Monday, February 23, 2015

Making Room

don't you feel like you can hear this picture?
not done by Christmas, not done by President's Weekend either! 
leather-latched wall planter
five years of sand that hitch-hiked from the beach

Sometimes I feel like I can't wait another day until I meet Sprout. I just want to hold him and see that she is ok. I want to know my baby by looking in their eyes. I want to put him in jammies and make her comfortable and kiss his cheeks. I want to know what it's going to be like waking up all night and changing diapers and trying to be a surfer and writer and... mom; what it will be like sharing this person I love so much with so many family members and using the new rocking chair I scored from the consignment shop and having everyone leave one day and trust me to take care of a new, helpless life by myself. Sometimes all of these moments seem like they're behind a door up ahead that keeps getting closer, even though what's behind it is never clearer. 

But when I almost trip over the file cabinet and skateboards and snorkels in the garage area next to our room that we're converting to a nursery, I'm thankful that approaching door, even with its answers, still seems a little ways away. 

We are putting in some decorative paneling around the nursery. You can see some examples of what it will hopefully look like when it's completed on my Pinterest board 'make room'. I've taken three car-loads of stuff to Goodwill. I gave away my desk from college. Scott got rid of the karate uniform he got his black belt in. I even gave away stuffed animals! And still, I feel like there is more that could go. We will also put in a new closet and flooring that we bought on clearance called Urban EZ Clip Plank. All of this needs to mostly be completed by mid-spring, when we will have a small get-together here at the house. I am trying to keep any anxiety related to the deadline and approaching changes under control. And so, there has also been surfing and staring at seals and seashells and baby hummingbirds and rain puddles and, thankfully, help from family too. 

p.s. the surfboard in the pictures is my new INT softboard. It is so fun! Use the code mermaid20 at checkout for 20% off all INT softboards. I think that's a pretty good deal. 
p.p.s. all home improvement projects can now be located on one page.

15 comments:

  1. We have done so much nesting too! It's really nice to have such a good motivator for releasing the old and creating space for the new. I think I've been more productive in the past few months than the entire year prior! It's crazy but I like it. Haha :)

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    1. It's interesting that you mentioned that. Even though I've been a little more consumed mentally and emotionally by the pregnancy, I think I have definitely gotten more done. Glad you're enjoying the nesting phase.

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  2. Ah, nesting! I could do with some of that at the moment as we try to prepare our house for sale! I'm looking forward to seeing the end result of Sprout's nursery :) x

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    1. ...Me too ;) Good luck selling the house!

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  3. Lovely pretty new pink surfboard, not every man could carry off that look, well done Scott. I love the look of your new alterations, it's going to be great. Nice to see the instructions on how to make a teepee on your Pinterest board as well, you're going to be the best parents. CJ xx

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    1. Thank you CJ. You always say the sweetest things.

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  4. I'm sure your nursery is going to be lovely! and that you're going to be a great mom. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Olivia! I'm nervous about that, but I hope so... :)

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  5. Life is a never ending purge, trust me. We've moved to so many different homes since I moved here in AL years ago and each time we purge a ton of stuff. I always like to think of it as "getting a 2nd life" when I give up clothing I remember i haven't worn it in years and some other woman, or girl will get to love it all over again.

    We usually do this cleaning at the change of seasons... Spring and Fall.

    I think it's great you're doing a little at a time... it's easier to take in all the change that way.

    PS I am envious of that surf storage, so nice!!!

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    1. "getting a 2nd life" ... I like that! I might have to adapt that outlook. It is easier getting rid of something sentimental that you don't use anymore when you think about the person who will hopefully get to enjoy it next. I agree with your comment about change as well! Not sure if we took this all bite by bite intentionally, but so far it does make it all feel a little easier to swallow.

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  6. Sprout's room is going to be so adorable! Is that a mobile hanging up made out of twigs? It is awesome!!! I'm sure you're getting so excited to meet your little one. It's coming up so fast, and I bet will be here before you know it:)

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    1. yes, twigs. They actually hung over the dance floor at our wedding too! Yes, this part of the pregnancy definitely seems to be going much faster than the beginning!

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  7. I look forward to seeing the nursery as it comes along! Looks like you guys are making great progress! :)

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  8. I remember getting like this when I was pregnant with my daughter too. I went back and forth on wanting her in my arms, and then completely terrified that NOTHING was ready. I didn't always feel ready. Sometimes I'd even fear that I'd fail miserably as a mother. :) I think that happens to everyone during their first pregnancy though. It's a huge deal knowing that you will be responsible for everything that this new little soul will need. But you've got this! I love the colors you have in the nursery as well. It's going to look amazing!

    And currently the weather has been really awful here in central Texas. We've had sleet, ice, snow, sunshine, and then more snow all within this week (and it's not even over yet). But I've already told my husband to get ready because the first chance we get at having some nice weather everything is going out! Old clothes, and furniture we don't use/need. We have mounds of toys that just sit in a toy box that need to be taken out as well. We'll have to drive a few towns over to donate it all, but I am so ready. I have a hard time letting go because it seems like EVERYTHING has some sort of memory attached to it. But then I remind myself that someone out there would probably enjoy having it, and wearing it rather than just sitting unused at my home. Besides, there's always that wonderful feeling of accomplishment and space we sometimes need that accompanies the act of getting rid of things we don't use anymore. Good luck!

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  9. The picture of the hummingbirds in the nest made my YEAR!!

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