Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Scrappin'

Maybe it's the fact that a new baby will be in our lives in just a few months, but I got the feeling that I'd better finish Sam's baby book before she gets here!  So tonight I worked on the last two pages of Sam's first month. (oi, 11 more months worth to go!)

The caption reads: 
Our neighbor and friend, Ashley
gifted us a free newborn photo shoot
and came over this morning to
capture these sweet moments for us.
I will ever be grateful to have these
 pictures with my little Sam. 


Thursday, June 05, 2014

Katie Turns 28

It’s so funny when I have my birthday because in my head I’ve already been 28 for a few months.  Now I’m officially 28.

Had a great birthday yesterday! A Morning at the Playground with my sister, niece and nephews. Birthday phone calls from my parents and all my brothers. I took a nice looooong nap in the afternoon.  Birthday flowers and a funny card from the hubby--who also did all the dishes and did his best to make my birthday special. We ate Cafe Rio, made a pie together for my birthday cake and then watched the Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Only two more years left of my twenties! We didn't get to eating the pie until this morning. Sam kept blowing out my candles before I could get to them--I need to start recording birthday cake moments because they are so funny.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Camera Shy--Luke

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These two pictures were included in the graduation pictures from a Camera Shy Photo shoot near the end of Luke’s preschool days.  I need to learn their tricks so I can get such cute faces from this kid! I also think I need to take Sam into their studio because that kid is such a wiggle worm I can’t get any decent shots these days!! 

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Asleep on the Floor

Even at 2 1/2 Sam is taking rock-solid naps…

However on Sunday we usually have to skip it since we have church from 1-4 in the afternoon (aka, right at naptime!)  This particular Sunday he fell asleep watching Toy Story 3.  Poor kid just couldn’t last. DSC_8261 DSC_8263 PS this never happens! 

Monday, June 02, 2014

Mother’s Day Gift Idea

My friend, Chandee needed help with her project, and in the process I ended up making on of my own for my own mom! 

This is a quick, easy and cheap project with lots of love and sentiment attached!

SUPPLIES: Apron (found at Hobby Lobby (less than $5) + Fabric paint + remnant of ribbon or fabric or both for the embellishing. DSC_7881

First wash the apron and iron out wrinkles.

Then take a 2 inch wide and about 1 1/2 the width of the apron long piece of fabric.  Sew a basting stitch down the center and pull the strings to gather it making a ruffle.  Sew the ruffle near the bottom of the apron.  I also made a flower to embellish the top part of the apron.  Then I sewed a ribbon right down the stitching of the ruffle to add just a little more embellishment.    

I was originally only going to take the handprints of my own kids, but then I realized I have all of my mom’s grandkids living within 10 minutes of my house so why not grab them all?!  Squirt some fabric paint on a paper plate, use a foam brush and paint a good amount onto the child’s hand and press onto the apron.  You need to have a generous amount so that it shows up on the apron.  You could practice on a separate piece of fabric until you get the desired consistency—but it’s likely that grandma will love it no matter what :)

Later than evening after the handprints have dried, write the names above the prints using the fabric paint.  Mine was a kind that had a good tip already good for writing—otherwise you could use a sharpie paint pen or maybe a fabric marker to write the names.  You could also create name stencils and then brush on the fabric paint to fill them in.

Wrap, package and ship!  A one-day project—let dry overnight and it’s ready to go!

PS My own mom loved hers and wore this proudly to an event she was helping with in a kitchen!   

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The Button Jar

{May 9, 2014}

Looking for a way to keep your toddler busy for a long time?

Enter the button jar. 

Ok, it’s not really meant to be a playtime activity—but Sam sure does love it!  DSC_7891 DSC_7892 DSC_7895 DSC_7899 A warning: Creates a giant mess that is sort of a pain to clean up.  So there is definitely a trade off to this busy activity!  It’s ok, though, the button jar only comes out every so often. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hubby turns 31

The hubby requested an ice cream cake this year—We went with a Cold Stone cake this time!

DSC_8266 DSC_8268 DSC_8270 DSC_8273 DSC_8278 It was a monster huge cake for just our little family—needless to say there’s still some out in the freezer!

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