- Plan Toys Lacing Sheep
- Picnica Rabbit Tote
- Western Chief Yellow Rain Boots
- Melissa & Doug Recorder
- Trader Joe’s Gourmet Jelly Beans
- Kikkerland Safari Animal Butt Magnets
- Plan Toys Bunny
- miYim Bunny – we just removed the dress to make it a boy bunny for Wade
- Yes to Carrots Body Butter – travel size at Target
- H&M Boxer Shorts
- Sequencing Puzzle Cards
We threw a Neverland themed party for the boys this past weekend and despite some rain and a sick baby, I think it was still pretty successful. A lot didn’t get done because I was up all night with Wade and, while I had hoped to be doing party prep, I ended up taking two showers after being thrown up on four times. Yep, it was that kind of weekend.
The party was just a small family thing. In fact, there were only 4 kids there, including my two. But, that was just the right size for us. Everyone was supposed to wear pajamas like Wendy, Michael, and John from Peter Pan, so some of us looked like we just rolled out of bed – that was done on purpose!
We decided to do brunch so that we could get bagels and pastries from Ronnie’s favorite place to eat – Panera! We also included some of Wade’s favorites – peppers, tomatoes, crackers, and hummus (from Jason’s Deli).
I was able to get this cute stickers done by purchasing a voucher for Sticker You way back before Christmas. They are dishwasher-proof, so we decided to apply them to some Preserve cups – now we can reuse them and avoid the added trash.
Outside, we had activities for the kids. First up, the Indian Camp complete with teepee, drums, and homemade feather headresses. HOW! We also set up a Mermaid Lagoon with a water table, but that didn’t really get used since the weather was quite drippy. The last station was Pirate’s Cove, a treasure hunt through sand for gold coins, alligators, jewels, and bouncy balls. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of it, but there were little bags and lists for the kids that told them what to find – similar to this one.
I had a “Neverland Swag” table set up with favors for both the adults and kids. Party guests over the age of 4 got little bags of meringue cookies and the little ones got flouro-dipped canvas bags with a Peter Pan Golden Book, goldfish, party cup, candy, and an alligator crayon (Made by Maxx)
Cupcake Stands: Sunday Hatch
Crowns: Felted Kitten
Cupcakes & Smash Cakes: Trader Joe’s
Bagels & Pastries: Panera Bread
Hummus: Jason’s Deli
Stickers: Sticker You
Paper Favor Bags: Gift Wrap So Pretty
Alligator Crayons: Made by Maxx
Get yours at shaybocks.com!
This year our Christmas Card is a website and I’d love to share it with you!
Wishing you all the timeless treasures of Christmas – the warmth of home, the love of family, and the company of good friends.
Okay, we’re well into the middle of November and I haven’t even shared our Halloween craftiness yet. I’ve been working like a mad woman lately and between designing, child-rearing, thanksgiving supper planning, and Christmas shopping, time has slipped right out from under my nose. Well, no time for long explanations. Here’s the short and dirty…
We made some Halloween treat bags for Ronnie’s preschool class using this free printable. My computer decided the orange parts should be pink, so I shrugged my shoulders and said, “eh, we’ll give those to the girls.” It seemed to work out okay. Our goal for the treats inside was simple: no crap. Okay, the plastic flashlights and the frostie coupons could be considered crap, but at least there’s no high-fructose corn syrup or red #40 in the bag.
We opted for the Trunk or Treat celebration at the church this year and the boys went as owls. How cute are they? I was so inspired by this tutorial I found on pinterest that I just had to recreate it. Of course, I don’t sew, so I broke out the glue to put these bad boys together. With some linen and a mixture of felt and fleece, these actually turned out okay. We added these adorable crocheted owl hats by Amy K to finish off the look.
Stay tuned for more holiday fun! I’ve got lots of DIY projects in the works. 🙂
These days, I don’t have enough focus to actually sit down and write an eloquent account of recent days. I’ve got that terrible mom syndrome where I go to the kitchen for a cup of water and end up changing the laundry, a diaper, feed the baby, check my email, make a template edit, and unclog the sink again before I finally remember to grab a cup and put some ice in it. The genius invention of facebook has been helping me to regurgitate my day in short spurts – micro-blogging is certainly more of my thing these days. But, I don’t want to neglect my precious blog over here, so another Randomness post it is!
Being an entrepreneur and stay-at-home mom to two babies while my husband works ungodly hours and goes to school has absolutely forced me to be stronger than I think I am. While I do love the sense of accomplishment (that others may not see, but I do) and I wouldn’t trade this opportunity to live each and every moment with my boys, I dream of the days when the kids are in school, Rob is out of school and working a cake engineering job 9 to 5, and I will have more brain power and time to pursue my passions whole-heartedly. I honestly don’t think I can even imagine what I’ll be able to achieve then – its that good in my head.
Ronnie is 98% potty trained. Yipee! Today, he had to use a public restroom 3 times because we were gone all flippin’ day – and he didn’t have one single accident. He loves boxers, but won’t touch those tighty whities – even with Buzz Lightyear on them. This means he can start preschool! I plan to enroll him sometime this week and he’ll start at the end of June. I think it will be a fantastic opportunity for him to interact with other kids, work on his speech skills, and follow directions for a change (kiddin’!).
Wade had his 2-month checkup today. Our little chunk weighs 15lbs 14oz now. He’s HUGE! That’s in the 98th percentile for his age. And I’m still completely breastfeeding him – no formula supplement at all. At my 6-week postpartum checkup, my midwife said I should bottle the stuff and sell it. She was quite impressed at how “healthy” he is. He’s certainly thriving. He may weigh a lot, but its all in proportion. He’s in the 90th percentile for his height and 95th for his head circumference. He’s got something big in store for his future. I just know it!
Ronnie rode his first roller coaster a couple of weeks ago at Busch Gardens. Okay, so it was a kid roller coaster, but it went up and down and even sideways. I was a nervous wreck, but he enjoyed it so much that he waited in line for a second ride. That’s my cutie sitting next to the handsome fella with the shades pointing at the camera.
I have changed my work routine so that I work in the morning now, rather than at night. Its so much easier just to get up with Rob at 6:00 and get things done while I’m fresh and the kids are still sleeping (more often than not, Wade is with me in the Moby wrap). Before, I worked at night once the kids were in bed. But, I was always tired myself after a hectic day and I would end up working till the wee hours of the morning – making me even more tired the next day. And the cycle continues. This new arrangement works so much better for me.
These green smoothies have been keeping me going. I’ve wanted to try it out for years, but never was brave enough until recently. Even with breastfeeding, I’m not losing weight anymore (after I dropped 25 pounds the first week after delivery). I thought maybe this would help me out, but no such luck yet. Even if it isn’t making me lose weight though, these things are around to stay. They are quite yummy! My favorite is apple, mango, spinach, strawberry, cherry, agave nectar, and almond milk. That sounds like a lot of fruit, but about half of the smoothie is actually spinach. Yum!
The summer bugs are here, so I’ve gone on a cleaning binge. It really grosses me out to see bugs in our living space – especially with the kiddos. So far, we’ve had ants, 1 roach, and a crazy influx of flies. Not sure where they are coming from, but I’ve had to break out some kung-fu-bug-killing-skills. I’ve decided to get rid of half our crap again. Not kidding in the least. I just took a whole car-load of stuff to the donation bin and I’ve got a bit more to go tomorrow. I can also finally get rid of the TA-50 gear, since its been 6 months since Rob’s ETS. Yay! I’m hoping to take some pics of our new cleaned out spaces once everything is gone. 🙂
I have a confession. I’m totally addicted to all of these one-day deal sites that are popping up everywhere. Seriously – good stuff cheap – but it means I’m buying much more than I normally would. Like this adorable organic kimono onsie. Cute and cost less than I would spend on an outfit at Babies-R-Us. I already bought the kids first stocking stuffer for Christmas – Tegu blocks 60% off. Where is the line between being a mom who is creatively working with a budget and over-consumption? I don’t know yet. I do know that I haven’t bought anything yet that I had second thoughts about or regretted. At least I’m intentional about what I’ve chosen to purchase. And usually, these purchases can take the place of something I would have already bought (like new clothes for a little boy who is growing faster than expected). And most of it is not made in China – ultra plus.
We spent Memorial Day at the beach. It took a lot of convincing to get Rob to drive down there on his rare day off, but I pulled it off. I absolutely love how being in the Outerbanks pulls some kind of drive out of me. It reminds me about what I want out of life – the ability to sit back, relax, and soak up the peacefulness. Every time we’re down there, Rob and I DREAM together. And that’s special.
I’m a terrible blogger. I have so much to write about without any time to actually get it all out. 🙂 For now, I’ll leave you with our V-day goodiness.
We made the buckets for Ronnie’s Grammy and Maw-Maw which include a pot holder, a couple of candy bars, and some fruit. The little bags are for each of the ladies in our family: Great Grandma Wilshire, Kayla, Tiffanny. These had an apple and a candy bar. We also threw in a bag for Malechai and added some Mickey stickers to it.
Thanks to some free printables, these were a snap to put together.
- Valentines cards from Hello Lucky printed on sticker paper and cut out for labels
- DIY Valentine Fruit Stickers from Twig & Thistle
So how long do you wait before taking down the Christmas tree?
Me? Oh, I can make it ’till around December 10.
What?! Its not even Christmas yet? Oh my….
We started out the weekend after Thanksgiving. We all sat down together one night and decorated the tree – after I had spent hours myself putting together the ancient 6-foot lightless thing. I had an interesting time stringing the lights, but when all was said and done, we were proud of our first full-sized Christmas tree.
The very next day I felt cluttered. I ended up rearranging my furniture a bit to give the tree a little more breathing space, which helped for another 24 hours until I felt the clutter again. After putting most of the ornaments BACK on the tree (after little hands had strategically removed them) and uncovering my 9-month old nephew from under the tree when he pulled it down on top of himself, I had decided enough was enough. I sat back and gave the tree a good look:
And that’s when I started taking it down. It took all of 30 minutes before I was hauling the thing back to the storage closet. And this is what I put in its place:
Nice and simple. No ornaments to clean up and no fear of killing a child with it. Ronnie has already asked me where the lights are, but I don’t feel so bad – we’re going to the beach tonight to check out the enormous drive-through lights display there. I don’t think he’ll be missing his Christmas tree lights at home.
Well, something is working because we had a great weekend! I woke up Saturday morning, got dressed, hair and makeup, and cooked breakfast. While I was cleaning up from breakfast, Rob skyped his mom (like a usual Saturday). During the conversation, he brought up how much Ronnie likes cars and somehow that turned into “we should go go-karting”. The next thing I knew, we were on our way to Louisville (because there’s nothing fun like that around here). There was one little snag at this point. We had almost arrived at the place but needed to make a u-turn to get there. The light was taking forever to turn green for us. Rob got a little impatient and started trying to get back over into the straight lane to make a u-turn further down. I thought that if we waited a little bit longer, the light would turn, and unlike a good 50s housewife, I said “don’t do it – just wait!” That made matters worse and he stepped on the gas to get over and didn’t let off of it. It scared the hell out of me. I hate when he does that and the car makes that nascar noise. That’s when he proceeded to throw his hands up in the air and scream at me. I told him to pull the car over and I took over driving. I don’t think that would have happened in the 50s. The wife would have just shut up and let him do what he thought was best. But, that was all instinct. When we finally got to the place, we realized we still had 30 minutes before it opened, so we opted to go get some lunch. Ronnie decided that Woody needed a sip of his lemonade:
Finally, to the go-karts:
Ronnie had a blast and I was so proud of Rob for coming up with a fun activity for us to do. We hit the arcade before we left and then got back on the road towards home. On the way back, Rob and I had a great conversation about anything and everything. Usually, we would just spend the whole time pissing each other off back and forth. But this time, it was different. It seems as though while I’m trying to be nicer, calmer, and more understanding towards him, he’s actually reciprocating the same things.
Sunday was the 4th of July and, since the barbecue became popular in the 50s, I felt like we had to do one. Unfortunately, our family lives 9 hours away and my friends happen to be married to my husband’s superiors, so it would have been inappropriate to invite them over. So, it was just us. That’s okay though, I did it up anyway.
The first thing we had to do was clean the backyard (if you can call it that). I figured this could be my cleaning task for the day.
We ended up getting rid of a lot of that junk – old flower pots with dead tomatoes in them, old toys that Ronnie’s too old for, and some painting supplies from a recent DIY scheme. In the midst of it all, we found dozens of grass spiders, which are fairly large and scary. Not exactly poisonous, but I still don’t like spiders. We ended up spraying the outside of our apartment with some bug guard stuff, which made more spiders come out, which we quickly squished with the broom.
Today is my husband’s 26th birthday and I have officially done nothing for him. I still don’t know what I’m going to do. To make matters worse, he’s got CQ duty today, which means he works 24 hours babysitting soldiers in the barracks today. Since the beginning of our time together, I have always thought of something cute and memorable to do for his birthday. I’m not sure why I’m having such a hard time this year, but I better pull it together soon!
So we are 4 months and 10 days away from moving back home. I am anxious beyond belief. On one hand, I’m super thrilled that we’re going to be back in our part of the world and very close to both sides of the family again. On the other hand, Virginia rent costs about double compared to where we live now. I don’t know how we’re going to pull this off, but in the famous words of Tim Gunn, we’ll “make it work.”
Right now, I’m really feeling this song. I’ve heard it on the radio about a million times and its so FREAKIN’ catchy! The music video just doesn’t do it justice, but I have to share…
Another awesome thing I found online is this video of a couple’s first dance at their wedding. This has to be the absolute best wedding video I’ve ever seen because they reenacted the last scene from Dirty Dancing. Just watch in amazement:
Earlier today, Ronnie and I were driving around like mad people trying to get our errands done and make his hearing appointment on time. While en route, this song came on the radio. I had heard it before, but for some reason it hit me like a ton of bricks today. The song is about a car that an ex-soldier buys and it has a note in it from a soldier who died during war in the 60s. More specifically, he’s a private. Thinking about the words, I just bawled. So many young men and women stand up to serve their country and they never come home. It makes me feel so thankful (yet guilty at the same time) that nothing happened to Rob during his 12-month tour in Afghanistan. Well, nothing deadly anyhow. All of our soldiers, dead and alive, are constantly in my prayers. Everyone should take some time to be thankful for their sacrifice – especially this weekend!
A last little tidbit to add to this totally RANDOM post is that Ronnie put himself to bed tonight – 2 hours early. Its now almost 10pm and he’s still sleeping. Its so cute but at the same time I know he’s going to be up way early in the morning and I won’t be ready.
Hope everyone has a happy Memorial Day Weekend!