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Woodland Creatures – baby boy’s nursery {part II}

Over the last few weeks we’ve been getting more of the nursery put together. I’m currently reading 12 Hours of Sleep Before 12 Weeks Old and I’m so excited to start sleep training! Must be the planner in me, but I want my baby to be happy and sleep soundly in this little nursery we’ve made {and I want us to have a sleep schedule, too!}. Here’s the latest progress:

{Rob and his stache sippy ;)}


{Restoration Hardware, i love you}







If you’re looking for the Thumbprint tree print, you can purchase it here on Etsy. It’s adorable!

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Woodland Creatures – baby boy’s nursery {part I}

The nursery is slowly coming together.  Here’s a look at the color scheme and decor I’m going for. But as I’m going through all my goodies, I realize now that the gold I was going for is being substituted for more of an orange or grey, ha. I’ve been shopping like a maniac on Etsy lately, and can’t wait to post more pictures as things deliver and I can actually hang all my finds in the nursery. Why is Esty so flippin’ amazing?! I’ve spent way too much. As can be expected with the first baby, right? More pictures to come of the nursery, once it all comes together.

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Christmas at the beach house



Christmas morning we woke up early, brewed some coffee, and quickly got on FaceTime with our family for gift opening. Almost felt like we were together, even though we were apart. It was hard to say goodbye; I miss them so much.

After gifts we went into breakfast mode. I made Heather’s B&B Potato and Boursin Frittata {with a side of bacon;)}. It’s seriously the most delicious breakfast casserole you’ll ever taste. I highly recommend! I might just make it again this weekend, ha.

{couldn’t resist these fox pajama pants for Rob!}



This year Rob and I exchanged one “big” gift, and then stockings. We of course had to hang one for little boy, and for the pups. We all made out this year. Rob did particularly well with mine!





Tacoma was trying so hard to get both the ball and bone in his mouth at one time. hahahahaha

While searching for a fun recipe for Christmas dinner, I stumbled upon The Pioneer Woman’s chocolate peppermint cupcakes, and now I wish I hadn’t. They came out sooo good. Eating 4 cupcakes is like eating a slice of cake, right? Riiiiight.

After scarfing down a few cupcakes, we headed out to catch a matinee showing of American Hustle. Amy Adams’ hair stole my heart. I really think I need some hot rollers now. I mean, wow. Look at her hair! Just wish the movie had more of a *punch* at the ending …

After the flick we took the dogs for a long walk on the beach to watch the sunset. It was one of the clearest days I’ve seen here in the Cruz. Just beautiful. You could see the entire coastline of Monterey Bay. God graced us with a gorgeous Christmas day in honor of his son. Thank you for such a warm, loving day.  We are truly so blessed, in so many ways.


For Christmas dinner I made spaghetti & meatballs {another Pioneer Woman recipe}, and we had a picnic in front of the TV while we watched The Blind Side {one of my stocking stuffers and favorite movies!}. I love any pasta dish by Mrs. Drummond. Probably because she almost always uses wine ;)

Not sure you were interested in the mundane details of our Christmas day, but I look forward to looking back at this special day. Our first Christmas away from family, and before we become a family. Crazy to think about it like that, but it’s so true. Next Christmas it won’t just be us. We’ll have a son {ahh!!}. Hope your hearts were warm this Christmas! Ours sure were!

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About ready for Christmas

The holiday sure came fast this year. We will be staying in the Cruz for Christmas this year. Stockings are hung {including one for little boy}, gifts are on their way, and our Christmas movie line-up is ready. With no travel in our near future, I see a lot of nights by the fire and walks along the beach, bundled up. Also need to use some of this down time to get the nursery ready. Still so much to do before February! What are your plans for Christmas?

{peppermint hot chocolate anyone?}
{this Woodland Creatures wrapping paper at Cost Plus is too cute to handle – dying}
{Tacoma’s face is so sweet. He loves love – just like me ;)}
{Our favorite thing to do these days is lounge in our comfies and slippers}
{Rob and I are going a little overboard with our stockings for each other this year, so I picked out the biggest ones I could find}
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Friendsgiving at the beach house

It’s officially the holiday season {yay}! We had a pretty low-key Thanksgiving this year with a couple of our friends. Even though we couldn’t be with family, we did get to talk with all of them via phone or FaceTime. I even FaceTimed with my family in Michigan! It made my day. I’m so thankful FaceTime was invented. Rob and I picked up the turkey and pies, and because we went to Costco, we went big. Now we have a TON of leftovers, and having that much left-over pie is not a good thing for me, ha. This year we also brined our turkey, which was so easy I’m not sure why we’ve never done it before. Then we covered it in garlic, butter & sage. It came out perfect. Because the turkey took longer than we thought, I was able to take a lot of before pics {sorry, no food shots!}. It was so nice to just visit and watch holiday movies and enjoy Thanksgiving together. We have so much to be thankful for every year. God has been keeping a close watch on us, in more than one way. Every new day is a blessing. Hope you all enjoyed your turkey day and got to spend it with your loved ones.

{Miss Heather made our place settings — so talented that one!}
I’m also pretty thankful for this man. Every day I fall more in love with him and thank God for putting him in my life. We’re having so much fun these days. Every night is a date night {we’re trying to soak up as much alone time as we can before this little one comes and changes our world!}.  Thank you, Rob, for being so loving and funny and supportive. You’re what life is about and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anyone else.
Cheers to good friends and good food — ready for the Christmas now!