Friday, March 29, 2013

My cross His suffering

Today we celebrate and mourn one of the most glorious, frightening, and beautiful events in history, the death of Jesus Christ our King. This week has been full of emotion as I've studied and prayed over the last few days of Jesus' life. The story never seems to get easier to read as scripture describes His brutal death on the cross, yet each time I read it, my heart swells with so much joy. My sins, hanging there on Jesus' bloody, slowly dying body, and I sit here spotless, blameless, and accepted. 

This year, Jon participated in a church wide fast that ended last night with our missional community group and although I kept my body nourished (being pregnant and still being sick, I really couldn't participate), I felt humbled watching my husband and friends abstain from food. Jon was worried that he'd be cranky during a lunch meeting yesterday yet by the providence of God, his meeting pushed to next week. God sure does take care of His children. Jon is hypoglycemic and usually can't go more than 2 or so hours without food to regulate his sugar and I am so proud of him for making it. Sounds silly but I know I'd be super cranky and complain. I called Jon at lunch and he had just finished watching The Passion and said that food and drink was no longer a want after watching Christs' suffering. As Christians, fasting is meant to remove all distractions and idols of food and drink to focus on God and prayer. 

The first time I felt our son move was during worship at church....

From the cross, from the grave, You rose victoriously
Son of God, King of Love, You reign victoriously

Some vintage Easter pics...


Jon and I are heading to the lake for the weekend this morning and really looking forward to getting away. Today is the last day of the quarter for Jon so he needs some relaxation (and this belly needs some sun!). If you are looking for a place to celebrate the beautiful Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday, I invite you to the Frank Erwin Center with The Austin Stone at 10:30am. We'll be there!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.-John 3:16

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Haboo

I can't believe I've been blogging for 2 years and never shared this story....

In my family, the word haboo means I love you. It has meant I love you for 40+ years and will continue to be such a special word of endearment forever. I will try not to confuse you too much but my dad's little sister Jamie couldn't say I love you when she was a baby and it sounded more like "haboo"... and the greatest word in the world was born! Since I was a baby, my parents have been saying haboo to me at night, on the phone, in the morning before I went to school, and soon, I will be telling my sweet baby boy that very special word. It's never been something I've ever questioned and I am realizing how special it is to share this with my grandparents, cousins, parents, and siblings... just our family, no one else (although our close family friends say it to us sometimes!). It isn't less meaningful than the actual words I love you and I probably use it 99% of the time when I am telling my family I love them. My papa has even shortened it to "hab" :-).

Back before Christmas, Alyssa from Ten Feet Off Beale started selling custom made hoops and I requested a pink hoop embroidered with haboo for my niece Embry for Christmas. Turns out we found out we were pregnant a few weeks before so it was a gift from baby Hart to his cousin. Alyssa has got to be one of the most thoughtful people on the planet because a few weeks ago I came home to a package from her...


I had told her the meaning when ordering the hoop for Embry and she didn't forget. If you don't believe that blog friendships and love is real, believe it now. I was almost in shock from this sincere gift, I cried tears of joy and ran to show Jon. I already have a place in mind for the hoop in his nursery and I will cherish this piece forever. 
(visit the Ten Feet Off Beale shop here).

I know every family has their own traditions and such but I feel so lucky to be a part of this one. Jon has been a part of my family for quite some time and it still chokes me up when I hear him say haboo to our family. And I have to gulp back tears thinking about saying it to our son in just 4 short months. 

Thanks for letting me share a little history about something special in my family, do you have any similar words, traditions, etc in yours?

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Providence

It took me a while to fully understand and accept the notion of God's providence and I can fully proclaim that as a follower of Christ, I do not believe in coincidences. Earlier this year I was studying the book of Esther which is full of the intricate providence and my heart was just blown away by the careful work and planning He did, does, and will continue to do with His people. The formal definition of providence is the protective care of God/His foresight/forethought. An easy way to think about it is by using the word coincidence but not believing that it was a random act, but an act of God. There is so much providence in the bible, I don't even know where to begin but I'd like to share some of the providence in my life. 

I remember running into my husband one day on my lunch break and by running into I mean neither of us told each other where we were going/when and we ended up at the same place. Seeing him there I remember thinking "wow God! So cool, thank you for that 5 minutes of seeing my husband in the middle of the day". That is one of the many normal/mundane examples I have of God's providence in my life. 

A few weeks ago Jon was working on our taxes in his office and I went to join him to chat and he had a deer in the headlights look on his face (not a great look when I know he is dealing with money). I asked him how much we owed and he wouldn't tell me because it was so high but mentioned that he hadn't plugged in our tax deductible tithe and charitable donations yet. By the providence of God, the money we give took what we owe from almost 5 figures to $900. I've talked about in the past my struggle to fully trust God with our finances and how that is an area where my husband excels as. I am selfish and distrusting because the moment I submit my fears, God reveals Himself. And He revealed Himself through our taxes which gave me so much peace going into the most expensive years of our lives... parenthood. We give, He gives, and selfishly, it makes me want to give more. 

It is so easy to see the faithfulness of God when view everything as His work. Beautiful weather? His daily gift. Fun times with friends....an absolute work of His steadfast love. Husbands, babies, deep friendships. I promise if you start seeing everything as His, you will see daily providence, it's almost unbelievable. 

You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that's on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. 
-Nehemiah 9:6

We let our friends borrow our heart rate doppler last week and the next day I thought dang I should have listened to baby Hart's heart one more time before I gave it away and within 5 seconds...thump, thump, thump, he was kicking away. Coincidence? No. Providence of God? Absolutely! 

Blog posts where I have seen the providence of God
When we decided to start "trying" 
Buying our home
Adopted

I don't live with regret but I wish I could go back with the mindset and belief I have now to see where I totally missed God in my life, knowing He has never forsaken me. Have I seen His providence in understanding the bad things that have happened in my life? 100% yes. Even if you think it has nothing to do with God, it has everything to do with Him. Through our human successes and failures, it has everything to do with Him. (Luke 1:52, He has brought down the might from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate). 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

21 weeks




Thoughts: I've noticed a lot of emotional changes this week...not that I wasn't excited to meet this little guy before but for some reason I am aching to meet him and have him here. I get so giddy excited thinking about his birthday and holding him and seeing what he looks like, I know that feeling will get even stronger the next 19 weeks! I often think about what his eyes will look like, if he will have dimples like me or hair like his dad. I think about announcing him on my blog and introducing him to our family at the hospital. I still cannot believe God has given me this gift.

Baby: He is the length of a carrot which seems so big to me! His eye lids and eyebrows are forming and if he takes after his mama, he may already have a bushy unibrow :-)

Symptoms: still sick :-(. 1/2 a Zofran pill a day has been working nicely but I have gotten sick twice this week, once this morning actually. Nurse at our appointment said I may just have to take it the whole pregnancy which is 100% safe for me and baby. I also got a bad bloody nose this morning which I haven't had in a few weeks but it may be the change in weather we are having. Tailbone pain stinks. 

Weight: I've gained 14lbs since my 6 week appointment but since I had lost a bunch of weight, that is 10lbs up from my pre pregnancy weight

Movement: lots of it and loving it! Dad can feel it everyday too. I used to do the doppler probably every other day to check on my little guy but he reminds me multiple times a day that he is in there. Since he is still small enough to flip around, I've been getting a weird sensation like losing my stomach on a roller coaster when he moves a lot, but I love it!

Sleep: good this week... wish I had more time to sleep but I am getting about 8 hours with a few potty breaks/trying to re position my belly breaks. 

Cravings/aversions/eating: Nutella... enough said?

Workouts: I haven't gone to my cardio kickboxing class in 2 weeks, afraid I will accidentally let some potty out. I laughed last week trying to do some of the leg machines and realizing my tummy was getting in the way. My favorite workouts are just walking on the treadmill at lunch (or walk outside after work) and light upper body weights. 
  
Clothes: 100% maternity pants and still wearing non maternity tops. I've pulled out some maxi dresses from last year and wearing those often too (although I had to cut the elastic around the chest because it was too darn tight!). We got a random cold front so no spring dresses yet. 

Doctor appointment: Had my 20 week appointment last week and everything checked out well. Good weight gain, fundal height was right on, good BP, and we listened to baby's heartbeat. It was just a nurse visit, no ultrasound, so Jon didn't come with me. We got lots of information on classes they offer and recommend and we are still trying to decide. They immediately asked if we had a name for our son and if we were going to get him circumcised... straight to the point. No name and yes! We go back in 3 weeks for another 3d sonogram yay!

What classes did you take to prep for childbirth/etc? I hear a breastfeeding class is really helpful and I don't plan on taking an infant care class. 

21 weeks 
(and wearing my Sunday Sabbath lounge clothes)

Luckily we return from vacation on June 23rd :-) 

I can no longer see my toes when looking straight down, 
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Mashed potatoes with garlic & kale


I've said it before, we are a meat and potatoes kind of family. I like cooking healthy but you will never see us on a Paleo or Atkins diet, we love our food too much! One of mine and Jon's favorite sides is mashed potatoes so when I came across this recipe for skinny mashed potatoes with garlic and kale, I knew I had to give it a try. Jon basically liked the plate clean when I made kale chips so I knew he'd be up for trying this. These will definitely be making a regular appearance in our kitchen, they are delicious and creamy without feeling guilty. 

Ingredients
5 larget russet potatoes, rinsed
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup fat free sour cream 
2 tbsp low fat cream cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup kale, wilted (or more if you'd like)
Salt and pepper

1. Wash and cut the potatoes into quarters and boil for 6-8 minutes until they are soft
2. Wash your kale and massage it with your hands to wilt
3. Saute garlic with 1/2 tbsp olive oil about 3-4 minutes
4. Remove potatoes from heat and drain access water. 
5. Add chicken broth, sour cream, cream cheese and garlic and mix with a handheld mixer or immersion blender
6. Stir in kale
7. Liberally add salt and pepper to taste





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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Husband, kids, & beads!

Hi everyone!  I’m so excited to be guest blogging for Ruthie on this beautiful Saturday!  Since I’m new around here, I thought it might be fun to tell you a little bit about myself.  My name is Nancy Burke and I’m a 30-something wife, mom and jewelry artist based on Long Island, New York.  I discovered Ruthie’s blog while watching House Hunters on New Year’s Eve.  Believe it or not, earlier that same week my husband and I decided to take a leap of faith and relocate our family of 5 from New York to Austin, Texas this summer.  And then Ruthie’s House Hunters episode aired, featuring the same exact neighborhood we’re heading to.  Life is just full of crazy coincidences!

First and foremost, I’m a wife and mom.  A husband + three kids keep me very busy.  Would you like to meet the crazy bunch? 

Here I am with Joe, the ringmaster of this circus.  Part computer nerd, part athlete, and 100% awesome husband and father.  In June we’ll celebrate our 10th year of marriage.  Woo hoo!  Joe currently spends 4+ hours PER DAY commuting from NY-NJ, so we hope moving to Austin will dramatically increase our family time spent together, as well as his sanity.  We cannot wait!


Next, meet Julianne Riley.  She just turned 8 and is very excited to be making her First Holy Communion this Spring.  Jules loves unicorns, creating artwork of all kinds and dancing to her Kids Bop cd’s.  She and I are very close because we’re the only girls in this family.  Every night we like to snuggle and talk about our day.  I hope that never changes.  We girls need to stick together! 


And here is Thomas Hamilton.  He’s 6 and a half, and truly an old soul.  So emotional and so very smart.  A real thinker.  Thomas was building words at 3 ½ and reading well at 4.  I fell in love with Thomas the minute the nurses laid him on my chest.  A tiny, warm baby who nuzzled his little nose into my neck.  Not a day goes by that Thomas doesn’t say, “I love you, Mom.”     This photo’s a year or so old, but it captures his gentle nature.


And finally, our resident clown, Mr. James Wyatt.  The beloved runt of the litter, this guy thinks he’s 3 going on 6.  He makes us laugh every day.  I’m not sure how, but it always happens.  Often it involves costumes.  He’s a Leo like I am, and is stubborn like I am, but also passionate about everything he does, too.  Including resisting arrest at naptime.   But that’s another story.  J





Aside from husband and kids, my world also revolves around beads.  Millions and millions of beads!  These days I’m selling my work almost exclusively at http://www.hamptonjewels.etsy.com, but I do enjoy the occasional house party or girls-night-out event too – especially when there’s wine involved! 
I absolutely LOVE having a global customer base thanks to the internet.  I’ve shipped jewelry to far-reaching places in Australia and even Amman, Jordan!  It’s awesome to think that somewhere across the world, someone is wearing my designs.  And I’m able to work during naptimes, after bedtimes, when the kids are in school, you name it.  Flexibility is key.  I’m obsessed with color, gemstones and improving my photographic skills.  And weddings!  I design jewelry for approximately 50 bridal parties every year.  It’s the most fun and special part of my job. 


Last year after observing that my little company was growing quite a bit, my husband helped me transform our dark family room into the Hampton Jewels studio.   I now have a 13x19 workspace that’s all mine!  I feel so blessed when I walk through the door every day.  Creating at my workbench, printing shipping labels, packaging jewelry, and photographing new products can all happen in one room now.   It’s just awesome!!  Here’s a photo of my workspace.  Once I get settled in Austin this summer, I hope to get my studio up and running and find a fun group of crafty girls to hang out with.



Well, that’s me in a nutshell!  Thanks so much for reading my post today.  It was a pleasure being here and I wish all of you a super week! 

XOXO,
Nancy

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Little bunny


Cuteness overload much??

Earlier this week, Jon and I were both in Dallas for business (him for meetings and me for trainings) and as blah and mundane as that can sound, we got to spend time with our favorite little girlie, our niece and God daughter, Embry. We stayed with my sister Sunday-Wednesday and got lots of laughs, cuddles, and great pictures of the little lady. You can normally just look her in the face and she is a bowl of smiles... I think I captured some good ones!

Big sister Athena is very fond of her little sis 
(and Embry is her biggest fan)

Trying SO hard to crawl!

Every little girl needs monogrammed silk shoes, right?
(I am so glad I can still buy pink for Embry!)

As hipster and green Austin is, the thrift stores in Dallas are way better. Maybe it's because all the rich folk donate their barely used designer baby gear and clothing? At any rate, Cori and I did some major thrifting and baby Hart basically has a full wardrobe for the next 2 years. How can I pass up Baby Gap and Gymboree for $.99?! There may be a lack of boy clothes options but man they are cute. And she scored the deal of a lifetime... a black Ergo carrier for $4.99! I bought mine on Babysteals a few months ago for $80 and thought that deal was crazy. So if you are ever passing through Dallas, don't be shy to thrifting. It is also a lot cheaper than here in Austin and I think it's because thrifting is more common here and they can jack prices up knowing people want thrifted/vintage/etc. I will say that Baby Hart will be quite the fashionable stud!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Blog Lovin

If you are a blogger, you can skip this post! If not, you may not know that Google is getting rid of Google Friend Connect early this summer. GFC is a way to easily follow multiple blogs and pull up new posts in your reader dashboard. This blows for readers who follow a lot of blogs and for bloggers who've built up larger readership through GFC.

I am finding that BlogLovin is the best alternative so I wanted to make sure you all had the link to follow my blog there. 

Follow on Bloglovin

Signing up for an account is free and easy and you can follow all your favorite blogs, not just limited to Blogger or Wordpress. I hope you continue to follow along, let me know if you have any questions!

Ernie hopes you stay along for the ride!

You can also find me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & Youtube


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

20 weeks




Thoughts: excuse me but am I really half way through this pregnancy?! I am soaking up every minute of this 2nd trimester energy while I have it. We've been busy inside and outside of the house, crossing off projects from our to do list. This has been a really enjoyable week of pregnancy

Baby: 
He is the size of a banana this week and 10.5 oz. He's now producing meconium
(which Jon loves saying) and his developing taste buds allow him to taste whatever I am eating. He's developed a sleep cycle and now sleeps 12-14 hours a day.

Symptoms: I tried quitting Zofran cold turkey and that lasted about 1.5 days before I caved and took a pill. I think it would be easier if I was able to be home all day but I work outside the home and wasn't able to concentrate with the nausea and looming vomit. It's crazy how powerful (and helpful) 1/2 a pill can be. For now, I am taking it once a day and feeling awesome! Tailbone pain has been intense this week and I'm guessing it is here to stay. My belly button is starting to flatten out and become an outie too. 

Movement: I thought it would be hard to tell the difference between baby movements and everything else that's going on but I definitely know when he's moving around. I notice it mostly when I am sitting sedentary at work and right before we go to sleep and are laying in bed. Jon had his hands on my belly last week and said he felt 3 little thumps! When baby is really active, Jon puts his hands on my belly and feels little kicks...it is the best feeling. There are times where I almost feel sick like I've lost my tummy on a rollercoaster because he is flipping and moving so much. 

Sleep: I've been getting better sleep now that I've found a system that works. I use a small 1ft square pillow between my knees and I sleep pretty good. Waking up multiple times to empty my bladder does get in the way of beauty sleep. I've had an eye twitch the past week which I heard means I need more sleep...

Cravings/aversions/eating: fruit again this week! I had my first watermelon of the season and probably ate half of it. I've always had a chocolate tooth and have been eating lots of sweets this week. We've been eating out a lot lately so I keep telling myself I need to buckle down and start eating a little bit healthier.. :-) yeah right.

Workouts: We have been out of town for 4 days (returning late tonight) and haven't really worked out much. Last week I got a few weights in and been going on short walks but I've been super active around the house rather than in the gym. 

Clothes: wearing only maternity jeans, capris, leggings now and a mix of maternity/non maternity tops. Since the weather is really nice, I've been able to incorporate sundresses and maxi dresses that I wore pre pregnancy. I do have a few maternity dresses that don't quite fit the belly yet but I know I will live in them this summer. I've noticed my regular yoga/lounge pants are getting tight, I do have a few pairs of Old Navy maternity ones I haven't started wearing yet. 

Doctor appointment: we have our 20week appt tomorrow (we will be 20w3d) and it should be pretty short. It is just a nurse visit so no ultrasound... so far we've had 4 ultrasounds, 1 being 3d, so it feels weird not having one. They will be measuring my fundal height (belly button/uterus) to make sure I am on track, etc. We are supposed to start talking about classes we can take which I am looking forward to.

Can you handle the sexiness?!

His first pair of brightly colored skinnies like his daddy!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Potato Broccoli Soup with Bacon & Parmesan

Leave it to Chelsea to post recipes on her blog that instantly have my mouth watering. This soup recipe was more than pin worthy... it was, "I have to go to the store NOW so we can make this soup ASAP." I modified the original a bit to make a larger batch and man were the leftovers such a treat. 

Ingredients
2 cups diced carrots
2 cups diced celery
2 cups diced white onion
3 tsp minced garlic
2-4 tbsp olive oil
6 slices of bacon
4 cups chopped broccoli
5 russet potatoes, washed, peeled, and cubed
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup shaker Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

1. Cook the bacon and chop into bite sized/topping sized pieces (my favorite way to cook bacon is in the oven)
2.  Meanwhile, in the bottom of a large pot, saute the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in the olive oil until tender
3. Add cubed potatoes and broccoli and cook until soften, about 5-7 minutes. Add more olive oil if needed.
4. Pour in chicken broth and let simmer over low heat for 20 min
5. Stir in the heavy cream, crumbled bacon, and Parmesan cheese and allow soup to thicken a bit.
6. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.


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Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Boston & a Belly

Well howdy, new readers! It’s an honor to be writing alongside the lovely, Ruthie Hart. Thank you sweet pal for letting me take over your slice of the internet today!

Let’s get to it, shall we?

I’m Katie from a Kup of Katie! You must hang with me; I tend to write a bit sporadic but I PROMISE after a while you’ll understand my style, and, maybe even giggle a little!  

(AHEM! Please close the eyes to my grammar errors and made-up words, I’m seriously flawed in this realm!)

Well, I have BIG news. Like enormous WHALE-size news and I’ve waited for this guest post to share it. Lucky you!

If this is our first encounter then I must share a bit of ME in order for this to make sense.

I’m married to this HOT nerd.
He’s known around my block as MVP, you’ll never see me write his real name!


Ain’t he handsome?

Together we parent this petite rowdy pup. Meet Halo, our Boston baby girl.



We are happily expecting a baby girl in early JUNE! I’m 28 weeks and a few days to be exact. Pretty exciting, huh?

Here are some illustrations of the growing peanut thus far. The pictures aren’t fancy … forgive me!  


Are you starting to feel a little more comfortable with me? Excellent!

So, almost 6 years ago while in college, MVP and I were dating in secret.
Most dates were spent on a golf course in hopes to be undisclosed. (That’s a whole different story!) We were on date number 4 sitting on a blanket talking until the wee hours of the morning. I was preparing to journey to Africa for three months and was determined to prove that it wasn’t a good time to start really dating. I would challenge him with complex questions, hoping he would answer them poorly so I could immediately pull the plug. I liked him, but I wasn’t in a place to settle down, so I thought. I was determined to prove that he wasn’t a good match for me. My plan backfired because he answered every question with such class...he blew me away! (I’m surprised he didn’t run when I started asking him such deep questions!) His answers were authentic and candid. He wasn’t trying to fluff the answers to get me to like him… which made me like him even more! Anyway, I asked him how he felt about stay-at-home-moms (SAHM). I’ve always wanted to be a SAHM so this question was a HUGE one. He said he hopes to be in a place that he can provide for his family and that if his wife wishes to stay home, he hopes for it too. He continued saying he would love his wife to raise his kids and that he’s looking forward to having a strong family unit.

GULP.

I stored those words somewhere in my heart and brain as he slowly worked his way into my life, never to depart. 

Now we are approaching that very life we discussed 6 years ago. The decision seemed so much easier sitting on a blanket, before we became big kids!
After many prayers, conversations, and budget adjustments we have made our decision.

Drum roll please….

I’ll be a FUTURE Housewife of LAS VEGAS!!!


You’ll have to stay tuned for my ridiculous effort at being domestic while the MVP transitions to Dad and husband of the year! I’m certain there will be many moments of burnt dinners and possibly burnt laundry!

Not to mention many first time mommy mistakes, oh heavens. Full-time mommy prep is in the works! EEEEEEEEE!

A kup of Katie forecast for YOU, new friends:

A kup of Katie is getting a face-lift this month! She may need a bit of recovery time so patience is appreciated.

Baby’s name is being revealed TONIGHT. Yes, you read right! In honor of the Dad-to-be we are throwing a Huggies & Chuggies couples diaper party. AND, we will be revealing the name at the PARTY. Want to join the fun?! Fill out a name bracket below and email me your picks! You could be featured on a kup of Katie. Happy selections!


Lastly, I am looking for 10 guest bloggers to post while I am enjoying my new baby girl’s arrival. It will be FREE exposure…all I want to do is enjoy our sweet peanut without completely neglecting the blog. If you’re interested, email me and we’ll chat!

Many thanks, Mama Ruthie.

I look forward to getting to know more of you!

Much love from The Future Housewife of LAS VEGAS,

Katie!



Friday, March 15, 2013

Nursery prep & planning

Last month Jon and I were up in Chicago and baby Hart got showered with so many gifts from family! We got two gorgeous frames and I remember thinking, I hope it is a boy because this would be perfect nursery inspiration. And what do ya know?

The past couple of weeks we have been gathering ideas from Pinterest, researching baby products, ordering fabrics, and trying to decide on paint so we can get started on the nursery. We actually have all of his furniture already set up so now the fun part starts. We chose a crib early on and it went on sale with free shipping when we were only 13 weeks pregnant so we went ahead and bought it. We are using my old baby dresser in one corner of the room and a $35 thrift store dresser that I re did for storage and a changing table. My grandparents gifted us a beautiful wooden rocking chair and I don't envision us needing any more big pieces.

So enough talk, time for some pictures...

Our white Jenny Lind Crib

Changing table/dresser

Antique rocking chair

We will be using the same basinett my niece Embry slept in and it will be in our room when he is first born. We're keeping it upstairs for now and it is serving as a home for his stuffed animals and lovies.

We are painting the room a very light gray, can't remember what it is called but hoping to have that done soon. Instead of buying pre-made blankets, curtains, etc., we ordered 2 different fabrics to use in the room and we are having items made.

Gray geometric/Whale watching sky

The gray geometric fabric will be made into curtains, an ottoman, and a rocking chair pad. The whale watching sky fabric will be for the more "baby-ish" things... crib skirt, blanket/comforter for the crib, and changing table cover. We wanted him to be able to grow into the room and we could even use the room with the gray geometric for a baby girl someday.

Accents will be yellow and blue (the two inspiration frames pictured below). If you squint you can see a little glass whale sitting on top of the You Are My Sunshine frame. Back in September, I was visiting my sister before her daughter was born and we were thrifting in Dallas. I found that little guy, hand made out of clay, and just had to have him...no idea why...and now I know!


The two prints on the right will be for the gallery wall above his changing table, which I am slowly collecting things for. Both prints are from Livy Love Designs and I couldn't be more excited to hang them in our son's room!

I'd never purchased/received a print from a designer so I was curious as to how they would turn out. I've always taken advantage of free printables found on Pinterest but after getting a "real" one from LivyLove, not sure if I can go back. The quality is phenomenal, you'd never know she prints them from her own home! Not only are her prints high quality, they are some of the cutest I've seen around. Diana of LivyLove, hand designs each print and is constantly adding new ones to her shop. It was incredibly hard for me to choose, I think I could have basically had a whole wall of LivyLove prints! 

I knew I had to have this precious Dr. Seuss quote printable (and each print can be  color customized)
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I am so glad we are getting a head start on his nursery since I am full of energy right now and it's not blazing hot outside. It's only a matter of months (probably weeks) until we hit the 100 degree weather which, let's face it, causes us all to be a little unproductive. I can't wait to see his nursery all put together and am looking forward to sharing the progress with you guys along the way.

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