Friday, January 28, 2011

he has arrived!

I don't have much time in between feedings to write an actual post, but I just wanted to update you all that Isaac Thomas Bridges was born Tuesday, January 25 at 6:17am. He weighed in at 8 pounds 9 oz and is 20 inches long! My big (little) boy.

Here we are together only hours after our first meeting. I am so in love!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

before and after: shelf and drawers

Okay so I wasn't exactly sure what to call this piece of furniture...

This past week my husband finished working on an awesome piece of furniture. It came with the baby dresser we purchased about a month ago off of Craigslist but we didn't really want to keep the 2 as a set. Instead, my husband decided to strip the paint and simply stain it. It ended up being a way bigger project than just that!


Originally there was a back piece on it, but we decided it looks so much better without it (especially since it's just a huge piece of plywood.. yuck!). I really like the hardware on it. We were going to use knobs that match all of our other furniture, but these came in packs of 2 (and were cheaper). But I actually like them better!

We're not exactly sure what we'll do with it, mostly because there's no room in our apartment for it right now. But I think we could use it as a buffet table. I guess it will all depend on the space we have in our new place. For the time being, it's sitting in our garage.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

friday wrap up

this week i

*started reading this book and this book

*made a few burp clothes for baby Isaac

*fell in love with this scrapbook

*and then started a wishlist at amazon for the supplies I'll need to make one just like it for Isaac

*thought this was a cute way to decorate for Valentine's Day (if only we celebrated it in our house...)

*signed up for leadership coaching from Mark Driscoll.. how cool is that??

*downloaded this coupon for 20% off your entire purchase at Big Lots (I LOVE Big Lots!)

*received the photos from our maternity shoot with the awesome Bethann Greenberg. here are a few of my favorites:







Any big plans for the weekend?? We will be waiting around for baby. Hopefully we can make a big announcement soon?!

Happy Friday!!

what i did last night

warning: this post contains more rantings of a soon-to-be mother

We're almost there. As I type, I am 39 weeks and 3 days pregnant. That means baby Isaac could (and hopefully will) make his debut any time! But I'm not so optimistic. I'm thinking he's going to be stubborn (like me) and take his sweet time.. making me more uncomfortable and maybe a little bit grumpier (grumpy? me? no... never :).

Anyways, in the mean time, while I sit and wait I've been trying to figure out what to do. Last night I made 4 more of these burp clothes and I'll probably make some more today:
(my husband was like, "you just made those while I was napping?!" Why yes, yes I did)

I can't help it. They're so easy and simple and cute! And I know they'll come in handy. I hear little boys drool... a lot! To make them you take a cloth tri-fold diaper, cut a piece of fabric a little bigger than the middle pannel, fold all 4 sides of the fabric and iron down, and then sew onto the diaper! Tah-dah:

I've also decided that I'll spend as much time as I can reading. Although I've already finished both of my January book selections. So should I just move onto February? Or should I add in another book? I can't decide! And I certainly don't know what book I would add to the list. I guess I'll figure something out.

And just because I really enjoyed this article about Mormon blogger moms, and this article about 10 Things to Never Say to a Pregnant Woman, I thought I'd share them with you.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

ps- for those of you interested, I went to the doctor this morning. I'm 1 cm dilated, 30% effaced, and he is at -3 station.. which is why I'm not expecting too much excitement this week.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

my 2011 booklist

I started putting together a home planning notebook this week (you can see some of it here). I'm trying to get my home as organized as possible before the baby arrives and before we pack up and head out to wherever it is that God wants us to go.

As part of her goals section, Lindsay has a booklist (see in youtube video). She sets a goal to read 2 books a month and then has a place in her notebook to write reviews of each book. I have an ongoing booklist at goodreads, but I've never thought to assign a specific book to a specific month. Perhaps I will be more successful if I'm a little more organized about it!? I'll also be writing down my thoughts and reviews about each book as I go.

Rainbow Books
source

So here is my list so far for the year. Wish me luck!:

January
*For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men (Shaunti Feldhahn)
*The Vaccine Book (Dr. Bob Sears)

February
*
Authentic Faith (Gary Thomas)
*A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle)

March
*
Prayers of an Excellent Wife (Andrew Case)
*The Total Money Makeover(Dave Ramsey)

April
*
Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul (John Eldredge)
*The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)

May
*
Original Intent: The Courts, The Constitution and Religion (David Barton)
*It's a Boy (Michael Thompson)

June
*
The Holiness of God (R.C. Sproul)
*Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line (Abby Johnson)

July
*
The Duties of Parents (JC Ryle)
*Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)

August
*
Family Driven Faith (Voddie Baucham, Jr.)
*The Giver (Lois Lowery)- Ok, I started this one last year and never finished. I am going to read it from the beginning and finish it this time!

September
*
Sacred Influence (Gary Thomas)
*Prophet (Frank Peretti)

October
*
The Goodness of God (Randy Alcorn)
*To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

November
*
The New Dare to Discipline (Dr James Dobson)
*God, Marriage and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation (Andreas J. Köstenberger and David W. Jones)

December
*The Purpose of Christmas (Rick Warren)
*Lord, Help Me to Grow Spiritually Strong in 28 Days (Kay and David Arthur)

(I'll also be reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan for my growth group, but that will take longer than a month because we read one chapter per week.. so it's not listed)

What books do you plan to read this year?? Do you have any recommendations for me?

You can see a complete list of what I have read, plan to read and am currently reading on my goodreads page: here

Monday, January 17, 2011

organizational nut or organized homemaker?

I love organization. I mean, I'm kind of a nut about it sometimes. My dream job would be a personal organizer. Yes, they do exist.

To prove it to you, right now I'm writing my shopping lists.. each one is organized by store and by where each item is in the store (I learned that one from my mom). And I'm researching freezer meals, how to plan them and store them for when the baby comes. And I'm looking at this amazing blog post about how to create a home planner. Yes, a home planner!! What could be more amazing than that?! Nothing. (Okay, maybe there are a few things more amazing, but it's still pretty awesome).

Here is a glance into my home planner. The sections I use include:

*goals
*weekly plan
*menu plan
*finances
*blog ideas & resources
*family journal
*phone numbers & emergency contacts

{this is the first page in my goals section. these are my 4 big goals for the year. i used the idea of writing them on a paint chip sample from this blog. cute right??}
{this is a weekly to do list. it's broken down into sections: personal, ministry/spiritual growth, and housekeeping. i like having the check boxes next to each item. makes me feel so accomplished when i can check off that it's been completed!!}
{this is my new favorite section: family journal. this is a place for me to record what God has been doing in our lives over the course of the week, month or year. i love being able to look back and see what we were praying about, how we were seeking God in a particular area and then being reminded of what He did. what a blessing that is!}

So, what do you think? Organizational nut? or Organized homemaker?

Friday, January 14, 2011

friday wrap up

this week I:

*found a new blog to follow

*added this book to my 2011 booklist

*read this passage from Isaiah because it just keeps showing up in my life. I think I might read it every morning.

*thought these homemade oreos are so cute

*fell in love with this before and after. i especially like the idea of the dominoes, scrabble tiles and legos in the glass vases (since it's a game room).

*started working on one of these

*was very excited to find a way to have a newborn screening test done by someone other than the state of California

*my husband finished this lovely piece of furniture he was working on (more on that this week):

And just for fun, here is what our menu consisted of this week:

Sunday- hamburger and vegetable soup (for breakfast we had these amazing scones)
Monday- chicken tacos
Tuesday- lasagna, spinach salad
Wednesday- grilled bbq pork tenderloin, garlic hasselback potatoes, roasted asparagus with parmesan cheese
Thursday- chicken stir fry and rice
Tonight- date night


Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

the easiest DIY ever

You may have noticed in some previous pictures of Isaac's room that I had three pictures hanging above his dresser. Let me tell you how I made them (well not made, put together?)
I found this post a while back with the idea to simply frame scrapbook paper. Oh. my. gosh. How simple is that? And super adorable too. My mom had even suggested using the idea as a headboard (which I also like). So, when I knew I needed something for that wall, we decided to try out this super easy DIY, using the nautical theme of course.

Supplies needed:

*12x12 frames (as many as needed)
*12x12 scrapbook paper (as many as needed and in whatever design or color matches the room) *as much creativity as you'd like
All you do is put the scrapbook paper in the frames and hang them. Wow, that was easy right? And it turns out so cute!


Of course you can get as fancy as you want with the frames. You could even use old frames and paint them, use mismatched frames or use ones that are too big and insert a matting around the scrapbook paper.

(source)
Here is where I hung that picture.. although I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it there:
Here is the entire wall above his pack n play (and where the crib will go):

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

if you don't live in San Diego...

than you are missing out!

This is my favorite weather guy, John Coleman on channel 9, KUSI news.

Please watch this short 2 minute clip of one of his nightly forecasts. I assure you, every night he uses the same music and awesome dance moves and I just can't get enough!



My favorite is the "breeeeeeeeze" and leg kick. Amazing.

I hope this gave you a little laugh. I know I "LOL" every. single. time. It's the little things ;)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

baby isaac grows

I was originally going to wait and post this once the little baby is actually here in our arms, but I just couldn't wait. So instead, I'll update it with that picture when he is here. For now, here is the growing process of our baby boy in my tummy over the course of the last 9 months.

Watch Isaac grow:





















It's so funny how at each step you're always thinking, "jeez I'm so big!" until you look back at how not big you actually were compared to how big you are now. Oh, perspective.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

friday wrap up

Apparently I had my days mixed up yesterday. So here is my Friday wrap up, on Saturday.

this week I...

*am 37 weeks:
*bought a new car

*made a "taggie blanket" for Isaac.. here's how

*decided that I'd like to be this organized

*had my heart broken by this article

*liked this idea for sorting crayons

*did lots of baby laundry:
*enjoyed this list of the most popular blog posts in 2010 at Mars Hill's blog

*posted a 2010 review in pictures

*did a maternity shoot with the wonderful Bethann Greenberg (photos to come)

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

a look back at 2010

{ June Lake with my high school small group}

{LOVE in Las Vegas}

{strawberry picking}

{Washington DC}

{pregnant!}

{Austin, Texas}

{Lake Shasta, CA on house boats for a week}

{Charger game}

{Hawaii}

{pumpkin patch in Temecula, CA with my mom}

{my husband's homecoming from Afghanistan}

{New Year's Eve}