Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Week in Pics

Over the weekend I mostly cleaned the house.  I know, CRAZY exciting!  Lol.  However, Taylor and I took some pretty cool pics of the more exciting points.

My sister took Taylor and Cameron Geocacheing (I'm not sure how to spell that!) anyway, they loved it and Taylor had a chance to take some sweet pics! 

Starting from left to right
1. Bella helping me cook dinner
2. Taylor's heart out on the pond behind Grandpa Steve and Miss Wynette's house
3. Cameron Geocacheing with Tina and Taylor
4. Taylor being a beautiful nerd!!
5. Bella brushing mommy's hair!

So that is our weekend, plus a few days, in a nutshell.  Taylor truly is becoming a very creative photographer and I love the simple weekends where we can really enjoy each others company!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!  BTW, GO NOLES!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mario Party!

    Well this weekend was pretty uneventful.  I was on the couch sick the entire weekend and the grogginess moved into Monday so my post today is going to be showing off my sons birthday party from April.  I know, I know, you're thinking April?!  His party was in April but it was way to cool not to show it off.  The theme was Super Mario Brothers.  Mario is a video game that Cameron and I used to play nonstop when I was on bed rest with Bella.  The party itself came together really well.  I had so many ideas and most of them turned out EXACTLY as I hoped.

    If you have ever played Mario, you know that at the end of every level there is a flag and a castle.  Cam and I brainstormed and since he wanted cupcakes and not a cake, we decided to use the castle as the cupcake tower.  We currently use our dining room as our craft/computer room.  Our living room is SOOO big, we use it as a combo living/dining room.  The cupcake castle is in my craft area so I needed a way to cover all of my stuff on the white bookshelves.  We were on a VERY limited budget so I simply used inexpensive tablecloths from the party store.  I think they were $2 a piece and I only used 1 and a half!  I created the pennant banner myself using a Mario font I downloaded online and some scrapbook paper I already had.  The castle itself is constructed of boxes I had lying around in my garage that I wrapped in kraft paper and drew a brick pattern on with a brown marker.  I cut the door and windows using black paper.  The "M" flag is scrapbook paper, a dowel and a styrofoam ball I painted yellow and a soup can I covered in green sticker foam for the tunnel.

These Invincibility stars are yellow chocolate candies that I created from a mold I had left over from a baby shower.

Cameron already had this toy Mario so we just put him here in front of the cupcake castle.

    The dining area was were we put all of the snacks for the boys.  Like I said, we were on a VERY tight budget so I had to get creative with the food.  I used some brownie mix and yellow icing to create "Question Block Brownies", marshmallows and chocolate candy to make "Super Mushroom Marshmallows", and Oreos and more chocolate candy to create "Coin Oreos".  The Oreos were the toughest part of the whole party.  Ha!  I had a very hard time keeping them together!  In the end I just kept caking on the chocolate and eventually they turned out adorable!  I used a star shaped cookie cutter to make "Super Star Sandwiches" and veggies were "1-Up Veggies".  Surprisingly the veggies were my sons favorite part.  He thought it was so cool that the veggies could give you another life!

The mantle was kinda tough for me.  I've never decorated a mantle before and I wanted it to stand out but not to busy.  I just took some cool cloud paper I found at Michaels in the kids section and wrapped it around 3 foam boards.  I used a box lid to make a cool pop-out Question Block.  I printed the flower and question mark off the internet and cut them out and glued them on.  All of the brick blocks I used for the party were Capri-Sun boxes that we had laying around.

My daughter Taylor's favorite part of the party were the Mario Mustaches.  She has an obsession as apparently every teenager does!  I just drew a mustache out and traced several onto black card stock, cut 2 little slits and stuck a wooden skewer through the slits.

She is such an awesome goofy kid!!

As added fun for the boys we had a Mario piƱata and had a water gun fight in the back yard.  Cam said it was the most fun he has ever had at a birthday party!

So, that was Cameron's 9th birthday party.  I had such a great time planning it!  We had a chance to reminisce about the times we played video games together and we even broke out the game for a couple of brainstorming sessions!  It was really nice planning something that we could both really get into.  He even had his own special cupcake that he helped design!  What a great day that we will remember forever!
Is that not the cutest little boy you have ever seen!!  Cam's cupcake is a marshmallow covered in chocolate candy with a firepower flower I printed on paper twice, cut them both out and sandwiched to a toothpick which I stuck into the marshmallow.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Grow in Grace - Growth Chart

    One of the first projects I did in the new house was a growth chart/growth tracker.  We lived in our old house for 7 years and the hardest part of moving was leaving behind the door jam that tracked the kids growth over the years.  Little ones get so excited when they see that they have grown even an eighth of an inch and I felt like we were leaving those precious moment behind.  Since the house we live in is a rental I decided to create a portable growth chart.  About a year ago I created on for a friend for her first baby.  I searched Pinterest, back then there wasn't much to it, and I got some cute ideas.  So when I made mine I knew exactly what I wanted.

I mounted it in our kitchen on the only available wall.  Fits a little snug but perfect at the same time!

The lettering was really simple.  I just printed it out on my computer  using the mirror image and did the old pencil rub technique you learn in grade school art.  Then I just painted over the transferred lettering with grey paint.  I know there are alot of vinyl lettering things out there but I don't have the tools for that, I really didn't want to spend the money on it and I wanted it to be as permanent as possible.  I want my grandkids to be able to use this with their families!

This is the pencil technique.  The ink from the printer comes off onto the wood when you flip the image on the computer and lay it ink side down on the wood and color over it with your pencil.

Here is what it looked like after I transferred it.  Next I painted over it by hand very carefully. :)

Cam and Bella posing for the camera!

What do you think?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Revell Intro

    Here at the Revell House, life is all about laughing and enjoying each other.  We just recently moved to Jacksonville, FL from Tallahassee, FL (Go Noles!!).  It's been quite an adjustment for all of us.  It may only be a 3 hour drive but the 2 cities could not be further apart.  Ben and I grew up in Tallahassee and were sort of high school sweethearts.  We had our first daughter while still in high school so as you can imagine the "sweetheart" thing was kind of a hit or miss. ;)  Fast forward 14 years and here we are, together and married for 9 years.  It's been a bit of a bumpy road but what's life without a few challenges along the way! Ha!
    Our plan was to raise our 3 kids in Tallahassee where we grew up but how does that saying go..."If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans".  Well God sure did have other plans for us.  Ben made an entire career change and the kids and I are trying to adjust to this enormous but beautiful city.
    Taylor, our oldest daughter, started high school this August.  She is scared, excited and nervous all at the same time.  The possibility of some music courses is what has her the most excited.  Music runs through her veins.  I'm sure you'll hear more about that!
    Cameron is our little man.  He is in the 4th grade.  Sports, Legos and video games are his passions!  He is funny and goofy but ALWAYS loving.
    Annabella is the baby.  We call her Bella, unless she's in trouble! HaHa!  This girl is a Diva in training.  She is only 2 but her personality is bigger and more girly than most adults I know!
    Right now we are in the process of making our rental house a home.  Since the move I have discovered that I am capable of doing projects on my own (haha go figure).  In the past I have always had help, mainly from my mom, but since she is in Tallahassee and I am here...well I've had to figure things out myself.  It's actually been a lot of fun and that's what gave me the idea for this blog.  I want our family back in Tallahassee to see all of the wonderful things we are doing together, as well as our super crafty, not permanent, makeover on the rental we live in.
    I can't wait for this new adventure to unfold!