We have dozens of hummingbirds at the Mercer house. They are amazing to watch. Cody makes them sugar “hummingbird juice” and they swarm in. We have a few that live in a grapefruit tree that are shinny green with red on their heads. Then they rival family lives across the pool in a large tall bush and they are blue and green but their feathers are more dull.
Hummingbirds are super territorial. The rival hummingbird families swarm the feeder and go after each other like a game of cat and mouse. They are a delight to watch. I also reveal in the because my friends mom once told me that hummingbirds are spirits of lost oved ones. She herself had lost a young son and her husband. She found strength in so many things and I always think of her, those she lost and those I have lost as the hummingbirds play and chase each other.
Today is the first day of Van’s fifth week. He was fussing before napping and I heard a thud. It was extremely windy today and I had the dryer running so I didn’t think much of the noise. Later as I was pacing the floors with Van we walked out back for fresh air as the wind had died. And there it laid. A dead hummingbird. From the bush family. A dull blue gray little bird. Laid peacefully on the ground. I think he ran into out sliding glass door. Cody thinks he was old.
Nonetheless I didn’t think much of the little bird at first. I was sad but concerned with my fussy infant. Tonight as my house lay quiet and Cody in the shower I snuck outside in my PJs and laid the little bird to rest. I made a little box for him (I’m not sure it was a him…) out of a birchbox and will Place him under our palm tree under the feeder. I hope he likes his final resting place.
We welcomed our son, Van Russell on September 23rd at 5:35pm weighing in at a healthy 8 pounds 15 ounces and 21.25 inches. We are adjusting well to our family of four and after a few weeks of semi sleepless nights and countless diapers we seem to have a schedule starting to fall in place. Gwen loves being a big sister and Van is a happy, chill baby boy. Photos taken by the amazingly talented Courtney of Courtney Lively Photography.
I keep asking Gwen when her little brother will join us (his due date was yesterday, September 18th). She on point every time says charismatically “not yet.” Well….Mother Nature and I are about to rumble. So far in effort to … Continue reading →
We are about to become a family of four….being super pregnant makes me feel like a ticking time bomb. Everyone looks at me with longing, how can we help, you look uncomfortable, isn’t this exciting eyes. Every little bump, cramp and contraction can lead to false sense of anticipation.
What I need is a strong dose of patience. Take a deep breath, enjoy the quite home I’m working in, enjoy my little gal as an only child for the last few days….but the Type A, let’s get this rolling side of me is ready to meet our little dude…Luckily I have work, Gwen, DIY projects and plenty of time for pinterest to keep me occupied. So, Patience is my word of the day.
Stay tuned for posts to meet our newest addition. He will arrive when he is ready and I’m guessing he will be a little mini-Cody, chill, lovable, squeezable, bald baby boy.
The Mercer house has amazing floor to ceiling built-in shelf unit in the living room. I’ve always been a sucker for shelving so these bad boys were 100% a plus on our house list.
They were a dated wood grain with old books and huge house plants before we bought the house. We decided to give them a facelift and wanted to paint them white with a pop of color on the back.
The color pop was hard to narrow the test colors…we tried about five test paints before we decided (making paint choices when as preggo as I am is frowned upon). We tried a Martha Stewart color called “fruit punch,” a mint, several blue tones and a yellow. All looked too bright, too pink or just off. We settled on the Behr color called “surfer” and love it.
Cody used his new Wagner paint sprayer for the surfer and hand painted the white (Behr “Snow Leopard”). Our toddler Gwen even helped out! I had a great time organizing books, artwork and family photos on the massive shelves. Since we have a two and a half year old the bottom self units will stay empty or as “this needs to be placed somewhere appropriate” (AKA my turntable).
I never imagined I would be saying this but…I’m missing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs concert tomorrow night. Why you ask? I’m too preggo and subsequently too old, emotional and at the moment huge to stand at the Marquee for hours listening to amazing live music. Ohh and it is 109 degrees with 25% humidity which doesn’t help. Suck, suck, sucky, suck.
I hope all the youngsters have fun and that Karen O is as amazing as usual. So sad. That is all.
Pinterest is my friend and foe with this house remodel. Pregnancy brain probably isn’t helping, either. We are looking for a paint color (this is ongoing since ever inch of our current beige, peach, tan, yellow colored house needs to be painted).
We love the idea of white upper cabinets with cool knobs. Done. Easy.
The bottom cabinets are causing lots of Home Depot and paint sample runs. So far we have sampled 6 colors.
Our goal is a contemporary kitchen. Not southwestern. We wanted blue, but that felt it was looking too sante fe…so I think we have settled on more of a gray…we will see…
Knobs are ordered from Anthro:
Stay tuned for knobs to be on painted cabinets…then we have a backsplash and countertops!
We just bought our second home. It feels like a huge deal. We moved to a completely new part of town and have more square footage. The house is current beige. Very very very beige. We aren’t really beige kind of people. So needless to say the entire home has to be covered in paint. Inside and out. The tasks at hand are exciting and daunting. Mostly daunting because I’m also 35 weeks pregnant. When more mobile they will start to fall in the exciting category.
Why is picking out paint colors so hard? We have a pretty good idea of our vision. We like whites, grays and blues for home paint colors. Our old house was mostly whites, grays and greens aside from my mustard yellow (AKA amazing) bathroom. So you can see we are really breaking the boundaries moving from green to blue.
So the I Dream In Jenna blog was mostly about concerts and fashion in the past. I think you are going to be finding more home remodeling stories moving forward. We are DIY’ers so I’m sure some of the stories will be full of what we did wrong along with what we did right. Hope you enjoy!
Here is a current gallery of what we are working with….Just for benchmarking purpose. Please note ALL furniture found in these images belongs to old ass people who owned the house prior to us. We don’t like them. There is legit reasons for us not liking them I will share another day….
Tomboy Style is my favorite blog. Hands down can’t get enough. My Mom noticed this and bought me the Tomboy Style book. I took a little quite time while my toddler was sleeping and read the book cover-to-cover and keep going back to it for more. My favorite kind of picture book.
Lizzie Garrett is the author of both the before mentioned blog and book and I think we would be friends. She outlines the rebel, the prep and the athletic tomboy. I find myself falling in many of these categories.
Reading her book and blog has brought back memories of buying my first tie (from the Limited Too in Syracuse, NY), always wearing vintage mens military gear, baggy corduroy pants and vintage tees with blazers. I went through a few phases (in college) trying to fit in with the other girls. It never worked. I’m happy to embrace my tomboy, rebel/punk, feminine, prep and funky style.
Buy her book. Check out her blog. Break out of the norm and own your own style. Cheers!