Thursday, December 29, 2011

I Pinned It...Then Did It!

If you are anything like me you've pinned things on Pinterest and never look back! :) Well, here are a few things I ACTUALLY crafted!
I saw these first from Andrea and Kelly. I'm not sure if they used the same tutorial as I did but they turned out pretty cute! I used real vintage blue mason jars. I gave them to my mom, grandma and aunt for Christmas.
Tutorial HERE
I think she liked it!

I also pinned this awhile back... I thought that with all the vintage doilies in my mom's shop this would look so pretty in her house!
via Pinterest

So I created this...I secretly wish I would have made 2! Maybe someday. My mom LOVED it!

I've always been frustated with the way I display Christmas cards, I usually just throw them in a basket but I always want to SEE them. I saw this and thought it was a cute idea.
via Pinterest

Here is my version-

Lastly, because Everlee needed a place to sleep, Greg and I now share a room that has his music stuff in and I have my stuff for work. It's a small space and primarily decorated in "boy" things...I needed something to look at that would make me smile. I saw this a few weeks back and thought I could do that!
Tutorial HERE

Here is my version...don't look too close you will see wrinkles in the fabric, it was a PAIN to iron out the fabric, I finally gave up and realized that it was going to be covered with things and I was the only one looking at it so I really didn't care to much.

Much more cute with a few things I have been keeping around for awhile.

Ahh! I can finally check a few things off the "pinterest list" other than recipes! Now, only if I can get this house cleaned and the laundry done...

Fa la la la la!!

Because the week of Christmas was filled with so much family, food, and fun I'm going to spare you all the stories and let the pictures do the talking! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!! 
Our 2011 Christmas Card
My fun Christmas wrapping!

At the Schmeckpeper Christmas it's a tradition to have a Pente tournament. It's fun, I hate it because I'm not any good...

See, I need to drink in order to even play! (J/K)

So intrigued by all the buzzing, beeping and bright lights!

Grandpa Schmeck and Everlee

Our favorite 7 year old spent the night so his parents could enjoy their anniversary. Breakfast for dinner, secret missions, Halo, Christmas movies and much more! It was a fun night!
Taddicken Christmas! We have the kids open their gifts first...I was excited to watch Ethan open this because I heard he REALLY wanted it! Can't you tell! 

Hmm... I wonder who got her this?!
I walked away with this sweet print from Andrea. I couldn't find the exact link to the seller but it's from Etsy.

She really wasn't sure about some of the toys.

Sweet sisters!

Sleepy baby!

I love watching grandma open gifts, she truly LOVES everything!

Apparently Bee Keeping is the next adventure!

Not sure about my face here but I love these guys! The best cousins a girl could ask for!

Yesss!!! I got one!

Sooo sleepy! She slept until 9:45 the morning after Christmas!

THIS is what it's all about! God sending his son to dwell among us and then die on the cross because he loved us so much! We celebrate his birth, remember his sacrifice and glorify Him who sits on the throne!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I dare you...

To find a more darling little girl than this-

Andrea came by last week and did a little impromptu photo session for our Christmas cards. This is one that she took, it's not on the card but still so cute. This is the closest to a smile we got the whole time. I just still look at her every day and think how blessed I am that God gave me this little girl.

Thanks Auntie A! You did a great job!

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Although I thoroughly enjoy the month of November...this one was a little rough. I'm so glad I did the thankfulness each day because I'm guessing if I didn't I would currently be residing in a dark corner, huddled in a ball, rocking back and forth and eating my hair.

Between a crazy little girl who doesn't like to sleep, a dog who likes to eat dog food by the pound, a washer and dryer that almost burned down our house, a mouse that wouldn't leave our home, a mysterious rash on my stomach and back that won't go away and a few other things that I'll keep to myself for now, I'm surprised Greg didn't have me committed! If it wasn't for the wonderful people the Lord has put in my life to encourage me I'm pretty sure I would have been there!

Well, it's December now and I think we are on the upward swing of things...

Everlee slept through the night...IN HER CRIB... thank you very much. I know it doesn't sound like a lot but it's something I've been absolutely TERRIFIED to try out. She has struggled with some reflux and we've had her sleeping in her swing (shhh, don't tell the doctor). She has been sleeping 8+ hours when elevated. But the last few weeks I've been slowly "training" her to take her naps in her crib. She didn't like it at first, but we talked and she agrees that it's the best thing for her! :) She slept last night 9:45pm to 8:30am! Yup, pretty sweet huh?!

We SCORED on a washer and dryer combo, thanks to Cyber Monday deals. They will be arriving shortly, I'm excited and annoyed about a new front loading set all at the same time. Excited that I get to "re-organize" the laundry room but annoyed that I HAD to do it! It's all wrapped in thankfulness that we had an emergency fund that was really hit hard this month thanks to the doggy-eat-o-matic named Jake.

Even though Jake makes me crazy thanks to his nose we found our that as of 10 minutes ago we caught our little Ratatouille! I do have to say he was pretty cute, but then Greg reminded me that he was the reason I had to clean and disinfect my pots and pans almost every day! So long Mickey, you will not be missed.

Now, you are probably she going to talk about her mysterious rash and do I need to stay away from her? Fear not, we figured it's only my crazy sensitive skin. Pardon me if that was TMI for's not like I had something weird :)

I do have to give some shout outs for all those who made this November great and helped me to find the humor and thankfulness out of it!
My husband (for making me laugh when I needed it), my momma (who bore me and made an amazing thanksgiving meal), Andrea (for iced teas, sewing, shopping and lunch dates), Julie (the grandma who is brave enough to take a 3 month old for the afternoon), Jake "the mickey finder", Everlee (as of yesterday), Vaseline Intensive Care for Sensitive Skin, Michael Buble' for singing like what I think butter sounds like and lastly Leon at Lowe's for helping me find my new washer and dryer set!

I'm excited for December! I'm excited to celebrate when God sent His son Jesus down to earth, it's truly a wonderful time of the year!