Easter Weekend

Spring! Finally Spring has sprung, and I really couldn’t be more excited about it! Idaho has this way of making you wait for spring so long that you are about ready to pack up and move, and then it comes and you think “why would I ever leave this place?”.

I was oh so thankful that Spring showed up in time for Easter, it made the whole holiday so much more special for me, and much more exciting because we were able to do so much OUTSIDE.

We started our weekend by doing an Easter Egg hunt for the kiddos with our friends the Richardsons and Nickles. I really didn’t think that Camberlyn was old enough to understand how to hunt for eggs, but boy was I wrong! I showed her an egg and put in her basket and she just took off all over the yard putting eggs in as fast as she could.ImageImageImageImage

After our morning egg hunt, we all headed down to the park for a picnic, the kids hardly ate anything because they were having such a good time running around in the beautiful sunshine.

After a refreshing nap for Cam, we headed for the mountains for a little afternoon hike. The weather was just right and it felt wonderful to fill our lungs with fresh spring air. Kia and Cam thoroughly enjoyed playing in the dirt after we were done 🙂ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Compared to Saturday, Sunday was really chill. We enjoyed the morning by showing Camberlyn what the Easter Bunny had brought for her and watching as she found all the eggs he had hidden for her. It was so fun, as Cam grows I am so amazed to see how much she can do and how incredibly funny she is! We laughed so hard was we watched her dragging her little basket around the house, with her bed head hair and pink PJ’s, so sweet.

We had a wonderful Church service and truly felt the joy of Easter, the knowledge that Christ is risen, the atonement is fulfilled and death is concurred. What a Joyful time!

 

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Camberlyn at one

It has been a whole month since Camberlyn’s first birthday and I can’t believe what a toddler she has become! she is a walking pro, a non-stop babbler (with some real words thrown in), a fake laugher,  a big helper (sort of), a kisser and hugger, and so many other things 🙂 It seems like since she started walking she has changed so much, she can now say, “mama”, “daddy”, “oh wow”, “uh oh” and “no”. No sounds more like “na na na!” but she definitely gets her point across. She absolutely LOVES to make people laugh, and will fake laugh just to see people’s reactions. Camberlyn still has no sense of “stranger, danger”, and we are starting to think she never will ( scary!).  She enjoys meeting new people SO much! last Sunday during church we were sitting in the foyer during sacrament, she looked around and saw an older gentleman sitting in the corner  whom she promptly walked over to and climbed up into his lap! He was happy to have the company and she sat there for a good 5 mins just enjoying the grandpa time.  She also has discovered how awesome coloring is, it is so fun to watch her concentrate as she works to put marks on the paper.

As a mama, I can’t believe how blessed I am to have her, she is a complete joy. The other day we were sitting on the couch together and she started babbling a long story to me, using hand gestures and throwing in the words she knew. it was one of the cutest things I have ever seen. I am so thankful that I get to be with her everyday and see the beautiful, smart and very funny little girl she is becoming!

Pallet Nightstand

It has been a while since I have done a big project, which is sad because I am a project addict. But I’m back in my groove and I’m loving it! So, about two weeks ago I saw an ad on craigslist for free pallets, and I got to thinking ” I bet I could make something out of pallets”.  When I brought it up with Brynt, he told me to “please, please please make new night stands for us!”. So I scoured Pinterest for ideas, there were a few pallet night stands out there but nothing that I really liked. So I decided to wing it, which is pretty much how I do everything.

Before I get started on how I did it I would just like to add this little tid bit that I feel is left out of all the other DYI pallet posts on the internet; the hardest part by far of this whole project was getting the stinking boards off the freaking pallet! Holy cow, what a pain, but totally worth it. Ok, you have been warned.

I started by making a box and then nailing boards to it vertically. Again, I really didn’t have a step by step plan, I just had an idea of what I wanted to do.

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This continued and my hubby helped me by putting one of the shelf supports in the bottom which gave it more stability and thus made putting the rest of the board in easier.

The next step ( I thought) was to add the rest of the shelf supports. So I did that, and guess what? It was REALLY hard to get the top measure the same width as the bottom. Granted, had there been an extra person or two to push the top to the right width while I nailed the boards on, I think I could have managed it. But alas, I work alone.  So then my husband came to my rescue once again. “If we take the shelf supports out and nail the top on at the correct width, it should make things a lot easier”. He is so smart.

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Next I added the remainder of the small boards I used to keep the shelves in place to the front to make it look a little more finished.

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Finally I had reached my favorite part of almost any project: sanding and painting. I chose to not sand it to much because I wanted more of a rustic look,  I also knew I wanted to do a white wash on it so I left it a little on the rough side so it would soak up more of the wash.

This was my first time white washing something and I learned a few things. At first when I put it on I thought ” oh no, its way to white!”, but I quickly learned that it soaks in really fast and I actually ended up doing about 3 coats of white wash to achieve the look I was going for.  Ta Da!

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To finish it off, I recovered the old black storage bins from our old night stands with some fabric I found at the thrift store, and added a lace detail for something pretty 🙂

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I absolutely love how it turned out. And I can’t wait to get started making its twin!

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All You Need is Love

Yesterday was Valentines Day, a day to celebrate love in all forms. Brynt and I celebrated our 4th Valentines day of saying “I love you”, our 3rd Valentines day of saying “I love my spouse”, our 2rd Valentines day of saying ” We love you Camberlyn”, and my first anniversary of saying “I love sushi!”.  It was a great day!

I feel so blessed to be able to know love so completely, the love of my Heavenly Father and Savior, the love of a truly wonderful family, the love my incredible husband, and the love of my beautiful baby girl. So this Valentines Day I really felt like my heart was over flowing!

 

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Happy Birthday Camberlyn!

I have a one year I old! I really have no idea how a year has gone by already but I can say with all honesty it has been an amazing and wonderful year.

We celebrated Camberlyn’s birthday by coming to AZ and having a birthday party with all of her wonderful family, it was a blast! In fact it was so much fun that I didn’t get nearly the amount of pictures that I wanted to but such is life. Camberlyn thoroughly enjoyed being the center of attention and  made sure that everyone was very entertained !

He favorite part of the party by far was the cake smash, at first she looked at us like “you are really going to let me touch this?”  and soon she was diving in face first with no reservations; you would to if you had a strawberry and vanilla sprinkle cake 🙂

It was a wonderful day and I am so glad we were able to celebrate our little girls big day with all of the people who love her most.

Cause and Effect

With only few days left until Camberlyn’s first birthday, we are quickly transitioning from babyhood to toddler hood. She is walking, her vocabulary is beginning to really take shape and she is starting to look like a kid not a baby. As a mama, this is a bitter sweet time for me. I love to see how grown up she is becoming but I look at her new born pictures and think ” how has it been a year already!?”.

As the mother of a rapidly developing toddler I feel like I am learning as much as she is each day. And surprisingly we are often times learning the same lessons, today’s being : Cause and Effect. For Camberlyn the lesson was learned in this method ” If I pull the bag out of the cupboard and turn it over, white powder covers the floor and is a lot of fun to play in!”.  For me the lesson went more like this, ” If I leave the room to switch the laundry, Camberlyn will find the bag of cornstarch, spill it on the floor and spread it as far and wide as her little body can manage.”

When I saw what she had accomplished in such a short amount of time I was truly impressed. I laughed and got out the camera, because as big as that mess was, these are little moments I never want to forget.

 

Breakfast

Our little Camberlyn is quickly approaching her fist birthday, and all sorts of growing up is happening around our house. She is becoming more and more independent and that includes eating. We like for her to feed herself, and she does a pretty good job, BUT some times she gets a little carried away. This morning was one of those times. Brynt and I were doubled over with laughter at her Malt-O-Meal adventure, and she had the time of her life.

I love this crazy little girl!

Teething is not fun, for anyone.

Parenting is hard work, but there is a lot of joy that comes with the hard work and it makes it incredibly rewarding. Teething sucks the joy right out of it and makes everything (and everyone) miserable.

When Camberlyn got her first two teeth, it was really easy. Honestly, they both came in within 24 hours and she hardly got upset at all. So being a first time parent I naively assumed they would all be that way. I once again learned one of life’s hard lessons; never assume.

Over the past two and half weeks Cam has been teething basically non-stop. And it has been rough. Fevers, whining, grumpy, waking up in the middle of the night ( which she NEVER does), no appetite, runny nose… NOT FUN.  But this morning the clouds parted and it looks like we might get a break for a little while ( Hallelujah!). Cam now has three new teeth, 2 on the top and another on the bottom. She is back to her normal, happy self and eating like there is no tomorrow.

What is the moral of this story? Never assume that because something went easy one time  it will every time.

2012, a very good year.

I don’t drink, but I always love how people who drink wine say “ah, yes, this is very good year”. I feel that if  I could bottle up 2012 and then pour myself a glass I would say, ” ah, what a good year!”

January

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January was spent preparing for our little angel to arrive. I think back at how incredibly excited we were and how much we Thought we knew about having a baby, and I have to giggle 🙂

February-

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February 1st, at 11:49am, Camberlyn Elizabeth Barney was born; a beautiful and perfect gift from God. I think I can safely say that this was the most incredible day of our lives.

March-

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In March we took a trip down to Arizona for Camberlyn to receive her baby blessing. It was such a special time, Camberlyn received a beautiful blessing and was able to meet many of her family members for the first time.

April-

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April we got to celebrate Camberlyn’s first Easter, what a fun time! We also took a trip to Salt Lake for Super Cross and to visit the Salt Lake Temple, great memories were made!

May-

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May was the beginning of our summer adventures! We took our first camping trip and Camberlyn LOVED it 🙂

June-

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June was an other month of fun adventures for the Barney clan, and we also began to see how much of a Daddy’s girl Cam is; she was happy to sit outside and watch him work.

July-

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July was a VERY full month for us. We enjoyed taking came out to all the festivities on the 4th, had a blast at the Barney/Dixon reunion and had a great week long visit from my Mom and siblings. The perfect was to spend a summer month!

August-

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August we were able to make a trip to Arizona and had a great time visiting everyone there! Cam even helped do some yard work for Grandpa Terry 😉

September-

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In September we welcomed fall by visiting the fair, Camberlyn LOVED all the animals!

October-

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Camberlyn’s first Halloween was a blast! Brynt was Willy Wonka, Cam was an Umpa Lumpa and I was a candy bar.

November-

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November was a BUSY month. Brynt and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary, Camberlyn and I flew to Arizona so we could be there for my Grandad’s 80th birthday, it was Cam’s first Thanksgiving and my birthday…. What a month!

December-

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December was AWESOME! a week long visit from my family, Brynt’s birthday and Camberlyn’s very first Christmas. Many happy memories were made 🙂

2012 was wonderful, and I am so excited to see was 2013 has in store for us.  We will look back on this year with joy and we have great hopes for the future!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Merry Christmas!

This year we stayed up North for Christmas, and as much as we missed the holidays with our families in AZ, it was great to spend this time together as a new little family.

Christmas Eve Brynt had to work a half day, so Camberlyn and I spent the morning baking rolls and cookies and getting the final details ready for the festivities to come.While we worked, the snow was falling outside! It was absolutely beautiful and I felt like I was in a Christmas card as I rolled out sugar cookies while watching the snow come down.

After Brynt came home we took Camberlyn outside to see all the snow, it was so sweet to see her reaction to one of my favorite things in the world.

That evening we had a lovely meal with the Richardsons and the Nickles. It was so fun to watch the little ones play together and we were blessed to enjoy the great company of friends. Hannah and Jarrett’s new baby, Brielle, is the sweetest, tiniest thing, it was great to Ooo and Ahhh over her wiggles and cute facial expressions throughout the evening. During the fun,  Grandma Nickle read ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” to the kiddos and they loved it!  It was a wonderful and fun filled night 🙂

That brings us to Christmas Morning. There is no doubt that Brynt and I have been extremely excited to celebrate Camberlyn’s first Christmas.  So it is no surprise that I was up at 5:30 am making muffins and checking that the house was perfect for Cam. At a little after 6 she “woke up” ( I openly admit that we made quite a bit of noise in the hall to encourage her to wake up. I know, we are terrible), and the fun began!  She LOVED her gift from Santa, a tunnel to crawl through. She went back and forth through it about 20 times before we could get her interested in her other gifts, so cute. I wont go into all of her gifts, lets just say she is a very loved little girl 🙂 I do have to mention her gift from her daddy though. Brynt put a lot of work into making her a busy board and it turned out wonderfully! She loves it and I am so happy he was able to make her something special.

I have to put in a quick blurb about my Hubby. He  is awesome.

I am kind of a pain to shop for, but he managed to get me two things that I REALLY wanted, without me asking or even thinking about them as gifts. Brynt, you are the best.  He gave me the Jim Shore nativiaty that I have been in love with since I first saw it. He also gave me the picture “Christ walking on water” by Julius Sergius von Klever, that I stare at lovingly for long periods of time every visit to Deseret Book.  I am so excited about them both I can hardly contain myself!

I was thrilled that we were able to spend Christmas day doing something I have never done on Christmas … Playing in the snow! It was so fun, we made a make-shift sled for Cam and I, rolled around in the snow and made snow angels. Aside from a face plant in the white stuff, Cam had a good time 🙂

It was a great Christmas; a wonderful and special day to remember and cherish.