Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Loft...An Improvement

I figured it was time to provide an update on our loft as it stands now.  Way back when I talked about the new layout and changes we were going to make in the loft, it looked like this.  

Bamboo Shade 002

Well, after a little painter's tape and white paint I had in the garage, this happened.  

Loft Progress
  We moved the large brown shelf that housed Devin's record collection and some of my books into our master bedroom for my book and other stuff storage.  I wanted to streamline the record storage while at the same time combining the record storage with the turntables.  We ended up with this. 


We used two IKEA Expedit shelves, a piece of wood and some IKEA Capita legs to create the turntable/record storage system.  We simply attached the legs to the bottom of the wood that we had stained a dark brown and sat it on the top of the Expedit shelf.  This allowed for space under the turntables for the components.  I recycled our existing IKEA Lack shelf above the station to place the speakers.  The speaker situation still needs a little TLC, possibly painting the speakers and definitely figuring out some cord management for the speaker wire.  It is a definite improvement thus far to the space.  

On the opposite side of the room, I used my drafting table to designate the creative zone with all of the art supplies.  It is still in desperate need of steps.  

I really love how the addition of the stripe added a little character to the space, especially since this will also be a play area for Vivienne.  I have plans to change the cover of the ottoman so that tan will be going away!  


Like I said, baby steps.  It has gone from this...

Bamboo Shade 002
  to this...


Yay! :)


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Vivienne's Weekly Photo #39

Vivienne is officially 9 months old and has successfully completed her 9 month doctor's visit.  Everything checked out great and she is in the 78 percentile for head and weight and then in the 49th percentile for height.  She is an overachiever with the crawling and standing thing apparently but not so much on the teeth front.  No little teeth have made their appearance yet but we keep thinking any minute now.  

Her standing skills get better and better every day and I have a feeling she will be walking any day now.  I enjoy savoring every moment that we have with her!

Week 39

She is just a mover and a shaker and has limited time available to be on her back for her pictures...
Week 39A

Week 39B

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Vivienne's Weekly Photo #38

Week 38 has arrived as expected...and V is constantly on the go.  She is now able to pull herself up easily and stand and play for a while.  She will even bravely stand with one hand holding her.  She is gradually getting better at figuring out how to get back down from the standing position and unfortunately has had her first standing injury while trying to get down.  She bumped her head and had a small bruise.  She cried a bit and mommy kissed it away and then she was ready to try it again.  It scared the heck out of me more than her I'm sure.  

She has also started whispering.  It is the cutest thing to hear.  She will be crawling around and talking and then whispering.  It's like she is talking to herself formulating a plan.  I love it and I can't get enough of it.  Her Grandee taught her well.  

We have played peekaboo with her since birth and this week we both witnessed on separate occasions her playing it with us.  I saw it while she was on her changing table and she had a shirt that I was going to put on her in her hands. She would pull the shirt up over her face and then put it down real fast.  So now I say "where's Vivienne" when she hides her face and then when she shows it I say "there she is" and she just laughs and laughs.  It usually ends with me kissing her like crazy because I just can't help myself!

Week 38

I am working on my stealth picture taking skills now that it is almost impossible for V to stay on her back longer than 1.4 seconds...

Week 38A

Week 38B

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

2013 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

As I mentioned in the last Vivienne photo post, we spent the first weekend in October in the fair city of Albuquerque for the annual Balloon Fiesta.  I have been attending the fiesta for as long as I can remember and it was such a blessing to be able to take Vivienne for her very first time!  The one word I can think of to describe Albuquerque in October and the Balloon Fiesta is BREATHTAKING.  Every year that we attend, it simply takes my breath away.  Since we forgot to take our camera to the balloons, we had to make do with our IPhones.  But luckily, Devin managed to capture the event with the cool panoramic feature.  Just see for yourself, breathtaking.

photo 9

What the above picture doesn't capture is the tradition and ritual that is involved.  Mass ascension begins at 7am, so this means you need to arrive prior to 7am.  Our family ritual is to bundle up and head out to the balloon field at 6am.  October in Albuquerque at 6am can be in the 30's so the bundling up is necessary.  Soooo, I jumped at the opportunity to buy Viv some warm clothes!  Clothes that she will not be able to wear in Austin until December at best, so I was super excited to buy a cute puffer vest at Old Navy along with a cute little eared fleece hat.  Adorable brown boots from Target as well as long sleeve shirt, jacket and jeggings.  The key to dressing for the balloons is to layer.  Like I said it can be 35 in the darkness of morning and then 85 when the sun comes up.  Just look at this cuteness!


I abhore selfies, but I had to get this one because lovely V is in it and she is too precious.


This is how Vivi liked to enjoy the experience.  6am is early for her too, so I can't blame the girl for wanting to lay down.


After the balloons had taken off, there was still plenty to do and see.  There are tons of delicious food vendors selling New Mexico's best food, chili!  Red or green, that is the question.  This year there was a car show and lots of kids activities,  like a zip line and walk on water (picture kids in big blown up balls rolling around on a pool).  There are plenty of shopping opportunities as well to buy balloon merchandise.  We had to buy Viv another inflatable balloon as is tradition now.

And a stuffed balloon man.


Of course there were these things...check out Vivienne's shades!


All in all, it was a great trip and we can't wait to get back to visit friends and family in Albuquerque again soon!




Thursday, October 10, 2013

Vivienne's Weekly Photo #37

Catching up with Vivienne for week 37.  It was a busy busy week for V and us as we packed up and drove to Albuquerque to visit family, friends, and a few hot air balloons.  

It was Vivienne's first official balloon fiesta as she was unofficially in attendance last year while in utero.  It was so much fun to bundle up the family and brave the crowd and cold to enjoy one of the best events on the planet.  V enjoyed seeing the balloons (I think) and crawling around on the blanket covered ground of the balloon field.  She had a taste of New Mexico in the form of an Indian taco minus the chili (baby steps).  She acquired a new inflatable balloon to add to her collection of 1 in her room.  It was our first long road trip with her and she was a trooper.  Thankfully we had Roxie with us also to entertain her in the car when she wasn't asleep.  

It is hard to believe that we are full speed ahead into October and Vivienne's 9 month milestone.  This month is sure to not disappoint!  This week's photo was courtesy of my IPhone since our camera is MIA since our trip.  Finger's crossed that we find it!

 Week 37

This picture was not an easy one to capture.  V wants to go go go and my IPhone camera's shutter speed is slow slow slow!  You can see for yourself in this week's outtakes.

Week 37A

Week 37B


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vivienne's Weekly Photo #36

I'm a week behind on the photos!  We had a whirlwind week last week and I haven't had time to process the photos that I did take of Vivienne's 36th week.  It was a big week also, we officially have a crawler!  She is a goer too, nothing can stop her now.  She is thoroughly enjoying the fact that she can see something in the distance and go get it!  It is such a joy to watch.  Devin and I love that she wants to follow us around and come to us and try to pull up on our legs.  She has already begun trying to stand now.  

Needless to say, it is getting exceedingly difficult to take her weekly picture not only because she wants to roll over and crawl, but because she wants to grab the camera strap too!  

She is funny to watch in her crib at nap or bed time now because she will crawl around and lay down and sit up and lay back down and then sit back up and all of this while talking.  Eventually she lays down and goes to sleep.  When she wakes up in the morning she will just sit up in bed and hang out until we go get her.  She is so funny.  

Week 36

These outtakes illustrate what I contend with now that we have forward motion and the desire to go, go, go!

Week 36a

Week 36b

Week 36c
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