Monday, June 27, 2011

Free Decorating

Since being a little girl, I have loved moving furniture around. As a child, I would lock my door and spend the afternoon rearranging my room. I had heavy wood furniture, but I remember figuring out that if I sat down, put my back against the furniture, and used my legs, I could move it wherever I wanted. I did earn the name "powerful catrina" from my parents. Not really sure where that name originated, but I still hear it once in awhile to this day when I move something I probably shouldn't move on my own. 

No surprise that Steve often comes home to find our home rearranged.  Mostly the family room, but other rooms as well. I have done about all the creative configurations I can think of with our family room, using the furniture we have. Most recently is looked like this.

I have felt stuck with my furniture pieces and the built-ins and I was looking to open up the window view a little more.  The next picture is the only one I could find that shows somewhat the front sitting room furniture.  (This was the morning we went in to be induced with Buster)

Looking at decorating magazines/blogs/books I have learned that almost all designers do not use matching sofa/loveseat combos. Since new furniture is so not in our budget, I decided to get creative and combine the front room and family room.  I wasn't sure about having matching pieces (sofa/loveseat) separated yet so close, but I am happy with the results. 

I decided to go ahead and put furniture in front of the built-ins, there was no way around it.  I love being about to see more of the windows.

Surprisingly I like the front room as well. Wasn't sure about the color of the loveseat with my walls, but it kinda fades away. Not my most ideal choice, but a good free choice :)

While I was at it I moved things around in our master bedroom as well. I kinda get on a roll when I start moving.  I felt like the chair I had on the wall facing the bed wasn't a fit. So I moved the ottoman from the basement up and moved the mirror so I have a better view of it.

I took hints from the dressing rooms you go into at stores that have tall mirrors that lean against the wall, you always look skinnier in those mirrors, so why not have that for my mirror I look into everyday! I do have a blank wall now that I am trying to figure out what to do with.

I do trial and error decorating, but I have learned to go with what I think I like, leave it for at least a week, then reevaluate. So far, so good.

How about you, moved anything around the house recently?


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Potty Training and Sitting up

Well both kids have reached milestones this past week. Sister is working on potty training and Buster is sitting up!

Throughout this past week Payton has wanted to go to the potty. Mind you, for the last 6 months she at times has gone through this, but then just sits and plays. I try not to discourage her enthusiasm, but at times she would just wipe and flush over and over without actually going. If you recall, we tried potty training "boot camp" style a few months ago and ended up with a high fever and an UTI. Needless to say, I was a little worried about her holding it again and getting another UTI.

So this week, when she wanted to "try" she would actually go. She has been wanting to sit on a potty for about a year,  but never once has actually gone to the bathroom.  I figured we would give it a go this weekend. I was going to start Thursday, but we ended up taking full advantage of the amazing weather and went to Deanna Rose Petting Farm with Payton's friend Emma. These girls are 2 peas in a pod. We weren't there 5 minutes and they were both very interested in a snack.

Payton's smile isn't the most natural one I have seen

Emma is a few months older and is potty trained. Payton was in a diaper, but when Emma had to go to the bathroom, Payton wanted to go to. Again, I didn't want to discourage it, but to be honest, I wasn't super excited about getting her diaper off, sitting her on a public restroom, all to have nothing happen and have to get her diaper back on. To my surprise, she went!

So to get to the point. She was in panties all day yesterday and had NO accidents! We had a playdate with some friends in the morning at our home and I was a little worried that she might get distracted by her friends, but it actually worked in our favor, because when a friend would go potty, she wanted to as well.  After nap she even woke up and went poop in the potty and laughed thinking it was so funny. Panties back on this morning and she is going strong. Many people have said it is so much easier when they are ready, and I have seen that first hand. We haven't had to do any rewards (high fives have worked fine for her). My independent child was ready and does it all by herself. She doesn't want the potty ring or a small potty, she climbs on the toilet by herself and does her thing. Whenever she goes she says "It's working mommy," and when she tries and can't go "It's not working mommy." I am assuming we might have some accidents here and there, but potty training this time around has been almost too easy. She acts like she has been doing this her whole life. 

On a side note, see the stool in the first picture. I bought that for washing her hands, but it is her new favorite friend. It folds up and she carry's it ALL over the house, allowing her to reach new heights as you can see her rummaging through the junk drawer in the kitchen.  She loves it because it opens her world to see and reach so many things she otherwise can't. 

Buster is sitting up on his own. I love it when babies can do this, gives them a better perspective of the world around them. For a month or so he has been sitting up for moments at a time, but this past week he is full on sitting with no problem.  

They aren't looking very excited this rainy Saturday morning. Daddy is in Indiana, and we are laying low. 

Payton is so good with her little brother. She is having so much fun playing with him and is really sweet to him. She has been trying to teach Buster how to clap. I pray for my children's relationships with each other. I know they will have their moments, but I pray that they are lifelong friends.

I am so blessed!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Take me out to the ball game

Date night last night for Mr. Southards and myself. It was date night/guys night/erin crash guys night. Steve's buddy had tickets for a few of the guys to go the Royals game. We already had a sitter for date night, one guy couldn't go because his wife had a baby Wednesday, I simply made a suggestion :) and it was a great night at the ballpark! Royals lost and I seem to have a little less heart in it since our buddy was traded before this season, but it is still fun to be at a sporting event, on a beautiful evening, with a stud of a husband and no kiddos :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Made with me in mind

I recently decided I wanted a new travel mug. I wanted something bright for Spring. I headed to Starbucks to see what they had and was tickled at my finding

A travel mug made for me :)

What you may ask is so exciting about this mug.....

It has as many looks as you want. It was advertised as being used for photos, but I decided to buy some cute scrapbook paper and have a new look for under a quarter. This is great for a girl who loves to change things often, who loves to have different options, but doesn't have to a full cabinet full of mugs. So, whatever my mood, my mug is ready to reflect it. Holidays, no problem, another piece of scrapbook paper. 

It really is little things that tickle me pink :)


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Father Daughter Dance

Tonight Steve and Payton went to the Father Daughter Dance at church. She has been talking about the "Father Dance"and Chick-fil-a all week. They met some Daddy/daughter friends at Chick-fil-a for the dinner before. My daughter who loves food, made sure every time anyone mentioned the dance that they knew chick-fil-a preceded the dance. They had a wonderful evening and hope there are many more years of these to come.

Waiting for her daddy to finish getting ready. She was cranky before she left, you can see the tears she was crying over something "big" that made her meltdown.

Daddy sharing how excited he is to go on a date with her

Sweet girl with her cheesy smile

I got to hang out with this bad boy while they were gone!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Yes he is wearing a necklace

I have had many questions from people about Buster wearing a necklace. No, it isn't to be cool (even though he is cute in it), it has a purpose

Here is a description from the website I purchased mine from:

Amber teething necklace facts: A natural analgesic, amber will help calm a baby without resorting to drugs. Amber is a fossilized resin, not a stone. It is therefore warm to the touch, as well as very comfortable and light to wear. Wearing Baltic amber necklaces on the skin can have a soothing and calming effect on teething babies and toddlers. Amber's anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties are also recognized by allopathic medicine. In Austria, Switzerland and Germany, you will find amber teething necklaces sold in local pharmacies. Are amber teething necklaces safe? As a safety feature there is a knot before and after each bead, so that even in the extremely unlikely event of the string being torn, no beads are lost and there is no risk of choking. Amber teething necklaces are secured with a traditional screw clasp, not a hook and ring!

The necklace is to be worn, not chewed.

This little girl (being a "help" to her brother) had a terrible time teething. She completely changed every time she teethed. I had heard about these necklaces before she was born, but never got one. I figured this time that it couldn't hurt. He has been wearing it for about 3 months, so we will see how he does. The hard part is if he does well teething I won't know for sure if it is the necklace, since he has always worn it. I do have friends who swear by them though. You can find them on many websites and even etsy. I got mine HERE because I had a coupon for the website.

Doesn't that face look guilty :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Buster is 6 months old!

My dear son, you are a 1/2 year old! I am so smitten with you. I experience myself being much more lovey with you than I was with your sister. Not sure if it is because you are a boy, you look more like me or of it is because your baby #2 and I know how fast it all goes by.

 You sure love your fingers. You mostly chew/suck them backwards, but they sure comfort you. Not sure how much you weigh, but you recently went through a growth spurt and are wearing mostly 6-9 month clothing. I would guess 17 pounds. You have started cereal and are starting to get the hang of it, eating more than you are spitting out.

You love rolling over. You are sitting up decently well on your own, falling after a bit. You smile more than any other baby I have been around. You sure don't like it when you roll over in your sleep onto your back, being a belly sleeper, you won't sleep on your back. You had been sleeping 12 hours at night but recently have started waking at 5:30am, we are working on that. :) You have discovered your toes and they are your new toy.  

I seriously can't kiss you enough. You bring so much joy to my life, I love our alone time to play, laugh, tickle, and cuddle with each other. I know you will start moving soon (you already bounce so much even in my arms) and I won't be able to get much cuddle time, so I try to take advantage of it now.

Notice the cowlick, he has two crowns that meet at the top of his head and his hair always stands up  

Typical smiley face

Just want to kiss those cheeks

  Happy 6 months my son, you will grow up on me so quickly.

I look forward to you growing into the man that God has created you to be. My prayer for you is that you learn to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. That based upon your relationship with Christ, you learn to love others beyond human ability and that Steve and I are able to release you to be dangerous for the Kingdom of God, and the gates of Hell shutter because of God's power in your life.  I love you, I am so proud to be your momma, and I believe God has huge plans for your life.


A little late, but we got to spend a few days at the lake this past weekend. We just love getting away and being together as a family down there.

Yes I did marry superman, he can fly through the air

Daddy trying to convince sister to get in the lake

Successful, for a fleeting moment

Clinging to daddy on her way out


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

First Food and Sno Cones!

Buster got to try cereal for the first time this weekend. He wasn't too sure about it. We really didn't get a good picture of his face, but it was of disgust. He is very interested in putting the spoon and food in his mouth, but isn't too sure about the taste once it is there.

I am totally smitten with my little guy, I just can't enough kisses

Bad lighting but you can kinda see his face

Sister thought she needed to give it a try too

After dinner we went with our friends the Zimmers down to an amazing Sno Cone stand in Gardner. Mr. Mike and E-man are 2 of Payton's favorite people. She did her happy dance when E-man showed up at our house!

Rocks and Cones - cheap entertainment

The Zimmers + Buster

Payton being so photogenic

Her hair is getting down right crazy with the heat and humidity

Notice Buster's fingers, he is constantly sucking 2 fingers, I think they feel good on his teeth he is working on

I love this picture, check out what the sign says