Wednesday, July 18, 2012

4 months old!

Mr. Sterling turned 4 months old this week!  He is getting so so big!  I'm not sure how much he weighs but I am sure that it is over 16 lbs.  Selah is just barely 24 lbs right now.  I have a feeling that he will pass her  up quickly.  He is wearing 6-9 month clothes and drools.. a lot.
Here are some milestones we have hit since last month: He can roll backwards and forwards, turn his body completely around using his arms and feet, lots of jibber jabber, can reach out and grab things, laughs a ton, and has started semi-scooting across the floor.  He has tried rice cereal once and didn't care too much for it.  He loves to sit up straight and watch the action around.  And he definitely knows his name.  That head whips around when he hears it being called.  :)

Here are a few pictures that I snapped of him playing during tummy time this morning.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Fourth of July!

This fourth of July we relaxed and swam.. here at home and with some friends.  We met up with some good friends of our for dinner and I made white wings and butterfinger grape salad!! So yummy!  And.. by judging the amount of food I brought home (not a thang) they must have liked it :).  We ended the night with fireworks.  Selah's thoughts on fireworks are put into one simple word, "cool".

no fear.


small fireworks in the backyard!

We love AMERICA!

Garden Rookie: Update!

It is SO hot outside!! Temps 100+ are pretty miserable when you have two little bitty kids that can't take the heat very well.  It is however really good for the garden.  I have had to water it a whole lot to keep those plants alive but they have been thriving in the hot and moist air.  I currently have green beans, okra, corn, tomatoes, cilantro and squash growing very very rapidly!  I have about 6 squash plants and have gotten a ton of fruit from them.  My green beans have been growing really well also.  I have not had to buy fresh veggies from the grocery story in over a month.  I have gotten recipes from the Pioneer woman for squash, fresh green beans, and apples fritters.  The first okra and apples of the season were picked this last week.  Andrew LOVES okra.  I'm exciting to get cooking and canning!  Here are some pictures from the past few weeks:

Last Friday's view of the garden.  Left to right: Tomato, Cilantro, Green Beans, Okra, Cucumber, Squash, & Corn.

Cucumber on the vine!
Green beans for dinner straight from the garden! (cell phone picture)
Harvested squash! (cell phone picture)

First apples of the season! (cell phone picture)

Pioneer woman, Apple Fritters!! Deep fry me and call me Paula... YUMMO!! (cell phone picture)

Sterling's Nursery

I just love how Sterling's nursery turned out.  I decided on the vintage airplane theme early on in my pregnancy. Andrew graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and has always had a love for airplanes.  I wanted his room to be a perfect mix of vintage Americana colors and decor that would suite a nursery and then eventually a little boys room.  I began to look everywhere for bedding and decor that matched my "theme" for the nursery and was coming up short in every area.  Fortunately, I do not give up that easily. 

I took several different ideas out of magazines/pinterest and created his room from scratch.  My goal was for the end result to cost less and be just as cute.  I picked up the perfect little pieces to fit into his room as I (or my Mom) stumbled across them as time went on.  The missing piece to finishing his room was his bedding.  I had THE HARDEST time trying to find red, white, and blue little boy bedding.  So... I hired my Mom to make them.  She did an absolutely fantastic job!  I know I drive her and Andrew crazy with all of my specific and grand ideas that constantly flow in and out of this head of mine.

Below are some pictures of his room.  I'm still looking for the perfect rug for his room so y'all be on the lookout for me :)

View from the door

Lots of patterns, stars and stripes, and good vintage Americana colors.  The fabric was found at Hobby Lobby.

Sterling's view of his "mobile".  Vintage model airplanes (from Hobby Lobby) hung from the ceiling to act as a mobile above the crib. 

The bumper pads are reversible.  They can be placed on the crib in four different ways.

View from the closet.  The room is broken up by a window, door, and closet.  It's tricky trying to decorate a chopped up space.

Floating wall shelves (from Home Depot) on either side of the window. 

I placed our "gender reveal" picture that I took of Selah in Sterling's room.  Probably one of my favorite things about the room!

Stainless steal airplane bookends (from Garden Ridge) and baby books.  Oh Sterling, the places you will go :)

Vintage model airplane frame from Hobby Lobby.  We used one of the ultrasound pictures inside.  It's a BOY!

I hope he wears these toys out!!  This red and white striped bucket is from Hobby Lobby.

I crafted these letters using wood letters with scrapbook paper modge podged onto the top.  They match all the colors and patterns in his room.  All supplies found at Hobby Lobby.

Side view of the letters.

Hand-drawn paper airplanes and their trails are strategically placed on each wall.  They are very simple but add a playful feel to spaces that are hard to decorate.  I don't like clutter, so small touches like this give the room character without feeling over-crowded. 

This airplane is my favorite.  Also, I have big over sized floor pillows almost in every room in our house.  We are on the floor a lot playing with our kids. 

This is the view from our bedroom.  This view conjures up joy and feelings of insanity.  HA!