Remi-isms

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Convo 1

(in the car on a 12 hour drive to the beach)

“Did we bring the spanking spoon?”

(and a few hours later..)

“Did we bring sunscreen?”

(and a few hours later..)

“I’m ready to hit the beach, guys! Come on! Let’s go!”

Convo 2

(pouting and talking in a whisper to his stuffed dog)

“Chase, Momma drank my orange juice!”

Convo 3

Me: Remi, don’t grow up!

Remi: But I want to grow up! I wanna be a daddy!!

Convo 4

Remi: I hit my head.

Me: Are you OK?

Remi: No. I’m better than OK! It means don’t worry, Momma!

Convo 5

(talking to Ruby)

“Who are you and what are you doing here??”

Convo 6

“I do not like drinking out of the sink. It might have yucky, gross-y stuff in it. Like onions.”

Convo 7

(talking about Ruby)

“When she cries and her mouth is sad it looks like her face is bleeding because it gets red!” (such imagery! ha!)

Convo 8

(talking to Jarrett’s dad)

“Poppa, you’re a hot little mess!”

Convo 9

Me: Mommy needs quiet.

Remi: And Remi needs noise.

Convo 10

(these two love to pick on each other!)

Jarrett: I love you.

Remi: I love you. Once you get away from me, I love you more.

Convo 11

Me: What’s wrong? Why do you look so sad this morning?

Remi:I had a dream about Freddy and Daphne and Shaggy and Velma. And they were here… And then they were gone… I’m sad because I wanted to visit with them.

Ruby Kate’s Bright + Fun Nursery

It’s unreal to me that our sweet girl will be here so soon! I feel like the months leading up to her arrival have flown by and now we wait! Poor Ruby is definitely a second child–I didn’t get started on her nursery until my third trimester. I had a few ideas in my head of what I wanted (brights + neutrals) and absolutely no motivation to make it happen! I think the most overwhelming part of working on the room was the removal of the wallpaper and border and repairing the sheetrock + texturizing the wall before painting. Ok, that and cleaning out all of the junk that lived in there! I can’t help but smile and feel a little surge of pride when I walk in her room now. You’ll understand why when you see the mortifying before picture!! I’ll try to post source info for everything in the room but many of the items were things that I made or previously owned and upcycled. I’m still not done with the room and would love to take better pictures when I get around to finishing (is there such a thing?) but my time with Mom’s camera was limited so night time flash pictures are all I have. Of course, I received the changing pad cover after I snapped these pictures and returned the camera to my mom so a few are taken with my phone. I can’t wait until Miss Ruby Kate is here and I hope she loves growing up in this room that I had so much fun creating!

 

 

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BEFORE {cringe! makeup, craft supplies, leftover Christmas decor..this room was a catch-all!}

 

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crib: Ikea // crib sheet: Candy Kirby Designs // tassel garland: Studio Mucci // orange swaddle blanket: Stitched Baby // mermaid doll: Sophie and Lili // flamingo: “vintage” Beanie Baby // paint color: Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray // rug: Homegoods // dresser color: Sherwin Williams Zany Pink

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dresser: Craigslist upcycle // rocking chair: already had // sun pillow: Ikea // orange quatrefoil blanket: Tuesday Morning // pink color block pillow: already had // acrylic book shelves: Clear Solutions Displays // curtains: Target // curtain rod: DIY

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lime green framed art: DIY // round cork: Michaels // print on cork: Pen + Paint // oval frame: Michaels // yarn tassel: DIY // zebra plaque: DIY // white frame: Walmart // all framed art prints: Me & My Big Ideas via Hobby Lobby // lamp: already owned // lamp shade: Walmart // never grow up banner: DIY // changing pad cover: Little Woolf

 

Other special details:

 

The hardware on the dresser/changing table was handmade by yours truly out of copper following a tutorial from Upcycled Treasures. I discovered the copper + pink color combo about a year ago and fell in love. I struggled with finding hardware to fit the holes previously drilled in the drawers and happily stumbled across the DIY copper drawer pull tutorial on Pinterest. I couldn’t be happier with the results and love the dash of modern that the hardware adds to the traditional style dresser.

The hand painted sign contains lyrics from the song “Ruby Baby”. Have a listen here. The song has a lot of sentimental value to me because after we chose our daughter’s name, my aunt told me that my grandfather used to sing it. I never had a chance to meet him–he passed away before I was born, but I’ve always felt a special connection to him. Hearing the song and imagining him singing it when my dad and aunt were younger felt like confirmation that Ruby was the perfect name for our girl. The name Kate was chosen in memory of my late aunt, Debie Kate. I love that Ruby Kate’s name holds so much meaning–at least to my super sentimental heart!

Just for grins, I’ll post a before picture of the lime green frame art and the dresser. They both endured quite a makeover!

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found at a thrift store and painted right over it

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this is the picture from the Craigslist ad

 

I’m proud to say that most of the room projects were completed by me. Special thanks to my sweet, handyman step dad for all of the help and for letting me borrow (and teaching me to use) his tools! There’s something so gratifying about getting your hands dirty and making things happen–maybe even more so at 30+ weeks pregnant! Working on this room gave me the confidence to just “go for it.” I’m usually one to make safe decisions when it comes to design. I’m always a little bit terrified to do something funky or different for fear that it might not look good. I’ve learned a lot about just doing what you love and not worrying about matching or making sense. In fact, I’ve already changed several things around since I took these pictures and I’m sure it won’t be the last time! I’m so happy to be mostly done with the nursery and I’ll be propping my feet up until Ruby Kate arrives!

 

 

spring pictures 2015

It’s that time of year again: pollen, spring pictures, and bunny ears! We finally got around to taking Remi’s spring pictures this weekend and I love them! Every year I say I’m going to learn some more about the camera and get better shots, but I’m still pointing and shooting and hoping for the best! He’s pretty dang cute so he makes up for my lack of camera skills!

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It’s hard to believe there will be a little girl in the Easter pictures next year! Remi can’t wait for Ruby Kate to get here and neither can I, but I’m savoring these last few weeks with my first baby! And maybe getting a little teary-eyed looking back at pictures from the last two years {here and here}. I hope everyone has a blessed Easter celebrating our Risen Savior!

we “mish” you a merry Christmas

This Christmas season has been lots of fun so far! My favorite part has been hearing Remi sing various Christmas songs in his own Remi-remixed way. He can often be heard singing “and heaven and nature sing!” over and over. My personal favorites are “we ‘mish’ you a Merry Christmas” and “deck the halls with diamonds!” I’m all for that one, kiddo! Bring on the diamonds! :) I don’t even try to correct him because it’s too sweet and he changes the lyrics daily! I know he will be a big boy before I can blink and I will miss the cute things he said like “Santa can’t forget his britches! He might catch the achoo-ies!”

A few weeks ago, Remi baked cookies with Santa. He was so excited over the whole thing and has asked every morning since if it’s Christmas yet. Believe it or not, this was Remi’s first official photo shoot where a real photographer was behind the camera. I was nervous about how he would react to everything, but it was such a great experience! We loved Kelli from Alamond Photography and Santa was the best! He and Remi had so much fun with each other and I had fun watching them laugh and visit. Perfectly magical moment that yielded the sweetest pictures and memories!

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Images by Alamond Photography

a reminder to live

 

 

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This boy loves his Poppa and riding through the pastures in Daddy’s truck.

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He loves making wishes.

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And picnics with his Jon Jon and SuSu.

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He loves sitting on the counter and prolonging bedtime.

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And hanging out in the shop. (pre-haircut!)

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And hanging on Mommy’s legs.

 

 

He just loves life.

This boy of mine reminds me to live–to see things for more than they are. The way his eyes light up at the simplest things reminds me to slow down. All too often I’m reminded that tomorrow is not promised to us. We can make great big plans for the future but, friends, we’ve got to relish today. We’ve got to live more abundantly. Don’t let the enemy creep in and tell you that you’ll have more, do more, be happier down the road. Cling to the truth that He has lavished His grace upon us. Now is the time to allow yourself to really live! Start today.

 

 

cutting corners

All too often I rush the bedtime routine. I find myself cutting corners, reading one less Golden book, trying to convince my three year old that we aren’t going to rock in the rocking chair tonight even though we are “supposed to”, thinking about 50 other things I need to get done before bedtime, etc. Sometimes I’m at my wits end because the day has left me utterly exhausted and I just need some time to myself. Other times, on the rare occasion that my husband is home at bedtime, I’m trying to get my little one to bed to have some couple time before mommy and daddy both fall asleep.

But tonight, I listened to Remi when he told me he wanted me to rock him. I held his little feverish body tight and I prayed out loud for healing over him. Seeing my son sick or hurting always breaks my heart. In the stillness of the moment I held him tight and stroked his hair. I whispered over and over again how much I loved him. He quietly listened and snuggled in. I began to think about all the things that I really haven’t allowed myself to think about. You know–like when someone hurts you, or a circumstance brings you to your knees and you just can’t understand. I feel like I’ve been hit with a couple of those lately. They’re bearable because I don’t allow myself to think of them. But if I’m being honest with myself, and with you, when everything is still and quiet, I’m reminded just how much it stings. In a way, I’m grateful that Remi didn’t feel well tonight and asked me to rock him. It reminded me to hold him a little tighter–life is SO incredibly precious.

Life also hurts. It knocks you down. It whispers in your ear that you’ve failed yet again. It breaks your heart and tells you that you’ll never heal. These are lies straight from the enemy–the devil himself.

In the dark, still corner of a messy toddler bedroom, we rocked and I had a talk with Jesus. I allowed Him to chisel at my hardened heart–my greatest defense against feeling something. I couldn’t think of a better parallel: a mother holding her son and a Father holding His daughter. God hates to see his children hurting just as I hate to see my own child hurting. We nurture our children, comfort them, wipe their tears. How many times has God patiently waited on me to turn to Him so he could do the same for me? Why do I find it so hard to surrender whatever semblance of control I think I have and just lean on Him? I can’t do it on my own. I’ve tried a thousand times before yet He continually extends grace. When I try to take the reigns and cut corners with Christ, I end up hurting myself and hurting God. It’s a lose-lose situation. My only option in this earthly life is to fully rest in Him.

 

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
Psalm 119:114

 

 

oh, toodles! remi’s third birthday

It happened. Remington turned three despite my best efforts to keep him from growing up! ;) So, of course, we had to celebrate Mickey-style with a fun little shindig at my parent’s house. I wish I had the time to take more pictures, but thankfully my sister got some for me! Remi snoozed through the beginning of his party and I actually had to wake him up! I think we had been talking about his party for so long that he didn’t believe me when I told him it was his party day! Click on a picture and scroll through the slideshow if you want to see larger images. I hope you enjoy Remington’s Clubhouse!

loving lately

I’ve been challenging myself to break out of my shell as far as home décor goes. I’ve always loved color but I also tend to stay in a safe little bubble of beige and neutral. Boring! I solved that problem when I painted the wall in our entry/living room a bright turquoise color and I’m so glad I did! I’m not saying go buy a gallon of neon paint, but I do think it’s nice to do something to surprise yourself once in a while. I’ve enjoyed incorporating more color into our home which leads me to the theme of this loving lately post: brights + metallics foreva!

Valerie Wieners Art Names of God Print Lat and Lo Cuff Bracelet Swim Zip Swimwear Swankaroo Kaleidoscope backpack Kris Nations Custom Stud Earrings Stay and Co Pillows

Valerie Wieners Art Names of God Print
Lat and Lo Cuff Bracelet
SwimZip Swimwear
Swankaroo Kaleidoscope backpack
Kris Nations Custom Stud Earrings
Stay and Co Pillows

 

1.) Valerie is one of the gals I love to see in my Instagram feed. Her artwork is gorgeous and SO unique {and she has an amazing testimony!} I love the way she illustrates and hand-letters scripture and want her work all over my home! This print doesn’t even show a fraction of her talent–it’s just one of the many on my wish list! If you’re one of those people that says “oh, I’ll check it out later..” DON’T WAIT! Go check it now because she’s having a HUGE sale that starts tonight! I’m also loving her instant printable coloring pages.

2.) Lat and Lo is not helping my jewelry obsession at all! These cuffs are such a great gift idea {hint, hint, husband!} for anyone. I love meaningful, custom jewelry. I also love the fact that if you don’t know the coordinates of your location they will find them for you! So cool!

3.) If you’ve read my post about sunscreen then you know how I feel about littles and sun safety! How cute and practical are these SwimZip suits?! A direct quote from the site says “all SwimZip swimwear styles provide 50+ UV Protection and block 98% UVA & UVB rays.” They have the cutest styles for boys, girls and adults as well. I just couldn’t resist this sweet watermelon print for girls!

4.) Is it irrational that these Swankaroo backpacks make me giddy like a schoolgirl? I really want one. I mean, Remi is the one that needs a backpack but I REALLY am looking for a good excuse to buy myself one as well. So far I’ve got nothing. I figure the camo one would be perfect for my little guy but maybe I should just get the cute Kaleidoscope print and carry it for him? ;)

5.) Yet another custom jewelry option…I may or may not have a jewelry problem! One of the coolest things about these Kris Nations stud earrings is that you can choose from symbols, letters and states. You can also pick your finish of gold, silver, or one of each. Just another thing to add to my ever growing wish list and gift idea list!

6.) I’ve been swooning over these Stay and Co. gold pillows for a few months, but since painting our living room wall and changing a few things up {namely, adding gold and coral as accent colors} I think they would look perfect in our living room! Stay and Co. is a mash-up of two successful stand-alone shops that grew exponentially and decided to join together, hire help, and develop a new brand. I love their play on words for “Stay Home” and “Stay Little“.

 

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national train day

Trains play a big role in our family. For my step dad and husband, they provide a source of income for our families. For Remington, a source of entertainment. Me? I appreciate all of the commodities trains bring to us on a daily basis, the careers the guys in my life have with the railroad, and the sheer nostalgia and history of it all. National Train Day was celebrated on May 10th with a dedication of a newly restored 1940s depot which now serves at the Amtrak station in Longview. Of course I had to take Remington and Jarrett just happened to get home in time! Yay for family outings! We were able to watch a few trains roll by and tour some Amtrak cars that were set up museum-style.

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Had to show of my Real Housewives of the Railroad shirt! We also got to see a pretty cool little historical marker–this brick my mom had made for my step dad. He’s been with Union Pacific for a long time!

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I’m thinking the Real Housewives of the Railroad need our own reality show! ;)

xo, Kelsey

coconut cashew granola

In addition to blogging more, {you guys have noticed that, right?!} I decided I wanted to change it up a bit. I blog a lot about family and beauty because that’s what I know. Why not add a few more categories into the mix? Like food…something that is talked about a lot in our home!

At two years old,  Remi really knows how to put away the groceries. He constantly asks for a ‘nack and is quick to correct me if I offer him something that isn’t snack-worthy. Typically, I can curb his snack cravings with an offer of greek yogurt, raisins, or applesauce; but, sometimes he just wants something a little junk-ier. I feel ya, kid.

One of the best things about this granola is that Remi LOVES it. He constantly asks for “cranola”–not to be confused with Crayola! I made it thinking that it would be an easy breakfast option, but it quickly made it into the snack line up at this house. Granola is such a great food for breakfast or anytime because it can be customized to your liking. Not fond of nuts or raisins? Nix them and add in dried bananas or chocolate chips. Seriously–just use what you have on hand. There’s no wrong way to make granola unless, of course, you don’t make it at all!

Round up your ingredients, preheat your oven, grab a little helper and get to baking!

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Coconut Cashew Granola

5 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1 cup raisins
2 cups flaked coconut (I used sweetened)
1 cup salted cashews
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 beaten egg white
 
1. Preheat oven to 300°.
2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until evenly coated with butter and honey. Stir in beaten egg white.
3. Spread mixture on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes.
4. Turn off oven and allow granola to cool completely.
5. Break into pieces. Enjoy!
 
Note: If you don’t like your granola in clusters, skip the egg white. 
 
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MMM! So good! Especially when it’s still warm. Because, let’s be honest–who really waits for things to cool completely before digging in? ;)

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

xo, Kelsey