Friday, December 30, 2011

Baby Girl Bryan's Nursery Mood Board

So I am a little excited that we are having a girl and figured I really only have three months before I need to start changing Caden's room into a girl room. Caden will slowly be moving into Connor's room and they will be sharing a room. Connor's room already is pretty much set up for two with a twin bed and a toddler bed in there so since Connor has began sleeping in his twin bed the toddler bed is waiting for Caden for when he is old enough. So my goal before April is to start moving all of Caden's things into Connor's room and start organizing their room and making it theirs instead of just Connor's and then hopefully by Spring Break or Easter weekend I can attack the nursery while Caden still sleeps in there and get the walls and room decorated by the end of May.

The hardest thing for me right now is that Caden is only 8-1/2 mths old so he still needs his crib and we are praying real hard that he is walking by April (when he turns 1) so that we can put him in the toddler bed by this summer and him and the baby can share a room until he is ready with the baby in a bassinet and Caden in the crib. I really do not want to buy or borrow a crib for him. So we shall see.

But anywho onto the fun stuff. So I've been looking and planning what I want this nursery to look like for our little girl and I think this is what I have decided. I want to go with a Coral/Melon, Aqua, Gray, and White theme.

1.The design of the paint on the walls - solid below and chevron above - DIY

2.Paint Colors - Behr

3.Bedding Fabrics - DIY - I'm making!

4.Ikea celing lamp

5.Storage Bins - Land of Nod

6.Aqua Rug - Target

7.Rocking Horse - Restoration Hardware Kids

8.Ceramic Owl - Anthropologie

9.Gray Rocking Chair - DIY

10.White table - Walmart (already own)

11.Owl Pillow Monogrammed - Pottery Barn

12.Olivia Mod Crib - Walmart (already own)

13.Owl Painting - DIY

14.Alphabet Charlee Art -

15.Aqua Fan -

16.Dresser - DIY (already own)

17.Aqua Knobs - Anthropologie

18.Abacus - Beauty of Wood etsy

So there you have it! Once we have a final named decided for this sweet girl I will start working on all my DIY projects and then the room won't get painted until March or April. I will keep you posted on my progress and my little projects.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

St. Nick Day (December 6th)

We started a new tradition in our family and that is celebrating St. Nicholas Day. If you don't know what St. Nicholas Day is, it is celebrated on December 6th and here is a link to read up on it the history behind it. Click Here. There is also a very good Veggie Tales movie behind it all too.

Our biggest thing was that Christmas is about Jesus and not Santa Clause and that Santa Clause and stockings were just added fun to the season. So December 6th is a day that Santa comes and fills the stockings with odds and ends of things. Then Christmas Day is about Jesus! This year was our first year to celebrate and it was so much fun! Connor loved it and loved the idea that Santa visited his house. I filled the boys stockings with books, Christmas pjs, Christmas shirt, a movie, an ornament that reminded me of them that year, candy, and Connor got a music CD. I think for the future I will always do the ornament, Christmas PJs, Christmas Shirt, and a book or two to add to their education and then a few odds and ends of things to fill their stocking.

Here are some pictures of them enjoying their first St. Nick's Day!

Busy December

December is always a busy month for everyone, but it is especially busy for us and an expensive month for our family. Here is our line up for December:

December 9th - my birthday

December 16 - our anniversary

December 19 - my grandmother's birthday

December 25 - Connor's birthday AND Christmas

December 29 - my nephew Sawyer's birthday

December 31 - New Years!

whew! I'm tired just writing all that. It is an exciting month, but we have to plan accordingly through out the year so that we can enjoy the expense of the month too.

One of the biggest of which we plan for is Connor's birthday and since his birthday is on Christmas we have to really plan ahead of time for his birthday party. His first year of life we did it the day after Christmas because all our family was in town. Wasn't the best day to do it because people are still with family for the holidays. His second year we did a joint birthday with his BFF (whose birthday is during Thanksgiving time) and we did it in mid November which was too early after all said and done. This year we decided to do it the first weekend in December (right before all the company Christmas parties and all our adult festivities begin) and it was perfect. I think in the future this will be the weekend we usually do it on and then when he is older we will let him decide when he wants to celebrate because of the luxury of sharing his birthday with Jesus.

Anywho this year we celebrated Connor's 3rd birthday at Bouncin' Bears (inflatable place) and it was a blast. The place did everything for me and I really did not have to do a thing but enjoy my time which is of course what I did.

Happy Birthday Connor (his BFF Ayden wanted to join in too)

Connor blowing out his candles

I am definitely also blessed with the best husband ever. I love that my husband loves to unwind and have fun with our children. He of course enjoyed the inflatables just as much as Connor and Connor enjoyed that his daddy could come in a play with him. Nick was for sure pooped by the end of the day. The kids bounced for about an hour - hour 15 min. and then it was cake time. They had a party room set up for us in the Cars 2 theme (one of Connor's favorites right now). Marble Slab Creamery delivered an icecream cake to the place that was decorated in the theme and then there were a few snacks and drinks.

We opted out of opening all of Connor's presents at the place because

A. I knew he would not be that interested in opening his gifts because all he wants to do is bounce and not sit still

B. If you have ever opened presents with 20 little kids around all wanting to open the presents and actually open the merchandise - it is NOT fun and CRAZY!

C. More to clean up and carry out to car unorganized.

Uncle John helping Connor get his new favorite toy out - BUZZ LIGHTYEAR

So there ya have it - after cake was over the kids bounced more and then people left when needed. Needless to say he had a blast and this is one of his favorite places to come play at. Once all his guest left we went back to our house for pizza and open presents with family. We are so blessed with such wonderful friends!


Caden and his friend Hannah
Caden and his friend Garrett