24 April, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up: "Shiplap" in the Nursery + Uncle J's Birthday Dinner

After plenty of weeks of procrastination, I decided to get serious and start crossing some projects off my list. Why is it that pregnancy always seems like a good time to start crazy projects (like completely renovating our kitchen or having new floors installed... to name a couple)?!

I finally finished Poppy's calligraphy name sign that we collaborated with B is for Bess on. Justin built the wood sign/frame, I painted it, then Bess did the amazing gold calligraphy. This weekend I added a garland and some faux flowers. The hot glue gave me some problems, so I had to turn to my staple gun, which scared me half to death a couple times. 

I also decided what to do with the wall behind Poppy's crib. After much deliberation, we ruled out wallpaper because we'd have to have professionals come smooth out the wall to give us a good base for wallpaper, that we would then have to figure out how to apply. We would have gone with a removable wallpaper, but it still would have been a huge learning curve and more $$ than we were willing to spend. 

I received my wall stencil in the mail, and while I was confident that I could pull it off, Justin didn't feel the same. He predicted smudged paint, tears, and an overall disaster. I also couldn't decide on a paint color for the stenciling.

Justin suggested faux shiplap from the beginning because we have it in 2 other areas of the house and he's gotten pretty good & fast at putting it up. He joked that he better get to work on it before I had a chance to start stenciling. In the end, it's the route we chose to go.

Poor Hayes had to push ALL of the wood by himself. Just kidding, but this picture sure makes me look like a slavedriver, doesn't it??

Justin's dad, "Papa", came over to help speed up the process of measuring, cutting, & nailing the wood "planks" to the wall. They knocked it out in just a couple hours. In case you were wondering, they used 2 - 5mm Poplar Plywood in 4x8 sheets cut down into equal planks. The width would depend on your wall size. So far this project has only cost us $27.96.

Justin filled the nail holes with filler and sanded it down. Now it's ready for priming tonight after Hayes goes to bed.

Later we visited Heritage Pizza to celebrate my brother-in-law's birthday with our family. The sad part is, I don't have a single picture of the birthday boy!

One thing I didn't get to enjoy was the craft beer you can get there. They have these crazy big cans of beer called "Crowlers" that you can get filled & refilled with your favorite craft brew to take home. 

On top of the awesome flatbread pizzas & incredible desserts, the interior design and typography throughout the entire restaurant also blew my mind. I could just move into this restaurant! Can the designer please come do some work at my house?

Another great weekend if you ask me. I'll be sure to update later this week when I cross some other exciting projects off my list.

18 April, 2017

Easter Weekend Wrap Up

This past weekend was Easter. Yay! But before we got to bunnies and eggs and candy, I took some time to celebrate my dear friend, Amber's 30th birthday, with a super fun girl's day/night out. 

But there was a catch: she had no idea any of it was going to happen! She thought she was dropping her kids off at daycare and spending the day at Six Flags with her husband. Planned by her best friend and husband, a small group of us kidnapped her and told her the plan to have a child-free day out with her girlfriends. We were all moved to tears at her reaction to our surprise!

The birthday girl!
The day started with Amber's favorite: Starbucks. Then we headed over to a nail spa for manicures and pedicures.

After our nails dried, we stopped for Tex-Mex and sangria... and a virgin pina colada for mama!

Then it was off to the mall for some shopping! It's rare I get to shop with girlfriends (and without a cranky toddler or husband) so I thoroughly enjoyed this time. I think the birthday girl did too!

After shopping, we surprised Amber with a girls-only hotel stay. We checked in and got ready for the night's activities.

That's when the rest of her friends, including our husbands, met us at a local craft brewery and taproom. If you haven't sensed it yet, our friends have sort of an affinity for craft beer.

To go along with the girls-day-out theme, we accidentally forgot to get a picture with the guys.

The precious birthday girl and her balloons.

The rest of the night consisted of a late night snack run (think: chocolate donuts, Cheetos, Corn Nuts, and, I kid you not, Ramen Noodles.), some piano tunes at the hotel bar, and lots of girl talk.

The next morning I headed home to get ready for Hayes' big Easter Egg Hunt. The city puts one on every year and he had been practicing hunting for weeks! He was SO excited. He LOVES plastic eggs, or as he calls them, "eyes". 

We showed up early enough to let him play in the bounce houses they had set up. Then it was time to line up around the field of eggs and wait for the horn to sound. He was so excited to collect eggs that he could barely be held back.

The horn blew and we all ran. Maybe mama ran a little too fast because before I knew it, Hayes was reaching for his daddy (and Mimi, who was watching from the sidelines) and crying hysterically. 

Oops. Mom fail?

Safe at last, sobbing in Mimi's arms.

Once he got some popcorn, he was back to his old self and even passed out in the car on the way home.

Next was time to do our own hunt at Mimi & Papa's house with cousin Grayson! This year I stuffed eggs with Annie's cheddar bunnies, chocolate & graham cracker bunnies, and fruit snacks. Most were spilled on the lawn as they were being hunted, but I gave myself an A for effort.

Auntie & Uncle J brought confetti eggs, which were a huge hit!

We stuffed our faced with an Easter Eve meal and went home to recover from the weekend activities.

The next morning, we woke up to the Easter Bunny's bag of goodies. Hayes' loot was sugar free, but I managed to get my hands on some of my favorite Cadbury Eggs. 

We went to church, where Hayes participated in, yet another, Easter egg hunt! This time, we let him collect eggs on his own, then put them back on the ground for other kids to find. He was even sweet enough to hand them right over to other kids as he found them. Proud mama moment.

I'll leave you with a few more photos of our little family after church. 

I love how our Easter traditions have evolved now that we have kids. I always thought it was a fun and special holiday during my childhood, but I never knew how great it would be as a parent. It's hard to imagine this time next year having a baby girl to share it all with!

09 April, 2017

"A Baby is Brewing" - Baby Sprinkle

This weekend I hosted a very casual "sprinkle" (as opposed to a full on "shower") at the brewery we recently toured for our friends' baby boy due in June. The sun was shining, the beer was flowing (for those of us that could partake), and fun was had by all.

I kept the décor simple and neutral with a canvas drop cloth tablecloth, a tray from home for cookies, and beer bottles full of eucalyptus. I framed the invitation and used scrap wood to make a "A Baby is Brewing" sign.
Now continue scrolling for a picture dump of some of the party people.
The guest of honor and her family, including her sweet baby girl.

I forgot to take a picture with the mama, but I managed to grab some not-at-all-creepy candid shots.


Thank you, Cobra Brewing Company, for allowing us to host a great get together!
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