Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Combining the Boys' Room

A few months before I became pregnant we had already decided that the boys would share a bedroom. They had already been sharing beds pretty much for the last year and when they slept separately the youngest ended up coming into our room. Our hope was if they shared a room it would keep him from wondering into our bed.

We decided on converting our oldest son's room because it is one of the larger rooms.


When he was 2.5 we did a Curious George Theme...



He is now 9 and overdue for a makeover.


We decided to go with a Minecraft theme, a game they both love. Simplicity is my aim especially if we decide to move I don't want to have to repaint the whole room so we chose one wall to be a mural.


First we taped off squares on the "feature" wall, then we painted the lower half and all other walls Gliddens Pebble Gray (stone blocks). Followed by a layer of dirt blocks.



Luckily all the paint we used, with the exception of buying more Pebble Gray, was paint we had used on other projects.

After we painted the blue sky and removed all of the tape it was time for me to go in and hand paint the black lines. I am sure there was an easier and more effective way to do this besides using the laser level and a kind of steady hand but I didn't want to wait a few days for the paint to cure and to tape again. Plus in Minecraft it is pixilated anyway ;)


I had a hard time finding square sponges so we bought the round ones on a stick in various sizes and then cut them into a square. My husband did a great job of creating our coal, gold, and diamond blocks.


I loved how well it came out that I had a hard time putting the bed on that wall so we changed up the layout...not really an easy task and if I knew how well it would turn out I would have switched the feature wall to be the other end of the room. It all worked out though.


I found full size bunk beds on sale at Overstock.com for $430, oh and that included the navy blue comforter on bottom. Then we had to purchase another full size mattress but overall we spent a total of $700 on the room. Included in that was the bean bag chairs for their Christmas/Birthday gifts and the letters C&C for their YouTube channel. Everything else we reused from one of their rooms. Our plan is to go in and refinish the dressers but we are not in a hurry for those projects right now.



We started the project the first couple weeks of December and officially finished it on December 26. We recorded them seeing their room for the first time. You can see it here!




We have added an Ender Portal (chore chart) and plan to change a few other things like the picture above the bookcase. While we like it the vinyl does not stay on the wall. I have to go in daily to smooth it out.






Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Surprise!

It has been quite a while since I last posted and very sporadic the last few months. Its not that I haven't had anything to say but just extremely exhausted.

See it started in November with me getting sick and by December my dear husband was telling me I had to stop working out so I could get better. I really didn't want to listen but I did and he was right although it still took until the end of January.

In mid January I signed up for the GoGirl Half Marathon which is in June. I had 10 weeks to basically start back to running about 3 miles a few times a week. My goal was to PR my Roots N' Blues time of 2:08...I wasn't consistent though.


The boys had swim lessons 2 days a week, I am still adjusting to our new real estate office and trying to transfer things around, school, babysitting, husband's school...Oh and Kentrell "moved" back in for a couple of months. You get it life was just GO GO GO! In February we were struck with a few days of bad news which kind of set me off into what I thought was depression.




I filled my time trying not to think of the things bothering me with a field trip to see the Pompeii exhibit at Union Station (along with girls night), exercising, and trying to catch up on housework. By the end of March I was finally pulling out of my funk.






It really helps when you get to cuddle a new born. My niece was born in March so we have been making several trips up to see her...and the rest of the family. My poor husband was going through a cycle of cluster headaches which seem to have now ended in the last week.



So life seems to be getting back on track I'm still exhausted but it could have something to do with our Easter Surprise for family and friends...


The boys are beyond excited! Check out their reactions when we told them on their YouTube channel Adventures with C&C!

And for those wondering yes I am still planning to race on June 3rd, I may not be meeting my time goal but I will be finishing the race 22 weeks pregnant. Training has been going well for the last 3 weeks. I will try to do better about keeping you all updated along the way to this new journey.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Tea Party Baby Shower

My sister is expecting! It has been Facebook official for a few weeks now so I think I'm allowed to tell here. 😊 We are all very excited. She is due in a few weeks and we threw her a baby shower mainly for family and a few friends.

I haven't ever been in charge of throwing a shower for someone else so this was a new and a bit overwhelming experience at first. The easiest part as coming up with the theme... Baby's First Tea Party!

Of course the first place we hit was Pinterest to get ideas. We set our goals high and then came crashing back down later. Truly I wonder how some of these people put together these elaborate showers without killing each other and spending so much time and money on something that lasts an hour.

While there were so many ideas I thought back to when we were kids and what we would do...Barbies, Pretty Pretty Princess, and tea parties. That was it, we could do a Tea Party and give baby her first tea set. Our inspiration began to flow once we found the perfect book to use as a guest book. "A Little Sweet Tea" by Christina Bynum Breaux.


Next was figuring out where, this really helped us determine what the end result could be. First thought was my parents house but then it comes down to wanting to be able to make it a little more special and having room for potentially 40 people. After a lot of looking around and changing dates we were able to secure a location. It was perfect because my grandma only had to walk down the hall and it was a pretty blank slate for us to work with.

To order invitations or make them...that was a difficult decision. I found so many I liked but after looking at the price decided to attempt it on my own. It was pretty easy in the end. May not have been able to use the lace to wrap around it...I am not crafty but we still were able to use the color theme and pearls.


Since the 3 of us hosting the shower live at the very least 2 hours apart we couldn't get together to plan except at Thanksgiving. Which is also when we had planned to hand out most of the invitations.

Who would have known that the next 6 weeks would become some of the craziest for all of us but in the end it all came together. (I started this post in January and just now posting it in March so things didn't slow down really)

Most of what we used was either from Hobby Lobby or borrowed. I don't know what I would have done if it wasn't for some dear friends letting me borrow tea pots and my mom's collection of several china sets.


The week before the shower was a bunch of running around doing last minute errands. Buying silk flowers realizing how expensive and how I would probably never reuse them so changing to real. Making chicken salad sandwiches, cupcakes, and doing a run through at my moms.

Unfortunately the other hostesses were also feeling the stress when their children became sick and one couldn't make it. Sad she couldn't come but to drive 5 hours and be away from a very sick child (my niece)...we all knew she needed to be at home. I am thankful that the other lived much closer so they were able to pop in to come to the shower and still get back to their sick one quickly.


I picked up a plastic pink tablecloth and then put one of my mom's lace table cloths over it and hung the fans (not sure what they really are called) from some pearl string I had picked up to use on the invitations (was suppose to tie the lace envelope that never made it).


The cupcakes were placed on stacked china plates and tea cups. I went simple with the icing on the cupcakes just adding a few edible pearls. The cookies were the hit of the party made by my sister-in-laws mother which luckily only lives an hour away from me. She always does a great job.



We ordered the gold patterned plates through Amazon and the pink were from Walmart.



I did figure out what to do with the lace I bought for the invitations...It brought the drink table together perfectly. Oh and instead of doing a true tea party we did lemonade and ice tea because we decided simpler is better.



Last minute add was the quote I framed. "Today I'd like to sit and sip, Forget about the world a bit. Ignore the things I have to do, And enjoy a cup or two." Author Unknown



I found this sign at Party City and thought it would be perfect for baby's room and a little more gold.





Here are a few more random pictures from a memorable day. We were all going to dress up in "tea" attire but it was a bit to cold to request it still.



Thank you for those who were able to come, my niece was blessed greatly. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Minnesota Vikings

So if November was so last minute it had to carry over into December. The very first thing was a trip to Minnesota to visit family, Kentrell. It would also be our first NFL game!

After an 8.5 hour drive in the dark and very few places to stop we finally made it to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Checked into our hotel just after midnight but it was worth the wait. This was the first time we have stayed in a big city and had a room on the 16th floor. It was a great view to fall asleep with.


Of course we ended up sleeping in a bit but up in time for Kentrell to surprise the boys. You can't tell that we haven't seen him in a couple months.


Some things never change.


I have never been to Minnesota so of course we headed to Mall of America. I'm not a big shopper nor a person who cares for crowds but it is one of those places you have to go to just to say you have been...especially when you are in town for less than 48 hours and to cold to do much site seeing.

The boys really wanted to go on a ride but couldn't agree on anything but the obstacle course which wasn't open yet. We had missed breakfast so we had an early lunch at Rainforest Cafe. The boys really didn't want to eat there, they wanted Subway, but after going in they changed their minds. The animals helped keep them occupied. The food was ok noting to be excited to go back for but the experience was worth it.

On to get some "fan" gear for the game.


We should have hit the shops before lunch because it was packed...like lines circling the store several times to checkout busy. So I kept the boys busy...


They wanted to take a picture with the mannequin while waiting. Daddy is finished heading our way and one of Kentrell's teammates is in the background.

As we were leaving we noticed the obstacle course was finally open. Here is the thing...one of my boys is very cautious about everything and the other is an adrenaline junkie...not only that BUT I could not be on the same obstacle as the hesitant one while I was REQUIRED to be no more than an arms length away from the adventurer.


My oldest had to be helped across on this one, then he decided he had enough, if I had went first I think he would have been fine. He wants to try it again. The younger one wanted to go to the top (3 stories up) and do some crazy ones but I wasn't feeling it. Mainly because both of us walking together made the cables shake so much and I was more worried about making him slip...ok maybe me too.

We made it back to get our tickets and start walking to the game. Yes, you heard that right we decided to walk about 20 minutes in December in Minnesota! It really wasn't bad on the way because we used the skywalks up until the last 3 or 4 blocks because we needed to get food and all places were closed along the walkways. The boys got their wish and had Subway for dinner, except they didn't have the makings for a pizza sub. I was a bit disappointed, that is my go to sandwich there.


We arrived safely and found our seats without to much confusion. Along with almost 67,000 other people.



From our seats we could feel the fire from the dragon as the players ran out.



We arrived in plenty of time so the boys killed time fighting Pokemon...later the youngest fell asleep in the middle of the game. Not sure how he is able to do that but it is not the first time.


There he is! I don't know if we truly paid attention to any of the game except when Kentrell was on the field...


One of the rare times I like a photo of just me... ok any picture of me.


After the game, they lost to the Dallas Cowboys, we went to the players' lounge to wait for the team to change and be released. It was kinda cool being down there and learning more about the other players...well their families.


We walked back to the hotel. Not going to lie it was cold. The skywalks were closed so we had to walk on the sidewalks. It wasn't bad, actually shorter but the wind was brutal. The boys kept it together until about a block away when the younger could hardly feel his hands. Although they fell fast to sleep once we got back.

The next morning we packed up and I took the boys for a quick swim before checking out. We had the pool to ourselves...well except the gym is a wall of windows that look in on the pool so we felt like we were on display.


We spent the rest of the day with Kentrell mainly at the arcade in Mall of America and just chilling at his house before heading back home. It may have been a quick trip but can't say we will forget it.