Tuesday, July 31, 2012

blue eyed

Before John and I even thought about having kids, we would talk about the traits and physical features we thought our future children would pick up. We hoped they would have my dark hair, but his beautiful blue eyes. While Landon definitely doesn’t have super dark hair yet, he definitely picked up the blue eye gene from John and both of his grandmothers. I’ve been trying to snap a few pictures of his sweet eyes, but he is always on the move and all of the sudden very interested in trying to grab the camera rather than just look at it. Here’s my favorite one I was able to get…

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I really should get off the blog…he’s napping. Which means I can nap. So why the heck am I still here?!
Happy Tuesday friends. :)


one whole week.

This week might be the longest week of my life. Okay, the second longest. The first being the week before Landon was born…eight days late.
Why, you ask?
Because this time next week we will be driving east to one of  our most favorite places on earth, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina.
 Last year we spent a lot of time talking about how we would be traveling with a baby next year and how different our vacations would look trying to wrangle a little boy on the beach and taking evening walks around the harbor with a stroller. Well, the time has come. We are taking our first real, official vacation as a family of three!
I really cannot wait to get on the island and enjoy the sunshine, sand, ocean water. I also cannot wait to get my camera clicking and take Landon’s seven month pictures on the beach.
So today I figured I’d share a few of my favorite shots from last years trip.

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Every evening John would fish in the sound…I this is probably my absolute favorite shot I got the entire week, and possibly since I’ve been learning photography. It was gorgeous.

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Most perfect view ever.


Let the list making and packing begin!!! I can hardly wait!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Why I Disabled Right Clicking

Recently, I have become really aware of the dangers of the internet. After reading several stories of fellow bloggers who have had their images stolen, I decided there really isn't enough I can do to protect my own images of my family. Watermarking isn't always enough! Some of these situations involve people stealing photos and acting as if the children or family in the image is their own. Completely. Creepy.

I realize there are some drawbacks to disabling right clicking on my site, but I really believe that it is small compared to the risks of having my photos floating around out there without my knowledge. I also believe that my readers will understand that I am a protective mama and while I enjoy sharing images of Landon, they are not for anyone else to copy or use.

My family is everything, and comes first. So I hope you continue to enjoy reading my blog and seeing pictures of our life.

-Katie

Thursday, July 19, 2012

on comparison

For a week or so now I have had these same six works floating around in my head.


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I didn’t even realize what I was doing until one afternoon, driving in the car, these little words crept into my mind and reminded me.


You see, I battle with comparison. I think most women do. However, there is one girl in particular that I seem to find myself comparing myself to. The bad part is, we don’t even see each other…ever. She is a girl I went to high school with, she lives 2 hours away from me, and the only interaction we have is via Facebook. However, our lives have pretty much mirrored each other for the past three years. We got married within about a month of each other, we had babies within about a month of each other, and we have since picked up photography and are both attempting to build ourselves as photographers. I really think we have a ton in common, and would be friends again if we lived closer. But rather than enjoying seeing how she is doing through her pictures and posts, I compare us. I compare her pictures to mine, her projects to mine, her postpartum weight loss to mine, etc.


Kinda pitiful, I know. But it’s the truth. I am not perfect, and as confident as I may be in the life that I have, it is so easy to get knocked down by what you see around you.


Let me say, I love social media. I love facebook, and that I can keep relationships going with friends and see what they are up to. I love blogging, and the outlet it gives me to share a bit of my world with whoever cares to read.


But….
I hate it at the same time.


I think that social media is a huge issue with why women feel so inadequate. We are constantly bombarded with what others are doing that we aren’t, or photos they took that are incredible that we didn’t. We are consumed with the fact that we may only have 24 followers while others have hundreds. (I love my 24 followers by the way).

This pretty much sums it up….


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The momtog and blogging world is full of this. And I have been sucked into it without even realizing it. It is so easy to snap a picture and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and make it look like life is just peachy. We post our highlight reels. We post the goodness in our lives (as we should). We post only the best.


You don’t see anyone sharing pictures of themselves with no makeup, hair a mess, and their old t-shirts on. You don’t see anyone posting pictures of their babies throwing tantrums, or their homes in utter chaos. (Okay, I have seen a couple people do that and I SO appreciate that I’m not the only one blogging instead of doing laundry.)


It is so easy to compare ourselves to other people’s highlight reels, when we don’t ever see their behind the scenes.


In just recognizing this, I am learning how blessed I am and how my behind the scenes is my highlight reel. The laundry piling up is a blessing in that I have clothes. The dirty dishes mean I have eaten a good meal. My photos are good enough, and will get better as I learn more. My 24 followers are enough. My blog is my little corner and is perfect just the way it is.


Even more important, my identity is not in being a wanna be photographer or blogger, or having the cleanest house, or best of everything. My identity is in Christ.


 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
Psalm 139:14


Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Landon/Seven Months

Oh my goodness, didn’t I just post his six month post last week? These months seriously go by too quickly.
So Landon Cole, lets just discuss what you have been up to this month.
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You weigh 16 lbs 2 oz and are 26 3/4 inches long.
You wear 6 mo onesies, 3-6 mo shorts, and occasionally some 9 month stuff depending on brand.
You sleep from a glorious 8:30pm to about 8am. Its wonderful. We love you for it.
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You started solids, for real. You love sweet potatoes, apples, pears, prunes, and are working on carrots. I have made some of your baby food, and I think the texture bothers you. You seem a little more slow to warm up to the home made foods versus store bought purees. But you are doing great!
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You are SO curious about your environment, and have figure out how to army crawl across the room to investigate whatever it is you are interested in. Which keeps us on our toes. Time to baby proof this casa.
I really believe that babies come out of the womb knowing what technology is- because you can have the coolest, most fun toys right in front of you and you head for the tv remote instead. Or the ipad, or the phones, or the cable box. Anything with buttons really.
On a not so funny note, you cry when we take those said items away from you- oh dear.
You love, love, love swimming, and I am so thankful for that!
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You are babbling up a storm, and sometimes have some very serious conversations with your toys.
You still love Sophie the giraffe, but have moved on to loving your Johnny Jump Up, Bumbo seat, and blocks.
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You also love riding on daddy’s shoulders and think it is just the absolute BEST thing ever.
You love Josie (our beagle), and just crack up whenever she walks by you. She is slowly warming up to you.
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You went to Greenville, NC to celebrate Aunt Becky’s Wedding to your now, Uncle Tommy. You did great, and it was our first time getting a babysitter (other than Mrs Liz) for the evening.
You went to your first minor league baseball game, and watched fireworks as a post- July 4th celebration.

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We love you so very much, sweet boy. And cannot wait to see what this next month has in store for you!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Simple Things

I really love this Sunday link up that encourages me to focus on enjoying the small, simple things that happen each day. I am reminded of the pure goodness that life can bring sometimes in the most insignificant, overlooked moments.


This week I am loving that I got some pool time with my sweet boy. He loves to swim and I am so very thankful for that. He just kicks and splashes and has the best time. (Although he doesn’t look too enthused in these pictures, hehe).




I look forward to next summer when he will be jumping off the side and really loving learning how to swim. My little fish!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

saturday mornings are the cure for everything

I have had a rough couple of weeks. I’ve been in a funk of sorts. I’ve struggled at work, really struggled. I haven’t struggled to do my job necessarily, but I have struggled to give my patients 110% of myself and show them the compassion and patience that they require. I work in a very challenging environment. My patients are REALLY really sick. I’ve dealt with a couple not very nice patients who gripe and complain about everything, and I’ve dealt with a couple that it seems like they just need you every five minutes for something. It has really worn me down. I noticed that my attitude was really bad at work, I didn’t want to be there. Every time my patients called out for something I rolled my eyes almost immediately and grumbled about them needing nausea or pain medicine. (Yes, I know I sound like the most amazing nurse ever right now). It seems like each day I have gone to work I have simply wanted to cry. Its been more demanding than usual, required more out of me, and frankly all I have wanted is to be at home with my sweet boy, rather than at the hospital caring for people I really don’t even know. Instead, I was at work for over 12 hours, not getting home until 8pm or later and only seeing Landon for maybe 15 minutes before putting him to bed.

I think the icing on the cake is that I was fully aware of how childish I was acting. I had a bad attitude and was fully aware of it. I needed to get out of my rut.

Thank God for a rainy week and Saturday Mornings…

It has been cloudy and rainy this week. I know you are wondering what in the world that has to do with my rut. But it has been the most amazing blessing and break from the sun and heat we have been having in our area. It has allowed me to stay inside, cuddle, and enjoy the downtime. In the strangest way it has really calmed my spirit and restored a peace.

This morning we woke up to clouds and rain, we brought our sweet boy in from his crib to lay in the bed with us. We spent Saturday morning in our pjs, in the bed, as a family. And it was perfect. It was exactly what my broken spirit needed. And it has made me so very thankful. So I figured I’d just share a few things that I really am thankful for in the midst of some really difficult weeks for me.

 

I’m am so very thankful…

for those 10-15 minutes I get to see my baby boy each evening after work.

that I only work three days a week, no matter how hard or long they may be.

for a husband that cooks dinner and vacuums when I have to work the weekend

for clouds and rain and lower temperatures

for sweet baby babbles that are music to my ears

that I am not the patient, but the nurse. I do get to leave at night and come home to my family, unlike them.

for a lesson in humility, and for God giving me a reality check about my attitude

for Cassie, a friend at work, who can always carry on a good conversation

laughter in difficult situations

for working hard for a patient, and seeing a good outcome.

for blueberries and raspberries and mango yumminess.

for being in bed at 9:30

for homemade baby food and the money it saves (seriously…)

for weekends with no plans, no where to go, nothing to do.

for learning to have a kinder, more gentle spirit

What are you thankful for this weekend?

 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Seersucker Sweetness…

I am a sucker for anything seersucker.

Its southern yes, but on top of that it really is the best summertime fabric being that it is so lightweight, doesn’t require ironing, and dries so quickly. I snapped a few shots of Landon wearing his new seersucker jon jon made by his Nana. I am so so blessed to have women in my life that can sew. These babies usually retail for upwards of $40.00 and this one only cost me the cost of the fabric…which was on sale. So about 5.00, if that.

Hallelujah for those sewing grandmas.

Hallelujah for saving moo-lah.

 

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Love it.

He melts my heart every single day, and reminds me what an honor it is to be his mom.

Today we’re off to the doctor for his seven month appointment. I cannot believe my little guy will be seven months in just a week- really?! I can’t stand how quickly this is going.

 

Side note completely unrelated to Landon and his cuteness:

Can we discuss how sad I was to see Sean go on the Bachelorette? For sure thought she’d send Arie…So I guess I’m on team Jef with one F.

 

Happy Tuesday Ya’ll!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Favorites…

Its been a while since I’ve posted some of my favorite things on the blog, so that’s what we’re doing today! I have full on summer fever…which isn’t so great when you are stuck inside because the temps are near 100 degrees here in North Carolina. It’s steamy outside…so this morning I browsed the internet from the comfort of my air conditioned indoors and found some of my favorite summer finds.

 

In the spirit of July 4th, I am in love with this American Flag d├ęcor from Pottery Barn…completely something you could DIY for a much cheaper price.

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John and I have recently become addicted to the remake of Dallas, which is where I saw this green Le Pliage bag, and I’m in love. Bright summer colors, and perfect tote for everything we could need.

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Nothing says summer read like Emily Giffin…so I am so excited to get my hands on her latest book Where We Belong

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This amazing ice cream from a local company in my hometown…banana pudding ice cream? Hello.

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picture my own…follow me on Instagram (katiemperdue).

 

 

So there ya have it…my four Friday Favorites (so far…) I’m sure I will be adding more to this list over the next week.

Happy Friday Ya’ll!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

the day I painted that ugly old dresser.

For a year now we have had this as our entryway.

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You are greeted by a old, worn out dresser that was gifted to us by my In-laws, and a $30.00 window pane mirror that I happened upon at an antique store. I love both pieces, I think they both have great character and both serve their function well. However, I hate that they don’t go together in any way shape or form. I also hate that it is more mismatched wood, in a house with a lot of dark brown already. Having dark leather furniture has forced me to get creative in ways to brighten up our space, and these two pieces happened to be the ways I went about that.

So yesterday, when our projected forecast was 105 degrees outside, I decided it would be the perfect day to refinish and paint these said pieces. The husband wasn’t thrilled, but he humored me in going to Lowe’s to pick out paint colors only if I promised we could get froyo on the way home.

So we ventured out, picked out our colors, ate our froyo and headed home.

Once the little guy was asleep we set out to complete our project. I say our project- because I have to give him some credit, he helped me sand them and he painted with a brush as I painted with a  roller so it didn’t take us that long.

 

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I have to say..I’m pretty proud of how they turned out…it adds that perfect pop of color and brightness to our home and lets me truly enjoy two things I already loved.

Luckily we didn’t have to sand very much to get the original finish off, and after three quick coat of paint and a few hours of drying time, the dresser and mirror were ready to move back into the house. Luckily when the highs are over 100 degrees, it doesn’t take paint long to dry at all!!

The picture really doesn’t do the paint color justice, it is Valspar’s La Fonda Mirage, although I think it is more closely matched to Valspar Aquatic Edge. It is kind of a seafoam/blue/green color. Really refreshing and bright.

 

So, summer project number 1 down…I’m going to attempt to take on the dining room table next if I can convince the hubby to help me take it apart ;)

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