Friday, September 27, 2013

Home Sweet Home

It is crazy to me that life can come full circle in no time at all. One year. It's like the blink of an eye. One year ago today, we spent the first night in our new house that we had worked so tirelessly on for 6+ months. And here we are, a year later, enjoying our growing little family (and struggling with our builder to get punch list items settled)...

Above photos by Ashlee Culverhouse

In one year, we have: gained a precious miracle in our little girl, lost a dear soul in Maughi, sold our starter home (hallelujah), sold a condo (double hallelujah), built a house, turned that house into a home, gained a brother-in-law, and welcomed Josh's parents to Georgia. It's been a busy year. And although it hasn't been all butterflies and roses, I am feeling pretty darn blessed these days. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tricky Trip

Oh boy, another road trip is under our belt. I decided to tackle the drive from Atlanta to Nashville stag to attend my cousin's wedding this past weekend. Well, not completely solo. I had my little B in tow. As I had imagined, it did not go well. Baisden has never been one of those babies that loves her car seat. She always fights the restraint and tries to wiggle and writhe her way out of it. When she can't succeed that way, she resorts to screaming. At the top of those very powerful lungs.

She whimpered and whined almost all the way. I had hoped we could get to Chattanooga before the screaming started but we didn't make it that far. So, we stopped for a snack and a stretch break and then buckled back in. I was prepared to get a speeding ticket and tell the officer that I planned on speeding all the way to my destination. Poor baby wailed from Chattanooga to my grandparents' home outside of Nashville. I chimed right in with her and swore I'd never do this alone again. I know better than this!

Saturday, we attended a beautiful outdoor wedding at my aunt and uncle's home. The weather was perfect. There were a total of three babies there, including Baisden. The other two appeared to be perfect angels. Baisden...a total and complete fussbudget. I had multiple guests look at me with sympathy and lots say things like, "She sure does have a lot to say!" and "Poor thing, she looks tired." (yes, so is her mama) or "She is loud!" Yes, all of these things, I know. Trust. Me. I. Know.

Anyway, we had plenty of great times too! Like seeing my sweet grandparents with Baisden. They print out every single picture we email them on an 8.5"x11" piece of paper and put them in a brag book. I think I owe them some ink cartridges! The above video cracks me up. We had lots of drool, apparently :)

Miss priss offering a gummy smile...

And B got to ride FiFi. Oh, what fun! I think we need a FiFi...

The ride home was thankfully much more uneventful. I think it was because B had fussed so much over the course of the weekend/hadn't slept well at night that she was flat worn out. She slept for over 2 hours. The fussing started once we got to Cartersville so I attached my iPhone to the headrest with some packing tape and put on her beloved Baby Genius nursery rhymes. It's amazing how creative one gets in a state of desperation!

On Tuesday morning, we woke up to her first tooth! At least I can blame her crankiness on that and convince myself that it is not her temperament :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Laundry Room Plan

The next house project I am going to tackle is my laundry room. Dining room project is on hiatus until I can find some Greek key trim that won't break the bank. Our laundry room is small, so it needs to be efficient and pretty at the same time. Below is what the laundry room looked like before we moved in. Bless that sink. It needs some help.

Below is my inspiration, from Pinterest. I plan on sewing (this should be interesting) a pleated skirt to dress up the sad little sink.

I've ordered this fabric from Forsyth Fabrics, my go to for any fabric needs. They didn't have it in the store so I hope it's as pretty in person as I think it is going to be.

I already own the 2 prints below. The cow is in our downstairs bathroom and the precious pig has yet to find its place. I've always wanted to have a farm animal wall and I think the laundry room is the perfect spot for a pop of color. I need a third farm animal, so I'm keeping my eye out. I bought the cow years ago at a local home store that is now closed and my sister gave me the pig...I found them both in past sales on Antique Farm House so I'll keep checking back!

That's the plan...I have lots of "plans" these days. Hopefully they will make it to the completed stage at some point!

Monday, September 16, 2013

She's Live!

After a little arm twisting and some serious poking and prodding, Mom has opened an Etsy shop for her dog sketches! It is called Via & Company. Read more about her custom 4-legged subjects here. They are SO CUTE!

Here is her latest sister and her hubby's pup, Foz.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Water Baby?

After our debacle of a family vacation to the beach, you can imagine my surprise when Baisden was completely enamored with the pitiful excuse for a baby pool I bought for our back yard. We first started with a small pool party with a few other babies and then I tried it again one afternoon last week with just her. She loved it both times.

Or maybe it was just the being naked part of it she loved...who knows!

Our furry son found it quite fascinating and demanded he have his turn too.

I'm pretty sure Buster punctured it but I figure we'll have to upgrade next summer anyway!

Maybe B is a water baby, after all!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Before & After: Wooden High Chair

This small project has been so inspiring! I'm like, what else can I paint! I have despised the high chair that I bought for Baisden from the get go. It was so-so when she couldn't sit up well but now the back and tray are just too confining for my little monster. Plus the seat is cloth and needs to be washed after one messy feeding.
I'm convinced that they just don't make things like they used to so I set out in search of a wooden high chair. I found a Jenny Lind one on Craigslist but the seller had listed no contact information. I alerted Craiglist and checked the page multiple times a day and finally gave up. Goodwill was the gold mine. This high chair had just been brought in and it was a whopping $25! It was mine.

Literally all I did was throw away the disgusting cushions that came with it, Lysol the heck out of the thing, sand and paint.

One thing I learned from this project: don't buy cheap paint. As a busy mom, time is precious and I thought I was saving it by simply heading to one spot for painting necessities (drop cloth, paint brushes, sanding supplies, paint). I've never painted with Valspar (I used Allen + Roth's "Vintage") and I will NEVER. EVER. use it again. I had to use 4 coats in some places. It was like painting with water. Never again will I avoid the Benjamin Moore store.

But it was totally worth it! Someone is very happy. Let's see how long this high chair stays white :)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fur Baby Sketches

How precious are these dog sketches? I've had my eye on these for a while. Ballard has nearly every dog breed you could imagine. When I showed these to my mom, she said, "I can do that!" And after seeing her owls, I believed her.
I envisioned one for Buster and one for Oliver to go on my imaginary gallery wall up my staircase. As cute as the above and below are, they are generic. Their descriptions don't match the personalities of my dogs. Plus, the lab above is WAY too small to be a convincing Buster and Oliver's hair is never as long as the Maltese sports below. That takes some serious grooming for which we just don't have the time or patience.
First, Mom started sketching her dogs. She has 5! They turned out SO. CUTE.

Here are the makings of my Oli...I'm having a hard time with his personality description. Peculiar is the only word I can think of!

Below is precious Bitsy, matted and framed. She is spot on.

The three "small" dogs are ready for their spot on the wall. Bitsy, Lilly and May.

Aren't they precious? I told Mom she needs to open up an Etsy shop!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Monkey's First Zoo Trip

This past weekend, we trekked to Zoo Atlanta for a quick morning outing. Something to get out of the house and change up the scenery for our little one. She is turning into a monkey herself, holding her bottle with both hands and feet and climbing just about anything she can get a hold of so it was only fitting.

The Zoo wasn't that crowded since we got there at the crack, so that was a huge bonus. Plus, we saw Usher as we were leaving...I'm not necessarily a fan of his but it was still fun to spot a celebrity. He is V. short. 

Here goes this mouth again.

I don't think B really even noticed a single animal but she liked looking at all of the other kids and it was a nice, although brief, distraction for those poor gums. She is having an incredibly hard time with this whole teething business. Every night I pray that one has poked through by morning to give us some momentary relief. Lord help us all!