Monday, August 18, 2014

The tale end of summer

Summer is almost coming to an end. It went by so fast! This year is a little different and new because our baby girl is starting middle school.  She will be embarking on a new journey because not only is she starting middle school but she will be attending a new school with no previous friends. Riley and I went back and forth but we feel really good with our decision. We opted to put her in a school that would be easy for me to get to her with babies in tow and let me be more envolved. The boys will still go to the same elementary school they've been attending. This new school will also allow us to spend more time together as she doesn't have to be at school until after 9am. As well as she will be able to finish out the next 7 years in one place! She was apart of all the decisions and she is super excited. I took her last week to register and she is all set! She will be in choir and is looking forward to that! As well as she will continue with her ballet company. 

How did she go from this (we had her 6 days here and she is holding Brady)

To this beauty....

Did you notice her hair got cut? She got a horrible knot in the back of her hair. We tried everything to comb it out but it was a big mess!! She was tired of sleeping with braids to keep it from knotting and tired how long it took to comb/wash and dry. So we chopped it! I'm curious to see how ballet buns work but she loves it and that's all that matters. In 6 months she will be 13. Time is flying to fast! I bought her a middle school gift and she is all set with her own translucent powder, brushes, blush, mascara (clear) and lip gloss. She is all set!!

On Saturday Riley and I put the tools down to have some fun with the older B's. We had invitation to Alley Cats in Arlington. Britney's second grade teacher came over (she is a great friend) and watched the twins for us! I was so glad we got a sitter because that place was so loud. There was no way I could have had fun with the kids and kept babies happy. We got to bowl, do laser tag, rock climb and play arcade games. 

The boys riding one of the games. They are already planning our next trip! 

In 11 days we get to celebrate a very special anniversary!! 9 years ago we adopted Britney and Brady and 6 years ago we adopted Ben! We are taking the kids to go eat at the Cheesecake Factory!! Can't wait! 

I better get off and get ready for bed. I'll leave you with some twin pics! 

Almost there

We are almost there! On the home stretch! I'm so ready to get the pretty new rug all laid down, the pictures on the walls and beautiful cribs up. 
Here's our progress.... 

Flooring laid down!

We got all the crown, floor molding and quarter round down. The walls are painted Mt. Rainer Grey by Benjamin Moore. It's got the perfect amount of blue. 

New casing were the door used to be!

The new light fixture we ordered from We used ebates for a $5 off coupon, 6% cash back plus free shipping! Oh and it was on sale!! We even bought the old fashioned incandescent lights for it on They are super cool!! 

Hopefully the next time I update on the room it will be finished! Riley is doing some caulking now and he has a few touch up spots left!! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014


We got all the sheetrock hung and Riley started the mudd last night. He's there right now putting on a second coat over the seams. 
This was a picture from this morning. 

Today during the babies naps and the kids iPad time I started sewing!! 

Didn't take to long and I had all the parts pieced together! 

I had to take a break and come back to it later. The only part that was tricky was adding black out fabric. I had never use it before and I think I made it harder than it should have been, lol! 

TADA..... The finished curtains!! Ignore the clips at the top. I had these in the closet but they aren't the right size but they helped me hem the curtain for the door. The door/window we are putting it on is metal so I used a magnetic curtain rod. In the mean time I stuck it on my deep freeze so I could admire it lol! 

I'll be back with more progress in the coming days! :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sneak Peak

We are trucking along on our room project! We were able get electric done, insulation and start the drywall! We were also able to pick out paint this weekend!
You can see we have made some progress! We are hoping to get the sheet rock done over the next couple of days (hard when you only have evenings or weekends) so we can move to taping and texture. We still need to pick out flooring and get a new light fixture. We decided on a theme too! I'll leave you with a sneak peak of the nursery art I made (clip art purchased on Etsy from ClementineDigitals). I was able to snag a canvas deal on Groupon and I can't wait to hang them in the room!!

You can also follow along on my pinterest board HERE

Monday, July 28, 2014

Another build!

I mentioned in another post that we were stopping our craft cottage build to start another small build. Maybe small wasn't the right word for it because it about kicked our booties! Most of it was the heat and the other was it's hard to manage babies plus be outside helping!  We must have been CRAZY to hang siding in 100 degree weather! Big thanks to my older B's who really stepped up to the plate to help us with the babies. So here is my project reveal!!

A few years ago we added on to our house. We had NO idea when we finished that we would end up welcoming three more babies into our lives. To write that makes my heart just weep with gratitude! Our old master is really big (in the addition we added on a new master) and easily can fit all four boys. The problem is our oldest son has a hard time sleeping and once he is  woken up he is UP. So we decided maybe keeping the babies on our side of the house for two more years would be a good idea since sometimes they still wake for a snuggle or milk. We had a covered side porch that has French doors entering our den and a just few feet from our room. I mentioned to my hubby we should make it a temporary nursery and later turn it into a locker room for backpacks and winter coats. He agreed and this weekend we set the plan in motion!! I'm happy to say in two days we were able to build two walls, install a door, and hang hardy board siding! Let me also say we have probably never worked so hard and the heat made it worse! Thank goodness for the pool, gaterade and air conditioner breaks! 
Here's our before: 

First wall up with radiate barrier. 

Long wall with siding the first day!

Finished siding! We both did a dance and high five when we put the last board up!

This is what we hope to turn it into AFTER we are done using it as a nursery! (This was a photo I found online and I'm not sure who to give photo credit too). 

Next up is electrical, adding the register for a/c, sheet rock, texturing, paint, flooring and trim. It's going to be many late nights of work and a few weekends but I'm so excited for this to be finished! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fireman Baby Shower

I'm so happy that I can finally share another big project I've been working on. I went straight from finishing the twins birthday to this shower for my amazing baby brother and SIL! My SIL's SIL and I had the best time coming up with ideas to reflect the theme my SIL wanted (my brother is a fireman, lol). I'm so very excited to have my first baby nephew to love on! My SIL's mom graciously offered to let us use her home and it couldn't have been more perfect! 
Cake Table

Aren't the burning buildings so cute!
Homemade Chocolate Cake with butter cream and fondant. The puppy I made out of clay
When you can't find the perfect napkin use ink and stamps on white!
The "FIRE" Chandelier was very eye catching!
Candy "Bar"

There are paper fire hydrants for guests to write sweet messages. Then they went into the black keepsake box!

Started his book collection

Keepsake box
Used Fireman theme clothes as decoration!

Write a silly message on a diaper to bring a smile to a tired new mom or dad!

Spray painted veggie cans for silverware holders!

Homemade Mac & Cheese, Sriracha Apricot Meatballs and Chick fil A

Cake Jars instead of cupcakes!

SIL's mom made this adorable wreath to welcome guests!