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. 

Enjoy!


kitchen before:









VOILA!

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.



Saturday, April 13, 2013

...

Well we finally moved in and have been living in our home for 3 weeks. {Shout out and thanks to all the family and friends who helped us moved. We owe you all big time}. It has been a slow process with getting all settled in. With Kyle at work everyday and Layne pregnant and not really able to do too much, there is still plenty to do, but hopefully we'll finish in the next couple weeks.

Right now we are in the process of doing the nursery.  Layne had a meltdown a couple nights ago about it and since then it's been all we think about.  With only 8 weeks until the baby is here and pretty much only weekends to do stuff, it better be our top priority! We decided to build a wood panel wall with a shelf on top in his room, which we are going to white-wash. We are really excited about it. We are still in the learning stage that everything takes longer than expected. Everything.

The rest of the house is still in works. All the major renovations are finished, but all the little, small things that need to get done are still on the list (because everything takes longer than expected.. you get our drift here?)

We promise our next post WILL have some pictures of our home.. hopefully the nursery!? And it hopefully won't take too long to post it....

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Update of sorts

Well our house is starting to show some progress! The professional painting is getting started and from what they have already done, it looks amazing! They are only painting some of the downstairs, and it is well worth it. ALl of the trim, a couple walls and a few ceilings. Yep. Worth it. Layne hasn't been able to go to the house for quite some time now due to all the fumes from paint and stuff and she absolutely hates it. Probably for a couple reasons.  She can't help. She can't make sure everything is going perfectly. It's hard for her not to be in there with what a perfectionist she is, and also she loves painting and fixing up homes.

We've both been pretty stressed lately with the home renovations and all, so we decided to take a night away to relax. Kyle booked a room Friday night at The Ambassador Hotel downtown which is our absolute favorite place. He told them we were coming for a relaxing night to get away from home renovations and also that his wife was pregnant. They upgraded us free of charge. We love them even more! This was our third time to stay there and we love it more and more every time. We honestly feel as if we aren't in Tulsa, but on a vacation. Side note and props to the hubs: He had gone earlier in the day to the room to put a beautiful bouquet of tulips and a sweet card in the room, so it was the first thing Layne saw when she walked in. Yep, she's a lucky gal.

That night we said we were going to make the most of the relaxing night and truly make it feel as if we were in Tulsa. We don't hang downtown too often so it was a nice change. We first went to the Tavern for happy hour. Kyle got the bacon infused old fashion {of course} while they made Layne a yummy lemonade type drink {non alcoholic, of course}. Oh yah, and the most amazing snack ever: bacon popcorn. It. is. divine.

After that we went to Biga for dinner. It was our first time there and we don't know why. Layne had the butternut squash ravioli {side note: if that item is on the menu, it's a for sure win for Layne} and Kyle ordered the Gnochhi. We found the best gnocchi ever in Houston and just knew we would never top it. Esp in Tulsa {sorry T-town!} but alas, we were wrong! Biga's gnocchii is amazing. It was so fluffy and just amazing.

Even though we were very full from all the food, you cannot have a proper date night without dessert. Crepe's sounded good so Mod's we went. Of course, Layne always wants the S'more crepe or the NUtella and strawberry one. But she could tell Kyle wasn't feeling that style tonight. So then we saw the chessecake crepe. A slice of cheesecake wrapped in crepe with chocolate sauce and walnuts. If that's not enough, we had them put nutella and strawberries in it as well. There's nothing to say other than: it was the most amazing thing ever. We ate all of it, even though after one bite our pants were too tight. BUt we couldn't waste it. Yes, we know we are fatties.

We went back to the hotel and watched Taken2. Not the best movie. The first one was way better in our opnions.

We love the hotel so much that we wanted to stay there until we had to leave. Check out isn't until 11am, but we got up at 7 to have breakfast and then went back to the room and watched Argo.