Baby, Photos

Hudson and Emma | Twins

June 22, 2016
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I could not share these images without sharing a little background on these beautiful babies. I cannot tell this story without crying. I met Abbi and Caleb in my freshman English class in college. They were this adorable high school sweetheart couple who always had smiles on their faces. Fast forward six years later… They got married and Caleb was finishing law school at UGA. I had just lost our first baby, and decided to share publicly what I was going through on The Southern Trunk. I had no idea how God would use my situation to bring so many beautiful ladies into my circle, but I am so grateful He did. Abbi sent me an email after reading my blog, and we both started praying for each other and the similar journeys we were on. Both of us longed for motherhood.

After months of praying, I received a text from Abbi telling me that her and Caleb had the opportunity to adopt two beautiful twin babies and that they were going to be parents. Praise God! Not only did he answer our prayers, but in a timing and way that could only be Him. These little loves are the most beautiful miracle babies and their parents are incredible people. I was so grateful for the opportunity to take their family photos in Athens where Caleb just graduated from law school.

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Baby, Travel

Beach Baby Essentials

June 19, 2016
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It’s sweet summertime and everyone is headed to the beach! I had a few people reach out to me about how we managed a baby at the beach. (Cove was just four months old when we took him to meet the ocean – which you can see here) So I thought I would share just a few of the things that made taking Cove to the beach so much easier.

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Baby, Life, Style

Enough

June 12, 2016
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I sat there in my oversized white nursery chair staring in the eyes of the little boy who changed me forever for the better. I heard the door bell ring. Someone had graciously come to bring us a meal a few weeks after we had Cove. I texted Ian (even though he was only a room away) that I couldn’t come to the door. I had just got done prying a breast pump off me, and I was sitting in my pajamas and a robe soaked with post baby hormone tears and milk. Mastitis had me doubled over in pain and my fever had spiked from yet another infection post labor. He graciously greeted the guest and talked with them a bit before they left. How on earth could I come to the door like this? I, in no way, had figured this whole mom thing out yet. I think I had googled ‘how to get your baby to sleep through the night’ and ‘how to survive the newborn stage’ and hit every article on the first three search pages at that point. But in that moment, I seriously asked myself “Why wasn’t I a good enough mom/host to come to the door fully dressed in my skinny jeans with lipstick and graciously sit and entertain my guest?”

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DIY, Home

Hairpin Leg Kitchen Table DIY

June 11, 2016
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We wanted a kitchen table that was simple, neutral and could take a beating from us and the kids, but still develop some character over the years. It's 6 feet long x 3 feet wide, hard maple wood top with iron hairpin legs. I built the top and we purchased 4 hairpin legs. We left knots throughout the wood because we love the character it gives.

COST

$*
*Doesn't include chairs (+$375)

COST BREAKDOWN

MATERIALS

Hairpin Leg Table Overhead View
STEP 1 - Cut the wood to five even pieces, measuring 6 feet long and 3 feet wide
I purchase our lumber from a local lumberyard and the pieces aren’t cut to any exact dimensions. We knew we wanted the table to be 6 feet long and 3 feet wide so I cut five 6 foot boards at 7-1/4 inches wide. Size variation depending on the length and width you want.
STEP 2 - Plane the sides of the boards so they fit together smoothly
I use a simple hand planer to get things flesh.
STEP 3 - Drill joiner holes in all the boards except one
The Kreg Jig is still one of my favorite tools. It’s a simple and efficient way to set drill holes whenever you need to join wood. I set the jig up and drilled one hole two inches from each end and then every 6 inches on four of the five pieces.
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Drilling Joiner Holes
STEP 4 - Glue and Clamp the boards together
Lay all the pieces on a flat surface next to each other. I used saw horses and a large sheet of smooth plywood on the bottom to make sure everything was flat. Run a line of wood glue between each board and clamp all the pieces together.
STEP 5 - Drill screws into all the joiner holes.
While everything is clamped together and drying, screw the boards together with the joiner holes you drilled earlier.
STEP 6 - Sand, Stain & Poly
Remove the clamps. The glue typically takes 30 minutes to set and 24 hours to cure fully, but I sand and stain after an hour or so. Fill any board gaps with wood filler if needed. Start with semi-course sand paper to smooth out any of sharp edges and corners. End with a light sand paper to get a nice smooth finish. Dry wipe clean, apply the stain of your choice (we used Special Walnut), and once it’s set, apply 2 coats of poly with a light sand in-between the first and second coats.
STEP 7 - Let poly dry and screw on the hairpin legs
Measure 4 inches from each corner, drill starter holes and screw the legs in.
Sample Image
Sample Image
(Optional) STEP 8 - Add reinforcement boards under the table.
By gluing the boards and joining them with screws, you’ll get a strong table, but if you’re nervous about the weight, you can always add a couple reinforcement boards underneath going perpendicular to the main boards for extra support.
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Have questions or better ways to do things? Let us know in the comments!

Baby, Life

On Summer Time

June 8, 2016
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With all this warm weather and long sunny days, we’re on summer time. The days go by so fast with little ones, and I hope that I remember every single moment of this time when he’s all grown up. I’ve been working on keeping quick notes on my phone of things and mental moments or pictures that I want to remember forever. They are just ordinary days or moments, but to me, they are the things I thank God for every night.

We’re up at 7 am every day and ready for breakfast and a full day of adventures. Cove has just started on solids, and LOVES them. We have only tried a few different types of food, but so far, we haven’t found anything he doesn’t like. Every time he takes a bite, he makes a sweet little hum and grins.  After our morning nap, were usually at the pool or hanging out at the park with our friends. He’s not swimming yet, but he loves to splash around and watch the water move. Our neighborhood pool has a wave/kid play area. We usually go and let the water splash over our legs. Some days, we just make our way to the little baby pool in our backyard for a splashing party all to ourselves. As soon as he sees the bright blue pool his legs start kicking. Once we turn on the Munchkin bubble machine, he’s pretty much content just sitting there playing until it’s time for another nap.

There will be a day he’s not interested in playing with his momma. So for now, I’ll soak up the days of him learning every little new thing, looking at me every few seconds to make sure I’m still there, and him laughing because I’m the funniest person he knows.

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Here are a few of the items that make our summer time so much fun:

Click Lock Weighted Flexi-Straw Cup Keeps the straw in the position to drink no matter which way your babe holds it. AHmazing
Miracle 360 Training Cup
Penguin Bubble Blower – Pretty much every baby’s dream – Bubbles coming out of a cute penguin
Ocean Bath Squirts – Perfect for bath time or the baby pool in your backyard. 😉
White Hot Bowls – Seriously, genius. When making your baby’s food, the plate will literally tell you by changing colors that the food is too hot for the baby to consume.
Cool Bottle Bag – For carrying all your lunch, snacks and bottles to the pool or park.
Soft-Tip Infant Spoons – Perfect and light weight. We even keep an extra in our diaper bag.

*Thank you to Munchkin for sponsoring this post and for making our summer so much sweeter.

Baby, Life

Lake Nights

June 4, 2016
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We’ve taken to being outdoors a whole lot more than usual. I am not sure if it’s because I am surrounded by boys, or if its the fact that being outside makes your feel so good. Vitamin D and lots of beautiful things to look at and explore. After grabbing a bite on Friday night, we decided to head to the lake for a quick stroll before Cove’s bedtime. He can’t even crawl, but he’s just itching to get out of our arms and explore. Since I know it’s only a matter of time before he will, I’m keeping him close and totally embracing baby wearing.

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DIY, Home

Backyard Bliss

June 1, 2016
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Now that the temps are warming up and the sun is setting later, Ian and I decided we wanted to spruce up our patio below the deck. Although we love the view of the sunset from the top of our deck, its full sun and pretty open. We thought having something below would be a little cozier and we could create a shaded place to eat a meal together. Cove also loves being outside, so this has been our little getaway when he gets fussy too.

With the help of At Home, and a few things we had around the house, we worked to make the space feel more relaxed and our little sanctuary. My love for bohemian things and neutrals came out again. (You can see some of the details from our bohemian bash here.) I wanted the space to feel earthy and eclectic. We used one of the tables that Ian had built for the boho bash, and added taller legs. Ian then built some simple modern benches from old wood we found and I painted the legs of everything white to make the table look more cohesive and brighten it up a bit. We strung outdoor lights criss crossed across the bottom of the deck to give it softer light. I found the light pendent (was just a basket) at a local thrift store and Ian made it into a light fixture for me. He ran a simple pendent light through it with some rope. At Home helped pull the space together with this gorgeous aztec rug, a little side modern metal table and a few planters to give the space some greenery.

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