Thursday, July 28, 2011

Harrison Goes To School

Back in May, we enrolled Harrison in a Parent's Day Out program at a local church. He goes on Tuesdays from 9:30- 2:30. My goal was to:

1) have a day to run errands, go to the doctor, and get things done without Harrison this summer
2) help Harrison learn how to play with others his age

His first day was my last day of school so his sitter dropped him off and picked him up. He walked in, started playing with toys and never looked back.

The second week, I brought him and he started SCREAMING as soon as he saw his classroom! The teachers recommended I just leave instead of  trying to soothe him so I did. When I came back at the end of the school day, I was informed that she had to hold him and he cried himself to sleep on her shoulder! Then he didn't nap at naptime. Oh the heartbreak. Adam and I questioned whether this was a good idea or if he was too young. 19 months old isn't that old really....

The third and fourth week were slightly better but he would still cry when I dropped him off and always needed to be held by a teacher so I could sneak out. He was beginning to nap at naptime and played well with the other kids.

Now we are finishing week 9 and Harrison LOVES going to school. He starts babbling as soon as we pull in the parking lot and wants to walk into his class by himself. He doesn't even have time to give me a kiss or hug before he begins playing with the toys. A part of me gets sad when he just waves at me and says "bye ma!"  He's getting so big!
 My little guy use to attack/smoother any child that was his age or smaller. It really was embarrassing and would freak the other child out. Surprisingly, he doesn't do that anymore!!! It's so wonderful! He also sings songs and does actions now! My favorite is the 5 monkeys hanging for the tree, along comes Mr. Alligator.... he cracks up every time the alligator snaps a monkey. I really need to video tape him doing that song!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Nursery Reveal!!!

I finally feel like I may be done with the nursery.
I still have a bookshelf to add, some more art for the walls, but this is good enough for now!
This is what it looked like last time I shared : nursery progress

And this is now! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

I love our guest bathroom. It has a beautiful pedestal sink, nice lighting, and pretty colors on the shower curtain and towels. One thing that has always bothered me is the boring, construction-grade mirror over the sink.
boring mirror!

I have looked into purchasing a frame to install but the idea of cutting out notches to cover up the mirror clips terrified me.
After a visit to my sister Katie's house, she had recently purchased a large framed mirror from Home Goods and tiled the frame on it. It is so pretty. I wanted to buy one too. Then I forgot... for awhile.

After my sis-in-law moved in, we emptied a lot of things out of the guest room. A large ugly mirror was relocated to the garage. It sat there for a week or two before the lightbulb came on. It was perfect for the bathroom! I had Adam dry fit it and it was the PERFECT size!! Hurray!

Here is the mirror before.

I purchased the mirror 5 years ago at a local Antique Mall for $20. We had just moved into our downtown loft and needed cheap decor. It then traveled to our house and now is in the garage. The frame is in good shape but the mirror had a long piece missing on a edge and the rest of the perimeter was slightly discolored.

I spray painted the frame white and purchased a 12x12 sheet of glass tile at Home Depot for $11 and used hot glue to create a border of glass tiles around the edge of the mirror. Super easy and I love it now! The bathroom feels much more complete and much more pretty!

The tiles cover up all the imperfections! LOVE it!!!