Monday, July 14, 2014

7 Months

Evans Elizabeth just turned 7 months old! What a month it has been. She had her first swimming experience and loved the water. One of our favorite activities is heading to the pool! It entertains her and wears her right out. 

She has her two bottom teeth now, and I think she is cutting a top tooth. She is constantly feeling them with her hands and sticking out her tongue. Still no huge teething troubles, thank the Lord!

On her first 4th of July, she was in the neighborhood parade. She was a big hit with all that cuteness :) The fireworks that night woke her up, but she got herself back to sleep. She is still an amazing sleeper  and I am so thankful. Her sleep schedule is up for day at 7, nap 9-10:30, nap 12:30-2, sleeps 6:30pm-7am, start all over again. Some days her naps are short, but her night sleep is fabulous. Thanks, E!

She spent time with lots of family. Checking out flowers with Granddaddy....

Attending her first Houston reunion...

Cheering on the Braves with Daddy...

And Gigi came to visit! 

She is all over the place these days. A very busy girl. She is crawling, sitting up, and pulling up now. 

We had to lower her crib because I was afraid she'd climb out of it. I may have to invest in a crib tent to keep her from escaping!

Her hair is getting longer and is starting to get wavy just like her daddy's. 

I started introducing a sippy cup with breakfast and dinner, and she is now getting the hang of it. She takes 4 bottles a day (at 7, 11, 2, and 6) and gets solids at 8 am and 5 pm. I've started giving her small chunks of food (so far bananas, cantaloupe, and avocado) and sweet potato puffs and she loves it. She hasn't quite mastered feeding herself (she can pick up the food but usually drops it on the way to her mouth, ha!). So far, she's a good eater. 

She loves bath time and all her toys. My biggest battle at bath time is getting her to sit her butt down. She wants to stand and climb out. She is a mess.

I think her favorite toy is still the jumper. She gets wild in it! 

I take her shopping almost every day. Even if we aren't buying anything, it's nice to get out and about and she loves riding in the carts.

Happy 7 months, Little Girl. We love you so much!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Our House: Paint Colors

 I got a few requests for paint colors I used in our home, so I thought I would share those today. Paint is such trial and error for me. Colors look different depending on the time of day, the room, the lighting sources, etc, so I always buy samples before I get gallon-happy. 

Dining Room/Foyer/Living Room: Benjamin Moore Coastal Path
Tip: for better flow and to make your space feel larger, paint at least one room off your foyer the same color as your foyer. 

Kitchen: Benjamin Moore Sierra Hills
Tip: To make a kitchen cohesive, make sure some elements relate to each other. Here, our kitchen is black and white with hardwoods. The tile backsplash is neutral. I decided the walls should relate to the tile to make every element work together. 

Office: Behr Moroccan Henna
Tip: Dark colors don't have to be scary choices, and they are a great way to showcase artwork and family photos. 

Half Bath: Behr Elephant Skin
Tip: For impact in a small space use a bold color (here I chose a dark charcoal). A cool wallpaper in a small space will give you a similar punch. 

Guest Rooms: Sherwin Williams Anew Gray
Tip: If your bedrooms are close together and off the same hallway like ours, consider painting them the same color for better flow and to avoid a choppy feeling. 

Nursery: Benjamin Moore White Dove

Master: main color Behr Classic Silver, stripes Sherwin Williams Functional Gray
Tip: horizontal stripes will make a room feel wider. Vertical stripes make a room feel taller. 

Master Bath: this was a mix of two colors I had on hand. 50% Glidden Dusty Miller, 50% Behr Silver Sage
Tip: if going blue for a spa feel, be sure to choose one with a lot of gray tones in it to avoid the baby blue nursery effect. 

Basement: this was the only room we didn't paint after we moved in, so I am not sure of the color. It's very similar to Benjamin Moore Coastal Path. 
Tip: rooms without windows keep light and airy when choosing paint colors. 

Exterior: siding is Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray, trim Sherwin Williams Extra White 
Tip: when using a color other than white, always go a few shades darker than you think for exterior. The sun washes out colors. Consider using black for your fences and decks. This will allow your house, furniture, and landscaping to be the stars while your fence/deck fades into the backdrop. 

Have you done the paint dance lately? What tips do you have on choosing the right colors? 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Our House: Half Bath & Basement

Day 2 of house on the market. Not under contract yet- haha. 

The powder room on the main floor is where I fell in love with paint color Behr Elephant Skin. My next house will definitely have a room or two in this color. In here, we did an updated mirror, lighting, faucet and hardware. I also painted the vanity black. I think the previous owners put down the new tile, so we didn't change that. This mirror is one of my favorites from Ballard- it's the Bellesol mirror. I have two smaller ones in the foyer, and one in a guest room upstairs. 

The basement- let's face it, this is what Hubs will miss the most. He and my dad put down the new floors and redid the full bath. He loves his man cave, aka Brave Cave as he calls it. He has a big collection of Atlanta Braves memorabilia/golf/etc that's on display. I think whatever house we build down the road must have another Brave Cave. 

With Hubs working from a home office and me staying home with Evans, it's been great to have a place to retreat to at the end of the day that is separate from the rest of the house. 

Can I just pick up this house and move it to Savannah? Haha. Isn't it always the case- you get a house exactly as you want it, and then you move. ;)