Posted by Rachel at 7:00 AM
five- Jilly and I put up our Valentine's Decor this week and when we got out the box of decorations we found some American flags inside. Jilly led me in an impromptu cheer where we lifted flags up high in the air and yelled "Decorations!" I swear, she is more like me every day (scary!)
Happy Weekend Friends!
Posted by Rachel at 2:25 PM
For a solid 8 months last year Jilly would only accept princess stories for her going-to-bed-books. We have the little golden books of most Disney stories and I'm no princess hater but they got old quick. Bryan and I can recite Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty in our sleep.
Thankfully, this phase ended about a month ago and we are enjoying a little bit of variety these days. Here are some of her latest favorites:
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. My mom gave the girls this set for Christmas and a few days later I found a quiet Jilly sitting in her room reading them all by herself (miracle!) I think Jilly has found a kindred spirit in Pinkalicious. We read at least one every night, and because I'm sure you're wondering, Pinkalicious is my favorite, Silverlicious is my least favorite.
Life-Size Books by Teruyuki Komiya. These books are awesome. I'm pretty sure every child in the whole wide world is fascinated by animals, and these books are full of cool life-sized pictures of wild animals. We don't own any of the books, and you can't request them at our library (maybe because they're so big?) so we check every time to see if one is available.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle. We got this for Christmas a couple years ago and it is very, very well-loved. So well-loved that the book is now in three pieces. We also love Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See and Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You See. Jilly especially loves the last page of each book that has all the animals together; she always tries to say all their names in one breath.
Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams. I must admit, I love that Jilly loves this cute book. Each page has something to count from the original book. Our favorite is Nine Fancy Ball Gowns- Jilly assigns each dress to a person she knows then says "And daddy wears a shirt and tie!" We haven't read any of the other BabyLit books, but I'm sure we'd love them also.
Jilly's 2012 favorites here. What are your kids' favorite books? We're always on the prowl for new reading material.
1. I loved this article that's been going around facebook. I am not the best housekeeper (there are many many many things I'd rather do than scrub my kitchen floor) but this made me want to be better.
2. TOTW (Tricks of the Week) - Mattie has mastered clapping and Jilly is finally successful at dressing herself (though clothes are frequently on backwards.) This has increased Jilly's daily outfit changes by tenfold. She was so, so proud to surprise me with her full Cinderella ensemble- dress, purse, and glass slippers.
3. Late on Tuesday afternoon I sat down to start our 2013 Family Photo Book. On Shutterfly I saw that there was a 50% off books deal that ended that day. So, I spent the entire evening putting our book together and ordered it at 11:58pm. Phew.
4. Mattie learning to stand up has thrown quite the wrench into our sleeping routine. Nearly every time I put her in bed she immediately pulls herself up and cries and cries to be let out. Once when I went to get her she looked right at me and said "ma ma ma" and I melted and swore never to put her back in that cell (. . .until it was time for her next nap.)
5. Our Chick-fil-A was doing free breakfast this whole week and we went twice. We probably would have gone more if I had found out about it before Wednesday afternoon. Ridiculous? Maybe. Delicious? Absolutely.
After I mentioned the jewelry holder I made for Jilly, a couple people asked how I made it so I thought I'd share. These are easy peasy and fairly cheap- probably why I've made three now!
piece of wood (they have pre-cut pieces at Home Depot/Lowe's, I've gotten a different size every time, but Jilly's was 3.5 in. wide and 20 in. long and cost $1.50)
hooks (I got a big package a while ago at Walmart in the hardware section, can't remember how much it was, these are similar but I think mine were cheaper, how many hooks is up to you- Mattie's has 3, Jilly's has 5, and mine has 9)
one piece of scrapbook paper
1. Sand your wood. I hate, loathe, and despise sanding so I do the bare minimum.
2. Paint your wood- you really only need to paint the edges since that's all you see.
3. Cut your scrapbook paper into 2 strips. Since Jilly's board was 3.5 inches wide, I cut my paper to be 3 inches so I'd have a 1/4 inch border at the top and bottom.
4. Paint your board with mod podge, lay the paper down, then cover the paper with a layer of mod podge. You don't need two whole strips of paper, I glue one strip down, then line up the second strip and cut off what I don't need at the end.
5. Let the mod podge dry then measure where you want your hooks to go and make little marks.
6. The drill is one of those things I have decided is husband-only territory (like the grill- I'm never going to learn how to use it so it's always his job, a nice break for me!) so I had Bryan drill small holes at my marks. This makes it much easier to screw the hooks in. (This tip came from Lisa after I just about broke every single one of my fingers screwing those darn hooks in the first time.)
7. Drill (or have someone drill for you) two holes in the back so you can hang it on a couple of nails.
8. Screw in those hooks, hang it up, and add your jewelry/headbands/whatever else you think of!
1. Jilly outed me this week while Bryan had the day off. I was getting in the shower and she said, "Can I go to the store with you?" I was confused and told her I wasn't going to the store and she said, "So then why are you taking a shower?" Bryan thought it was hilarious. So maybe I only shower when we're going out...
2. Way back before Jillian was born I made a holder for all my necklaces. Then sometime later I made a smaller one for Jilly to hold headbands, but it's now in Mattie's room. Jilly has been begging me to make one for her room, and she desperately needed some jewelry organization so I finally got to it this week. She loves it, and we think it's so fun for all the girls to be matching.
3. I know this makes me sound a little grinchy but I could hardly wait to take down our Christmas tree and other decorations. I now have an itch to clean and de-clutter every corner of our house. I rarely feel this motivated to clean so I'm trying to get a lot done before I lose steam.
4. Mattie's latest trick (besides crawling) is pulling herself up on evvvvverything. She's delighted by her cleverness.