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Thursday, July 24, 2008
My mother-in-law, Patty, has been working super hard watching the kids every day. We thought she could use a few days off, so today, while Ben was at school, my friend April watched Ella. April and Jeff have a golden-doodle named Montgomery, who is the biggest, cutest, sweetest dog. Ella seemed to really take a liking to him (and his toys!)
Posted by Kiki at 7:42 PM
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The only thing extreme about this makeover is that it has taken us over 10 months to complete one room in our house. And the room still isn't "complete" - we still need to find blinds/shades and some other minor accessories. But I was just too excited to wait any longer to post these picture!
So, the room that we have been working on is that of Ella June (aka June Bug).
Here are the before pictures:
While Ella and I were on vacation in Hilton Head, my wonderful husband painted Ella's room and re-arranged her furniture. I picked out the paint color before we left. After looking at a million shades, I settled on "Mellow Yellow". And I had been buying accessories for months and storing them in her closet until we were ready to put it all together.
Drumroll, please..... Here are the "after" pictures:
Such a HUGE DIFFERENCE, right? I LOVE how it came out!
Most of the artwork in Ella's room came from Etsy. The picture by the window, shown below, is called "Side by Side" and was painted by Marisa Haedike of Creative Thursday. Click here to check out her blog or website.
The 4 pictures above her changing table came from Sara Handken of Sarah Jane, Illustrating Childhood. Click here to check out her blog or etsy shop. I picked these because this is what I picture her looking like when she is older :)
The "June Bug" and ladybug wall decals came from Affordable Vinyl Graphics at http://www.mywalldecals.com/. You can create whatever you want, and they have lots of fun fonts, sizes and colors to choose from. They were supposed to be "easy" to put up, but Matt thought they were kids of a pain in the butt. However, he really likes the final product and has already told me that I should order more ladybugs (and even said I could order some things for Ben's room, too!)
So, what's next?? Probably Ben's room. I am trying to decide if I should stick with the Transportation theme (planes, cars, trucks, trains) that he had in his nursery or switch to zoo animals. Either way, we will probably stick with bold, primary colors.
Let me know your thoughts on Ella's room!!!
Posted by Kiki at 7:25 PM
Ella is on the move!
As a side note, the bunny that Ella is carrying she has affectionately named "KaKa" :)
Posted by Kiki at 6:27 PM
Monday, July 21, 2008
I also see a little boy, who, I swear, will be 16 years old before he gets rid of his zazzy!! Seriously, if anyone has any suggestions on how to get rid of the pacifer, we are all ears!!!!
(We had read somewhere that you should cut the tip off the pacifer so that they won't set the same sucking sensation. Matt did it to one of his pacifers on Sunday, and Ben starting crying and telling Matt that his zazzy was broken. Ben was so upset and Matt and I couldn't stop laughing about the broken pacifer)
Posted by Kiki at 9:32 PM
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Posted by Kiki at 4:08 PM
I have really been terrible about keeping up with the blog lately! To be honest, I thought my parents were the only ones that looked at the blog, and since they have been out of town, I didn't think it would be a big deal. But I have several people mention to me that I haven't posted in awhile, so I am going to make a better effort to be a better blogger!
I had to post these next 2 pics because I thought they were pretty funny. We didn't have a high chair for Ella to eat at so we made our own out of a bar stool and lots of pillows.
We also took Ella to visit Matt's favorite place on the island - Pino Gelato. Here she is eating gelato for the first time. She ate her whole cup!!
Posted by Kiki at 2:50 PM
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I know that it is July 8th already, but I am trying to catch up on my blogging! We had a super-busy holiday weekend. Actually, we didn't. It consisted mostly of this.... (sleeping)
I had taken Ella for a run and she fell asleep in the jogger. When we got home, the only rule that I gave to Ben was "DO NOT WAKE ELLA". He is such a good listener...
Anyway, Uncle Mikey and Lana came to visit on their way to Indian Lake. We hadn't seen them in a while so it was good to catch up.
We went to see fireworks on Saturday night in East Liberty. For a small town, they actually had a really nice fireworks display. This is my sad attempt at taking pictures of the fireworks.
I cuddled Ben during the show and Matt took Ella. This is the only picture of Ella actually watching the fireworks because after this picture was taken, she started crying. She cried the rest of the time and Matt had to walk around with her.
This is my last post until next week. Ella and I leave Thursday morning to head to Hilton Head. We are meeting up with my mom for a "Girls Trip". This will be Ella's first time on a plane. I'll let you know how it goes!
Posted by Kiki at 7:17 PM