Archive | December, 2012

Weekend Update with Kyler: 45 Weeks

9 Dec

As you can tell by the new layout, I am in the Christmas spirit! Christmas is a little over 2 weeks away and her birthday is 7 weeks away. OMG 7 weeks…. I better get a move on it! I need to seriously order some invites. Yikes!

Anyways, now that I had a minor freak out… back to the weekend update.


Kendra came over and was kind enough to take some family Christmas photos for us. More to come on that. Kyler and Maggie. Kyler has Maggie’s ball thus the face Maggie is giving her.



Kyler got an early Christmas gift that is going to stay at Grandma’s house…. a trike!


Kyler approves.



I posted the first of the series “A Pinterest Christmas”.


We have yet to put away the swing that Kyler hasn’t used in  5 months but she found it to be good to chew on.



Shoes off, play-time!


My little owl ❤



Sweet Frogs with some friends!



Chick-fil-a for lunch. Kyler loves its!


At night, we went over to the Gilbertson’s to have some fun with friends! So nice to have Melissa back in town!


Kyler and Kenley had a slumber party. They thought the laundry basket ride was a good time.



We went out to dinner to celebrate my mom’s birthday. Yummy!


Off to relax before work tomorrow. I need to really start getting serious about my Christmas shopping. I have a lot done but feel like I have a lot more to go! How are you doing on your shopping?

A Pinterest Christmas: Quick and Easy Wreath/Garland

5 Dec

My friend Kendra asked me to do A Pinterest Christmas with her and her cousin. After a week, there was several of us signed up to participate and join in on the Christmas fun. The idea was to find things on Pinterest that you wanted to make for Christmas and blog about them each week. We will all post one blog each week and link each other to all of the other blogs so you can see everyone’s creations!

pinterest christmas logo

I thought it sounded like a great idea and good motivation for me to do some Christmas crafts!

This week: Quick and Easy Christmas Crafts!

The pinspiration came from this picture:


Last year, we bought real wreathes and were going to add decor to them. I bought all of the little cheap add-ons from Jo-Ann’s since we would be throwing these away after Christmas. Well we never put them on and when I was looking up ideas on Pinterest, I came across this! I just needed to buy two plain wreathes.

 I decided on using items with wire rather than hot glue. I did this so that I can reuse the  wreaths next year and change em up when I want.


I decided on red and silver for my wreathes but it’s totally up to you! You just place the items where you think looks good and tie ’em on!

It is so simple that that is basically it! It took me about 5 minutes and, wala! I had 2 Christmas wreaths. This is not the most riveting craft project I have ever done but it was quick and easy with a 10 month old crawling around and “helping”.


Finished product:


Next project (I am throwing in a bonus since the wreath was so ridiculously simple to make) is a Merry Christmas garland Cricut style.

A spin-off of A Pinterest Christmas if you will.

A Cricut Christmas.


I found this on Pinterest and saw something similar at Target and thought, I could make that with my Cricut! (The original link to the picture is broken, boo 😦 )

What is a Cricut you ask? It’s an electronic die-cutting machine and it’s freaking awesome.


You buy cartridges that have so many pre-loaded images or fonts on them and can make them any size you would like on any paper you would like.



After you cut them out, you glue all the layers together! Attach them to some string or yarn in my case and you have yourself a Merry Christmas Garland!


I made this last year:


Well that is it! Hope you can find some quick and easy crafts to do this holiday season!

Don’t forget to check out these super talented girls and what they made this week for A Pinterest Christmas!

Amanda @ Without a Doubt – DIY Sweater Wreath
Sally @ Chacha and Mogo – Pom Poms All Around
Kendra @ The Gilbertson Family – DIY Pom Wreath
Misha @ emerald city diaries – reindeer wreath & felted garland
Maggi @ Greg- Letter Wreath

Stop by next week to see what we come up with!

Weekend Update with Kyler: 44 Weeks

2 Dec

Happy December everybody!

We had a good and busy week. I was pretty busy at work this week and we have been on the go all weekend! It really has been the best weekend. I work a lot of hours with my job especially in-season so when I have a whole weekend off, I cherish all the time I get with Chris and Kyler.

Speaking of on the go…. that is what Kyler has been up to. She is SO close to taking her first steps. I know it! Every day she gets more and more brave and you can tell she just wants to walk. She is letting go more often and wants to hold our hands and walk rather than be carried. I wouldn’t be surprised if her first step is the topic of the next Weekend Update or two.


Kyler turned 10 months old on Monday! Oh my, 2 more months!


Kyler playing at Grandma’s house… with what… I have no idea.



Chris and I cooked a yummy dinner and watched a movie after Kyler went to sleep. This is how we watch our movies now a days. Not much opportunity to get out to the theater but that is okay! I prefer sweats and my couch over a movie chair!


We went over to hang with The Gilbertson’s. Kendra was helping Kyler push around the laundry basket.


Kenley and I watched 🙂


Friends ❤



I had a game Friday night so Kyler had some Dad time!




We went to the mall Saturday morning to do some shopping and get pictures with Santa. Kyler did well walking the fence in line.



The Santa meeting did not go well. We waited in line for 2 hours (crazy), it was lunch time, nap time and Kyler fell down and bumped her face (and since she was tired and hungry- it was the end of the world). I got her to calm down and it was our turn about 10 minutes later. I handed her off to Santa and Oh. Dear. God. She FLIPPED. I was called over and sat down and grabbed her. She was still freaking out but somehow the kid wranglers had her focused and ready to go. Santa was great too! True professionals. I was so shocked that we actually got some good shots!





After Santa, we went to the food court and ordered Kyler’s first menu item! Cheese quesadilla from Chiptole! Kyler approved.


We stopped into Build-A-Bear and built Kyler Rudolph and Clarisse. She is obsessed with them, especially Clarisse.


My big girl wants to walk so badly.



Today we took Bug to the zoo for the first time. The Brevard Zoo is such a nice and clean zoo!


Feeding the deer.


Looking at the Jaguars!


I want to walk Dad!


Lunch time!


Sleepy Rhinos.


Kyler fell asleep before we got to the Giraffes. Next time!



Just chillin’


We got back to Orlando and ran some errands. After dinner, we went down to the Gilbertson’s to play. So nice having them 5 doors down!

Just snacking on a cracker.


Hey, this is fun!


Uh oh! The box broke and down went the girls. Thankfully is broke somewhat slowly so the girls didn’t bonk their heads but Kyler was tired so it was a big deal. Didn’t even phase Kenley!


Well I am off to watch a Christmas movie. We are thinking Elf. This week I am starting something called “A Pinterest Christmas” with a bunch of other girls and I can’t wait to share what we came up with! Details to come 🙂

Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?

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