Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kate {15 months}

{I LOVE this pic}

Yes, it's true. This sweet girl is 15 months old!

Her personality has definitely {blossomed} over the past few months.

We took her to her 15 month well check and here are her stats:

{Weight}: 25.08 lbs (85th percentile)

{Height}: 33 inches (off the chart!)

Kate is talking like crazy! Here are some new words she's saying:

* Tickle, tickle
(she's been saying this for a few months but I forgot to put it on the last word post)
* A bite
* More
* All done
*Down (when she wants to get down)
* Emmy
* Amen
* Shoe
* Ga ga (translation = doggy, or any animal)
* Meow
* Hello (sounds like "hewo" - so cute!)
* Ouch! (she does this right before pinching someone - usually me.)
* Go
* Nanna (for banana)
* Book (sounds more like "boo")
* CC (my friend's name - the only other name she says besides family!)
* Ball
* Balloon

And she said her first sentence!!! Jake was leaving and she yelled out, "Bye, da da!" It was really cute and I was a proud mama since it was her first actual sentence (even if it was only two words . . .).

I might have to add more later if there are some words I forgot . . .

She still loves putting things in her mouth (as you can see from the picture above).

She loves folding her arms during the prayer. She looks around at everyone excitedly while the prayer is being said and sometimes (not every time) yells out "amen!"

We have a little doll stroller and Kate LOVES pushing it around. If anyone else tries to use it, she is not a happy camper.

When she wakes up in the morning, if Emmy isn't awake yet Kate will run to her door, push on it and start banging on it. So sweet - she loves her sister!

She LOVES music! When I put something on that is upbeat, she gets so excited, squeals and starts bouncing! She especially loves "California Gurls" and "Hot 'n Cold" by Katy Perry. She even does the "Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh" at the end of the chorus in "California Gurls" - seriously adorable.

If I'm not giving her enough attention, she will pinch my ankles with her little pincher fingers! That's when she says "ouch". Little stinker! It's especially not fun when I'm trying to make dinner and she's doing it. There's only so much a mom can do!

She is such a good eater! She will pretty much eat anything. SO different from Emmy. She was such a picky eater. It's nice to have a child actually eat what I give her for a change!

She LOVES the nursery at church. I usually go in with her during the first hour so she can play. I just hope she keeps loving it so we can have a smooth transition when she turns 1 and 1/2.

She loves books. She brings them to me and says her cute little version of "book".

She's got all of her teeth except for her "I" teeth.

{She let us wrap her in a burrito the other day - we used to swaddle her like that when she was a baby. It was cute that she actually laid there and let us do it!}

She still loves the boat! Seriously loves it. Last time we went out, she and I went for a ride on the tube. She loved it so much that I even let Jake drive a little faster than normal. She's gonna be my little daredevil, I can feel it :)

We love this girl more than words can say! She is such a happy girl and lights up our lives!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Wedding Tutu

Isn't this tutu adorable?

My niece had a birthday and was turning four {not to be confused with my other niece, who I made the magnet board for :) }.

I thought about what Emmy would love to get. She loves to have her dolls get married and I thought, why not make her a wedding tutu with a veil? So I did!

On top of the white and ivory tulle, I added silver ribbon to the tutu to add a little more zing.

For the veil, I got a french-clasp barrette and tied strips of tulle to it. I then hot glued some rhinestones and white flowers to it. I did the barrette so the veil would stay in her hair through all of her playing!

I had Emmy try it on to make sure it would fit. As you can see, she loved it!
{Don't look too close at the dirty mirror . . . what can I say, my kids love to touch the mirror and look at themselves!}

I also got my niece a pair of white gloves to go along with it!

Tutu . . . check!
Veil . . . check!
White gloves . . . check!

This girl is ready to play bride!!!

Now she needs to find a groom . . .

Monday, September 20, 2010


So, we got our family pictures taken in February . . .

. . . well I FINALLY got {some of} them printed on stretched canvas!

I am so excited!

My very talented cousin, Stephanie of Auburn Soul Photography, took them. You should check out her website. Seriously.

Don't know for sure how I'm going to display them, but here they are for now!

I love them!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dollar Store Magnet Board

I don't usually blog about crafts and projects that I do, but this one is so adorable and easy, I couldn't resist blogging about it!

A few months ago, I was at the Dollar Tree when I found some metal serving trays. I got the great idea to spray paint them and turn them into a play serving tray!

The one I did at the beginning of the summer is used to hold Emmy's play cupcakes:

So I got another idea . . . why not use one for a magnet board? It is my niece's birthday this week. She's turning eight and so this is right down her alley. I thought I would make one for her for the big day.

Here's how I made it:

1) I started with a rectangular serving tray (I found it in the wedding section)

2) I primed the edges (when I did the first serving tray, I didn't prime it and the spray paint didn't go on very evenly . . . it could have been a faulty nozzle, but I thought I'd prime it this time just to be safe)

3) Next, I spray painted the tray. I had already picked out my scrapbook paper that I was going to mod podge onto the tray, so I used a coordinating color.

4) I cut out the paper to fit the center of the tray. Then I mod podged it on.

5) I got these clear glass oval rocks at the dollar store, too. These are what I made the magnets out of.

6) I cut my paper to fit on the glass rocks and glued it on. Then I glued on my magnets.

{This is what it will look like from the front. I also used some rub-on letters to spell her name on the magnets}

Add a small easel (I had one already, but you could get one at the thrift store and spray paint it any color you want), some tulle or ribbon and - Voila! An adorable magnet board!!!

My niece loved it! I will definitely be making more of these. The one I made for my niece cost me a total of $2.00! I bought the tray and the glass rocks - everything else I had on hand!

I love me a fast, easy, budget friendly project - especially when it is for a birthday!

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Tatertots & Jello - Subway Art

Jen over at Tatertots & Jello had a giveaway a few weeks ago for a free custom subway art piece - and I won!

I was so excited - Jen is very crafty and talented. If you don't read her blog, you should!

I got my subway art last week and it is so adorable, don't you think?:

Emmy was so excited to put it in her room!

And I love the flower embellishment she put on it:

Thanks, Jen, for the giveaway! We love our custom subway art!

Monday, September 6, 2010

First Day of School

Emmy started preschool again last week!

Of course, she loves it and she especially LOVES riding the bus to school everyday!

Em and Kate waiting for the bus . . .

Em, still waiting for the bus . . .

Yahoo! The bus finally came! Doesn't she look adorable?

My big girl, all buckled up and ready to go!
(Kids who are still in car seats have to be buckled in the bus to go to school)

As for Kate and I, we are enjoying a little mommy-Kate time in the mornings and we love it! :)