{Carried Away by Life Space Changes}

I got so carried away with my boys during my maternity leave that I decided to stay home with them full time! After returning to work, I suddenly knew I needed to turn in my two weeks notice and place my current career [10 years running–5 years with that employer] on hold. Even though this is a bittersweet decision, I know I’ll never regret the uber-special bonding time with my children during their formative years! I don’t want to miss another second!!

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My Baby’s Circus Themed 1st Birthday Party

For those of you who missed {My Baby’s Ringmaster’s Big Top 1st Birthday Party} last year, here is a round-up of some of the best party shots! See my Facebook page for more pictures of family and friends acting silly. 🙂 Here you’ll find DIY Ring Toss, DIY Ribbon Banner, “A Big Top Thank You” Circus Peanut Treat Bags, Party Hats with Clown Noses Atop, Ringmaster Mustache Kazoos and more!

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{Our Baby’s Future Life Space}

In April 2013, we are excitedly expanding our home by 2 feet!

Lately I have been busy with nursery preparations to ensure a tranquil life space for our future baby. We ordered the convertible crib I picked out, we received the desired nine piece bedding set as a shower gift, we have a changing table (which was formerly my craft desk), a dresser (which was given to me by my grandparents when I was a baby), and we have an organization plan for the closet. We painted the nursery using two different paint techniques (both of which are ombre!), and if all works out, we will order my favorite glider and ottoman as soon as it is available in retail stores. [See update below.]

I am so very excited to provide details on items selected for the nursery. One of the items I am most excited about [that my husband will pick up for me in LA since it is only sold in stores] is the  IKEA MASKROS Pendant lamp;  the website says that it “projects decorative patterns onto the ceiling and the wall” which is one of my favorite features about the light fixture. I also like that it might abstractly translate as sea urchins when surrounded with my selected decor, which would support my “under the water” theme. [See update below.]

I do hope you check back for more details and pictures over the coming months as we prepare a space that the baby is sure to love!

Update: Since this post, I have added the nursery pictures to the gallery.  Feel free to lemme know what you think; I’m evaluating whether to carry this theme forward into his room in our next home.
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{Major Life Space Moment: My BIG Surprise!}

When I first learned I was pregnant, my husband was not home so I immediately decided to record a video to share the news with him and capture my initial feelings.  In our household, my husband tends to express himself through made up songs [oftentimes rap–what a treat, I tell ya!] and I tend to express myself through made up dances.  Though he didn’t initially sing (out of too much shock), I did dance!!!  And it’s a good thing I don’t mind laughing at myself!!