A Flowery Laptop

My laptop is on it's last leg.

I know I said that last year, but this year it's really, really true.

It's been randomly shutting down on me. Sometimes it gives me this message saying it's shutting down to protect files on my computer, and sometimes it just dies without any warning.

It's leaving me feeling a bit uneasy, and I'm thinking I need to finish backing up some of my more recent pictures before something bad happens.

In the meantime I have new-computer-envy. My parents just replaced their old desktop, and it's a beauty. And it's so fast. I guess I'm getting used to waiting for three minutes for any program to open on my old laptop.

It's kind of sad that computers don't last very long, isn't it? I've only had that laptop for five years.

But actually, that's a pretty good run for a laptop. I think I got my money's worth out of it (or rather my parent's money's worth out of it, since it was a gift from them).

In case you were wondering, I still want a mini.

Maybe even a mini with pretty flowers on it.



Lovely, is it not? I'm all about the aesthetics.

Pathetic, I know.



Image from Amazon.com.

Newborn Session Sneak Peek!

The preview of Wyatt's newborn session is up! Here is a sneak peek.





These are from the session with our photographer friends, Danae and Scott. I can't wait to see how the rest turned out!

I could just look at my sweet baby boy all day long. . .


When You're Stuck On The Couch

I have a confession.

The past several weeks, I've spent an unusual amount of time watching TV. Between my modified bedrest before Wyatt was born, the lazy week and a half after he came home (with lots of newborn naps), and an infection that left me with a fever and very little energy last week . . . Redbox has been a good friend.

There were a couple movies that we watched over the last couple weeks that pleasantly surprised me.

Knight And Day



I wasn't really aware of the plot of this movie before we rented it, but Derek and I like action movies, so we thought we'd give it a shot.

There was some language that I did not appreciate, but this movie stood out to me because it wasn't a typical action movie - it was really funny! The personality of the agent in the movie was very humorous. Derek and I found ourselves laughing quite a bit, and overall it was very clean for a PG-13 movie.

You Again



I wasn't expecting alot from this movie, but for some reason I was curious to see it. I figured it was going to be one of those movies with the arch-enemies doing awful things to each other, and not much of a plot besides that, as in Bride Wars (that movie disappointed me).

It was much better than that. The main characters did do some awful things to each other, but it wasn't overkill, and it wasn't the main premise of the movie - it fit into the story line, and in the end everyone makes up and gets along. I love happy endings, and movies that leave me feeling good, and this one did, so it was a winner to me!

Has anyone else seen any movies lately that surprised them (in a good way)?



Images from IMDB.com.

Little Star Review


Little Star by Anthony DeStefano, illustrated by Mark Elliot, is a children's book that tells the story of the Christmas star. The story opens with a little boy asking his father which star in the sky is the Christmas star, and the father goes on to tell him the story of a tiny star, Little Star, who understood the meaning of Jesus' birth when all the other stars did not.

I thought the story was well written and entertaining. The illustrations were beautiful and captured the imaginative nature of the story.

The only concern that I might have (spoiler) is that in the end Little Star herald's the King's birth by burning as brightly as he can to keep the baby Jesus warm, but he ends up burning himself out and dying. That fact might be disturbing to younger children. However, there is a positive spin on the end of the story as the father points out that the Lord rewarded Little Star for his sacrifice by letting us remember him every year by placing a star on top of our Christmas trees.

Overall, I thought Little Star was a sweet stroy, and I look forward to reading it to my children in the future.

Note: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review as part of their Blogging For Books program. It is my honest opinion.




Image from Barnes and Noble.

Maternity Pictures Part Two


Here are a few more of my favorite maternity pictures from our photo session with our friends, Scott and Danae! They did a wonderful job! Let me know if you're interested, and I'll give you their contact information.















I'm so glad that we were able to do a maternity session - it was special to capture those moments when we were waiting for Wyatt's arrival! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to do a maternity session - thanks again, Scott and Danae!

Be prepared for alot of picture posts in the next several weeks as the newborn pictures start to come in!

Due Date

Today is Wyatt's due date.

But instead of waiting around, wondering when labor is going to start, we're snuggling our three week old baby boy.




I love holding him close and rubbing his back when he has the hiccups, because I remember feeling those hiccups from the inside just a few short weeks ago.

I love the way he just stares at me in such a contented way after I feed him, and I love staring back into those big eyes.

I love the sweet little noises he makes at random.

I love the feeling of his soft baby hair, and the way he smells.

I love the way he arches his back and stretches his little arms above his head when I wake him.

I love the way he calms right down when Derek or I pick him up.

I love having my baby boy to hold. I can't imagine not having him now, and I thank the Lord for blessing us with our sweet Wyatt.

Happy Due Date, Baby Boy.


Wyatt's Nursery - Blue, Green, Brown, And Airplanes!

Our baby boy's nursery!


I decided to go with gray-blue, light green, and brown for the colors, and we're aiming for an airplane theme.

I'm thinking of getting a couple wooden planes to hang in the corner, but I'm not sure I've found the perfect thing yet. We'll see how that pans out. But since I've had a chance to hang the decorations we made, everything else is complete!

Here are some of the details:







That cute little piggy bank was made by my sister-in-law! She's amazing at pottery. I broke his left ear off though, so we're trying to piece it back together. I think my sister-in-law will send us a new one eventually - yes, I did have an emotional breakdown when I broke it. It was one of those days.

I made the baby bedding myself, because I just couldn't find anything that I loved that wasn't really expensive - I liked being able to pick my own colors and fabrics! My old neighbor also offered to do the professional quilting part with this big quilting machine she has - I really like the way it turned out! I also made the valance and crib skirt to match.

I got those little wall decals and the wooden airplane to go with our theme, and I found a few woven baskets to store blankets and things. The little baby sign is something Derek bought for me right after we found out I was pregnant, so it's special to me too.

These are views of the room from the door, right to left:








Derek refinished the dresser and both the rocking chairs to match the crib. He also painted the changing table so it would match the rest of the room (it was too varnished and detailed to strip and re-stain, so we decided to paint it instead). I love the way everything turned out! It feels like all the furniture is a matching set, even though we received each piece separately for free or at a very inexpensive price, and none of them were even close to matching when we started. I love that I have such a handy husband who can do this stuff for me!

And I tried to take a few panoramic pictures, but I'm afraid this is as big as they get when I upload them - but just to give you a better idea.

From my rocking chair:


Standing by the window:


Standing in the doorway:


Other than the airplanes I still want to get, the nursery is finished! I'm quite satisfied with the way it turned out. I just love going in there, breathing in the woodsy and baby smells, and snuggling with my sweet Wyatt! It's definitely one of my favorite rooms in the house now.

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