Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter JOY

Hope everybody had a sweet Easter this weekend. Jesus is ALIVE and RISEN! As believers we have much to celebrate and be THANKFUL for!
We did family time with my family on Saturday evening. My parents, grandparents, aunt, and uncle all came over to eat dinner. My mom did most of the cooking which was great because even though I love to cook, we were busy getting church all set up that day. I would not have had time to prepare a big meal!
My mom made up a little Easter basket for Eva. Mostly edible treats but also a few small toys including a wind-up chicken.
We already had a wind-up bunny so naturally we had to make them race across the coffee table. That chicken won every time. 
 Eva thought this was quite funny! It was probably even funnier with Mamy and Grandpa right there!
I love this photo! Eva gave my grandpa (her Great Grandpa Hank) kisses.
After dinner we did a small egg hunt for her. Due to mud it was moved to the playroom. I like that you can see my grandma's sneakers in this photo.
We had done some "practice" egg hunts this week so she was fully prepared :) She even figured out that if she shook it and it made sound that meant there was a prize or candy inside.
Since she is the only kid she gets plenty of attention.  She just sat in the middle and made everybody laugh.
At church Sunday morning! We had an awesome turnout at Bara - God is definitely doing great things! I hope that the people that came felt loved and encouraged. And I hope they come back :) 
After a good nap at home we went to Ryan's brother's house. Our 3 nieces and some other family friend's kids were there. These kids were ready to hunt some more eggs....
And they're off! I laughed when I saw the comparison of Mallory's super excited start to Eva's cautious start. For the longest time she only had 3 eggs in her basket because she was so cautious. 
At this point most of the eggs were found and Eva was still wondering around slowly to each left over egg to open it up and eat a candy out of it. 
My little girl was tired out by the end of the day. Good thing she had Nana to love on her.

Friday, March 29, 2013

An Egg-cellent Evening

2 years ago (before Eva was in our lives) we bought an egg dying kit. I convinced Ryan this would be a fun date night activity....and then we never got around to it. 2 years in a row that kit just sat in the back of our pantry as I kept telling Ryan that we shouldn't  toss this kit. And on Friday evening we finally got to dye some Easter eggs! 

Step 1: Let your toddler run around in her diaper. That stuff can dye clothes. Plus toddlers look cute in their diapers.
This was definitely a 2 grown up job. It was helpful for one of us to be right there with Eva while the other one was going back and forth from the kitchen.  We only had one incident of knocking over the cup of dye.

Stir, stir, stir! Eva really liked "mixing" up the egg in the bowl of dye. 
And of course it was always fun to put the egg in the cup. A splash of color = a fun family night! 
Our beautiful eggs! All ready for our Easter celebration tomorrow!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Her new favorite word.

Eva was talking some before she turned 18 months, but since that milestone I feel like her desire to communicate and try to say new words has exploded! Now granted, lots of these words are mostly understood by me and many of them sound very similar. But being the one who spends most days with her, I can definitely tell that she is trying to repeat and communicate so much more to me. Before turning 18 months I'd say that her favorite word was "Mama." She'd say it all day long. {insert heart swooning} Now she's added words like "baby" (for her baby doll), bebeee (her binky), bup (cup), dat (as in I want that, give me that, what's that), "hot," "hess" (yes) and "mine" (she picked up that accidentally!). So what's her newest favorite word?????

NO. She's known how to shake her head "no" for a while and then this week the word finally popped out. Most of the time it actually comes out kind of cute like, "naaww" but she definitely  knows what she is saying. I realize that all toddlers learn to say no to their parents. I just don't want my toddler to say no to me, especially when it's in response to something I want her to do.

I've also realized that I'm so used to asking her to do things in the form of a question "Can we put your pants on?" instead of saying it like a command "Put your pants on, please." So I'm going to work on not stating things like a question unless I'm actually asking her opinion.

Sigh. Am I ready for this big girl? Nooooo.  

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Style {Top Sliders}

Soooo, I had been wanting some type of top slider shoe for spring. We spend plenty of time outside running around with Eva and I wanted something tougher than my flip flops to keep up. I looked at Sperry's and had found some that I liked. Then I saw these at DSW that were like $50 CHEAPER than Sperrys. I'm sure real Sperrys are legit and worth the extra cost, but for my budget this was perfect. They are a great denim/gray color that goes with everything. My three pairs of shorts are denim, navy, and white so these shoes will match all of them. And they are super comfortable! 
 {Don't be fooled into thinking that I'm wearing this today. It's 40 degrees and raining. I'm still in my pj's.}
I like the lacing around the shoe. These are the perfect shoe when you want to look more stylish than a sneaker but more casual than a ballet flat. These shoes also come in beige and a glittery white color.
Blouse: Old Navy (last year)
Tank Top: no clue
Shorts: resale (NY and Company)
Shoes: DSW (Roxy)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sick Week

Last week we had a fabulous "Spring Break" full of doing fun things and going fun places. This week I've been sick since Monday and it has been exactly the opposite. Not a lot of fun and most of our time has been spent at home. We did make a Walmart run to get more medicine - woo hoo. Also, much like last week, I pretty much took a break form all cooking and cleaning. I think my house is now ready for some deep spring cleaning!

Did you know that it's really tough to be sick and be a mom of a toddler at the same time? Eva spends most of her day running around and playing. The photo above is the only picture I tried to take of her this week and you can tell by the blurriness that she wouldn't stand still! She is always on the go. And she wants me to be on the go right beside her. Since that wasn't much of an option for most of the week I tried to convince her that playing quietly can be fun too. We dragged lots of toys into the living room so she could play while I lied down on the couch. We read tons of books until I was hoarse. We watched more Dora the Explorer than I ever have in my entire life - I guess that's a show she actually likes. We counted down the hours until Ryan would get home and at the same time tried to enjoy a slow week of just the two of us. We stayed in our jammies and snuggled up under blankets. Ironically the doctor told me to try to keep her away from me so she wouldn't catch my virus - umm, how do you keep a one year old away from you when you are the only one home with her all day? Instead I just prayed that she wouldn't catch my germs, washed my hands fanatically, and went through a whole can of Lysol. So far, so good.

Monday, March 18, 2013

If you give a mom a muffin....

The poem below was posted on somebody's facebook today. It made me chuckle to myself because of how completely true it is. I only drink one cup of coffee a day but have to reheat it a few times before actually finishing it. This morning I didn't even get the chance to reheat it - I just had to make a second cup at nap time.

Motherhood makes even the most organized woman become a bit scatterbrained. I found this photo of me and Eva out celebrating my first Mother's Day and thought it seemed fitting. You can tell in the photo that I actually got to finish my muffin, but that was only because Ryan was there for backup. Happy Monday!

If You Give A Mom A Muffin
by Beth Brubaker

If you give a mom a muffin,
she’ll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
She’ll pour herself some.
Her three year-old will come and spill the coffee.
Mom will wipe it up.
Wiping the floor, she will find dirty socks.
She’ll remember she has to do laundry.
When she puts the laundry into the washer,
she’ll trip over shoes and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan supper.
She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She’ll look for her cookbook
(How to Make 101 Things With a Pound of Hamburger.)
The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow.
She will look for her checkbook.
The checkbook is in her purse,
which is being dumped out by her two year-old.
Then she’ll smell something funny.
She’ll change the two year-old.
While she is changing the two year-old, the phone will ring.
Her five year-old will answer and hang up.
She’ll remember she was supposed to phone a friend
to come over for coffee.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
She will pour herself some more.
And chances are,
if she has a cup a coffee,
her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring Break

What an awesome Spring Break week this has been! I've probably taken over 100 photos but I won't post them all here...instead I've tried to limit it to a collage (or two) for each day. Even though I don't have a job or school to take a "spring break" from, it is still good to have a week to step back, relax, and add it some extra fun. I did take a break from most of the cooking or cleaning that I usually do. Woo-hoo.

Eva had her 18 month check up in the morning. The doctor said she is the smartest, most beautiful baby she'd ever seen. Okay, maybe she didn't put it like that, but we all know what "right on track" really means. Then Ryan worked during the day. It warmed up enough for Eva and I to go walk to see the ducks at the pond. She likes those ducks and it's good for a short outing.
Monday evening 2 of our former youth students (now college girls) came over. They offered to babysit Eva for a while so Ryan and I hit up Main Event for some arcade time. We had a left over game card from probably like a year ago. You should have seen how Ryan schooled those middle school boys at basketball. And then he beat me at Dance Dance Revolution and air hockey. #shame

After our mini-date we came back home and watched The Bachelor finale with Mollie and Sydney. I'm glad they are grown up enough to watch it with us now. It was so great to get to hang out with them. Love those girls so much! PS. I really thought Sean would pick Lindsey in the end, but I guess I was wrong.
We met Aunt Amanda, Cousin Mallory, and Nana at the Safari Indoor Park in Plano. The little girls got to ride mechanical animals, go on a train, and play play play! Eva was a bit serious because she wasn't feeling so good after her shots the day before. The girls rode one of those mechanical merry go rounds and Eva's face was so stoic the entire ride. Hahaha...we did have a good time hanging out with our family. 
Tuesday evening we had a triple date game night with some of our youth kids. We played Apples to Apples, Catch Phrase, and Spoons. Spoons came down to me versus Ryan. I won. I did not cheat, no matter what Ryan claims. We loved hanging out with this group! 

I had no photos from Wednesday. Ryan worked and I'm not sure what we did but it must not have been interesting. I guess Wednesday was just a hump day between the fun.
Ryan took an extra day off from work. Hooray! We had such a sweet family day! We took Eva to play at Bear Creek Park in Keller and had a picnic. That night we had pizza at our favorite place (Joe's in Southlake) and then went to Hey Sugar in Roanoke for some icecream. Afterwards they had a cover band playing oldies so we sat and listened while Eva ran around with all the other kids. It was one of those special nights when you know that that's what being a family is all about. Laughing, singing, playing together.  Thursday was probably one of the best, most relaxing days we've gotten to have together in a long time.
Friday started off with a trip to Super Target! Those bunny ears looked so cute on Eva but she wouldn't post for a good photo. I found a new bathing suit on the clearance rack that I thought was decent (as decent as a bathing suit can be) so I went ahead and got it. Then I got some girl time to meet up for lunch with my best friend, Erica. I didn't take a photo but I do love Erica. Friday evening we drove to Royse City. Ryan's family friend, Joyce, was in town so we wanted to get to spend time with her. All of the family went out to eat. Our girls loved running around the pond area outside of the restaurant. They pretty much love running around anywhere. I didn't get any photos with Joyce either...I guess I was too busy making sure Eva didn't fall in the pond. #goodmothering
Are you tired of reading about my awesome week yet???? Oh, well. I have more to tell.

Ryan played in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament at a local park. It was a fundraiser for a foundation that is in honor of a student from the local high school that was killed in a car accident last year. The story is sad but the aftermath of what has been done in this guy's name is awesome. You should look up Live Like Josh if you get a chance. Jesus is definitely proclaimed! The town dedicated a park bench in Josh's name.

Then my mom came and took Eva home to spend the night at my parent's so that Ryan and I could have a kid-free night. You just need one of those every so often, right? We grabbed some dinner and then spent most of the night walking around downtown Grapevine and having good conversation. Kind of like 2 people on a real date and not like 2 exhausted parents chasing down a toddler. It was good. On our way home we drove through the car wash. Going through a car wash is really relaxing, sort of like listening to a good thunderstorm on a lazy day.
Back to reality. I got to face time my mom and Eva after church today. How awesome is technology?! Ahhh, I miss her soooooo much! It's good to have a break but I love my little girl. I can't wait to go pick her up tonight!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Style {Colored Boots}

This has been one of my go to stay at home mom outfits this fall/winter. Even though the colder days are hopefully leaving us soon, I feel like the bright red boots can carry me into spring and summer, especially on festive occasions. I also like this dress a lot because it is long enough to wear with with sandals in the summer and short enough to wear with leggings in the winter.

Where did these fabulous genuine leather boots come from? They were my grandma' the 1980's. She passed them down to me years ago and I've mainly worn them when I go out country dancing. I really wanted to wear them with my wedding gown at our reception but forgot to pack them. I started wearing them more the past year when I fell in love with leggings.
Boots: Grandma Dede's closet
Dress: Old Navy
Scarf: Target
Leggings: Motherhood Maternity (from when I used to be pregnant, now I just like wearing them)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Easter Decor

The sun is peeking out...spring is right around the corner....and a couple of weeks ago I started decorating our home for Easter. My first step was to change up the chalkboards from Valentine's Day to Easter. The one above is hanging at the top of the stairs.  I found an idea on Pinterst that had a chalk board with a rainbow of colored eggs hanging from it. Well mine aren't exactly eggs - I picked up some free paint samples at Home Depot and used my 2" circle punch to create an egg-type look. Either way it is bright and celebrates the greatest TRUTH about Easter. Eva loves to look at all the colors and I taught her that when I say, "He is risen. JESUS is ALIVE!" to say, "Hooray!" and put her hands in the air. Super sweet.
 This chalkboard is in the playroom. I do like a good pun.
I kept my burlap table runner out and added some Easter color. I like the chocolate bunny figures that my mom got me. Chocolate is a pretty important part of Easter....I originally had fake yellow daisies in the vase but a friend came over for dinner last week and brought me reall yellow daisies! I guess she knows my taste pretty well.
My bookshelf decorations are pretty condensed. The silver bunny piggy bank was mine growing up and when my mom brought it to me from her house it still had $2.71 inside (all in pennies.....). The striped frame was also one that my mom found in a box of my old stuff so I just added a photo of Eva from last year. The rolled paper egg art is my own creation that I made this year! I'm pretty proud of how egg-cellent this project turned out. First, I took an old diaper box and cut the perfect size piece of cardboard. Then, I covered it in fun scrapbook paper. Finally, I cut strips of coordinating scrapbook paper, rolled them up on a pencil, and glued them into place.
Alright, here comes the fireplace wall. That tricky wall that we actually don't use as a fireplace, can't nail anything in to, is super reflective and hard to photograph. My iPhone actually took better photos of this wall than my DSLR camera. Go figure. I hung a sparkly Easter sign up top. Below I cut out eggs from the same coordinating scrapbook paper as the egg craft and strung them up with some pink yarn. I kind of wish this all looked fancier but it's all above Eva's bookshelf and stuffed animals so I figure fun and simple works too.
Another proud piece of art - Eva actually made this! I put down tape for the cross and let her smear paint across the paper. I think it is beautiful. 
Then there is this Picasso inspired egg art. I like it because it was all Eva's creation and her first time to get to dip stuff in a bunch of glue and put it on paper. (I did reinforce a few pieces with hot glue during her nap time but left everything exactly where she put it). The point was to make something that had different shapes, colors and textures. I hung it down low in the playroom so she can touch it and we can talk about it. 
And finally Eva made this! Hahaha, just kidding. Some of our fabulous youth students painted this for us and I think it is awesome. They just gave it to us the other day so I haven't hung it yet. It seemed spring/Easterish to me so I'm including it just to brag on their awesome artistic skills. I'm thinking of putting it either in the playroom or our bedroom. I really, really like it.

Over the next few weeks I have a few more fun Easter ideas. We definitely need to have a practice egg hunt. I want to put Eva's lunch into colored eggs and let her hunt for them and then eat it outside.  I can't decide if I think the Easter bunny is creepy? I don't think I will make a big deal out of it. I like Santa for Christmas, but a giant bunny that hides eggs? Did I ever believe in the Easter bunny? I can't even remember so it must not have been too big of a deal. I have a couple of small things I am putting together for her Easter basket but I'm just going to tell her that they are from us because we are so happy to celebrate Jesus!!! 

One little wall.

One little wall. I love this little wall in Eva's bathroom. I love the bow holder that I upgraded from a picture board. I love that it's covered in bright colored bows - bows that look so sweet on my baby girl! I love the gingerbread man wall plug-in that I should have put away with the Christmas stuff but didn't because I think it's cute. I love the bath towel that's hanging up on the wall - it used to be unused and have a fancy ribbon on it back when it was just a "guest towel" but now it's used to wrap up my munchkin after her tub time,  In those moments Eva looks so precious with her little face peeking through that I don't miss having the fancy ribbon at all. Yeah, this wall is awesome. Enjoy the simple things.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Weekend Update in iPhone Pics {3.10.13}

I'm going to begin our weekend on Thursday night when we got to celebrate the birth of our newest friend Brewer. Baby Brewer was born to our wonderful children's director Stephanie on Thursday, weight 6 lbs 15 oz. He is absolutely precious and handsome. There is something so good about holding a brand new baby. He was only 6 hours old when I saw him.

Friday afternoon we went to Denton. Our first stop was over at the Fry Street/Hickory area by the UNT campus. Woah - they have completely renovated that place! It used to be old restaruatns and bars (The Tomato?) but now is sorta uptown chic. We ate dinner at a new place called All About Mac, a macaroni and cheese emporium that has 25 types of gourmet mac 'n cheese. I had heard about this place and been dreaming (literally) of a mac 'n cheese that had sourcream, chives, cheddar, and bacon. Guess what? They had it. The loaded potatoe mac 'n cheese. It was an awesome blend of macaroni meets potato soup with plenty of cheesy goodness.

Post dinner, we took Eva to the Denton Square. We snapped a few family pics and taught her all about John B. Denton, the pioneer Denton was named for. Since I used to teach a whole unit on Denton I am pretty much a John B. Denton expert. Lucky Eva.

Then we heard my best friend Ashley Gatta perform a concert on the square with her band, Ashley Gatta and the Free People. Eva enjoyed dancing and rocking out to Auntie Ashley's music.
Saturday was spent relaxing. I am awful at relaxing. I just keep thinking of all the things I want to be getting accomplished. We wore comfy clothes and just stayed home for most of the day. My mom bought Eva some big girl jammies last week that are the kind that have separate pants and top instead of footie pjs. These are more for spring/summer but we let her run around in them all day on Saturday and she was so adorable. And look at my girl riding forward in her car seat! Big fun.
Sunday of course was church. I was loving the striped dress Eva wore. I tried to talk her in to a mini photo session but she wasn't so interested. I love her frowny face....and look at those sweet feet!

Lastly our weekend ended with another visit to baby Brewer! We are besties already. I took his family some chicken spaghetti, but let's be honest, the real reason for my visit was to see how cute he looks in his jammies.