Tuesday, December 28, 2010

a birthday party

Have you been to Joy's Hope? If you havent you are missing out, my friend! Julie is one of the most hilarious bloggers I have come across! She is funny, loving, inspirational and just a precious person. {and she isnt even paying me for the PR}    :)    If I were her, I would just consider taidye nothing more than a crazy stalker. tee hee hee...But honestly, check her blog out. You wont be sorry...

Several days before Christmas Julie posted this take on mixing secular, cultural ideas of Christmas with traditional Christian views of Christmas and I could not agree more with her post. I left her a nice comment {because I stalk *heart* her}...but I kept thinking about what she said. I remembered that in her post she mentioned that her family throws a breakfast birthday party for Jesus every year (please read what she wrote for the details) and I decided to give it a go. Iwas so blessed to have done this. This is absolutely a tradition my family will keep and hoepfully pass down.

I set up for the party after the kids went to sleep. We didnt do too much. Talked about the incarnation story from Luke 2, sang happy birthday to Jesus and had a prayer. Of course. I want to add some more to this each year. I think writing a birthday card to Jesus would be a great idea, something to learn from and to treasure. Here are some snapshots from our party. Yes. We did have cake, icecream and punch at 7a.m. Jealous?? They are guaranteed to remember this tradition and the story of our Savior's birth forever.

 you can read more about this tiny Jesus here.

Monday, December 27, 2010

1 fish, 2 fish...48 stinking fish!

Christmas has come and gone and ours was amazing! I hope you had a beautiful time with your loved ones. I hope you were blessed and I hope you continue to celebrate and consider advent as we wait for the 2nd advent of our Savior.

I cant tell you how relieved I am to have completed this project!!! I was so excited to give these "fishing game" gifts. Yes, I am lame and could not think of a better name for them. I have been calling them "fishing thingys" for weeks so?? Fishing Games is the official name I suppose. You may remember when I first posted about them here.

As I mentioned in my previous post regarding these toys MUCH of my inspiration came from this post at Create Studio. Please check out her blog and leave some love! I have referred to this link DOZENS of times!! Thanks SARAH!

So, without further ado...What do you think??

 I took some shots along the way so you can sort of see the progress!
 The longest process was cutting and pinning them all. 48 fish take some time.

Somehow I do not own a pin cushion??? Hubby helped by stabbing pins into the cardboard template I made. Thanks hubby!

 It was a huge relief to have them all stuffed!

 Here is one of the girl sets

boy set

I used faux leather to make the worms. Honestly, I am NOT thrilled with the way they turned out AT ALL but they were the last step and the kids all liked them. Since I used the faux leather I had to use 2 magnets in each worm to make it strong enough to hold the fish up.

I used PVC pipe to make the rods. They seemed less likely to break

close up of the weird looking worms

I would LOVE to know your thoughts! Please let me know what you think :)

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

our tree 2010

Dont you LOVE Christmas trees?? I love all kinds! traditional, funky, colorful. LOVE a themed tree! Ours it traditional and my motto? Anything BUT "less is more"! There is ALWAYS room for more or sparlky things are Christmas. Here are some views for you to enjoy!

Our tree is fairly traditional. I would love to have a big enough space to have many many themed trees though!

full view:

close up so you can see some of the ornaments:

I would love to see your tree! Send me some links.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

what they said wednesday

scenario: drying a shivering little girl after her bath. Lauren prefers to use "monkey soap"

monkey soap
L: I am shivering! I am sooooo freezing!
Me: You smell like monkey soap! I bet you are going to turn into a monkey!
L: YEP! {shivers} ooooOOOooooRRRrrrr a Popsicle !!!

i think she looks more like a burrito...

Love my precious Lauren xoxo

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

sugar scrub

Ever used sugar or salt scrub? It is devine! AND it is SUPER easy and inexpensive to make your own. The kids and I made bunches of them for gifts this year. Elijah's teachers, co-workers, pastors and other workers at church. This is how they turned out. I have seen these all over blogland this season but I took much inspiration for the design here

All I used to make these?
*Sugar (regular old white sugar)
*Extra Virgin Olive Oil
*Loraine's Lemon Candy Flavoring (Many recipes call for Essential Oils or other oils to make them smell nice but I was too lazy to go to another store)

THAT'S IT people! No excused! These were less than $2.00 each and that counts the cost of the jars.

Oh how I *BIG PUFFY HEART* Ball Jars!

I made the tags using auto shapes in MS PowerPoint

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas outfits

I created some fun outfits for the little ones to wear for Christmas.

I think this tie shirt just looks way better than wearing a tie!

Here is Lauren's. I made her bubble skirt using this tutorial from ruffles and stuff. (THANKS DISNEY!)

I think the matching hairclips are the best part.

 bubble skirt. Again, tutorial found here.

My E-Bot 

Little Pants

Santa and the elves LOVED them! :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Tree Crayon Ornaments - a sort of tutorial

Elijah and I wanted to make some fun gifts for his preschool classmates. We have been saving restaurant crayons for a while now and had accumulated quite a stash and when I found a Christmas tree silicone mold at Michael's I knew tree crayons were in store. Elijah came up with the idea to make them into ornaments and I thought that would be great! This was a super easy project the kids helped with and aside from the cost of the mold it was basically free! I am going to share with you how we did it! :)

Aren't they cute??

Added 12/21/2010 ***I have been made aware that I spelled "Christmas" incorrectly on the labels! How embarrassing!! 

You will need crayons, silicone pan, drinking straws, yarn, plastic sandwich bags, labels printed from your computer.

Here is the mountain of crayons we started with. Broken, unloved crayons...The kids helped unwrap and break up all of the crayons and we decided to go with 4 colors for our ornaments. Yellow, Blue, Green, Red.

We used this pan:

Drinking straws cut into pieces:

This was the grown up part. Melt the crayons. I melted the crayons in a water bath using my electric skillet and some soup cans for easy clean-up. You could use a double boiler or even add the broken crayons directly to the pan and melt them in the mold in your oven on a low temperature.

Once they were melted I added them to the pan. You could get creative here and swirl your colors, etc. I chose to be plain.

**I dont have a picture of the next step but once these set up a bit (about 2 minutes or so) I inserted those cut pieces of straw near the top of the trees to create a hole. Then I slid them into the fridge to set up with the straws in place.

After they are completely cool pop them out of the pan and remove the straws. This took a little effort but didnt take long. Add some yarn or string to turn them into ornaments and place them in the sandwich bags.

Next just staple labels from your printer. SO easy!

If you give it a try I would love to see them!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

what they said wednesday

scenario: combing elijah's hair after his bath...

E: OOoooUUUuuuccccHHH!
L: What happened?
Me: Your brother has a sensitive head
L: oh. {runs to her dad} Hey, Daddy! My brother is a sensible butt-head. Now THAT is disgusting!
Paul and I: ???

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