Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My brain on pregnancy...& a DIY update!

Hello, hello!  Can you believe February is right around the corner?  Crazy.

I have a few things to share with you today:

The first is an up-close-and-personal look into (my) pregnancy brain.

I haven't been super affected by this (pregnancy brain), yet (knock on wood), except that I've been a little more forgetful lately, which was/is to be expected.  A recent dream incident took me (and my husband, I'm sure) by surprise, though:
The other (early) morning, I woke up before our alarms in a panic.  I'd had a dream (more like a nightmare) during which another country invaded the US and started setting up their battle stations (is that even what they're called...?) right across the street from where I was.  There were grenades, bombs, plans to sneakily shoot their general ourselves (maybe they wouldn't shoot back at a pregnant woman?), etc., etc.  It was waaaay more detailed and vivid, but I'll spare you the lengthy explanation.  I didn't spare my husband the explanation that morning, though.  Don't worry - I waited till his alarm went off...and until then, I was awake worrying about all the "what if's" related to war time and how we'd cope...and making mental lists of all the things we needed to stockpile in our basement...including a place to go to the bathroom in case the plumbing goes out. 
Anyway, as I was telling him about all this, I started to cry...for no reason other than I was scared the same foreign soldiers were going to start setting up camp and we'd be trapped in our home and the pets would run out of food and, and, and...  I don't even think I was concerned about the longevity of this dreamland war and potentially having to give birth in our safe room.  Who knows.  All I know is it took me way too long to bring myself back to reality...but once I did, it was so funny and ridiculous to me.  Which is why I'm choosing to share it with you.  You're welcome.  ☺

Anyway, moving on...

As I've mentioned before, we've been super busy with various house projects and we're so excited about them all!

A recent project that came to its culmination was a collage wall between our upstairs living and dining rooms.
All these pieces came from different places at different times, and we were really pleased with how it all came together!  I'd love to share where these all came from - starting from left to right:
-The black frame on the left came from a former coworker's husband's business' moving day.  They were moving to a new space, but not taking many (if any) furnishings with them, so were just giving stuff away!
-The "Amazing Grace" cross was an after-Easter-Hobby-Lobby-clearance find.  I figured it was appropriate for any time of year!
-The clock was made by an super-talented-and-creative person who wishes to remain anonymous.  It's similar to one Bryant and I had seen in a shop and loved, but couldn't afford.  This handmade one is so unique and special!  (It's 30" in diameter, to give you an idea of scale.)
-The green window frame was a gift that was originally raw wood.  I had some paint left from the mason jar sconces (I don't think I ever shared about that project on this blog...hmm..or maybe I did?), so decided to paint it to match!
^Those are the sconces we made!
-The piece below it with the black frame was a recent "transformation" project!  It was a wall hanging I'd found on clearance (yes, at Hobby Lobby) when I was living in the coop.  It had hung at the coop for a long time before moving with me to KC and hanging in our first home together.  I still liked the size and shape, but wanted to freshen up the sentiment and color.
didn't really have a design plan, but I already had lots of coordinating paper, a paper cutter, and Mod Podge, so I just went for it!
Thank you, stamping/card-making hobby, for my extensive paper collection...and thank you, also, to those of you who have contributed to this collection over the years!
I went all the way to CA to cut those words out on a Cricut that now resides there (with the help of its awesome owner, of course).  ;-)  Will have to tell you more about the rest of that trip another time.
Anyway, I was really excited with how it turned out!
So, there you have it!  I think that's all I have, for now.  Again - I have several more posts I'd like to share...all in good time...thanks for being patient!

Craftily (and dreamily, I guess - haha),

Favorites of the day:

Raspberry Ice Crystal Light
coupons and great deals!

Amazon Prime

Monday, January 2, 2017

We're having a baby!

This is not a drill.

I know you've been "burned" by me before with sharing pretend big news, but this time, I'm not pulling on your leg.  (I promised I wouldn't do it again after that one post...)

We're actually having a baby!

Here are some common questions we've received upon sharing this news with people in person, along with our answers:

When are you due?

Will you find out the gender?

How have you been feeling?  
Eh.  Ok...haha.  I keep telling people I definitely know there's something different going on, because I haven't wanted to eat anything, really, for the past month+.  Who am I?!?!  I'll leave it at that, for now; more details upon request.

Are you excited?  
Duh!  haha - jk.  Yes, we're so excited!

Have you started prepping the nursery?  
Kind-of.  We (and by "we," I mean my amazingly-handy husband) are in the middle of finishing up several house projects.  Once they're done, we'll be able to (finally!!!!!) move things downstairs, including the guest room.  Then, and once we find out the gender, we'll be able to focus more on the nursery.

What have you been craving?
This is what I always like to ask expectant mothers - I think it's so interesting!  Come to find out, though, my experience with "cravings," so far, has not been so much what sounds good on top of my normal diet, but rather, it's been the only things that sound good, period.  And they change daily.  (Bless my sweet husband.)  Some "regulars" have been cereal, fruit juice popsicles, grilled cheese/fried egg sandwiches, and banana/PB/marshmallow cream roll-ups (these were already a thing for us - not a crazy pregnancy creation).  But really - these are just a few of the "Yeah, I think that sounds good..." items.  More extensive list upon request.

Any questions we forgot to include?  Ask away!

In case you missed it, this was our official announcement for the world of social media:

I thought I'd treat you, dear readers, to some behind-the-scenes shots of this gem.  ☺
Sometimes, neither of them looked.

Sometimes, Charlie looked.

Sometimes, Pepper looked.

And sometimes, she stuck out her tongue.

Sometimes, they got tired of waiting for treats...

Sorry to not have video documentation of this ordeal...I'm sure it would've provided even more entertainment.

Anyway, that's our news!  Thanks to those of you who have shared in our excitement!

More later...


Favorites of the day:
pineapple juice/ginger ale/orange sherbet/vanila ice cream NYE punch!
Christmas pictures/letters/correspondence (we didn't send one out this year, for the record)
my hard-working husband ♥