Sunday, May 25, 2014

Wines Family Weekend

Just a few weeks ago my family headed back to our favorite lake house for our annual Wines family weekend.  We didn't plan much as far as scheduled activities since the entertainment coordinator (me) had been having issues with vertigo and knew I was about to have surgery.  It was a relaxing time though, and I think everyone enjoyed the weekend away.  The kids enjoyed the hot tub, sprinkler, playing in the sand, and watching movies.  The adults cooked, read, and relaxed on the deck.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

11 Months Old

It has been a crazy month to say the least.  After ten years of struggling with random vertigo attacks as a result of Meniere's disease, I decided to have surgery to have the balance center of my left ear removed (labyrinthectomy) along with it's remaining hearing.  Although I've been reading about the surgery for over five years and talked to several doctors about it, recovery has been more challenging than I could have imagined.  I immediately woke with severe vertigo (expected) and it has not totally subsided now over a week out (not expected).  The nausea is much better and I've now gone over a week without meds for it as well as for pain.  (I think I could work on a fishing boat now)  I've had to learn to balance (sit up, stand, walk) all over again and luckily I see improvements every day.  I have to push myself to do things and just pray that doing more helps and soon this will all be a distant memory.  I've had a great support around me.  My in-laws have helped with the kids.  My parents stayed some at the hospital and my Mom has been staying with me while Jordan works.  We've had our class at church bringing meals and several ministers visited us in the hospital.  Lot's of prayers and messages of encouragement.  In the midst of all of this, our little guy turned 11 months!  I took me a few days to muster the courage to stand on a chair to take his monthly picture, so here is his update just a little bit late.

Miles grew so much while I was in the hospital!  I pumped and he took bottles while I was away and really stepped up eating solids.  He loves everything!  I know it won't last, but he will eat anything you give him, veggies and all.  He is walking around furniture and standing on his own for little bits.  He's a crazy fast crawler and loves to get into things he's not supposed to like the books on the bookshelf, the doggy door, the toilet, and the dog bowl.  He has quite the loud squeal (amped up for my loss of hearing in one ear).  He now says "bye, bye" and can wave, clap, and pull his brothers hair really well!  He's a happy guy who will give a smile to anyone who shows him attention!  He likes being outside in the sandbox and LOVES water.  He went for his first "swim" last week in the kiddie pool Jordan bought over the weekend and loved it. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Miles Nursery

It took me six months to finish Rylin's nursery.  You may remember it from here.  It seems the owl and woodland theme really took off since then. (I won't claim to have started it, but at least I had to be on the cusp!)  Well, we'd all had enough of it here in this house so I was excited to reinvent the room with a new baby.  Since we didn't find out the sex, I decided to hold off on decorating and instead plan two different nurseries, one for a boy and one for a girl, and then execute the one that was decided on delivery day.

So ten months later (yes, I'm slower with two kids), Miles finally has his nursery.  Though he's not really sleeping in it short of the occasional cat nap, we do enjoy playing in it and he does get his diaper changed there.  It's also still our guest room, so it gets plenty of use.

The scenic print I painted on a drop cloth was the last addition to the room.

I made art for over the crib and the Camp Miles sign was made by my cousin for Mile's shower from a log cut from the tree in my yard growing up.

The fabric for the sheet was the first thing I purchased for the room.  It has cute little canned ham campers, fox and bears, and a river with canoes.
I used salvaged drawers from on old kitchen my dad remodeled as wall shelves and backed them with topographic maps of Colorado.  They hold books, trinkets, and a few vintage toys.

The log side table my Dad made and the vintage rocker are still favorites from Rylin's nursery.  My Mom found the canoe lamp at a thrift store and I added a new shade.

I used the mobile from the old nursery and added 50's travel post cards that fit the colors of the room perfectly.  I love that some of them actually have writing on them about someones vacation.  I used an old galvanized bucket I had for storing his stuffed animals.

I saw this cool idea on Pinterest for making your curtain rod pull double duty as a shelf.  A few shelf brackets, and a handy husband put it together for me.  It holds little thrift store finds and Miles blocks.  The curtains were a full sheet from the Company Store that I hardly had to alter to make them fit.