Saturday, July 19, 2014

Video: Gender Reveal

I am four months late in making this, but my mother in law and sister recorded the gender reveal we hosted in March. I put this little video together from their clips, and am so grateful they took the time to gather them. We have been trying to be more intentional about getting home videos, we both enjoy watching ours from our own childhoods so much, we'd love to have the same to look back on for Penny.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

a before and after: Nursery

We gradually started working on Penelope's nursery almost immediately when found out she was in fact a "she." Until then, this room remained fairly untouched, and therefore fairly ugly. With original carpet (not nearly as cool as "original fixtures!" or "original hardwood flooring!") that desperately needed to be changed out (it was nearing its 25th birthday, and did not age well), we finally got the push when our sweet, charming, yellow lab at 4 sticks of butter and threw up all over the carpet. Four different cleaning products and a carpet cleaner later, David grabbed his trusty box cutter, cut out a 2x2 foot square of the carpet and pad out, and bleached the plywood underneath to get the smell out. I think at that point we had officially committed to new carpeting. 

This is the before picture from the realtor: 

The curtains were actually a little project: I had the hardest time finding ones I liked, but stumbled upon the white/floral portion (under the coral border) in the shower curtain aisle of Target! (#targetneverfails) It was a fabric curtain, and the colors were perfect! But I knew it wasn't long enough (if I wanted it to go to the floor) so I headed over to the sheet aisle, found the matching shade of coral in a flat twin bed sheet and sewed it on top, and cut the finished product down the middle!

The rug was probably the biggest "splurge" in the room (I use the word "splurge" lightly because my idea of a splurge is commonly known as "normal" in most circles...basically, I'm cheap!) You can find it HERE, (though we were able to snag one on sale for $80). It is super plush, and comfy, perfect for a baby who will spend many-a-hours sprawled out on it!  

The monogram was from my friend behind the shop Monogram Belle, the cutest boutique! I painted the two images on either side. It was actually my first go at watercolors! Thankfully, Penny has no choice but to like them (until she learns to speak...)

That sweet stuffed animal is the first thing David got for his little girl (before we knew she was a she or a he)

This amazing glider was found at a garage sale, and the second big piece of furniture we got for her room. It was a steal at $100, and was the perfect shade of yellow for the nursery. You can't tell from the picture, but it actually has a white floral design embroidered all over it. 

These oshkosh headbands were a gift from Penny's Nanny (my mom!)

The biggest (other than the carpeting!) DIY in the room was this bad boy! My parents were moving from Chicago and gave away most of their furniture to their 4 kiddos and spouses. We knew this would be the perfect changing table!

David loved the color they had painted it, so we just added on some white, changed out the baskets (a gift from my mother-in-law!), and added a changing pad to to the top!

This little guy was a gift from Penny's Nanny and Poppy (My parents!) The embroidery framed on the wall was made by my grandmother on my dad's side, Penny's great grandma, how cool is that? And the wooden shelf above the changing table was made by her great-great-grandpa (my mothers grandfather). I love having those in there. 

I painted this also, I had a friend over one night and we distressed from busy weeks by water coloring for a  couple of hours. It was as relaxing as the spa, I promise! we had so much fun, felt so relaxed, and I'm happy with outcome!

Old building blocks my parents found at an antique shop a few months ago!

Don't worry, we fully intend on painting the black lamp! Some day...
Also, that little white table was found on the side of the road (across the street! haha). I painted it white, and plan on changing out the hardware once we find some that fit! It seems to make the perfect bookshelf for her growing collection, though! 90% of those books were a gift from her Aunt Meredith (my sister). 

Well, there you have it! Now, we are just missing the baby. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What came first.

David and I headed to North Carolina for an extra long 4th weekend with some family. This is our last trip before Penelope comes, the last time we can (safely) travel out of state. The next time we are here, we will be introducing our daughter to the mountains, bringing her to Nanny and Poppy's house (my parents and their soon to be new titles).

It is nearly midnight (might as well be 4am for us, we never make it this late!) and not too long ago David was on a search. He asked me if I had seen his bible, I hadn't. He looked thoroughly on the bookshelf in the family room for a stray copy, which wasn't found. He searched a bit more before asking if he could borrow one of my parents'. They direct us to the table by the back screened porch, where he had a couple to choose from. He grabbed one, and brings it to what is our bedroom for the weekend, where I am already situated with pillows propped behind my back and my legs outstretched, waiting for him to join. He slaps the bible at the foot of the bed as he comes in, and feverishly flips through it. "I want to read you something." I admit, I was curious to see what exactly he had to show me that was tugging on him so much. "We have read this before, but I want to read it to you now." He continues, "before anything, you are my wife. I know next month we will welcome Penelope, but we will also celebrate 4 years of marriage, and that is awesome!" He goes on to say that our marriage is still number 1 to him. Still the focus, and that he will continue to love me as his wife, although I will soon be a mother also. He reads Ephesians 5:25:

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himselfas a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[c] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

I fall in love with him over and over again each day, but there are days (and many of them, I might add) that my love grows leaps and bounds for him, in the little moments, and even in split seconds. I have never doubted that he would make sure I still feel loved, and that having a healthy, loving marriage will remain our priority after Penny arrives, but I still so appreciate him verbalizing it so wonderfully, and using that section of scripture to solidify his role to me.

Thursday, May 29, 2014


I know, how can there possibly be anything "bitter" about this sweet baby. And I'll be honest with you, not much. But there is one thing that crept up on me recently, that effected me more than I had anticipated. Maybe it is because it somehow didn't hit me until just recently, a few days ago. It has been David and I for over 8 years now! A third of our lives have been spent together, that is insane! And it just hit me, its never going to be just us again! Of course its going to change for the better, but this has been such a sweet chapter of our lives, just the two of us. Really the only chapter we know so far! We honestly can not wait to meet our sweet Penelope, but I know we will look back at this time in our lives with such fondness. We have so much fun together. There is no one else I would rather be stranded on a desert island with (that actually sounds fantastic!). Life with David is so full of joy. Every single day I feel like I need to pinch myself that I get to keep him forever. Oh my gosh. He's the best. But now we have a sweet addition coming along! And my favorite part of it is that she will have parts of her sweet dad in her. What a lucky girl! I can't wait to meet her and see those parts of her dad coming through, both physically and within her personality. David is so in love with his little Darling already. Oh goodness it makes my heart melt! The other day, we started our mornings like we typically do, with David shimmying down the bed so his head is level with my belly, and plasters her with kisses and goes on and on about how much he loves her. These are just between the two of them, but I of course can't help but overhear their conversations. As he was kissing my belly (dozens by this point I'm sure) he takes a little break to say

"Penny, these are my kisses. You'll get used to them when you come out." 

Queue me immediately turning into a pile of mush. He is just such a wonderful dad already. I am so so glad that Penelope and (God willing) the rest of our children get to have him as a father, they are more blessed than they know because of it.

From a couple of weeks ago at our beach vacation. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Girls Weekend.

6 of us took a road trip this weekend to my parents summer place near Asheville, North Carolina. It was a fun little girls weekend, officially Penny's first (making it 7, then!)! It included delicious food, relaxing walks and sun bathing around the most beautiful scenery in one of my favorite places. Weekends like this refresh my soul, and replenish me so much. I miss my husband oh so incredibly much, but these weekends are a blast. A weekend to loose track of time, stuff yourself while throwing "well balanced" out the window, and laugh until your belly hurts (#ifeellikesanta).

The 6 of us were walking out of the grocery store after stocking up on all sorts of wonderful things for the weekend ahead, and a car pulls up to us and flags us over. A woman in her 60's is inside and says to us,

  "I don't know who you girls are, but you look like you've been friends for a while. Make sure you hold these friendships close, they are the most wonderful thing in the world." 

Cheers to that.