3-5 things currently on my mind this week...
We've had to move every bedroom around to make room for this baby & now that we have it sorted as to where everyone is landing, I'm ready to tie up the loose ends. This week I focused on my oldest son's room. He'll be in this bedroom for a while & while a part of me would love to snap my fingers & have it perfectly styled & decorated, I won't. The goal isn't for him to live in a catalogue bedroom...so instead I'll allow it to grow & build over time. This week we added a big flag to his bedroom wall & got some artwork hung. A full post on how to antique a flag coming soon, but I love how it turned out.
In the process of the upstairs addition & moving everyone around, I've taken just about every piece of artwork off my walls. Now I'm wondering what pieces I'll hang back up. When we first moved into this house, I took a very long time to hang anything. I'm oddly slow and deliberate in choosing what to hang on my walls. One piece I recently added that I really love came from a quick snap from my phone. I like my kids to have some religious art in each of their bedrooms, but I lean more towards an abstract or clever interpretation of it these days. When we took a recent trip to Tucson for the temple open house, I snapped a quick, quirky angle of the entrance, cropped nice and tight, with a strong black & white composition. When I saw it I knew it would work perfectly in my son's room. On a whim I sent it to Framebridge & had it in my hands in less than a week. Reporting today, that I love it. I don't typically spend that much on printing and framing, but I'm about ready to do it again with some photos I took in Durango. Let me know if you want that above photo for your own house & I'd be happy to send you the image for printing.
Working on my mindset quite a bit these days. It might be because I have a feeling I'm walking into a huge change, that I really want to enjoy, but know is frought with emotion. About a year ago, I really started focusing on it, when I read this book & this one. I can say there has been a huge mental shift for me that has really helped me grow in new & different ways. Notice, not always easy ways, but always beneficial. With a baby on the horizon, I'm trying to buckle down a bit more again with morning routines, gratitude journals & the like. School starting has really helped this AND I saw on Jenna's feed today she's starting a 30-day focus on it too. I probably won't follow it exactly, but she always has some good insights I tend to incorporate.
I'm having a baby in 8 weeks. Mind blown. It's so different this time around mostly because my older kids & work keep me so busy, I don't hardly have time to even worry or fret about how much our life is about to change. I did manage to pick up these this week & love them, but mostly, I'm excited for quiet, slow days this fall & winter. Don't get me wrong...I've got big goals mapped out for next year, but I'm giving myself until January to really dig into them. Until then, I've got to figure out a name. Honestly I'm totally undecided on it. So please weigh in with your favorite one-syllable boy names. Ready...go!
Guys. I'm to the point in this pregnancy where everyone has a comment about this belly. I understand it mostly has to do with the way I carry (straight out), but I'd be lying if I didn't tell you I day dream about buttoning pants. I keep reminding myself to 'enjoy' these last 8 weeks because I'll never do this again, but then I see jeans & think about how much I'll enjoy buttoning those up. Let's just pretend I'll have the baby & magically be able to button my jeans again, okay? These are the jeans at the top of my list...along with some sweaters, graphic tees & cardigans...
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.