[DIY] Toddler/Nursery Decorations!

Well, my husband keeps giving me a hard time because apparently I’m “nesting.” I just think that I finally HAVE the TIME to make some decor for the kids’ rooms, and that’s the main reason I knocked out three projects today… ūüôā I will admit it’s a LITTLE bit of nesting. Either way, I got some projects done which is the biggest thing… who cares if it’s nesting or internal motivation ūüôā

I feel like I’ve been making excuses for a while now on why I don’t do more projects around the house.¬†Normally, I am afraid of doing projects because I am afraid of messing them up or that they will look bad or that I will waste my money even trying or even worse, waste my precious time doing them! But I found all this silly when I know that if I have simply directions, I’m normally pretty good at following them. AND, I believe in being frugal yet still having a welcoming home for our family and friends. When there is stuff on the walls, a home just feels so much more like a HOME instead of a house. And when that stuff is personalized, I think it’s even better (but that might just be my opinion).

Anyway, I’ve been spending most of my pregnancy so far searching on Pinterest (duh!) for easy projects that even I can do! On a side note, I think my first pregnancy I spent most of my time on babycenter.com ūüôā The projects I chose were all so easy I did MOST of the work (like 90%) during Sky’s 2-hour nap today, and then I finished the rest up after he went to sleep (in between dishes and packing bags for the next day, etc). So, if I can do it… YOU can do it!

The first project I completed today, (although this is not toddler room related), is I updated our door wreath. Well, it’s more like a wall wreath because it’s on the wall of the porch by the front door… but anywayyy that’s a technicality! I made the burlap wreath during the winter months, so all I did today was create a bow, the hanging strip, and painted the “w”. I got the idea from this little cutie on Etsy. I might still add some peonies or something to make it a little more spring-y, but I’m pretty happy with it! Soooo easy! Which is what I love about it ūüôā

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Next, I decorated these little letters which are my son’s initials! STW

We’ve had them for a while (ahem… since before he was born 1.5yr ago…), and yes, I am just now getting around to decorating them…don’t judge! Anyway, I was going to paint them with my fancy, schmancy acrylic paint but I wanted something more than just plain “blue” or “red” (our colors for his room I’ve decided), and I’m really not that good at painting, so of course, off to Pinterest I went again. I found an easy tutorial on how to glue scrapebooking paper on top (I know, you’re thinking it’s pretty lame I had to look this up in the first place… but I’m new to all this). I found out that all I needed were scissors, Modge Podge, the paper, and the letters! Awesome! Again, super duper easy decorations for his wall! I went to Hobby Lobby and found some paper that matched our color scheme:

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And voila….here’s the finished pic! The hardest part was cutting along the lines… ūüôā

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Finally, my favorite part about today was making these two door hangers for Sky’s and Zoey’s (yup, that’s our little girl’s name) bedrooms! They will hang on their doors so that we won’t ever forget whose room is whose. Haha.¬†Can’t a mommy just do something because she thinks it’s cute? Sheesh! I got the idea from here. (The site was in Spanish so really I just looked at the pictures! Who needs written directions when you have enough pics???) Anyway, off to Hobby Lobby, Sky and I went this morning to get the supplies for this little project. Thankfully I already had the paint (which I will be using for another little animal decoration¬†later on) I just needed the letters. Sky wasn’t nearly as much of a tornado this time around at the store, which I was very thankful for since it is getting hard to bend down with this big belly in the way!

Here are a couple of pictures of the project along the way. I still have to put the white ribbon on the top of it so we will be able to hang it up, but otherwise pretty much done!

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Hope you were inspired a little by these projects! I know I had a ton of fun making them, and hopefully I will continue making some of our home decorations even when I’m NOT nesting ūüôā

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We Finally Decorated Sky’s Bedroom!

We’ve been in the house since the end of April, and yes, we are finally getting around to putting up some decorations in Sky’s bedroom. ¬†He is full boy that loves cars, throwing balls, and hitting things with his golf clubs. ¬†But we decided to keep his room with an animal/jungle theme while he is still in the crib and his room is still a nursery. ¬†This means we hung an old laundry bag as a net for the stuffed animals and kept his jungle themed sheets.Sky's Room ¬† We still use the rocker but not to nurse anymore. Mostly to read a book before bed and sing “Hush Little Baby,” one of Sky’s favorite bed time songs. ¬†I should post about that song another time because it’s not the traditional song. ¬†It has verses like “mama’s going to find you a hummingbird… or mama’s going to play on her old banjo.” But again, I’ll save that for another post ūüôā The crib has a few more stuffed animals in it, but otherwise is the same. We decided to hang his Daniel verse painting¬†that Sky’s daddy¬†made above the crib this time around. If you can’t read it the verse is from Daniel 12:3 and says, “Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.” We thought it was a beautiful verse to be displayed in his room. Sky's Room 2 Sky has a few more books on the shelves now, but otherwise the bookshelf is the same. ¬†the biggest addition to the walls are his birth announcement that his Aunt Stephanie made (who by the way has a blog also…and the link is in the blog roll) and his height chart that his great Aunt Susie sent him. We are still deciding on what color we want to commit to this room, but I am being indecisive. At least now he has some things to look at on the walls, and as soon as we hung the balls from the ceiling he started pointing at them. Hopefully they will be a nice distraction while we are changing his diaper on the changer we got for free from the neighbors! Also, the bag hanging on the side of the changer is one of the ones his Aunt Shawna made for his dirty cloth diapers. ¬†If you are interested in one, let me know and I’ll get you her info ūüôā They are super cute and help keep the diapers until you wash them. Well, that’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed Sky’s safari/jungle/animal room ūüôā

Intentionality

It’s been a while. I haven’t been positing as often as I thought I would when I set my goals at the beginning of the year (here were my goals for the year). ¬†Truthfully, I have quite a few posts started and a couple others I’ve been thinking about but I haven’t wanted to put “pen to paper” so to speak.

My reason? Intentionality.

As many of you know we recently moved into a new house across town. The house is a brand new build in a brand new neighborhood. ¬†We are in LOVE with this new house that we are slowly making a home, but as I’ve said, it is a rather slow process.

During this time I was working on some classes for my MBA. I started a new job across base. I applied for a new job in Fort Collins. I was accepted at the new job as a ROTC instructor at Colorado State University. ¬†I finished my job in Cheyenne, took a 4-week online class for my MBA, and I’ve been training for RAGBRAI (which I talked about here, here, and here).

Overall, as usual, life is just a wee bit “full” right now.. to say the least. It has been crazy filled with new experiences and growth and change, but also filled with great family time and time with friends. Because of how full it’s been…I’ve focused on INTENTIONAL actions with the purpose of truly living life and appreciating God’s blessings.

Webster defined intentional as “made, given, or done with full awareness of what one is doing.” To extend that, the definition of intend is to “have in mind a purpose or goal.” In other words, to be intentional is to do something with full awareness of your goal. ¬†Of course, in order to be intentional you must know your goals, so that is the first step.

If I didn’t make time to play blocks with Sky, go on walks with the hubby, watch White Collar and Downton Abby with my sister, or go sit and talk at the dinner table, I wouldn’t have nearly the relationships that I do. But, I have to be INTENTIONAL about my time. And part of that has been taking a break from this blog.

All that being said, I am feeling the call to write once again. To share. To put my thoughts on paper, so here I am. Being intentional about my writing and sharing and thinking.

Looking forward to more time together with you all! Here’s to intentionality.

Baby Bloopers – 11 Month Old Pictures

Today we took Sky’s 11 month old pictures. I decided before he was born that we were going to take monthly pictures in the same position preferably with the same outfit next to an object that would show his growth and development. ¬†We decided on a bumGenius Albert cloth diaper, a chalkboard, and sitting in the rocking chair in his room. ¬†So far we have been lucky enough to get great pictures of him smiling at the camera, even if we had to take 50 pictures to get it. ¬†I would normally only post the “best” picture on Facebook, which a friend of mine (ahem… Tara) pointed out was crazy that I could ALWAYS get a picture of him. In this post, I just want to share how absolutely lucky we got with each photo session as well as some of the pictures NEVER before seen from one of his monthly photo shoots.

We normally had to make sure he was well fed, not tired, a new diaper, and overall in a good mood to make sure we got the “right” picture. ¬†One time he was sick so we put it off a day. ¬†One day he bonked his head on the side of the bed frame and had a little bruise, so we waited until that healed. During the winter months I didn’t want to take the pictures at night so we’d have to wait until the weekends to get “just the right lighting.” ¬†Sometimes I feel like we did everything just to try and pretend that everything is “perfect”, as if he just sits around posing for us all the time. ¬†Let me just say.. NOT TRUE! And neither would I want that ūüôā ¬†In reality there was a lot that went into getting that one little snapshot. ¬†Tonight, I thought I would share the baby bloopers from today’s photo session with Sky!!! Enjoy

11 Months Old: Sky now has 4 teeth on the bottom and on the top. ¬†He pulls himself up on everything and crawls everywhere he can get into. He knows how to go up the stairs but not down. He loves playing with water which means if you leave the dog water bowl out or the toilet seat up, somehow he will go straight for it as soon as you turn you back. He loves opening and closing doors, drawers, closets, pantries, you name it. ¬†He also loves cars and trucks and running them along the ground. ¬†He’s super ticklish on his neck and his tummy. He’s also ticklish if you squeeze his legs. ¬†He eats pretty much anything for the first time, but is starting to get picky about textures. He stands by himself and likes to lunge at you, knowing you will catch him. ¬†He thinks that’s one of the best games ever. ¬†He thinks it’s funny when Roxy is on the wrong side of the baby gates. ¬†I’m pretty sure he laughs at her. He likes Roxy’s toys, and Roxy likes his. They will be best friends. One day!

Why I love my growing 10-month old!

DSC_6113Have you ever found yourself so in love that your every waking thought and action revolves around one person (or perhaps several little people)? Well, if you are a mom or a dad then I’m SURE you know this feeling. ¬†But do you every wonder why you love such a little thing (besides the obvious reason that babies are so cute)? I mean, come on, your sleep is scheduled around the little ones (or lack there of). Your eating is scheduled around the¬†little ones (leftover mashed banana anyone). ¬†Your movie watching, “relaxing”, and even bathroom going are scheduled around the little ones. Yet, it is ALL worth it.

Sky turned 10 months on the 15th… one week ago. I can’t BELIEVE how fast he is growing and learning. ¬†I love seeing the world through his eyes. ¬†Every corner of the room is interesting. ¬†Every dust mite underneath the bookshelf. Every crumb on the counter. Even though he challenges me to be more patient, more loving, less frustrated, a better house keeper, better at time management, better at giving of myself, better at loving my husband, better at appreciating my alone time with the Lord – my heart is still filled with immense love and heart filled joy¬†at the thought that God chose me to be his mommy. The challenge of each and every day of the diaper laundry and clothes folding and bottle rinsing and constant breastmilk pumping…all of it is to love my baby boy, and it is ALL so worth it.

Around 9 months he really started getting around. ¬†No more pulling himself along the ground for Sky. He has been crawling everywhere and pulling himself up on everything. ¬†Cruising along the couches and trying to stand by himself. ¬†He pulls himself up on my legs and laughs hysterically when I pick him up in my arms. ¬†He thinks it’s funny when I say the word “boo,” and the most interesting toy can be as simple as little bowls. ¬†He loves to cuddle with mommy and his smile lights up my heart even on those days that are trying. Whenever music plays his bounces on his little cloth diapered butt and claps his hands in his own little rhythm. ¬†He loves throwing the ball with his daddy or anything that he can reasonably hold in his hand. ¬†Recently he tries to stand in the tub and has figured out how to splash the surface of the water so mommy almost gets wet too. ¬†He swims around the tub like it is his own personal pool in the backyard.

To him, life is so simple. Eat, play, sleep. Eat, play, sleep. Love mommy. Love daddy. Sleep some more. And through all that he learns and observes and truly sees God’s beautiful creations.

I love my growing 10-month old because he encourages me to open my eyes to the wonders around us and to better appreciate the blessings in our every day lives.  He encourages me to be INTENTIONAL with my time and my thoughts and my actions.  It is the little moments that matter and the little moments that make a difference. I appreciate that he shows me these each and every day, and this is one of the many reasons why I love him.

(Again, besides the obvious that he is just so cute.)

A Trip to the Park

Today I took a day of leave from work to catch up on homework for my masters, clean the house, and overall get ready for the movers to arrive this Saturday to take us to the new house.  I have been feeling slightly overwhelmed with everything so figured I could use a break!

The day didn’t start off the best so to speak. I registered my car this morning with relatively no mishaps. ¬†I did forget to bring a copy of my PCS orders to get the military discount, and I kinda got frustrated because I had already waited an hour for my number to be called, but Tom reminded me to look at in perspective to the grand scheme of things. ¬†Also, thankfully a friend of mine was also at the DMV, and she held Sky for me for a few minutes while I figured out what paperwork I needed to finish my registration.

At first when the DMV lady reminded me I needed my LES and orders, I wanted to hang on to my anger, but knew that that wasn’t the right thing to do. Instead, I got a second ticket number, drove home as quickly as the speed limit allowed and got a copy of my orders. ¬†When I arrived back at the DMV they had already called my second number but they graciously gave me a new number because I had “missed” mine, and I was called within 1 minute of returning to the DMV. ¬†I think she felt bad for me because I was carrying Sky around everywhere with me. I’ll take a little sympathy! But anyway, what could have been a day filled with annoyance and anger at the DMV turned out to be a pleasant experience because I chose to let go of it! And thanks to the hubby for encouraging me to give it all to God.

After the DMV, I got my oil changed in a jiffy from Jiffy Lube. ¬†And my experience by the way was the fastest I’ve ever had there. ¬†I pulled right in with no wait and was gone in 15 minutes. Maybe I should take care of car stuff on Mondays more often?

I headed over to the new house, said hi to our friend Erik who was giving advice to the hubby on sponsors for golf, and I enjoyed lunch with the hubby on the floor upstairs (since we don’t have any furniture yet).

The best part of today though was our impromptu trip to the park. ¬†As a family we definitely have our share of “busy.” ¬†We closed on the house last week…woohoo! We have been painting, researching, and dreaming of our new house for months! ¬†I have my master’s degree to work on and a full time job. The hubby is trying to get his golfing career off the ground and to prep for his first tournament in May. ¬†We still need to pack up the electronics in the house, organize the office before the movers come, and take some stuff to good will. ¬†We still need to finish landscaping the backyard on the new house, build the pedestal for the laundry machines, and my hubby wants to build the frame for the new guest bed. ¬†But despite all of THAT, we took an impromptu trip to the park.

The weather was BEAUTIFUL today. ¬†Gorgeous and sunny. Blue skies. Light breeze. Perfect for a walk to the park. Perfect for Sky’s first trip to the park!

Here are a few of my favorite things from the park:

We played on the swings for a little bit, slid down the slide, and rode the little sea-horsey.  Roxy came along too.  I love taking walks with my husband because I feel like we can just relax and have a decent conversation.  We can catch up from the days events and get back on the same page.

I hope that when you find a day that you are frustrated because you have to go to the DMV and you are super busy, still make time for the park.  Still make time for your family and just focusing on them because it can make a world of difference and change your perspective on the day. Thanks God for walks. Thanks God for parks!

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