Monthly Archives: October 2012

DIY Crown Moulding

A couple of weeks back, my parents surprised us with the kind of gift that I love: crown moulding for our den.

This idea had been on my wish list since we moved in, when our painting job created a few “oops” spots on the ceiling. We discussed that crown moulding would be the best way to “fix” the mistakes and add value to the room.

But, alas, our to-do list is a mile long, so we had not gotten around to it. Enter, my wonderful parents! Jonathan and my dad got the supplies and called a carpenter friend to get a quick crash course in cutting and installing the stuff. It took a few cuts to get the hang of it, but they ended up doing quite well!

As great a job as they did, there were a few spots that needed some caulk and paint to cover imperfections where the seams didn’t quite match. So, they had someone come and finish the job. It’s been so nice to enjoy a project started and finished in the same weekend.

Here’s the finished product:

Pretty, huh?

Notice anything different? No? Well…we’ve got a trimmer, more desk-like desk in place of our old table. Actually, it’s my childhood desk that doubled as a changing table since the boy was born. It’s out here now because we’re doing some moving and shaking in the nursery. More on that to come πŸ™‚

But, first, here’s how our den looked shortly after moving in:

And, now. (just to remind you)

Still not done, but we’re moving in the right direction! Thanks for the contribution to our den, Mom and Dad!

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Fall Fun

This weekend, our family went to the Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill. It was Liam’s first experience with a corn maze and hayride! There was live folk music, pumpkin painting, a bonfire (with hot chocolate), and the weather was just beautiful!

Here’s the boy, scoping out the pumpkin options.

We tried to get a picture of Liam as a scarecrow…

…but he’s not so interested.

He loved seeing Daddy as one, though!

On to the corn maze!

Liam had a little trouble with the bumpy paths. 😦 (And, no, we didn’t make it through the whole maze.)

 

Mommy and Liam

Daddy and Liam enjoying the view of the hay riders driving by.

Then, it was our turn on the hay ride. Liam loved it.

No, really! He loves tractors so much, he was just quietly taking it all in πŸ™‚

Hay ride family shot.

A perfect way to celebrate the best things of fall!

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Great Expectations

So now you know the reason that I’ve been a little slack with the blog lately! We are happy to say that we are expecting baby #2 in mid-April of next year.

I’ve been opting for naps and nausea-fighting during Liam’s nap time, which is when I usually have the time to work on posts. I’m hoping for a fresh energy soon, though. After all, we need to document our changes to Liam’s nursery as it transforms into a two-kid room! πŸ™‚

I must admit that, when I was pregnant with Liam, I was not one of those who loved pregnancy. I know that sounds terrible, but it’s hard when you have morning sickness the first four months, build up to pre-eclampsia, and end with a somewhat traumatic labor and delivery. Don’t get me wrong, I was grateful to be pregnant, but it was hard to feel sure that it would be worth it the first time around.

Then, I met him.

What’s more, I have lived with–and in doing so, loved– Liam Knox more with each day for the last 19 months.

Becoming a parent does a lot to root out selfishness. Kids are dependent, after all, and they come first. The truth is, though, that God has used my baby to teach me from the time he was conceived. I found pregnancy to be hard, in part, because it made me so aware of my selfishness. I didn’t like not having control over my body. I couldn’t eat how I wanted to, sleep how I needed to, look how I was used to, and I didn’t like what I saw in myself: selfishness. The frustrating thing was, there was really nothing that I could do about the whole process. Except to surrender.

I think that’s what made things a little easier so far this time around. I wouldn’t say I love pregnancy any more, per se, but I do feel more patient. I’m reminded that it’s all worth it. And not just because of the amazing creature coming (whom I will undoubtably fall head over heels in love with), but because God is using such experiences to make my heart as beautiful as that miracle growing inside of me.

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Okay…I’ve unintentionally been mentally compiling a list of my “favorite” inconveniences of pregnancy (besides the typical morning sickness, etc). so I thought I’d share them with you. Just for fun πŸ™‚

Top Five “Favorite” Pregnancy Woes:

1. The confusing and discouraging thought, I can’t tell if I’mΒ feelingΒ nausea, hunger, or heart burn.

2. My oversensitivity to scented room sprays, perfumes, shampoos, and my husband’s deodorant.

3. Feeling ready to sleep pretty much all of the time (except from 4 to 6 am. sigh).

4. Getting acne like I’m 15 again. (I will say it’s been better this time around, but a noticeable decline, nonetheless.)

5. How itchy my stomach gets when it’s stretching. (Weird, huh?)

Can anyone who is/has been pregnant relate to any of these? Any other funny ones? Please do share πŸ™‚

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