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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Let's Catch Up


Hello Everyone.  Life has just gotten so busy with a houseful of kids.  I think about this blog often but just can't squeeze in the time to write quality content.  

It's been so long so LET'S CATCH UP!

BABY UPDATE

Baby #3 is only a short five weeks away and I realized I haven't even announced their gender on my blog, the third baby is already getting the short end of the stick and they haven't even arrived yet!


I posted this picture on my facebook page back in July when we found out the baby's gender.  Johnathan (6) and Robert (16 months) are each eating an ice cream cone, one blue and one pink.  I posted this picture on my facebook page and then went to bed....without providing an answer, boy was that fun.  My friends and family were dying to know and I went to bed and didn't give them the answer. 

  

The next day, I posted this picture.  YES!  Another boy!  Three boys!  Being the oldest of three girls, I somehow had this strong feeling I would end up with all boys.  


I also took a couple other photos and I thought this one of the two boys is cute.  I know, Johnathan's face is half cut off (hence why it wasn't used) but it is still a cute picture documenting our news.  


You got to love this photo of poor little Robbie crying.  Is it because it is a boy?  Is it because he has to share his mommy?  I'm not sure but this picture is just priceless to me.  I'm pretty positive he will be happier than he is in this picture when his little brother arrives (fingers crossed). 

ANOTHER BIRTHDAY

I turned another year older a couple weeks ago.  The hubby and I took a nice extended weekend alone in the Wisconsin Dells and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING without the boys.  Yes that's right, we did nothing.  It was wonderful.  No dishes, no vacuuming, no cooking, no crazy kids crying in our ears.  Nate watched a lot of cable television and I did some shopping.  It was great.





Here I am on my birthday, 32 weeks pregnant with both my boys, Johnathan (6) and Robert (19 months).  To their surprise, they bought me that nice yellow purse.  The best part of my day:  Johnathan thought I turned 23, I didn't bother correcting him.

MY HEALTH

Those of you that know me, you know during Johnathan's pregnancy I suffered really bad from vomiting.  I vomited everyday from week 8 to week 21 or 22.  It was aweful.  I lost somewhere around 10-15 lbs while pregnant with him.  With Robert, I had gallbladder issues.  I thought it was pre-term labor and doctor said, "nope, sounds like gallbladder".  Ugh, I knew that was bad news as my hubby had his removed a few years prior.  If you remember, I ended up having mine removed through an emergency surgery 3 months after Robert's birth.  My attack started during my sister's bridal shower, that I hosted.  What a mess. Oh, and his delivery resulted in a unplanned C-Section but of course only after laboring naturally for 16 hours and pushing for two. 

I thought for sure all the above issues meant this third pregnancy would be a cake walk.  Nope.  Not so.  Unfortunately I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes a couple months ago.  I've been checking my blood sugar three times a day ever since, along with changing my nightly routine of a bowl of ice cream.  It hasn't been too hard but certainly adds another layer of complexity to my pregnancy.  Last month I was also diagnosed with a hernia.  Oh joy.  Luck me.  It is ugly but at least it isn't painful (knocking very hard on wood right now). 

So as you might guess, I'm looking forward to these next few weeks to whiz by quickly and I can't wait to hold that new baby boy in my arms. 

CRAFTS


I have found some time but not a lot to craft.  Some of it might be more nesting than crafting.  I've been really busy with banner orders from my etsy shop: Furloughed Time.  This week has been particularly busy, I think I had 6 orders come in. Here's a quick shot of four orders lined up on my bed waiting for me to package them up and get my butt to the post office before the close at 12 noon.  The current best seller on my site (by far) is the Where The Wild Things Are Banner.  Really, you can't go wrong, the book is so darn cute. 

NESTING


I also FINALLY finished painting the hallway on our 1st and 2nd floors.  This only took me....oh two years to complete.  I thought by the time I finished it, I would be ready for a new color but I will not be painting it anytime soon.  It is a nice soft stone white.  I love it. In an upcoming post I'll show you what I did with all the blank walls. 


And last by not least, it doesn't look like much but Robert FINALLY has a bedroom.  He no longer lives in the TV Room with a crib in it.  He legitimately has a bedroom with NO television junk in it.  It only took 19 months but hey, we did it before baby #3 got here.  I was hopeful to get rid of the peach trim and yellow walls before baby #3 arrived but that's just not happening at this point.  Robert hasn't been the best sleeper so he isn't ready for a roommate so all the kids will be separated for a few months still. 

If the weather holds up and I find a second wind, who knows MAYBE I'll paint but with only five weeks to go before baby #3 arrives, I'm more concerned about....oh you know....dragging the newborn clothes out of the attic and buying a dresser to store them in so they don't have to walk around naked or I have to look for clothes in boxes or baskets and drive myself looney (let's face it, I'm already looney enough). 

Thanks for coming back and checking out my site.  I hope to sneak in more time to share what's been going on in my house.  I don't want to jinx it, but rumor has it that next weekend might bring me the best household item yet.....stay tuned. 





Sunday, August 24, 2014

Calendar Card Class

Every year I make my Mother in-law a yearly calendar that she hangs on her fridge.  On each page there is a space to put a picture of the boys on it.  This turns into a nice little living scrapbook that she uses year round.

For the past couple of years I have turned this into a card class and have invited women to my house to complete the class and gift the item away to their loved ones, it has become a popular class.

This post will show you the details of this year's calendar page by page.  I don't plan on going into detail as to where I bought my supplies from so if you see something you like and want to get it for yourself, please contact me and I will be happy to supply you the information.  



Here is the cover.  I keep is real simple since this page is not really seen (except when my MIL initially opens the gift at Christmas).  You can see the water damage in the corner, this is the risk I take when using my original projects in a card class, I'll fix this somehow before gifting it to her.  

 

I try to keep the picture sizes at 4X6, it makes my life a little easier as the year goes on to not have to worry about special sized pictures (I email or mail her a picture each month rather than filling them in before gifting it to her).  If you complete a project like this, you will want to decide if you want to fill it before gifting it or send them pictures throughout the year.  I like to send her pictures throughout the year so she has a current picture of both the boys each month (and there is some excitement in getting a new picture each month!).  Since they are so young, they grow so fast and pre-filling it would give her fairly outdated pictures of them (esp the 1 year old). 


I'm still crazy about buying all my paper as digital files from etsy.  It is just so much easier to print paper on demand rather than buy sheets as needed from a store. 


You can see I like to use a mix of die cuts and stamps on most pages but sometimes I improvise, which is the case with this very large shamrock.  


Some pages are more simple than others.


This page uses a lot of washi tape,  This is a fun way to get rid of scrap pieces of washi, ribbon, or scrapbook paper you have laying around and don't know what to do with it!


A closer shot so you can see the month "May" die cut in the corner.



Here is cute page, but ugh, if you are making this for 15 people and die cutting the pieces out for them, you will be kicking yourself over the cones and vanilla ice cream scopes!  For those that just bought a make and take from me, they were sent home with a stamped image of these two items and they will need to cut them out the old fashioned way (with a scissors).  Sorry girls, but I'd still be running these pieces through my machine if I did that!


Can't wait to fill this one with a cute picture of the boys all decked out for the fourth of July! 


Some designs get a little tricky, this one for instance, you do not want to glue the tops of the "picture frames" down so that the recipient can slide the picture into the page.  If you are pre-filling the pictures in for them, of course this is not an issue.


A little closer shot of this page.  This page just screams summertime! 


Here is September's page, I am going to have my son write his name on this before gifting it, I thought seeing his penmanship on a page is a nice special touch that my MIL will love. 


Halloween pages are my favorite, I love all the cute little stamps of ghosts, witches, and pumpkins that are out on the market.  


Fall in general is a favorite of mine, I love the nice warm colors.  It is also my favorite season.  What's not to love:  Packers, crisp cool air, and yummy warm casseroles. 


And of course last but not least, December.  Always a fun month to decorate! 




Here is a picture of my class all set up.  It happens right in my dining room.  This is set up for 3 people with me working on one side setting up 10 make and takes.  Lots and lots of make and takes this month!

Well, there are all the details.  For those of you that ordered a make and take from me, this should give you enough detail to start gluing those pages together!  If not, ask and I am more than willing to help.

If you are looking to complete a similar project and want to know where I got my supplies, comment below or send me an email and I will be more than happy to help.

Happy crafting everyone!

*All stamps and dies came from Papertrey Ink.





Friday, July 25, 2014

Card Class Sneak Peak

Happy summer everyone!  It sure is in full swing in this household.  We've been busy camping, working on our house, keeping the kids busy (in any way and any how!).  I promise I've been crafting, I've just been too busy to post!  

Just a really quick post to give you a little teaser of what I've been working on.

Here are couple calendar pages for my upcoming craft class.  I'll show all the pictures soon but for now this will have to do.  


Here's February 2015 (yep, I'm working on 2015).   The digital paper is from huetoo (etsy shop). 


Here is October 2015.  I love those little ghosts from Papertrey ink

If you're local, I hope you join me for this fun (and popular) craft class!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Make It Monday #167: DIY Notebooks


I squeezed in some extra free time this week to play along with this week's MIM over on Nicole Heady's blog.  It's all about making your own notebooks.  

Since we're in the home stretch of this school year, just one week to go, I thought I would make my son a cute little notebook that he could practice his cursive writing in.  Yes, CURSIVE.  In Kindergarten!  Amazing!  I almost have myself a first grader!


I stamped five writing lines on each piece of paper.  This seems a little daunting when  you have to do it 26 times, but trust me, it went fast.  I stamped it faster than either of my kids can get to bed!  The harder part was actually writing those letters.  Have you tried to write cursive letters (like their supposed to be written) in awhile?  Boy, it is hard to "follow the rules" so he could in turn learn how to write them the correct way.


On the backside of each piece of card stock I placed a little label with the typed phrase, "A Letter from Johnathan".  Get it!  Haha, I crack myself up sometimes.  So the plan is, when he finishes practicing a letter, he can draw a picture on the back and we'll mail it off to grandma, grandpa, aunts, and uncles.  They'll love their "letter from Johnathan".  


Here's another shot of the cover, I know the lighting isn't as good but the texture of the book plate impression plate really stands out.  Those letters are so perfect for this project.  


The notebook was a huge hit.  In fact, he saw this project half made a few days ago and he has been on me ever since to finish it because he's been so excited to use it.  I can't argue with a kid who wants to practice writing!


Here he is finishing his letter "A" page.  I'm pretty sure this will get used all summer.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Third Time is a Charm


I know it's been pretty quiet on my blog front lately.  With two little ones, life gets a little hairy and out of control sometimes and before you know it, a whole month has past by all to quickly.  I do have some pretty exciting news to share with you all which will hopefully help explain why the blog has been so quiet: 
WE'RE EXPECTING!!!!!
Yep, that's right, Nate and I are preggo (well I'm preggo, he's just along for the ride).  Our newest little bundle of joy is expected to arrive just before Thanksgiving.  If you're keeping count (I've lost count at this point) this will be baby #3! 
Johnathan (6) is so excited.  Robert (14 months) on the other hand has been celebrating with his first ever ear infection.  In both ears.  For three weeks now.  We're on our second round of drugs because this infection is being a little stubborn.  Johnathan's reaction was the cutest.thing.ever.  EVER.  We showed him a picture of our ultrasound and here is how it played out:
Me:  Do you know what this is?
J:  Yes, that is a baby in a mommy's belly.
Me:  Yes.  That is actually a picture of the baby that is in mommy's belly right now.
J:  [clasping hands around mouth].  Really?  Oh thank you mommy, I'm so happy.  I wanted a baby sister and you're giving me one.
I told you, cutest.thing.ever.  EVER.  I wish we video taped it, it was so stinkin' cute.  

Well Johnathan, let's not get ahead of ourselves now.  Baby #3 certainly could be that baby sister you've been dreaming about, but there is a 50% chance it could also be another "stinky boy" as you affectionately called your brother when he was born. 
As you can imagine, our latest SURPRISE addition has had this house for the last several weeks filled with happiness, joy, fear, anxiety, and minivan shopping, but when that little turkey ball gets here in November this house will be filled with nothing short of love. 
Till next time, peace. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

6th Birthday Questions



My first born turned six years old last week.  I have no idea where the last six years has gone!  Man, I'm getting old.

Johnathan picked to go to IHop for his birthday because he wanted pancakes for dinner.  To say he is a fan of pancakes is an understatement.


We had thrown him a camping themed birthday party.  Here's the cake!  You can also see some of the decor in the background.


The "flames" are melted jolly ranchers and melted butterscotch candies.


The rocks are made of chocolate.  The logs are Pirouette cookies made by Pepperidge Farm and the dirt is crushed oreos.  Everything is edible. 


Here are all the kids in the basement with sleeping bags watching Scooby Doo Camp Scare (including baby brother sitting on the coach like a big boy).  They all had a blast!

If you remember, last year I asked him some questions on his 5th birthday.  I decided to make this an annual tradition because I think it will be fun to see how his answer change (or don't in some cases) throughout the years.

Q: What was your favorite part of the day? A: Going to school (that's my boy!).
Q: What's your favorite color? A: yellow & red (interesting, we learned he is color blind this past year).
Q: What is your favorite food? A: Homemade Mac & Cheese (yeah, my version is better than the boxed stuff).
Q: favorite snack? A: granola bars
Q: favorite movie? A: Star Wars: Clone Wars (all his father).
Q:Who is your best friend? A: Harper and Katie, and Robbie but I needed room for girls (mommy fell from his list).
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? A: Make bills just like you mommy (I think misunderstands my job a little bit but I guess that's ok). 

Well, I'm now officially a mother of a six year old, keep me in your prayers :)






Friday, March 21, 2014

Robbie's First Birthday Party


Well it is official.  My baby is NO.LONGER.A.BABY (insert teary eyes here).  A couple weeks ago we had a few family and friends over to celebrate his big day.  


It turns out he is a fan of cake (duh).  The bigger the piece the better!  He literally ate an adult sized piece of chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.   Hey, you only turn one once you know! 


His big brother gave him a toy Bert from Sesame Street (get it, Robert=Bert).  He also drew him this adorable picture.  The top reads, "Happy Birthday".  It is a picture of the four of us in front of the house on a nice sunshiny day (oh how I miss sunshiny days). 


I went for an airplane theme for his birthday because that was the theme of his birth announcements and I'm still diggin' the theme. I tried to keep everything simple.  For example, that's just blue wrapping paper with clouds cut free hand from copy paper taped to our built in china hutch.  The highchair banner was the perfect little touch.  I used PTI's boxy banners die, this is by far the most used die in my collection but more on that in a different post. 


I did something very similar to the hutch above our buffet by using a big cardboard box for stability.  Excuse the glare, I'm by no means a professional photography and had way more important things going on that day!  My hubby made the paper airplanes that hung from a string from our curtain rod to make it look like they were "flying". 


Here's the cake in all its chocolatey goodness.  This cake is to die for!  I've posted about it before and it is my go-to chocolate cake recipe.  You can find all the details on Mel's Kitchen Cafe


I always use Martha Stewart's Swiss buttercream frosting recipe with gell food coloring that I get from a local baking shop.


The "clouds" on the cake are just white cotton candy.  I purchased white cotton candy online through oriental trading company.


Again, my hubby made this paper airplane as well.  We just used a skewer to keep it in place.  


I made this cute month to month banner that I have yet to take down because I just love it.


Is it socially acceptable if I just keep this up always on my mantel?  To be honest, I haven't taken down any of his birthday decorations yet so I don't know who I'm trying to fool.  Johnathan turns six next week, I promised myself I would take them down before then. 


The little round banner was fun to make.  Johnathan helped me create all the banners.  We just hole punched with a 1.5 inch circle punch and sewed a bazillion of them together.  They actually are a really quick project!  Just use a straight stitch on your sewing machine.  It doesn't require anything fancy.  A quick search on the internet and you will see these circle banners EVERYWHERE!  I'm cool like that.


I used PTI's boxy banners to create the disgustingly cute baby picture banner in case you were wondering and wanted to re-create one yourself.  Of course, I'd always be willing to make you one through my etsy shop.  


The numbers also came from a PTI Die set. The cute baby was not included with any of those die purchases.  You need to get your own cute baby people.  No borrowing! 



He is all smiles after eating a huge helping of lasagna for lunch, followed by his favorite after dinner drink.


Keeping it simple was definitely key. 


Yummy cake helped too!


Here's the whole gang. 


Here's the birthday boy getting help opening his presents from his two big helpers. 

Tip for all working mommas out there:  have your party on a Sunday so you have Saturday to clean and cook like a mad woman, this was the first year I picked a Sunday instead of a Saturday and it worked out beautifully and saved me a Friday vacation day for another time.  Because who likes to burn a vacation day to clean their house? I sure don't! 

Speaking of cleaning.  I have a disgusting house to clean this weekend before my other guy turns six and has his camping themed birthday party next week!

I'll be back with more then (if not before)!  See yeah!