Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Favorite ETSY Shops

I love ETSY and have made some great purchases there lately. For my most recent purchases, I guess I've just felt like getting things personalized.

I ordered this birthday shirt and the little and big sister shirts from MyPersonalizedTShirt. Pretty well priced and I love that it has their names on it.

I saw these established signs from LittleLoveLetters and wanted one right away. I couldn't believe they were only $25 plus shipping! I even bought one for a wedding present. We have had lots of people walk by and comment on it.

And, recently I was writing a note to someone and wished I had a cute pad of paper to write it on. I ended up buying a personalized notepad from SweetLifePaper. I can't include the picture because he or she may or may not read the blog!

For more great ETSY shops, check out the giveaway at this blog. Just don't win anything that I want to win!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Being Pregnant

So we only have about three weeks to go until this baby will be here. I'll officially be 38 weeks on Thursday and I won't be able to go much past 41 so within that time period, baby number two will be here. Crazy.

I must admit I am getting a little anxious. Before Elyse was born I had dreams about breastfeeding. This time I am having dreams about the birth. I had a c-section last time and I am going to attempt a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Please say some prayers that it all goes easy. I'm planning on it being easy! I've been inspired by stories from a friend and a totally random neighbor who walked by. Somehow we got on the topic of VBACs and she told me that it is the most wonderful thing ever. I'm not sure I agree with that but it was encouraing to hear her story.

We are certainly ready to meet Madelyn. Can't wait to see what she looks like and to snuggle with a tiny one again. But, I must admit that I am not rushing toward the end as much as I was with Elyse. I'm comfortable. No back pain to speak of, still sleeping pretty well with only one or two potty breaks compared to about five with her. I like our routine and I know that's going to change once baby is here. And, I love being able to sleep through the night! Pretty soon it will be back to viewing infomercials and Fresh Prince reruns at 3 am! I was talking with another pregnant friend today and she was saying how she is looking forward to the first three weeks being over. By then you feel better and know the baby a little bit better. Hopefully with number two we'll be more relaxed and it won't take as long to get into gear.

Here is a short things of what I will miss and what I won't miss about being pregnant.

Things I won't miss:
-Saying no to red wine at dinner
-Saying no to turkey sandwiches and soft cheeses
-Not being able to really work out
-Struggling to get the pot that's in the bottom cabinet in the way back
-Sleeping with four pillows to keep me comfortable at night
-Not being able to paint my toes
-Pseudo hugs because my belly gets in the way
-Really big feet (I'm hoping they go back to normal!)

Things I will miss:
-Dances in my belly
-Attention for being pregnant
-A valid excuse for not exercising hard or eating perfectly
-Elastic waistbands
-Hearing the heartbeat at the doctor's office

Please say some prayers that our labor and delivery go smoothly. I really want to go into labor on my own. Anytime after October 10 would be great! (That's when my mom gets here).

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Laundry and Bathtime All at Once!

Dennis is in charge of bath time at our house. Last night he called me up asking for a towel (they were in the laundry). This is what I found. When I asked Dennis why he was in the bathtub with his clothes, he just responded, "It just seemed like the right thing to do!" HA!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Madelyn's Room

We got a great package yesterday with all of the things my mom made for Madelyn's room. I picked out the fabric and then she went from there. I love it all!!! I had to put it all up as soon as Elyse was down for bed. Sorry the pictures are a little blurry...there wasn't much light and I should have used the flash. But I think you get the idea!

Here's the curtain. She had the great idea of hot gluing a button to a thumb tack to hang them up. Easy to hang, no curtain rod and it still looks cute.

These are pinwheels that she made out of scrapbook paper and then arranged in a pot for a little flower arrangement. They actually spin. Not sure where she figured out how to do this but I'm sure if there's a link, she can post it in the comments.

Side table.

The crib. I'm waiting to tie on the bumpers until I get new sheets in. Elyse of course had to try out the bed. The bird and words on the wall over her bed come from Uppercase Living.

The beautiful quilt up on the wall. When I came to show Elyse the room this morning, she was upset that the quilt was on the wall because she said Maddy needs it to go night-night!

I made the letters for the wall with her name. It was easy. I just took foam board, cut it to size and used spray adhesive to glue on scrapbook paper. A friend of mine here has that Cricket machine that cuts out letters and I just glued them on, along with a ribbon on the back.

Madelyn, your room is ready! We can't wait to see if you like it (but please wait until after October 10 when nana gets here!)


Elyse and Dennis somehow came up with nicknames for all of us. Dennis is "woof-woof", I am "meow-meow", Elyse is "tweet-tweet" and Madelyn is "cluck-cluck." She uses them consistently, even more than mama and pappy now. Even when she was in trouble the other day and in time out, she cried, "my (I) listen to mama and woof-woof!"

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Apple Picking

With fall on its way, we decided today would be a great day to pick some apples! We drove about an hour to Hartland Orchard and had a blast. Here are some of the pictures from the day. If anyone nearby needs some apples, come on over! We have lots to share!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Jordan and Amy's Wedding

Our friends Jordan and Amy got married on Saturday. Jordan and Dennis were in 1/7 together when we lived in 29 Palms. They were actually roomates in Iraq. The wedding was beautiful, and we had a great time.

My goal was to get some great pictures of there wedding and that really didn't happen. We sat far away and I didn't have a zoom lens and then I had to play around with the settings on my camera to make it work in the lighting conditions. Even though I didn't get many great pictures, I learned a lot. Here are a few pictures.

Dennis was able to be part of the sword detail. He's the one on the left, closest to the camera. Such a fun addition to the wedding.

I wanted a picture of Dennis and I all dressed up. Unfortunately, I had been playing with all the settings on the camera and the result was this. We're blue and grainy! It's a little better in black and white below.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Super Easy Curtains

I always think curtains add some great texture and color to a room. And, with the white walls of our house, we really needed it. But, the problem with curtains is that they don't necessarily work in the next house and I know we'll be moving in less than a year. So, when my mom came in town, we made these super inexpensive and easy curtains. Here's how we did it.

As long as you can sew, you can do it. (And really, if you wanted to use that iron-on hemming stuff, that would work too).

Basically, it is a rectangle hemmed on all four sides. The rectangle is a few inches wider than the window (I made on on my own for Elyse's room and for some reason thought it should be more narrow than the window. So that one looks a little silly but we're keeping it up anyway).
The slightly messed up one from Elyse's room

I didn't want to buy curtain rods, so we actually took clear thumb tacks and tacked it to the wall above the window.
Can you tell this is put up with a clear thumb tack?

Then, we cut the strips in a coordinating fabric. I wanted them to be an inch wide so I cut them two inches. My mom took the iron and pressed them (folded back on each side). So, the strips aren't even sewn!

Then, we looped the strips around and secured them in the back, pulling up the fabric from the rectangle. We actually used duct tape to start with. It has held on most of them, but on a few I had to use safety pins to keep it together.

And walla! Some color and texture to the living room. And this fabric was only six something a yard at Ikea so these were super cheap (sorry to make you Ikea jealous again!)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hanging out on the driveway

We have nice outside space at our new house including a big back yard, a front porch and a nice long driveway where Elyse loves to drive her new "Cozy Coupe". Here are some pictures from our time outside tonight.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Some Pictures

Playing in the new kitchen (quite a steal from the consignment sale!)

Hands covered in lotion after someone (mom) left out the tub. I thought it was awful quiet!

Elyse's favorite thing to do lately...make a tent!

And getting toes painted by Pappy (Elyse and Dennis's new name for him!)