Friday, December 30, 2011

Boy or Girl? Cast your vote!

Added to our blog sidebar is a poll to see what you think...Will Baby Weaver be a boy or a girl???

If the baby cooperates we should be finding out January 12th! So you have till then to cast your vote....

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Our Biggest Project To Date

We kept this under our hats for a while, and we finally revealed on Facebook a couple weeks ago – but we’re having a baby! We had been trying for over a year, and now our little miracle has happened, and we could not be happier.

I’ve had two ultrasounds, they both look great. Babies heartbeat is 160. We go in January 13th for our next ultrasound and if the baby cooperates then we will find out the sex! I’m so excited…I’ve been counting down the days. I’ll post a voting pole soon to see what people think it will be.

My friend gives stats on her blog along the way, and I thought it would be fun to do as well, also a way for me to track what is going on with the baby at different times.…so here goes:

How far along?: 17 weeks

Total weight gain: 6lbs so far, up 2 from last week – Darn Christmas goodies!

How big is baby?: 5 inches – the size of a turnip or onion.

Maternity clothes?: Not yet, I have one pair of pants that still fit normally (they’re a bit stretchy) but all the others I have to do the rubber band trick. Still too small for the maternity pants I have though.

Stretch marks?: Nope, I’m going to look into what type of cream or lotion I should buy to try to help keep them away.

Sleep?: I wake up 2-4 times a night, so I’m exhausted! I TRY to go to bed early, but it doesn’t always work. I’m dreaming like crazy though! Which is very abnormal to me.

Best moment this week?: I think I felt the baby move! Little butterfly feeling right where the baby is at….it was crazy, but I moved to quickly afterwards and haven’t felt it since.

Movement?: A small one – I think!

Food cravings?: Nothing really. I haven’t really had much cravings, but wow have I had food aversions! I can no longer eat banana’s or peanut butter, a total bummer to me since I normally LOVE those foods! I am also not really into steak or prime rib anymore…something I used to love. The first trimester my food aversions were so bad I could only eat like one thing every night, and it changed regularly…taco time one night, beef stroganoff another…and oh beef stroganoff, how I’ve grown to love you….I also no longer seem to like green tea, I’ve switched to oolong which I’m finding yummy. And of course like always I can always eat anything potato related.

Labor signs?: Not yet, thank god!

Belly button in or out?: In. belly popped about 2 weeks ago – very noticeable right after I eat.

What I miss: Sushi & Sleeping through the night.

What I'm looking forward to this week: New Years Eve – seeing Jason and his daughter!

Weekly Wisdom: If you have a headache, take Tylenol.

Milestone: First movement felt!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Oh Shams how I love you!

Yep, a quick post to say my shams came in for my master bedroom! YAY! Merry Christmas to me!!!

And oooohh what a difference they make…here are some new pic’s of the bed. And yes, I bought new throw pillows at Ross too…love the furry white ones!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Living Room Face Lift

Its funny how you live with something for so long and in one week it changes so dramatically. Well, that was my living room a week ago. I started putting up my Christmas decoration and they blended into the wall…and I said, that’s it! I’m done with this turquoise color! And so it began. The world wind of renovation that came just days before my family Christmas party – at my house! Lol

I’m sure my husband thought I was crazy, but bless his heart he went with it. And believe it or not, we got it all done and the place looks fantastic!

So back to the beginning. I’ve known I wanted to get rid of the turquoise in the living room for some time. It looks great downstairs in the small bathroom, but it just doesn’t work up in the living room. And that’s not to say I don’t like bold colors, I do! See my red bedroom for example…but this one just didn’t work, plus its such a big room I needed more flexibility in decorating…so a month or so ago I decided I wanted to just paint it the same blue/gray as the rest of the house. And after seeing how my Christmas stuff looked next to it, I decided now was the time. So a couple Sundays ago my husband and I laid down drop cloths and went to work. I painted the mantel a glossy white to go with the trim and the end result looked perfect. We were able to fill in all the holes left by the previous owners, and we even filled in the seams of the wood paneling above the fireplace to make it a little less wood paneling looking.

The bonus, it didn’t cost us a cent! We had all the paint and materials…one day of labor and poof, a beautiful new living room.

In addition I decided I didn’t want a bunch of frames in that room since we had our little frame gallery in the hallway. And I definitely could use a bit more display area, so we decided to put up two shelves above the buffet. I also wanted a new look above the fireplace and I liked the idea of a round mirror to curve off all the square we have going on in that room. Luckily I found a great mirror at Ross for only $30 and we already had one of those floating shelves from IKEA, so we really only needed one more to complete the look we wanted – to me $60 and a whole new look couldn’t be better, so a quick trip down there brought home a matching one to go with it. Unfortunately that quick trip had me running into the table of my dreams for half off! Yep…the Bjursta table was in the as is section, their old floor model, in perfect condition! For only $150!!! Of course I saw it with 10 minutes till store closing, and I had our tiny little scion with me…but my husband and brother grabbed the truck in the morning and went down there the very next day and got it for me! so happy!!

Since our roommate will be moving out soon, and the table we had upstairs was his, this was perfect timing! I’ve been wanting a big table with leaves in it so I could make it bigger in case we ever want to host Thanksgiving dinner or something…and now we have it! It also goes with the buffet, shelves and general look of upstairs perfectly – once it was put in it looked amazing! And its much bigger than I thought – it fits 8 chairs around it easily, without the leaves! And it fits in the space perfectly too, nice and slim so you can walk around, and the perfect length. And for super cheap too. Now we just have to find chairs….since my $60 living room remake turned into a $225 remake, we obviously did not have a budget for chairs. So I’ll be scouring craigslist for the next month or more till I find the perfect ones! We’re thinking since we have so much black/brown in the room that we may buy some modern looking old chairs with a padded seat for cheap, paint them white and reupholster the seat with some fun fabric. Another future project that I hope we can complete. Untill then my mom brought over some stacking chairs they had and we’ll be using them till we find something better.

So here are the before and after pic’s, note all the christmas decor in both!

looking pretty good huh?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Master Bedroom Update!

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted, and I have a TON of updates to tell you about my master bedroom redo! The last time I posted we had just finished painting and I had picked a bed. Well – the bed came and it is beautiful! But I’ll save that for a moment…

Redoing the ceiling required us to move all our furniture out of the room, and when we moved it back in we didn’t necessarily move the same stuff back in. A couple weeks before the redo I found a screaming deal on the Hemnes Ikea dresser that I have wanted for a long time. $50! The only thing wrong with it was that one of the wooden pieces between the drawers had broken in half….$5 at Lowes for a piece of wood and touch up paint and poof! It was good as new. See finished product here:

So that went on the wall by the door. Then our big chest returned as well as nightstands. And of course the frameless bed….until our new one came in!

When Jeremy first put the bed frame up I walked into the room and about had a heart attack – although it was beautiful it looked WAY too big for the room. I almost cried. Then we spent the next weekend putting the rest of the room together. Up went the curtains again, in came my oversized mirror, we mounted my new flat panel TV on the wall, I put up the round mirror that had been left by the previous owners above the headboard and I bought new lamps to go on the Ikea dresser. All of a sudden…the bed looked perfect! I don’t know if the added height of the curtains, mirrors and TV did something but suddenly the bed wasn’t the only thing you noticed in the room…and I was ecstatic!

I also bought a new nightstand for my side of the bed. You can see that in the very last picture. I bought it at Ross and to be honest I'm not 100% sold. I'm starting to think a white paint job might brighten it up a bit. The previous night stands were WAY too low for the height of the new bed, so this definitely helps with that. And I love the storage and shelves. But I'm not 100% sure if its fitting what I want.

In addition to all those changes we got a new duvet cover as well! And that I LOVE! Jeremy took a trip down to Portland and swung by the West Elm store and bought it for me. Its perfect! Gives the room some texture and color and really brightens it up! It also goes perfect with the new lamps we purchased as well! I'm really loving the blue that we're bringing into the room. We did order King shams as well, but they are on I'll post pictures of those when they finally come in.

So without further ado, here are the updated pictures:

So…its coming along. I still have a few things we need to get to complete it:

A chair – I’d like to put a chair on the wall near the window, something cozy so I can spend time in there reading.
A tall dresser – I’m thinking an old French style chest painted light blue to match the new duvet and lamps
Art – I’d like to put up something small by the tv in redish tones and some larger art above the nightstands.
Lighting next to the bed – I have not decided on this yet. Could be swag lights hanging above the nightstands, or floor lamps or possibly even wall lighting. Its hard to figure out exactly what will look good there and with no overhead lighting in the room this is the light that turns on with the switch which I would like to be bright.

Hope all of this was worth the wait!