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Wait… what? I have a blog? Oh yeah I did do that once. Oh goodness. I wish I could tell you I felt bad or even that I am committed to doing better, but neither would be the truth. Do people even do personal blogs anymore? Facebook, Instagram and Photostream just make it too darn easy to snap a picture and share. To make things even more sad I usually only share phone pics. Gah! I paid good money for a nice camera and classes to learn how to work said camera. So here we go. I’m not making any promises of catching up or being really consistent, but at this moment I’d like to blog.

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So what to blog about? I spend my days snuggling one stinking cute baby, reading lots of children’s books, playing peek-a-boo and changing little diapers (along with lots of other wifely/mommy/chore doing activities). And I love it all! But is it really share worthy? I’ll be contemplating that for a bit, in the mean time I’ll share with you a story that’s been on my mind (hopefully I get all the details right, it’s been a bit since I’ve heard the story firsthand):

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When my grandparents were expecting their first baby (my mom) my grandma fell in love with a cradle, but knew it was not something they could afford at the time.  Secretly my grandpa saved any money he could. I think he even would skip lunch to save. On Christmas Eve while my grandma was busy at a family party he snuck off with his brother-in-law to set up the cradle he had so sweetly saved for. They hid it out of sight and the next morning he got up early to pull it out and surprise my grandma. I’m sure Christmas morning was a sweet and tender one as they awaited their little one. I know this should be a book or something right!? So cute!

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That was about 50 years ago. Since then about 20 little ones have slept in this cradle, all of my moms siblings and my cousins. It may have missed a few of us that were born around the same time, but I think most everyone got it at one point or another. My sweet Grandma and Aunts packed up this precious cradle and sent it all the way to Texas for Adeline and she slept in it for almost 6 months. I remember my mom telling us not to rock our baby sister so hard (sorry Gab) and I can picture each sweet newborn being swaddled and laid so peacefully in it. I love seeing all the little bumps and scratches that were caused by sleepy mamas and papas, little learning hands and toes and being moved and shared amongst family. Thank you grandma and grandpa for sharing this family treasure with us!

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Nursery Tour

Adeline’s nursery is my favorite room in the house! Our biggest goal for her room was to create a happy and peaceful place. There was lots of love put into her room. When I was put on bed rest her sweet Daddy made lots of trips to craft stores, finished half done projects and did lots of installation. He even picked out the fabric for her crib skirt.

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No where else I’d rather spend my days and nights.

She’s Here!

Adeline Mae Barrick

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May 10, 2013
7:15 am
6lbs 8oz   19.5 inches

We could not be more happy! I had lots of good blogging intentions before Miss Addie Mae came to our family, none of which seem important now. Maybe one of these days I’ll get caught up or share more details about being pregnant or the miracle of Little Miss’s arrival, but for now I’m going to enjoy every little newborn moment and lots and lots of snuggles! So excited to be a family of 3!

Go Speed Racer Go!

So you would think being on bed rest for the last 7 weeks I would be on top of a few things like blogging, journaling or answering emails. Yeah, not so much! In the meantime my crochet skills are seriously improving and I think I may have viewed the entire Netflix collection. But the bed rest saga is totally another story for another day.

For Valentines I surprised Brandon with a ticket to go try out some race car driving, one of his bucket list goals. A couple weeks ago we snuck out of the house (shhh… don’t tell my doctor!) so I could take some pictures. He had fun, but said it was a totally different experience than he had anticipated. The cars don’t have speedometers so we aren’t sure how fast he actually went, but it looked pretty dang fast to me! Here is a little photo recap:

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We are alive!

DSC_0009We have been totally MIA from the blog world lately and I’ve been a total slacker at taking pictures of our latest adventures, but we are very much alive! Here is a little recap of the last few months:

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  • homemade sea glass necklaces for mom & sisters
  • nutcracker darlings
  • 1st attempt at carmel apples- yum!
  • christmas morning, just the two of us = so lovely!
  • government canyon walks
  • endless polka dot curtains
  • rocking horse in the making
  • painting baby’s room
  • valentine’s dinner

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Tough Mudder Man

Brandon participated in a Tough Mudder race about a month ago. I have to say I’m pretty impressed that not only did he survive, but he actually did really well and didn’t even have any battle wounds to show for all of his tough work!

They write your number on your head in case your tag falls off, which Brandon’s did:)

If you don’t know what Tough Mudder is YouTube has plenty of super entertaining videos. We particularly like watching the electric shock ones:)

Or you can check out this one from the specific race that Brandon did in Austin.

Great job Tough Mudder Man!

Being Brave

I have been wanting to do something fun to our laundry room wall for ages! But let’s be real, I am not super brave when it comes to decorating. When I saw this Amy Butler wall paper though I knew it was just the type of risk I could take. It was just the right color and pattern size and if I hated, it was just one wall in a laundry room probably no one else would see anyway.

After quite the run around town trying to find wall paper paste I now have more than I will ever need. Seriously, if you need some call me! I am totally in love! It makes me happy every time I walk by. And really, that’s what decorating a home is all about. So this is one happy laundry doing gal.

But there was no way I was putting that horrid wire shelving back on top of my  new pretty wall! NO WAY! I have a serious beef with whoever invented those things! After a couple trips to Ikea (we got the wrong size first) I now have two nice shelves to go with my pretty wall. Again, loving it! Maybe I should be brave and take some risks more often!

P.S. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect rug for this room!

Bring on the Dinner Parties!

Love, love, love our old table (it now lives in my office), but we went from seating 2 to 10! We have been leaving the table round for the two of us, but a leaf is easily added which makes it extra big. We are really enjoying being able to fit lots of people for meals and games!

Who wants to come for dinner?

A work in progress…

We’ve had lots of projects happening amongst all the crazy adventures this summer. I started this one at the beginning of the summer.

First I tore apart a pallet. FYI this was way harder and took way longer than I ever imagined!

Next I cut the boards down. Using my new favorite tool (my drill)  I tried to put it together, but my new drill totally overpowered the screws and stripped them. I had to get out my other favorite tool (my Dremel) and cut off the excess screw.

From there it was easy to slap on some stain, chicken wire and then fill the box with moss and soil.

Succulents were a little pricier than I had anticipated so I got a few and planted them. Then waited 8 weeks for the roots to set. Brandon helped me hang the box on our patio. Easiest plant care ever! Water only once or twice a week. Someday we will add more plants, but eventually these ones should spread and fill the entire box.

Loving me a garden that doubles as art!