Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Currently 11.25.14

Currently: I am sitting under the covies with a little buddy beside me.  He has been a little congested, has a little cough and is a little snuggle-love.  I have a sleeping Lulu curled up at my feet snoring. 

Currently Watching: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, the Thank You Day episode courtesy of PBS.  I like this episode {and really almost every episode of Daniel Tiger} because it teaches gratitude for big and small things.  The song is "Thank you for everything you do!"  Daniel Tiger is without a doubt Winston's favorite show.  We sing the songs, dance to the opening credits {"Dance with me, Mommy!  Dance!"} and giggle when Prince Wednesday says "Booshy booshy boo!"  
Currently Thankful For: The season that is upon us.  I just love the start of November and all that comes along with it - celebrating Thanksgiving, preparing for and celebrating Christmas, remembering all that this year has held and looking forward to the New Year.  We were able to spend last weekend away at the Gaylord Texan and it was a wonderful way to kick off this season of festivities.

Currently Thinking About Next Things: We are going to bundle up and venture out to Michael's to get the remaining supplies for some upcoming crafts.  I am also gearing up for a nap time of ironing!  This evening we will also be moving furniture around in our bedroom to prepare for flooring updates.  I am super excited!

Currently Trying to Decide: On what cookies to take to a cookie exchange I have coming up.  I have a few ideas but haven't settled on anything yet.  Do you have any suggestions?  What is your favorite cookie to make at Christmas time?

Currently Eyeing: The fabulous garland that The House That Lars built created for her parents.  It's on the Let's Talk About This When You Get Home Tonight List!  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Winston's First Wedding

Since getting back into the routine of blogging is about starting somewhere, I've decided to start.  And I'm going to do so with Winston's first wedding experience!  

One of ladies in Benjamin's office got married the first weekend in November.  She was sweet enough to invite Winston to attend as well.  We prepped him by telling him we were going to a party where there would be dancing and cake.  I asked him what else he thought there would be at the party and he quickly answered, "Cheese."  Benjamin had already scoped out which tie Winston should wear and our ensembles came together quite nicely.  Cause really, going to a wedding is a great opportunity to get dressed up for a good family photo!
The ties are from J. Crew from a few years ago.  They have tiny dachshunds on them!  Winston's bow tie is actually a full sized tie transformed into the perfect sized him tie!
The wedding was held at Amber Springs and it was an honor to be a witness to Sandra and Bryan's special day.  The weather was perfect for an outside ceremony.  The food was tasty and just as Winston had suspected, there was cheese!
Our little guy has such a funny little sense of humor and is totally animated!  He did a very good job at sitting quietly through the ceremony... until about the last five minutes when he got his lookers out and wanted to go look for rabbits!  
Little Buddy's name was even listed on the seating chart!  

Because Winston did a great job at the wedding...
Because we left before cake...
Because it was the night of Daylight Savings... 
Because I had a hankering' for some World Class Chocolate...
we stopped at Baskin Robins for a treat!  Winston chose a sprinkled cone and chocolate ice cream for his fabulous treat!  We were pretty sure that hyping him up on sugar, wearing him out and keeping him up later than normal would guarantee that he would sleep in the next morning...

We were wrong.  Oh well.  At least we had a good time trying!  

Winston's Outfit: shirt, coat {similar}, pants {similar}, hat

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DIY Dinosaur Hat Rack

As you may or may not already know, Winston truly loves to wear hats!  It was something we started when he was first newborn.  He enjoys wearing them while we are around town and to school.  His hat collection has been taking over the closet floor for some time now.  And since we are trying to teach him to put away his shoes and hats, it was decided he needed a designated area for his fancy headwear!    

Knowing that we wanted dinosaurs, we ordered a set of Mini Dinosaurs from Amazon.
Using poplar strips that were 1" tall by 1/2" thick, Benjamin sawed them down into 3 feet sections.  Then he choose a to paint them green using spray paint we already on hand.  While the sticks were drying, he sawed 16 of the dinosaurs in half using a band saw.  
After the boards were dry,  Benjamin drilled a pilot hole into the wood using a 1/8" drill bit as well as partially into the half of the dinosaur that would be hanging from them board.  Using a 1" size 6 wood screw, he attached the dinos to the boards.
We then took them to the closet, did a rough measure of the distance by holding up one hat to make sure there was enough space between the two rows and screwed them into the wall.
Buddy loved seeing the dinosaurs asking what each of them were while taking hats on and off the rack!  It has been a fabulous addition to his closet.  Speaking of which...I think we need to add a new row as all of the dinos are currently occupied!!

Total Cost of Project: Less than $25!!

You will need:
Poplar Wood Strips

Tools Needed:
Screw gun

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Currently 10.21.14

Currently: I am sitting at my dining room table with Sweet Lulu curled up in her bed beside me.  I have a can of Cherry Dr. Pepper on a coaster to my right and an open bag of Rold Gold Tiny Twists Honey Mustard pretzels on my right.  The windows are letting the fabulous fall air in and I am thankful for this beautiful day!  

Currently Reading: The Artisan Soul by Erwin Raphael McManus.  Y'all.  It's good.  I'm through the first chapter and into the second.  It spells out that we serve a Creative God who created us to create.
Currently Thankful For: I find myself going over the last weekend - how fantastically special it was to our family - the weekend that Winston turned two.  I am thankful our sweet friends who drove down from Dallas to be here to celebrate with us.  I am thankful for the family and friends who were  a part of the celebration.  Our little guy certainly felt loved and for that, I am thankful.  I am thankful that I even have a little human to celebrate - that in itself is a huge gift.

Currently Scheming: The next phase of our Master Bedroom!  We have mighty ambitious aspirations for a cool paint scheme that could be amazeballs or be a huge disaster.  Either way - we are currently trying to decide when the optimal time would be for such an adventure.  Stay tuned!  

Currently Thinking About Next Things: To pick up little Buddy from school, grab some fro-yo and head to the grocery store.  Tonight's dinner is Trader Joe's Orange Chicken + rice and broccoli...  assuming we get to the grocery store!

Currently Obsessing Over: The next time I'll hear the ice cream truck!  I cannot get enough of the ice-cream truck and the delicious treats that come from the inside!  

Currently Going to Learn: How to make delectable delights!  I am so pumped to watch and reading The Allison Show's Cookie Party!  on how to make fabulously delicious cookies!  I totally did a pre-order and am PUMPED UP to learn her ways!  Be warned friends, family, teachers, neighbors, random people on the street - cookie craziness will be coming your way!

What are you currently doing, reading or listening to?  I'd love to know!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

Meat & rice {an all time favorite!} with Baked Cauliflower and rolls.  
A meal is not a meal without rolls!

Trader Joe's Orange Peel Chicken, rice and broccoli

Tortellini, salad and rolls

Thursday - Saturday
Kitchen Closed!

Chicken fries, Mac & Cheese and Applesauce

Wishing y'all a fabulous week!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Birthday Poem

Today is the day that Winston turns two.
What a year we have all be through!
Lots of adventures and things to explore,
It's been so exciting to see him soar!

Today is the day we move into Year Three.
A little man he is growing to be.
Adore his laugh, adore his smile.
For him I'd even run a mile!
He is our pride, he is our joy.
So very thankful he is our boy!

He is funny and fabulous.  He is sensitive and sweet.
He is always saying "Hi!" to people on the street.
Not one for missing out on a hug,
He is and always will be our Little Bug!

This year has been a momentous one
And it's hard to believe that it is now done!
Celebrating all that God has given us today,
Celebrating Winston in every single way.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pert'near Close to Perfect

Y'all, this weekend has been pert'near close to perfect as you could get.  This was a weekend where we had little on the calendar.  A quiet{isn} weekend before an onslaught of planned weekends ahead. 

Saturday started off with the three of us at the table holding hands to say the blessing.  
Winston: "Dear Lord..."  
Benjamin: "Thank you so much for..."
Winston: "my mommy and daddy!"  
Heart melted.  Tears in eyes.  
Yes, today was going to be a good day!

The absolute number one thing on our agenda for Saturday was to take Winston's two year old pictures.  While we groaned a little about getting up early enough to make sure that the location would be free, we were certainly glad when we were up and att'em!  The pictures turned out better than I could have imagined and I can't wait to share them in a few days!  

Since we were in the area, we stopped at Empire Cafe for our second breakfast.  It was Winston's first time to really eat a meal of his own there and in true form, he chose a pancake.  He then proceeded to eat most of it and a ton of the strawberries from my Italian Toast.  I am thankful he is a good eater!
Then we stopped by Biscuit Home to take a gander at their Warehouse Sale and ended up coming home with a fantastic shelving piece for our bedroom!  Then we hightailed it back to Spring to do a quick change of clothes before heading out to a birthday part for two of WAC's classmates.  It was a wonderful day for an outdoor at the park party.
During nap time {and the Baylor game} I continued going through the scrapbooks my mom had made and kept for me.  It has been so neat to read letters and postcards from my Dad, see my artwork, look at old pictures and reflect on the early years of my life.  It's good for the soul to take time to appreciate the events and people who played a part in shaping and molding the person I am. 
Shortly after Winston woke up, we were playing trains when what to my wondering ears did I hear?  The ice-cream truck!!  I screamed with joy, told Benjamin to grab some cash and away I went out the front door to make sure they didn't drive away without us getting a tasty treat!  I love getting ice cream from an ice cream truck.  Love it!  It reminds me of summers when I was little and my Dad flagging down the truck so that we could share a treat.  I had been hearing the truck in the evenings but never was able to make it in time.  This day was different.  This day, we got a Batman ice-cream and a Jolly Rancher Bomb Pop!!
And let me tell you, we had the most fun that $5 worth of frozen treats can give two people!  By the end we were both sticky and full of delicious goodness!!  Just as we were going in to get cleaned up, Baylor was making a comeback and that made for a happy hubby!

The day ended with some Despicable Me, Winston to bed and relaxation time for Benjamin and I.

Sunday has been as equally great with a lovely time at church, lunch at Donald's and the continuation of decluttering that I started on Friday.  We have been in the house a year now and it's amazing how things can get ahead of you.  We are finally getting the downstairs bedroom presentable for guests and adding to our list of project ideas as we do!  

I just love weekends like these.  This one has been too good not to document it.  And although I have tons of half written posts and a list that I want to write, this seemed like the best way to jump back in.  I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend doing a least one thing that sets your heart a smiling!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pumpkin Decorating: Metal Mouth

Last year was our first year to participate in the Annual Staff Pumpkin Decorating Competition at Todd Hughes Orthodontics.  Benjamin created this fabulous Cheeseburger and came in first place!  This year we had quite a few ideas floating around in our heads but decided to create something a little more simple this year.  Basing this off of our Domo Arigato pumpkin we made years ago we created this!!  I give you, Metal Mouth!
We liked the idea of Metal Mouth as a play of the nickname that kids give other kids with braces.  We started with an orange pumpkin and Benjamin sprayed him with a coat of silver spray paint to give him the metallic appearance.

For embellishments, we used items that can be found in the aisles of all hardware stores!  We picked items that would work best for the look we were trying to accomplish.
Grab a few L-brackets, a hinge, some lag bolts, corner braces and anything else that looks cool!  Get your screw gun and go to town!
We hot glued Googlie eyes and screwed in everything else.
 Three hands may be necessary to position, stabilize, and screw the appropriate pieces into place.
And then, TADA!  Your very own Metal Mouth or Robot pumpkin!  

The cost of this project is the foam pumpkin (that you can purchase at local hobby stores for $10+) plus about $10 worth of hardware.  It is an easy project for kids to make with parent supervision...or two grown adults to make with child supervision!

Can you believe October is days away?!?!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

House a Home: Craft Room Dot Wall

In our house, we opted for the "Playroom Addition" floor plan because we knew that it would be nice to have a space where I could store supplies, wrapping paper and get crafty with the kiddos!  In searching for inspiration on how to decorate this room, I came across Oh Happy Day's Dot Wall.  I was smitten and knew that I wanted one of the walls in the room to be a happy rainbow of dots!

Oh Happy Day used potatoes and acrylic paints for their wall.  We decided to stencil circles and made a trip to the Home Depot paint aisle for ours.
We purchased sample sizes of 14 different colors and added a copper, silver and gold to the mix!  We even bought a new Filbert camelhair paintbrush for the occasion! (the Filbert style brush is helpful in keeping your sanity as you paint lots and lots of circles)  

After selecting a circle that was three inches in diameter from my stash of circular containers in the kitchen, Benjamin figured that we needed to leave three inches between each circle on the wall, giving us 11 rows of 14 dots!  That totaled 154 dots for me to paint!  

Knowing that we were going to use a chalk line to keep all of the dots straight, Benjamin measured and marked the walls so we would know where to make the lines.  Pulling and holding the chalk line straight is a job that requires two people.  Where the lines intersected, we centered the circle and traced lightly around it.   For the chalk line we used violet marking chalk and it wiped off of the wall with a damp rag.  I was so excited to get starting, I cracked open the first color and was quickly on my way!
You can kinda sorta see the grid and circles if you look really closely.
That night, I knocked out two colors and dreamt about colored dots for the remainder of the night! 
The second best thing about this project (with the first being it was going to create a wall of happiness!) was that it was the perfect activity for nap times.  It took me about twenty minutes to paint one color.  I started out doing ten dots of each color randomly across the wall knowing that I was working with about seventeen different colors.  
After each color was added to the wall I would get more and more excited with how it was turning out!  I would try to paint at least two if not three colors during a nap time.
I squealed with joy when the last dot was painted!  Winston enjoys telling me the colors as he points to them and it really gives the space the pop of color I wanted.  It truly is a happy place to be!

Supplies Needed for This Project
Circular stencil (or potato!)
Tape measure
Chalk line reel 
Dust-a-way chalk {purple}
Paint {Acrylic or semi-gloss enamel}
Paint brushes {Filbert style is best)
Drop cloth {if you're a messy painter!}
Step stool

Cost of this project:
Between $50 and $100!
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