Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Christmas with a 14 months old

I know it's been a month since Christmas but I'm finally getting time to reflect back on the sweet memories with my 14 month old. Here are a few highlights from the Christmas season of 2014:

*Starting saying "Mommy" and "Daddy" {instead of ma-ma and da-da}

*Sat through the entire Nutcracker Ballet, until the last 5-10 mins when balloons appeared on stage and she got so excited...then mad that I wouldn't let her go see them.

*Her excitement over tissue and wrapping paper is definitely greater than her interest in presents. She did still really enjoy presents though, especially her mini foldable camping chair, duplos, cutting fruit, lady bug backpack, blocks, crayons and coloring books, and kinetic sand with a water/sand table. We were so blessed by all of the gifts she received from others! 

*How the "adult kids" {aka me, my brother, and his fiancee} decided to put together the sand/water table and bust out the kinetic sand after Little Lady went to bed. It was very therapeutic. I highly recommend it. 

*Little Lady LOVED the lights no matter where they were - the tree or on the neighbor's house or something she spotted from her rear-facing position in the car. The best part is she would exclaim, "WOOWWWW!"

*The live nativity we visited was also a hit. She tried to climb the barrier to go pet the mini donkey and wasn't happy that we had to stop her. 

On another note, it's almost February and I haven't downloaded the picts from Christmas off our nice camera. One day...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Drop Cloth Sofa Recover Part 3

Long blog. That's just how things have been around here. But that's okay. This is a place for me to enjoy, not be stressed about. 

So here's another sofa recover inspiration. One of my friends used my DIY Drop Cloth Sofa Recover Tutorial {for under $50, WITHOUT sewing} and here is the result. The before and after are amazing!


She's getting her house ready to put on the market and working on staging her home. Her current tenant had large sofas taking over the space {and covering up a beautiful fireplace!?!}

She had her tenants remove some his sofas and moved a smaller, red, floral, old sofa into the space, and decided to recover it to save $$$. 

Here is the sofa before {slightly deconstructed already}

And here is the AFTER:

What an amazing transformation! Be sure to check out my original DIY Drop Cloth Sofa Recover Tutorial as well as the images from my sister-in-law's sofa recover

Friday, November 28, 2014

{Almost} 13 month old memories

Almost 13 months. I feel like I wrote her birthday post yesterday, but I guess it's actually been over a month. Yikes.

Here are some memories that I want to treasure from right now:

She loves being outside! The Little Lady will reply "YEAH!" if you ask her if she wants to "go out". 

At night she becomes a "roly poly" and tends to run and throw herself into the dog beds around the house and rolls all over the ground, or bed, or even better over the dog. For some reason she does this act mostly at nighttime as opposed to during the day. 

Words: dada, mama, dog, cat, out, yeah, that, ree {as in read}, ma {as in more}, shoe, sock, and she just recently learned bee. She is also trying to repeat words we say such as thank you, jacket, blue bear, and saying "no! no!" to the dog. 

It's also crazy to me how much more she understands what I'm saying. She always surprises me by doing things I ask when I'm not expecting it. 

She babbles all sorts of other noises, "reads" her books {sometimes talented...hah!}, and will make the cutest face and go "OHHHHHHH" and point her finger if she sees something really exciting to her like a balloon or a an outdoor fountain. 

This girl LOVES SHOES. She is always bringing them to me to put on. She is very interested in trying to put her foot in the shoe but cannot figure out how to do it. She does now know how to undo and re-do the velcro and take them off. Little Lady will also sort through her bin of shoes and find matching pairs. I mean cute. 

On the same note she is very interested in helping with dressing and pulling her arms and legs out of her tops and pants. Or finding her jacket and bringing it to us to put on. 

She is really into throwing things away, especially diapers, and enjoys picking up trash on the floor and handing it to me. 

A new favorite is being upside-down or spinning around in any form or fashion.

She loves to be chased and giggles so loudly if you run after her going, "I'm going to get you!"

In the car on the way to school she will play a game saying "da da" and my husband replies with her name. They go back and forth saying each other's names the whole ride. 

She carries around her blue bear {stuffed animal} and one of her aden & anais blankets with her. They are her favorite lovies. 

It amazes me how much she wants to do whatever her mama {or dada} is doing. Whether that's eating with utensil, writing with a pen and paper, drinking coffee {I really cannot eat or drink at all around her without her wanting some}, cooking, typing on the computer. 

I really don't know why anyone has toys at this time in toddlerhood. Let's be honest, all she wants to do is pull everything out of every cabinet and figure out what else she can do with it. Right now anything from the kitchen, as well as paper products, are a favorite. I've tried to move everything not appropriate out of reach so I can just let her explore.

I taught her to say "ahhhh" into a cardboard tube, kind of like playing a trumpet. She will have me make a noise, then do it herself, and we'll go back and forth at it for a while. Seriously the most simple things can be the most amusing. 

This is seriously a fun {and crazy} time. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Early morning wake up craft

Little Lady woke up very early this morning. And by early I mean 5 o'clock early. This is so unusual that I had no idea how we would pass the time until all the Thanksgiving activities begin.

So what did we end up doing?

Crafting of course.

I quickly made a little sorting toy to capture her attention for a little while. It is made out of an old coffee can and some wooden tokens. 

Then I worked on making her headband to wear today and cutting out some felt ornaments and lights for her Christmas tree that I have been working on.

Note the dog hair already accumulating on the felt tree. Story of my life. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Crafting on the car

Yup. The Liytle Lady fell asleep in the back seat on the way back from the grocery store this morning. At this age she will wake up if I try to move her. 

Solution: bring naptime craft materials outside. 

Check back soon to see the Christmas craft I'm making for the Little Lady to play with!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

A new perspective on Halloween

Being an October baby myself I grew up celebrating Halloween with an intense enthusiasm. All of my parties were Halloween themed. By middle school I was taking a huge group of friends an hour away to adventure through a haunted house/corn maze etc. This is in stark contrast to my husband who dressed up in costumes to attend "Reformation Day" at church. 

Now that we have an October baby ourselves, I tried to tone it down a little, but I couldn't resist sticking with a Halloween theme. {Check out photos here!}

No matter how you celebrate {or don't}, I think Halloween can still serve a greater purpose. One of the best blog posts I've ever read about how Christians can still serve their community on Halloween can be found here.

To sum up Troubleface Mom's post...

"Turn your light on. Lots of lights. A city on a hill cannot be hidden right? Be a city on a hill. Halloween may not be “redeemed” but you are. So open your door and smile."

I'll still be out ringing on a few doors trick-or-treating {with my daughter of course...I'm not dressing up}. But for all of you who are thinking about turning off the lights and pretending to not be home? Maybe check out this post first. 

And Happy Halloween!

{Here's a sneak peak of Little Lady's costume}