Love Is…



Love is making a giant heart out of wooden blocks. Just because.



Nursery Update – Pink Accents

I realize that baby talk has taken over the blog recently so for those of you completely uninterested, I apologize profusely. I did get a haircut earlier this week and now rock bangs, but that fact hardly deserves it’s own post (if it ever does, please tell me {kindly} to get off your internets). Before I start posting about topics other than my uterus on a regular basis, I do want to discuss plans for the nursery. If you recall, I’ve already shared the before and showcased some nursery designs that are NMS (not my style) so I am excited to share some of my ideas. I’ll admit that it does seem a bit silly (and totally first world) to put so much thought into decorating a nursery, especially since we’re planning on having baby girl room with us for at least the first six months or so.  But since I love all things home improvement and decorating, I find designing a functional nursery to be one of the most exciting aspects of preparing for a baby.


To recap – we rent our townhouse so I have to keep that in mind when decorating. The paint color is a nice light tan so I’m not going to bother repainting. Hardwood floors. One large window with blue mini-blinds. I am typically not a fan of colored mini-blinds or mini-blinds in general, but these ones do a great job of blocking the light. And since we’re not sure how long we will be stationed here, I have no interest in spending money on a more contemporary option. So blue  mini-blinds it is!


Once we learned that baby #2 was a girl, I knew exactly what I was going to use for the nursery inspiration – Mother Nature by Amy Giacomelli. I bought this print a couple of years ago and it has floated throughout our many houses ever since and it now calls the nursery home.


In true blogger fashion, I put together a rudimentary mood board to help organize my ideas for the space. I’ve already purchased and hung the curtains from IKEA (lappljung – $14.99 for two panels) and purchased a Dutailier glider frame on Craigslist for $30. The jury is still out on how I am going to cushion the beast but I have plenty of time to figure something out. I want pink and green to be prominent colors as well so I hope to make some pom poms for one corner and introduce other traditional ‘girly’ elements. The futon mattress will be recovered, perhaps in a white and grey stripe. And I’d like to frame a couple of vintage maps too. Oh – and I am seriously considering reusing the linens from Weston’s nursery. I am not a big fan of the ‘nursery in a bag’ combos that are found at all the baby superstores and I absolutely love the subtle jungle theme we used the first time around. I may just buy (or make) a subtle pink crib sheet and reuse some of the green elements from Weston’s set.


And I think pregnancy hormones are beginning to affect my judgement because I am actually considering making a 5′ by 7′ area rag rug using this tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous. Am I crazy? I am also scouring stores and the Internet for rugs at a reasonable price but have come up empty-handed thus far.


I’ve already started on the bunting that will go above the crib. And yes, I prefer to iron on an old bath towel. Ironing boards are not my friend.  Speaking of the crib, I’ve decided on a simple white one from Target – . I am just giving it some time see if it will go on sale any time soon.


Stuffed pink and red lion – $4.99 at Target – post-Valentines Day clearance.

So there you have it, a mish-mash of ideas for the nursery. I am excited to see how it all comes together. Baby girl isn’t due until this summer so I have quite some time to work on the space. Everything is beginning to feel real so I am focusing my energy on decorating so my mind doesn’t wander too far into waking up multiple times during the night and nursing around the clock territory. Eek!

Suck It Up, Buttercup

Last night, I went with a friend to a monthly Bible Study and fellowship designed specifically for military wives. While I am not one to take a sanctimonious view of the military lifestyle or think of myself as a special suzy snowflake just because my husband’s job happens to be in the Army, I do recognize the impact that situations unique to the military have on myself and my family (e.g. deployments, extended TDYs, multiple PCS’s, a ridiculous amount of acronyms to learn, etc…).  I had a great time connecting with fellow spouses and appreciated the frank discussion about the difficulties associated with parenting. Plus there were Rice Krispy treats readily available for consumption. What is not to love about that?

At one point, the conversation focused on the multiple moves and ‘starting overs‘ that children face with a parent (or two) in the military. Even though Weston is currently living in his third state and fifth house (not counting the month(s) spent in temporary lodging) in his three years of existence, we haven’t really experienced the growing pains the occur with PCS (permanent change of station) moves with elementary, middle, and high school children. Our little guy is still just that – little. When the time comes for us to leave the Washington DC area, he will still likely be too young to fully grasp the concept of leaving one life behind to begin another one someplace completely different. While Clay and I fully embrace the sense of adventure that accompanies such change, I know that there is a possibly that our children will not. All I have to do is think back to the middle of my 7th grade year – my family moved from Arizona to Pennsylvania and it was just about the worst thing that could have happened to 13-year-old Karen.


13-year-old Karen. I know you’re jealous of the hot dog bun bangs. Admit it.

I survived. And I even eventually thrived. But it was still a ridiculously hard transition for a teenage girl. So it is important for me to remember that while a ‘suck it up, buttercup‘ attitude works for me as an adult (big girl panties and all), it probably will not work on our children. In our case, their father will be leaving for extended periods of time – sometimes to very dangerous places and we will move frequently to places we’ve never been before. Long story short, I know there will be tough times ahead…that is just a fact of life.


However, we also believe the benefits associated with the military lifestyle outweigh the drawbacks for our family (I realize this may not be the case for everybody and that is totally okay) – otherwise we would not be on this crazy ride. Our children will enter adulthood knowing how to adapt to new places, they will experience different cultures within our country and throughout the world, they will have had the opportunity to travel to some wonderful places, and they will meet a wide variety of people they otherwise may not have met. Our hope as parents is to show our children the world (figuratively and literally) and foster an environment that promotes love, service, and a thirst for life. So while I will not be taking a ‘suck it up, buttercup‘ approach to the military lifestyle with our children, I will focus on the positives and try my hardest to shape our little gifts into well-rounded individuals. And pray that they don’t become goth.


Nicolas Cage’s son. Also named Weston.