Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lexie's Nursery is finally finished! 
Yes, it took me longer than I had hoped...
but I am so happy with how everything turned out. is Lexie's nursery...

Here is a closer look at her crib. You might remember from an earlier post that I fell in love with her bumper, only to find out that Pottery Barn had discontinued it...but then was GIVEN one from a mom who had used it in her daughter's room. 

I absolutely love all of the colors in it! 
I added the large, pink, satin bows.

I am in love with the monogram...which I got a great deal on from Groopdealz.
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It came unfinished so I painted it with the same color chalk paint that I used for her dresser.

Here is a close up of the wall to the left of her crib. 
Landry painted the sweet picture of flowers to match her room.
G.G. (Chad's mom) bought the adorable...and tiny...tutu.
I can hardly wait to take a million pictures of Lexie in it. :)
Side note...
yes, it is driving me slightly crazy that the shelf has 4 hooks...
so the tutu isn't center...ugh.

Here's a look at the opposite side of the room.

The chest of drawers and dresser are mine...
from when I was a little girl.
Both were previously painted black.
I used some Annie Sloan chalk paint to refinish them...
added glass knobs and... 
voila...a brand new look!

The birdcage and Cinderella carriage both came from Hobby Lobby.
More bows will be added to the birdcage...and the carriage stores her headband collection.
I made the bow wall art...thanks to some inspiration from Pinterest.

Here is the same glider that was in Landry's room. 
You might remember that I had upholstered it for his room.
Well, I decided to take off the upholstery, slap some chalk paint on it, 
recover the cushions, and give it a new look.
Don't mind the empty picture frames...
they will soon be filled with pictures of our little girl. :)

Here is one last look at our little girl's room!
It is hard to believe that we will be meeting her in one week...
we can hardly wait!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Four Days...

Pretty close to 13 years ago, I walked onto the Riverview campus as an eager student teacher. Little did I know that day, that I would be spending most of the next 13 years of my life on this campus. I finished up my initial student teaching, loved the staff, pulled some strings, was able to do my final student teaching there, and my first teaching job. First grade. Room 1. Riverview Rams...charging to success!

Jen, Laura, and I on Twins Day!

During my 11 years as a teacher I have directed drama productions, served on School Site Council, co-headed Student Council, taught reading lab, coached numerous cheer squads to first place finishes, created yearbooks, organized countless rallies, volunteer luncheons, talent shows, a literacy week, and so much more!

1st place trophy for Clovis North Stampede Cheer Competition

Celebrating our 1st place finish AND Grand Champions!

Me and Chelsey...she was the flower girl in our wedding!

Along with my teaching responsibilities, I have dressed up in 50's attire, worn my jammies to school, transformed into a nerd, become a superhero, a cowboy, an 80's "material girl," and performed in more than my fair share of embarrassing teacher skits...oh...and I even worked at McDonald's!
Too Smart for Drugs - Red Ribbon Week

Superhero scooter race

High School Musical inspired "Together" performance for the carnival

Working the drive-thru during McTeacher's Night

Things haven't always been perfect. I have been yelled at by more parents than I can count. Called a Nazi, told I had no experience because I wasn't married, lectured about my unrealistic expectations, and so much more. But along with the bad times, I have received some of the sweetest notes, cards, letters, been truly spoiled on Teacher Appreciation Day, and formed bonds with some incredible students and families!

Not only have I had the opportunity to meet some incredible families...I have worked with some of the best teachers there are. We have laughed together, cried together, analyzed data, PLCed, motivated students, given PR points, celebrated students' accomplishments, earned 3 California Distinguished School awards,  boosted each other up when we were having a rough day/week/month/ year...and become a family. 

Stan, MC, and me on our 2nd grade zoo field trip

Me, MC, Stan, and Karyn on Mustache Day

Some "motivation" given to me on a rough morning. :)

Not only have I grown as an educator...I have gotten engaged, married, and had soon to be two children during my years at Riverview.

My first grader class when I had Landry.

Riverview has been my home for the past 13 years. Up until a week ago I was on my maternity leave count-down. I am down to 4 days. of a week ago...the count down has a whole new meaning to it. I am now down to my last 4 days at Riverview! read that right. This next week will be my last week as a Riverview Ram! I have been given a wonderful opportunity and next school year I will be an Oraze Bearcat! There are so many thoughts and emotions that I am feeling right now. I have been kind of ready for a change for the past year or so...and I am so excited to start a new chapter in my career...and so excited to be a part of the Oraze community. However...I am so sad to be leaving the school that has been my home and such a huge part of my life. I honestly cannot wrap my head around the fact that when I leave my room on Friday...I will only be returning to pack up my things.

For those of you that are reading this...and learning about my move this way...I am so sorry that I haven't had a chance to tell you in person. Honestly, this change all came about so incredibly fast, I haven't had a chance to see everyone and talk to everyone I would like to.

So, as I try and enjoy my three day weekend...I cannot help but think about the fact that I am going to soak up every minute of the next four days. This really is a bittersweet time for me...not to mention that I am trying to get ready for a baby in a few weeks. :)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Baby Bump: 35 weeks

Fruit comparison: At 35 weeks, Lexie is supposedly the size of a honeydew melon.
Sick or fabulous: Slightly uncomfortable is a better choice of words. With my belly continuing to "pop" more and is getting more difficult to do things. Sleeping has become a bit of a chore. 
Weight gain: I am up to 19 pounds...and counting. At my last appointment, this past week, my doctor told me my weight gain was good...but that apparently she is measuring a little on the small side. I found that to be quite funny since I feel like my belly is growing by the minute.
Cravings: This week brought on the need for Nutter Butters. Yup...not sure why...but that was a daily snack for me. To balance out the Nutter Butters I also had a craving for fruit...that's good...right?
Looking forward to: Finishing up my "to-do" lists! I still need to finish up the final details for the nursery, get my hospital bag ready, buy diapers...yes, it is true, we do not have a single diaper in the house yet. Once that is done, then I can go into "crazy, pregnant, nesting mode" and do a deep clean of everything. :)
Name Update: is "official"...her name is Lexie Ann Lofgren! Yes, I may have had an emotional, crazy, hormonal, moment where I made Chad give a final answer. It is times like those...and others of course, too...that I really know that I married the right man. :) He is always so calm, lets me have my "moment" and then loves me for the crazy person I can sometimes be. He reassured me that yes, he likes the name...and that he has just been giving me a bad time this whole entire time.
Landry's thoughts: He is starting to get concerned about the size of my growing belly. :) Here is a conversation we had the other morning when I was getting dressed for work:

Landry...looking at my belly: "Um, Mama...what do you think is going to fit around that bad boy?"
Me: "Well...hopefully this shirt I am planning on wearing."
Landry: "Good luck with that!"

Tutu Cute!

Yesterday my sister and Erin threw Lexie and me the cutest baby shower ever!
Here are the invites...

As you can see...everything was covered in pink, bows, rhinestones, and flowers.

Erin did all of the flowers pretty!

Each place-setting had a darling shade of pink nail polish...complete with a mini tutu, bow, and rhinestone!

And let's not forget the adorable cake, cupcakes, and other goodies! The cake and cupcakes were made by All Things Frosted...and not only were they so incredibly cute...they were amazingly delicious.

It was a wonderful afternoon of games, all things girlie, and some of the most adorable gifts,

I mean, Lexie is seriously going to be the cutest thing around. I still have to pinch myself that I get to have a little girl and cover her in pink, bows, bling, and ruffles.

The two hostesses with the mostests! :)

My dear friend Erin and me

A few of the amazing girls I get to work with everyday,
Karyn, Kim, me, and MC.

Aunt Judy and me

Kaitlin, Aunt Judy, and me

The Kruser Girls!
Aunt Judy, my mom, me, and Kaitlin

I didn't get a chance to get a picture with everyone. :( I can't believe that I forgot to get one with just my mom and just my sister...I blame it on pregnancy brain. I cannot thank everyone enough for coming and spending part of their Saturday with me! It was so much fun and I love getting the chance to hang out with all of the amazing women in my life. Lexie and I are very lucky to be so loved!

I cannot thank these two enough...everything was so perfect...and I love you both so much!

**Did anyone count the number of times I used the words "cute" and "adorable"? 
I didn't...but it was an obnoxious amount. :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Baby Bump: 32/33 Weeks

Fruit comparison: Baby girl is the size of a jicama. Yup...doesn't everyone know how big that is? Since I will be 33 weeks tomorrow...she is or will be...the size of a pineapple.
Sick or fabulous: Still neither...a better description is tired and slightly "whale-like." Yes, I am getting winded pretty easily. I think the waddle has started. And there have been a few times when I have needed help getting up. Nothing like feeling like a turtle on it's back to make you feel super attractive.
Weight gain: So far 15 pounds. I am supposed to be gaining a pound a week...yippee. 
Yes, that should totally help with the "whale-like" feeling. :)
Cravings: Still haven't craved anything too crazy. The desire for bbq ribs did return...
unfortunately before the new Todd's BBQ opened...but I found a filler until that craving returns.
Looking forward to: Meeting our little girl! As we get closer to the end I am starting to get a bit impatient. I think the ever growing belly, increased Braxton Hicks contractions, fewer wardrobe options, increased trips to pee...or not pee, and the inability to lay on my stomach could be adding to my eagerness to have her here already. Add to it that I have my last day of work in all adds to the feeling of just wanting to be done already. :)
Due Date: Since I am talking about her is exciting to know that we have the date for my c-section set. If she stays put...we will be meeting Baby Girl on March 5th!!!! Eeeek!!! I LOVE having a date set. Now I just hope that she is cooperative and stays put until then. ;)
Name Update: So the "name game" has been pretty interesting this time around. With Landry we had his name picked out before we even knew if we were having a boy or girl. This time choosing a name was a little but harder. Of course, Chad's friends...also my friends...gave us several suggestions...LaTonda, "L," and anything else that you could possibly add "La" to the beginning of. :) She already has the endearing nick-name of Lu-lu from one of our guy friends. One thing that has held things up is the fact that Chad has not wanted to decide on a name, "in case something better comes up." Those are his words. Plus, he has been enjoying the fact that it drives me absolutely insane to not have a name decided yet. So, I have just decided to call her by the name we have decided on for now. ;) Lexie Ann Lofgren will be joining our family before we know it. This is actually the first time I have written out her name...and I LOVE it. Eeeek!!! I have loved the name Lexie since I was in boss had a daughter with the name, different spelling, and I just fell in love with it. Her middle name is from my mom. I really wanted both of our mom's names to be included in our children's names. Landry's middle name, Tigh, is Chad's mom's maiden name...and now our little girl will have the same middle name as my mom. 
Landry's thoughts: He is still so excited to be a big brother. He went with me on Monday to add to our registry and definitely had an opinion on what we should/shouldn't get for his little sister. I've said it before...and I'll say it again...he really is the sweetest about her. Here's to hoping it stays that way. :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Project Nursery: Inspiration

My number one goal during my Winter Break was to get the nursery going...possibly finished...if not, at least to the point where if Baby Girl decides to make an early arrival...she has a place to sleep. :)
With Landry, I had the nursery done months ahead of I was feeling WAY behind.

First up...bring on the PINK!!!!

Landry was so excited to help paint his sister's room.

Well...until this happened!

Still not quite sure how it happened...but it did. Believe it or not that was the only mess he made. :)
Oh...and no...he doesn't drool mud...that is hot chocolate that he spilled on his shirt before the painting began. :)

I had been pinning some nursery ideas for awhile...even before I was pregnant...and most of them were of girl rooms. Once we found out we were having a girl it was time to narrow down the plethora of ideas I had collected. Here are the two nurseries that I kept being drawn too...yes...they are completely different styles. :)

I loved the bright colors of the first one...and the eclectic accents. Being that Landry's room is orange, periwinkle, lime green, and navy can probably guess that I am a fan of color. :)
I also loved the elegance of the second one...the canopy over the crib, the monogram, the pretty light fixture.
So...the hunt began for bedding that wasn't a million dollars, offered a lot of colors, and was girly without a theme. After searching all over the internet I found it!

It was on Pottery Barn...of course...and wasn't quite a million dollars...but almost. 
The real had been discontinued!!!!
Just my luck!
So I searched e-bay...with no luck...
and decided to post it on a Facebook yardsale page...
hoping that someone might have one that they were willing to part with.
No joke...within about an hour a lady contacted me telling me she had one and would give it to me...for FREE!!!
I went ahead and added satin ribbon for the ties...because I love the big bows.

**Sorry about the lighting in the pictures...
I took these at night...with my the colors are a bit off.**

We already had a set of bedroom furniture...that was mine when I was I decided to refinish those pieces instead of buying new. Two benefits of this...1. It is cheaper...duh and 2. I can get pieces that are exactly what I am looking for. An added bonus was that I had an excuse to experiment with chalk paint. :) I was so eager to get started that I didn't take any before pictures...but, to give you an idea, the pieces were black with pewter knobs. I painted her dresser a Tiffany blue coordinate with the bumper...and added glass knobs. The knobs were an Amazon score...8 knobs for $12...yes, that is a really good price. :)

You might remember this chair from Landry's nursery...

Our dear friends gave it to us and I ended up upholstering it to look like this...

Well, I have taken off all of the upholstery, painted it the Tiffany Blue color, and am in the middle of recovering the give it yet a different look. :)

Every girl has to have a chandelier...right? 
I bought this one years ago, with the intention of putting it in our master bedroom. 
Well, that never went ahead and painted it and now it is in her room...
and I LOVE it!

Along with a chandelier, you should know that this little girl is going to have just a "few" bows and flowers for her hair. I have seen a ton of ideas with ways to display and organize bows...but this one was my favorite!

On a recent trip to Hobby Lobby I found these two adorable bird cages that are perfect for her room. I absolutely love the one that looks like Cinderella's carriage. Now I need t get started and make some bows.

My mom got her this cute picture...

and then I found this one to match. 

Here are some other ideas I have found that I am hoping to make.
I thought this one was so cute...and simple.

And I love this quote...

and how cute is this?
I am most certain that I can recreate something 
similar for WAY less than the $47 price tag on Etsy.

I almost forgot about this cute idea for keeping all of the binkies in one place.

As you can see...a lot of progress has been made...but there is still a lot to still do.
I am feeling so much better just knowing that her crib is ready to go, walls are painted, and all that is left is finishing up the final touches...woohoo!!!