Monday, March 5, 2012

Overheard: Shut it

Last week we were back in my hometown visiting family.  We went out to eat one night, and the conversation got a bit loud.  Bella looked at my grandmother and said, "Nanny, shut your mouth."

The table laughed and then went a bit quiet. So I told Bella that maybe we needed to find a nicer way of asking Nanny to speak more quietly. 

Bella contemplated this, then looked at Nanny and said, "Nanny, shut your mouth... please"

Thursday, March 1, 2012

House Tour: Bella's Bedroom

You know how I started taking you on a tour of our house a while back?  Like...8 months ago?  I happened to have my camera handy, so I took the pictures to take you on a tour of our daughter, Bella's, room (to tour our entryway click here, to tour our master bedroom click here, to tour our guest bedroom click here, to tour our classroom click here).

The entry to Bella's room is a poufy pink flower/wreath made out of coffee filters. (Here is how I made it)
 Her room is a little long and narrow, so we used the bed to divide the room into a 'reading/play' side and a 'getting ready' side.

These are the 3 stuffed animals that garner the most attention. Baby David (named after Elmo's doll), Giraffe (so creative), and Mila Monkey (we named it when we gave it to her for her christening).  I recently saw an absolutely hilarious video about kids naming their toys.  If you have a few minutes, it's worth watching here.
Her current bed is her crib converted into a full sized bed.  It was the Babi Italia Pinehurst set in Espresso.  We have the changing table converted into a regular dresser too.

B doing what she does best

A Bella's eye view from bed of her new butterfly mobile (I'll share that project soon)

Little baby feet.  This is the original stamping of her feet when she was just a few hours old.

 A Pottery Barn lamp that we snagged on clearance.

A recap of her first year, always fun to remind myself of how fast the time goes by. I didn't think I would love this as much as I do.

We hung the mirror that used to live above our fireplace over her dresser to give it a more grown up look.  It reflects the paper butterflies over her bed and part of her new mobile.
A Bella's eye view from bed.  That door is the door to her bathroom.

Now you can see the sink area of her bathroom.  The bathroom is sort of a jack and jill style.  It has the toilet and shower in the center room with pocket doors on either side leading to a sink area on each side.
Here is the bath area.  If you walk through it leads to the classroom.

The reading/play side of the room:
Can you find the silliest toy of all?

The hot wheels wall track was an addition after this past Christmas and it's one of the only real 'toys' in her room.  We usually play in the basement and reserve the bedroom for sleep or reading, but this is a fun distraction for her while I'm doing chores upstairs.

Our reading area by the window, with front facing bookshelves.  The post where I made the larger stand up bookshelf is here if you're curious.
The hanging bookshelf (I talked more about that here in another post. You can see we've rearranged a bit since then too)

Some of our favorite books from the reading area:

My Name is not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry, all about teaching little girls to be empowered and dream big.  And of course, the main character has the perfect name :)

 Jacques and de Beanstalk and the Three Little Cajun Pigs by Mike Artell and Jim Harris, some autographed favorites from New Orleans

Classic Fairy Tales by Scott Gustavson; the illustrations in this book are phenomenal.  I can't even explain it.  We're actually putting together a puzzle now from the Jack and the Beanstalk illustration in this book.  

 So, there it is, Bella's bedroom. Stay tuned, I may even finish the house tour this year!