Wild Bridal Shower

Just before Christmas of this year, Jeff’s cousin will be getting married! He found the most amazing woman to share his life with and we couldn’t be happier for them! The first time Laura and I met, I fell in love with her too. We just clicked. Maybe its because she is a fellow Texan, y’all, or just because she is downright awesome! Either way, I’m thrilled to call her family and I was even more thrilled that I got to help plan her bridal shower. My family is made up of some pretty amazing women, and when we get together we really know how to have fun. So, together with my Mother-in-law, my Sister-in-law and my Aunt, we threw a beautiful shower complete with animal print, toilet paper dresses and plenty of Sangria.

This is the beautiful dessert table. I’m a firm believer that it’s all in the details! So, even though we used Hostess cupcakes, and Little Debbie zebra cakes, the presentation was stellar. I used plates and candle sticks to make cake stands. A little epoxy and some black spray paint created a gorgeous display. These were pieces I already had, so the only cost was .97 cents for a cheap can of black paint. Best part: I can paint them another color to use again for other parties 🙂

We had white wine sangria with fresh sliced fruit, as well as Spa Water which is simply water with sliced strawberries and cucumbers (or any fruit you like)

 

Lorelei’s 3rd Birthday!

Over the weekend we had a Gymnastic/Sweet Shoppe themed birthday party for Lorelei’s 3rd birthday. She won’t actually be 3 for a few more days, but it still has me thinking about how bittersweet it is. I’m so happy for who she is becoming, but sad at how quickly the time has gone. Some days, I wish I could go back to the newborn days and just rock with her a little longer, or watch her when she was learning to walk. When you are living the day to day life, it becomes so easy to get caught up in the routine and I often wonder if I spend enough time just enjoying my girls. I hope that they know that I love them to the moon and back and that I’m proud of every little accomplishment, no matter how small. I wonder if I am doing everything right for them and I wonder who they will become. Lorelei is such a smart, incredibly stubborn, independent little thing and her personality (while frustrating at times) is amazing. She is funny and cute and a wonderful singer. I can remember holding her in my arms after first bringing her home and imagining what she might look like and be like at this age. Back then, it seemed like such a far away thought and I can’t believe how quickly we got here. I cherish her and I hope that she has the most wonderful childhood and the happiest birthdays.

This was her Sweet Shoppe table. I had a very limited budget so I made chocolate dipped oreos, chocolate dipped rice krispie treats, cupcakes and bought some lollipops. I was inspired by desert tables I’d seen on Pinterest, and while not quite as fabulous, I think it got the point across for a very small amount of money.

I found the polka dot napkins on sale at Party City for $1 and the cute coordinating plates as well. I used plastic table cloths and pink wrapping paper for the table runner. I wanted it to be bright and cheery.

My best friend, Amy, happens to be the owner of the Kids Gym where her party was held. She ran the party and made it super special for Lorelei. She did the Parachute, wedge splat, forward rolls over the donut mat, and then Jumping on the air track. The kids had a blast…

…..So did the adults 🙂 That’s my sister-in-law, my sister and me. We were training for the olympics. Think we’ll make it?

We’ve started a tradition (whether he likes it or not:) ) to bake my bro-in-law a cake and sing to him since his birthday is only days apart from Lorelei’s. We love him and we want him know it!

Brothers 🙂

He loves camouflage so this year (thanks completely to pinterest) I made him this double layered beauty.

I think the Birthday Girl had a blast

Such a cutie pie

It was such a fun day, aside from the minor injury just as we were getting ready to leave. Lorelei tripped and split her chin open. I’ll spare you the gory details and pictures and just say that she is healing quite nicely and stitches were not needed. Thank you to everyone who made her day spectacular.

DIY Play Kitchen

This past Christmas, money was a bit tight, as was for a lot of people. We really wanted to do something big for the girls and a play kitchen was just the thing! There are pretty much 2 options when shopping for a play kitchen; You can have ugly plastic for pretty cheap or get a really cool wood kitchen and pay some serious dough. I wasn’t happy with either option, so we made our own! I was inspired by some really great kitchens I’d seen on Pinterest. My parents had this kind of ugly little cabinet. It was originally a cherry wood laminate and my mom was over it, so I quickly took it off her hands. I had some leftover red paint from a wall I painted in our last apartment and decide it would be the perfect kitchen color. I always have black paint on hand, so that was used for the burners and oven door as well as so some silver acrylic paint.

I found some wood knobs at Home Depot for $1 a piece, but I was stuck on what to do for the faucet. I walked up and down the aisles of our craft store and stopped in the wood craft section. A ‘J’  turned upside down would be perfect! It was about $1 and I used the same silver acrylic paint as the oven door.

We wanted it to seem pretty realistic, so we made sure all the knobs could turn and the oven door would open like a real oven door. We got some new hinges for $4 and attached them to the bottom of the door and added a silver pull for the handle for $3.

Two cooling racks serve as oven racks.

Jeff cut a hole in the top and we used a silver dog bowl as the sink!

I thought the girls would have to have some aprons to go with their new kitchen, so I made them each one to match. They are simply two potholders and a dishtowel cut in half! I found this black and white set at wal-mart for $6. I used red ribbon found in the clearance bin for $1 a roll to use for the neck and the tie back. I just did a simple stitch with the sewing machine and they were done in about 10 minutes.

Don’t they look cute?

They love it, I don’t have to look at an ugly plastic one all day, and since we had most of the materials on hand, it only cost us $21 to make!

Our Happy Little Family

Jeff and I met coaching gymnastics together. We were pretty great friends. He, myself and our other friend used to hang out sometimes after work. Then one day he asked me over for dinner. I was completely caught off guard. Did he ask my other friend to come? Was this a date? Did I even want to go on a date? I didn’t know how I felt about it so I did the most logical thing I could think of; I said sure! I still didn’t know what to expect once I got there, but it all became clear when he kissed me after dinner. That’s when I knew that I loved him. We have two beautiful, stubborn, hilarious and incredibly smart little girls and our awesome (although very catlike) dog named Izzy. She’s half husky, half Australian shepherd and 100% attitude. Lucky for us, she loves our girls as much as we do.

This is our sweet, silly Lily pad! She just turned 1 in January. She is almost always this serious when you point a camera in her direction. It’s like she refuses to be caught having fun. She cracks me up!

 

 

 

This is Lorelei, or Lolo, or Lolly Pop. She is 2 1/2 going on 16. When her mind is made up, that’s it. It’s her way or no way and I wouldn’t change her for the world! She is adorable and she knows it. She amazes me everyday.

(Photos courtesy of my super talented Sis-in-law!)

 

 

 

 

I’m the lucky lady that gets to spend the rest of her life with this guy 🙂

And our pretty little Pup, Izzy

She’s not huge a fan of the camera, either