A peek inside the butterfly garden

A month ago, we hadn't done one thing to get ready for Cate. When I told Abby this she said, "It's your third kid. What's left to do?" Fair question. So let me break it down. Since the week after Christmas:

  • I took all the toys out of the playroom and found homes for them in the boys' rooms. 
  • The whole family participated in the search and purchase of a car safe enough and large enough to haul three kids. 
  • Shawn painted the former playroom a color called "pink whisper".
  • I cleaned out the walk-in attic. This resulted in quite a large donation of clothes and toys to our church's thrift store. 
  • My childhood friends and my neighbors held showers where I stocked up on girl clothes. 
  • I spent several hours raiding the baby store. These days, I have a much better sense of what babies need and what they don't.
  • I got a decent head start on taxes (I am the family CFO) and wrote thank you notes.
  • Shawn, my mom and friend Lisa helped me decorate the nursery.

Welcome to Cate's Butterfly Garden:

Cate Nursery 005


The walls created a design challenge, so we worked around it. I had envisioned hanging the mosquito net over the center of the crib but had to adjust that vision.

Cate Nursery 017


I also decided to pull the changing table out from the wall a bit, so she won't pull down the letters when she gets all grabby. FYI, a hot glue gun works wonders when you're trying to hang letters with ribbon. I opted not to use the hardware that came with it.

Cate Nursery 007


Cate's Butterfly Garden is a wonderful addition to Dillon's Beach Shack:

Cate Nursery 019


The Legos on top of the dresser add a nice touch, don't cha think?

Cate Nursery 021


The monkey hammock is my favorite. The fishing net is a close second.

Cate Nursery 018
Cate Nursery 018

Across the  hall, you'll find Blake's Boat House:

Cate Nursery 023


And the best part about all this????

Cate Nursery 026


Our bedroom is downstairs!

If you'd like to have my blog delivered to your reader or inbox, click here.