Father's Day Pictures
Monday, June 20, 2011

For Father's Day, I surprised Jonathan with pictures of the kids, captured beautifully by my friend Danielle of Jubilee Photography.  I love every one of these shots!

Miracle of miracles, the kids managed to keep the pictures a secret until Father's Day, when we gave him a few framed images for his office.

Just a few of some of my favorites:

When you're in the market for pictures, give my lifelong friend Danielle a call! She is great with kids and adults alike.  Call her at 806.281.7272, or visit her website, Jubilee Photography

Boredom Busters #3: MUTANTS
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I'm not sure the thought process that lead up to the boys asking, "Can we turn some of our stuffed animals into mutants?", but my answer was "Uhhh...okay?  Sure?"



At some point during this project, I was hit with the realization that my boys are Sid.  You know..."that ain't no happy child" Sid from Toy Story.

But I pushed that thought aside and kept teaching them how to use a needle and thread.  At least a useful skill came out of their mild deviance, right?

Dino head, hippo body, with dog tail and ear happens to be my favorite.

As for this little girl, she wanted no part of mutant-izing her stuffed animals, and kept her favorites held close:


Lucky 13
Monday, June 13, 2011

Today we celebrate 13 years of marriage.  13 years on June 13th.  In some ways it seems like our wedding ceremony just happened 5 minutes ago...in other ways it seems like we've lived and loved through more than could possibly fit into just 13 years.

Grateful for this man, who I love at least 13 times more deeply than I did 13 years ago.

The Groom
June 13th, 1998

I feel it noteworthy to mention that this week, after 13 years of marriage, he moved the q-tip box from his bathroom drawer to mine.  I guess after 13 years he was tired of the box taking up his drawer real estate and decided it was time for my drawer to carry the burden.  Someone remind me 2024 that it's his turn to have the q-tip box back....

Boredom Buster #2
Friday, June 10, 2011

JoAnn's Fabric and Craft store has "Creativity for Kids" sets on sale for $3.99. There was lots of choices, but the kids chose the "Rock-a-Doodle" set:

The set comes with rocks, paint, glue, feathers, and felt; kids use their imaginations to make their creation. (Or, copy something off the box.  Whichever the case may be.)

Lauryn: "girl with skirt and bow" (She used some fabric from my scrap pile.)

Ryan:  "frog with faux hawk"

Dylan:  "crazy hair polka dot bird"

Kids loved it and give it a "9 out of 10" on the fun scale.  (Uh...it's worth mentioning they're really easy to impress.)

My review: the glue that comes with the kit is worthless.  I had to get out my hot glue gun to make the feathers and felt stick.  Otherwise - fun!  And sharing the paint and supplies is a good lesson in sibling cooperation. And patience.  (for both you and kids)

Aren't their critters cute? I'm kinda partial to Dylan's bird.


My most favorite make-up bag ever.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sometimes it's the little things, and this little thing makes me happy in a big way.  Coated in vinyl so it wipes down easily.  Lots of room.  Rectangular ,with sturdy sides so you can find the make-up you're huntin' without everything dropping to the bottomless pit of a typical bag.  

I couldn't find it online, but at my CVS it was $9.99 and I found it by the make-up.  


Boredom Buster
Monday, June 6, 2011

Michael's craft store has these 3D puzzles for $1.00-$4.00.  This dino was the $1.00 variety.  Comes in raw wood, fun to assemble then paint:


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