Monday, October 31, 2011

What We Did This Fall Weekend - Happy Halloween

This weekend was all about pretending and "ress-up" as Bean calls dressing up. Halloween is fun again, with a kid who's really into it. I've never seen a kid so excited for candy!

We started the weekend with a dress rehearsal for a Toddlers in Tiaras costume with BFF

Then a halloween party with Bean's adoption group. The Toddlers in Tiaras were hilarious. They really, really got into it. It was scary how much they loved it!!

 The chaos of the pinata, but they LOVED it!!

 Practicing her pageant pose
 So guilty!!
And then trick-or-treating with a shark, spider man, and a purple butterfly

 Counting her loot. She wanted to eat all of it.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ikea Minnen Bed

My little girl is finally sleeping in a big girl bed. Actually right now it's an Aerobed kid's air mattress on the floor with pillows propped all around so she doesn't fall out. She decided to abandon the crib before we could get her a big girl bed. We tried to get to Ikea this weekend to get it, but the bed we want, the Minnen, is on back order indefinitely. Boo. I'd rather wait than just get whatever's available. I love the French-inspired style of it, and I also like that it's expandable from a toddler bed into a twin bed, so we don't have to buy another bed in a year from now. So we'll wait. Until then, here's the bed, and some pictures of kid bedrooms with it.

Friday, October 28, 2011


My husband was a Trekky. It's one of the little things I love about him. When we has little he had his Star Trek toys labeled and organized alphabetically, with index cards labeled for each of them in a small file box. They're all unopened - opening fresh Trek figures is a crime for Trekkys. Anyways, I saw this post on Ohdeedoh the other day. For our next baby, we will be getting one of these in honor of my Trekky husband. 

I sent this link to him and he found these onesies on the website. Yep, we'll be getting some of those too evidently.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Letter to a Pre-Adoptive Mommy

I stumbled across the blog Matt and Kara Adopt, from the Dear Baby blog that I read almost daily. The latest post is an update on how they are doing in the aftermath of a failed adoption. I immedately read almost every post. I love the blog, and I'm happy to see someone who has opened her heart publicly on the roller coaster of adoption. I had to respond to her most recent post. I relate to it so much. I wish there was something I could do for her, but I remember being in her shoes and nothing really helped. I had to get through it on my own. But still, I had to write and writing it feels good for me too. I'll be healing forever, and forever praying for the baby who wasn't meant to be our.

Hi Kara,
I found a link to your blog on the Dear Baby blog. As I was reading your post and several of the previous ones, I had tears in my eyes for you. I'm an adoptive mom to a two and a half year old daughter, who came to us after a failed adoption and 4 years of infertility/adoption challenges. We had been working with a birth mother for a few months and had a name picked out and all, and she changed her mind a week before her due date. Unfortunately that poor little girl is now a ward of the state and I still pray for her every day. Her life will probably be very hard.
When our adoption failed I did all sorts of things. I cried alot for us and for that little baby who wasn't going to have a mommy at least not for a while. I hugged my family alot, drank A LOT of wine, went to NYC with my husband and we spent a ton of money we didn't have and drank A LOT of wine there and acted like kids. A couple weeks later we took all the baby girl stuff back to Babys-R-Us. This was really tough, so afterwards we went to the beach for a long, long walk. While we were walking we decided that we were done grieving, we had made it through alive and we'll be ok. We’re not overly religious, but somehow on that day we decided we had to have faith in the order of the universe. It was a very profound conversation, I’ll never forget it. We found a tiny shell on the beach. I put it in my pocket and decided that it represented the baby who was meant to be ours, whenever that may happen. The very, very next morning, on St.Patrick's day, we got a call that a baby girl had been born and were we interested. I didn't believe it, thought nothing of it and didn't let my mind even go there after the roller coaster from the last few weeks. But a few days later it became a reality and we packed up and went to meet our baby girl. It was the most surreal experience ever, going from the depths of depression to the height of joy. I kept thinking about the phrase "The darkest time of night is just before the dawn." I kept saying that over and over again as I held her for the first time.
You seem to have a very strong faith, and writing this blog hopefully helps you heal with each difficult post you write. I hope it does, and I hope and pray for you that soon I’ll be reading about the adoption that did work out for you, the baby who was and is meant to be yours. I hope this is your darkest time before your dawn.

Cheers, Laura

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Eames Rocking Chair

I finally got around to ordering the new Eames rocking chair for Bean's new big girl room. I ordered this one from Amazon. It's not an original Eames, but I'm not into spending $400 for a rocking chair and this Baxter one gets great reviews.

I was looking around on The Boo and The Boy blog the other day and I found a post on Eames rockers in kid rooms. It just confirms how much I love the look. It's so unique and totally different than our usual style. Here's a preview of some of those rooms. Check out her post and more pics here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pure Pumpkin Joy

We painted pumpkins the other day, this is what we got-two somewhat lumpy, messy, spotted and rainbow striped pumpkins.
 And this is how excited Bean was with the result! Her big smile makes me so happy I can't even stand it.

New Idea Tuesday - Articles Club

I joined a mom's book club this year that meets once a month. I love it so far, but I'm finding it tough to read a full book each month right now. The only times I get to read are on the train (half the time I'm asleep) and at night before bed (also asleep half the time).

I love love love to read and my favorite part of the book club is the discussion with the other moms. We don't always keep on the topic of the book. Half the time we drift to other things depending on how many glasses of wine we've had.

I'm pitching this "article club" idea to the women who run the club as  something we can do for the winter, especially during the holidays when time becomes even more tight. The idea is to have everyone read a magazine article instead of a book. What a brilliant idea from A Cup of Jo blog, and an interesting article the author links to as well.

Are you part of a book club? Does this article club idea sound cool?

I Totally Need This Shirt

Given that we're on the adoption wait list I think I need one of these. And so do all my adoption friends. From Pinterest (original source unknown).

Monday, October 24, 2011

What We Did This Fall Weekend

 A Halloween parade in town, dressing up in the pink Princess dress that Meme made for Bean.

 A visit to Russell Orchards farm, for a hayride and pumpkin picking with Meme and Gramma

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Made By Joel - A Few Fun Projects

I absolutely love the Made By Joel website. So many cool ideas for projects for all ages. Joel has changed the website up a little so that now you can search by age group or category. Here's a few of my favorites from my latest search of the website:

This great Cheerios box modern dollhouse:

These little cardboard cutouts:

These dress-up drawings using scraps of fabric:

These handmade books using thick art magazine covers, paper, and a sewing machine:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chalkboard Quote Wednesdays

I found this one on 74 Lime Lane that totally applies to me. She's put together a great set of quotes in her Blogtoberfest quote collection. Definitely worth checking out, lots of great quotes for inspiration. I also like this one, this one, and this one.

This is Seriously Crazy

Check out this visual map of all the McDonald's in America - I found it on 74 Lime Lane, it was put together by Stephen Von Worley with an interesting article that is worth the read here.
The author tried to find the McFarthest spot, the area of the country with the widest gap in between McDonald's locations. The McFarthest spot was 145 miles even in the most rural hills of the Dakotas. Pretty scary!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Ideas Tuesday

A few of my favorites from this week:

Fun with felt, Dress A Pumpkin, from Pinterest

A nice way to display children's artwork, from Isabella & Max Rooms

Fun painted pumpkin ideas, from Whatever blog

I don't know why, but I really like these mini camera stickers, from the PetaPixel store
 This fun Trick-Or-Treat Paper City Halloween craft from Made By Joel

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