She is here! Our daughter was born on January 30, 2017. Even as I type that, I get a little teary... partly due to hormones that are still settling, but mostly due to that fact that I am completely overwhelmed that we have been given such a blessing. I could go on and on with the sappy … Continue reading Natalie Emolyn.
Someone recently said "I feel like I'm waiting for something that isn't going to happen." Sheesh. You and me both, sister. It's hard to believe that in 4 more days (if not sooner), we will have another person in our family. In all of my free time, I managed to overestimate my Walmart grocery pick-up and … Continue reading Muffins, Outfits, and The Wait.
One thing I've never tried but always wanted to attempt is a big prep of freezer meals! Baby #2 on the way seems like a perfect time! With family in and out, it will be nice to have a stock of food on hand that is ready to cook at any time. I did a bit … Continue reading Freezer Meal Prep!
This past weekend was great... Between the snow, family time, church, and a few little projects I was a happy girl. (Mac really likes the idea of the white stuff, but isn't so keen on the reality. I think he gets it from me.) The sewing bug has hit! Things have slowed down now that … Continue reading Weekend Recap!
Happy 2017, y'all! We are in fully baby-prep mode around the Cotten house these days. Our "big" projects are finished... I am putting the final touches on decorating what we have in place... AND the nursery is done! No one tell my children that the first child's nursery was fully completed three months before he … Continue reading The Bunny Garden: A Nursery for Natalie
Part of the reason I love this time of year is because I intentionally slow down enough to make time for some of the things that make me happy. (It's probably an unfortunate truth that I don't do this enough the other 11 months of the year, but nonetheless.) This Christmas season already has so many fun memories! … Continue reading Christmas Cheer
Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I look forward to decorating every year. Making old stuff fit into a new space can be challenging and I thought I had "a lot" of Christmas décor until it just didn't go very far in this house! But, I have managed to come up with a few festive vignettes in each … Continue reading The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
Confession #1: I have a woodpile. Pallets. Windows. Doors. Boxes. Random scraps. Old furniture. Right now, my pile is in our garage and it drives my poor husband crazy. Confession #2: I started this project last Christmas and didn't finish in time for Advent. Confession #3: This isn't nearly the detailed, Pinterest-worthy pallet wood Advent calendar you can find online … Continue reading Pallet Wood Advent Calendar
(I should entitle this post "How to stay decently clothed but feel like nothing is touching you + A few other things", but it won't fit in the header.) I've compiled a list of my go-to, must-have pregnancy items! I'm a pretty low maintenance preggo by most standards... I do well to remember two Flinstones' vitamins and no extra … Continue reading Pregnancy All-Star Picks.
Y'all. I didn't know how much I had convinced myself that this sweet babe was a boy until my dad "opened our envelope" and tearfully pronounced "It's a girl!!" Shocked is an understatement, and I don't think my husband has even partially recovered yet. I have so loved being a boy mom... The dirt and wrestle and … Continue reading It’s A GIRL.