Friday, July 25, 2014

#nelsendays2014 Week 29

Still no baby, but here's a look at what we've been up to this week!

Day 197: Our sweet nephew Jackson was convinced that there was "a big bouncy ball" in my belly. ;) Haha!

Day 198: A sneak peek of our master bedroom! You can see the entire finished product here.

A #tbt post to the day we found out we were having a boy. ;)

Day 199: Walking in the rain before dinner last Friday

Day 200: Rainy days...

Day 201: Happy 1st Birthday to our sweet friends' baby, Henry!

Day 202: Ice-cream date with my sis and her sweet boys! Poor Maddox's head got squished, and I didn't even realize it until I looked at the picture. haha!

Day 203: July 22nd, our due date, came and went and it was still just the three of us. ;) No complaints here though- we know he'll make his appearance soon!

And one more picture of Tally because I think it's hilarious. His new routine is sleeping under our curtains every night. Most nights he sticks just his nose out, like he's creating his own eye mask or something- haha! This pic is him getting prepped to go under for the night. He is such a crazy dog!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Brown, Gray, and Yellow Master Bedroom Makeover!

Ahhh... I cannot tell you how excited I am to have a completed master bedroom! Over the past week, I've loved just sitting in there and taking it all in. 

As you know, if you know us personally or have been around here for a while, this project has been a long time coming. 

After replacing the carpet with hardwoods and finding the right furniture, the room needed finishing: a rug, a few decorations on the wall and dressers, and something for the corner by the tall dresser.

Insert Julie Minton.

Julie is a long-time family friend of ours. Her older brother and Matt have been best friends since they were four years old.

She also happens to have her own interior design business and is ah-mazing at what she does.

Julie first came by a few months ago when I was needing a sounding board for all of the fabrics I had found for the nursery. She was so helpful and efficient- telling me yes and no to ideas I had without taking away from the vision I had for the room. If anything, she added to what I was envisioning and made it even better than what I was picturing in my mind!

Once I heard that she and her hubby were moving back home after three years in California, I knew she would be the perfect person to help complete the master bedroom. 

With my due date right around the corner, I wanted it done! 

I knew Julie could make it happen quickly and would add a fresh decorative touch to the room by finding pieces I wouldn't have necessarily been drawn to myself, while still matching my "clean and not cluttered" style. Oh and I knew she would make the whole makeover affordable because she shops like me, finding hidden gems at Homegoods, Hobby Lobby, and Target.

So she came over one Friday to take pictures and measurements of the space, and wouldn't you know she was ready to come back and decorate the following TUESDAY?! And when I say decorate, I mean she does it all- she even brings her cute little tool box for hanging pictures and such- I've never seen someone set up a room so fast!

Like I said, ah-mazing.

If you're in the Atlanta area and looking to redecorate or organize, Julie is your girl! You can check out her other work here or email her at {}.

If you mention this blog post, she is offering one free hour of service for every four hours you purchase. That amounts to a 20% discount!

I couldn't be happier with how it all turned out. Matt was impressed too with how fast she found everything and the overall change of the room (which is saying a lot since he thought the room was "done" when the furniture was put in). Boys. ;)

So here it is!!!

Furniture- Paula Deen Home Collection
Paint Color- Sherwin Williams Monorail Silver
Bedding- Target
Window Treatments- West Elm
Chair- Homegoods
Pillow on Chair- Homegoods
Rug- Homegoods
Tall and Short White Vases- Homegoods
 Yellow Spray inside short vase- Hobby Lobby
Yellow and Gray Prints/Wall Art- Homegoods
Gray and White Candle on nightstand- Homegoods
White frame on nightstand- Homegoods
Lamps- Homegoods
White Mirror- Homegoods
Count Your Blessings Sign- Hobby Lobby
Little Glass Jar- Hobby Lobby
Lantern- Kirklands
Gray/White Ombre Candle inside lantern- Hobby Lobby
Gray Clock- Homegoods

To find out the winner of the Si & Ez giveaway, click here.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hello Due Date

July 22nd- is it really here?!

Some days it felt like this day would never arrive. Certainly not when we were praying and hoping to be given the sweet opportunity of parenthood.

And now, here it is. Our due date.

We're as ready as we're gonna be to meet our little man, but we're just as happy to wait on him to make his appearance whenever he's ready. 

The bags are packed (albeit, over-packed), the nursery is ready, the clothes are washed, and the house is clean- shower curtains and all... because that's what happens when you get close to your due date apparently- you suddenly become overly interested in being clean.

The only thing missing now is the sweet boy who will change our lives forever.

There's no telling what the Lord has in store for our family from here- how many kids we'll have, whether they'll be boys or girls, biological or adopted, close in age or spread apart...

But it feels like we're standing at the threshold of sweet change. The beginning of new experiences and lessons to be learned.

And we can't wait.

Thank you for all of your encouraging words throughout this journey and for sharing in our anticipation of Baby Nelsen's arrival.

We'll update IG or FB when we're headed to the hospital!