Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas

Oh my goodness I can't believe Christmas is in 9 days. Time has just flown!! I haven't even had a chance to write about the boys birthdays or Thanksgiving. I will have to come back and cover those fun days when the kids are on break.

Everyone is doing great!! The twins are walking everywhere and learning so much every day!! They have to be the best babies though because they are just always so happy and easy going. Yesterday Riley and I had a sitter for them but unfortunately she got a stomach virus and had to cancel. So we just took them with us to Christmas shop, Sushi lunch and then out to shop for new iphones. They just rode in the stroller so happy and fell asleep during lunch. The older kids are doing good too! School has been hard this year (expectations, amount of homework, struggles) for all three kids and they are looking forward to a break, as am I. Despite the struggles every single one of them has made honor roll but it's taken lots and lots of work and time. Riley had a four day weekend and went back to work today. He will work until Friday and then be off until after the 5th of January. I can't wait to have him home and just enjoy doing NOTHING!

So what have I been up too? I million and one things, lol!! So right after before Thanksgiving I started working on Christmas. I like to do a good mix of bought and homemade gifts. I have a lot of fun making things! As well as I took sign orders for friends (I design the photos and then I send them a link to get it printed anywhere). Here are some of my projects to date....

Hand painted pony shoes for Brit

Pony Pillow Case for Brit (made a few extras and gave to friend children's)

This was Brit's first sewing project with mom. She sewed down all the strips before we pieced it together. It's a rag blanket for her granny.

Brady wanted to give his granny birdseed as a gift so I made a custom tag

Made my older boys and my nephew some pajama pants

Made some friend some hanging towels

Heres another with a custom label

From Brennen and Barrett are their curls for their granny. She likes pink so that's why it's not a blue frame.

Teacher gift with custom tags

Made a kitty pattern for a friend and filled with flax and lavendar

Made a few to sell and they are all gone!

Whew!! I still have a few last things to do and then I'm done!! I can only sew during naptimes mostly. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and I'll be back to write up the boys birthdays and Thanksgiving!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dresser before and after

I finally have time to show before and after pictures of the small dresser in the twins room. I've had it done a while and it is wonderful for holding diapers and wipes! 

Here is the ugly before: 

I decided to paint it a neutral gray with an orange accent on the inside.  I made a chalk paint using latex paint and plaster of Paris. It painted and covered so nicely with no priming. I did two coats and sanded the edges so it would look old and not perfect. Once dry I used a soft wax to give it a shine and protect the paint. 

Close up of the knobs:

Halloween 2014

Last night was Halloween!!! I've been working for weeks on the kids costumes! Ben asked me to make him a bad piggies purple vampire costume. I was like what the heck is that?? Turns out his iPad bad piggies game had Halloween piggies, lol. He also specified he wanted to wear ALL purple because it's his favorite color. Brady then came up and said he wanted a bad piggy mummy. So a little craft foam and felt later we had masks. Britney said she wanted to do another costume with the twins!! We decided on Cruella Deville and her captured Dalmation puppies. The twins shirts are some I got Hobby Lobby and then sharpied spots on it. The red shoes were a splurge but they will be their Halloween. Christmas and Valentines shoes! Their little hats will be their winter hats too. I love multi purpose halloween costumes!! Some of Brits I was able to repurpose from her Fancy Nancy party a few years ago! Every year we trick or treat with my best friend at her parents house. The kids got lots of candy and had a blast. Brennen was the only one not happy. We ended up carrying him for half the trip but he was so cute, warm and cuddly. He "talks" so cute and was very vocal last night. Half way through I realized Brady was telling jokes to people who opened their doors after they handed him candy. What a ham he is!! 

Earlier in the day... 

Monday, October 6, 2014


Looks like a month got away from me. The month of September just flew and I can't believe we are entering the holiday seasons. September was about getting into new routines and the kids have done fabulous. We had some issues with Britney's school that kept me on the phone for several days trying to sort out (they weren't giving her her accommodations and modifications on her education plan) but once that was sorted things were good. I felt bad that she had to have her schedule changed twice but now that's she's in the right classes we've had no problems. We decided to do a quick room redo for her so she would have a spot to study without four boys interrupting her. She has decided she is tired of her pink and brown accent wall (she wants aqua) so I still need to paint but she now has a new loft bed with study area. She is LOVING it!! 

Loft bed is from Ikea and it's the Stuva collection

I love how it really opened up her room! Now she has lots do room to dance at her ballet bar. 

Brady is doing good in school to. He is so focused this year and is liking fourth grade. We love his math and science teachers but his ELA/social studies teacher is not our favorite. We are making the best of it. I can't believe that in a month he will be 10. It seems like yesterday we brought him home. I can't wait to see his face when he discovers we planned a weekend getaway for his and Ben's birthday. Riley took off on that Friday to help me pack their getaway bags. Then Saturday we will take off and they will just think we are going to lunch. We rented a cabin for the weekend while Riley's parents stay with the twins. Fishing, hiking and s'mores are on the menu! Brady is the sweetest, most giving and loving child. He LOVES his baby brothers so much! He is always loving on them and right in the middle of it all. 

Babies just woke up.... To be cont..

Monday, September 1, 2014

School Organization

Every year my kids come home with a million papers. Some to keep & some to turn in at a later date. With three In school it gets overwhelming sometimes! Last year I was the most unorganized person ever having just had twins three months before school started. I was determined not to repeat that this year!! While at the The Dollar Tree this summer I saw these folder clip boards. I KNEW instantly I had to have them! In the teacher supply section they had large bus magnets that came three to a package. Perfect to stick in the back and who can beat a dollar?!? 

So with a little Gorilla Glue and some printed personalization we had this.... 

Here's the inside (I covered up some private information)

Add a little $1.00 Dry erase board and we have total organization!  

Now mama is organized and maybe just maybe I can keep up with everything!! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Adoption Anniversary!

Friday August 29, 2014 was our 9th and 6th Adoption Anniverary!! Since the kids had school and Brit had ballet right after school we celebrated Saturday! 

We took them to The Cheesecake Factory for lunch. We were all so stuffed afterwards we all decided to take our cheesecakes home. Ben was so full he was crying in the booth that there was no way he could eat cheesecake. We promised we would package them up for later and it was a fun treat we all enjoyed when we finally weren't dying lol! Brit got an Oreo one, Brady got peanut butter cup, Ben got Hershey's, Riley got peanut butter and I got a chocolate tuxedo. 

Afterwards we headed to Target to let the kids spend their summer allowance money. Then to Babies R Us to look at new convertible car seats for the twins. We didn't like the options and decided to go home and order them. After months of looking we finally decided on the Evenflo Triumph LX in Darby. My SIL's cousins (they are twins. One is a NICU dr and one is a pedi nurse) that I'm friends with suggested Evenflo. We found a great deal on them and we got two for each car. We hate changing out car seats!! 

We ended the day swimming and hanging out!! I can't believe how big my children are getting and I can't wait for the babies to understand how special this day is. 

New Twin Nursery

We are DONE!!! Babies are all moved in and loving their new space! I'm so happy I finally got to do another nursery! The last time I did one we had no idea what age child or gender it would be for (due to adopting through the state). This one turned out just like I wanted it to with a few minor adjustments to the design. Originally, I had planned grey bed skirts (that I spent time ironing) and brown minky bumpers.  Well, since the boys are pulling up we decided to put the mattress at the lowest setting. That meant getting bed-skirts on were nearly impossible so we nixed it. Then since our cribs are super thick on the rails the bumpers wouldn't tie on. These cribs are amazing though! They are by Bonavita and the collection is called Peyton. They have it in the lifetime collection and classic. Very well built and heavy! Even though these are the last babies I didn't want to deal with the issues I had last time!! I've learned that sometimes you get what you pay for and Target $150 dollar cribs don't hold up to a jumper!!! We literally had a cinder block and chains under Ben's because he could move it all over the room even with a rug! He even put a hole in his mattress so we had to buy him another one before we even moved him to a toddler bed. We upgraded that time to a 200 coil and thankfully could pass it down to a twin and only have one mattress to purchase! Riley and I found the cribs at BuyBuyBaby after a date lunch for 30% off plus they gave us a 10% off per crib twin discount and let us use a 20% coupon! We basically got two cribs for the price of one on sale! Score!! That was a huge blessing!! I am all about buying things on sale or a coupon!!

The same day we got the cribs put together I saw a skinny dresser listed on a Facebook resell page and it just so happened to be three blocks from my house!!  I went to go look at it and came back to get Riley to go get it for me (wouldn't fit in my van). My FIL stopped by the house to help with cribs and he went and got it for me!! The drawers are stamped Bassett and it will be perfect to hold extra diapers and wipes plus extra crib sheets. I bought grey chalk paint and mercury glass knobs for it. I'm hoping to paint it this coming week. I had planned to this past week but even with kids at school and rain I had no time (the first week of school was hectic). Plus I need to sand it a little. It's a little ugly now but I think it will be beautiful when I get done with it!! It's my naptime project!

Hobby Lobby had knobs on sale this last week for 50% off! I saw a similar knob in the Pottery Barn catalog/Anthropologie for $7-$9 and I was able to score these for $2.99 a piece! Love them and the price!
love Hobby Lobby too! I found this large "B" for 40% off  and Rustic frame for 50% off! It took me a while to get it painted just right but I think it turned out great! I used three different shades of aqua and blue plus some metallic gold and black for depth. It got sanded a few different times too.

Found this shadow box at Michaels for 40% off and they let me use a 15% off entire purchase coupon. This is so special because it's the boys coming home outfits, hats, bracelets to tell them apart, hospital bracelets and there is a first sonogram pic in the pocket watch trinket. I had to take a picture of it at an angle because of the glass.

I found a person online who sold reasonable handmade crib quilts. Each one was only $25 with $8 shipping which she combined since I was buying two. Can you believe that?!?!? I couldn't believe how nice they were when I got them in the mail. I love them!! I saw many quilts on Etsy that were over $100 and I just couldn't justify that expense. She is on ebay under seller TNFrogs. She is always listing new quilts. I think later they will love them for when everyone drags their bedding to the den for family movie night!


These minky pillow covers were in their First Easter baskets last Easter in preparation for their new beds. The blue chevron sheets were purchased at Target when I was pregnant. 

Brennen checking out his new digs

Barrett sacked out

Brennen sacked out too 

The view from my den

I think these cribs are just beautiful!! They are the espresso stain.

TADA!!! See how cute the custom fox and raccoon prints turned out!! I found the center sign at Hobby Lobby on sale too and it spoke to me!

I still have some sewing to do (fox fabric) but I'm in love with everything!!! I'll post pics once I get the dresser painted!