Tag Archives: expecting

Youtube, “theiraq” and the such.

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Because some things are painful:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww

Educating yourself about real estate shouldn’t.

 

I promise, no spam or terrible links.  Brief snippets about real estate in Eastern NC and hopefully more to come- pending negotiations with some exclusionary contracts pending a possible tv deal, long story, and RIGHT up there with working on having a baby, I’ve reached the hopefully near a decision making point where things may come to fruition oooooorrrrr we all move on.

Meantime, despite the fun rumors, I plan NO maternity leave (crazy talk you say? nay, single mom roaring, look out business world, fighting for more than an arbitrary goal list from here on out.) so I will most certainly be moving forward with my team in helping folks in Eastern NC with their real estate needs as well as our FREE red carpet concierge service to help folks relocate anywhere in the world.

As usual, visit http://www.JasonGruner.com for more real estate info, a great free phone app and AMAZING access to local real estate information.

I’m also working on a stroller patrol, if you’re local and looking to network for running and/or walking – we’re working on a fun group to help cheer one another on towards their goals, not to mention just the fun fellowship and friendship. 🙂

Hope you are well and enjoying your internet browsing this evening!

Baby Garrett is a motivator in more ways than one.

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I never thought I was a person who would get such pleasure from doing something someone had told me wasn’t possible, even if I wasn’t planning to do so.  I have made some personal and professional decisions over the years based on the supposition that children of my own were a very long shot, at least without serious medical intervention.

This handsome fellow, with his fist in the air says challenge your thoughts, challenge convention.  When life places a bend in your path or an “obstacle” you weren’t anticipating. . .take the dive.  I have to admit, previously I had been a “keep the status quo” kind of girl, anti-surprise party. . .and a planner ten steps in advance (as a very clumsy child who was placed in ballet as a toddler- plotting your next dozen steps keeps you from tripping and falling).  HE has been the most mind blowing and joyous surprise I could have NEVER anticipated.

Part of me would love to pack up Garrett for a visit to the Brody School of Medicine for a hello and visit to some nurses I got to know very well years ago, but I’m so pleased with the (not so, since I’m writing here) silent knowledge  that despite some crazy hurdles, insane odds, and what-are-the-chances timing. . .he’s almost here.

To date, Garrett is the best adventure I’ve taken.  I can’t wait to see what my cohort and I get into in this next very exciting chapter in my life.  So far, he’s been a most excellent and gallant escort while meeting clients and showing homes.  🙂

May you have many exciting new chapters in YOUR life and amazing adventures on your horizon.

If a little is good, a lot is better- right?

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More of something is sometimes a beautiful thing- particularly in the case of either wine or butter (though not together, well, together in perhaps a meal but not in a glass).

With the grandparents move to the coast this summer I took the opportunity to adopt some family pieces up for grabs for the nursery for Mr. Wonderful-due-to-arrive-this-early-fall.  So, note that one of the pics above is a sneak peek of the nursery prior to it’s paint job and new fan installation and of course hanging things and rearranging the furniture so things aren’t staged against the walls like a bad sixth grade dance and, yes, that’s a seersucker sports coat for him-he already has social obligations next Spring and Summer so, naturally, he needed something natty to wear.

Leave it to my family, things started out with “I’d love a twin big boy bed for the nursery.” to “Sure, I’ll take both and the matching nightstand.” and escalated to “Yes, I’d love two twin beds, two dressers, an arm chair and a mirror all in solid maple as well as a funky vintage reading chair and ottoman.”- which they took to ALSO mean that they would be sneaking in two lamps and two complete designer picked out and custom made chintz bed sets complete with blankets and pillows. . . .AND in my zipping home to let Miss Mabel Merry Lou out in the yard for a few moments between appointments noticed the box number seemed off and I spotted a box of “French prints.”  Classic.Jolly.Johnson.Family.Fun.

Your favorite Realtor may be in need of an extra wing on the home or, if you stop by for dinner, in addition to a doggy bag of leftovers to carry home, you may also be leaving with an end table.

Pies, guns, furniture and roasted lamb.

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Is it just me or are men game for almost any activity that involves a gun?

Tomorrow, nursery furniture arrives.  Well, two dressers, two twin beds, a nightstand and a rocking chair in tiger’s eye maple.  As a Realtor, I enjoy hearing clients figure out loud which rooms will be for which family member and where furniture will go.  I’m lacking that clarity thus far.  Not 100% sure where everything will be set up and there’s the matter of the crib.

Dear baby supply stores and big box outlets: please don’t leave things on your display floor that are A. already sold out 2. not an option to purchase as they have been on display and are considered “unsafe for resale” and III. provide no alternates for ordering purposes.  So, of course I have scoped out some back-up options which aren’t exactly what I had in mind but in terms of features and function are on par, but price point, of course is more. . .beware the DANG upsale!  Le sigh.

Tomorrow is a big gathering at the house, to both unpack and unload furniture but also to meet and greet.  I’m taking full advantage of pregnancy insomnia to catch up on projects that didn’t get done today while showing homes.  I have one key lime pie (from scratch) complete and cooling and one “crack” pie in the oven ( http://chefindisguise.com/2013/06/27/momofuku-milk-bar-crack-pie/ ) and deviled eggs hanging out in the fridge.  Tomorrow I am whipping up some roasted lamb and a tenderloin, couscous and ratatouille.  Somehow I feel if I can’t help with the heavy lifting I can at least make sure everyone is full after the fact.

Looking for dinner/dessert/nursery/painting/new construction/work motivation and more?  You’re welcome to always check out my Pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/mckenzie27/boards/ for suggestions and inspiration.

And for those thirty of so of you per week that are finding my site looking for a registry (I use my nerd powers for good instead of evil (-; ) , target, babies r us and amazon-   at some point I suppose I should post links and I’ll get around to that, but there’s laundry to be done and a wiry black lab puppy who needs a bath before we call it a night!

Hope your summer is treating you well!  As always, you’re welcome to contact me @ McKenzieSellsHomes@gmail.com for Residential Real Estate questions and needs.  Rentals, sales, bank-owned, short sale, investment and more- I’m your Eastern North Carolina connection.

Babies R Us 20% off coupon!

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Here’s a link:

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I swear it’s not a bad link or spam.

This weekend only, and IN STORE ONLY (I know, grrr), 20% off your TOTAL PURCHASE when you present this coupon at your local Babies R Us store.  Some restrictions apply and the fine print is on the coupon so check it out to prevent disappointment at the check out.  🙂  Happy shopping!

 

~McKenzie 

“We’re going to need a bigger boat.”

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One of those projects you’ll try once then say never again.

. . . to hold all the adventures -fun, work and personal, planned for this summer.

I started the season deciding I could tackle (and do a better job) hand painting my fence than a professional.  Sadly, after days in the sun, sharing personal space with bugs that have no aversion to bug spray and starting my seasonal “tan” (shooting for band-aid beige). . .I’ll never be doing that again.

Thankfully, I was bailed out by a dear pal who helped me wrap up the job so I’m bribing her after the fact with a pedicure and a steak dinner, because, nothing says THANKS A BUNCH like pretty toes and a huge meal (btw, fence painting, according to our iphone app, burns about 2k calories per session, so dinner calories today don’t count!).

I’d post pics of our loverly toes after a nice trip to the salon, but I think after years of dancing injuries (pointe, not pole) and deftly finding coffee tables and other furniture in the dark with my toes, it’s a community service that I do not.  I have visions of the Brush Up company from the Wizard of Oz dancing through my head, but with a steak on the side, which, let’s all be frank, was probably  what the Lion was REALLY thinking during his hot oil treatment!

Brace yourself for more fun seasonal updates, but then, maybe that’s what you’re hoping to read here hence the thirty day spike in site visits?  🙂  I’m thrilled you’re here and offer you a virtual glass of iced tea or lemonade, if you’re a libra like me, perhaps an Arnold Palmer is more up your alley?

I’ll try to write more interesting things now that I’m mostly don’t with manual labor for the season but if you’d like more to do, visit my Pinterest page, it’s been getting a WORK OUT lately!  Lots of real estate ideas, paint swatches, renovation suggestions and a few dessert recipes. . .and MORE.

Here’s a handy dandy link:  http://pinterest.com/mckenzie27/pins/