC guys all come out and give us the low down. With the new information from the various reports, Gray negotiated like a BOSS and bam we were in the fast track lane to closing. 

Now let's speed forward to closing day on our home which meant our wedding was less than two weeks away. This is where it gets good and the story is just getting started. Stay tuned for Gray & Air Tell All: When We Bought Our House Pt. 2 how we tackled blue carpet, wall paper from the 80's and much, much more!