2.09.2015

Mom & Daughter dates

Since baby J was born four months ago, I've been really struggling to have quality time with my older girls (who are 9 & 7). When January rolled in and Steve and I started talking about goals, I thought that I needed to make it a goal to spend quality time with each girl.... As in: write it on the calendar and make it official! So I typed it into my google calendar, making it official looking.
But then I realized that if I am not specific with what we are going to do, then it could very well get put off or excused away to busyness, and I did not want that to happen. So after entering dates (I picked a night/morning the last weekend of every month), I went back and brainstormed fun things to do based on their personalities, likes/dislikes, the weather and a budget... Also needed to be something that was somewhat special.

Anyways, last weekend, I took my oldest daughter out to our first date and it went super. Loved that I didn't have to carry on multiple conversations while trying to communicate... What a concept. Also, she was very excited and really looked forward to our time together which made it even more sweet. I kept what we were doing a surprise until we got in the car and I think she enjoyed the surprise aspect even more than if I had given her a heads up.
I thought another mom might need some similar inspiration or ideas for what to do, which is why I am listing these here. Although if you googled this, I am sure a million ideas would come up, but whatever- this is what I came up with (and if you have any fun ideas for me for next year, leave a comment- I'd love to hear it!).
January (with Kailyn): Ceramic Art Cafe- we painted pottery pieces! & then had some hot chocolate.
February (with L): brunch at the American Girl Cafe (big splurge for us)
March (with K): thrift store shopping where she can buy any 5 items of her choosing (hoping this will facilitate talks about smart money and fashion/modesty)
April (with L) : Barnes & Noble - let her browse and pick out a new book, probably also stop by their cafe to have lunch somewhere. P.S. Does any one else still mourn the loss of all the Borders stores???
May (with K): same as above but with the other girl- both girls are huge readers
June (with L): bike to The Brown Cow (our local ice cream parlor that makes the best ever brownie coconut ice cream!)
July (with K): go see a movie. We hardly ever go to the theatre and the girls have only been ONCE in their lives and that was a few years ago to see the Winnie the Pooh movie. Yup, they're sheltered on this point and I'm ok with that. They don't do well with movies and get too involved with them. So, since my oldest is nine and will be almost ten this summer, I thought it was time to slowly introduce her to the theatre so that she isn't totally unfamiliar with it and looking like a nerd when her friends start wanting her to go to movies with them. That being said, if there isn't a decent movie being shown, we'll have to come up with plan B.
August (with L): visit the local Bead store and make a bracelet/jewelry together, and grab lunch too.
September (with K): Trail ride with horses
October (with L): she gets to pick! (Within reason, of course)
November (with K): she gets to pick!
December (with L): see a showing of The Nutcracker ballet
Any other ideas for me??

2.05.2015

Baby J's Nursery

So with our little surprise (aka Julia) came the chance to decorate a nursery! What fun I had trying to create a cute room for our teeny, tiny babe while on a teeny, tiny budget! I ended up using what I had leftover from Louisa that didn't work in her new room (the rug, the canopy, the curtains and the lamp). Here are the pictures!


This dresser was FREE on the curb! It didn't look this pretty when we picked it up though. It was dark wood with a veneer over it but look how pretty she is now! Those are the original hardware pieces just spray painted.


I will source everything at the bottom of the post but here are the rest of the pictures...

 
Now if I could only get baby J to sleep in the nursery!


Sources:

Crib: FREE from a friend

Crib sheet: Target

Canopy: DIY with curtains from Ikea

Rug: already had (originally from Pottery Barn)

Dresser/changing table: FREE roadside treasure! Painted by myself. The aqua color was a custom color.

Yellow lamp: already had from a few years ago when I bought it at an antique store.

Changing pad cover: sewed by myself, fabric from Hobby Lobby

Elephant wall art: Hobby Lobby

"Little One" wall art: the wheatfield Etsy shop

Curtains: sewed by myself, fabric from Ikea

You Are My Sunshine embroidery art: embroidered by myself with pattern from SarahEdgarDesigns Etsy shop

Capiz frame: Pier One

 

Linking up to:

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www.restlessarrow.com

 

1.28.2015

Remember


The way her limbs still jerk around since she hasn't gained complete control over them yet.
The way she lights up in a big smile when we wake up together in the morning.
How hard she is trying to make bubble sounds.
How she keeps her toes curled when I try to trim her teeny toenails.
How she flaps her arms when she wants to get picked up.

When told to wear something as "your future profession day", she went as a mommy with her babies.
How she is the first to come and look at the baby in the morning.
How she loves to read on her bed.
How she has worn ponytails to school every day for three weeks in a row.
How she picked having one friend over to play instead of a big party for her birthday.


How excited she is to grow up.
How much she enjoys her baby sister.
How hard she worked on building and creating presents for her sister's birthday.
How disciplined she is at reading through the bible.