Monday, April 25, 2016

The One With Jack Kellen's {eclectic} Nursery

It's finally finished! 

Welcome to Jack's little room. 

I couldn't decide one on particular theme so we are just going with "all-things-boy-eclectic." That works, right? 

In his "all-things-boy" room, we've got woodland animals, football, baseball, farm, Texas, and lots of pattern.

I saw the little toy fox & this wire shelf in the nursery that my friend Diana designed for her little boy & I went right to Amazon and Target and got them for myself! 

{I really enjoy to reading blogs where they link up to where everything is from...but I just don't want to do that for everything, and I'm not really sure any of you if you see something you want to know about, let me know and I'll tell you where it's from!}

I love all the little trinkets in his room.  Almost all of them have a special meaning or story behind them. 

The tractors are my daddy's.  
The little mailbox next to the books belonged to our Jack's namesake, his great grandpa Jack.
The Texas "home" sign is part of a gift from my momma. 
The blue bins are FILLED with toys {most left over from when Brynn was a baby.}

Onto the crib corner! 

I've had my eye on these little animal prints for over a year from one of my favorite ETSY shops
{If we were having a girl I would have been all over this one...adorable!}

His mobile is also from ETSY.  I bought the actual mobile separate from the felt balls. The felt balls came as a garland so I just cut them to the sizes I wanted and attached to the mobile piece.  I love how it turned out! 

My incredibly talented momma made the bumper pads, curtains, & crib skirt {the crib skirt is actually re-purposed from Brynn's room! She just removed the blue flower fabric and added in the plaid!}


And the worlds softest blanket award goes to this little guy.  Like I might want to use it mostly for my own comfort. Hah! Thanks for the blankie Aunt DeAnn! I love the orange pop it adds to the room. 

Play corner!  I wanted to save a space in his room that he could access toys, books, and just have a place to explore as he gets older. The lamp was in our room, so I just relocated it into his room, the low book shelf is from Target, & I majorly scored the wooden play cube on a local resale site!

My little jammie clad helper wanted me to take her picture by her "new favorite toy." That toy has been in the living room for her to play with also, when she saw that I moved it in there she looked at me in total disbelief and said, "What is THIS doing in HERE!?" 

Excuse the great white spot...that's the window & lamp.  One day, maybe, I'll get a real camera and learn how to use it...until then my phone pics will have to work! 

Before I started looking for bedding & fabric I knew I wanted it to go with Brynn's rocker. I really like how it looks with the blue plaid...and SO glad to re-purpose it without recovering.  Are you seeing a trend here? Lots of rearranging & re-purposing over here! 

Last time we made an IKEA trek I picked up like 5 {seriously} of these fake plants with containers & I use them all over the house.  I think there is one in every room! 

The monogram pillow is possibly my favorite thing about the room.  I searched high and low for the perfect one {I plan to take his monthly pictures next to it} & fell in LOVE when I saw it on ETSY {another trend...ETSY} & then was bummed to see that the shop was on vacation.  I messaged the seller & she re-opened her shop so I could order. SO Awesome! 

This is the shared wall with Brynn's room.  And I'm proud to say that all of these things have stayed put through several wall kicking tantrums from nap refusing sister. :)  

A jack for Jack.
I can imagine our first family of 4 photo in this frame.

This is the scripture we chose to pray over Jack.  I apparently have a thing for verses that reference rooting yourself in the Lord. The scripture speaks not only to what I pray will be Jack's character, but also serves as a reminder of our job as his parents to teach & show him the truth. 

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
Colossians 2:6-7

Ok, this thing was a very happy accident! 
I had the green frame in the garage, the cream pin board from when I sold KEEP and it just so happened that they fit perfectly! I hot glued them together, & after lots of trial and error with the letters, this was the final product.  Favorite! 

Another frame just waiting for a picture of our little man!

And the top left is the painting Brynn did.  So special!

And there it is...I've been working on it for what seems like FOREVER & I'm glad to have that checked off the on to the other thousand things that need to be done within the next 3 weeks! 

I hope you love your room JKG.  I  had the best time creating it for you!

Also, I'm 36 weeks today and feel every bit of it.  I forget how these last few weeks make you SO ready for this stage to be over & to just get on with whatever it takes to get baby here. Now that I've finished about  8 loads of baby laundry, I think I'm finally settling into the idea that maybe, possibly we can handle this and I'm just ready to meet him! 

Next bag packing!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The One With Week 35 & Jack's Baby Shower

Week 35

How far along: 35 Weeks! One month from today is our scheduled cesarean. I might be freaking out a got here so quickly!
Husband: Still being awesome & taking my (& Brynn's) mood swings in stride. 

Maternity Clothes: I've banned myself from buying anymore maternity clothes.  I'm mostly in my super soft & loose stretchy pants from Target, maternity tanks, tees, and dresses. 

Loving: Ice. I eat it all day long.  I can't help it! (low iron = ice cravings) Extra ice in all my Sonic drinks & I'm extra thankful for our little ice maker in our freezer!

Loathing: The swelling & puffiness that is starting to overtake my body.  Yuck...go away!

Movement: Lots! Watching your kid knock around in your belly is totally mind blowing.  And also a bit freaky...especially in the middle of the night. 

Symptoms: I'll keep this simple...All of them.  

Best Part of the Week: Jack's baby shower today! We were so honored today by everyone who came, sent gifts, & wished us well.  We are surrounded by some incredible people who truly love our kids & I'm so grateful for them! (Pictures below)

Worst Part of the Week: I had a dream that we forgot to go to the hospital on our scheduled day.  I mean...that's ridiculous!

I'm starting to have major anxiety about delivery, recovery, and a new normal.   So I'm praying that God stills my anxiety in the coming weeks. 

Missing Most: Not having to visit the bathroom every 20 minutes.  On days when we are home I always tell Brynn when I am going back to the bathroom in case she needs me and lately I've been met with this response..."Again!?" 

Can't wait for: Finalizing & organizing the nursery.  Shopping for the rest of the newborn necessities.  Lots of list making (and item crossing off) this week & that makes me happy! 

Gender: Little Mister! Can't wait to see what our little guy looks like!

Now to a few pictures from the weekend. 

We spent lots of time with our friends this weekend and it was wonderful! We are so thankful for this group! 

Saturday we went to a birthday party for Brynn's friend, Oliver.  His grandparents have the BEST backyard! Brynn ran all over the place and informed us on the way home, "I have so much fun at Oliver's party!"

We hope you had a great birthday, Oliver! Thanks for inviting us!

Today was Jack Kellen's baby shower at church.  I made these for hostess gifts and I love them! I made a few extra for my house.  Flowers make me so happy. :)

This is how Brynn's morning starts on most days...breakfast and TV in our room.  She's got it made. 

My girl. 

Here she is telling me, "Oh, your earrings! So pretty Momma!"

The Garner Three...almost The Garner Four!

The baby shower was decorated so cute! We've had a major baby boom in our class at church...I've lost count but I think we are at 5 current pregnancies and 3 brand new babies.  Is that right South Plains friends? Anyways, we've all been spending lots of Sunday's throwing baby showers so I'm extra thankful for all the work and love that went in to today.  Thank you friends, it was perfect!

Ellen had the idea to use a book instead of a sign in sheet. How genius! We did this for Brynn's last birthday and I'm pretty sure it's now a tradition for  our family.  

You ladies are awesome! 

This is my friend Kensey.  We are due a week a part.  She is having a baby girl who Brynn lovingly refers to as "Ada-wine" (Adeline) & we are both pretty sure our kids will be BFF...and possibly husband and wife one day.  It's been so fun to have close due dates.  She's my go-to text buddy lately & we have the best time comparing symptoms and bouncing ideas, fears, cravings, tips and tricks off each other.  She also lives just down the street from me.  So I see lots of walks and play dates in our future.  Love you Kensey & Adeline (and Devin. hehe!)

Brynn scored big at Jacks shower (see....people who love our kids so much they didn't' want her to feel left out) One of her gifts was this Ana doll (we are about 3 years late to the Frozen band wagon) and while we were playing outside she sat her in our pictures spot and said, "Ok, cheese!!" Jonathan & I died laughing.  I love that my girl is all about a photo op! 

It's been such a great weekend! I'm excited for a slow Monday of sorting gifts & staying home. Happy Tax Day tomorrow...go get a half price burger at Sonic (I'll tack one onto my order of a large sweet tea with extra ice. Hah!)