we love mrs. erin! awa's 7 months photos...

We went to visit Mrs. Erin (Cobb) on Monday of this week. Erin made AWA's 3 months photos back in March, and she did such a great job that we went back for AWA's 7 month photos, too!

We just love, love, LOVE Erin! She is seriously the best children's photographer in the world. And she's just recently moved into a new house studio that she calls The Cottage, and it is the perfect place to make photos. We loved it!

Here are a few photos that Erin posted on her blog as a sneak peek. We love the photos, Erin! You've outdone yourself again!!!

If you're ever in need of a photographer-- family, children's, baby, newborn, maternity-- please check out Erin Cobb in Huntsville, Alabama. Tell her Ama-Watts sent you!


our new home

Mat, Wattsie and I moved into our new home in Gadsden on July 3. We searched and searched for the perfect home for us here, and we are pretty sure we found it! We love our new little house, and it couldn't fit our family any better.


We've done a few small projects, but our house was pretty much move-in ready. We've painted the kitchen and Wattsie's nursery, and we are in the process of choosing paint colors for the rest of the house.

The kitchen was a deep, orangey-red when we moved it. I've always wanted a white kitchen, so we painted the kitchen "Acadia White" by Benjamin Moore per the recommendation of Lindsay Bierman from Southern Living in one of the issues from this summer. He said it was the perfect white, and I'm convinced he was right.


My kitchen cabinets are beautiful, and even thought I'd prefer rosemary-colored cabinets, I couldn't think of painting our custom cabinets. (More pics of the cabinets and kitchen later. We are currently trying to decide on tile and tile backsplash for the kitchen to replace some tiles in the kitchen now. And to be honest, I'm too lazy to clean up my kitchen in order to make a photo of the finished color.)

Another project that I've done is painting stripes in my hallway. I used this photo from Emily A. Clark as my inspiration:

Here was the hallway before...

...and here it is during the taping process (which took me forever!).

...and here it is after.

(Sorry the photos aren't that great-- I've lost my big camera charger again, and I'm on reserve battery!)

Unfortunately, I ran out of paint, so I have to go and paint the very top stripe when I can get some more. But, it's pretty much "finished", and we love how it looks.

Painting stripes is hard, but the finished project is so rewarding. In fact, this photo from Southern Proper really makes me want to paint vertical black and white stripes in Wattsie's bathroom...

But I'm pretty sure we'll be going with this wallpaper, which I've always adored for Wattsie's bathroom...

Scalamandre's Zebra wallpaper in Masai Red.

You might recognize the wallpaper if you're a Wes Anderson film fanatic like Mat and I are... (please excuse Margot Tenenbaum for smoking on my blog.)

Anyway, we still have lots of cosmetic fixes to do, but we are so happy with our home. The Lord has certainly blessed us with a wonderful place to live, and we are so grateful. Gadsden has become very much "home" to us, and we really, really love living here.

Happy Tuesday!


first sunday at fbc gadsden

On July 8, we had our very first Sunday at FBC Gadsden, and it was a wonderful day.

Mat preached from Matthew 9:35-38. His sermon was titled "A Call to Prayer." You can listen and watch all of Mat's sermons here and here.

We were ready in time to make a few photos at our house before we left for church.











Ama-Watts also enjoyed getting to sit in Daddy's big chair in his new office...






Ama-Watts had a cute little sign in her bed in the nursery...




We had lunch with Pop, Gran V, Mumsy, and Granny at Top O' the River after church. AWA had fun sitting with Pop...



And Mumsy came over to our house after lunch to hang out...





Sunday night, we started our weekly tradition of having dinner at Pop and Gran V's.

We had a great first Sunday at FBCG. We look forward to many, many more Sundays with our new church family. God has been so, so good to us.


gunter and lauren's wedding, cape may, nj

Finally! The long-awaited post on my brother's wedding. Here goes...

On Friday (that is, June 22), we all hung around the hotel and had lunch together.


Friday night I helped Mom decorate for the rehearsal dinner at The Lobster House, and then we had rehearsal at the golf course where the wedding was held.


The rehearsal dinner was great! Mom did such a great job planning and getting decorations for the night. The food was fantastic, and the company was even better. My favorite part of the night was when Mom got up to say a few words (which, Mom kept saying, "Whitney, should I say something? What should I say? I think I should say something. Help me plan to say something." So we always give her a hard time about that now. Haha!), and Ellie Parker ran up to the front with her and kept running circles around her while she was talking. It was hilarious! (One of the infamous Roy Boys (my brother's best friends who are twins), stood with her the entire time she spoke. Those boys crack me up!)







Addy James meeting AWA for the first time during the rehearsal...


"Baby Einsteins" on my iPhone came through in the clutch. Everyone is mesmerized.








All the Gunter grandkids (minus Weston and Mat, who were enjoying the scrumptious food, I presume...)


Saturday was the big day, and Gunter and LO got married outside at a beautiful golf course. I was a bridesmaid, and Mat was a groomsman. Gunter and LO had a really nice sit-down reception with a great meal, dancing and lots of fun. Mat and I had to leave the party a little early because of AWA, but we had a great time with my family and with our new family-- the O'Sheas. We are so thrilled to have Lauren in our family now. She and Gunter are perfect for each other, and we look forward to lots of great memories to come!


Can you believe my brother made these?! Isn't he crafty?

Addy James-- Lauren's niece. I LOVE this child. Is she not the cutest?

Lauren's wedding bouquet...

My aunt and uncle and I with Ellie Parker...

One of those crazy Roy Boys with my baby...Sheesh.

Allyson, Lauren's sister, giving her matron of honor speech...



We drove all the way back to Alabama on Sunday. Ama-Watts was so very good. She slept most of the way, but had lots of fun in the backseat with her toys, too. The whole trip took us about 14 hours from Cape May, NJ, to my in-laws' house in Boaz, AL.



We had a blast in New Jersey with our families celebrating Gunter and Lauren's wedding. Welcome to the family, Lauren!