Sunday, May 20, 2012

Birthday Party

The last weekend we had a birthday party to go to.

The girls' friends Joshua and Nathan were celebrating their birthday. (They'll be going with their mother to Italy for a month during their actual birthdays.)

Anna made this awesome soccer cake for Nathan.
Joshua enjoyed his piece of cake....

While Huxley enjoyed eating the cars :)
The girls had a hard time sitting back while they got to open their presents.
 They hired a guy that goes to school with Jt and Walter to do balloons for the kids. He's pretty awesome. He can do whatever you ask him to. While we were there he did Captain America with his shield, Yoda, and right before we left he made this princess for Emma.
You can't see it horribly well but it was VERY cute and pretty awesome!! She loved it!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Little Girls

Little girls are awesome. They can be perfectly girly one minute (wanting nail polish on and dresses) and the next... not so much (like when they call you into the bathroom to let you know what color their poop is that day... because mom's need to know that type of thing evidently!)

Emma and I had a perfectly girly 15 minutes the other day. I got out the nail polish and let her paint her own nails.
She had a blast and had to make sure every inch of the nail was covered.
By the time daddy got home 2 hours later she had played enough that all the "excess" nail polish that wasn't on her actual nails had rubbed off.

Daddy likes when she wears her hair up... her not so much. The other day I asked her if she wanted a ribbon in her hair and she said yes! I thought she looked adorable and she loved it. 
It reminded me of the Trisha Yearwood's song "American Girl"...

"She used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows
Sign her letters with X's and O's
Got a picture of her mama in heels and pearls
She's tryin to make it in her daddy's world
An American girl"

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Nicaragua

Recently the hubby went to Nicaragua on a mission trip. He had an awesome time. People were healed, saved, and ministered to. How awesome is it that we can go and share with people what an amazing God we have. Share with them how much Jesus loves them and cares about them. That he didn't make them poor and sick, he's there to help them!! 

Here are just a couple pictures from his trip.

 




Some of the "houses" people live in.














Amazing flowers.
 













Ministering to the kids. People donated loads of stuff to hand out. Money, Bibles, shoes, candy, etc.







 Jt said he thinks it would be awesome to take a trip down there once every two or three years with the kids for a mission trip. Just to help the kids (and us) put things into perspective and realize just how truly blessed we are and to help and be a blessing to the people there. 
 
He said the water was just gorgeous.
I'm hoping that I can get my hands on some pictures that other people took because I'd love a picture of him in Nicaragua... which he didn't take! haha  Men... :)


--- Mark 16: 15-18 ---  
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Boys Will be Boys

This is little boy...
 ...is beginning to not be so little.
 He's turning into quite the "boy" too. I've never had a baby want to bite so much. Ever. And... it hurts!! haha He's working on his 6th tooth!!
He also LOVES to be outside. At that age I'm pretty sure both of the girls were in the ---don't set me in the grass or I will cry--- stage. He cries if he's booking it to the door and we catch him before he gets outside. He looks so hurt and sad too.  He needs 100% attention when he's out there though because he certainly loves to eat his fill of dirt, stones, and anything else he can get his hands on :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Quirky and Full of Life

This little girl is amazing...
She's so quirky and full of life. In last 4 years it's been so amazing watching her little personality grow and develop. Some of her recent little quirks include...
If she has a plate that is sectioned off in fours... she needs something in each little section. One cannot be empty. 
She doesn't like her hair to be up. She doesn't care to wear necklaces (the complete opposite of her sister).
When she makes her bed it has to be PERFECT before she will get in. Every wrinkle out, every fold perfect.
She loves to play outside. Just today she figured out how to climb up one of the pine trees out back.
She loves for things to be in order and the proper way..... but she intentionally wears her shoes on the wrong feet... all the time.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Homeschool Organization

I did some organizing while the hubby was away. For some odd reason he doesn't enjoy coming home to absolute chaos... because that's usually what happens when I organize. This time I tackled the homeschool stuff. What it looked like before...
Nothing had it's own place so I just kind of piled it up there! During the process the entire hallway area was completely filled with piles and clutter. Ugh. It looks much nicer now.
Excuse the beaten up dresser :) I personally think the picture of Jt and I just adds to the awesomeness! :)  On top is my organizer for various flash cards and our lovely art supply caddy. The top two drawers are teaching books, one drawer for homeschool room decor, one drawer for themed art projects, and the last one filled with themed reading books.  (Themed - Each week or several weeks of the school year has a theme. Ex: Christmas, princesses, gardening, etc.)

Everything else got moved into the nearby closet. 
I just love to look at it. Isn't it so perfectly organized? It just makes my heart happy :)

Here's a rundown and what's where...
This little section holds our "everyday" materials. The top is filled with things for outside (sidewalk chalk, sidewalk paint, bubbles, kites, etc).  The second box is filled with stickers... because you can never have too many stickers.  The third box is the "fun box" which is filled with odds and ends, construction paper, etc. for the girls to make up whatever they want with. I'll do a post on that later. The last box is the Play Dough box with our fun Play Dough things
 Not sure if you can read those tiny words or not but this holds everything else!! On the top I have some special things that I'm saving for the girls for the car ride to Michigan. Then in the next drawer there are things that cut, glue, or write. Followed by manipulatives, construction paper, craft supplies, crafts, and coloring books. On the side of that I have tall teaching materials.

On the other side I have the busy boxes... more on those later. Followed by games and puzzles. On the side of that is the Leap Pad, tall coloring books, and mini dry erase boards.  Up above in a suitcase :) is recyclables that I'm keeping for projects, etc.

Overall I LOVE how organized it is and how easy it is to find everything. I dream of having a homeschool room :) It will be the funnest room ever!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

DIY Crib Sheets

I've dragged out the sewing machine and I'm on a roll!! .... well, on a roll of finishing up projects I started a year ago... or more...

Next on my list to finish up was a crib sheet. Well... really I had cut out enough fabric to make six crib sheets but I only had the time to finish one up.
I was so happy to find this tutorial about making your own crib sheets. It was a serious "duh" moment. Crib sheets are not cheap and the more the merrier!! A huge advantage to making your own is the selection of material... the possibilities are endless!

My kids are not in rooms that are decorated so I didn't need to find anything that matched so I ended up using materials already on hand.  (With the exception of two sheets I'll be making for the girls. I picked that fabric out just for this project and can't wait until they are done.) I got this fabric on huge discount at Goodwill years ago and decided to get some use out of it.
Huxley seems to enjoy it and I'm thinking it matches more his personality then the one that was on there before. You know, the one covered in pink flowers :)