Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Morning

It's Sunday morning again, the beginning of a new week. Husband got home from work and slept all night in the chair (had I known I would have made him get up - his excuse: I fell asleep there). Still, I'm glad he got some sleep. The boys are fed, clean, and dressed for church. I'm getting there.

I'm fairly excited for this week. School starts (not that my children go to school) and that means S is coming back to our house. She's grown so much (eating solids, crawling, standing, cruising, etc.) and I know the boys will have fun with a new playmate in the house.

I'm hoping to get a Home Organization binder set up this week (mostly today) and try and do better with keeping up on household chores, dinner, time for me, etc. I have several crafts I want to finish, but I haven't been managing time well. I also plan on starting to do some homeschool preschool for H starting next week, so I've got to get all those schedule issues worked out this week too. Throw in lunch with two good friends on Wednesday and it is going to be a FULL week. Time to get started.

Monday, August 8, 2011

My First-born is 4!

I don't know where the time has gone, but my "little" H is now 4-yrs-old. We had his party on Saturday, and since then I've been telling him he's 4. He keeps telling me he wants to be 3.

It is so hard to believe that he isn't that little 7lb 4oz baby I had in the hospital. He's a 30lb little boy. He runs, jumps, and climbs. He's super active. He loves his brothers and he loves to wrestle/boss his brothers. He can be a huge helper in every  way possible. He talks constantly it seems (unless the t.v. is on). He makes connections like crazy, and he never forgets (an elephant was the perfect animal to pick for his nursery). He makes my life busy, crazy, hectic, and wonderful. I cannot imagine life without him, and I wouldn't want to!

My favorite picture from the hospital 
3 months old
6 months old
10 months old
1 yr.
2 yrs.
3 yrs.
4 yrs. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

H's Birthday Party

Today we had H's birthday party (he'll be 4 on Monday). We had a few friends and family over. I'm happy with how it went/turned out. The kids did well. H did well. Everyone seemed to have a good time.

I "made" some shirts for the kids to have as favors. I found shirts at the dollar store and then use freezer paper stenciling to paint a train on them. Those seemed to be a big hit, and some of the children even changed and wore them at the party. I was glad the shirts all seemed to fit and everyone liked them.
A couple smaller shirts 
The big kid shirts
After being washed

The next project was the birthday banner. I decided I wanted to do one (no idea why, thought it would be cute). I used the same train outline (from here) and printed it on colored cardstock. I love how it turned out. H liked it...and then he didn't care. :)

Last was the cake. H saw this cake on pinterest a few months ago and said he wanted it.
Click on picture to be taken to maker

Not too difficult, right? Yeah. Here's mine. Nothing like the original, but it was good enough for H which is all that matters...that and it tasted way better than it looked.

Anyway, the party was fun, the kids (and adults) enjoyed themselves, and we all took long naps when everyone left.

It was all I could do to get him to wait until everyone arrived to open presents.

Outside fun

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Unity Stamp Co.: Circles Challenge

I decided to participate in this month's Unity Challenge. The challenge was to use circles. I recently saw a sketch over at Studio Calico's blog and decided I wanted to give this a try with that sketch in mind. Here's what I came up with. I am loving the combination of these colors (though the teal and pink make it hard to photograph). I stamped the circles in pink, blue, and Versamark Dazzle Frost ink. Some of the teal circles are blank. I used stamps from the Le Chic, Lovely Bits & Baubles, and Sentiments O'Simple.

One of the circles is not overlapped like the rest because I liked the stamp's saying.
Stamps I used  (two upper left kits unknown)

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Different Type of Crafty

Most of my paper crafts are clean and simple - lines, symmetry, etc. A lot of the time I find myself looking for ways to add to the page because I put so little on and I want more dimension or texture. I still had some of those problems with this next project, but it's not my normal thing. I found a great e-card. As soon as I read the words, I knew I had a teacher friend who needed this card. I printed out the picture and was planning on a very simple card (picture glued to card front...done). That isn't what happened. I ended up using a larger print-out than originally planned. Then, for whatever reason, I matted it on a bright teal/blue paper. Then, I added hot pink paint. The list of thens goes on and on. I think I like the end result. I cannot explain everything on the card; I just did, I tried not to over think it or have a reason. Hopefully, if I can convince myself to still give her the card, she will like it. The plan (if I stick to it) is to write a little note about the beginning of school and give it to her in 3 weeks. No promises on that one, it might just become a just because card.

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Thanks for stopping by and looking.

***I feel the need to say that I've read all the books and seen the movies. If you don't like them, I can understand why and if you do, I get that too.