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Month: January 2016

Snow Day Adventure

On Sunday, we finally experienced a day of beautiful sunshine. The sun began quickly melting the snow and ice in our neighborhood, water rolling off rooftops like little monsoons. Richard and I ventured out for a brisk walk and to check the ice status of nearby roads. The top photo shows kids and adults (and even a couple of dogs!) sledding down a large hill near our house.

Snow Piles

Any snow that had accumulated in the clubhouse parking lot had been piled high by plows.


Richard, looking dashing.


“Now take one of me!”

Power lines

We stood here for a bit, listening to the faint eerie buzz of the power lines.


The lovely neighborhood clubhouse.

BBQ truck

A BBQ food truck set up shop in the parking lot. No customers, though. I would think that most people on neighborhood walks are likely to leave their wallets at home!


Gretchen preferred to stay all snuggled up indoors – near the fireplace, of course.


Alas, yesterday’s roads were in much better shape… and Monday beckoned.

xo Cassie

Snow (Ice) Day!

We woke up this morning to find our street covered in a thin layer of snow/sleet/ice — so I have an unexpected day off!

Which is good, because my parents gave strict instructions that their future grandson is not allowed on the road in these conditions! So here I am. At home, with the fireplace on, a hot cup of coffee, and a toasted and buttered English muffin. Richard is here, too. He’s doing a bit of work from home, but at least he can work in the comfort of his pajamas!

Oh, and here’s Merlin, clearly enjoying the fireplace warmth.


The sleet is still falling, making “clicks” and “clacks” on the window panes. I popped outside to snap a few quick photos and the ice crystals crunched under my slippers. Aaaaaand I quickly headed back inside because damn, it’s cold.


The question is, do I spend today relaxing or doing things around the house? Ha! I’m terrible at relaxing! Does anyone else have this problem? Relaxing always sounds nice, but I end up spending my “relaxation” time thinking about all of the things I should be / could be doing. Maybe I’ll do something that is both relaxing AND productive — finally go thru some cookbooks, dog-earing pages, and making corresponding grocery lists!

I did tidy up our master bathroom. Here are some before and after pics.



The bathroom countertop had essentially become a jumbled mess of my various lotions and potions, so I decided to put things where they needed to be (in the drawers and under the sink) and leave the countertop clean, crisp, and extremely minimal.



I love how this red and white amaryllis brightens up the space. There’s just something about having real flowers around… it always puts me in a better mood when I’m getting ready in the morning.

So, baby boy bump has had his one cup of morning coffee and is kicking away now. Other than that, not much else to report!

If you’re home from work today, enjoy your snow/ice day and be safe!

xo Cassie

Updates and BIG News!

Let’s get one thing straight.

Being away from my blog for this long makes me sad. Even if I’m the only one reading it. Which, at this rate, is entirely likely.

Here’s the snapshot version of what’s happened since my last check-in (in order of occurrence):

– We found out that I’M PREGNANT! (more on this later, duh)
– We vacationed in Cape Cod
– We moved from Apex to Chapel Hill
– We vacationed in Maine
– Richard turned a different age (see babe, I love you!)
– We passed out candy on Halloween at our new house (too exciting not to share, as I love Halloween)
– I turned 26
– We spent Thanksgiving and Christmas in NC with my family
– We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary
– We rang in 2016 with great friends

All of that brings us to today!

Yes, we found out in early August that we are expecting a little baby, which was SO EXCITING! And kind of terrifying, but mostly exciting. Apparently I’ve gotten really good at torturing myself by waiting an unnecessary length of time for surprises, because after the OB anatomy ultrasound in early December, Richard and I chose to wait an extra 3 weeks to find out the gender of this little one on Christmas morning. If you haven’t already seen it, you can watch our gender reveal video here.

What’s crazy is that I’m now only a few weeks shy of entering the third trimester (I’m currently 25 weeks), so I’ve already experienced all of the SUPER FUN first trimester symptoms (nausea, complete and utter exhaustion, dizziness, and pretty much feeling hungover 24/7 without the fun of actually getting drunk). Yeah, it’s all so glamourous.

So, nesting for our little boy’s arrival has begun. The nursery is coming together nicely, and since we aren’t painting, there isn’t much left to do! Which is a relief. Here are a few snaps of the nursery progress…


Rocking chair



And here’s what I’m looking like lately…

24 weeks

That, by the way, is my “yep, there’s definitely a baby in there” face.

Let’s just go ahead and say that this whole blogging thing is my new year’s resolution. Well, that and having a baby. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @beetandbaguette for more bump/food/home/nesting updates (see sidebar on the right).

It feels good to be back!

xo Cassie

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