It's no secret, Dane and I love to travel. Since we met, we've been fortunate enough to be able to travel to some pretty cool places: The Bahamas, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Thailand, and a few others. But last October, we learned of our next adventure. In fact, our greatest adventure to date: a baby!
We had been trying for a short time to grow our family, and were both a little shocked when our news came much faster than we thought. Although we were both excited for this new adventure, I can't say that our finding out played out like they do in the pregnancy test commercials. We didn't cry together or hug it out. We stood in the bathroom trying to convince the other to look at the test first. When we finally looked together, we both shared an awkward/nervous smile and walked into separate rooms to let it process.
For me personally, I've always wanted to be a mom. So when the test read 'Pregnant', I was shocked! The milestone was finally here! It just didn't feel real. And to be honest, I still find myself in that reality vs. fiction battle and need a little pinch time and time again. I love being a mom.
For Dane, well....he needed a little persuasion. He didn't grow up dreaming of fatherhood. So after he decided he was as ready as he'd ever be, and that test confirmed he was about to be a dad, he was overcome with excitement and fear. His mind went blank and he wasn't quite sure what to think. If you ask him now what it's like being a dad, he'd tell you he enjoys it. He loves his little 'Lenny Bear'.
Lenna Christine was born June 20th at 1:23pm. 6lbs, 5oz and 19 inches long.
Today my hubby is 32 years young! This post will be short and sweet so that I can get back to celebrating him, but I wanted you all to be able to celebrate right along with us.
We each had to work today, but were able to leave early to head to our 39 week appointment and hear our baby's heartbeat one last time before meeting her. What an amazing birthday gift! It's so crazy to think that in just a week or so, we'll meet our sweet baby girl!
After our appointment, we headed downtown to Broadway Oyster Bar. Dane loves the crab they serve, and has nothing but good things to say about their outdoor patio. We're also hopeful that the Buffalo Chicken Wrap I had puts a little pressure on our baby girl to evacuate sooner than later. Haha!
I am extremely grateful today for this man of mine. When we met six something years ago, I never imagined where my life would be today. He's made me both a wife and a (soon-to-be) mother. Happy Birthday Lover! Here's to many more!
Have you ever started a project, became bored of it, and then let it sit unfinished....for months? Yeah...Hi, I'm Heather and I'm a procrastinator.
I started this bathroom makeover in December. And unfortunately there is no hiding it because the only 'before' photo I have clearly showcases my Christmas tree. After a few years of my warm and cozy bathroom, I felt it was time for something new and fresh. I was so excited for a new 'light and bright' look! So excited, in fact, that I painted this tiny bathroom in one evening after work. Screw dinner, dishes, and laundry! I had a bathroom to paint!
The color I had chosen was part of Valspar's Historical Society series. They've since dropped the historical marks (shame!) and renamed all of the colors. The new name for this color is Warm Putty (6006-1A). I was first a little disappointed my paint deck was so quickly outdated, but then SUPER thankful I lucked out and have all of the historical colors clearly marked for me.
Being that our house is 105 years old, I felt that the historical color was a perfect way to incorporate the age of our home into the decoration of just about every room in our house. -I'm still working on that.
Although our rooms are all pretty small, we were blessed with 9ft ceilings. So I felt that this tiny bathroom needed an emphasis on the height since there was nothing I could do about the width or length.
I had Dane make me simple wooden shelving for above the toilet, and hung a piece of art I had from Target up high to help draw the eye up. I also scored an ah-mazing vintage mirror from craigslist. It, amazingly, looked IDENTICAL to the mirror I had sketched when planning this bathroom makeover. That never happens!
After everything was finished, the bathroom was still missing something. It didn't give me all the feels I was hoping for. It was missing texture and life! Sooo...I left the bathroom as it was until I could come up with something I loved. Eight months later....haha!
In my defense, life happened. My work schedule picked up, and our build list for our business went crazy! I'm not AT ALL complaining about it either. Building furniture for you guys is what we love to do!
But then it hit me! My tiny bathroom needed pattern! Something that wouldn't compete with the curves of my vintage mirror, or the tight pattern in my art piece. I was inspired by a wall paper I saw in one of Ikea's kitchen displays and decided to recreate it in a pattern size and color palette that worked for my space.
So yeah! I hand sketched a faux wallpaper! It took two evenings, and because it isn't real wallpaper, it'll be easy to paint over if the next homeowner isn't a fan. It was SO easy! I'll write another post on how I did it in case a wall in your house needs something similar.
I honestly couldn't be happier with how it turned out. It's the perfect pop of pattern for that space! Let us know what you think in the comments below! Do you have a wall you'd love to stencil?
-Meet Dane and Heather-
Life, Entrepreneurial, and Home Bloggers based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Follow along in the diary of our lives, as they started on Dresden Avenue.