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11:04 AM

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...gianna...1.5...Her sentence structure is getting much stronger. My phone rang the other day and she responded, "who is that, mom." Nanny.."Oh." It just made me giggle. Thank goodness for the water table. She could spend hours playing with it! She really tries hard to say prayers at meals and bedtime. Her brow gets all furrowed and she folds her little hands and intently prays.

...gabe...3.5...He had an insanely thoughtful and helpful week. He was very perceptive and would get things for people (me a glass of water) or help out around the house. He has started calling the dog and his sister "oh, honey" or "oh, sweety." It is so precious. He is such a natural caretaker and is so gentle. He tells me how he can't wait to have a new baby.
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...gianna's room: an update...

11:36 AM

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I did an inspiration post a few months ago (so apologies!) for Gianna's new room.

I have acquired a few pieces, started a few projects, and furtively searched for a few more.

So here is an update and a more refined direction.

bedding... I have a coral duvet (ikea, old) that has a floral type pattern that she will acquire. This bed will be a full, as that is what is currently in our guest room. I recently ordered some navy sheets (JCP) when they had a 60% off sale. 

bed: We are working on it as best as the weather will allow. It has been so humid that we are at a standstill as the wood warps or the router doesn't work properly. The bedframe is constructed. The footboard is almost finished. I am using a Joanna Gaines bed as inspiration. 

dresser: Right before we left for Montana, I found an old solid maple dresser at a local consignment shop. The top was in pretty poor shape, so I decided to sand it down and paint it a dark navy. I am in the process of spraying on 1000 coats of polcrylic and will then put on the original hardware. Again, humidity makes for reaaaalllly long dry times. Hopefully, this will be done in the next week.

nightstand: I have been stalking local FB garage sale groups for an old typewriter stand that will serve as a nightstand. I believe I have one found and miiiight be first in line. The budget for this was <$20, so crossing my fingers.

wall decor: I just finished a doily wall gallery. They need trimmed and hung, but one project that I feel like is almost there. I have started a painted wooden sign that will have a St. Gianna quote painted on it (currently cut and a few coats of white paint). I am looking for a vintage chalkware crucifix, but haven't found the right one yet. 

I spent the morning swapping items from this room's closet to the "nursery" closet. Once I get the dresser finished, I will move her clothing into her new room. She loves to sit and rock right before bedtime. We have a *not the prettiest* painted rocking chair that has been in our shed since we moved, and it might get added to the room.

Everything seems to be taking forever as I try to carve a few minutes a day into projects. Slowly, but surely, it will get there!!
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...antique doily wall gallery...

6:00 AM

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I am thankful for some nesting right now. I am slowly crossing off items on my to do list before babe #3 arrives. Single digit weeks (hopefully)!! GAH.

Anyway.

For Gianna's room, I was wanting to do some sort of wall gallery that was feminine and simple. READ: will last a few years as it takes me forever to decide on wall decor. I stumbled upon this house and fell in love with the doily gallery wall and decided that is exactly what I wanted.

We have a local consignment shop that is run by a lady from our Parish. The kids and I made a few trips over to the shop as I sorted through mounds upon mounds of beautiful antique doilies (many were made by the owner's grandmother!!!). We settled on seven, but only six fit into my hoops, so we may try and go back for one more, but until then we have six. I need to trim the outer edges, but it was a sweltering afternoon indoor project that is close to being finished.

We are working on her bed, unfortunately, the humidity is making it go much more slowly that I had hoped. The footboard is complete, but we need to wait a bit to start the rest. Until then, here are some simple wall doilies. Joann's had a 40% off sale a few weeks ago, so this cost less than $20 (hoops and doilies).




I just love antiques.
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...30 week bump...

1:15 PM

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Baby boy,
My mind is filled with thoughts of how is it already thirty weeks already and are we there yet. ;).

You are growing like a weed. Gabe can hardly wait to meet you. He loves to say hi to you, rub his hand on my belly, and rest his head against you. Every time he does, you become quite active and he always giggles and says..."Mom, he is saying hi!! I need more room!!"

He has so many things he can't wait to teach you. I was looking for something in the shed and stumbled upon a box of odds and ends from our big move. Gabe was just over a year and still had some baby clothing in his closet. I found a handful of newborn hats and a newborn outfit. Wow. So small, considering Gabe is in a size 5 and Gianna in 3t/4t.

Gabe is constantly finding things of his that he says he wants to keep and give to you.

Gianna is sometimes in denial about you being in my belly. Sometimes she will come kiss you, unprovoked. Sometimes she will point and say, "no baby..mom, no baby."

Everyone says you will be early. I will hold them to it ;).

Gabe asked this morning what color hair you will have. It is funny as I can only envision another little Gabe.

You are still letting me run, which is really nice. Not as fast or as far with the other two, but I will take any run I can get.
Keep cooking, little guy.
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5:22 AM

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Extreme heat/advisories chased us inside for more than we were used to. Desperate times call for desperate measures. We had already exercised, watered and eaten morning popsicles. Bathtime at 10AM!!!
 gianna...1.5...You cherish your bathtime. I think you could spend hours in it. We went a bit overboard with bubbles this time. You loved yelling, "bubbles!!!" as you picked up handful after handful. You are starting to string together sentences and it is so sweet. I still love how when you get excited you gasp inhales in this sweet "ooooohhh" sound. Potty training is a success!!! You wake up dry many naps and a few night times. Otherwise, you rocked it.
gabe...3.5...You are typically too busy for lengthy bathtimes. You went to your first bookfair after completing the summer program, where you were awarded coins for different tasks. You were allowed to select a book of your choice and we purchased a major chapter book. We have been reading for ten to fifteen minutes every night. It is a book on a brother and sister explorer and there are SHARKS!! You chose it purely off the cover. You ride your bike for almost two hours every day. We play horse shoes several times a day. You are a busy active guy.
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...horse shoes...

6:00 AM

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One of the first things we did at our house (outdoors), was put in horse shoe pits. We both really enjoy pitching and Steve is quite good (imagine that ;)).

Gabe has really enjoyed playing, but the shoes are too heavy for him. While we were in Montana, Papa surprised Gabe with his very own set of hand forged horse shoes, made from pony shoes. We were unable to fit a few items in our suitcases on the way home, so my parents shipped them to us. Gabe started practicing right after we got them.

Last night, we had a few spare moments before bedtime and we were all out enjoying the cooler evening. Gianna prefers to throw both at the same time. I loved watching her sprint between the pits.

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...a simple Magnolia Market "posy necklace" DIY...

3:07 AM

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One of my favorite shows to watch is Fixer Upper.

I love so many things about it, the charm, the DIY, the beautiful old homes that are given a second chance...and Joanna's exquisite style. She has simplistic but classic taste, something that I love.

I fell for this necklace when I saw it on a friend this winter.


Simple, yet classic. I wear my silver crucifix daily, but have been looking for another daily type necklace. I haven't decided if I feel like the two go together, but I love it!!

I realized that these were simply just closed jump rings. Jump rings come in a wide variety of guages and diameters. This particular necklace is made of 2mm jump rings, but I happened to be browsing Joann Fabrics, armed with a 40% off coupon and stumbled upon 4mm rings. They come in silver plated and gold. I chose the silver route. I already had a few spare silver chains, so for $3, I had my own version of this necklace. Their version is $60. Quite a savings!!!

Purchase these. String them on a silver chain. Done.




Here is my version:
Enjoy!
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...backyard camping: hobo pies...

6:46 AM

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One of my husbands favorite memories as a kid was making hobo pies while camping. Now, we haven't been able to get our camper quite yet this year (where is the time going!!). Every night, Gabe asks for stories about when we were kids. On Saturday, I told him a story of the first time I had a hobo pie.

So, Sunday afternoon rolled around and we decided, well...why not? I scrambled together pizza topping ingredients while the men made a fire. Bread, sauce, cheese, meat, peppers.....what ever you want. The kids had fun putting on their own toppings. 

We finished off the evening with a few roasted marshmallows. Just like camping, only in our back yard ;).
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...antique tractor show...

11:58 AM

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On Saturday, we went to an antique tractor show. It was huge. I would guess there were several hundred tractors. They had several antique shops, auctions, home made fair food. It was in a park in the middle of nowhere. They had live music, parades, and fireworks every day for three days. Kids were free and adults were $3. Had we known just how large it would be, we would have gone quite a bit earlier.

We left just after nap time and stayed a few hours. This kids were mesmerized by the tractor baseball game (quite funny to watch), the noise of 200 tractors running at once, and the park. We sipped home made (amazing) root beer and had so much fun walking around and looking at all of the tractors.


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