Wednesday, April 27, 2011

(Not-So) Wordless Wednesday

I'm going to sign Ashlyn up for the next session of dance classes today, so here' s a picture from her last recital. All the girls love the "Tigger Jumps" they do to "The Most Wonderful Thing About Tiggers." In the end of the song, Tigger growls so the girls all growl, too. :) That's what she's doing in this pic. ♥

Head on over to The Adventures of Goober Grape and Monkey Man for more Wordless Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A New Look

Notice anything different? No, not that. Yes, my blog has a new look! My good friend over at Momma's Playground designed it and put it together for me. I absolutely LOVE it! It really is perfect for me and I couldn't be happier with it. I think it will help motivate me to post more, too, knowing I have a cute blog to look at when I do! :) Thank you SO MUCH, Jamie! ♥

Oh, and she also made me a new, super cute button (that you can find in the sidebar). If you already have my button, it should have changed already so you don't need to redo it. But if you don't have one yet, feel free to grab it!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday - Hippity, Hoppity, Easter's On Its Way! (Or, Was Yesterday... Either Way)

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter weekend. We sure did! I was also able to make Ashlyn a muffin tin meal! Technically, it was just our Easter dinner in a spring-like muffin tin, but I knew Ashlyn would love it. And I totally wanted to get back into the MTM swing of things so I thought it would be a good start. :)

Ashlyn had a Hawaiian roll, homemade garlic mashed potatoes (since the first time I've made mashed potatoes from scratch, I just can't go back to the boxed stuff), ham, and corn (her favorite vegetable). Saturday we had made Rice Krispie treats and cut them into spring/Easter shapes. We left one for the Easter Bunny (along with a carrot) and she got one in her tin, too! Her little cereal bunny also has a cute little mini marshmallow tail. :) She also got the ears to her chocolate bunny. We found a really cool bunny (Snapsy by Hershey)

that breaks apart really easily and is small, so it was a nice addition to Ashlyn's Easter basket and she totally gobbled up those ears!

To see the cool tins others have made, head on over to Muffin Tin Mom!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Changes on the Horizon and A New Obsession

I am in LOVE with Pinterest! I have wanted to make an inspiration board for a long time but just never got around to it. Now I can make them online and add to it while I find things that inspire me while I find them! I also really enjoy seeing what others have "pinned" and get inspiration from them, too.

We are in the market to buy our first home here in a few months (I'll take you along for our journey) and I am planning on (trying) to make it a wonderful, beautiful place for not a lot of money. Lots of DIY, sales, etc. I would love to share what I come up with with all of you, too! It's a scary change coming up in our lives right now (I'm sure I will share more later), but it is also very exciting. We are looking into getting a 3 bedroom house and that 3rd bedroom will be Ashlyn's playroom until she grows out of having one (then I'm not exactly sure what it will turn into at that point, but I'm not in a hurry for her to grow up so I'm not worried about it!). I am most excited about decorating this room! I have so many ideas and am looking forward to picking a house and really starting to plan everything out.

Anyway, I do love that Pinterest helps me organize some of these ideas all in one place and is easily rearranged, added to, whatever. I always thought when I did get around to doing an inspiration board (or two or five) that it would mostly be crafts and baking. But with us getting so close to buying a house, it is mostly house decorating ideas. lol Who knew? So much fun but VERY addicting!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday

She went to the Minnie's Masquerade Party at the Disney Store right before this so that's why she's in her Rapunzel dress and a crown. :D

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday

Hibiscus tree in our backyard.

We'll be spending some time with my Daddy these next couple of weeks so I'm not sure I'll be posting. I'm going to try and at least post some pictures while Ashlyn naps, though. I'm looking forward to really getting back into MTM and doing movie nights more regularly when we get back, as well as some other stuff. I'm not even quite sure myself what that "other stuff" will be... I'll be brainstorming while I'm gone. Maybe getting off the island for awhile will help me see things from a different perspective. :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Tangled Movie Night

**I've been trying to get this post up since Wednesday morning! Sorry for the delay, but for some reason it just would not let me upload pictures!**

So I'm guessing many of you know that Disney's Tangled was released yesterday! *happy Snoopy dance* I was so excited because I absolutely love this movie I knew Ashlyn would adore it. We saw it when it first came to the island, but we have an outdoor movie theater which means movies only at night. So Ashlyn fell asleep part way through. But anyway, we decided to have a movie night to celebrate the release!

For dinner we had angel hair pasta with Maximus's meatballs, braided breadsticks, and Rapunzel lettuce salad (a nod to the original fairytale).

We also had, though I didn't take a picture of, Pascal's key lime pie (hubby really wanted some key lime pie so it became Pascal's) and hubby and I had The Snuggly Duckling's ale (blackberry merlot - The Snuggly Duckling is the tavern they go to).

I put Ashlyn's hair up in a braid with flowers like when Rapunzel and Eugene (Flynn) went to the kingdom.

I really liked how our decorations came out. Simple, but cute.

On the bottom I had two paper lanterns (with battery-operated tea lights in them), Rapunzel, and Pascal.

On the top I put up a banner I put together (idea and template from Supermom Moments - her Tangled party was awesome!) and since Rapunzel loved to paint on the walls of her tower, I put up some of Ashlyn's artwork.

And of course no movie night would be complete without my friend Jamie's movie tickets! Always an awesome addition!

As for activities, we ran out of time and didn't get to do nearly all I wanted to. We did the coloring pages (Ashlyn kinda helped color Pascal, but was much more interested in coloring Rapunzel) and really that's about it. I wanted to let Ashlyn decorate the lanterns with stickers and stuff as well as go outside and play with sidewalk chalk, but it just didn't happen. I also really want to make this Rapunzel tower, but I just didn't have the supplies and the NEX doesn't carry them. So down the line when we do Tangled movie night again, that's high on the list of activities. :) There are also a lot of cool Tangled activities we may do to mix it up a bit on the Disney site (whether for a movie night or just for fun).

All in all this was a great movie night that we all enjoyed. Ashlyn just LOVES the movie (the Mickey and Minnie version of Rapunzel in her Disney storybook is her favorite) and I'm sure I'll we'll be watching it many, many more times! (I kid, though I am in love with this movie, so is Ashlyn! She wanted to watch it again immediately after it ended {and the day after, and the day after that...}. Aaron really enjoys it, too.)