Sunday, February 20, 2011


"How awesome are my new pajamas!?!?!"

Baby Amos

Meet Baby Amos. We had our big 26 week ultrasound on Thursday (even though I was only 25 weeks) and everything looked perfect. He played along beautifully and Cathy was able to see everything she needed to see. She said he had a forehead like Griffin's and big cheeks. So, I'm thinking we might be headed towards Griffin version 2.0, which is just fine by me. I was completely enamored by him and can't wait to see him in person sometime in June. :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Special Birthday Message

One of our favorite people on the plant turns the big 0-2 today. Apparently, my giant face singing happy birthday last year was seen as frightening by some so this year we picked a cuter ambassador to send our best Mr. Kratzsch's way. ;)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Toy Storage?

Griffin dragged all these tubs into the den and proceeded to sit in each and everyone.

This is what was left in his wake.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Griffin's Big Boy Room

With the approaching arrival of baby #2, we thought it was time to start transitioning Griffin's room from a nursery to a big boy room. We're not all the way there yet because he's still in his crib (and will remain there until he crawls out) and so we still need the rocker for bedtime stories. However, his toys were threatening to takeover without any real storage so we put more of the emphasis on play in his room and less on infant care.

First, here is what is used to look like.

Due to a slight mis-measurement on my part, the toy storage couldn't go on this wall as I had planned. Instead we moved his crib to where the rocker used to be. The table and chairs were moved to the center of the room.

I added this little display to the wall where his diaper changing table used to be.

The real focus of the room is now the awesome toy storage system. It's the Trofast System from Ikea and I absolutely love it. I also added hanging storage in the corner for his stuffed animals

I'm really happy with the results, although the best part was watching Griffin's eyes light up when he came in the room for the first time. I think he really enjoys being able to sit at his table and get to all his toys.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Griffin's First Snowman

He may have had a little help from us. And yes, that is an actual corn cob pipe. Don't ask.

How to make snow cream

Over on Salt & Nectar.

Impromptu Super Bowl Party!

On Saturday, Nicholas and I decided we didn't want to watch the Super Bowl alone. A few short text messages later and VOILA! we had ourselves a party.

Our friends the Chesnuts and Hilz came over for food and football. We had a small team conflict among the children (the parents had nothing to do with it I swear) but Griffin and Charlotte seemed to be able to work out their differences.

Fun was had by all, particularly those rooting for the winning team. ;)

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Den Makeover!

Last week, I had to go to Covington, KY, for The New Lawyers Program. It's a required Continuing Legal Education conference for anyone who has recently passed the Bar. What is the best part about The New Lawyers Program? It was near Ikea!!!

I've been planning to makeover our den for awhile. First, we need a new couch. We've had our blue microfiber couch for almost six years and it has been fantastic. It's completely indestructible and very comfortable. However, it was starting to show its age and we needed something with more seating. Second, we are in the process of transforming our guest bedroom/office into a nursery and I needed a place for our computer desk. I loved the idea of having a place for all our laptops and cords in such a central location so my goal was to get the desk in the den. Of course, Ikea had a solution to all these problems! ;)

First, the before pictures.

Now, for the big reveal!!!

The centerpiece is our new beautiful section, which I LOVE. It is so comfortable and feels so sturdy. It's all slipcovered so we can remove and clean all of it. Not to mention, we have twice the seating we used to. You can just barely see the computer desk behind it but it fits perfect and I love having my laptop there and all the cords out of the way.

I also feel like we are really optimizing our space. The area in front of the fire place used to stay pretty empty. We have now moved the leather club chair - not to mention got rid of the awful sliding blinds - and it is such a lovely corner of the room now!

I really am so so pleased with the results and Nicholas can't stop praising "my vision." Of course, none of it would have been possible without Ikea! ;)


Me and Kathy Freston don't get a long. New post on Salt & Nectar!