Saturday, February 27, 2010

Coolest Wallpaper Ever

So I stumbled upon this cool wallpaper this morning and am GAGA over it! You can draw right on it, or paste up preschool artwork, or family pictures or whatever. How super cool right!

I found it on this awesome website Project Nursery. Soooo worth checking out! Lots of cute DIY projects, great links, just a great mommy site.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Domestic Diva

I decided to take on the challenge of pre-making meals. It was so wonderful having frozen home cooked dinners in the freezer when we came home from the hospital so I wanted to restock the supply. Mom helped me tackle the task and we spent a full day (noon to 7pm) cooking. We ran out of room in the kitchen so some of the assembly happened on the stairs. In the end we'd made an absolute mess but I had 26 meals large enough for leftovers for the low low price of $150. WOW! I'm so impressed with myself . . . I bet even Betty Crocker would be proud.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mia's first smile

Today Mia is 4 weeks old and she celebrated the milestone by smiling a big gummy smile at her mommy. Oh the little things that melt your heart!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is about love . . . so naturally we decided to spend the day with the two little girls we desperately adore! Who want's to go out to a restaurant stuffed to the rafters with couples trying to drum up some romance when your heart is tied to the two precious darling sweetie pies waiting for you at home?
Mommy got up early to make a tray of cinnamon rolls and cantaloupe slices (Eva's favorite) and we all ate them together in mommy and daddy's bed. We let Eva make the evening plans and her idea of a great night included a heart shaped pizza from Papa Murphy's and a family movie . . . Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Not the most romantic Valentine's Day ever but definitely sweet. I wouldn't have changed it for the world!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Rosie the Tarantula

On Saturday we took the girls to the Butterfly Pavilion where Eva held Rosie the tarantula! She was so brave. There were older boys who waited in line and then freaked out when they got up to the chair but not Eva. She sat right down, pulled up her sleeve, stuck out her hand, and was totally engrossed. She also got to touch some sea stars and was surprised that one was soft and fuzzy while the other was hard and bumpy. When it came to the butterfly house she had a hard time remembering not to touch the butterflies, they were just begging to be picked up. She spent a few minutes deep in thought as she gazed at the cocoon wall and then turned to let us know that these cocoons used to be caterpillars like the Hungary Caterpillar that ate through all the junk food (Eric Carlisle’s Very Hungary Caterpillar book) so she totally got it. What a smart girl.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Eva and Mia: Sisterly Love

Eva has continued to be such a loving big sister. At bedtime we always read stories as part of our routine. I've been putting Mia to bed first so that Eva and I can have some one on one time together; but yesterday at nap time she wanted me to let Mia join us for her bedtime story. She held Mia in an upright sitting position cradled against her chest so that Mia could see the pictures. She kept absentmindedly stroking Mia's hand or kissing her head. It warmed my heart to see her sweet affection for her little sister. I snapped these pics of the two of them last night. Aren't they just precious little girls!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Superbowl XLIV

Well, our beloved Colts didn't quite make it happen on Sunday and David was all bummed out for two days. We had a fun afternoon though at Grammy and Pop Pop's house and I was glad that we were with people who understood that you don't tease David when his team loses! If we'd been at one of the other parties, our friends might have taken the opportunity to rub in the loss and I would've had a grizzly bear on my hands! As it turned out, Mia was enough of a lovely distraction and David was only mildly bummed. Isn't she cute in her little Colts outfit. It is the same outfit Eva wore when the Colts won the Superbowl in 2007. Eva's little pink cheerleading outfit was adorable too.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Girls' Room

Girlie, girlie, pretty and girlie! Eva and Mia's fuschia and baby blue room is decked out with sparklie butterlies and tutu tulle bedskirts. Eva loves her pretty pink room and can't wait to share it with her new little sister.

This first picture is the view you first notice from the doorway. It is the right side of the room, the crib and Eva's bed, and the wall art I came up with. I painted an old frame white, upholstered an insert with fuschia organza, then finished it with white branches and butterflies. It's my favorite part of their room.

One of my nesting obsessions during this pregnancy was tutu bedskirts. I had seen some frilly tulle bedskirts at Pottery Barn Kids and fell in love but they were a really pale pink and I wanted dark hot pink so I decided to make them . . . what a great idea that was! Working with tulle is maddening but luckily I had my experienced mom to help me through it and they turned out absolutely adorable! I'm not completely done with them yet. I made little tulle rosettes and plan to trim the top edge with them.

The far window wall is hung with white cotton curtains that I let a few butterlies land on and is flanked on either side with shelves where Eva's princess dresses are on display.

On the left wall between the door to their super cute bathroom and the closet (which you can't see) is their dresser and Eva's favorite books. Her collection of Disney princess dolls are sitting on the shelf for this picture but that's the only time they've ever been up there as they go absolutely everywhere she does.

Another one of my pregnancy obsessions was installing beadboard in the girls' bathroom. I wrangled Pop Pop into helping me and instead of watching the Rose Parade during the New Year's holiday weekend, we transformed the bathroom from boring white bla to fun and fabulous!