Homegrown Hops

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

As I'm sure I've mentioned before, the Mr. is a beer fanatic and also homebrews. Remember our anniversary getaway? We stopped at High Hops Brewery on our way home, the Mr. bought his very own hop plant, in hopes of growing one of the main ingredients of beer himself. Since the plant has a tendency to 'take over', my Mom generously offered space in her large garden for the hops, and since she has a real green thumb, she's the perfect supervisor to help get these plants up and going. And, holy cow, have they up and gone!!

This past weekend, we were out for a visit at my parent's and we couldn't believe how much the hops had grown!! There are even little buds 'blooming'. Those bud/flowers are what you pick and use in making beer. It takes about a year for the plant to really get established and before there's an actual harvest, but they seem to be on the right track so far.
The Mr. selected Cascade hops since that's what he uses most in his recipes. Hops are a climbing plant and the stem is extremely 'sticky', like super-Velcro. It wraps itself around and climbs up the rope. On occasion, these plants can grow inches in a single day.
When they planted these two plants in July, they were barely one foot off the ground. Just a little over two months later, the one is almost 6' tall!! He's one proud hop-poppa. :)
 Hopefully next Fall there will be enough hops to harvest and use in a batch of homebrew.
The latest homebrew batch the Mr. made is a pumpkin beer and is about to be bottled. It should be ready just in time for our third annual pumpkin beer party (assuming we can still pull off the party amid homegirl's pending arrival..)!!

Chateau Deveau: [Plans for Homegirl's Nursery]

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Daily, I'm reminded by my ever-growing belly and to-do list that we are running out of time and I'm overwhelmed with the pressure and time-crunch of preparing for baby girl. On a more optimistic note, here are a few of the inspirations and plans we have for homegirl's nursery.
Inspiration #1: When I saw this room, I immediately loved everything about it - I loved the simplicity, calmness and colors. I'm not particularly into an over-powering theme, so I liked that it tied together but there wasn't an in-your-face concept. I also like the subtle additions of elephants throughout. Liz's style is perfect to me and I always enjoy seeing anything she puts together. The Mr. also really liked this room but wasn't necessarily into the gold accents, so we'll use more gray/silver where we can instead.

Inspiration #2: I also like this room. It's very airy and light, no major 'theme', but just with colors it all ties together nicely. I like the collage wall with different prints and items hung together. Erinn always has great style and I like how she's not too 'girly' with all her choices. She's a great girl mom inspiration in general.

So.. We are going with a world/travel/adventure idea with purples, gray/silver and black. I'm thinking we'll pull a few more colors out of the watercolor print and incorporate through other prints/d├ęcor as well. Keeping it simple and comfortable.
Dresser - I originally wanted the grey-brown color for homegirl's room, only to find out on our shopping trip it has been discontinued. After I got over that devastating news, we settled on the white stain; I think it'll be great in her room and help with a light, airy feel. This is the same dresser we have for the Little's room and we love it. It's a perfect changing table/dresser/storage and something that will stay in their rooms for years to come.

Watercolor world map - This. is. absolutely. beautiful. We got it all framed up last night and I just love it. We are kind of basing the room around this print, the colors, the 'theme'..

Benzy Land cushion/pillow - To go along with the ever-so-loosely-used world/travel/adventure theme..

Curtains - These were an impulse buy, but I think it'll be a fun touch to the room and help tie some of the colors together.

Baskets - I think something like these wicker-dipped baskets would be cute for storage, books/toys, blankets, diapers, etc. Or maybe a color/print basket to help tie some of that together?

Anthropologie-inspired initial - (No 'A' is not her initial..) Using this tutorial, I made one for the Little's nursery/room and love it in his room. It will tie in some of the gray/silver for the room, is a fun, large personalized touch and an easy DIY.

Globe - The Mr. wasn't a huge fan of this particular one (because of the gold/brass accent), but I still kind of like it. I think a globe is a great addition to any kid's room, so we'll see if we can find one that works.

Sunburst mirror(s) - From one of the inspiration rooms, I really liked the dimension of a sunburst mirror on the wall. I found a few options that weren't too gold-y, so hopefully we can include something like this set, this or these.
Mobile - I'm hoping I can convince my Mom to make one of these.. I like these cloud mobiles and found a few simple tutorials online. They'd also help tie in the colors and be a cute homemade detail. I thought if we did the paper cloud, we could cut out the shapes from old maps.

We will be using the same crib (espresso finish) and rocker (wood finish with light cushions) that we already have. I still feel like everything is a little scattered, but I hope it all ties together and works out to be a calming, peaceful and cute little space.

Still need/considering:
Crib sheets/changing pad cover
Some kind of floating/ledge shelves
Prints for frames/collage wall
Side table
Book shelves/ledges?
Hardware - maybe change out a few of the drawer pulls on the dresser?

What do you think? Any ideas/suggestions?

Toddler Talk

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I've seen others do it (Young House Love and Love Taza) and I love the idea of keeping track of some of the adorable, silly and darndest things kids say. I'm starting this little series here at Chateau Deveau called 'Toddler Talk' to keep track of these sayings, words, conversations and instances that I want to remember. Our Little is two years old now and everyday is putting more and more together in his speech; it is so fun to hear what he has to say and what he comes up with!!

T: Wash shica? Wash shica?
Momma: Oh, would you like to watch the Chica Show? What do you say?
T: Standing a little taller, signing along with it and asking in the sweetest voice you've ever heard, 'Peeeeeassse?'
Momma: Stares at him..
T: Ssshhhhhhhuurrrre!!

While driving home one afternoon
T: Happy birtday Momma. Happy birtday car. Happy birtday friends.

While stacking and knocking over blocks, we were saying 'Tiiimber', as he continues to stack and knock them over,
T:  'Timburgerr!'

I'm at the sink and turn on the water and it happens to perfectly hit in a tablespoon with worcestershire sauce and sprays all over me/shirt/floor, I say a few cuss words.. Hopping off his stool, he comes over concerned and asking,
T: 'Otay mom? Otay mom?'

Driving to the grocery store, we pass an older, bearded, white-haired gentlemen on the side of the road doing something in the back of his truck.
T: Santaa!!

A daily quote, as our Little is growing more and MORE independent
T: I do it! Me! MEEE!!
Then, upon completion, squealing with excitement, arms raised up high in victory and usually bouncing around,
T: I did it I did it!!


Weekend Fun [North Pole]

Monday, August 11, 2014

This weekend we played 'tourist in our own town' and checked out the North Pole Home of Santa's Workshop on the slopes of Pikes Peak. 

We went with the Mr.'s family and needless to say, the cousins thoroughly enjoyed themselves and made for great entertainment for us adults. Even thought they're only two years old and 14 months, they were able to do most of the rides by themselves or with a parent. 
The views were beautiful, and except for a few occasional sprinkles, the weather was great. Everything was pretty spread out, so even for a Saturday it wasn't too crowded or that long of a wait. It was so fun to watch the excitement of the boys as they rode in circles and ran to the next ride.
Train ride.
A relaxing loop on the 'Sky Ride' as we dangled our feet and enjoyed the view and beautiful mountain scenery from high above!!
The boys loved being together and cracked themselves up all day, they were definitely the kids on each ride that were enjoying it most. :)
My guys enjoying the carousel.
We ended the afternoon with a late-lunch/early-dinner at a quaint little restaurant down by the creek.
As always, we are thankful for a great time making memories with family and a fun weekend together!!

Weekend Fun [Camping]

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

This past weekend we went camping with college friends, an annual trip that has been a tradition for 7 years now. The 'guestlist' has differed a little, but the main few remain the same.

The Mr. played basketball in college and is still buddies with some of those guys today. They are/were teammates, roommates, friends, brothers. I was also a teammate and best friend to one of the girlfriends (now a wife); and the other wives/girlfriends have fit into the group perfectly and I now consider them friends also. Some of my best memories are with this group of people and I am so happy we still keep in touch and make the effort to get together often.
We packed up and dropped the Little off with my parents and made our way out to Lake McConaughy in Nebraska for the weekend. I was a little hesitant being 29 weeks pregnant (and often uncomfortable), but the A+ company made up for the hot weather, sand everywhere and tent-sleeping, for sure.
This trip was no exception to years past - stories of the glory days were told, played with fire and we enjoyed plenty of dips in the sandy-beachy lake.  
I have to admit, I was happy to get home to my own bed, but we were especially thankful to get some quality time in with such special, life-long friends.