Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bittersweet

This morning I have been at the hospital since 7:15am. I have been fasting since roughly 10pm and I am not a happy camper inside! On the outside I have been chit chatting with the patients coming and going in the lab waiting room, watching my favorite shows Drop Dead Diva and Army Wives, and trying to practice the patience that will be vital when Little Miss Hadley gets here. Grrr.. this is not fun! Telling myself just have faith, be patient, and remember it is all worth it in the end. Only 45 minutes to go!

Yum yum drink and not so happy momma to be..

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Patience, love, and stress

Most days its easy to think about how wonderful life really is. I have a wonderful husband who despite being a busy grad student would bend over backwards for me (and HJ). A sweet baby girl on the way and a crazy awesome family that supports each other through stress, drama, and the everyday perils of ordinary life. But... I, as some of you know, am quite an anxious person who on occasion gets beyond stressed out about this and that.

This week it has been the fact that Chris has to be gone soooo much for his research. He typically is gone for 3 days then has to run samples over the next 2 days- basically leaving only the weekend for "us" time. However, as I have realized over time, this does not mean we can or should pack in as much excitement as normal families get who see each other daily.

I am the type who loves to be around others and on the go, alot. Chris on the other hand likes his down time and I have unfairly bombarded this only time off with lots of requests for "us" time. He truly does his best to accommodate such a extroverted wife but bless his heart! Chris just reminds me that this will all be over soon and I will be stuck with him at home all the time in the future, as he makes a face as if I would hate that! 

I know this research is a necessary evil for finishing the amazing journey called Ph.D candidacy; however, I can't help but become a little sad when he will/has been gone 13 out of  the next 14 days. I know I am a grown woman and shouldn't react as if I were a child being left at daycare for the first time- yet I lost it today. Experiencing emotion is healthy right?! I have always thought that getting your emotions out was healthier than repressing them but then again I've never been pregnant before now. This is new territory for me and hopefully has not been to the detriment of sweet baby HJ.

I suppose I do have the benefit of looking to other mothers I respect and seeing that it is completely normal to feel out of control on occasion. That truly does put me at ease a bit. I am not crazy or alone in these emotions. Someone whom I have looked up to for several years is Kelly Martin Stamps. To me she has been the epitome of sweet southern lady turned amazing mother turned funny, wise, and influential blogger. She posted yesterday about becoming Unglued. Like I said a minute ago I feel better about knowing this happens to the best of women out there. Being a good wife or mother has more to do with the fact that you can be honest about things like this, take a deep breath, pray, and move on from it rather than hiding it away and pretending it doesn't exist. Thank you Kelly for making me feel human and for just being you! 

Another person who makes me feel loved and human even at my worst is my own mother. It's times like today when I realize that being a good mother sometimes has nothing to do with showing your child how strong they can be. It's showing them that being vulnerable is perfectly fine too. At my worst sometimes I try to push away from any support fearing that it is better to be sad alone. My mother said to me I love you so much that I want to be your punching bag. Basically saying, I am hear to listen and absorb the venom you are feeling because that's what good mothers do. They want the hurt to go away from their child. Vulnerability allows you to let down your guard, get out that emotion, and then start to feel better. 

I have been told I have to be strong for HJ. I shouldn't get so stressed out. I feel that in actuality the fact that I get it out, breath, and then move on from it is healthier for us both in the long run. I cried and cried when Chris left. Took a warm shower crying even more. Then fell asleep. Woke up and felt better. I have spent the evening talking to HJ and rubbing my tummy. She has been kicking off and on for the last two hours. Responding to my voice and the tummy rubbing. I feel if she can forgive me for occasionally feeling down or stressed out then life truly is good. I will be there for her just as my mom and husband and friends have been there for me. Love is shown in many ways. The kicks I feel even after such negativity show me that love starts out very early on. I love you too Hadley Jane.

Sneak Peek! Baby HJ's Nursery


Some of you may have gotten more than a sneak peek if you have visited the Rogers household recently. However! Many of you have not! So I'll give you a little taste of the work in progress.. This as I have said before has been such a fun process. Oh how I love this little girl and so hope she loves her new home as much as we do. Although, I will say it's highly likely my dream of having a girlie girl will be dashed by a tough little chick who loves camo and guns more than pink and ruffles! Maybe we can settle on pink ruffled camo?! Only time will tell... Voila!











Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sweat Equity

Probably self explanatory but here are more photos of Daddy (and Grandpa Fred helped too!) hard at work on the set for HJ's room.

The broken drawer face from the desk. (Previous post)

Daddy sanding the grooves for the headboard.

Hardware off and drawer front sanded.

See! I told you looks can be deceiving! The hutch and chest of drawers
had so much paint it had to be stripped down. Red paint was underneath.

Finally bare wood under all that paint.

Ooh! Daddy finally priming the headboard. 
In the next post I'll give you a sneak peek of the perfect furniture and parts of her nursery! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Perfect Furniture and Potty Pals

So earlier this month I posted a few photos of what inspired us for the baby's room. I also mentioned that we found potential furniture in my parents storage barn! Finally! After much delay... I have downloaded the photos of that furniture before being transformed into what we hoped would be the cutest furniture I couldn't have ever bought! I say that because I have searched for and priced sets with similar character well into the several hundred dollar range. Excluding us due to budget. Boo.. 

Nevertheless! We were determined to make this set work for our needs and to be cute to boot! So without further ado... Here are the first photos of the before photos!

The desk was missing a drawer which had fallen off.

The headboard. Wow. And the piece to the right.. Just remember looks can be deceiving.

Potty Pals. And no! I do not claim responsibility for that masterpiece.

10 - 12 years of gross build up in storage.

Stay tuned for the transformation photos and have a swell day!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Baby Adelaide | 8 month shoot

This past weekend I did a shoot for Baby Adelaide and her parents. This baby has so much character! She had me smiling the whole time. I have been fortunate enough to be involved in several of her life  milestones: momma's maternity shots, her newborn shots, and now her 8 month shots (aka 6 month planned shoot)! I look forward to seeing her continue to grow and develop her effervescent personality! See you in a few more months sweet girl. Also, check out her momma's blog Away at Home Mom for a snippet about s. trucks photography!










Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Design Camp 2012

This summer I was invited to participate in a design camp for high school students. Thank you to Phoebe Lickwar, Aubrey Pate Mitchell, Alison Turner, Jenny Bermudez, Katie Dunn, Colby Ritter, Robert Whittemore, and the wonderful students who made this week a fantastic experience! Check out the photos from the camp! Also, check out this link for an article on the camp through the University.




Monday, August 6, 2012

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

Betty Crocker has nothing on me! Ha! Well that may be an overstatement but I am giving her a run for the money. Lately I have tried not to be afraid of trying new things. That may sound funny but I have been scared of learning to cook and bake for most of my life. Maybe it's the fear of failing? Who knows..  but I have to learn sometime! And for Hadley's sake I suppose it's better to try out my cooking on Chris rather than on her! LOL

Sunday I decided to try chocolate chip cookies with an added twist. I used the Hershey's recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add eggs; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chocolate chips and coconut flakes. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 5 dozen cookies.

    PAN RECIPE: Spread batter in greased 15-1/2x10-1/2x1-inch jelly-roll pan. Bake at 375°F. 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely; cut into bars. About 4 dozen bars.


Before

After- Baked to perfection!

So half of the recipe made around 40 cookies. After Charlie, Chris, and I taste tested them *all afternoon* we had 8 left this morning! Needless to say I enjoyed them and so did Miss Hadley!

Yummy in my tummy!
One last thing.. I got a text from Charlie today saying the cookies he took home to his roommate were a hit. Guys just don't text to say cookies were yummy unless they were hella good. ;) Yea me!

The Perfect Baby Room

So it was inevitable that once we found out Baby Rogers was a girl our ideas of a simply sharing a room with the baby and having a modest and simple design was out the window. After hours of searching pinterest and the web for inspiration I was set on the shabby chic and sweet girly nursery I'd always envisioned. I was inspired by these rooms!



Then came searching for the furniture that would be perfect for her room.. I look on craigslist, I priced new furniture, we looked at a few vintage shops but nothing was perfect (or I should say perfect and priced right)! Frustration set in. Then my mother called me with a suggestion. She said the furniture I used as a child was still out in the storage shed. Soooo... Chris and I came down one night to take a look. It was worth a chance!

Once we started digging we found all the pieces in repairable shape and the decision was made to put in the many many hours of labor to bring these pieces back to life! 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Baby Love and Summer Milestones

As most of you know Chris and I are expecting a little one in November. It had been my hope to be one of those fabulous mommas to be that blogged constantly about how wonderful it is to be pregnant and recount the special moments along the way. Unfortunately, that goal is nearly 2/3 incomplete and I am just now getting around to updating my blog since the last day of my college career! Can you blame me though? I have been a little busy... So! I am giving you the quick version of the last 3 months milestones and we will just go from there on the previously stated goal.

May 12, 2012- Graduation
Susie and I after graduation.

June 14, 2012 - We are having a....GIRL!

Baby Hadley Jane at 18 weeks.
June 26, 2012 - The Big Move 2012


New house - Big Mess!
 
July 26, 2012 - 2nd ultrasound done to make sure everything was perfect with Miss Hadley

Baby Hadley at 24 weeks.

Baby Hadley at 24 weeks.