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Our New Home: Week 1

2013 April 8
by Becky

It feels like home around these parts. Not a box in sight.

We’ve been organizing and settling in but also getting out to explore, especially to our new favorite place: Tower Grove Park.

Just five blocks (a seven minute walk) away is a St. Louis secret. I say secret because some people I meet, St. Louis residents, have never heard of it. How? I don’t know. It’s always been a place I’ve enjoyed visiting for walks, runs (especially when training for 1/2 marathons), and the spectacular farmers market in the summer.

But there are apparently people in this city and it’s surrounding areas that don’t know about this gorgeous forest-like landmark. So I say it’s a secret. And we are ecstatic to be a part of the neighborhood that surrounds it.




Even in the very beginnings of spring, the park is breathtaking. Geese and ducks and frogs splash around the large central ponds, daffodils have sprouted their yellow heads, and the birds are going nuts…Ethan especially loves the woodpeckers drilling high in the trees. We hear them during every walk.

Also at the park’s center we’ve found Ethan a new hang-out.



Just East of where the farmers market will set up (starting May 4!!) are two playgrounds perfect for Little Man. Now all we need are some buddies to meet up with on weekday mornings after a long walk…

In other outside news, Ethan is totally obsessed with our back yard. Though small (AKA perfect) he has found an endless supply of rocks and dirt to move from one place to another. I have a hard time keeping him in the house–he’s constantly covered in dirt, especially under those nails (which I now cut every other day).

He runs out the back door, across the porch, out the screen door, down the steps and straight to the dirt.




Detail-wise, things are coming together. I couldn’t wait to hang my gallery frames on the wall…it was much easier this time after already putting them together in our Old Town house. I just love the randomness. And an old outdoor table made it’s way in here…at first I was thinking about spray painting it but the rough surface seems right at home next to the couch. I’ll leave it.




We need window treatments…ugh. UGH!!!! I hate them. Expensive, difficult to choose, and they get so dusty. But done right? So pretty. I’ve had something in mind for our front turret but couldn’t figure out how to execute. After getting a quote for plantation shutters (holy s*&^!) my determination to work out my original plan has been renewed.

First I made Stu hold up a random rod and sheer for visualization…on a borrowed ladder I just can’t seem to return to its’ owner.




In money-saving news, our favorite $147 shag rug from Home Depot fits PERFECTLY in our living room. Whew! I was very worried. Anything bigger meant big dollar signs and I just hate spending so much on something that will inevitably get ruined with kids and pets and diners on the couch.




So far my favorite hang out is my craigslist love seat on the screened-in porch.

Coffee + baby monitor + laptop + Etsy orders + porch = productive nap time.



Another favorite? The washer and dryer. Our clothes haven’t been this clean in a looooong time. What a change from the 20 year old stack job in our rental—the one with only a trickle of cold water causing wash cycles to take well over an hour.

And for cloth diapers? I set it, and forget it. Pre-wash, sanitizing wash, extra rinse. All programmed at one time. BOMB.

Now if only the washer could transfer the diaper to the dryer…




And after just a couple walks down our block, I can safely say we LOVE our neighbors. We’ve met so many in just a week and they are so so nice. We’ve even found a babysitter!! Teenagers are abundant on our street. Will come in handy as we explore more of the fantastic local eateries.

On deck for this week:

  • Using our shiny new St. Louis Zoo membership
  • Finishing up my first St. Louis DIY project 
  • Curtain progress
  • Meet up with friends for coffee/lunch
  • Attend a meeting for a potential non-profit volunteer opportunity
  • Dewey gets his teeth cleaned for some better doggy breath
  • Treat our back yard to some fresh sod

Hope your weekend was as spectacularly beautiful as ours! #ilovespring

9 Responses
  1. April 8, 2013

    You are my hero…I still don’t have all our boxes unpacked. You are also make me very St. Louis-sick. :-) Can’t wait to see you in a few weeks! (Did Stu tell you? I probably better email you…)

    • Becky permalink*
      April 8, 2013

      Yes!!! Can’t wait!! Send me all the deets.

  2. April 8, 2013

    Looks great. Glad you’ve met more neighbors and a babysitter!!!! Spring in St. Louis is beautiful and the park is “over the top.” Have fun with all your projects. So glad Ethan is playing outside in the dirt.

  3. April 8, 2013

    Congrats on getting set up so quickly! There is nothing like making a place your own…
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  4. Lauren G permalink
    April 8, 2013

    I can definitely relate to the plantation shutters… they are pricey. As to the sod, I just laid some myself this weekend. IT IS HARD WORK! Be prepared for instant gratification :-)

    • Becky permalink*
      April 8, 2013

      You are an animal!!!
      Pre-Ethan, that would have been us out there in the yard. Now we are hiring Kate’s dad to do it. He is amazing.

  5. Adrianne permalink
    April 11, 2013

    Hi Becky, I’m behind on posts but wanted to let you know that I’m home on Fridays with Cordelia AND we live fairly close to you! we live in Holly Hills, right by Carondelet Park so we are almost always up for meeting in the mornings. Email me sometime and we can exchange numbers.

  6. March 6, 2017

    You have done a lot of work. I’m sure the finished product looks great now!
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