Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The Making of a Grandparents Photograph

My parents got out numbered with grandchildren when my sister had her oldest. It is just me and my younger sister. I have two kiddo's and she has two kiddo's.
kind of sweet since that is how we grew up (a family of four)

we went to visit my parents over the Memorial Day weekend at their lake house and the night before we left I mentioned to my sis that we needed to get a pic of mom and dad with the kids. that morning, mom mentioned that she wished she had gotten a picture of the two of them with the four kids.

we headed out to the front porch and set up.

I told them I was just getting the camera ready, which truly I was but then once I looked back through them I thought it would be fun to make this blog post about getting a picture with four children.

setting up here and figuring out where everyone should sit.
thank you mom for taking care of this.
(I sometimes fell like I am terrible at this)

the youngest is with Honey

now he is with Bear, and we still aren't ready

four out of the six but still cute

four out of the six again. this time one of them is different than the last picture

now only three of the six (come one people)

I would say this one is pretty great except for my son in the background, who had such a large piece of gum in his mouth it looked like he had chew in there.

wait, another almost good one. (note to self: next time we get a family picture with mom and dad, have kids spit out the gum)

sometime you just have to embrace the gum faced mouth and claim this one, THE ONE!

this one may be my favorite, even thought little girl isn't looking at the camera, I love her expression. the love

again another favorite even though golden boy has a silly face

and not matter how much I snap the break down happens at some point

 and I yell "ok silly picture"

which of course everyone loves

they were all really good sports to sit through all of the pictures, even though it happen so quickly.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What I learned May

That i can paint: my friend Kelly invited me to a paint party. I have only ever been to one other of these. it was strange going but overall i think we both did pretty good and now we can say we are painters.

here is the before. the instructor sketched a bit of a layout so we knew where and when we were painting

here are the two of us in different stages of our painting

here is another stage of my picture

trees added

i didn't like my swirls. they looked weird to me

the finished product

and both of us with our finished paintings

that i could be a farm girl: I went on a field trip with my daughters class to a local farm. fully functioning farm and I love every single but of it. I even got to milk a cow.

that we can have chickens (we will see if that happens): In keeping with the above farm theme I found out that we can indeed have chickens. I am hoping that works out.

that camping continues to be my favorite: this was the second year that we went camping with my parents and had a lot of fun. we added another day to the trip so that made it nice too. we ate some great food and went on a nice hike. and of course when Bear and Golden boy are together there is going to be fishing.

I am still in love with steel city pops: last year when i found our we were getting a steel city pops i wrote this post about all of the flavors that I wanted to try. (really i just want to try them all) but this month i had my first Popsicle of the summer, Avocado. it was amazing and reminded me oh how i love Steel City Pops. my other post lists some that i still have not tried but to add to the list here are a few more:
Cherry Sour Cream
Blood Orange
Champagne White Tea
Lavender Lemonade
Raspberry Lemon
Strawberry Balsamic

this is the last month that I will have a five year old: how did we get to this point. I mean wasn't is just yesterday that she was born.

Monday, May 02, 2016

What I learned in April...

1. Working out is hard work and not my favorite thing to do.
I have been working through my pin boards on Pinterest and am realizing that i am not crazy about this whole working out thing. I do enjoy the arm routines that I have done but everything else.....ugh. i can leave it. but i know that i am getting older and i need to stay healthy.
Here are my boards:
Awesome Arms Board
Workouts Board
Lean legs Board and Flat tummy Board

2. The end of the school year is rapidly approaching and I am ready of it, but also, not.
with only 15 and a half days left the race is on to finish out this year strong.

3. Walking with my friend has been one of my things I look forward to each week.
i met her when my son was 2 and i tell people that her daughter was his first friend. they were always so fun to watch play together. we don't attend the same church anymore but i love that we can still connect almost every week over a hour and a half or so of some intense walking and talking. she is a runner but i am thankful that she humors me and chooses to walk with me once a week. i am so blessed by our time together.

4. Watching my son play baseball gets better every game.
check him out here at one of his recent games

5. Hard work pays off.
little girl has been getting better and better at gymnastics every week. her coach was out for two weeks and she has been working on a bunch of different things with her but her cartwheel was one of them. over the two weeks she was off, little girl has gotten surprisingly better at it. she practices more. i think she was afraid of really getting those legs up and over and what would happen but one day she just did it. there was a lot of hooting and hollering on my part. i was pretty excited for her.

Teacher Appreciation

I was looking all over for a cute way for my kids to bring their teacher a Starbucks gift card this week for Teacher Appreciation week and I came across this link at Thrifty NW Mom.
Pinterest has a ton of links to other ways you can do this but this was just happened to be my favorite.

this is the final project!
I just need to have the kids sign their name to the card and we are done.

supplies needed:
bakers twine or regular twine
Starbucks card
coffee sleeve holder
(I just asked the lady at Starbucks if I could grab two, she smiled and said that was fine and thought it would be a cute addition to the card.)
and the printable from Thrifty NW Mom here

this is what one side of the coffee sleeve looked like

this is what the other side of it looked like

I cut the one side off and then it fit on the printable cup better

see, looks like a real Starbucks cup.

you can see that when you cut the coffee sleeve it comes apart

I used some double stick tape to attach the two ends together

then  slid the gift card into the sleeve and taped the sleeve onto the printable card.

They gave me this gift card holder so I decided to tape it to the back of the card with the total amount that is on the gift card. then I wrapped the card in the bakers twine.

fun easy teacher appreciation gift and a quick way for me to get my craft on. thank you Thrifty NW Mom for the great idea and printable.