Thursday, July 30, 2015

the nursery reveal!

I wanted to get this post out sooner, but the nursery was never "done". Well technically it still isn't. I am waiting on a second floating shelf, which is supposed to arrive tomorrow, a nightstand which should arrive in the next few weeks, and eventually hanging pictures above the dresser. Considering I am 39 weeks pregnant and baby could come any day now,  I figured the time was right to post this, along with a few bumpie pictures!

First I want to start with the inspiration for this nursery...the crib sheet. We knew we wanted to go with purple instead of pink since Charlotte's room is pink, and when I found this bedding I was beyond thrilled! Purple and gold was just what I wanted. (I would say "we" but we all know Matt didn't care too much. He only had a big opinion on the wall color).

that little pink octopus in the corner was selected for baby sister by Charlotte when we went to the Aquarium :)

painting the room!!

floating shelf will complete the wall on the left

any array of pictures will complete this wall (once we get some newborn pics)

when she finally gets a name, we plan to get her name above the tassel,  just like Charlotte has

a little panoramic. lighting is funny but you get the idea.

And now time for some bump photos!

Charlotte being silly in sister's bed!

somehow managed to coordinate my outfit with the room. haha

when will she get here? I don't know!!

super excited big sister and daddy

Where the goodies came from:

Paint: SW Elation
Crib Sheet and Changing Pad cover: Caden Lane 
Crib skirt & diaper caddy basket: Pottery Barn
Crib & Nightstand: Buy Buy Baby Munire Brunswick Collection (exact same as Munire Medford, but much cheaper when purchased at BBB, weird and awesome)
Dresser: Baby Cache Harbor (Babies R Us)
Purple Pillow: Home Goods
Tassel: Etsy Fancy Face Studio
Floating Shelves: Amazon Welland Dover Wall Shelf

It was nice to be able to take the time and thought to put together this nursery. When Charlotte was born we didn't have a designated nursery for her since we were in transition and about to move. Her furniture stayed in the box until we got to Monterey (not that she needed it anyways). For this baby it has been a steady and fun process. I find myself just going in to look and stare at it. I hope baby loves it as much as we all do. I know Charlotte loves it, she says she plans to sleep in sister's bed with her and have a little slumber party. Someday :)

Monday, July 27, 2015

summer 2015: outer banks

At the end of June we had a couple of "firsts"....our first trip to the Outer Banks (can't live on the East Coast and not go there) and our first family vacation with the Clutes. We spent a week in Nags Head (Harley got to go too) and had a wonderful time relaxing on the beach with family. We rented a house less than a block from the beach. Every day we had a relaxing breakfast and carted all our stuff out to the sand for a few hours of play. We were all in heaven!!

my favorite picture of the kiddos!

i have the same picture of me at this age


it's no San Diego dog doggies to play with!

Right after this picture was taken Charlotte took off running down the beach and wouldn't stop, then Harley proceeded to walk right to the water's edge and take a dump. It was quickly swept away by the water, not that I had any poop bags with me, or that I could have picked it up since I was chasing Charlotte and trying to get her to stop. I'm sure the people nearby thought we were quite the circus act. 
what a happy boy!!

One of the days we spent the morning at the local Aquarium. It was super cute and Charlotte had a wonderful time. Nice to do something a little different one of the days. 

checking out the turtle

LOVING the hurricane force winds! haha

giving her sick turtle a check up. She could have spent all day in here!

my what a large tongue you have!

dinosaur exhibit. pretty cool!!

One morning we had some clouds and sprinkles so we headed over to the kids museum, about 15 minutes from the house. It was very similar to the museum I took her to in Monterey and for 2 hours she played non stop and never once asked for a snack. She fished, went surfing, played dress up, went shopping, played doctor and built some towers. Heaven for a two year old!! Wish we had a place like this in Southern Maryland. 
little princess C

trying out the surf board

checking out at the grocery store. She tried to buy the entire store. :)

Empty beach on a perfect morning

H loves vacation!

off he goes!

goodbye pyramid

34 weeks!

Charlotte and her new friend

jump Grandma jump!

looking for sharks with Grandpa

On our last day, Jim, Jen and Jack spent the day with us. It was also Matt's birthday! We, of course, spent most of the time at the beach or in the hot tub, then went to dinner and got some really awesome family pictures on the beach. 

not so thrilled about the water :(


two crying kids with their Dads....Jack not loving the water and Charlotte got sand in her eyes. 

snacking in the sun

drinks before dinner 

Matt's birthday dinner....mmm lobster!

getting her groove on!

a pile of Clutes!!

Family photo shoot.....The pictures came out great!!
group shot!

us. Charlotte didn't want to take a picture....haha

Nikki and Mike

The J crew

all the "Clutes"

the parentals

add in those grandkids!

just the girls


Dads and their babies 
Since it was so close to the 4th, we had to end our trip with a few little sparklers. Charlotte didn't want to hold them at all, probably a good thing.

not so thrilled about going home!! 

It was a wonderful trip and so nice to spend that time with family. Matt and I even got a chance to sneak out for a few little "dates"...the movies and a pedicure :). We were all bummed to be heading back home and back to reality. Until next time Outer Banks!