franklin co weekend

Boy? Girl?

We had another ultrasound. This time we brought the girls.

The clinic spoiled us this time by using equipment that was manufactured this century.

gender reveal121 week ultrasound {Sawdust and Embryos}

The ultrasound went on and on while the tech measured tiny perfect body parts and showed us bitty little feet, etc. And finally I said… ‘you already know the gender DON’T YOU!’

And she said yes.

Gender Reveal {Sawdust and Embryos}

Then she was silent again for what felt like forever. WHAT IS SHE WAITING FOR!

Gender reveal using pink or blue paint on the belly {Sawdust and Embryos}

It's a GIRL! {Sawdust and Embryos}

I think she just wanted make us explode with anticipation.

Hand-print gender reveal {Sawdust and Embryos}


And we couldn’t be happier! The girls are so excited to have another sister too. We think we do girls pretty well.


I wasn’t going to do anything special for our gender reveal… I’m not creative with stuff like that. But my friend Lindsey had the idea to do little pink handprints on my belly, and I couldn’t NOT do it! Especially since we all love to paint around here.

I must be still getting used to the size of my belly, because when I carrrefully stooped down to pick up the pot of paint out of the grass, by belly pressed against my pants… wet paint and all. OOPSY! Nothin’ a little rubbing alcohol and toothbrush can’t take care of.



We’re overjoyed and can’t wait to meet our little girl! We have a handful of names we’re tossing around, but we’re keeping names a secret until her big arrival! Thanks for following along on this exciting journey with us!

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Adding a Breakfast Bar to the Island


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Recovering Chair Cushions with a Fluffy Rug!


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Our Weekend Getaway

franklin co weekend

This past weekend, we were invited to spend a weekend with a handful of other bloggers to experience the life in historical Franklin County Iowa. We love being from Iowa and are proud of our heritage… but what made this weekend extra special was that we were encouraged to bring our whole family! The girls are finally at an age where we can drag them places with us (for the most part) and actually have fun and learn right along side us! We stayed in the fabulous Country Heritage Bed and … [Read More...]

Indian Corn Cake Stand


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A little garage organization happening!


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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread {Cupcakes with Sprinkles}

It’s Meghan back from Cupcakes with Sprinkles! I always love to be here at Sawdust and Embryos to share some of my favorite recipes with you! I'm obsessed with pumpkin and this is a staple in our house as soon as it becomes fall. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. People. Seriously. Its so soft and the pumpkin flavor is is enhanced with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and my favorite addition, the chocolate chips! So let get our stuff and get baking! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour … [Read More...]

3-Year Pics of the Girls {Molly Long}


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17 Weeks


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