DIY Chalkboard Wine Bottles…Finally!

Once upon a time, I had all these dreams and aspirations
to join in on Misha’s Pinterest Christmas
I got through a grand total of …er…ONE project.
ONE.
You can check it out here.

The problem, I still have all these ideas… and supplies.
The solution, start crafting!

I’ve had these wine bottles sitting in my kitchen for a good while now.
So long that Greg has asked twice what they are for…
like, enough time had elapsed between the first time and the second time for him to forget.

They were originally on the counter because I was going to do this project
any day now…
But then I went to JoAnn’s and they were out of chalkboard spray paint.
Darnit.
So I compromised with the hubs and moved the empty bottles to the pantry.
But of course, I forgot about them… out of sight, out of mind, right?

Anywho, while in the spray paint aisle at Walmart, for work,
I spotted my chalkboard paint and remembered I have a serious project to work on!
So, here we are!

Original pin via

My original idea was to write peace love and joy on the bottles (for the holidays)
so I only had three wine bottles, but then I remembered I had
this SkinnyGirl marg bottle, so I threw that in there too.

Like I said, I got the spray paint at Walmart, but I have seen it at JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby.

You’ll see the difference between the glass bottles and the frosted bottle.
They both look cool and I like that they are different.
Don’t look too closely though, some of the paint did run down the bottle.

DIY chalkboard wine bottles

So instead of Christmas decor, I’ll use them for Valentine’s Day!

Twelve Weeks!

Little miss Kenley is twelve weeks old today!
She is seriously getting bigger and bigger every day.
Maybe it’s because we don’t see her all day every day,
but I swear she looks different from when we leave her in the morning
and when we pick her up at night.

Speaking of, week two of work/daycare has been going
considerably better than week one.
At least for me.
I don’t think Kenley really cares that she’s in daycare all day.
The teachers say she is very good for them,
which makes it so much easier on us knowing she’s not screaming her head off.
Excuse me while I knock on wood.

She’s been doing really well with taking bottles during the day
and we’ve noticed she’s been spitting up less,
so that’s a good thing too.
Until this morning at least, but that’s a whole different story,
and required me to put in a load of laundry before work.
Talk about multi-tasking!

Getting Kenley to go to sleep, either for a nap or for the night,
usually requires a lot of rocking, sshh-ing, or swinging.
So you can imagine my surprise when I looked over tonight
at the play mat and saw this…

Passed. out. cold.
Daycare really is taking a lot out of her.

a {very} new year

2012
While it’s a new year for everyone, this year is a new year for us in a different way.
We rang in the new year as parents, with a baby sleeping down the hall.
How weird is that?
I was drinking Monster, just so I could stay awake until midnight.
Oh how times have changed.

Today is the fifth day of the year and I feel am already overwhelmed.
I’m now a working mom with a stylish new, must-have accessory.
My breast pump.
I returned to my position in the workforce this week,
and I’m not going to lie, it’s been hard.
Real hard. 

Heading into the new year I had a few “resolutions” on my mind,
I’ve never been big on resolutions, so they are nothing too concrete, just things I’d like to do this year.
However, after this week (of only working three days, I might add)
I am thinking how am I going to have time to do anything this year?!
Cue the overwhelmed feeling.

Now, I know that Rome wasn’t built in a day
and I know that we’re going to eventually get into a routine.
Greg so sweetly pointed out today that returning to work after 12 weeks
would be hard on anyone, even without a baby.
Which is a very valid point.
Which is why I’m still a tad optimistic about my goals, I should say,
[rather than resolutions. I just don’t like the word resolutions], for the year.

– 1 –

I want to get back to my pre-pregnancy body.
I think that’s a reasonable goal for any new mom.
While I’ve lost almost all of my baby weight, and yes, I’m thankful for that,
I just don’t feel like I used to. Maybe that’ something I need to accept,
but I really need to get into a work out routine.
I know it’s going to be hard because I just want to spend every free minute
snuggling on the couch with Kenley.
But, thankfully Greg is really good about just getting on the treadmill
and getting it done, so hopefully that’ll rub off on me!

– 2 –

I want to be more intentional with my blogging.
I never want to feel like I HAVE to do this. I WANT to do this.
I LIKE to do this. It’s a way for me to relax, vent, have some me time.
I also love that I am documenting Kenley’s life (or any future children we birth),
how fun is it going to be for her to look back and read about all the fun
and even not-so-fun stuff we did when she was growing up.
That’s why I do it. And that’s why I’m going to keep doing it.
It also doesn’t hurt that we can keep our family & friends
across the country updated too. (You’re welcome)

– 3-

I want to keep updating, upgrading, and decorating our house!
We’ve done a lot of fun stuff to it this year,
both big and small.
I want to keep transforming it into a home.
Our home. Kenley’s first home. 
And I want to actually DO some of the things I’ve pinned on Pinterest.
What a concept!

– 4 –

I want for our family to become more regular attenders of church.
We go when we can, but sometimes make excuses not to,
which I think is normal. Maybe?
But that is something I want to work on.
I am also thinking very seriously about becoming more involved.
We love our church, but I don’t really feel like we’ve found our place there. Our purpose.
I don’t know, just something I’ve been thinking about,
hopefully by the end of 2012 I’ll have it figured out.

– 5 –

Finally. I want to learn to let things go.
Not be so stressed.
Life is short.
I am going to have a messy house.
I need to deal with it. And I’m already starting to get a little better.
I know my to-do list is going to be endless.
There is always going to be a dirty bottle, pump part, diaper or clothing article, to wash.
I need to get over it.
I’m never going to have it all together.
I need to learn that no new mom really has it all together. Right?
Right.
Again, we’ll get our routine eventually and we’ll take it day by day!

I hope to reference this post as we progress through the year to see how we’re doing.

***

I’ll leave you with this.

Aside from the chaos of trying to get out of the house at a decent time this week,
yesterday, I clipped the recycling bin with the front of the car
so all of our empty glass and plastic containers
were all…over…the…street.
Awesome.
And today, I definitely pulled out of the garage with my coffee
on…top…of…my…car.
Even more awesome. 

Eleven Weeks!

The first week of the year is a big week for everyone,
and that is no different for our family.
I started back to work yesterday (more on that later)
and Kenley has survived two days of daycare.

We had developed a nice routine while I was home.
Kenley had been sleeping through the night for the last three weeks,
even when we were in Indiana for a week, which was so nice and surprising.

Of course, the night before I started back to work,
she was up at 3:30am ready to eat and be changed, which was fine.
Then it happened again last night, at the same time.
I guess she’s on a new schedule now.

As I was feeding Kenley in the wee hours of the morning,
I caught up on some blogs and read this post, which brought me to tears.
It really puts things into perspective.
Yes, getting 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep was amazing,
but it’s really alarming what we take for granted.
I am thankful that Kenley can eat on her own, even if it is at 3:30am.
I’ll just put a little more coffee in my cup on those mornings.

Also, while we were up this morning, Greg mentioned that Kenley
“is only 10 weeks old”…
I reminded him that she’s 11 today!
Time is seriously flying.
Which makes me thankful that I am doing these weekly posts,
even though they are tedious at times.
I’m 100% sure will get more tedious as the weeks go on,
but I know it’s going to be fun to look back to see how she’s changed.
Side note: you wouldn’t believe some of the random things
Greg and I talk about in the middle of the night.
One night it was oyster crackers. Yes, oyster crackers.

Anyway… 

Kenley is still smiling a lot and even laughing sometimes.
She loves her play mat and her new octopus,
as well as Mr. Duck and Mr. Frog who hang on her car seat.
She’ll just stare and smile at them, it’s seriously hilarious.
We’ve been battling  some gas and tummy troubles lately,
which does not make her a happy camper.
She has also become quite the drooler and slobber-er
and likes to blow tiny spit bubbles, whether she means to or not!