Oct 25, 2010

Country Music Monday - Let Them Be Little

In an effort to turn you non-country song lovers into country music fans...here's another country song I love! Let them be little.

Hit the play button and then scroll down through the pictures.

The rest of the lyrics:
I've never felt so much in one little tender touch
I live for those kisses, prayers and your wishes
Now that you're teaching me things only a child can see
Every night while we're on our knees all I ask is please

Let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little

So innocent, a precious soul, you turn around
It's time to let them go

So let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little

Let them be little  

Special thanks to Ashley Ann for capturing the littleness of our girl. Also thanks to the Pioneer Woman for the free actions on the photos and to Pugly Pixel for the crumpled graph paper.  

So, what's your favorite country song and why?

Oct 22, 2010

Sweet P's Nursery

Well, this has been a long time coming but I finally got around to taking pictures of Paisley's finished nursery. I'm pretty proud of it. I wanted it to be bright and girly, but not baby girly.

So, my mom and I started off at a fabric store and with her help, I found about 4 or 5 coordinating fabrics to use throughout the nursery. I told her the things I had in mind for fabric and brought my sketch book.

I don't sew, but my mom does and with a little latte persuasion,

she agreed to make a crib sheet, dust ruffle, curtains and I somehow managed to get her to recover the cushions on the glider we got!! Yay for mom.

All the framed photos throughout her room were taken by her Aunt Ashley and I LOVE them. The hardest part was deciding which photos to frame because there were so many amazing ones to choose from.

So here's a little tour...

Entering the room.

Sweet P's Nursery - Entrance

Paisley's view from her crib.

Sweet P's Nursery - Pom Poms

A Katie Daisy print!

Sweet P's Nursery - Katie Daisy Print

View looking at the crib. Most of the pom poms came from Paisley's shower, the others I made. The banner with her name was made by my sister and was also from her shower. Then there's the dust ruffle, crib blanket and curtains made by mom. The side table was mine growing up and it used to be white with purple details - I spray painted it to match the room.

Sweet P's Nursery - Crib

Detail of the crib blanket and dust ruffle.

Sweet P's Nursery - Crib Blanket

The other side of the room.

Sweet P's Nursery

Detail of the reading area. I love this area!! I spend a lot of time here rocking and reading to my girl.

There's the recovered cushions on the glider and ottoman, the chandelier was a gift from my dad, the print on the wall is my husband holding Paisley in his hands when she was 6 days old and I found the baskets to hang on the wall for my book "shelf."

Sweet P's Nursery - Reading Area

Close up of the baskets filled with new books for my girl and old ones I read as a child.

Sweet P's Nursery - Book Baskets

The other side of the wall is my DIY wall. I used the leftover fabric for embroidery hoops to hang on the wall. I included the birth announcement I designed on one, an advice note from my sister on another (the note reads: You can't hold her too much, one day she won't want to be held) and the embroidered hoop was my very first Mother's Day gift from For the love of Joy. I also had a couple of small frames laying around so I spray painted those and put a rolled fabric flower in one and one of my favorite newborn pictures of Paisley in another.

Sweet P's Nursery - Circles Detail

The other side of the wall is the changing area with a basket filled with quilts made by her Granny Sandy, Great Grandma and friends.

Sweet P's Nursery - Changing Area

I love these shelves. They are loaded with fun things for me to look at while I'm changing dirty diapers!

Sweet P's Nursery - Shelves

On one shelf I framed a couple of the maternity pictures my sister did and one of the tattoo pics. Gus, a little stuffed animal sits on a set of books I read as a little girl and Paisley's first pair of Gracious May shoes sit on the end.

Sweet P's Nursery - Shelf Detail

The other shelf has a pictures of her sister-cousin, a cork board filled with notes from her shower and her birth announcement

Sweet P's Nursery - Cork Board

Thanks for checking out my baby girl's nursery! I think this is my favorite room in my house!

Thank you to everyone who had a part in making this room. Especially thank you to the husband for hanging the ceiling fan, painting the room and putting up the crown moulding (with my dad's help)! Also: For the Love of Joy (embroidered hoop and boppy cover, np), Ashley Ann Photography (photos, pom poms, notes, big P, Paisley banner), Dad (chandelier, helping with crown molding), Gracious May (shoes), The Husband (painting, hanging shelves, curtains, chandelier, love), Katie Daisy (ABC print), Mom (crib sheet, dust ruffle, curtains, pillows and glider cusions), Granny Sandy (quilts), Great Grandma (quilt), Silly Me Baby (hair bow, np), Snugars (headband, np), TweetBabyDesigns (flower hair clips, np) and anyone else I'm forgetting.

Oct 20, 2010

Stirrup Pants and Cigarettes


Yeah, just because you can buy them legally at a store does not mean you should.

That is all.

Oct 18, 2010

Country Music Monday - It Won't Be Like This For Long

I'm so excited about the Brad Paisley concert coming up that I can hardly wait. I'm also super excited to see Darius Rucker too.

I know there are folks out there that aren't country music fans and all I can say is, What's wrong with you!?"

Seriously though, I love country music for the lyrics. I love the way music can take you back to a specific place in time and you feel like you're right back in that moment. I have so many songs that do this.

Take, for example, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's, "It's your love," this is the first song that the husband and I ever danced to. We were in 9th grade and he had a crush on me, I had a crush on another boy, and we both went to the formal solo. I will always remember it was the last song that played that night and Eric asked me to dance. It was also the only song we danced to.

Anyway, there are already songs that I know will take me back to special moments with my baby girl. One that always makes me cry is, Darius Rucker's, "It won't be like this for long."

Watch the video.

But here are the lyrics if you don't.
He didn't have to wake up
He'd been up all night
Layin’ there in bed listenin’
To his new born baby cry

He makes a pot of coffee
He splashes water on his face
His wife gives him a kiss and says
It gonna be OK

It won’t be like this for long

One day we'll look back laughin’
At the week we brought her home

This phase is gonna fly by

So baby just hold on
‘Cause it won't be like this for long

Four years later ‘bout 4:30
She's crawling in their bed
And when he drops her off at preschool
She's clinging to his leg
The teacher peels her off of him
He says what can I do
She says now don't you worry
This’ll only last a week or two

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon you'll drop her off
And she won’t even know you're gone
This phase is gonna fly by
If you can just hold on
It won’t be like this for long

Some day soon she'll be a teenager
And at times he'll think she hates him
Then he'll walk her down the aisle
And he'll raise her veil
But right now she's up and cryin’
And the truth is that he don't mind
As he kisses her good night
And she says her prayers

He lays down there beside her
‘Til her eyes are finally closed
And just watchin’ her it breaks his heart
Cause he already knows

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon that little girl is gonna be
All grown up and gone
Yeah, this phase is gonna fly by
So, he's tryin’ to hold on

‘Cause it won’t be like this for long

It won’t be like this for long

It won’t be like this for long

I'm crying now. What songs do you like?

Oct 15, 2010

29 Things That Make Me Smile

Why 29? Well, I turned 29 last Tuesday, the 5th. Yep, the last year of my twenties. I officially feel old. Not as old as I'll probably feel in 355 days though!

So, here are some things that bring a smile to my face (in no particular order and don't think I'm going to get really deep on this):

1. napkins
Yeah, napkins, especially when you realize you're out of toilet paper!

2. Sharpies
They are my favorite thing to write with. I would be happy having a stocking full of them for Christmas or just a sock full of them any other day.

3. Brad Paisley tickets!!!
Yeah, my husband gets major points for this year's birthday present.

4. Sweets
Any form of sweets really, but you know I'm somewhat partial to donuts.

5. Cameras
I love my dslr my sister gave me for Christmas, but I also love my little point & shoot because it fits in my purse easily for any moment I may want to capture. For example:
This was from the ice storm in 2007.
Random sighting in Tulsa

6. haircuts

7. Pandora

8. Sweet P
I am madly, deeply, uncontrollably in love with my daughter.

9. baby stretches

10. baby smiles

11: Diapers.
Bless the person who invented disposable diapers. Bless them.

12. Mexican food
Mmmm, chips, salsa and queso. Yum.

13. Coffee
My favorite? Topeca. Second fave: Rocket Brothers. Both are local - which I LOVE.

Which brings me to 14: Drive-Thrus
Rocket Brothers is a drive-thru coffee shop. I love iced vanilla lattes from RB - PLUS you don't even have to ask for whipped cream, they automatically put it on for you. MMM.

Now, as a mom with a little one in a car seat I have a new found appreciation for drive-thrus! Who really wants to carry the car seat in with them to starbucks?

And who wants to unbuckle and wake a sleeping baby just so they can run in to the coffee house for their latte addiction?

15. note pads
I really can't have too many. You can usually find recipe notes on them, things I need to remember but I will probably forget since I can't find the note pad I wrote it on, and lots of little doodles.
I kind of want these!

16. The Husband.
He's pretty much awesome. He's my best friend. He's the daddy to our little girl. He surprises me with Brad Paisley tickets out of nowhere! He is one mean grilling machine. He makes me laugh. He's pretty hot, if I do say so myself. He has some mean dance skills. He's a great fishing partner and gardener.

17. The Animals
My little Duncan cracks me up all the time and Kota is just a goofy dog. She's a pit bull that thinks she's a min pin.

And then there's Pistol the Cat. He keeps the mice out of our house...and all the neighbors houses too.

18. Working from home
I'm so glad I have a job that is currently letting me work part-time from home. Anytime I want to look over at my girl I can. I do this a lot.

19. hoodie sweatshirts

20. Apple
The company, not the fruit...but I do like those too.

21. TOMS
They are super-comfortable and you are buying a pair for a kid in need every time you get a pair for yourself. Double win.

22. blogs that inspire
For random reasons in no order: under the sycamore, tasty kitchen, holycool.net, prudent baby, i do it yourself, joy's hope, young house love...

23. family
I am blessed to have my immediate family living so close. The husband and I have our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all living pretty much in the same city.

24. socks
As I mentioned before, I wear socks like they are house slippers or shoes. I don't care to wear shoes that much, but I don't like running around barefoot either. Socks make me smile, especially new socks with that super soft fuzzy inside.

25. jeans
And being able to fit back into them after having a baby. This is big stuff folks. Have you heard that song "Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown Band? If not, watch this. Anyway, the hubs and I were jamming out to it while I was hugely pregnant and he reminded me why that song didn't apply to me.

Here are the lyrics he was referring to:
"You know I like my chicken fried
Cold beer on a Friday night
A pair of jeans that fit just right
And the radio up"

He's a sweetie.

26. really good food
At a restaurant so I don't have to do the dishes after.
Fried Goat Cheese Salad
Puffy Tacos at Elote - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Joe's Barbeque Brisket and Pulled Pork

27. hot showers

28. quiet time

29. outdoors