Monday, November 15, 2010

15 Months!!! :)

Can you believe Grace is already 15 Months?!?! That sounds so toddler-ie and not so baby-ie! Even so, I still view her as my brand new newborn... And maybe I always will. The past few days we have been blessed with Jonathan getting to be home with us, SO wonderful! And he kept telling me over and over how much she has grown since his last job. She has really become quite interactive! She loves playing chase with us! :) Her laughter and baby squeals are music to our ears. :)

Just yesterday we noticed that about 5 of her top teeth are about to bust through her gums... I am guessing that is why I am having a hard-time keeping her from chewing up the wood furniture lol! I am pretty sure there are little teeth marks on our dining room chairs haha! 

We had ECI come out last week to help us set up therapy for Gracie. They are going to help us get her eating regularly and hopefully something besides pears lol! :) If ya'll could pray for her therapy to be just what this little girl needs that would be wonderful! I would love to be able to feed her a healthy diet of babyfood! :)

This past week Grace has rediscovered her ball-pit! I can't keep her out of it lol! And mommy and daddy tend to end up having ball wars everytime haha! I think we enjoy that ball-pit just as much as she does. :)

He is Gracie's hero! :) She really loved his time here at home with us, and we can't wait until Thanksgiving! We have SO much to be thankful for this year. :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Few of Her Favorite Things!

On today's post I have decided to make it all about Grace's favorite things! (In no particular order).

1) Her new BLINGY Shoes! They fascinate her lol! They make her feet "sparkle."

2) Her SillyTown! She got it last Christmas from The Peadens and she has Loved it from Day One, she is C-R-A-Z-Y about that toy! :)

3) Anything electrical & she thinks they all belong in her mouth, you gotta watch that girl! :) 

4) Pears. Her favorite food of all time.

5) Her bottle, she despises sippy cups of any kind lol. She even named it "Nuh-Nuh," that's right, the bottle got a name before Jonathan or I did lol!

6) Her daddy! When he gets home that little girl LITES up! 

7) Her mobile, it is worth it's weight in gold... For Real! :)

8) Bathtime! She loves putting her face in the water, lol, I am not kidding!

9) Climbing... She LOVES it, I see a future rock climber in her! :)

10) Being Held, but what baby doesn't? :)

11) Jumping! I really think she is going to opt for jumping around the house as opposed to walking lol.

12) Visiting her family! There she is surrounded by people who LOVE loving on her. She really enjoys the attention and affection. :)

13) Being at home with Mommy! :) Grace did love her teachers at school, but I can tell that she really ENJOYS being at home with me. :) I am so thankful I can keep her here with me! :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Parties: Easy Table Decor!

One of my favorite parts of party planning is the table decorations. I love being innovative! And I really LOVE saving money! :) Instead of breaking the bank with cupcake stands and such, I went ahead and thought a little outside the box. 

The Cupcake Stand

This was the easiest decoration to make, and it really does it job well! :) You can find about a million tutorials on other blogs showing you how to make one. So I will keep my explanation simple and short. :) A few cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, and your embellishments are all you need! :) If you have a cricket at your disposal this would be a great time to put it to work! :) I used hot glue to help keep them stacked, but since it is wrapping paper, I handled it very carefully so it wouldn't tear or rip. 

The Lollipop Stand

The Lollipop Stand was super super easy to make. All you need is some styrofoam, wrapping paper, a hot glue gun, and tape. The styrofoam that I found at Michaels was perfect in size but wasn't deep enough to hold up the lollipops efficiently so I bought two and hot glued them together. That created the perfect depth! :) You could make really long ones, tall ones, lots of individual short ones, the possibilities are endless! :)  Once you are done assembling your styrofoam base go ahead and wrap it up with the wrapping paper and stick in the yummy goodness! :) You could also add ribbon, lettering, etc. Go crazy with it! :)
**Note: Styrofoam sheds like crazy, if you have a baby I would make sure to craft with it somewhere the baby won't pick up the shavings off the floor or vacuum immediately after crafting.**


Vases can be pretty pricey, but I found these super cheap ($4 a pop) at Michaels, and just a little ribbon seems to tie them in perfectly with the table. :) Easy peasy!

I hope my little tips today helped give you an idea or two for your next event! If so, I would LOVE to hear about it! :)

What a Week of Firsts!


Goodness what a Week it has been!!!

This has truly been a week for our little Grace!

1) Grace got her 1st big girl carseat. We did our homework on this one (BIG thanks to consumer report lol) and got a Britax Roundabout! Not much selection so I am shopping around for a super cute and comfy cover for it! :) This is a BIG step for mommy too... Not sure if I am ready for it....

This is her NEW carseat! :)

2) Grace went to her 1st wedding! Our friends Libby & Gregg got hitched on Saturday and it was beautiful! We sadly couldn't stay long since Gracie was sick, boo on that.

Gregg & Libby with Grace

3) Grace had her very 1st Babysitter this past week! Miss Ashton was so sweet to come stay with Grace so Jonathan and I could go on a date (Yes... It was our 1st night out since we had Gracie... way overdue lol). Everything went well and we looked forward to future date nights! :)

Jonathan treated to me to one of my faves! 

4) Gracie has started taking steps with her little musical walker this week! Getting close! :)

Such a CUTE toy!

I look forward to more 1st's as they come & sharing them with ya'll!

Lots of Love!