Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Last week was one hell of a week. I am still exhausted from it. Last Monday night after we found out the gender of the baby we got a call saying that Joey's grandfather was in the ER and was unconsious. He has a really bad infection that is causing both of his kidneys to shut down. They put him in ICU and on dylisis. He is now doing a little better and has been able to eat and breathe on his own for a few days. We don't know yet how damaged his kidneys are yet though. So we were at the hospital everyday last week until pretty late.

Then last Tuesday morning, the day after Joey's grandfather was put in ICU, his great aunt passed away. They had just put her on hospice on Sunday morning and that afternoon we had went to see her. Joey was asked to be a paulbearer so I had to get him a suit. We had the roserary on Wednesday night and then on the 23rd was the funeral. So needless to say last week was a rough one. My heart is saddened for my husbands family and just pray that his grandfather makes it through this.

It's A......

We found out last Monday that we are having a BABY GIRLl!!!!!! Her name is Elizabeth Grace Lopez. We decided to wait until Christmas to share the news with our families. We made cookies for everyone and inside put this napkin on top that said Baby girl and then we put a name card with her name on the inside of the lid. We made everyone open them at the same time and they were so excited! My mother-in-law went right after we told her and bought some clothes. I also bought some girl clothes last week and right after we found out we went to the UH bookstore and bought a diaper bag for daddy that doesnt look girlie and a bib, beanie, booties and a picture frame. We're proud alumni!

This week we bought Elizabeth's stroller, car seat and nursery set! I will post pics of all those later!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Talking to Baby

From what I've read they say it is good to start talking to your baby now. I have talked to Baby Lopez quietly in my head but its been a little weird to talk aloud to it. But its good to talk aloud to the baby so that they can start recognizing your voice. So last night Mr. Lopez and I sat down and I read to Baby Lopez his/her first book, Dr. Seuses Oh, the places you will go!

Again I just absoultely LOVE LOVE this book. I think its a very good life lesson. So in case you have never read it here it is: ( I have to warn you it is a long book.)


Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.

You'll be on y our way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.
I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place...
...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't
Because, sometimes they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike,
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pregnancy: Week 15

How far along? 15 Weeks 3 Days

Baby's size? 4 inches — about the size of an apple — and weighs 2 1/2 ounces.

Weight Gain? Weighed myself yesterday and I gained 2lbs so almost back up to where I was before I started vomitting.

Maternity clothes? Yes and loving them! I'm starting to show a little more so

Stretch marks? I have some on my legs and sides but I think they may have already been there.

Belly button in or out? In :)

Sleep? The past couple of nights I have been sleeping a lot better!

Foods I am loving? I'm starting to get a little bit of my appetite back! I'm still loving anything cold and in particular frozen yogurt.

Foods I am hating? Any kind of meat, mexican food, pizza and almost chicken hast started getting me sick.

Best moment this week? I had two people on Thursday comment that all of a sudden I look really pregnant! Also I haven't gotten sick since last Sunday!!!!!!

Movement? Not that I can feel yet.

Symptoms? Stomach is a little quesy but vomitting has gotten better! Also I've been breaking out really bad on my face and my chest. Anyone else experiencing acne?

Gender? We will hopefully find out next Monday in time to tell our families on Christmas!

What I miss? Last week I had a mixer for work and I really missed being able to have a glass of wine! I was just smelling other peoples drinks. Its sad really!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy Holidays: The Lopez Family Christmas Card

Since 2010 was a big year for Mr. Lopez and I with us getting married and getting pregnant, we decided or I should say I decided to create a holiday card with pictures of us instead of just sending out regular Christmas cards like we usually do. So I used Walgreens.com to create our cards and they were only $15.99 for 20 which I didn't think was a bad deal. And we only sent them out to family but will probably start sending them to our friends next year as well.

So without further adue, Seasons Greetings from The Lopez Family! (Side note: Since Joey's family are the Lopez',  we decided to say From Joey & Heather Lopez & Family)

In case you can't see the smaller pics very well, the pics include a pic of our first dance from our wedding, our cats and an ultrasound pic of baby Lopez!

Do you send out Christmas cards and if so do you create one or use generic ones?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Pregnancy: Week 14

How far along? 14 weeks

Baby's size? 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and weighs 1 1/2 ounces.

Weight Gain? As of 2 weeks ago I had lost 5 lbs. Haven't been on the scale since.

Maternity clothes? I went shopping this weekend at Kohls and bought a couple pair of work pants and some shirts. I can button up by regular pants at all. When I'm home I like to wear night gowns that dont constrict my stomach.

Stretch marks? Not that I've found on my belly yet.

Belly button in or out? In :)
Sleep? I have not been sleeping well at all since I found out I was pregnant. I can't seem to get comfortable and I toss and turn all night and usually get really hot.

Foods I am loving? Truthfully there are no foods that I love right now which is so sad :( Nothing sounds good to me at all! I do like almost anything that is cold and I have been eating a lot of cereal because nothing else sounds good.

Foods I am hating? Any kind of meat, mexican food, pizza and almost chicken hast started getting me sick.

Best moment this week? Bought the baby its first book, Dr. Seuss "Oh, the places you'll go!" I absolutely love that book because its so motivational.

Movement? Nope not yet.

Symptoms? Still very nauseous. Saturday was a really bad day. I didnt get out of bed except to vomit and I beat my record of twice a day and vomitted three times that day :( I hope that goes away very, very soon!

Gender? We have our appointment on December 20 so two weeks from today. Hopefully the little one is in a good position for us to see. We have decided on nursery themes for either one. If its a boy its of course going to be sports theme after his daddy and if its a girl i found the cutest princess theme.

What I miss? Feeling normal and not getting sick!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dr. Apt and Thanksgiving and My Birthday, Oh My!!!!!!

I was totally MIA all week last week from blogging so I'm here with an update.

I will start with our Dr. Apt as it was last Monday. I had lost 5 lbs since my last visit. Mr. Lopez didn't get to attend this one with me because he had his own doctors apt so my cousin went with me instead. It was a great appointment. The baby was moving and trying to turn over and it even waved at me! I'm not even kidding! It did! Here are some pics I took of the ultrasound. Sorry quality isn't so good.


Belly pic at 12 weeks

This year Mr. Lopez and I hosted our first thanksgiving ever! I totally forgot to take pics of all the yummy food and decorations so I'm sorry! We had about 20 people in attendance including my family, Joey's family and my foster family. I was smart and had everyone bring a dish and all I had to do was cook the ham and make a pie! It was such a success but boy was I tired after it was all said and done.

Saturday was my 26th birthday and it was such a great day! Mr. Lopez woke me up with a card and then went to buy me an outfit to wear for the day. When we got back home there were flowers waiting for me from Joey! Let me just tell you this was very special because Mr. Lopez doesn't believe in giving flowers since they just die and in 7 1/2 years since we've been together I've never received any. Then that afternoon we went to see the new Harry Potter with my foster family and it was a great movie! Really you must see it! Then we went to dinner and then we headed to Joey's grandmothers where they had a cake for me and I blew out all 26 candles in one blow! Oh yeah I'm a good blower! LMAO!

So needless to say I had one busy week for this pregnant momma and I think I'm paying for it now. Yesterday and today I've been really sick and just feel horrible! Hopefully that doesn't last much longer now that I'm done with my first trimester!

I  hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pregnancy: Week 11

My Body

Our baby is over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig and is almost fully formed. Even though I already had a tummy before getting pregnant I am definitely starting to show.

My Symptoms

My nausea has been horrible but I feel like my vomiting has gotten a little better. I didn't upchuck at all this weekend but of course it was back this morning :(

I'm still waking up throughout the night from tossing and turning from side to side. Once I get comfortable and am sleeping good my side becomes numb and i have to turn over. Its also hard to sleep when my tummy stays upset all the time.

My Weight

Starting Weight: 163 lbs.
Last Week: 161lbs
This Week: 159 lbs.

My weight keeps fluncuating with all the vomiting I'm doing.

Next Doctors Visit

We have our next doctors visit next Monday.

What I'm looking forward to
My first trimester being over and hopefully by week 14 my nausea will have magically disappeared.

We are hosting our first thanksgiving at our home this year and I'm praying that I am feeling good.

My 26th birthday is next Saturday and the family is going to see Harry Potter which I'm very excited about. This will be my first time doing something since about week 6 when I started feeling like crap. So I'm hoping I'm having a good day that day.

Taking a picture of the growing belly this weekend!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pregnancy: Week 10

I am so sorry that I have been MIA for the past two weeks! I feel so bad :( I just still haven't been feeling well and pretty much all I do if I'm not at work is lay on the couch or in my bed. My life is pretty boring and miserable at the moment so I apologize. Hopefully just a few more weeks of feeling like this and I will be back to normal.

My Body

Our baby is now the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, and has now completed the most critical portion of its development. The baby is now swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including  kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function.Tiny nails are forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair is beginning to grow on tender skin.

My Symptoms

So nothing has really changed. I am taking a new nausea prescription every 4 hours and truthfully I don't like it as much as the Zofran. It isn't as easy on my tummy and it makes me very drowsy. It also works sometime and other times it doesn't. I have been vomiting at least once a day sometimes twice at different times during the day.

On Saturday I was driving back from a store with Mr. Lopez and I threw up while I was driving! Luckily I had put a plastic container in the car in case that happened but who has actually thrown up while driving down the freeway? It was crazy! Then yesterday I had my first meltdown! I have so many emotions going on of feeling miserably sick to feeling guilty for missing work, feeling guilty for complaining all the time and being sick, feeling bad that I'm not all positive and happy! So many damn emotions! I just want to feel better and myself again!!!!!!!!!!! Is that too much to ask for?

My Weight

Starting Weight: 163 lbs.
Last Week: I didn't weigh myself
This Week: 161 lbs.

Second Doctor's Visit

So we had our second OB appointment on Monday and everything continues to look good. The baby's heartbeat was 168 this time. So still strong which is a good sign. At this appointment we had to decide whether we wanted the first trimester screening test to test what our percentage is for having a baby with down syndrome. We had decided we were going to do it and made our appointment to find out that the Genetics place doesn't have a contract with our Insurance company or something and so we would have to pay close to $300 for the ultrasound. Because we can't afford that we had to cancel our appointment. I'm not too worried about it as they say the older you are the higher chance you have and since I'm only 25 I think and pray that our baby will be fine and if not we will just have to deal with it when it happens.

I did receive my blood work for our last visit and everything looks good except I have a stupid bladder infection! So I'm taking an antibiotic for that right now. We have another appointment in 2 more weeks which by the way kinda worries me that the doctor keeps making our appointments for every 2 weeks instead of once a month. She did say in the beginning we will have more ultrasounds than the normal person because she doesn't like to be surprised but I'm hoping after we pass the first trimester mark it will go to once a month. Taking work off every two weeks is a pain in the butt!

Thanks for sticking with me through all this and hopefully soon I'll feel better to post more!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pregnancy: Week 8

My Body

New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from our baby's hands and feet, his/her eyelids practically cover his/her eyes, breathing tubes extend from his/her throat to the branches of its developing lungs, and the "tail" is just about gone. In the brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. Our baby is about the size of a kidney bean this week.
My Symptoms

This past week was not good for me at all! I vomited at least once a day and Sunday was really bad as I couldn't keep anything down! I bought Preggie Pops and Gingerale and nothing has been helping! I'm only talking my nausea prescription when I have to as my insurance only covered 12 pills for 30 days.
My Weight

Starting Weight: 163 lbs.
Last Week: 162 lbs.
This Week: 158.8 lbs.

I lost weight this week I'm sure due to all my vomiting! I'm hoping that this next week I can actually keep my food down.
First Doctor's Visit

We had our first visit with the doctor yesterday and it went really good. We got to hear the heartbeat and it is really strong at 167! Everyone's been telling me that means its a girl so we will see. My doctor said I need to be taking my nausea medicine every 8 hours so she sent a different prescription and hopefully my insurance will pay for all the pills! I feel a little better today taking my Zofran twice yesterday and this morning so far.

I really like my doctor. She said she doesn't like surprises so we will be having more ultrasounds than normal and even if shes not on call when the baby is coming as long as she isn't out of town she will be there to deliver. I of course had to get blood work and a urinalysis done and waiting to get the results back from those.

We have another appointment in 2 weeks. Something funny happened while we were in the room getting to hear the heartbeat. Mr. Lopez started feeling sick. He said he got hot then cold and felt like he was gonna vomit! I couldn't stop laughing. He said he thinks it just became really real right then. If he was the one throwing up the past week he would know it was really real already LOL

Sorry I haven't been posting a lot. Besides feeling bad and SUPER busy at work I just haven't had the time. I promise as soon as I get through this trimester and get done with this stuff at work I will be back to posting regularly. Thanks for all the sweet comments!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pregancy Pic: 7 Weeks

I have decided to capture what I look like throughout my pregnancy. Here is me at 7 weeks before gaining baby weight. Sorry in advance for looking like crap but that's how I feel.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pregnancy: Week 7

My Body

I am 7 weeks pregnant this week and this is what my uterus looks like. This week's major developments: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs. Technically, our baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of their tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Our baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.

My Symptoms

My nausea is the same. I did cave in and call the doctor for a prescription which she prescribed Zofran (Ondansetron). I am only taking it when I have to and I can say that even though my nausea feeling doesn't go away completely when I take it, it helps it tremendously. This weekend I did vomit for my first time after eating cereal so now I'm staying away from dairy at the moment.

I don't really have much of an appetite as nothing sounds good to me at all.

My sleeping is all whack! I can't get comfortable no matter what I do. I usually sleep on my side anyways so I didn't think I was gonna have a problem with that but I'm just not comfortable. Either my stomach hurts or between our cat who sleeps right beside me and Mr. Lopez I feel too claustrophobic. So last night I laid on the other end of the bed and got a little more sleep but I still tossed and turned for the most part.

My Weight

Starting Weight: 163 lbs.
Last Week: 162 lbs.
This Week: 162 lbs.

I have maintained my weight this week which is good. Mr. Lopez and I did not go walking at all this week because I was just feeling miserable. We're hoping to start back up today.

I am hoping to get Mr. Lopez to take a pic of me this evening so I can start taking progress pics every month.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Catch Phrase Vs Taboo





This weekend one of our friends had a party and asked us to bring our game of Taboo. Another one of our friends brought Catch Phrase which Mr. Lopez and I had never played before. Of course for both games we played girls vs boys.

For some unknown reason the girls ALWAYS won at Catch Phrase and the boys ALWAYS won at Taboo. And of course there was arguing over who was the better team. I liked Catch Phrase if there was/is a way to update the questions because we ended up going through all of the entertainment questions.

So have any of yall played either of these games and which one do you like better?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pregnancy: Week 6

My Body
I am 6 weeks pregnant this week and this is what my uterus looks like. This week's major developments: The nose, mouth, and ears are beginning to take shape.

My Symptoms
My nausea has gotten worse and I feel sick 24/7. Nothing seems to be helping. Not crackers, not 7UP, not eating something every couple of hours. I am thinking about calling the doctor and seeing if there is any medicine for nausea that I can take.

My Weight
Starting Weight: 163 lbs.
This Week: 162 lbs.

I have no idea how I lost a pound this week especially since I haven't started vomitting yet. The only thing I can think of is that I haven't had much of an appetite since I am so nauseous.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Trick or Treat Tuesday: Halloween Decorations

This weekend Mr. Lopez and I put up our little bit of outside Halloween decorations that we bought this year. I hope to be able to build on this year after year. In case you weren't aware, outside decorations are freaking expensive! I could have bought a ton of stuff but everything was like $50 or more.

This pumpkin lights up and is in the window by our front door.

I mentioned in a recent post that we pulled up all the shrubs and weeds in the flower bed by our front door so we can do some landscaping. We are waiting to get a quote but in the meantime I thought it made a perfect graveyard!

Have you put out any Halloween decorations yet?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pregnancy: Week 5

My Body
I am 5 weeks pregnant this week and this is what my uterus looks like. Our embryo is about the size of a seseme seed.

My Symptoms
I have been feeling nauseus and light cramping. My body just feels weird.

My Weight
Starting Weight: 163 lbs. I really really hate that I wasn't able to loose weight before we got pregnant but my goal is to only gain between 15-20 lbs since I'm already starting out overweight.

Mr. Lopez and I went to the park last night and walked 2 miles. My goal is to do this every night and I'm very happy that my husband is being supportive and going with me. I am also going to continue doing my pilates for my legs and my arms.

We have finished telling our friends and family that we're expecting and everyone is overjoyed. We are very blessed with such great family and friends and of course with an extended family everyone wants to go to our appointments with us. I have a feeling we are going to have to make a plan for that or there are going to be some angry people.

Weekend Recap: Broken Bones

On Saturday we were on our way to a friends birthday party where we were going to announce that we are having a baby, when we get a text saying one of my brother-in-laws was in the ER. So we drive straight to the hospital to find out that he broke his arm pitching! Yes PITCHING!!!!!!! He was in sooo much pain and I felt so bad for him. The doctor said he's pretty sure that he is going to have to have surgery. Hopefully we will find out this week if he will or not. If so, I'm not sure he's going to be able to play baseball again or at least not for a long time.

So needless to say we were in the ER for most of the night and werent able to tell our friends in person about the pregnancy. Other than that we didn't really do anything the rest of the weekend besides put up some halloween decorations outside that I will share in tomorrow's post.

What did you do this weekend?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fab Friday {10.1.10}

So I'm soooo excited to announce on this Fab Friday that I'm fabulous because I'm PREGNANT!!!!!!!!

We finished telling our family last night and we are waiting to tell our friends when we see them tomorrow for a friends birthday. So this information has NOT been posted on facebook or twitter yet so please don't post anything to my pages about it yet.

I took two pregnancy tests on Tuesday and they both came out Pregnant so I called the doctor and had my blood work done Wednesday morning. They called back that afternoon to confirm!!!!!!!!! As you all know from my recent posts about trying to loose weight before we had a baby,  this was unexpected. We had a plan to wait to start trying until April but I guess there are some things that you just can't control. Even though this is unexpected we are both very excited and I'm thrilled to share this experience with you!

I am about 5 weeks right now which puts our due date at June 4. We have a couple family members birthdays  a couple weeks before and a couple of weeks after that date and they are both hoping it falls on their birthday. We have our first appointment and ultrasound on Oct. 25 and I promise to keep you updated. I also promise to share whats going on throughout the pregnancy but not to get too detailed if you dont want me to.

This is why I havent posted anything this week because my mind was out of it and I didn't want to share the news until we told our family as they read this blog. I will get back to posting on a regular basis next week. Unfortunately this also means that Project Weight Off is OFF until after the baby arrives but my weight goal is to still continue to eat as healthy as I can and I would like to not gain more than 15 lbs since I'm already a little overweight. I will talk to the doctor more about that when we see her at the end of the month.

I hope y'all are just as excited as I am!!!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Home Sweet Home: Year 1

Today marks one year that Mr. Lopez and I have been in our home!!!!!!!! I wish we could say that we've really done a lot to it but we haven't. We want to do some painting and a few other things but things take time and were trying to come up with a plan of when we can do what. To celebrate we are getting gutters put on the front of the house and hopefully they will be done soon.

Here are some pics of what our house started off as when we were getting it built and what it looks like now. Excuse the mess.

Getting Built

Living Room Getting Built
Living Room

Bar area in living room

TV stand in living room


Book shelf in office

Futon in Office

Movie shelf

Guest bedroom

Family pics of me in hallway

Guest bathroom

Guest bathroom




So as you can see we haven't done any painting but I'm hoping to change that this year!

Did you do a lot of cosmetic work to your house your first year?