Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Bunny Fail

We took the kids to see the Easter Bunny last night at the mall. I didn't have high hopes for how this would turn out and I'm glad I didn't. Ha! Neither of my kids would even sit near the bunny.

When we first got there, Jackson went up to him with no problems and gave the bunny five, so at this point I'm thinking, maybe this will go better than I thought. Then he sat down on the bench as far away from the bunny as he possibly could. So I asked him to scoot closer and for whatever reason he just wouldn't do it. So we set Avery on the bunny's lap and immediately the water works started flowing. :-(

So in an attempt to get the kids to sit somewhat close to the bunny, the photographer says, try setting them on your laps and then we can just crop you guys out. So I set Jackson on my lap and Avery was on Jake's lap. Avery did alright, but Jackson would not sit up straight. Eventually I took him aside and promised him the moon to get him back up there to sit next to the bunny. By this point I'm sweating, but we finally got a semi-decent picture.

Oh well, at least we tried, and we have a funny story to tell them when they get older. ;-)

Monday, March 30, 2015

52 Project 2015: Week 13

"A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

 Jackson: Playing with his fire truck and watching Team Umizoomi. :-)

 Avery: Looking adorable on her 11 month birthday this past Saturday.

 (Linking up here at Practising Simplicity)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Project 52 2015: Week 12

"A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

Jackson: Jackson riding a bike at Eckert's this past weekend!

Avery: Taking all the books off of Jackson's book shelf. I couldn't be mad at her though because she's so darn cute. I just love when babies sit back on their legs like this. It's just so cute!  

 (Linking up here at Practising Simplicity)

Friday, March 20, 2015

5 on Friday!

I'm linking up with Darci, Natasha, April and Christina for Five on Friday!

This past Monday we had summer like weather. The temps. were in the 80's and it happened to be my Monday off. So after Jackson's haircut, we just had to go to the park!! We had so much fun! I am really looking forward to Summer this year. (Who am I kidding, I look forward to Summer every year. Ha.)

 Is anyone else watching the new show Secrets and Lies? I have been a Ryan Phillipe fan ever since Cruel Intentions, so when I saw he was going to be in a new show, I new I had to give it a try. It's pretty good so far and the eye candy's not bad either. ;-)

My mom sent me this picture of Avery from yesterday. She got so tired that she grabbed her binkie and blankie out of her carseat and layed down on the floor and went to sleep. :-) So sweet. ♥

I ran out of my good conditioner and decided to try something new while I was at Target earlier this week. I picked up Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Purifying Conditioner. I've only tried it twice, but so far I like it a lot. It smells wonderful and leaves my hair feeling nice and soft. Have any of you ever tried any of the Not Your Mother's products before? I'd love to hear what you thought. Or do any of you have a good conditioner recommendation??

Jackson had Crazy Day at Pre-School yesterday. My mom gets him ready in the mornings and takes him to school most days, so I told her what I had planned for him to wear and I also wanted him to get his hair spiked up and for her to draw a mustache on his face. Well needless to say, he wasn't a fan of many of my ideas. I also wanted him to wear some crazy socks. He ended up only wearing mis-matched tennis shoes and shorts over his pants and my mom said that was even pushing it. Oh well. :-)

** Bonus**
I also just found out last night that I'm going to be an aunt again in November!!! Yay! I'm so excited and so thrilled for my sister, brother-in-law and nephews!!

Happy Friday and Have a Great Weekend!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Our Sweet Libby Girl is Ten Today!

Our sweet Libby girl is 10 years old today! I can't believe it's been 10 years already. She was our first baby. We got her when she was just 8 weeks old. She was the runt of the litter and so sweet and snuggly when we got her. She's such a good dog and so good with the kids. Her age is starting to show as she's not as quick and playful as she used to be. She has diabetes and arthritis now too, but she's still so sweet and we love her so much. ♥

Happy Birthday Libby!! We love you lots!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jackson's Big Boy Room

Around Jackson's 3rd birthday, I started thinking about re-decorating his room and giving him a "big boy" room. I started a pin board on pinterest (of course) and new I wanted to go with a car/transportation theme. He loves cars, so there was no question what the theme would be. :-) 

So after the holidays and our trip to Phoenix/California we finally had time to get busy on his room. I gathered everything I needed for the re-do and saved it until this past weekend. I didn't tell him we were going to re-do it, we just kept it a surprise for him. I had him spend the night with my parents Friday night and that same night, my dad came over to paint the room and help decorate some. Then Saturday we did the remainder of the decorating. Once we were done, we called my parents to have them bring Jackson back home and we did the big reveal! He was SO surprised!

I absolutely love the way it turned out! I just think it's so cute and fits him so perfectly! I never thought a race car/transportation bedroom would be so fun to decorate, but it was a lot of fun! I tried to use what I had and only bought a few items, mostly decorations. I got all the frames and decorations on sale. The only things I think I paid full price for were his bedding, book shelf and the rug and they were all very inexpensive. Then I sold his crib, bedding and rocker/glider, so I made a majority of the money I spent re-doing the room back. :-)

So without further adieu... here's his new bedroom!

The Corvette sign was my husband's and the fire truck painting was something Jackson made in pre-school. I explain where the rest of it came from at the bottom of this post.


(These blue bins are filled with all of his cars.)

(I think his favorite thing about his room is a tie between his race-car bed and this rug. He's been playing on it with his cars none-stop!)


A short video of his first reaction to his room!! It was so cute.

Wall Paint Color: Home Depot can do a color match if you bring something in for them to match. So I brought the pillow sham from the new bedding with me and they color matched it to the gray in the bedding. :-)
Bed: We found his twin-size race-car bed on Craigslist for about half the price of a new one!
Valances and Bunting: These were made by my sister and we found the fabric at Hobby Lobby.
Dresser and Nightstand: We already had these from his nursery so we didn't replace them. They were originally from walmart.com.
Frames: Some I had from his nursery and some I bought, but they were all from Michaels.
The Big Letter J: It was from Hobby Lobby and I spray-painted it green. I also painted a couple of the frames in his wall collage.
Shadow Box frame with cars: I made it from this idea on pinterest. I just bought a shadow box at Michaels and hot-glued 6 matchbox cars that we already had here at home onto some white cardstock. Jackson has so many cars I knew he would never miss them. I just picked six that would match the colors of the room. 
Prints: I made all of the prints in his room using this clip art from etsy and these ideas from Pinterest.
Train Table: We already had this and just left it in his room since it really went with the theme.
Bedding: I actually got his bedding from walmart.com and it was very inexpensive.
Wall Canvas: Hobby Lobby
Red Shelf: walmart.com
Blue Storage Bins on the Red Shelf: Target
Road Rug: Target 

And lastly... a picture of Jackson in his new bed the first night.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Project 52 2015: Week 11

"A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

 Jackson: Playing on his new car rug in his new "big boy" room!! (I will be doing a reveal of his new room later this week!)

Avery: Playing in her crib after bath-time Monday evening. Such a happy girl!

(Linking up here at Practising Simplicity)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Five on Friday

I'm linking up with Darci, Natasha, April and Christina for Five on Friday!

 For those of you with long hair that tangles easily, especially right out of the shower, this brush is for you! I may be late in finding out about this, but this brush is amazing. It's The Wet Brush and you can get it at Target for $8.99. I picked one up this week after several people recommended it to me and it works great. Right out of the shower, my hair would be super tangled and it was like doing a work-out trying to get a brush through it even after using a good shampoo and conditioner. But this brush goes right through my tangled hair like a charm. 

I'm so excited to be re-doing Jackson's room tonight and tomorrow. He is spending the night tonight with my parents, so he has no idea what's going on. My dad is coming over to paint the walls tonight and hopefully put his race car bed together. Then tomorrow my sister and I are going to decorate it!!  Once we are finished with it tomorrow afternoon, my parents will bring Jackson back home to his surprise Big Boy Room!! I can't wait to get started on it and see his reaction to his new room!
These are some prints I made up after searching Pinterest for ideas! I can't wait to get them printed and hanging on his walls. :-)

 My sister kept Avery for a little while on Tuesday and decided to try and give her a little ponytail!! I really didn't think she had enough hair for one, but look how cute she looks with it!

Jackson and Avery got to play outside yesterday at Maw Maw and Papa's house since the temps. this week have been amazing! It was in the 70's yesterday!! Woo hoo! Look how happy Avery looks with her Papa!

We are having a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 1st birthday party for Avery in just 2 short months and I found the perfect tutu for her yesterday at Target! Now I just have to find a cute shirt on Etsy to match. :-)

I hope you all have a great weekend! 
(Come back next week to see pictures of Jackson's Big Boy Room!! )