Friday, September 30, 2011

Reupholstering our parsons chairs: part two

Whew!  My hands hurt!  Removing all the staples from the parsons chair was bad enough, but I have a blister from re-stapling the new fabric onto my chair {yes, i am still only working on one.  i need to see the finished product to be motivated to put myself through the pain of working on the second one!}.

I didn't take pictures of each step {sorry for the bad quality. i worked on these after the baby was in bed, so it was dark!}, but I kind of used this basic youtube tutorial to guide me through the process-- some of what I did I just had to come up with {with some advice from Mama} because my chair was a bit different.

First, I used the old cover as a pattern and cut out the pieces of fabric I wanted.  I bought just enough for both chairs so I couldn't be picky about exactly how the pattern would end up.  Then I started working on the seat back.  Don't you just love the fabric?  LOVE it. 

If you reupholster anything, take my mama's advice and PULL TIGHT--like REALLY tight.  The last thing you want is for it too look baggy!

life update

Poor Thomas currently has his second run in with congestion which is making it hard for him to sleep:(.  He had this one time before, but I knew he had caught it from me.  This time he must have gotten it from one of the kiddos in nursery.  Boo.  I hate having to use saline and suction out his little nose.  I can't wait until he can just blow on his own and I won't have to do that-- it's always a sad, teary fight to get it done. He is surprisingly in pretty good spirits despite the lack of great sleep-- that's my sweet boy!

Here's a few pictures we snapped the other night.  We've been taking Thomas outside to "play" a lot lately since we have beautiful weather!  It's so much easier now that he is sitting up on his own.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rebekah's Kitchen: Turkey and Veggie Healthy Chili

Ok, so this chili recipe is SO good and SO healthy-- perfect for this fall weather we are having!  It's actually a weight watcher's recipe that my mom used to make when I lived at home.  You can eat a whole cup of this for ONE point and that's saying a lot!  

Here's what you need:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Tale of Two Cities: Five

I know I've taken a LONG break from A Tale of Two Cities, but I wanted to FINALLY pick it back up.  If you haven't gotten to read part one, two, three or four, you can click the links or if you don't remember because it's been SO long!

I quickly brushed my teeth and jumped into bed hoping to get at least a little sleep before work that morning.  But who was I joking?  There was no way that I was going to fall asleep quickly.  I laid there thinking about the evening and about James.

How had we ended up talking in the first place?  Did he initiate the conversation? Did it just happen?  What was really going on in my head and heart? And why couldn't I stop smiling?

I tried to talk myself out of whatever had just happened and my unsure feelings in an effort to calm down.

It was probably just a fluke that we ended up staying out there so late.  I bet he usually stays up until 3.  I just ended up being the one he talked with.  It probably won't ever happen again anyway.  He's from Kentucky for goodness sake. It's not like we could make anything work.  Wait. Why am I thinking about making something work when there isn't really "something" there? Please fall asleep, please fall asleep, please fall asleep.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Happy Birthday, Oma!

Happy Birthday to the best Oma around!  Thanks for coming all the way to KY to play with me!  Love you and hope you have the BEST day! Can't wait to see you in a month-ish!


Monday, September 26, 2011

reupholstering our $20 parsons chairs: part one

Remember how I told you that I was working on a project?   Well, I have completed the first part of it and thought I would share just a bit!

I started with two of these {though I have only completed one so far}:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Thomas "talking" to himself

Just a little clip of the bean chatting...he's so cute!

Pantry Challenge: week 4

Last week's pantry challenge went great! We are buying more and more fresh fruits and veggies to snack on and use in our meals and I LOVE it.   For our night of carryout, we ended up getting sushi and some other goodies--it was fun to have a little at home date after the bean went to bed.  Any good suggestions for fun at home dates? 

Anyway, this week I am really trying to pack things full of veggies/fruits and continue to get some great nutrients into our bodies!  Here's the dinner plan for this week:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

No-sew DIY roman shade

Two days ago our kitchen window blind came CRASHING down as I was trying to raise it and the top piece broke in half.  Other than making me almost jump into our dining room,  it was now useless.  I ran to Target to get a replacement and they were out of the size I needed.  So we just did without for a night.  

Then, sometime in the evening I remembered that I had seen a super easy tutorial for making a roman shade.  I looked it up and began dreaming.

The next day Thomas and I went to Home Depot and they had the blind size we needed.  We also ran to Hobby Lobby {conveniently located in the same plaza} to grab the other supplies I didn't have.  If you decide to embark on this project, here's what you need:

And here is what our window looked like before.  I actually really love these curtains {sewn by my sweet mama} so I moved them to the mud room.

This is the tutorial I used.  It was super easy to do and took me less than an hour from start to finish.  If you tackle this, make sure that your shade is straight before you glue.  I had to go back and fix it a little because it came out crooked--oops!  Here's what our window looks like now.

I love how the shade lets a bit more light into the kitchen than the curtains did.  And I love the new fabric that I picked!  I bought 1 and 1/2 yards and had leftover, but our window is pretty small. Oh, and it goes great with another cute addition that I found free online.  Just print and frame.
A great reminder-- and no, it's not hanging crookedly, I just took a slanted picture:)
 So, there you have it-- my newest project.  Now I want to make a roman shade for EVERY room.  What do you think?  Any other easy tutorials out there that I should know about?  I am really in the mood to make some new {cheap} things to spice up our apt-- after living somewhere over 2 years, i just need some change! :)


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Oma and Papa visit

we {james and i} took zero pictures while my parents were here last week. what's up with that?  i guess we were having too much fun just being with them :).  

But my mom and dad did take a few pictures, mostly on the iphone, so you will just have to forgive the quality!

the day he refused to take a 3rd nap and then promptly fell asleep on our walk.

Thomas trying out the new high chair at the thai restaurant

yup, he likes it!

loving on Oma and Papa

So cute {not of me, but of the boys :) }
We, of course, are super glad that they came and can't wait to see them in October when we head to SC for Baby Santorum's shower!!!!  


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

How to make sure that your slipcover stays put!

Along with most of the furniture in our apt., we were sweetly given a hand-me-down couch when we moved to Louisville.  It was a huge step up from the old couch we had and left in Richmond that basically sucked you into it, but it isn't in perfect condition and it didn't match anything else that we owned.  Enter the slipcover.  

Honestly, I don't love the slipcover we have.  It was the only one that I could find that would fit, but it will do for now.  The biggest problem with the cover is that I am CONSTANTLY having to fix it.  Scratch that--I WAS constantly having to fix it.  It was always, always, always coming untucked from the crack between the cushions and back of the couch.  My first attempt to fix it was to put a shower curtain rod {that we already had} down into the crack to help hold it in.  While it did hold the slipcover in, it was still constantly messy and many times the cushions would scoot forward and someone would inevitably be sitting on it--nothing says comfortable like sitting on a hard plastic rod.  

Then my mom came to visit and had the most amazing idea {thanks mom!!!!}.  We affectionately call them "Anne's Surefit Grippers"--yes, we made up a ridiculous name because we're that cool.  It's ok to be jealous.  

Back to the grippers. I'm sure you're on the edge of your seat by now, just waiting to hear the secret {that is if you didn't already quit reading....}.  

So, my mom had the amazing idea to attach pieces of rug grippers with spray adhesive to the cushions underneath the slipcover to hold it in place.  Super easy- and if it didn't work, we wouldn't lose anything because we didn't plan on ever using the couch without a cover.

And it WORKED.  I wish I had a before picture of what was constantly happening before this new amazing solution, but I don't.  Just imagine a constantly rumply, messy slipcover every time someone sat down.  Then imagine me tucking in the slipcover about 8-10 times a day and it still being messy.  Got the picture?

Well, here's the after picture:
ignore the bad coloring and baby clutter....just look at that smoooooooooth slipcover!!!

I have NOT fixed that slipcover once.  Not once! And it still looks perfect!  If you have a slipcover issue like we did and you aren't going to use the couch or chair without one, you should totally try this too!  You could also always flip the cushion over if you ended up wanting to uncover it.

God bless you, mom, for making my life a million times easier and less messy!

Thomas likes it too--though not as much as he likes his dinosaur.
isn't his little thinking face darling?  look at those cheeks. love it.
i just love this sweet little boy.
Let me know if you try out this easy solution.  So awesome!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Nana!

We love you so much and hope your birthday was fabulous! 

-T :)

pantry challenge update

Well, this pantry challenge has saved us a lot of moo-la so far this month!  We only have one week left of grocery shopping to do {i've already shopped for this week} and almost half of our budget left!  Awesome!  We also have quite a big chunk of date money left.   I will say that last week I only stuck to our meal plan until my family came into town-- and of course they spoiled us while they were here, so that helps with the budget too :).  Regardless, here's the plan for this week:

Monday {yes, we already ate this}: chicken, butternut squash, roasted tomatoes {brought from my dad's garden} and green beans

Tuesday: tuna sandwiches, soup, grapes

Wednesday: homemade pizza, salad

Thursday: Fiesta Corn and Potato Chowder 

Friday:  Mama's Healthy BBQ crock pot chicken {already prepared and in the freezer- just have to throw it into the crock pot}

Saturday: out or carry-out

Sunday:  egg scrambles {basically we throw in a bunch of veggies from the fridge and some sriracha- yum!} , turkey sausage and fruit

I really enjoy only buying fresh things from the store--it has really allowed us to have more healthy things around to enjoy and less processed junk:)  We are slowly making a dent in our pantry, but I am thinking about extending the challenge into at least part of October since we still have a ways to go. We'll see!


Monday, September 19, 2011

6 months, part two.

Thomas and I spent the morning at the doctor's office getting his 6 month checkup done.  In the last month, I could tell his height and weight were starting to even out since he didn't seem as chubby as before and sure enough they are!

Height: 27 inches {75%}
Weight: 18 lbs. 6 oz. {75%}
Head: 17 and 1/4 inches {90%}

He grew 2 inches since the last visit, jumping from the 50th percentile in height to the 75th and stayed right in the same percentile for weight.  It's simply amazing to see how much he's grown-- can't believe he was in the 5th percentile for height when he was born!!  Everything else looked great and right on track according to the pediatrician.  Thomas got 3 shots, but thankfully he never cries until the last vaccine, so it's short-lived.  I thought he might be teething since he has been fussy and grumpy these last few days, but I guess it's just a phase because there are "no signs" of teeth popping up yet.  We officially made it to 6 months with breastfeeding, which in the first month of struggling with it I never, ever thought would happen.  I'm not necessarily set on going all the way to a year, but I have no plans to stop right now.  We'll just see how it continues to go. Oh, and napping is currently on the up and up!  Thomas is back to longer naps and has longer waketime too, which is fun!  I am working on cutting out the 3rd nap because he seems to be waking MUCH earlier than he used to and I think it is because he is getting too much daytime sleep now.  He did well today without it, but we are taking it day by day :)

Enough rambling. 

Here are a few more pictures from yesterday's 6 month "shoot." For some reason, Thomas just did NOT want to smile, no matter how we tried.  He was just way to interested in biting his lip :):

Man, our little guy is just so much fun right now!  He loves to sit up and play, laugh and smile.  He is eating some solids and loves most of them- except green beans and peas. What an amazing blessing he is!

Sweet Thomas, we thank God that he gave us you 6 months ago!  You are such a joy to have and we love you so much!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

6 months old!

I took a bit of a blog hiatus for the week to enjoy time with mom and dad.  Mom drove here on Tuesday and dad flew in from the end of a business trip on Friday.  We enjoyed spending time together, sharing our little boy, and getting some projects done.  More on that to come.  

But, now I am back just in time for Thomas to be 6 months old!  It's incredibly hard to believe that our little bean is already half a year old.  Time, please slow down!  Here's a little blurb about our sweet boy.  I'll be back with stats and a few more pictures after our appt. tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rebekah's Kitchen: homemade crockpot applesauce

Here's a few sweet pictures of my little love first...then i'll get to the recipes!
last week we had a cold spell and had to break out the winter clothes {which are mostly 6-9 months and some are still a bit big}, but aren't they so cute?

pretty sure he is teething--i can see a white line through his gums and he's been biting a LOT on everything! time will tell.

I love him!

Anyway, these past 2 weeks I have been baking, baking, baking.  It makes me tired just thinking about it.  Because we are trying not to buy much this month at the grocery store, I have been resorting to making things from scratch.  So far I have made bread {twice}, pizza dough {and now have 4 in the freezer}, apple pie, pumpkin gooey butter cake {which i am sorry to say is still mostly sitting around waiting to be eaten--the texture is way to close to pumpkin pie for me! disappointed.}, and homemade apple sauce in the crockpot. whew!

Here's the play by play of the easy!

First, peel the apples. You can use as many or as few as you want. The recipe I used called for 4 large apples and I used 9 small ones.  Just adapt the other measurements for how much you want to make. You could make more and freeze or can it {i wish i had!}.

Then slice and core them.  I used my apple slicer to make it faster, but you could do this by hand and just quarter them.

Put the apples into the crockpot and add the following:
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
lemon juice from one lemon
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp. brown sugar

Turn the crockpot on low for 4-6 hours.  Your house will smell amazing and you will have some delicious applesauce when you are all done!  I used my potato masher to break up some of the chunks and then served it with dinner- success!  I would have taken an after photo, but i forgot to and it's already gone :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

my future farmhouse

I am, in fact, constructing my future farmhouse or its remodel one pin at a time.  It's actually really fun to get some great ideas for things that I like.  James and I would one day like to have an old house to renovate little by little on some land OR build our own.  In my dream I will have a big garden with plenty to share with friends and family {maybe my dad will garden at our place since I know nothing about it and might just need some help}, chickens for fresh eggs and a creek for the kiddos to play in.  Oh yea, and a swimming pool because I, of course, want to live in the south and just couldn't live without one!  

Want to dream with me?

Welcome to my future kitchen. I love pretty much everything about it-- the faucet, the island, the way the sink faces the action instead of a wall or window, the hardware, the brightness, the ceiling...yea, i love it.

I'll have one of these and maybe actually make it a compost underneath rather than a garbage can.
The Farm Chicks

These mason jar light fixtures from Pottery Barn will hang above the table in the kitchen.

I love these windows and the beams!  This might just have to be in my future sunroom or library?
My laundry room is going to have the most fabulous sink for all those kid's clothes that will get stained from all the outdoor fun.

And an awesome built in drying rack for all those cloth diapers.
you can have one too!
We'll turn my great grandmother's buffet into the most fabulous double sink in the master bath.
for the love of a house
We'll use all the "wasted spaces" for great storage and organization.
And we'll turn the barn into something more useful, but probably with much comfier furniture.

That's what I've got so far. What do you think? See how pinterest gets me into trouble?

{and yes, i realize i am really dreaming here}


mystery shower

Yesterday I got an invitation in the mail for a baby shower for someone I don't even know!  Seriously, I have NO idea who she is and James doesn't either.  Plus, she lives in Lexington? We looked her up on facebook to see if we could find a picture to jog our memory-- AND we still have no idea who she is.  Go figure.  She is registered at 3 places--i guess so she has enough gift ideas for all the people who she doesn't even know that are invited to her shower??  I was really curious when the invitation was addressed to Becky because NO ONE in Kentucky calls me that, but it had our exact right address.

Oh, the mystery!  Now I have to decide how to RSVP my regrets....


ps- A picture a day keeps the grandparents at bay ;)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

8 things

1. I've been looking over our pantry for meals for next week's pantry challenge.  Let's just say it's not looking too good.  I better work on a little creativity before I plan those meals...

2. Isn't this picture so sweet? I love that smile!

3. Naps, ahh, what to say about those?  They are still unpredictable.  We dropped back down to 3 a day and even one day this past week had only 2 because he did so well sleeping--I would really like to move in this direction.  But that is definitely not the norm.  The good news is that they have {as a whole} gotten longer, but we still have many a 45 minute nap. Oh well.  Thomas does sleep 11-12 hours a night without eating, so that is AWESOME.

4. I've done a better job cleaning these past two weeks! YAY!  Even since the bean entered the world, I 've felt like our house hasn't been in tip top shape {understandably}.  Last week, I sat down and made some goals.  I am working to accomplish one or two cleaning tasks a day while T naps.  It feels so much better.

5. I am thanking the Lord for this weather. It's been in the 60s and I just can't get enough.  Yes, it has also been rainy on and off, but I am still so energized by fall!

6. James and I had our first one of these for the season last night. Bliss. Yikes on the calories!  Good thing I at least went for the skinny.

7. Thomas has learned how to actually bounce in his exersaucer.  It is so funny to watch him bobble all over the place.  He also has recently learned how to shake his head from side to side and does it ALL the time.  Oh, and he also laughs A LOT-- so many silly things are funny to him :)

8. James did his first root canal this week!!!  So proud!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

a typical day.

Today was a busy day here in the Bush household and we didn't even go anywhere {except for a walk}! Thomas took a great morning nap allowing me to get quite a bit done around the house.  I got some cleaning, laundry and baking done, but the majority of the day I spent with one very sweet little boy :)
in the new jogging stroller, facing forward so he can see the world...

Thomas tries not to smile too big with the paci because it falls out and he doesn't get to have it too often :) So i usually just get a smirk!  we were bundled up because it was in the low 60s today!

He's starting to try to grab things and play with toys while sitting....sometimes it still throws him off balance, but he is getting better each day-- notice the pillow fortress I created, just in case!

Mama and Baby
So that was our day!  I finally got Thomas rolling on video. He refuses to stay on his tummy now.  EVERY time we put him on his tummy, he promptly rolls over :)  He never did like tummy time...