Paw Patrol is the favorite show in our household these days, so Madeleine and Joseph dressed up as Skye and Marshall this year, and Joe and I tagged along as Ryder and Katie. It was always funny when I told people what we were dressing up as and they had never heard of Paw Patrol #parentprobs. Paw Patrol is on a roll!!!
We had fun with family and neighbors trick or treating and got enough candy to last us till Easter! Madeleine told us “her bucket was tired of carrying all the candy,” and “skeletons are not scary they are just cool.” :)
Hope you all had a happy Halloween!!
When we transformed the “craft room” into Madeleine’s big girl room, I was challenged with fitting all the supplies into the guest room…CLOSET. I really wanted our last bedroom and guest room to feel spacious and relaxing for our visitors, not crowded with glue sticks, sharpies, and fabric scraps.
Taking down the desk was a little emotional. I got this desk in 5th grade y’all! It was from The Container Store, which probably started my love affair, and it’s amazing because it can grow and assemble in so many different ways. Sad day because they don’t sell it anymore:( Anyway, I took it to college (all 3 houses), it spent a few years in my brother’s casa, and then here it was in our first house. I didn’t cry or anything but I really did not want to get rid of it or pack it away in the attic.
Light bulb!! I got the idea of taking the different pieces apart and utilizing them as closet storage pieces. Much to my excitement, the tall tower of shelves fit perfectly in the tall hanging space of the new “craft closet.” Holla! And then to top it off, the mid size shelf fit perfectly in Madeleine’s closet. The only thing we had to put up in the attic was the desk top. Hooray!
The shelves now are full of bins and boxes that hold all my craft supplies. TIP: I save old jars, chocolate tins, and cans and then paint them to coordinate with other containers in the same space. In this closet, I painted a tin, the frame of the cork board, and an old hat box.
The drawer contains the necessities like pencils, scissors, rulers, tape and tacs. On the various shelves I keep boxes of markers, ribbons, my sewing machine, and a file box. I parked my scrapbooking bag and stationary sorter under the shelf and the wrapping paper container is also on the floor along with hat boxes full of paper, fabric, and refill supplies like staples, tape, etc. The over the door organizer actually came from our pantry when we first moved in and updated it here. I love having most of the supplies just a grab away and not tucked into a bin, on a shelf, up high.
With our days as busy as they are, I don’t have as much time to start and finish a project. Having an organized space and accessible materials means I’m able to save some prep time and get to the things I need more efficiently.
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Madeleine turned three in August and we celebrated with a cheerleader birthday party. Madeleine fell in love with cheer last football season when we took her to her first high school game. We were very prepared with snacks and activities to keep her busy throughout the game, but to our surprise, she sat on Joe’s lap the entire time taking it all in. From the band to the breakthrough, to the kick line and kick off, she was in awe. She talked about it all the way home and into the following weeks so I pulled out my old cheer megaphone, some pom poms and Joe’s cousins’ tiny SV uniforms they wore when he played, and Madeleine spent a lot of time playing “cheer,” throughout the year. I joke that she is head cheerleader because she is very
bossy particular about formations and cheers we call.
We had fun prepping for the birthday party by painting “Go Fight Win” signs and making pom poms in a variety of school colors. We decided to serve tailgate food like hotdogs and chips and for dessert we made a football cake. All of Madeleine’s friends got to decorate a megaphone with school spirit stickers and then fill them up with candy from the backyard piñata.
The best part of Madeleine’s party was early in the morning when the bounce house arrived. M and her cousins were still in their pj’s watching from the back porch as the bounce house inflated and Madeleine started yelling, “Mama mama! I want to go put my Baylor cheer uniform on and get my REAL pom poms and go do cheerleader jumps in there!!!!” And she did.
We took a trip down to the beach with Joe’s side of the family in August and had so much fun playing with ALL the sweet babies in our family!! We see each other throughout the year but this is one of the few times we are all together in one place. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip…