January 20, 2016

Claire's 2nd Birthday Party

As of yesterday Claire is officially 2 years old!  I don't know how that happened so fast and I'm a little bit in denial about it ;).  We threw Claire's birthday party last Saturday.  Her birthday is on the 19th but we celebrated it on a day when Bryce didn't have school or work and our families could come.  Claire isn't a big fan of cake so we decided to throw her a donut party.  Here is a picture of everything all set up before our guests arrived.
A shot with the birthday girl.  She was dying to open her presents but we were somehow able to distract her until everyone arrived.
I made two different kinds of cake donuts; vanilla with pink frosting and chocolate with chocolate glaze.  I also made donut kabobs with donut holes & fruit and we had chocolate and strawberry milk for drinks.

The first thing we did was open presents.  Claire was so excited to open them!  Since Christmas was just a few weeks ago she needed no reminding of what to do with them this year.  
Claire got a new outfit and a horse & carriage to go with her princess castle from my mom & dad.
She got play-doh, the melissa & doug play-doh accessory set, and cookie cutters from Bryce's parents.
We gave Claire a new dress, a book (Olivia & the Fairy Princesses), and a Bitty Baby!  My mom also gave me her old doll cradle so we fixed that up and gave it to her with her baby.  I had a Bitty Baby when I was little that I loved.  I knew I wanted to get Claire one for her first baby doll.  The only doll she had before this was the homemade fabric one I made for her birthday last year.  Instead paying full price for a brand new one I started watching on eBay to see if I could get a good deal.  American Girl has a doll hospital that you can send any of their dolls into to get fixed up.  I figured if I could find a used one in decent condition I could send it into the doll hospital and have the head replaced so it would look brand new, but it would be less than half the normal cost.  I found the doll & starter set in like new condition and only ended paying $45 for the entire set!  I was so excited to have gotten such a good deal!  The doll was in almost perfect condition too so all I had to do was use a magic eraser to get a few scratches off of the head.    

After Claire opened her gifts she and her cousin Lydia were too excited to eat yet so the adults visited and we let the girls play for a few minutes before moving on to the desserts.
Last, we sang Happy Birthday to Claire and started eating the yummy treats.  Claire was very unsure of the candles and did not want to blow them out so Bryce and I had to help her.  I recorded a video of her while we sang happy birthday that I will have to upload to this post.  

I didn't get a picture of her with all her gifts at her party but I took a few on Monday before we took her to the American girl pop-up-shop in Salt Lake (I'm going to do a separate post for that since this post already has tons of photos).  So here she is wearing her new birthday dress with all her gifts!  
She loves her Bitty Baby!  She takes it with her when she goes to bed and naps and always comes out of her room with it tucked under arm when she wakes up.  Its pretty adorable watching her play with & take care of it.  She is getting lots of good practice in for when she becomes a big sister in a few more months!  She had such a great birthday and it was so much fun celebrating it with her!  She is the sweetest 2 year old and is so much fun to play with at this age.  I love seeing her use her imagination and see her cute little personality developing more and more as she grows.  She is the best gift I've ever been given.  I feel so lucky that I get to be her mom.  Happy Birthday Claire, I love you too much!

January 19, 2016

Pregnancy Update: 20 Weeks

How far along? 20 weeks +4 days (the picture was taken on the day I was exactly 20 though)
How big is baby? About 3/4 pound, 6 inches long.
Stretch marks? Still none yet
Sleep: Still sleeping great, although I know the uncomfortable stage is creeping up quickly so I'm enjoying my sleep while I still can :)
Best moment of the week?  Celebrating Claire's birthday & getting to see our little boy on the ultrasound today at my doctor's appointment!
Food cravings?  Costa Vida grilled chicken salads
Symptoms? A little bit of heartburn & lower back pain but nothing too bad yet     
Movement: Little boy is starting to get super wiggly & I'm feeling kicks and nudges all the time now.  
Gender? Boy!
Belly button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Anything making you queasy or sick?  No.
Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy for the most part.  A little moody at times because none of my clothes fit :( regular clothes are uncomfortable or look weird and most maternity clothes are too big on me still.
Miss Anything?  Being able to lay on my stomach on the floor when I play with Claire.
Labor Signs? Nope and hopefully not for a while!
Looking Forward to? My Target Ultrasound next month! 

January 13, 2016

DIY Play Kitchen

As everyone probably already knows from my Christmas post, we made Claire a play kitchen for Christmas.  I decided to post about how we made it and where we got all of the accessories.  We made the playkitchen from a nightstand I found at the salvation army for $5 almost 4 years ago.  When we still lived in our basement apartment and had rearranged our furniture when we turned the second bedroom into Claire's nursery we didn't really have any room for it anymore so I asked my sister if she wanted it.  She kept it for a few years and then after her daughter Lydia started climbing on it all the time they stopped using since it was more of a safety hazard haha.  Laci gave it back to us since they weren't using it so we could turn it into a play kitchen.     
I forgot to take any before pictures of the nightstand, but I found this picture on my sister's blog.  You can kind of at least see a side view of what it looked like before.  It didn't have the shelving on top, the door for the oven, or the little side table.  
Bryce first built the shelves to add to the top of the nightstand so it would like more like a kitchen hutch instead of a nightstand.  After Bryce added the shelves I painted it white and then I mod-podged floral paper to the back of the bottom cubby.  I also used the same paper on her little table so it would all go together like a matching set.  The floral paper I used is wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Co.  After I painted it and added the floral paper Bryce attached the oven door & side table.  Then I painted a coat of clear polyurethane over the whole thing to keep it from get marked up or scratched easily.     
I decided I wanted to do a play kitchen for Claire last spring so I spent the whole year collecting accessories to go with it.  This was probably my favorite part!  I had so much fun finding everything all year.  She already had the tea set, we got it on amazon for her last year.  All of her pots & pans, plates, cups, & the red kettle I found out Savers and the D.I.  The yellow mini colander is from Target and I found the little wooden toaster on eBay. The trivet we got for a pretend stove burner I found on Amazon for $5.      
The mixer is made by Le Toy Van and I found it on Amazon.  It looks like its currently out of stock, but when it was in stock I watched for the lowest price and was able to get it for $35.  Its regularly priced around $40 I think.    
The mint utensil holder & wire storage basket I found in the dollar aisle of Target last spring.  All of the mini kitchen utensils (except for her red heart measuring spoons which were just old ones of mine) I found at factorydirectcraft.com   
We also added some knobs on the side of the kitchen to hang things from.  I found her a little broom at World Market and her dish towel is another Target find.  The knobs are from Hobby Lobby a few years ago.  
I used an old cooling rack that I had for an oven rack, my mom gave Claire the cookie set for Christmas, and the gold cake pan & muffin tins are from the D.I.
I got this set of wooden fruits and vegetables made by Plan Toys on Amazon, it looks like they are out of stock on this too but when it is in stock its around $17.  Claire loves these.  They velcro together and come with a little wooden knife you can cut them apart with.  I found the mini heart cutting board on Amazon but when I bought it it was only $4 so the price will probably drop back down.    
Here's a close up of Claire's little table with the matching floral paper.  The table is an old table I already had.  The little cake stand is from Hobby Lobby and the mini desserts are from Amazon it looks like the price has gone up on these too, I only paid $12 so if you watched them you could get a better deal on the price.
I think that about covers it!  We turned a little corner in our living room into Claire's Cafe and brought her table & chairs out from her room.  I am so happy with how it turned out.  Claire has already spent hours playing with it, and I'm sure its something she will continue to play with as she grows!

January 11, 2016

Portrait 52.52

Playing with her new kitchen she got for Christmas.

"A portrait of my daughter once a week, every week, in 2015."

Portrait 51.52

She never tires of playing in the snow.

"A portrait of my daughter once a week, every week, in 2015."

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Eating peppermints & playing in bed with her babies.

"A portrait of my daughter once a week, every week, in 2015."