Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Birthday Party - ONE

Our little man turned 1! So we had a party to celebrate!
 Heather did an awesome job decorating for his party.  For the mantel, we built this backdrop frame (using my Kreg Jig) and covered with it fabric, hung some colorful fans, cut out a "1" from cardboard and a "Happy Birthday" chalkboard sign.  Heather then cut out the banner to hang behind his highchair....
 there was also the "ONE" banner hanging from the front of his highchair.
 We used the monthly pictures to make this picture recap of the last year.
 And then a tall chalkboard sign with lots of fun facts about Garrett!
 Our friend Jamie made us a "1" cookie cutter and Heather made "1" rice crispy treats for the kiddos to take home after the party!
 Close up of the "1"
 "1" on the front door!
 The center pieces on the table
 ...and the seat of honor!
 Ready for my birthday cake!  Heather made a sugar free banana cake...
 ...it tasted great and Garrett loved it!
 Happy Birthday!
 After the food and cake...time to open presents!
 He was pretty excited to play with the wrapping paper and books generally grab his attention!
 More fun stuff!
 Sporting his "I AM 1" t-shirt!
Happy Birthday Garrett!  A year ago the high temperature was 5 degrees, who would have thought at your 1 year party, your cousins could play outside in a 51 degree day!
We love you buddy and can't believe how fast this past year is gone.  You are a blessing to our family and we look forward celebrating many more birthday's and decorating for many more parties!

Winter Fun

A few weeks ago we had a really nice day, lows in the 40's and we still had a good amount of snow on the ground, so we decided to head outside and shake off a bit of cabin fever!
 We got out our sleds and hit the hill!
 Garrett bundled up too and joined us for a ride down the hill!
 Remaining very serious the whole ride down
 With a half smile once we got the bottom!
 Then we marched back up to the top...
 ...and down again!  Trigg flew down the hill by himself...
 ...and then he would bail out at the bottom, rolling in a pile of snow and laughter!
 Trigg and I with our trusty sleds!
 And there was a little time for a snowball fight
 One more group ride down the hill!
 The dudes!  Mom did join us for the snow adventure, but she was taking the pictures and didn't get on the other side of the camera this time...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fireplace re-do

When we moved in to our house, the fireplace had some cracked tile on the hearth.  It has been on my list to redo the tile, so after Christmas we tackled the project!  I'll start with the before and after picture in case you don't want to read all the way through the post.  
 This is the before, the fireplace had white tile with white grout.  It wasn't terrible...but cracked and broken tiles needed to go!
 We got 3 different samples to narrow down our options and try to figure out what we wanted to use.  We also posted the options to Facebook to survey our friends.  Option 3 had the most votes...and was our favorite as well.
Step 1...break up the old tile.  Trigg got his safety glasses on and we got to work.  Hammers and crowbars!
I also picked up some of this edging material that creates a boarder where the tile meets the fireplace.  I couldn't find black at the big blue and orange stores, but I did find it at Hank's Specialties in Urbandale.
 With temperatures below freezing outside and temps around 27 in my garage, I wasn't too excited to use a wet saw in the garage...so I set up a plastic enclosed cutting station in the basement!
 Trigg grabbed his ear protection and helped me get started with cutting!
 Mix up some thin-set and away we go!
 Weekend 1 in the books...and about 1/2 way finished laying the tile.
 Cutting 300 plus little stones gets very messy...be sure to wear old clothes, an old hat and eye protection
 ...and if you have it, a full face shield would come in handy too...but safety glasses work well!
 After the thin-set dried, mixed up grout.  We went with "Delorean Gray" from Home Depot.
 ...and the finished product.
 We sealed the edges where the tile meet the wood trim with white, paint-able caulking and then touched up the white paint.
I am very pleased with the way the project turned out, I really like the dark herringbone tiles with the light grey grout.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Tour

 We have the tradition in our home that the weekend after Thanksgiving we decorate for Christmas.  We get our tree up and the house gets transformed.  This year Trigg was really excited as we got out the Christmas decor and he was a big helper!  Here is a tour around our house with our decorations...enjoy!
Our mantel is ready, with the "Merry Christmas" chalkboard sign.
All 4 stockings hung!

 Our 9 foot tree fits perfectly (with 3 inches to spare), Heather has been fine tuning our tree with a few changes every year, I really like how our tree turned out this year!
 I took a few close up pictures of Heather's work...she made most of the ornaments this year.
The berry picks and twigs crown the top of the tree!
Heather found these chalkboard tags and we added some Christmas cheer
 Her poinsettia's from last year got a splash of red glitter this year.
 She and the boys gathered these pine cones one day at the park this fall and she turned them into great ornaments!
 She wrapped old ornaments with these tea towels and added some Christmas words with stamps.
She tied these fun bows onto the burlap garland
We added a splash of color with the red ornament clusters
She filled these glass ornaments with burlap
Coming in the front door...
We put up garland and burlap bows on the railings...
It goes all the way to the top
Joy to the World the Lord has Come...we found this sign last year at an after Christmas sale and really liked it, the sign found a spot at the bottom of the steps!
We also have a small "kid" tree that holds all of our ornaments from when we were kids as well as new ornaments for our kiddos!
Trigg picked out his ornament...a train!
and Garrett got "Baby's First Christmas"!
We also have our nativity set up...
...and Trigg has his nativity, which gets rearranged almost daily.
Our small chalkboard sign and amaryllis blooms
Close up of the chalkboard sign
Lastly, "Noel" on our floating shelf above the couch.
And there you have it, a tour of our home.  We have light outside but when I took these pictures is was only 9 degrees outside, so I didn't venture outdoors to snap any of those yet.
We are ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!
Merry Christmas!