Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Emerson's One Year Photos

I guess you could say I'm way behind on this blogging-in-real-time thing! Currently I'm typing this out one-handed while holding my little snoodled up Teddy Bear and catching up on Parenthood episodes. :) Life is good. I promise an update is coming on Mr. Theo, complete with a ton of newborn baby pictures. Promise.

For now, I'll leave you with these... Emerson's One Year Photos and our Family Photos. Again, Tami with Lorene Photography took them last August and they turned out so good. Not without a lot of effort though... as you can see, we had to use a lot of props to distract her (Hi Mr. Conductor!). I'm actually surprised that Tami got any good shots at all solely because of how Emerson was so grumpy that day (she captured those emotions too, which are actually some of my faves)! Tami truly knows how to get the smiles out of the little ones though! 

And man, do I miss those delicious baby leg rolls!






















Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gummy Bear Maternity + Family Photos

Hello there! I thought I'd stop by to share our maternity and family photos we had taken back in April before the Gummy Bear joined us! For those of you not following on Facebook or Instagram (where I post more regularly), Theodore Michael Kane joined us on June 11th! More to come on his arrival, but first, let me share with you our maternity and family photos (might as well try and stay in somewhat chronological order, huh?). 

Tami with Lorene Photography (Facebook, Instagram, Website) took the photos and we love how they turned out. She is a pro! We've been working with her for almost two years now. She's also done Emerson's Six Month Photos and Emerson's One Year/Family Photos (just realized I never posted these - coming soon! So much for staying in order...). I would HIGHLY recommend her for all of you in the Seattle area (she's based out of Snohomish).

We took these photos over at Carkeek Park in Seattle. I loved Emerson's outfit - I wish she would wear it every day! (Jean Jacket and Lace Dress both from Target, Jelly's from Old Navy). My dress is from Target and Zach's sweater is from Gap years ago. I tried to coordinate without being too matchy-matchy and I have to say I loved how the navy turned out mixed in with the greenery. I was about 34 weeks when we had these taken. Emerson did really well until the very end (you'll notice the snacks in some of the pics... whatever works, right?!). She loved being in her "pretty dress" and showing the Gummy Bear Bump some love! Can't wait to get these printed and put up around the house!


















Sunday, March 22, 2015

Gummy Bear Nursery Ideas


Hey guys! I'm back with a little nursery update. All of a sudden I've got the nesting bug, big time! With about 10 weeks to go (say what?!?!!) until the Gummy Bear gets here, I've got it bad. All I want to do is get the nursery ready for him to be here! But, first comes busy season (which ends in a few weeks, thank goodness) and then comes rearranging most of our house to make room for the new kiddo. The guest room will be moving to our converted garage/storage room, Em's big girl room is moving to the former guest room and the Gummy Bear's nursery will be in Em's current nursery. Lots of rearranging...

Since Gummy Bear will be moving into Emerson's old nursery, we are keeping the wall color the same (Martha Stewart Sea Glass, which is now discontinued...). I love that color so much and think it will go well with some navy, gray and wood accents instead of coral and yellow. 

Running with our Gummy Bear nickname, I want to do a Bear/Be Brave/Adventurer type theme for Gummy Bear's nursery. I don't think it will be super theme-y, but I'll start there and see how it goes! 

Here's some of the details of the little mood board I put together.

1. Navy and White Striped Curtains - I'm planning on making some of my own with some IKEA curtains I found last week. Hopefully much cheaper and not too hard to do!

2. Swivel Glider -  For Emerson's nursery we got my Mom's old wooden rocker from when she first had me (and we still have it). But, it wasn't super comfy, so I splurged for an upholstered glider. We actually put it together today and it's pretty comfortable!

3. Paint Color - Martha Stewart Sea Glass (now discontinued, unfortunately!)

4. Be Brave Wood Plank Art - I love this and maybe will attempt to make something myself? Or have Zach make it for me... :) 

5. Bears Art Print - Love this one so much!

6. Bear Cub Little Darling Print - I've always been a fan of the The Animal Print Shop and can't wait to incorporate this one into the nursery!

7. Herringbone Rug - I found this beauty from Target. Since the room so small, we got the 4x5 size and it is so soft and plush.

8. Let's Sleep Under The Stars Print - I think we all know how much I love Katie Daisy, so would love to have another one of her prints in the new nursery.

9. Bear Head - I love this Bear head taxidermy style wall decor. I'm also crushing on this one too.

10. Navy Patterned Pouf - I actually have had a similar navy pouf for a while now and think it will look great in the nursery.

11. Jenny Lind DaVinci Crib - This is Emerson's crib and hopefully if we time it right, we can transition Em to her big girl bed and use her old crib for the Gummy Bear! Fingers crossed!

12. Threshold Ikat Table Lamp - I picked up this beauty at Tar-Jay. 

13. IKEA Hemnes Navy Dresser - We picked up this guy recently. I would have loved to re-do another dresser like I did with Emerson's room, but I'm not up for the task this time around! Definitely taking the easy way out! But I'm glad that I found this one that came in blue. It will still add a little character to the room. 

That's it! Who knows when we will actually have time to get all this done (we'll have about six weeks post-busy season and pre-baby). All I know is I can't wait to put it all together! And mostly, I'm so excited for this little Gummy Bear to come join us!!! :)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello There! + 20 Weeks with the Gummy Bear

Hi there! Remember me??? It's been almost 5 months since I've written anything on this 'ol blog and I have to say I've missed it! I'm not saying I'm back for good, but hopefully I'll be posting a little more often than every 5 months! 

Let's see, what's happened in the last 5 months...? Well... Emerson turned ONE! Zach is half way through is first year of residency! Two of Zach's sisters got engaged! We made it through the holiday season in one piece! The Seahawks just made it to the Super Bowl AGAIN! And................. We are expecting Baby No. 2 (fondly referred to as the Gummy Bear)!!! It's been a busy 5 months and while the first trimester was rough with Emerson, it has been equally exhausting if not more with the Gummy Bear. I thought being pregnant was tiring enough but being pregnant with a one year old running around is flat out exhausting. At least I haven't been nearly as sick with Gummy Bear. 

Wondering why we call it the Gummy Bear? Here's your proof! :)


This was our 9 week ultrasound and I was so amazed that it looked like a little gummy bear! With Emerson our first ultrasound was at 8 weeks and she just looked like a little bean/alien. This little guy was already growing arm and leg buds! So awesome.

We just had our 20 week ultrasound and got to find out that we are having a baby BOY!!! We are so excited! I'm still a little in shock because whattheheckdoidowithaboy?!?! :)

I had a feeling that it would be a boy this time around just based on how different this pregnancy has been already. I wasn't as sick in the first trimester (and halfway through the second) as I was with Emerson (thank goodness!). I've been wanting more salty foods instead of sweet. My skin has been freaking out - very dry and my complexion is not great. I remember my complexion was amazing with Emerson. And some other little things that have just been different that I can't remember right now. :)


Since I'm already so behind on this pregnancy with my weekly bump photos and my interviews, I thought I'd do a little catch up! I doubt I'll be up for doing them every week like I did with Emerson (how nice it was to have all that free time!) but I'll try to keep up every few weeks.

20 Week Interview
How far along? 20 weeks
Baby’s size? A banana! 
Days until next doc appointment? 10 days
Total weight gain/loss? Last appointment I had a net gain of one (after losing a bunch of pounds from a 24 hour bug)
Maternity clothes?  I busted those maternity pants back out over Thanksgiving and haven't looked back! :)
Stretch marks?  Probably, I've lost count at this point.
Sleep:  Sleeping well since I'm so exhausted these days. Trying to go to bed early on nights that the Bachelor isn't on. :)
Best moment this week: Feeling him kick and become more active - by far my favorite part of the entire pregnancy.
Movement:  Significantly more this past week! It's the best!
Food cravings:  No cravings, but definitely not feeling the sweets. Salty foods all the way this time around.
Anything make you queasy or sick?  Some smells... like perhaps changing dirty diapers on a certain one year old... (gag)
Have you started to show yet?  Definitely. I feel like I "popped" a lot earlier this time around. I guess it's like they say that your body kind of already knows what to do. 
Missing anything?  Having more energy.
Gender: Little man!
Labor signs?  None yet
Belly button: Innie
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or moody most of the time?  Mostly happy, but definitely very emotional.
Weekly symptoms:  Just tired.
Looking forward to: Getting the house organized and the nursery together. Which means also getting Em's big girl room ready too! 

Now taking name suggestions too! Boys names are hard so let me hear what you've got! (Except for Logan Michael because my father in law has already worn that one out... and that will definitely NOT be his name) :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ten Months


So... I have a one year old now. Yeah.... so crazy! I can't believe how fast this past year has gone - so many changes and so much fun. Now it's time to force myself to finish up these last couple months of Monthly Updates for Emerson! I can't stop now! Must. Finish. All. So here we go!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DIY Deep Diamond Tufted Headboard


Remember a couple months back when I shared my headboard inspiration with you guys? Well the time has finally come to share the finished product! A while ago I shared our gray tufted headboard that we DIY'd last fall to go with our queen bed. But since we got our new Cal King bed (as you can see it fits just right in our master bedroom...) we needed to come up with a headboard that wouldn't break the bank. The size and style we wanted would have probably cost over $1,000 if we were to buy the headboard. After DIY'ing the gray headboard, we knew we could make another one, so we made some plans. 

Full tutorial and more pictures after the jump...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Maternity Photos (One Year Later)

So this may be a little weird, but I realized I forgot to share with you guys my maternity photos! We only got them taken about a year ago... :) If you follow me on facebook, then you probably saw when I posted a link to them (you can see them here). But, I also want to share them on the ol' bloggy blog since this is my little diary. :) We used Katia Hudson (she also did Emerson's newborn photos) and she did an amazing job! We love how they turned out so much! Check her out if you are in the Centralia/Olympia area - she's awesome.












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