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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jake's halloween treats

This is seriously one of my favorite things to do. 
Sweet favors. Holiday goody bags. Themed parties. It's my jam! 

So here's to Halloween this year and some fun treats for Jake to take to his school buddies for their party this week. 

I nabbed some orange watercolor scrapbook paper and created these folded designs. 

Hershey's Kisses and some little plastic bugs went into these favor bags. 


 Candy and fun surprise? How can you beat that?!

We head out to our first Halloween event tonight at our church's Light the Night festival.
Can't wait to throw on our costumes!
Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

downstairs bathroom makeover

When is the best time to redecorate a bathroom? 
If your answer is "when you're 38 weeks pregnant", then winner winner chicken dinner

Yup, I got a whim at the beginning of August. Great timing, eh?
I'd love to use the "I was a crazy-pregnant-lady" excuse, but let's be honest. I'm that crazy lady, pregnant or not. Once I get an idea in my head, it's getting done. 
Thankfully this little stunt was pulled off in just one day and Eliza didn't have to be delivered in the bathtub. Crisis averted. 

And does it look familiar? It should. This little downstairs bath has gotten a couple of quick makeovers in the time we've lived here, but I can't say that I've ever felt like we got it just right. Until now!

(Sorry for the less than phenomenal photos. This is our "tornado bathroom" in the downstairs, center of the house. So no natural light. Whomp whomp.) 

The wall color is Valspar's "Frappe" and my very favorite greige (grey beige).
I went minimal with the whole thing and just stuck to clean neutrals. I know, I know, but those clean neutrals are my jam. Everything feels so light and uncluttered!
White linens, brown accents, and a tiny hint of that watery turquoise. 

I nabbed the wire/wooden shelf from Hobby Lobby and added couple touches that I had around the house.

In the almost six years that we've lived here, I think I can finally say that I'm really happy with this bathroom! Hurrah! 

To check out other rooms in our house, click HERE to head over to the home tour page!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

two months old!! {eliza}

Check out this little lady in all her two month glory!

Weight: almost 10 lbs
Height: 21 1/2 inches 
Eats: She both nurses and takes a bottle. Which is super awesome. I feel pretty fortunate to be able to breastfeed after she had a three week NICU stay with all bottles.
Sleeps: Well! She does a nice 7-8 hour stretch at night and naps throughout the day. We try to stick with an eat, play, sleep schedule. She's been approved to sleep in whatever position she wants so we're working now to get her onto her back full time and then into her crib full time.
Favorite things: She's started playing with us a lot more and loves to smile and coo at you, which is the sweetest ever. And she's still a pretty avid snuggler. Girlfriend loves to be held. Warm baths are also topping the favorites list.
Hates: Her car seat. Whomp whomp. Car rides are less than fun around here at the moment.

We also had Eliza's baby dedication at our church this month. Its a special moment for us as we pledge to raise Eliza in a Christian home and help guide her in whatever way God would use her.

Oh and Eliza took her first vacation this month with my family!
We loaded up (along with my parents and brother and sister-in-law) and headed to the Gulf for a little fun in the sun. Eliza spent most of her beach time in a little shade tent, but she had a great time napping in the shade to the sound of the waves. She seemed to enjoy the pool too!
... Just not the car ride...

Her pediatrician gave her two thumbs up at her regular appointment. I was thrilled to hear that he felt like she was holding her head up as well as any other two month old. Anything with trunk control is a bit of a question mark, so way to go Eliza!

(We probably shouldn't tell the doc about her donut obsession...)

All in all, I'm elated at how smoothly the last two months have gone. Before she was born, I'd have given my right arm to have a crystal ball that told me what I could expect. It's just a relief to see this sweet baby and watch her grow. I'm one lucky momma!

As always, you can keep up more specifically with our gal and her spina bifida updates over at Expecting Eliza.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

currently {october}

Maybe its the whole two kids thing. Maybe its just a parent of a newborn thing. Maybe its just a "me" thing at the moment. Regardless, I'm sad to report that my brain has turned into absolute mush.
This too shall pass. I have a feeling that once we mellow into October, we'll be finding a routine. Routines are my best friend and, surely, they will return the solidarity of my brain.
For those of you that are new to this, think of it like a coffee date. I'm having an iced mocha with two extra shots of mocha {because I'm 15% adult and 85% child, apparently}.
Here's what's up with me:

The weather! It's cool that we start our chat by talking about the weather, right? Consider it an ice breaker.
Look, when you live in a place that has four very true seasons, the weather is a legitimately popular thing to talk about. Around here, we're over the humidity and the sweat on your forehead after exactly seven seconds outside. By this time of year, we welcome fall with open arms.
And holy cow, October in Alabama is the best. 75 and sunny most days. 
Crispy leaves starting to fall. No more grass mowing. SEC Football in all its glorious obnoxiousness. Pumpkin patches everywhere.

This kid started back to school and got to have his first field trip all in the same week. 
We made it a family affair and the four of us had a great day with Jake's preschool at Lyon Farms.

Y'all know that homemade, family coordinated costumes are my jam.
Unfortunately, I'm getting a bit of a late start this year {as in, I haven't yet}. But supplies are on my dining room table and a super great idea is in my head. I have three weeks to prep some costumes before our first Halloween event. Until then, let me distract you with this cuteness of years past...
Costumes of  2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014

 A family vacay! 
A serious family vacation that includes the four of us, my parents, my younger brother and his wife. 
Backstory: When I was a kid, we used to vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama each summer. This sweet lady in my dad's church offered us a week at her beach side condo every August. So for some 20 odd years, that was our family trip. 
Obviously us kids grew up and I think that sweet lady finally sold her little spot on the beach. Its been about ten years since we've seen the place. But back in May, the family was sitting around discussing how we needed to throw a group trip together and that going back to Gulf Shores would be fun. A little googling and some property rental booking and boom, condo #326 is ours again!
The same condo! Yes, its been totally updated {umm, thank goodness!} but its the exact same spot that we spent so many family summers. 


It should prove to be an interesting adventure with a newborn, but we're excited about Eliza's first trip, a little beach time, and enjoying the Gulf Coast Shrimp Festival!

I'm not superstitious so I'm willing to share this without the need to knock on wood or do a double-jinx-back chant. 
Because this lady is sleeping through the night!

{From our baby dedication at church Sunday. She has clearly been getting right with Jesus!}

That's right! At the ripe age of 7 weeks, we have a champion eater and sleeper. 
In all honestly, I'm freaking out about how fast time is seeming to pass and hold old she is. I've barely got my brain wrapped around the fact that she's here and boom, she basically grows up on me. Quit it, Eliza. Quit it right now.

Well, the sleeping part is cool. You don't have to quit that, girlfriend...

So maybe I'm a little bit behind on my reading list. Maybe I bought this book in June. Maybe I thought for sure that I'd read it while sitting around the NICU in August. Maybe I thought I'd crack the cover during my many hours of breastfeeding or pumping here lately. Maybe I have plans to take it to the beach. 


Regardless, this is the book on my nightstand. I know its good. I just know it is. Y'all cheer me on and surely I'll get back to reading on the regular again.

So that's the latest around here. Better get back to it!
I'm pretty sure someone needs to be fed or changed or played with.  Happily obliging!