Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thursday School

A couple of weeks ago I emailed a lady to see if I could get Maddox into a Thursday school program at one of the local churches here.  Unfortunately, she said they were already full for this year but that she would put him on a waiting list incase someone dropped out or they opened up another class. Then last night while we were at dinner I got an exciting phone call from her saying that they had indeed decided to open up another class and that Maddox would be able to start the Thursday after Labor in NEXT week!!  I am so excited!!  It of course only meets on Thursdays but it is from September to May and from 9:30-1!!  I think it will be great for him to get that interaction with other kids his age and it will also be nice for me to get to spend a little one on one time with Miss Addison each week!!  He is already saying to me "I go to school Mama!" So that is good that he is excited about it!!  We will OF COURSE have first day of "school" pictures next week and I will let you know how he does!! I can't wait for him to start!!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Addison Video

Today, I pulled out the video camera to help Collin with something and found several video's on there from Addison's birthday!!  I had forgotten that Collin took them right after she was born.  It was sweet to look back at these and remember that special day and see her just minutes after her birth!!  I played with iMovie for the first time and made a really awesome video with the 4 clips and some pics from early on.  It brought tears to my eyes watching it and the Darius Rucker song fits perfectly I feel like!!  Hope you enjoy it!!


My Babies

Just a few pics I snapped the other day!! Enjoy!!


Photo Book

I got a coupon in the mail for a free 8X8 photo book from today so I immediately got online and created and ordered this book!!  So fun!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Camera Strap Cover

Well kids I have officially completed my first sewing project on my new sewing machine!!  It took me a 2 days worth of naps to finish!!  I am super pleased with how it turned out and love the colorful addition to my camera!!  So without further ado here she is...

What do ya think?!?  Pretty cute huh?!?!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

iPad Puzzles

Maddox's new found love is mommy's iPad!!  There are so many great apps for toddlers (free ones!!) that he spends hours playing.  His new favorite is a puzzle app that I found.  I was surprised at how good he is at them!!  Here is a little video of him completing one of the puzzles.  I think its great that these apps that actually teach him stuff keep him entertained for so long!!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Birthday!!

My latest craft is a fabulous family birthday board that I found on, where else, pinterest. It has the 4 of us on there, my parents, sibs and grandparents and Collin's parents, brother, sister-in-law, and grandma. I think it turned out so cute and now resides in our living room as a reminder of everyone's birthdays!!

If you are interested in how I made it here you go...

large board
12 - 1 3/4 in wooden circles (or any shape you choose)
1 1/2 in wooden circles (however many people's b-day you want on it)
fishing line
white vinyl
white paint pen
hot glue
picture frame hanger

Paint your board and circles in the colors of your choosing.  Then write with the paint pen the month or as I did the first letter of each month on the larger circles and the person's name and day of their birthday on the smaller circles.  Then you can paint birthdays on the board but I cut it out of vinyl on my circuit so that it would look better.  Then I hot glued the smaller circles on to fishing line and then glued each row on to the back of the board under its appropriate month.  I hammered in a picture frame hanger to the back of the board and hung it on the wall!!  Simple as that and so very very cute!!  Happy Crafting!!


Sweet Dream-y Room

I posted before about a new bedding set that I had my eye on at Target. Well take a look at our new and improved bed...

I love how it lightens up our room.  Next up I need to get or make some curtains and lampshades!!! :D


Saturday, August 13, 2011

SEW Excited!!

I just got done ordering my brand new Brother SE 400 Sewing and Embroidery machine and could not be more excited!! My grandma bought it for me for my christmas and birthday present (a little early ;D). It should be delivered by August 23!! I so can't wait for her to get here.  I think she needs a name and I think I will call her "Bella" after Twilight of course ;D.  I'm a nerd, I  I already have so many things I want to try and make!! Stay tuned for updates on my new and improved craftiness!!


Friday, August 12, 2011


McDonalds is doing Smurf toys in their Happy Meals right now and Maddox has gotten 2 of them.  I think it is hilarious how he says "Smurf" so I thought I would get it on video so you all can enjoy it as well.  Also, he thinks he got them at Chick-Fil-A for some reason so he informs us of that in the video as well.   He really hams it up at the end too so enjoy!! :D


Little Things and Lots of Yarn

So when we bought our house I was pregnant with Maddox and knew exactly which bedroom would be his then of course one would be ours and one would be the guest room. Then we had one remaining bedroom that I was able to turn into my craft room (happy). However when little miss came along I had to say goodbye to my craft room and turn it into a pretty pink nursery (also happy). Now I am lacking a place to do all my crafting (sad). That hasn't stopped me though. Our dining room and living room (prob much to Collin's dismay) have now become my crafting area. I would of course love to have some fabulous room devoted purely to my craftiness (maybe someday) but for now we will all just have to deal with my stuff being somewhat in the way and out for everyone to see.

With that being said here are two things I have just completed. One I mentioned before and one I made with my good friend Danielle. We are considering starting to make stuff to sell at a local flee market!! I love how both turned out and can't wait to move on to my next project!!

First up is the "Little Things" canvas I blogged about before!!  I found an amazing quote on pinterest that almost makes me cry because my baby girl is growing up so fast but it just fits this craft so perfectly. I cut the lettering out of vinyl for the quote on my cricut then stuck them on. And for the pictures I used a technique that transfers pictures printed on regular printer paper with a printer that uses toner.  You have to paint the canvas with gel medium then put the picture face down and let it dry overnight.  Then you have to spray the pictures with water until you can see the image through the paper.  Then you peel the paper off leaving the image on the canvas.  This was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated but it ended up turning out great.  The only thing I wasn't pleased with was how I lined up the pictures.  They are a little crooked but it still looks super cute.  I hung the canvas by some cute pink zebra ribbon to add a touch of color.  Here is the finished product...

And the other project is this cute little yarn wreath.  Danielle and I always watch TV together on Monday nights (Collin has elder's meetings) so we decided we would start doing crafts while we watched.  This wreath is the first thing we decided to do.  All you do is wrap a styrofoam wreath with yarn (takes a while) and then add any embellishments you want.  While doing this I also learned how to make fabric yo-yos.  They are super easy and so cute.  I used 3 on this wreath.  I even made a few and turned them to bows for Miss Addison!!

I love crafting and will pretty much try anything to see how it turns out.  My amazing Nana said she would buy me a seeing machine and I really really really can't wait to get it (hurry up bday and xmas!!)  I have several things in mind to try once I get that!!!  Until then I will continue to make stuff like frames, bows, wreaths, etc. and hopefully be able to sell some of them at Paris Days out at Aspen Grove in September!!  If you are interested in purchasing any of them let me know and I will get you the info on when that is going to happen!!  

I guess that's all for now...until I get the next thing finished...Happy Crafting!!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Baby be Blessed

I posted a long time ago about a little doll I had heard about from a friend of mine that I wanted to get to be a gift from Maddox to Addison when she was born. Well I ordered it and got it in the mail and am just now getting around to posting about it. I love how it turned out and hope it is something that Addison will cherish as she grows up!! Here are a few pics of her and her sweet little doll and a few that brother wanted to be in as well :D.


Monday, August 8, 2011


I've just spent the last 3 hours getting my e-mail and blog working because of RUDE people who think it's ok to hack into people's online accounts. I don't know why in the world anyone would find joy in stealing other people's info and sending out spam on their e-mail address. Thankfully I was able to get my blog back!! I could live with having to get a new email address but I have had my blog for almost 5 years and it contains so many memories from my life. I would have been devastated if I had lost it all. Does anyone know if there is a way to back it all up?? Mainly because it has so many posts about my kiddos like their birth stories and growth stats that I want to be able to remember!!

I am annoyed but so glad I was able to get it all fixed!!


Friday, August 5, 2011

Gray and Yellow

I am officially obsessed with the color combination gray and yellow. After spending too many hours on pinterest and seeing several pins containing these colors I am determined to redo our bedroom in these colors. I have found a set at Target that is really pretty and very affordable!! It is sold out online so I hope I can find it in the store!! If I am able to make it happen I will post pics!! :D I have also seen some super cute dresses in these colors and feel my closet would greatly benefit from the addition of one but have yet to be able to locate one in person that I can look at and try on. Maybe someday!! I also want my sister, Morgan to use these colors in her wedding when she gets married one day. Her FAVORITE color is yellow so I just think it would be perfect!!

That's all...just wanted to share my new obsession!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Spelling Change

Ok so once we decided on the name Addison for our baby girl we knew people would shorten it for a nick name. Based on the way we spelled Addison I spelled the shortened version "Addi." However, the other day Collin informed me that he was not a fan of that spelling and preferred "Addie." I am not so much a fan of that spelling myself so we have compromised and are going to go with "Addy" when using her nick name. I just wanted to let you all know because I had been putting Addi on here from the beginning but now will be using Addy and wanted you to know why :D.


What's Up Baby Girl?!?

I didn't 2 posts about Addy being 2 months old but failed to post on both of them what she is up to these days. So here goes...

*She is finally in size 0-3 month clothes.
*She is wearing size 1 diapers.
*She is smiling and cooing up a storm...I love it!!
*She loves taking a bath.
*She slept for 8 hours straight the other night but most nights still wakes up to eat once or twice.
*She rarely cries...usually only if she is hungry and occasionally she will get a little fussy at night time.
*She takes a bottle great and per our pediatricians recommendation we are starting to give her one a day with pumped breast milk.
*She is an excellent nurser and eats ever 3-4 hours during the day and 4-7 hours at night. She usually will nurse in 15-20 minutes from start to finish which makes my life so much easier!!
*She doesn't enjoy her car seat like her brother did. For the most part she does well and sleeps but if she is awake for too long while she is in it she will let us know that she is not thrilled about it!!
*She LOVES her swing just like Maddox did! She spends a lot of time sleeping in there during the day!

That's all I can think of at the moment. She is so much fun and is definitely getting more and more alert these days!! She is such a joy and a little cuddle bunny!! I am so thankful to have the pleasure of being her mommy!!