Friday, February 12

My Sweet P

I can't believe how fast my baby girl is growing.  It as though her toddler days are slipping right through my fingertips.  I have always heard that three year old are SO hard, but for me three is absolutely magic.  Penelope is at the sweetest most fun age, thus far.  She is my cuddle bug, who wants nothing more than to be in my arms.  We could lay and watch shows all day, even though we know that doesn't happen.  She has become so independent and has grown leaps and bounds with her speech.  

I wanted to document a few of my favorite things about P as of late.  She has started saying, "Are you kiddin me mom?!" anytime I ask her to do something she isn't interesting in doing.  I seriously crack up every time.  She is obsessed with jumping on her tramp, wearing pj's, drinking her chocolate milk and reading Pinkalicious.  Her days of being enthralled with Daniel Tiger are gone, tear.  She now loves Once I was A Beehive, Descendants and Caillou.  I have her older cousins to thank!  

She is still my little introvert and gets nervous around big groups of people she doesn't know.  She nuzzles into me and I soak it all up.  Every morning she crawls into bed with me.  It's seriously my favorite time of day.  I know these days won't last forever, so I try and cherish every moment.

She loves face timing my family.  P thinks my brothers are hilarious and can't get enough of her Mimi.  She asks me when we are going to visit Utah, all the time.  I think we need to plan a trip out there, as soon as it warms up a bit.

She is officially a Sunbeam at church and knows the words to, "I Am a Child of God" and "I Love To See The Temple."  Hearing her sing those words is the sweetest thing.  The other day driving in the car she told me she was going to get married in the temple, to the missionaries.  I think she has a little crush on one of the Elders serving in our ward.  It's hilarious watching her get shy around him.  She pulls one shoulder close to her chin and gives the cutest grin.

I still can't believe she will be going to preschool next year.  I know she will love every moment there, so that is the only thing keeping me from being a little sad.  I love this little bug of mine, so much and can't wait to watch her grow more and more every day.  I feel so lucky to be her mama.  And don't worry I love my Lucy bug too and will be posting about her later.  
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Monday, February 1

Valentine's Day Tissue Ball Wreath Tutuorial

Happy first day of February!  I know most people are not fans of January and I for one am usually not either, but this year was different.  I took advantage of a new year and decided to wipe my slate clean.  I started with decluttering my closet and bathroom drawers.  I finally took down all of my girls clothes that they have grown out of and put them into storage.  It has been liberating.  Who needs spring cleaning, when you have the month of January!

Ha! Anyways moving on now.  I have started to get itch for crafting again lately.  I helped throw a baby shower for Tyson's sister.  The theme was "sweetheart" with gold, pink, red and white being the colors.  My sister-in-law made the cutest tissue ball wreath to put on the front door.  I fell in love instantly and knew I had to make one for my home.

She warned me how time consuming it was, but I decided it was worth the extra time and I am so happy I did.  It turned and super fun and I love the way it  brightens my front porch.

I had a few people ask how it was made after I posted it on my Instagram, so here is a quick iPhone tutorial.  I'm sure you can find a more in depth one on Pinterest, if needs be.

Tissue Ball Wreath

tissue paper
twist ties 
wire wreath frame

I purchased my tissue paper at Target.  They came in packs of 8.  Each pack makes 4 tissue balls.  So I used a total of 7 packs.  (I seriously hope my math is right).  I used 27 tissue balls total, so you may have a little left over.

1. Take a stack of 4 pieces of tissue paper, fold it in half (hamburger style) cut it in half and then put them on top of each other.  You should then have a stack of 8 pieces of tissue paper.

*I liked to do my poms assembly line style.  Repeat step #1 until you have 14 stacks of tissue paper.(Each one having 8 sheets of tissue paper)
 2. Fold your stack of tissue paper accordion style.

3. Fold your according stack in half making a crease.  Take your scissors and cut down the crease.  You will now have two smaller accordions. 
 4. Take you first twist tie and wrap it around your tissue accordion.  Lay the other twist tie in-between going the opposite direction.  Twist the first tie around the the other, making sure it will stay in place.  Leave the other one open, because you will be needing it later, to attach your pom to the wreath.
 5. Now the fun begins!  Start pulling the tissue paper sheet by sheet towards the center.  Before you know it you will have a perfect little tissue ball.
 6. Once your poms are all complete you can lay them all out on the floor to see how you would like to arrange the colors.  One by one start twisting them onto your wire wreath.  Make sure to attach them to at least two of the wires at a time.  It will hold your pom in place much better.

7. And before you know it you will have the perfect Valentine's wreath.  

I cannot wait to make more of these for every holiday!  I tend to get carried away when I like something.

Good Luck and hopefully this made any sense at all!!!!
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