Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fancy Pants Footstool Inspired by Pinterest

P is for pinning!
Ok, if you haven't seen the website Pinterest yet, you're totally missing out.  One of the fastest growing new social media websites, Pinterest is the concept that allows you to organize and share all those clever ideas/thoughts/pictures that you stumble across online.  Folks use pinboards to plan weddings, decorate their spaces, design workout plans and even create their own "virtual" cookbooks.  If it's online, you can pin it!

Launched in 2010, it didn't take long before Pinterest made a splash!  In January 2012, the site reported 11.7 million unique users, making it the fastest site in history to break through the 10 million unique visitor mark!

As you can imagine, Pinterest is right up Heather's alley.  Between blogs and baby, she barely has time to create her boards anymore!  But when the "It's Craft Time at the Looney Bin" feeling strikes, it's a sure bet that the inspiration is from a Pinterest board.

Pinterest perfection by the
 Brown Paper Packages Blog
While we were waiting for Chickadee to make his big arrival, he just kept growing and growing...making Jack Heather be less nimble and less quick.  Heather was so less nimble that she really couldn't get into bed with out a helping hand, or in this case step.  Brett's grandfather happily made a small step stool from scrap lumber he had so his granddaughter-in-law didn't have to get a running start to long jump to dreamland.

One night while trolling Pinterest, Heather stumbled across this pin (on left) and clicked on it.  The picture led to the Brown Paper Packages blog with a great write up on how one mother redecorated a plain footstool into a cherished family footprint memory....and it sparked an idea!

Our plain-Jane footstool got a makeover with the perfect touch of memory!  Check it out:





We figured when we were old & senile we may not remember whose footprint was whose so Heather used die cut letters for the names and added the date.


A little left over scrapbook paper dressed up the legs and with a couple of coats of Modge Podge, our little footstool was suddenly fancy!



Ok, now back to Pinterest to see what other great ideas are out there!


*image credits Pinterest.com & Brown Paper Packages

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lessons in Parenting

Being a parent is a never ending challenge.  It's a lot like a guessing game in most cases.  For example, waiter at restaurant offers cup of hot water to heat a bottle in.  We dunk the bottle in and it overflows.  Ok, let's pour a little out and try again.


We're geniuses, right??

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Milestones: Two Months Old

Our little Chickadee is getting bigger...We're celebrating a big two-month-old milestone today!




Sunday, May 6, 2012

Baby's Big Adventure to Maine

Ever since Brett & Heather rolled into New York, parked the car and took a look around, they've been on the go ever since.  Most parents slow down when there's a baby in tow...not us!  We've been blessed with a happy little guy, who doesn't mind being on the go.

While our friend Brandi Hodges was in town to visit Colt, we decided to load up our possee and truck it on over to Maine.  It's one of our favorite places we've discovered since living in Yankee territory!  We thought the five hour car ride would also be a good test for baby before he made his big trip later this summer to Missouri.

One of the best baby products we've stumbled upon as new parents has to be the Kidco Peapod Travel Tent.  It folds down to about the size of a dinner plate and comes with it's own carrying case.  When you get to where you're going you just pop it out and blow up the small mattress that keeps baby lounging in comfort.  Colt is really digging his Grouchy Ladybug these days so we clipped it on for an impromptu mobile. 

Snug as a bug!
Our first stop in Maine was to Walmart where we scooped up 8 lbs. of fresh lobster (for only three people!).  The deli department happily steams the sorry suckers for free, so all we had to add were some rolls, corn on the cob from KFC and a Wendy's bake potato for our "Lobster Fest."  Unfortunatly, our hotel this time didn't have a microwave so we ended up melting our dipping butter with the bottle warmer!



The scenery in Maine didn't dissapoint!  On this visit we traveled to the beach at Bath in Sagadahoc County.  We saw only a few other tourists out strolling in the sand on the overcast day. 




This was both Colt and Brandi's first visit to the ocean! Colt didn't get his feet wet (fortunatly Dad did it for him)...


...but Brandi took the plunge all by herself!  Nothing like a little lot of freezing water and sand running through your toes!

We thought it was odd that the moment we stepped on the sand our Colt-the-Bolt was out like a light....until we realized his night time sound macine played ocean waves.  Before our next trip to a coast, we may have to opt for something else so he doesn't miss all the fun!


While we were in The Pine Tree State, we stopped in Freeport.  There, at the L.L. Bean flagship store, the nursery rhyme "The Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe" came to mind while we posed for a pic by the giant boot.


No visit to Maine would be complete without seeing one of the beautiful lighthouses on the rocky coastline.  We took Brandi & Colt to the Portland Head Light.  We'd been there in May of last year, but the sight is still one to see!



Unless you slept through it.


We rounded up our sight seeing Maine adventure with a last stop in Kennebunkport to see if the Bush's were home.  No sight of them this time, but the view was still spectacular!


Colt really enjoyed his first trip to Maine and said he can't wait to go back again!  Lucky for him, we can't either!