Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Seven.

This kid turned 7 today. How in the heck did that happen?!  How do we have a 7 year old?! So hard to remember what our life was like 7 years ago. What did we do with our free time?! I can remember lots of peaceful nights, peaceful dinners, and peaceful car rides BUT on this day 7 years ago that all changed and we wouldn't have it any other way....we love him so much and can't wait to see what he accomplishes and how much he grows in the next year. 
 



Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Rewind.

Well folks another week has passed! Where in the world does the time go and how in the heck can it go by so FAST?! Only a week left before the crazies are out of school for a couple weeks and only a couple weeks until Christmas. We have one birthday next week then another Christmas Eve....which means lots to do and get done. Plus we had 2 family birthdays this week and will celebrate both tomorrow night:)



The biggest happening of this week was probably the boys' birthday party. That went good and I am glad it's over so now I can focus on Christmas. It's always hard to get in the Christmas mood before their party. 

       My attempt at a Minecraft cake and my time making marshmallow fondant. More on the birthday in a different post...stay tuned.

We got our Christmas tree Sunday after the birthday party. We don't go to a fancy place to get it.....at least not yet. Good old Costco it is. For $30 you get an awesome looking tree. They seriously always have the best trees. So Sunday was a busy day with the party, then tree, then the opening of the all the presents, and then the decorating of the tree...UGH!


This week Easton was quite challenging. A couple days this week he thew major tantrums and did NOT want to go to school. But it wasn't until we got there that he all of a sudden was "too tired" to go. No clue what he deal is. He did this once before last month and I thought it was because Cameron was out of school that day and he still had to go. But this week I have no clue. And I have no clue what to do about it. Monday when it happened I tried to talk to him for like 10 minutes in the car but as it got later and later I just had to drag him in there and leave Cameron in the car with Bentley. Thank goodness Cameron knows better to be on his best behavior when I am dealing with Easton. So we get to the classroom and his teacher tells me to just leave. She called awhile later and said that he was fine and after 5 minutes the screaming and the tantrum was over. 

Tuesday he was fine no issues at all. Then Wednesday comes along and he was fine walking into class and as I am leaving and walking up the hallway he darts out of the classroom after me. And here we go again. But this time the teacher had a conference with another parent so she could not deal with him until after the conference. So here I am standing outside the classroom holding Easton up by his arms so he's not getting filthy dirty from rolling all over the dirty wet ground. Meanwhile it's like almost 8:30 and Cameron starts school at 8:30. Ryan shows up before his golf game and stays until Easton is finally calmed down in the classroom with his teacher. So Cameron was like 30 minutes late to school. 

Then on Thursday after lots of time in his room on Wednesday and a lots of talks he begins to almost start the same thing. I hug and kiss him {lots of times} and he starts to follow me out. We go tback inside and the teacher quickly shuts the door. He threw himself on the ground and that was it. His teacher said he was fine after that and went to speech with no problems. I am really hoping this "phase" gets over with soon. Monday is a new week so let's hope he does better but to be honest I am afraid of Monday morning to be here.
Oh and then Tuesday the teacher calls me right after I drop him off because he's in the bathroom trying to poop crying with a tummy ache. That's another issue. But he went to the Doctor and we think it's just a lack of fiber. He's always complaining of his tummy and always in the bathroom. He usually isn't crying over the tummy aches though, hoping he wasn't trying to pull a fast one over the teacher. He did eventually poop that day and the doctor could feel it, so I really don't think he was faking it:(

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!!!! Only 13 days left until Christmas!!! Wish me luck on Monday morning....fingers crossed:)








Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Make it Monday.

Today's Make it Monday is a day late:) but it's very simple and a card that anyone can duplicate. This card design would be a good one to do if you had lots to make as it's very simple. We made this at my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack. 

Only about 3 more weeks or so until the items from the holiday catalog are still available. There are a few items that have carried over and will still be available for purchase after January 5. The stamp set used here, Seasonally Scattered, is one of my favorites from this holiday catalog. I love this card because of the simplicity of it. The "Merry Christmas" is a stamp set that was a part of a promotion and is no longer available. 








Here are the items I used {if you notice...not many}

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Rewind.

Last week went by super fast. I lost track of the days because of Thanksgiving and Ryan's work schedule was different and the kids were out of school. Oh AND Ryan gave me his cold so I had to deal with that all last week and this week. Thankfully the head cold part is gone and now I just have a dry annoying cough. I don't sound as bad I did and for the first time in over a week my head isn't pounding. Thankfully the kids really didn't catch whatever we had, stuffy noses and little coughs. 

Oh and for the first time ever I think since we started I missed Pie Day at Vicky's {Cynthia's mom} house. Since I had a little cold and not sure the kids had caught it or not I decided to skip out on pie day. Every year the day before Thanksgiving Vicky hosts Pie Day where we all get together and bake our sweet treats for Thanksgiving. I did not want to spread my germs {one day I will share a story and you will know my main reason for my skipping out and not wanting to spread the wonderful sick germs}  and I am so glad I didn't go because as the next few days went on I was feeling worse:(

Our Elf, Louie, made his appearance a few days ago. Trying to get creative with this little guy. Cameron is getting older and remembers like every spot he was last year and everything he did. So far every morning Cameron wakes up he thinks his nose is RED. Louie likes to paint their noses RED:) And trying to come up with answers to Cameron's questions is getting a but tricky. I know he is getting close to the age where he doesn't "believe" anymore. He already told me a couple kids in class don't believe in Santa but he says he still does and that makes me HAPPY. 

 This was day one. Louie arrived with a welcome note. 



Easton really did not like the face Louie drew on his picture. All day he kept trying to erase it. 

Easton had a field trip to the library this week. It was fun and the kids loved it. The children's librarian read some stories and sung a couple of songs before they were able to go and check out all the books. Of course the only thing Easton wanted to do was play on the iPads. YES there are iPads in the Children's section at the library. 



Cameron's class performed the Wild Things skit at the local Barnes & Nobles. The kids did this in October at a local Senior home. It was pretty chaotic. 30 1st graders running around the book store. AND did you know they have toys at the book store?! WTF is up with that!!! I knew they had some toys because I have seen them the last few times I have went but I didn't realize how many they actually have. Seriously?! I cannot go to a single store that does not have any toys. UGH!

We found a book that is shaped like a bulldozer that has wheels on it, this got him away from the train table in the children's section. Cameron's class performed their skit once in the children's section then again a few minutes later in the front of the store. And of course Bentley did not want to leave to train table. I was very lucky to leave that store without buying anything. Bentley gave me the book nicely and I quickly put it down and we ran out of there......running all the way to the car because it was pouring rain outside. Bentley really liked this book so I am thinking Santa might bring it for him. 


I will be busy tomorrow attempting to make a Minecraft cake for the boys' birthday party on Sunday. Wish me luck and fingers crossed I don't jack it up:) I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

***once again I am not proof reading...I know I am such a bad blogger, so please excuse any typos and hopefully it's not too bad of a read....eeeeeekkkk***

Monday, November 24, 2014

Make it Monday.

Happy Monday Everyone!!!!

I am excited to share todays Make it Monday with you all. I got this idea from Ronda Wade, she is a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and runs a training group that is not part of SU! that I have joined. It's an awesome group! LOVE LOVE THIS GROUP. Even though my business is still itty bitty I am learning so much from her and all the other members. We have a Facebook group where we can ask and share questions and answers, I cannot say enough awesome things about it! Click here for more information on her training group.

First you need 2 pieces of 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 sized paper and of the same pattern or color. The Stampin' Up! paper stacks work well for this. In this picture I am using retired product from last years holiday catalog. 

You need to score 3 sides at 1 inch.  You score 2 of the 6 1/2 sides and 1 of the 4 1/2 sides. The black lines in the above picture show the score marks. Then you will cut on the score lines on the bottom up to the score line like shown above. {Hope that makes sense}

Next you will need to put adhesive on the bottom of the little flaps and fold in on your score marks so the little flaps adhere to the bottom. You can use your favorite adhesive I recommend something a little stronger for boxes and bags. I like LOVE the green Tombow multi liquid glue. 



You will need to score, cut, and glue the little flaps on both sheets of paper. 
Once you have your 2 sides made up put your adhesive on the inside bottom and the inside sides of just one of them. Then you will sandwich them together. {OH geeze I hope that made sense} 



Run your fingers up the middle of each side and creasing at the top like shown in the picture. 

Take a 2x3 piece of cardstock and adhere to the back and fold over and close shut with a mini clothespin. You can a little tag or stamped image to the little piece of cardstock. 





I hope you enjoy this cute little bag and give it a try this holiday season. It's the perfect size for all those little gifts you have to give PLUS it's super cute.  We made this at a class  I offered a couple weeks ago.  It was a big hit and I hope my customers will use this idea for their own gift giving.  And I hope you understand my instructions, if not please ask me!!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Rewind.

Well what can I say about this week?! Another busy week!!! Cameron had early dismissals everyday this week because they had parent/teacher conferences. That was kinda nice because we were home around noonish BUT crazy because then I had a short amount time to do all my running around.

Monday I got my hair done and went RED this time. I needed a change BUT hoping it's not too much of a change before we have family pictures taken. YES...family pictures are this weekend!! That should be interesting. And that's what I was busy doing today and yesterday, I was getting outfits together. I knew what I wanted I just hadn't had any time to go out shopping, so last minute me running around:)

Today Bentley was a bit challenging. He screamed and sobbed while we were shopping all because he had to try on a sweater and shoes. Then at another store he kept trying to run out the front door. He did this a couple weeks ago at this same store and I ended up walking out empty handed because he was impossible. And well he did the same thing today but after a few times he did manage to find a toy in the store to play with for about 5 whole minutes, it gave me just enough time to hurry and grab the sizes I needed.

                                  

                                 


We had Cameron's parent/teacher conference this week. All is good he just needs to spend more time practicing reading and blending his words together. Not sure if I already shared this or not but a couple weeks ago he picked up Where the Wild Things Are and read the entire story. His class did a little skit at school and each student had to memorize a couple sentences {they performed it at a Senior home for the old folks} so he was reading it a lot at school and I had no clue he knew how to read the entire story. I was very proud of him and just about almost cried. It was very cool to see him reading it all on his own. He just needs to keep practicing. We read every night but sometimes he screws around and then he ends up just making half the effort. 

A couple months ago Cameron had an eye exam at his school and we got a form in the mail stating he failed the color portion of it. Well we finally went in to see the eye doctor and he said Cameron is fine for now and to get another check-up in a couple years. We have never noticed a problem with his colors so we were kinda shocked when we got the paper in the mail. The doctor said sometimes kids just have a hard time with the different shades of colors so as of now he is not color blind:) 

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!!!! Wish us luck on our family pictures....hoping the kids cooperate:)

And to my homegirl Becca......you will get it next time sista!!! Love you!!!!



Monday, November 17, 2014

Make it Monday.


Well the craft fair I did over the weekend didn't go very well. There wasn't much foot traffic {once again} and to be honest I was a little disappointed BUT I will not get discourage and I will just keep trying different craft fairs until I find a good one.  I was hoping to do another another fair before Christmas but I am just not sure that is going to happen. My weekends are limited because most fairs are on Saturdays and I only have one person to watch all 3 kiddos all day.


Today's Make it Monday is a card I did for a Swap I participated in back in August. I just love this bundle! I wish I have had more time to play with it. This set would look super cute on some scrapbook pages, especially those Project Life pages. I can't wait to make up some scrapbook pages using this set. It may take me a few years but I will eventually get around to it:)

                          

                          
                       I know the pictures are terrible.....sorry phone pictures this time around:(


Here are the items I used to make this card: 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Rewind.


Once again another busy week and lots going on. This week was kinda nice because the kids were out of school for Veteran's Day. Cameron was off Monday thru Wednesday and Easton was off Monday and Tuesday.  It was nice having a couple extra days off from the regular morning routine of getting the kids ready and out the door for school. 


We made it to the Fish Hatchery and for the first time we were there when they opened the gates. That was kinda cool to see. Every time we are there the gate is closed and you see all these crazy Salmon trying to fight their way through and over the gate. We got to see them jumping up the ladder....pretty cool. The kids love checking out all the fish....well except Bentley...keep scrolling and you will see Bentley really didn't care for the fish.



This was after the fish and the play area. Happy Bentley:)


 Bentley was terrified of the fish. He wanted nothing to do with them. He didn't want to get near them. 

They were so amused with throwing rocks into the river.

Then on Wednesday Easton had to go to school and Cameron was off. So we take Easton to school and let's just say this was not a good day, it was all bad.  I had to drag him out of the car and carry him into the classroom. Then he darted out of the room and started walking running back to the car. 

He claims he was too tired to go to school. I stood there for 30 minutes trying to get him into the classroom. Nothing was working. So we left and went home. Thank goodness Cameron is at the age where he can kinda help out with Bentley. He was inside Easton's classroom with Bentley the entire time I was outside with Easton. Once we got home Easton was sent straight to his room. At first he did lay down and act like he was going to sleep then after a few minutes he says he's not tired anymore and he's only tired at school. He was to stay in his room all day but I think once he realized I wasn't going to budge on this he decided he was ready to go. I told him if he thought he was ready to get his shoes and socks on and we will go AND he didn't have stay in his room all day long. So an hour later I dropped him off and he was fine. 


This was Easton hanging onto the pole, not wanting to go into his classroom. He must have been in this spot for 10 minutes...UGH!!!!

Cameron had a field trip to The Crest Theatre to see Harry the Dirty Dog. Of course the day we are driving downtown in traffic is the day it decides to rain. We did get lucky and it was only that annoying misting rain but still made for a bad hair day. The play was only an hour long and then we were on our way back to the school. I was lucky enough to have the teacher drive with me so the 5 kids I had in my car were fairly good and were not too crazy.


                                   
Not  a very good picture but this is Cameron at the theater waiting for the play to start.


On Sunday I had card class. The second sunday of the month is my regular card class and then today I did a tags, bags, and gift card holder class for the holidays. AND then tomorrow I am doing another craft fair. So between the 2 classes and the craft fair I have been busy. And earlier this week I got the boys' birthday invites printed {yes....it's that time of year again!} So I need to work on getting those in the mail at the beginning of next week. 
Oh and then right before class was getting ready to start a few houses dow from us the water company busted a gas pipe, so that was not good. They blocked off the road and had it repaired in a few hours. But still a little scary especially the smell of the gas and the hissing sound. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!!!!! We are headed to Apple Hill Sunday:) Apple donuts and fritters....YUMMY!!!!