Wednesday, November 30, 2011

last of the fall days

I have been trying to soak up the last of these fall days with my little nugget. I know soon the weather will be much too cold, and this mama will be much too big to get outside to play. 10 more weeks until M's baby brother arrives, and it still seems a little surreal that our family of three will soon be four. If we're being honest here, I'm very nervous about how he's going to take it. Everyone says jealously is normal and he'll be fine but my heart cannot even stand the thought of him feeling jealous, or angry, or hurt, even if for just a fleeting moment. I know I have to get over this and all that we can do is our best to make sure he gets enough attention too but it's going to be hard. I'm still trying to wrap my head around how I'm supposed to give all of my attention to two people now instead of just one. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

some things.

Saw this over on Danielle's blog and thought it looked fun.

Obsessing over: Clothes that don't fit me. I know, this is kind of strange. I'm at the point in this pregnancy where nothing really fits me anymore. I didn't buy a lot of maternity clothes when I was pregnant with M, just a few staples (a few pairs of jeans and a couple of shirts). I refuse to spend a lot of money on something I will only wear for such a short time. M was born in June so I pretty much lived in dresses those last couple of weeks. This time it's more of a challenge and I'm getting pretty bummed that I have to wear the same outfits over and over again.

Working on: Making photo calenders for gifts and some other goodies as well! Oh and I have yet to finish M's scrapbook (I know..the shame!) I'm picking up photos tomorrow and I told myself I must finish it so that I can work on the baby's pregnancy scrapbook, which I haven't even started yet. Funny how different the second time around is! I'm majorly slacking.

Thinking about: What I'm going to eat for a snack. Oh and what time a certain little boy will wake up tomorrow...he was not feeling like himself today, pretty fussy at times and very clingy. Which I didn't mind one bit...but while I was in the shower he fell asleep and that was at 5:30. So I'm wondering what time this mama has to wake up tomorrow....

Anticipating: All of the fun Christmas stuff we have planned over the next few weekends. And getting the tree up! I have this urgent need to decorate.

Listening to: Absolutely nothing! My house is quiet and I'm savoring it.

Drinking: vanilla almond milk. Can't get enough.

Wishing: for a time machine!

We looked like giants

Death cab for cutie will always hold a dear place in my heart. So many memories and feelings attached to this music. Something about the weather lately has made me listen to this album on repeat literally for weeks now. This is one of my favorite songs.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

It's sad to think that so many of these days pass me by, and I get so caught up in this or that, that I forget to be thankful for this wonderful life. It's so easy to want more, to never really be satisfied with what you have. That is one of my faults and I'm slowly trying to change my mindset. I constantly want more-more clothes, more things for our home, more time, more sleep. This list goes on and on.

I woke up this morning to a little boy yelling "maaaa!" in the next room over. For that I will forever be grateful. Now that M is in our lives, it just gets sweeter and sweeter. As I sat on the couch watching my perfect boy play with his trucks, my heart felt so full. We are so lucky. Lucky to have this life, for our health, and lucky that it is filled with so much love. There are so many people worse off than us, and I need to always remember that.

We may not have it all. We probably won't be able to give M everything he wants, but I promise we'll always provide him with everything he needs. And that list isn't very long- love, support, encouragement, and laughter. I want to teach him that life isn't about what you have or don't have, it's not about wanting more. It's about taking a step back and realizing that you have it all. Much more than I could ever hope for. Our house may be small, it may be a mess more often than not, but these four walls are full of love. And for that, I'm grateful.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The weather this week has been gray and dreary. Perfect for hunkering down at home and making christmas crafts, and maaaaybe eating my weight in chocolate. This weekend we met our friend's four week old baby girl, and it was weird to hold a baby that tiny. I can't even remember M ever being that small. How does time pass us by so quickly? It's such a strange thought to think we are going to do this all over again very soon. Look how tiny my little bub was...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Vintage Christmas Roundup

With Thanksgiving being only a few days away, I am in full Christmas mode over here. I blame it partly on nesting, but I have this strong desire to get my house decorated right.this.second. I can't get enough of vintage Christmas decor. Something about the colors, and the nostalgia that comes along with it. I'm slowly adding to my collection, and here are some things I found over at Etsy.

Vintage Christmas lights. These would look great in a clear jar or bowl. Found here.                          

Putz Houses. I've become a little obsessed with these lately. They are so whimsical and cute. Found here.  

Pixie elf mistletoe. Found here.

Lighted ceramic tree. Found here.

Saltshakers. Found here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Play Coffee House!

This is by far the cutest thing I think I have ever seen. A play coffee house! This little girl is one lucky lady for having such a crafty and thoughtful mama - check it out here.

Monday, November 14, 2011

recent pics from my phone

1. insisted on having his truck book with him while he ate. 2. playing outside. 3. feeding the chickens. 4. petting zoo. 5. checking out the goats. 6. bookworm 7. baby in a plastic container 8. laying down with daddy 9. thomas pj's.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

DIY: Chalkboard Table

Chalkboard table's are all over the web right now. I can't remember how I first learned about these nifty little things but I've seen a lot of different versions. I've been wanting to do this for awhile now, it's the perfect addition to M's playroom. Although he is still in that phase where he eats everything. (when does that go away??) So in between doodles you can usually find him eating the chalk.

Here is what you need:

IKEA Lack Side Table- (you can use any table really, though I already had this on hand and compared to some of the other "kid" sized tables, you can't beat the price of this at $10!)

Chalkboard Spray Paint- This stuff is AMAZING. Ever since I got it I have been fighting the urge to make everything a chalkboard! It's so easy!

Spray Paint in your choice of color- I used Rustoleum's "Jade".

First sand the table and wipe everything off. Follow directions on spraypaint can. I (well, my amazing hubby) gave it three good coats (I skipped primer even though it's recommended because I didn't have any on hand and I am pretty impatient when it comes to these things.) I'm pretty confident with three coats nothing should chip.

Also not pictured are the chairs I picked up at IKEA to go with the table. I spraypainted them the same color and VOILA! The easiest project ever.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Holiday Craft Ideas!

I'm already in full gear planning ahead on what I'm going to make this year. Usually I wait until the last minute but am feeling pretty proud of myself for getting started this early! I enjoy making things, especially for other people so crafts are always my go-to for holiday gifts. With so many inspirational crafty blogs out there, and my newest obsession pinterest, I've rounded up a few of my favorites that I will be making this year.

Tea Cup Candles

Silhouette Mason Jars

Peppermint Stick Cocoa Recipe

Vintage felt ordaments

Holiday Wreath

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Furniture envy

I am in love with this china hutch makeover I found over at designsponge. I love the endless possibilities that you have when it comes to customizing a piece of furniture. There are so many great pieces out there (at the thrift store or craigslist) and with just a little bit of elbow grease you can transform something blah to amazing and completely unique. Seriously though, how amazing are these colors, the patterned paper, the touch of gold paint?! Swoon.

Monday, November 7, 2011

26 weeks

I'm now into my 26th week of pregnancy. Thank goodness for modern technology and babycenter's app that reminds me how many weeks along I am. I feel a little guilty that most times I can't keep track. Still feeling pretty good, but growing a human makes me tired. I never got that "energy" everyone talks about in the second trimester. I can remember feeling like this with M too so I guess it's just my body. I suppose chasing a toddler around doesn't help with that. Here are the roundup of belly photos so far:


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tattoo Tuesday: Featured!

The lovely Danielle from the blog Sometimes Sweet featured me on her "Tattoo Tuesday" awhile back. There are some amazing tattoos over there. Thanks for having me Danielle! You can check it out over here: Tattoo Tuesday

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Much to my fear that M would protest his costume or have a meltdown mid trick-or-treating, halloween went off without a hitch! I made his owl costume and earlier in the week when I tried it on him he started ripping the feathers off the sleeves. I figured he would last all of a few minutes in his costume and decided early on that I wouldn't freak out about it. He ran around all night without even noticing it on him. Good thing cause I might have to re-use it next year for his baby brother :)

We visited my mama then went to my in laws for their annual halloween pizza dinner and trick or treating around the neighborhood with M's cousins. By the time we ventured out it was dark so I left my camera at home, but M did great and it was the perfect chilly night.

Next year we'll have two boys in tow, and that just means more chocolate for this mama!