Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Current Kid Lit Wish List

We just took the girls for our annual trip to the see The Nutcracker Ballet this past weekend.   Kenley is really into the story and loved the nutcracker that Alice the Elf brought her that morning that she broke it's arm like Fritz and now has to take care of it like a good nurse like Clara.  We have a Little Golden Book version of the story, but I would love to add one of these two copies to our library for their gorgeous illustrations.

Kenley is definitely our little artist.  Crayons, markers, paint, they are definitely her favorite way to pass the time.  We love Julia Denos illustrations (I Had a Favorite Dress and Grandma's Gloves), and can't wait to add Swatch to our collection.  I Don't Draw, I Color! is basically Kenley's second life motto.... right behind famous words of Ricky Bobby "If you ain't first, you're last".

Ashlynn would love any of the stories involving make believe.  We heard that Mimi was sending some of her fairies down south with their own doorway, so http://amzn.to/2gZp73J would be a great compliment.  Henry's Bright Idea is like a new spin on Winnie the Pooh with all of today's favorite woodland creatures belonging to the Walnut Animal Society.

Last, we've noticed that a majority of our favorite stories include our favorite furry four-legged friends.  Antoinette is the follow up to the beloved Gaston, and Miss Moon the story of a Dog Governess who imparts all her knowledge and advice that can go beyond the dog park.

What's on your current kiddie book list?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

American Girl Birthday Celebration

Kenley had a great 3rd birthday, it was probably her best day ever.  She woke up to chocolate chip banana muffins and some presents, including a Bitty Baby.  We got ready for school and she had her celebration there and popsicles with her class before the end of the day.

By the time she got home, I had put together her new microphone and the kids sang "LALALALA", the ABCs, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas, to their hearts content.  After a short rest of mom imposed quiet time, we headed over the American Girl Store at Southpark Mall.

Out of habit back in PA, I still always park at Nordstrom, which at this mall is at the opposite end of where we were going.  As we made our way though the store and then the mall, Kenley shouted excitedly, for everyone nearby to hear, "I ride the alligator! I go on the alligator!"

... the escalator!  dead.

We caught a glimpse of Santa on our way to the store, but he had gone back to the North Pole by the time we left.  That Santa is one busy man.  ;)

When we got to the store we spent some time checking out all the dolls and toys and then made our way to the bistro for our birthday dinner.  It was just us three since Dad was traveling for work.  I thought this would be a nice way to make an ordinary Wednesday into a special birthday Wednesday.  The girls both brought their Bitty Babies, who got to sit with us, and started with some chocolate milk for the girls and cups of cream for the babies.  The girls enjoyed their meal, the coloring books, goodie bags, and mostly the ice cream and cake.

It was the perfect little outing and definitely memorable for them.  Memorable for me was driving through a tornado on the way home.  I had no idea the weather was going to turn and we left right when our town went under a take shelter warning.  I'm super thankful we made it home safe, but what a way to turn a fun and fancy free evening into a super stressful one!  And with her birthday past we now full speed ahead to Christmasville!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kenley's Big Girl Bedroom Reveal

Kenley's room is probably one of the most completed rooms at the moment in our new home.  Aside from a fresh coat of paint,  everything is the same from her last bedroom. We switched the color from SW Vaguely Mauve to BM Frosty Pink.   The girls firmly identify themselves and their belongings as Ashlynn = Purple and Kenley = Pink.  Sometimes, I encourage them to branch out and show independence in their opinions and picking whatever strikes their fancy, but usually they stick to the plan and I won't deny them of their pink and purple phases. It'll most likely be tossed aside with their princess dresses one day too soon.

Bed Frame: thrifted and chalk painted | Bedding Set: Xhilaration
Chair: Ikea Extorp Jennylund | Pillow:  Skoope Home via Brickyard Buffalo 
Unicorn: White Faux Taxidermy Pom Trim Curtain Panels:  DIY (tutorial, similar)

Our new house features 9' ceilings on both floors, which is really nice added bonus.  However, the curtains I added black pom trim to, are now a foot too short for ceiling to floor.  Instead of the hassle of making new ones, I just made due and hung a curtain rod right over the blinds.  

Currently, we keep minimal if any toys in the girls rooms.  We have enough space in the loft that it gives me them one less space to keep tidy.  Books and stuffed animals pretty much full up the space and the bedroom is mostly for sleeping or having quiet time to wind down with a story.   I mentioned Kenley's favorite story is Twelve Dancing Princesses and we read it nightly.  She also can recite Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? in it's entirety.  

Dresser:  Ikea Hemnes 
Peach Knobs: Anthropologie  | Gold Knobs: DIY painted gold | Lamp:  Target Threshold
Mother Daughter Print:  RK Designs  | K Initial:  Michaels (DIY painted gold)
Happy Girls are the Prettiest Print:  A Painted Arrow | 'Hello' Sign:  Simply Sawdust (DIY Painted)
Shamrock Print:  DIY | Hanger:  Initialee 
Wall Frames:  Ikea Ribba (DIY painted gold), Sondrum

The ikea dresser is still holding together nicely and offers more than enough storage.  The gallery wall is identical to her last room, but 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.  The dresser and frames fit perfectly between her bedroom door and walk in closet. 

I'm still looking for the right decor to place over her bed.  It was something I never completed in the last house and hope to do here.  I've been looking for a faux floral swag, but just haven't found anything that matches what I imagine in my head.   I also am considering repainting her bed frame, but it's just not a priority at the moment.  Her bedding has held up really well, despite being incredibly cheap.  I also snagged a second set of sheets during a clearance sale. The moroccan pouf went seamlessly from a nursery chair footstool to a launch pad into her bed.  I love when things can continue being functional.

Now, if only the rest of the house can de-clutter itself and I'd have some content!