Tuesday, December 21, 2010

We will see what I can come up with…

I am too tired to write, but still wanted to.  The journal-er in me.  Lola has been up 4 consecutive nights now… first night from midnight to 4 a.m.  And the last 3 nights, she has woken up at 3:30 a.m. and last night didn’t really go back to sleep good until the sun came up.  But the fever finally hit today and she has been a little roller coaster.  She took a long nap (yay for me!) and eventually crashed tonight.  I mixed Motrin and Benadryl and I hope that was okay.   She was scratching her skin so bad it was bleeding (hives) and she had a high fever which I didn’t think the Benadryl would take care of… no wonder she crashed tonight!  Bless her heart- she just isn’t a baby that likes to be down…

So on to more fun things… Aubrey turned 2 this week and we had a great time celebrating Sunday with her and Laura!  I won’t share pics yet since Aubrey’s mom is a little slow in posting them first ;)  Actually there is a hilarious one on Facebook I need to figure out how to copy.  Oh! I did it!  Isn’t this funny?  My child LOVES to hug her friends!  Happy Birthday Aubrey!!!!


More fun!  Lola’s 12 days of Christmas from Nonna (and Ba).  Here is how they showed up to deliver it… can you believe these crazy kids?

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Funny thing is she knows when I get each gift out each day that it’s from Nonna.  Dang.  I secretly thought she would think it was from me!  Haha… one of her funny gifts were these pretend reading glasses for girls!  She loves Nonna and Ba’s so she got her own pair:

She looks so hilarious here…

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One of Lola’s favs is this huge foam Elmo puzzle which she attempts to drag around with her and then brings him to me and says “broke, help momma”

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I need to download the video of her saying “thank you Nonna”  It’s so sweet. 


I love when people see Lola’s energetic personality and ask if she is like that all the time… um… pretty much.  Us at home taking pics… 

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Oh the time she isn’t like this: bedtime… her pitiful little hand reaching for us…


We only do this when we are desperate and we leave her in there long enough to wear down so we can rock her…

My favorite two people (heart, heart):

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I made little clothes for this naked doll Laura ordered off Ebay for Aubrey- but Lola got pretty attached over the few days we had her…

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My little sickling woke up… night night! Pray for a better night tonight for us!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Videos! Yay! New and Old

Okay- so there are so many videos because I feel like it might be the best way to know I always have them… so I uploaded some of my favorite old ones.  Her newborn ones give me way too much baby fever- but Lola’s current late night ups seem to even it all back out.  Smile  I love looking back at the old ones because you can just hear the love and joy in my voice- - it’s that new momma’ love thing that we can’t possibly explain…



Lola is saying some of her words here- sorry for the no shirt thing- we just ate a messy lunch…


This is Lola chilling out after school.  She loves finding this jacket and wearing it buttoned around the house.  Weirdo.  But it’s weird seeing her lay there.  It can last up to ten minutes!  I can’t wait till she wants to watch the whole movie!

Never seen Lola so still. She is

I sound so hick in this video, but something about it I love- I think it’s because I sound so giddy over Lola. 



I actually just found all my videos, so I guess I will post more soon because I want to have them forever.  Oh blog and internet- never fail me.  Please. 

Classic Santa Picture

I knew it would like this and honestly I was kind of glad, because everyone needs this exact picture in their stash.  And for the record- Lola LOVES the idea of Santas… she loves seeing drawings of Santas, lights decorated with Santa, big blow up Santas- just not real-life Santas.  Thanks Gram for inviting us up to work to see Santa!  It was nice not to have to stand in line for an hour, especially since Lola was not digging him.   But she does love Candy Canes!!


Look how far Lola is trying to lean back away from him, but she is still attempting to eat her candy cane!  Haha- oh Lola.  You are such a good multi-tasker!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ohhhh Amazon…

How come I love you so much these days?    My bank account feels a little differently about you though.  Oh why must you tempt us? 

Natalie + Etsy = a bit frustrated…

Well I finally opened a shop on Etsy and thinking it would be easy breezy was a joke. 

Check me out.  I have one lonely listing, but I have 25 more to list!  I just need to figure out a few more things before I go crazy on Etsy.  There is a lot that is confusing and leaves me frustrated… so I will finish it up (hopefully) this weekend!


First School Picture

Lola’s first school picture… tear.  Okay, so not real, real school- but close enough. 

I almost didn’t buy the package, but I just couldn’t stand not having her first picture.  

I can’t believe she even stood still and looked at the camera.  Amazing.  What a great first school picture Lou Lou!  Love ya!



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tricycle Kind of Day



Look at all her hair!  It’s getting so thick!  She is getting loads better at sitting in the sink (no water of course) while I blow dry it!  It makes for a simple, quick and cute hairdo.



Oh did I mention it was also a great day for staining?  Haha… I have finally gotten around to staining my amazing (and custom!) spool holder!  Thanks Santa (Debbie!)!  I used a spray stain- which was great and let it sit for 15 minutes then wiped off the rest.  I think it’s going to turn out great.  Can’t wait to get her back in her room- her little colorful friends miss her. 



I feel like in a lot of ways this picture sums up my days…

Lola playing, me playing, and somehow making the two collide really well. 


P.S.  In the last month I have had more people ask me if Lola is two!  I guess she is looking older and older… if you ask her how old she is, she tells you two because when we tried to teach her to say one, she would just always yell “twooooo!” because she thinks we are counting.  Hahaha… a lady at Lowes today asked her how she was and she grinned a crooked grin and confidently said “two.”  The lady said “That’s what I thought!” before I had time to say anything at all.   Oh well.

Monday, December 13, 2010


These key chains that once again Prudent Baby shares are so addicting!  I am about to make some more, but use more fabric and ruffles.  I love the ones with fabric over trim/ribbon and I may even put some felt on them! :)


Made from vintage sewing fabric that I got at a garage sale… in love.


Lola’s all grown up…

Lola loves it when she gets to take a shower in my bathroom.  It’s a tiny shower and really I am quite jealous of her bathroom, but for whatever reason she always wants to shower in mine.  So this morning I let her and it really is so cute.  I even let her wear the towel turban.  Haha…


All dressed with freshly blow dried hair!


Playground and Pizza

So Aunt Kebby surprised me this weekend, which worked out great because I needed my sis time!   And tonight she is staying over!  After all we did this weekend, today seemed a bit on the boring side for Lola so we took her to the playground and then for some pizza.  Not a bad $5 day. 












Thursday, December 9, 2010

Before and After!


“But Momma... I want a

big girl room!”


Lola and I have this telepathic thing going on… so I knew she wanted a big girl room bad! Lou-Lou- dry up those fake tears… Your momma is always up for some thrifty decorating… so it began!  And two days later her entire room was brand new… well, kind of.  

Some house hunters walk through houses and are horrified by tiny bedrooms… not me.  I love them.  As my mother says, “Smalls rooms demand where things go” and she loves that about them… and I do too.  But I still love options- so I wanted to reconstruct Lola’s room.

“Ohhhhh Paw-Paw!” 

Before I really committed to this project I had to know in my mind if I planned on using the same room for our next baby, but after much thought my heart just couldn’t bare moving Lola to another room.  This was her little precious room.  New baby gets new precious room.  Lola gets updated new but same room.  And she loves. 

Okay let’s get to the pictures…. eeek.

Old room- the nursery right before she arrived (awe)… (if you want to see the changes along the way- they are scattered through old post- but this is the beginning…)


The rocker has been long gone (and just sold it on craigslist for  more than I bought it for!) and a few months back she got a pretty, fluffy carpet rug that we stole out of Kebby’s Nick’s room.  Over all the shelves and toy chest ate up a lot of space and the paint was always a bit dark although cozy for a little, sleeping baby, but not for a crazy 19 month old girl.  Still love that cheap brass (heavy brass) chandelier we painted cream.  (ps- if you are an avid blog reader- you know our crib was to die for gorgeous, but Lola just never thought so- she has had a big girl bed since she was 12 months.)


Hello big girl room:



The miniature floor lamp was a great find from Goodwill… after looking everywhere on the Internet and having no luck, I drove to our local Goodwill and lo- and behold- there is was.  Smiling at me and me back and her.  It’s been in a closet just waiting to be used.




Okay so a quick run down…

  • Thanks to Paw-Paw, we were able to take the gigantic toy chest out (that I didn’t use for storage) and thanks to previous owner, put down flooring that was left behind.  The bad thing is if you take a toy chest out of a babies room, you got to give the mom a paint brush.  I was going to have to paint the shelves where they were hidden a long with the wall which meant I might as well take 008the opportunity to paint the entire room a lighter color, right?  Well again, thanks to grandparents, Maw-Maw gave me money to buy two whooping cans of Sherwin Williams paint, called Wisteria Greige.  Love then name.  Luckily I had the special rolller it takes for that intense texture and all the supplies. 
  • Pretty new curtains from lavender gingham I made a couple months ago.  I love them.  I painted the curtain rod cream to blend in with everything else.  It was bronze.  Love the crystal knobs on them so had to save it.  Curtains cost me $25 to make which included 6 yards of fabric and 6 yards of lining.
  • Her bed is the same.  I bought the Jenny Lind bed at Target and painted it cream since I couldn’t find a cream one anywhere!
  • The rug, thanks to Kebby, adds a great cozy, play element and it really helped her become more settled in there.  (Funny thing- the carpet rug in my room did the same thing for me!  Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!)
  • I redid the shelves (still may move things around some) to give it a decorated, yet little girl playroom feel.  I like it much better.  And her toy collection is growing!

Sidenote:  A big idea to moms- don’t let your kids’ rooms get overcrowded.  It’s so easy to let happen but they play much better with fewer things out.  Lola has little containers stacked in her closet with food, little toys, dishes, etc... that we get down to play with, then clean up and put back up.  Also, just read in a magazine and it turns out to be right on, if you have special toys that they can only play with at certain times, like during “independent play time” then they are more than likely to encourage them to play on their own for a bit and they feel like it’s special time instead of their in trouble time.  It works moms!  Try that instead of “Please just go play in your for a bit!”  Have you said that yet to your kids today!?  Haha

  • Okay I do have a TV in her room but before anyone bust out with babies shouldn’t watch TV and it’s not good until they are 2 or 3… well that’s all dumb because there isn’t cable in her room and she watches educational videos (Does Elmo count?) and it really helped her learn to play in her room and not right by my feet all the time.  It has been a lifesaver.  I already had the TV and Target was out of cheap DVD players so we opted for a Sony one that was $40 which is not like me, but people- this was a great $40 spent.


Okay so I couple things I have to point out- this bear was bought off Etsy which the Paintedshed no longer carries this type of stuff.  BUT it’s one of two of my favorite things in Lola’s room.  It was a big splurge at $35 even. 


And this is my other fav!  I adore it and will never, ever be able to get rid of it.  Yes Laura, I have a few things that I love and are sentimental just not the rocker!  Haha…  I bought this at an Antique store and got it for $17 after I begged the lady to call the dealer to see if she would take $17.   It worked.  It was already framed and ready to be hung.  Just needed to be dusted a tad.   Love. 


Here’s her fluffy carpet everyone loves to lay on.  It is amazing.  Homegoods.  Funny store (well to me) this carpet was pretty expensive but since I have no carpet in my house I knew it could be used in any rooms for years…. well there was one almost just like it for half the price but I couldn’t give up the extreme thickness this one offered so after much desperation, a toddler meltdown (me I am talking about) my mom so generously had a weak moment and split the difference with me.  I can tell this story bc my dad doesn’t read the blog.  Hahahaha!  Thanks mom- Lola and I love this carpet.  Why was I wasting it in a guest room??? Thanks Kebby for the idea to move it over to Lola’s! 


I had to get Paw-Paw t finish off the room with new electrical plugs and plate covers.  Two out of the 4 were still old and I am obsessed with changing these things (the actual plug part).   I don’t know what it is about that yet it sure makes me happy!  So clean.


The room just feels so much larger, it’s unbelievable what taking out the chest did and lightening the wall/ceiling color.  I knew it would make a difference but not this kind.

And the best part about the makeover was it only cost me $15 total.  No lie. Glue for putting the floor down, plugs, and floor cleaner. 

Anyways I am in love with her room and she seems to be too.  She goes to the now empty space inbetween her bookshelves and says “Kaw-Kaw” because she knows Paw-Paw made that space new and pretty for her!  

I laid in her bed last night watching her just play with all her kitchen stuff and babies and wonder how do they really grow so fast? 

A special thanks to Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw for helping me get this done so fast!

And a big brag on Lola for entertaining me all day Tuesday while I painted.  You were the best painting partner and I am still amazed at how good you were.  I should have left one of those paint footprints you made on your floor as a memory.  Darn mop.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Oh busy day...

How does a day that had no plans end up so busy and long? Oh yes... I like projects. Do I? My track record proves a yes on that. Lola just crashed and I'm about to snuggle up with Clayton and watch some Conan.

Post some cute pics this week and a fun before and after... Scratch the fun- make that cheap.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Etsy Addiction

It’s impossible not to get all giddy over the thousands of creative homemade and vintage lovelies on Etsy… therefore it makes for an addicting site, but I am proud to say I am not half as bad as my mother! Haha…

But I only have a minute and I saw this adorable garland from YoYo Cottage so wanted to share it!  Of course I wonder if I could make it, but her prices are darn good- so the temptation to try has immediately left my brain (for now).  She has some in all colors and I think this would be so cute for parties, baby rooms, etc… Love it.


YoYo CHRISTMAS GARLAND Yo Fabric Quilt Feather Tree Handmade Party Banner Bunting Card Holder Baby Shower Ribbon Curtain 9'

YoYo CHRISTMAS GARLAND Yo Fabric Quilt Feather Tree Handmade Party Banner Bunting Card Holder Baby Shower Ribbon Curtain 9'

Missed the cute pillow!  I love it!

Handmade YoYo Quilt Pillow Shabby Fabric French Cottage Chic Christmas Peppermint Red White 1/2 OFF