Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Boo-tiful Bestie's Birthday!

Sure, today is Halloween. But wayyy more importantly, it's Katie's birthday! We have only known each other for a little over 3 years, but it feels like we've been friends for life. Some people say we are a lot alike. I don't know where they get that idea from, though. 

Last night was her 2nd annual Halloween Birthday Bash. It was TONS of fun, and I'll post the rest of the 1,658 pics later once I get them uploaded to my computer. Just for fun, though, here are a few from last year:

Happy birthday to my fabulous bestie. I love her to a million trillion zillion pieces and I thank God from the bottom of my heart for putting her (and Heffe' too, of course!) in our lives. She is truly one of the most genuine, sweet, and caring people that I've ever known. And another thing? She is stunningly beautiful with the prettiest blue eyes and a radiant smile that could warm even the coldest of hearts. Have I mentioned that I completely adore her?! :)

P.S.  Poor thing. She is turning 25! Can you believe how old she's getting? I'm thinking I may have to trade her in for a younger model before too long... 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bring on the candy!

Sarah over at Life {Sweet} Life posted a tutorial recently for a cute and inexpensive Halloween basket project. Originally we weren't going to take Harrison trick-or-treating this year since he's a wee baby and all, but Ashley and Joel are coming up to visit and now I have Harrison has a legitimate excuse to snag some candy. It really is a shame he only has two teeth and will therefore have to surrender the goods over to his parents. ;)

Anyway, this was a super easy and super cheap project. I got the bucket from Dollar Tree in the car wash section and I already had the scrapbook paper. So when I say cheap, I mean cheap. $1 total.

And because I can't resist, here are some pictures of my sweet lil' pumpkin.

Hope everybody has a great weekend. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rosemary Chicken

I've been trying out a few new crockpot recipes recently. It's pretty convenient to prep everything during Harrison's morning nap, which then frees up my time in the evening when things are usually pretty hectic without having to worry about cooking dinner.

I've made this recipe several times and it's definitely a keeper. Rick loves it despite the fact that it actually has veggies in it. Maybe he just doesn't realize they're in there? Either way, he requests this meal pretty regularly, it's healthy and super easy to prepare, so it is a winner in our house.

Rosemary Chicken

2 Tbsp oil
4-6 chicken breast halves
1 C carrots, sliced
1/2 C celery, sliced
1 15oz can Great Northern or other white beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp rosemary
1/3 C Italian dressing

In a large skillet, heat the oil and brown the chicken breast. Remove and drain. Place the carrots, celery, and beans in the bottom of the crockpot and add the chicken. In a medium bowl, combine the salt, pepper, rosemary, and Italian dressing and pour over the food. Stir to combine. Cover, cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

I serve over rice. Delish!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Show Us Your Life - Kids' Rooms

This week the home tour going on over at Kelly's Korner is all about kids' rooms. Harrison's nursery is probably my very favorite room of our house. Mostly because it's the room where I get to spend lots of special time with my little man rocking, nursing, and reading to him. But also because it's the one room of the house that is completely finished! I posted pictures when it was complete last year right before his arrival, so I'm just going to recycle some of those pictures and throw a few more recent ones in as well. Be prepared for picture overload -- I'm just warning you.  :)

Welcome to Harrison's nursery!

My dear friend Ashley made his welcome mum and we got a ton of compliments on it while we were in the hospital. I love it!

This is what you see when you first walk in:

I painted the canvases above his crib and painted and mounted wooden letters to them. A pretty easy and inexpensive project.

Here is another view. We got his dresser at a neat import store and I just love it. I'm going to love it even more when he doesn't need a changing table any more and I can move it to our foyer - haha!  The rocker/glider was actually a great find from, believe it or not, Walmart! I was very skeptical buying it online but have been so pleased with it. The floating shelves are from Ikea, the photo board (with no photos on it, I guess the room isn't completely finished) was made by my sweet friend Tienna, my mom made the framed bear for me when I was a baby and it used to be in my nursery, and the second photo board with H's newborn pics was made by the Hubster himself for our 3rd anniversary (we do traditional gifts and year 3 is leather - how sweet and thoughtful of a gift was that?! He even had "Baby Boyd" engraved at the bottom - it was before we knew the sex and before we had names picked out.) I love that there are so many sentimental things in his nursery.

This little guy is the very first thing we bought our peanut -- we got him on the day we found out I was pregnant (which happened to be on my about best birthday EVER!). I had fallen in love with him and wanted so badly to buy him but it took us much longer to get pregnant than we had expected and I refused to let myself buy anything baby-related until we knew we were going to be able to have one. It was the greatest feeling pulling him off the shelf and knowing that all of our prayers had finally been answered! He's very special and is sort of the inspiration for the nursery -- there are a couple of other sock monkey accents along with the red accent color.

I made this shelf, which was super easy and inexpensive. It was unfinished at Hobby Lobby and I just painted it, used scrapbook paper for the background, and painted and glued wooden letters to spell out his name.

I bought this bookcase when I was in college and was working part time at an unfinished furniture store. Originally I had stained it a medium brown color and we were using it in our office. My mom and Katie painted it red for me and we installed sock monkey fabric on the back panel, which I think gives it a fun finishing touch. Most of the books were mine as a child that my mom saved for me. (notice a few more empty picture frames...terrible, I know!)

Here's the Bible that we read stories out of every night before bedtime. If you are looking for a great children's bible I would highly recommend this one! I love the way the stories read and the art is fantastic as well.

Perfect view from the rocking chair of one of my favorite Bible verses that we put above his closet.

And here's the inside of his closet. We've been so blessed to not have to spend much money on his wardrobe. Between the grandmas, hand-me-downs from friends, and great yard sale finds, Harrison's got a very well-stocked closet! (Now I wish the cooler weather would hurry up and get here so I can actually break out all of the fall sweaters I'm dying to put him in!)

Here is his growth chart that I ordered off of Etsy when I was pregnant with him. I love it because it's canvas and I'll be able to roll it up and keep it forever. I'm getting ready to add his very first mark on his birthday right around the corner. Very bittersweet!

 We had this matte made before he was born and added his footprints, birth stats, and newborn picture. Everybody who came to visit him in the hospital and at home the first week signed it. I thought it was a neat idea to display everybody's comments instead of just putting them in the baby book. If he ever forgets just how much he's loved all he has to do is look at this frame. :)

And how could I not include a picture of my little peanut himself?! Here he is during naptime, you know, when he was supposed to be napping. Not a big fan of naps, this guy. At least he's somewhat gotten to the point where he sometimes plays in his crib. I love to spy on him and see what he does to entertain himself when he's supposed to be sleeping. And this is why I never get anything accomplished during the day. Ha!

I can't wait to see all those other kids' rooms!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I'm gonna get you!!!

I'm feeling pretty crummy these days and lack the energy to post anything of substance.

So for now you will have to settle for a video of my boys.

Hardly settling, if you ask me.  :)

Wordless Wednesday


{B.R.A.T. diet gone wrong. But appropriately titled. :)}

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Better late than never, right?

One of my friends and my cousin-in-law both just had babies recently. I had good intentions of making them adorable gifts and getting them in the mail quickly, but it just didn't happen. I did make them gifts, but they did not turn out quite as adorable as what was in my mind. And I did get them in the mail, just not exactly in a timely manner. Running behind? Seems to pretty much be the theme of my life these days!

Rick's cousin and his wife welcomed their second baby boy at the end of July. We've only seen pictures of sweet Austin, and can't wait to finally meet him in person! I decided to make him a few burp cloths since, you know, me and burp cloths are pretty tight. I made Harrison some before he was born without a clue how much use they would get. I sure hope Austin's parents won't need them nearly as much as we did!

I also made him this cute onesie that reads "Baby Boy." It reminds me of the opening credits of the Simpsons where they scan Maggie at the grocery store. I remember trying to pause it at exactly the right milisecond to see how much she rings up for but never could figure it out. Mind you, this was when I was a child and actually found the Simpsons amusing. Fast forward to today and not so much. But I'm married to an 8th grader trapped in the body of a 33 year old who very much still likes the Simpsons (and Family Guy, and Futurama, and King of the Hill, and American Dad, you get the idea) and just a few weeks ago I saw that they updated the show's intro and Maggie now rings up for $847.63! After a little bit of internet research I learned this is the figure for the average cost to raise a baby for a month in 1989. {I know this is a huge digression, but once I start I can't stop...}

Anyway, here is a picture of the onesie. At least I was lucky and had bought the 6-9 month size. I think I was subconsciously anticipating my tardiness.

My friend Ann welcomed her beautiful baby Olivia back at the end of August. I sort of have an excuse for my turtle pace in getting her gifts to her though, because Miss Olivia arrived 5 weeks earlier than expected. In fact, Ann and I were supposed to have lunch that week and had been emailing back and forth wrapping up the scheduling details, and then next thing I know I got an email not confirming our plans but instead announcing her surprise arrival! 

I was very excited to make something girly for a change. I decided once again on some burpies and also thought I'd try making my first set of bibs. I love, love, love the minky dot fabric but it is not very sewing-friendly. It stretches A.LOT. Combine slippery fabric and my beyond novice skills, and the end product was not so pretty. I almost didn't send them, I was that embarrassed of my work. 

When I say novice skills, I'm not exaggerating. It had been so long since I had used my sewing machine that I actually had to break out the instructional dvd and re-learn some of the steps (like how to even thread the dang thing). And then (and I can't believe I'm even about to admit this) I ran out of bobbin right when I was wrapping up the project. This frustrated me because it meant that I had to wait to finish up until I could get to the fabric store and buy more bobbin. I didn't feel like going all the way to JoAnn's, so I tried CVS. No luck. Walmart was right up the street, so I reluctantly headed there. After all, I needed some more bobbin! After fighting the crowds and finally finding what I needed, Harrison and I returned home. I sat down at the sewing machine and after getting the stupid bobbin case stuck in the machine I realized that I bought the wrong size. It was when I was 10 minutes into trying to dig the lodged case out that it finally dawned on me. I had just wasted an hour going to 2 different stores just to buy the wrong size bobbin when I never needed to leave in the first place because, DUH! You just re-thread the empty bobbin case. To say that I had a complete blonde moment is quite an understatement. Can we say FLAKE?

Anyway, after all of the drama, here are the end results. Just squint your eyes and pretend the seams are straight:

And now I need to get busy working on a few projects I have in mind for Harrison's big birthday right around the corner. I'm going to try my best not to stain the fabric with my tears...
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