Thursday, August 21, 2014

Post Bath Bundles

We love wrapping up the boys in little burritos after their bath.  Nothing cuter than watching them waddle to their rooms all wrapped up like this!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Scrappin Sunday

Scrambling to finish this before the new baby comes! Progressing slowly but surely!

Blessing Day 2 3-4-12 Blessing Day 3-4-12 First Smiles 3-20 and 3-24-12 Gand G Brown pics with sam and luke 3-2012 Pouty Crys 3-13-12 Precious Sleeping BabyI hope all the pages in the book come together looking awesome.  Sometimes I think each page next to another might just look like a huge hot mess with no sense of flow—sometimes i care and sometimes I don’t! I will still probably love looking at the book even if it is a mish mash of designs!

Friday, August 08, 2014

Summer Rain

There has been a lot of rain lately this month, but we don’t let it get in our way too much!

We love the rain, the coolness it brings and how fun it can be to splash around!DSC_8764-2 DSC_8770-2

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

July's Misc Pics

Sam decided to pile all the pillows and all his toys onto Daddy
  
Watching a movie together
 
Luke pretty much plays Legos constantly!

My little Sam has become quite a phone/tablet junkie.  He plays any time anywhere. These were cute because of how he was positioning himself on the bed in such a teenager-like way.  Made me laugh.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Museum of Natural Curiosity

My Parents flew in from Ohio for a week in July and we did lots of fun things!  My sister and all her kids met up with us and we went to Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Natural Curiosity for the first time. 

Sam was bored waiting for our turn in line.  DSC_8692

The wind station DSC_8694 

Sam and Mara liked throwing the balls on the spinning wheel in the middleDSC_8702

This was a washing machine—Sam stayed here a long time! DSC_8705

Luke was manning the clothes dryer DSC_8707

This was probably Sam’s favorite place to play!  It was an Animal Hospital.  You could put stuffed animals on the Xray machine and it would show the Xray of that animal! DSC_8708 DSC_8710 DSC_8713Sam was mostly overwhelmed by all the people in the entire museum, so he was happy to find a quiet corner and build tall towers with these cut wood pieces while Luke drew some pictures at the next table.  DSC_8716 DSC_8717 DSC_8718 DSC_8722 DSC_8731

Luke liked looking at all the bugs in the little glass cubes with the microscope (joined by his cousins) DSC_8736 DSC_8738

Sam was more than ready to leave and he found solace in playing phone games.   DSC_8740 Not pictured:

The grocery store was a favorite—Sam and Luke played there a long time collecting and sorting out all the vegetables. 

There was also a little toddler area where Sam had fun feeding the bunny’s carrots and beets. 

There was a fun little station that you could build a house on sand and then make an earthquake happen to see if your house would stand.

There were a lot of great places to explore, but there were a LOT of kids running around and Sam got really overwhelmed.  He liked the places where there weren’t very many kids around the best. 

Overall we had a great time and I’m glad we could check it out with Grandma and Grandpa and all the cousins! Thanks, Family!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Luke’s Lego Birthday Party

This party was fairly easy to throw together—especially with the help of my mom and hubby who helped me do all the decorating the night before! My mom blew up a ton of balloons—would have taken this breathless pregnant girl 10 times as long to do that! And hubby did all the climbing on step stools to reach the higher decorating (definitely a no no for me!) 

There are so many great ideas on the web that it’s super easy to plan a great Lego party!  I even crossed off a bazillion things that weren’t needed (like a piƱata) and the party still turned out perfect!

First here is the invitation-- I made this in Photoshop and printed them as 5x7 photos at Costco (cheap).  Luke had fun delivering them to his friends. Lego Invitation smudged

Here is the happy birthday boy and his little brother ;)  I made Luke’s shirt (you can find cheap t-shirts at Hobby Lobby or Walmart) using a freezer paper stencil and fabric paint (image at the end of post)DSC_8594-2

Our growing family! DSC_8596-2
The spread: DSC_8606-2

Party Favor Bags: cut out construction paper circles and attached them to these party bags (hobby lobby) for favor bags.  We filled them with Lego sugar cookies that I made and each kid got a Lego car kit, glow sticks and random candy. 

Mega Bloks were used to make holders for the eating utensils, napkins and plates!

We used these printables (deliacreates) to cover juice boxes

I made Lego faces on my computer and cut them out using my vinyl cutter then I just stuck them on these yellow cups for popcorn (Luke LOVES popcorn!) (download below)

I made these sugar cookies (Our Best Bites) and used M&M’s to make them look like Lego Bricks.  Luke was a great helper sorting out all the colored M&M’s for me!DSC_8612-2

The Cake!!  I make the Lego bricks using melting chocolates (Wilton brand/ Wal-Mart or craft stores all carry them in lots of colors) and Lego molds (Amazon).   It took me a long time to figure out how I wanted his cake to look, but we settled with simple ;) Then, as usual, it took 2 days to make it and decorate it!DSC_8608-2

Hubby hang all these balloons and streamers for me!DSC_8616-2

I enlisted hubby to build Luke’s name out of Duplos for the mantle and then my mom blew up and hung all these balloons!  DSC_8619-2 DSC_8621

For one of our games just there on the side for whenever kids wanted to do it, I made this Lego Man bean bag toss. I covered a box in wrapping paper, cut out the Lego Head (image at end of post) on 12x12 scrapbook paper and then cut out his mouth.   I didn’t grab a picture of the Lego bean bags but they were super easy to make!  Just cut squares out of felt, hot glue them together, fill with rice and then glue on circle felt of the same color to make them look like Lego bricks.  Then play Feed the Lego Man :) DSC_8622 DSC_8625-2

I made a crayon container with legos and printed off all kinds of Lego Coloring pages off the internet. Something to do waiting for all the kids to arrive. DSC_8615-2 
Also had this table set up for kids to play and build whenever they wanted to.  DSC_8654-2

We had a bunch of really easy games planned, but with the coloring pages and the table for building legos, the kids were pretty content.  We played just 2 games.  The first one we just see who could build the tallest tower without it falling over in 2 minutes! DSC_8635 DSC_8636

The second game we had a bowl of 10 small Lego bricks and the kids had to carry them over one by one on a spoon to the empty bowl.  The team that gets them all over to the other side first wins! DSC_8641 DSC_8644
 We had a pizza break in there since it was close to lunch time. DSC_8658

Then we opened presents DSC_8665
{i love how Sam is laying with his head resting on his hand in this picture} DSC_8667-2

Then it was the long anticipated time for CAKE! As always, Luke was really excited about his cake. DSC_8673-2

Lastly, I made kids take pictures in front of these giant Lego bricks I made out of dollar store table clothes and plates. 

Here is one zoomed out to give a better idea of what they looked like.  They were hung up on the big wall in our front entry so it was the first thing people saw when they came in!DSC_8593

This was the best shot I got of all the friends and cousins that could come!  Notice that stinker Sam only let his legs make an appearance (far left).  DSC_8683-2 I think this was the best and easiest party to put together that I’ve done so far!  I’m super happy with how it went and the kids had a lot of fun!  Thanks to everyone that could help out, attend and make it happen!
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For those of you wanting some help with the cut outs here are the black silhouetted jpegs (see my printables tab for tips on downloading these to your computer)

Once saved to your computer, you should be able to use the “trace” option and cut them out with your vinyl cutter.  I use SCAL and a Cricut Expression and these worked great. 
 
The Bean Bag toss Lego Head: one with the face and one without.  I cut it out of 12x12 yellow paper and then blackened in the eyes and eyebrows with marker.
 

The faces for the cups 

This is the image I made for Luke’s shirt.  Cut it out of freezer paper, ironed it on and then painted it with fabric paint.  One with a 6 (the one I used) and one without. 
 

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