Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Interesting Facts

* The boys think that America's Funniest Videos are, in fact, the funniest thing ever!! Last night, Mallory was also watching.  There were some cat videos that she loved, and I was almost in tears laughing at the three of them laughing!
* Instead of watching cartoons in the morning, Brady now watches SportsCenter.  He also plays football with his friends at recess EVERY day.
* Drew tried a cheese quesadilla the other day... and liked it! We are moving up :)
* Mallory understands that we are going to Disneyworld on vacation. However, she cannot seem to remember what it is called. lol  At first, she was calling it something that started with "Minnie."  Today it at least started with "Disney" but I can't recall the other half she said.  She has made it very clear to me that she wants to see Mickey and his friends but doesn't want to talk to any of the princesses.
* When I ask her to put things away, Mallory has started to hide them instead.  Her favorite hiding place is in the corner of her room, behind her bunny chair.  Of course, it's hard for me to understand the point of this since it takes just as long to hide it as it would to put it away!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Going to Seattle!

Booked our airfare this morning :) I was pretty bummed earlier in the week because the airfare I was looking at over the weekend went up on Tuesday and stayed that way for the rest of the week.  However, I took a peek again this morning, and the price had gone back down - woo hoo!!  Bryan and I are going and leaving the kids behind with Grandma.  We decided to go mid May so that the kids will still be in school, but hopefully it will be close enough to the summer that we can do some whale watching off the San Juan Islands.  Of course, it seems like a long ways off at the moment, but I know the time will fly by as always!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Mallory's favorite chore

In the past few weeks, I have tried to get the kids to help out a little more around the house - to their displeasure, of course. lol  They were already doing a fair amount, but I can always use more help! Drew is now setting the table (which really just means putting out the napkins and silverware), and Brady is responsible for pouring drinks for the kids and often times, making his dinner.  I've also started asking them to take out the trash and/or recycling. Of course, when Drew took the trash out the other day, I had to clean up the trail he left of chocolate milk, so it actually made more work for me... live and learn!

Mallory's favorite chore is unloading the silverware from the dishwasher.  Of course, it takes her forever because there are big spoons, medium spoons, kid spoons, etc. and she wouldn't be happy if everything weren't in the right place.  Is she my daughter or what??

Comparing forks to see if they are the same size...
I taught her to do this because she was constantly 
asking - is this one big? is this one medium? etc.

Of course, by next week she may be complaining about unloading the dishwasher, but for now I'm happy that she enjoys it!

Living Museum

Brady has spent the last month at school learning about Leif Eriksson.  Each student in the second grade was assigned a historical figure, with the end goal of "becoming" that person during the living museum.  The kids lined up down the main hallway of the school this morning dressed as their assigned person. Each child had a "button" that the parents could push. When pushed, the students were to come alive and give a brief speech about that person.  I was rather impressed by some of the costumes I saw, and most of the kids I heard really knew their speeches well... including Brady (of course!).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Spent the last two days scrapping...

I just finished this:

Fall Forest - Heather Roselli
Falling for Her - Traci Reed & Melissa Bennett
A little snippy alpha - Julie Billingsley
template by Jacinda

I had another layout started first, but I couldn't finish working on it because the papers wouldn't download for me.  I ended up installing a different browser on my computer, and they downloaded through it without a problem. Go figure! I've bought plenty of stuff from the Sweet Shoppe and that's the first time I've run into that...

I browsed through Cracker Barrel today and came home with this:

I totally bought it so I would be justified in buying this new kit:

Hopefully Mallory won't turn her nose up at it!! She seems to be getting pickier with what she is willing to wear... no real surprise there!

Friday, January 20, 2012

This week...

*We signed Drew & Mallory up for soccer again this spring - the season starts in March.
*Brady has try-outs for baseball tomorrow. He is pretty excited about it :)  At this age, all the kids make
  a team, so no pressure.
*Drew learned about bears in school. He asked me to take this pic with his artwork -
*Mallory stayed dry at school two days in a row. Of course, once we got home she showed no interest in  
  going on the potty.  This afternoon, however, she stayed dry from around 2 p.m. until bedtime.  She 
  was pretty enthusiastic, so we'll see what tomorrow brings.  I'm sure the two m&m's for each successful 
  trip to the potty helped. lol
*Bryan has been working nights and is hoping that tonight will be the last shift, but I'm not sure how 
  promising it's looking at the moment... I got quite a bit of scrapping done last week, but I've lost the 
  motivation these past few days. I think it's just that I'm doing more in the evenings with him at work, so 
  once I get everyone in bed, I don't have the motivation to do much of anything!

Here is one of the last layouts I completed -

Super Pop- Dani Mogstad
Embellish Holiday: Fall-o-ween template by
Traci Reed & NettioDesigns

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Another day, another dollar...

spent! I have used most of my free time the past two days to shop :) Good news is that Kohl's is practically giving stuff away, so I got a lot for my money! What, do you ask? 3 pairs of shorts and 3 shirts for Drew, two shirts, a pair of shorts and a pair of jeans for Brady, 3 pairs of pajamas and a pair of shoes for Mallory... all for $125.  Plus, I got $20 in Kohl's cash, so I went back today and got Mallory another pair of shoes - hard to beat $20 off!

I also went to Gymboree today to use my Gymbucks.  I didn't get much but have my eye on a few things for the boys - I will save those purchases for when my new coupon is good in a few weeks. lol  My last stop was Stride Rite to get a couple pairs of shoes for Mallory.  They were on sale, but it is Stride Rite, so they weren't exactly cheap.  It stinks when she grows out of her current size because one or two pairs of new shoes just doesn't cut it...  not like the boys who basically wear 2-3 pairs of shoes and that's it!

Next on my list is a trip to Goodwill. Brady is studying Leif Erikson and is memorizing a speech about his life.  I need to find a few things to dress him up as a viking - good luck to me!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Calling it quits

We have decided that this will be Brady's last month of karate.  He enjoys class while he is actually there, but he doesn't look forward to it and would prefer to have more free time at home.  He will be playing baseball again this spring, and in the fall we will consider trying out something new.  He likes the idea of playing football, but Bryan and I aren't willing to commit to the number of practices it involves.  There are a couple of organizations that offer flag football, so that's an option.  He has also talked about trying boy scouts in the past - I think both he and Drew would enjoy that.  Of course, by the time summer rolls around and we are talking about this again, who knows what he will be enthusiastic about?

At the dojo - Traci Reed
Set #107 Photo Focus 3 template - Cindy Schneider

This is another scraplift of one of my "favorites" at the Sweet Shoppe.  I have a couple of pages worth of favorites saved, but this week is the first time I've actually gone back and lifted a couple as I planned! It was fun to do them, and I felt motivated to work on other layouts after I got them done :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Play-doh Toy Time Race game

Mallory got this game from Santa, and it is a big hit with the kids!  One part of the game is that you get to recycle (i.e. smash) other players, and to say that they LOVE that would be an understatement... They get really excited while playing it - last night Drew kept pretending to fall off his chair.  Mallory was in tears a few times after being smashed, but was thrilled two seconds later when she got to smash someone else. Definitely a game of highs and lows!

Blurry, but worth seeing the look on her face :)

Smashed... again!

The smasher instead of the smashee. lol

I was feeling really motivated to do a layout but had no idea which kit to use.  I ended up looking through some of the kits I already own and found this one by Traci Reed called Monster Jam.  I thought it would work well since a major portion of the board has gears on it.  I actually bought this kit in anticipation of using it next month, after the boys go to the Monster Truck Jam (Drew got tickets for Christmas).  I think it turned out well!

FYI - if you have a child between the ages of 3-6, he/she will likely receive this game as a birthday gift sometime this year :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

New haircut

I took the kids for haircuts yesterday afternoon.  Mallory said she didn't want one.  Drew decided he was finally ready for a change.  I have asked him off and on for about a year if he would like to do something different, but his response has always been that he likes it flat.  Yesterday, I didn't ask, but he informed Brandie that he would be getting it cut short like Brady's.  Of course, I was just hoping he wouldn't wake up today and change his mind once we cut it! Turned out not to be an issue, he was pretty excited about me spiking it for him this morning :)

We'll see how long this lasts! I think I like it better the old way, but that's o.k.  If he's happy with it this way, that's fine with me.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Go, Go, Power Rangers!

Both of the boys got Power Ranger costumes for Christmas.  Here they are trying them out for the first time...
Showing off his best move :)

Drew's costume was supposed to come with a mask.
Not sure if it was in the bag when I bought it or if
I somehow misplaced it.  Thankfully, he wasn't
too distraught over it and already had a mask he
had made several months back.

This picture is totally cracking
me up tonight!

St. Louis

I went back to October pics and worked on a couple pages from our trip to St. Louis.  The first one is nice and simple - I really love these digital page protectors, and Traci has a free one offered at the Sweet Shoppe right now.
Traci Reed - Document Life Sampler
Elements from Going Places - Kristin Cronin Barrow

This next one is a total scraplift of a layout by NatalieKW.  I loved it and saw no reason to change it up much at all!
Explore Exhibits - Meg Mullens & Jady Day Studio

Saturday, January 7, 2012

My final Christmas layout!

I think this kit is SO beautiful! Of course, I only scratched the surface of the papers and embellishments it contains...

Spirit of the Season - Jady Day Studio & Kay Miller Designs
Cindy's half pack #27 Joy template

I spent a good portion of the day today taking down Christmas decorations.  The trees are still up, but breaking those down tomorrow shouldn't take too long.  I think this is probably the worst part about traveling after Christmas - coming back to a house that is still decorated and tons of presents that now need a home.  I spent two days organizing/purging in the kids' rooms and playroom, so all their new stuff has a home.  Unfortunately, I still need to tackle my own goodies and finish gathering up everything I will be donating to Goodwill.  The pile is pretty large :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas layouts


Countdown to Christmas template - Misty Cato
Magical Christmas - Jady Day Studio & Studio Flergs
DJB Holly Berry Wonderland font
A few elements from Cutesy Christmas - Meg Mullens 

Santa! I posted this on facebook about a week ago, in case you 
are wondering why it looks familiar...
Magical Christmas - Jady Day Studio & Studio Flergs
Cindy Schneider - half pack 27 template

I'm actually almost done with Christmas layouts, but I have plenty of layouts from August-November to keep me busy after that!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A fun week... mostly.

We spent last week in Alabama with Bryan's brother and family.  As always, the kids had a great time together. 
Playing some football

At the park

Mallory couldn't get enough of this swing!

Such a cute pic of Rachel :)

Mallory watched the Grinch so many times I lost count!
She asked to watch it today, and I told her it would be
the last time until next Christmas.

Luke couldn't quite make it through the movie...

All six kids slept in the same room, with a couple exceptions.  
Two slept in Luke's bunk bed, and the rest slept on the floor.

Watching Animal Planet in Aunt Holly's room -
every time I walked into a room, that is 
what Rachel was watching!

The kids spent a lot of time connected - between us we had two
iphones, two ipads, an ipod touch, 4-5 nintendo ds's, and a Leapfrog LeapPad.

Brady also got to go with Uncle Scott and family to Memphis to see the Liberty Bowl.  Bryan and I opted to stay back at the house with Drew and Mallory - it was a five hour drive or so to get to Memphis.  Considering we drove almost 12 hours to get to Alabama, it seemed like a good idea to stay behind.  It actually worked out well because Drew slept in and Mallory took a nap (miracle!) while they were gone.  Plus, they left at 5 in the morning - they had a long day, but I know they had lots of fun, too!

So, let me refer back to my title and tell you that the week could have been better.  The day before we were scheduled to leave here, Drew woke up with a fever.  I felt obligated to take him to the doctor, esp. since he had strep only a few weeks ago.  We spent 2 1/2 hours at an urgent care place, only to find out he had a sinus infection.  He did have a fever off and on for a few days, but was feeling better by the end of the week.  I had a day or so reprieve... then it was Mallory :( On Saturday, she complained about her ears hurting. She woke up several times that night, and had a fever by Sunday afternoon. So, I was off again to an urgent care facility, this one on New Year's Day.  We spent a couple hours there, and literally made it to CVS as they were closing the pharmacy window.  Thankfully, we got her antibiotic and ear drops.  Of course, we were scheduled to leave town the next day so it was important to get this done!  For both kids to be sick twice in the same month is unheard of... literally.  I can only hope that this is a blip on the screen and not to be the norm from now on.

We did make it home last night in one piece, and everyone seems to be feeling better.  The kids had the day to recover today and will be back in school tomorrow.  That's the plan, anyway!!