Last Day Of School!

Today is such a bittersweet day for me.
I’m really excited for summer, but my babies need to STOP GROWING!
But most of all, I’m super nervous because we have decided we’re going to homeschool this next school year!
So pray for me, PLEASE!
Here’s a picture of my sweet girls we took on our way out this morning ❤

A couple days ago, I went to Pinterest to find a few little activities to do this summer.
After I compiled a little list

  • Swimming at night with glowsticks
  • Painting with bubble wrap around your feet
  • S’mores!
  • Water gun fights
  • Water balloon baseball
  • Bubbles of course!
  • Making t-shirts with sand paper and crayons
  • Gummy worm and Sprite popsicles

I then ran out to Target, grabbed a blue bin and the things I need for these actives plus a new pair of sandals for each kid, jump ropes, some extra chalk cause we’re running out and ribbon dance streamers. (I also bought them a new board game and a roll of paper for the painting that I forgot to put in the bin!)
Then I made a banner with permanent markers and a roll of paper and hung with streamers and balloons in the doorway!
This was waiting for them at the front door after school! 😀

 

Nothing makes me more happy than making these two little people happy!

Hope every one of you has an amazing summer this year!

    Cassie
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Graham Cracker Houses

It’s that time of year again!
When I was growing up, we made these things with my mom and sold them every. single. year.
I swore that I would never do it again, yet here I am! Haha
I decided that it’s a great way to make a little extra money during the holiday’s, and quite frankly, I do kinda enjoy it… (shhhh!)
This year I decided to try something new (you know, since now we have all this awesome technology!) and listed them in my Etsy shop!
Adorable, aren’t they!?
They make great Christmas gifts for teachers, family, friends, your mailman, nurses and doctors in your doctors office, coworkers, neighbors, the list goes on!
If you’re interested, you’ll find me on Etsy RIGHT HERE 🙂

    Cassie

Brunnemann’s Halloween 2013 & DIY Costumes

Cambria right away knew what she wanted to be for Halloween… Really, anyone could have guessed that she wanted to be a unicorn, she’s OBSESSED!
I searched and searched on Pinterest for DIY ideas, and finally decided on THIS mixed with THIS.
Mind you, the horn and ears were absolutely not as easy as she made them seem!

I knew that I wanted Gwen to be Eloise, because she IS Eloise! Haha
She agreed to it quite quickly 🙂

Here’s how their costumes turned out!

After I got them dressed and took pictures, I had to leave to make a 12 hour drive to get my nephew who is staying with us for a little while, so Cory painted pumpkins with the girls…
(Cory painted half of his for me 🙂 )
Aaaaand of course, before they left for Fall Fest at a church down the street, Gwen and Cambria managed to break Cambria’s horn and ears! :\
Pouty face because she’s upset about it 😦
Luckily, she cheered up a little
Thanks for looking!
    Cassie

Girls’/Guest Bathroom Reveal!

So excited to be sharing this!
It came out better than I even imagined! 🙂
I don’t have very many pictures, but this is what the bathroom looked like before.
We peeled of two layers of wallpaper and painted the walls a VERY light gray, pulled up two layers of linoleum and put down tile, changed the countertop to granite,
replaced the toilet and modified the cabinet!
My dad and mom did MOST of the work, but the vision is all mine 🙂
What it looks like now!!
This beautiful shower curtain came from World Market.
I was so excited when I found these at Kirklands!
The color is perfect and this IS a kids bathroom 🙂
New toilet!
And being the cat lovers that we are, I had to have the kitty toilet brush holder that I
found at Bed, Bath and Beyond 😉
This frame came from Ikea, and the image I bought from HERE to give the feeling
of this being a little girls bathroom 🙂

The granite counter! 😀
I found this mirror at Garden Ridge, the faucet came from eBay, the pictures on the wall came from a thrift store, the towel hooks and toilet paper holder from Bed, Bath and Beyond and the towels came from Target.

The rug down there also came from Target.
Beautiful, isn’t it! I love it so much!
Thanks for looking!
    Cassie
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Gwennie’s 7th Birthday – A Tea Party!

I was so excited when Gwen told me she wanted to have a tea party for her birthday!
I let her invite 4 little girls, so there would be 6 total… I prefer our birthday parties this way 😉
Here’s the girls all ready for the party!
Gwen’s shirt came from Jilly’s Mom Made That on Etsy, and I found the skirt at Goodwill 🙂
Gwen waiting at the window for the girls to arrive 🙂
Gwennie getting her birthday spankins from her Aunt Mattie!
After all the girls arrived, Aunt Mattie helped them decorate floppy hats with flowers
Then they sat down for tea!
I made this bird banner to hang over where Gwen is sitting.
The tutorial for it is HERE. I also made a wreath from the tutorial HERE,
but I didn’t get a picture of it and I already took all the cups off so
I can use the wreath for something else :\
Here’s the table setting. The tea cups and pots and stuff all came from thrift stores,
and some of the stuff came from IKEA which you can see HERE.
I got the roses from HEB the day before 🙂
A lady that works with my mom also makes cakes on the side, so she made Gwen’s birthday 🙂
I made the 3 tiered stand from the two tray I got from IKEA, the top plate and the bottom pillar I got at Goodwill, and the top pillar was just here with some stuff my mom had and I painted it.
I glued them all together with E6000 glue.
I served the girls peach and blackberry tea, and I made heart shaped chicken salad sandwiches,
fruit cups, and THESE Pretzel Crisp treats that I found on Pinterest. They were so yummy!
After tea, Gwen opened her presents and then we had cake!
After cake, we made their party favors by planting
flowers into teacups that I glued to their saucers!
Aaaaaand then I took a nap! Ha! JK, I had lots of cleaning up to do 😉
The girls said this was the best birthday party yet…
mission accomplished! 😀
    Cassie
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Bathroom Update #2

I’m a little late on this so the reveal is coming really soon, 
but I just wanted to give a little sneak peek before I share the whole thing 😉
Here’s the tiled floor all finished. Came out awesome!
We bought the square tiles from Habitat for Humanity for $20!
Cory’s dad gave us the glass ones 🙂
I painted the cabinet blue, and my dad got the plywood in.
Ready for the countertop!
The new granite countertop and faucet is in!
Gravy is testing out his new bed 😉
( Kitty had an eye infection 😦 )
Aaaand a little sneak at a few other things that will be going into the bathroom 🙂
Can’t wait to share the reveal!
    Cassie

Our Corpus Christi Mini Vacation (WARNING: Picture Overload!)

This summer we took the girls on a surprise trip to the beach!
We made a plan to go to the beach on Wed, go check into the hotel and shower and then go to dinner. Then for Thursday, go to the Texas State Aquarium, eat at the two story Whataburger and then go home… Surprisingly, things pretty much went as planned, with a few little extras 😉
I booked our hotel at North Beach (which I wouldn’t recommend at all, thank God it was only for one night) with intentions of swimming there, but when we got into town we quickly decided to keep going. I had no idea that it was so small and wanted the girls to have the full beach experience, afterall, we’ve never done this before!
SO, we crossed the waters on the fairie to Port A!
We arrived at the beach kinda late afternoon, so we were only there for a few hours, but it was so beautiful and peaceful, and the girls had a wonderful time.
Heading out! They had no idea where we were going 🙂
Posing on the beach!
The little sand castle we made… It didn’t hold their attention for too long haha
We decided to walk up and down the beach to look for things to take home.
Our beach toes! I took them the day before to get our toes and and hands painted 🙂
Then we found a shark on the shore! ;p
And jellyfish!
This is actually the second one we found, the first one was in Gwen’s pail (picture of that below)
Skimming the sand for sand dollars
Gwen with her jellyfish!
All the things they collected off the shore
 
On the fairie, heading to the hotel to shower before dinner
Gwen always falls asleep in the car 🙂
After checking in and taking showers to get all the sand off, we went to dinner at Blackbeards
He had no idea that Cambria made this same face haha
After dinner we decided to go for a walk along the water, and ran into this ice cream shop 🙂
Then the girls were really dirty, so we had them take showers again lol
Then it was for some rest before the next big day 🙂
After we checked out of our hotel, they just HAD to pose in this shark (I MIGHT be a little bit obsessed with them) before our next surprise destination
The Texas State Aquarium!
First thing we did was watch the dolphin show
Otters and then indoor aquariums
Then they got to feed the stingrays!
It took Cambria feeding four of them before Gwen finally decided to do the last two
(This is the only picture I have of this because I was filming it :\)
The stingrays were the biggest hit, so that’s what they picked from the gift shop 😀
And it’s time to leave!
After the aquarium, we went and had a late lunch/dinner at Landry’s. So good!
No pictures of that, but while we were walking down the dock to go there, we noticed a sign for boat rides! I’ve only been on a boat once, and the girls never, so we went for it!
Gwen takes pictures for us 😉
I love these little boogers so much
After the boat ride we went to the two story Whataburger to get milkshakes, and then went home!
We went shopping the day before our trip at Old Navy for their vacation outfits 🙂
And their swimsuits are both from Target, but they only have Gwen’s on their website.

    Cassie
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Teachers Survival Kit

Yesterday I posted about our first day of school, and pictured is the gifts we made for their teachers.
Here’s where I got the idea/tutorial from eighteen25 – box of teacher goodies
I took the girls to Michael’s and let them pick out the papers and stickers for their boxes.
We got all the items we put inside from Target.
I pretty much followed all of the instructions from the tutorial above, except I used E6000 in 3 spots to hold the ribbon down, let it dry and then used Mod Podge to glue all the sheets of paper on.
I glued the top one on first, then the bottom one and then the middle strip, letting each one dry completely before applying the next.
I had the girls write a little note to their teachers, and then also added a teacher questionnaire printout for them to fill and send back to me so I know a little more about them, which also happens to be from eighteen 25… Teacher Questionnaire
Here’s what ours look like
We filled our with thumb tacks, paper clips, magnets, post its,
a USB drive, hand sanitizer and chocolates 🙂
    Cassie

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First Day of School, 1st & 3rd Grade!

My girls started school on Monday… this week has been rough!
Because of Gwen’s treatments we have to do every morning and evening, we have to get up at 5am.
They have actually been doing very well with their new schedule… I haven’t haha
They love their teachers (so far) and are so happy to be back in school!
Here are some photos from their first day 🙂
We made first day of school gifts for their teachers.
I’ll post tomorrow about where I got the tutorial from, and how I did mine.
Breakfast!
(Please ignore the table cloth, they were doing art projects on it the day before 😉 )
With their cute signs I printed from HERE 🙂
 
Family picture before we head out
In their new classrooms 🙂
 
Their new backpacks are from the Pottery Barn Mackenzie collection.
We had the owl ones last year and they held up so well!
The blue one is currently out of stock, but here’s the pink one.
 
And I bought their bows to match from these Etsy sellers 🙂
Bows For Baby 8 – She was super awesome and overnighted two bows to me when I realized (the Friday before school started) that the ones I had ordered wouldn’t get here in time.
Pixie Pretties – Very quick shipping, and her bows are adorable!
    Cassie