My mother was given this rocking chair while pregnant with my brother, so it's 27 years old! When they no longer had any use for it, the chair got placed out of the way on the deck where the sun, wind, snow and rain worked away at giving it this rustic barnwood appearance that I love! The wood felt quite rough so ny husband and I sanded it down until it was smooth, then sprayed it with a clear matte finish and gave it one last really fine sanding.
^^ It was hard to bend around the baby bump to sand the lower areas! ^^
^^ Look at what a difference it made. The top rows are sanded and the bottom rows are not (yet) ^^
^^ Ready to be sprayed! Husband did that part because we were being very chemical conscious during my pregnancy. ^^
^^ Baby girl and I love the rocking chair! It glides smoothly and (sometimes) works to calm her down when she's fussy. Mainly I find it very comfortable which is important too! ^^
^^ Aren't these hand-me-down moccasins from her cousin adorable? ^^
^^ My very talented sister-in-law sewed the chair cushions for me. She found this fabric online and it's absolutely perfect in our nursery! With the extra fabric she also made a quilt and matching pillow. I love how it all ties the room together! ^^
Baby girl and I spend lots of time together in this rocking chair. Squished between her warm little body and the fluffy seat cushions is one of my favorite places to be. I often need reminders of that during the fourth middle-of-the-night feeding, but never the less those moments sure are sweet.
I don't have any photos to show the 'finished' version of our new home, we still have lots of little details left to do like hanging stuff on the walls, organizing and unpacking boxes. I snapped some 'before' photos and some of the help we recieved during reno's.
^^ This is the view from the front door, living room to the left and kitchen to the right. We like the tile, but tore out the yucky carpet. ^^
^^ All that needed to be done in the kitchen was painting. All white everything! ^^
^^ This was the nursery before ^^
^^ And master bedroom (the guest bedroom was the same dark brown) ^^
^^ We started with the nursery so it would have the maximum amount of time to air out before baby's arrival. We sent word that we needed help tearing out carpet and moving boxes from our appartment to the basement of the house on our day of possession, August 15th, and were so blown away by the friends and family that responded! We ended up being able to tear out the carpet, move boxes and some furniture, fill in holes and other damage to the walls and paint the first coat on all the bedrooms, hallway and into the living room within hours of being handed our keys! ^^
^^ We have the best friends and family. Thank you thank you thank you. ^^
^^ I think this is the last photo I have of me while pregnant. I tried to avoid the fumes inside the house as much as possible by finding odd jobs outside like cleaning off the driveway and washing the vinyl siding of the house. ^^
^^ Husband working away on the kitchen. Our original plan was to leave the kitchen to be painted later on, but with my mom, best friend and sister-in-law coming in to paint at all hours of the day and night we were able to get ALL of the painting done. Thank you! ^^
^^ Once the nursery wasp ainted and the hardwood laid down, my dad assembled the new baby furniture! ^^
^^ My husband and father-in-law had the huge job of laying down the hardwood! They did a beautiful job and it has made the biggest difference to the look and feel of our home. ^^
^^ My dad took care of our yard which was such a gift and it will be so nice next year to greet the Spring with a leveled yard (the previous tenants dog was a digger and there were many big holes to fill). Dad also took care of the pests and planted seed and a number of other things out there that will make all the difference next Summer. ^^
It was a whirlwind 2 weeks before Emery's birth, but we got it done thanks to all the help! I'm still unpacking a couple of boxes a day, I enjoy having that task to do, and husband is still running to the hardwood store regularly and fixing things around the house. I hope we always have these little running lists, we are making our dream home and loving the process!
Here's to this next stage of life in our new home with brand new hardwood for scratching (haha.. kidding - not kidding), patios for barbequeing, backyards for landscaping, blank white walls for decorating, soaker bath tubs for relaxing and unfinished basements for rock climbing! And more importantly, babies for loving in every square inch of this place.
The temperatures are dropping slowly, as are the leaves, making this Autumn long and sweet. After a random snowfall at the start of September I am not eager for more (just give me one more month of bright orange river valleys and pumpkin everything). We got out to enjoy it as a family yesterday afternoon and Emery was happy as a clam as we strolled to Starbucks. Her dad only had to carry her the last couple blocks home, which is how many of our walks end - but we're getting there!
^^ always happiest in papa's arms ^^
^^ pumpkin everything :) ^^
^^how beautiful! I'm thankful to live so near the trail network that runs along the creek bed. I've been sticking to the paved trails with the stroller and husbnd has been exploring all the dirt trails further south of town. There's endless running, biking and walking opporunity! ^^
I made this toque for our bear cub in the Spring and cannot remember how many stitches I cast on or the size of my circular needles, so like all 'knitspiration' posts it's really not much of a pattern at all. (Possible new years resolution: jot notes while knitting to create patterns if the project turns out)
It was very easy to make though! The first few rows were knit 1 purl 1 to make the band, then simple knit stitch the rest of the way. To make the ears I cast on 10 stitchs, knit a few rows then dropped stitches one at a time until I was down to just a couple, pinched in the edges and darned it on to the top of the toque. I was wishfully thinking that we would have a small baby with a tiny head when I made it, and we did! The toque still fits her now at 3 weeks because the band has some stretch to it. Here are some photos of our little bear cub wearing her ears proudly in the hospital:
She looks so much tinier then already!
Last weekend my Grandmother and Aunt came to visit, and meet the newest member of the family of course. We took advantage of having extra helping hands, and canning knowledge, and went to work pickling a huge batch of carrots! My dad grew a very impressive garden in his backyard this year which yielded a large carrot crop. He dug up the carrots, Grandma washed them, I chopped them and together we added garlic, onions, dill and all the other ingredients. I don't have a recipe to share, mainly because we did a lot of experimentation and they won't be ready to test for a couple weeks now, but we snapped some photos during the process and I hope you'll feel inspired to try a little preserving of your own. As I've mentioned, I'm very new to the world of canning but I sure am loving learning more!
^^ My dad searched around town for organic ingredients beforehand, and although there were some specific ingredients that he couldn't find organic the majority of what we put into the jars is. ^^
^^ Don't they look delicious?! Grandma has requested that we bring some down to share at Thanksgiving and I can't wait to try them! ^^
^^ In case you were wondering what Emery did all day, she thoroughly enjoyed being read to by my Aunt and napping in a sun spot on the living room floor. ^^
Today I'm celebrating three years of marriage with the best man I know. Where this past year has gone, I couldn't tell you. All I know is that never has a year felt so full! We started out our third year of marriage as just the two of us and with an entirely different plan, and now all of a sudden we are three and life has never felt more rich! We didn't do a big anniversary photoshoot this year, although my mom did watch our baby girl so we could sneak out to a new restaraunt in town for dinner. Both of us ate dinner with two hands AND there was no crying coming from the backseat during the drive there, it was so strange! And special :) Here is one of the few photos we have with all three of us in it, from 4:30something in the morning on the day that changed our life- and our marriage - forever. I'm loving figuring out this parenting thing with him, and watching him be the gentlest and sweetest papa to our little baby Em. We are deep in newborn right now, and deeply in love.
Happy anniversary handsome!
I'm excited to show you these maternity photos that my talented friend Bobbi of www.rogueutopia.com captured a couple of weeks before Emery's arrival. We went to the park across the street from my house to take them. It's where our baby will grow up playing, so special! I'm happy to have a collection of photos to remember the pregnancy by, and so far I surely am not missing the bump! I like having baby on the outside :)
What a beautiful blur the month since these photos has been! Praise God for fearfully and wonderfully making our precious little girl.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[b]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
Psalm 139: 13-18
^^ We welcomed Emery Michelle into the world on Saturday August 30th at 4:32 am. She weighed 6 pounds 1 ounce of pure sugar and stole our hearts immediately. ^^
I haven't found my camera cord yet since the move, so all I have to share right now are some photos I snapped on my iphone during the beautiful blur of newborn life these past 9 days.
^^ We have been given so many adorable outfits for baby girl already, and my favorite thing we put her in so far is definitely this hand-me-down toque from her twin cousins. ;) ^^
^^ We had a couple days with daddy at home before the Fall semester started, but it's not so bad when he sneaks home in between classes with a pumpkin spice latte in hand for me and kisses for Emery. ^^
^^ One of my favorite photos yet. ^^
^^ Emery's big day beau at church Sunday morning. She's got prayer hands down pat. ^^
^^ Morning snuggles with these two, every day. Can't be beat. ^^
^^ I'm loving the mom life. Sleeping is overrated anyways, right? It's all about newborn scented snuggles and heavy baby eye lids.... Give me all the coffees. ^^
Hope she steals your hearts the same way she's stolen ours.