Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scraptastic!

Oh. My. Goodness!  

It has been months since I last updated and so much has happened!  Baby A was born in June and a ton of things happened over the summer that I hope to sit down and blog about soon. 

It's been crazy, hectic and a ton of fun with two sweet kiddos in the house now.  And as much as I LOOOOVE these two, I do enjoy have a bit of free time to get some scrapbooking in.  A couple weekends ago Peanut's grandma let her spend the night and Baby A went down around 8 pm.  So I told the hubs that I was taking some "ME" time and heading to my under utilized scrapbook room. 

I plopped in a movie, snuggled under my Hogwarts blanket and got to work.  I was rusty so I only accomplished 3 layouts in the time it took me to watch Catching Fire but they are ones I really like so I'm okay with that.  I'm now officially into home photos of Peanut's scrapbook.  Meaning I'm about 2 days into her life.  Which is crazy because I've already done like 20 pages for her book!  I guess you can call me picture happy.  

Here are the latest layouts  I hope to do more soon!



Going Home


 

Some of the details


First Car Ride

Welcome Home


Some of the details


Fingers crossed I'll get some me time here soon to make more progress! I'm about 2 yrs, 6 months behind on Peanut's book and I haven't even started Baby A's - he's now 3 months!






Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Dr. Seuss Nursery Reveal

I am so excited! Today we are finally ready to reveal Little Man's nursery! 


When we were first pregnant with Peanut and long before we knew if she was a boy or a girl, we dreamed of what kind of nursery we'd want.  Something feminine and sweet for a girl.  And hands down, no questions asked, a Dr. Seuss themed room if it was a boy.  I seriously thought that Peanut was a boy so when I saw little Cat in the Hat figurines and such at places like Michaels I would buy them just to be safe.  Of course by doing this it naturally sealed the fact that Peanut was indeed a beautiful little girl and so our nursery theme went from reds, blacks and whites to purples, creams and golds.  And I wouldn't have it any other way!

Once we discovered we were having a boy we were so excited to begin designing the Dr. Seuss themed nursery.  I already knew what nursery set I wanted but we had to decide on furniture color and how/if we wanted to paint the walls.  The hubs got a genius idea as we were planning and decided to invite his best friend out to paint a mural on the walls.  I thought we'd have one wall painted with The Cat in the Hat on it but Eric had other ideas.  We simply handed him the Dr. Seuss books and let his imagination and amazing artistic skills go crazy. 

Growing up my favorite book was The Cat in the Hat and the hub's was The Sneetches. So we had to include those scenes from the book.  Eric simply looked at the pictures from the books, sketched an outline on the wall and then painted them in, all free hand. I couldn't believe how amazing it turned out. And now, without further ado, our Dr. Seuss Nursery!





And now the furniture!






Close up of the details










I can't believe how amazing it all turned out.  I will go sit in the nursery and just stare at the walls. If anyone needs a custom mural for an nursery or any other room in their home let me know because I have the BEST reference for you!  Only 4-5 more weeks until we get to bring Little Man home to his one of a kind bed room.  I can't wait!  

What do you think of nursery? Would you do a customized room for your new baby?























Thursday, May 1, 2014

Easter eggs, bunnies, and candy! Oh my!

Happy May!  I can't believe we are approaching the last month of this pregnancy before little dude arrives. Peanut is enjoying her last few weeks as an only child and we are doing our best to make her feel as special as possible.  April was jam packed with fun things for Peanut to do - almost every weekend was booked solid. We had two Easter egg hunts, a wedding, birthday parties and a visit from the Easter bunny. 




In late March I took Peanut to JC Penny for her Easter pictures and for the first time ever we had multiple shots to choose from!  On the way to the mall all she kept asking was to have her pictures taken.  She followed all of the directions from the photographer and didn't cry once when I stepped away from her. In fact, there were no tears at all.  Just silly cheese smiles and crazy laughs.  It also helped that she fell in love with the little bunny rabbit prop they let her hold. She didn't want to give it back once we were finished!




I am so in love with this face! 

The first Easter egg hunt we went on was hosted by our neighborhood HOA.  It was a real scramble to try and get Peanut there before it started.  She had spent the night with her grandparents the night before and they hit traffic on the way back down to our house.  Luckily others were running a bit behind so it didn't start until about 2 minutes after she arrived.  They had a special section for kids three and under and Peanut was the pro egg finder out of that group.  She went left while all of the other kids went right and ended up filling her basket quickly and had the most eggs out of everyone. She would see an egg, yell "there's one!" and then drag her basket, which was bigger than her, to go pick it up.  She thought it was the best thing ever. Especially since she got to enjoy a yummy cupcake after the hunt was over!





The second hunt was sponsored by the church that Peanut's grandparents attend.  We participated the previous year and decided to go again.  Both of Peanut's cousins also were able to join us this year and they had a blast playing together on the playground and then hunting down eggs. Once again Peanut was the pro finder of the group and the only one to really seem to understand the purpose: find eggs and put them in basket.  The cousins liked finding the eggs but they then proceeded to throw them away.  It was quite hilarious to watch Peanut on a finding mission while they just chuck them as far as they could. 





The next morning Peanut was very excited to see that the Easter Bunny visited and left her a special basket! She came down in her fancy Easter dress and ran over to her basket to see all the goodies. I love seeing her cute little face light up with that precious smile. 





May will be filled with weekend visits to MeMe and PaPa's house, checking out the dinosaur exhibit, her cousin's 2nd birthday party, visiting her cousin in Madison, and preparing for a new little brother!





Monday, March 24, 2014

A little at a time...

I have slowly but surely been making progress on Peanut's scrapbook.  And I really should stress slowly.  I've currently done about 10 layouts but I still haven't even gotten out of the hospital photos. My next batch are the photos of her coming home and then moving into random layouts.  I have SO many ideas (thanks Pinterest!) and I plan to print out different sized photos for the first time, like 6x12.  But I want to get through the 30 or so layouts I already have printed and ready to scrap before I start moving into ordering more pics.  Here are the latest layouts from her book!



This is seconds after she was born and her daddy is "cutting" her cord. 

We brought scrapbook paper to have her feet printed onto.  I can't believe how little her feet were!

One of the benefits to having your mom as the RN for Labor and Delivery and practically delivering your child is you get to do things that other parents don't.  Daddy got to give Peanut her first bath. 

This is after she was cleaned up, wrapped up and handed over to me. Everyone came in to meet her including my dad who was waiting very impatiently to see his first grand baby!

I hope to do more this weekend. I have another finished layout but it wasn't my favorite so I didn't post it.  I also have one that is halfway done.  So I'll finish that up and then start on the coming home photos next.  It is so crazy looking back at these pictures from two years ago.  It still feels like just yesterday I was having contractions and driving to the hospital, anxious to meet our sweet little one! 




Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Success!

Well...Peanut's 2nd birthday has come and gone.  As always - it seemed to fly right on by.  But I am happy to report that her party was a huge success.  The decorations came out just how I imagined they would.  The room was festive and there was WAY too much food.  But everyone had a good time, Peanut got some awesome presents, and I got to spend the day surrounded by family. 

The theme of the party was Candyland. I made the banners to hang up as well as the candy decorations.  The hubs helped me hang streamers and we purchased a helium machine and blew up almost 30 balloons for the festivities. 


Here is the main table where the sweet treats were. The center was the chocolate fountain with marshmallows and rice krispies for dipping.  The cupcakes (strawberry and vanilla) were on racks in the back and the rest of the table was candy. On the right are the favor buckets that the little kids got to fill with candy before they left. They also got a bouncy ball and Mickey Mouse stickers (this was Peanut's party after all!). 

Here are a few close up pictures of the table:

Vanilla cupcakes, gumballs, candy necklaces, and M&Ms. 

Rice krispies and marshmallows for dipping, gummy bears, chocolate and lollipops. 
Strawberry cupcakes, lollipops, skittles, and more gumballs. 

We found the gumball machines at TJ Maxx for like $4.99 each so we grabbed those thinking they would be great for the party.  We have quite a few gumballs left so the hubs brought a machine to work so he could munch on them throughout the day. 

For food we had hot dogs cooked on an old fashioned hot dog roller, ham, turkey and buffalo chicken wraps, a veggie tray, cheese and crackers, and popcorn.  Like I said - way too much food! We munched on the wraps for like three days after the party. 

A really cool juice waterfall - this was our version of "fizzy lifting juice" from the movie. :) 

I let Peanut pick out the colors for the cups and utensils - so as you can see they are all different colors.  But it went very well with the theme.  I think she has as future in design. Or party planning. ;-)

Here are a few more pictures from the party that day:

With her grandpy. I was trying to get a picture of her birthday shirt which we had custom made.  It has the #2 on it with a lollipop and her name. 

"Cheesin" with Pop Pop. 

Birthday girl eating some grub.  Better shot of her special shirt. 

Her cousin Bubby laid on the floor and Peanut immediately yelled "PONY!" and then tried to ride him like he was a pony.  I couldn't stop laughing and I had to grab a picture before I removed her. 

Singing happy birthday and trying to convince her to blow out the candle.  She kept saying "hot!"

Loving her birthday cupcake. 


Thank you hugs while opening presents. 


Some real concentration on opening up presents. 

Posing with Uncle B and the pony he gave her - this one she IS allowed to ride. 


A photo with her great grandma. <3 font="">

I was super happy with how the party turned out. Of course I was running around playing hostess and making sure everyone had food, etc that I barely had time to eat.  By the end of the day my pregnant back and feet were screaming for relief.  So I was pretty happy once the house was quiet again and Peanut went to bed for the night.  But - I'd do it all over again in a heart beat. :-)

Now I have to start thinking of themes for her party next year.  Always good to get a head start right?