Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Sliver of Spring

Yesterday was a gift from above! The weather had been so extremely horrible and cold and nasty here in Virginia. I keep my thermostat very low so when the heat in my house stays on for days, you know it's got to be freezing outside!

Thankfully yesterday made up for it! We saw just a sliver of Spring to come. It was up around 73 degrees and we soaked up every bit of it. Aubrey was off from school so we decided to head to one of our favorite parks for a of couple hours. 

It was just perfect and really helped with those winter time indoor blues. We swung, we played we ran and jumped and rolled down hills. I had been longing for Spring and green grass and trees with green leaves.  And was thinking how this will be our first spring and full summer in our home. I can't wait to see the flowers and beauty encircle us. 

I love how the park works with the landscape and nature.

And on a completely different topic, as I was uploading these pics I couldn't help but think how fast my babies are growing. They are getting so big before my eyes have a chance to blink.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

An Owl Hand Print Craft

I just love Saturday mornings! Even more so, now that Aubrey is in school. Weekend mornings are cherished around here. We have a routine we've gotten into which usually starts with a few cartoons and then we head upstairs for breakfast and some free time. 

Aubrey is usually at the table with her coloring books and crayons, Emma has gotten into the groove as well and likes to color with her big sis. Brandon will usually be running around with swords fighting bad guys or sometimes he likes to sit at the table and play with his Yego's (Lego's). 

This past Saturday morning we got out our crafting supplies and got to work. I have seen a couple Owl crafts floating around on Pinterest and I think Owl's are the cutest so we decided to go in that direction. 

As you can see we make quite a mess!

We did hand prints as the feathers.

So cute!!! I actually had an ulterior motive for making these with the kids. I really wanted them to hang in Emma's room (can you guess the theme I'm going for). The kids liked them so much that they wanted to keep them to play with so I went ahead and laminated them so they wouldn't tare when being tossed around.

Later in the day they did get tired of them so they agreed to let me have them for little sister's room. Yay! 

Emma did make one but not until later in the day. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Striped Walls and I'm Still Alive

I'm finally pulling my head out of the upstairs bedroom that now belongs to Emma. Taking a room from dark purple to bright yellow is no joke!!

But, I am finally done and I'm in LURVE with it! It turned out exactly the way I had pictured it in my head, I love when that happens! 

It has been a little over a week since I started and I'm so happy to say that it is 90% done. 100% done with the painting, all of Emma's things have been moved upstairs and put away. The only thing I need to do is hang a few things on the walls. I'm usually slow as molassas at doing things but I really needed the room downstairs for an office so that kind of lit the fire under my butt! 

The third bedroom upstairs has been used as a playroom/toy storage since we moved here in August. We didn't do anything to it besides stuff kid things in it. This is what it looked like before:

Ugh yeah, it aint pretty that's for sure!

I thought about leaving the purple and hubby liked it but I just couldn't do it. It was too dark for my little sunny girl she needed something brighter! I also had 2 cans of paint that were originally intended for the kitchen that I wanted to use. We decided to go with a different color for the kitchen so it worked out. 

I headed to Lowes and purchased Valspar High Hiding Primer to use over the purple. And since I knew I wanted stripes I bought another shade of yellow to go with what I had. 

The primer was great. I did 2 coats on the walls where I knew I was using the lighter shade of yellow and only one on the walls I was using the darker color. Even with the primer I had to do about 2-3 coats of the yellow. 

Here is a preview of what the room looks like:

Quite lovely if I do say so myself but even better now that it's completely done. Tomorrow I'll be back with the complete room reveal as long as I can get some sun to take a decent photo!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

What I Don't Want to Forget

I know I say it over and over again. Time is flying by. 

I just keep thinking to myself how I need to make sure I'm living each and every day. Really being present and absorbing it all. 

And I think as long as I do these things, that I will not let myself be sad when I'm older and in my rocking chair thinking back to these younger days with young babies and kindergartners. I will not be sad because I know that I lived it and experienced it and was there, really there, to enjoy every bit of it. 

So, with that said. Here are a few things I don't want to forget. 

Christmas Eve night. How we coaxed the kids into peaceful slumber by telling them Santa couldn't come until he knew they were sleeping. How we made sure to leave the tree on so Santa could see it but how I ended up turning it off before bed because I didn't want to catch the house on fire. And then how I couldn't sleep because I was so excited and how I got up around 5 to turn the tree back on so the kids would never know it had been off. 

How Aubrey woke me up telling me there were presents under the tree and Santa had come. They were all so excited but they couldn't open until Daddy was awake. 

The kids with their letters to Santa. 

Leaving them for Jolly the elf to take to the North Pole that night. 

How my sweet boy would gather all his blankets and camp out on the couch in front of the tree telling us how much he liked it and how it was pretty. Then we'd all end up on the couch talking about what they wanted for Christmas. 

How trying to get a good Christmas picture is very hard with 3 little ones. Especially a 3 year old boy. 

Sucking on his bottom lip. 

Making extremely weird faces.

Itchy head. 

Thinks he's a donkey.

We finally got a few good ones we could use. 

And especially how we shared a wonderful Christmas Eve with both sets of Grandparents and how it makes me realize how blessed our family is and how grateful I am that our kids have Grandparents that love them. 

I could not have asked for a more wonderful Christmas.
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