Custom Watercolor Wall Art

As I mentioned in Reed's nursery tour, we really wanted to create our own artwork for the room. John is a great artist and I have the ability to create almost anything using my Silhouette, so we worked together to come up with this amazing wall art that we were both able to contribute to equally.

Sharing is caring!

I often run into things that I want the whole world to know about so I've decided to start discussing them here because I feel like it's my duty to share the joy that each one of these things brings me!

Daddy Doodles: Week 1

You know how you spend hours pinning ideas on Pinterest and they usually never come to fruition? That definitely happened with most every maternity & newborn picture idea I pinned. It's actually a huge let down because I can't go back and recreate them, but, you know... life. 

Pictures are so important to me, so I had to make sure weekly mugshots were taken of our baby boy. Every Friday we throw down a white sheet in the living room, strip the kid down and torture him by running around the room making funny noises and faces until he turns his head towards the camera while keeping the rest of his limbs still long enough to get a good picture. Quite a task! 

Naturally, I end up with about 1,000 pictures to choose from. Then I send a select few each week to Daddy and he gets to work on his doodles. He free-hands these doodles using his Wacom tablet and pen to draw into Photoshop. Our plan is to get these printed into a book at the end of year 1 so that Reed can look back on all of the silly pictures his Daddy doodled! 

Here are Daddy's doodles from week one:  


Let's just say, I hope Reed inherited his Daddy's drawing skills. I love the detail and creativity that goes into each one of these! John really enjoys making these, so if you're interested in having him make one for you, email me

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Reed's Nursery Tour

Welcome, baby!

Our darling little Reed Otto Richards, was born on March 11, 2016 at 3:10am. Weighing in at 8lbs. 10oz, 21.5".  Right on schedule, just like mommy likes it! (He was due 3.10.16)

Hawaiian Babymoon

John and I were lucky enough to sneak off to Maui for a couple of days for our babymoon before Thanksgiving. Two things we learned on this trip: 1) After having gone to Mexico already 3 times together, we much prefer Hawaii. Same language, shorter trip, less culture shock. Our kind of place! 2. We are homebodies and overall busy people, so we aren't huge on the idea of going on week-long vacations.

We got there early on a Friday, and came home late on Tuesday. Due to the time difference, that gave us about 4+ days to enjoy our time away, which was perfect for us.

Baby News

Lots of things have happened since I last updated my little corner of the Internet. Most importantly...

Considering I'm writing this post at 40 weeks, this is old news by now. Our baby boy should be here any minute... literally. Hopefully. Please come out, child. 
John and I had fun coming up with creative ways to first tell our family, then the rest of the world. We made custom onesies for each family member, which was so fun to watch their reactions because not one of them was expecting it (although 12 years into this relationship and 4 years into marriage, I don't see how they couldn't have!). 

We have somehow managed to build up this reputation of being super creative people, so we felt a lot of pressure to do something really unique for our announcement. Neither of us are too into pictures of ourselves and our dogs couldn't be any more uncooperative if we tried. We didn't want to steal any ideas off Pinterest, so after a few months of brainstorming, we managed to create this fun stop motion video. We're so happy with how it turned out and we managed to live up to everyone's high expectations. Phew.

John's other hilariously creative history-teacher rap videos:

How silly is he?? I'm so excited for him to become a dad. Our kids are going to be so embarrassed, especially when they're in high school and he's their history teacher. I can't wait!

I'm off to walk this baby out of me. We're so excited to meet him, but I think he's a little too cozy in there!

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