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diy mounted antlers

I’ve been wanting mounted antlers for the house for awhile now, but they are ridiculously expensive and just about the LAST thing I’m willing to spend money on right now. Imagine my pure glee when I spotted a pile of them (YES, a PILE) in my dad’s shop while we were back home several months ago! I guess you can’t take the country out of the girl, after all.

Much to his surprise, I began begging for them. Literally, BEGGING. After some tough negotiating, he handed me a shed and the smaller of the two full sets I was bargaining for. Win!

I wanted to create a new mount that added a modern touch to an otherwise pretty rough piece of decor, so my dad and I spent a bit one morning cutting and sanding a beautiful piece of solid walnut from a pile of wood from my Grampa’s old workshop.

Literally FREE and not even a full morning’s work later, I am dying over how fantastic of a piece we created. I rubbed & conditioned the wood with mineral oil, which really helped pop the beautiful grain and its true colors. Finally, I just added some craft moss to the skull portion. Thanks for all your help, Dad!

slow down

Every time I think I’m finally going to get back into the swing of things, life throws me a curve ball and months go by again since I’ve last written anything. Working full time, trying to be a good wife and mom, being pregnant, keeping my shit together – it hasn’t been easy.

I keep thinking that the time when I finally feel adjusted and balanced has gotta be right around the corner. I’ve been at my “new” job now for a year and a half. I can’t call it new anymore. Can I even keep using it as an excuse for being such a hot mess? Probably not. The days *mostly* fly and I do sincerely love what I do and the people that I get to surround myself with, but man, I just can’t seem to get a grasp on how to balance the rest of life along with it.

I turned 30 in June and while I have been excited for the transition into this new decade, I’ve found the last several weeks to be a season of self discovery and, truthfully, a little self dislike. It’s the expectation that I’d be a little more “together” by now that gets me the most. I struggle being present for Neeson; I struggle being vulnerable and open with Dave; I struggle making time for and being intentional with my relationships; I struggle with the notion that I just “don’t have the energy” for this space or the other things that fill my heart; I struggle with the fact that I really just do not enjoy being pregnant – at all; I struggle with so many things that I thought would be easier for me at this point.

I think, though – I hope – that this is just what life is. The ebbs and flows, the ups and downs. It’s inevitable. As a mama, as a wife, as a person, maybe the best thing we can do is be transparent and honest about our struggles. Maybe we just all need to slow down a little and take a deep breath. Maybe just knowing that we’re not alone is all we really need.

our greatest adventure, winter 2016

Happy weekend!

First, I’m so exited by all the positive feedback from my last post! I feel fueled by your support and can’t wait to start sharing more about our process! Until next week…

Fall/Winter 2016 was one of my favorite seasons yet. Neeson is growing right before our eyes, and I couldn’t be more thankful. We have been so lucky to receive beautiful images from each of these different stages of our life. These were taken less than 2 months ago and he has already changed so much. Sometimes, as he’s chasing Brody through the house  or talking into the dog bone like it’s a phone, I look at him and I have to pause for a second to catch my breath.

Is he really ours? How did we get so dang lucky?

That’s usually followed with “oh man, what if we screw him up?” #keepingitbalanced

Parenthood is such a crazy ride. Of all the goals and dreams I’ve ever had, the one of creating a healthy, safe, and loving home for him to grow up in is the most important one.

These are just a few of my favorites from our winter session with the lovely Katherine Ridgely. xo