Thursday, October 20, 2016

Grandma Bettie visits Waco.

Since the weekend is almost here, I thought I'd better post about last week/weekend.
We had special guests all week. Grandma Bettie came down with Neil's Mom on Monday and spent the entire week helping me! It was a busy week at work and Neil was gone most of the time so the extra hands were so helpful!
It was such a treat to have Grandma in our neck of the woods and share our town with her.
We feel honored to have her stay with us in our new home!
The were able to play tourist a little bit.
They went to Zoo day at Reyna's school, went to the park, painted, baked, and just played all day.
We were even able to go a football game AND dinner...on our bikes!

I didn't take many pictures because I wasn't there much but here are a few from Saturday's Homecoming parade.

It went by so fast! I'm so grateful for helping hands! Looking forward to another set of hands this weekend!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Where is thumbkin?

Reyna has been a thumb sucker.
It's fine and hasn't bothered us much but the time has come to break the habit.
We asked around for a few recommendations and there are so many!
I decided that I did not want to do any paint or nail polish stuff if I could avoid it.
We talked to Reyna about it and helped her to become more aware of why she does that.
She recognized that its when she is sleepy. That's fine to us. So every time she puts it in her mouth we say something like, "oh, lets go to bed. you must be sleepy."
And she takes it out and says, "I'm good."
So to help her I suggested we use a band aid and she jumped at the idea.
Here she is showing off her little helper.

I was really asking to take pictures of her because of her cute outfit and cute mickey ears...

We were on our way out the door to church.
And when we got there, I had this overwhelming feeling of sweetness for her Papa.
I laughed as I remembered how much he wanted a boy....

Monday, October 3, 2016

Art Festival.

Fall is in the air.
This means lots of outdoor fun.
Waco has an Art festival that is pretty good!
We started the morning off at the farmers market and then took the trolley around to the festival.
She loves the trolley and its free!
It goes all day and hits up the Farmers Market, Magnolia, and SPICE. All my favs!
We met a sweet friend there and I wish we could have stayed longer but the girls had so much fun together.
And, they looked cute doing it.
They had these large statues that everyone could paint on.

 Prepped with aprons and paint.
 Another station had a bunch, like 50 stations of easels to paint on.
The little artist brought home her creation.

They had wood building stations, clay, pottery, book building, etc.
Throughout the weekend there was also poetry, word art, and music.
We made it home with all our goodies and hardly any paint on our clothes!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

open house.

Open house at her Montessori School was a hit!
Her class is ages 2.5-5 years old.
13 kids in her class. 
She is the youngest but not the smallest ;)

I did take lots of video and pictures since Neil was in school. 

I thought they did great! She did so well and was not at all nervous.

 sitting criss-cross-applesauce.
 She also got to show me around to all her lessons.
 She was so proud. 
This was her favorite station - pouring.

They did a stick dance.
 A fall song.
  and a bean bag song.
 Her doll made me crack up. Hers was the only one with braids, which does not surprise me since she loves wearing them!

In the month she has been at school she has learned SO much!
she learned the Continents!!! about mammals. horses. the weather. calendar days. her birthday. how to spell her name. 
I'll be honest, we were a little worried about her age but we are so glad with the outcome so far!
I can't wait to see what she brings home today!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The everyday.

Everyday I pick Reyna up from school and we talk. and hang out. Most afternoons its just me and her. I am her playmate which is AWESOME. but sometimes I have to get stuff done. We spend our afternoons ...
working on the yard (when its not too hot!)
 Doing crafts.
 visiting the fountains at Baylor.
 Having picnics in the front yard.
 playing hide-n-seek
 working on puzzles
 playing at chuck-e-cheese
visit the museum
 go to work with Mommy.
 go to "the toy store" (aka Target)
 Read to the pups.

Every day is different and some days we stay home but each day is a chance to learn something about my girl. I know this, she loves people and she loves learning.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Front door.

I am smitten with my new door mat.

Also, I love this view.

 Mat is from Target - $12

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DIY vintage basket numbers

It all started with this number plaque I bought YEARS ago for $3.00.
I wasnt sure what I was gonna do with it but I held on to it. I finally decided that I wanted some numbers on my dining room baskets. I went back to the store I bought them and of course they don't stock them anymore because its retail and they change every season. I searched online and found them and ones similar for $9-15 EACH!
old wire baskets  reminds me of going swimming with dad and sis, wish I had a wall of these...seriously  got a sense memory of the pool dressing room smell......:
I needed three. No way I was dropping $45 on tags! 
So I got to thinking that I could make them. 
Here is what I came up with. 
I used cork, sticker numbers, paint, and glue.

 I traced the plaque I already had since I liked the size.
Then I painted the cork white, painted the numbers black and glued them on. 
Here is the original on top and mine on bottom.
 I put brads on and secured them to the basket. 
This also allowed be to use meaningful numbers (our area code - 254)

 Here they are lined up.
It cost me around $5 to make all three.
Now, that' worth it.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

House Tour - Dining Room

Its been awhile and we have already made some progress on our dining room so I thought I had better put Before pictures up.

The dining room is much more space and storage that we ever thought we'd have.
It is a great place to put out all the pretty dishes. The red hadn't really bothered me but you can see the paint samples up on the wall already. This room meets up with the living room and has access to the guest room and kitchen.

We bought the table in our other house because it folded down to be only 12 inches wide.
Well, fully extended, it is much too small in this new space. Scale is one thing we have had to learn about since moving in.

My hope is to have it done by Thanksgiving.