Category Archives: Family

Hobbies and Stuff

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So, I decided to add another hobby to my already long list of photography, clothes (because shopping, daydreaming about, pinning, and internet surfing for them is a hobby), practicing playing the piano and singing, reading and writing, exercising, and drawing and painting (although I have not touched that one in a long, long time). But now, I got a serger, so sewing is another one of my new things. What can I say?! I love life and all it has to offer! I’m just so interested in just about everything crafty, creative, and artsy.

I am especially interested in upcycling but I don’t think that will mean my closet will ever be completely upcyled because of lack of sewing skills and also there are just some things a serger and sewing machine can’t do, such as embroider and knit sweaters . But how cool would that be if my whole wardrobe were upcycled though?!

So, these shorts for Ruby were my first project. Actually, I made 2 of them because the first one I realized she will outgrow within a week, so I made a bigger one that she can grow into. I have a long list of projects with my serger, so hopefully the poor thing is sturdy! Here are some of the things I want to accomplish in order:

1. Finally finishing the slipcovers for our dining room chairs. I am currently working on that right now and will be finished with it by the end of the week, after a year of saying I would finish them, but having a serger changes some dynamics, so I will totally get them done!

2. Upcycling some clothes from the thrift stores. I got a few large men’s shirts from the thrift store that I am going to turn into shirts for Ruby Rose and I.

3. Make some t-shirt dresses for the summer for me and my cutie, hopefully up cycled ones.

4. Make curtains for the guest bedroom.

I am excited for these projects. I can’t wait to share them when I am done!

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Ruby Rose 9 Months

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3 more months and I will have a toddler! I don’t know how we got here! I can’t ignore that she is getting older and so I am already scouring Pinterest for first birthday ideas. Updates on Ruby Rose:

  • She got her first two teeth ever 1 1/2 weeks ago in the bottom (you can kind of see them on the last picture)
  • Still does not crawl and hates tummy time as usual.
  • Still loves her jumperoo.
  • We are getting her a walker this week.
  • I saw her “dancing” for the first time the other day, rocking back and forth.
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is her favorite show. We have noticed this because she gets so smiley when Mickey comes on.

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Wintery Wonderful

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(Jersey dress: currently on sale at Anthropologie stores, similar here. Belt: (old) Target. Headpiece: Francesca’s.)

Although I would take sand over snow any day, I have to admit that snowy days reflect the most ethereal natural lighting for photos, so I had to take advantage. And it helped a lot that Micah came home from work, so we made it happen. Perfect lighting: check. Good hair day: check. Pretty dress and accessories: check. Cute baby: check. Baby in a good mood: no check. Usually Ruby Rose is a good sport about taking photos but the combo of being kind of sick and a furry creature that goes by the name of Hearty, weaving figure 8’s on Micah’s legs while he was taking the picture was vying for her attention, and furry creatures win for Ruby. So, there you go. That’s why Ruby looks very interested at something on the ground in all of these pictures. Next time, I will lock that cat in the garage.

A lot has happened since my last post. We have been doing a lot of house projects ever since we found out that we are not moving after all. Big relief! I was so worried about moving and all the stress of putting the house up for rent and just moving in general! I did not want to go through that!

So, we are finally doing something with our bonus room. We are making it a multi-purpose room. It will be a  family room/office/storage/craft-room/sewing room/exercise room. A lot, I know. Why don’t we just live in this room? We are putting a projector, getting giant beanbags for chairs, painting a wall with chalkboard paint, and putting up rustic/industrial shelves for storage and such. We are almost done. We just have to paint the chalkboard wall, get some chairs and beanbags, and more baskets. Here is the inspiration of the wall unit that we put up from this pin.

Also, I am finally going to finish up Ruby’s room, which all it  needs are a few more things to go on the wall and some curtains and it’s done. Another project we are going to be also doing is build some industrial shelves in this space by our pantry and we are going to build something like this. I will put up pics all in due time, of course! It’s been fun doing all of these projects. It’s really got me in a DIY frame of mind. I will have to do a post of some cool DYI’s that I have come across!

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Those Moments That Can’t Be Captured

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I love my camera. It has blown me away with it’s abilities. It has captured some amazing images, better than I could have imagined in my mind sometimes. It is a pretty amazing gadget and I seriously love it! Before Ruby came along, I used to call it my “baby”. 

            But lately, I have found that it has it’s limitations. I think that Ruby has especially brought that to light. There have been plenty of cherished moments that I have ached to capture but I have found I can not. These are some of the beautiful moments that would make such lovely images and I wished so much to capture: 

-When Ruby cuddles with me at night…Both of us are on our sides facing each other and she is tucked in my arms and she rests her head on that hollow part between my shoulder and chest. Sometimes this is the only way I can get her to sleep. And I know that she would not have anyone else do that with her. Unfortunately not even her dad. In that moment, I can feel the bond between mother and child so strongly. I kiss her little cheeks and forehead and I hope that she can feel my love emanating while I envelop her in my hug. 

-Saturday or Sunday mornings, when Micah, Ruby and I just lay in the bed. There is no work and no schedule to follow, the stress of the work week has melted away, and we just get to fully enjoy being a family. Sometimes we just lay there and talk while Ruby plays with her feet and sometimes we try to get Ruby to giggle and laugh. It is only on the weekends when we could begin a day like that, so it feels extra special. 

-When I am feeding her and she stares with wide eyes into my mine and she just holds my gaze…Someone told me that sometimes babies don’t like it when the mother talks while she is feeding her baby. The baby does not like anything else distracting the mother. He or she wants the full attention. I have found this to be true with Ruby lately as she has gotten older. So, I try my best to give her undistracted and undivided attention. She usually feeds better this way. And I just love looking into her pretty, little face, with such a tender look on my face and I hope and pray she can feel and see my love while I cradle her in my arms. If only I can capture the trust and love that I see in her big, brown eyes in these moments. It would be a classic image. 

-Ruby’s jumbo smile with her mouth open and with her tongue out and everything…I want to capture this so badly and have tried, but whenever a cell phone or camera appears, she does not do it. I have come to the conclusion that she only smiles that way when she sees her mother or father’s face grinning or smiling at her, and I guess that can’t really happen when we are behind a camera or cell phone, can it? 

-Ruby’s laughter…oh, if the world can see her laughing, everyone would fall in love with her! So far, Micah and I have been the only ones lucky enough to witness it and we are wrapped around her fingers. She tends to do it when I spin and dance with her or when we play peek-a-boo with the mirror. She has a laughter that can melt hearts of iron.  

While a part of me, the artsy/expressive part, is just itching, aching even, to capture these beautiful moments for the world to see, of how wonderful and beautiful parenthood is, there is this part of me, the more sentimental or maybe even selfish part, that is kind of elated that it can’t be captured and maybe it shouldn’t be captured. There is something about breaking out the camera in these moments that would take away from the genuineness and purity of it all. And for what? To share on a blog or exploit it in some other way? When something is just so perfect, just leave it be, relish it, enjoy it, treasure it in your heart or memory…be careful not to taint these moments. Sometimes, the camera should not have a role in these blessed moments. I am beginning to realize that. Some things are just too precious for cameras. 

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Heirloom Dresses and Postpartum ‘Fesses

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***Dress: Free People*** Shoes: MiuMiu***Belt: Kate Spade***

 While I was pregnant I read about other women’s pregnancies, especially in blogs. One thing that rings true to me, at least in my case, is when a blogger mentioned that you age after having a baby. When I look at myself in pictures, I do feel like I have “matured” and I feel I look slightly different than I used to. It may be partly because I have not lost all the pregnancy weight and partly because I am not getting as much beauty rest these days and maybe hormones may be to blame? I don’t know and it really does not matter to me.

I have found that what women complain the most about after pregnancy, including myself, is the physical changes that occurs because that is what us women do, we nitpick all that is wrong with us and after pregnancy there is a lot to nitpick about: stretch marks, weight gain, wider hips, and other body changes. But you know what, I actually don’t care any more. I am being patient about my body reverting back to what it used to be. I am doing all that I can. I go to the gym and literally work my butt off while I am there. But if I don’t get the results that I want and if don’t get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, it is okay. Why should I be harsh to my body? It does not deserve that kind of treatment and criticism. It was the vessel that nurtured and carried  the little girl that I love with all of my heart and soul. It deserves to be taken care of and not bashed. These changes are all worth it for my little one, whether they are here to stay or not. I love my body and I am grateful for it. DSC_3360b DSC_3356bDSC_3374b DSC_3372 DSC_3371

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Hoping for an Indian Summer

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***slip dress: Free People *** scarf: Anthropologie (currently on sale) *** shoes: Sam Edelman *** belt: Free People***

I know most of you are very ready for the fall and for cooler weather, especially down here in the South where it is so humid. But me, I am not quite ready to let  summer go yet…Summer has flown by for me. It was spent mostly indoors nurturing my little one as she grew from a fragile preemie to a more energetic infant. I have to say it has been a wonderful and unique summer with lots of kisses, snuggles, laughter, and squeezing.

Normally, sans-Ruby Rose, my summer would be spent outdoors, going to beaches, pools, ice cream shops, doing hikes, blueberry and strawberry picking, and taking pictures in dilapidated buildings random fields and such, but some of those activities are not really infant friendly things. But now, I feel more comfortable bringing Ruby Rose outdoors, so for me and my little Ruby Rose, summer has just begun, so we’re hoping for an Indian summer this year.

 

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In and Around Our Home

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Since I have had Ruby Rose, I get stopped everywhere and have people asking me about her but the best of these moments was when I had this chubby cute little boy who was probably 8 years old come up to me and ask, “Is that a real baby?” Oh that was the funniest/cutest especially it coming from some random little boy. But I see his point, she does look like a little doll.

 

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I had this great idea of putting a bonnet on her and this is how she felt about that idea….and this is where our photo op ended.

 

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