Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lu at the Zoo!

Lucy had her very first trip to the zoo today! Five babies, five mamas, and five strollers all managed to meet up at the Detroit Zoo at the appointed time. We were off to a great start!

For reference, because some of you hear me talk about these mamas a lot, we have Lisa on the left with her daughter Greta, then Leslie and Catherine, me and Lucy, Becky and her son Colt, and Nicole and Ella. I knew Nicole back before we had babies. Her husband used to work with one of our good friends. Then Nicole met Lisa at a New Moms group at the hospital where they delivered their babies, and Lisa, Leslie, and Becky all went to college together. When Lucy was four months old I invited Nicole and Ella to try out Cuddle and Bounce with Lucy and me. She brought Lisa, Leslie, and their babies with her and that's how our little group got started! 

Just some mamas and their babies on Senior Day at the zoo!

We went into the new penguin exhibit right away. There was a bit of walking and waiting in line, but it was totally worth it!

This next little group of pictures is way too cute! The babies stood right up by the glass and loved watching the penguins swim around . . . as did their mamas!

I think Colt was reciting penguin facts to Lucy in this picture. 

Here we are in front of the fountain. It wasn't busy at all. Lucy brought her special giraffe to show to the real giraffes. You can't tell because it was chilly so she had to wear a jacket and a hood, but she wore her "Wild About Mommy" leopard print shirt, giraffe shoes, and a pink flamingo clip in her hair! And just in case it warmed up enough to wear short sleeves, she had a pink onesie with a penguin on it underneath her shirt. #zoofashionista

A flock/flamboyance/pat/colony/flurry of pink flamingos!! For real, I just Googled "What is a group of flamingos called" and it listed all those choices!

When it's hotter out, I'll take her back to see the flamingos while wearing this outfit!

This little fella was just walking himself all around the zoo and strutted right through our stroller group!

We walked up to the giraffe exhibit just in time to see this guy!!

I took Lucy out right away so she could see him, but then he walked to the side of the building for a snack. 

Super excited about seeing her spirit animal!

Lunch on the lawn. After lunch there was a round of diaper changes on the lawn and then we finished up our visit. 

Some extremely friendly ducks during lunch!

As far as other animals go, we saw some lazy kangaroos . . .

  . . . a lazy seal . . .

 . . . and a bunch of lazy gorillas!

Stroller babies!!

We had a great morning at the zoo! Thanks to Lisa for planning our route. All we had to do was follow her and not worry about a thing! Lucy loved it and can't wait to go with her daddy to show him all the animals!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Nap Time Crafting: Burlap Wreath

When I was pregnant last spring, I watched a few Pinterest tutorials on how to make a burlap wreath. I bought all of the materials and spent about 3 hours making an adorable wreath for our front door. Then fall came around and we had a baby in the house and I didn't really have the time or motivation to make a fall wreath. So I simply pulled off the spring flowers I had hot glued to the wreath and glued on some fall flowers and accents. Fast forward to now, and I need a spring/summer wreath again. I don't know that my current burlap wreath can withstand another round of ripping off the glued on flowers, so I decided to leave the fall wreath alone and make a new spring one. In fact, I decided to replicate the exact spring wreath from last year because I loved it so much. 

Now, before I get started on the tutorial, I'd like to note the following things:

1. I decided to make a new wreath at the beginning of April. I bought the materials right away and then I got busy with my school work, and then Lucy got the Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. The bags of materials sat on our dining room table for a few weeks and never did I ever even think to lay them out and take a picture of everything  . . . until I was about a quarter of the way through making the new wreath!
2. I wish that I had taken better pictures. But as the title suggests, this was done during nap time where my main goal is to get as much done as possible. I was more concerned with getting the wreath finished than I was about the picture quality. Shame on me!
3. As I was typing the first paragraph of this post, I thought it would be a good idea to include a picture of the fall wreath I was referencing. But it's all the way in the basement, and I'm tucked in tight under the covers so it didn't happen. 
Shame on me again!
4. I'll try to be more professional for my next tutorial. 

Ok, so here we go. The materials you'll need are:

1. A wire wreath frame. I got mine at Michaels. They come in many different sizes. I believe I used the 18". 
2. Three rolls of burlap. Here's what I used. I've seen colored burlap at Hobby Lobby which could be super cute as well. 

3. Pipe cleaners the same color as the burlap, or floral wire. I used pipe cleaners cut into fourths.
4. Ribbon 
5. Flowers/decorations of your choosing.

When I was ready to begin, I went downstairs and looked at my old burlap wreath. I remember that I somehow weaved the burlap and the ribbon into the frame at the same time. For the life of me, I could not figure out how I did it! So I came back upstairs and Googled "burlap wreath tutorial" and watched the shortest one I could find. It's a little over 2 minutes long and definitely worth watching. I'm not going to do a step-by-step tutorial, because this video does a really good job of explaining everything. 

My dining room table crafting table is right outside of Lucy's room. I didn't want to make a lot of noise by banging the wreath frame on the table, so I held it between my knees like this. Also, please take note of my pants. The burlap sheds pretty badly so be prepared!

This is how the burlap looked once I had pulled it through each section of frame, then I just smooshed it down into the previous section.

Here's a picture halfway through. 

Here's the back, in case that's helpful.

Here's the finished product. Notice around the 10:00 and 11:00 positions that the burlap is a little less scrunched up. I had 2 full rolls of burlap, plus an almost full roll left over from last year. I started running out toward the end so I had to spread it out a bit more, which is why I said you'll need 3 full rolls. 

The next step is to thread the ribbon around the frame. I used one roll of this ribbon, and it was enough.

This was hard to photograph while doing, but I just moved the burlap away from the middle, tucked an end of the ribbon underneath the wire frame, then made a loop and pulled alllll the rest of the ribbon through. I just kept doing this over and over until I got all the way around the wreath. 

Burlap and Ribbon.

Finally, I purchased some colorful daisies from Michaels, cut off the stems, and hot glued them around the wreath. Here's the finished product:

In the video tutorial, they say it should take about 10 minutes to create the burlap wreath. Um . . .maybe if you're a burlap wreath professional! I would say start to finish, this project took me between an hour and a half and two hours. I got all of the burlap and about 3/4 of the ribbon done during Lucy's nap and then finished the rest up a little later. 

If I had more time . . . and money to spend on wreath decor . . . I think red burlap, white ribbon, and blue flowers would look super cute for the 4th of July!

And for those of you who stick around just for the Lucy pics, here's what I get to see when I go in to get her in the morning!


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weekend Recap

Whew! What a whirlwind of a weekend! In the words of Matty Kissel, "I took zero naps this weekend." That's how you know we were busy, because no one loves a weekend afternoon nap like Matthew Kissel!

Here's a little Oma/Lucy time from Thursday. My mom is smiling, but she's secretly super sad that Lucy wants to hold her own bottles now. 

Rita came over on Friday to watch Lucy while I took Sydney to the vet to get her drain tube removed (yahoo!!). I had a little time to spare before the appointment, so I ran to Kohl's armed with a 30% off coupon and a need for a new bathroom rug. And apparently some 4th of July clothes for Lucy!! 

And then I stopped in the newly renovated Once Upon a Child to see if I could find a dress for Lucy to wear for her birthday photo shoot. Fancy dresses are so pricey, and she's only going to wear it for pictures! I didn't find a birthday dress, but I did find these little gems . . . the yellow and white polka dot dress has a giraffe on it!

Look at my big girl standing up in her playpen! She's watching her daddy give Sydney a warm compress and a massage. 

That is one relaxed doggie!

Friday evening I heated up some frozen veggies for part of Lucy's dinner. Saturday morning around 10:30 I went to get some cashews for a snack and found the not-so-frozen veggies in the pantry. Oops!! Sometimes I feel like I'm losing my mind, and now we have proof!

Doesn't everyone eat their lunch sans pants??

Sarah, Brian, and Tommy were in town this weekend. They came over on Saturday, and Tommy had the best time playing in the play room. He's 6 months old and getting so big!

I had put Lucy down for a nap about 10 minutes before everyone arrived. She must have sensed that there were intruders in her playroom because she wouldn't go to sleep and just cried and cried. I finally went to get her, and when I brought her into the playroom she took one look at Sarah, Brian, and Tommy and had a complete meltdown the likes of which we've never seen before. I mean, it may have been worse than when she sees my brother! It took her quite a while to warm up to the situation. This is about as happy as she got for most of the visit. 

Aunt Sarah started Lucy's fall wardrobe off right with some super cute shoes for her to grow into. Even those didn't bring a smile to her face, so you know there had to be something wrong!

Later in the afternoon we had to head down to Aunt Judie's for her birthday party. I was nervous about how it would go since Lucy didn't have an afternoon nap, but she took a little snooze in the car on the way and was super happy. 

Lucy and Aunt Judie were wiping each other's faces with the napkin, and Lucy was loving it. 

For the next two pictures, please note that it was already almost an hour past Lucy's bedtime. She had gotten a little feisty during her diaper change and pulled out her hair bow. She was not looking her best!

Sunday morning at 7:45 and they're already working hard.

Our nephew, Andy, made his First Communion on Sunday, and the weather was beautiful! The church service was about an hour and forty-five minutes. Yikes! Lucy did really well, though. We were all happy to get outside afterward and enjoy the beautiful day. 

I love this picture! I love the tree. I love that Sadie is holding Lucy's hand, and I love that Gordie is holding on to Andy. 

Isn't this the sweetest picture?! Sadie kept asking if she could hold Lucy and if she could feed her. I think she forgets Lucy isn't a tiny little baby anymore! This was the best we could do for her, and she did a great job! 

And after day two of no afternoon nap, here's how Lucy rode all the way home!

Hope you had a great weekend and got outside to enjoy the sunshine!
Have a great week!