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Our Growing Family :)

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We’ve been keeping a little secret from you guys that’s not so little anymore! ;) It’s hard to believe we are nearly halfway there and about to find out if we’re having another boy or a girl!?

Now, it’s time to get working on that nursery and toddler room combo!

Have a great weekend everyone.

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1 Year of Parenting

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Dear Mr. James David,

You may have come into our life 19 days past your due date, but other then that, you have been anything but late! You are a little go getter that keeps us on our toes, makes us question all that we know, and love, and are willing to beat up, in an instant, if that bully at the park tries to push you one more time. ;)

You are our heart with little legs, and arms, and a snotty nose, but you are ours. Our greatest DIY project that we can never take back! There’s no tearing this one down and starting over. We only get one shot with this one, let’s hope we get it right!

Never before have we felt so much accomplishment and defeat in one day. Never before have we felt so much exhaustion and joy in one moment. You are the beat of our hearts,  you keep us young (minus your dad’s receding hairline), and you make our hearts melt in ways we never thought possible.

With you the world is a brand new place with mountains to climb and busy streets to cross! Our own little joy bomb, we can place you anywhere, in any setting, and you will fill the room with happiness. You turn the saddest of frowns upside down, and it’s because of you that random strangers approach us at the grocery store.

Mr. James David you make our love grow stronger, be more vulnerable, and now we cry at every sick or dying child movie ever made (who makes those films anyways?!) With you we are a real family. One that spends most of their Friday nights curled up watching the latest cartoon kid movie (loving Despicable Me 2 right now!), and our Saturday mornings with a whole new meaning to the term “naked time”! :D

There are days where you are so much like us it’s scary. It scares us cause we can no longer run from our shortcomings. Like it or not you will probably be overly positive about things, like your mom, and see the world through your father’s survivalist mentality. There is no getting around these things. Instead of hiding from them we run into them and help you balance innocence with reality, and that it’s ok to stock pile somethings–just not at the expense of buying everything in bulk EVERY time (seriously Cale?!).

We love you with our whole hearts, muscles, bones, and flesh. You are our little boy, our first born son, and you have taught us more about God’s love in your 12 months of existence than any preacher, church, or religion. It brings us to our knees, and sometimes our pillows, and keeps us up at night wondering how will we protect the greatest gift we’ve ever been given? How do we prepare to release you into this great big old world!? Our heads spin with how we will ever figure it all out, but then we remember we have 18+ years to perfect our parenting, napping, and time-out process. :)

There is grace for the journey, and dark, dark coffee, and chocolate for the early mornings ahead. xoxo

How are you new parents holding up out there? We welcome any tips and/or advice from you seasoned pros?! ;)

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GCD: Welcome to Our Tribe – Arrow Themed Baby Shower [Invitation Design]

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Branding will always be my favorite part of design, but everyone once in a while it’s fun to be able to let go and design a single invitation. Using the concept of arrows I wanted to keep everything long and narrow. The tribal feel is simple, playful, and all boy! ;)

I wish I could take credit for the overall vision, but none of this would have happened without our good friend Sarah. She put so much time and love into creating such a special afternoon.

Some of my favorites decor elements and activities included:

  • Blessing Arrows: Guests were invited to take pieces of paper and write blessings on them. We then wrapped the paper around the arrows and stuck them on a little tree.
  • Customized Baby Name Print: Like the big “R” print with “Rhys’” name below it? You can make your own as a free (+ the cost of a frame) and easy shower gift here.
  • Trail mix Bar: Loved this idea! Create your own trail mix out of your favorite peanuts, chocolate chips, and dried fruits. So good!
  • Diaper Decorate Activity (not shown): Using sharpies everyone wrote a funny or encouraging note on a package of diapers. What a unique way to lift mom and dad’s spirits in the wee (he, he!) hours of the night! ;)
  • Rhys’ Reece’s: Guess how many there are? Hard to believe there were over 200! Yep, I was WAY off and didn’t get to go home with the giant box of chocolate. :(
  • Baby Belly Henna Tattoo: For the “after party” we all hung around, drank wine, and watched Taryn with Spirited Doula Services create a beautiful piece of art right on our momma’s baby bump.

It was a wonderful day full of love and celebration for this new little bundle of joy. We can’t wait to meet you baby Rhys!

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Bath Time With a 10 Month Old

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Bath time has become a very busy time for us. We are learning to swim, and standup, and fall down, and standup, and fall down, and standup… Life is new, and marvelous, and wonderful. We are loving every new moment with our little ginger! :)

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GCD: Princess Bride Themed Baby Shower [Invitation Design]

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I’ve been holding this design hostage for a while, while we waited (anxiously) for the big day. Some of our dear friends are having a little girl and we got to design the wedding invitations for their shower. The theme was one of the coolest ones we’ve seen in a long time (besides our shower of course!). It was such a joy to be able to shower them with love and be a part of welcoming little Miss. Wiggles (her name remains a mystery!) into this world with love, gifts, and lots of tiny summer outfits (I seriously CANNOT STOP buying stuff for this little girl)!

It was couples shower so instead of playing cheesy games there were fun activities for the whole family! Included was an “As You Wish” decorate onesies craft corner, an “Inconceivable Sundae Bar”, a photobooth with a life size tree (that we had to cut down with a chainsaw just to get in the door), Iocane Powder (Pixie Sticks), a “Cliffs of Insanity” Cookie Cake, Grilled “R.O.U.S.(chicken strips), along with the movie being projected on the wall. Believe it or not there were actually people who attended who had never seen the movie! Good thing we were able to educate them before baby Wiggles gets here.

Thanks to Karen and Kerry (the brains behind the operation) the shower was a smashing hit and one we will never forget! It has been so fun walking out this next phase of our life (parenthood) with some of our dearest friends.

Maybe someday their baby Buttercup will be calling our little man her “Farm Boy“. ;)

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The First Moments

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With having our first baby boy born last September it’s been a year full of firsts. The first bath, changing our first REAL poopy diaper, the first time he rolled off the bed and onto the floor (don’t tell me this hasn’t happened to you!?), the first time we let him cry himself to sleep (kill me now), the first time he smiled, laughed, or sucked on his tiny big toe. :)

These are moments we all grow sick of when we read them over and over again from friends and family posting on Facebook; but, when it’s YOUR baby… Oh my, how different it is! Read More…

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Permission to be Mom

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It’s Tuesday morning. The Laundry has piled up (again). The dishes are overflowing in the sink (again) and I still don’t have a single blog post ready for the week.

I’ve been struggling to figure out what all this means now that I am a mom. How do I balance daily life, chores, and Green Couch Design? With Cale working full-time on his architectural license I now have permission to just be a mom but I’m struggling with feeling like that is “enough”. I know that sounds terrible since I’m obviously taking care of our child but I struggle with not contributing financially. I feel like all I do is chase the chores into next week, sleep and feed baby.

Our heart for Green Couch Design has always been to combine both everyday life, our family, and our design careers into one. But figuring out how all of that actually molds together is the ultimate journey. Now that I’m here… I’m not quite sure what to do with myself or how our child will fit into it all? But I guess that is what makes it such a wonderful and scary adventure.

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He is Here :)

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He is here. And life is slow and busy all at the same time. Just when you think your body is done growing a baby for nine months then starts the weeks, the days, and the hours of recovery! And oh yes… your milk comes in along with even more emotions! :)

Do moms ever catch up? :(

I know things have been quiet around here but we just decided to lay low and enjoy this time. We had been planning for an August baby and 19 days past our due date he finally came! :) It’s quite a story.

We’ll be back in October and we can’t wait to tell you more about our Little Man:

James David
Born September 2nd at 10:31pm
8 pounds 1 ounce
22 inches long

Until then…

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Can’t Stop

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I randomly found this photo by Amelia Lyon a few months ago and have been obsessed with it ever since! Seriously, it’s been on my desktop for the last few months and I cannot stop staring at it.

It has truly captured me.

As we await the birth of our little bundle of joy I can’t help but hope that I’ll look something as beautiful as this new momma. It’s like she knows a secret that I desperately long to not just know, but to understand. I want to gaze upon my baby with that much awe and wonder. To love with more than I know how to contain and yet feel a since of protection and care unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.

I know technically I’m already a momma, but oh to hold him. To gaze upon him and to know that this baby, this baby is what love has made. What God has made out of my marriage with my husband. I want to know what that is like.

When Cale and I first met being a mom was not the first thing on my radar. It’s not that I didn’t think it was a “cool” job or something I was just focused on other things. But, now that we are here, about to step into parenthood, it’s already been one of the scariest and most beautiful journeys we have embarked on thus far. It may not be climbing mountains or starting a new business, but it’s shaping a life.

Forever.

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Nursery Design Bits

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It is safe to say that “nesting” has completely taken over Meg’s brain. We swear she has cleaned drawers that have not been touched in our 4 years of marriage! We’ve learned that somehow when you are pregnant it’s easy to convince yourself that your baby will really care about the wall color and/or what stuffed animals are available to snuggle with. Either way it’s been a good motivation to get on top of the nursery as well as other household chores we’ve had on hold since… we moved in! ;)

Originally we were going to do an entire room with whale/sea decorations (see Meg’s pin board) but decided that, that could get a little crazy REAL fast! As much as we like whales we didn’t want a character themed nursery. Instead we settled for more of an “Adventure” theme. You know… sailing the seven seas, traveling the world, bugs, and a variety of other whimsical things. This was an intentional design decision because we wanted to create a room that our little guy could grow into, not out of in the next few years.

Since we live in a very small farm house (yes, our child is sharing a room with the washer and dryer) we we’re very intentional about not just filling his room with a bunch of “stuff”. Looking at the list of registry “must haves” recommend by Babies”R”Us it’s easy to see how this happens to so many people. Instead we were very intentional about the items we registered for and used most of the toys and cards received as gifts as decor items. This made decorating very inexpensive and more personalized. We love the fact that we can look around and see the many ways that all of our friends and family have contributed to the nursery decor.

(PS If you look closely you might find a sneak peak of our baby boy’s name!) ;)

We looked at several mobiles but thought it would be fun to hang some of our shower cards and favorite art pieces (in miniature form) over the crib to create a custom mobile. This was an inexpensive way to support and purchase prints from local artists, utilize the sweet words spoken over our baby from friends and family, while giving us the flexibility to change things out in the future.

(Hanging Mobile Picture Frame: Blue Seven; 5 Step To The Left Of Your Right Hemisphere Postcard: Samantha Lamb)

(Bow Tie: Handmade from our “Manly Baby Shower“; Leather Baby Shoes: Vintage from Meg’s Dad; Oklahoma A-Z Animal Print: STASH; Oklahoma Cuddle Monster: DNA Galleries; Elephant: Sassy Nasal Aspirator; Plush Boat: Collected Thread)

We wanted an easy storage solution that could evolve depending on the needs of our child and the future function of the space. Cale whipped up this simple 9 Frame Storage Solution from lumber we had leftover in the shop. All the baskets we found were to expensive for our budget so Meg covered used diaper boxes and spray painted them with orange stencils (DIY coming soon… still waiting on a few more boxes)! ;)

(Wellington the Duck: Scentsy; Embroidered Plush Bunny: Custom Gift, Whale: Handmade gift from Meg’s mom & grandma)

In case you don’t remember the BEFORE crib shots we got rid of Bambi and settle with a nice blue/gray base. Cale thought it would be a fun accent to spray paint all the metal pieces orange. As you can see we carried this color combo throughout the rest of the room painting the metal window hooks, coat hooks, and shelf brackets orange as well.

(Wooden Rocking Horse: Vintage gift from Cale’s cousin)

We love books, especially children’s books, so we thought it would be fun to display their covers like pieces of art to fill the space with color. This little shelf Cale customized and set it nice and low for little hands to be able to reach along with a functional placeholder for hanging tiny hats, toys, coats, bath towels, etc.

We snagged this authentic canvas maps with sea creatures and ships as a $10.00 Groupon!

Remember this insane Shaker Style Rocking Chair that Meg’s Aunt found at a Garage Sale for $20.00?! Here is it in it’s completed state! She did a BEAUTIFUL job re-finishing it (Check out her other finished pieces at Ollie Belle Home Decor).

All the sudden those late night rocking/lullaby sessions don’t seem SO bad? Right!? ;)

Our inspiration for the map display came from this really simple Hanging Map DIY at Smile & Wave. Thanks Rachel! :)

Josie is STILL trying to make since of all this change!? She’s gonna make a great Nana Dog (you know, like on Peter Pan!?).

Our friends and family filled out this fun prediction calendar for the baby’s arrival (Meg’s not counting any guesses after the 20th… at least for now)! ;)

Oh and of course… here is the shot we probably shouldn’t show. Definitely not “pin worthy” but it’s how we roll here on The Farm! We’re actually using one of the Pedestal Drawers as a toy box. It’s all about making your space work for you and designing it in a way that meets your design aesthetic AND functional needs. Honestly, we are doing cloth diapers so rooming the baby with the washer and dryer might work out after all?! :)

Meg and her grandma made curtains out of Painters Drop Cloth’s and surged the curtain edges orange to continue our accent color throughout the room.

You would think that re-decorating ONE room wouldn’t take months and months but we are both designers and definitely have our opinions on how things should go down. It’s always a lot of work and a lot of trial and error but in the end it’s ALWAYS worth it. We are really pleased with the space, especially with what we had to work with. It’s crazy to see the transformation of what once was a shared office space is now the place our little man will rest his head. It’s been a process but one we’ve enjoyed and feel like we’ve given our boy a room not just filled with “stuff” but “stuff” with true meaning and function.

What is your favorite detail of the room?

Have a due date prediction you’d like us to add to the calendar?! List your estimated date, weight, length, and time of day in the comment section below!

We’ll keep you posted!

39 weeks AND counting! :)

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