- 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!
This is a re-post from www.shaybocks.com (my portfolio site).
Last month we had Ronnie’s second birthday party. I wanted to make his party extra special, so I put in a lot of time making sure I didn’t overlook any details. Unfortunately, wind got in the way of most of our decorations. We had to nix the streamers and tablecloths at the last minute because it was so bad. I think the party still turned out well, though. I know Ronnie had a blast – and I have the pictures to prove it!
I am so in love with apothecary jars, but I never thought I’d be able to get them for the party. Everywhere I looked, they were at least $50.00 – that is, until I went to TJ Max and scored these for $6.00 a piece! I was so thrilled that I could do a candy bar for the party! We had homemade marshmallows [recipe by Prudent Baby], cotton candy, party pretzels, caramel popcorn, m&m’s, and orange candies.
We also had sack lunches for everyone. For the kids, we had organic peanut butter & jelly sammies, Snikkidy Snack cheese puffs, and raisins. For the adults, we had ham & swiss sammies, pretzels, and a pickle. I sprung for Panera bread for all the sandwiches and it was well worth it! The stickers were printed on label paper and punched out with a 2″ punch.
No sodas here. We had juice boxes for the kids and for the adults we had tea, lemonade, italian soda, and crystal light packets.
Do you notice the little plaque made by my friend, Megan? She hand painted it to match the invitations!
This mickey decoration was made with floral balls and tissue paper flowers. I followed this tutorial at We Met In A Bar for making the flowers and securing them to the balls. Then I used kebab skewers to connect the ears to the head. My original plan was to make six of these to use as centerpieces for all of the tables, but that didn’t necessarily work out. I underestimated how long it would actually take to make even one. Literally, I added the last flower just before guests arrived.
For favors, I decided to make Mousketools boxes. On the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Mickey and the gang use Mousketools that Toodles brings to them to solve problems throughout the show. I had all the kids scream “Oh, Toodles!” and gave them their boxes. Each box had mickey ears, white gloves, a puzzle, a ball, organic shark gummies, and a coloring page with crayons. The coloring page looked like this:
Although the park served as an activity in itself, I had a few extra things planned for the kids. The first was a Mickey Art craft similar to the car party craft at Jack and Izzy. Instead of a car, I cut out a Mickey shape and instead of frames (which would have cost a fortune!), I used clear photo sleeves with magnet tape attached to the back. This way the kids could put it on the refrigerator. I wish we had taken a photo of one of them, but it got missed.
The second activity was a “photo-booth”. Originally, I was going to make a booth out of a refrigerator box like I had seen somewhere online, but I later decided that it was easier and more practical just to put up a piece of fun fabric for the kids to stand in front of. It worked out better, I think, because the lighting wasn’t restricted and my photographer was able to get some great shots! We put out some hats, party glasses, and a feather boa for everyone to use, but I think this photo of Gracie in her Mickey ears is just priceless. Unfortunately, by this point Ronnie had lost interest in the party and went to play on the park, so we didn’t get any of him.
In researching for the party, I found that there isn’t much out there for a Mickey theme that doesn’t use the licensed junk they sell at party stores. For this reason, I’m sharing some of the printables I created so that anyone can use them. Because things will need to be personalized, you’ll need Photoshop and a working knowledge of how to edit .psd files. You’ll also need the following fonts that I used:
SF Slaptstick Comic
TW Cen Mt Condensed
Fenway Park JF
Click on thumbnails to download PSD & PDF files:
Don’t have Photoshop or would like a customized party package for your next party? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I’m hoping to have a package available soon for purchase, but until then, just let me know what you need and we can work something out.
My word – how this week has flown by! Its already Wednesday night and I’m just getting around to posting about Sunday.
Sunday was Mother’s Day and, boy, was it fabulous! Since the guys were out in the field doing training exercises (got to love the army for taking them away for EVERY holiday), we met up and had brunch. Megan made fabulous pancakes with every imaginable topping and yummy omelets customized to each person. Aimee brought the booze for mimosa’s – a drink we only enjoy once a year. And I provided the decor.
I was able to do place settings for everyone – 4 moms and 9 kids! The moms got personalized water bottles, place card asparagus ferns with personalized flags, and these adorable cheese favors – I totally snagged this idea from Twig & Thistle.
The kids all got their own snazzy setting as well. To cut down on dishes, we went for paper. I found these adorable cookies at Wal-mart, of all places, so I used them as place cards for the kids. I just stuck them in candy bags and topped them off with personalized labels. They also got Mother’s Day water bottles, and of course, I had to go with crazy straws.
I think Mother’s Day celebrations are generally pink, but I decided to go with a totally different color scheme, since we all love the color green. I ended up with a soft green, teal blue, and a peachy orange.
After the food festivities ended, the kids painted flower pots for each of the moms and planted poppy seeds in them. I think they turned out amazing!
In addition, Megan had a little trick up her sleeve. She gave all the kids picture mats to color for their moms. Then, she took each set of moms and kids out to a shady area to snap some photos – she’s a great photographer! Here’s the end result (Ronnie’s is so lightly colored that you can’t tell anything is there, but trust me, its got some adorable scribbles on it):
All-in-all, I’d say the day was a smashing success! I’m so glad I got to have yet another Mother’s Day brunch with my girlfriends – 2 years in a row. What in the world are we going to do next year when we’re all spread across the country??
Woah. As I wrote that title, I totally flipped out thinking I forgot to call my mom. Then I realized its only Saturday. Moving on…
Rob is leaving for a field exercise tomorrow, so we were very fortunate to celebrate our Mother’s Day today – one day early. This being only my second Mother’s Day ever, I don’t have much to compare it to, but I would say that it has been a rather joyful day.
I woke up to the sounds of Rob in the kitchen cooking and Ronnie watching Mickey on the computer. I leisurely got out of bed, took a shower, and even got to do hair and makeup! Rob made us scrambled eggs and ham, french toast, and pigs-in-a-blanket. I have to say, I was impressed. It was quite yummy and I wish I had thought to snap a picture of it for proof. My husband can actually cook. Apparently, he planned ahead of time and called home to his Grandma to get the recipes. Smart boy. Ronnie gave me my first ever Mother’s Day card and Rob presented me with a beautiful bouquet of red roses, which I promptly hacked up for a centerpiece on the table.
While Ronnie took a morning nap, Rob and I watched a movie and then we all went out to walk around the mall. Not much excitement there – our mall sucks. But we did snap some photo-booth pictures while we were there. We haven’t done that since high school, so it was a nice flashback! [scanning decided to not work today, so the pics will come later…]
After the mall, we headed over to Beef O’Brady’s for lunch. Ronnie was his usual spoiled-rotten self, but we managed to get through lunch without too much hassle and my buffalo chicken wrap was mighty tasty! We headed back home so Ronnie could snag another nap – that’s when I got caught up online. Bad Mommy! Rob quickly got me back on track when he got Ronnie up from nap by putting together a craft for us to do. Ronnie and Rob painted picture frames for me and I happily snapped some pics:
While the guys got cleaned up, I made a special supper. See, I really enjoyed the pampering and ultra-niceness of the day, but I also wanted to do something special for them. I am so lucky to be a mommy. Not only is Mother’s Day about appreciating the moms in your life, but also about appreciating the fact that you’re a mom at all.
For this special supper, we have individual pot pies, which were a huge hit. I’ll definitely be making these again because they were so simple! Crockpot to oven! [see my roses!?]
Ronnie thinks its the coolest thing that he gets milk with his dinner now. He’s becoming such a big boy – drinking out of a real cup!
For dessert, I made these yummy trifle things with fresh fruit, angel food cake, and whipped cream. Mmmmm….
Now, Ronnie’s in bed and we’re on our way. Tomorrow will be bittersweet because Rob will be in the field and away from us. But, on the other hand, we’re meeting the girls for a mother’s day brunch – I’ll have some fun stuff to post about that tomorrow!
Goodnight and Happy Mother’s Day to all the fabulous moms out there!
So, yesterday was Ronnie’s second Easter. 🙂 On Saturday, we colored Easter eggs, and since I love to find natural and non-toxic, dye free ways of doing things, we made our own coloring. We used red cabbage for blue, turmeric spice for yellow, and beet juice for red. Add in a little vinegar and salt. Boil for 30 minutes and you’ve got quality egg coloring – well, sort of. The blue ones turned out great, but the red and yellow weren’t so hot!
The next morning, we woke up and recorded the whole thing. Ronnie shot out of our room (yes, still co-sleeping) and headed straight for his basket. He got a little sidetracked with the eggs and then finished taking out his goodies.
In his basket, he got a new lamby (the one from last year finally got thrown away since it was so yucky), two balls, Lindt chocolates, a chick cookies, Easter Little People, a Mickey puzzle, two books about banners, a Mickey Easter painting set, a Toy Story kite, and a Wonka bar (no golden ticket for us!). Check out our video:
- Shay has a ton of laundry to do! this is my LEAST favorite chore. told Rob I’d do it while he’s at CQ, but I haven’t touched a stitch. good thing he don’t get home till tomorrow morning. (Mon, 15 Feb 2010 01:23:06 GMT)
- Shay Our Valentine’s Day didn’t go exactly as planned, but it turned out pretty well. Next time, I won’t expect to do so much. Rob bought me a star!! (Sun, 14 Feb 2010 02:05:31 GMT)
- Shay ronnie went pee pee in the potty! (Fri, 12 Feb 2010 23:43:57 GMT)
- Shay turns out Rob will have CQ on valentine’s day, so we’ll be celebrating tomorrow instead. i will be spending the entire day preparing for everything i have planned! (Fri, 12 Feb 2010 13:09:21 GMT)
- Shay just caught ronnie drinking a bottle of soy sauce. (Thu, 11 Feb 2010 21:45:27 GMT)
- Shay is hoping everyone at ft. knox makes it to work in one piece this morning. (Tue, 09 Feb 2010 12:31:12 GMT)
- Shay Rob starts ACAP (Army Career and Alumni Program) today which is the first step to getting out! (Mon, 08 Feb 2010 12:46:26 GMT)
- Shay is really missing my family tonight. just keep telling myself – six more months! (Mon, 08 Feb 2010 01:57:16 GMT)
- Shay won’t be watching any football today, but we’ll have super bowl snack and hilarious commercials on hulu! (Sun, 07 Feb 2010 13:10:45 GMT)
- Shay can’t believe that rob fed ronnie and entire chocolate bar in the grocery store today. i guess i’m off duty while he deals with the endless screaming and spinning in circles in the living room. (Sat, 06 Feb 2010 17:48:13 GMT)
- Shay loves the fact that my little boy likes the little mermaid (my childhood favorite) – and that’s he’s discovered that he likes ham (finally the little vegetarian likes meat!) (Sat, 06 Feb 2010 12:29:01 GMT)
- Shay I find it completely appaling the way some people act. There should be a certification process before you’re able to have sex and become a parent!! argh!!! (Fri, 05 Feb 2010 13:42:48 GMT)
- Shay today is DIY day for me. time to finish the projects i’ve started. (Fri, 05 Feb 2010 12:36:44 GMT)
- Shay may have a new little nephew soon!! (Thu, 04 Feb 2010 12:56:16 GMT)
- Shay is considering driving to louisville today…anybody interested in joining me? (Thu, 04 Feb 2010 12:00:38 GMT)
- Shay once the hubs gets out of the shower, we’re FINALLY going to watch the season premier of Lost. do you know how much self control it took to keep that in my hulu queue all day?? (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 22:57:30 GMT)
- Shay loves it when $ is deposited into our account that we weren’t expecting. 🙂 (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 21:35:09 GMT)
- Shay Go to urbandictionary.com, type in your first name, copy and paste this as your status, and put the first entry for your name under comments. (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 14:48:06 GMT)
- Shay preparing for tomorrow’s play date. super excited for what we have planned! (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 02:51:46 GMT)
- Shay Today is a BIG day. Rob is going to kick ass at the board. Jimmy gets released from prison. The final season of Lost starts tonight. FRG get-together at Panera (any place I can get an organic lunch for my son rocks). And its Groundhog Day. (Tue, 02 Feb 2010 12:55:04 GMT)
- Shay looking at homes in the outer banks and realizing its totally possible… (Tue, 02 Feb 2010 03:47:00 GMT)
- Shay loves to hear from old friends (Mon, 01 Feb 2010 13:33:56 GMT)
- Shay todays a busy day: after-weekend therapy for the house, speech therapy for ronnie, pay bills, and a dentist appointment. (Mon, 01 Feb 2010 12:50:49 GMT)
- Shay wow, thats a lot of snow! (Sat, 30 Jan 2010 12:27:30 GMT)
- Shay is. really. bored. (Sat, 30 Jan 2010 03:28:58 GMT)
- Shay in no other profession to you become responsible for your co-workers behavior after hours and suffer the consequences. rob has CQ tonight because single soldiers in the barracks can’t behave. if only they realized how their idiot behavior affects the rest of the guys. date night=cancelled. (Fri, 29 Jan 2010 20:04:14 GMT)
- Shay my whole body hurts so i’m staying home and doing as little as possible today. good thing ronnie doesn’t mind cuddling with his mommy. (Fri, 29 Jan 2010 14:45:05 GMT)
- Shay is a little on edge. hate that rob will be working late tonight. (Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:13:39 GMT)
- Shay does anyone know where i can find information online about fenced units relating to reenlistment options? I can’t find what I need. (Thu, 28 Jan 2010 14:04:52 GMT)
- Shay when did obama become the bad guy? give the man some credit! there are too many nasty comments about him tonight. (Thu, 28 Jan 2010 02:29:46 GMT)
- Shay omg..has anyone seen this new ipad? drool…. (Thu, 28 Jan 2010 01:56:08 GMT)
- Shay its a beautiful day today…rather warm…bright and sunny. too bad its going to snow again on friday! (Wed, 27 Jan 2010 19:16:23 GMT)
- Shay a little on the ticked off side – tired of running into the same ol’ brick walls. (Wed, 27 Jan 2010 00:40:20 GMT)
- Shay is rather sick of snow…and rain…any any other type of precipitation. (Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:40:41 GMT)
- Shay back home and feeling refreshed…valentines day on my mind. (Tue, 26 Jan 2010 04:10:59 GMT)
- Shay is going out for mommy time – basically meaning starbucks and target – by myself. (Tue, 26 Jan 2010 00:30:46 GMT)
- Shay ronnie thinks its funny to hide from me these days… working on laundry [my least favorite chore!] (Mon, 25 Jan 2010 19:38:41 GMT)
- Shay umm…my fine is $135.00 (Mon, 25 Jan 2010 18:15:11 GMT)
- Shay thinks its cool that my 1 year old can help me put the dishes away…loving this montessori stuff! (Sun, 24 Jan 2010 23:31:16 GMT)
- Shay 4.5 hours in the ER confirms that Ronnie does, in fact, have a really bad ear infection. Pickup the meds tomorrow morning and we’ll see the ENT next week. (Sat, 23 Jan 2010 05:35:04 GMT)
- Shay methinks ronnie has another ear infection – almost a year after getting tubes placed. fussy, fussy child. today = commissary and laundry. (Fri, 22 Jan 2010 12:27:03 GMT)
- Shay Totally thrilled that Radcliff will have a smoking ban ordinance as of April 1. Smokers, keep 15 feet away from the wal-mart door! (Fri, 22 Jan 2010 01:22:33 GMT)
- Shay being crafty at home. drove to louisville today to get a hobby lobby fix – i wasn’t dissapointed! found some great stuff – exactly what i’ve been looking for. (Thu, 21 Jan 2010 22:51:54 GMT)
- Shay hmm… h&r block does free file for military, but the website isn’t working. must be overloaded! (Thu, 21 Jan 2010 14:47:01 GMT)
- Shay wishing text and data wasn’t so expensive. what happened to the day when unlimited texting was $5? i’m not paying $35 extra on my bill!! But I feel so out of the technological loop! (Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:10:45 GMT)
- Shay needs to get a move on… (Mon, 18 Jan 2010 13:04:52 GMT)
- Shay rob is off today! he’s going to get stuff done on post while i get the house ready for date night #3 – Rob & Shay’s Pizzeria! Pictures tomorrow… (Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:58:43 GMT)
- Shay I did the macarena with my best friend’s boyfriend riding a motorcycle because i’m cool like that. (Fri, 15 Jan 2010 03:11:05 GMT)
- Shay bumbed that the fabric store didn’t have oil cloth, so I can’t redo my table just yet. I’m working on sewing the mickey mouse ears and reorganizing closets instead today. 🙂 (Thu, 14 Jan 2010 16:57:32 GMT)
- Shay Woke up to Ronnie doing the hot dog dance. hot dog hot dog hot diggity dog! (Tue, 12 Jan 2010 12:34:40 GMT)
- Shay frank sinatra on pandora + snow + date tonight = fabulous! (Mon, 11 Jan 2010 20:21:25 GMT)
- Shay by the grace of God, rob got out of the night range! yay!!! romantic fondue for two is still on for tonight. Happy 4 year anniversary babe! (Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:32:24 GMT)
- Shay Was getting the house all decked out for a romantic fondue party for two when the hubs called to tell me they are doing a night range tonight. There goes the 4th wedding anniversary that the army has gotten in the way of. Argh!!! (Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:13:24 GMT)
- Shay I can not believe that it is STILL snowing! (Sun, 10 Jan 2010 15:54:51 GMT)
- Shay there’s something magical about being out and about with snow on the ground. got a lot done today! ronnie’s hair cut and grabbed those craft supplies (well, what I could find). time to clean the house. ick. (Sat, 09 Jan 2010 21:04:01 GMT)
- Shay really wants to go to the craft store, but won’t brave it with the little one and the snow (Fri, 08 Jan 2010 15:46:36 GMT)
- Shay i think i’m a little late, but BLACK (Fri, 08 Jan 2010 04:32:27 GMT)
- Shay will probably dream about mouse ears tonight. (Fri, 08 Jan 2010 04:26:39 GMT)
- Shay has never seen it snow this hard this long. i love it! the ground is completely covered now and its still goin! (Thu, 07 Jan 2010 17:49:17 GMT)
- Shay correction, its still snowing…. (Thu, 07 Jan 2010 12:38:07 GMT)
- Shay I do not see 5-8 inches of snow on the ground. bummer. (Thu, 07 Jan 2010 12:24:30 GMT)
- Shay picking out a speech therapist for ronnie today then the C co. chili cookoff! I’m excited – my chili started cooking at 4:30 yesterday and now its looking like a crockpot full of yumminess! (Wed, 06 Jan 2010 14:08:05 GMT)
- Shay cookin’ my chili for the cookoff tomorrow! (Tue, 05 Jan 2010 23:59:23 GMT)
- Shay where is my husband?? (Tue, 05 Jan 2010 22:16:55 GMT)
- Shay i need ideas for a fantastic date night for our 4 year anniversary! we haven’t been out on a date in over 2 years! Its time. (Tue, 05 Jan 2010 18:53:14 GMT)
- Shay really needs to find some kids to watch so that ronnie has someone to play with. (Tue, 05 Jan 2010 11:47:28 GMT)
- Shay is having a hard time putting the little one to bed. argh! (Mon, 04 Jan 2010 02:28:30 GMT)
- Shay cleaning up the house and getting ready for everything to go back to normal tomorrow. We’re doing a liquid diet today to kick off a week of healthy eating. Even went to the grocery store and we’ve still only had liquids so far today. 🙂 (Sun, 03 Jan 2010 19:25:23 GMT)
- Shay we made it home..even through the horrid weather in west va. pizza is on the way and we’re ready to cuddle up on the couch and catch up on our tv shows! (Sat, 02 Jan 2010 23:39:46 GMT)
- Shay goal setting for the year ahead and spending time with family – only 3 days left till we have to go back to ky (Wed, 30 Dec 2009 21:05:20 GMT)
- Shay yesterday was amazing!! today: zoo and shopping for the baby shower! (Sun, 27 Dec 2009 14:26:55 GMT)
- Shay Going out for breakfast then to Bush Gardens this afternoon! Ready for an eventfull day! (Sat, 26 Dec 2009 13:38:05 GMT)
- Shay has had a whirlwind of a week. for those who don’t know, we celebrated christmas in ky early so we could make it home to va for christmas eve. hoping to upload pics this weekend! (Sat, 26 Dec 2009 03:51:04 GMT)
- Shay omg. 6am and I had to call the poison line cuz ronnie got ahold of nailpolish and was painting his lips. omg. (Wed, 23 Dec 2009 11:13:32 GMT)
- Shay tomorrow will be another BORING day at home with the hubs. we’re already at each other’s throats. can’t wait for our trip to VA this saturday! (Wed, 23 Dec 2009 02:41:59 GMT)
- Shay the Hughes caroling crew rocks! loved the christmas carols, sweet treats, and the most adorable christmas card i’ve ever seen! (Tue, 22 Dec 2009 21:39:47 GMT)
- Shay is FINALLY done with my computer hardware class. such a bore and so much information to memorize! now onto operating systems… (Tue, 22 Dec 2009 03:52:16 GMT)
- Shay all about steve = cute movie! (Mon, 21 Dec 2009 03:02:19 GMT)
- Shay Getting old baby clothes together to take to Tiff and making burgers for supper! (Sat, 19 Dec 2009 21:26:51 GMT)
- Shay thinks its hilarious that ronnie had to do push-ups as punishment for messing up our room this morning. and he willingly did them! (Sat, 19 Dec 2009 14:48:32 GMT)
- Shay is considering seminary? (Sat, 19 Dec 2009 03:20:42 GMT)
- Shay Is so excited that Christmas is only a week away! And we’ll be in VA in 8 days. 🙂 (Sat, 19 Dec 2009 01:53:24 GMT)
- Shay is in a “I hate WoW” mood. argh! (Fri, 18 Dec 2009 03:19:34 GMT)
- Shay menu planning then school work! I’ve got to prepare for my final exam this weekend! (Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:35:46 GMT)
- Shay is trying to sqeeze an extra week and a half out of my fridge. my husband thinks he’s starving, but its kind of working! (Thu, 17 Dec 2009 05:19:52 GMT)
- Shay is completely consumed by my little project. can’t wait till its ready to share with the world! (Thu, 17 Dec 2009 02:34:26 GMT)
- Shay dumplindesigns.com has closed its virtual doors, but i’m working on something new and exciting!!! will reveal in the next couple of days. (Wed, 16 Dec 2009 13:39:17 GMT)
- Shay had a great time at the christmas party 2night! would have loved to stay longer, but my counterpart just HAD to get home to raid with the guild. geessh! (Wed, 16 Dec 2009 01:48:43 GMT)
- Shay i kind of went a little overboard on the baking for today. spinach cheese spirals turned into spirals, plus veggie cornbread, plus garlic croissant, plus chocolate zucchini muffins and loaf, plus chocolate crinkle cookies. mmmm…. (Tue, 15 Dec 2009 19:35:38 GMT)
- Shay Tired. I need coffee. Although, I had 2 cups yesterday morning and couldn’t go to sleep till 3am last night! (Tue, 15 Dec 2009 15:37:33 GMT)
- Shay Today = more cleaning, baking spinach cheese swirls, C co. Christmas party, catch up on school work. (Tue, 15 Dec 2009 13:35:55 GMT)
- Shay can’t sleep! (Tue, 15 Dec 2009 06:51:05 GMT)
- Shay attack plan for the day – clean, ronnie’s speech therapy, wrap gifts, find a good bread/roll recipe. (Mon, 14 Dec 2009 13:03:38 GMT)
- Shay i think i’m done with ronnie’s christmas presents, but i keep seeing little things to add. i can’t wait to see how he reacts to most of them! (Mon, 14 Dec 2009 03:53:39 GMT)
- Shay is taking a Harvard class on building dynamic websites. ha! (Sun, 13 Dec 2009 17:07:59 GMT)
- Shay well, it was bound to happen soon. ronnie climbed out of his crib this morning. now we don’t have any choice but to put up the toddler bed today. it didn’t work the last 2 times we tried, but maybe we’ll have better luck now. (Sun, 13 Dec 2009 14:56:46 GMT)
- Shay 14 days till we’ll be home in VA! (Sat, 12 Dec 2009 13:29:26 GMT)
- Shay back from the C co. bake sale. realized I’m not as competitve as some people. but we raised a heck of a lot of money though! (Fri, 11 Dec 2009 15:14:49 GMT)
- Shay thinking about my sweetie on his 8-mile ruck march. it amazes me what these guys do. bake sale afterwards! (Fri, 11 Dec 2009 11:39:19 GMT)
- Shay saw Orion big and bright in the sky tonight. reminds of a time when life was so easy. and it made me smile. 🙂 (Fri, 11 Dec 2009 02:18:57 GMT)
- Shay its snowing again! i’m loving this! (Thu, 10 Dec 2009 13:37:29 GMT)
- Shay Lordy Lordy, my daddy is 40!!! Happy birthday to the best dad ever! (Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:50:37 GMT)
- Shay thinks its hilarous that ronnie tells me when he needs a nap now. still not talking much, but he communicates with gestures and actions. (Wed, 09 Dec 2009 16:42:18 GMT)
- Shay is so in love with a little boy named ronnie. (Wed, 09 Dec 2009 14:09:18 GMT)
- Shay had a blast at my favorite 3 year-old’s party. It was ronnie’s first friend bday party and he did well – except for when he ate the play-doh (Tue, 08 Dec 2009 23:47:16 GMT)
- Shay wishing i could find the remote to my digital converter box. why don’t they make universal remotes for those things? you can’t program the channels without the remote. (Tue, 08 Dec 2009 13:38:54 GMT)
- Shay needs to shut her mouth sometimes (Tue, 08 Dec 2009 00:20:05 GMT)
- Shay SNOW!!! (Mon, 07 Dec 2009 10:11:33 GMT)
- colored cardstock
- white cardstock
- scissors or paper trimmer
- hold punch
- plastic bags
Cut out the pattern and use it to cut card stock into the two pieces. Fold on dotted lines.
Using a hole punch, make two even holes in the top of the bag (the hold should go through three layers).
If you didn’t already know, I’ll go ahead and tell you that marshmallows are very posh right now. I see them all over the party and wedding blogs. While I’m not quite ready to take my stab at homemade marshmallows, I decided to at least candy coat some for Ronnie’s valentines. I was amazed at how easy it was!
- candy melts or chocolate chips
- popsicle sticks
- large marshmallows
- wax paper
Line your marshmallows up on the wax paper. Insert a popsicle stick into each one. Melt your candy or chocolate according to package directions (we used the microwave=easy).
Dip a marshmallow into your candy coating or chocolate and swirl it around to cover all the sides.
Hold the marshmallow over a bowl of sprinkles a then sprinkle them onto the marshmallow, turning to get all the sides and the bottom.
Place it back down onto the wax paper and repeat until they’re all done.
Check back tomorrow to see a great way to package these bad boys!
Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday, but because we’re not a football family (nor a tv family, for that matter), we didn’t watch it. I didn’t want us to miss out on all the fun, though. We made some traditional football foods – like meatballs, potato skin pizzas, corn dogs, jalapeno poppers and pickles. After we all made our plates, we camped out in front of the computer to watch what I thought would be commercials from the big game on Hulu. Unfortunately, it turned out to be commercials from last year. We watched a few anyway and then I found this year’s commericals on cbs.com, which weren’t available until after the game. So, we still haven’t watched them, but I have a feeling we’ll do that later today.
Ronnie enjoyed eating in the living room and he always loves a muffin tin meal, so this is what he had:
Here’s the lineup of crafts, recipes, and handmade gifts I’ll be using this year for Valentine’s Day.
Gifts & Activities
- You Complete Me pillowcase iron-on transfers at Creature Comforts.
- Casablanca courtesy of Netflix.
- Printable Mickey Candy Box from Family.com.
- Conversation hearts seem to be Ronnie’s new addiction.
- The hubs has been wanting this game for a while but didn’t want to spend the $ on it – that’s what wives are for. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.
- Family Spin the Bottle: play spin the bottle with your family. Instead of kisses (well, some kisses are fine), say one nice thing about the person it lands on.
- Sweet Tooth at Twig & Thistle.
- Valentine Sugar Buns recipe from Scrumdilly-do!
- Love Potion recipe from Family.com.
- Strawberries, photo from Anushruti RK.
- Heart Box Lunch at Katherine Marie Photography to include PBJs, cherry tomatoes, and veggie chips.
- Homemade Chocolate Milk recipe from Seasonal Ontario Food.
Red Day: Focus on all things red for today. Some ideas are:
- Wear red. Dress yourself and your toddler up wearing red clothing. Make a big deal about your RED shirt!
- Add to your Color Book. Using a blank book (like a scrapbook orjournal), allow your toddler to create a red collage on a 2page-spread. First, allow him/her to color the pages with crayons ormarkers, then have him/her paste pictures of red things onto thepage. You can either find red pictures in magazines or print themfrom your computer.
- Serve red snacks – like apples, tomatoes, strawberries, or raspberries.
- Play with red play-doh.
- Cut or tear red paper.
photo from Anushruti RK.
Heart Tracing: This is a great beginner’s tracing activity. Take a piece of construction paper or card stock and draw a heart with glue. Show your toddler how to put conversation hearts on the glue. Allow him/her to finish off the heart and then praise success!
Valentine Transferring Activity: Grab a few heart-shaped supplies to set your toddler up for a fun transferring activity! I got this heart ice-cube tray at the dollar store, but any tray will work. Try using foam hearts and/or pink poms poms with a spoon or tongs. Show him/her how to do it once or twice then set your toddler free.
Make Valentines: Just because your toddler isn’t in school, doesn’t mean he/she has to miss out on all the fun. You may not have a class to make valentines for, but you do have family and friends. Try one of these neat ideas and get your toddler to help with the coloring, gluing, cutting, and cooking!
- Love Buckets at The Idea Door.
- Conversation Candy Bar Wrappers at Creature Comforts.
- Colorful Valentines Day Cards at The Long Thread.
- Chocolate Play Dough at A Foothill Home Companion.
photo from Creature Comforts
Heart Sun Catcher: Follow a tutorial at Our Crafts ‘N Things to make this adorable sun catcher. Take the opportunity to talk to your toddler about love. For Christians, look up these bible verses:
- “Let me give you a newcommand: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love oneanother. This is how everyone will recognize that you are mydisciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” – John 13:34
- “Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayerand intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list.But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as youlove yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Lawand the Prophets hangs from them.” – Matthew 22:37-40
photo from Our Crafts ‘N Things
Here’s a great playdate for your kid – no matter what age! Host a Valentine cookie decorating playdate. You’ll need:
- sugar cookies
- cupcakes – here’s a great recipe!
- cupcake toppers – you can download some at Skip to My Lou
- conversation hearts and/or m&m’s
- fun decorations – handmade is always better than store-bought!
For the place mats, I just used a piece of white card stock and attached a foam heart with the child’s name written on it. On the right is a little bowl of pink icing, with a popsicle stick for spreading.
One fun decoration is this little pennant. All I did was cut triangles out of card stock and scrapbooking paper and strung it all together with a piece of ribbon.
Set the kids free to create their magic and see what you get!
To use this wallpaper:
- Click on the size for your screen’s resolution.
- Right click on the image that appears and choose “Save Image As”.
- Save the image somewhere in a file where you’ll be able to find it easily.
- Now, right click on your desktop and choose “Personalize”.
- Follow the appropriate links to change your desktop background.
Are your ready for the day of love? February 14 is fast approaching, so its time to start thinking about how you’ll celebrate. Here’s some great ideas to get you started: