Thursday, May 28, 2009

Baby bed to Big Boy toys

Again, this is part of a series of home tours being held by a blog I follow. I've enjoyed looking at everyone's pictures so much, I wanted to share my own! Can you tell we love the Cardinals? Braden really doesn't have a choice as a fourth generation Cardinal fan! Although lately he's been questioning his dad about the Royals and the Cubs. Because we are now in Kansas, it's ok to like the Royals, but the Cubs are another story! (Sorry Clint)

When I was pregnant with Braden and we found out he was a boy, I started envisioning a nursery. We already had a room painted yellow, so I thought denim and red would go great! I hadn't really gotten into a "theme" when packages from ebay started arriving on our doorstep. Cardinal memorabilia was to become our nursery theme! I asked Blake what he was going to do when Braden decided he wanted Sponge Bob or Batman. . ."no problem, I'll just put it in my office" he was definitely thinking ahead!

When we moved into our home in Kansas this was an adorable little girls room, painted in pink on pink stripes. I left the diamond yellow pattern in this nook, but painted the rest blue! There are batman sheets under this baseball quilt! The panoramic poster of Bush Stadium was nursery art ordered by Blake, and the posters above were a Christmas gift from Nan and Pop 2 years ago. She made posters using pics of Braden and family at different Cardinal games.

The curtain above the closet is part of the crib skirt I made for Braden's baby bedding. Sorry for the glow in the dark skeleton hanging from the light. It's a leftover from Halloween, but Braden loves that it glows in the dark.

I didn't have matching curtains for 3 windows, so we created this penant valance. Blake did what he does best and found the penants on ebay and I velcroed them to a curtain rod.

This dresser was Blake's "college dresser" so I didn't feel bad decoupaging these pictures from the Cardinals winning the world series all over it. The bench in front was a gift from Leslie, and it has Braden's name on top.

This is a removable wall graphic of a Braden. This picture is from his first round of T-Ball last summer. Next to this graphic are framed tickets of his very first Cardinal game in St. Louis at 15 months old. He's gone to at least one every year!

The giant baseball bat is my all time biggest splurge. It's from Pottery Barn. . .enough said. For Christmas two years ago, my cousin gave me a PB gift card as my gift, just so I wouldn't feel too guilty buying this! I can see this in his room all through high school!

I also love the black shadow box (see below). This was a yard sale find, pink at the time, and has been perfect for displaying SOME of Braden's Cars character cars. He fell in love with the Cars movie as we were potty training and most of these cars were his "prizes" for filling his potty sticker chart.

Mason's Crib. . . literally

I need to start off by thanking Blake for painting this room! Our local high school colors are purple and white, so when we bought our house, this room was very purple. It has lots of angles and nooks so it was not an easy task! The color is much brighter in person.

I had so much fun picking out the fabric to make this bedding for Mason. Although after I got home I was a little scared that it was "too much" now I LOVE IT! Everything I read when pregnant with Braden stated that babies could see high contrast images best, and that pastels got a little "muddy" so I wanted him to see and love his bedding! I made the skirt and valance, and a dear friend in Arkansas, Susie Lee, made the bumper pad. The best part is it's in 6 sections, so I could flip and turn it to create a different look!

The Lion rug was actually meant for a kids bathroom. I didn't originally intend to go with an animal theme, but after I started working on the artwork, it just happened.

This table was a Goodwill find and I painted it. Blake says it reminds him of a Mad Hatter tea party. I take that as a compliment. The green striped lamp came from Leslie, and the adorable orange piggy bank was a shower gift from my aunt Ann, purchased at Lad-n-Lassie in Mountain Home, AR.

The mobile was Braden's and although it clashed with his denim and red Cardinal nursery, it couldn't have been more perfect for Mason's room! (This was Mason at 7 months)

I had grand intentions of "painting" all of this artwork on canvases while pregnant, but time got away from me and all of a sudden we had a month before Mason arrived. Instead, I designed each piece and had it printed and mounted to foam core. It wasn't too expensive this way, so I can change it out if I want, but for right now we love it!

This is in the nook next to the bed. It was perfect for feedings, the rocking chair (left over from Braden) fit just right and there was nice light even at night from this little window.

These airplanes are those tiny balsa wood pieces that come in a package and you assemble them. I painted them with leftover paint from the table and hung them above the changing table with wire. They keep Mason somewhat distracted during diaper changes.

This artwork hangs above the changing table. I tell Braden the giraffes on the right are he and his dad and the ones on the left are Mason and I.

Like our guest room, this is our other "attic" room, which doesn't have a closet. My mother-in-law (thank you Janet) found this gem at an antique store where she lives. It's a children's armoire, PERFECT for Mason's little clothes. I painted the book shelf to the right, it was plain white, discovered at one of my favorite stores....Salvation Army.

Another gift from Aunt Ann the black and white blocks, and the frame that matches the piggy bank came from my cousin, Becki.

These ADORABLE shoes were a gift from the owner of Lad-n-Lassie, Beverly. The other shoe has Mason's birth date.

These built in shelves are perfect for odds and ends. I wish I could have found contrasting bins on the bottom shelf, but the green matches the walls so it's ok. They have bibs, blankets, changing pad covers and sheets in them.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Braden!

When did Braden turn into such a big boy? I know I could definitely see it when we brought Mason home and he was so tall and lanky next to our tiny new baby. But I look back at all of these pictures and wonder in amazement where did that round baby face go? There are lots of things that become a blur over time and can be jogged with a memory or photo but the moment he turned into this boy about to go to kindergarten I cannot grasp.

We tried very hard to make sure Braden had a very special day today. He's wanted to be 5 forever. A lot of his freinds turned 5 in September and October and he's counted the days to May 26! We started off by baking a cake last night and then having to explain that we couldn't eat it until today. He mentioned having some for breakfast, and we would have let him, but by morning he wasn't interested.

Dad bought some popsicles and juice boxes to take to his classroom today, and he had a special request for 'the things you blow in and they pop out and roll back up'
Then we had swim lessons, from there Will came over and gave him his gift, then I took the boys to eat pizza (Braden's pick) from there we headed to Kiddieland. Kiddieland is the micro-amusement park area in on of our city parks. I called last week to see what their hours would be and to my shock when we pulled up they were closed. So I called again. The lady on the phone was very non-challant about them being closed. There were no tears, but I kindly explained I had a little boy who turned 5 today and all he talked about was going to Kiddieland. AMAZINGLY she came within 10 minutes and these two had the whole place to theirselves.
While we were having all this fun, Daddy was at home with Mason and sent me 3 messages that Mason had taken his first steps, first 2, then 3, then 4! His own little gift to Braden!

Braden handing out his party favors at school. Trying to explain to the girls what Transformers are and which ones are the good guys and which are the bad!

Goofy and goofier!

Hold on tight boys! This is the closest thing to a Roller coaster Braden has ever been on!

Piloting his first airplane!

The Ferris Wheel-like cages. Makes perfect sense for this age! The man stopped it at the top a few times and Braden asked him to 'keep it going'

Sidewalk chalk set with 3D goggles from Mason. Will also got him 2 cans of Silly String and some Mini-Cars

Cardinal PJ's from Mom & Dad

He immediately wanted to put this Albert Pujols shirt on. Our friend Will is a Royals fan, so Braden gave him a quick lesson in who Albert Pujols is! We also got him this new hat.

The candle is actually a big #5 propped up in the center of our bundt cake. It wouldn't stay put on top!

Proud of himself for doing such a good job on the candle.

Showing off all the cards he got in the mail today. Not just these cards, but fair amount of cash for him to spend over the next YEAR! He also got lots of phone calls wishing him a very Happy Birthday!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Table for four please

Our Dining Room

I must admit, our table is never this clear! It's the drop box for mail, Braden's school papers, dinner, Mason's daily sheet, you name it! I try, but it never lasts!

Here is the rundown:
Table: purchase from Blake's aunt Tish's fleamarket booth inventory, in 2001, $35
Chairs: my Aunt Ann redecorated and passed these along $0
Buffet: acquired from my grandparents $0

I love this room, but not the wallpaper. Our previous dining room was a beautiful deep red and this painting was beautiful against the red.

Chest: family piece, I acquired it falling apart with extensive water damage. My in-laws (Bonnie & Rick) restored it and delivered it when they came for Braden's arrival.
Bird cage: Christmas gift from Aunt Ann
Wire stand: this is actually a plant stand, but after many failed attempts with house plants, it now holds a few platters and pitchers.
Horizontal plate rack: wedding gift

Hutch: acquired from my grandparents, holds our photo albums, stationery, etc. $0

These numbered albums are just of Braden. Now that Mason is here, I do not have the drive to keep separate albums so I get double prints of the pics with both boys and we now have just family albums.

The ceiling is my favorite feature of our dining room.

Braden's art gallery. I bought a set of metal strips and put magnetic clips on them for Braden to display his artwork.

We eat here every night. Braden has a little table with two chairs that he "sometimes" gets to eat at and watch TV. Mason's high chair is in the corner, so he also eats in here everynight!