Monday, October 24, 2016

Life Lately!

John and I have been so busy lately that I haven't had any time to sit down and write a blog post. 

Here's a quick peek of all that we've been up to!


Normally I like to lounge around the house on Saturday mornings, but lately I have been wanting to get up and start the day since our to-do list is so long. We started our morning with breakfast at Down on Grayson, and a little farmer's market action at the Pearl... not too shabby, if you ask me!

We've been working to get Lily exposed to gunfire to get her ready for this fall's hunting season. We drove up to Austin and started her on some birds... and man, she is an athletic little puppy! We need to get her out one or two more times before she is ready to go hunting with Scout, but she is doing very well so far.

Our little outing was the perfect excuse to work on my DSLR camera skills before baby Pray's arrival. Any reason I can get...!

And Scout, of course, had to get in on all of the bird training action... showing her sister how it's done!

Fall manicures!! 

Normally I go for neutral colors on my fingernails, but I couldn't help but celebrate fall with something a little darker. I took it off as soon as it started to chip, but it was still festive while it lasted.

The weather has (very) slowly but surely been cooling down (and by cooling down, I mean high 80s...), so John took advantage of a nice afternoon and went for a mountain bike ride at Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort, Texas.

A couple weeks ago my dad came down to Texas from Minnesota to help finish baby Pray's nursery. And boy, oh boy, his execution of our board and batten idea was way better than ours ever would have been - complete with engineering drawings and everything!

Several trips to Home Depot later...

And we've got ourself a board and batten!!

John and my dad basically worked the full weekend to finish the board and batten. Lots of measurements, cutting wood, nailing, caulking, painting - and a whole lot of sweat went into it! Baby Pray is going to love it... since it is all for the baby right?! He will remember this nursery forever, I'm just sure of it. ;)

My contribution to the weekend? Well, not a whole lot other than providing my opinions and baking cupcakes - but hey... at 37 weeks pregnant, I didn't mind!

John and I were so thankful for all of my dad's help... what started as an afternoon Pinterest project turned into so much more, and I don't know what we would have done! Seriously, the tutorial we followed was advertised as a few hours and only $30. YEAH, RIGHT - Pinterest needs to come with a disclaimer for pins like this...

Even more than my dad's help, it was so nice to see him and have family around for the last bit of my pregnancy!

I could not be any happier with how the nursery turned out... I will have a full nursery post soon since we finally have furniture in it! We have textured walls, so I was insistent that hardboard be hung behind the battens to remove the texture - and it turned out amazing!

Just waiting on some final decor items to be shipped from Etsy and hung on the walls... then it shall be complete! :)

I've been participating in a weekly women's Bible study with my church on 1 Peter; it is a 9 week study, and we just finished the 7th week. It has been such a fun way to count down the final weeks of my pregnancy while forcing myself to stay disciplined in the Word.

There are only two weeks of the study left, and it's not likely I will finish with them unless I go past my due date - which at this point, seems like it could be a possibility!! We will see...

The ladies participating in the study had a celebration for baby Pray and me - it was such a sweet time, and was so incredibly thoughtful of them! Complete with punch, cake, a monogrammed burp cloth, and the sweetest card... I felt so cared for and thankful for God providing for me with this close to my pregnancy!

John and I have been on the hunt for white nursery furniture, and we thought that IKEA would be our golden ticket - WRONG. The only good that came from the trip was cinnamon rolls... (which, I admit, were indeed delicious).

I don't know, IKEA just doesn't do it for me anymore, and I honestly never want to go back. We drove two hours to get there and they didn't have any of the items we wanted in stock due all of their recent recalls. The items they did have were in "white" which is actually off-white (not to be confused with "white stain" which is actually white) - confusing, I know.

But after searching, and searching, and searching, and calling and visiting 20+ furniture stores, we were finally able to find the perfect dresser!! 

My husband was such a trooper - he worked the whole weekend prior putting together the nursery, and literally, the only thing we did the following weekend was drive around and look for dressers because I insisted it needed to be bright white and I wanted to take it home that day... it doesn't seem like a tall order, but apparently it is??

He threw that dresser in the truck and was happier than I was to have it be finished! 
(Now we just need to find a nightstand...)

This past weekend I met some girlfriends to get manicures and pedicures before the baby's arrival. My friend Jessica has the exact same due date as me (how fun is that?!) so she is counting down the days as well. 

I am so thankful for these sweet ladies and all of the advice and insight that they have - I am sure I will be making many calls to them in the days after the baby is born. :)


  1. I love when my FIL comes to visit--we get all kinds of house projects done (and SO much better than we would have done on our own haha). They are the best :)

  2. I can't wait to see his nursery! You look wonderful!!

  3. I laughed out loud at the cinnamon rolls comment! Going to IKEA always sounds so fun, until we get there are it's a madhouse and I make my husband promise to remind me never to want to go again, haha. Your dad and John did such an amazing job with the walls in the nursery! I can't wait for the full nursery reveal.

  4. The nursery is looking great! Love the B&B! Hope you're hanging in there for the final stretch! xo

  5. Y'all have been up to so much - and so much fun stuff!! So glad you're able to do all of this and get spoiled with the small shower and manicures before baby Pray gets here :) The pictures of Lily and Scout are so good! She'll be out there in no time ;) Can't wait to see the final nursery!

  6. I loved reading this update on you guys!! So many exciting things happening and I'm so happy for you!

  7. Wow!! Your dad and John did that in a weekend?! Love! What troopers!! Love that you are taking time for you and that you have so many sweet friends celebrating you!! The pictures of the pups are awesome!!

  8. Y'all's nursery looks incredible, I'm sure all that sweat and hard work will be appreciated by baby ;)! So much going on, yet so close to meeting your little babe. How good are you at practicing on your DSLR too?! Such great pics of your pups!

  9. Lisa omg I can't believe how close you are!!! I keep stalking all forms of your social media looking for signs that you're in labor hahaha. His nursery is AMAZING! I can't wait to see the whole thing! I am so lazy and wanted to avoid searching a million stores for matching furniture so I paid an arm and a leg for matching crib/dresser/bookshelf from Restoration Hardware. I'm embarrassed by how much it costed but we are literally busy every single weekend and I had no idea when I would have time to hunt furniture down! And the fact that they deliver AND assemble... yes please #lazy


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