It's a GIRL!!!

our little sprout...

is a sweet little

I have a special thing for elephants that i'll share later.
I plan on incorporating them in the nursery and loving this one from etsy!

Okay, sooo I secretly wanted a little girl... or maybe not so secretly. I think it's fair to say that the majority of women hope for a daughter one day. I was "thinking pink" (just like my grandpa did for his little pinky) for quite some time... and Christmas morning I woke up from a dream that our baby was a girl. Besides Uncle Nick, all family members on both sides of the family were crossing their fingers for a wittle boy. This past Tuesday we had our first doctors appointment with our new doctor and Tom and I both cried at the sound of our baby's strong and steady heartbeat. We were hoping to find out the sex of our baby that day, but were informed that ultrasounds are a seperate appointment made at the hospital. Oh, and they're 3D!! Wednesday morning, I jumpped out of bed and made a call to the hospital to schedule our appointment ASAP!  I was hoping for some time in the coming week, but then they asked, "Can you be here at 1:00?" We got off the phone and left 30 minutes later. What a day, what a day! Tom and I would have been happy boy or girl, as long as our baby was healthy and on track... and so far SHE is :)

19 weeks today.
approximately the size of a softball.
she weights about 1/2 a poud.
she is starting to make more intricate facial gestures (we saw her smile)
and unique fingerprints have now formed.
Due: May 25, 2012

We are blessed.



out with the old, in with the new!

Hello family, friends and followers! I have had a long leave of absence from the blogging world... my posts have been few and far between.  Finding myself in a new town, with new routines and a radically new life I wanted to give my blog a fresh start. The title of my new blog is Today's Fresh Face Let It Bee. With the news of a baby on the way, Tom and I decided to follow through on a path that was laid out before us. Our once super long distance romance has transformed into a budding family in the mountains of Crested Butte, CO. Today, I have been in Colorado for three weeks. We hauled a moving truck from NC to CO and since then it has been a whirlwind of unpacking, rearranging, cleaning and organizing, taking a short break for the Christmas holidays. I have already met some great new friends and Tom and I make quite the team. He has made every effort possible to make sure that I am comfortable and adjusting well. I love Tom so much and in return I feel more loved than ever before. I am SO lucky to have such an incredible man in my life to stand by me as we embark on the journey of parenthood together. The types of posts you will see in the future range in topic from baby planning, nursery decorating, the bump, new adventures, friendships, and house decor (I am living in a man's world),  scattered with your random crafty/artsy posts that I loveee so much. I miss feeling the closeness of friends nearby in the Carolinas. And if you were two hours away - that was close. I hope this blog will serve us as a way to feel near to one another no matter the miles between us.  Love to you and yours!

just a few pics of my cozy new town :)

P.S. We had a 3D ultrasound yesterday... and we know what we're having!!!!!!!!!!!! Check back soon.

P.S.S. Today is the first day I've been in CB where it has snowed off and on ALL day.



Necklace browsing

Just bored and got to looking at some necklaces at Nordstroms... Thought I would share my favorites!

Pretty. Pretty. I think the antler is my fave!


My Art Classroom

I Loveee what I do. This year instead of teaching science, I teach ART! A longtime hobby turned passion turned profession of mine! It's great. The kids are wonderful and this year couldn't be off to a better start.

Also coaching boys soccer at the moment! Passion turned profession #2!



Happy Belated: 4th of July

The 4th of July on Lake Murray is not to be missed. Pictures of the boat parade and firework show. This is always such a fun weekend filled with family... And friends that are family.


Location:LKM Chapin, SC


WSP: Red Rocks

For those of you who don't know already, Widespread Panic is my all time favourite band. They've been around since 1985 (the year I was born), but I started listening in when I was a sophomore in high school riding around on Lake Murray. Since then, I've continued to see Panic live mostly in South and North Carolina and Georgia. So, when one of my best friends Meg called me up and invited me to go to Colorado for a week, and oh by the way I have two tickets to go see Panic at Red Rocks... I couldn't pass the opportunity up. Our trip was absolutely WONDERFUL. We packed so many fun day trips into 5 days it was ridiculous. Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Nederland, Lake Isabelle, Boulder, Rockies Game, and downtown Denver. However, the highlight of the trip was this concert. (and lake Isabelle they tie) amazing amazing amazing. There was some magic happening at Red Rocks that day, on and off the stage. We just so happened to sit down next to a group from Crested Butte, CO and that is where I met my Tom :) Little did we know. Meg and I had a great time singing and dancing the night away. What a show!!! One I will not soon forget.

the time of my life.

Location:Morrison, CO - Red Rocks


Memorial Day Weekend

These are some pictures we took before Nick went off to Basic Training. We all got together over Memorial Day weekend to spend time together just being us. A great big happy crazy loving family. We all had a great time and each shed some tears as we said goodbye to our Nicky-boy before he went off to become a man... He has since graduated from basic (with flying colors I might add) and He has been training in Alabama to become an Aviation Operations Specialist (AOS). SOON HE WILL BE HOME!!! and I will get to see my little brother.. all grown up. I'm really looking forward to his homecoming. Love you Nick!


Newborn Baby Will