Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Part 4: Addie's BIG GIRL Room!

It has taken me 2 weeks to post these because I have been waiting for 2 final details... the turquoise curtains for her closet and the 2 Zebra Euro pillow shams for her bed. Maybe if I go ahead and post her room's final pictures, they will show up tomorrow at the front door!
I wanted to take an opportunity to display all the people that Addie loves in her room so I found this metal string with magnets to display all her friends and family.
I think Addie's hat collection at 2 years old is fun so I hung 9 silver hooks to use them as decoration (there are 3 more over her door.)
I found black and white zebra door knobs for her bookshelf toy drawers.
The highlight of her new room is her very own Reading and Play corner. I remember as a young child loving to make tents so I devised a way for Addie to have one all the time. These 2 white sheer panels close all the way to give her a special place to relax and is plenty big enough to have her brother in there reading with her every night.
I love this "floating bookshelf" I found to hold some of her favorite books and it can also double as a night stand next to her bed.
Where's Addie... there she is!
We love spending time in Addie's new room and know she does to... over the last 2 weeks, it has become the central head quarters for the household! ;) I couldn't be happier (unless I had those shams and curtains!!!)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Part 3: Her Reaction!

Nearly 3 weeks ago, Addie's BIG GIRL BED ARRIVED and it was time for her to see it. In anticipation for the big event we had been talking about for a couple of weeks, she had stayed dry at night for an ENTIRE WEEK for the very first time!
She took a second to take it all in...
Then the smiles came...
She wanted to curl up with her babies and wanted them all by her side!
Knock on wood, Addie has done superbly in her new bed for the 3 weeks. She hasn't gotten out of bed once... let's hope that continues. Soon Addie got to show her BFF her brand new BIG GIRL BED.... I love this picture!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Part 2: Labor of Love!

So when Blake said, "Let's Do It!" I quickly became obsessed with every single detail down to the new knobs on her book shelf drawers. I was spending hours on the Internet until 2AM a couple of nights making final decisions while at the same time trying to sell a ton of stuff in her nursery to break even on this little upgrade! 

For the record, I am not crazy to think that Addie even cares about her room and I know she will think I am crazy when she finds out how much thought, energy and planning went into her room at 2 years of age, when she is a mom one day. But it is one of the things in life like the kids birthday parties and such that I absolutely love and couldn't think of doing half way. Blake and I have an awesome habit of having extremely elaborate things that we do ourselves every time when decorating for the kids and we had fun reminiscing all the painting we have done together in our home the last 5 years. He gives me a hard time that I can't just choose a normal paint color instead every time it is some kind of faux finish or extreme design.

The bed is a $49 dollar unfinished bed from IKEA that I hand painted silver and then crackle painted in turquoise and the silver shows through. I bought about 8 different quilts and duvets and finally found the perfect duo.
We opted to get her a memory foam mattress because she sleeps SO WELL on our Temperpedic but NO WAY is hers a TEMPERPEDIC... I am not that crazy! But what was crazy, was how the mattress showed up at our door...
This is how it unpacked and looked normal all within 90 seconds...
 
The gorgeous sage green chandelier was repainted by Blake at 10 PM at night... now talk about dedication right!?!?!? He knew how obsessed I was with the room and was happy to help me in the evenings.


I am glad we know all our neighbors or they would have thought we were NUTS!!!

The diamonds were one of the many finishing touches and took me about 3 evenings to complete. I would rush home at 5PM and try to get a coat done before Blake would get home with the kids.
I couldn't be happier with the way all the final touches came together and was so excited to show Addie her BIG GIRL BED!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Part 1 of 4: Addie's LAST Night In Her Nursery!

At 26-27 months, we were confident Addie was ready for the move to the BIG GIRL bed after sleeping in a regular one dozens of nights all summer while we were traveling. About a month ago, she suddenly started consistently waking up crying in the middle of the night for no reason and Blake was actually the one that said, "let's do it!" He thought she was ready. I put my reservations of her new found freedom and ability to climb out of her bed every night to be suddenly woken up with a 2 year old right in front of my face aside and said OK! So on September 8, 2010 at 27.5 months of age, this beautiful girl spent her very last night in her beautiful crib!
Too bad I wasn't thinking after bath that night when she choose her own pajamas which make the pictures themselves memorable... her brother's Spiderman PJ top and his CARS bottoms!
It was fun looking back tonight on Carter's 2 transitions right when he was 26 months and 29 months into his big boy bed and just pray that it works out just as well for her! :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

NOT APPROPRIATE FOR THE BLOG

Last week, this picture, had only been sent to family and a couple of close friends with the email title of NOT APPROPRIATE FOR THE BLOG... but the feedback and amount of laughs received, I decided it had to have it's place in our 2010 Blog Book for future reference when we are looking for some great pictures for Addie's rehearsal dinner slide show in 25 years...
The background story is what makes this funny: The kids had just gotten out of the bath and I was trimming Carter's nails in his room while Addie was supposed to be in her room getting panties and her PJ's on. And above is how she returned. I was just snapping a pic of the outfit since I thought that was funny in itself and I said, "OK ADDIE 1, 2, 3... STRIKE A POSE!" And this is the result of the 1 picture I took.  I seriously do NOT know where she got this pose striking knowledge except maybe from way back here!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Baby Marcie "Turns 1!"

Earlier this week I decided to make a special breakfast for the kids before they woke up. They were so excited about Cinnamon Streusel Muffins a.k.a CUPCAKES that I had to think fast to come up with a reason as to why they got this special unhealthy breakfast randomly that morning (as not to make it a normal request every single morning in the future.)

Addie was holding her baby named Marcie, who has quickly become a full fledged member of the Brown family, jumping up and down at the thought of CUPCAKES at 7:30 in the morning and I found my out... it suddenly became "Baby Marcie's 1st Birthday Party" and since we all get big special breakfasts complete with hats and decorations, we had to do the same for Marcie! So Happy Birthday Baby Marcie on your new birthday of September 22! I am anxious to see how much you grow over the next year....

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Carter On The Court

We have been playing a little tennis late this summer. This is Carter's very first time on the court in several months.

We had a "ball girl" racing around the whole hour picking up balls!
Carter in "ready" position.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I Walked By To See...

28 month old Addie sitting quietly thumbing through the bible...
and it reminded me of the memory of Carter, at 20 months of age, doing the same very thing.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

So Many Smiles!


 




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