Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Halloween/Thanksgiving Recap

Little guy isn't feeling so well today, so why not a Halloween recap in between snuggles and play time?

Daxon's first Halloween was busy but oh so fun! A few days before we thought about carving a couple pumpkins. After sitting down with everything it became abundantly clear that wrangling him and carving at the same time would not be worth it. So we decided to paint our pumpkins instead!


On Friday 10/31, I picked Dax up after school and got him changed and into his costume. He was the cutest Minion ever! For his costume I crocheted the hat using a basic baby beanie pattern and knitted the black band. I attached it to a mason jar lid and drew the eye and placed it inside the lid. I tied a few sprigs of black yarn up top for "hair" and dressed him in a yellow onesie and blue denim overalls. We trick or treated at my friend Ashley's house, and then drove up to Nana & Papa's to trick or treat with his cousins. We had a great time; Josh and I enjoyed "taking care of" the candy Dax could not eat. ;)

We also had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Lots of family and memories and. I didn't take a lot of pictures, but I snapped one of Dax crawling around in his turkey jammies and getting loved on by his cousin Will. Daxon and his health are what we are most thankful for this year. 

Celebrating and creating memories with your children, no matter how small, breathes life and magic back into the holiday season. Christmas is going to be awesome!

Until next time,

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Nursery "Reveal"

I love when people title posts with the word "Reveal". It makes me feel scandalous for reading. I love a good scandal. Just kidding; I'm really boring actually.

Anyway, I figured since I did this post with lots of inspiration for my little guy's would-be nursery I should do the right thing and follow up with a post of how everything actually transpired. This is especially helpful because now that we have worn in the newness of it all {I have a 6 month old. How can this be?!?!}, it will be nice to weigh in on how effective my 'vision' has been in the overall efficiency of the room.

*there are links to the things we purchased throughout. I included them in case anyone is searching for the same thing.*

Here's a reminder of my vision for Daxon's room:

Let's start at the beginning. His door. Thrilling, I know- you can loosen the grip on the edge of your seat.
This pin was my inspiration for a little door decoration. I thought it would be easy. We had some branches just hanging out in the back yard that had been cut from some of our trees so I went out and snapped off some twigs of varying sizes and thicknesses and brought them in. I picked up a press board "D" from Hobby Lobby and sat down with those items plus my glue gun and thought I would spend a little time doing a neat little craft for my sweet little boy that was jumping around in my not so little belly. Boy was I wrong. Being the perfectionist -to a fault- that I am what I thought would take an hour or so turned into an afternoon marathon that ended with sore hands, burned fingers, and a huge mess bit of bark & hot glue on my kitchen table. And floor. And clothes. And probably my hair. Result though? I love it! It sets his door apart and I love the little pieces of moss and variation of colors on the bark. A fun introduction that lets you know behind this door is the room of a woodsy kid whose name starts with D. Awesome.

The view as you walk in the nursery:

We are very blessed with such a generous family. Our crib, dresser, and chair were gifted to us by my dad and stepmom. The Babyletto Hudson pieces were my dream furniture and I feel so so lucky my family made those dreams a reality! Overall the crib and dresser have held up very well and we love them, but they do scratch easily on the wooden parts. The changing table frame comes off when it's not needed anymore and will be stored away for future use. The crib converts to a toddler bed and a daybed.

My mom made the quilt and gorgeous name sign with some reclaimed wood from my grandparents' barn, and we purchased the cardboard die cut deer mount from the Etsy shop Cardboard Safari. The nightstand and lamp were both clearance -holla for a few dollas off- Target purchases. The shade on the lamp was originally a bluish gray and clashed with the wall color, so I watered down some of the latex paint used on his closet and gave it a face lift. The deer print blanket was a clearance -who loves clearance? I do!- purchase from Babies R Us and I sewed the pillow cover from leftover fabric used to make the quilt.

The rug is one of my favorite things about his room and was purchased from Ikea. I cannot wait to watch him play and make up fun adventures with his toys using the neat patterns on it.

I made the mobile from a bag of decorative spheres purchased at Ikea, some twine, some yarn, and an old embroidery hoop. I just wound the hoop with the yarn (periodically hot gluing it down), fastened the twine through the spheres and tied them off with triple knots and hot glue where I wanted them (and I used varying lengths to create some interest) and strung more yarn in a few places (again, securing with hot glue) and hanging it by a heavy duty ceiling hook. Dax could swing from this sucker and it wouldn't fall. And while he hasn't swung from it yet, he does love watching it sway when I tap it and set it in motion.

My mom gifted us this print from Katie Daisy's Etsy shop. I swear I could find a place for everything she creates. It's all beautiful, but this quote is especially close to my heart and I hope Dax feels the same way as he grows up and visits his grandparents. They all live close to or in the mountains and seeing them truly is going home. Excuse me for a sec... I think I have something in my eye. *Sniffle*

Okay, moving on.

On the wall next to the chair-

The curtains were another purchase from Ikea. I'll do a recap of our babymoon sometime before we have our next kid, but on the way back from it we stopped at Ikea in Charlotte and purchased the things referenced here. I love these curtains! We also purchased the blinds and they do a good job of blocking light when needed, and the curtains cast a beautiful glow. Dax loves staring at the trees and birds when we're hanging out in the recliner. 

The dresser is awesome! On the changing table are his changing pad, wipes, hand sanitizer, and lotion. In the top drawer we keep extra supplies as well as hats, baby leggings, burp cloths, and socks. The middle drawer houses his pajamas and the bottom drawer houses his casual onesies. The cabinet has a shelf in it where we keep his abundance of bathing supplies. On the bottom are all of his extra crib sheets and receiving/thin blankets.

Above the dresser is his peg board! We purchased it at Lowe's and my mom free-handed the deer in chalk and then painted it. Talent, pure talent. I bought the set of baskets at Wal-mart and they are SO handy! In the big one we keep his diapers. The middle holds face wipes and diaper cream, and the small one houses q-tips. Those came in handy while taking care of his circ & belly button at first, but are now used to put on diaper cream when needed. The vintage license plate was found by Josh, and the frame is one of the items I used to tell him I was pregnant. :) Ah nostalgia. I made the little name banner with some $1 playing cards from Target, some letter stickers, twine, and leetle baby clothespins. The 'a' in the corner came from this Christmas wreath.

His closet was a definite labor of love:

We took out the wire shelf and I used painter's tape to create the herringbone pattern. Josh painted over it with some navy mistint paint we got for $5 at Lowe's. After it was dry we installed the wooden shelf and curtain rod. We have one more that we have debated hanging up below the shelf but we have yet to make a decision about that. The two cubbies are ClosetMaid storage solutions we got at Lowe's and the hamper came from Target. On the shelf we are keeping extra toys and books as well as his shoes. In the cubbies are some of his bigger clothes as well as extra jackets and sweaters.

Next to the closet:

This is where we keep his toys and books. The cubbies are another ClosetMaid purchase and the fabric drawers are great for hiding lots of toys and maintaining an organized look. The deer drawer and green drawers came from Target. The navy blue ones came from the Dollar General and are just as nice as the Target ones, but half the price. We don't use the humidifier all the time, but it's been helpful the time or two that he has gotten stuffy.

The final view in his room:

The mama/baby deer frame was a thrifted treasure I found about a year before I even got pregnant. The two frames on the right are these that I thrifted and made over. They hold and engagement photo and a wedding photo. The collage frame in the middle has our favorite newborn photo of him in the middle and photos of Dax with us and each set of grandparents. I made some cute printables to take up the last few frames. I'd love to eventually turn this into a full blown gallery wall with 8x10 versions of the printables. We'll see.

And there we are! I feel like as his nursery evolved I wanted it to have a more muted and calming tone to it while still feeling like a fun space for a little boy. I love this space and spent most of my time waiting for his arrival rocking in the recliner and dreaming of his sweet face. Now that he is here we have made wonderful memories in his room and have tweaked things here and there as we see a need for more storage/function. I look forward to seeing this space evolve further as my sweet baby grows into a toddler and boy and develops his own tastes and preferences.

Here's hoping I get back in the habit of sharing fun family memories within this little slice of Internet soon.

Until next time,

Friday, June 27, 2014

Our Anniversary- the sequel to the sequel

I'm looking forward to getting back to blogging regularly, and (knock on every wooden surface available) I will be able to soon because Dax slept through the night for the first time last night!!!!!! Shock and awe, people. Shock and awe. I feel like a new woman with a mushy belly and super cute sidekick. He's discovering the world around him at an alarmingly fast rate; and while I miss my sweet bundle of newborn squishyness, realizing there is life outside of "I have a newborn" exhaustion is pretty awesome too.

Last week Josh and I celebrated THREE years of marriage!!! <-- three exclamation marks for posterity. On the actual day (the 18th- a boring Wednesday), we celebrated by sharing sweet messages throughout the day. Well, okay so they weren't sweet so much as we didn't bicker. Same thing. Josh brought home dinner from Copper River and we ate some delicious food and hung out with our main man Daxon. It was pretty awesome.

We were baaaaabies.
Then on Saturday, we packed up -what felt like our entire house- and dropped kiddo off with Josh's parents so we could spend the day together. I only called a million few times to check on him and my wonderful mother-in-law entertained my paranoid new mom questions and sent me pictures of my babe enjoying the day being shown off to anyone who would hold still.

our sweet boy is so very loved!

Josh and I then trucked it up to Asheville for the day. Nursing/pumping mamas- going out for the day is a whole new ball game when you have to plan your schedule of events around pumping breaks. Kudos to all ladies who do this. Pumping in the car was a new experience as well. I managed though and we had a great time!

We parked downtown and walked a bit, taking in the sights of a neat craft fair going on in a little park. I say it was a craft fair; for all I know those people are there every week, but it was cool nonetheless. We then ate lunch at our favorite- Tupelo Honey Cafe. Hang on while I wipe away my drool just thinking about it. I've never had anything I didn't love and their raspberry tea is the bomb.

These ladies were happy, happy, happy. Never seen one of these before!
After we walked around downtown for a bit we found our way to Mast General Store. I know some of you may be laughing at us wondering why we didn't just go to downtown Greenville. We could have done the same things there. I know, I know. We like what we like, and we liked that we could enjoy those things in a different place. It gave the experience a whole new vibe and felt like we were really far away, but enjoying things we loved that were familiar, which was cool. At Mast General Store I scored some Earl Grey lip balm -it is sooo good- and we indulged in some glass bottle soda.

We tried to keep our anniversary celebration as budget friendly as possible with me on maternity leave and this was so much fun, but pretty cheap as well.

After we meandered around downtown we made our way about 10 minutes out to the WNC Nature Center. If you like zoo type activities or have kids that do, check this place out! It was so much fun! We took a ton of pictures here and can't wait to take Dax when he's old enough to really enjoy it. Josh's favorite parts were the otters and the bear and deer. Mine were the snakes, pumas, and bears. Really cool. It's got enclosures you walk around and visit like a zoo, but the enclosures really embrace the natural landscape and you feel more like you're on a nature trail than at a zoo! Our only regret- they don't have a gift shop. That's the cheesy tourists in us though. We ended our trip by stopping at a roadside produce stand and buying some delicious boiled peanuts!

 Couples who enjoy being weird together, stay together. 

All in all we really enjoyed our day away. I was so excited to get back to my munchkin and smother him with obnoxious mommy kisses, but it was really nice to spend some quality alone time with my love to reconnect after surviving the first two months as parents.

Our lesson for this year I will be writing in our wedding photobook is this- All good things happen in God's timing. This lesson was and is being taught to us on lots of levels; Dax being a big one.

We can't wait to see what next year's anniversary adventure holds for us. I love you Josh and am so thankful you chose me to be your baby mama. :)