Saturday, February 22, 2014

Aunt Times Three & Other Random Thoughts!

That's right! I am now the aunt of two {officially} but three when the new baby arrives in July! What's even crazier that I'm an aunt of THREE girls! Poor Landry is the only boy! I suppose I will eventually have to try to have him a baby brother, but don't get excited. It won't be this year {or at least it won't be planned...haha}.

My sister had her baby last week. Meet Anslee Isabella!

She is just the sweetest thing! She's so content with life being snuggled in her blanket. While Isabella was so still and quiet, my little lovely is quite active these days.

Landry is so much fun right now. Morning are our favorites, and if you follow me on Instagram then you saw this picture of his crazy morning hair the other day. Have you ever seen a six month old with that much hair?!?! I suppose it's better than none.

I'm seriously about to die to do some home projects, but I can't decide which I want to spend money on first. While I desperately want some new rugs for the new dining room and new study, I can't seem to find one that I can commit to fully. I wanted something a little less traditional for the study but something that still fits our home.

For the dining room though, I still want traditional and have found a rug I love, but it's just not big enough! Ugh! I'm hoping next weekend we can go to a couple of stores to see if I can find anything for a steal. Probably not, but it's worth a try.

With this new dining room switcheroo, I want a new chandalier to hang above the table. The ones I find online are EXPENSIVE, so I think I'm going to go to a giant antique store to see if I can find one that I can fall in love with and has a bit of character. If you haven't been to Alyssa's Antique Depot, you are missing out on life!

Well, I suppose that's all for now. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Big Switcheroo

We have officially lived in our house for over a year, and during that time I’ve had plenty of time to find out what works and what doesn’t here. Since we moved in, I wondered where in the world we were going to put our computer and desk and printer and such once children moved into the guest bedrooms.

That’s where everything is now. If you don’t remember, our guest bedroom was empty and filled with junk when we first moved in. Then, we had the ugly blue carpet removed and inherited a king size bed. The junk went out {and into the attic or garbage} and the desk area became a little more organized. But what was going to happen when Landry had to upgrade to a bigger room? Problems.

Remember that living room I worked so hard on this summer?

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Since Colby and I couldn’t agree on {or afford} chairs for the den, we ended up moving the new furniture from the living room into the den, so we would be more comfortable and the furniture would actually get used.

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That has left an empty living room. So what to do with that space that would make it an actual useable space?

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There were two options:

a) Make it an office and another space to watch television or play in {but close it off with french

     doors}

b) Move the dining room in there for more space and put a study where the dining room is now

Well…we chose option B. It just makes more sense. Right now, the dining room is very cramped.

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My table can extend out even further to fit the remaining three chairs around it. When you have people over to eat though, there is zero room for people to move in and out as needed. It’s CRAMPED!

Plus, you walk from the garage into the dining room. Kind of weird to me!

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This room also has a pocket door that separates it from the kitchen if needed. It was actually a study before according to the previous owners. They repurposed it back to a dining room though.

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So…as soon as I can get a new rug for the soon-to-be new dining room, the switcheroo will take place, and our house will continue to be a giant work in progress.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow…errr Ice Day!

Well, luckily I made a trip to the grocery store on Monday afternoon afterschool to stock up on a few groceries because we are homebound due to all of the ICE that’s covering nearly every surface.

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No worries here though! A state of emergency means that we don’t have to makeup these days up {we hope!}. That means three free days with my baby! It’s been terrific getting to spend time with him that I normally wouldn’t have.

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I bundled him up this morning and took him outside for the quickest photo shoot ever. I brought his white rocking chair outside, and I began snapping.

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For now, there’s a fire in the fireplace, and we are doing absolutely nothing! Other than playing and eating and watching television! It’s the best way to spend this surprise winter break.

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Remember those door hangers I made? I think they’re rather fitting {more now than the day of the party}.

While I’m glad we had a little wintry weather, I seriously can’t wait for some spring weather. Things just aren’t really that pretty in the winter like they are in the spring and summer. I prefer green grass over brown and flowers {even though I tend to kill them}. I’m not equipped for cold weather. Warm is more my style!

I hope you all are staying safe and off the roads! When you stay off the roads, you keep my husband safer, too. Enjoy your extra day off!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Round-up

It’s been a couple of crazy weeks. I’ve been sick. Landry’s been sick. Colby’s been sick. The only one not sick in this household is the dog. Luckily, it was just a cold and nothing worse, but there were several sleepless nights for this mama.

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I would go in his room several {ten+} times a night just to make sure he was still breathing. Between a humidifier, lots of love, and elevating his crib mattress, I think we are finally on the mend. Just in time for teething!

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He really is feeling much better though!

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In between all of this, I turned 26. It was a low key birthday to say the least, but I spent it with my two favorite guys, which made it great! Needless to say, it was much better than last year’s birthday since I thought for sure I was dying {from morning sickness}. Thank goodness it wasn’t a repeat of that!

Can I get a “woot woot” that hunting season is almost over? Seriously….I’m counting down the days.

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Oh, and did I mention that I’m going to be an aunt….again?!?! Yes, I know you already know my sister is having a baby, but not my sister-in-law from The Langham Project is having a baby, too. The picture above is how she shared the news with her husband.

We should find out at her next appointment what Baby Langham will be! Can’t wait! Before long, I’ll be making plans for her shower, too.

Everyone is having babies! But then again, it’s just the stage of life we’re in! So excited for Landry to have all of these new babies as friends {and cousins}!

And you want to know one of the highlights of my week?!? New supplies for my classroom! It’s the little things in life, people! It’s not hard to make this teacher happy! Staplers, a heavy duty hole punch, wireless keyboard, pens, and Sharpies and I’m in heaven! Obviously, it’s a teacher thing =)

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Just a tip….if you’re at the grocery store and love king cake just stroll on over to the ice cream aisle and buy you a half gallon of Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream by Blue Bell. You will NOT be disappointed!

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Check later in the week to find out plans for the living room! Major changes are about to take place!

In honor of a new week, a few words of wisdom…

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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That was the theme for my sister’s baby shower. When I was trying to come up with a theme for the shower, all I knew was that I wanted something related to the weather. Thanks to Pinterest, I found “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” All I had to do then was pray that it would actually be cold on the day of the shower. When you’re depending on Alabama weather, it can be freezing one day and in the 70s the next.

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The decor was simple, but I think it was a nice touch. On the tables, I used a piece of wood that Colby had cut for me, mason jars with baby’s breath, pine cones, and mini tart pans with candles.

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Who knew I could fit four card tables in my living room?

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The cake was absolutely amazing! It was gorgeous and delicious!

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The menu was all that you could wish for if you wanted to have a sugar high…

Hot chocolate with any possible topping you can imagine

Chocolate chip cheesecake dip

Vanilla wafers

Every variety of donut holes

Brownies

Cheese squares

Chocolate malt balls

Chex mix

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In the end, I think it was a terrific shower. The mommy-to-be got lots of things she needed before Baby Isabella arrives in just a few weeks.

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Can’t wait until she finally gets here and gets to sport her new things!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Back to Work

Tomorrow it's back to work and this chick is not looking forward to it. Love my co-workers. Love my job. Love my baby and staying at home more though. Do you blame me though?

Look at that sweet face.

I just want to kiss his sweet face, and I must admit that I do about 1,000 times a day.

He turned 5 months old today. Ugh. Time slow down!!!! I don't know what I am going to do when I can't hold him and kiss him any time I want. We have moved up to sleeping through the night on a pretty regular basis, and he even has an 8 p.m. bedtime. One hour of me time before bedtime. When I mean me time though, I really mean making bottles, straightening up, preparing for the following day, and crashing in bed.

I feel like I am missing out on so much by not being with him all the time, but that's the life of a working mom. Maybe I won't feel so bad when he's old enough to go to school, but I am not rushing time at all.

I have been preparing for a baby shower for my sister in the celebration of her second child, Isabella. She's due in February, and we are so excited to meet her.

Kind of a funny story...my sister noticed that Aly, her daughter, had been acting different. When she asked her what the deal was, she said she didn't want to be a big sister because she didn't know how! Any advice for her (mom or daughter)? I don't think Aly totally believed me when I was talking about all the cool things you can do when you're the oldest since I am.

The theme of the shower is " Baby, it's cold outside!" Hopefully, by the grace of God, the whole thing will come together. This is a sneak peek into a project I have been working on and will provide more details about later. I apologize in advance for the poor phone photo.

Hope you all have a great week! Maybe it will go by fast, so the weekend will be here again!

Happy New Year!!!

 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

10 House Goals for the New Year

I have been a little out of the loop, but I want to start the year off with a new outlook and get back to doing the thing I love doing...blogging.

It helps me get my creative juices flowing, makes me accountable for goals that I set myself, and allows me to share a piece of myself with others.

This past year was so busy and packed full of exciting moments that I just didn't get a chance to share with everyone. Landry is definitely one of the best things that has ever happened to me. While it can be very exhausting at times, it is the best job I have. Nothing beats that smiling face! Since we have more of a schedule down now, I am thinking I will have a little extra time. Plus, my husband got me a wireless keyboard for my iPad for Christmas, so I can now enjoy blogging when we are out and about.

Obviously, my favorite thing to blog about is our journey in making our house a home. That's why I think it is so fun to make this list.

Since we got a little off track last year, I am going to add in some of the goals that I didn't accomplish.

Here it goes...

{one}

Repurpose the living room- more on that later!

{two}

Get new bedding for the guest bedroom

{three}

Paint the cabinets in the den

{four}

Get one new rug for anywhere in the house

{five}

Get two new lamps for the guest bedroom

{six}

Make a place for Landry's toys in the den

{seven}

Paint the doors inside the garage- and possibly new hardware

{eight}

Have rocking chair reupholstered

{nine}

Paint one of three things {the coffee table, the breakfast table, or the desk}

{ten}

Plant something in the front flowerbeds

 

I am hoping to cross at least five things off of that list. I would consider that to be a successful year! After all, you never know what the year may hold.

Do you set yourself goals for your house? If not, think about doing it. Write it down and post it somewhere you can see it.