Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Boy's Adventure Room

For Pumpkin's 5th birthday, we decorated in his room with a sort of outdoor, camping, adventure theme. We set up the room as a surprise for the morning of his birthday.

The centerpiece of this room is this teepee tent I had made here on Etsy. I asked her for this custom design and she did a wonderful job making it. He loves it.

The wall hangings of boys playing baseball are actually from my husband's room as a little boy that he saved.

The lamp is a telescope lamp base and matching natural shade from Target. This bronze Saint Francis statue (which I actually originally order from House of Fontanini, but I can not find there naymore) seemed perfect for the room. I ordered this wall decal of a little boy fishing, but had it made in chocolate brown and enlarged as much as possible.

The green polka dot elephant piggy bank is a baby gift from Tiffany & Co.

For a reading night light I attached this vintage camping lantern to his bed with a carabiner. It has a dimmer switch, and he loves to read by it at night as it gives off the perfect amount of light. I love going up into his room after he has fallen asleep and turning it off for him as he fell asleep with a book or Lego creation in hand with the lantern still on. This toy chest (Cameron Cubby & Drawer Base in white) does not go with his bedroom furniture but I got it on a floor sale at Pottery Barn Kids. The brown rattan baskets are from Target and are great for storing his toys. We also hung a few old model airplanes I found on ebay from the ceiling. I want to get some more but I wanted to make sure these weren't too much for the room first.
This big map I have had since I was in high school and have been carrying from place to place. It's funny to look at because it is a Cold War era map so the political geography in Eastern Europe and Asia is so different now. Originally the frame was black but we changed it to a chocolate brown to go with the room. This big stuffed bear along with the teepee were his actual birthday presents. he said he wanted a reading pillow like his sister, so I thought this giant stuffed 63" bear I got on ebay would be a perfect place to snuggle in and read a book. The bear came new from China and I can't even explain how they stuffed it into the box it came in. The furniture in the room we have had for a few years is Stanley Young America. This collection is no longer made, but we have the double twin bunk bed with captain's storage drawers underneath, a tall dresser, and 3 drawer night stand.

The bedding consists of solid sky blue twin sheet set and a solid brown duvet with a basic down comforter, all of which are from Target.

The accent pillow is a monogrammed baptism pillow from his godmother.

There is also a name puzzle stool he loves that we received as a gift.

The Mary statue is from our local dollar store.

The miniature Notre Dame gold football helmet is a gift with former ND quarterback Jimmy Clausen's signature on it.

I had so much fun designing his room. I have a few other ideas I didn't get to before his birthday. The smile on his little face when he first saw his room on the morning of his birthday was priceless.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Our Newest Addition

No, our baby didn't come early.

We just got the good fortune of being given this piano for free. My sweet family was even kind enough to deliver it to our door. It has yet to be tuned and inspected, but I am hoping it's a good for for our family.

Now I just need an inspiring painting or print of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music to hang over it. Some thing like one of these paintings below or maybe a vintage sketch. Saint Cecilia and the Angel, Carlo Saraceni, 1610 St. Cecilia, Guido Reni, 1606

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Baby on the Way Pictures

We just got these sweet pictures of our little blessing on the way that I wanted to share. I love the smiling ones. We are still going to wait until the baby is born to find out if this little one is a boy or a girl. I am 30 weeks along and doing great.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Easy Cork Sail Boats

The middle of these summer days is a slow time in our house usually. The girls are napping and it's much too hot to be outside. I have been looking for fun things to do with my oldest during these hours. I saw this cork boat craft today, and I knew it was a perfect impromptu craft.
It was so easy and we luckily had all the supplies, including some leftover foam sheets from Valentine's Day. Pumpkin loves to play at the water table with his cars and leogs out on the shady part of the patio, so I knew he would love these. He is always trying to figure out what sinks and what floats.
Follow the directions here. We just hot glued the three corks together, cut a trapezoid sail and mounted it with a toothpick. I knew they would just be floating them in the wtaer table or the pool, so we didn't put the string on it to sail them in a pond or creek.
Happy Sailing!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sun & Sand 2011

We had a couple different beach trips these past few weeks, which only partly explains my absence from posting. These photos and the memories they carry make all the hard work of going to the beach worthwhile. The difference in each child year to year is so wonderful to watch. Watching them play in the water is like opening a time capsule from the year before.
I remember last year...
you wouldn't ride a wave
and now you are begging for a bigger wave
your buckets of sand always toppled over when you tried to flip them
and now your heart sandcastles are probably better than mine
You were a nursing baby sleeping in the bassinet

and now you are running into the water like a big girl

Thank you for sharing in the snapshots of this summer time capsule.

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