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Big Girl :: Big Changes

It was finally time to move Bailey from her crib to a big girl bed.  This crib was Tyson’s too, and it’s served us well over the last 7 years.  It was SUPER bittersweet to take it down and to know that we won’t ever use it again, but it’s going to a good home across the street for a few months at least.:-)

So far she’s doing pretty well in the big bed (when she sleeps that is!).  Just yesterday though during “rest time” she decided to ride her pink sheer curtains as a “horsey” and pulled the  bracket out of the wall.  Fun times.  This girl brings new challenges each and every day, but I wouldn’t change her for the world.:-) So, we will be moving the bed to another part of the room that isn’t so close to the windows.  :-)

Sara - Good luck! Hope Bailey does well in the big girl crib…

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Keepin’ Busy!

These are a couple of weeks old, but we’ve been so busy with summer that I haven’t had a chance to get much posted lately!

Top Left: The model home in our neighborhood had a ceramic painting party and the kids loved it!

Top Right: Bailey and her 2 besties at dress rehearsal for her dance recital!

Bottom Left: Enjoying one of the last quiet days at the pool before school got out!

Bottom Right: Gorgeous double rainbow one night after a thunderstorm!

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Showered in Love

Back in April my lovely Aunts and I hosted a bridal shower for my sister who is getting married NEXT SATURDAY!!  I’m her maid of honor, Bailey is her flowergirl and Tyson is an usher!  The wedding is down in Sioux City, Iowa, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to get out of town for a few days and just focus on family, friends and the big wedding!  I’m also excited that I get to see a couple of my college besties that live down there too.  Oddly enough, one of them actually went to high-school with my sisters’ fiance!  How is that for a small world?

Here are some photos from the bridal shower!

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2012 Baseball

Baseball started up about 3 weeks ago and it’s always one of my favorite times of the year!  I love sitting out in the sun, watching these little guys chase after balls and pretend they’re in the big leagues.  I really hope Tyson keeps playing baseball through the next while because I absolutely love watching it and so does our entire family!  He’s pretty darn good too, of course it helps that he plays nearly with “the posse” as we like to call them, all the boys that live by us.

It’s amazing to see how much better they’ve gotten since last year!  They now catch the occasional fly ball and make the throw to first to get the out.  Rumor has it that next year the kids get to try out pitching, but for now we’ll stick to the coaches pitching.  :-) And I think thus far no one has needed the tee to be brought out yet, so their hitting seems to be improved as well!

Last week he had a game and Bailey wasn’t feeling well, so I just took Ty by myself and thought it would be a good opportunity to shoot during the game since I didn’t have to keep an eye on B.  The weather was picture perfect:-) Kind of a lot of photos, but I’m trying to make up for lost time here.  :-)

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Laundry Room Updates

Last summer I contacted the amazingly talented Jen from iHeart Organizing and sent her some depressing pics of our laundry room.  I was in major need of some organizing advice.  We have a LOT of space in there, and lots of things we needed to store, but I had no idea where to begin.  Here is my very sad “before” photo:

Yes, it was a hot mess.  Jen was kind enough to give me some awesome ideas, that I’ve slowly been implementing over the last 9 months or so.  Here were some of the things she recommended we do.

  • Add a shelf to the open space to the right of the cabinets -or- make a cute curtain to hide what’s behind there
  • Store beach towels rolled up & swimming/outdoor gear inside the cabinets with a caddy
  • Using my current red paisley bins on the top shelf as inspiration, add additional containers to store smaller items and label them to keep them organized
  • Add a coordinating rug (Jen recommended this one)

I’m happy to say that I’ve done most of the things on the above list, with the exception of the under counter area.  Still deciding what to do there…  Here are some after pics and a breakdown of what I ended up doing.

  • Using my Silhouette, I made some fun vinyl labels for the washer, dryer and the tub on top of the washer which contains our frequently used laundry items (soap, dryer balls, etc.)  I actually already had that brown tub for one of my photography props, so it was nice not to have to buy a new one and just repurpose it!
  • Next I hit up Target and found these great woven baskets.  They came in a couple of versatile sizes, and complimented my Paisley baskets quite well!
  • Next up I made some fun little labels for the baskets so that all of our stuff would have a dedicated home.
  • We also needed an easily accessible spot to store things like screwdrivers, pliers, sponges, etc, so I picked up these cute kitchen organizers at Ikea and mounted them to the wall behind the wash tub.
  • I found an equally pretty rug at Target with red trim for a fraction of the Pottery Barn price!  And I love how it makes it feel just all around more put together.  :-)
  • And last but not least, yes, those are flowers on top of the washing machine.  They are faux flowers, but they really add a nice element of “pretty” to an otherwise daunting task.

I’m still adding some more touches here and there. I saw a super cute printable on Pinterest, but the colors didn’t match my laundry room, so I redid it in Photoshop:-) I need to pickup a white frame for it and get it hung somewhere in there.  :-) Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post for a free download of this printable!

 For a FREE Download of this Laundry printable, just Click Here.

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Kim Hill - Ooooh, that looks fabulous! I bet ya don’t even mind doing the laundry now that it’s all glamorous in there. :)

Sara Halverson - I LOVE it AMY…it looks great.

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