Wednesday, July 17, 2013

{Zianna's Nursery}

I can't wait a second longer to show you all the baby nursery we have put so much work into!

First a few of the projects BEFORE and AFTER!

Rocking Chair BEFORE

Rocking Chair AFTER
Dresser BEFORE

Dresser AFTER!
Entertainment Center
Project in the works


I am so excited with how everything turned out!
Now here is a tour of her room!

As you can see little things change from picture to picture. 
Every time I added anything to her room I took more pictures so there are a few things that are different here and there.

I'm pretty proud of this room and I hope she loves it!

My mom is working on the crib bedding but that's not something I need right this second because she'll be sleeping in our room for the first little bit!

Well you've waited long enough...what do you think?!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Friday!

I'm not going to lie, I've been soooo emotional the last couple of days. And today is no exception.
So I thought I'd pull a few funnies from my Pinterest Board
Admit it, you laughed!
Have a Happy Friday and a Happy Weekend!

Thursday, July 11, 2013


I had another great shower this past weekend and I know I've said this before but I'm going to brag again, I am SO blessed!
So many people came, friends and family!
And I've had friends and family that couldn't make it but have still stopped by to bring me a gift or have taken time to send me a sweet message apologizing for not making it. 
Everyone around me is so sweet and I am so so lucky!

Here are a few pictures of the shower!

This is my Uncle Val.
He and my Aunt Wendy got me my stroller/carseat
combo and I love them soooooo much for it!
(I'd love them no matter what though =])

My cute stroller and amazing parents for putting it
right together for me!

Cute little Laura eating a nummy

The bump!

Some guests!
My Grandma Hanks, Jodi, my cousin Katie, cousin Mary,
her daughter Ellie, Aunt Rosemary, cousin Sarah,
cousin Rachel and her daughter Zina.

Once again, thanks to those that came and those that have gotten in touch with me!
Once again, I am so lucky and sooo blessed!

Thank you thank you!

From Pinterest With Love

As many of you may know, and as many of you may relate, I have an addiction to Pinterest.
But how often do we actually cook the recipes, make the crafts, and try the tips we find on Pinterest?
Not often enough!
Well I found a fun bun tutorial on there the other day that I finally tried!
I am a big bun fan lately. It keeps my hair up and out of my face and off of my neck without worrying about it falling out.
So. HERE is the tutorial I found.
Big Bun tutorial - a messy version of the sock bun 
(Here is the picture)
And here is how mine turned out.

Not quite as cute as hers but I still like it. I am about halfway through my day and I am finding that some of the bobbi pins are giving me a headache but ya know what? Pain is beauty. And it's not too bad. 
I don't have the same bun thing she used but I have a HOT BUNS. (found mine at WalMart) It came with a big and a small and I used the small one for this style.
Happy pinning! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


It's getting to the point where all I hear is, "Oh the last few weeks are THE WORST!"
I feel like the pregnancy has been pretty easy. Yes I'm emotional on occasion (especially lately with the swelling, it's depressing).
Yes I am still swelling and haven't found ANYTHING that really works. (I know I'm supposed to put my feet up whenever possible but, that is hard for me! I'm not one to go home and just sit. I want to get stuff done around the house. Make dinner, do dishes, and stay caught up on laundry.) 
And yes, even though I try my darndest, I still waddle when I walk.
Welp. Joys of pregnancy.
However, I feel like I've done pretty good to keep it to myself (except for all you lovely readers get to listen to read about me gripe about it on here) and I have tried to keep positive. So far, so good.
But from what I hear...the last few weeks are the worst.
Here are some things I am complaining about lately, try as I might not to...
-I have a hard time sleeping comfortably at night. Yes I do have a six foot husband and a dog that probably weighs nearly as much as me, which leaves this growing body little room, but still. I have found I can no longer toss and turn. It's just too hard! I have to toss, take a breather, then turn and hope I land in a comfortable position or else I'll have to lay awake and catch my breath before I can try again!
-I have always had a hard time texting on touch screens. I don't know if it's my chubby little fingers or what, but it's always been slightly annoying. However, now it's worse. My fingers are so swollen they don't cooperate. I am constantly sending texts that make no sense at all. If you are on the receiving end, I apologize!
-I hate telling people when I'm due. Even though to me it feels like it's really soon and I'm almost there, I know people are expecting me to say, "Any day now!" And they get this poor girl look on their face when I tell them I'm still a month away. Yes I'm pretty huge, that happens when you are short and your poor baby has no room to grow except for straight out in all directions. And yes, the heat is killer especially the last few weeks. So. I've. Heard.
But even with those slight and highly annoying little downfalls, I am so thrilled. It's getting closer and it's feeling more real. I guess it probably should have felt real by now but I mean really real. Like I'm ready. The carseat is already buckled in, stroller in the back of the car, and diaper bag packed. If she came today (please don't though) I wouldn't panic. Ok that's a lie. No matter how ready I am, I just KNOW the day will come and I'll say, "Nope! Not ready!" And I'll be squeezing every muscle I have to try and keep her in.
There are things I'm going to miss. I'm going to miss feeling her move, and lately, watching her move. It's so surreal to me to see my stomach just completely shift with her movements. I'm going to miss having pregnancy as an excuse to eat sweet and to eat more. But as soon as she comes, no more! I'm going to miss the special treatment. I'm horrible. But I love that my loved ones are willing to make me dinner without me even asking. I'm going to miss them telling me, "I'll do it! You put your feet up!" Yeah, I'll miss that relaxation.
At the same time, there are things I look forward to. I can't wait to wear my wedding ring again! As soon as I lose the water weight (and maybe a little extra weight) I'll be able to wear it again! I've felt so naked the past month and half not wearing it. I can't wait to wear my regular clothes! There are a lot of outfits I miss wearing. Oh and don't get me started on shoes. Ok I'm started. I can't wait to wear my shoes again! Right now I have one pair of flip flops that fit and even then, it's barely. I can't wait to wear my flats and my heels. I can't wait for that! Personally, I think I deserve a NEW pair of shoes once the swelling is gone just because of having to go so long wearing the same pair of flip flops!
Well, now that I've talked your ear off...eyes off?'s a few pictures!
(Her room is still not 100%. Still need crib bedding, a changing table pad, and handles on her dresser. So I'm going to try my hardest to be patient and not show you any more until it is DONE.)
Here is me at nearly 36 weeks:

Now wipe that poor girl look off your face. I'm fine! Even with the whale status that is my body.
And here is a picture of Baby Z with her foot in her ear. Not sure where she gets her flexibility.
And here is a lovely quote on pregnancy. (Even though it's more for early pregnancy, it's still beautiful.)

Someone mentioned to me the other day that Michael talks so highly of me and how well I handle pregnancy. Little does he know. You see, his schedule requires him to work nights. Well, nights are the worst for me. That's when I am the most emotional. I've been on my feet all day, I'm the most swollen, and I'm tired. That's usually when I break down. So my Great Dane steps in. He's so sweet, he'll rest his head on my lap or come lay right up next to me when I'm sad. And he can usually tell.

 Oh how I love to hug and cuddle my Great Dane when I am having a hard time keeping calm =]

 More posts to come, of course the nursery post and my baby shower post so keep readin for those!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Today doesn't actually feel like hump day because it's actually my Friday!
Thanks to the holiday I have Thursday and Friday off this week and I am so so excited!

Since last week's post, a lot has gotten done in Zianna's room but I want to just do one big nursery post so I will just give you a sneak peek...

Yes I look at it now and think her lanterns are slightly off-center but oh well I kinda like it!
I think it is just darling! 
Of course we are still working on bedding but basically her crib is all ready for her!
Thanks to my amazing cousin Tish for coming up last weekend we got a lot done!
All of her clothes are organized and in her drawers. (Yes, dresser is done! You'll see it on the big nursery post coming soon!)
Her blankets are also folded and ready.
Her diapers are organized by size and the first ones are out on the changing table ready for use!
(Yes the changing table is done! You'll also see that on the big post but I'll let you in on a little secret, there is a picture of it on my instagram! It turned out AMAZING!)

And here is this week's bump pic!

I am so not feeling the full body pics right now so this is all ya get!

I am still swelling and I feel like it's in more than just my hands and face and legs and everything. But that may just be me being grumpy about it being so hot and being swollen. Something I am trying to be better at!

Anyways I went to the dr. last week and I go again next week then I will start going every week! How crazy is that?!

She weighs a whopping 5 pounds! I can't believe how big she has gotten! 

That's it for now! 

I have a shower this weekend July 6th at 6:00 in my parents backyard if you would like to come! (Hopefully most of you got invites!) 
I'll be posting again real soon!

Enjoy your holiday and stay safe!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Boy, has June been a busy month!
We have gotten so much done in Baby Z's room and I can't wait to show it to you all done!

For now, here is how I spent my month of June!

My roses bloomed!

Rocking chair got completely finished!

My puppy cuddles so cute!

One day he tore 3 toys to shreds while we were
sleeping. Then he napped the rest of the day.

I have some amazing friends that threw me a surprise
baby shower/glitter toes party!
It was so much fun and I am so blessed!

Michael and I celebrated our 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!

I spend my Sundays in the heat under a big umbrella
watching Michael play basketball!

I finally cut my hair! Been wanting to do it for quite
some time now but finally got brave!

June is when my feet started to swell like crazy.

Some cute new things for Zianna!

Katelyn celebrated her birthday!

Another fun quilt shop hop!

Another amazing baby shower with some awesome
Thanks to the Gleed side of my family for putting this
one together for me!

Michael loves kids and is so good with them I cannot
wait to see him with Zianna!

Stupid vending machine.

Domer missin his daddio.

Got a new thing to do my hair in buns and I love it!
So nice to get it up off my neck and not have to worry
about it at all!

Trying to prop my feet up at work as often as possible.

My new favorite thing in like the whole world!

My mom finished Zianna's cradle! This is where she'll sleep
for the first little bit.

My Domer.

My Domer again.
He likes to follow me wherever I go and he'll just plop by
my feet.
This is in the bathroom while I was getting ready one


nearly 34 WEEKS!

Well it was a fantastic month and I have a feeling July will be fun also! Hopefully a lot of relaxing will be done in July!
I am almost all done with Zianna's room and almost all ready for her arrival!
I cannot wait to show you her room all done it has turned out so stinkin cute!
One more furniture project I will tackle this week and then it'll be done! So stay tuned for that!

Thanks for reading!