Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Book Shelf Redo

Sunday afternoon I got in the mood to FINALLY arrange all the stuff on the bookshelves in our office thanks to some inspiration from James Brown. I was really happy with how it turned out, especially since everything I used was stuff that we already had. This is the picture of the room when we first moved in:

This was the room after I painted it a few months ago. It is a bit blurry due to my lack of photography skills. Let me just tell ya that having a good camera does not make up for poor depth perception.

And this is the after! I am thinking about getting some baskets for the bottom shelves. Whatever goes down there has to be kid friendly since my little muckins like to play with everything they can get their hands on.

This is a canvas my mom brought us from her trip to South Africa. Houston is in the process of making a really big frame for it! I went ahead and tacked it to the wall to let the wrinkles settle out of it. I love it! Next up: curtains!

In other news, I am having some pretty serious baby fever the last month or so. Good thing I have other things to focus on, like finishing nursing school and taking care of my two little darlings and hubbie :) I am planning to take the summer off, take 2 classes this fall and then be finished in May. I still love going to school, but I can't help this baby fever! Maybe a puppy would help?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Find Beauty in the Ordinary and not so Ordinary

When I remember to look around me, I see all the possiblities and all the beauty that is jumping out all over the place! Sometimes its the small stuff (some might say silly) like a clean house or a beautiful tree outside my window. Sometimes its the amazing stuff like a brand new baby having an extraordinary surgery, and doing WELL!

Open windows make me happy!

So do the cherry blossom trees in our neighbor's yard.

And our block tower :)

And baby girls in their bloomers and church shoes with pouty faces :)

And ESPECIALLY the face of Ginny and Sloan when they heard the good news that the doctors were able to remove the whole tumor during surgery!

Monday, March 21, 2011


This tiny baby girl is loved beyond measure. The story of her arrival in this world is unusual. At 34 weeks, Ginny knew something wasn't quite right. She was in pain. After having 2 other babies, she knew this was different. Her doctor sent her for an ultrasound and that's when they discovered a mass in her tiny little belly. Tomorrow morning she will be going into surgery to remove the mass. Please send up prayers for this amazing family, Sloan, Ginny, Aria, Scarlett, and especially for baby Everley.

Your ways, O God, are holy.
What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
Psalms 66:13-14

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Fuzzy Pictures

Please check out Bennett in the first several pictures. Is he not a complete monkey? I cannot tell you how many fuzzy pictures I have of him! I mean, he is like a phantom sometimes! Today I was reminded of this talent while taking pictures with my wonderful grandmother. I'm wondering when this phase will ever end?! We also stopped by to see Granny. That picture is also blurry, but the only one I got.

In other news, Olivia sat on the potty this week! This is her "cheese" face. She didn't actually go, but she also didn't scream bloody murder like her brother did his first time. She thought she was big stuff. Maybe the second time around will be a tad easier, although I don't plan on actually trying until she is 2ish. I learned today that my mom and all 5 of her sibblings were potty trained by the time they were 18 months! How's that for pressure? And that number includes 3 boys! Maybe cloth diapers would be a bigger motivator than disposable diapers?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I have never considered myself a crafty or creative person. I do like to write, and am fond of redecorating, but I guess I've never really learned to trust my instict and knowing what I like. I'm always so worried that I might change my mind, that I'm afraid to commit. I had a little personal epiphany the other day when I was reading some awesome design blogs...I am not the only one afraid to commit! And there is hope for me in the craft and design world that I long to be a part of. I have made a commitment to myself to take more risks and not be afraid to make mistakes. I might have to change my mind...or a paint color, but I'm giving myself permission. So, yesterday I decided to take my first step. I made a bulletin board for our office. It may not look professional, but I was very proud of my first solo craft. Disclaimer: I got instructions for this project from a great blog...but I can't seem to find it again.

I also wanted to show some pictures of our downstairs bathroom. The neon picture is the before, and the lovely mocha is the after (hopefully you picked up on that). I am really happy with the color, but it's time to get a fun shower curtain and accesorize a bit! It could also use new faucets, but that may have to wait a bit. I will try to get that done and post some updates soon.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Biscuit Making Hunk

Check out this little cutie who helped me make biscuits last night! Little miss wanted to help too, but we ended up with enough flour on the floor with just one helper.