Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Vegas Trip

We just got back from 4 days in Vegas, and I am still trying to get used to the time change. I'm not sure I ever adjusted while out west, but I'm certainly tired today. We went for our friend's 40th birthday. It was so much fun, but I definitely missed Evans while we were gone. She got to spend a week with my parents and Hubs' parents. They split their time taking care of our wild child. Busy, busy. I think all are recovering with much needed sleep now!

The first day, we checked out Madame Tussauds Wax Museum at the Venetian. I have always wanted to see this, and the wax people actually do look realistic! It was crazy. The artists apparently take 200 something measurements and photographs of the celebrities to make these figures.

We hung out at Venetian for a while and ate lunch at Margarittaville. Of course, we go all the way to Vegas and wind up somewhere beachy.... That night we checked out the Flamingo and called it lights out by midnight. The flight and time change left us exhausted.

Day 2 we went to the pool at Caesar's Palace. So nice to have a relaxing day in the sun, not chasing around a toddler :) Although, all we did was talk about her.... Funny how that is. The drinks and food by the pool were insanely expensive ($20 for a pina colada!) so we packed up after a couple hours and headed to "Old Vegas". We went to the Freemont Street Experience, and I'll just say, yes, it was an experience. One I don't want to repeat. Naked old men and women on the street just walking around. For real. You just can't un-see that. Yikes. Once we realized we were in cookooville, it was time to leave and head to the Mob Museum. At the museum, you can see the wall from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. That was pretty crazy to see the bullet holes and blood stains on the bricks.  The museum had a lot of history on Vegas and how casinos and such came to be. I definitely recommend visiting if you are in the area.

That night we hung out at The Bellagio. Cocktails at Lily Bar, dinner at Prime, and then later we walked out to see the Bellagio fountains doing their thing. It's pretty crazy to see in person.

Day 3, the men went off to play cards while the ladies went SHOPPING! Marie and I hit The Forum shops at Caesar's. That night we went back to Venetian to check out the famous Bourbon Room and saw Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages is a guilty pleasure movie for me.... mostly because of the music. I'm an 80's dork and I just don't care!

Vegas is great for people watching. We saw some of everything out there.  Wow.  Great time with friends, but sure am glad to be home to this little girl!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Coastal Style

I love coastal style interiors and exteriors and am so thrilled that I live in a place where that style totally makes sense.  Savannah is definitely a place of inspiration for a more relaxed and casual lifestyle, which I think should translate over to the way your home feels. 

I've been pinning things lately that reflect that feel. I'm loving the look of this house- white exterior, dark charcoal shutters, blue door, wall lanterns. Yes and yes! I definitely want to recreate this look when we have a place of our own. 
via Sherry Hart- Design Indulgence 

I also love, love, love Jane Coslick. If you don't follow her blog, you should add it to your reader. Her cottage designs are really cool.  Love what she did with these old shutter doors. You find these in older ranch homes here and they feel dated. I love how her design made them fresh with a pop of color and some distressing. Too cute! 

via Jane Coslick Cottages 

Another architectural element you see all over Savannah are board and batten shutters. Soooo coastal. I feel like this style is a must down here! 

With all this inspiration, I pulled out my paint brush and got two new paintings finished.  Painting is my therapy!

I decided it was time to make this rental feel more like a home too and less like "just a rental". Who knows how long we will be in this house, so I really want it to feel like "ours". 

I started with the foyer area. The furniture from our Atlanta house was mostly black & white, gold, and dark. I felt like it worked in our traditional suburban house, but wasn't feeling right down here. 

I reupholstered the bench and painted the legs. With some help of Annie Sloan, I painted our old console table in duck egg blue & french linen. The transformation was instant and so satisfying!! I love this pop of color when entering the front door. It makes me smile! 

I swapped out the old hardware for mercury glass handles from Hobby Lobby. 

 I also made an oyster shell mirror to bounce more light off the walls and bring in more of that coastal feel. This is a small house so the more light the better! 

This is easily my favorite spot in the house now! Whereas before it was so dark and drab, now it feels so bright and airy to me. 

I also changed up our china cabinet. More Annie Sloan.. this time in paris gray and french linen with dark wax. The heavy farmhouse table and the heavy china cabinet and dark stain just felt... well... too heavy in a small room like this. The weathered gray I think helps soften the look, and I love the contrast between the warm table and the airy mirrors and cabinet now.  

I went ahead and painted the two black dining chairs as well. 

Fruit bowl anyone? Ha..... Did I mention I live with a toddler... snack time....

Made some new pillows out of fabric leftovers I've been hoarding.... Yes, hoarding... you wouldn't believe the fabric piles I own. 

And lastly, my husband's old oars. He was about to throw these out (GASP). I all but threw myself in front of the garbage truck in a heroic effort to save these worn-out beauties. They will be proudly displayed on the wall soon! 

So, here's to making a house, even a rental, a home. Evans likes it. :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

17 Months

17 months old, almost 1.5 years. Where did the time go? The last few months have really flown by. She's become such a person, saying so many new words now and really understanding and following directions and conversations. It's amazing to me how quickly they pick things up and learn. 

She loves to blow kisses and say "bye bye" and wave. Most used word recently is "uh-oh" after "accidentally" dropping something on the ground... also known as throwing a toy off the toy shelf and pretending it's an accident. :) 

I find random toys all over the house and it always brings a smile to my face. Especially when I find them under my pillow when I go to sleep at night. Nothing quite like snuggling in and finding an Elmo book shoved under your pillow. HA. 

A few weeks ago they had school picture day. Evans was not very interested in having her picture taken, this girl would rather be off playing than sitting still. I feel this photographer's pain. :) 

She is still a great sleeper! I creep in her room pretty often to stalk her while she sleeps. It's the only time she's truly calm and still and I love looking at her. So sweet! 

We often stroll down to the Bluff and let Evans look at the water, birds and boats passing by. She LOVES it, and so do we! Hopefully one day we'll have our own family boat. 

Evans loves to play outside and constantly wants me to take her "out". Here she is pouting to go outside, even when it's raining. 

She also loves to wear her life jacket around, which is funny to me. I thought kids hated life jackets? She grabs it from the closet and brings it over to have me put it on her all the time. She loves to parade around the house in it. Crazy girl. 

Her hair is getting so long and curly. I love it! 

Last weekend my best friend Ash and I took the kids and husbands to Tybee for the day. It was so much fun to see the girls play together. Evans loved digging in the sand and filling up buckets. She was not that interested in the freezing cold ocean, but spent most of her day running up and down the beach. I was so sore the next day from chasing after her and carrying her around! A beach day with kids is no joke! 

When we left Tybee, everyone was exhausted. Evans did not make it off the island before she was snoozing. 

On eating- she is still a great eater. She will try anything and usually clears her plate. She now has 11 teeth, 4 on top, 4 on bottom, both bottom one-year molars, a top one-year molar, and the other top molar is starting to push through now. She hasn't seemed to mind teething a bit. I'm so thankful!

Her schedule is something like this: breakfast "snack" (usually a handful of cheerios or a squeeze yogurt) around 7:30, breakfast at 8:30, lunch at 11:00, nap 12-2 (sometimes 3!!), snack around 4, dinner at 5 or 5:30, bath around 6:30, bed between 7 - 7:30. She is the easiest stinker to put to bed. We do bath, pjs, story, prayers, and lay her down. She goes to bed awake talking to her stuffed animals and babies in her crib and zonks out. Piece of cake! I hope this continues. 

We donated several of her toys to her school on Monday. Our rental house just can't handle the extra stuff, so we've been trying to make a big effort to consolidate and declutter. It makes living in a small ranch way easier.  Although, exercaucer lives on.... She still loves this thing, although she's WAY too big for it now! 

On Mother's Day, we spent most of our time outdoors. Went on our usual stroll to the river and watched the boats pass. Evans could sit here watching forever I think, and I could, too. I'm so glad I get to be her mom! 

Happy 17 months, big girl! You are full of life and energy, and we do our best to keep up. We love you!