Friday, October 28, 2011

World Series

Tonight we will be watching Game 7 of the 2011 World Series!  Last night was a great game!  (even though Nick had to wake me up 4 times to make sure I didn't miss all the exciting things!!)  We also have family in town because we're celebrating Caleb's 1st birthday tomorrow!  Wow...can't believe it's here already!  

Anyway,

GO CARDS!!!!!!!!!!!  

Friday, October 21, 2011

Weekend: Football, Crafts & Shopping

Last weekend we ventured out to the Siloam Springs HS football game.  It was a perfect fall evening for football!!  Unfortunately, we played a really good team and got beat, but it was fun to be outside and watch a good game. 
On Saturday, my wonderful hubby braved the crowds as we headed out to the War Eagle Craft Fair.  This last weekend was craft fair weekend in NWA and it is a huge deal.  I wish we had more days to hit all the other fairs.  There are probably about 6+ around the area, but the War Eagle fair is the biggest.  We went through 4 enormous tents, then crossed the bridge and there was a whole other craft fair!!  The booths went on and on.  It was a beautiful day and Caleb and Nick were great sports about the whole thing.  We were one of "those people" with a stroller, but it was nice to have to carry all of our purchases.  Here are some of the goodies we came home with:
I got these 3 things at the same place.  I probably could have bought so much more here, but I had to reel myself it.  It was one of my favorite booths.  We have always dreamed about living in a cabin-y house out on some land (maybe someday that dream will be a reality...) and I love the cozy feel of cabin decor.  I think I will slowly transition our stuff to reflect that.  We honeymooned in a cabin - it's just who we are I guess.  We love it.  :) 





I'd like to put these on the mantle.


We also might have got a cute apron for me (for Christmas), a wallet for Nick (also for Christmas), and one other Christmas gift that will be revealed over the holidays.  :) 

On Sunday, Caleb and I headed to Springdale to check out another craft fair, hoping to get some more Christmas presents, but unfortunately it must have ended on Saturday because the parking lot was empty.  So then I thought, "Well, why I'm here, why don't I go check out Hobby Lobby and use my gift card from Mamaw?"  For those of you who were thinking it, yes, Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays.  I completely forgot.  So then I was left wondering what to do because I had already made the 25 minute drive from Siloam to look at a few closed buildings.  Luckily, I ran into a Rhea Lana sale right there in Springdale!  Now this was my first experience with it and it was a good one.  For those who don't know, Rhea Lana is a consignment/resale event for children's items.  They have tons of clothes, toys and furniture for a great price!  Since kids grow out of their clothes so quickly, they're almost always in great shape! 
Here are my finds:

2 coats ($6 each)


A cute little dress up suit outfit.  ($7)



and I couldn't leave without this soft camo shirt ($3)


It was a great weekend full of lots of fun buys! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jungle-themed BaByQ

We threw a little jungle-themed BaByQ for our new nephew last Saturday and I wanted to share it with you.  He came early, I'm convinced, because he wanted to come to the cool party his aunt had planned for him.  :)We picked the jungle theme because it goes with the bedding and decor in little Jackson's nursery.

FOOD
In keeping with the BaByQ idea, we grilled out pineapple soy chicken, aka "lion meat" (so good!), had pasta salad, baked beans, "ants on a log", oriental salad, cheetos ("tiger tails"), zebra cupcakes, banana pudding (monkey mash), chocolate cake and "jungle juice" punch.  Grandma Braschler brought the oriental salad, cheetos and chocolate cake, and Mamaw made the banana pudding!  It was all so delicious!  I'll work on getting up the recipes for all the good food so you can enjoy it too!

Zebra cupcakes.  These are called "black devils."  They have a cream cheese & chocolate chip mixture inside.  Then just frosted with cream cheese frosting and whipped chocolate frosting.  To make the stripes, I put the chocolate frosting in a plastic baggie and cut a teeny tiny hole in the corner, then just twist the top and decorate away!


Here are all the desserts and drinks:

 

and the food:



You can see the cheetos (tiger tails), ants on a log, baked beans, and chicken here.



And the oriental salad and pasta salad here.



DECORATIONS
My sweet mother-in-law supplied all the paper goods - tablecloths, plates, napkins, cups, silverware, etc.!  She is so great.  We went with a jungle theme and used these colors: green, brown, orange and yellow.  My parents brought down all the beanie babies the weekend before that went along with the theme and we used those all around the house to decorate. 

Also, Claudia and I went to JBU's media lab and got some butcher paper to make vines.  The media lab is a great resource!  We got the paper for only $0.10/ft and got 12 ft of brown and 12 ft of green.  Then, we cut each color into 3 strips and rolled and crumpled it up to make it look like vines.  We hung them from the ceiling and walls to make a little backdrop. 



I used fun paper from Hobby Lobby to make this cute little hanging sign. 


 I also found some animal print balloons from you guessed it, Hobby Lobby!  Thanks to Todd & Jake for blowing them all up!

And used leftover paper to make a big welcome sign for the front yard. 



Here's our fall decorations by the way....


...and a little cutie patootie...


These cutie little animals were also from Hob Lob (the best place ever! and only $0.79/ea!) and we taped some of them to mason jars, tied a little twine around the top and used them as utensil holders! 


These animal print bandanas were also from Hobby Lobby.  I got that Saggy Baggy Elephant book to double as a gift and decoration (forgot to get it to you guys before you left, but I will soon, promise!!).


I had so much help from Claudia and the boys and really appreciate all of their help in cleaning up and setting up!

GAMES
We were going to do some games, but I decided to scrap that when Jackson was born.  I figured everyone would be more interested in meeting him than playing some silly baby shower games (which I happen to think are super fun, even if some don't).  :)  But, here are some ideas of games that I thought about doing (if you're needing some ideas for your own shower):
- Don't break your water!
- Pin the diaper (or bib) on the baby (not the real baby - but maybe a cutout of a picture)! 
- Celebrity baby picture guessing game
INVITATIONS
I decided to use e-vites so we could save a little money and use it on the rest of the party.  I found these cute ones at punchbowl.com and they went great with the jungle theme:



Then there was more specific info on website.  This site was super easy to use and had lots of variety to choose from and best of all, it was free!


Here are some more fun pics from the day:

My father-in-law ran an errand to Walmart and came back wiht this cute monkey hat. 
(please excuse the bad hair and no makeup - he made me take a pic before I was done getting ready!)


Cousins!  (or second cousins??) 
These are Don & Jennifer's 3 kids (Nick's cousins) with Caleb.  I just think this is such a cute picture!



Mamaw the Great with her second Great Grandson!


Opening gifts!






Great Grandpa Braschler has started a tradition of picking out a build-a-bear for all of his great grandkids.  Caleb got his Cardinals bear (as you've seen in his monthly pictures) and now Jackson has his!




Jackson with Great Grandpa Braschler


Jan & Grandma Braschler
the grandmas...


Nick and little Jack Jack.  :)


Family.  :)


Todd & Claudia with Tyler, Robyn & Jackson


The Braschler fam.  Love this pic!


Jackson with all his grandparents. 


Kissy picture!  (...those are Robyn's sweet parents...)


S-I-Ls with our boys!


Nana & Grandpa with their grandkids! 



Caleb was getting so excited!  He was LOVING the attention.  He's a big ol' ham.  :)  But a cute one.  I'm pretty sure he's gonna love all the attention at his birthday party.




Robyn's parents with Jackson. 


The sweet little family!


Doesn't Robyn look so great for having just had a baby a 2 1/2 days before??!


We had an awesome turnout and so much fun!  It turned out to be a real success!  Thanks to everyone who helped or brought things (special shout-out to Claudia, Mamaw & Gma B!). 

Sources:
There are some fun ideas for safari or jungle themed food here, some decoration ideas: here
Pom poms - (wish I would have made these! - I think they would have been great in green, orange, brown and yellow).