Monday, July 14, 2014


Happy Monday! I'm linking up with Meghan at Champagne and Suburbs & Biana at BLoved Boston today. 

We had a slew of contractors, electricians, tile guys, granite guys {and more} come to our house, so of course I have absolutely no pictures of that. It was a complete mad house. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we're updating our bathroom, and that has now turned into our kitchen, as well. Our sellers did everything in our house halfway, so we're having to go behind them and do little updates here and there. 

Well, our bathroom is absolutely hideous and we still have our white oven/microwave combo in the kitchen. In our kitchen, we're removing the white, built-in oven and microwave and replacing them with energy efficient stainless steel ones {to match our other new appliances}. In our bathroom, we're removing the old, off-white, builder-grade marble {and nasty shell sinks} and replacing it with white carrara marble and under-mount sinks; painting our cabinetry white; and removing the ugly bronze stall shower and pushing it back a few inches and replacing it with a seamless shower. This bathroom was really my inspiration. 


I then cleaned out and organized Walker's closet and dresser drawers. {How do those things get so disorganized so quickly?!} Then of course cleaning out his closet really inspired me to do some other cleaning and organizing in our home this weekend. So, I put all of his 3-6 months clothes in a plastic, labeled Tupperware bin for Brandon to put in the attic. Then, I took all of the baby gear we no longer use {or shouldn't use because Walker is outgrowing them} and washed all the necessary parts; put them in giant trash bags; and labeled the bag with what's in them. 

My friend Liz told me about this trick because you don't have to take anything apart and put it back together for the next baby! Just remove the trash bag, clean any fabric, add new batteries and it's ready to use! 

{All of that organizing turned into a major overhaul of our attic later that evening. Which, if you live in Texas, know that having an attic over your garage and being up there in the middle of July probably wasn't the best idea. But I guess I lost a pound because of all the sweating! Ha!}

Anyway, Walker practiced his sitting on Friday...

…we made a trip to pick out our marble slab for our bathroom…

…and then stopped at 7/11 for their free Slurpee day! 

I did more cleaning around the house and Walker again practiced his sitting. Clearly he wasn't impressed with me at this point. 

This is my favorite way to get him to sit when he's acting like he's had enough of it: I just put our Boppy around his back and let it gently support him. He loves it, and I like that it's soft if he starts to topple. 

After his nap, we went over to my in-law's for my nephew's first birthday party! It was so sweet and I can't believe we're going to be there in T-6 months! 

Once my nephew had opened all of his presents and ate his smash cake {or really shared it with his daddy}, my mother-in-law's good friend came over to give the three grandkids their first swimming lesson! She is a certified swim instructor and has said to get babies in the water as early as possible, so that we did! Walker was the youngest and shhhh, did the best. ;) 

Teresa showed him how to blow bubbles in the water...


…and showed us how to dunk him underwater. I totally thought he would freak at that, but he didn't! He did so well, in fact, that she used Walker as the "example" when showing my brothers-in-law how to do it for their babies. I was so proud! 

After the lesson, my mother-in-law's best friend drove in from Mississippi for their yearly two-week-long visit. She got to meet Walker for the first time and of course he just loved all over her. It was precious! 

Walker has been fighting a cold for the past few days, so we stayed home from church. I would absolutely hate if I was the mom whose baby gave it to other babies in the nursery! {The poor thing has been so congested and absolutely hates the Nosefrida, so it's been a battle. Le sigh.} 

We had a fun little playtime in his room with his stuffed animals and barnyard shape sorter in the morning, and then all took a big nap in our bed around mid-morning. 

I went to the grocery store while Brandon watched him and did a couple of loads of laundry and picked up around the house. 

I found this pin on Pinterest and it really intrigued me. Our grout has been gross looking since the day we moved into our house, and I finally had had enough. So, I went for it. 

Here's our nasty kitchen grout before...

…during {when I had no idea what I had gotten myself into}...

{Oh hi! Don't mind my makeup-less self. Brandon snapped this and then proceeded to tweet it. Nice!} 

…and after. 

It's definitely not bright white or anything, but it does look cleaner to the naked eye. Plus, it makes this germophobe and OCD cleaner happy to know it's clean! 

I just followed the instructions on the pin to do it! I purchased Woolite Heavy Traffic Foam Carpet Cleaner, sprayed it on the grout lines in my kitchen, got down on my hands and knees to scrub the grout with a toothbrush, wiped it off with a million paper towels, and then mopped the kitchen floor. Wa-la! I think I would definitely use my baking soda/lemon juice/hydrogen peroxide trick for the next go-round. 

After I had cleaned our floors {and Brandon had called me OCD about 27 times}, I made another two-week batch of baby food for Walker: mangoes, pears, quinoa and sweet potatoes. It's definitely a process, but when I see the cost savings from it, I don't mind the labor as much. :) I'm just so thankful to have a great eater and love that Walker tries new things. And, it seems to have helped his reflux because he's getting more food as opposed to just milk in his tummy, so that makes me happy for him…and us…and our clothes…and our furniture… ;) 

I then made this for supper, sat down with a glass of wine, and we passed out super early. 

I hope y'all had a great weekend and have a wonderful week! 



  1. umm hi, you are super mom. I am exhausted just reading your post!! ps, where is the little lamb rug that W is laying on from? so adorbs!!

  2. Wowza! Good work on a productive weekend! That shower you pinned looks awesome! Can't wait to see it when you're all finished.


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