Monday, October 5, 2015

Maddie's Room Makeover!

When we moved Anna into her new big girl room, Maddie moved into the nursery, and as she got older, the room slowly got deconstructed down to a bed, a dresser, and a bunch of holes in the wall. I kept feeling bad for my poor second child, and finally I got it pushed to the top of our to-do list. 


It actually took very little time once I got the picture in my head and Steve patched the walls up for me.


I also had it in mind that I wanted to try to use as many things that I already had, and spend as little as I could to get it finished and pretty and fit for a princess. 


The paper lanterns were pulled from my party bins. My fabric stash was raided for the polka dot decorations, and I recycled the pink bunting that I had made earlier this year to hang over her bed.



The polka dots ended up being a really fun project - I went to Michael's and bought an armful of their wooden embroidery hoops in various sizes. It took me about 10 minutes to paint them all white, and then I experimented with different fabrics and layouts to get the looks that I wanted. Once I had everything picked out, I just had to tighten the fabric inside of the hoop and then hot glue the edges to the inside of the hoop. 



The costume rack and bin were moved from the other side of the room to the more prominent spot. The shelf was gifted to us by a neighbor a few months ago, and the drawers hold various girly things like hair bows. The storage tote at the bottom holds all of the costume accessories, like tiaras and magic wands and shoes.



This was an "All About Me" poster that Maddie had for school last year and she is very proud of it, so we made sure to keep it up.


In the end, all I had to purchase were the embroidery hoops and the extra storage tote, which holds stuffed animals. Maddie adores her room (and so do I!) - I am so glad that my girl finally has a pretty room to call her own!

Hot Date!

I rarely post about a date night but I was especially excited for this one, and it was a big night for two tired parents!!

Steve is really into music and I tend to be stuck in my awesome 90's repertoire, so when he recommended that I listen to Fun., I added their album to my Spotify list. Their lead singer (Nate Ruess) came out with a solo album and I fell in love with it, so when he announced that he was going to come to Atlanta I begged our babysitter to come, and we booked our tickets.


We started out at a restaurant called King & Duke, which is right near the Buckhead Theater. Steve had been there before, and we had fun sampling the cocktail menu.


The Buckhead Theater was such a great venue, and it wasn't totally packed, which is always appreciated! Nate played all the best songs and even came out with a double encore.



I had been a little bummed that we hadn't been closer, but on our way back to the parking deck, I saw people walking back behind the building, and roped Steve into going too. Sure enough, everyone was there to meet him, so we stayed too and got to take a picture! I told him about how Anna loves his song "Carry On", and he joked that we should bring her next time, but with some big ear muffs. And he said he wasn't sure if he was going to be at Bonnaroo next year, so sorry for that news, Steve.


We got home super late and had a sluggish day the next day - late nights are not a normal thing for us at all but this one was definitely worth it!

SC Sweeties!

The weekend right after Anna's birthday, we squeezed in a trip to Charleston to visit Poppy and SuSu, and Brad surprised us by flying in too! The girls are always thrilled to see their grandparents and we all had a really good time.




Anna got a science kit for her birthday and she insisted on bringing it down and doing it with SuSu.

They have the perfect backyard for bike riding and Anna had a blast zooming around all of the pathways.

Brad ran the tollbooths. The toll ranged anywhere from 1 to 15 Goldfish and Brad had about a 5% collection rate.



On our way to the farmer's market - Maddie liked riding backwards.





The girls sweet-talked their way into some gelato on the way back from lunch.

I love it when Anna pushes the stroller, I think it's one of the cutest things in the world!




Watching the boats and dolphins from Battery Park

The girls were kind of obsessed with the mail slot!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Party Girl!

Although I am usually against a birthday party, choosing to do a fun family day instead, I finally broke down and agreed to Anna's incessant pleadings to have a party. It was a lot of low-key fun with family and neighbors, and my efforts felt rewarded when Anna announced at 5:01 (the party started at 5:00) that "this is THE BEST PARTY EVER!!!!!"

I went with a Fall theme, gambling on the weather. I was thrilled when the stars aligned to have a dry yard, a cool evening, and a house full of friends even on a week night!


When you have a bunch of hungry kids coming over, you can never have enough desserts!

Playing in the backyard was the main activity of the night, but I also set up a pumpkin-decorating table with glitter glue, paint pens, and a million stickers. It was a huge hit, even with the older kids! I just hope the glitter and paint claims of being washable were true - sorry parents!!


Some of the nibbles, and we also ordered a stack of pizzas!


Anna's party favors - s'mores bags!


Auntie Ally and Cousin Danny were there, of course!

Emily and Rebecca stopped by to say happy birthday!

Grayson, Brooklyn, and Hudson

Bria, Austin, and Jake

All of the kids decorating their pumpkins! You can see Henry and Hollis in there with their pretty mom Elizabeth.

Birthday girl!




We waited until after everyone had gone home to unwrap presents, and Danny stayed to help!


We had a wonderful time at the party and with all of our friends - thank you everyone, for coming and celebrating our birthday girl!