Friday, July 18, 2014

Chalkboard Project

We are FINALLY getting around to hanging pictures in the house! Who knew hanging pictures would be so time consuming! Anyway we have this empty wall at the edge of our kitchen that I knew needed something where we could put our notes/grocery list/menu ideas. 

A few years ago I saw this idea on Pinterest and got totally pumped and made it. Dustin wasn't quite so thrilled (and we never really had anywhere it would fit in to hang before) so it sat in a box until we moved again. Well it doesn't really match our decor (I probably could have just changed out the paper backgrounds) and I wanted something bigger for that wall since we aren't putting anything on the fridge like magnets/lists etc. So I decided I wanted to try a chalk board- since they are all the rage these days.

I would totally link back to Jessica at Little Baby Garvin blog for this project's inspiration but since my computers broken and I don't have those capabilities check out her blog at and thank me later! Seriously how cute are her kiddos?!

Anyway I was racking my brain on how to build one (she built hers out of plywood and trim). We have extra trim and can find extra plywood all over our neighborhood since it's a construction zone but then I saw an old cork board lying in the back of the garage and knew that would suffice! So we taped her up and a-spraying a went! 
Also used the back so the front would still be able to be used as a cork board! 
After I sprayed it the first time we ran some errands and when we came home it was dry so being the giddy school girl I had to try it out....bad idea. It left indentations on the board (I guess the let dry 24 hours directions really does mean something;)). So I gave it another quick coat the next day and viola good as new and works perfect! 

Since we used the back there wasn't any hooks to hang it by, so Dustin being the handy man he is, added some to it so it wouldn't fall down every time we wrote on it!

After we hung it up I rubbed the entire chalkboard with chalk like the paint directions said. 

And then wiped it off.

I love the way it fits on the wall and how it matches our decor now!

Fun fact: I hate the feeling of chalk on my fingers and always told myself if I were a teacher I would want dry erase instead of a chalk board! 

Oh and this little peanut slept not 10, not 12 but almost 14 hours last night! She most know we are heading to the lake tomorrow and she wanted to be rested up!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Life Lately

Life lately has been pretty uneventful! It seems like all we do lately is go to the lake, not that I'm complaining, get home from the lake-semi unpack-do laundry/dishes/clean-and repack for the lake again. 

Brylee plays in her stroller that her grandpa made her ALL. THE. TIME. She also realized that it is the perfect height to look out the window and play with the blinds. Little stinker!

Brylee's top teeth have finally come through. Breast feeding has been interesting nonetheless let's just say! (Is it just us or do mouth pictures gross other people out too even if it's your own kids?)
Brylee read is some gossip on the way to the lake. 
We get as  much  fishing and jetskiing in as we can! 

Brylee now wants a dog...
Teething sucks! Sometimes extra cuddles are nice even at 3 in the morning!
And since Brylee's turning ONE!!! we have been working on "how old are you Brylee? Are you one?" And holding up one finger so she will do the same. She must be getting sick of this game because now we get this....
Oh yeah my computer broke! Yay me! 

But today we went to the local street fair with vendors from all over. I picked up a few new signs for the house and Brylee got a free balloon! And now the ballon is at the top of our vaulted ceilings! Totally my bad...she loved her balloon.

Brylee also learned a new game...lay my head in ketchup on the restaurant table....this kid I tell you.

Notice her straw. She's obsessed!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fun Night at the Park

Tonight our park district put on a family night at the park! It was actually pretty fun considering Brylee is only 11 months! 

There was inflatable games, wagon rides, horse drawn carriage rides, free kites and lots of food! 

We only rode the horse carriage ride but Brylee had a blast! 

She watched those horses pretty closely. She would wave to them and talk to them.

Since it was actually hot out today we had to have some snocones! Brylee loved them! It must have felt amazing on her poor teeth! (The top two front are completely through!) Also I'm surprised we managed to keep the blue off of her white shirt! 

At the end of the night Brylee was beat! She fell asleep watching all of the kids playing with their kites before we even left the park on our walk home! 
Hat, Shoes

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Brylee's Birthday Planning

I cannot believe this little peanut...

will be ONE in a matter of weeks! 

Seriously these past eight, nine, almost 11 months have flown by (I've been trying to finish this post for a few months now)! Anyway since Brylee's birthday is at the end of summer (August 19) we plan on having her party at my parents lake site. The theme were going with is camping/fishing/cabin.  See my idea board on Pinterest here
We made this picture for Dustin for Father's Day. It will be displayed at her party though!
I know that she won't remember it but we will and you only have one first birthday right? Right! 

There are a few things I know for sure will be present at her party...

1) A smash cake of some sort. Probably a fish or maybe a bobber because that would be easy to decorate and I obviously need a lot of practice. See my practice run here. I also plan on making cupcakes and cake pop bobbers/fish and marshmallow bobbers/fish.

2) S'mores trail mix bar. I plan on doing this in lieu of "thank you for coming" treat bags. I'm thinking Golden Graham's, mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, pretzels, gummy worms-keeping the fishing/camping theme going- and whatever else that may go well with these snacks. Any suggestions? Every thing will have a  name to go with the theme i.e pretzels will be called "rods" and gummy worms "bait".

3) I plan on making a punch "lake water" of some sort, either this or this. I really like the idea of the fish bowl one with nerds and gummy fish though. Maybe I'll do a kids drink and an adult alcoholic drink. We will see. I plan on using these glasses and paper straws. (My glasses are actually just Starbucks Frappachino glasses that I drank-because mama needs her coffee-and then washed). I also bought some a cool galvanized steel drink container for something like this (<--one of my favorite bloggers right there!) and/or extra drinks.

4) I have a few games planned including water balloon piƱata's, a pretend you are a fish game where the kids will try to get a gummy worm off of a line with only their mouths, and bobbing for gummy worms in a pile of whip cream (maybe we will trick a few adults with shaving cream..I kid!). Any suggestions on fun summer games? 

5) Food wise we are planning on having a chili dog bar and cupcakes. We will do this at the end of the party so we can just make hot dogs and brats over the campfire and everyone can top them with whatever they would like. I'm not sure if I will decorate cupcakes or let the kids do their own. I guess we will see how many other things/games I can find to do. 

6) I have a few decorations done already but I am bummed that my Cricut broke before I could finish them all.

 I made lots of different bobbers. 
These will go on Brylee's high chair during the smash cake fiasco fun!

Perfectly cut circles

I cut out pink, grey and white circles (because if we would have done a colored theme it would have been those colors) to make bobbers for labeling all the food. I just cut the pink ones in half and glued the halves onto the whole grey/white circles. I added a rectangle at the top for the top of the bobber. 
 I cut out fish shapes to spell Brylee's name. They are just ovals and circles (for the body) and hearts (for the tail). I also cut out the letters of her name and glued them all together and drew a face on them. 

I also made leave shaped ones that I glued letters on that spell out "Happy Birthday"

This is what I have planned as of now. I have a long way to go and I suppose I should get on it because her birthday will be here before I know it!!