A Little Girl's Nursery and a Big Boy Room! (Finally!!)

I've only been meaning to put pictures of our kids' rooms here for about a year and a half, and I kept putting it off because there are still a few little details that I want to change before they feel really "finished" to me.  Well, today is "Show us your Kids Rooms" over at Kelly's Korner so I thought there was no time better than the present to share them with you.  

First up, Jenny Kate's room:

This is the view as you walk in her room.  (It's painted "Minty" by Valspar.)

Here's her bed.  This is such a strange thing to try to take a picture of.  We decided to do two little pillows on the back side of her crib instead of a full bumper.  The bumper was such a waste in Derrick's crib and I thought that if we did pillows she could use them on her big girl bed someday.  (If of course the overall look of her room doesn't change, which if you know me well, you know that's always a possibility. :)

I couldn't use my good camera for these bedroom shots, so the color is a little off here, but here's a close up of the decal above her bed. 

Her changing table/shelf/total trash makeover sits under the window.  I really have to share a before and after of this baby!  You wouldn't believe what it used to be! :) 

I think one of my very favorite parts of Jenny Kate's room is her chest of drawers.  Both of the kids have two closet doors in their room and the closet runs all along the wall.  It's great because there's a lot of room, but it's pointless because you can't see what's hanging in the middle of the closet because there's a wall in front of it.  We decided to do a built-in chest of drawers that opens right out of the closet.  I LOVE it!  It doesn't take up a single bit of space in her room, has really deep drawers (as deep as the closet) and it makes a useless space useful.  My dad was the handy man for this little project.  :) 

Here it is with the drawer open a little so you can see it.  Yes, I realize the picture frame is filled with college aged kids whom we don't know (filling picture frames is one of my real downfalls) and the blocks are another one of those details I want to change but just haven't.  I made them before she was born and decided I didn't like them.  I'll put something else there eventually.

This is Jenny Kate's dressing table.  It was Justin's great grandmother's  (I think).  We painted it, put new hardware on it, and covered the seat.  (You can see before pictures at the bottom of this post.)  I think it's perfect for a little girl!

This door leads to the bathroom Derrick and Jenny Kate share.  Both of their rooms have FOUR doors in them.  Isn't that insane?!  The bear Derrick made for Jenny Kate before she was born sits in the chair.  She LOVES that bear!

My friend Jess made this wreath for the hospital door when JK was born.  It had a cute little plaque with her name in the middle of it but it came loose and I never bothered to fix it.  I love it so I'm so glad she made it to match her room.

Just a few other little things:

A gigantic pillow that the kids love to jump and flop all over sits beside her crib.

Her first tutu, made by Aunt Danielle, hangs on the wall near the door.  It's hanging on one of those wooden plaques from Hobby Lobby for probably $1 and I painted it, put a piece of scrapbook paper on it, and attached this doorknob that belonged to Justin's great grandmother (? I think?).  It's old, that's all I can remember.  I thought this was a fun way to do something with it.  And every little girl needs a tutu, right?!

This mirror hangs on the wall directly across from the door.  It came from the clearance isle at Marshalls and it was originally brownish/redish.  A little tape and a can of spray paint later, it matches her room perfectly! :)

This is a close up of JK's bow holder.  We tend to have bows all over the car and house since the girl pulls them off all the time, but this is where they're intended to go, anyway.  This is another $1 plaque from Hobby Lobby that I painted and covered with scrapbook paper, added her monogram with vinyl and stapled some ribbons to the back.   It works for now and was a super cheap solution for all of those bows. 

Next up, Derrick's big boy room!

When we first moved here Derrick slept in the room Jenny Kate is in.  We wanted to have a big boy room just for him before she was born so that he didn't feel like she was moving him out of his space.  We added the board and batten and painted the room navy.  I love the navy (Nautical Navy by Valspar) and white!

My friend, Ms. Pat, did all of the bedding, curtains, and pillows for both of their rooms.  I drew out what I wanted and she made it happen!  She's awesome, seriously!  I saw a comforter online that was similar to Derrick's but I couldn't justify spending $400 on JUST a comforter, especially for a then 2 year old!  So I had it made...for way, WAY cheaper!

This is the view from Derrick's bed.  We did all of the work on his walls before we came up with the brilliant idea for the built-in chest of drawers, so he has a freebie that we painted white and added green knobs to match the room.  Don't tell Justin, but I think we might have to do a built-in for Derrick too.  It saves SO MUCH space!

The top of his chest of drawers: a truck, a cute picture frame that my friend Steph made for D (before he was born and it's STILL empty, told you it was an issue), and my lava lamp from high school.  He loves the lava lamp!  We have to turn it on during nap time so he can "watch the bubbles."

Here's D's bookshelf.  It holds his special animals, his marble collection from Nana, the Lightening McQueen lamp that must be turned on during all sleeping times,

and his special heart pillow from his Glenn surgery.

Above D's chair he has glow in the dark stars (which are kind of hard to find now) and his "I love you to the moon and back" sign that his cousin Lily gave him.  He told me one time that he wanted to be an astronaut, so we thought the stars were perfect.  :)

He has some little (Ikea) bookshelves to hold the little board books near his bed. 

They rarely have books on them because this happens as soon as they do:

And then it looks like this:

We had a lot of fun decorating their rooms and love them, but what we love most of all are the little people who live in them: 

Who do not like

to pose for pictures,

at least at the same time.  :)

That's it!  Maybe this will motivate me to get a head board made for D's bed, pictures in frames, pics on the wall, and some other little stuff finished.  I'll write it on the list at least!



Can't Keep Up

I can't seem to find the time to keep up with this lil 'ol blog right now so here's the past week or so of things that have been keeping me busy:

1.) Running.  I guess we can call it that now?  Justin and I signed up for the Ray Tanner Home Run, which is a 12K race in October.  Ask me how far I could run when I hit 'submit' on our race applications!  Ummm...not at all!  We're up to about two miles now (usually Justin goes more) which is a long way from 7.46 miles (gulp!!) but you have to start somewhere, right?!  I signed us up for motivation and it's working!  I'm finally starting to like it.  Once it's over at least! :)  

2.) Taking advantage of the cool-ish mornings to play outside.  Especially since we're up early now anyway!

3.) Trying to keep up with our fearless son.  He likes riding "Rodney" and being pushed way, way up high until he reaches the "lemons" (limbs) on the tree.

4.) Celebrating. We got concrete!  Everything finally dried out enough for them to pour our concrete.  Whew, so much better!

5.)  Trying to be patient.  Everything took a little longer than we thought for the pool to be finished because of the rain, so we had to bust it last week.  We had a party at our house for our friends who are moving away and time was ticking!  Over a two day period Justin and I put out a truckload of top soil around the pool followed by two pallets of sod.  Talk about a workout!  Especially in 95 degree sunny afternoons full of humidity.  It's finished though, and we couldn't be happier!

6.)  Trying to figure out what I'm going to do.  In a three month period my two best friends have moved.  Our husbands are friends, our kids are friends, and my girls, they're the best. We went to church together, kept each other sane on some of those insane feeling days of staying at home with little kids, hung out with our families on many weekends, and had an occasional girls night out.  It's so difficult to find really good friends as an adult.  Especially friends where the husbands like each other and the kids play well together too.  I don't understand why they all have to move, but I sure hope there's a plan for us who are left behind!  I'm so, so sad! :(
This is an old picture, but I sure do love these girls!!

The boys cashing in on their Father's Day presents in Charlotte last year!  So hilarious to watch!!

7.) Hanging out at the Library.  Derrick loves it, Jenny Kate loves to destroy it.  Needless to say it's one of those places I leave sweating instead of relaxed, but what do you do?  The girl's curious and I love it.

 8.)  Grocery shopping.  We go at least twice a week, and as long as they have "buggy cars" and free cookies we're in good shape.  For the first 15 minutes at least.   Another one of those places I leave sweating! :)

9.) Trying to relax.  And I guess my goal this week is to convince my son that his entire childhood is going to be photographed so it may be appropriate to wear something other than just underwear! :)


Madagascar 3 and a Mall Playdate!

On Sunday Mamaw and Papaw took Derrick to see Madagascar 3.  He was SO excited!  This was the first time he had gone to do something with someone else without at least Jenny Kate being with him.  It really made me realize how much my baby boy is growing up!

Here he is in Mamaw and Papaw's car ready to go.  He kept asking before they came why they weren't going to drive our car and he kept saying, "Is Jenny Kate not going to be there?"  They're a team, but I'm pretty sure he was glad she wasn't there when he got all of the attention and got to drink sprite  and eat sour skittles!  He had a big time and I'm pretty sure he's ready to go again!
(Yes, I know his buckle isn't in the right place.  I fixed it before he left!)

Today we went to Family Fun Day at the mall.

The playground was full of little kids squealing and playing.  They had art, story time, music and a magic show.  Derrick was very interested in the magician.  I was really surprised at how he walked right into the middle of the group to watch.  He's not usually big on crowds of kids if one of us isn't right beside him.  Not today! :)  He even eventually sat down!

Jenny Kate's girlfriends were there.  We tried and tried to get a picture of the three of them, but with all of those kids running around (and a super slow camera) it was nearly impossible. 
Girlfriends are the best! :)

And it sure was worth the chaos to get to hang out with my girlfriends today too! :)



A May Catch Up and Does Anyone Need a Child's Wetsuit?!

My connection with the outside world has been repaired!  Our modem went out last weekend so we were without the good 'ol www for a few days until Justin could get us a new one.  I don't even pretend to mess with things like that.

And then we got hit with the stomach virus.  Ugh. And it lasted for DAYS.  Of course it was worse for the one who doesn't need to lose any weight.  We're all better now and hopefully have everything sanitized and can be on our way to some fun.

So I'm way behind on what's been going on in cyber-world, but here's what's been going on in our little world.

On Memorial Day Justin cooked for us.  That's dedication! :)

Jen, my roommate from my freshman year in college, came to visit from New Jersey.  We haven't seen each other since right before I found out I was pregnant with Derrick so this was the first time she'd met either of the kids.  I'm sure visiting us now is like visiting totally different people (probably from a totally different planet).  Our world has changed so much since then but I hope we weren't too chaotic for her!  The kids loved her and Derrick is still talking about Miss Jen and her airplane!  We miss you Jen! :)

We took her to our favorite hangout, the zoo.

Derrick was going to go on a pony ride, but he was like half-a-hand too short.  It was kind of a bummer.  He was ok with it because they let him pet the pony, but I know he would have loved taking a ride.  When we first walked by I thought this pony had dreads, so I had to take a picture of her.  Obviously she doesn't, but she does have a stylin' do!

This guy makes me laugh every time we go to the zoo.  I thought he was especially funny on this day.  I feel like such a dork because I walk around the zoo quoting children's books.  I catch myself every time we get to this guy saying, "Is your mama a llama?"  I know I'm not alone though, because when we were looking at the bear and I said, "Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?" a lady walking by said, "I think every parent says that when they walk over here!"  :)  Yes, my children will probably be very embarrassed soon.

Jenny Kate just took it all in.

I love the expression on her face in this picture!

Derrick made his first wish by throwing a coin in the water.  I don't remember what he said he wished for, but it was probably something like "another coin."

This girl is into EVERYTHING and keeps us so busy.  We love it though!

Justin finally got our pool nice and blue so we took our first official swim.  The kids were super excited.  Well, Derrick was.  The water is still pretty cool so JK isn't quite sure what she thinks about it. 

It takes two separate pictures to get them both smiling (and about 20 shots).  Derrick was taking his job of "standing with Jenny Kate" very seriously.  He tries to keep her under control but I'm not sure that's possible.

This is typical Jenny Kate.  She chose the only spot of dirt in that entire part of the yard and had to sit there.  In a dress.  That's my girl! :)

Lorelei came over to play with Derrick while we took care of some BraveHEART business.  It just melts my heart to see these two little heroes so grown up.  

We're supposed to have the concrete poured for the pool this week so we can really swim and we've been working hard in the garden.  We're giving Derrick his own bed to plant his own garden this year.  I'll let you know what he comes up with.   I think it can be a great experience for him. :)

If anyone out there needs a wetsuit for a little one, let me know!  We had to get a new one for Derrick this year because the one from last year is a tad too tight in the tummy.  (Hooray!! and boo at the same time!)  The Buell suit he wore last year was awesome and made it possible for him to stay warm enough to swim and we would love to pass it on to another kiddo who could use a little warmth in the water.  It is much thicker than the one he has this year, but Buell isn't making the little ones anymore (even after I begged them!!), so that was a little sad.  The wetsuit fits probably 18-21 pounds.  It fits really tight, but it's supposed to.  I think it's made for kids to surf in any time of the year.  It's a really, really nice suit so if you can use it, please let me know!  I'd love for another baby to be warmed up enough to swim like everyone else! Click here to see pictures of the wetsuit.

I think that's all the randomness for today.  Happy Monday! :)