Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Big News in the Otey Household!!

I think ya'll know what's coming and I've been dying holding this information in for TWELVE WEEKS! - But Seth and I would like to announce:

Baby O will make his or her debut on or around May 2nd 2015 ya'll!

Doesn't the hubs look thrilled here? Story to follow! haha

It all went down back in August...Friday, August 23rd to be exact. I was planning/helping out with a good friend's wedding and hubs was actually a groomsman in the wedding. That morning before work I decided to take a pregnancy test...just to make sure before I went to this wedding and started drinking the night away....sure enough, I was 100% pregnant! I took another....yup! I remember just crying with joy as I got into the shower, trying to be quiet so I wouldn't wake hubby. I know that sounds weird not to tell him right away but we were about to have such a busy weekend and practically be separated the entire time since he was a groomsman and I was the planner so I decided to KEEP IT A SECRET until Sunday when we got alone time together to relax. (sooo hard ya'll) Sunday rolled around and I made a little bun in the oven card and of course saved the peed on tests for his enjoyment (haha) he was over the moon thrilled and I'm pretty sure I saw a tear or two but don't tell him I told you!

Seth received the temporary transfer to Ohio only a week or so later so we were forced to tell our parents a lot sooner than expected (I would've told mine anyway I'm sure of it) but he wanted to be around to tell his in person. We also had to cautiously take these pumpkin announcement photos bc I knew when the time came he would already be gone...  Needless to say our parents were absolutely over the moon! (We told his parents on his Dad's birthday with one of his presents being a "Grandpa Can Fix It" onesie! They had no idea!) It was terrible having to say goodbye to him but I figured it was definitely better to be gone the first three months and not the last! My parents have each come to the ultrasounds and appointments thus far and every time I hear that fast little heartbeat (coming in at about 160 beats per minute) my world stops (and I get in trouble for crying and making the screen jump!) We will be 13 weeks on Saturday and I am seriously the happiest person in the world. So blessed and so ready for this journey! Thank ya'll for always being there and thank you Lord!

PERFECTION at yesterday's ultrasound!


How far along? 12 Weeks 5 days
Size of Baby: a plum and 3 inches! (a little longer than average) and .49 oz
Total weight gain/loss: 1 pound gained - which is crazy because I feel like 6 pounds heavier in my boobs alone! (and loving it haha)
Symptoms: No sickness thank goodness but a little bloated...
Maternity clothes? rocking the maternity skinny jeans from Gap/Old Navy so far and loving them!
Stretch marks? No...
Sleep: Sleeping great, minus waking up to pee every night 5 times! Ugh..
Best moment this week: Finding out baby O is 100% healthy and an inch longer than expected this week!
Miss Anything? hmm redbull and wine are at the top of the list
Movement: Baby O was rockin' in the last ultrasound but nothing yet
Food cravings: Fruits & sour gummies all-the-way!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope- no sickness thus far actually!
Have you started to show yet: still just a little bump
Gender prediction: Hubby thinks its a girl 100% and so does my sis. My parents are banking on boy!
Labor Signs: Noooo
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Feeling more movement & finally being able to do some shopping!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Big Giveaway + Weekending: Haunted Woods!

Hey ya'll and happy Monday! (A happy Monday is possible right? haha) Of course it can when there is a giveaway involved! 

It's time to celebrate! 
This week Frankly My Dear with Jenni turns THREE & I am excited to share with you a fabulous birthday bash giveaway that she asked me to be apart of!

This giveaway, along with 9 other lovely bloggers has teamed up with Jenni's two awesome Etsy shops  to bring you a birthday bash full of goodies you'll love celebrating!  Check out each blogger as well and get acquainted if you haven't already!

One Lucky winner will receive the following fabulous items:
Crystal Faye Oh Happy Day Coffee Mug
Gold Print Fancy Tee from The Sticker Place Etsy Shop
Fall Bracelet Stack from Happy Little Hummingbird Etsy Shop
Thimblepress Greeting Card 
Watercolor Scripture Print from East West Design Co.

Runs through Friday October 24th so good luck!

Happy Little Hummingbird           //           East West Design Co.

Park Avenue     //     Lisa Loves John     //     Jessi's Design

Beautiful Things    //     Make Me Up Mia     //     Flowers in my Hair

Next I want to share with you a little weekending fun in the haunted woods! I mentioned on Friday that neighbors of my parents do a Halloween bash each year and this year I just had to check it out. It was so much fun! There were tons of people, great decor, food and tons of fun for the kiddos as well. Even though the haunted tour of the property is targeted more towards adults, I only say maybe a handful of kiddos with tears. (haha I guess they're doing it right then!) I really wish I had taken more photos to really document the whole scene and more of the participants but I felt so awkward pausing the group I was with and asking the characters to pose for pictures (But hey, friends don't call me the paparazzi for nothing!) Anyway, Nolan and his wife Crystal and Kelly (her sister) really pulled of a neat and fun way for the community to come together and get spooked! I look forward to seeing the creativity next year and hope they continue to do this! Check out some of the pics below and I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!

The whole group!

The host!

Creepy structures you had to go through! Can we say Blair Witch?

Crying in a graveyard over her lost husband...

Coolest part of the your- the haunted marble statue! You do not expect this one in the dark ya'll!

My Dad enjoying the bouncy slide! haha Action shot!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday 5

Happy Friiiiiiiidaaaaay! (I'm trying to sound like the let's get ready to rumble guy in your head right about now) Today I have a short day and just might head up to my alma mater and give some $ to the bookshop for winter gear- I'm so charitable... The drive up to Roanoke this time of year is absolutely breathtaking with the changing leaves and the mountains in the background! This weekend also marks the 3rd annual haunted woods excursion put on by neighbors of my parents and I hear its pretty bad ___ and scary! (more for adults than the little ones) I just might have to check this one out and report back to ya'll- maybe film myself like Ellen did with her producer in the haunted house- tell me ya'll saw that! I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants! Anyway, hope everyone has a happy and safe weekend!

I'm linking up today with the usual gang of pretty ladies: Christina, April, Darci and Natasha as well as Amanda over at Meet @ the Barre and Karli with September Farm - join in!

FALL TV- gah I am lovin' having all of my shows back from Revenge and Resurrection to the ever so creepy and twisted American Horror Story. I also love ABC's Wednesday line up and sometimes watch it from 8-11. Ya'll were so right about Nashville- I'm almost done with season one and I'm totally addicted!

The upstairs hall bath is painted and tile is down! I absolutely love how the color turned out in there and the dark tile is better than I had anticipated- My in-laws rock!
Love the color!

I posted on Instagram yesterday that I came home and noticed some of the porch and columns were primed and it makes a 150% difference when pulling in now! I just love the progress. (eee!!)

I think this recipe for Chicken Lime Avocado Soup from Cooking Classy is being added to this week's menu for sure- perfect for Fall

So..are ya'll in the mood for a fun giveaway?? Yea I know duh! I'm teaming up with some fabulous ladies to offer you so pretty fun Fall swag! Stay tuned and pop back over here on Monday for all the details. Here's a little preview of a few of the items up for grabs:

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Things I'm Lovin' Lately...

Crunchy Apple & Grape Salad- My grandma Dolly before she passed away always made this for me and it is simply one of my favorites!

 This watercolor (and basically every watercolor painting in between)

This kitchen I saw on Pinterest because someone clearly has good taste.. (same counter tops and cabinet color as our kitchen!)

 This plaid peplum- yes please, so cute!

This fall tablescape I came across that still incorporates my all time fav- blue and toile!

Gold Lettering


White pumpkin- I see them everywhere this year and to think last year I painted mine white! Ha!

And this little shoutout to my hubby- 56 days to go!

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Monday, October 13, 2014


What a relaxing and LONG weekend! However, long ones always make Mondays tougher don't they? Eh..stuffing my face with a bacon and egg croissant and OJ and hoping the day doesn't drag on. I do want to share some pics from the Durham trip though! We had such a blast (like we always do together) The first night we roasted hot dogs by the fire pit and rented movies. The next morning we had a huge breakfast at Elmo's Diner and I accompanied Tiff to get her first tattoo- yes you heard me correctly! I got to watch the entire thing which was only about 15 minutes tops and she was a trooper! Afterwards we toured her hubby's work and got to see his stadium view and headed to Iced Cupcakes which is run by one of our former bosses. The cupcake shop was so cute and if self-control isn't your probably shouldn't visit them. (haha) So many different cupcakes to choose from! I indulged in the red velvet Southern Belle just to name one. Visit if you are in the Raleigh area!

We also made some super simple fall themed votives using leaves, mason jars and hot glue (we found that the mod podge wasn't working well) and used an easy homemade apple sauce recipe. If you need the step-by-step and the recipe itself, visit Tiff's blog at Life in the Peck Lane because she'll be posting and sharing it there! Also, her hubby Joe is posting his version of the recipe over at Eco Joes (we did two batches) The entire house smelled absolutely ah-mazing and the applesauce was delicious! Perfect for Fall and definitely a must-try! Next we got ready for some gourmet Mexican (to-die-for) and went and saw Annabelle- ya' scary that I lost my breath a few times. I didn't like it as much as The Conjuring but it was definitely jump-worthy scary- Whew! I want to thank both of them for such a fabulous weekend- I love going down to stay with them so much and miss them already!

ps- Miss Emma Jo got her bandages off and she is recovering so well. She is a little hesitant to put that leg fully down but she is getting better! Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!

 Linking up today with Biana from B Loved Boston for Weekending

You'll understand if you're a Goonies fan!

Joe presenting his view

Skip the mod podge or get the yellow one!

Love this printable!!

Can ya'll look at her salt and pepper shakers?? haha


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