Tuesday, February 23, 2010


A- Attached or single: Attached
B- Best Friend: Jared
C- Cake or Pie: Pie! or Cheesecake!
D- Day: Saturday or Sunday
E- Essential Item: Diaper Bag
F- Favorite Color: Purple and Green
G- Gummi Bears or Worms: Bears
H- Home town: Great Falls, Montana
I- Indulgences: Bachelor & American Idol
J- January or July: July- January depresses me
K- Kids: Noah, 19 months
L- Life is incomplete without: friends
M- Marriage Date: September 20, 2007
N- Number of Siblings: 3 bros, 1 sis
O- Oranges or Apples: depends on my mood
P- Phobias or Fears: I don't like being home alone
Q- Quote: ?
R- Reason to smile: Noah
S- Season: Fall
T- Tag Three: Misti, Chelsea, & Becca!
U- Unknown Fact About Me: I wrote chapter books when I was little and also won awards in my classes for reading so many books. I'd read like 25 chapter books a month, which is almost 1 a day, which also means I didn't have any friends besides my books when I was in middle school!
V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animal: I'm not a vegetarian per se, but I hardly ever eat meat
W- Worst Habit: watching Bachelor & American Idol
X- X-rays or Ultrasounds: Ultrasound??? I guess someone couldn't think of anything to start with an X!
Y- Your favorite food: Mexican!
Z- Zodiac Sign: Libra

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I AM...

10 weeks
morning sickness
due in September
forced to have another C-section
happy that I'll at least know the exact moment Baby will be born
already starting to show
sad to have already gained 5 lbs when I lost 5 with Noah at this point
craving weird things- like lemon juice concentrate
craving normal things- like french fries
excited to move past the first trimester
something of a recluse lately
hating getting ready these days
still trying to though
looking for a good book to read
in bed by 9:00 or right after
taking naps as well during the day
averaging about 12 hours of sleep per day
ready for Spring
not ready but excited for maternity clothes
lucky to live by so much family
lucky my husband has taken over my responsibilities as a homemaker for the last month or so
eating out way more than I should
feeling like Baby will be a girl
positive my mind is just wanting it to be
happy with either
praying Baby is healthy
going to hear the heart in 2 weeks
going to have an Arkansan baby- I never would have thought

Friday, February 12, 2010

Extreme Home Makeover

A lot of people have asked if I had a nice "vacation" to Utah a few weeks ago. My response is usually that it was great to see my family and friends, but it was also very exhausting. I spent a lot of time doing a living room makeover for my parents. They just moved to a beautiful new house. However, the decor was....well, I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

When I first walked in their new house, this is how I saw their living room. Please kindly ignore Noah's toys, but do not ignore the brass lamp with crooked shade and the random Valentines heart which was strategically...or maybe non strategically placed on the 'too small for the room' entertainment center. You might also notice the brass pieces inserted in the end and coffee tables. Or the tree that just kind of appears. My parents both knew it wasn't that great, so they agreed to give me a small budget to redo the whole thing. I asked for $300 and told them that would include furniture. Yea! I love a decorating challenge!

Here's another angle. The couches are really good so we obviously kept those. The little computer station had to go though.

I went to a consignment shop looking for furniture. The owner of the shop did not want to show me this piece because it was so beat up (the picture doesn't really show just how dinged and hammered this little guy was) but as soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it and knew it would be perfect. We took it home for $60 and busted out the electric sander and some black paint.

And WALA! Look what a little black paint and some sandpaper can do! My sister helped with the painting and shopped with me for accessories. We both had the same vision because we picked out the same things!
Here, I tried to take a picture of the mirror that we got at Wal-Mart for $40. Since the picture was taken, my parents have got a buffet table to go underneath it.

Here's the best shot I got of the whole room. We kept the tree, but moved it to the corner. We got the rug at Ross for $20. The decor on top of the entertainment center was from Kohls, Hobbly Lobby, and Wal-Mart and ranged in prices, but nothing was too expensive. We stayed under our $300 budget.

Here is another great find we had. We got this end table and bought it 'as is' at the same consignment shop as the entertainment center. It was $50. The lamp matches the plate and vase on top of the entertainment center perfectly, which is crazy because we got them at different stores. We put together the candle tray with purchases from 3 different stores also, which amazed me how everything just came together.

My parents have since bought a big clock to put on the wall to the right of the entertainment center. I bet it looks great there!

Thanks Mom and Dad for letting me put my touch on your house! I hope when you spend time in that room you remember how much I love you!!!

So, what do you all think? Give some love to my parents house, I guarantee they will read the comments! :)