Saturday, June 30, 2012

Baby Boy's Nursery: Paint

We finally started working on new baby's room today.  I was starting to think the little guy wouldn't have a room to call his own.  I suppose it's a sign that he's a second child.  I'm pretty sure Olivia's room was completely finished by this time back when I was prego with her.  

So here's the progress so far...


We moved all the little stuff out of the room.

 


We also got paint on the walls.  

Of course, our littlest helper pitched in!  She said, "Mommy, I can paint now because I'm a big girl!"  

We're going to put up board and batten on the lower wall, so we painted it white.  Above that, we painted a very pale, icy blue.  

Tomorrow's plan is to install and paint the board and batten.  Should be a lot of fun since it's going to be over 100 degrees here tomorrow.  We'll be out in the garage ripping down plywood and cutting boards down to size.  I'm melting just thinking about it. 

More pics later!

Sincerely,

Leigh

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What's for Supper?

I'm loving our little garden!!  I get such a giddy anticipation to go out in the afternoons and see what's ready to be picked!




Today, we had 3 tomatoes, a perfect little cucumber, and I picked some basil just because I couldn't resist!

See this...
 


That's my supper!


A fresh Caprese Salad drizzled with a touch of olive oil, salt and pepper and freshly sliced cucumber.



 It was deeee-licious!

Our little garden is helping to cultivate Olivia's green thumb.  She too loves to go "check the garden" every afternoon, and she gets a high-pitched squeal when she discovers something ready to be picked!  And she's most attentive to our plants' watering needs! 


 Every kid needs a garden (and so do Moms, too!)

Sincerely,

Leigh










Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thanks for Thumping Me in the Scull, God

I came across Jami's blog, hello from the Natos, several months ago.  She writes about her everyday life with her husband and three children, but the thing that continually draws me to her blog is her eloquence in how she talks about her faith.  I gain a deeper understanding about God and myself each time I read Jami's words.  

This particular thought rang especially true to me today from Jami's post, I Baffle Myself:

"i have to continue to trust that God is doing something with our suffering and our pain. 
he said that he was using it for His glory. 
i need to believe that in my heart and stop relying on other things to fix my situation. 
hell, they may never be FIXED anyway. 
that's not the point. 
God's not my genie in a bottle. 
we are here for His Glory not ours.
i must trust him when He says, this is for your good and my glory."

What a beautiful reminder of who God is and how He works.  "God's not my genie in a bottle."  Brilliant!  How often do my prayers sound something like this...
God, please...(insert something I want.)
Lord, I ask that you would...(insert something I think I need or something I think someone else needs.)
Lord, let...(insert an idea I have that I think is better than God's.)

You know what that is??  It's selfishness.  It's the need to control.  It's telling God that I know better than He.  How messed up is that?

Spiritual growth starts with confession and repentance.  So today I confess that most of my prayers are selfish and controlling.  I repent that my prayers will be more Christ centered.  I will pray for God to reveal himself to me in a very real and clear way, and I will pray for strength and faith to follow His lead.  

Sincerely,

Leigh

DIY Chalkboard

I've been wanting to make a chalkboard for Olivia's room for months now. 

My plan has been to have this chalkboard serve as a designated place to post Olivia's memory verse from church.  NewSpring has a hands-down, A-MAZ-ING children's ministry, and every few weeks the children get a new memory verse to memorize.


So in an effort to keep me on my game, I wanted to hang the memory verses in Olivia's room to remind me every day to practice them with Olivia. 



I started with a trip to the Habitat ReStore, and found this super thin plywood.  It was 34" X 31" and about 3/16" thick.  And, SCORE!!  It was a whopping $1.00!  Double SCORE!!  It was large enough to make a chalkboard for Olivia and for new baby!

I also bought a can of chalkboard spray paint at Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon which made it $3 and some change!


  



I made my measurements and ripped the plywood down to size on the table saw.  (I'm probably the only pregnant gal on the planet that uses a table saw solo while my 3-year-old naps!  I'm crazy like that!)
 

This actually gave me 4 boards of equal size.

 

Then I used the jigsaw to cut off the corners--straight cuts for baby boy's chalkboard...

 

and curved cuts for Olivia's chalkboard.

 

Then I quickly sanded each board with 220 sandpaper.

 

I drilled two holes at the top of each board using a large drill bit.

 

Then I spray painted each board with two coats of the chalkboard spray paint.



Here's Olivia's chalkboard.  I hung it with ribbon I had laying around in a drawer that I bought ages ago with intentions of making a hair bow out of.  Seems like I paid $0.25 for the whole spool of ribbon at either GW or SA!  This was a high dollar project, let me tell 'ya!  

This morning Olivia and I worked on reciting and writing out this week's memory verse.  Now, it's out and in front of us everyday which will serve as a reminder to practice, practice, practice!!

Sincerely,

Leigh