Christmas Card


Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the Rutherford’s.  We can’t wait for next year!
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So Big announcement today you guys, I’m prego!  We told close family on my visit home when I was 9 weeks; (Actually, true story, they pretty much guessed when I didn’t have any wine at dinner with my parents or at my sister’s shower; so observant they are, I haven’t got a tricky bone in my body ya’ll)!  My hubby wasn’t able to come with me due to his work but he called his family the same day and everyone seemed really happy for us.  I’m 20 weeks in 2 days and we are excited to find out the sex this month (fingers way crossed!).

Everything has gone really well, no sickness at all, just some nassau associated with smells (mostly feet, dog breath, eggs, the thought of raw chicken), heartburn, aversion to healthy foods like salad and green things (I’ve been eating broccoli and cucumbers lately tho), fatigue, and the emotional ups and downs (I teared up watching the Maury show, certain commercials, and a little during the movie Gravity which is seriously amazing).  I pretty much could live on breads, pasta, potatoes, cheese, skittles, pie and ice cream/yogurt for the next 5 months but I try to eat lots of protein too.  I’ve gained 4 pounds so far but I had previously gained like 10 since we got married but a friend told me that weight doesn’t count, humph.  I read for my pre-pregnant BMI I can gain the typical amount of 25-35 pounds.  I’m not trying to gain weight, I’m just waiting for it to happen and I’m totally surprised it hasn’t just piled on just yet due to my new diet. I do exercise when I feel like it, walking our dogs, yoga 1-2 times weekly, and sometimes I weight train with my husband. Otherwise, I’m just enjoying everything that my body is doing and reading a lot.  Since we’re seeing a midwife and planning a drug/intervention-free birth I’m reading tons of birth stories (this blog) and books written by midwives.

My husband and I are simply ecstatic about starting a family together and begin this amazing new journey.  xo Jessica

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DIY Bachelorette party sash & veil


My sister got married last weekend (!!!) and it was amazing.  I can’t believe how grown up and gorgeous she was and what a beautiful day it turned out to be.  As they are honeymooning in St. Lucia I’m back in home life and you guessed it, blogging life!  The bloggy bug has hit me again so for my first post in December 2013 I’ll show  you how I made a bachelorette sash and veil for my sister’s party.

IMG_8876Supplies: glittery gold cardstock, scissors, craft glue, 5″ white ribbon, sewing machine, thread.  First, I used a pretty cursive font and printed out “Bride to be” on paper. I taped this to my card stock and carefully cut it out.  You may use an exacto knife and cutting pad but I didn’t have these around. It took a little time but turned out so pretty.
IMG_9033For the sash I measured a length around myself going from shoulder to hip then sewed a diagonal line so it would lay down on the hip.IMG_9035I layed out my letters where they would read correctly from the front (using a mirror with the sash on helped me find the right side) then glued them down. IMG_8878IMG_9040I also cut out two hearts and glued them on.IMG_9037Making sure it was reading correctly…IMG_9039And wrapped up nicely for my sister to open.IMG_9046Supplies for the veil: duck or other hair clip, tulle, string of beads, ribbon, small piece of felt, faux flowers, hot glue and gun.  I first cut 4 or so lengths of tulle, 5 or so pieces of ribbon, and 3 string of beads each of about 2.5 feet in length and tied them together at the top using a bit of string.  I glued a circle of felt to the duck clip and glued the tulle to the felt.
IMG_9047I then glued 3 faux flowers to the top of her veil and there you have it, a simple and super cute gift for the bachelorette! I had to try it on because I really wanted to be the bachelorette, hee hee.
IMG_9055IMG_9134 Isn’t she cute?IMG_9129Carly opening all her gifts…
IMG_9121IMG_9133 Here is my sister in law, me and my sister at dinner in downtown Milwaukee.  I had no sleep the night before but we ended up having a great time.IMG_9151