January 20, 2015

Due Date!


Ah, the infamous due date. It's a funny thing, a due date. Everyone tells you to not pay a stinkin' bit of attention to it, but you can't help but circle/star/heart that date on the calendar as soon as you hear it. I have to admit, as much as I was "feeling" like Clark would come early I was also "feeling" like he wouldn't be here until February. It's funny how those things work too. Things you have no control over, big things, that you are required to just let happen as they are supposed to.

Tim was way down in South Carolina when C decided he was ready to come. I remember calling him at 1am, concerned that maybe I wasn't in "real" labor and he would be driving back for nothing. Luckily for us, he decided it was better to be safe than sorry. By the time he got back home (at 4:30am) it was definitely time to head to the hospital.

Once there we were triaged and then checked in upstairs. They gave me the epi (which I remember feeling so ridiculously luxurious at the time!) and that slowed things down a little bit. I definitely wasn't complaining, though, as neither Tim nor I had had any sleep since waking up for work on Friday morning. After some fitful naps, it was go time. Little man was born at 4:43pm on Saturday.

And we are so glad he's here!

L


January 19, 2015

Baby Huber's Nursery Reveal!

I've had so much fun sharing sneak peaks of Baby Huber's nursery on instagram during my pregnancy. There were a good handful of projects that I worked on to get the room juuuuust right, and I'm thrilled to finally get to share the finished product! (get ready, this post is a tad photo heavy!)

Obviously when it comes to a kid's room "finished" is relative. But still, as finished as it can be!


The gallery was was the first project that I envisioned. I was thrilled to find these prints in the clearance red dot section of Barnes and Noble and we got frames from Ikea. As soon as you walk in the room, these prints are on the left hand side - I love them!

If you stand in the doorway, and look straight ahead, this is the site you see;


The rocker was probably my biggest project. My mom found one for us and I sanded, refinished, and recovered it myself. I was really excited and inspired by rockers that I saw that had some natural wood components to them. The fabric I used I found at Joann's and if you look closely it kindof looks like a speckled rock.


Next to the glider is the bookshelf (Ikea) and poster that I painted with "You Are Our Greatest Adventure". We got asked a lot of times what the theme of the nursery was going to be. It was a little difficult to answer, because we definitely didn't choose a theme in the traditional sense. T and I tried to focus on things that we liked (a little whimsical, a little outdoorsy) and felt that our overall theme was "adventure".


Next, you'll run into the crib. We found it at target online, and I love how simple it is.


On the wall (above, but to the left) of the crib there is a fun porthole mirror that belonged to T's grandmother.



The changing station corner is probably one of my favorite parts of the nursery! Tim installed the shelves on the left, and for now they are filled with fun things that we like. Likely the contents will change as baby gets older and has likes of his own. T also put up the pegboard to hold things that we need while changing baby boy. I'm excited to decorate it a tad more here soon!





The changing table itself was also T's grandmothers and was passed down to us from his mom. I love how sturdy it is, and it's the perfect size for the changing pad! I made the changing pad cover with the same fabric that I used to recover the glider.  Inside the drawers we have our collection of diapers and various other diapering necessities.


I had so much fun styling this room for our little man! I like to joke that it's more finished than our master bedroom, now! Putting together the little details was definitely my favorite part! Having visions in my head for how they would all fit, and then seeing that come together was so much fun!




I'm so happy to have this space complete and can't wait to spend time with baby boy in here! Even Coale loves it!

L

Totally linking up today!

still being molly

January 15, 2015

Our Newest Addition

He's HERE!


Our sweet baby C arrived on Saturday at 4:43pm!
He was 7lbs 8oz
21 inches long

We are completed floored.

Deleriously thrilled and terrified.

So freakin excited.

And now we are three (well, plus Coale, four)

L

January 7, 2015

Your 2015 Resolution...

Is to make this bread.



Three times. Just three times, make this bread. It's chewy and tasty and perfect for breakfast and grilled cheese and sopping up sauces. I mean, just look at it.



I know that making bread seems daunting and totally not doable to most people. I'm here to tell you that it is doable! Most of the time is spent just letting the bread rise. It's the perfect recipe to start on a Saturday morning, and take out of the oven just in time for dinner. Just try it three times and if after the third time you are still convinced that it's not for you, then you have fulfilled your resolution for the whole year!

I found the recipe on this blog that literally calls it "cheaters sourdough". I tweaked it a teensy tad, but not really, just the baking technique that I used.

Your 2015 Resolution Bread
1.5c plain yogurt
3/4 tsp yeast
3c bread flour (yes, this is worth purchasing "bread flour". You'll use it three times. Just do it.)
1 tsp salt
2-3Tbs water
Oven safe pot with lid/dutch oven

1. Put the yogurt, yeast, salt, and flour in your bread mixer. With the dough hook attachment, mix on low for about 5 minutes. The dough should look consistent and start to ball up. If it seems too "wet" (like it looks like a puddle) then add about 3 Tbs of flour.
2. Pour a small amount of oil over the dough, and turn to coat. Cover bowl with towl/napkin/plastic wrap and let rise 6-7 hours, until doubled.
3. After dough has risen, sprinkle some flour on the counter and turn out dough. Fold dough in half from top to bottom, and then again from left to right. Maybe fold it once more for good measure. Then shape it into a ball, and cover it again with the bowl (upside down) to let it rise again for 1-2 hours.
4. About 30 minutes before the second rise is done, preheat oven to 450, with your dutch oven/pot inside.
5. Once dough has risen, carefully open the oven and take out the pot. Carefully transfer your dough to the pot, sprinkle water along the bottom of the pot, cover with lid, and return to the oven.
**hint: If you are super nervous about handling the dough, then in step 3 lay out a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle your flour over it. Shape dough and let it rise on the paper, then sweep away the extra flour and lift everything - paper and all- into the pot in step 5. Once you feel more confident you can use your hands.**
6. Bake with lid on for 30 minutes
7. Take lid off and bake another 3-10 minutes until crust is golden and awesome
8. Take out of pot and place on rack to cool, 20 minutes if you can stand it, before tearing into it.
EAT ALL THE BREAD.



I usually try and wait about 40 minutes before cutting into it or its a tad soft. I store it in a gallon sized ziplock in the fridge.


Okay, now pause for a second and imagine taking a piece of this bread in your hands, still warm from the oven (because hello it's SO HARD to wait 20 minutes for baked goods) and slathering it with butter. Holy yum.

Now for real. Go get the ingredients to make this bread and have the best resolution ever.

L

(And now copious amounts of bread photography)





December 31, 2014

Happy New Years Eve! (and 37 weeks)

Happy last day of 2014!!

I have no major plans for writing a long list for 2015. It would probably include things like "have baby" and "take pictures of baby". So on that note... baby update!


37 Weeeeeeeks. 
Sporting the sweet new cowl I made for myself over the holidays. 

Food: The gatorade mix has been replenished. Thank goodness. It is still my favorite, and I have to admit I'll be slightly sad if I like it less after baby is born (as some people say happens...)

What is baby up to: He is a giant melon, apparently this is called a winter melon? Never heard of it. But it is large. 

How I'm feeling: Meh. Exhausted. And I think I have some sort of pregnancy-induced sinus headache issue going on. So, chugging the water (and gatorade per usual) and trying to get lots of naps in before I have to go back to work soon!

What's left to do/is the nursery ready??: Mostly! We have got some finishing touches left, but we've done tons of laundry and have packed some things in bags, and things are on the wall! We are still waiting on a few amazon shipments and have some teeny tiny things to finish up in his room, but for the most part it's ready! I can't wait to share what it looks like all together! (want some sneak peeks? There's a few over on insta).

Exercise: Walking, walking, walking... when I can. And when it's sunny. And above 40F. And when I'm not napping.

So this post felt a little sparse. We are officially on baby watch now as he is "full term". But he still seems pretty snug and comfortable so I'll just go ahead and plan to work all the way through Jan. 20th, at least.

L

December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Eve! (And a project deadline, per usual)

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope everyone is snug as a bug in a rug (this is the second time I've used this phrase this week... I think I'm getting ready for reading some Seuss in the near future) or at least heading in that direction! The weather outside today is insanely rainy and dreary, but I'm loving the encouragement to stay indoors and get ready for family to arrive! I've got big plans for some holiday baking and knitting and only a few things left to clean/wrap/decorate! Hoorah!

This year the hubs took on another large project (remember the table, last year?) and it was a huge success! I got a faux mantle and now have a place to hang my stockings, just in time for Christmas. If you follow me on the instagram, you may have noticed a few updates as he was building and installing the mantle. I've had a few questions from friends and family like, "what exactly IS a faux mantle?". So I'm here to share it real quick before heading out to enjoy the day! And by out I mean stay in my house. 




He got the plan from Ana White (here) and the low profile fits perfectly with our downstairs. After he installed it, I got to work painting it. We went with grey since there's already soooo much teal/blue in the downstairs, but we didn't want white.



Ta daaaa! We have since taken down the giant mirror and replaced it with a smaller one, and I have big big plans for what to hang on each side. Also big plans for a garland next Christmas, and for a fun candle display for the actual "fireplace" part that we don't have.


So there you have it, the faux mantle is complete! The real question is, what on earth will we do next year? 

L







December 10, 2014

34 Week Update


34 Weeks!!!

Food:
We are out of blue gatorade mix!! Seriously sound the alarm. A trip to target is in the near future. I have been thirstily chugging water and fluids like it's my full time job this week. Also I'm diggin the Christmas treats. But that's really every year...

Exercise:
Meh. I need some. I'm basically dreaming of the days when I'll be able to run full speed and play soccer again. Right now I mostly exercise by cooking food and going up the stairs because I forgot my phone on the bed. Mmmmm effective.

How I'm feeling:
Pretty good overall. I can't really complain as I'm mostly just tired. I've started noticing that I don't feel super great after eating a big meal. And also that the "nesting" thing seems to go to the wayside when I get home after a crazy day and just want to sleep. Maybe sleeping in a nest of pillows and blankets counts as nesting? Hopefully that will kick in soon though because the to-do list is starting to feel insane!

What is baby up to?
Baby is the size of a butternut squash. Apparently. The largest butternut squash in all the land because have you ever seen an 18inch butternut squash? Maybe they are taking vegetable measurements from the state fair archives or something. Also he's squirmy per usual, and having fun waking me up in the middle of the night. I'm pretty sure he's gonna be an active little dude.

Clothes
I'm counting down the days left (7. Which includes two Fridays when I get to wear jeans and a spirit shirt. So more like 5) until Christmas break when I can wear my favorite sweatpants and sweatshirts attire. I still have stuff to wear it's just starting to feel all the same. Also I have one jacket left that zips up so staying indoors in sweats sounds like the good life.

To Dos
I cant think about them right now. There are many. But slowly chipping away at them with the help of T is getting it done. Mostly he chips away while I address envelopes. For days.

Here's to hoping these updates aren't boring anyone to death yet!

L
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