Friday, December 26, 2014

Dollhouse [Handmade]


Ben and I made a dollhouse for the girls for Christmas this year. It started out with me trying to think of gift ideas for the girls and browsing amazon. I saw a dollhouse. They girls don't have one, and I thought that would be a fun gift. My sisters and I loved playing with our dollhouse growing up. So I put a dollhouse and furnishings and dolls on Sophie's Christmas list. And then I decided I really wanted them to have a homemade dollhouse, so I asked Ben if he'd make them one. So he did.

The house plans were modified from this

After Ben built the house, we primed it and painted it white. Then I chose pretty paper that we put up as wallpaper. 

Here's the kitchen: I bought two square boxes and Ben gave me one for the fridge from wood scraps. I painted them all from ideas I got from pinterest, but then I added some of my own ideas, like buttons for the stove ranges, some things from my father-in-law's toolbox for the faucet and knobs, and for the fridge doors. I bought wood pieces from Hobby Lobby to make my own table and I bought chairs already assembled, and then I just painted it all.

I bought the Hape dollhouse living room furniture, but I didn't like the colors, so I repainted them all.

This is "Sophie and Brielle's" room. Ben built the bunk bed and I painted it. I bought wood pieces from Hobby Lobby and put them together for the end table and painted it.

This is "Lyla's" room. The cradle I found at my mom's house, leftover from a dollhouse we had.

This is the bathroom. I bought it at Hobby Lobby because I didn't feel like making it myself. I had a 40% off, so it wasn't too expensive. Dollhouse furniture is really expensive, as are dollhouses!

This is Daddy and Mommy's room :) Ben made the bed and I painted it. I put together and painted the end table. I bought the dresser from Hobby Lobby and painted it.

And here are the people I made to live in the dollhouse! I bought peg people off of Amazon and painted them all. It's our family... and of course, Elsa, Anna, and Olaf came to live with us because why wouldn't they?

It was so much fun to give the girls a gift that we made ourselves! As I thought about giving it to them, I felt excited and giddy and full of joy. And I thought of God on that Christmas morning 2000 years ago as he gave his Son, Jesus, as a little baby. His Son who would die to save the world from their sinful selves. The only perfect sacrifice. And I imagined, after years of mankind being in desperate hopelessness, how God must have felt so much joy and excitement to present his Son to the world. The long awaited Savior had come! God had planned to give Him from eternity past, and here He was, at last! A perfect Gift planned by the all-loving Giver.

Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas! 

This was the first year where Sophie started asking when Christmas was (starting in October, I think...). So I decided to make a paper chain that began December 1 so she would know. There was an advent reading on every chain link. December was a bit of a busy month, so I'll be honest... we skipped some days. But the chain definitely helped Sophie, and I enjoyed the Bible readings that we did. 

On Christmas morning, Sophie woke Brielle up so that she didn't have to wait until 9:00 to open gifts. Brielle, my little sleeper :)

Ben read them the Christmas story.

Then we all opened stockings.

Ever since I heard the "Something you want, something you need, something you wear, something you read" gift giving idea, I have liked it. I ended up going with that idea this year without even meaning to.

For something you want, Sophie got a "classic toy" camera and Brielle got a Frozen wand that plays "Let it Go" so that maybe she'll stop bugging for my phone to listen to it. Good luck, right?! You can never have too much "Let it Go" according to her. Oh, and incase you've been hiding under a rock, you can buy anything your little heart desires in a "Frozen" version.


For something you need, I may be stretching it a little, but they got a dollhouse. Made by Ben and me :) A dollhouse is a need for a little girl, right? 

Lyla got a "real" need. She got a cloth diaper! Ok, for real, even this wasn't a need. This baby girl has way more cloth diapers than she needs. But it's really hard to find anything that a third daughter actually "needs." So Lyla just got a diaper and a book. And she would have been just as happy with nothing.

For something you wear, the girls got Elsa and Anna dresses. They didn't need any real clothes anyway. Sophie, my OCD child, whined about the sleeves being scratchy.

They also got a bonus "Something to wear" because our friends gave us roller skates for free to pass onto the girls. Yay! Sophie loves roller skating. Despite Brielle's face, she's not really a fan of skating yet.

For something you read, they got more than one book. No one can only get one book for Christmas! Or maybe that's just what I think since I have my BA in English and love to read :)

For real, these girls got spoiled more than just this though. Because then we went and hung out with our families and they got even more gifts. I think Sophie's favorite gift of all was her "Hungry Hippos" game. We went and visited Sophie's friend Calvin in October, and he has this game. They fought over it the whole time. And ever since then, she's been asking for it.

And they got instruments so they can start a little band.

And just like last year, Sophie picked a gift to give. This year, she picked one for all three of them to give. She had 7 animals to choose from, and she chose an alpaca.

I'm not surprised she chose an alpaca because she and Brielle loved visiting the alpacas this summer and fall when we were at my parent's house.

This year we have been blessed by family and friends and a God who gave us a gift we were so undeserving of, Jesus Christ our Savior.

Who would have dreamed or ever foreseen
That we could hold God in our hands
The Giver of Life is born in the night
Revealing God's glorious plan
To save the world
(Sovereign Grace Music)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Underwear Go Where?!

Brielle is all about wearing underwear these days.
... Just not on her bottom.
She prefers wearing them as a hat.
Or a necklace.
Meh' ... it's a start, right?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lyla's Development (6 Months)

This baby is half a year old. Half.a.year. Sweet baby, you're growing fast. Third babies do that to you, I guess. I've been able to really cherish my time with her and have some good time with just her, so I'm thankful.

Those ears, baby girl... yeah, sorry. Those are mine. Your hair will cover them in time :)

Lyla is definitely my littlest baby. I think she's weighing in around a whopping 11 pounds these days. I love her tininess, although at times it worries me. This past month we've started solids. And she's a champ at them, just like her big sis Brielle was. I started with avocado, and the first time her moving tongue couldn't keep it in very well. But by the second time, she had it down. We've also done banana. I just give her tiny chunks. I tried baby food from a jar the other day, and she could not get the concept. It was all over her and more came out than stayed in. So I'm going to stick with the real food as much as I can. 

Remember how last month we dropped a feeding? Yeah, well, this month we added it back in. She seriously has become a porker. She nurses six times and has solids now as well. She also has become pretty grouchy. She was a fairly easy and content baby who slept amazingly... and then this month, she decided to give me a run for my money... or a run for my sleep, at least. 

She's not really doing anything else new. She's not anywhere close to sitting up, even though she does like to be in that position with support. She's always chewing on her hands and drools some, but no teeth yet.

Likes: Blanky, paci, being held, her hands, bumbo, being talked to, avocado, banana, nursing

Dislikes: Being left alone

5/6am - Nurse
8/9am- Nurse, Food
11:30am- Nurse
2:30pm - Nurse, Food
5pm- Nurse
7:30/8pm- Nurse
(This past month has been a bit crazy with traveling and going places, but generally I keep her up for anywhere between an hour to an hour and a half after she wakes up).

Lyla and her friend Louise

Lyla's sisters lined up some friends for her :)

Sisters [Side-by-Side 6 Month Comparisons]

These three girls really do all have their own look. I love their unique looks and unique personalities. Here are some 6 month(ish) side-by-side pictures. 

Sophie - Brielle - Lyla