See - Our Little Lawnmower

Saturday, August 31, 2013

He just sits there and rips up the grass and occasionally tries to eat it. 
 I wonder if he could mow our yard for us this way. 

Hear - Postcards From Italy

Thursday, August 29, 2013

See - Table Swing

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I saw on Pinterest that you can make a hammock by tying a moby wrap or other fabric around a table.  I tried it today and Harrison loved swinging around!

See - Standing

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Harrison has been wanting to stand like crazy lately and has just barely started to take some steps along while he's standing and holding on. 

Harrison at Thirty-Three Weeks

Monday, August 26, 2013

Harrison stands like crazy and wants to do it all the time.  He is starting to try to roll back to front - we'll see when he figures it out. He loves to be tickled and listen to music. He loves watching any Elmo or baby einstein videos on YouTube.  He still loves any water he can get - bath, sink, etc.  

He's a happy boy if he is entertained but if he gets bored at all or is the slightest bit hungry he just sits there and moans and whines.   It's one of the most frustrating sounds ever.  

He is an acrobat in his crib. Almost every time I go to get him or if he has to CIO at all to go to sleep he is usually flipped 180 degrees at least.  I'm getting a mesh bumper since he's already gotten his legs stuck up to his thighs a few times.  He just leverages himself against the bars and moves around and around.  He definitely keeps things interesting!

See - Mohawk

Monday, August 26, 2013

See - Batman Flashback

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Batman mask doesn't fit anymore! It's a bit small (and he kept taking it off) but I still think he looks adorable in it.  The Caped Crusader photos I took before are some of my most favorite images of Harrison. 

Home - Ruler Up!

Friday, August 23, 2013

I finally had a second to put up the oversized ruler that I made for the pinterest challenge! It only took a few minutes to screw in anchors and screws and it was up. I can't wait until Harrison is old enough to get measured!

Home - Quick Change

Friday, August 23, 2013

Harrison's room is currently a bit girly.  When we purchased our house, the previous owner was using this bedroom as a laundry room.  In the first week we had the washer and dryer moved downstairs to the basement by our awesome brother(in law) Michael.  The room is painted a pinkish-beige color and had this flowery light.  The light could be cute in a little girl's room (and I'm glad it wasn't a boob light), but for Harrison, it had to go. I assumed I would need to purchase a pendant light kit and then figure out how to install it with old house wiring, but nope!

  Yesterday I decided to just take a peek at how the light was attached up there, guessing it would be like most fixtures and have two bulbs that are parallel to the ceiling.  To my surprise and delight, it had a single bulb pointed downward and the bulb was attached to a base that had a ridge that was juuuust the right size for my DIY string globe pendant.  I made this pendant light with modge podge, a walmart big bouncy ball, and string a few years ago.  I have been waiting to use this in our nursery for so long! 

I was very happy that I could easily detach the flowery glass and pop the globe right up there.  It seriously took me less than 2 minutes and already makes his room so much better! 

Here's a little peek at the room in its current state.  Still lots to do.
Next up: Paint!

See - Face Off

Friday, August 23, 2013

See - Playing with the Curtains

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I am continually making lists of things I want to make sure to capture.  I decided when Harrison was several weeks old that I wanted to do anything I could do take daily photos of him in an effort to capture his newness that seemed to be slipping away so quickly.  I also hoped that it would give me more experience and help me improve my photography skills.  In order to do this, I needed ideas.  There are so many milestones and events that I wanted to make sure to capture - thin, spiky baby hair, tiny feet, cloth diapers, drool, bath time, dad time, etc.  Some days I had no clue what to photograph and it's easy to look at daily life as boring and uneventful - especially when the first 6 months of his life took place in a dimly lit basement with florescent lighting.  So I started making lists of things to take photos of so I wouldn't forget and so it felt more doable.  Some days I have to fall back on those lists when life is busy and I don't know what to capture.  Some days I just pull out my camera and the fun moments I want to remember just seem to happen right then.  Today was one of those days.

I took out my camera because he looked so cute playing on the rug.  Those photos seem to get old quick and sometimes it's hard for me to find a unique and interesting way to capture those moments.  I kept shooting anyways and all of a sudden, a gust of wind flew in the room which blew our long white curtains into the air.  Harrison was mesmerized as they flapped all around. He sat and stared and started to laugh.  It was such a fun thing to see him so amazed.  I set him on the couch behind the curtains and he was just the happiest little boy.  I am so glad I had my camera handy and that I can remember this day and the pure joy and wonder on his face.

See - Reading with Aunt Madi

Monday, August 19, 2013

Harrison at Thirty-Two Weeks

Monday, August 19, 2013

We've been having a bit of a sleep regression lately.  He was sleeping SO WELL and then has slowly started waking more during the night.  We think he might be teething or something.  You can see some little nubs of teeth slowly coming in, so hopefully the sleep will go back to 'normal' soon. I sure am always tired! 

Other than the sleep, he's been pretty happy.  Happier than we've ever seen him, in fact. He just is smiling and giggling all day.  He still doesn't want to scoot.  We can get him to start to get a knee under to scoot but he doesn't seem to be able to figure it out. Man, it is hard to not compare him to other kids - especially his super active second cousin Presley who was born on the same day.  She's practically crawling and pulling up to stand!

He does scoot all over on his butt though.  He sits and spins around and has started to move around by using his feet to scoot his butt forward while sitting.  It's hilarious to watch.  He has pulled to stand a few times but he's still really wobbly on his feet so I am sure we're a looooooong way off from walking.  

He's also started talking more and has finally started saying 'da da da da'.  He's said 'mama mama' (obviously without knowing what it means) since he was really young like a month and a half, but it's nice to see my better half getting some recognition up in here. 

Home - Our First Home, The Master To Do List

Friday, August 16, 2013

Our First Home
(Photos from the Listing)

Exterior Front:
Cut back bushes
Transplant (hopefully) the Lilac bush that's encroaching on the house
Re-edge Garden
Fill in plant beds
Update house numbers
Transplant ant-attracting flowers next to sunroom
Paint both exterior doors
Have a mason fix both chimneys - missing and broken bricks
Clean up patio
Add patio furniture
Pull brick pillar away from house
Add color - doormat, etc

Add shelving for storage
Add workbench for tools
Basketball hoop

Update appliances?
Update Faucet
Extend Island to the wall on left
Add butcherblock countertop to island with overhang for seating
Paint cabinets
Add Knobs/Pulls
Window Treatment
Update flooring - wood? rubber? 
Update/add light fixtures
Paint both french doors
Update both plugs by sink to GFI

Gallery Wall?
Paint Doors
Change out beige switch covers to white
Fix reversed socket by stove
Paint the existing Board and Batten-ish entryway with hooks and shoe storage
Take down wallpaper border

Dining Room:
Window Treatments
Turn into an office? (still deciding on layout)
Update beige wall sockets
Update light fixture
Bigger table

Living Room:
Take down mirror - repurpose
Window treatments
Update light fixture/fan
Update/Paint hearth
Box-in/resurface the non-working fireplace - possibly adding built-ins on sides
Paint door to Sunroom
Throw Pillows
Tufted Ottoman - DIY
TV Stand
Master Bedroom:
Paint woodwork
Update light fixture
Open up closet
Add wardrobes? 
Upholstered headboard?
Add rug
Update window treatments
Update beige sockets

Harrison's Room:
Move Washer&Dryer to Basement
Update beige sockets
Window Treatment
Update light fixture
Book Shelves
Window Seat & Built-ins?
Open up Closet?

Build Custom Desk
Window treatments
Update light fixture
Update beige sockets
Redo Dresser
Rip out plastic green tile
Update curtain
Paint vanity
Frame Mirror
Add shelving/storage - possibly over door storage
Add clean/updated tile in tub surround
Board and Batten in rest of bathroom
Update light fixture 
Add ventilation

Shelving for storage
Window treatments
Paint brick?
Update door latch
Pulley system for backdrops? 

GENERAL(possible ideas):
Add smoke alarms/Carbon Monoxide detector
Raised Garden Beds
Plant Trees
Add sliding glass doors
Build Low Deck
Finish Basement
Add storage shelves in basement
Paint interior doors black?
Scrape off Popcorn ceilings
Plank wall?
Keypad Locks

See - Playing on the Bed

Friday, August 16, 2013

See - New Crib

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

We finally got a crib for Harrison. We'd been using my parents' old drop-side (banned) crib for awhile, and then a pack-n-play when we moved. My amazing Mom brought this out from Utah from Ikea for me! Thanks!!

Harrison is obsessed with the bars and getting every limb entwined in them.  He also LOVES playing in a blanket tent in there and playing peek-a-boo. He cracks up, and it's awesome.  

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