Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Check out this giveaway!

Head on over to Tatertots & Jello to participate in an awesome giveaway! Autumn from Design Dump is giving away a Mini-Room makeover. I checked out her stuff and it's stellar, dude. Really, go!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Older. {five minute friday}

Five Minute Friday pause with Gypsy Mama. Todays topic: Older.


Older. My sweet baby is almost not a baby anymore. He getting older so fast. Not as much in an aging sense but a life sense. He's no longer my little squishy baby who just lays there and stares at me in adoration. The older he gets the less he "needs" me. He climbs, runs, talks, and is developing his own personality. He is growing, growing, growing.

I'm losing my little baby to older and gaining a smart little boy.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hello Fall. For a day.

The temperature Tuesday? Ahmaaaaaazing.

Zeke picked up the hand/foot/mouth virus god-knows-where that was confirmed after I took a very grumpy baby to the after hours clinic this weekend. Since the virus is (mostly harmless) but highly contagious, we had to stay home for a few days.

I probably could have taken him back to school yesterday but I wasn't sure so we skipped work & school and spent the day outside. I figured some good fresh air would clear up whatever was left. (A good reason why I don't have a medical degree.)

It was not hot, not cold, not cloudy, not too sunny outside. It was perfect.

We attempted a photo shoot. I got lots of crawling out of a suitcase (not exactly what I was going for) and some funky-tonguestickingout-glazed eye shot.

Of course, I still think they are adorable.

Other than that, we played on the swingset (I really want to get one for the house now.) crawled in the grass and spent the day being goobers.


He's my baby goober BFF.


This is my sweet, stunningly beautiful 4 yr old niece, Natalee. She's going to be in her first little pageant next month. I took some "headshots" for her 'Most Photogenic' contest and also threw a few more fun ones in there, too. Really though, this little girl is gonna break a lot of hearts one day. ... Here are some shots :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Aquarium Daytrip.

So far this summer, by process of elimination, I have discovered that Zeke doesn't like A: baby pools B: grown up pools C: things that squirt water and D: the zoo where the animals are close up. In my search to find something he does enjoy, we tried the Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg.And yes, he liked it.

We saw fish:

and spent time with Opa (my Dad/Zeke's grandfather):


 He ran away a lot:

He had a random floor meltdown:

And we did some other stuff like practiced our amazed face, decided it wasn't cool to take pictures with Mommy anymore, and thoroughly enjoyed the inside bubbles of some of the aquariums.


Good trip. Good day. Great family.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


We've needed wanted a new couch for a few years. I thought about putting a picture of it up but I think I'll wait until I can stomach the embarrassment.

Ok, really, I'm being a turd. It's not that bad. It's a lot better than other people have. It's just that it's a pale plaid and that's covered up with an improperly fitting slipcover, and I put the cushions back in 1,657,002 times twice a day.

Point being, hot stuff and I had a date day (yes, date day...it's what the cool parents do) yesterday and on that date we decided to go look at sectionals. Since our living room is rectangle, the sectional would provide the most seating while maximizing space. We've been planning on purchasing one this year for our Christmas present to each other.

We checked out the typical chain furniture stores and weren't ready to "settle" for one simply because it was affordable. (most of them were bordering $2,000 and up.)  We decided to go check out a furniture store downtown. There we found the perfect sectional.
It wasn't too hard, too soft, too ugly, or cheaply made. I love the fabric, I love the color, I love the chaise lounger. I didn't love the original price and I would have never spent that much money on a couch...or an entire bedroom suite. Fortunately for us, they are downsizing to one local store so they are shutting this particular location down and have marked everything down pretty darn steep.

We weren't exactly prepared to buy it right then so we stuck it on 90 day layaway so now we'll have it around Christmas time just like planned.

Until then, she waits here:

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Zeke's Nursery.

Last night I realized I've never taken any pictures of Zeke's nursery. I also realized that before I know it, he'll have more of a 'big boy' room so I took pictures of his room. Nothing spectacular...more of a sentimental "I can't believe my sweet baby is turning into such a big boy" documenting.

I wanted something that would grow with him out of his 'little baby' phase and reflect 'boy'. Then was born the vintage baseball theme. I actually keep intending to get/make a cool vintage baseball type lamp but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I like the room though...it's simple & not overwhelming or overdone.

I've got a few ideas for storage additions/wall hangings but I'm going to wait until his crib is turned into a toddler bed for that. Until then, here we are:

TA-DA. This is a door. Hah. The growth chart is a fabric stick on (said to be rip resistant and easy to apply) from Paper Coiterie. I got it in the mail last night and marked his height for the first time. *sniffle* The little hat rack is from the dollar aisle at Target and the hanging birds represent his nickname 'baby bird'.

 I should probably mention here that I got his furniture from Babies R US and got an excellent deal on it. And I think it's beautiful furniture.

No crib would be complete without a wrinkled comforter and a pillow pet. Yes, I let him sleep with pillows. He likes them.

Meet the multipurpose changing table. Best.changing.table.ever. I love the additional storage and the versatility of the dresser once they don't need to be changed on a table anymore.

 I like the fact that Zeke's clothes are so small that I can fold them up and put them in the drawers. Plus, I use the bottom drawers to store next seasons clothes & sheets. (Yes, I know my plant is pretty much dead.)

A great idea from my sister in law got me to have everyone sign the mat at Zeke's first birthday party. A great memento for when he's older.

I'm such a sap.

It's Ok Thursday...

Hey, it's ok...

to watch vampire t.v. shows as an adult.

to also actually enjoy the completely substance lacking zombie movies

to sometimes want to run away from your kids and get a good night's sleep

to press the little blue Facebook app on your Droid (or iphone) too many times a day

to hide stuff you don't feel like finding a home in that one cluttered closet

to actually not miss your 'high school years'

to let your (under 2) child watch cartoons in bed with you because your not ready to get up

to wonder who "they" are that always says what the correct way to do things when it comes to your kiddos

to not listen to "they" who make recommendations about the correct way to do this/that when it comes to your kiddos

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Target love.

I love Target for several reasons. Reasonable prices? check. Decent selection? check. Excellent clearance finds? check. Good coupon policy? check.

Recently, I obsessively stalked the clearance toy aisles because rumor was they have a giant toy markdown end-ish of July where they take most clearance toys down to 70% off. I stalked and stalked...and stalked. Of course, the ONE day I couldn't stop by, they marked down the toys. At all three local locations. *sigh* Since the other stalkers go there first, I missed out on quite a few things that I reaaaally wanted to get but 50% off wasn't enough to satisfy stingy inner frugal side.

Fortunately, I did find quite a few deals and managed to score $312.79 worth of toys for just $98.82.

Please ignore my plaid couch. It has a cover but it was in the wash. This Christmas we're getting each other a sectional.

Between this, a couple good online deals, & a good trip to Bath & Body works I am over halfway done with my Christmas shopping. When everyone else is frantically shopping, I will be sitting on my couch drinking hot cocoa and watching season 3 of the Vampire Diaries...or whatever other teenage show I find to follow. ;)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Megan {maternity}

My favorite session is probably maternity. I'm one of those people who think pregnant women are beautiful & glowing and I find it important (especially for first children) to document that. This is Megan & she's a super glowy preggo. ;) Here are some shots from her session...

Friday, August 5, 2011

{senior gals}

These gorgeous girls & I did a session for...friend's sake, I suppose. All upcoming seniors in high school, these girls were a ton of fun! I'll just share a few since there are quite a few pictures from the session...

Thanks for a great session ladies!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Anthropologie Door Frame.

I saw this tutorial/idea at a blog party recently and lost it but since Google is awesome I found it again.

Anyways, I thought I'd give it a try.

Found this frame at Michael's on clearance for $4.49. (I kinda started the project before I thought to take pictures.) I grabbed some scrapbook paper while I was there.

I measured the length & width (excluding the little groove on the inside). Measured & cut the scrapbook paper into the right size to fit and be *almost* even on placement.
Using a Scotch permanent glue stick, I glued the scrapbook tiles onto the frame in a random pattern. Once finished, I applied some Paper Glaze to the 'tiles' to give it a glossy look.

Really, that's it. It was very simple.

I was debating on something for the middle. I am thinking about a 'C' monogram in black.

Sure, Anthropologie's looks better but mine cost around $150 bucks less. ;)