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UFO sighting!

OK... I didn't see any flying saucers or MYSTERIOUS lights, but I have a number of UFO's hanging out around my house! I'm talking about UnFinished Objects people!!! Seriously, how many projects have you jumped into lately that just didn't get completed? And then instead of finishing project 1, you start on project 2 and the same slippery slope continues. One after another your UnFinished Objects continue to pile up! Well this is the week to check them off your TO DO list! What makes this week different from any other? It's UFO DIY Challenge week!

UFO DIY Challenge

I caught wind of this from Lisha over at One House One Couple and knew, as I look around at TONS of UFOs, that I had to join in! Here's the deal:

  • Finish one or more of your UnFinished Objects {big or small}, making sure you take pictures along the way.
  • You have THIS WEEK,  May 1st through May 7th, to share your Finished Object on your blog and link up at the UFO linky party!
  • And add the UFO button to your post!

And now for my most recent UFO... {and the hope that I can add a few more to my list of things NOT UnFinished!}

As you may remember from a few posts back, I've been on a bit of a TWINE kick, and by that I mean wrapping twine around just about everything I can find... especially if it used to be home to some kind of alcohol. :)

SO... I had this lovely twine army that just kept growing and growing and NOWHERE to put them.

Aren't they cute! Like a twine family annual portrait session!

THEN I remembered that I have had three wall shelves sitting, collecting dust, in the corner of my craft nook for about a year. One plus one equals decorative brilliance people! SO... I hired one studly stud of a man to help me put the shelves up:

my stud finding studs

Once the shelves were in place it was only a matter of giving my twine family a new, spotlighted home!

Happy little twine family, relocated from underneath the coffee table to up on the wall. Love love love it!

My twine obsession hasn't subsided yet so I will probably add some more twine balls {classy, right?} but I'm officially checking this UnFinished Object OFF my to do list! Officially finished! One down, about two dozen to go!

Until next time...

PLEASE join in the party and complete one {or some} of your UnFinished Objects!

Yep... I'm that mom

I can't help it, I just can't. Any time there is a camera in reach and Keelin is doing something sweet {aka, doing nothing at all but being adorable}, I have to document said sweetness.

It's not a problem, it's a privilege!

I get to stare at her all day long and watch as she grows.

Who wouldn't want to document every moment of that?

Not only am I that mom who takes a million pictures and videos... I'm also that mom who has her own blog and feels the need to share those pictures and videos with complete strangers because she doesn't think it's fair that the rest of the world should miss out on all the cuteness... even if it means totally embarrassing her kid later in life.

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You're welcome.

Until next time...


I'm a little late getting this posted this morning, due mostly to the fact that my house is being GUTTED as I type. Yes, the universe had perfect {sarcasm} timing when it decided to give us a leak in our pipes right after Keelin was born. Now we have to have ALL the pipes in our house replaced and I'm spending the next three days with sweet, sweet George the plumber and his mysterious son who stares too much. HOORAY! I'm documenting the process as they go so you can all get a full understanding of the mess that is our house. Regardless of my pipe chaos, I still managed to snag one stinkin cute picture of the little one.

This week has been filled with all sorts of adventures for Keelin and I think the face she's making in this week's picture speaks to one event in particular... her first DIAPER BLOWOUT!

I've been anticipating this grand event and it finally happened. Last night while hunkered down in front of the boob tube with the hubs, Keelin BLEW OUT HER DIAPER! Where was she sitting, you might ask? On my stomach, that's where! In one swift moment I heard a loud fart noise, felt a rumble and my stomach got a few degrees warmer. Z and I both stared at each other in disbelief of the sheer power of this tiny girl's poop and I managed to get her up before anything seeped through her pants. Because it eventually did. Seep through her pants. Out the side of her diaper, coating the edge of her gender neutral "I love hugs" onesie that makes her looks slightly like a boy, and through her adorable light blue pantaloons. That, ladies and gentlemen, is talent!

Outside of her epic sharting skills, the little bean also went on her first shopping trip! My friend Andrea {you may remember her from here and here... and can find her own collection of witty shenanigans here} was kind enough to come by the house and help me go grocery shopping on Friday. It was bitter cold and annoyingly windy so I was definitely grateful that she could come help me maneuver the cart and  Keelin's carrier. A friend of mine from work told me a horror story about a woman she knows whose baby tragically died when the carrier fell OFF the top of her shopping cart on the way out to her car {yeah... scary} so needless to say I was overly paranoid and wanted an extra pair of hands for our first outing. Not to mention I had plans to go to the Asian market {Super H Mart... amazing} for some cheap produce and that place is always swarming with people... who speak very little english... and often pretend that they don't know what "excuse me" means. Jerks. She didn't make a peep the whole trip and was an absolute angel! VICTORY!

I'm also happy to announce that Keelin is currently on day 5 of successful breastfeeding! Before now I've needed to pump and give her a bottle but she's getting the hang of it and has been boob lovin' and bottle free! VICTORY part deux!

And last but not least on the list of Keelin's totally awesome adventures comes in the form of NEWBORN PICTURES! We weren't planning on getting pictures taken since I take about a million a day anyway, but one of Z's coworkers informed us of a friend of his who is not only FANTASTIC, but in the process of building up her portfolio and in need of some newborn shots. JACKPOT!  She came over on Sunday and we had an absolute blast. She has such a fantastic eye for photography, and being a mother of two, was totally at ease dealing with the posing and adjusting of a newborn. She sent us this "sneak peek" on Monday and all I have to say is... Anne Geddes, eat your heart out!

Can you handle the sweetness??? I can't wait to see the rest of them and I'll be sure to share my favs!

That's about it for Keelin's 3 week update!

Until next time...

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More Nursery Pictures!

In case you missed my feature yesterday on Girl with Pearls... here's another look:  Monday Mama's-To-Be Because I gave an updated peek into Keelin's Nursery, I thought I'd keep going with more pictures today! There are still a few more things I need to add and a handful of projects I'm going to feature separately, but it's ALMOST done and I thought it was about time for an update!

Some beautiful wooden letters spelling out Keelin's name will go between the shelf and the crib...coming soon {mom helped me figure out a really unique way to hang them and I'm so excited to make it happen!}!  Oh, and don't worry... that shelf is probably THE MOST secure thing in the room {we've tested it a lot!} and the letters will be too so there's no risk of something bumping my sweet girl on the head... unless it's one of the 50 stuffed elephants she has!

The view from the window side of the room. I'm going to add a plain curtain in front of the closet so it won't make things look so busy! She's got SO MUCH STUFF ALREADY!

My favorite view of the room... right when you walk in the door. Things will get rearranged a bit on the shelves {and we may add a few more individual shelving units on the opposite wall for frames and what not} but I absolutely LOVE the way things have turned ou!

So, what do you think? Too much? Not enough? Just right? I'd love to get your feedback!

Until next time...