Monday, March 30, 2015


Because of early deliveries in the past and irregular cycles due to breast feeding, it's hard to predict exactly when my babies will arrive. Therefore, our family has pretty much been on baby watch for the past month. Rather than grow impatient the longer the baby waits to make its appearance, I try to look at each day as borrowed time that I can use to prepare.

Our little family is about to undergo a big change. So with that in mind, this is what our family of four has been up to as we eagerly await the day we become a family of five:


The boys have loved helping me set up the nursery for the new baby. Such special memories I now have of them watching me prepare onsies, sleepers, blankets, and bedding all while wanting to hear stories about when they were 'little tiny babies.'

The boys and I do a lot of baking together, especially in the winter so, in anticipation of some time off my feet after baby's arrival, I tried to stock my freezer with some of our family's usuals. That means a few different types of cookies, sweet and savory breads, and our favorite granola.

My freezer is also stocked full with at least a week's worth of dinners and nearly every day that passes I add another. So far I've made Stuffed Pepper Soup, Chili, and Meatloaf. Time permitting I would like to add Tomato Sauce, Meatballs and Marinated Chicken Breasts to the list.

I know it's such a simple thing but with all the craziness of a new baby in the home, little events like Family Game Night can be easily neglected for a time. With the delay of baby's arrival, we have taken full advantage and played quite a few rounds of board games on nights when my husband is home from work early enough.

I am thrilled that I was able to finish all the pressing sewing projects on my list before baby's arrival. The baby blanket and the living room curtain were both practical and fun projects that I was really determined to accomplish... and did!

I have been making an extra effort to fit in playtime with my boys while the baby is still in my tummy and not yet in my arms. Our days have been filled with dinosaurs, Little People, blocks, books, cars, magazines... and I am cherishing every moment of it. Along those lines, I've also been making an extra effort to spend special one-on-one time with each of my boys. For my older son that usually means coming with me to my prenatal appointments and running errands. For my younger son that usually means reading a stack of his favorite books or just cuddling.

I absolutely love being pregnant. There is nothing like knowing you are growing a new soul and feeling it move around inside of you. Every day that this baby remains inside of me is another day that I get to experience such a miracle.

And last, but certainly not least, I nary neglect my afternoon nap! We are all enjoying our sleep while it lasts. ;)

"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under the heavens."
-Ecclesiastes 3:1


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Friday, March 27, 2015

Simple Tie-Back Curtain in Imperial Toile

I have finally completed my first sewing project in a while that is not a baby blanket.

It's a curtain! (Possibly the only thing easier to sew than a baby blanket.)

A simple tie-back style for the small window in our living room to complement the white floor length curtains hanging from our front bay window.

I'm not a huge fan of blinds or shades except in the bedrooms so I wanted to make something that would be easy to open and close as needed for sunlight and privacy purposes.

I love the toile fabric and I love the fact that it coordinates with but doesn't match the other curtains in the room. It gives a relaxed, country look, in my mind anyway.

The green ribbon had been sitting in my craft box since my bridal shower (thanks to Pottery Barn Bridal Registry gifts :) and was the exact shade of green as some of the throw pillows on my couch.

The entire process from beginning to end took me less than an hour. Of course, I decided to work on it during a random burst of energy around 9 pm which might help explain why it's a little crooked. ;) But that can be easily remedied and it's not noticeable unless the curtain is closed so I'm not too concerned with fixing it until after the baby arrives and things have settled down. (In other words, never! ;)

Next up on my project list: toile throw pillow covers to match.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pretty Happy Funny Real

~ capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ 


My sister sent me this handmade card for Valentine's Day and I have yet to take it down because it's just so beautiful!


Annual St. Patrick's Day dance party. 


How can you not have a little chuckle to yourself when you see things like this around the house?


Believe it or not this was the first time either of my children have colored on furniture or walls so I can't really complain! Luckily those cabinet doors are coming off anyway. ;)


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