Monday, June 22, 2015

We're moving back home!

Yes, you read that right, we are moving back to Valdosta!  We are excited to be going back home after being in St. Louis for almost 5 years.  I have to say though, I will miss St. Louis a lot and it will be bittersweet to leave.  I remember when we found out we were moving here and would tell people they would either reply with a confused look and ask why, or told us that we were going to love it!  It was the people that had actually been or lived here that told us that we would love it.  We've had a lot of great memories here, our first place, living downtown, getting Ziva (don't get me started on moving down south with  Ziva., I do feel bad for's the one thing I felt hesitant about moving ), and of course Rose was born here.  I know it will be a pretty big difference from St. Louis to little ole' Valdosta, and sometimes when i think about it i get this knot in my stomach.  Are we making the right choice?  I think so.  I've wanted to move closer to home for a little while.  We may not live in Valdosta for forever, but for right now it's what we want.  My whole family is currently there, and Jeremy's parents and some extend family is there too.  Two of his sisters are in North Georgia.  We have friends there and the ones that moved away do come back to visit every so often.  I want Rose to grow up knowing her family.  I didn't know my extend family very much...we lived in different places.  Jeremy's family had Sunday dinners and always did things for the holidays together.  For us, it just makes sense to be home right now.

We aren't sure of the exact moving day, but sometime in the next 2-3 months.  That's what we've been told it could take for paper work to go through. So until then, we are going to try and soak in everything we can about St. Louis and enjoy the mild summers they have ;)

Rose helping me do a little packing

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Face the Foliage

A few years ago I was at the grocery store looking at some magazines and wanted to pick up a decorating/house magazine (i can't think of the name now).  I picked one up and flipped through it real quick to see if it was something I would be interested in.  I came across a few pages of this house and I knew I wanted to look at it more so I brought it home with me.  She calls her house the Jungalow (a Jungle and Bungalow).  It was kind of a bohemian/worldly style with lots of plants. Anyway, fast forward to a couple more years and she started something called Face the Foliage...making faces out of foliage and sometimes stories to go with them.

A few months ago, on Earth Day actually, I decided I wanted to give it a try so I went out and picked up a few twigs, maple leaves, and things off the ground while on a walk.  It was fun trying to figure out when would work as her lips, or her eyes.  Finding a twig with enough curve to make her chin. I never came up with a story for my lady, but I'm not really good with that kind of stuff.  If you type in Face the Foliage in google you'll find a lot of much cooler faces!  Maybe I'll try again soon being in a different season and maybe use and find different things.

The lady with the Jungalow is Justina Blakeney.  She has a book out now called The New Bohemians, that I have enjoyed browsing through when I have a free minute.  If you're looking for some inspiration check out her blog

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

22/52 Rose and Ziva twins

Sometimes Ziva will come into the office and get under the bed if we're on the computer.  
Yesterday all i could see are her feets sticking out.

Today when i was making the bed i put Rose down on the floor and when i walked back around she was half way under the bed.

Rose usually makes a B-line to Ziva now that she can crawl. 
Sometimes she will crawl just far enough to plop down on her belly, stretch out her little arm as far as it can reach to touch Ziva's paw and just pet her.  


Ziva wanted some pictures of her and to have her own blog post!  
No babies allowed!
So here she is! 

These were earlier this year when i was picking her up from the kennel


On Memorial Day last week it was warm to play in a little water, so i filled up a bucket and let Rose splash around in it.  We'll be going to the beach next week so this was just a little preview of some water fun (i hope) much as a baby can have fun in the water anyway.

I found Ziva out there drinking up the water before we went out 

Ziva kisses

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Finished Macrame

I finished up my macrame wall hanging i started a few weeks ago!   I like how it turned out.  A little different than what I was picturing, but then again i was really just making it up as I went so I wasn't really sure what i wanted. 

I did a few things and then undid them and then had to finish things up because I started to run out of rope.  I actually had to extend the rope by sewing on more rope to the ends so I could finish.  Definitely take a lot of rope to do a big design!  If you think you have enough...add a few more feet.  

So I first tried to do a leaf design in the center, but it was kinda wonky so I undid it and tried a snowflake.  As you can see the rope was getting shorter in the middle.

Now that I look at it on here the snowflake makes it look like an eye....hmmm oh well. 
 I still like it better. 

And all done! I may someday do some more macrame-ing, maybe not as big, but I had fun doing it.  
Really once you figure out how to do the knots and what design you want it's pretty easy and goes by fast.  I would have probably finished in a week had I not run out of rope and had to hand sew more, that kinda took awhile. And that was mostly done during nap time and some evenings after I put Rose down for bed. 

A floral arrangement

Jeremy went on a hiking trip last week with friends and so for the past month we went to REI so he could get all his hiking/camping gear.  A lot of times I would have Rose in the carrier and walk around some of the other stores in the area.  Pier One, Nordstrom Rack, and Whole Foods.  One time i bought a dress at Nordstrom Rack, another time we accidentally broke a mug in Pier One by getting Roses food caught in the mug while reaching for something, and another time I bought these flowers at Whole Foods. 

I feel like I've done a similar arrangement before...same flowers and such.  I hate not being able to have access to a big variety of flowers.  I mean I suppose I do in a way, but it's either not what I want (kinda a flower snob here) or it'll cost too much.  Flowers aren't cheap!  And especially peonies.  So I grabbed 2 bunches of peonies and a bunch of tulips...the rest was from my front yard.  I didn't get as many pictures as I usually like to take, but it started to rain so I had to cut my photo shoot short.  It probably wasn't the right time of day to take pictures anyway, I kept trying to get the blue vase to really pop and it just wasn't happening.  I think that's what really makes this arrangement.  

Ziva took a bite out of one of the tulips to the left there :| 
I've noticed that tulips kinda have a mind of their own...One day they will be a certain way like above and then the next day they are facing all different directions.  One was sticking straight up! And then the next day they were different again too. 

A perfect peony 

Life lately

So i up loaded all my pictures onto the computer (or rather Jeremy did) and i'm thinking and hoping that if i keep doing that it will solve the poor picture quality problem.  I've wanted to post some pictures lately, but when i try they just looked i'll try it again

We went to the Botanical Gardens last month.  We were hoping to see the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom, but they weren't really blooming just yet. 

Roses onesie says Raised by Wolves and Ziva is posing perfectly for it!  :)

Strolling through an antique mall

Big hat, Little girl lassoing the moons

I can't even handle this face

Loves her daddy!

Plant shopping with my mom


Here are this weeks pictures!  
I couldn't choose just one.

I saw these sunglasses in Target the other day and just could not pass them up!
They were just too cute!
At first she kept pulling them off as soon as i put them on, but then i put my teething necklace on and she didn't seem to mind.

This baby is such a ham!! 
I put her down on the bench and this was the first and last picture i got of her here before Ziva came up and started licking toes.  It doesn't take much to get her to smile.  

I think we may have a crawler!  She's been showing signs for awhile, propping herself up on all fours.  For awhile she just rolled around where ever she wanted to go, but yesterday she started to push a little and we would put something on the ground and she was go for it.  I think in the next week she'll be all over the place.  Uh oh!  Time to baby proof!

Monday, May 18, 2015

19/52 Rose and my parents

Here's a couple with Rose and my parents!  
Maymay and Papa!

and here's one from when they came when Rose was 3 weeks old!

she looks so tiny!!

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