Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Today, I am 37 week along.  Oh. My. Gosh.  The last half of this pregnancy has FLOWN by!  Jace asked me today when Grandma is coming, I quickly replied "14 days"... and then panic set in, oh my gosh, just 14 more days!!!  I am not sure I am ready to be a mother of 4, but heck, that's what I thought about number 2 and 3 and now I can't imagine life with out them.  
This pregnancy has been different.  I think it has to do with 3 different factors. 
1. It's my 4th pregnancy.  Let's face it.  I am working with used parts here.  I am not in my 20's any more and it just wears me out more than my last ones.
2. I have more responsibility.  My house is twice the size of our town home in Toledo (so much work to keep it clean) and my kids are involved in so much more now than ever before.  It's not just me at home doing what ever I would like to do.  I have way more on my plate and so do my kids and hubby. 
3.  My attitude.  I think it could of been a little better.  Not that I did not want to get prego, but I think I could of been a little less whinny about it.  Ok, a lot less.  

But as the time get's closer, I am getting more and more excited about seeing what this little boy with look like!  We keep making guesses about what color hair he will have, if he will be bald like Jace was or crazy thick like Carter?  Will he have big eyes like Cohen or will he just have a total new look of his own?  I'm dying to know!  My boys keep asking me when he is going to come.  For right now, I think I will not make it to my due date (May 20th and induction on 22nd).  For right now, I just want to make it till my mom comes!  
I have enjoyed my 3 year break between kids...maybe a little too much.  I know what's coming.  The soreness, the exhaustion, changing diapers, feedings, and schedules.  All of which I feel like we have been out of for a really long time.  But I also know what else comes along with that.  Super cute baby yawns and stretches, first smiles, snuggle times, bonding with my child, and that unconditional love you have.  So with that I say bring it on! I am ready.  I have his room done, his clothes cleaned and put away, his bed is clean, car seat is ready, the swing has new batteries, and his going home outfit it packed. So to my little baby Ryland, we are excited to meet you.  You are allowed to come out any time after Grandma comes.  14 more days my boy!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Italian Settee

I am so happy to finally introduce my newly refurbished early 19th century Italian Settee.  To refresh your memory I posted almost a year ago exactly my intentions of redoing it :

Well, I finally did it!  It took me a good solid week of work just to redo all the joints to make it stronger. And then another week to sand and paint.  This thing has totally been a project.  But with my long list of "To Do Before Baby", I was determined to get this one crossed off.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  Justin teases me because he know's I like just to be able to say my Italian Settee, but he is totally right!  I love this thing and I love the history of it.  Such a fun little treasure to work on!  So with out further ado... here is my before and after of my Italian Settee:

I plan to use this as a photo prop too, just in time too because my favorite time of year is upon us in Texas, Blue Bonnet season!

 Every where you go around here the freeways are lined with Blue Bonnets, and since they are the state flower, it is illegal to cut them until they die on their own.  I love seeing the sea of Blue Bonnets and green grass every where we go!