Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Re-Cap

Thank you so much for all your wonderful ideas for what to put over the crib! I've been "researching" (shopping and looking online for ideas) and think I might have come up with something. More on that later though...

I wanted to do a post on our Christmas for posterity's sake. We were able to spend over a week with our families and that has been so fun! I've gotten a lot accomplished for the nursery like ordering the chair and registering for my showers. I think my Mom has driven me all over town!

27 weeks in front of my Mom's tree.

Grammy and Grampy (my Dad's parents)

Grandma and Papa (my Mom's parents)

Zach posing in front of Gran's tree.

Cody and I at his parent's house.

Cody's parents with his nephew, Peyton.

All of our stockings. Reese was never far from our thoughts during Christmas. I thought about her and missed her so much.

Z seeing his horse for the first time on Christmas. We heard a lot of, "More horse!" after this.

Z stole his Mom's sweetarts from her stocking and just made himself comfy with them!

Z and Cody

Z opened God's gift to all of us...Jesus. The last gift we open on Christmas is a box that has Jesus from the nativity in it.

Katie and I at my grandparent's house.

I hope everyone had just as wonderful of a Christmas as we did! I'll be cleaning the house and organizing everything this week. I love getting the house back to "normal"! :)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Crib Bedding

My Dad fixed my computer! Yea! I have been so anxious to show you the crib bedding! It came in on Tuesday but I couldn't even upload the pictures until today. I absolutely love it. The lady who made it did such a great job and was so fast!

Obviously we put it on the second I got home. :)
Once I saw it all put together I was so glad we didn't compromise on the plaid. :) I know y'all think I'm crazy talking so much about this plaid fabric but I think it just makes it! Hahaha (I'm not denying that I can be a little picky)

We went out a couple of days later to pick out the paint color. If you look at the pictures above this one the walls were the same color as the crib. We went to Walmart and picked out a Color Place color called Sphinx. We should have been suspicious when it rang up for $ was a little thin but nothing a few coats didn't take care of. :) Cody is still deciding if it was worth saving a few dollars or painting a few coats....

The drapes will be similar to the crib skirt except it will be bordered with the plaid.

I love his initials on the bumper. However, now I am completely stumped as to what I should put over the crib! It seems like lately everyone does their name or initials (which I love!) but that would too repetitive. Your suggestions will be greatly welcomed! :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Decorations Continued

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Our computer has a virus so this will probably be the last time I get on it for about a week until it gets fixed. (This post has taken me forever to do because of it!) If you email me or leave a question in the comments I will be able to email you back from my phone but I just won't be able to return every one's comments. :( Just a reminder, if you leave me a question in the comments, be sure to leave me a way to contact you with the answer. Someone asked about having the crib bedding made vs. buying a ready made set but I cannot comment on your blog because it says I have to be a member to leave a comment. So if you can leave me your email address I will get back to you. Thanks!

Now, on to Christmas decor!

There used to be another plate hanging below the white and green one in our laundry room but Cody knocked it off the wall so it broke. :) So I just put up a Christmas wreath for now.
This is looking into the laundry room from the kitchen. I change the the signs over the door for the seasons.

I think this plate was my only Christmas decor purchase this year. I love the colors! It came from The Christian Book Outlet.

Those M&M's didn't last long...
This little wooden girl gets so many mixed reviews. I think Cody is used to her now but some are scared by her ghostly white face. :)

The snowman wall pocket is waiting on all the Christmas cards we will get. I love going to the mailbox this time of year!

I think I noticed that my kitchen has a candy cane and holly theme. :)

A fun craft fair find. :)

This is all I did in the guest bath this year. I had totally forgotten about this snowman picture that I got at Gordman's last year. It is always fun to find new things in your decorations! :)

That should finish out all our rooms that I decorated. :) I haven't gotten my crib bedding in yet but I should this week. I will try to post a picture from my friend's computer if I can. I can't wait to see it and I can't wait to show you! Have a good week!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Totally Random

I still have more Christmas decorations to show you but I just wanted to post about some random things first.
This is me at 24 weeks. I'll be 26 weeks on Sunday but we haven't taken a more recent picture. I look at this picture and honestly think that I am huge and cannot imagine getting any bigger. I know I will though! It is just hard to wrap my mind around. It is already hard to put my socks on.
I love this old slate! I saw it at an antique store in Hot Springs, AR this past summer. I thought it would be so cute to hang in the nursery. However, the shop owner wouldn't take my offer of $10. He wanted $15. So we left it there but I always remembered it and talked about it. My Mom surprised me with it the other day! She said she went back in several months later and it was still in the same spot I had put it in and offered them $6. They took it! :)

My fabric came in! We had to break down and buy the plaid from Bassett Furniture but thanks to my Grandmother and my Mom's friend, Sue Carol, they bought it for us! What a blessing and surprise. If you want this plaid, just buy it from Bassett. Trust me, it is nowhere to be found! I have taken the fabric to the lady who is making the bedding and we should get it back today. I'll for sure be posting a picture of it. :)

Sorry this pic is blurry, it is from my phone. Back in October, my Mom and I went to the local craft fairs and we saw Michelle Duggar at the Dayspring booth. I think I shocked my Mom when I asked Michelle if I could have my picture with her. :) Me and my friends just love their show! We are both due in March. However, this is my first and although she looks young enough for this to be her first, it is her 19th. :)

And way back in July, Katie and I drove by The Duggar's house. :) I told you we like their show! This was actually the day we were trying to kill time because I had taken a blood test that morning and we were waiting on the call back to see if I was pregnant or not. I will never forget that day and I was so glad Katie was with me! I'll post more Christmas pictures next week! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Dining Room

What is wrong with this picture? Doesn't every one have a leather chair in their dining room?? ;) It was in the living room where the Christmas tree is now. With all the re-purposing of the rooms we have been doing there was no where else to put it. It doesn't stress me out too bad. ;)
I've always tied these dollar store candle rings on the back of the dining chairs. On the arm chairs I added a little stocking.
I used some of my new velvet ribbon that I got at Oops awhile back to tie the greenery to the candle sconces. Of course I had to tuck some feathers in it.
You might have to click on this picture to enlarge it but I got those Santa pictures at a thrift store last year for $6 each. I had to paint the frames but they are some of my favorite decorations. I actually saw these exact prints at the craft fairs this year for $20 each, unframed. I think I got a good deal. ;)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Living Room

Come on in.
I love this rug from Ballard Designs that Brittnay sent me a couple of years ago. We became friends through Rate My Space back before we had blogs. Cody calls her my "internet friend". :)

My little Believe corner.

You know I love these little characters.
The sofa table decorated with some greenery, a glittery Santa and candle.
This picture was fun to pull out this year since I got it for Christmas last year.
I still love this beading that you can wrap around anything. I got it a few years ago at a local craft fair and love to put it around candles. Thanks for touring our living room. :) I'll post some pictures of our dining room and kitchen later this week.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Calendar Goes To.....

The winner of the calendar is #16 (according to!

Sara of

The Life of Our Ladybugs

Congratulations! Email me your info and Kim from Fresh Entity will get it out to you. Thanks for entering and thank you Kim for offering such a fun giveaway! Remember, if you didn't win you can order a calendar from Kim's Etsy shop by clicking here.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Awesome Giveaway!

This is such a great giveaway and just in time for Christmas! Fresh Entity is giving away a 2010 Calendar. These are absolutely adorable and would make great Christmas gifts! They are printed on watercolor paper and each month has a Bible verse on it. It comes with a clip and bow so you can hang it up or use it on your desk top.

These would make great teacher's gifts too. Really, they would be perfect for anyone! I just love these. You know the drill....just leave a comment on this post. If you do not have a blog, leave your email address in your comment. Or, if you can't wait to see if you won, go here to buy one. will pick a winner Friday evening! Good luck!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Mantel

Thank you for making me feel better about my lack of motivation! Apparently it is normal and I'll be back to normal next year. :) I really was worried that it would be my new normal and I did not want that!

I was off work on Monday so I spent some time working on my mantel. If you were with me last year it will probably look exactly the same. :) I didn't do anything different.

I just hang some greenery on three Command hooks and then stick some feathers, sparkly picks and a few fake poinsettias.
In a rare move that even surprised myself, I chose not to have our stockings monogrammed when I ordered them 5 years ago. I was even a newlywed and very into monograms! :) Instead I got the letters to hang off them. I still like this look but I'm not promising I will never get our names on them.

The stockings are from Ballard Designs and we are getting a coordinating one for Westin. I am having his name put on his. It is in their catalog but not online so I can't show you a picture.

In the middle of the garland I hung an ornament and added more picks. I feel much better now that everything is up and finished!