September 15, 2015

My Little Gummi Bear

That moment when the whole world stops, you're filled with elation and joy, and nothing matters but you and that tiny, pink, perfect thing... have just delivered a most precious gift into this world.

I am thrilled to officially announce our sweet Ariah Lily has arrived!

photo by Magic Lantern Photography

She is the best baby, seriously.  With a 2 and 6 year old already in tow, I'm beyond grateful that our little "gummi bear" is a good eater, sleeper, and burper!  Ha!  We couldn't feel more blessed (and sleep deprived) than we do, and are happy to share it with you all!

As you can imagine, things have been a little hectic as we're adjusting to a third child, buying diapers and wipes in bulk (two kiddos in diapers at once...ugh), and trying to keep our wits about us with 3-4 hours of sleep each night (zzZZzzzzzzz).  But, as things normalize, you can bet we'll be sharing our baby adventures and fall projects around the house.

Thank you for all your kind congrats and well wishes!

June 17, 2015

Baby Prep in Full Swing

Baby prep is in full swing 'round these parts as the hubby and I are gearing up for our sweet baby girl due to arrive July 7th (that's less than three weeks away, people!).  We're so excited to welcome Baby No. 3 into our family, but I won't lie, it may be the most stressful anticipation yet!

A third child creates a host of new challenges.

(Hello?  I only have TWO hands!)

We've found ourselves needing a new car that would safely hold three car seats (our zippy little sedans just won't cut it anymore).  We need a double stroller this time around since child No. 2 and new baby No. 3 are closer in age.  We are trying to figure out bedroom/nursery situations since we have a six year old girl, a two year old boy, and will have a newborn...but only two bedrooms.  Which also means we want to finish our currently "unfinished" basement so we'll have extra rooms and space for the kiddos.  Then there's trying to find the boxes that have all of the adorable newborn stuff that we had for our first girl...

...pretty sure it got sucked up by the Moving Monster.

I think he and the Sock Monster are related.

All of these things, plus a hundred other "nesting" items that I want dearly to cross off my list.  How I wish I had ten times more energy and we feeling about ten months less pregnant right now!  Ha!

My dear hubby did make time to finish building bookcases for our great room, and I'm so happy with how they turned out!  I'll be sharing photos later this week for a quick update, but there are still roughly two dozen posts I've been working on that are half finished.  Ugh.  I need an assistant!  I'm hoping that when Chloe goes back to school in the fall, and I've had sufficient time to recover from pregnancy/delivery, I'll be back to regular posts.  I'm excited to show you all the fun stuff we've been working on around the house (Chloe's updated "Frozen" room, loft and great room built-ins, loft decorating, Ryker's nautical nursery, a few painted furniture projects, just off the top of my head!).

For now, a great big, wet, slobbery THANK YOU for checking in and reading!

June 2, 2015

In Search of the Perfect Lemonade Stand

There's not much that I love more than an icy cold glass of lemonade...any time of year!  Add pink and yellow streamers and some pinwheels and I get all googly-eyed!

This will be our second summer at Oxford Park, and this year Chloe has requested that we make a lemonade stand.  Since we're behind a huge green park that often sports kid's soccer games during the spring and summer, Chloe figured it would be a great opportunity to set up a lemonade stand during the games!  And who am I to resist a budding entrepreneur?

SO cute!  Am I right?!


...friggin' adorable!

I can't wait to get started!

Now, another thing Chloe has recently asked for is a play kitchen.  This totally surprised me!  You've probably seen tons of variations of the old entertainment center turned play kitchen...

...and I totally considered trying my hand at a little DIY kitchenette a couple years ago...

...but Chloe didn't show much interest, and so I thought the time had passed...

...silly me!

So, knowing that she wanted a play kitchen AND a lemonade stand, I thought, "Why not make the kitchen do double duty?"  It could be a kitchen on the main side, and on the other, we could create a really cute walk-up lemonade stand!

Then, of course, I found this image on Pinterest of a similar idea incorporating a vintage style diner...

Fun, right?!  I'm so excited about this project!  Definitely more excited than a 35 week pregnant gal ought to be.  ;)

So now the search is on!  Here's my top contender at the moment (found via KSL- local classifieds).  It's a great price, but over an hour away, so...still debating.

Now, I realize that this hunk of furniture isn't exactly portable, so taking it out once a week for soccer games might not be very fun for mom and dad.  ;)  The full plan will likely include a more mobile pop-up stand in addition to the more permanent kitchenette/lemonade stand we have planned for play time.

After we have rehabilitated an old entertainment center by removing/adding shelves, swapping out hardware, painting, etc., we'll be prepping some details like these...

Whew!  I'd better get started!


I'd love to read your comments if you've made a play kitchen for your kiddos (or yourself, I won't judge), or if you've got any great ideas or links for fun and unique play food, I'd love to see!

May 22, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special holiday in the U.S. when we honor those who have fallen in battle.  I am beyond grateful that recent generations of freedom fighters in my family have not had to give their life in service to their country, but my admiration and deepest thanks go out to all those who have fought and died for our freedom.

Now, on a lighter note, I hope y'all have something exciting planned for this weekend!  Marking the beginning of summer time and BBQ's, Memorial Day is not only a time to honor, but a time to have fun!  And as you begin planning for a season full of outdoor gatherings, s'mores and fire pits, sunset BBQ's and patriotic holidays (don't forget Independence Day and Veteran's Day!), a little red-white-and-blue decorating goes a long way!

Check out these gorgeous pieces and decorating ideas from one of my favorite summer time sources - Pottery Barn!







May 15, 2015

National Painting Week

Ready to get your paint on?

We've got loads of painting projects in the works 'round here, but since I am quite preggers at the moment I'm being careful to not breathe in those yummy painty fumes.  Just eight more weeks to go, baby!

Meantime, I'm loving these gorgeous furniture makeovers...

Gorgeous, right?  SO fun!

Are you currently working on any DIY projects?  Any PAINTing?  I'd love to see your links!  Are you dying to try something new but not sure where to start?  How about something fun and simple like a chalkboard or a little furniture glazing?



If you're new to DIY projects and/or painting, don't worry!  The best way to learn is by DOING.  You'll make mistakes along the way, and learn better techniques as you go, but being creative is ALL about the process!  Start with a smaller more manageable project (don't go painting your great grandmother's prized dining set right off) and you'll work up the confidence to tackle something a bit more daring!

Happy painting!