olive june: July 2018
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baby bird

"Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune without the words 
and never stops- at all.

all sweetest- in the gale- is heard
and sore must be the storm
that could abash the little Bird 
that kept so many warm.

i've heard it in the chillest land
and on the strangest sea
yet-never- in extremity,
it asked a crumb- of me.
-emily dickinson- 

read and listen + a summer playlist

may my heart
always be open
to little birds
who are the
secrets of
living
- e.e cummings

parks' big boy room

i just wanted to give a sincere 'thank you' for all of the love, messages and comments regarding nash's nursery (so sweet!) today, i am sharing parks' new big boy room with you all. we worked on their rooms simultaneously this past spring and i could not be happier with how they both came together. i had a lot of fun looking for ideas on instagram and walking around ikea (sans a toddler) trying to decide on the look i wanted to create. i love light, airy, and neutral colors with sentimental/meaningful pieces throughout. 

tiny moments

"wishing you a day of remaining in the moment. not the past or future or story. not your thoughts or anxieties or lists. but right here, right now, straight into the center." | victoris erickson

nash's nursery tour

i am so excited to share nash's finished nursery! we went with a neutral color scheme- with birch wood and greenery and sentimental pieces as accents. i think it gives this little space a simple, calm tone and i am so excited to spend endless amounts of time cuddled up with my new little boy. 

my husband and i got started on the nursery pretty slowly. we decided to turn our guest bedroom into the new nursery and kept parks in his room (with a different look / i plan to share his space soon.) because we don't have basements in charlotte (they are rare because of the red clay soil here) the guest bedroom was our main storage space ... so it took awhile to organize, purge and sell/donate all of the things we no longer needed. many winter afternoons were spent prepping the room and then many trips to ikea/putting it all together once spring came around... and i completely smitten with the way it turned out. what i learned: everything takes so much longer than what you expect. however, watching parks 'help' his dad build furniture, while i folded tiny white onesies, is something i will always remember- and cherish. we finished his room around the end of may, just in time to enjoy a few weekends together before his arrival. parks used to love to tell me where his brother's room was and loved to play on the floor and look out the window. his joy and excitement as he ran to the room always touched me - in only a way that a momma feels. i hope you enjoy this nursery tour... i poured my heart and soul into his room. 

a grateful heart

while my husband and toddler enjoy a week at the beach with family, i am having a 'staycation' with baby nash at home. and i am cherishing every second. although i have missed them since the moment they left (minus all of the toys- i don't miss picking up toys- all day long!!) but i miss them both very much. however, being able to have a quiet week with my second baby boy has been so nice. and i feel so thankful. a soft blanket/wearing our pajamas while enjoying old mad men episodes and reading for hours while he nestles into my chest. i have been hiding my phone and have listened to records and have made iced coffee every afternoon. it feels good to sip while i gently rub my newborn's soft head and just take in the day; loving on my son above anything else. 

to be still and to slow down. 

i hope you have all been well, my friends. 
and that you have been following the paths that feel good and true and sweet. 

i can only hope to feel as grateful as i do at the moment 
and deeply live life.