Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Partial Reveal...Day 328

This day has gotten away from me.

I plan to do a longer post of the furniture redo we completed this week, but for now, here is a sneak peak...

Remember, the before...


I think I have found a new hobby! I have been stalking Craigslist lately trying to find our next project! I really want to distress the next project!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Furniture Upcycle...Day 327

As I mentioned yesterday, we tackled our first furniture redo this weekend. I was so happy with the first piece, I did another one today!

Here is the before shots..

I'll share the afters tomorrow!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Branson #3...Day 326

Finishing up our trip...

The next morning we ate at one of the restaurants at our resort. The girls LOVED eating at the "fancy restaurant!" I have to say, it was REALLY yummy!

After breakfast, we decided to take advantage of our last full day in Branson and do some more Christmas shopping :o)

Our first stop was the Bass Pro Shop. The girls took great care in making out their Christmas Wish Lists for Santa.
Oh how I love those sweet little lips!

Speaking of Christmas Lists...let's take a closer look...

Little Pumpkin's...
" A black cat, apple, baby black cat, ipod, ipad, carrot, grape and a chocolate chip."

Hahahahahaha! That girl is one of a kind!

Sunshine's List...
"An ipad and a real, calm kitten so that I can keep it in the house...not a toy kitten."

Well, it looks like a new kitten or two is in my near future. A heck of a lot cheaper than an ipod or two! Ha!

We then had a little visit with Santa Claus...picture to come. SWEETNESS! Little Pumpkin talked Santa's ear off this year. A far cry from their interaction a few years ago!

We then continued to shop and shop and shop some more.

Little Pumpkin found a little something to her Christmas list...
...as did Sunshine!

I am thrilled to report we are very close to being done with our Christmas shopping! Whoo hoo!

After a yummy supper, we headed to my favorite dessert spot in Branson...Cakes n Cream Dessert Palor.

We then spent a hour or so playing "Apples to Apples" in the lobby and then turned in for our nightly Christmas movie. When all of the sudden...

...there was a knock, knock, knock on the door...

Who could it be at this time of night?

Sprinkles, the elf! Yay!

She read the girls a Christmas story...

...took their Christmas lists for Santa...

...and delivered an early Christmas present from Santa :o)

The next morning, we headed to Northeast Arkansas to celebrate Thanksgiving. Little Pumpkin pretty much cooked the entire meal. Haha!

Part one of our trip.
Part two of our trip.

Now on to coat #2...sooooo excited to almost to be done with my first furniture upcycle! Pictures tomorrow!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dixie Stampede and Game Night...Day 325

Our Branson trip continues...

Silver Dollar City is a HUGE draw for Branson at Christmas time...however, it was closed while we were in town :o( Although, I am not sure any of us were really that upset about it because no one in our family likes to be out in the cold and it was COLD the entire time we were in town. We turn into pretty big wimps when the temperature dips below 70. Ha!

One show that we were really, really excited about is Dixie Stampede. Luckily, I had a friend tell me that during Christmas time, instead of a battle between the North and South, it is the North Pole vs. the South Pole. FUN! When you buy your tickets online, you choose to either sit on the North side or the South side...if we had ended up on the South Pole side, we would have had two very disappointed girls. Ha!

When you walk up to the theater, you pass by the stars of the show...the horses! The girls LOVED seeing all of the horses and picking out their favorites. Sunshine chose "Midnight."
{Sorry so many of the pictures are blurry...my camera is so out of wack! Ugh!}

Little Pumpkin chose "Sam." She first chose "Trouble," until I read her his name. I am sure you can guess which name fits her better. Ha!

I thought it was CRAZY that these two horses were placed next to one another...
If you look close, you will notice one is named "Missy" and the other "Amy." That is my name and my sister's name!

Sunshine congratulating "Midnight" after the show :o)

After the show, we headed back to Big Cedar and checked out the game Pictionary from Guest Services and played a few rounds in the lobby. {The resort had AWESOME DVDs and games for us to check out each day. We LOVED watching Christmas movies all week!}

The girls listed this as their #1 favorite activity of the getaway :o) In fact, we scheduled "family game time" into our evenings the rest of the trip!

Of course, I knew my Sunshine would love Pictionary...she draws every.single.day. She LOVES to color, draw and write.

Little Pumpkin likes to draw, but Little Pumpkin LOVES Pictionary! She was really good at it too!
In fact, I think Daddy guessed everyone of her drawings! Can you guess what this is?
An octopus!

More tomorrow!

{First Branson post here.}

Friday, November 25, 2011

Branson Fun...Day 324

Sunshine had the entire week of school off for Thanksgiving so Daddy took the week off too and we headed to Branson! Fun times!

The drive from Central Arkansas was about three hours. We got to town a few hours before check in time so we stopped by Branson Landing for lunch and a little playtime :o)

We stayed at the Big Cedar Lodge which is in Ridgedale, Mo...about 20 minutes from Branson.
We stayed here several years ago when Sunshine was a little baby so this was really our first stay with kids. The girls LOVED (LOVED!) it!
The official Christmas season starts next week (Santa, Mrs. Claus, making gingerbread houses, building edible snowman, etc...), but since this was Sunshine's week out of school we decided to go this week. The girls didn't know any difference and since the lobby was decorated for Christmas and they already had their Christmas lights up, they thought it was great!
One of their favorite things to do at the lodge was play at the lincoln log table :o) We have a box of lincoln logs in the closet that the kids rarely play with, but these logs were "awesome." Toys are always way better away from home...ha!
The great thing about the resort is that they offer so many fun activities...including miniture golf! We loved playing golf :o) Here are the girls standing in the mouth of a large mouth bass...the last hole...
Not sure what this pose is...I guess their golf stance :o)

Our first night in town, we went back to Branson Landing for the fountain show set to Christmas music and finished our night with a pretzel from Auntie Anne's...YUM!
It was fun, but we decided that would be our last night outing...Branson is COLD!

The girls were super excited to see an elf visited our room while we were out and left cookies! No idea why they thought an elf delivered the cookies, but we went with it :o)
What's better than cookies before bedtime?

The next morning, we decided to hit up the outlet stores! But, not before a yummy breakfast!
At the end of our trip...out of all of the fun things we did on our trip...the girls both listed "going to Justice" in their top five. Haha!
Daddy better start saving up now, these girls like to shop!

Well, that is a pretty good stopping point...Lost reruns on Netflix is awaiting me :o) I will continue our trip tomorrow!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Count Your Blessings...Day 323

If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.

If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the wordl’s wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation vou are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.

If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.

Our country is blessed.

My family is blessed.


I am THANKFUL to HIM from whom all blessings flow.

Image from here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cowboy & Cowgirl Party - The Details...Day 314

We decided to have Baby Boy & Little Pumpkin's birthday parties together since their birthdays are so close together...and they love each other :o)

Little Pumpkin had the advantage of being older so she was able to choose the theme...Cowboys and Cowgirls! Baby Boy thought it was a good idea too :o) Ha!

(I found these invitations on Etsy...the seller emailed me the file and I printed the invitations on cardstock.)

Little Pumpkin was pretty insistent that she wanted a pink pony so that got me started with a color scheme...pink for the cowgirl and blue for the cowboy.


I used my cricut to create the birthday banners...


In preparation for the party, I purchased the "Create a Critter" cartridge...I LOVE it...LOVE! It was on sale at Michael's' for $39.99...reguarly $99.99. I would have NEVER paid full price!


I also used the cricut to cut out cupcake toppers...I used a combination of horses, horseshoes and stars. I wish I would have gotten a better picture of these!

On Little Pumpkin's side of the table, I put a picture of her in a cowgirl frame, a large sparkly "S," daisies and a candle (wrapped in burlap) that burned in honor of her birthmother.

Baby Boy's side...basically the same...in blue :o)

The party was mid-afternoon, so I didn't do any food...just cupcakes and "Lil Cowpoke Trail Mix..."
...Cheetos, chex mix, pretzels, goldfish, m&ms and honey nut cheerios. I try to keep a variation of this in the pantry year-round...we call it "happy mix."
For drinks, we had sodas for the adults and Capri suns for the kiddos...

As the guests entered the party, they were greeted with a row of blue and pink cowboy hats and blue and pink handkerchief...
I made the sign using an cardboard box side and letters printed on the cricut.

Beside the "cowboy up" area, there was a "have your mug taken" area...I borrowed the saddle from the horse people :o)

In between several trees, I hung alternating blue and pink gingham pennants. Very easy & inexpensive to make...cut pennants and staple on jute sting.

"Pony up" area...

For party favors...in addition to the hats and handkerchiefs...we had a "country store."
The candy baskets came from the Dollar Tree...

My sweet little Cowboy and Cowgirl had a great time!

In case you missed it, here are the party pictures :o)