Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Long Time, No Izzy

Not much time for blogging tonight.  Gotta watch my DVR'd Modern Family episode.  Clearly, I keep a pretty rigid schedule.  So, instead of a lot of talk, I thought I would share some Izzy videos.  Always a hit with the grandparents. Here is my sassy sweet girl naming all of her bath animals.  She's kind of quite in this video (very unusual for this child!), so you may have to crank the volume to hear her.

Subtitles:  (Line 'em up), Seal, Elephant, Octopus, Frog, Whale, Duck, Hippo, Bear

If we are FB friends, you've probably already seen this one, but I thought it needed some Blogger love.  We've been working on counting to 10, and she was doing really well.  At dinner the other night, I aksed her to count for daddy, and she kept going after 11.  I was shocked.  I hadn't taught her that.  Later in the bathtub, she counted to 15 on her own.  Baby genius?  I think so.  I asked her teacher if they've been working on counting and explained my reason for asking.  She was surprised, too, and said she must have heard if from the other kids.  Apparently there are some kids in her class who can count to 20.  Please.  I'd like to see these children who are supposedly smarter than my baby genius.  Phsst, as if that is possible.  Looks like we'll be counting to 30 (for good measure) every night before bed now.  Nobody puts Izzy in the corner.


Friday, September 16, 2011

DIY Wreaths

I have a mild obsession with wreaths these days.  My mom, sis, aunt, and I had a little family craft day several weeks ago to make some.  I've been meaning to do a post about them for awhile now, and with the nice semi-Fall-ish weather this week, today seems appropriate. 
Doesn't a wreath just make a house look so inviting?
Grapevine wreath with felt and fabric flowers

I glued on the gold beaded twigs to spruce it up a bit

Close up of the flowers

I also made this little ditty.  Same idea, but you just wrap yarn around a styrofoam wreath (or in this case, a straw wreath still wrapped in plastic).  But let me tell you, Mom and I spent more hours than I care to admit untangling the mess I made of the yarn.  Yes, hours.  What.A.Beating.  So, it's probably obvious to most people, but for the rookies like me, be sure to unravel the whole bolt of yarn and make it into a ball before you start wrapping your wreath.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

And I made this one for a friend's birthday.  Found the letter at Tarjay a few months back.  Love the colors!

Inpiration and Tutorials:

More beloved wreaths to recreate at some point:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Master Bedroom Makeover - Part 1

I'm always saying to hubs, "I've got an idea...," and usually this triggers an automatic eye roll from him.  However, yesterday I presented him with an idea that he was on board with.  Our master bedroom has been neglected for a while now.  To be more clear, we've lived here for 5 years, and my first and only attempt at "decorating" it was about 4-5 months ago when I purchased new bedding.  Well, since this little thing called Pinterest has entered my world, I have found myself coveting all of these beautiful master bedrooms, and I have definitely noticed a trend in my taste.  I'm loving light, bright, airy, crisp rooms.  I'm loving the pale grayish blue walls, white bedding, beautiful mirrors, etc, etc...  In short, I'm not loving my current bedroom.  And that new bedding I purchased a few months back?  I still think it's pretty, but it's not so much fittin' in the vision these days.  I mentioned to Griff last week that I wanted to get new bedding, and his exact words were, "You JUST bought new bedding!"  Enter the new plan.

I came home from the gym yesterday morning and proposed that we rearrange our bedroom furniture, move our television armoire to the extra bedroom, and mount a tv on the wall above our dresser.  As soon as I finished my sentence, he suggested I put Izzy down for a nap, so we could start moving furniture.  Score one for the wifey!  So, I walk back into our room after getting Izzy to sleep, and this is what I find.  I didn't even have time to take a good "before" picture before he started moving stuff, but you get the idea.  Obviously the chest of drawers and armoire had already been moved a bit.

I've always hated the scale of that mirror over the dresser.  I hate it even more in pictures.
Once we got everything situated, I mentioned that some fresh paint and new bedding would really make a difference.  It went over much better this time around.  If I had only known electronics were the way to his heart, I would have tried this tactic a long time ago.  I was on such a roll, that I thought it might be a good time to suggest pulling up the carpet and having wood floors installed.  That idea got shot down just as fast as it came out of my mouth.  The man has his limits. 

This is what the room looked like when we went to bed last night.  Please ignore the curtains, the pile of clothes in the corner (getting rid of the armoire cost me three drawers worth of storage - small price to pay, right?), and all the crap on the dresser.  So basically, ignore all the pictures. 

After church today, the hunt for a new television was under way.  And tonight I found hubs here:

Watching this:

And I found myself in the living room with a television to myself.  Yep, that be RHNJ. 

I might just be a genius. 

Obviously there is still a LOT to do, such as hanging the tv on the wall and decorating the ENTIRE room, but I'm really liking the new bedroom layout so far.  It's actually sparked a little redecorating fire in me, and I changed up a few things in the living room and office today, too.  Funny how just moving things around a bit can make a big difference. 

So, here is the inspiration for the master bedroom.  Found via Pinterest.  Duh.

A far cry from the current situation, huh??  I LOVE the bedding in the last two pics.  I found it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Macy's.  Hopefully it will be coming home with me soon. Among other things, I'm on the hunt for the perfect mirror to hang above the bed (perferably more budget friendly than the ones pictured), some new lamps, and a mirrored jewelry box for the dresser.  I have a feeling I will be scouring all the area discount stores soon.  If you need me, you can find me at Marshall's, Ross, HomeGoods, or Tuesday Morning.  If all else fails, check Tarjay.  There is a greater than 50% chance you can find me there at any moment, with or without reason.

Also on my list of must-haves for the master bedroom makeover are these fun projects:

Turn an old frame into an adorable tray.  I mean, just shut up, this is idea is legit.  Click here for deets.

I'm loving the framed fabric.  You know you love it, too.  Here ya go.
Hopefully I will make enough progress to post a "Part 2" soon!

Remembering 9/11

It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since this terrible tragedy.  It made such a huge impact in the lives of Americans that I think it will always feel fresh in memory.  I was in my uber 70's townhouse in Lubbock, getting ready for class during my third year at Tech when I heard the news.  I think one of my roomates was either watching the news or listening to the radio when she heard what happened and ran to tell me.  We were in shock and glued to the television all morning because classes were cancelled. 

I had recently started attending Late Night, a praise and worship service for college students at one of the local churches, and I remember calling to see if they would still be meeting that night.  We did meet, and the entire service was dedicated to praying and reflecting on the day's events.  It was pretty powerful to see hundreds of young students, huddled together in circles, praying aloud for our country, for our leaders, for those who lost their lives, for those who sacrificed their lives to save others, for those who lost loved ones, for those who would have to rebuild, and even for our enemies. 

Today at church, we prayed those same prayers, and it was just as emotional and powerful as it was 10 years ago.  May we never forget.

Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.    Romans 12:19

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Off to School

My big girl is now a Preschooler.  Can you believe it?   

Adorable, yes?

She was beyond thrilled about her backpack and lunch box 

Walking to her classroom
Gotta butter those teachers up so they are extra sweet to my baby girl.  Obviously I've been spending too much time on Pinterest lately...

I'm gonna be honest...I wasn't all that sad about this day.  I was actually pretty darn excited to have some time to myself.  Mother of the year?  But let me tell you, those 4.5 hours flew by!  I dropped Izzy off, went home to change, drove to a friend's house and we went for a run, stopped by the grocery store, went home to eat lunch and shower, and it was time to go back and pick her up.  I did kind of feel like my right arm was missing all day though.  It was so quiet at the house, and I found myself missing my little sidekick.  Her teacher said she had a great day, and from what I've gotten out of her, she had fun.  She walks around saying, "Ms. Becky nice," quite a bit, so I'm taking that as a good sign.