Monday, October 7, 2013

Wedding Weekend

The weekend after my mom visited, we headed her direction to attend a wedding of some of our sweet, sweet friends, Nat and Brooke.

The wedding was in Jackson, TN, so we loaded up with two of our favorite couples, the Sullivans and Selecmans, and headed out. The ceremony was held in the chapel on the former campus of Lambuth University. And the reception was held at an adorable barn not far from there. 


{pretty programs}


{waiting on the show to start :) }


{so sweet}


{studs - kyle, travis, jb, church, jon}


{greeting their guests from above}


{this is normally how functions with these men end up. a circle full of wisdom sharing. or sports talking. one of the two.}


{we love the groom}


{miss them so much}


{my groom}


{our lives would not be the same without these four... they are continual sources of wisdom, prayer, and guidance for kyle and i and we love them so...}

Leaving Memphis this go 'round was extra tough for some reason. Though Crossville is becoming more like home as time passes, there is still quite a big piece of me lingering in the 901.

Brand New Furniture...

...or should I say old furniture that was given new life, therefore it feels brand new ;)

When my mom visits, I somehow always manage to talk her into helping me with projects. Whether it's painting walls, moving furniture, or this time painting furniture, she happily obliges. And I love her for that. Well I love her regardless, but she just makes it that much more easy to love her.

I have several pieces of furniture that my mom has given to me over the years. They are the prettiest pieces, but they are solid! And furniture isn't made solid anymore. The thought of getting rid of them or selling them made me ill. But the thought of having to move them outside, sand them, paint them, and wait for them to dry, AND move them back in made me even more ill. So for that reason, they have sat in my house, untouched, hurting my eyes.

I have been really interested in trying out Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Everyone made it sound so easy that I was almost hesitant. Surely, I would mess it up. But I took the plunge and went to town on my dining room table and chairs as well as my guest bed.

We have lived in our house for over a year now, and I feel like I am just not getting around to making it our own. We have a long way to go, but this was a good start.

Just some quick info on the paint and other products. I was initially shocked at how much it was going to cost me to buy everything I needed. But then, I remembered how much time and energy I was saving to not have to move furniture outside to stand and prime, and then it was all worth it ;) The paint itself costs about $28 for a quart. And just an FYI, I used ONE quart for the dining room table, all six chairs, and a queen size headboard and foot board. It goes a long way!!! I painted only one coat on each piece. In hindsight, it probably could have used two. But it does cover very well. The paints dries rather quickly, and once it has, its ready for the waxing part. This is what terrified me. I am not 100% satisfied with the way it all turned out, but it was fun to experiment and learn what I would do differently next time.

Back to the waxing... You need to buy both the clear wax and the dark wax. These also run just under $30 each. I also chose to buy an Annie Sloan brush to apply the dark wax with, and I have no regrets about it. Everyone I talked to who has used this, told me to use the dark wax first and follow it with the clear. Next time I attempt another project, I will probably reverse the order and use clear then dark and then clear again. This is why.. The more clear you use the more control you have over how dark your piece becomes. My pieces ended up much darker than I had anticipated, and the pictures following make it look that much darker. What I did was apply the dark wax with my Annie Sloan brush first. You are supposed to hold the brush with a closed fist, as if you were going to bang on a door with the pinky side of your hand. You can apply the wax in whatever manner you choose. I did some circular motions and just a basic brushing. Once I applied the dark, I rubbed the clear wax over it to remove it. The clear wax basically acts as an eraser. However, I think I waited to long in between and the table really absorbed quite a bit of the dark wax.


{right after painting. it really does have a "chalky' feel and look}


{right after painting}


{after both waxes}


{it's really not this dark in person}


{all finished}


{ready to go}


{before clear waxing}


{foot board}


{finished product - now all i need to do is paint the room :) }

My laundry list of house projects is now just a tad bit shorter. I'll do my best to track the progress and keep you posted. 

MeMe Comes to Visit

The funny thing about moms seems to be the older we get, the less we should really need them. But in fact, the older I get, the more I need my mom.

Just something about her presence makes all seem right in the world.

MeMe came to visit several weekends ago, and we had lots of fun while she was here. As usual.


{meme lets us do fun stuff like sit on the counters while we eat oranges}

Before MeMe left on Sunday, we ventured out to the Homesteads for the Apple Festival. The festival is held each year to raise money to keep the Homestead Tower open year-round. I didn't know much about the Homesteads when we moved here, but it's quite a bit of history that you can read about here.


{main stage}


{mattie rose just a'dancin'}


{silly boy and his silly faces}


{taking it all in}


{our new favorite thing is to drink out of straws}


{loves him some lemonade}


{family photos are near impossible}


{never is there one where all four of us are looking}


{making meme laugh}


{and then jabbing her in the throat - ha!}


{meme's little loves}


{silly babies}

Mommy's Night Out

A few weeks ago, this mommy needed a night away. My friend Laura who is preggo with baby Knox, was given a baby shower in Brentwood. Kyle was sweet enough to send me off the night before so I could spend the night with Amber and have some much needed quality time with friends.

We had a yummy Mexican dinner at Rosepepper with both high school and college friends.


{go dragons}


{my best}


{waiting on brunch - first glimpse of fall weather and it felt fantastic}


{i think i could eat here everyday}


{the spread - it was healthy before we added the french toast encrusted with frosted flakes}


{and the only picture i remembered to take at laura's shower...isn't she the cutest preggers ever?}

Sunday, October 6, 2013

15 Month Update

Here we are again. A little late on an update on James and Mattie Rose. About a month ago, we had our 15 month checkup with Dr. Leslie.  

The only problem I have with them so far, is that they don't give you a piece of paper with your child's stats :) And when you go solo to get shots, your only focus is "how can I get us out of here with the most minimal meltdown possible?" And therefore, you forget to ask to have them written down. 


{big boy}


{big girl}

From what I do remember:

James was 31 inches and a little over 20 pounds. Mattie Rose was 30 inches and approximately 18.5 pounds. They had the same head circumference, which I have no clue what it was. But they both are registering in the 3rd percentile for weight. Little squirts! But we are still on a positive growth curve and just as "normal" as can be!

The following week after our check-up, both James and Mattie Rose were rockin' low-grade fevers that I attributed to teething. Molars are no joke. But once James' temperature hit 103, I knew there was something more was going on that just teeth. Kyle did a full-body check on James, and here are some pictures of what we found... These are not pretty, but I want you mommies to see these just in case:


{blister on a non-weight bearing surface)


{another one}


{this kid never sits this still}


{small blisters around his mouth}


{rash on his thigh}

If you guessed Hand-Foot-Mouth, you're right. Dr. Leslie said this was textbook presentation. I knew there was nothing that she could do for us, but we went in to see her just for verification to let Mother's Day Out and church know. Symptoms take 3-5 days to present once they have come in contact with the virus. That's the worst part. You have no idea what's wrong with your babies until they have been suffering for a few days :( Fortunately, no other reports of any of the other kiddos were made. So I am assuming we picked this up from a grocery cart. Who knows...


{poor buddy}


{mommy hates sick little boys, but sure does love snuggles}

Though it was a rough week, with very little sleep, I had to keep reminding myself how blessed we are that we really do have healthy babies and if ear infections, tubes, and HFM are the worst of it, we are in great shape! And then we pray for those babies whose lives look much different from ours and for their parents who are much stronger than us!

Kiss your babies. Hold your babies. Tell them how much you love them. Over. And Over. And Over.