Monday, November 14, 2016

Labels for Kids from Kidecals!








On sweet baby #3 I made a list of things I would need which was literally about 5-7 items long and one of the things on that list was labels. I LOVE the dishwasher safe kids labels for things like bottles, clothes lovies etc. I ordered a set for Sister and Fenn when they were born and I am still using them now! Perfect for Lunchboxes, and jackets, gloves etc at their ages. 







Here are the ones I picked out for baby Rad.





KideCals has a big selection for styles, sizes, and mixed use packages as well as better prices than most sites so check them out if you need some labels for the little one. 
Oh and I need to point out that these are not just for babies who go to daycare.  Stay at home mommas/babies will use them too! ( more than you realize: church nursery, family events with multiple kids, traveling etc)

Little Robots for Rad & our phone number. You can choose what you put on them but I like to put our phone number so that if we lose something important ( like the time we lost stinky bunny in disney world) people have a quick and easy way to get in touch with you.


Labels for Kids from Kidcals!








On sweet baby #3 I made a list of things I would need which was literally about 5-7 items long and one of the things on that list was labels. I LOVE the dishwasher safe kids labels for things like bottles, clothes lovies etc. I ordered a set for Sister and Fenn when they were born and I am still using them now! Perfect for Lunchboxes, and jackets, gloves etc at their ages. 







Here are the ones I picked out for baby Rad.





KidCals has a big selection for styles, sizes, and mixed use packages as well as better prices than most sites so check them out if you need some labels for the little one. 
Oh and I need to point out that these are not just for babies who go to daycare.  Stay at home mommas/babies will use them too! ( more than you realize: church nursery, family events with multiple kids, traveling etc)

Little Robots for Rad & our phone number. You can choose what you put on them but I like to put our phone number so that if we lose something important ( like the time we lost stinky bunny in disney world) people have a quick and easy way to get in touch with you.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

More Curb Appeal Projects: Exterior Painting




 Here is a somewhat before picture. Remember we already had cut down 2 trees from the front yard and cleaned up the landscaping.


and the back after we have added the patio and done some tree removal ( door to nowhere soon to be removed )


and After :

Next up: Painting the Porch, The porch rail, adding a shutter, and new exterior light fixtures! 

Now for the FAQ:

1.) What colors did you use? These are Benjamin Moore Colors " Titanium" and " Briarwood". I had a designer choose the colors so that I didn't mess up. Totally worth it because she did a good job! And because she was able to choose colors that worked with my existing roof color, and advise on what parts of the trim/doors etc should be painted what color. 




2.) What Kind of paint did you use? The brand was Sherwin Williams Luxor which is a paint made for brick. First was 1 coat of primer and then 1 coat of paint. Coverage was excellent. Initially he attempted just 2 coats of paint/no primer but the brick was drinking up the paint too fast. So I would recommend a coat of primer and a coat of paint for anyone looking to paint brick. The finish was satin on both trim and brick paint.

3.) What all did he do? ... Basic Steps :
  • Pressure wash the whole house ( wait 3 days for that to dry)
  • Repair any wood trim/ caulk where needed.
  • Paint trim
  • Prime and paint brick
  • touch up trim work
4.) Aren't you worried about maintenance on painted brick?
No. The paint has a lifetime warranty and was done well. I think that was more of a problem in the past when painted brick was not properly,  But even if I had to re-paint the whole house in 30 years, it was still well worth it :)



Saturday, October 1, 2016

Gentry's Farm

Strike this one off the Fall Bucket List! We chose Gentry's Farm as our 1st outing as a family of 5, and it went really well! All the kids had a great time. 



Since I have been catching up on the last 3 years of scrapbooking I realize we need to be better about taking pictures and being IN pictures so here's to that! 




The proud big brother always wants to take care of baby Rad!



 Fenn found this caterpillar and he kept it with him the whole time, and brought him home! ha


What is it Like with 3 Kids?



That was my biggest question toward the end of my pregnancy! What would it be like and what would be the hardest parts? 
I will have to say initially, it was pretty overwhelming, but mostly bc of work. I always have that in the back of my mind pressuring me to get it together quicker so I can get back to work, and that was stressing me out. That and the lack of sleep were my biggest challenges ( and healing from childbirth. That is always a doozy for me). 

I am so thankful to have had my momma here for pretty much 3 weeks, and Erik to have paternity leave. He has been holding this house together single handedly.. for weeks. That last leg of pregnancy almost did me in. I had a sinus infection for literally... 3 weeks! and I was so huge, and hot, and ill and TIRED. So Erik took over and it's pretty amazing what all he has been doing. When he goes back to work I may fall apart... time will tell. But for now, we are surviving and starting to get a new routine. 

Baby Rad is a pretty good little buddy thank the good Lord above. I was nervous he would have sister's dairy allergy issues etc. He eats good ( and OFTEN) and he sleeps.. OK. He does not spit up or have any complaints so far which is amazing, we just gotta get this kid to sleep longer and to be Ok when we put him down. For almost the entire 1st 2 weeks he would wake up and cry as soon as we would put him down, so I was sleeping sitting up right holding him all night.  Now he sleeps for about 3 hours at a time for his longest spurt  and does the best when he has been bottle fed with pumped milk and is swaddled. i.e. when his daddy is taking care of him. I think he can sense the weak link when I am in charge HA We are getting up with him about 3 times a night, which isn't bad but he is the 1st of all my kids that doesn't go right back to sleep once he gets full. There are times when he will stay awake for 1.5 hours after he eats YIKES.

I am refreshing on Moms on Call for my schedule for him and also on the Toddler version for sister b.c she needs some good rules. When I was super pregnant and worn out I let her get away with way too much and she has been having some good ole tantrums as a result so gotta reign all of that in. 


Both kids are adjusting well to him. Fenn LOVES him and is always asking to hold him and looking out for him. " Mom, baby rad needs his paci" etc. Sister doesn't pay too much attention but she will be very alarmed if he cries out " OH NO!! BABBBY!" she wants me to immediately tend to him. She does like to push his swing when he is in it, or try to put the paci in his mouth. 

I didn't buy too much for baby #3 but one of the things I got was a DOONA infant car seat and I will say it was worth every penny. Even Erik, who was super annoyed with it when I first got it, thinks it is awesome. I wanted to make it as easy as possible when out and about with 3 kids, and I don't know that it gets easier than a car seat that has pop out wheels for strolling!

So far we are thinking baby Rad looks like Erik when he was a baby! 

Moms of 3 lemme hear ya! Any tips or advice that I need to know?



Sunday, August 14, 2016

Creating some Curb Appeal!

The front of this house has been driving me crazy since Day 1 but we are slowly tackling that and crossing things off the list, which is super satisfying! This month the project was landscaping and a few things to add some curb appeal. 
I still have plans to paint before the end of the year but working with a designer to get just the right colors picked out. Since that is such a huge change I want to make sure we get it right! 
Below is my inspiration pic:




Now for some before and after yard pics. A local nursery marked all of their shrubs and trees 1/2 off so we took advantage of that and got to work. All the previous landscaping was outdated and had not been maintained so there was not much we could do to bring it back to life. Most of it had to be cut down and pulled out. Bubs spend an entire day clearing the Canvas! 

Pics from when we bought it :






Before Pic ( remember we cut down the trees in front yard in march)


Front Porch Before:
Front Porch After:


Front Right BEFORE pic:

And After :


Before:

 After:


And then we also copied a tutorial from Pinterest where we used Gel Stain to update the finish on our  faded garage doors. Those garage doors will soon be gone ( in a few months) so I didn't think it would be to risky to try this out. Overall it worked well and I like it better, however it has a slight sheen that I don't love. I wish it were a flatter finish. Thank goodness BeBe was here to help us knock that out! :) Erik likes to point out that I am more of a foreman than a helper these days on our projects :) HA



And one last detail... drainage. Y'all !!!
 I am shocked how much this comes up on home inspections when I am at work. It is recommended that you keep all gutters clean of debris/properly draining, AND to extend the downspout  at least 5' from your house with these plastic pipe extenders you can buy at home depot. Super easy thing to do and trust me, what might seem like a maintenance pain or unimportant is actually VERY important and could save you thousands of dollars down the road. In the pic below we buried the pipes in the flower bed so that they don't look ugly. (If you look real hard you can see the end coming out at the end of the flower bed.)












Sunday, August 7, 2016

Fenn's 6th Birthday

I think this is the part where the years really start flying by!:(

 Once he hit 5 he became so easy to take care of do stuff with that everything goes by much faster now I think! It is really hard to believe we are celebrating 6, and starting 1st grade!

Time Hope is killing me lately!! Look at this little HUNK!
 Birthday's all through the years!

We celebrate at home on the actual day with a Breakfast family party.  We also celebrated this year with family in Alabama with an awesome fishing cake! 

Since he and bubs almost have the same birthday,  they spent the whole day together all over town. This was at Cummings falls where they did some hiking and swimming.

The " Puff-Puff" Golf over by Opry Mills. Fenn got a hole in one! 

Then a Sounds Baseball game! 

While they were out I picked up the special birthday cake Fenn designed himself. He told me he wanted  " 3 levels, chocolate with chocolate icing with white writing that says " Happy Birthday Fenn" and will have 3 candles then a #6 candle , then 3 more candles on top " HA Unfortunately , Diabetic Ralph tackled this cake while I was giving sister a bath. Obvi that was pretty infuriating.

Snocones and Ice-cream after golf!

And per his instructions a Pokemon Party at Chuck E Cheese.  He LOOOOOVES Chucky Cheese and had a wonderful time. He got 2,071 tickets HA 

Sister was pretty sure that was her party too. She loved it and ate at least 2 cupcakes.


Our boy is an excellent 6 year old. Smart as a whip and sweet and determined. He loves fishing, basketball,dancing, pokemon, the pool, playing with friends, catching bugs, fudgecicles, and any kind of science experiment or project. He likes to stay busy like his momma. He is also a very sweet big brother and enjoys his sister so much. ( not to say he doesn't give her bops on  the head, but for the most part, he is kind to her).



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