Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happy Birthday, Eliza!

My baby is one.  Cade says we can't call her "baby" anymore, but she's still my baby.

She was not sure what we were doing, but she was pretty curious about the cake with fire on it.

It took her a little time to get into the cake, but once everyone else was finished with their dessert, she dug right in.  We did a combined birthday party with her cousin, Samantha who had a birthday the week before.

We opened presents and she just loved her baby.  She's patting its back.  

My mom flew in town for the big occasion and we decided to drive up to North Carolina to visit my great-grandparents who recently moved there from West Virginia.  It's been a few years since we've seen them and wanted to take the opportunity to have a 5-generation picture taken.

Me, Eliza, my mom, my grandpa, my great-grandmother and granddad, and of course Ali and Cade in the front.

They moved to be closer to one of their daughters to help take care of them and for help in taking care of their home.  It was heart-breaking for them to leave their (BEAUTIFUL) home of 44 years, but their new back patio is very similar to their old house.  The kids liked climbing the gate.

We stayed with my aunt Nicka.  I love her house.  It is full of history and fun antique things with a story.  The high chair we used for Eliza was my Uncle Tom's grandfather's chair he used as a baby.  She wasn't positive on the date of it, but guessed it to be from the 1880's.  Wow.

We drove home on Tuesday just in time to open more presents and go out to Fatz for a birthday dinner.  They even gave Eliza a strawberry sundae.  3 scoops of Breyer's ice cream and strawberries... Yummy.

She really wanted it, but turns out the ice cream was just too cold for her liking.  So the rest of us were obligated to help her finish it.

Thanks to everyone for making her day so special!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Easiest Decor Ever

I am so excited about this "wreath" I just made and HAD to share it!
Materials needed:
-one old frame
-scraps of fabric
-hot glue gun
-paint (optional)

I have wanted a springtime wreath to hang on my front door since forever.  I'm just too cheap to spend money on one.  I was reading a crafting blog and she made a "wreath" out of paper and it inspired me to do dig out some of my old stuff and give it a new life.

First, the kids helped me throw some paint we had leftover from the living room on an old frame I've had sitting in the closet just waiting for something like this.  Then I cut some strips of fabric, rolled them and glued them to look like flowers, glued them on the frame when the paint was dry and then cut some more fabric and wrapped it around the frame to hang it up.  Viola!

The only problem now is that I can't decide where to put it.  I made it to go outside, 
(please ignore the ugly door with chipped paint)

but I love looking at it so much that I moved it inside for a little while and it looks great there, too!

Don't you just love it?!