Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Prego needs a project....

So, I took a quick stroll through Goodwill yesterday after I dropped some things off. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but I ended up with a mirror, lamp shade, and two cool little vases for $11 bucks!! I just feel like I need something else to do that doesn't involve the nursery or washing baby things.

From day one, I voted NO television in our downstairs living room. That is why we have a bonus room....we don't need a tv in every room. We have one in our bedroom downstairs, and one upstairs in the bonus room. Ever since being 23 lbs heavier, I have HATED the stairs. I literally take a deep breath every time before I take my first step upward. I just want to make the downstairs as functional as possible without having to run upstairs for every little thing, SO........we broke down and bought another television for downstairs as it will become my living space! We also set up shop in our bedroom with a changing table, clothes, glider....all that! The nursery will get used for sure, I just want to have things on both levels.....mainly because I am lazy!

That is a REALLY drawn out story for my little project today. Due to the tv, we have completely moved our living room around to be more functional instead of formal. I was left with a console table from IKEA that I didn't know what to do with. So, we stood it up vertically for now and created a bit of a "divider" between the living room and dining room! It made room for the swing and baby chair.....ay ya ya.....

I decided to take on the little vases I found first, and on top of the console/bookcase is the perfect place. It is kind of a running joke between my aunt and I. She came to my house once and I had a bowl full of moss and she asked what it was, and why I had it. I explained that it was for decorating purposes only, and now she is obsessed with the idea. Secret Santa gift ...check! I can't keep plants alive, so moss is a great way for me to have greenery in my house without having to have total fake plants everywhere, which I hate! So, below is my latest. It just took me 10 minutes to feel domestic today, and I am happy with the results!

I still can't believe that I have baby stuff in my house....

Already had the tissue and I found this reindeer moss on clearance at JoAnne's for .50 cents a bag! I basically STOLE it.

My cute little vase finds....$1.99 ea

Putting tissue in the bottom of unclear vases allows me to not have to waste what I want to be seen!  It is a great "stuffer"

ta da!! Still waiting on one more coordinating vase to go with these ( it needs 3 for sure), but I wasn't so lucky this last trip! Maybe next time!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Productivity is the best feeling to me....

Today, I woke up pretty early ( 7am) and laid in bed until about 9 because 7 am is CRAZY talk. I decided to not be lazy and make myself some pancakes and bacon. Table for one! Then, it was time to get down to biz. I literally cleared out two of our rooms upstairs that had just become "giant closets" full of baby stuff, house stuff, holiday decor, fitness stuff that NEVER gets used, TONS of cds from my teenage years that I have never let go of and the list goes on!

I was determined to go through EVERYTHING and only keep what I could fit in the ACTUAL closet in the room. It is all just baby stuff that Amara won't need quite yet! I also managed to keep the laundry going all day long. I feel so much better even though I am exhausted.

I tried to force myself to take a nap. My body wanted to rest terribly, but my brain is racing so I didn't actually get a nap in. I got up and went right back to work. It occurred to me today that Sadie is going to have way more adjusting to do than I could have ever imagined. It breaks my heart when she brings me her toy and I can't throw it, but let's face it. She does that ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL day long!!!!!! We literally have to hide her toys so she will quit bothering us with them. She is barking a lot more, getting into the trash when we leave and it has been extremely tiring keeping up with her. I just really want her to love Amara and not feel threatened, but I worry :)

Finished off the night with a nice dinner at Wild Ginger! I had an amazing salad and some YUM YUM rolls ( that is what they are called), and they were YUM!! I got to just chat with friends and relax, and it was so perfect! Gabe is in FL tonight and comes home in the am. I miss him so much and can't wait to see him. I am really hoping for a birth this week! I am praying to God and asking for TIME when Amara gets here. Gabe is gone every week from Amara's due date ( sept. 14th) until the 3rd week of October. It is going to be a rough start for me, and I am trying to not get down about it as I know I have help. There is just something about your husband being here and it just being our new little family learning to adjust together!! God has got us though.....He always does!

Off to play a little Dr. Mario ( even though my eyes are already heavy).

Friday, August 26, 2011


Man oh man! Where has time gone? This blog entry is going to be somewhat jumbled with different info. I have a lot to catch up on. In the recent weeks, I have been in major nesting mode. I finally finished Amara's  bathroom, caught up on nursery decor ( still needing an ottoman and waiting on some artwork to arrive in the mail), washed a TON of new baby things, packing for the hospital, somehow clearing room in my head to do last minute online shopping for the things we don't have and trying to keep my house spotless, which is so unrealistic!

Below are some pics of bathroom stuff....not that exciting, but we got rid of the cream walls and bleached towels :). Thanks to Target, the bathroom at least makes sense now.

Found these prints on Etsy and painted the frames. I was obsessed with these little elephants!

Her first rubber ducky ;)

Here are just some little shots from the nursery progress.... I don't want to do the full reveal yet!We just added some IKEA goodies. Not much to see.... 

I am waiting on these posters that I fell in love with from avintageposter.com. The giraffe print is what
started my inspiration for this room. I knew I wanted a patterned wall, bright solid colors and modern

Gabe and I each picked an animal, then had her do a custom one.  " I love you more" is commonly said
here in the Patillo household, and my dad has always said it to us kids, so it just made sense :)


As I mentioned, Gabe and I made a trip to IKEA. We made a little
"Anniversary Trip" out of it. We found a hotel deal online and stayed at the cutest boutique hotel,shopped at H&M, went to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, watched a movie in bed,had an amazing breakfast on the hotel patio, then headed to IKEA. I didn't take ANY pics but one of us in the hotel room. If you only knew how long it took for us to get this, you will understand why there is only ONE. 

It was so much fun! I genuinely have good ole fashion fun with my husband! He was so great in IKEA. He totally dreams with me and lets me space out there and say "babe, look at this" a million times over. I can't believe it has been 4 years!!!! It is the PERFECT time to welcome a baby into the mix and I seriously love him WAY more than the day that I married him. I didn't think that was even possible. 

Lastly, I finally got some prego pics taken by one of my besties, Shara. She is amazing! I haven't received anything yet...just a preview! I am not weird about pics like this. I really think they are so sweet, and I don't have pics of my mom pregnant. I always said that I would have some to show my daughter, so I force myself out of my " non-photogenic" attitude, and make us take a pics every now and then. I can't wait to see the rest of them!!


We are so excited to get this little girl into our arms! We are 2.5 weeks away and I cannot believe it. I have no idea what I am in for!! Please keep us in your prayers! Gabe is in Phoenix as we speak, then heading to Panama City Beach for a show. We would love to meet her after this run, but before the next show on the 10th :) She is healthy and moving around a lot! I still keep looking at my favorite Ultrasound pic ( below) and ADMIRING her. I really do think she is beautiful already!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sometimes you just gotta praise Him......

Tonight, we went out to eat with two of our DEAREST friends, neighbors and the other half of Arch Nemesiz...Dave and Deb! We celebrated the guys' FIRST song landing. E! picked it up for a reality show promo called "Kendra", and we couldn't be more thrilled for them! We went to J Alexander's and had a real niiiiiice meal ( say with a country twang ;)

Gabe and I personally just feel so stinkin blessed! I know that this was his vision for his writing career ( to make relationships that he may not have obtained without this pub deal, write great songs and through it all.....show the love of Christ) Our cup is over flowing with things to be thankful for! I am really seeing God work and watching the man I love grow so much in his craft, and that just makes my heart soooo happy! Thank you Lord for all you are teaching us and just revealing to us. I am so overwhelmed with gratitude and I never want this feeling to leave me as I know that EVERYTHING I have ( not just material) is because of you. We know that daily life as a believer, married couple, soon to be parents is not possible without YOU.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

DIY Mobile

The mobile for the nursery is the one thing I have put off the longest. Simply because I knew I wanted to make it myself, and my motivation and creativity was lacking big time. I LOVE the mobiles and dream rings on blablakids.com, but it isn't quite in our budget to buy a $100 mobile. So, I took inspiration from my favorite mermaid dream ring, and worked with what I had. I had not thought of doing an all pom mobile, but after looking at some online....I got inspired. Plus, it is super easy and I had a lot of yarn. I started to try and stay in the color scheme of the mermaid dream ring, but I loved all the colors of yarn I had, so I just went crazy! I hope Amara appreciates it! :)


BTW.... I am aware that I need a better camera, but my Iphone just makes it easy sometimes. Excuse the bad pics :)

Sadie stayed at my feet for hours begging me to throw her toy CONSTANTLY.....eventually she gave up!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

What is a girl to do on a Tuesday night?

I had such a fun day with my hubby today!! I could really get use to him being home days at a time :). It is very rare that I can drag him to craft stores and to Target and keep his spirits up...ha! It is so boring for him, but lately, he has been a trooper. Carrying everything, actually giving input ( not saying " whatever you want babe" and we have had a lot of laughs. Besides, driving around is our favorite thing to do together!

We think we have noticed a SLIGHT difference in the smell of the nursery, and we bought an air freshener today with high hopes! With this in mind, it is making doing stuff to the nursery so much more fun for me. Today, I worked on the project below and Gabe sat in our new glider and entertained himself on the computer. It was sooooo nice to just be in here together! 

It all started with this little number below. Amara got this bathing suit from one of our dear, super trendy friends at her shower. Between this, blankets and accessories, I realized I needed to make some baskets.

 I am way too cheap to to just go buy baskets full price, so I have been waiting on them to go 50% off at JoAnne's ( which they were today) and I had some Dwell Studio fabric left over........ little bit of yarn, stitch witchery and a huge mess later....

It took me way too long to do this, but it was worth it! I am a brand new "DIYer", I do not sew and I hate measuring. Great qualities to have! :)

Happy Tuesday everyone! 

Monday, August 1, 2011


I am just making some final decisions on a print for the guest/baby bathroom upstairs. I came across this artist http://www.etsy.com/shop/Cocodeparis?ref=seller_info on Etsy today, and I am obsessed. Some of the designs might be a little crazy for the little one, but they are nothing short of interesting! I will definitely find a place in my house for a few of these!

Here is the one that drew me in ......

a few more....check out her work...