Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Home Inspiration

So with the dream of us getting a house just around the corner....I have been on the search for some decorating inspiration. The living room, kitchen, and breakfast room are the main areas that will see change from our current style. Just ready to make a few key changes that will make a bigger impact. I've told Scott it will be like Christmas once we finally get in a house since we still have some wedding gifts that are never used and still in the boxes. I'm really looking forward to laying out all the many decor things we have and changing things around and making everything new and fresh. Here are a few ideas I've come up with so far....(know that they may completely change by the time we make it into a house :-)

We will be slipcovering our couch with a cream fabric that has some texture on it. I'm wanting the couch and curtains to be solid and neutral so that it's easier to change the pillows for a quick update down the road.

Cutting Corners---Dazar Red---Pillows on Couch, Breakfast Room Valances
I'm loving this fabric! It is just so cheery. It is completely different than what we have but still in the same color scheme. Loving the red background.

Cutting Corners---Burlap Natural---Curtains in Living Room
I'm really looking forward to using burlap in the room. I've been seeing it everywhere in lots of designs so I'm excited to jump on the bandwagon. I'm also wanting to use it as accent pillows on the couch (maybe with a painted S on the pillow?)

Ballard Designs---Laney Indoor/Outdoor Rug (in black though)---Living Room Rug
I love the design on this rug (or something similar). With the other black accents in the room, I think it would go well but still be neutral enough.

Ballards Designs---Bee Pillow
I like this pillow just for the fun of it. Thought it would bring in more of the black and even the golds that I like.

Ballard Designs---LeMans Counter Stools---for the breakfast bar
I'm so looking forward to having a breakfast bar at a house. Can't wait for Griffen to be sitting there coloring as I cook. Fun to dream isn't it?!

Pottery Barn---Burlap Shade Pendant Light---Over Breakfast Bar
Once again, loving the burlap. I think these would be easy to duplicate. I'd want to look for inexpensive lighting and then redo the shades with leftover fabric from the curtains.

Pottery Barn---Aris Pedastal Dining Table
I like the look of the cream table and black chairs. Easy to duplicate with the table/chairs we already have.

No I won't be getting all of this any time soon but it's fun to dream and get inspiration. I like the look of all of these things so I'm excited to see how I can take this inspiration and make it my own for our home. I'm looking forward to the challenge of seeing how I can use what we already have and making the look the same as some of these things. I'll keep you updated with before and after pics!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Lately we have been....

Catching up on some reading

Blowing kisses to anyone and everyone!

Hanging out with friends

And getting in a little time to relax.

Mother's Day 2011

This mother's day we had a lot of sweet time with family. It was so good to be surrounded by love and celebrating being a mom and our own moms. Several times throughout the weekend, I did stop to think what this day could have held. I could have been holding my newborn baby girl.....Not wanting Satan to take hold of my thoughts, I quickly had to focus on what was and not what could have been. I looked and Griffen and thanked God for moment I have with my sweet boy and prayed that I would cherishe every second with him....Scott definitely spoiled me with some fun gifts. He had a recent pic of Griffen put on a canvas, money put in our house decorating fun (can't wait to spend that!!), a massage, and a pedicure. I love this man! So sweet and thoughtful!...We got to spend time with both our moms throughout the weekend and even time with Scott's grandmother. We are blessed with having family close.

Dad got G this Mother's Day balloon on Saturday...he is still carrying it around 5 days later. It has gone everywhere with us from the park, on our walks and everytime we get in the car! :-)

Happy Mother's Day Mom! Thank you for all you do to be an example of the kind of wife, mom and friend I want to be.....Don't tell her I posted this pic! She would be mortified because she was about to go on a walk and was "grubbed" out. :-)

First Trip to the Zoo

Last week we took our first family trip to the zoo. I was so glad when Scott suggested taking the day off to have some time together. How can I resist a day with my boys?! Griffen really enjoyed all the animals. His attention span was about 50%....Half the time he just wanted to get out of the stroller and run, the other half he was kissing the glass to try and get closer to the animals. I'm sure this will be the first of many trips to the zoo. Guess we'll have to get a zoo pass because Griffen is a nut for animals and I'm sure that interest will only grow as he gets older.

Love this picture!! We have had the hardest time getting G to look at the camera lately so we were so this one actually turned out.

"Daddy forget the camera...look at the elephants!"

 So happy and excited!

 Kissing the glass so the guinea fowl will come closer! I know it's gross but it's darn cute. :-)

Checking out the kangaroo

Loving the penguins! He had the room full of people laughing at him because he was squealing so much! 

After a few hours we worn out little boy

Easter 2011

Easter was so fun this year. We enjoyed lots of time with friends and family to celebrate our Risen King. Griffen and I started the day before our church Easter egg hunt practicing for it. He loved going around the house picking up the eggs. Saturday, on the day of the hunt, he was so ready for us to put him down so he could go to work getting the eggs. It was so funny watching his group, the walkers to 2 yrs. old, some knew just what to do and others just stood watching the other kids around them. Loved seeing the excitement in all of their eyes. On Sunday we went to church and then had lunch with Scott's family. We had another egg hunt there with Griffen's cousins. Mom was in SC visiting Brandon and Jill so Dad got to spend Easter with us. Love family time!...We headed home that afternoon worn out from a great day!

CityView Easter Egg Hunt 2011

Ginger, Sophia (Griffen's future wife), Me and Griffen---Ginger is expecting Baby Wyatt any day now

Checking out his Easter basket loot

Family Pic Time---G refused to put the car down. Oh well! :-)

Hanging out on Grammy's back porch

Photo op with Papa

Cousin Time!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Lila Elizabeth---3 Months

"Our God is in Control"---Steven Curtis Chapman

This is not how it should be
This is not how it could be
But this is how it is
And our God is in control

This is not how it will be
When we finally will SEE
We'll SEE with our own eyes
He was always in control

And we'll sing Holy, Holy, Holy is our God
And we will finally, really understand what it means
So we'll sing Holy, Holy, Holy is our God
While we're waiting for that day

This is not where we planned to be
When we started this journey
But this is where we are
And our God is in control

Though this first taste is bitter
There will be sweetness forever
When we finally taste and SEE
That our God is in control

And we'll sing Holy, Holy, Holy is our God
And we will finally, really understand what it means
So we'll sing Holy, Holy, Holy is our God
While we're waiting for that day
We're waiting for that day

We'll keep on waiting for that day
And we will know our God is in control

Holy, Holy, Holy
Our God is in control

1 Corinthians 13:12---For now we SEE in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, then I shall KNOW fully, even and I have been fully known.