Tuesday, June 4, 2013

40 weeks... what?!?!?!

**We wrote this post before Layne went into labor. Obviously. **

So we are finally finished with homeboy's nursery. Thank goodness with less than a week away from his due date. Really, we've been ready for awhile for him to arrive with the essentials, but now actually everything is hung up and put away.

First off, did you read that correctly up there? If not, lets just state it again: Less than a week away from his due date. Holy cow. I mean every way I say it it is still sounds crazy: In less than a week we will be parents. In less than a week we will be holding our baby boy. In less than a week our lives change completely (for the better). In less than a week Layne wont be pregnant anymore.In less than a week we'll have a tiny baby human being rely on us for everything (exciting and nerve-racking!). In less than a week our little bundle of joy will be the center of our lives and we couldn't be more excited about it.

But come on. These past 40 weeks went by so fast and so slow all at the same time. We remember when we found out we were pregnant like it was yesterday. But then it took years to get to the 12 week mark. And then getting to 15 weeks to find out if the babe was a boy or girl? Another year. Then it flew by and now here we are 39 weeks and 2 days pregnant.

Funny part, Layne was always nervous her belly was never going to get big so people would know she was pregnant. Randomly thorughout her preganncy she would say things like "I don't even have a belly really!" or "Can you even tell I'm pregnant?!" She was afraid she was never going to get that cute, big pregnant belly. But never fear, it came. Her little bump that was there for what seemed forever, overnight turned into a soccer ball.

Layne's mom always told her that if she could choose to go back to one time in her life she would go back to being 8 months pregnant because she loved it. And Layne was always like "She's crazy". But now she understands. Layne loved being pregnant. She had a pretty decent preganncy, thank God. Never got sick and rarely felt nausous. Tiredness was the only thing that over took her. But being able to feel the baby move inside you, she absolutely loved. So there is a little part of her that is sad for this chapter to end.

Don't take that the wrong way. She is more excited to finally see and hold her baby boy in her arms and love on him. And so excited that it is coming within the week. But she just loved being pregnant and feeling him move and kick inside her that she will miss it.

Okay so back to the main point of this post. His nursery. Layne wanted a simple nursery. Not too many colors or things everywhere. She hates clutter and knows that with a baby the rest of the house will become cluttered. She also didn't want it to baby-ish. Yes, it's a baby's room, but it doesn't have to look like one 100%. So she decided on a neutral color scheme with a couple of pops of color (because she knew all the toys and stuffed animals would bring out plenty of color in his room). And no huge theme. Since his name is going to be Harvard Fox, we knew we'd be getting some Fox stuff (which we love!), but we also knew we didn't want it becoming a Fox theme. We got some of the cutest stuffed animal foxes and then Mimi, Haley and Callan all drew foxes for his nursery (not put up yet because we are still deciding where to hang them). But thats all the fox stuff she wanted. No fox sheets, or fox wallpaper.

Kyle was amazing at figuring out and doing all the tidious things Layne wanted him to do. And he did it without complainging!

We first had this idea to put up wallpaper just on one wall for an accent wall. Layne scowered the internet for the perfect wallpaper and finally found it! Light grey background with darker grey car outlines. Simple, boyish, but still enough texture for a fun wall. It finally comes in the mail and..... its a purple-grey. Purple-grey?! Really for a boys wallpaper? There are so many shades of grey that would have worked better. Blue-grey, green-grey, grey-grey. Anything, but purple-grey. Hesitant to use it, we finally decided to put it up just to see if it didn't look purple on the walls. Fail. It looked even more purple. It just wasn't the color we were wanting, so we took it down and just painted it the same grey as the rest of the walls.

Second idea worked out much better. Layne still wanted an accent wall. So Kyle built her a wood panel wall with a gallery shelf. Kyle measured all the wood panels, roughed up the wood, put it on the wall and then grey and white washed them. It is perfect. And the gallery shelf... love it.

Everything else just kind of fell into place. She fell in love with the rocker way before she was even pregnant. So she got it her 2 year anniversary gift becuase she didn't want it getting discontinued. It took her forever to figure out what crib, but knew she wanted natural wood finish. So she found the Sparrow crib and quickly got it before she changed her mind (thanks Bunni and Buddy!)

Here's Harvey's room! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

We know he won't be using his bathroom for a while, but it is too cute to not put on here. We can't wait (but yes we can) until he is old enough to play with the rubber duckies. And just look at that cute little robe!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

It took a lot of sweat and a lot of beer.

So on Sunday, we finally finished a project. This is something that we've been wanting to do for a long, long time. But the funny thing is, even though it was something we'd been wanting to do like crazy, we had been dreading starting this project because we knew it was gonna take a lot of time and a whole lot of effort.

Our front and back garden. A haven for bird's nests, snakes, spiders, multiple types of ivy, slugs, dead trees. Just a gross, overgrown area of ugliness. Early on, we knew we would have to tackle this beast of a lawn this spring/early summer, but since Layne is preggo and obviously was unfit for the heavy labor that would be involved with this deal, the idea of a tag team effort quickly turned into a party of one. You kinda gotta see the overwhelming garden to know exactly what Kyle was about to be thrust into, so take a look below {even though it's just a portion of the garden, you get the idea}.

Just try to realize how much ivy that actually is.

This kind of oppressive ivy coverage was all over three sides of the house. For real. It was some nasty stuff. Choking the life out of the brick and bringing in multiple types of ants and critters. For a while, we thought the ivy was charming, and for a while, it was. But then, as we got deeper into spring, the ivy got thicker and thicker and we started thinking that it could be a problem.

So we started ripping. And it was crazy difficult.

Don't mind the outfit, y'all. Especially because you'll see it often because that's Kyle's work outfit.

Below is the finished product of this same bed.

Wow. Well lookie there. So kind of a summary: we ripped up all the ground and wall ivy, took out dead and unwanted shrubs and plants, cleared unwanted dead roots from all over the place, raked out every bed, trimmed back remaining plants (transforming the egg tree into a mushroom tree), took out the rubber bed edging and laid new green metal edging, got 1,500 lb of limestone rocks (btw sounds like a lot, but it was only 18 rocks, and we coulda used a lot more. actually, a ton more, literally), we transplanted about 15 monkey grass bunches, laid new mulch. 

I mean, it's a crazy transformation and a half, that's for sure. But notice there aren't even any flowers! We're trying to plan on getting some color planted this season, but with the homeboy coming in about 6 days or so, we're resigned to the fact that it probabbblllyyy won't get done. 

The next photos pretty much show the same transformation but in another bed in the front of the house.

We are pretty proud of it, even though it's not much. But the fun part is that, every time we pull up to our house, we just mentally compare the curb appeal now with what it used to be and just smile.

Now, our only problem is that the backyard is only about 15% done! We're okay with it for now, and just like the flowers, we're thinking we'll get to it next year at the earliest. You've been warned if you come over, so no judging us based on it now. Judge us on the front, please.

Big shout out to Jerry and Melissa for helping rip up ivy, dead plants, and just general demo to the backyard. Another big shout out to Joe and Cam for helping plan the layout of the beds, laying some of the metal edging, and Cam mowing the front yard. Still owe you guys a beer. But you only get it if you help next year with the backyard.

So, guess who hasn't even been mentioned in this blog yet. This chick.

If you can't see it, that's a soccer ball. And, she's about 2 feet off the ground. Ballin'.

Friday, April 26, 2013

6 more weeks..

...and us folks will be the happiest people on the earth because our little boy will be here!

This past weekend we really got to see God's love. We've been seeing it a lot these days with getting pregnant, moving back to Tulsa, Kyle getting a new job and us buying and fixing up our first home, but this past weekend we really felt His love again.

We had our baby shower.

Just seeing everyone who came out for it {or tried! sorry if you got lost... stupid google maps..} or those from out of town who couldn't make it, but wanted too, really opened our eyes at how blessed we are. Blessed for great family and friends.

There was only one small glitch that happened and was due to my parents new home: it isn't exactly on google maps yet. We didn't know that {or think about it} until the day of the shower. So maybe not a small glitch. It was fine for anybody who had been to my parent's before this shower, but lets just say about 75% had not. So cell phones were ringing off the hooks with poeple being taken to a completely different neighborhood, still trying to figure out where to go. Google maps had them park at the other end of the golf course and told them to get out and walk.... ha. Luckily, about an hour before the party began, two of the hostesses called Layne not knowing where to go, so she had an inkling it was going to be hard to get too. So they rushed to get balloons to set out at the entrance of the neighborhood and all around the route to get to the house. We are telling ourselves it helped out for some people. So lesson learned: don't throw a party at a brand new home without a map telling people how to get there. Sorry if you were one of them who got taken on the fun detour.

Baby showers are special because you're celebrating your baby before he/she gets here. The entire 10 months of pregnancy you have this anticipation for the arrival of your baby. What is he going to look like? Are we going to be good parents?! How is his nursery gonna be set up?? And so much more... so the shower is a little part where you can just relax talking about all the exciting things happening within the next couple weeks without worrying about what hasn't been done yet for the nursery. You get to see and talk with people with whom you might not get to see too often.

The gifts are wonderful and all, but it's seeing the people in your life come to celebrate, support and love this baby of ours before he's even here that matter.

The party was perfect. Perfect weather, perfect location, perfect food and drinks, perfect decorations and perfect hosts and guests. We were thrown this shower by Layne's cousins Haley, Casey, Hannah & Racheal, Layne's sisters-in-laws Kelly and Nicole and two of Layne's closest friends Leigh and Katy. They all made this special day totally perfect. It was also at a great location: Marilee and Joe's new home. Now this home is awesome for so many reasons, but being able to sit on the patio {thanks to the amazing weather!} with a view of the golf course was just breathtaking.

the hostess' of the shower {minus hannah}

with mamy

with bunni

some of the cute decor Nicole made

The food was also great. Strawberry-nutella poptarts (whaaaa???!!!), coffee cupcakes, powered donuts, sausage rolls, fruit, hummus and so much more. Yep. This little pregnant girl's heart {and tummy} were happy. The thing is, if it's a shower thrown for you, you don't get to really eat. But don't worry, once it was over Layne made herself a nice big plate of everything.

We were blessed with so many gifts and friends coming into town for this shower. It took off a lot of stress and worry getting some of the things we got because now if he decides to come early we will be ready with the essentials. Haley also made Harvey bow ties. I mean come on. Bow ties are already a must have in Kyles' wardrobe, and now it'll be one in Harvey's. He will be the cutest little guy out there wearing these.. watch out girls! Another fun gift we got was the front yard swing. While we were living in Houston, the neighborhood we always walked and ran in had a lot of little kids and every home had a front yard swing. The parents would be sitting in their front yard lawn chairs, while the kids swung in the swing or played in the yard and we just absolutely loved the togetherness and closeness of the neighbors. So we are hoping to bring that to our new neighborhood, so we were stoked to get the swing. Harvey will love it.

my reaction when I saw the cute bow ties Haley made Harvard

 he'll be so stylish like his dad

 our front yard swing that we're so excited for

 some of the many blessings!

Thank you for showering Harvey and us with love!

If you weren't able to come, we missed you greatly! Also, let us know when you think Harvard will make his arrival and what his weight and height will be. His due date is June 5th, but it's pretty much split even on poeple thinking he'll be early and poeple thinking he'll be late. Some say he'll be here May 24th and then again, some say he's waiting it out until June 10th.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Here she is!

And by she, we mean the house, not the big pregnant lady.

Well we are finally writing a post that will have some actual updates and pictures of our home. The pictures aren't of the nursery like we promised in the previous post {it's not completely finished yet!}, but of one of the most important rooms in the home: the kitchen. We've been in our home for about 4 weeks and our kitchen is finally finished. Well... all the main, big stuff. There might be some small things that will be on our list for a long time, but you won't notice those in the pictures so who cares!

Going through this process, being pregnant has had some advantages and disadvantages. Layne couldn't help. That right there, boom, advantage and disadvantage. She enjoyed not being able to go to the house and have to work on it because there was so much to do, but on the other hand, she loves home remodeling. And she's a control freak when it comes to money and her home. Wanting to make sure it is exactly what she wants, but not being able to go into the home to look at how the process was, was hard for her, to say the least.  Kyle had to take pictures on his phone and bring it out to her during some of the renovations due to the smell. Luckily for everyone involved [most importantly, Kyle], in the end, it turned out great. 

We also had a lot of help with some renovations from family, so if you helped at all in this process, thank you so much!! We truly appreciate all the help we received. If you didn't help in the process, don't worry there is still plenty to do, so come on by.

So now to the juicy goods. Here are some before and after photos of the kitchen and den. Now, just a heads up, the before pictures are HIDEOUS [ex: light box over the island. I mean, is this real life?] Whenever we go back and look at the before pictures, we think to ourselves "how did we ever see 'us' in this home with the way it looked before?!". Good thing we are both good at looking past some {more like a lot} things and looking at the space instead, knowing we can change it to our style. We love how our kitchen turned out. It took awhile, and of course there were a couple of hiccups, but hey, we finally got our 'dream' kitchen. 


kitchen before:


kitchen after:

den before:

den after:

 We obviously aren't completely finished in the den. We need to get a coffee table, some end tables, lamps, hang up pictures, the works. But with the baby coming, who knows when we will actually get to it. Let us know what you think about the fireplace... should we paint it white or keep it? We are debating over here and need some input.