Planter No More!

Well technically it is still a planter but now it at least doesn’t look like one. I told you about it back here and I got the pillows from my grandma this weekend!

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IMG_3920I am really in love! I have used it everyday since getting it finished. Eli and I sit and read or I enjoy an afternoon drink and just relax. Last night I sat there for 15 minutes while Aaron and Eli played and just sat. Thinking about life and how blessed we are as a family.

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IMG_3925Just for fun here is what the corner looked like when we bought the house. Ha! Quite a change, don’t you think?

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IMG_3920It is my new favorite cozy corner in the house. Do you have a favorite place to snuggle up and drink hot chocolate or read a book?

And The Sidekick Is….A BOY!!!!!

This will be a post FULL of pictures! I am just warning you now. My dear friend Dottie took lots of these photos for me so I have to give her the credit. Some of them are from my phone as well.

What a fun night! We were surrounded by so many people that we love. It was a casual night full of small details, yummy food, lots of smiles and even tears of joy, oh and perfect weather!

We started the night by having everyone wear a clothes pin that Eli and I painted the week before. I had an Old Wives Tale board so people could at least make educated guesses.

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This is an after the party shot so imagine the white trays are filled with Hershey bars and the silver tray is full of clothes pins.

 

After the guesses were placed people made their way over to the photo booth were Dottie took pictures with everyone’s official votes. That way they were locked in and I have the pictures for a future scrapbook whenever I actually get to scrapbook again.

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IMG_3901We had all our food in the dining room and I played up on the cravings of pregnancy. We had all the things I have wanted. The only thing I didn’t list on the menu/cravings door was the fried pickles. Yum! The food was so good! I am very thankful to my mom and grandma for bringing the pies and the texas sheet cake, as well as Dottie, Lauralee and Nicole for helping me get things plated before the party. Extra hands are always appreciated.

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IMG_3855We had mason jar glasses and each had colored washi tape so people could pick their choice of boy or girl as well as straws with matching flags. Their drink choices were pink lemonade and water that I had colored blue.

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IMG_3847We let folks know that we would be doing the reveal around 7:30 so after everyone had taken their photo booth pictures and gotten a chance to eat a plate of food or two we went outside for the silly string reveal. Dottie again took pictures and our friend Nate who is a photographer took photos as well. We are still waiting to get his but I cannot wait to see them!

We arranged people by those who voted girl on the right and boy on the left and then on the count of three we all sprayed our cans.

Aaron was super helpful passing out the cans while I was reminding everyone not to spray them!

Aaron was super helpful passing out the cans while I was reminding everyone not to spray them!

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I am so glad we did the silly string! It was my favorite part of the night for sure. Everyone was engaged and had a blast with it. I mainly chose it for Eli because I knew he wouldn’t care if we cut a cake. He really has no idea what is going on and what the blue string means but I knew for him it would at least be a really fun “event” that would make him excited! He really did love it. He still asks me everyday to play with the string. Ha!

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IMG_3897I bought 26 cans and removed the lids so the color would not be given away and then I covered the cans just for the sake of cuteness. Ha! There was nothing on the can that would give away the gender but I thought they would look better covered. We didn’t get a before shot of these either but you can see them after and they are still pretty cute.

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IMG_3964The rest of the evening we just spent hanging out and eating more food. It really was perfect. We had people from all over Northeast and Central Indiana, friends from Chicago, and Uncle Paul from Kentucky. Everyone went home with a HERSHEY bar colored for “he” or “she” and they had the choice of regular or almond. Again we didn’t get a before shot with them all on the platters but you get the point.

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IMG_3965These last shots are just of the mantle. Again I know most people think this might be dumb but the little details like the cravings menu, the covered cans, photo booth, the candy bars, the Old Wives Tales and even this mantle are the fun parts of the party to me. I love the details. Sorry to bore you with more pictures.

Eli painted the “art” last weekend and I covered some canvases I had laying around for another project with wrapping paper just for fun. I did the eggs in pink and blue as a nod to Easter and the banner I made last week as well. Everything I did was minimal and really tried to keep it as neutral as possible. While the pink and blue themes are cute I wanted more grey, white and beige.

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IMG_3975So there you have it. Our party in picture form.

Some people might think it is dumb that we made this such a big deal with our second but for us it is all about enjoying the moment. Eli’s birth was so abnormal that I told Aaron this time around we will truly cherish every second and make it a big deal. They will be four years apart so it is like a whole new experience. Also we plan for this to be our last so we want to go big with the event knowing that we won’t be doing it again in the future. And quite frankly all life should be celebrated and for those who think otherwise oh well. You have fun sitting in the grumpy corner while the rest of us are out playing in the yard!

What fun parties have you hosted or been to lately?

 

 

 

Egg Hunt Round Two

Eli went to his first egg hunt last year and had a great time. This year was even more fun because he knew what was going on and Daddy was able to come with us because he wasn’t traveling for work! Win! Win!

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IMG_3784I will spare you the million details but initially he was more interested in the fire truck than actually filling his bucket. Eventually he got into it.  I was busy taking pictures with the baby bump while the Dad of the year helped him with his bucket.

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He only left with 11 eggs but I was cool with that considering he doesn’t really eat candy and I didn’t need more plastic eggs to add to my already growing collection. He was five minutes of fun and it was well worth it.

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IMG_3790The weather was awesome and we were able to have lunch with my parents and grandparents after the event as well which made it an even better event!

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Sidekick 19 Week Bumpdate

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IMG_3779How far along: 19 weeks!

Baby is the size of a: An heirloom tomato.

Maternity clothes: Yes to pants, but I am still in some non-maternity shirts.

Stretch marks: Nope!

Sleep: Still pretty ok, but find myself sleeping on my back and then have to roll on my side.

Best moment of this week: Telling our family and friends that the baby is a boy!

Miss anything: sushi and red wine.

Movement: Yes, he is super active.

Food cravings: Panera! My parents were good enough to go with me Friday night for dinner while Aaron was out of town.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nada.

Have you started to show yet: Yes, but in some more baggy clothes I just look like I have gained weight.

Gender: We told everyone Saturday night  it is a BOY!!!!

Labor signs: Nope!

Belly button in or out: In

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but I cry every time I get dressed. I know, I am a crazy person.

Looking forward to: Tonight! The gender reveal party with family and a few friends. (Clearly I wrote this one before the party on Saturday. Ha! I guess I was that excited!)

Just for fun, this is me preggers with Eli at 19 weeks. I only documented from 19 weeks on so I hope I can have a comparison shot from here till 28 weeks.

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Planter Turned Reading Nook

We all have a 1960′s planters in the middle of our home right? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Well we are lucky enough to have one in our home.

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IMG_3757So your next question is… What the heck are you going to do with a planter in the middle of your home? Great question! We thought about growing plants. Ha! Nope. We eventually want to bust it out and just add bench seating with a round table but right now the budget doesn’t allow that. For now we are in the process of recovering the cushion for the top and making a few pillows to make it a little “reading nook”.

I decided to white wash the brick just like the fireplace. That was the first step.

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IMG_3762It was a 30 minute project at most. I did the same technique as the fireplace and since it was a much smaller space it went very quickly.

photo 2-1I think the white wash really brings out the texture of the brick.

photo 1-1These are the fabrics I got to cover. My grandma is cranking through them and hopes to have at least the biggest part done before the reveal party this weekend. I cannot wait to see the finished product and show you all the pictures!

What quick fixes have you come up with in your home to cover up the weird stuff that was in your home when you bought it?

Sidekick 18 Weeks Bumpdate

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IMG_3767Disclaimer…these photos are rough and I know that, but they are for the sake of memory. It’s not about me looking good. Hence, no make-up and not having done my hair. Also, GO CATS! We are cheering for you here in the Hoosier state! You can see week 17 update here.

How far along: 18 weeks!

Baby is the size of a: A bell pepper…I prefer green so we will go with a green pepper.

Maternity clothes: Maternity pants had to be busted out this week but I am still wearing non-maternity tops.

Stretch marks: Nope!

Sleep: Kind of. So many dreams and if Eli wakes from a dream I have a really tough time falling back to sleep after checking on him.

Best moment of this week: Getting an ultrasound! We saw a very healthy baby and even found out the gender but we are saving that for next week’s gender reveal party.

Miss anything: Subway…really just sandwiches in general!

Movement: Yes! Tons!

Food cravings: Fried Pickles

Anything making you queasy or sick: not this week!

Have you started to show yet: Yeah!

Gender: We found out but are waiting to tell folks this weekend at a gender reveal party!

Labor signs: Nope!

Belly button in or out: In

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: Exceedingly happy! Knowing the gender is so crazy because it makes you so joyful as well as even more emotional knowing more about this little person inside of you.

Looking forward to: Telling our family what this little one will be! Party this Saturday. We will post online after the party!

Measured Moments

I have wanted to make one of these measuring sticks for years!!!! I finally did it! I have had the materials for over 6 months I think and it happened this past weekend! Several of you have messaged me asking how to make it so I thought I would share the details with you.

Lots of DIY projects are hard but more than most are not as tough as you think they will be. This is one of them. You can do it! It is an overnight project just based on drying time. My favorite blogger Katie Bower has a great tutorial on her blog from the pintrest challenge a year ago. She also has LOTS of links to other ideas and tons of different looks so you can find one that fits your style or as some, including me would say, find one that is “your jam!”.

IMG_3748Supplies: 1x6x6 board (I went with the cheapest option, because I liked the imperfections), sand paper, stain (Aaron did it for me since I have the bun in the oven), yard stick, paint pen, paint, pencil and number stickers if you want them.

So like I said Aaron stained the board for me while I was traveling for work. I really wanted it to be darker but now that it is hung I actually love the way it looks. So do what you think will look best for your space.

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After Aaron had stained it I laid it out on a drop cloth to make sure I didn’t get anything on the carpet. I then used a yard stick and measuring tape to make sure my markings were straight as well as evenly spaced.

IMG_3705I started by marking in pencil every inch. My first dash was technically my 9 inch mark since I knew that I wanted to hang the finished product 8 inches from the floor in my hallway. I would recommend measuring from the floor to at least a few inches above the baseboards. Again do it based on the look that you like.

So I marked every inch and then every 6 inches and foot I made a longer mark so I knew where my longer marks as well as where my numbers would be placed.

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After having all of my markings laid out and spaced I went over them with a paint pen. Several people just use a paint brush but I chose the paint pen because I wanted more control and smaller lines. I knew I was going for a more traditional ruler look so the smaller the lines the better.

After I was sure the lines were dry I places my numbers. I was going for a quick and easy option but you could free hand your own numbers, cut your own out of contact paper or order some online. I used stickers that I got at Lowes. I think they were for your mailbox. Ha! Think outside the box! I placed the stickers and then used a small sponge brush with very little paint to fill them in.

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IMG_3715Make sure if you use a sticker or contact paper that you remove it while the paint is still wet!!! This is key to it looking crisp and not a hot mess.

IMG_3717Ta-da!!! All done! I let it dry and then mounted those little zig-zag hangers on the back with a few nails. Hung it on my hallway wall and we are all in love! Eli thinks it is so fun and stands in front of it all the time. We have marks for Eli, Daddy and Mommy and plan to measure once a year from here on out.

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It is not perfect, but we LOVE it!!!

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The thing I love most about this project is that it can go with us to all our future homes. My grandma had us measure on her pantry door and I can remember when she died being so sad because we were selling the house and we would lose that little momenta. This is a random tidbit as well but the angel pictures hanging next to the ruler are from my grandma’s home. My aunt bought them for her and I love looking at them and thinking of her as well as the fact that we will soon have two little angels in our home.

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IMG_3749Yes Eli wanted to wear his shoes with his PJs while I took the picture and even measured him. He loves his shoes just like his momma! So where did you measure yourself growing up? Door frame, closet door? You should make one for your home so you can take all those moments with you as well.

 

 

Sidekick 17 Weeks Bumpdate!

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IMG_3754How far along: 17 weeks!

Baby is the size of a: A turnip…for all of you who are avid turnip enthusiasts. I have no idea how bit that is.

Maternity clothes: Not yet! Thanks to flowing tops, stretchy jeans and bella bands.

Stretch marks: Nope!

Sleep: Using the restroom around once and lots of dreaming…so not great but for sure more than I will get when this little on arrives.

Best moment of this week: Aaron’s birthday celebrating with Bill Cosby and getting to laugh with my best friend.

Miss anything: A good ole turkey sandwich, feta cheese, sushi and wine.

Movement: SO much movement. This little one is a mover and a shaker! I felt it first at 14.5 weeks and it hasn’t stopped yet!

Food cravings: Anything I see on TV commercials!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not this week…hopefully past all that.

Have you started to show yet: This week was the turning point! Good thing we announced it because it is now impossible to hide.

Gender: ?

Labor signs: No!!! Let’s keep it that way!

Belly button in or out: In

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: So very happy and a bit overwhelmed with joy!

Looking forward to: Finding out what the baby is next week!

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First Sidekick Appointment

I had my first appointment for this little one on March 4th. It was your normal initial visit. Taking vitals and then doing that cursed exam. Then we got to ask our questions get some reassurance and finally listen to the baby’s heart beat! It is always so crazy the first time you hear that heart beat coming from inside you that is not your own.

Mainly I wanted to write this to document the very sweet gesture my hubs surprised me with. We are not really a flower family in terms of holidays. Aaron doesn’t typically buy me flowers for birthdays or other events but on this occasion he truly shocked me.

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He snuck in the house while I was in the shower and Eli was napping and left these flowers on our kitchen counter so when I came out a few moments later I was totally excited and freaked out that someone was in my house and I didn’t know it. Ha!

Very thoughtful right? I of course cried. I am a lucky lady to be on this wild adventure called life with Aaron!

 

Hero and Sidekick Differences

Every child has their own personality so why would pregnancy be any different? This pregnancy has been so different from Eli’s and even from the miscarriage (which I don’t plan to focus on much). Aaron is convinced that means it is a girl but I don’t have a feeling one way or another. I know every pregnancy is different so I have just been resting on that truth. Now to get to the comparisons.

Similarities:

  • With Eli I was SUPER mellow to say the least. Like so mellow you could crack an egg on my head and I would be like “oh that’s cool”! I had no emotion or opinions which, if you know me, is a HUGE shocker! While I am mellow this time around I am not as chill as Eli’s pregnancy, but still pretty even verses feeling crazy or out of control.
  • Craving salad…again not quite as much as Eli but I have been wanting more green food than normal.
  • Crazy dreams! Pregnancy does nutso things to my mind for sure.
  • I feel like I am gaining weight in a similar way. I have not gained much at all but my belly is for sure changing. Thank God baggy shirts are the current fashion jam because otherwise this battleship would have been sunk weeks ago.

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  • I have been feeling pretty crappy. LOTS of headaches which is the exact opposite of Eli. I loved being preggers with him because I have headaches regularly and with him I did not have one the entire pregnancy. The same is true with the miscarriage…no headaches. If I go a week now without a headache I feel like a champion. I get them often and sometimes the headaches can last for days. It is tough but worth it to know I am growing a baby.
  • I have been really nauseous. I have not gotten sick which is awesome but feeling sick is still feeling sick whether you actually puke or not. It has gone away for the most part now that I am 16 weeks but still comes every once in a while if I have not had something to eat.
  • I am more tired this go round. Maybe it is because I have a three year old that takes up a lot of my energy. Ha! Whatever the reason it is bearable and I just go to bed earlier or rest when I can.
  • LOTS of cramping!!!! I was super scared the first month because I was in pain pretty constantly. The cramping was nuts! I think I Google’d it near 400 times just to reassure myself again that I was normal and there was nothing to worry about.

I think that covers most everything but I will update if I think of anything else. Again, while this pregnancy has not been near as comfortable as Eli’s (at least initially) I take comfort in the fact that lots of people have told me these are all signs of a healthy baby. Maybe I am just experiencing a real/normal pregnancy for my body for the first time. I will take it and with very little complaining. Well maybe you should ask Aaron about that. Ha! I do feel joyful to be carrying a little one and all the side-affects are well worth it. To know this is the only time in my child’s life that I am 100% responsible for actually keeping them safe, protected and nourished is so overwhelming and awesome.  A massive and tremendous responsibility that I don’t take lightly.

How were your pregnancies different? Could you tell if you were having a boy or girl based on your symptoms and best guesses? Also who is your favorite superhero? I think mine is The Hulk…at least right now.