Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our little family to yours
Best wishes for a happy & successful 2015

I am welcoming this break with open arms and hope to indulge and sleep in as much as I can each day. (You hear that, Marty? Mommy wants you to sleep in past 5:30am. please?)
I have been having a bit of a tough time moving around these past few weeks due to pelvic and tailbone pains, so rest is a must. Doctor's orders!

I hope you and yours enjoy a really relaxing break as well and have a very Merry Christmas. And find the time to indulge in a Christmas cookie or two!  
(Really though, I recently baked a whole batch of shortbread just for myself. Oink oink)

Nursery Update

I've been trying to make the nursery and getting ready for baby a bit more of a priority these days.
Somehow I hit the 6 month mark this week, and it made me realize how fast the time is passing!

Time to get my butt in gear!!

 I am so in love with this bassinet from a friend. The birds are so sweet and match perfectly with my baby bird/owl theme. This will stay in our room for the first little bit until Baby (and mommy/daddy) gets a bit settled.

This cream owl stuffy was the very first thing I purchased when I found out I was pregnant. Seriously, I'm talking the day after. I just had to buy SOMETHING to make it all feel real.

I can't get enough cream and white in my life, although I am sure a newborn won't make this too easy on me! Mixing in a few gray and coloured pieces here and there should help.

 A few accessories waiting to be hung. Our dresser & crib won't arrive for a few weeks yet, so I am waiting until then to figure out where everything will go. There is a beautiful felt mobile just waiting to find the perfect home!

Ah, onesies. Finding cute, gender neutral onesies that aren't gray is an impossible task! I managed to find a few at Old Navy, Carter's and Toy's R Us and am on the lookout for more. Can't wait until this baby is born and I can go crazy with the pinks or blues ; )

Christmas DIY ideas

I love me a good DIY, and have been really itching to try something new! Unfortunately (I mean...fortunately!), being a puppy mummy takes up all my spare time right now, and DIY's have fallen to the bottom of my priority list in getting ready for the holidays.

Regardless, here are a few really simple projects that I have my eye on completing before the holidays are over!

This Woodland Wreath by Satori Design is simply stunning!
I loves the rustic simplicity compared to the Ombre Wreath DIY I tried my hand at last year
I have had this project pinned to my Christmas board for a few years now!
I absolutely love it
Every time I go into Michael's, I think about making it and just haven't committed yet
Next year, I promise!
How cute & simple is this Gift wrap DIY from A Pair and Spare?
It would be so fun for a children's gift
These mini tree gnomes from Better Homes and Gardens are so adorable
They remind me of a smaller version of the Wine Bottle Elves DIY I gifted last year
I think these little guys are at the top of my list for this year's DIY
What are your thoughts on holiday DIY's ? Love 'em, or Leave 'em??

Life, Lately

Can you believe it is already December?
I've been looking forward to this month for what seems like forever. My Dad is coming to visit (2nd time seeing him this year-spoiled!), and it will be our first Christmas in our new house and I hope the start of a few new holiday traditions.
The last time I saw my dad, I was about 6 weeks pregnant and got to tell him the news in person. It is a memory I will always treasure, considering we can go a whole year without visiting. He has been such a huge support system for me during my pregnancy. I think when he sees me in a few short weeks, my big belly will be a fun surprise!

Our weekends have been filled with tons of work lately (not to mention one exhaustion induced meltdown), so it's been fun to balance that off with a little relaxation and family time. Here is what we have been up to lately:

 Yesterday we spotted a cat outside in minus 30 degree weather. Luckily we were able to catch him and ended up bringing him to the Humane Society. I think he may have been a stray and suffering from frostbite. I sure hope he made it through the night! If we didn't have our hands so full with Marty, I would really have fought to keep the little guy

 Has anyone else started decorating for Christmas? I November ; )
I had an idea in my head of a DIY project for our front hall/railing and and really happy with the way it turned out. I will share it here soon!

 Nursery planning is in full swing! I always find it helps me to sketch things out. I have so many ideas in my head, but find it hard to commit to any one thing or vision/theme. 
I am a huge lover of all things decorating, I can't wait to create a fun nursery for our little one! 

 Speaking of little ones...Here is big brother Marty! I can't believe how big he is getting. 
Up to 25 lbs now at 14.5 weeks (he was 9 lbs when we picked him up)
Such a character (read:Brat)

 We spoiled ourselves and bought our Christmas gift early-a 60" TV for the bonus room. 
Since we started dating, we have always loved watching movies together. 
Here is Marty watching his namesake in Back to the Future
(Can you believe I had never seen this before?)

 Every sunday we take Marty to "Puppy Party". 
12 puppies in one room for an hour is absolute chaos and hilarious. 
It wipes him out for days

Scott's Grandpa turned 90 (!) last week and the whole family celebrated with steaks at Caesar's!
It's not often the whole group gets together, so it is really special when it does happen
Even more special if I can talk Scott into taking a photo ; )