Sunday, July 31, 2011

Catching the sunrise

We had our very FIRST family outing this morning. Teehee!! So exciting! Since we don't really want to expose our little one to the "outside" world till she gets her vaccines, we are careful when planning our outings. Plus, the Miami heat (mid-90's or more) keeps us inside way more than we would like!

What to do? Get up at 4:45 am and get everything ready to head out to Miami Beach and watch the sunrise, of course!

This was my darling hubby's crazy idea and I LOVED it! We can all go out, avoid the crowds, enjoy cooler temps and have some fun together! It was the perfect solution! Whoohoo!

It was lots of fun to be able to head out together as a family since we have only been to the pediatrician's office up to this point.

The sunrise views were beautiful and the weather was still nice (although it got up to 85 degrees by 8 am!). Afterward, we fed the baby in the car, drove down Ocean Drive and then caught breakfast close to home.

It was perfect!! And although our little one-month-old princess slept through most of it, I think she enjoyed it, too!!

Now what to do next weekend? Hmmm... If you have any baby-friendly outing (or vacation) ideas, please share!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

One month old!!!

My baby girl turned one month old yesterday, but I couldn't post photos because our Internet connection was down. It was an eventful day because I wanted to dress her up for photos, but she ended up peeing on one outfit and then after I changed her to a new outfit, she pooped! LOL! She wanted attention all day! But it all ended up well and she looked beautiful on her one month birthday! :)

I love my Gracie so much. She has filled my heart with endless love and she's teaching me how to have patience, too! Yes, I'm learning this at 35. It's never too late, right? Teehee!

I cannot stop taking photos of her. The miracle of birth amazes me and I cannot believe how lucky we are to have a beautiful, healthy baby. She is my dream come true.

I have been working on her scrapbook album little by little and it's coming along beautifully :) So glad that I pre-made a few layouts before she came along so all I had to do was add some photos. I will share photos of the album soon!

Happy [almost] Friday! xo

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mind the Gap layouts!

RAK WINNER: Thank you to all who stopped by and left me such nice comments about Gracie's nursery! Even my DH, Richard, left a comment! LOL! The winning comment is #5...

Ursula said...
Your room is just beautiful. My faves, the clock and the tree on the wall. Love it! I have a sweet baby in mind for that journal, thanks for sharing!

July 7, 2011 9:13 PM

Ursula, please send me your mailing address to mvmolina[at]aol[dot]com and I'll get the baby journal out to you as soon as I can! :)

I also want to share a couple of layouts I made this weekend with this month's Studio Calico kit, Mind the Gap, inspired by the design team gallery. These are the very first layouts I've made of my Gracie Girl!

This first layout was inspired by a page that Susan Weinroth created of her with her sweet baby, Noah. Everything is from my kit except for the number "3" brad and the kraft envelope that I added with a note inside. The wood veneer butterflies are from SC (love them).

And this layout is a total scrap lift of Stephanie Howell, which I love.

Hey, I have a newborn so scrap lifting makes sense... quick, beautiful layouts during nap time! Works for me! :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Gracie's Nursery Tour

Gracie's room is finally complete and we love how it all came out! I hope you love it just as much as we do :)

Take a look at all the details and leave me a comment telling me what you like most about the room. I will select a winner to receive a Gadanke "You Are Loved" baby journal on Monday, July 11.

This is what you see as you enter the room.

Here's a bird's-eye view... (not the best photo but you get the idea)

And this is what Gracie sees from her crib (baby viewpoint courtesy of daddy! HEE!!)

There's a glider in the corner for us to feed and rock the baby. That pink and green quilt was made especially for Grace by my sweet friend, Maritza.

I fell in LOVE with this butterfly mobile from Pottery Barn Kids and just had to have it! And of course the vintage scale completes the look of the room!

This is a good view of the beautiful decals that Richard put up in the room. The tree is full of leaves in two shades of green and there are owls, butterflies and squirrels all around. LOVE it!

She's got a bookshelf and wall-mounted peg shelf that hold her books and other little things, including her first purse (Vera Bradley, of course! This was a gift from her Godmother, Ady!)

Here you can see the quilt in more detail.

And the scale, which is now holding a few stuffed animals.

These adorable hair bows were made by Richard's cousin and hung from a ribbon as a baby shower gift.

The decals look like they're painted on the wall... the quality of these is excellent. So bright and cheery!

We picked up this clock in Mount Dora during our last flea market trip in February.

This pink wooden sign is also from our Mount Dora trip. It's hanging above the closet doors.

A close-up of the gorgeous alphabet print, which adds a nice pop of color to the room.

And finally, a peek at Gracie's wardrobe. I'm only keeping clothes from newborn to 6 months in her closet and they're all sorted by size so I don't forget to use an outfit. I really like this system. I'm all for organization and convenience!

Hope you enjoyed the tour. In case you have any questions, here's a list of sources.

Crib: Pottery Barn Kids
Glider and ottoman: Babies 'R Us
Dresser, nightstand and bookshelf: IKEA
Crib bedding: Land of Nod
Lined baskets and hamper: Target
Wall decals: Simple Shapes (Etsy)
GRACE alphabet print: Penny People (Etsy)
Butterfly mobiles (both): Pottery Barn Kids
Vintage scale: Etsy find
Milk glass lamp: From my scrap room
Elephant canvas tote and yellow chickie bank: Tadpole
Wall paint: Lemon souffle, Benjamin Moore

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!!!

Our baby girl wore her red, white and blue onesie from Old Navy that her Godmother, Ady, bought her... then she fell asleep :)

All that play time this morning must have worn her out!! LOL! Actually, she is two weeks old today and it's the first time that she's enjoyed hanging out on her tummy time mat...

I'm one happy mama!! She is soooo precious!! I cannot wait to start scrapbooking again and creating some layouts of my Gracie Girl!

Hope you've had a great holiday!! I know that I am very thankful to live in this great country of ours and grateful for the freedom we enjoy each day!!