Family Photos

We had a photographer come to our home to take some family shots (and some of just Maude) a couple of weeks ago and we ended up with some very sweet candid shots of our family.

Rudy was acting like a typical two so there were a few meltdowns and in some photos, you can see that she's just doing her own thing and eating a snack. At the time, I wanted to cry but I love those photos too because one day I know I'll miss this time in our lives.

Here are some of our favourite shots from the photo session, if you'd like to see.

Some of our favourite shots were taken before the shoot officially started. I wasn't ready at all for the photo below but I'm so glad this special moment was captured.

I love this photo- Rudy and Maude each have a slightly different version of it hanging in their rooms. We want them growing up with the knowledge that they were close from the start.

Rudy was far more interested in jumping than posing.

At one point, Rudy insisted on wearing my watch. With a toddler you sort of learn to just go with the flow...


Have a Great Weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? Rudy's been obsessing over animals lately so we were going to try to take her to a farm. Aside from that, we'll probably visit some parks and spend lots of time playing in the yard!

Road trip anyone? There's still time!

I love shoes but I'm terrible in heels so I don't buy them. That being said, somebody please buy these shoes! There are only a few left and with the summer code, they're 67% off at J. Crew. It's so tempting! Also, these shoes are not on sale but I keep wanting to try them!

I know something is truly hilarious when it causes me to laugh until I snort. This book is hilarious!

These are the coziest blankets! We have a couple around the house and we make sure to always have one handy in the nursery. We even brought one to the hospital to make our room more comfortable when Maude was born.


Now that I can enjoy a cocktail again, my new favourite drink is the Paper Plane. Corey's been making them for me (top photo) and it feels like a luxurious way to end the week.

This mask has been a game changer for me. I started using it to help battle the hyperpigmentation I get during pregnancy but now I get so many compliments on my skin!

The New York Times published a summary of the North Korea crisis for anyone who prefers to read the Cliffs Notes.

Having trouble sleeping?

These ladies have been cracking me up all week!

I just binge watched this show and I can't wait for season 2!

Do you know how to contour with makeup?

I can really relate to this post.

Can you believe it's already August? July was such a blur and I'm not ready to let go of summer just yet. I'm excited for this fall family tradition though. :)

This young woman is an inspiration:

Have a wonderful weekend! Here's a photo of Rudy on her new swing. Corey and I have been having the best time hanging out outside after dinner just pushing her and chatting about the day. It's been such a relaxing way to end our day.


Nursery (Before and After)

Well, I had wanted to post about Maude's birth story today but I feel like I'm on a roll with the "before and after" posts and since you've already seen the secret room, I want to show you Maude's nursery.

As you can see from the before photos above, the room was pretty dark when we bought the house and there were layers and layers of wallpaper to remove from all the walls and the ceiling!

The main challenge in this room is the sloped ceilings, which make the ceilings on one side very low. We had to be careful to use the other side of the room for furniture without making the room look and feel too cluttered.

To avoid constantly hitting out heads, we placed both the crib and recliner on the side of the room with a higher ceiling.

We kept the colour scheme very neutral with mostly grey, white and pale blue with wood accents. We used Rudy's old crib (which was a gift from friends) but we painted it white so it feels new for Maude. The rug was a splurge from CB2 and we LOVE how soft it is.

Next to the recliner, we keep a box of quilts and blankets to keep our legs nice and cozy. The blinds we installed are amazing- The top allows full light but still maintains our privacy and the bottom is blackout (for naps) so we can choose how much light to let in.

We made a little gallery wall for Maude, although some of the frames are still empty. We're going to fill them with family photos soon.

On the side of the room with low ceilings, we decided to just have storage for toys an books at kid-height. Rudy loves hanging out in here while we're feeding Maude and we find that the little Ikea dollhouse and the built-in shelves are constantly being rearranged.

For anyone who missed my last post, through the closet is the secret room, which is a playroom just for the girls!

Rudy already loves the starry sky in the secret room.

We loved spending time in Rudy's nursery. It was the backdrop for so many memories and photos. We're hoping this room sees many happy days in the years to come.

Here are photos of Rudy's nursery and her big girl room, if you would like to see.

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