Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

We are extending our long weekend by one more day with Brandon home from work, the best kind of Tuesday! He was in Canada for a few days & didn't get back until late Saturday so an extra day of having him home was much needed. It was Struggle City over here without him for a few days, I have not been feeling the best but the kiddos are full of energy, thankful for water toys & milkshakes. We had a relaxing rest of the weekend, took the girls to the farmers market, the park, the fountains & had lots of fun treats. Harper & I baked our very first homemade pie, and although the blueberry filling overflowed all over the inside of the oven (rookie move!) it was delicious. I have always been intimidated by pies, but am now excited to try some new recipes! 

  Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with your families. We are forever grateful to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Baby Countdown + Checklist

We are less than six weeks away from meeting our newest baby girl & couldn't be more excited! We still don't have a name, which is weird for us since we were settled on the other girls' names from pretty early on. We have a short list, but nothing definite. Baby girl is pretty much set for clothes, I picked up a few of these amazing zip sleepers, like one in every (gorgeous) color, because 1. the price 2. they zip and 3. they have mittens. And they're so freaking soft!

We are far less prepared for this baby than we were with the other two girls, but really we know things will be just fine no matter what gets left undone before she gets here. Mentally, we are ready, and excited & can't wait to have that sweet girl in our arms!

In the nursery.
Paint, which will hopefully happen next weekend. I know, we are really far behind. You can see my nursery inspiration post here.
In terms of furniture, the dresser & wooden stools will stay, but I am up in the air about the rocker. It will most likely stay as well since it's the most practical thing to do. But part of me dreams of having something else this time! Since we had to buy another crib this time, we went with a more modern option & I am really excited about how it looks in the room.
I am most excited to decorate this room since it's pretty much a blank canvas, and we have a lot of the accessories ready & waiting. Hopefully painting it will give me the motivation that I need to get it finished asap! ;)

In the girls shared room.
We have combined all of their clothes into one closet & dresser. We have lots of friends having baby girls so we were able to give away tons of clothes that the girls have outgrown that won't be in the right seasons for our new babe. Luckily there was still plenty of hand me downs left, so the nursery dresser is stocked with newborn & 0-3 month clothes, so many of my favorite things that both Harper & Eloise have worn!
We still need to hang curtains, change out the light fixture (currently a bulky ceiling fan that I can't wait to say goodbye to) & finish hanging some artwork. 
And maybe one of the more important things, we still need to actually move Eloise into the room to sleep. With her still waking up multiple times a night, we aren't sure when this will happen. She soothes herself back to sleep but makes a whole lot of noise in the process, which isn't fair to Harper. We had her sleep in there a few nights on occasion and they actually did surprisingly well, but we are hoping she gets into a better sleeping pattern before we do it full time.

Everywhere else.
The playroom & master bathroom are top priorities. We spend tons of time in the playroom right now, especially since moving the girls into a shared bedroom with less space. Since Eloise is in the "into everything" stage, it's nice to just have one small room to hang out in where I don't have to worry if she is flushing felt fruit down the toilet or eating a rogue blueberry off the kitchen floor. We are finishing making some updates to this room & can't wait for it to be finished!
In our bathroom, we had a lot of drywall & molding work to do after the tile was complete, now we just have to finish painting & putting up our shelves. Bleh, I am over that project & all of the obstacles we have had!

Everything else.
Pack hospital bag, which I normally don't do until quite a bit closer to baby's arrival since I've never gone into labor & will have another scheduled c-section. I am happy to do a post on my hospital bag for those of you who have asked!
Buy newborn diapers, pacifiers & a coming home from the hospital outfit.
Wash baby bottles, pump parts & all those fun things. Again, feels like yesterday that we just packed that stuff away!
Do as much fun stuff as we can outside before the baby comes & it is too hot for her! We need to hit the splash pad, the farmer's market & hopefully a baseball game! I want the girls to have the best summer & I know things will become just a teeny bit more difficult once we are rolling three deep! ;)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Our Weekend

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today's blog post is brought to you by a dual naptime situation & a giant iced coffee. Wa. Hoo! The girls are snoozing away after a fun (and hot!) morning at our local outdoor mall, a giant princess playdate & story time with Ana + Elsa on the lawn. Talk about an excited, and now exhausted, little three year old!

Our weekend looked a little bit like this. Sunshine & breakfast outside. A donut date & trip to the park. Long naps, lots of laundry & grilling out with our friends (and their snuggly new baby boy that Harper is obsessed with). A blow up kiddie pool + sprinkler in my parent's backyard, Harper trying to "just relax" & Eloise dropping it like it's hot when her jam came on. A much needed overhaul of the girls closets to make room for newborn stuff that I swear I just put away a few weeks ago. Sunday night snuggles & a lot of prayers for some of the people in our lives that really need it.

Thankful for these types of weekends. A good combination of work hard + play hard, and relax even harder since those days will be long gone in less than six weeks! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well! :)

PS. Who's watching the Bachelorette this season? I had to watch last season because the bachelor was from Iowa of course :) and totally got sucked back in now to see this season! Are you Team Kaitlyn or Team Britt?!
And PSS. I totally take back what I said about not finding many cute girls swimsuits this season after seeing this little blue tie-dyed number & this neon pink park print swimsuit. Need them both, and yes I'm a hoarder.

(updated to add: pool from amazon, no longer available but similar one here)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bump Style Breakdown: Volume 4

 Wearing white while pregnant, and with another baby & toddler at home, seems sorta crazy, right? :) But I just can't help myself, I love love love wearing white in Spring! For me, the trick to wearing white right (say that five times fast!) is to make sure nothing is too fitted, as every seam, lump & bump will show. One of my favorite purchases of all time was this vintage Mexican peasant dress, made of a thicker material so it isn't see through, and a fit that makes lots of room for a growing bump!

I paired my white dress with an oversized clutch, my new best friend in these final weeks of pregnancy because I hate lugging around a diaper bag if I don't have to & my favorite pair of wood wedges, super comfortable, even while pregnant! :) I wore this for a night out Cinco de Mayo celebration, so I could definitely get away with it being a little less practical than what I would normally wear when the girls are with me.

 Dress, vintage (similar here & here) // Mexicana Clutch c/o Cleobella // Wood Wedges // Julep Nicolette Bombshell Nailcolor // also wearing Top Knot Extensions

 Would you wear white while pregnant? And if so, what are your favorite pieces? :) Hop on over to Anna's blog & Leanne's blog to see how they styled their adorable bumps in white this week! XO

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Flamingo Favorites

The cutest flamingo books, Flora and the Flamingo & Sylvie, became instant favorites in our house sometime last year and have since caused a bit of a flamingo craze. Harper was a flamingo two years ago for Halloween & I am convinced I will always love them just because of that. She sometimes calls them the pink penguins, which sounds even cuter. I've rounded up a few of my favorite pink bird favorites that I am loving for Spring & Summer!

White Flamingo Tee // Flamingo Swimsuit // Hooded Towel // Flamingo Plush //
Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets (on Sale!) // Parrot Pajamas // Fringe Necklace

I feel like I haven't found many cute toddler & baby swimsuits this year, but stumbled across that  flamingo one above last night & fell in love! Harper is going to love it! I also love this flamingo fabric set for toddler blankets or crib bedding, so sweet & girly! What are your thoughts on the flamingo craze, do your babies love it or are you over it?! ;)
Happy Hump Day friends!! XO

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Splish Splash!

It definitely feels like Summer is here already & sent Spring packing. Girl, bye. Sunscreen & cool clothes can only keep us at the park for so long, so we have resorted to getting suuuuper creative with water toys around the house for our outdoor entertainment until the splash pads open. Our plastic beverage bucket & a few dollar aisle sand toys kept these two little Georgia peaches entertained for an entire sixty minutes. Sixty! I even had enough time to paint one hand of my nails & let them dry fully. Granted, I had to chase the littlest toddler around quite a bit to make sure she didn't eat any worms or wander off into the ivy, but still. Fun in the sun means happy (and tired!) babies.

Things we know from these photos.
1. There is something magical about transferring water from one bucket to another bucket to another bucket. I mean, toddlers can do it for an eternity.
2. I still suck at braiding, although I have been watching tutorials & trying really hard! ;) But her hair still looks so sweet like this & makes me smile every time.
3. Eloise ultimately cares more about snacks than playing, always and forever. She especially likes to stick her hand in her snack cup and leave it stuck there, walking around & playing like it's no big thing. Very Captain Hook-esque. 
4. We really need a more kid friendly yard.

Doing stuff like this is all fun & games until I have to put the hammer down & make everyone come inside for lunch & naps. 
Harper: Can I just do quiet time today, I don't feel like taking a nap really.
Me: Hmm, maybe you can just try to take a nap & see if you fall asleep?
Harper: Nope. I can't. I'm seeris. I just can't do it.
Me: Well we don't have to take naps yet, we can play a little longer & still eat lunch.
Harper: Ok. That's good news. Let's keep it that way.

Just call her the naptime negotiator. And me, the mom with still only one hand of nails painted.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day Weekend

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend with the ones you love! Last year on Mother's Day, Eloise was just a few weeks old, I was crazy sleep deprived & we had said goodbye to my mom after she stayed with us for three straight weeks. It was a really hard time for me, on top of some mild baby blues, I was definitely questioning whether or not I was going to survive. I am so thankful for these two little gifts from God, a third on the way, my mom who moved all the way here from Iowa to be closer to us & my husband, who is the absolute best dad ever to our girls.

Had to share that picture above, this is real life. Harper being her silly little self, skipping and screaming "PAN. CAKES. PAN. CAKES.", Eloise trying to follow suit & me trying to just make sure they're not face planting on concrete or running into the parking lot. Mom life, always need a few extra arms, or maybe just longer ones! ;)

Friday afternoon we drove (in the new minivan!) to my mom's office to surprise her & bring her lunch from the girls, a little early Mother's Day treat for one of the most special people in our lives. Brandon came home from work early, we made some homemade pizza & planned a little indoor camp out for Harper. I mentioned on my Instagram (@jlgarvin) how the first time we did this, we got a little carried away & actually set up our tent in the living room. It was the first time we had used it since receiving it as a wedding gift six years ago & we were cracking up at how giant it actually was. We toned it down a bit this time & still had a blast! It is a nice treat for Harper since she spends a lot of time limited to doing what Eloise can do, so she really looks forward to it. Saturday, Brandon & I went to the Zac Brown Band concert, where I drooled over the giant icy cold Stellas & ate two plates of nachos instead. We don't get to go to concerts often but I vow to change that, it is definitely one of my favorite things to do, especially outdoor concerts laying on the lawn!! Sunday, we went to brunch with my parents & family, you know pancakes are the way to my heart. Brandon & the girls spoiled me with flowers (which Harper picked apart one by one because she just wanted to carry one around with her at all times) and afternoon of lounging on the couch instead of eternally sweeping, swiffering or folding laundry, which is all I could have asked for!

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!! XO