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Jacksonville’s Board of Realtor’s election night-more photos to follow?

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The last few months I have felt like I have been riding the bench professionally during a great game.  I managed to pull it together for last night’s festivities which, despite the contractions and sore feet and being overheated, made me feel a little more myself for a night which was a nice change of pace.  Everyone is joking that “once the baby arrives, you’ll be exhausted and it will slow you down”- they’ve obviously not experienced a difficult pregnancy.

Looking forward to launching some new projects and ideas and having my new right-hand-man by my side.  Subletting my body for the last year has given me time to fill MANY notebooks. . .big plans and goals for the future!

Today is also my birthday.  I had a talk with baby Garrett- included the philosophy my folks instilled that early is on time, on time is late and late is unforgivable.  I buffered the delivery and birthday conversation with the pointer that with both his father and my birthdays close to the due date, it would be lovely if everyone kept separate special days.  Last week we made it through a harvest moon, a packed labor and delivery department at the hospital and his father’s birthday.  This week I cleared my docket and rearranged a few big plans in anticipation since we are making very slow and steady delivery process.  The average first birth is fifteen hours, so reaching mid-day on my birthday I feel I’m safe to guess that we are in the clear but ANY TIME from here on out would be lovely.  Baby G, I’ll take a rain check for a day with no nausea, and getting to take a quick nap on my stomach as a present from you.  🙂

Hope you have big things brewing too!  Cheers to planning for an amazing sis-bang-boom to send out 2013 and to putting things in place and in motion for an even more amazing 2014!

Sometimes a bhag (google it) falls in your lap, which gives you a taste to conquer more!

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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.

McKenzie Johnson Laurence- spelling matters today, apparently.

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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.

Learning stronger, better, faster ways to reach out!

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ww.youtube.com/watch?v=ETy8pHWhVlE (in case you need a soundtrack)

Realtors, as a general rule, are folks that as a collective, don’t posses the personality to be locked in a conference room for the duration of a day. . .we’re doers, connectors and terminal fidgeters.

Learning how to marry MANY multiple programs- and if you haven’t met me yet, technology makes me want to poke my eye out on a GOOD day.  Hopefully, creating some systems and organization to help things move along smoothly as I get a little busier with family life and leave NONE of you in the lurch.

Back to death by power point. . .and allowing myself a second (gasp) full sugar and full caffeine soda so I can hang with the big dogs today.