Thursday, May 14, 2015

Easter in May

Who says you can't dye eggs once Easter is over?!?

I had purchased a bunch of Kool-aid packets to dye eggs with before Easter, but somehow it didn't happen. I finally made time for it today! 

For the record, using Kool-aid makes some nice vibrant colors, but it's rather messy and doesn't stick to the eggs very well. It stains hands and countertops brilliantly, though!! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Flowers

The best thing about experiencing our first Spring in a new house is the surprise of all sorts of spring flowers blooming. First came the pink hyacinths, then the yellow daffodils, and lastly, pink and purple tulips blooming most recently. I've never had tulips, and now that I do, I think they're the definition of Spring. Once I realized how many we had coming, I was anxiously awaiting the right time to pick them and put them in a tall vase.

Unfortunately. Addy wasn't aware of my plans when she decided to pick some tulips while playing outside one day. She came bursting in excitedly holding 7 tulips with stems about 3" long. 

I wanted to be angry, but the smile on her face wouldn't let me. There are plenty of tulips left to pick with proper long stems, and I believe I made the best of things:

This now greets me at the front door, and I can't help but smile. 

It's official...I'm a Soccer Mom!

Based on previous failed attempts at organized group activities and classes for Addy, I have been reluctant to post about her latest adventure for fear of spoiling the success. However, last Friday we made it through the THIRD practice/game of a local soccer league!! A third session is the farthest we've ever made it, so I feel comfortable posting it now.

Addy has genuinely enjoyed playing. She does relatively well with following instructions, and she's not at all afraid to steal the ball away from the other team. Getting the ball in the net, however, is an area for improvement, as she is just happy to kick it not caring what direction it goes! 

When Fridays roll around, she's excited and has zero complaints about suiting up for the sport. She goes on the field with enthusiasm, and gives us a periodic thumbs up throughout the session. 

Watching her out there - participating, learning, trying, improving, smiling...this could be the most fun I've had as a mom. I hope I get to be a soccer mom next year too! But if not, I know I'll enjoy watching her participate in whatever activity she might have a desire to try. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Magnetic Personality

Momma has a new hobby, and she's selling the output on Etsy. Trying to at least...

Stylish glass bubble magnets, handmade  by yours truly. Magnetic Personality is the name I wanted for my shop...because my magnets have personality! Sadly, that name was not available on all outlets - Etsy, Pinterest, and Facebook - so I had to come up with a second choice. 

So there you have it, my shop is The Magnetorium. I consulted with my favorite curious monkey for the idea...

(Insert clip of Curious George episode in which they visit the museum's newest exhibit: The Magnetorium. Use your imagination because I can't get it to insert!) 

Hopefully, I make some sales. But if not, I'm having fun creating them! And there is sure to never be a shortage of magnets around to display Addy's artwork on the fridge! 

My shop:



Friday, March 13, 2015

Achievement Unlocked: Coloring

And just like that, my completely reluctant colorer has found her groove...

Check out that rainbow on the Care Bears picture! I am one impressed mama! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What a difference a wash makes

Angel Teddy before and after her adventure in the washing machine. Holy cow, she's like a brand new bear! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How to give Grandpa a heart attack...

Show him a photo of his 4 year old granddaughter using a serrated knife to cut cherry tomatoes in half.

Just so you know, Grandpa, she cut up the entire container without so much as a surface scrape. And she couldn't have been more proud of herself. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tea for Two

As I made my evening cup of tea a few nights ago, Addy asked if she could have a cup with me. She chose a vanilla flavored tea and insisted upon using a REAL mug, so she could be just like me.

After her first sip, she said so matter-of-factly, "I'm growing on up, Mom."

Sometimes I want her to grow up faster, and other times I want her to go back to being two. This time, during our tea for two, I cherished the moment, and enjoyed her just the way and age she is. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Our New Baby

Matt and I have been trying for 18 of the last 21 months to make baby #2. No positive pregnancy test to date. So you know what they say...those who can't make a baby, get a dog!

Introducing Brutus, our new puppy!

He is going to be B.I.G. And I'm not sure what I'll think then about our decision to bring him home today, but for now, he's "totes adorbs" as the youngins would say. 

He has picked his favorite spot in the house:

Yeah, he looks super cute sleeping on the pile of shoes, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before he's chewing them! 

Day 1 house training score: Puppy 3, Trainers 0. He has peed twice and pooped once, all indoors (and thankfully on the hard floors). But we are getting better at reading his signals, and as he grows he will get better bladder control. That's enough talking about "as he grows", because right now I just want to enjoy his wittle fwoppy ears and his wittle squishy face and his wittle puppy kisses! 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas with kids is so magical and fun! Here is a roundup post featuring most of our Christmas happenings:

Addy and her new neighbor friend helped prep the popsicle sticks for a Santa craft...

Four kids each made one Santa. I love how different they are! Addy's Santa is the bottom right one. 

We found a cute Hello Kitty cookie kit to make cookies for Santa:

Addy insisted on leaving ALL the cookies out for Santa, so she was disappointed on Christmas morning to find lots of cookies left on the plate. Mrs. Claus had eaten two of them (-: 

Our neighborhood held a kids Christmas party at the clubhouse, complete with stories from Santa and Elsa! 


Addy finally got up enough courage to sit on Santa's lap! She wouldn't talk to him, but she insists she will do that when she is five. 

And lastly, my favorite family Christmas tradition - the 4th annual Ornament Extravaganza with the Robinson family! Jennifer and I agreed on making this cutie found on Pinterest:

Jennifer brought regular size ornaments as well as a smaller size, and when she saw the two sizes together, she had the brilliant idea of turning the craft into this:

I love her creativity! This is the ornament Addy painted (though she asked me to do the arms). Isn't he darling?!? She also made one large face per the original design:

This craft was SUPER fun! I put my OCD aside for the night and truly enjoyed watching the kids take great pleasure in making a giant mess in my kitchen:

The men referred to my sangria as the "OCD eliminator". Hahaha!! They may have been right, but nonetheless, it was great fun. Nine days later, I'm still finding bits of snow around my house! 

Here are the Robinson family creations, and mine:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!