No Longer Bored...Wasting Time...New Addiction

My friend Sara & I are both avid blog readers, she writes more than I do...but I do like to write as well. About a month ago she wrote about a new website called pinterest, which looked really interesting to me but I haven't had time to check it out until this week...NOW I'm addicted.

The site has all kinds of ideas for craftiness, cooking, event planning, etc...all things I love & wish I had more time for. The way Sara describes it is best: It's basically a bulletin board where you can "pin up" ideas for later. You have to request a subscription, but you can still search the site & get great ideas while you wait for your subscription...then you can start your on "pin board."

I'm really excited about this new discovery...although, I might end up wasting A LOT of time that I could be using doing other things...at least I'll have new craft ideas & recipes! 0:) Happy Searching!


Waiting Game...

My brother has graduated, pageant week is over (my sister did phenomenal) & all is quite around the Keith house. Next on our busy 2011 schedule is the birth of our sweet little Laney, and we're playing the waiting game...

I went to the doctor yesterday for my 37 week check up and he says Laney is head down & ready to come, I've dilated 1 cm and really she's on her own time now...so who knows she could come tomorrow...she could come around her due date (July 18th). This is probably the hardest thing for both Matt & I. We're both so anxious to meet that sweet little girl & I'm ready for my body to feel halfway normal again. I'd like to be able to wear my wedding band & be able to paint my toes :). We're both planning people & waiting...well we're learning some patience that's for sure!

Who knows when she'll arrive, but for now...I'm working on homeschool curriculum for the classes I'm teaching in the fall & writing some thank you cards. (And spending time with Molly, which is going to be one curious little dog very soon!) All of which can be done while sitting on the couch & resting. It's killing me to not be laying out in the sun or by the beach or pool somewhere. (For those of you that know me really well know I could LIVE at the beach in the summer.) Laney's room is ready, my bags are packed & we're as ready as we're gonna be! We know God has a perfect time for this precious gift to make her arrival and it will be soon.

Anyone want to take a guess? My mom swears Laney will have curly hair based on this ultrasound picture :)


3 Years Ago Today...

3 years ago today, I married my best friend:
I cannot believe that 3 years have flown by so fast. Definitely the best day of my life! God has blessed us beyond belief & his love and mercy for us just blows me away. I cannot wait for the journey we have coming our way in the next few weeks!

Here's a few favorites from our special day:

I love you Matthew!


Laney's Room

We have finally ALMOST finished Laney's room. I still have some organizing to do & a few more things to hang, but it's ready enough for her to come home when she's ready to make her appearance. When we first started planning her room, I DID NOT want something that was going to be pastel colors...like most baby stuff. It's just not us... So I started with her bedding & went from there. (For those of you that know me know that if I weren't in the teaching profession, I'd do interior design...I love to decorate & I love to find cheap ways to do it so making Laney's room cute was important to me.) I had a "garden" theme in my head...so I began gathering pots, colorful baskets, and flowers. I didn't exactly know what the finished product would look like, but I knew it would be colorful.

Here's a few pictures to kind of give you an idea of what it looks like.

(I love the way the lamp shade turned out. I bought a plain white one & decorated it with the ribbon to match the ribbon that I used to hang her name above the crib)I found this cute little sign in the garden decor at Michael's and I just had to have it. It matches perfectly!
I still need to figure out what to hang in the corner by my chair, but I have a few things in mind...so we'll see what we come up with. I can't take all the credit for this room...my wonderful husband put together ALL of Laney's furniture, painted her room, & hung everything. I just told him where to put stuff, decorated, & organized. Now...all we need is this sweet little girl to make her appearance sometime in the next 4 weeks. :)

Ah! I can't wait!


Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful dads in my life! Especially my wonderful husband, who I know will be a AMAZING daddy to little Laney in just a few weeks. He's had many wonderful examples in his life.

I pray as much as Laney will love her mommy and daddy that she will also be a daddy's girl...always! Matt, thank you for being a wonderful dad to Laney already. You've taken such good care of me over the past 8 months! I love you!


The Graduate

This past weekend we celebrated my baby brother's high school graduation. It was an emotional time for all of us in that Luke is THE BABY...he's the last to graduate from high school. It was probably the best time I've had with my family in a really long time. There are so many of us, with so many different things going on that it's hard to get everyone together when I'm home. We were able to spend time together before & after graduation to celebrate Luke's success.

I know that Luke is going to be very successful as he begins his college journey at UNC Charlotte and hopefully headed to Carolina within the next year or so...he's a good kid, put's the Lord first in everything he does, and has his head on straight. I look forward to see how God works in his life.

We stay pretty busy and probably won't slow down much between now and Laney's arrival. I'm resting as much as I can between our adventures. Next up in our adventures...my sister competes for the title of Miss North Carolina next week. In the mean time, I'm re-cooperating from a VERY LONG and stressful school year, working on Baby Laney's room and counting the weeks until her arrival...around 5 weeks from now she will make her arrival and I am sooooo excited to meet our little girl! :)


No Time for Blogs...

Obviously, I have neglected my blog for the past...almost 2 months, with the exception of my post of my friend Laura's new band (which you should totally check out, www.featherandbelle.com!) We have been super busy & all I've done is go to school, sleep, travel somewhere on the weekends, and repeat the next week...things will be slowing for a few weeks once my brother graduates Friday and we'll have time to rest (a little) before Miss NC at the end of June and Laney's arrival sometime in July.

To share a little of what we've been doing this month here's a little picture tour:

The 1st weekend in May we made the trip to Boone for Matt's sisters' graduation, both Megan & Morgan graduated from Appalachian State and we are so proud of them. Megan is going to be a Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher (fancy words for Home Ec. teacher) and Morgan is going to be a photographer (and she is very talented!). We had a great weekend with the Keith's just celebrating & relaxing.

The 2nd weekend in May we had our 1st baby shower at Matt's home church in Fuquay-Varina. It was so great to see a lot of people we haven't seen since we got married & celebrate with new friends...we were very blessed to get a lot of things we need for Laney.

The 3rd weekend in May was RIDICULOUS! We had something Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Friday night we celebrated my baby (not so small) brother's high school graduation with a graduation party. (For those of you that don't know him, he's the one in the khaki shirt) I can't believe he's going to college in the fall, I can't wait to see him walk across the stage Friday night!

Saturday we drove to Pickens, SC to celebrate the marriage of two really good friends from Caswell, Ashley Lark & Daniel Heath. Daniel played in our wedding & it was so awesome to see them begin a new life together. We can't wait to see what God has in store for them, they are such a sweet couple!

On Sunday we had our 2nd baby shower, this time in Kannapolis. By the end of the weekend we both looked terrible...notice the dark circles under our eyes, obviously from partying a little too much that weekend. I loved getting to see some very special people & celebrating our sweet Laney with them. I can't wait to introduce her to everyone in just a few weeks! We are very blessed to have such strong support not only here in Raleigh , but also in Kannapolis. Laney is going to be rotten and she's not even here yet.

Memorial Day weekend we celebrated the marriage of our good friends Sara & Todd, we also worked with them at Caswell. Sara is one of my very best friends and I was actually her RA at Appalachian State before we worked 2 summers together at Caswell. Todd also went to Appalachian & worked with us at Caswell. I was a bridesmaid in their wedding, so we were able to spend the entire weekend in South Charlotte and rested a little while we were there. Sara & Todd's wedding was beautiful & a lot of fun. We got to catch up with a lot of good friends & do a little dancing at the reception. It was a wonderful weekend!

I probably won't be back to the blogging world until school is over, which by the way...I only have 4 days with kids and 1 teacher workday left. I'm on my way to being a STAY AT HOME MOM! :) More on that next week!