Sunday, December 26, 2010

{merry, merry!}

Hope you all had an absolutely wonderful holiday weekend!

We did Christmas Eve at my parent's house and went to Christmas Eve service at 1st Plymouth Church!

Then I woke up to the most wonderful Christmas Present ever.....

He is the little love of my life, and we enjoyed spending our first Christmas as a family together, celebrating the birth of our savior. I cannot wait to start sharing traditions, and making new traditions as a whole family. Having my very own family this year made it extra special, and of course, Cash was the center of attention most of the weekend.  How grateful we are this year, Cash has made our lives brighter, our days sweeter, and moments absolutely priceless. 

I hope you understand between the holidays, being a momma, wedding planning, managing the store (you know, retail in December!)and preparing for our move to Texas I never really get a whole lot of free time to blog, unless i cut into my bedtime (which is dangerous!) ;)  I hope to blog more after our move to Texas, and get a little more in focus on the design world.  Until then, pictures of my sweet boy and family will have to do!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

{aqua & red}

totally unlikely color combination, but I'm totally loving it right the contrast of cool aquas,
with cheery reds.  makes a girl smile.  {especially this time of year!}

Countdown has started, 4 days, 4 days, 4 days! :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

{tis' the season}

to decorate, but this year i'm keeping it simple. a few garlands, a fake tree, and some silvery-glittery bulbs scattered throught the home.  nothing fussy, over the top, or elaborate. just simple.

here are a few snapshots i love...

chance shared with me his family tradition of buying a potted christmas tree, using it for the holidays, then planting it....i LOVE that idea.  ....and next year we will start that tradition, becuase this year it is just too much work to try and find time to go get a potted tree, haul it home, put it in a urn (see picture), and continually water it, only to have no actual yard to plant it in.  thus, this year our artifical tree will work...i mean as long as you are burning a evergreen candle, its practically the same thing...right?! ;)

hope you all are gearing up for the holidays, i must go christmas shopping, i just realized i have only one gift under the tree...yikes!

happy friday!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


life has kept me busy {as usual!} haven't had time for much of anything inspirational, unless you consider looking into the eyes of my baby boy {who inspires me everyday}.  i finally got our tree up and did some sparce holiday decorating...but no shopping.  i'm still at odds as to how you can shop with a baby in tow.  its just not that enjoyable to me, not that i don't love the company of my son, but lugging into stores a stroller twice the necessary size, plugging pacis constantly, having to find a bathroom with a changing counter, then having to finagle doors by yourself while pushing a stoller and an arm full of bags along with is just no fun, and don't even get me started on the escalators and the hidden elevators....i mean i never even knew department stores had elevators until nearly loosing my patience on an escaltor ride i thought surely these stores have an elevator, now finding the elevator is another story! :)

needless to say i have zero shopping done....and i'm looking at my schedule wondering if i will ever have time for a shopping trip? may resort to online ordering this year!

other than my shopping delemia, we've also been dealing with a baby with a headcold which has been heartbreaking because 2 month olds cannot take de-congestions like big people, thus my poor stuffy nosed baby is coughing and sneezing and weezing his way through the day.  and as a result i've been going through guilty momma syndrome because i wish there was soemthing i could do for him besides what we are already doing {aspirator, saline drops, vicks, and a humidifier}.  please say a prayer for my sweet boy that he beats this cold asap.  i'd sure appreciate it!

thanks for listening , i promise to be back soon with some fun holiday ideas, until then here is a picture of my little bug and me :)

happy tuesday!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

{2 months}

Cash Austin, my heart grows fuller by the day.  You are growing into your little body with a {big} personality.  I can't believe it has been 2 months since that beautiful September day....your birthday!  You have changed soooo much since then.  Not only have you nearly doubled in size, but you have developed quite the personality.  You smile everyday for mommy and daddy, which we LOVE! You also have the most adorable little belly giggle in the world.  I talk to you, and you smile and laugh back.  We talk about how BIG you are, and how SWEET you are, and how MUCH we love you.  You have the biggest baby smile I have ever seen and it still melts my heart, like the first time I saw your little face.  Your eyelashes have gotten so long, they remind me of your daddy's.  Just like your are almost always happy and content, except when you are hungry or need your diaper changed.  Sometimes you fuss just because you want to be held, you LOVE being held and cuddled.  I spend the evenings cherishing every minute cuddling with you until daddy gets home.  Everything else takes a backseat to you. 

You still love your paci occassionally.  You really love being held outward so you can see all that is going on around you.  Your little eyes track mommy and daddy and others when they move about.  You must reccognize our voices.  You always have to see what is going on, you just stare in amazement and look like you are absorbing everything in your little head.  Daddy and I got a flat screen tv, and now you REALLY like all the bright lights flashing.  You and daddy watch sports on the weekends, and get lots of good bonding time in while mommy works. 

Lately, you have been giving mommy and daddy little "coos" you try and talk back sometimes! Other times we get a  "yelp" and we know you are speaking to us.  funny how that works.  Mommy and Daddy have also started adding -ie to everything we say....blankie, paci, diapie, burpie, you name it, we put -ie on the end! kinda funny!

You started daycare for the first time yesterday, all the other kids love you! There are 8 girls and 4 boys, you are the youngest.  The girls especially love you. When I got there yesterday there were 5 kids surrounding your carseat! That makes mommy happy to know so many people love you! Grandma Rhonda has been watching you prior to yesterday.  She loved having you at her house every day and got to know you much better!

You still have a little fur on your head, that daddy likes to make it stand up and spikey! Mommy likes to comb it over so you have a little side part, you look like such a big boy! We give you bathes a couple times a week, and you LOVE THEM!  The warm water calms you down and you sit like a big boy in your tubbie. Daddy usually washes your head while mommy washes your body, arms and legs!  After your bath I like to cuddle you in the warm blanket, you look so cute and smell so good after your tubbie! 

You are the best eater in the whole world.  I think you would eat all the time if given the choice.  You still never leave a bottle anything but dry.  You've been eating 4-6 oz of formula in your bottle, me and daddy are going to have to buy bigger bottles pretty soon! Sometimes you get a little leaky, and you have one little dribble down your chin, but we get you cleaned up!  You must have gotten that trait from your daddy, because he always has food on his face, which makes Mommy laugh! :)

I am so happy to say, you are finally sleeping through the entire night! We are so grateful.  You usually fall asleep around 11 and sleep until 6 or 7 in the morning.  You are a good little sleeper when you have your belly full.  Usually you conk right out.  You still breathe heavy and usually I go to sleep listening to you breathe.  I try and think back to those first nights when i was so worried about you sleeping.  I definitely feel more comfortable with you now.  I pray for you and Daddy every night that God keeps you safe and protected, healthy and strong, and that he instills in you a love for family and gives you faith.  I pray someday you will have a relationship with Jesus, that you too talk to him every night before laying down your head. 

First there was us, then we had you, and now we have everything. You are our little miracle Cash Austin,  I can't even remember what life was like before you came into our lives.  You make my life a little more full, and everyday feels like a gift that I get to wake up to you.

Love you forever and always,

Monday, November 29, 2010


wow. a week a past since my last post and all i can say, is holy cow.  where does the time fly?
this past week has been pure joy.  i love gathering for our first family holidays as a FAMILY. it was so fun to share nugget with all of our extended family members for the first time. He was a sweetheart, minus a blowout here or there!

i will come back and write more, but i must get to is a project i MUST do asap!
the most adorable doormat ever, and it would describe our lives to a T! :)


Monday, November 22, 2010


Hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Our was jammed packed with family and friends.  We spent Saturday at Mr. Cattlebuyers Grandma's Estate Auction. I sadly missed the first two sales, so I was excited to go to the 3rd.  It was fun to see all the things she collected in her lifetime.  Pretty amazing....

Uncle Cole {Mr.cattlebuyers brother} bought me  nugget a little red's adorable.  I can already see it filled with books, stuffed animals, and toys.  i liked how unique it was and will try to photograph it soon.  Grandma Sherri {hi!} bought nugget some old books that were fun to flip through,  I can't wait to read them to my bug.

Sunday we gathered for Thanksgiving on my dad's side which was fun as always, then we booked it back to Lincoln to be with our friends {who are expecting next month!} to decorate Christmas cookies and eat supper.

It was a fun weekend, and we got some exciting news on Friday {which i can't disclose to the public quite yet, but soon, promise!} which made me realize how grateful I am.  God has provided for us tremediously this year, it blows me away.  Mr.cattlebuyer & uncle c got out the christmas tree tonight, which of course snowballed into getting out EVERYTHING christmas related.... put me in the holiday mood.  This will be our first Christmas as a family and I am so very excited to make it a special one! Here are some images I meant to attach to the previous entry, but of course forgot. i also forgot to spell check, which i'm sure you all noticed.  oops! i'll try to do better next time. promise

Happy Monday Friends!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

{how long?}

wow? how long has it been?!  well to say the least, the past 3 days have been a whirlwind with me going back to work and getting used to our new "normal"

time for blogging is few and far between, actually i'm lucky if i even have a few seconds to hop on the computer {speaking of, mine is STILL broken!} i would most definitely qualify for the bad blogger award.  i'll start planning my acceptance speech.  it would go something like this...

hello, on behalf of my insanely busy life, i would like to thank my adorable baby boy who is growing like a weed and i will testify on his behalf has grown out of size "n" diapers *sniff sniff* after a multitude of "blowouts" and by blow outs i mean change the sheets, change his clothes, change his diaper, change the diaper pad cover, oh yes and change my clothes {not exaguerating} the only sandwich i've had time to make this week is a ritz bitz peanut butter sandwich! totally not healthy.....but soooo yummy and fast, and it doesn't require time besides popping open the box.  work has been a series of return phone calls, party planning, placing orders & acting like an elf trying to create inventory for the holidays. i've learned the power of one-handed everything. i may now be a certified ambidectrious person.  cuz when the right is busy, i'm only left with my left and gosh darn it if both are busy, the toes sure do come in handy.  now i know why god created us with multiple limbs.  my days start a little earlier and unfortunately end a little later than i like. night time is a series of 3 hour incriments.  gotta take what you can get. thankfully i get more some nights thanks to chance.  gal-darn my life is a little more busy, a little more stressful, a little more sleepy, but gosh darn it, it is a LOT more beautiful and i am so thankful for this amazing time in my life. 

 okay, so i'm running out of time, and i still need to spell check this blog entry becasue my brain has been on vacation since september 30th.  thanks for listening, i'll be back soon, but until then, enjoy some holiday images and inspiration!

projects for a later date:

Friday, November 12, 2010

{this & that}

two of my favorite things  today....scarfs and pretty handwritting!

i just found this and boy do i want to make it right now....totally inspired on this chilly november day!

i love scarfs, i hope they never go out of style cuz i have oodles of them. i think i'm going to shoot for one of every color of the rainbow....unfortunatly right now i have holiday open house invitations to design so no time to sew! which is still pretty fun because i found this site, and stumbled upon some awesome free fonts. oh yes, did i mention i love pretty handwriting.  i think i would have typed better papers in college if i had pretty font to type them in. y'all should go download their fonts...they are so fun!

so much to do so no time to chatter.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


pardon the silence, between my laptop still being in the dumps, chance being out of town, and still trying to juggle mommyhood and working and running the store, i've had my hands full.

the good thing is that when my hands are full, my heart is full.
and what more could you want in life?

i'll be back soon with some fun holiday inspiration.....
Happy Thursday Friends!

Monday, November 8, 2010


as much as i hate to think about it. this is my last week with my baby boy.  thus, i'm spending every last second snorgling his chubby cheeks, singing sweet songs, going on long walks, and taking {hundreds} of photos of my little man.
the job of motherhood may not pay in cash [no pun], but it sure does pay in love.
my heart has grown continually the past 6 weeks that i've gotten to know mr. cash austin and it's safe to say he has me wrapped around his little finger

something tells me next week and the following week and the following week after will be tearful weeks for me.  i can't bear to think about not being around him.  it breaks my heart....i wish i could carry him around forever in my arms.

okay, enough about that.... {before i start tearing up already}

for work, i'm planning on a few future design projects.  an office and a basement family room remodel. 
i can't wait to get some design boards soon as i get my laptop back that is. {grrrr...sometimes i dispise technology!}

one thing is for certain, I'll be using this west elm rug on one of the boards.
stay tuned...

Sunday, November 7, 2010


grey. my new favorite color.  maybe its because the trees are popping up bare, the plants are dying, and the air has a chill to it.  but grey is my go-to color these days, even for clothes.  i find myself constantly searching for something grey.  a scarf, a thermal, leggings, boots, cardigan. i put grey with everything.
these images below show that grey can work anywhere, with any style, with any color combination.
grey or is it gray?
 still a little confused on the spelling...i'm now a firm believer pregnancy kills brain cells. :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010


love these pretty rooms, they remind me of fall!
 today was amazing. cash slept from 12:30-4:00 pm this afternoon, so i actually got a little work done for once....we also had a surprise baby cash party tonight when i went to work.  the ladies made adorable cupcakes and we opened gifts.  all i gotta say is, my little guy is a lucky man! we got some adorable stuff, i have some of the best employees in the world.  greatest ladies ever. :) cash even got gifts from some customers, and even a complete stranger walked in and gave him an improtu gift! crazy!

yesterday we celebrated my grandma pearl's 83rd birthday, she is such a special lady in my life. she instilled in me the value of being creative.  her whole life she has been a farmer's wife, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, and all the other duties of being a farmer's wife and raising 4 boys {bless her! i can't imagine!}.  she has done it all gracefully. we lived down the road from our grandma pearl.  us three girls would always "escape" to grandma's house on occasion {all the time!}  i consider it such a privilege to live just a few houses down from my grandma pearl growing up.  many children are lucky if they get to see their grandparents once or twice a year, but we got to see our grandma all the time.  my favorite memories of her were seeing her in her garden, it was huge! she had tomatoes, carrots, strawberries, rhubarb, peas, peppers, you name it, she had it growing in her back yard.  she also grew flowers, tons of flowers.  she had the best rose bushes on the block and her yard was always pristine.  not a weed. 

i especially appreciate my grandma because i think me and her are a lot alike. we love crafting! she would always have thee best craft supplies at her house! she'd always let us girls come over and create masterpieces, and i'm sure a huge mess.  she introduced me to carol duvall....y'all remember her right?! okay. so maybe i wasn't your typical "child".  we watched hgtv religiously, and she always had a stack of martha stewart living magazines waiting for my eyes to flip through, dreaming of one day becoming an interior designer.  that dream never died.  and i owe much to my grandma pearl for instilling in my creative drive at such a young age. 
i hope you all have special people in your life like my grandma pearl. if you do, consider yourself blessed beyond measure.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

{happy halloween!}

okay so i realize i'm a little late....and i realize i look very sleepy in this photo, but i still love it regardless!

meet our little family....
our first halloween together.
 our bubs was a dalmation puppy, complete with black floppy ears and a little white tail {although, you can't see that in this picture!} my nephew was a firefighter so we thought i'd be fun for Cash to be a dalmation! plus, i thought it was a fun idea because for the past nine months we've called him our little rover.
I love my boys!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

{one month}

my oh my, where has the weekend gone... seems like it just started!

We had a great weekend: a fun baby shower, celebrating a husker win, our sweet boy is one month (can't believe it!) , and of course halloween.  the bad news is my computer has crashed, which contained all of my fun pictures and blog ideas.  thus i'm left empty handed tonight.  but know that i will be back in running order soon! (hopefully!) my sweet hubby, is letting me borrow his laptop {because he knows i'd go CRAZY without it!} luckily i have my blackberry which still keeps me reading my fav blogs, but it's just not the same, and the worst part is I can't blog on my blackberry! {sad...someone should really invent a blogging cell phone}  but it makes me realize how much importance i put on "physical" things sometimes, such as my laptop.  we all do it...put significance on insignificant "things".  sometimes i think god just needs to remind us, give us a little "reality check." people are more important than things.  always will be.  thus, i'm weirdly happy to say that my laptop died {don't worry i had all my photos backed up on my external harddrive! thank goodness, for ONCE i am on top of things!} although, i hate to shell out the $$ to fix it or buy new, it has already made me appreciate doing things other than being on my laptop.  maybe i was on it too much the past 3 weeks.....whoops! 

on a more happy note: my sweet baby boy is 1 month old!  I cannot believe how fast time has flown by.  everyday is a miracle and i still find myself looking at him thinking how darn lucky i am to be his mommy! He is a child of God, but 10 months ago i was blessed with being his momma here on earth and i couldn't be a prouder or more grateful that God has blessed us with this little miracle.  how it all took place i still can't fathom.  how this little human being has grown from a sesame seed into my 9 lb blonde haired baby boy.  my head can't wrap around it, and heart wants to burst at the seems.  even the "bad" fussy nights are a blessing.  sometimes i feel like i am living in a dream.  your whole life you dream of what you children will look like, what your children's names will be, and how they will act. and now I'm living that dream! and it is the most rewarding experience of my life.  this little man has me smitten. 

Cash Austin,
You are the most precious little man I have ever laid my eyes on.  i go to bed praying for you and dreaming about who you will become some day, and you are the reason i get up in the morning.  you give me strength and patience i never thought i had.  i love telling people i am your momma. and there is no better or more rewarding job in this world.   i miss you terribly when you sleep, i want to kiss your chubby cheeks and count your sweet little toes forever and i know someday you will not want me to kiss your cheeks or touch your toes, so i'm soaking up every precious moment of this time in your life.  i love all your facial expressions and the sweet coos you make all day long.  you love your bottles and feeding time, you have yet to leave a bottle anything but empty! when you are upset you make alot of "ugh" sounds and your face gets bright red.  momma doesn't like then usually i smooch your cheeks and then you instantly calm down.  i think you know my voice.  when you hear me, your eyes get really big.  everyone says you have my eyes and that makes my heart smile.  when we take you out of your car seat you are curled up in a little ball and you like to sleep with your arms up by your face with your hands clinched shut.  i love how you always cross your feet, left on top of right, just like your daddy.  you did this in my tummy because on one of your ultrasound pictures your feet are crossed. i used to joke that you were a girl because your legs were crossed, but sure enough, you were a boy..... my boy! I love your chubby arms and your skinny little legs.  but just because they are skinny doesn't mean they aren't strong. oh how strong your legs are! you love to kick when you are upset, and sometimes you kick your legs when we try and get your pants on, which makes it really challenging! I love when you sleep on daddy's chest, you two are my whole world. I love singing you songs, and when you smile your little smile, daddy calls it your "gummy smile".  I heard you laugh the second week you were here, and it was the cutest thing ever, now every once in a while you will giggle and I adore it.  don't ever forget the importance of laughter later on in your life.  I love that I was the first one who gave you your first kiss of life.  someday some lucky lady will get to have you, but until then you are all mine. I love how when i tell people your name, people call it "cool"! Everyone loves it! Daddy and I call you "cashbug" , "bubbie", "bubs", "cashman", "sport" (uncle cole calls you that!), "squirt" (prapa ron calls you that!) and "sweet pea" (I call you that!).  I love the little notches in your ears, it was one of the first thing the nurses told me when you were born.  they said it looked like a little mouse took a little bite out of both of your ears, and i love it.  it is your "unique" features that i love.  everyone says you have daddy's head shape, and mouth, and you have my eyes and my nose.  you are a perfect 50/50.  you will always be perfect in our eyes and we cannot wait to see how much you will keep growing the next month.  I love how i could go on and on with all the reasons I love you. I thank God for you every day, forever and ever i will always love you Cash Austin. 

Love forever and a day,
 your momma

Friday, October 29, 2010


please welcome the newest addition, the lilly bootie, pink polka dots with a posy pearl flower!

these are being gifted to a dear high school friend who is due in december.  i absolutley love this pair of booties! this weekend i'll be going to the baby shower while chance and cash watch football and do boy things :)

hope you all have a lovely weekend!
oh yes, and happy halloween!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


some inspiration for our end of august wedding....

Monday, October 25, 2010


 this was in the lastest issue of martha stewart. 

this house has "me" written all over it if i do say so myself. 

the grey walls, bold striped chair, maps, industrial hardware and lighting, you name it, i love it! 

i've been trying to get my parents {who are remodeling their home} to use grey walls. its the "hit" color this season according to nate burkus {who i only watch because its the only show worth watching at 1 pm when i'm with my babes. } its the new neutral...

how do you guys feel about grey? love it or hate it?


well, it's bout time to kick it into gear, wedding gear that is! below are some images i've been saving on my laptop for some time. i love that gal's hair!

okay, so i realize hair is of the very least importance for our wedding day, but i love hers. how's come i keep finding hair do ideas, but for the life of me cannot find a picture of a dress i love....

hopefully once we go dress shopping something will catch my eye....otherwise i may resort to my jeggings (leggings+jeans) {just got some a couple weeks ago from good ol' target and i'm loving them, they are comfortable and stylish (i think!!) chance laughed when i called them "jeggings" , thinking that i created that term, but nooo, thats really what the tag called them! i'm sure all you  fashion forward people already knew the term "jegging" last season. but i'm usually always about 2 seasons behind on my fashions! :) }
chance probably wouldn't like it if i model my jeggings on our wedding day, so hopefully something turns up in the dress department, and when it does i'll be sure to let you all know!

here's some images i need to put in the wedding idea folder.  i'm thinking about creating a wedding blog for Chance and I, but the thought of trying to blog on two different accounts is a bit daunting considering and i can't even remember the password for this blog.  darn that mommy-brain, keeps me from remembering the simpliest of things!

here's to remembering my password tomorrow!
happy monday!

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