Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DIY Photo Shelves

I mentioned recently that we were working on a picture shelf project. I've been asking Andrew to make them for about the last year, and am so happy they're finally done! I really love how they turned out!

Here's where my inspiration came from. I saw this on Pinterest, of course, linked to the Ana White blog. She even has a video tutorial. They're very simple (and much cheaper than buying shelves this size!).

I have a terrible time hanging picture frames straight and centered with others, and I had a lot I wanted to display, so I thought this was the perfect solution. I can easily display all my favorites without having to hang each one individually.

So Andrew made the shelves for me. I think they were pretty simple. We just went with 6' ledges, although after hanging them I wish we would have gone with 8' so I could have fit even more pictures. After he had them put together I gave them two coats of white paint. He had a bit of a struggle with finding the studs to hang them, but we finally got them up over the weekend.

I'm so happy with them!

This empty hallway definitely needed something. You can see our front door is straight ahead to the right. I love that now when our guests come in they will walk right past our favorite family photos.

So much better!

Monday, August 25, 2014

16 weeks

Week 16: Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

The bump:

How far along?  16 weeks
Symptoms:  Feeling pretty good this week!  
Total weight gain/loss:  +8 lbs
Gender:  Boy?  Girl?  We'll find out in 6 days!!!
Maternity clothes?  Yes, mostly maternity now other than my stretchy shorts.
Stretch marks?  Still nothing yet at this point!
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in
I slept ok this week. Bathroom trips most nights, but Sophia is starting to sleep through the night again, so feeling a little more rested!
Movement:  Yes, more little flutters this week!  
Labor Signs:  No, thank you!
Food cravings: 
Still no real cravings.
What I miss: 
The only thing is my energy level is still down, but I don't see that going away.
What I am looking forward to: 
Finding out little peanut's gender!
Best moment from last week:  Having fun planning the gender reveal party

Friday, August 22, 2014

Playroom Update

So I know I'm super late on sharing this room update. I realized I never shared about our playroom makeover that we did last fall. This was the first room we changed in our new (not so new anymore) house.

Here's the before pics.

The first thing to do was choose a paint color. I had loved the gray color in Sophia's old nursery so much that I wanted to use it again in here. So that's what we went with; Pebble Gray by Glidden.

We really debated about what to do for baby gates. After looking at several (expensive) options online, Andrew realized he could easily make something that would be much cheaper. It really turned out great, too! I love them!

I also knew I wanted a desk space to sit in here while Sophia played. I debated over several and finally chose this computer desk at Office Depot and the chair is from Wayfair. Curtains are from Target.

Still looking for better toy storage, but it is what it is.

I really love how the room turned out!

These pictures are from right after the room was finished, so we have had a few additions to the room since then. My favorite, the main thing, is this super cute kitchen I found for Sophia on a local sale group. She loves it and it's just so cute!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Weekend Recap

We had a fun filled family weekend! My whole family, minus my sister, went up to Rockford for the weekend.

We kicked off the weekend leaving around 3:30 and going to a trick water skiing show. It was really neat!


Saturday we spent the day at Magic Waters water park. Unfortunately we didn't have the best swimming weather. But thankfully the rain stayed away and the sun finally made an appearance after lunch.


That night we had dinner at Red Robin and then the boys played disc golf while the girls brought the kids to a playground.

On Sunday, the girls plus Andrew went to the Japanese Gardens while Dillon and Chad played a round of golf. Dad, Brett and Kolby had to head home early. The gardens were really pretty!


Monday, August 18, 2014

15 Weeks

Week 15: Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of a navel orange). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds.

The bump:

How far along?  15 weeks
Symptoms:  More lower back pain and stretching pain especially when laying down.  
Total weight gain/loss:  +7 lbs... yikes, I guess 3 weekend trips in a row and all the eating out caught up to me.
Gender:  I had a boy dream this week and am really thinking it's a boy
Maternity clothes?  Yes, but still wearing some regular things as well.
Stretch marks?  None yet!
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in
I made it a few nights this week straight through without a bathroom break, so that was nice!
Yep! Still not consistent yet, so I can't wait for those real kicks.
Labor Signs:  Nope!
Food cravings: 
Still nothing
What I miss: 
Nothing too bad this week.
What I am looking forward to: 
The big ultrasound! Less than 2 weeks to go now!
Best moment from last week:  Scheduling our gender scan!   

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Faves

It's Friday, again. So time for another Friday Faves. This week I've had picture frame decor/gallery walls on my mind. I've had picture frame shelves on my DIY to-do list for the last year and finally have them almost finished! Andrew finally finished putting them together last weekend and I got them painted this week, so just need to get them put up.

But, I also would like to have a display of old family photos on another wall. The question is, where and how to display them. Here are a few of my favorites I'm debating.

My first option is to have them going up along the stairs, like this.

 Source: houzz via Cassie on Pinterest

Or I could have them spread out on one wall, probably the dining room. I love the way the different frames look together and with the big initial in the middle.

 Source: decoist via Cassie on Pinterest

 Here's another similar look, but with all black frames.

 Source: media-cache via Cassie on Pinterest

 I also really like the way all white frames look, especially with the older black and white photos.

And I love these fun frame along with the pops of color. I'm not sure they'd look right with old photos, though.

What have you been inspired by or thinking about this week? If you'd like to join me, add your Friday Faves link below and I'll follow you on Pinterest!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gender Reveal Party

I talked a little about our Gender Reveal party during last week's Friday Faves post. Well, we just scheduled an early ultrasound for August 31st (my OB isn't going to do one until 22 weeks), so the party is planned for the following Saturday, September 6th.

We're going to have a BaByQ! I love how my invites turned out.

I'll have drinks and decorations in pink and blue and will have everyone join either Team Pink or Team Blue.

Then for the big reveal, as I said, Andrew didn't love my silly string idea, so I think we're going with having Sophia open a box of either pink or blue balloons. I think it'll be really cute seeing her reaction. 

Only 17 days to go!!! I can't wait to find out what this little baby is!