10.29.2010

Soothing those daycare jitters...

Coco starts daycare "officially" on Monday when I return back to work.  I have taken her a few days, here and there, to practice pumping and packing her bag and bottle.  It takes a lot more time and planning that I originally thought!  Also, I really wanted her to have time to get used to her class and her teachers before she goes full-time.  I think her daycare is going to be a fabulous place, but I worry about her forgetting us, since we won't be with her all day.

In her class, the "Lambs," each child is given his or her own crib.  One thing that I think is really neat is that each "Lamb" parent is given a white cutout of a lamb to decorate with pictures of the parents and any siblings.  They hang the lamb inside the crib, so when the kiddos are napping or playing, they can see that Mommy and Daddy are lovingly watching over them.  Her teachers said that the babies really do look at the lambs and study them.  I don't know if it will help Coco remember us, but I thought it is a great idea and worth a try.

I thought Coco's turned out so cute (and loved the idea so much that I wanted to share it)!

And here is my little lamb, already so big and about to go to school full-time!

Daycare and lamb flair,
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10.28.2010

Happy Halloween!

Last night, our church had its first "Trunk or Treat."  Since we had just been to Walt Disney World, our little family went as Mickey, Minnie, and Lil' Minnie.  With my mom's amazing help, we decorated our trunk like the Magic Kingdom and handed out tootsie roll pops (I don't know why, but for some reason they remind me of Mickey Mouse).


We had a blast, and the Knight suffered through wearing his hilarious costume like the best sport.  He must really really love me. :)


 Plus, we won second place in the "Best Decorated Vehicle" contest.

So many of the cars and costumes were great.  One family came as the Incredibles, another as a baby caterpillar (2 weeks old) a toddler butterfly, a mommy butterfly, and that dad was a bug catcher!  Some of our other friends came as rock stars and they gave their little girl baby a faux hawk with black tips!

Here's a closeup of my favorite chunky little mouse:

I am so glad that I got to do something creative before I go back to work on Monday.  Drawing, cutting out, and coloring all of this stuff took hours, and there is no way I would have been able to do all this while working.  3 months has just flown by, and I am glad I got to do this before getting back to the "real" world!


 From my family to yours, we hope you all have a fantastic (and safe) Halloween!

Mouse tails and candy pails,
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10.22.2010

AFS Hack - How to alter the Liberty of London Crib Bedskirt

Hullooo there.

My little one is napping and I have been putting off doing a tutorial on how I altered her crib's bed skirt for far too long.  I have gotten tons of emails about it, so I thought that people out there who are googling the Liberty of London crib bedding might like to see how I dressed down the "fluff" of the bed skirt and made it a little more crisp and modern.

Also, I want to say that I think my technique could be applied to any bed skirt that has a frame...and I can't take the credit for this idea.  I got it from Young House Love and watched my real life friends implement it, as well.  I took what I saw, adjusted it to my needs, and VOILA - bed skirt snazziness.

THE OFFENDER: TOO FLUFFY, TOO "TOO" CRIB SKIRT

THE GOAL: CRISP MODERN BED SKIRT

PLAN OF ATTACK: HACK AND ADJUST
Supplies needed:

Seam ripper
Iron
Measuring tape
Sticky, heavy duty Velcro (2 containers)
Sewing machine (optional if you buy Velcro that is sticky on both sides)

First I used a seam ripper to remove the pink bed skirt from the white fabric which goes under the mattress.  I washed the pink fabric, removed all the leftover threads, and ironed the material.

Then, I used the fabric to measure how much each side of the crib would require.  I had a lot of extra fabric left over...might be cute for a pillow or stuffed animal.

Then I cut rectangles of the Velcro (mine was sticky on one side and had to be stitched on the other side) and pinned the rectangles on every 8 inches (or so) of the fabric (stitch side to the fabric, sticky side up (but don't take off the paper backing yet!)  Once I got the entire edge pinned with Velcro squares, I put the other side of the Velcro on top of each square and placed the edge of the fabric on the iron edge of the crib.

Then I slowly removed the paper backing off of the first square and stuck the square to the crib at one end.  The fabric square should remain on the crib square, to hold the fabric in place as you go along.

Once you are done placing each Velcro square on the crib, remove the fabric (with its 1/2 of the Velcro) and stitch the squares in place.


Furry supervisors will help keep you on task. :)

Do this for all for sides.  Once you are done stitching the squares onto the fabric, reattach the bed skirt to the iron frame, and you are done!







One perk about having a crib skirt like this is that it doesn't get all jumbled up every time you change the sheets.  Changing crib sheets with a bumper is no easy task, and having to restraighten a crib skirt every time would be an additional pain in the tush.  With the Velcro crib skirt hack, the crib skirt stays perfectly in place!

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I'll answer them asap!

Whatever blows your (crib)skirt up,
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P.S. here is a cute little photo of Miss Coco Bean...just in case you were wondering how she was doing. :)

10.18.2010

The AFS family does Walt Disney World!

Hello all!  So, I cannot believe that it has been nearly 3 weeks since I have posted.  AND I can't believe that my last post was the 500th post of this blog.  Can you believe I have been blogging since I was a wee 1L in law school?  Minus getting married - this blog has been around to cover every major milestone of my adult life - law school, getting Betty Rascal, graduating from law school, moving to Memphis, becoming a "real lawyer", buying a house, getting Henry Bear, celebrating 5 years of marriage to the Knight, AND having sweet baby Coco.  Wow!  I know I ramble on here, but I am so glad to have bits and pieces of my real life on here, in between shopping wish lists, bargains and gift guides!

Anyway, these last few weeks have been quite busy.  Coco is growing like crazy!  At her two month check up, she weighed 11 lbs, 7 ounces and was 23 inches long.  Big girl gained 4 lbs and 7 ounces and grew 4 inches from the day she was born!  She is now smiling and cooing, and I think she has discovered how to "fake cough" as well as laugh.  She is a strong little girl, and her doctor was very impressed with how high and steady she could hold her head.  Before you know it, she'll be moving from the cobra pose to the downward dog with her mama!  

Also, she continues to look more and more like her daddy. Can we say DADDY'S GIRL?


 I am doing a lot better emotionally, too.  I think my blues were directly related to a complete lack of sleep AND no structure in my day.  Now that Coco is starting to take fewer, but longer naps, I am getting stuff done around the house, and really enjoying my maternity leave.  Too bad it is all over in 2 weeks...hello real world!

Okay, on the Walt Disney World.  I am pretty pleased with the Knight and myself.  I mean we are probably clinically insane, but we took a 2 month old to Disney World.  That takes some serious cahoneys.  And you know what?  She was AMAZING.  In the morning, I would carry her in the moby wrap while she slept.  Once she awoke (or there was a ride I just had to ride), off in the stroller she would go, where she would drift from snooze to sheer Minnie and Mickey madness.  Here are a few pics from our trip

Miss Piggy - Live, Love, and Be Stunning (thanks for the quote, Heathie!)



Bathing Beauties

Teaching Coco to swim!

 Harry Potter land at Universal Studios was SO fantastic!

 You, me and the baby makes three!

We loved Walt Disney World! And Walt Disney World loved us (at least our checking accounts!  Ha.)


 
After Orlando, we flew to Atlanta for the Knight's cousin's wedding.  I am sad that we did not get a family photo because we looked fabulous, if I do say so myself.  Mama got herself a new dress from Anthro, the Knight wore a tux, and Coco wore precious baby girl batiste.



We flew home to Memphis, and then this past weekend Coco and I drove to Nashville for another beautiful wedding while the Knight biked a good portion of the Natchez Trace trail.  Seriously...when did my husband become such a health fanatic?  In two weekend he is going to be a part of a team doing the Ragnar Relay.  I groan about the expense and time he spends training, but secretly I love it...I mean, AFS benefits when her stud gets more studly, right!?!

Well, I am off to go put the Bean to bed!  I'll try to post more this week about my Christmas sewing projects, Coco's scrapbook, my decorations for fall, and a bed skirt tutorial.  More likely I'll get sidetracked by Halloween candy corn and fall asleep on the couch in a sugared stupor, so we'll see.

Either way, have a great evening!

Kandy Korn Kisses,
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