It's insanely hard to believe that I am STILL putting some finishing touches on Lilah's room (2 years later). We are down to the final details. All I need is curtains and maybe one or two pieces of artwork and I am DONE!
The above wall was rather empty, so I chose to use the below, white picket fence, to fill the wall up a tad. I moved Lilah's end table to the other side of her bed and cornered the picket fence in that area.
A picket fence inside? Absolutely. It definitely adds character to her room. I guess if I really wanted to, I could have just kept it just like that. It's darling without any detail.
After installing the fence, I had the pleasure of adhering the nylon, colorful flowers, which can lay flat or you have the option to position them in a 3-D type of way because they contain wiring!
See how they "popped" out of the wall? I chose to take advantage of the wiring.
3-D fairy and butterfly stickers.
The coolest thing about these stickers is 1. They are repositional stickers. 2. They are 3 dimensional stickers. 3. When Lilah's heat or ceiling fan is on, the fairy wings flutter from the breeze.
My eyes are still adjusting. I am a creature of habit. I LOVED the night stand where it was, but this, for now, is what we have.
Some of the pictures show it's true beauty. Others make it look messy/crowded. I'm not sure which photo appeals or doesn't appeal to me more. Either way, I think it's a really unique addition to any little girl's room. It's colorful and captivating for my Liley Bo and matches PERFECT with her bedding.
Two Sundays ago, we noticed our hamster's, Tech, eyes would not open. He was moving sluggishly and not eating. Within the week, it became obvious that Tech's life was coming to an end. I think he truly was dying from "old" age. Apparently hamsters only live about 2-3 years. We had him for 2 years.
This past Sunday, Tech passed away. We placed him in his own littlezip block boxcoffin and kept him there until we were able to find the time to burry him.
Today, the kids and I used the mountainous area, across the street from our home, to burry him. The ground was so hard to dig because it has been ruthlessly cold here. We did the best we could to get the hole deep enough.
We found a nice spot.
Without daddy there to help, we couldn't dig the hole big enough to keep him in his coffin, but we padded the hole with fresh hamster shedding and placed him on top. We filled his hole back up and decorated the area where he was buried.
The kids handled the entire process so well. Absolutely NO tears. No major questions. Just simple goodbyes. Lilah did ask if we could get a dog, but of course my answer was a BIG FAT "NO!"
Now his cage sits, lonely, without him.
He was a sweet hamster, but the reality was, no one played with him and I was fully responsible for taking care of him, minus the few times I forced Tyson to clean the cage or when Lilah got on being a "mom" kick and carted him around all over the house.
After we headed home, Lilah found another "heart shaped rock" and ran it up to his area to say one more final goodbye.
And NOW, I will leave you with a FUNNY on hamsters, just because if you are anything like my husband, you think I am morbid, weird, or you are laughing your tale off at this post.
Tomorrow, I am bringing one of my "besties" dinner. Exactly one week ago, Jody's mom fell down an entire flight of stairs, at Jody's home, while playing with her granddaughter. The end result was painful, both physically, emotionally, and I am sure mentally. She broke both wrists and one ankle. Her mother now resides in a rehabilitation center, for additional surgeries, as well as training on how to heal and live, temporarily, without critical body parts. I already know what I plan to make her for dinner. After all, she's been haunting me for it ever since I made it for our family. Do you recall the meatloaf cupcakes? Yes, that's what's for dinner, but being her husband just returned home from a two week missions trip, to Uganda, I thought it would be nice to bless him with his FAVORITE "last course"… ICE CREAM! I beefed it up a bit though. I decided to make my own ice cream sandwiches using chocolate oreos, vanilla oreos, and m&m cookies. Take a peak…
Basically, I started out with strawberry ice cream and golden oreo ice cream by Breyers, oreo cookies (both chocolate and vanilla) and sprinkles.
1. Set ice cream on counter about 10 minutes, to thaw out. Meanwhile, layer a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
2. Scoop a large quantity of ice cream onto the parchment paper. Place another layer of parchment paper on top. Using a rolling pin, roll out the ice cream to approximately 1.5" thickness.
Eventually, I sent Darren out to get vanilla bean and chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream too!
Walaa! Refreeze for 1 hour. DO NOT CHINSE ON THIS DIRECTION!
I was too impatient and kept pulling it out, which delayed me even more.
3. Prepare your cookies to be filled with ice cream.
Pull the oreos apart carefully! I went through a TON of oreos. They kept breaking, but I think it's because the bag had been dropped in the store.
4. Pull the ice cream out of the freezer. Remove the top layer of parchment paper.
5. Begin filling in the cookies with ice cream. This step has to go FAST. It's incredible how quickly ice cream melts when you DON'T want it to. The way that I "cut" this ice cream was by using a biscuit cutter which matched the size of the cookie.
6. After filling the cookie, refreeze immediately!
7. OR roll the ice cream cookie into your favorite toppings first, then refreeze. I chose to use colorful sprinkles (their daughter Ansley will love that) and heath bar! I had no rhyme or reason to which ice cream I filled each cookie with or which toppings I used. I figured I couldn't go wrong with ANY combination.
I thought the finished product turned out scrumptious looking and just gorgeous!!!
I hope they taste as good as they look. I did NOT taste test.
Colorful, fun, and I hope tasty!
Photogenic cookies! Gotta love PRETTY food.
The best part about this dessert is that the options are endless.
I have ONE last recommendation. Elliminate steps 1, 2, and 4 completely. I highly recommend using the solid ice cream from the freezer. Work cookie by cookie. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon of ice cream or more, layer ice cream on top of cookies, squeeze both cookie top and cookie bottom together and immediately put into the freezer. Then do cookie #2 and so on and so forth. Doing step 1, 2, and 4 is very messy and you feel pressured to work fast because the ice cream melts fast. I eliminated these steps at the very end when I had more cookies than I had ice cream left. It was so much easier and more enjoyable that way.
I am a follower of Christ, a redeemed rebel, a wife to my high school sweet heart, and a very busy mother of 3. Blogging is right up my alley. I love to update people about what's going on in the Bolling house. I'm a wanna be photographer. Obsessed with organizing and cleaning. Enjoy crafting and love to be challenged in the kitchen! My dream job would be to be a party planner for celebrities. They'd be the only ones who could afford me, haha! God Bless!
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Darren is a dedicated, faithful, and an involved husband, parent, and worker. He is the best team player I could ask for. He is also a follower of Christ and has the HUGE responsibility of leading our family to the cross. His greatest physical attribute is his smile. He's also more giving than 10 people combined. God has blessed him with the gift of giving. He enjoys tender love from his "wifey", playing with his children, football, and working out. He has more energy than I can understand.
OUR FIRST BORN SON
Tyson, aka "Ty", was the first blessing God gave to us. He is your typical boy, rambunctious with a capital R. He is very smart, goofy, sweet, handsome, and a definite leader. He has been told that he is the spitting image of his daddy. He enjoys spending time with his siblings, playing play-station/ipod, and doing anything relating to all sports, especially football. His favorite place to go on vacation is Myrtle Beach aka “my beach”. He also is learning the importance of obedience and loving the Lord.
OUR ONLY DAUGHTER
Lilah is a twin to her brother Jaxon. She is bubbly and full of laughter. Her personality gives her the rap of being “sweet & sassy”. LOL! Just like her mommy. She's infatuated with her blankie aka “baby” as well as her daddy! She's has a great head of hair, is petite, and extremely fun to dress. Simply ALL GIRL! Some of her favorite things to do are sing, dance, play “mom”, and apply make-up, using her new vanity. I am so glad God blessed me with a little sidekick. The extra estrogen has become more than evident in our home.
OUR LAST BORN
Jaxon is a twin to his sister Lilah. He is well known by his nickname "Jax" or “Jaxey”. He is by far the sweetest kid we have. He is so helpful, so appreciative, so loving, and aims to please. His favorite things are playing with his big brother and sissy, cooking/baking with mommy, and spending time with his buddy Cohen. His current loves are basketball, wrestlers, and the Great Wolf Lodge. There's nothing MORE that I love than his beautiful dimples and tender kissies. He truly is a love bug!!! He’s the he kind of human that would give you the shirt off of his back.