Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kids Wreath for Autumn

 The girls and I wanted to do something to bring fall to our house so I threw together this so very simple craft in, like, 5 seconds.

You'll need:

  • a paper plate for each
  • crayons/markers/anything to color with
  • glue
  • pretty paper
  • scissors
  • yarn, ribbon, or string to hang your finished wreath with
  • not pictured, but I also grabbed some twigs from our back yard for more texture



First, cut the center out of each paper plate.



Have the kids color their wreath forms. 
Encourage them to fill up as much white space with color as they can.

While the kids color their wreath forms, you can cut out a bunch of "leaves" from the paper. 
I just free-handed each one but if you'd like to make a stencil you could.
Of course, if you have older kids who can handle scissors, they could do this step themselves. 


Once everyone is done coloring, cover the form in glue. 
I also did this step for my little girls and they were happy to follow along pressing on their paper leaves and twigs.




For anything that didn't seem to be attached very securely, I went over it with the rubber cement glue we used and it dried clear. 
Once all the glue has dried, tie some string around it and hang it!


As promised, so simple and it's a good way to let your kids help transition their home into a new season. 
Plus it's just nice to do something fun like this together. 
I wish we did it more. 
This one was a winner for us and I hope your kids like it too. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Two Projects

I'm not sure both of these can really be called projects.

Both both were ideas that had been pinging around in my head for a while and I finally got them out into our real world.

First (and the least worthy of being called a "project) was reorganizing and writing on labeling my daughters' dresser they share.



 My girls are fourteen months apart in age but are now wearing the same size clothes.
Until recently, they each had two drawers for their own clothes in a small four drawer dresser.
This was becoming a silly solution because I would want a shirt for one but but it would be stored in her sister's drawer.
I was constantly opening and closing drawers over and over again to find this one top.
Easy solution: combine 'em. Duh.
Now everything is completely shared.
Of course, let's take the accessibility to the next level and write all over label the drawers so it's easy for sitters and grandparents and dad to find what the girls need.

For the labeling I just used a chalk marker.

Inexpensive, fool proof, and easily wiped away. 


Of course I embellished a bit with it too. 
Go crazy!
Remember: it wipes away. 



Next on the docket....

An honest to goodness project that I am so stoked is finally done!

We had this nice blank wall in our living room that would be a perfect place for some snapshots.
So after looking around for some inspiration, I landed on this idea from www.kellimurray.com....


I ordered a bunch of my favorite shots of this summer as 4x4's from Shutterfly.


Then I found some sturdy branches in our yard (one for a top support and one for a bottom), trimmed them to 3 feet long, and painted them white.
I taped each to my kitchen table 3 feet apart and strung them with copper wire.

Once I hung the structure, I attached all of my photos somewhat randomly to the wire.


We're all in love with the finished product.
And I really like that the pictures can easily be switched out for new ones.
I'd like to get a photo box to keep close by to store the removed ones.
It would be fun to flip through those.

It feels so good to get some stuff done.
This has been a full, fun summer and that has meant that home things have been kept to a minimum.
But I'm starting to feel the pull towards fall.
I'm wanting to prepare our space and things for the seasons to change. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Post #2

One of the biggest things that keep me from blogging regularly like I used to is dealing with all the photos!
I take pictures of EVERYTHING these days.

Every moment with little kids seems like something you'd want to remember in 50 years when they're grown and your just remembering....
Plus of course all those little people of yours are moving CONSTANTLY so you have to take a bajillion shots to get a good one (read: in focus and not a blurry mess)

To weed through all those test shots, edit a handful of good ones, and finally post them is a task.
Plus to delete even one of those bad pictures feels a little like deleting a memory, no matter how brief or bad the shot was.

Agh.
And of course I make more of than it needs to be.
No wonder I'm lucky to post once a month!
Ha!

Anyways, I did it.
I went through my bajillions of ordinary moments captured and here are a few for my books to remember when I'm 70.....

Let's kick this off right:

I think this look promotes fear rather than festivity.
Also note the doubled up glasses. 

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Lots of swimming at a local state park. 
It has one of those great zero entry pools that are fantastic for our young crew. 

This hair!!
He did actually get a BIG haircut a few days after this. 
His beautiful locks were just a bit too much though I love long hair on little boys.

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We were planning on going to a family reunion on the 4th of July.
It turned out to be a messy, rainy, gloomy day so we brought the kids to see Finding Dory. 
I thought it was "ehhh" but the girls liked it :)

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The rest of that week, Adam went with our student ministries to church camp in Ohio.
I was able to fly over and visit for a day in a small private plane flown by a man who goes to our church!



Needless to say, it was awesome!
The whole day just felt like an extravagant, sweet gift straight from God. 
Seriously. 
I felt like I was on an all day date....... with Him!


When Adam came home at the end of the week, he was well missed and well loved. 

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The following week, we had a birthday girl to celebrate!









We kept this little 2 year old's birthday very small with swimming, 
a family dinner, and a couple gifts the day of. 
The following Saturday we went to a splash pad with some friends and cousins. 
It was really fun.

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Adam's sister Allison was nearby staying with Adam's parents for the week so we made of point of spending the day with her. 

She bought the kids these great bubble guns!
So that occupied an afternoon. 

While the girls were happy playing, we went off on own.



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Last week was filled with day camp at our church. 
We had about 50 kids take part each day with breakfast + lunch, games, crafts, songs, a skit, and a short lesson taught by Adam. 
I got no pictures except the last day when we had water day and a big blow up slip in slide was set up. 


Our oldest getting her druthers and getting to be in charge of the hose. 

And you better believe we got in on that!
Actually I was the first one to "test the waters" before the kids got to it!
I think I know what I want for my upcoming birthday....

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The last big event of July was a young adult retreat. 
The group stayed the night on a nearby lake taking in a couple study sessions on a chapter in the Psalms. 
The second day of the retreat was spent out on the lake boating and tubing. 

I was able to make it out that day and brought Sweetums as my side kick. 


Miss Emily and Lauren out on their flamingos.






So that's it for now. 

Lots of fun, lots of sun, lots of gratitude. 
There's still a whole 'nother month of summer!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Busy, Lazy, Fun, Full, Sunny Summer Days

How far back to I want to go?
I feel like summer really did start on Memorial day when Adam hosted a cookout for our young adult ministry.
It was at a local tree farm of a family that goes to our church.



It was just warm and bright, the kids played in the trees and on the swing set, we roasted hot dogs and 'mallows to make s'mores, played and talked until the sun went down......
What else is that but three months of summer concentrated into one evening?



And not that it's been nothing else ever since, but for the last month it's pretty much been nothing else.
Ha!
Lots of campfires and bug bites and watermelon and swimming and sweet tea and swim stuff drying in the sun.....then getting rained on...... then drying out again (it's a cycle).

We went away for a week in the middle of June to spend some time cabin camping on a lake with Adams parents, brother and his family.









On our week away, we ate a lot (and well), we hiked nearly everyday, slept in, and took naps.
I read whenever I could (wish I brought more reading material along).
The girls ran wild with their cousins between our cabin, Mamaw and Papa's cabin, and the cousin's cabin. 
One day we rented a boat which is very high on the priority list when we get away. 
There's nothing like a day out in the sun and water then coming home tired, happy and sun kissed smothered. 













Time away from the normal places and routines is magical.
If you can make it happen, do it!
Even if just a staycation.
It counts.
It was too long since the last time we took a timeout.
We won't go so long between breathers this time.

Of course since making it home, the days have easily filled up.

Softball games and playing in the dirt


Happy hour at Sonic

To cap of June, Adam and I celebrated 7 years of marriage and the 1st anniversary of living in our home. 
We made a chill day of it soaking up our kids, heading out on our own for dinner to stuff ourselves with sushi, and ending it with a good old movie night. 

I'm in love with that man. 
The things God has done in my life through him. 
The things I get to watch God do in Adam's life. 
It's crazy. 
It's a crazy honor and privilege. 
Plus on top of all that honor and privilege, it's just crazy fun. 

July looks like it will be flying by as quickly as June did. 
With church camp (which I get to visit!), a birthday girl to celebrate, and our church's day camp, I'm sure I'll have another boatload of pictures to dump soon. :)

Hopefully I'll get around to doing it in more regular, bite sized chunks like I used to
Hopefully.