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Friday, August 26, 2011

Visions of Pooh Bear Dancing in my Head

I mentioned before that I've decided to go with a Winnie the Pooh theme for our baby boy's nursery, so I thougth I'd share some of the projects I've completed thus far...

So far I've finished 2 watercolor paintings for Wilson's nursery. I plan on doing at least 2 more because I want to include Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, & Roo. I named the top one "Hey there Long Ears!" & the bottom one "Silly 'O Bear!"

This morning I made the little man this night light (in between cleaning the back porch, vacuuming the house, & doing 2 loads of laundry).

A few weeks ago I drew Owl, Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, & Piglet around this tree that I oil painted earlier this summer (oil paint takes an eternity to dry). I took the picture above just before I started mixing paint & got to work tonight. I was really in the mood to paint tonight, so I was able to do 2 characters (Pooh & Owl). They're going to need another layer of paint, but once again I'll have to wait at least a week for the first layer to dry. As you can see Owl is in the top of the tree & Pooh is floating by balloon up to the bee hive. You can't see my sketches, but Tigger is hopping down on the lower left side of the tree, Piglet is fretting on the right side looking up at Pooh, and Eeyore is sulking right beneath the center. So far the most difficult thing about this picture is dealing with the awkward size of the canvas. It's long & skinny, so it doesn't work well on an easel, and it hangs off the table. I'm constantly having to turn it a different direction to work on another spot (& most importantly keep my hand out of the wet paint). I can't wait to see how everything turns out when I finish, frame it, & actually get his room together ;)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

This is What I painted last night

I worked for 4 hours last night painting the letters of his name on these cute little square canvases from Michael's. It was a lot of fun, and I'm going to tie black ribbons on each of them to hang them in his room. The really fun thing about each letter being on its own canvas is I'm not limited on how to hang them. I was playing around with them last night, and I like the way it looks doing them horizontal with one letter up, the next slightly down, then the next one back up. I also like the way it looks when I lined them up like stairs going downwards. One day when it cools off, we'll get to work on the nursery, but in the mean time I'm enjoying coming up with cute little ideas to do in there. Lots of people say it isn't as easy to come up with cute ideas for decorating a boys room, but I'm afraid I'm coming up with more ideas than I'll ever be able to use! Putting together a boy's room may require you to rid your mind of flowers, layers of frills, and massive quantities of the colors pastel pink & purple, but that doesn't even begin to get rid of 1/10th of all the decorating options that are still available!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Just 1 Question....

Who are these people & what are they doing living in our house? I forgot which baby product commercial it was, but the last line says, "Having a Baby changes Everything." Seriously, whoever said it was a total genius / prophet / must have gone through this whole crazy thing too. The above picture was taken a little less than a month ago when we went to Jon's brother's Texarkana wedding reception.

There have been a lot of little changes for us. This Dr. Pepper-aholic hasn't been able to stand the taste of anything but Yellow Gatorade for almost 4 months. We now have someone else to talk to, and talk about besides ourselves, the store, & our furry children. Every morning before Jon goes to work, he gives me a kiss & says he loves me like always, but now he also rubs my tummy & says, "I love you too Wilson." It always makes me smile, and I think Wilson likes it too ;) Most nights we go to bed earlier, and we both sleep a lot lighter. Jon is on constant alert mode, every time I wake up to use the restroom or throw up, he's wide awake to see if every thing's alright. When we go out to a store neither of us ever really wants to get anything for ourselves, instead we always end up in the baby section, and not just the baby section, but the Baby Boy section.

Another big change is that everything is measured in weeks. When I was younger it would drive me crazy when you'd ask a pregnant person or a new mom how far along they were or how old their baby was, and they'd spout off something like, "14 weeks." I would think "OK... Can you not use months anymore because now I'm having to divide this out!" Now I'm doing the same thing. For those of you who understand "Momspeak" I'm 9 days away from 20 weeks. For the rest of the normal population that means 9 days away from 4 1/2 months. I'm 9 days away from the official half way mark!

I still don't really look pregnant, I'm 10 pounds less than I was the day I found out I was expecting, and I'm still throwing up a lot. Jon has dark circles under his eyes, and I'm just hoping that before this is over Wilson & I won't give him any gray hairs! In spite of it all, you won't meet two happier people!

Wilson is doing great, and we're both very excited about our little man.

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