Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ladder Shelf {Christmas style!}

Last Spring my husband helped me complete yet another project I saw and fell for on Pinterest...a ladder turned into a shelf. It is still one of my favorite projects we have done together. The ladder shelf is in the corner of our dining room and we usually take it down and put up our Christmas tree there, but this year I decided to change things up. I decided to make my ladder a Christmas ladder.
We wrapped the ladder in lights and I put a star on top to make it resemble a Christmas tree. The bottom shelf I covered in a festive fabric and added some of our Christmas decor to. The middle shelf is a hot chocolate bar complete with festive hot chocolates, mugs and straws. And the top shelf is for a few cards that don't fit on my card holder. I haven't had time to do too much this year with a newborn on my hip, but I'm proud of this little bit of festive fun now in the corner of my dining room.

If you want to see a little more of my home at Christmas time you can check out my holiday house tour from last year here!

Linking up with Anne for her holiday Pin to present!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Aiden Paul {1 month}








My little guy is now one month (and a few weeks) old and I just can't believe how fast he is growing and changing. Here are a few things about Aiden at one month that I don't want to forget....

He is so alert! We get comments on how alert he is for his age all.the.time. He loves to look around and soaks everything in. He only cat naps during the day and the pediatrician said she thought it was because he didn't want to miss out on anything. My Mother in law said my husband was the exact same way as a baby.

Aiden is a big eater and has developed rolls on his arms and thighs and has quite the tummy, which is the cutest thing ever. We call it his toad belly.

He is starting to smile more and more and my favorite sound in the world is his giggle. It melts my heart.

A few stats about Aiden at one month:

Weight: 9 pounds and 5 ounces

Height: 21 inches long

Size clothes: Still in newborn clothes and newborn diapers, but they are getting snug around his middle section. Haha.


Random stuff only parents want to know:

Nicknames: Little Buddy, Bubba, Pumpkin head

Likes: Aiden still loves getting his hair shampooed and is enjoying bath time a lot more! He is still obsessed with the ceiling fan in his nursery and if he's fussy and we can't figure out why we just go in and visit his friend the fan and he calms down. So funny.  He likes milk, his pacifier and the sound of bells.

Dislikes: He doesn't love being swaddled, but it instantly calms him down if he is fussy. He hates tummy time, cold hands and waiting more than 2 and a half hours to be fed.

We love our little buddy so much and can't wait to see what month 2 brings!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Aiden's Nursery {room tour}

I'm so excited to finally be sharing Aiden's nursery with you! This room was a team effort by my husband and I and we had so much fun dreaming of having our baby boy grow up in this room. We wanted to incorporate some of the old treasures from our house like the little red lantern, the rocking horse I had as a little girl and the telescope that Drew's Dad used as a kid, but we also wanted to add some modern touches as well. We didn't want anything to be too themed so we used patterns and textures and kept it simple with neutral wall colors.

Since Drew and I love the outdoors and hope Aiden will too we decided to add some woodland creatures to the room as well to add some pops of color. All the art work was done by my very talented sister in law!

The dresser and changing table belonged to Drew's Dad. Drew stripped the paint and stained them and we added new handles. I love how they turned out and am proud of my husband for persevering when I was ready to kick these pieces to the curb. This room was definitely a labor of love and we are thrilled with how it turned out!

Here is a little tour of Aiden's nursery...

Crib // IKEA
Kid's Table // IKEA 
Kid's Chairs // IKEA
Dresser // Old, Refinished
Changing Table // Old, Refinished
Fox and Raccoon Stuffed Animals // The Happy Groundhog
Book Shelves // IKEA Spice Racks (stained)
Toy Basket // HomeGoods
Rug // PotteryBarn Outlet
Changing Table Cover // Modfox
Curtains // Target
Closet Dividers // DIY
Crib sheets // Target
Wooden Measuring Stick // DIY
Log Side Table // DIY
Mobile // DIY {Tutorial coming soon}
Woodland Animal Wall Art // Hand Painted by my sister in law
Recliner // Costco
Fox Clock // Modern Moose
Canvas Baskets in closet // Walmart
Chalkboard Tags // Michael's dollar bin

When we have more time I also plan to have my husband make me some more Honeycomb shelves to add to the wall above the recliner. If you want an awesome tutorial for how to make some yourself, click here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Baby's first Thanksgiving {and other firsts}

 I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. As it was Aiden's very first Thanksgiving it was an extra special one for us! It was so fun introducing Aiden to family members he had never met, stuffing my face with turkey and soaking up all we have to be thankful for this year.
We spent Thanksgiving here in Ohio with Drew's family. Drew's Mom and sisters are all great cooks so we had a huge spread and went around the table and listed things we were thankful for. We tried out an old school baseball game, played Christmas carols on their player piano and Aiden got to meet the family dog, Trigger.

 

 
 
While it was a sweet day being all together, we so missed having my father in law with us this year. This will be our first holiday season without him. The absence of his energy and laughter were strongly felt, but having Aiden with us definitely helped ease some of the sadness. I'm continually reminding myself and praying that I can be thankful in all circumstances. I know Terry wouldn't want us to be sad that he is gone, only happy for the time we did get to spend together and the time we will someday get to spend together again.
On Friday we took our first road trip as a family of three to Kentucky to spend time with my Mom's side of the family. McDonalds breakfast was involved. Duh. Aiden did so well on the car ride. What a trooper!

There were so many sweet moments on our trip as Aiden got to meet so many special people. It's safe to say he stole the show...as it should be.

 
 

My favorite moment was Aiden meeting his Great Grandma Mimi. She was so excited to meet him as her face shows. The emotion captured here is just too sweet. I love how she is looking at him.

While we were in town we got to celebrate my cousin Carmen and her baby girl, Evelyn Rose due in February with a shower and another amazing onesie making party! I'm always surprised with how cute and different all our onesies turn out. Even Drew and my cousin Jake got in on the fun. Please take special note of Drew's onesie below.

 
 It was so fun to be with all my cousins and Aunts again. The last time we were together was at my baby shower for Aiden. What a difference a few months make!
My shower in September 2014

Carmen's shower November 2014
We ended the weekend with our annual Chili cook off at my Uncle's house, which is always filled with great food and fun cousin bonding time.
 

Aiden's first bottle not from his Mom or Dad. Good job Aunt Alyssa! :)
And as if this post weren't long enough...here are a few other firsts for Aiden because let's be honest I don't have time to do another post to capture these too. #bloggermomproblems