A Five Year Old Family Tradition

23 Jul

This weekend my little girl had her birthday party, and this weekend my Dad and Mom blew me out of the water with a family tradition that I love :D

Each child since my Dad’s family has had a five car train cake made for them on their fifth birthday. My dad did an amazing job for my sister and I and wanted to keep the tradition going so he offered to make one for Emma (and Payton when her time comes). She was so excited and seriously impressed with her Papa and Ope and so were we!

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And because my Mom & Dad are awesome and knows I love to show how I do things, he took pictures along the way to share with all you readers. So a big thank you to my wonderful parents for offering up this awesome blog post to my amazing readers!

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He started out with nutter butter bars for the track, icing, and licorice sticks for the tracks. Added some more nutter butter bars and oreos for the bottom of the train cakes.

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Once we finished he added edible glitter to the icing to make it look rocky like most train tracks are! During this process my mom was baking away little bread pans of cake in different heights for all the layers of the cars. She also made an impressive SEVEN sets of cream cheese frosting for those things! (She knows I am not a regular frosting person and I am a very big cream cheese frosting person ;) haha)

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Once the cakes and icing was ready my dad went to work carving out each train section how he wanted it (what a cute red caboose!) and went to town icing it.

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Major props to my parents for staying up most of the night to get this train cake done for Emma! It turned out AMAZING, was delicious, and Emma will remember this for the rest of her life!

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Keeping Things Busy!

21 Jul

I thought I’d have a little trouble keeping Emma busy and entertained with limited energy but that doesn’t seem to be the case!

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This amazing little girl has been making her own projects left and right, creating her own “work” to do while I’m working and having a blast being an inventor!

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We also got her started on ABC mouse so she has something like Daddy does and gets some computer learning time. I can already see the difference in her reading and telling me some of the new things she’s learning when she finishes.

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I will say the best thing this summer has been boxes. She has had a blast turning them into trains, rocket ships, caves, and so much more. I am so thankful for such a sweet little girl and so proud of her for finding things to entertain herself instead of just “being bored” all time!

 

It’s Stock Time!

19 Jul

With Payton coming soon, Emma starting school right after, and fall just around the corner – I’m starting my stock prep a little earlier than usual!

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Usually I wait until September to start scrambling and getting things ready for my Etsy shop but seeing as how I am having a hard time being very active throughout the day and not sleeping well at night, I’ve started crocheting a bit early!

I also tend to wait until the weather cools down but that’s another new one for me this year! I don’t feel like waiting – I am ready to start now!

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My mom did a great job helping me out after the holiday rush last year, the cold weather drug out forever this past winter and she just kept crocheting away so I am happy to say I feel pretty stocked already in the usual sales.

Which brings me to the exciting part of this post! I have actually had time to attempt NEW projects! For example, coming to Daydreaming Gifts this year will be some fun new boot cuffs :D

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I have been wanting to make these for a while but never got around to figuring it out and I finally did! I’ll also be making a few toddler sizes too, mainly because Emma asked for a pair but also because I think they’d be super cute!

The Beginning of Emma’s New Room

17 Jul

Earlier I talked about updating Emma’s room and now that her birthday is right around the corner we have finally started putting it together!

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Thanks to my amazing parents, they brought her furniture in from Ikea and put it all together for me.

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We chose to go with the Hemnes set because I loved the white with the black door knobs and it looks so cute for little girls. I also love that she could grow into this set so it’ll last a while.

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Although it was unexpected I absolutely love that the drawers came lined! It’s so cute to open her drawers and see all her little things inside of them!

 

If you want to see what our other plans are, here is my inspiration post I previously did!

Objects of My Affection – Audio Review

15 Jul

The second audio book I’ve listened to so far and although it didn’t stand out to me as a must read, it was definitely interesting enough to listen to! Being a person who loves to organize and thinks going through someone else’s trash can get you some serious treasures – this book description grabbed me.

I also wasn’t that impressed with the ready Xe Sands. I’m not going to cut her out of my willing to listen to list just yet but she didn’t have a very diverse range of voices which made it difficult to figure out who was talking sometimes.

Description via Amazon:

Lucy Bloom is broke, freshly dumped by her boyfriend, and is forced to sell her house to send her nineteen-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she’s lost it all, she’s determined to start over. So when she’s offered a high-paying gig helping clear the clutter from the huge home of reclusive and eccentric painter Marva Meier Rios, Lucy grabs it. But she soon learns that the real challenge may be taking on Marva, who seems to love her objects too much to let go of any of them. 

While trying to stay on course toward a strict deadline—and with an ex-boyfriend back in the picture, a new romance on the scene, and her son’s rehab not going as planned—Lucy discovers that Marva isn’t just hoarding, she is also hiding a big secret. The two form an unlikely bond, as each learns from the other that there are those things in life we keep and those we need to let go—but it’s not always easy to know the difference.

If you are looking for a different kind of story line and a little change in pace to what you usually read, this may just hit the mark. I love a story that’s a one of a kind and doesn’t seem like a spin off of other stories but I wish there was something a little more in the story. Something was missing.

Fireworks

13 Jul

This fourth of the July we had planned on going to a big park near us and watching the fireworks but it didn’t quite work out as planned. Thankfully we have awesome neighbors who don’t mind helping us celebrate in our alley way!

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Emma covers her ears around loud noises, she always has been a little sensitive to anything on the loud side. Last year she was terrified of the noise and the fireworks themselves.

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This year she still covered her ears but screamed, ” ANOTHER ONE!!!” as soon as one went off. She was even brave enough to hold her own sparkler this year :D

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I would say it was a successful year and maybe next year she’ll be ready for the BIG LOUD booms of the fireworks at the park.

Washi Tape Letters

11 Jul

To go along with the the #30makeitwork theme I have been working on I found this adorable tutorial for washi tape letters on pinterest and had to try it out!

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I had a bunch of letters laying around the house and Emma was so kind to share some of her washi tape with me! I promised her I’d do a letter for her in Red in exchange – which will be a purchase I do after my 30 days!

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This is such an easy project and doesn’t take any time!

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I just ripped big enough strips to cover the Y in slanted strips. You can do it anyway you’d like.

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Then I flipped it over and used an exacto knife to cut off all the edges.

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I suggest using a sealer on top just to keep the washi tape from peeling up after time. I can imagine these being adorable decorations on a bookshelf or in a kids room.

 

A New Chair for Payton

9 Jul

I know I just showed the preparation for Payton’s room but with a little help from my Momma and Mom-in-law we’ve got her room completely ready to go! I still have a few decorations I’d love to do in her room with some wall decor, throw pillow, and maybe a little rug by her crib, but that will come as I find the items I’m looking for ;)

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Her sheets are on! We are doing a gray & yellow theme for her room. With my leftover gray paint from my office I’ve been considering about bringing some of that in here somehow ;)

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Her changing table is ready for her – packed with diapers and wipes, we just need some decorations up there!

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Her chest of drawers are packed with washed and folded clothes! I’m so excited for this tiny arrival!!!

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The chair is here!!!!!!!!!! I finally have a glider rocker for my many late nights that are bound to come :) I am absolutely in love with this thing!

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And although it’s not gorgeous – it’s organized! We’ve got Payton’s closet all set up with clothes from Emma stacked and ready for her to grow!

Feels good to have all of that done and ready! 5 weeks to go!

Hand Lettering Attempt!

7 Jul

To go along with this months #30makeitwork challenge I have committed myself to being happy with what I have – but that doesn’t mean I can’t try something new does it!? I saw this amazing video on youtube by MadeByMarzipan on how she does her process of Hand Lettering and decided to give it a try!

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She starts out explaining to write out the saying you’d like to do and do a little sketch of how you’d like it look. That way you can get a feel for what you’d like to do with it and change it up now before the final process. I used Pinterest for some examples of letters to so I could get a feel for what I wanted it to look like. Don’t forget to use guidelines throughout this process to keep the size of the lettering how you want it!

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She then tells you to decide what kind of shape you want it to be in and do a test run again. You can never have to many trial and errors before you start! This part I erased and redid a bunch of times until I was happy with it.

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She suggests then transferring to the nice final paper you want to do it on – but since I was just playing around this whole process I kept it on the same sheet. I took out my pen and traced my handwriting, editing as I went along again. Then decorating a little here and there. I wanted to keep my first trial as simple as possible!

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Then I erased the guidelines I used in pencil and TADA it turned out pretty well! I’m pretty impressed with my first try! I have a few other ideas I’d like to try out soon too but I think this saying is quite fitting for the my monthly challenge ;)

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Emma loved the project as well – she did not leave my side the entire time I worked on it and really enjoyed the thought of mommy drawing so pretty!  (her words not mine!) She even gave it a try herself :)

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Loved this free activity and hopefully I’ll have a larger final piece for some free decor in my home to show off later!

Emma The Fish

5 Jul

Emma had swimming lessons the past two weeks and I am so proud of this child! She went from being terrified of the water (anything past baby pool point) to swimming like a fish! I owe it all to my amazing Mom and Dad who helped me out with the swim lessons and Erin the amazing swim teacher because it really has made a huge difference in our lives.

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Now I can’t seem to get her out of the pool ;) After going to the beach this year I really noticed her fear of water. She loves to play with water and in little baby pools and the tub but anything deeper than really terrifies her. We had planned on having her take lessons earlier but with moving throughout the summer we ran out of time!

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This huge transition she has made and in such a quick time has really opened up my eyes. My little girl is growing up and I couldn’t be more proud!

 

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