Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The months are so short

How is this sweet baby already 6 months old (on 9/24)?

He remains such a great baby (sleeping through the night, generally happy!) and we are really in our stride in terms of balancing work, life, baby.  I couldn't love his daycare or teachers more, so that has made it all so much easier.  I'm so thankful for all of our blessings.

I can't help but share a few more from this weekend.  I still can't believe his blonde hair and big blue eyes!  He does have expressions that are "so Josh" and "so Whitney" though, so we know he is definitely ours. :)

The entire Otto family at the NCSU v. FSU game on Saturday.  

Melt my heart.  However, a few seconds after I snapped this photo, Charles took a topple and there were tears.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Sparkly updates

I can't believe how long it's been since I posted.  I've thought about just letting the blog go, the posts seem so trivial and stupid with all the heaviness in the world today, but on the other hand I do still enjoy writing updates and sharing projects.  I won't solve the world's problems here, but sometimes we could all use a break from that! (Myself especially.  Having a child has made me much more worried about the state of the world and all the issues going on globally right now)

A month or so before Charles was born I got a new dining room mirror (which you may have noticed in my last post).  I spotted this beauty at Seaboard Studio123 and couldn't resist it -- especially for the bargain price.  I got it home and excitedly ran around the house hoisting it up and trying to picture it hanging on various walls, but it was really just meant to be in the dining room.  8 months+ pregnant I climbed onto the buffet and took down the original heavy mirror and hung this one in it's place (I painted the old dining room one and it's now in the den, will show that in a post soon).  I really like the contrast of the gold against the gray walls.

The real icing on the cake in there is the new chandelier.  After a few years of searching, I finally found the most perfect french empire style chandelier.  Times like this make me glad that I resisted my impatient nature and held out for something I'll treasure for many decades.  I'm still slowly paying back my "debt to Josh" for this one :)  So worth it!

I stayed pretty true to my original vision for this room.  

Before - so much potential!

and after! (a few years later - this certainly didn't happen overnight - a lot of hard work and saving.)

Back with more updates soon (like, how is my baby 6 months old already?!).