Friday, December 20, 2013

Rustic Christmas Party

We watched Mormon messages based on Christmas

Rustic Christmas Centerpiece

How to: 

STEP 1. Be a creepy lady at your local home depot and as soon as the cut someones Christmas tree you ask ( or just act quickly) and take the tree trimmings and wood slices and RUN! Ha jk. They will give them to you for free so all you have to do is ask or dig through their trash ;) 

The larger pieces of wood came from my church parking lot. They happened to cut down a bunch of trees the week before and I was stumped (no pun intended) as to what to do for this Christmas party and when I saw these, it was my "ah- ha" moment! I then loaded up my truck and took them to a guy in my ward who cut them for me! The tree stumps and the burlap were my saving grace that tied this party all together! 

to see my whole rustic christmas party click here

STEP 2: Trim the tree to your desired size. and spray tiny areas of the tree branch with white spray paint. This is optional. I only did this to a few of the center pieces to tie in with my theme.

STEP 4: This is the big statement piece that everyone was asking how I did this. Super easy. Get a bag of fresh cranberries from Costco, Spray adhesive from your local craft store, and epsilon Salt ( in the pharmacy section at target is where I purchased it)

Lay the cranberries in box (also from Costco). Spray with adhesive and pour epsilon salt over until you have them covered to your liking.


Frost twig branches (tutorial HERE)

or you can buy a tall set from Michael's that are 11.99 but after you use a 50% off coupon that they usually have it may be worth your time. This time around that is what I did because I was lacking in time. I bought one tall twig set and just broke them up into small pieces. This was nice because I was able to use the original tall set for my first Christmas party this year  (the image below) and also for these center pieces

STEP 4: If you want, add some twine to a few of the glass bottles by hot gluing them. Next add wood chalk board signs that you can purchase at Michaels in their wedding decoration isle.

STEP 5: Finally just add the epsilon salt and cranberries in some of the jars, lay them on the wood, and sprinkle with some fake snow and BAM  you now have SUPER cheap, yet amazing center pieces. 

Total cost was around 25 dollars for ALL the supplies for 7 tables, but it cost me personally around 6 dollars because if you are a crafter or hoarder (there is a fine line between the both at my house ;) ) you probably already have white spray paint glitter laying around the house. :) 

I purchased my vintage milk bottles HERE. I literally use them ALL THE TIME! 
Mini Mason Jars purchased HERE. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Winter Wonderland Ward Party

Last night we had I had the fun opportunity to decorate the dessert table for my ward (church) Christmas party. We went with more of a winter wonderland theme and it turned out so cute. My cute friend Emily headed up the whole event. I have a thing or two to learn from this girl. She is great at delegating and giving everyone an opportunity to help with the party. I feel like when others are involved they get that much more excited about the party and it helps to make them feel included. We also lucked out because we shared the party with another ward and someone in that ward owns a party rental store so raise the roof and throw a fist bump in there because that means less work for us :). I ALWAYS suggest trying to share a party with another ward; they do breakfast and you do dinner! No need to go to all the work for just one party.

My favorite part of the party was the carnival for the kids. The young men and women put this on and it was SO cleaver! I wish I could take credit for some of these ideas but I cant but I will for sure be stealing some of these ideas ;)

Pin the star on the tree

Cookie Decorating

Candy Cane Fishing. HOW CUTE IS THAT!?

Christmas Tree bowling

Jaxon with his girl friends chatting over a cookie. So fun to listen to little kid's conversations. 

My favorite of the night!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bed Rest

Sorry it has taken me longer than planned to get back to this blog.  This is my first time back in months and I just reread my last post and bursted into tears. I am BEYOND grateful for my healthy baby. With that said I am going to take the next few posts to play catch up so I can have this all down for personal reasons. I have so much to write that I find myself getting overwhelmed and not writing at all, which is not good. So it will be brief, chances are pretty high that most of this may not even make sense because the lack of comma's and things misspelled. I never said I was a great writer so be patient through this lol

I first off want to say how thankful I am for the overwhelming response I received on my last post. Within 24 hours of posting, I had over 5,000 page views and a ton of emails, texts, fb messages, packages etc. I was so overwhelmed by how kind people are and how willing they were to share their story with me. I am sorry if I have yet to personally write each one of your back, but please know how much it means to me to have all this support. I almost feel guilty. I had people of all different faiths write me to people who have gone through similar situations and it really has helped me through this time of my life.

So as for the quick update, on May 16th I went back to the specialist (this time with my mom) where I was told that my baby looks more developed! I was so excited by this news and for the past two weeks I just prayed and prayed that the brain would develop more to where this Doctor could at least confirm or deny if the cerebellum looked normal. I got the answer I was hoping for and couldn't be more thrilled. Now as far as the other factors with my baby they are still there and I actually have gone into labor and headed into the hospital. When there the specialist didn't inform my OB that he was sending me so the nurses didn't have any paperwork on me nor permission to run any tests so they sent me home. On Monday I got a call from my OB and she sent me directly to the hospital again because she said she got the medical records from my specialist and I was dilated far enough and contracting enough that I need to quickly get back to the hospital to stop my labor. I was 30 weeks. I knew I was laboring so I put myself on bed rest the since Saturday but I didn't think it was this bad. Once I got to the hospital they gave me a bunch of meds and shots in the butt and legs (OUCH) to try and stop my contractions. I then waited and waited. Nothing was working. I quickly called my husband to come and give me a blessing. He then later left to go back home to watch our son. Around 1 am I was given another type of steroid to stop my contractions. This time it was a more intense medication that was given to me in the form of a shot in my leg. The nurse then said she was going on break and would be back later to check on me. I said no problem but immediately after she shut the door it felt like venom running through my body and my body went into shock. I pressed the call button and couldn't speak or say anything but gasp for air. Quickly a number of nurses and Dr's ran into the room. Long story short I had a very bad reaction and I ended up shaking vigorously and i could see and hear the Dr's saying, "Bridget stay with us." I then heard a nurse say my legs were turning blue, to keep me awake, and to call for a EKG. Next thing I knew I was waking up to being undressed and having monitors all over my chest. The nurse said they got a hold of my contact person and let them know my heart and stopped and what my condition was. At this point I am so out of it but I guess my contact person was my mom. I have her number memorized and not my husbands lol... I guess that says something about who I call most. Anyways my mom is in Hawaii and gets this call and is freaking out. She calls my husband who doesn't answer after my mom called 5 times. (turns out he say her call and thought it was a butt dial because it was 2 am) So my mom calls my mother in law and so now she is freaking out and hurries over to my house and with a key gets inside and wakes up Chase to tell him the news. Poor guy, that is not a good way to be woken up. All that was said was Bridget's heart stopped and we need to get to the hospital. He was flipping. By the time he got to me I was okay and had been stabilized. I asked him to stay with me the rest of the time because I was scared. Fast forward and 2 days later I am out of the hospital on meds to stop my contraction and I am on strict bed rest. Fast forward some more and 8 weeks later of sitting in bed I was taken off and able to have my baby.

While on bed rest I had SO many people send me sweet gifts. SO many people take care of my sweet Jaxon and I really got to know my neighbors and ward members through this experience. It was hard. These last few months have been the hardest in my life, but it's through those trials we grow. I have grown so much closer to those around me and my savior. I am so grateful for this opportunity because there is no better way to get to know people REAL fast then having them serve you, do your hair, cook you food and heck, even shower you... (Allie are you reading this lol) I am grateful to my mom and mother in law who helped a lot during this time. I will for ever be appreciative for the love I felt. You never know how many love you until you need them. I was in shock how much support I have received during all of this. Next post will be the birth story.

 My mom teaching me how to keep a medical record book

(sexy I know)

This is for me to show Ashton how much I loved him to get this needle in the butt ;)

Jaxon saying he is going to "fix me all better"

A cute friend bringing over toys for Jax

my baby shower

Going into labor for the 3rd time but not the final time :)

*** I am aware there will be grammatical errors. Don't judge, I am typing fast to get caught up. If I sit and take all this time to proof read I will never get caught up. (yes mom this is for you who corrects all the places I needed a comma)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Introducing Ashton Brady Parry

July 16 at 5:52 weighing in at 7 lbs 11 oz this bundle of joy made quite an entrance into the world.

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