Friday, March 6, 2015

Baby Update...

I'm not doing a separate baby blog this time, I'm struggling just to post on this one!  So I'll put little updates on here.  I had my Dr. appt. yesterday and all went well. BP and everything is fine. Baby's heart rate was in the 160's and was squirming when the Dr was trying to get it.  My Dr. says I'm "boring", which is a good thing, because that means I'm healthy and don't have any problems that he is concerned about.  I guess I become more of a risk(because of my advanced age) when I hit 28 weeks... not really sure why, but I guess older moms are more prone to complications after this point.

Baby:  Has been wiggling around a lot, not constantly but enough for me to feel it several times throughout the day.  Growing, growing, growing!!

Me:  Still occasionally feel sick, but not as bad as it was.  Struggling with back pain at the moment, hoping prenatal yoga will help it. Gained too much weight, but still working out at the gym with James, so trying to keep it in check.

I've only done two belly shots this pregnancy so far, one from 11 weeks and one yesterday before my Dr appt.  ....

I'm carrying pretty high this time(at least for me), maybe it is because I had gotten my stomach muscles in shape before this pregnancy :)

We go back on March 24th for the anatomy scan.  I'll be 19+ weeks and we will hopefully find out if it is a boy or girl.  Any guesses from you guys?

That's it for now, have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

What I've Been Up Too...

If you have kids in school, then you know that Monday was Dr. Seuss's birthday and this week is Read Across America week.  Our school is also having an Art of Literacy Family Fun night on Friday.  So for the past couple of weeks, Dr. Seuss artwork has been my life.  With the help of a small group of other moms... we decked the school out in a rainbow of color and fun!

I killed my knees painting this giant guy on the hard tile of the school, but he makes a big impact in the foyer!

This is the other foyer of the school, this one is done in a birthday theme...

And the bulletin board for this month... not my most creative one, but I put so much time and energy in the other decor that this was all I had left in me.

I'm off to the Dr this afternoon, nothing major, just a heartbeat check and normal stuff.  19 days until we find out what the baby is!!! I can't wait :)

Have a lovely day,


Friday, February 27, 2015

Stairway Hall....Simplified Mini Makeover

I don't know if it is a long hard winter, or the fact that we have been in this house for 8 and half years(the longest I have ever lived in one house in my entire life), but I'm sick and tired of Stuff!!  I want to go through and declutter, simplify, and organize the whole house.  It's a bit hard in winter, because I know it will be months before I can have a yard sale, but I'm starting off with small projects. The first was the stairway hall, which I did last week.

I moved the 3 bee pictures that I painted from the stairway and hung them at the top of the upstairs hallway.  I then gathered all the pictures from around the house and made a gallery wall on the stairwell.  I like the look of it and plan on adding more as I get things framed.

Relocating pictures, freed up up the wall above the piesafe in the hall, so I painted an old mirror that I found for $5 white and hung it there.  I also painted the top of the pie safe white(the whole thing really needs to be painted, but that is a lot of work!).  And took some stuff down from the beadboard wall on the right side.

And while I had the paint out, the dog kennel bench got a new coat of white too.  I took town all the prim Americana too and left things very simple.

I replaced the crow lampshade with a plain white one I had and it gave me the look I was after...

Filled the basket on the door with some Spring flowers(a girl can dream, right?)...

The small lamp adds a nice glow to the area at night...

It's very simple and clean to the eye, and that is how I am trying to go with the house for right now.
My next work in progress is the laundry room, and the familyroom(rearranged it the other day, but I'm still not sure about it).

Happy Friday!!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Birthday, Sewing, Hearts, and Snow...

Yesterday was my oldest daughter's 20th Birthday :)  She is a quiet and beautiful girl who tends to take after me, personality wise(sorry sweetie).

Samantha is my artist, she is crazy good at drawing and painting and in a year or so will be making a career out of it.  Not in the conventional way, with paints and canvases, but as a tatoo artist. She is currently apprenticing and will be liscensed within the year.    
That is her boyfriend of two years in the picture with her... it drives her crazy when he tells her how much she is like me...I think it is hilarious!

  Happy Birthday Sweetie!! We love you and are very proud of you.

 She moved into her own place in December, so I thought it would be nice to make her some things for her kitchen...  I started with some cloth napkins(that is what we use and I know she didn't have any)... and yes, the fabric is the same as the quilt I made in January, I thought she would like the funkiness of it.

And then some potholders, with her and her boyfriend's first initial on them.

And last, an apron... she isn't much of a cook yet, but she can bake :)  and she has been texting me for her favorite recipes... so she is trying.

I already took town the Valentine decorations, but I forgot to post about them. I didn't do much this year, just pops here and there...  this was on the dry sink in the half bathroom downstairs.

And this is by the entryway in the mudroom...

And my Valentine tree in the kitchen...

We got MORE snow last night, about 8" or so, luckily it's light and fluffy.  The picket fence is almost gone...

 There is a grill underneath that lump...

At least it's a pretty view out of my kitchen window...

Thank you al for the advice on my quilt... I'm still not sure what I'm going to do, the house is driving me nuts at the moment. Nothing looks like I want it too and I feel the walls closing in.... cabin fever is here!  Hopefully I will figure things out and once the morning sickness is totally gone, I can get more done.

Have a lovely day,


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Not Sure about the Blizzard Quilt...

A few days ago I finished my "blizzard quilt", but I'm not sure if it is what I want for this space. First, I think it is too narrow(and too long, it's tucked behind the couch), and second, I don't know if I picked the right colors. I did want something more Springy, but I'm not sure this is it.

Give your honest opinions please :)  And if you have any suggestions, I will gladly take them... any links to patterns and colors...comment away!!



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5th Birthday!!

Sunday was Mason's 5th birthday!!  I can't believe he is 5 already and will be starting kindergarten in the fall!  

He is the sweetest and most percocious little boy.  He's witty and snarky and so full of energy. He's also compassionate and cuddly and adores all his older siblings :)  He's my "little boy" I love him dearly.

He never wants a cake for his birthday, only cupcakes, so that is what he gets. This year they were brownie bottom chocolate cupcakes, yummm.

One of his favorite presents... an old fashioned blow up punching bag. (sorry for the sideways pic)

Also love the Hess truck from nana and grandpa...

He asked to go to the movies for his birthday, and unfortunately he wanted to see Spongebob.  That was one of the top 5 worst movies I have ever had to sit through!!   But he was happy and that is what matters :)

Time needs to slow down a bit, they are all getting way too big and old way too fast!!