Tuesday, November 29, 2011

monkey 'n around!

This year we had Lael's birthday party at Monkey Joe's! Since her bestie, Julianne (aka, Julsies), turns two just three days after her, we decided to make it a joint party! So thankful for these two little monkeys!

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They had a ball monkey 'n around with all of their best buds!


And here are a couple of snaps from her actual birthday with candles in her beloved peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She blew out candles pretty much all day long... in her breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just the way it should be! :)

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You can check out the pictures from her first birthday party here.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ruthie girl is five months old!

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This month we are appropriately calling you our little
Ruthie Toothie!

Congratulations on your first tooth that poked through on your
5 month birthday!
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Monday, November 21, 2011

here we go!

Last Christmas I was already thinking about this Christmas, and couldn't wait to pick out Lael's first play kitchen!
My good friend, Holly, introduced me to do-it-yourself play kitchens on Pinterest about a month ago. I was pretty much salivating over the pictures I found, but was intimidated by such a project and worried that I couldn't get it done in time for the big day. I checked out a bunch of wooden, manufactured play kitchens but just kept going back to the idea of putting one together myself with all of the sweet, personal touches. If you haven't noticed by now from reading my blog, I'm just a bit sentimental. Okay... I'm a little over the top sentimental. :)
So, I decided I would take the plunge and commit to the idea.

I've browsed and browsed and browsed some more, and I've collected lots of ideas from lots of different sources. No two kitchens are alike because most of the ones that I've found are made out of an old piece of furniture! Genius, I tell you! Here are some of my favorites just to give you an idea of what the end goal is...


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I spent basically an entire Saturday out looking at local second hand stores and antique stores, and couldn't find anything that struck me. I wanted to use a good, solid piece of furniture that would hold up and look nice and substantial. Finally, after Trey's suggestion that we go to a few more places a couple of Sundays ago after church, we came across a tiny little hole in the wall antique shop. I went in to scope it out first. I knew as soon as I saw it that this was the one...

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I didn't know exactly what it was, but I knew what it was going to become!

It was originally priced at $100, but we were able to get the shop owner down to $60!
Come to find out, it was a handmade piece that was used as a secretary. Trey and I poked and prodded and brainstormed exactly what parts would be what and how we would dismantle it and put it back together to get our desired result. I really wanted something that had all of the wood parts that we needed. The thought of going out to Home Depot and buying wood, measuring it and cutting it just really stressed me out, so it helped ease my timid mind to know that all of the major structure was right here... just waiting to be rearranged.

Please know that Trey and I have absolutely no idea what we're doing.
I like to believe that my husband can pretty much fix anything, but he's no carpenter. :)
Thankfully, he knows a whole heck of a lot more than I do about drills, saws, nails, and hammers.
Nevertheless, we are both determined to make an ultra fabulous Christmas present for our girl and along the way spend some quality spouse time together in our little basement workshop. Or as he likes to call it, "The man cave". We love spending time together doing a project!

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So please follow along as we create our one-of-a-kind play kitchen for Lael, and Ruthie, too!

Here we go!!

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burp 'n bottom cloths

More cloths for sale!
You can purchase them through my etsy store on the sidebar. :)

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

two

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

a piece of my heart

To our Laelie, our Laelie Bopper, our Angel Girl, THE girl, our Doodlebop girl, the Bopper, our Boo-Boo, our lil' Fruit head, our Laelie Baelie...

To a piece of my heart...

Happy 2nd Birthday!!

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We love you, Angel.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

discovery

I love watching Ruthie discover the newness around her, watching her reach out and experiment with her hands, and watching her see.

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Such a short time ago it was Lael who was discovering the excersaucer. :)





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Thursday, November 10, 2011

this feeling

As we approach the second anniversary of the birth of our first daughter,
I have this feeling...

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This feeling that I can remember as if it was last week. The leaves at their peak here in Greenville, the crispness in the air, and the great anticipation of what was to come.

There's nothing like that first baby. The excitement of it is beyond words. So much unknown and the disbelief that this day is coming. This day that you've been dreaming of for much of your life. This day that will bring the greatest amount of raw emotion that you have ever felt.

Who will she look like? Will she, indeed, be a girl? Oh, Lord, after all of this, puh-LEASE help her to be a girl. Actually, scratch that. Lord, just help it to be one or the other!
Funny the thoughts that course through the mind of a pregnant woman.

The days drag on. And on. And on. Your worst fear is that you will be one of those women who goes 3 weeks overdue, and that you will give birth to a 13 lb. baby when it's all said and done.


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The falling of leaves and the cool nights used to take me back to college days. Carefree evenings that probably shouldn't have been so carefree. Nonetheless, I'm glad they were...

Now, all I can think about is November, 2009. Like catching a wiff of the shampoo you used to use in high school... you're instantly back there....

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Right now I'm back there. Reliving it in the corners of my mind. Pulling out those files of memories. Remembering the hours spent working on her nursery, that green chair that I would go and sit in and imagine what it would be like. What it would be like when she got here... here in my arms.

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Everything was clean. Everything was in its place. There was absolutely nothing left to do but wait. Literally, I sat around my house and drank raspberry tea.
And fyi, it doesn't work.

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There was so much beauty in that time and place. Time with my husband that I cherished. There were movies and dinners out with no restraints, but realization that it would soon come to an end. In the same breath there was so much joy in knowing that with the ending of that season, a far better one would soon begin. We welcomed it with open arms.

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Will I always feel this way?
This rushing flood of emotion at the drop of the first autumn leaf.
At the rainbow of colors outside of my window.
This bittersweetness that the birth of my firstborn has come and gone.

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I may not.

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But I hope I do.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

contd.

Halloween evening we went to our neighborhood block party with Julianne, the ladybug...

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her little brother, the caterpillar, Kathryn and Mark.

These two boo-boos were just lil' pumpkin seeds this time last year!

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Notice Lael is NOT wearing her "hat". As if I needed to point that out. That thing is like having a second pet in our house. It was a no go for the actual trick-or-treating per Lael's defiance request. We had to settle with the big white bow.

Aunt Meg stopped by to see us off! :)

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The Annie dress was made by my aunt and was worn first by my older cousin, then me, and then Megan. It's in great condition, and it thrilled me to be able to put my girl in it.

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If you didn't catch Lael in her costume last year, you can see it here.

I can hardly believe November is here. This is Lael's birthday month, and of course that brings so many bittersweet emotions for me. More sweet than bitter, of course. I'm just not ready for my baby to not be, well... a baby. More on that later.
Hope you all made lots of Happy Halloween memories with your family!
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