Friday, December 31, 2010

My snapshot in time

Can anyone else NOT believe 2010 is almost over?!
It flew by for me!

I wrote this guest blog a month or so ago for Julie at Joys Hope but I thought it would be a fitting time to repost it here in case you missed it.

Some days I feel like my life needs
an easy button
(definitely would have been nice when I was trying to clean up this, this or this).
a rewind button
(for those times you said or did something you wish you could take back).
or a fast forward button
(ever waited for 3 hours in a line at the dreaded DMV with 2 hungry kids. Bad news.).

But right now more than anything my life needs a
slow down button.
My babies are getting too big too fast.
In the past couples months Wesley has gone from a baby to a rambunctious little boy
and Mackenzie has gone from a toddler to a little lady.

Since I haven't come up with a real life slow down button
I thought I'd make my own virtual time capsule.
My snapshot in time.
The things I want to remember about this time in my life
Here goes...

Mackenzie and Wesley have a special bond.
A unique love/

hate relationship.
Luckily most days it's more love than hate.

Mackenzie's love for all things girly.
If she had it her way she would wear a dress every day.

My little lion.
Wesley "roars" at us all day long and thinks it's the funniest thing ever.
It's pretty darn cute.

My silly, lip gloss loving girl.
She makes me laugh at least once a minute.

Family days at Disneyland.
The kids favorite rides are Dumbo, the Carousel and It's a small world.
And of course seeing all the characters.

Mackenzie's favorite hang out spot is behind the cushions of our couch.
It's also her favorite place to hide toys from a certain little boy.

Living next door and sharing life with our good friends, The Weeks.

This adorable pouty face.
Look at that lip..have you ever seen anything more pitiful.

Never being able to get enough of God's life giving Word, The Bible.

Mackenzie's love for her baby dolls.
She always has one (or 5) with her.

Wesley's love for balls.

And anything dangerous.
He's such a boy.

Mackenzie's sweet, energetic, caring heart.
She's such a good friend and big sister.
And she's pretty much always happy.
Except when she gets hurt.
Which is at least 5 times a day.
She's super clumsy.
I have no idea where she gets that from :)

Wesley is such a momma's boy.
He loves to be held and cuddled.

Our adventures in gardening.
It didn't exactly go as we planned but we sure learned a lot.

Praying about what the future holds...staying here or going somewhere else.
Concentrating on being the people God has called us to be no matter where we are.

God's grace and provision for our family.
He is so so good.

The delicate balance between work and play,
being a mom and a business owner,
and not setting unhealthy expectations for myself.
The Lord's been teaching me a lot about keeping first things first
and living for heavenly things instead of earthly ones.

Hope you enjoyed a little snapshot into my life!
What are some things you want to remember about this season in your life or 2010?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Snow Day!

For my birthday (on Tuesday) Aaron, the kids and I drove up to our local mountains for a little snow day!
We hadn't been to the snow since Mackenzie was a year old so it was a ton of fun for all of us to be back!
Also it helped that it was the most beautiful day ever!
The sun was shinning, it wasn't super cold and there was just enough snow for us all to play with without being an inconvenience.
We even stocked up on a ton of firewood.
It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday!

We even got to see a miniature horse!

After some fun in the mountains we headed home and went out to dinner with my parents.
It was a blast!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What I Wore

Hope you all had a very merry Christmas!
We had a great time celebrating and spending time with family.
I love the holidays!
Plus yesterday was my birthday which makes this time of year extra fun.
Yesterday the kids, hubby and I went up to the mountains to play in the snow and walk around the cute little shops.
I'll post some pictures of that tomorrow...
but for today, here is my weekly "What I Wore Wednesday" post.

I think this was the last day of our rainy weather.
It has been so nice to see the sun again!
jacket (made out of sweatshirt material): Macy's
turtleneck shirt under jacket: Forever 21 (hand me down from friend)
jeans: Express
shoes: Puma's from Nordstroms

white shirt: favorite maternity/baby store that went out of a business a couple years ago :( (hand me down from friend)
brown cardigan: Target
jeans: Old Navy Maternity
boots: Emu's

fabric flower hair clip: Made by me :)

New Year's Eve night attire:
teal dress: Forever 21 (hand me down from friend...a couple friends hooked me up with a ton of their old maternity stuff so you'll probably be seeing lots of hand me downs)
black leggings: Forever 21
ankle boots: Macy's (Naturalizers)
I also threw a black cardigan over this (after the picture) to dress it up a bit and to keep me warm.
necklace: Nordstroms

Aaron (the hubby) and I

And I couldn't not include this picture. Wesley is such a ham for pictures lately. He loves to smile and starts yelling "cheese" the second he sees a camera.
Wesley's shirt: H&M kid's section (recent)

Oh and I had to include a picture of the kids in their Christmas jammies. My mom gives them a pair every Christmas Eve.

Christmas day outfit:
black long sleeve shirt: Target maternity (recent)
wrap: Old Navy maternity
jeans: Forever 21 jeggings (recent)
black boots: H&M (recent) sorry they are so hard to see in the picture

headband: made by me

my family :)
(mom, dad, brother Jeff, me, Aaron, and the kids)

sweater top: H&M (recent)
jeggings: (basically they are just jeans with an elastic top. Perfect for this preggo Mama): Forever 21 (recent)
black flats: Payless

bracelet: gift from my cousin
It's one of those magazine bead bracelets that are made in Africa and sold here to help feed the poor, give them water, etc.
I can't remember the name of the people who sell them on Etsy but I'll find out and let you know. I've been wearing it all the time and love it!

navy shirt: Old Navy (recent) I think it's their basic v neck tee (non maternity)
cardigan: Forever 21 (recent)
skinny jeans: Levis
flats: Payless
*Wesley insisted on joining the picture today :)

My birthday dinner attire:
I totally forgot to take a picture of the whole outfit but here's the info on the part you can see :)
long sleeve white shirt: Old Navy
magenta wrap: Macy's (recent)
necklace: Walmart
cute girl: All mine :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Hope you and your family have a great day celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus!

Love, The Sellars' fam

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament (for kids)

The other day Mackenzie wanted to do a craft
so we whipped up a couple of these felt Christmas tree ornaments.
One for our tree and one for a friend.
They are super simple and were made all out of things I already had laying around the house.
They are probably pretty self explanatory but I made a little tutorial just in case.

felt Christmas tree ornament

Step 1:
Make a tree shape, star and trunk template.
I just free handed them onto an index card then cut them out.

Step 2:
Using your templates as a guide, cut your shapes out of felt.

I glued two pieces of felt together for the trunk and the tree to make them more sturdy.
I little trick I do, so I don't have to worry about gluing the the two pieces together perfectly, is... I just cut one piece to size and leave the back piece a little larger then glue them together. Once glued I cut the back piece to match the front.
Make sense?

Step 3:
Sandwich the tree trunk in between the two tree pieces.
See how the top piece is cut to size and the back piece is still a little larger?

Once I glued the tree together with the trunk in between, I cut the back piece of the tree to size.

Now that your tree is together,
glue on buttons to look like ornaments.
Oh and add your felt star to the top of the tree.
(Mackenzie and I thought our star needed a little bling so we gave it a coat of glitter).

Step 4:
Hot glue a piece of ribbon, or in my case a tiny piece of rick rac, to the back of the ornament so you will be able to hang it on the tree. I also hot glued a little piece of felt over the part where I attached the ribbon to make it look more pretty and extra secure.

And that's it!
You're done!

I ended up writing the year and a little message on the back of the one for Mackenzie's friend with glitter puffy paint.

Happy ornament making!