Well it’s time for another book round up.  I read these during the end of my third trimester and had to renew them a couple times because I didn’t exactly have the time or energy to speed through them.  Here are a few of my thoughts:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I just loved this book!  As the title suggests, the story primarily takes places in a circus that is open only at night.  The doors don’t open until the sun sets and then stays opens into the wee hours of the night.  The intrigue of the circus, is that it is not just any old circus.  Oh no! This is a circus filled with the most impressive magic there ever was.  The tale draws you in with its creativity, magic, competition, mystery, and romance.  The main characters, Marco and Celia are magical people trained from a young age to compete in a mysterious competition.  They unexpectantly fall in love and threaten the fate of so many things within their worlds.  This book is good.  I highly recommend.

Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick.  Not what I expected at all. This is a classic don’t judge a book by it’s cover kind of novel. The writing immediately drew me in and I finished it fairly quickly, withing three days at the most. The story takes place in a tiny midcentury town in Virginia where nothing really happens, until a handsome and kind stranger shows up one day with a set of butcher knives and suitcase full of money. It’s a story of forbidden passion, heartache, and tragedy. Interesting to say the least. I thought about the characters long after I read the last word.

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak.  This is a quirky collection of short stories.  I did like it…although at times I felt like I wasn’t “smart” enough to get why it was funny.  Initially I tried to read the book straight through and since it’s a collection of short stories I think it is meant to be enjoyed in smaller bites.  Once I started reading just one or two stories at a time I enjoyed it a lot more.  If you like witty off beat humor I recommend this one for you.

What are you reading?  I probably won’t be picking up a new book any time soon, considering I have a one week old newborn under my care, but when I do!  I’d love your suggestions.

Also thank you, thank you, thank you for your congratulations, well wishes, and general sweet comments and messages on the birth of our second daughter.  Life is different once again and we are all well and staying afloat.  More thoughts later.



And then there were four of us!  Allow me to introduce you to our brand new love, Elaine Marie.  Born at 942 in the morning on Wednesday August 13th.  7 pounds and 7 ounces, 19 inches long.  We are so happy that our healthy and beautiful girl is here.

With Baby E coming into the picture we made the family decision to move Alice out of her nursery and into our third bedroom which had been previously used as my office/craft room as well as our occasional guest room.  The third bedroom is much larger than the nursery and we (I) figured it was more “fair” for the oldest child to get the largest room.  Plus we actually think that in the not to far future the girls will eventually share this room and we’ll convert the nursery into a small office and guest room.

We decided to keep the daybed with trundle and outfitted it with a bright coral polka dotted quilt and pillows.  The glider stayed in the nursery, so this is where we now lay down with Alice just before bed.  She drinks her milk and we say our goodnights here before placing her in her crib for the night.  Eventually the daybed may become one of the girls’ Big Girl beds.  We figure the trundle will be handy for future sleepovers with friends

The floor to ceiling bookshelf was originally located in the living room.  When we knocked down the diving wall to create one larger common living area this particular bookcase sat in an awkward corner.  I’m glad we had the foresight to move it into one of the back rooms as opposed to just getting rid of it.

Originally she shelf was brown.  Matt painted it white and made sure it was secured to the wall so that it couldn’t be dangerously pulled down onto a little person.  To give it a more “built in” appearance he finished it out by adding trim along the top and sides to get rid of unsightly gaps.

I had every intention of trying to style this shelf “perfectly”.  But then real life happened and I decided that ain’t nobody got time for that.  As I was trying to gather things to display, I realized we didn’t have a ton of extras to fill up this rather large book shelf.  Then I  rationalized that with the addition of a new baby it might not be financially practical to just go out and buy things for the sole purpose of book filling shelves.  I figure that over time we’ll naturally acquire plenty of things to fill those shelves.  There’s definitely room to grow, which is nice.  Plus Alice is really into actually playing with her toys so I wanted to make sure those favorite toys were within her tiny reach, basically the bottom two shelves.

I wasn’t thrilled that the filing cabinet will have to remain in Alice’s room for now, but the truth of the matter is, we just don’t have anywhere else to put it at this time.  It serves as a perch for the vintage globe that was my dad’s when he was little.   I just love it!

The colorful bunting in this room served as the initial inspiration for Alice’s new room.  This room has always been my favorite room in the house.  Now it’s just so bright and cheerful and yet I feel like I left room for it to change and grow with my little girl.  If you have any questions about anything in Alice’s new room please feel free to ask in the comments!


See also:

the DIY colorful bunting I made
Baby E’s new nursery
Alice’s simple and modern nursery

When I started planning the nursery for Baby Sister (or should I just say Baby E since we have already chosen her name as you may have guessed from the huge pink E on the wall) I knew that we were going to keep the furniture set up the same as well as the polka dot accent wall and tissue poufs.  If it feels like I just decorated this nursery it’s because I did – these sisters are going to be a mere 15 months apart in case you missed that!

We decided to buy the exact same crib and a new dresser from Ikea that the girls may very well eventually share in the future.  Both of those new purchases went into Alice’s toddler room (which I’ll share soon!) and so Alice’s old crib (with a new mattress) and painted dresser/changing table stayed in the nursery as is.  In fact all the furniture in the nursery is exactly the same with the exception of a new side table that sits next to the glider that I found several months ago from Home Goods.

Previously the nursery was very minimal/modern – well that’s the look I was shooting for anyhow.  And while I still love that look I wanted to change things up for Baby E and give her a room that is all her own by adding in some new accessories.  I went ultra girly and ended up with a nursery that’s more floral and garden inspired.  I love the way it turned out.

Pretty girly, right?  If you have any questions about anything or want to know where anything is from please let me know in the comments below.  Thanks for letting me share!


See also:

In the Nursery (A comprehensive tour of the first nursery – when it was Alice’s room)
Polka Dots, Tissue Poufs, and Chevron (How I DIY’ed the polka dot wall)
DIY Raincloud Mobile


If you’re interested, my Oh Baby Pinterest board is where I collected so many inspiring ideas when I was decorating both nurseries.

It’s August.  Which means our crate myrtle is finally blooming and our second daughter is to be born this month!!!  This upcoming Saturday I’ll be 39 weeks into my pregnancy which means, technically, she could arrive at any time.

I’ve had the strange combination of last minute nesting urges as well as the urge to just find somewhere, anywhere to lie down for a nap.  There have been several instances at work where the floor beneath my desk looked like a great place for a nap.

My big to-do’s have are checked off the list which is such a relief!  I managed to complete each girls’ room.  Alice has been sleeping in her toddler room for quite some time now and Baby Sister’s nursery is ready and waiting.  I’ll try to share pictures very soon.  (Hopefully before Baby Sister’s arrival!)

Alice has transitioned to her new big girl daycare.   She brought home her very first “school”  made art work.  I’ve displayed it front and center on the fridge.  Naturally.  She seems to be transitioning well, although she’s very, very tired when she comes home every afternoon.  Her teachers gush about how sweet she is and how much of a good eater she is as well.  I’m so proud! HA. :)

What’s new with you?

p.s. I did a long overdue update on my About Me page if you wanna take a peek.


So I made a rainbow raincloud mobile for Baby #2.  I was inspired by several raincloud mobiles I’d seen on Etsy and thought I’d try making one myself.  (If you’re interested you can see several that I loved on this pinterest board).  For this crafty project, I used felt in gray for the clouds and felt in a variety of  bright primary colors for the raindrops, teardrop shaped crystals, fluffy batting, needle and thread.  I already had the mobile hardware from when Alice was a wee baby herself.

I hand stitched everything and it took me an absurd amount of time.  I have to say… this raincloud mobile didn’t turn out e x a c t l y how I had envisioned.  Next time (next time?  there will probably be no next time) I’d make the raindrops smaller and instead of thread I’d use fishing line to fasten the raindrops to the clouds and to then to fasten the clouds to the mobile.  The thread kept breaking, which was extremely frustrating, and I’ve since gone back and re-done most of it with clear fishing line because it’s so much stronger.   Overall it’s a little wonky, but it was made with love and a lot of hours.  So it stays for now!


What do you do when craft projects don’t turn out how you envision?  Do you display it for a while anyhow or chunk it in the trash?  I admit that I was tempted to chunk this whole thing in the trash on several occasions.  Matt encouraged me otherwise, I suppose I’m glad I didn’t throw it away after all.  Imperfections and all.

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This might be my last bump update before Baby Sister arrives.  As of this past Saturday I’m 37 weeks pregnant and rounding out the end of this third trimester feeling slightly better than I did several weeks ago.  Matt thinks that I was equally as miserable during the end of my pregnancy with Alice, but I beg to differ.

For starters twisting my ankle in Ft. Worth has been the pits.  I’ve never sustained an injury like this ankle sprain.  Well, that’s not true, I fractured a wrist when I was in fourth grade and had to wear a cast for a period of time, but I barely remember that.  Maybe because I was a kid and kids are much more resilient.

This ankle injury has lingered on and it’s not so fun to be hugely pregnant in the heat of the summer and to be limping along on a bum ankle.  On top of that I’ve been dealing with the “normal” pregnancy complaints: the most terrible heartburn ever, shortness of breath just from walking into my office building from the parking lot, fatigue, mood swings (yikes you guys!),  swelling in my ankles (now officially cancels) and hands (can’t wear my wedding rings), and etc...

Of course it’s worth it.  More than worth it.  The finish line is quickly approaching and besides those above complaints (which really are trivial on the grand scheme of things) I’ve had a very healthy pregnancy.  I just pray for continued health for, not just myself, but especially for my little girl who is expected to arrive in a very short amount of time.  I’m so very grateful and I’m excited!

So excited to meet our second daughter!  I cannot even begin to imagine or comprehend where the love will come from for another person because I’m already so full of love for my tiny family.  But I know it’s there.  It’s going to be unreal.

I’m so looking forward to holding our second daughter in my arms, to kissing her baby soft cheeks a trillion and one times, to breathing in the scent of her newborn head, and to loving her.  Another tiny, tiny baby for my sweet family.  Amazing.


Bump II Updates #3, #2, and #1

Bump Updates from my first pregnancy: 1, 2, 3, and 4.    

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