Today I decided to try to get some fun pictures of the kids. Whenever I make the decision to take pictures where the kids are supposed to “pose” it never quite works out. Actually, that may be the understatement of the year. You can’t possibly imagine what I went through to get the picture I used in last years Christmas card… But I must have woke up on the crazy side of the bed today since I felt like trying some posed-for photos again.
I took the kids chalk and set out to the garage (we don’t keep our cars in there most of the time and today was no different) I had this cute idea of drawing a set of balloons with strings hanging from them and having my oldest son “hang on” to the strings while holding hands with his siblings. If this would have worked according to plan– the kids would have looked like they were floating away with the balloons. Notice how I emphasized the word “if.” Instead, this is what we ended up with…
I’m working with toddlers and a 10 month old… I really need to lower the “bar” for picture expectations. I was not only asking them all to look in the same direction at the same time, but I was also asking for them all to stay still at the same time, smile at the same time and I clearly was out of my league here. My 10 month old is mobile now– there is no way IN HELL that he was gonna lay down for this picture, let alone look at me and smile. The other two were just so excited about the idea of playing with chalk that they could care less about posing for my picture.
I did draw some other scenarios for them to pose in… Here is my little girl with the princess crown that I drew for her.
And here is my big guy posing in the car that I made just for him…
And finally here is a slightly blurry shot of my baby boy (I’ll take what I can get) sitting with the moon and stars that I drew for him…
WARNING: Trying this out with young kids like mine, seriously had me sweating it was so difficult. I desperately wanted a good shot of them individually, and then all together… But don’t do what I did; Instead, take it with a grain of salt and just have fun with it. Once I let go of my expectations for the picture… we had A LOT more fun :) If you are daring enough to try this out with your kids I would love to see the pictures! Hopefully your children are more cooperative than my monsters
After being away from the blog for a few days… I am back with a helpful tip for ribbon storage! I was taking care of some serious spring cleaning (I tend to get very messy when I’m crafting) when I realized how entangled my ribbons were! This is not all of my ribbons but just the ones that would fit in this basket. I am beyond thankful that I remembered this little storage tip on Pinterest and finally put it to use.
Simply arrange your various ribbons in your plastic basket (with slots or holes) and pull a small amount of your ribbon through different holes! SO EASY!
Browsing through other blogs today, I came across this and thought it was great. Obviously I am compelled to share it with everyone :)
The Mommy Test
I was out walking with my then 4 year old daughter. She picked up
something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth.
I asked her not to do that.
“Because it’s been laying outside and is dirty and probably has
At this point, she looked at me with total admiration and
asked, “Wow! How do you know all this stuff?”
“Uh,” I was thinking quickly, “…everyone knows this stuff. Um,
it’s on the Mommy test. You have to know it, or they don’t let you
be a Mommy.”
“Oh.” We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was
evidently pondering this new information.
“I get it!” she beamed. “Then if you flunk, you have to be the
….Hahaha, I need to post this somewhere in the house where my husband will HAVE to see it ;)
Is it strange that even though my husband had an unexpected day off and was home to help out today… I felt more stressed than normal? He helps a lot and I want to be sure that I am giving him credit for that but, it seems as though it’s one more person to take care of despite the fact that he is a fully capable adult. Anyway– I made this wine-cup a week or two ago and tonight was the first time I actually used it :) It is a little rough around the edges but I figure after a few glasses of wine that I wont be able to notice… or simply wont care lol.
There are some instructions on how to paint a wine glass and here is the run down:
-clean your wine glass with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry completely
-Trace your design using a fine tip sharpee (or free hand it if your art skills are good enough)
-Use enamel paint to apply your design
-Allow it to dry overnight
-Place the glass upside down on a foil lined cookie sheet and place in an unheated oven. Once the glass is inside, THEN begin to heat the oven to 325°
-Leave the glass in the oven for 10 minutes (while the oven is in the process of heating) and then turn the oven off once the 10 minutes are up. Allow the glass to remain inside for another 25 minutes while the oven is off and cooling down.
-Remove glass from oven… using oven mitts (I shouldn’t have to state this, but you would be surprised…)
-Again allow the glass to stay on the counter overnight before washing and using it
I made these back in September for MJ and Kaydence and they LOVED it. I was new to the “stay at home mom” thing and was trying to figure out ways to keep them entertained and happy… while giving me a little break. I would much rather be wiping off their little fingers and helping them paint than battle them all day about screaming, fighting and running all over the house. This was one of the first, if not the first, crafty thing that we all did together here in Oklahoma and for that reason, the pictures they painted that day are still proudly displayed on my refrigerator :)
When I made these fingerpaints, I had no intention of beginning a blog; therefore, I did not take pictures of every step. If you need visuals, check out Penniless Parenting— they used the same recipe that I did and they have the pictures you need :)
You will need:
4 tbsp sugar (granulated)
1/2 cup corn starch
2 cups water
Baby food jars (or other small containers)
-In a medium sized pan- combine your sugar, corn starch and water. Mix these ingredients well, ensuring that you remove all of the lumps. Some people use a fork for this but I prefer a whisk.
-Next, stir your mixture while heating it on high. DO NOT STOP MIXING. Your mixture will thicken, remove from heat.
-Divide the mixture you have created amongst your emptied, cleaned and dried baby food jars. Once you have divided your mixture amongst the jars, add a few drops of food coloring into your jar and mix well. Add a few more drops until you reach the color you would like. The lighter your color is INSIDE the jar…the lighter your color will be on the PAPER.
**Make sure to work relatively quickly when adding your colors to the jar…the food coloring combines the best while the mixture is warm.
-Allow your fingerpaints to cool (I let them cool overnight) and have fun :)
I am a mess. It’s ridiculous and it’s reaching new levels.
I came to this conclusion at 2am when I was searching my dark living room for my remote control with this Thomas the Train flashlight…
I am a 27 year old, mother of 3 and this is how I try to find things in the dark. I don’t know what is worse– the fact that I was using this particular flashlight, that I was up at 2am knowing my 10 month old will be up in 5 hours, or the fact that I spent all day looking for a remote control so that I didn’t have to walk over to the television to turn the channel.
1) I was only 6 feet away from my living room light switch, but the train-flashlight was closer.
2) Yes, the baby will be up in just a few hours…but that’s how desperate I am for alone time. With enough silence so that I can think, or not think, but at least just have some part of my day where I am not the juice-fetcher, butt-wiper, booboo kisser, referee, encyclopedia, chef, actress, and one-woman-show.
3) I am that spoiled. Watch live tv that includes COMMERCIALS?! No thank you. Walk 7 or 8 feet everytime I want to change the channel or adjust the volume? No thank you.
…I’m a mess. But at least I make myself laugh :P Good news though! I found the remote ;) Thanks, Thomas!