Sunday, February 6, 2011

Grace's Bedroom

Welcome to Little G's room. Ummm, let's say, it's pink! At first, it seemed very "bubble-gum" pink and not so much coral pink like I hoped. But, after hanging some photos, neutral curtains and getting her bedding in there, it's not so bad. Plus, she's Grace, she LOVES we'll do whatever to make that little heart happy. Hanging on the wall above her bed are the photos that Grandma Michele took of her...the entire series up close can be seen in this post. Unfortunately, only 5 of the 7 could make it up there, it was hard to pick which, but hopefully this still represents her dancin' skills.

Upclose of the bedding... <3 it! Thanks Nana!

I think these photos up here ended up being one of the favorite parts of the room...Brings her personality into the room in a huge way!

These picture are also done by Grandma Michele, they are one-of-a-kind's that will only be seen here!

View from G's perspective...The chair is from Nana, and the lovie on the chair was her Poppa's when he was growing up.
 Grace is doing a GREAT job in her "big girl bed." We haven't had any rolling out incidents, and she just stays in there when she wakes up until we come in and get her. We haven't had any pitter pattering around in the wee-hours of the night either. We are grateful to have a great sleeper and such a flexible kiddo. We ended up keeping her crib mattress and just sliding it under her big girl bed. At night, we pull it out on the right side of her bed for a little cushion in case she would fall out. Handy!

Her room was originally the tan color of the stripe. When we taped it off to separate the two colors, we thought we'd have to go back in there and re-tape and paint that stripe in. Cody and my mother argue about who came up with the idea (while the tape was still on) to just leave the stripe tan. Either way, it looks nice! We need to figure out some fabric to create a "curtain" over her closet, I took out sliding doors awhile ago. Her closet stays pretty organized, but I'd like to be able to conceal if needed. Black out curtains are on our list of things to buy...along with a couple accent pillows.


Grace and I had a little cheese-out session after we got back from the carnival (another post to follow with those pics)...We started out kinda cute, then we got silly. Here's our Saturday montage.

I love goofballs little fingers in the pic ^^ what's she doing? Who knows....Crazy G.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Two great quotes, because sometimes you just need a little pick me up...

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
~Henry David Thoreau

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
~Harriet Tubman

Another good pick me up solution is just takin' a peak at this goofy little girl. Here she is enjoying the remains of mashed potatoes on this spoon. Weirdo.

Cereal Boxes

I know some folk (okay, so probably just my mother, mother-in-law, and Jen) are waiting to see what G's room looks like...but to be honest, I just haven't taken photos yet! (c :

I came across these pictures when I wrote the post about our photo wall. I mentioned that my Uncle Craig & Aunt Linda were visiting, so I thought I'd share a little bit more about their visit since it meant so much to me to have them come to our home all the way from the Minneapolis area...that's a haul, about a 7-8 hour drive.

As you can see in this next picture...these gals had it pretty rough.

Too stinkin' cute, huh? Grace had about 15 blankets on her, and woke up sweating. The grandma's on the sofa claimed to be "watching her" to make sure she wouldn't fall off. Whatever. I was in the kitchen "slaving away" at make supper for the evening. The boys, well guess where they were? Out hunting, of course!

The next few photos need quite an introduction and there is quite a bit of history to be told about this scenario. Read if you'd like...but pass if you'd like too. I know I'll enjoy coming back to this story in future years, and I'm sure my Aunt Linda will like this post as well, so it's mostly for her!

My Uncle Craig has always been "that guy." His humor is so fast, and so funny, that you often don't even know what to say or how to react. He is a great guy and I don't know anyone like him. I love it when my dad and Uncle Craig get together - they are always on each others case.

When I was little, Uncle Craig would always "torment" me, especially at the kitchen table. In my little mind, a solution was resolved. I put a cereal box right in my line of vision of Uncle Craig. So every time I came to visit, I'd always get my cereal box ready. It became a standing tradition and joke. For high school graduation, I received some cereal boxes and a funny little note telling me that if anyone looked at me funny or gave me crap in college, I'd have these cereal boxes to protect me.

Well, when Grace was born, Uncle Craig came with a gift unlike any that Grace had received. It didn't have pink ruffles or lace on it. I opened the gift, and inside, were several of those miniature cereal boxes...the trial or travel type size...just for itty-bitty Grace. Too cute!

The first time that Grace needed to put cereal boxes up was last November when Uncle Craig came to visit...

Grace thought this story was pretty funny...So, every meal after this while Uncle Craig was there, Grace requested a cereal box.
I was so very grateful to have these two out to visit. They are a huge part of my life, and I don't get to see them enough. My Aunt Linda will forever be not just my godmother, but my "Fairy Godmother." She has a way to doing just the right things, and saying just the right things to make me feel special...she's truly a gem in my life. And Uncle Craig, I don't know if he's a gem, but he sure is somethin'!