Confession time…

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I am an addict. I am completely and totally obsessed with Pinterest. The best way to describe Pinterest, to people that do not know, is to say it is like a giant pin board. You can “pin” your finds on the internet much like you might “pin” clippings of a magazine to a pin board. The part that makes this site so addicting is that you can see your friends’ finds. It has awakened my creative side…that I didn’t even know I had. My ideas of things to do around the house, meals to make, dream places to go would last my whole lifetime if I tried to do everything.

Another thing I love about Pinterest is that it helps me find inexpensive ways to do things that put a personal touch on our home. We are currently working on transforming a white twin bed into a black twin bed for my daughter’s room. I’m working on making some canvases for both girls’ rooms. I’ll post those pictures when the projects are finished. I have one project, though, that is complete! I am totally excited, and probably a bit too proud. I never thought I would be able to be this creative. I just don’t get these ideas on my own. That’s where Pinterest comes in.

The project that I have finished is curtains for my kitchen. The challenge: I have no idea how to sew. How do you make curtains without sewing, you ask? A friend pinned a blog and Welcome to Heardmont showed me that I, the person that doesn’t know the first thing about sewing, could indeed make my own curtains! Me! With hemming tape, I was able to make the curtains look like they had been sewn. You can tell, if you look closely, that there is no seam. If that bothers you, this won’t work. If you have no idea how to sew, this is one way to be creative and get the perfect curtains without spending tons of money!

Her blog talks about turning a sheet into curtains. While I absolutely love that idea, I couldn’t find any cheap sheets. If I spend a ton of money on a flat sheet, it defeats the purpose of trying to do this cheaply. I then decided to hit the fabric stores. After visiting many stores, some multiple times, I found the perfect fabric. They matched the paint color in my kitchen perfectly. I know. Many people pick the fabric and then paint. Not me! I like to do things the hard way! Luckily, I found this fabric for $4 a yard!

Here’s the before picture:

Here’s the after!

Valance above the sink:

Keep an eye on my blog! There will be more creative ventures to come!

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Divine Diaper Duty

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I’m exhausted. Alana has gone from sleeping like a champ to barely sleeping any length of time before waking. That, combined with being sick this week, has me so very tired.

Tonight, I got up for the second time. This time, it’s feeding time. I get the bottle ready quickly, pick her up, and get her eating. She downs the bottle in no time! I get her to the changing table to get a new diaper on her and she starts screaming. I mean, top of her lungs, red faced, kicking feet & arching back screaming! I tried three times to get the diaper on. Each time as I would pull the front up, she’d arch her back, slam her feet down, and up the diaper would come. I was milliseconds from being a puddle of tears when she looks over my left shoulder and instantly smiles the biggest smile. Yep! I’m pretty sure the Big Guy sent me a little help tonight.

Late Night/Early Morning

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It’s 1:45 am, and I have a baby girl that is up for the second time tonight. Is she hungry? No. Is she cranky? No. Is she sleepy? No! She’s WIDE awake. Happy as a lark! By the time I got to her crib, she was cooing and smiling. I *almost* turned around and went back to bed. Since I knew she’d start crying & I’m not sleeping anyway, I got her and am now rocking her as she lays in my arms and watches me type this blog on my phone. (sigh) Second night she’s done this. If I was able to sleep, this would make me mad. Since I can’t quit coughing, it’s a change of pace. I’ll probably put a movie on through Netflix on my phone, hook up the earphones, and watch “Eat, Pray, Love” until she falls asleep. All while hoping tomorrow night is a better night.

Sleep, Baby Sleep

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Alana has now slept in her crib at night for 4 night’s!! The transition was such a smooth one! I figured since we were changing our routine of where we were, we might as well establish the new routine with her in her crib instead of making one routine and the switching in a few weeks. The first night, she woke up one time extra. It took me about 15 minutes to get her back to sleep and me back in my bed. From the second night on, she has slept beautifully!! It has been so much easier than I expected!

Napping…now, that’s a different story. She wants to be held to nap. As soon as I put her down, she wakes up. I love holding my baby girl, but it doesn’t allow me to get anything done during the day. This week, my plan is to start working with her on napping in her crib. We’ll see how it goes. Cross your fingers for me!

Move Number ??

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Ryan and I feel like seasoned pros when it comes to moving. We’ve been in our current house for 3 years & that is the longest we have lived in one place during our 9 1/2 year marriage. I guess that’s why I’m taking this move so well.

Ryan was offered a job on Sunday. We made the decision to say yes on Tuesday. We’re moving, weather permitting, tomorrow (Saturday). In less than a week our lives have drastically changed!

Most people that know me know I like a good plan. I don’t mind plans changing as long as we start with a plan. Once we set the original plan, I was good to go. Having moved so many times, I realize our stuff will get there and it will all get done. No need to spaz. 🙂

I will miss many things about Elizabethtown. The main two things are our church family and our next door neighbor. If I could pack up First Christian and Ms. Brenda and take them with me, I would! They have made this city feel like home to us. That’s the part of moving I hate!

Tomorrow starts the fun part, though. I really do enjoy this part of moving. I guess I’m weird. Besides the sad part of leaving sweet friends, it feels so refreshing to purge the clutter, decorate a new place, and start fresh.

I’ll keep you posted on whether or not I end up spazzing. Fingers crossed I keep my wits about me!

Late Night Snuggles

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I have recently learned that there is more to life than sleep. Yes, I hear the gasps of my family members & the disbelief that they are actually reading those words typed from my hand. It is true. Sleep is highly overrated.

What isn’t overrated? Sweet cuddles with Alana. Don’t get me wrong. Lesli is still in this body. When Alana cries, my first reaction is “already!?” However, after a moment of waking up, sitting up, and grabbing my sweet baby that thought is long gone. I’m now happy to cuddle with my sweet child.

Last night, we were up for 2 1/2 hours before she decided to go to sleep. She wasn’t fussy or whiney. She was just wide awake, so we cuddled. We rocked, talked, and just enjoyed being in each other’s company. It was precious time with my youngest.

I wasn’t so wise with Sydney. However, Sydney didn’t sleep as well as Alana is sleeping. With Sydney, I might get an hour of sleep before she’d wake up. Basically, she just napped for the first several months of her life. I was exhausted. For that reason, my reaction to her waking up & to being up at night was not the same as it is with Alana. I wish it was. I’d give anything to go back and be smarter about that time. I can’t. All I can do is make the most of the time I have now…with both of them.

Alana, overall, is sleeping really well. On a typical night, not like last night, she will get up around 2 am or 3 am to eat. She’s normally back asleep within 30 minutes. Then she’s back up again in 3-4 hours. Not too bad! Last night was a different story. However, she was still only up 2 1/2 hours. Can’t really complain about that! I’m thankful she’s letting me sleep, because it is allowing me to really cherish the moments that we’re up…just the two of us, cuddling.