Friday, May 29, 2009

Show Us Where You Live Friday

Show Us Where you Live Friday - Children's Rooms and Nurseries
I have recently started reading Kelly from (can someone please teach me how to link to a site by just typing a word!! i.e. instead of typing Kelly's whole web address I can just put Kelly and it will be highlighted for you to click and go straight to her blog ARRRGGGHH) blog and no I don't know her.
Anyway, she picks a room of the house each week and many people post links to their rooms. It's really cool to get inspiration/ideas from. Well I feel I've only really finished the decor in my kids room and I'm actually really proud of it! So I've been waiting for her to announce the kids rooms!
Let's roll:
We'll start with an 8 year old boy named Logan's room:
This is the view looking in from the hallway. I wanted to do his room so that it could grow with him! There's no real theme...kinda rustic/transportation/old timey/hodge podge of sorts. I'm finding myslef giving control a bit to him and adding some of his personal touches.
He's a huge collector of any and all things.
Found his comforter at Target a few years ago and still love it. Slugger pillow was a recent gift for his birthday since he's palying ball this year. Initials on the wall were a gift from his Mimi.
It's hard to tell but they are kinda rustic looking letters.
His dresser has some old planes displayed along with his ever growing coin collection, AWANA awards and a small amount of the paper planes he's been creating ALL over the house!

This desk was also from his Mimi. I'm sure it was a yard sale find and it still has some scribbles in it which I think makes it that much cooler. As you can see, it's adorned with more of his collections. These are his Mario figures but he'll collect any little figures he finds. It also has a few things he made at the pottery places here in town.
This is his bookcase that has some of his sports trophies
along with some of his dads from when he was a wee one.
I found this gem at Hobby Lobby. It was originally almost $100 marked down to $15!!!
What.A Steal! It's for holding his collection of stuffed animals.

Just another angle of his room.
This shelf was my Aunts. I think she used it in her son's room many many moons ago.
Old fire enging similar to airplanes and alphabet blocks to spell his name. Doesn't the book say it all!

Another view shows a few things described below and also ANOTHER collection. His State Quarter map (I think we're only missing Ohio and Illinois). Then there's the growth chart, which we mark every year and saddly, next year, he'll be off the charts! Oh what to do...

The blue divider was again from Mimi. I saw it in her house and fell in love! I knew it'd be perfect for his room. The art work of Logan was done for free at a kids night at Chick-Fil-A and the longhorn is a shout out to Texas! My hubby is from there and my brother graduated from UT Austin. He's wearing a longhorn jersey if you can't tell.

Propeller coat rack also from Target.

Logan had to make, scratch that, WE had to make a Moon Phase project. Using dowel rods, hemp, foam balls and paint we came up with this. And now it's a mobile hanigng in the corner of his room. Couldn't let all my..ahhmm...I mean HIS hard work go to waste!

Found these vintage metal ad signs off Ebay for about $10 a piece.

They hang above the bed and I think they're totally cool!
And that's a Boys Room
Now for a small 15 month old girl named Brynn's room.

This is the view from the hall. I love love love the colors here! My sis in law gave me the idea of one wall a different color and I loved it so much I used it in the kitchen too! For her room I wanted to work with colors and shapes. Period. I've started adding a touch of whimsy as I've gone too. Think woodland creatures.
This was the chair I used to rock Logan to sleep in. Just cover it with more girly fabric and voila! One day I hope to use it for the grandkids. The paper lanterns I seriously hung today! I used them for her birthday party and have been meaning to do something with them. And, well, Kelly just lite a fire under me cause up they went! I wanna find some bigger ones to add more dimension.
The bed is a convertible sleigh style from Target and with about a $100 price tag couldn't be beat! I can not for the life of me remember where the bedding came from but I know I scoured the internet for it and knew it was The One almost immediately. Shapes, Colors Not too Girly...check check and check!

This is the motto for a childs life. The definition of Imagine. Curtains are pink sheers from, where else, Target!

View of changing area. Dresser was my sis in laws and it sure does make a great chaning table! Shelves came from Lowes. I wanted something deep enough to hold diapers and I loved that you could mix and match the shelves with the brackets!

Picture frames from Target and how awesome do those dots match her chair fabric! Block alphabet letters to spell her name and pink daisies, well because I love daisies.

Letters from Hobby Lobby and I used extra fabric from the chair to hang them with. Toy box from a local guy who makes all kinds of great wood pieces that just need to be finished!. I painted it white and got those adorable vinyl sticker from Target;) for $4!

A peek inside a girls closet! And, yes, almost ALL of these clothes fit her! Man, I really need to learn when enough is enough but there's just so much darn cute stuff out there. I may not be stylin but my daughter sure is...I'll live vicariously through her. Organizing boxes and rack are from Babies R Us. I love organization.

Two loast shots to finish this out.

This growth chart I found on my new favorite obsession...ETSY! It is 3 painted panels with the owls made of fabric. I told you to look for the Woodland creatures...

I saw these bird paintings in Once Upon A Child and they were OUTRAGEOUSLY priced!! I mean, it's a consignment store for Pete's Sake! So I found them online, printed them and showed them to our wonderfully talented Great Meme who painted them for us! All it cost was $30 for the canvases and it means so much more now coming from her.
And that's how you do a Girls Room.
PS the rooms are always this clean.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

Saturday was mostly just layin around the house. We did have our friends over for some grillin but, for some reason, I didn't get any pics!

This is how we do a lazy saturday
Monday my little brother Vinny, aka Logan's idol, came to play. It called for rain off and on all day and boy did it!
I had my heart set on making Strawberry Shortcakes so I packed up the kids and off we went for ingredients. It was sunny and warm as we exited the car. It probably took 10 minutes in the store and as we walk out those sliding glass doors it had come a down pour. Still sunny and warm but now, a hot rainy mess. What should I do in this situation with 3 kiddos in tow.
"OK, Everybody...RRUUUUUNNNNN!!"
Soaking wet we made it home. Rain subsided and we got out the water toys.

Yes, I blew up this whale pool manually. That means with my own air if you're wondering. I felt very faint and dizzy but the kiddos enjoyed it. I mean, they caught some serious air!
Then one of my very best friends in the whole wide world, Mrs. Carrie Marlin, came over with her small ones and more fun ensued.
Yummy Yummy Strawberry Shortcake
Maddox was pleased.
B also got a small visitor just for her in the form of Mr. McKane. They will be the best of friends. They were so cute sharing toys and glances and a few love taps back and forth. Playing only the way babies play.

Look at those 2 sun kissed babies
After it rained...AGAIN...we went back out for some more wet fun.
Double Team
It was requested that I get this shot mid air.
This one's for you Vinny

Let's end with a lil puddle splash!

On a side note, as I'm taking pics throughout the day Vinny asks, "Is this going to be on Decker Dayz?" with a hopefull smile. Yes, yes it is. I think it made his day!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Yard Sale Finds

After weeks of thinking, "Man, I'd like to take a Saturday mornin and just hit up some yard sales!" I finally did and boy am I glad.
Logan's school had a garage sale to benefit the tornado relief fund and that's where we were headed. When I walked out my door I'll be darned if our neighbors weren't having one. There was a 2 shelf, sturdy wood bookcase that I coulda totally re-vamp for B's room but another lady was hovering over it and snatched it up before I could.

Feeling a bit discouraged we headed out to Logan's school. He got a few toys for a mere 50 cents! I got an awesome Birthday Flag that I'll use every year to proudly display that someone is being celebrated.
Our final stop was to an estate sale with Mimi. O.M.G. she had soooo much awesomeness I couldn't wrap my head around it! I finally narrowed it down to this wonderfully deep wicker basket that will be multi-functional, rich yummy bowls and adorable little step ladder. Bowls+Basket= $10
Step Ladder=gift from Mimi

Ummm, yeah, I'm gonna do this more often!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Baby Steps

How silly of me to forget to post about one of B's MAJOR milestones!! Well, about a month ago B decided to follow in her big brothers foot steps and start walking. They were both about 14 months. She's still pretty slow and wobbly but I just love how baby's toddle about when they're first learning to walk.

Ofcourse with walking comes the first pair of walking shoes. No others but Keds from Stride Rite will do, according to my Mema. I have to say, I thought they were hideous when I saw them in the store but oh how wrong I was! B looks superb in her new Keds! I will probably save these for my grandkids one day...oh yes, I will.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

29 and feelin fine

For those that are unaware, I turned the Big 2-9 the week before Mothers Day and yes, I'm just now writing about it. Better late than never right? Well let me just say that I am not one to get hung up on age AT ALL! So what if it's my last year in my 20's. I decided to have a very fun me day and just do whatever I wanted...well, as much as I could at least. I awoke to birthday wishes from Josh before he had to go to work *sad face*
So I got up and did this:

It was crazy hair day at school and this is what the kid wanted.
Ohhhh you shoulda seen the tub! I think it looks pretty cool though.
Then I was invited to a birthday lunch with Mimi & Great Meme. So when B got up I dressed her in a pretty twirly dress because it was my birthday and I'd better dress her how I want while I still can!

Then off we went. Doesn't she look pretty.

Demos was delish aside from the fact that our crazy waiter would come check on us and then throw out random words like protractor. Seriously,

"Do you guys need any water? protractor" just like that!!

He did this at least 3 times with different random words each time! I don't know if he was confused or just wanted to see if we were paying attention. I got a good laugh out of it though.

After lunch I said, "You know what...I'm gonna use some birthday $$ and get some new flip flops and polish." And I'm talking the OPI kind! I haven't found any I like better.

Now this is the
definition of summer!

When Logi got home I got my beautiful hand-made card and I finished the day by having a Partay at Bounce U!! No not really. We had the Awana Celebration there. Josh came home and got me some delish Mexican that I'd been craving. He also got me a facial!! I'm super pumped...I've never had one

To top it all off one of my all time favorite bands was playing in town the next night. What better way to spend a birthday than with a lil Mexican food accompanied by a few close friends followed by some Fantabulous live music!!
The Food The Man The Show

A wise man once said,
"You're only as old as you think your are."
Well I will never be a day older than 19 in my heart!

So what will 29 bring?
Knowledge? Wisdom? Memories? Love? Sorrow? Happiness?
I'm sure of it!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dear Brynn,


lOve loVe Love


Please don't grow too terribly fast okay.

Monday, May 11, 2009

On Mother Day...

I did this:

Took care of sicky sick B

Played DS with Logi

And got this from Log:

Daisies are some of my faves!

I had fully intended on making the trip to Smithville but B had other plans. Man I coulda used that trip too! So Log made the trip with Nana & Pop. It was just another day. Nothing special...why do I always get my hopes up?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

An Open Letter

I miss you so very terribly. Every day. But it always stings a bit more right around now. I am sorry I wasn't a better daughter while you were here.
Oh how I'm sorry.
But if you could see me know! I know we'd be the best of friends. I would probably call you at least once a day. We would do projects together like learning to sew and
making old things pretty again.
You would teach me new things like maybe how to draw. I remember that time you sketched a picture of me on a road trip and I was absolutely stunned by your skill. I always wanted to draw like you. Sadly, that gene passed me right by. You had some
crazy dance moves
that I'm pretty sure I did inherit though.
There are many times I feel cheated. I wish I had known you better. Memories have faded and it's hard to hold them. I can't really remember they way you were...before. I hate that. There aren't many that can tell your stories anymore. What kind of music did you like? Did you always want to stay home with us or did you have a dream job in mind that you'd one day do? What were your favorite scents, foods, colors? What was it like having us? How was college? Were they the glory days like mine?

I often wonder what people would still be
in my life
now if you were here.

It's stings even more knowing that Logi and B never met you. What would they have called you? Would you have special things that only you and one or the other would do? Would you make them peanut butter marshmallow crackers and coerce them to watch Andy Griffith re-runs with you? Of course you would. You would love them to pieces.
I just know it.
i love you.
I always loved you and I'm sorry I never showed it.
You were a great mom and would have been an even better grandmom.


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