greatest hits

this week involved LOTS of candy.  here are some highlights:

1) this artist.
2) dinner with my mom, just the two of us.
3) a bloom off of our magnolia tree.
4) deviled eggs.
5) 37 weeks {and finding out that he might not come early after all, which i am trying to convince myself is good news}
6) this 11 year old.
8) an easter egg hunt.
9) this cute cousin.
9) baseball poses.
10) a cake-egg with my name on it.
11) dinner from a friend.
12) hydrangeas galore.  from garden to vase.

how was your week?

until next time,

georgia on my mind

we cannot stop watching the footage of the recent tornados that have devastated the south.  the tornados seemed to take a similar route to the one we take while driving to visit our family in northwestern georgia.  we have made the long drive several times and have come to fall in love with the beautiful scenery, true southern accents, and unique culture.  there is no better place to people-watch than at a gas station in rural alabama/mississippi.  on our last trip we scoured the streets tuscaloosa for a chick-fil-a.  it had been a few hours since our last fix and we needed more! (chick-fil-a is a staple on any southern road trip)  and now tuscaloosa is destroyed.
the thought of my sister-in-law having to wake up these three precious turkeys last night to relocate to their basement to wait out the storms is enough to break my heart in two.  
thank god rome, georgia was spared. 
and may he bless those who were not.



i certainly hope so.  because if they aren't, i'm in trouble.
my face is starting to look like this guy's.
and my attitude matches his.

we're getting close, people!  momma's ready to meet that baby boy.


greatest hits

here are a few things that have made my week:

1) this kid.
2) this family portrait.
3) a package on the porch from germany.  danke, jami!

4) turning 32.
{students made me hand-made cards, a friend bought me lunch, thoughtful gifts from my friend and my boys, sweet phone calls, texts and facebook posts, dinner at my very favorite restaurant, jimmy's italian cream cake for dessert.}

5) my favorite restaurant, s&d oyster bar.  it's like stepping into new orleans (and you know how i love nola).
the waiters are well-dressed.  the patrons are handsome.  the tablecloths are checkered. the gumbo is hot and delicious.
the shrimp salad is mouth-watering.
the ceilings are glossy.  the walls are painted brick. and the floors are hexagonal tiles.  i love everything about it.  if you live in the metroplex and love seafood, please go soon.  and order the shrimp salad, for the love of pete.
6) my birthday twin maggie turned three.  we celebrated by eating cupcakes, sliding down slides, and throwing sticks in a creek.
7) lunch on a patio here.
8) dinner on our deck.
9) the most perfect day:
artmart at the bathhouse.

eating pizza on a patio.
finding treasures here.
buying this beautiful canvas for our bedroom 
(and paying less than $30).
9) these shades.
10) this spin around the block.
11) this recipe from this cookbook.  delicious.

12) the news that crosby will most likely arrive before his due date.  another april baby possibly? stay tuned.

until next time,


this and that

by rachel foster, found here

the hubs and i are born worriers.  we are the offspring of worriers.  it's in our blood and sometimes it just gets the best of us.
do you ever ask yourself, am i a good enough mom?  wife?  daughter? daughter-in-law? friend? grand-daughter? sister?  i have been asking myself these questions over the last couple of days and to be honest the answer is, not bad but could be better.  and on some days that answer sits just fine with me, but on other days, it's just not good enough.
that's why we need this poster in our house.  blown up.  huge.  in our bedroom so that it's the first thing we look at when we wake up in the morning.  these six words are the equivalent of a deep cleansing breath, child's pose, a cold beer on a beach, a hug from my baby.  ahhhhhhhhh.

*which leads me to this find:
once again, found here.

* i want to make these and these.  or even better, i want my mom to make them so i can eat tons of them shamelessly.

prints by adam cohn, found here.

* ain't that the truth!

* another quote to be read daily:

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver 

* along with this one:

Ever since happiness heard your name, it's been running through the streets trying to find you. 


*and last but not least, i am sweating this girl's t-shirt and hair.

there, i feel a little better already.


drumroll, please

we did it.  crosby's nursery is finished.  now my brain can rest.  i am so, so proud of how it turned out.  it feels so personal.  take a look and i'll show you why:

this is the view as you walk into the tiny nursery.  my momma made the curtains for the giant window.  our "theme" (that word bugs me) was giraffes and trees, and we ended up with a few jungle animals in there, too.
to the left of the window, above the rocking chair hangs this sweet painting (a shower gift).
 continuing counter-clockwise around the room is the crib that once belonged to me, my sister, some cousins, and ben.  yes, it is a now-feared drop-sided crib.  and yes, he'll be fine.  my mom made the crib bedding out of fabric patterned with small green trees.
and here is crosby's quilt.  my momma made this, also.  everyone in the family has their own and baby crosby is no exception.  she's crafty, my momma.
 this mobile was purchased here by chris' sweet parents.  it reminds me of leaves, which is why i love it.  it hangs directly above the crib.
 once all of the furniture was in place, the large wall over the crib looked so empty.  we left it that way because ben knocked the canvas that hung above his crib off of the wall as soon as he was old enough to stand in his crib.  it scared the bejeezus out of us, so we opted not to hang anything this time around.  but it just looked so, i dunno, sad and lonely.  then i remembered that my friend coren (whom i have known since elementary school) is the genius behind a very successful etsy business, elephannie.  she makes really beautiful vinyl decals that mount flat onto walls.  she has incredibly creative designs for every room of your house/business.  i spotted these safari animals and knew they had to be ours.  they stick to the wall so there is no risk of crosby knocking them off the wall and giving himself a concussion.  please go to coren's etsy shop and buy something!  you won't be sorry.
 even though the assembly of these ikea shelves almost cost us our marriage (i kid), they look really great and are such a space saver already.  the baskets hold toys and books and other goodies.  thank you, h & l.
this is my mini gallery wall.
 please forgive the angle of these photos, they are hung high on the wall.  this first photo is by another friend of mine, who just happens to be a very talented photographer.  her company is named melmarie photography.  click to view her gallery and book her now.  you will not be sorry.  we already have her on the books to take newborn pictures of crosby.  i. cannot. wait.  (she took this picture of a giraffe at the state fair of texas.)
 this giraffe photograph was on my wishlist and purchased here.  i covered the mat with decorative paper because the white on white was a little too boring.
 on the left is ben's handprint of the sign for 'i love you'.  and the quirky giraffe on the right was found in this etsy shop.
 stole the sonogram idea from a blog (big surprise, i know.  how did i ever find out about anything before i read blogs?)
 this is the dresser/changing table.  i stole the mirror idea from my sister-in-law (hi, karin!).  that shiny rectangle thingy above the mirror is actually a lamp from ikea.
 here it is again, but all lit up with big brother ben cheesin' for the camera up front.  you can't tell in the photo, but the light is white glass with green polka-dots.
this is the view of the nursery looking from the changing table.  i think it turned out pretty sweet.

now all we need is the baby.

greatest hits

this week's greatest hits is pretty weak.  my week has consisted of a combination of work, 5-minute naps, couch, elevated feet, and falling in and out of love with the big 3-year-old attitude that resides at this house.

1) celebrating ben boy's birthday.  cupcakes at school, children's aquarium, presents, chick-fil-a, candles and cake.  good times.

2) who knew sting rays were this cute?  they smile.
 3) birthday aftermath.  this picture makes me want to laugh/cry.  where exactly is a baby swing going to fit in this room?
 4) sending my sweets off to a mavs game.  momma stayed home and watched real housewives.  it's the little things.
 5) 35 weeks and counting.  please ignore the greasy hair/nubby ponytail/scary eyes combination.
 6) a playdate with ben's beloved mags.  i have a thousand pictures just like this one starting from when they could barely run.  now they are three.  sniffle.
 7) this adoooooorable elephant family.  i ordered some vinyl decals for crosby's room from an old friend's etsy shop, and she included these for ben.  is it not the cutest?  you are too kind, coren.  thank you, he loves them.
 i am sure there is more, but it hurts my brain to try to remember right now.  how was your week?

until next time,