Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Decorations

We always put up our Christmas decorations the weekend before Thanksgiving.  We are gone the whole weekend of Thanksgiving so it is nice to come back to an already decorated home.  To me, that is stress-free! 

This post contains a lot of pictures!  :)  Here is our Christmas tree.  I think I said last year how much I loved having the tree in our dining room.  It is open to the living room and kitchen so we can see it all day but it doesn't crowd the mantel and the best part is we don't have to re-arrange any furniture. 


I didn't really have anything for my dining room table so I used a platter I already had and added some left over ornaments.

This is the sofa table.  That red candle holder has already gone missing.  I'm pretty sure I know who the curious hands belong to but what I can't figure out is where he hid it.  I have searched for two days looking for it!  The only conclusion I have is that he threw it away and I never saw it in the trash.  He loves "helping" by throwing trash away.  This morning I found his milk cup in the trash can. 



The mantel is always one of my favorites because you see it right when you walk in the front door and I love the nativity.  I got it several years ago on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  Seven years later, I still love our stockings too.  They are from Ballard Designs.  I'm looking forward to adding another one up there next year!  Hers is the opposite of Westin's-green stripes with red polka dots.

Dining room.

I printed THIS Christmas printable yesterday and it is in the large black frame now.
Westin loves looking at this picture of him and Santa from last year.  I'm so curious to see how he reacts to Santa this year.  I think we are going to take him tomorrow night.
This is my favorite spot in our kitchen right now.  I love this printable from Jones Design Company.  You can find it HERE.  I usually hang those ornaments from our kitchen chandelier but wanted to change it up a bit this year so I just put them in some small silver dishes.  I love looking for silver pieces at antique stores.  You can usually find them for a couple of dollars and they look great with candles in them too. 

I got that Santa mug this year at a flea market for $2.00.  My goal is to put some peppermint sticks in it.  We will see if that gets accomplished.  ;)


The Lori C. Mitchell elves found a place on a silver tray by the sink. 

I'll be the first to admit that I think this little vignette looks a little "off" but the Santa looked a little lonely by himself so I added the ornaments on the candlesticks.  It will do for now.  Haha
Our little countdown man.
The guest bath got a Christmas sign and wreath on one wall and some Santa candlesticks on the counter.

There will be a GREAT giveaway on Friday!  One of my favorite etsy sites will be giving away a burlap runner like the one on my dining room table.  So be sure to stop back by on Friday! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Our Little Turkey

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We got to see a lot of family and eat a lot of good food.  We have a lot to be thankful for this season too.  We are so thankful for Westin and the new baby!  I'm a little over half way there!


Lindsey and I crafted some turkey shirts for our kiddos a couple of weeks ago.  Westin was excited about his turkey!  


Our last Thanksgiving as a family of three!  Westin has no idea what is coming but he is constantly saying, "baby sister" and kissing my stomach.  I hope his love continues when she is here in person!  :)

I'm in major nesting mode and trying to clean out every cabinet, drawer and closet.  We are going to be moving around three bedrooms soon so I'm trying to get a head start on it.  I'm feeling a little overwhelmed!  Westin's room will become the new nursery, the back guestroom will be Westin's room and the front guestroom will be a new guestroom. We have a lot going on but I love having projects and to-do lists.  :) 

Monday, November 21, 2011

20 Weeks and Random Buys

We had our 20 week ultrasound today.  Everything looks great!  She is weighing 13 oz and measuring a week ahead.  Her heartbeat was 143.  My next appointment is in 5 weeks and it is the glucose test.  I actually like the fruit juice!  Ha!  We have a name for her which I will announce soon once we finalize the middle name.  :)


These next pictures are totally random and way over-due but that is how I am functioning these days. :)


These were the first two gifts we received when we found out we were pregnant.  Elizabeth got us the burp cloth and my parents got us the soft lovie.  I hope she likes her lovies as much as her brother does.  It is so cute!

You are probably wondering what in the world is that thing?!  Haha!  It is an old mattress spring that I got at our local craft fair.  Yes, I paid money for it.  I thought it was $2 and then I saw it was $5.  I wasn't going to get it but Westin broke something in their booth so I felt bad and bought it.  :)  I plan on using it in the nursery with a picture in it where the card is. 

I also got our family ornament for this year at the White Washed Comfort booth.  I went back to get one with the new baby's initial but they didn't have it.  :(


This was just a fun ornament I bought because I liked the colors.  These are the colors of our tree.

This pillow is actually a Christmas gift for a friend.  So if your name starts with a C and we have been BFF's since 7th grade then, surprise!  Here is your Christmas gift.  ;)  HERE is the Lola and Bea shop. 

I love Santas and I love glitter so I bought this Christmas picture.  I wish I would have gotten a card from this booth because their stuff was so cute and reasonable. 

Here are some other fun links:

The Blue Lark- Cute jewelry
Oh Lime- Original art and photography.  I got some cute magnets.
The Pink Lilli- Very cute baby and children's clothes and accessories.
Adornaments- I always love this jewelry booth!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Gender Reveal Party

Well, we made it a week without looking at the envelope!  I thought it would be hard to not peek but I honestly didn't even think about it unless someone asked me about it.  I actually didn't even take it out of my purse all week!  I guess that shows you how all consuming having another child at home can be.  :)  Westin takes all my energy!  I didn't even have time to think about it.  Haha!  I am so glad we didn't peek because we were both completely shocked on Saturday.

We had the party at my parent's house so it was more centrally located and more of Cody's family could come.  My mom was the perfect hostess and put a lot of work into the party.  I couldn't have done it without her!



My mom got the cake and we made the cupcakes.  Cody's mom brought the cookies so were set!



Westin with Papa and Gigi.  I told him I was going to take a picture with him and Papa and Gigi so he just put his arms around them like he was an old pro.  It was so cute!


We took the envelope to my parent's neighbor and she filled the box with either pink or blue balloons depending on what the ultrasound said.  :)  Of course I saw this idea on pinterest, HERE.  I painted the chalkboard on the box so we could get a tally of every one's opinions.  As everyone arrived they made a mark under boy or girl depending on what they thought it was going to be.  I told them they couldn't make a mark based on wishful thinking but on what they truly thought it was going to be.  Haha!


Our family members that were able to come.  (My dad is taking the picture.)  The final tally was boy-8 and girl-9. 


As we were ripping the tape off, Cody and I were able to see the color of the balloons first. 


My face is one of pure shock!  Ha!


It's a GIRL!!


I was honestly shocked.  Cody said he had begun thinking it was a girl the past week so he was more prepared.  I had been feeling it was a boy all along and the heartbeat was exactly what Westin's was so I just thought for sure we were going to have another boy. 


Checking out the "proof".  The ultrasound picture that shows the gender. 



Everyone was sweet to bring a little gender neutral gift.  Westin took ownership over this little lovie.  He will soon be sharing with his baby sister!

A sweet smocked dress from my parents. 

It was SO FUN finding out the gender with everyone at the same time!  I loved doing that with Westin and it was probably even more fun this time since I was so shocked.  I had never even thought about it being a girl because a boy is all I know but I have to say, I'm very excited about it!!  I think it will be so fun to have one of each and I know Westin will be a great big brother to his sister.  Plus, my mom and I went shopping after the party and she bought her 4 outfits which was really fun!  I know I will probably be getting in trouble shopping for a girl.  :)  We are very thankful for a second baby and so excited to learn what it means to be parents to a girl. 

We also already bought her crib and an antique chest of drawers, so I'll show you those pictures soon!     

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Results Are In

Watch the video below to see if we are having a boy or girl!  :)

video

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Boy or Girl?

My doctor let us find out a little early what we are having.  I'm 17.5 weeks so we got to have a fun ultrasound yesterday.  We closed our eyes while the technician took a peek but we were able to watch this baby moving all around.


Here we are after our appointment.  She put the results in an envelope and we will find out next Saturday when we have a little party with our families.  It hasn't been as hard as I thought to not peek.  I'm sure it will get harder as the week goes on.  :)


Pregnancy Notes:
-I've been feeling all along that it is a boy but now I'm kind of wishy washy.  I'm going to be surprised either way on Saturday, I think. 
-I'm feeling so much better! I still take one Zofran in the morning but that is it all day.
-Wearing maternity pants but my normal shirts.  I'm sure maternity shirts are not far away.  My belly is still in that awkward, "is she pregnant?" stage.  :)
-I feel the baby move more and more every day.  I felt it early on (about 14 weeks) but there would be days in between that I wouldn't feel anything.  Now I feel it moving everyday.  Mostly at night.
-We are pretty set on a boy name but haven't talked about any girl names. 
-The heartbeat was 149 yesterday.  Any guesses on what you think it is? 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trick or Treat

Don't forget to scroll down one post to see what is on Very Jane today. 

We had a fun night trick or treating last night!  We got started around 6:30 and it took about an hour and a half to walk around the neighborhood loop.  Westin wanted to walk in every one's house and actually made it to some one's kitchen!



For Zach, half the fun was ringing the doorbell.  He averaged about three rings per house.  :)



This witch actually started moving and talking which sent Zach running!  Westin just starred at her and wasn't sure if he should be scared or not.  They were able to push through their fright to get some candy though.  Of course.

Pause for a picture.



I think Westin had about 3 suckers last night.  If the people at the houses let him choose what he wanted out of their bowl then he would dig for a sucker.  If he couldn't find one he would get M&M's.   

I think it's funny that Zach and Westin both have candy in their mouth in these last pictures.  It was a fun night and it was so fun to see how excited Zach and Westin were running from house to house.  :)