I’m not sure what the heck happened to the month of June but it went by QUICK! It was a busy month for us but nothing out of the norm… maybe that pregnancy brain they say you get is a real thing. I could have sworn the month just started and now we are celebrating the Fourth of July this weekend!
We had our maternity pictures done the week before Memorial Day and they turned out GREAT! Jessica Limeberry with Lemongrass Photography met up with us. She did our engagement and wedding photos, so it only seemed right that she capture our maternity pictures!! I had this grand idea of going to a local park and involving the creek in some photos… well thanks to a storm the night before, the creek was beyond flooded!! No creek photos unless I wanted to float my way back home. But regardless, the pictures turned out great.
Photo by Lemongrass Photography
This photo was nothing short of a nightmare to capture but she did it! He was WAY more worried about the ducks and rabbits running around then Jessica trying to capture this shot!
Photo by Lemongrass Photography
This shot… a personal favorite! Love, Love, Love it!!
We also got to spend a weekend with my two nieces! Unfortunately, my nephew had a baseball tourney so he wasn’t able to join the party but we still had fun. My initial plan was to take them to the Indianapolis Zoo… I have been wanting to see the new exhibit they opened so having the girls was the perfect excuse to go. That was until I looked up ticket prices and for the four of us it would be OVER $100!!! Are you kidding me?! That doesn’t even count food, drinks, rides… Ummm.. new plan!
So we went swimming. It was free and they had a blast. They were well on their way to sleeping 12 hours Saturday night, but their parents showed up and woke them up!
No one warned me either that when your pregnant – apparently you sunburn easy. Lesson learned the hard way my friends… I coated the girls nearly every hour in sunscreen, and even coated myself knowing that my poor legs hardly ever catch sun. Well – it didn’t help. It was BY FAR the worst sunburn I had ever had in my life. My poor legs just stopped peeling about a week ago and we had the girls the beginning of June.
And all those remedies you read online? Mustard, tea bags, aloe – I did it all and the sting was there to stay. I do believe the combination of all probably helped keep me from blistering BUT all I cared about that night was the sting. I had to suck it up. Lesson learned.
We celebrated Baby June with a family style BBQ baby shower! The traditional baby showers just aren’t for me… and I liked the idea that P-Nut could be involved too. We had it at our home, grilled out burgers-n-dogs and it was hotter than a two dollar pistol that day. All sixty some guests were crammed under one tree to get relief from the sun and I swelled out like you wouldn’t believe!
I hadn’t experienced swelling yet as a pregnancy side effect, but I sure did that day. But it was worth every ache and swollen toe. We had a great time seeing family and friends that we haven’t seen in a while, all to celebrate Junebug! If you aren’t a fan of the shower games and everyone staring at you during a small intimate shower, like me, do a BBQ and invite all your friends. Way better!
The only downside… I was so busy trying to stay cool and rest, while visit with everyone – I didn’t take a SINGLE picture of the party. Epic fail.
She did receive a ton of goodies to get her started and to help finish off her room. What we didn’t get as a gift, we were able to buy with the load of gift cards she received!! Yesterday the UPS man delivered the final items we had on order and I was able to finish her room, for the most part. She still needs a few odd and ends, but not much!
Her dresser was gifted to her by a good friend. I had intentions of just leaving it with the wood look but ended up painting it with Annie Sloan chalk paint. It really made the dresser pop and I’m glad I ended up doing it. I also wanted to utilize the top of the dresser as a changing spot… that way once I was done with using the changing pad then the dresser still serves a purpose. Changing tables are nice but when you are done with them then you are stuck with this big piece of furniture. This way all I have left is the pad. I intend to use the wire baskets on the wall to hold all my diaper changing stuff. That way it is right there, easy access!
The butterflies are vintage 70s décor that were bought off Etsy and her door sign is an old slate chalkboard I found at a local antique shop!
My favorite part of the room has to be her mobile. It was handcrafted by a seller on Etsy and I LOVE it. The birds are sewn with colorful fabric and are tied to actual tree branches! Her crib we bought new but I love the vintage feel it has. I attempted finding a vintage crib but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted June in a fresh, new crib! I was also going to buy a new glider for her room until #1. I saw how expensive they were #2. I saw how little space I had for one. I ended up finding the rocker at a local flea market for $30! It cleaned up really well and overall is in great shape.
I added a few accents to the wall – four old wagon wheels from a local antique store for $20. I used torn strips of an old vintage sheet I had lying around to hang them with. And of course the letter ‘J’. I bought it from Hobby Lobby and just added moss to it for a fun, unique look. (Tip: If you ever use moss as a craft, be ready for it to get EVERYWHERE!)
As you can see the final item I need to get is her bed skirt, to hide her high chair I plan to store under there until it is needed. And I’m sure once it is put to use, we will store other stuff under there!
Her bookshelf happened to be a piece I had leftover from my booth space I used to have. I gave it a new coat of paint and it was ready for her room. This piece cost me the price of the paint! I happened to get it free, gotta love free! She has a nice little collection of books already started, thanks to all the shower guests! We requested our guests buy their favorite childhood book in place of a card – perfect idea. She has a few vintage toys that I purchased off Etsy and from local antique shops, a few toys and blankets she received at the shower and one wind-up dog that I had as a child.
The pillow in her crib was my father-in-law’s when he was a kid, it is still in good shape but the pillow case had seen better days for sure! So I enlisted my mom (mamaw) to make her a few pillow cases to fit it and match her room. Mamaw also made her a bonus blanket, one that is similar to one already in her room that my grandma had made me! She also has a small rocker of her own to sit in that used to belong to my mom, aunt and uncle when they were kids. I had it in my room as a kid and carried it with me all these years. Now June gets to use it!
I bought her chalkboard at another local salvage shop and later learned it was made from an old wooden crib… very cool and one of my other favorite pieces in her room! I love how her room turned out – it is a nice mix between new, old, repurposed, renewed and sentimental pieces.
And speaking of sentimental and old pieces… we managed to get a car GIVEN to us this month! That kinda stuff doesn’t happen to either of us, I guess until now! Way back in December, we went back to my hometown to tell my childhood best friend, Jennifer and her parents, that I was pregnant. Max and Suzanne are my second set of parents, no doubt. If Jennifer and I weren’t at my house, we were at theirs.
In the midst of telling us about his new car, which was a big deal, Max gifted us with his 1994 Lincoln Towncar. Now let me start by saying, my husband LOVES older vehicles and LOVES older vehicles that are the size of a boat. He has always admired Max’s Lincoln over the years. Let me also add, I hardly have a childhood memory that doesn’t involve Jennifer and I rolling around in the Lincoln. Max has had it FOREVER and the thought that he was actually wanting to get rid of it was a bit flabbergasting.
Now I’m not sure how it happened, or what all was said, it was all just really a blur after I heard he would GIVE it to P-Nut… but I knew come spring time, we would have a 1994 Lincoln Towncar. And not just any Lincoln, but Max’s Lincoln… huh? Right.
And this past Saturday was the big day…
One might think, that knows us, I would be irritated that we are adding another vehicle to our fleet of six for a family of two. But I’m not, I am THRILLED! With the exception of my vehicle, the others are nothing I really care to tote my newborn baby around in. Our 1977 Ford pickup is a beauty but seeing how it dies from time to time, and you never know when… that just isn’t an option. Our F250 is reliable but FILTHY inside from years of off-road vacations. And then there is the Crown Victoria, I refuse to drive in it so you know good and well my baby isn’t!
But the Lincoln… that is completely acceptable wheels to drive her around in. They might not know it, but Max & Suzanne gave an anxious new mother some relief! After $100 in window motors so the windows will go down and a free detail, the Lincoln will be all ready for June! Funny to think that the car Jennifer and I spent are childhood riding around in, June will now do the same! Poor thing. ;)
And the “vic”, well it is going to be going to a new home as well. We are paying it forward and giving it to his best friend, who currently drives a truck that gets about 3 mpg. Well not really 3 mpg, but not too far off! So we won’t have a vehicle surplus for too long… maybe.
Now can you see why I’m wondering what happened to the month of June?! We were busy, busy and it flew by! I spent last month, and probably much of this month enjoying family and friends before we enter the world of new parents. Not much work on my business has been done, but after I settle in to new motherhood – I plan to be back. Probably Spring 2015 at local shows, but you will still be able to purchase online and see new items via my blog and Facebook – just not as much as you have been. Now we welcome July and in roughly a month (holy crap… a month) we will be welcoming our first baby into our family.
Something tells me this month will fly by too….