Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas 2011

This post is pretty much for memories sake.  There are about a million pictures of Westin with toys.  :)  Fair warning. It is kind of hard to take a lot of pictures while a wild toddler is opening presents!  So these are all pretty much of Westin.  I don't think we even got one family picture. :(

On Friday we had a little family Christmas before we headed out of town.  Cody distracted Westin while I put his presents out. 


He was so funny to watch and acted like each present was the BEST thing he had ever seen.  He would yell, "All right!!" after each one.  Haha!  Turns out his favorite was a dollar store helicopter and his new sippy cup.  Isn't that how it always is?





On Christmas Eve we celebrated with my Mom's side of the family.  Westin quickly discovered the piano at Gigi and Papa's house. 

Christmas morning was spent with Cody's family.  Westin cannot get enough of his cousin Peyton (the older one) and just follows him around everywhere.  I was laughing because he did not want to share his toys with anyone but he would just willingly hand them over to Peyton.  I also want to remember that he pronounces Peyton as "Pee-tawn."  :)

He loved his Little People Barn!


Christmas afternoon was spent back over at Gigi and Papa's house where he got this "motorcycle".  At least that is what he calls it!  When he walked in the house and saw it, he started yelling, "motorcycle!" and jumped right on it. It is battery powered and he has been riding it around the whole house today. 



Christmas evening was spent with my parents.  Westin got a Cozy Coupe and loves it!  He rotates between driving that and his motorcycle all day.

Jason and Katie got him a tool box and this drill is his favorite.  He calls it his "loud tool" and wants to sleep with it.  He thinks he is big stuff because it is just like Poppie's and G-Daddy's.  He knows they use loud tools while they are working.


And his vacuum!  He is one happy boy and loves all his toys!  He is one blessed little guy to have so much loving family.  We are too! 


One more funny thing I want to remember...He was a little confused this year on who baby Jesus is.  His friend Asa's dad's name is Joseph so when he names Mary and Joseph, it is about fifty fifty if he says baby Jesus or Asa when pointing to the baby.  :)  He ran up to a big nativity set and pointed to the baby and yelled, "Asa!"  Haha!  It was kind of funny and kind of embarrassing.  :) 

He also thinks any man with a white beard is Santa.  He has pointed to several men in stores and restaurants and said, "Santa!  Ho ho ho!"  This has also been kind of funny and also kind of embarrassing.  Some of the men thought it was funny and played along but some did not.  :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!



But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2:10-11

Thursday, December 22, 2011

iPhone Pics

These pictures are so random and terrible quality but my phone captures every day life the best! 

After small group one Sunday, Zach and Westin decided to steal our drinks.  Zach got the best deal because Cody's drink was Mt. Dew.  Westin was happy with my Sprite though.  His face just cracks me up every time I look at this picture!  He was working hard to get that straw in.


He will steal my drink anytime he can!
Westin wasn't really scared of Santa this year, he just wanted the toy the photographer was using to get his attention.  This is the only picture they got where his hands weren't up reaching for the toy.


Westin is getting a vacuum for Christmas.  He is never happier than with his puppy, a sucker and the vacuum.

This was another craft we made at bunco.  A burlap JOY banner. 

He sure catches on quick!  He saw me listening to Reagan's heartbeat so the other day he decided to check his heartbeat.


Sneak peek of Reagan's room.


Westin is a little high maintenance.  :)  This is what he has to have while I take a shower.  His pillow, lovies, two snack choices and Barney on TV.  It lasts about 2 minutes and then he's banging on the shower door.


While I was brushing my teeth, he decided to help himself to a Christmas present.

I made my mom's fudge for Westin's nursery workers and MDO teachers.  I had to send this picture to my mom to make sure this was a "rolling boil."  Haha!


It must have been because the fudge turned out great!  I was so proud of my first attempt.  :)


Can you tell I'm stalling from doing cleaning, laundry and packing?  :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Train and Christmas Craft

A couple of weekends ago we met the Richey's at the Christmas Train.  It is a train in our town that gives tours throughout the year but at Christmas, Santa comes to visit you while you are riding!


Westin loved looking at the train and all the activities going on before we boarded.


These characters came on and Westin wasn't too sure of them at first but then he sat by them and kept petting them and saying, "soft!"

They brought by a basket of candy and of course Westin picked out the sucker.

BFFs deep in conversation.  This was such a fun thing to do this time of year and will probably be something we do for many years to come.  It will probably only get more fun the older he gets.

At the beginning of December, our bunco group had a craft night.  I was in charge of the craft so we made these burlap ornament door hangers.  We used the same technique I did on our Hog door hanger HERE


It is a little wonky, off centered and far from perfect but I reason that you only see it from the street most of the time anyway.  :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Board and Batten Details

Like I said earlier, we (my Dad and Cody's Dad) did this project for around $40.  My goal was around $100 so I was very happy!  On our way to Lowe's to look at what kind of wood we wanted, my Dad had the idea of using one piece of 1/2" cabinet grade AC plywood and cutting it down to size.  I was thrilled when we got there and saw that we could get all our pieces out of one $35 piece of wood.  We had them cut it into eleven, 3" strips and two, 4" strips.  They did this for free.  Not sure if they normally charge or not but the checkout lady did not charge us even though she knew we had it cut there.  We also bought two tubes of paintable caulk for $1.99 each. 


 They used a nail gun to nail the 3" wide boards on the studs which were 16" apart.  Then they nailed the 4" wide boards on top to cap it off.  Cody then painted the walls and boards with our baseboard color.  (It is a custom color so I have no idea what it is.) 

By the way, the 3" and 4" sizes were just a personal preference.  I've seen wider and smaller widths.  Also, you could cap it off with the same size as the slats.  Just go with whatever you like visually. 


You can see in the picture above that the plywood is very smooth and easily paintable. 


Since the plywood is 1/2" thick, it hangs over our baseboards by a smidge.  I took this picture at an angle so you could see, but in real life it is not noticeable at all.  I saw on a few blogs where they trimmed the edges at a 45 degree angle so they wouldn't hang over so you could always do that.   

I am so happy with how this turned out and really want to do it in my dining room now.  :)  Especially now that I know we could probably do the three walls for less than $100.  That is big impact for little money!  It made our small nursery look bigger and brighter so I know it would really make our dining room stand out.

I'm sure I've left out some details (I'm rushing because Elmo is almost over!) so if you have any questions, ask them in the comments and I will answer you IN the comments.  That way everyone can see the answers.  Happy weekend!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Board and Batten in the New Nursery

A couple people asked for some detailed instructions on how I make the appliqued shirts.  Next time I make one, I'll take pictures of the step by step instructions.  Although I really don't think there is a right or wrong way.   I just go for quick, easy and durable.

This past weekend I dubbed Saturday, "work day."  My parents, Cody's parents, and his sister came into town to help us get our house baby ready.  I mentioned before that we were moving three rooms and I'm so happy that we got it all accomplished and more!  None of it would have been done without their help.  My dad and Cody's dad were the carpenters/handymen.  Our moms were the movers, cleaners, and organizers and Cassie was an amazing help by keeping Westin entertained and out of the way.

Besides getting the rooms moved, my main goal was putting up board and batten in the nursery (Westin's old room.)  I'm going for a very light and bright, mainly all white nursery.  The board and batten just completely opens up the room and makes it seem much bigger than it is.  It also makes the room seem so much brighter.  I LOVE it and now I want to do it in the dining room.  :)

We kept the wall color the same as it was for Westin's room and added the board and batten on the one main wall.  The top of the molding is 64" high.  My Dad figured out a way to do this very economically.  I will get all the details and make a more specific post but this whole wall cost $35 for the wood plus the cost of the white paint.     

Here is a sneak peek of Reagan's crib and bedding too!  Her crib is the "Jane" by Bratt Decor (which doesn't seem to be on the website anymore but is similar to THIS crib.)  Her bedding is from Pottery Barn Kids.  We found the crib for a steal at a consignment shop in Little Rock.  I almost didn't even ask if it was for sale because I was sure it was just their "display" crib but it was, and I even talked them down a few dollars.  ;) 

Next up I'll share pictures of Westin's new room and the new guest room.  Westin loves his new room and all the extra space!

P.S.  I had a few questions on how to pronounce Reagan's name.  It is pronounced "Ray-gan", just like the former president, Ronald Reagan. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Appliqued Shirts

First of all, thank y'all so much for all the sweet comments on her name.  Of course we love it but it's always nice to hear kind comments from others who say they like it too.  :)  She is one active little baby and it makes me a little nervous for when she gets here.  Haha  I guess she will have to be to keep up with her brother.  We are having a "work day" this Saturday and getting all the rooms switched over.  My parents and Cody's parents are coming so hopefully we can knock it all out!  I'm excited but totally exhausted thinking about it.  (And maybe a little sad that Westin won't be in "his" room anymore.)   
Anyways, have I mentioned how much I love pinterest?  Maybe a time or two.  :)  The other day I searched "applique patterns" and I found so much cute stuff!  I decided it was time to make Reagan a shirt since I hadn't made her anything.  I thought the bunny was cute because she will be born a few days before Easter, Lord willing.  You can find the pattern HERE.


I feel like she is going to be a big baby for some reason so hopefully it will fit her!  :) 

I made this Christmas shirt for Westin using THIS pattern.  This was actually a "round 2" because the first Christmas shirt that I made him was deemed "too girly" from Cody.  See below.

I will admit that after I put it on him it did seem a tad girly.  I didn't stitch it because I figured he wouldn't be wearing it anyway.  Maybe I can peel it off and make something else.  I didn't find a pattern for this one so I just free handed it.  I saw a similar shirt at a craft fair and thought it was cute.  They used real ribbon for the scarf though which would be really cute for a girl.  :)

I printed out some more patterns so hopefully I can get to those soon!  Have a good rest of the week and weekend.  Wish us luck!  :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Her Name

I am a little surprised at how quickly we agreed on a name.
When I was pregnant with Westin we didn't even talk about a girl name because we just knew it was a boy.  Girl names are so hard for me!  This time we came up with a boy name and girl name before we found out what it was.  We wanted something that was "normal" and easy to say but not too common.  Her first name is just something we both love.  Her middle name is the same as my middle name and my Grandfather's first name.

 We continue to be amazed and thankful we have been given this gift from the Lord.

Reagan Lynn

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Winner Of The Burlap Runner

According to Random.org, the winner of
the burlap runner from Sweet Tea and Linen is:


Email me at row35401 at yahoo dot com and I will get your info to Carolyn.

Thank you to everyone who entered!  I love her shop and knew you would too!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Burlap Runner Giveaway

I was so excited when I won a giveaway on facebook from Sweet Tea and Linen.  She has one of my favorite etsy stores!  I won a gift certificate and used it on this burlap tree skirt.

 I have never had a tree skirt and now that I have this one, I don't know why I waited so long!  I love it!  Carolyn does such a wonderful job! 
I can't put presents out because Westin would just tear into them. (He already opened one in the first five minutes I had them out.)  Haha!  I'm not even sad about it though because I would rather look at the pretty tree skirt!  :)

You may remember the burlap runner I keep on my dining room table and used at my friend's shower.  Carolyn of Sweet Tea and Linen also made the runner.  

She has agreed to give away a runner to one lucky reader!  You can choose from three colors of burlap and and choose either cream or white cotton muslin for the lining.

She has so many cute things in her etsy shop.  You can find it HERE.  To enter in the giveaway, visit her etsy shop and let me know what your favorite item is.  Also, it is not required but you probably want to follow her on facebook too so you keep up with her latest products.  Find her HERE.  Remember to leave your email address if you don't have a blog!  The winner will be randomly chosen on Sunday evening.  Good luck!