DIY love

Here are some projects that I have done since the new year. It has been refreshing!

What can I say? I love to do crafts.

Unfortunately, like a true “artist”, I always choose to do them at crazy times and in crazy places. Like the clock, on a whim, I took it down and did most of the work on my dresser. Weird. I know. Despite that, it was completed and I didn’t break it! Believe me, it crossed my mind more than once.

Thankfully, the next project was planned. The diaper strap and wipe case were for a friend’s baby shower. At first, Danny thought it was for me. A diaper case… he forgot that Marseille was potty training! I was grateful for a quick sewing project because it reminds me how much I love sewing.

The message board and chalkboard were nifty things that I saw on Pinterest last year and decided that I just needed to do them. A little Nike action. Just do it. I’m glad that I did because we have been using and enjoying them.

Lastly, I received the pasta machine that I have been drooling over for Christmas. I had been waiting for a good opportunity and it came, so I seize it! Can I tell you that I absolutely LOVE making pasta?! I do, it’s so relaxing and fun. The family LOVED eating it, so it was well worth it!!

Here’s to DIY!

xo, nikki :)


Sewing Lessons

I’m so excited for this project. I’ve been giving sewing lessons to my sweet little friend Abbi. After a month of lessons she finished a quilt! This is her first project and I’m so proud that she pushed through and made this quilt. Great job, Abbi :) Abbi kept this project a surprise from her mom, and at the last minute we decided to put a family picture right in the middle of it. This quilt is made from all the children’s receiving blankets. What sweet memories this quilt will have :)

Pick one spot

My sewing room: It’s almost finished, just a few more things to put on the walls and then we will be done. Sort of! When we get more funds… than it will be complete! But isn’t that always the case :) Now, if I can just find some time to sew!

It has even changed some since this picture…

We are supposed to be finishing tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll be able to add some new pictures this weekend!

We’re still surviving!

Well, we are finally coming to the end of our sickness. Hopefully, it will be the last time for the season. It has been a hard season of sickness and my body finally gave into sickness last Thursday. It’s really not good when everyone is sick. So, now that we are getting back on a daily schedule I’ll be posting Christmas pictures and New Year’s goals soon :)

Until then, enjoy some of these pictures:

Here is a peek at what we are doing in our home. The girltalk blog talked about picking one spot to organize, well, we are tackling my sewing area. I’m taking all
my Christmas money and putting it to getting my business started. Hoping that the money I make will allow me to buy my Vitamix! This is how my sewing room looks right now… it’s such of a mess because I loaned out my table. Yes, can you believe it, it actually was semi-organized! Anyway, it will be very exciting once it’s done. We probably won’t be able to get it done by the girltalk deadline, but that’s okay! Danny is going to be building my work area! YAY! I’m so excited!

The long awaited update

Well, we are doing well. The adjustment of having two children hasn’t been near as difficult as I thought it would be — totally God’s grace. Yesterday, we had Marseille’s 1 month and Bentley’s 18 month check up, after that we headed to Babies R Us, Target and Bloom… yes… we did all that together! I was exhausted! I think the hardest part about running errands with two infants is making sure that there is a shopping cart near by!

The appointments went well. Bentley is still growing and gaining weight. He’s up to a whopping 19lbs 5oz! We are almost to 20lbs! While the little piggy Marseille gained 1lb 5oz in two weeks! She is now 8lbs 5oz. Both got shots :( And are otherwise in good health.

Marseille does have a hernia in her belly button. The doctor said it was small, about the size of a pencil eraser and will most likely resolve by the time she is 4yrs. Her jaundice is completely cleared, but her lovely baby acne has set in!

Danny has been busy at work and seems to be getting home late most night. Which actually works out because I can feed Bentley, get dinner ready, nurse Marseille and then we can eat dinner. Bentley has been going to bed at 8pm instead of 7pm to ensure some time with Danny. Which both of them love!

I’m doing well. Now that we are past the first month, I feel much better and can manage without a nap during the day — though it’s nice to have. I found out that I’m not much of a fan of the new newborn stage. I really love it after about 3 weeks. I had a hard time controlling my milk supply — way too much for a tiny newborn which makes a big wet sticky mess. Especially since all Marseille wanted to do was nurse and nurse at times for 4 hours spans with no naps in between. Not that things have changed much! Marseille is very alert and sturdy. She loves to pick her head up and look at me or around. That is another thing. She is very wiggly and doesn’t cuddle– which I kinda figured was coming since every ultrasound the technicians mentioned how wiggly she was. Oh well, maybe one day God will bless me with a cuddly baby!

Marseille at two weeks

Other than caring for Bentley and Marseille, dinner has been getting on the table every night and the house stays decently clean. I have been doing a little sewing and soon I will have some things ready to start my line. The logos are getting ready to be worked on. So, I hope to have some things on sale in late September- early October. Mostly, baby accessories until I can get a little money to purchase fabric to do girl’s clothes and boy accessories. I’m getting really excited about it!

Bentley did all of this by himself — he loves hats and thinks of the couch arm cover as one.

Lastly, Bentley! My! how he has changed! He is such a big ham, and a helper. He gets me diapers for Marseille, and will put the dirty laundry in the hamper, puts things back where he gets them, and loves to get into everything!!! He seems so mature now that Marseille is here. Which he loves, loves, loves her. He loves to kiss her, touch her, try and give her a pacifer when she is crying. He is going to be a great big brother. He is doing a lot of imitating with words and gestures. Which is a lot of fun. He knows where his eyes, nose, mouth, ears, head, knees, and elbows — which he calls bellbows– are. Everytime he hears an airplane, he points to the sky. He loves cars and the movie Cars. He laughs a lot and is a blast. He is getting in five teeth right now. Four molars and the fourth bottom tooth! Danny and I are really enjoying his new stage… it’s a ton of fun!

Well, I’ve got to go. My tapping on the keys has finally woken Marseille up…so, au revoir!Sorry this update is so long!

Will things ever slow down!

Well, we have been very busy the past couple of weeks.

My parents were in town this past weekend. Which means, we got to spend Mother’s and Father’s Day with my parents! We also had our church picnic last weekend, and everyone was able to surprise our pastor and thank him for 20 years of being in the ministry! What a gift he is to our family.

Our Father’s day was very relaxed. We went out to eat with my parents, who left right after lunch, than we came back and took a very long nap. Earlier that week we gave Danny his presents. He got a nice pair of brown flip flops and a box Hot Tamales. He was excited about the flip flops, they are identical to a pair of black ones that he owns, but they were half the price!

I have been doing a lot of sewing. I wish that I could say that it has been for Marseille, but it hasn’t. We have a number of babies being born in our church and I have been making gifts for baby showers. Here is a burp cloth that I monogrammed by hand! It was a lot of work, but I LOVED doing it! It’s very relaxing to me.

This is a nursing cover and a pacifier holder that I also made:

Bentley is quite the little man. He is practically running now. I love that he can pick things up and hand them to me if I drop them. He is getting pretty good at remembering where he gets things, so if I ask him to “clean up and put it way”… he usually gets it right! Yesterday, he was helping me dust the house. I encourage him to help me clean, because he will have to as he gets older!

He has become very animated recently. He has developed a few funny faces that he like to make. He laughs very hard now, like a boy and Danny really enjoys that. Danny and Bentley LOVE to take rides on the go-cart that we have at the house right now. Bentley genuinely loves it! It’s great that at such a young age he is such a boy!

Bentley has also been attending Children’s Ministry/ Nursery on Sunday’s. We decided to start now before his whole world is turned upside down when Marseille is here. The first week, we had to get him halfway through the message. He has done well for the past three weeks. Hopefully, he will enjoy going!

I have my 33/34 week appointment tomorrow morning. This will be my second appointment at this practice and I won’t be able to see the midwife. I’m pretty bummed about that because I have a list of questions to ask her. At my last appointment, she could only see me for 15 mins after about an hour and 45 minutes of waiting! I like her a lot, but am not impressed with the system!

Last night Philip and Ashley came over for dinner. The guys watched part of Band of Brothers, while Ashley and I worked on decorations for my shower on Saturday! I’m so excited! The shower is going to look great! Ashley has made sure of that. She is so excited about opening up her home to host a shower, and I’m excited for her!

Well, I’ve got to run. I actually need to finish sewing on my dress for the shower and work on some table cloths!

What a week…

Well, this has been an week of surprises!

Sunday after church I actually went grocery shopping. That is not a normal occurance and it won’t ever be. But, we had plans for Monday and we needed food for Tuesday so…I went shopping. Between, Bloom, Publix and CVS I spent $104 for two weeks of groceries, but the best part is that I saved $158! I saved more than I spent! Woo Whoo! Some of the things that I bought were: 5 lbs of chicken breast BOGO, 4 lbs of ground beef BOGO, 6 boxes of Barilla pasta BOGO plus $2 off 6 boxes, 2 Glade Scented Oils plus 4 packages of refills all for $2.75! I made $.45 on Smart Balance Butter! Couponing and buying sales is worth it.

We had a fun Monday because Danny was off. Bentley and I enjoyed hanged out with him and the Johnsons. Dave and Danny played with Danny’s keyboard while Becky and I hung out with the kids and talked sewing! It was a lot of fun.

Wednesday came around and I had childcare and snacks for Care Group. I made a few things, but the surpising thing was that it was all eaten! Yay! Another good thing about Wednesday was… I actually ran around my neighborhood with out stopping, it took me about 18 minutes!

Thursday I made some bibs for friends and family. I’m still working on some of the designs. That evening Bentley came down with a fever.

Friday morning his temp was 103F so I took him to the doctor. Poor baby has strep throat. He is so sad when he’s sick. Today he is doing much better, he’s on antibiotics, but his fever is gone. He’s crawling and playing again yesterday he just laid there sucking his thumb.

And we will see what tomorrow brings… that has been a quick update of our week.

We’ll see how next week falls into place, since I have no grocery shopping to do and we start a little co-op!