Thursday, May 29, 2014

Enjoying Now

Last night for the first time in 10 months and 28 days I didn't nurse Dutch to sleep.  He was wanting some NahNahNah (to nurse) and I was putting things away and walked by and handed Eric Dutch's passy (which he never takes).  Dutch took it layed his head down on Eric and went to sleep.  I was so upset.  I've been telling Eric that we need to pray that Dutch will self wean because the boy loves to eat...from me.  But deep in my heart I didn't want it to ever stop.  While Dutch was asleep I got caught up on his photo albums, um worst time ever to stare at baby pictures.  He will be 11 months old tomorrow and just like every parent says it has gone by too fast.  

When this picture was taken I remember texting my sister and telling her that he was in a 3 month outfit.  I thought he was so big.  But look at him!  He was 3 weeks old here.

These days are so precious and I've enjoyed every second of being Dutch's Momma.  I'm the crazy one that doesn't mind waking up to feed him and everything he does is so cute and I'm sure no other baby has ever done any of those things.  Last week when he woke up at 3:30am to play- we played.  Look at his smile, ha!

I've been dreading summer because that means Dutch will turn 1 but yesterday I told Eric that I am excited about his birthday.  We are blessed to have a baby that is turning 1.  Plus I mean look at him.

These are precious times and I can say that I have soaked it all in.  But from now on instead of mourning how fast my baby is turning into a toddler I am going to focus on my baby and that he is still a baby.  If I don't change my attitude I am going to miss that baby that is growing right in front of me.  

Oh and he woke up and needed me to nurse him back to sleep last night and being the crazy Momma that I am, I was ecstatic!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How To Get Oil Paint Off Of A Baby & Exterior Updates

After 5 years of living in our house there are a few touch ups we need to do.   Like I said there are a few spruce ups we want to make inside the house and outside as well.  We have been trying to get those done this month so we can enjoy June in all of its glory.  My Nana's 90th b'day, my b'day, my Mother's b'day, Father's Day, our 9th Anniversary and Dutch's 1st birthday are all in the month of June!  Lots to celebrate

The past few weekends we have been focusing on the outside of the house.  Washing the exterior, pulling weeds, moving plants and planting a few new ones.  One of my favorite things about summer is the Lowe's clearance plants.  It was a treasure trove the past weekend but I managed to only get 5 half dead perennials for only $5!  This is where 95% of our perennials have come from.  Teaching Dutch early.

On our actual house we are painting shutters, the front door and getting some rotten wood repaired.  Our shutters have been looking bad for a couple of years now so those are going to be painted.  I wish they could be replaced with wood shutters but that ain't happening.
Oh and see our Confederate Jasmin growing up the columns, it is so crazy.  I've worked with it for 4 years but now that it is grown in, I  think it is too much green and not enough variation there so it is coming down.  The tea olives in front of the windows are also going to get a hair cut.

Right now the shutter are black but I want to go with something a little warmer.    I got swatches of Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, Rock Bottom, and Sealskin.
Sealskin is the winner.

The front door needs to be repainted so I'm trying to decide between Seal Skin or Chive or Willow Leaf by Valspar.

Chive EB9-2

Willow Leaf EB9-1

These don't really look anything like them but they are the Internet colors.  Our back doors are painted a green similar to the top color but I'm thinking something a little different that that.

Update: I decided on Willow Leaf.  Last week I had the paint mixed and had it sitting in the dining room. Dutch was playing and knocked the can over.  We thought it had just knocked over but a few minutes later when I walked in he was playing in the OIL paint!!  His expression was so funny but what wasn't was that he crawled into the living room on the rug.  We panicked and Eric threw him in the tub still in his PJ's with a bottle of Dawn to clean up.  He thought it was a game and was smearing paint all over the tub.

That whole spot was covered in paint.

Thankfully the baby came clean and we were even able to save his PJ's!  Dutch doesn't put things in his mouth so that would have been terrible if he had stuck his hand in his mouth.  I was able to get the paint off of the hardwoods but it is in some of the cracks between the boards but now I will always laugh when I see those cracks.  I was able to get the paint out of the rug with a ton of Shaklee Basic H2 not diluted.  I would squirt it on and scrub.  I will forever be trying to get all of the soap residue out but that is better than green paint!  We laughed the whole time because we couldn't believe what was happening and there wasn't much else to do but laugh!

After all of that I went and got another can of Willow Leaf color matched by Sherwin Williams and they mixed a high gloss this time.  Ugh.  It looked terrible on our 64 year old very flawed door so I didn't even go with Willow Leaf!!  I've spent $60 on paint for that old heffer and she is still talking back to me.

Oh and we are trying to decide on door knockers.  I want a  new one as ours was spray painted and looks terrible.  Only problem is trying to find one that will fit the old holes.  That may not be possible but here are my picks.  So many cute ones.

Monday, May 19, 2014

New Shower Curtain

I'm making a few updates around the house.  Most of them are involving fabric so they are pretty easy and cheap.  One of the things I'm wanting to do is get a new shower curtain.  The one we have now is 5 years old and was a sheet I just painted a zig zag on across the bottom.

I'm tired of it and since this is Dutch's bathroom now I want it to be more of a space that fits his personality.  I don't want a standard shower curtain because it is about 6" shorter than I want and need.  I'm sorry but I'm a shower curtain height snob.  I like them TALL.  So that leaves me to either buy 2 shower curtains and piece the bottom or make a new one.

I really think this dog fabric is cute.  It is Woof from Premier Prints.  Dutch's 3rd word was DAH (dog) so I think this fits him pretty well.

But then I'm having a hard time doing a kid themed shower curtain and the truth is I want to do dogs for his next room.  That could be years away so should I just go ahead and do the dog since really deep in my heart I love it and know he will too?  Deep thoughts about a shower curtain!

The other contender is the Carnival print also from Premier Prints.  It looks really good in the room.

I think I am really leaning towards the dogs but what do you think?  I mean one day I will be buying a boring shower curtain and wishing Dutch as young enough to want the dog fabric.  Either way these options are actually cheaper than a store bought shower curtain.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Great Photo Canvas Deal

Popping in to tell y'all about this amazing deal.  Right now on Canvas People canvases are 80% off!  Seriously a 20x30 canvas for $22.40!  I've ordered 4 canvases from them in the past few months. 

The top on is an 11x14 and bottom is 16x16.  I think the quality is great-not grainy like they look in these photos. These photos were taken with my iPhone on a cloudy day. 

Isn't that lamb photo the sweetest!  It was a real lamb and pretty much acted like that the whole time.   
Sign up for Canvas People emails and you can be notified of sales.  Oh and a little tip.  If you are planning on mailing your canvas as a gift just go ahead and have it shipped to them from Canvas People.  It cost $22 for me to mail a 16x16 instead of have it shipped direct from CP.  Why I didn't just have it shipped to the grandparents to begin who knows. 
*This isn't a sponsored post, just passing along a great deal!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

T25 Anyone?

Anyone out there have any experience with T25?  I've been wanting to get back in shape for several months now, but there is that little thing called extra time.

In the months before I got pregnant I was in the best shape I had ever been.  I was running several times a week as well as doing body pump and eating from a low amylose diet.  When I was about 6 weeks pregnant I finally had the body that I wanted and was really happy with the lack of flab.  Then my Dr. told me to stop exercising.

2 days before Dutch was born

That was about 18 months ago and aside from walks to Burger King on the weekends for breakfast, I haven't really done much in the form of exercising.  I would LOVE to be able to run again but I am too lazy for that right now and I would really really LOVE to do body pump but I don't have the time to commit to that right now.  Dutch usually likes to be asleep by 7 so if I went to the gym after work, I would only get a few minutes of play time before he went to sleep.  I'm giving T25 a chance since it is only 25 minutes, but it is the longest 25 minutes ever!  The cardio kills my legs, they are on fire which is where I need a lot of work so that is good I guess.  

The price was too expensive for a new copy, so I was able to buy it from a friend.  I started a few weeks ago but then I had to get serious about sewing Dutch's Easter outfit then I got lazy and now this week I'm back with no excuses.  

I don't really want to lose more weight, I weigh about 8 lbs less than I did when I got pregnant.  Milk tanks empty of course. But I look like I did before I ever got in shape so I want to tone up and be strong again.  Since I'm nursing (I still pump 2x a day and nurse morning and night, all night yeah I'm the worst enabler ever) I still eat anything I want, but when I stop nursing I will gain a ton of weight if I continue on so I am going to go back to the low amylose style of eating.  

If you have done T25 did it you get results?!  I need to know, I'm looking for excuses to quit.

The other thing, I'm not sure if I'm really comfortable wearing a bikini anymore.  Anyone seen any cute mom swimsuits without being mom swimsuits.
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