Emily’s Nursery

 

Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Pleasant Pink

Curtains: DIY’d, fabric is Waverly Spring Bling Spring

Curtain Hardware: Threshold Mercury Ball Curtain Rod from Target

Crib and Dresser: Baby’s Dream Legendary, purchased from Georgia Baby & Kids Furniture

Glider/Recliner: Benji by Best Chairs, purchased from KooKoo Bear Kids Furniture

Mirror: Urban Trends Collection from Overstock, painted gray

Side Table: International Concepts Hampton Accent Table, painted white

Table Lamp: Marshall’s

Floor Lamp: Kirkland’s

Bedding: sheet and crib skirt are both from Target

Wall Letters: Pottery Barn Kids

Picture Frame: Pottery Barn (no longer available)

Desk Clock: Pottery Barn Kids (no longer available)

Changing Pad Cover: Amazon

 

Advertisements

“Mom to Bee” Baby Shower

My sister and my mother-in-law put together a great shower for me this weekend. It was “bee” themed, with bee decorations, bee cupcakes, and honey favors. It was pretty laid back, which was perfect as I don’t really like a lot of attention or fuss! I ended up not taking a single photo, so I have to give lots of credit to friends and family who grabbed my camera during the festivities.

The spread — veggies and caesar salads in a cup, deli roll ups, mac and cheese bites, mini BLTs, pulled pork sandwiches, and fresh fruit

Gifts for our baby girl 🙂

Friend shot

Family shot

Exactly how I felt after the end of all of it! Exhausted!

Baby Progress: Week 24

How far along? 24 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: A little under 9 pounds

Maternity clothes? The usual stuff. My maternity jeans are reaching this annoying point where my belly is starting to push them down, but my belly isn’t big enough to hold the elastic up so they feel like they are falling down constantly or I just have saggy butt syndrome. Just another reason for me to just keep wearing dresses!

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Nothing really

Sleep:  My mind has started going a million miles a minute when I wake up so it’s nearly impossible to fall back asleep once I wake up.

Best moment this week:
Seeing college friends at the wedding over the weekend!
And calling in to the jury duty waiting list number and hearing the words that I did NOT have to report for jury duty this week!

Worst moment of the week: Traveling kicked my butt way more than I expected. Friday and Saturday were rough just from being tired and my whole body was just really uncomfortable. I think some of it was from the time zone change and still recovering from being sick, but it was lovely to get home and sleep in my own bed on Sunday night. And not smelling ALL OF THE SMELLS of random people and things on public transportation/airplanes.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Laying on my back.


Movement: She was going crazy on Monday when I was eating some candy. I guess she has a sweet tooth like her mom 🙂

Food cravings: Sweet stuff, but that’s not really unusual for me.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No. I was a little worried about getting motion sickness while on our flight last week, but I turned out to be fine even though we did have a bit of turbulence on the way there.


Have you started to show yet: Yes. I got my first unsolicited “how far along are you?” from a stranger and “you got something cooking in there?” from the dude making my tacos at Chipotle. This week’s belly photo brought to you via the hotel room’s entry instead of the usual nursery backdrop 🙂

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out? Neither? Ha.
It definitely sticks out when I do (incline) push ups.

Wedding rings on or off? On
, still fitting fine.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! But starting to feel like “oh sh*t I need to start getting stuff done…”.


Looking forward to: Our upcoming anniversary dinner! 6 years!

My dress is from Seraphine. Things like this with a tie in the back seem to fit me the best lately since a lot of stuff is still huge in the chest!

And a few more photos from the weekend. Please excuse David’s facial hair. It’s his “baby beard”.

New Carpet!

Yay! The new carpet has finally been installed. While this was a painful project to pay for, it turned out really well. We are happy with the carpet itself (it’s so FLUFFY!), the installers, and that it is finally off the to-do list. I still surprise myself with the softness especially when I get out of bed first thing in the morning. Here’s some quick photos, but we’re still cleaning up and dealing with the aftermath. All of the old carpet and the installation left a lot of dust and fuzzies covering every surface of the house. There is a slight purple undertone that I feel like only comes across in photos. In person it is not very obvious, except for in the office where the paint color is a very warm yellow-beige.

The current disaster state of the nursery…

 

One step closer to touching every surface of what sometimes feels like our “fixer upper”! And here is a sneak peak of what I’m thinking for the nursery. So many shades of pink to choose from! 🙂

 

Christmas Tour

Apparently I’ve been slacking a bit in updating the ole blog (Hi Rachel!!!), so here’s a few photos of some of the Christmas decor around the house. Enjoy!

The dining room is still slowly coming along, but we’ve recently added 2 captain chairs (the custom camel-back dining chairs in protege driftwood from Home Decorators) and the Lyon Round etagere from the Ballard Design Outlet.

For the table, I added a really simple candle holder from IKEA, some ribbon, votives, and silver bells. I hung more of the silver bells from the light fixture with red curling ribbon. While I really like the look of a “set” table with all of the placemats, chargers, dinnerware, runners, etc. I think this is fine for now. Maybe I’ll pick up some of that stuff in an after-Christmas sale and have it ready for next year.

The staircase gets garland, lights, and some accent bows. As simple as this looks, this always seems to take forever to make it look exactly right.

The  mantle is mostly the same from previous years, but I added the “Merry Christmas” bunting from Target this year.

Less than 2 weeks until Christmas! Are you ready???

San Francisco

Last weekend we made kind of a whirlwind trip to San Francisco. We left early Friday morning and got back late, LATE Monday night (technically, Tuesday morning…at 2AM). We originally had plans last year to do a Seattle to San Francisco road trip, but that plan was put on hold when we went to Alaska instead. When we got an invite in the mail for a Santa Clara wedding, we figured it was the perfect opportunity to check out San Francisco since we didn’t get a chance last year.

We arrived in San Francisco just after noon on Friday, hopped in our rental car, and went straight to In-N-Out burger. I’m not sure I get the hype, but it was fine (except for the french fries…WTF). After that, we drove through downtown San Francisco, across the golden gate bridge, headed towards Muir Woods. We spent a few hours walking around the park. It was pretty breathtaking.

The next morning we woke up early and went back into the city for our Alcatraz tour. We hung out near the pier for a little bit, eating breakfast at a nearby cafe and watching Georgia Tech football on ESPN (noon eastern kickoff = 9AM pacific…not something I could get used to!). Then we hopped on the boat and headed over to the island.

We did the audio tour, which I thought was just ok, but David liked. After the tour, we walked around fisherman’s wharf a bit (of course stopping to see the sea lions).

We also walked to Lombard Street nearby (the famous crooked-est street) and Ghiradelli Square. Then we hopped back into the rental car and drove over to Crissy Park. It was a pretty overcast day (although not that foggy, strangely) so my photos of the golden gate bridge are just “eh”.

For our final day, we stayed in the Santa Clara area and had brunch (a very SF-ish thing to do, right?) and had a blast at the wedding. It was not a typical “American” wedding, so that was interesting and fun.

Our flight the next day got delayed by several hours, so we spent a lot of time at the SFO airport…*yawn*. We landed back in Atlanta around 1am, picked up our bags, and took our inaugural Uber ride home…with the world’s most talkative Uber driver. I think it took me a full week to catch back up on sleep after a jam-packed weekend, but it was definitely fun. Hopefully we can return to California and San Francisco in the future!

Kaitlyn’s “Newborn” Photos

Well because of so much business this summer, it took 6 weeks for me to be able to capture Kaitlyn’s “newborn” photos. All of the research I did said it was best to take them in the first week, but it just didn’t happen. I think they still turned out…okay. Yes I am super critical of myself and look at certain ones and still think “yep, that looks like someone’s first attempt at taking newborn photos”…which is true and everything, but yeah, it was a learning experience. The whole session took about 3 hours, including setup, rearranging furniture, and patiently waiting for her to fall asleep! I went and ransacked Target beforehand to pick up a beanbag, some blankets, hats, and other props. I also got trash bags (to place between blankets in case of an accident), disposable wipes, and chip bag clips (to clip the blankets to the back of chairs).

We set up in Kaitlyn’s nursery, near the window. The lighting conditions weren’t perfect, and I wasn’t sure how to fix it, but I made do. You can see that some of the lighting is kind of direct/harsh, but at the same time I had my ISO set to 1000 so that I could keep my shutter speed above 1/50 or so. I’m sure I could have spent more time rearranging furniture and trying to find the best light, but I made it work and just lowered contrast and increased shadows in post processing. I also used the CoffeShop Baby PowderRoom Photoshop action to get rid of redness and smooth out some baby acne. I typically very rarely do any post processing in Photoshop (unless it’s using content-aware fill….love that!), and just stick with Lightroom, so that was also a re-learning process.

OK, let’s finally get to some of my favorite photos. First I took some “awake” photos. This was also a decent time to capture some detail photos, as long as she wasn’t being too squirmy.

This one is cute, but the coloring in it drives me nuts and I am having a hard time getting it right!

So  that’s it! Those were some of my favorites, and there weren’t too many more that were “publish quality”. So yeah, lots of work! I’ll go back to photographing things that don’t pose as well as a bowl full of jell-o now…

Summer Business…Busy-ness

Just checking in over here — more summer busy-ness (or business?) has kept me from blogging.

We attended a beautiful, beautiful wedding in Newport, RI. Somehow I kept it together to serve my bridesmaid duties even though I was fighting a serious cold the entire week beforehand.

And then of course, ice bucket challenges…

And most recently, my first “newborn” photo shoot. Of course with my dearest niece, Miss Kaitlyn. I have a bunch of photos to share so I’ll have to make  a separate post.

While I’m enjoying the remaining days of summer, I am seriously ready to wear my boots and sweaters. I’m done with you 95 degree weather, and 80% humidity!

Summer Happenings

Summer is typically a little nuts, hence the blog silence lately. A few things I’ve been up to:

1. Re-thinking the deck space. We sold our old patio dining furniture and grabbed a few adirondack chairs and a fire pit from Lowe’s. A much better use of this space, and we can’t wait to start using the fire pit…ya know, once it gets below 75 degrees here at night! More deck improvements are in the works, too (more furniture, deck painting, etc).

Also a few plants I haven’t killed (yet). A jalapeño plant, sweet potato vine, petunias, and some potted boxwoods.

2. Ultimate! Of course summer wouldn’t be summer without summer league ultimate. I love my team, the “Heisenbros” (Breaking Bad rip off..). If only I could get rid of my old lady knee and foot aches and pains!

3. Working out and eating healthy like a crazy person! I started the Jamie Eason LiveFit program. I’m currently on week 6 so it is starting to kick my butt. I’m not following the program diet exactly, but I am trying to eat “clean” 90% of the time. Eating clean also means I’m cooking my own food a lot, which is time consuming, but I’m learning to figure it out (aka making large quantities of food at once and then eating leftovers). One of my favorite things to make is egg white and banana protein pancakes for breakfast (4 egg whites, 1 mashed banana, cinnamon, vanilla extract, with no syrup and usually some type of fruit on top). Lunch is typically grilled chicken salad, and dinner is fish/other protein with veggies. And then healthy snacks throughout the day (yogurt, more fruit…I’m kind of a fruit-aholic).

4. Wedding season! We’re off to Boston/Providence/Newport RI in a few weeks. Of course we had to 1st celebrate the bride. Later this summer we’ll be in San Francisco (YAY!) for another wedding. I think that will be 11 flights this year. Pretty sure that is a PR.

5. Spending money on non-exciting house things. This seems to be a theme this year after the roof leaking. Want to see pictures of our new garage door that looks exactly like the old garage door? No? Yeah, doesn’t make for good blog content, I know…

 

Until next time!