Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Washi Tape!!!

Every time I say those words, I hear Benny the Bull in the back of my  mind yelling "sticky tape!!!"  But anyway, Ry and I made the cutest little craft today! 

I have been hoarding some butchers twine for some time now...wanting to do something with it...but not sure what.  Until the other day when my Christmas washi tape arrived.  :)  Here is what we came up with after falling in love with THIS inspiration! Ahhh...I do love a cute bunting.

Again, this is brought to you by Instagram. My new obsession. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


An attempt to get our family's Christmas card photos got these cute shots too!!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A craft...brought to you by Instagram.

I have a new favorite is the instagram app on my iphone.  I loooooove it.  I also love the craft my Suz, Lil, and I made the other day (inspired by: THIS)  We had a BLAST adapting this idea and creating it together.  :)

click to see larger...if you so desire ;)
Step by step, we made these adorable advent calendars that will be filled with yummy goodness for the littles to enjoy each day of December!

Captions for the photos in order left to right, row by row.
1.  Print randomly fonted numbers on Christmas cardstock scrapbook paper.
2.  Use the lovely 2" hole punch to make the circles.  We decided to have our numbers NOT centered.
3.  The circles!!!  Ready to be mod podged.
4.  Seriously, who doesn't love a girl who loves mod podge. :)
5.  Paint those suckers with mod podge and stick them in the lids of the tins...
6.  The tins!!!  Finished and ready to be magnetized!
7.  I used magnetic tape and stuck them on an old chalkboard that the kiddos play with.  I love it!
8.  And VOILA!  Our homemade advent calendar!
9.  My Christmas cactus is already in bloom.  He must be excited. ;)


Monday, November 21, 2011

Oh, Thomas...

It is official.  Thomas is here and he is staying.  Michael has discovered this little gem of a character and is smitten.  He even loves the show!  ONLY Thomas that talks, though.  ;)  I remembered today that while we were in Myrtle Beach this summer, he rode a faux Thomas the Train at an amusement park.  I located the photo and thought I would share. :)  Oh, and of course, there is one of Ry from that same day too.

My sweet boy riding Thomas!

Both kiddos loved bubble baths in "Granddad's tub"!!!

Gosh, I miss summer.  Counting the days already.  *sigh*

Friday, November 18, 2011

This and that...

This and that.  Perfect title to a blog post about, well, just stuff.  Stuff I don't want to forget.  And since is the ONLY memory keeping I do these days, here is the best place for it! 

As Michael's birthday week comes to an end, I need to share the few snapshots I took the actual night of his birthday.  Yummy ravioli (one of his faves) and delicious Thomas cupcakes (another fave).  Perfecto!

I love how you can see my little Train Engineer in the background!

I made those cupcake toppers, btw.  They are super easy.  Especially if you are the proud owner of these thingys...I have them in all shapes and sizes.  I LOVE them.  I keep them in my BRAND SPANKIN NEW CRAFT CART!  I am sooooo excited about this!!! My friend and neighbor, Kim, gave me this wonderful gift this week as a thank you for taking her family's photos.   Not only is the cart super cute and handy, but the drawers were filled when she gave it to me.  Filled and labeled.  I kid you not.  I.was.speechless.

I keep my cute punches in the top drawer.  The one that is labeled "scissors/punches."   Amazing, right?  :)

Lastly, a quick shot of the littles playing with one of M3's new birthday gifts.  They love it!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Michael!

Today is a super special day!  My sweet boy, Michael, was born at 7:02 am 4 years ago this morning.  My life has been forever changed.  I am so honored to be the mommy to my loving, snuggly, brilliant, inquisitive, and feisty little man. 

This past weekend, we celebrated his birthday with his favorite people in the world...his family.  We had a blast!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Crafts and Drafts...November :)

Oh what fun we had at Crafts and Drafts...the November edition!  I was inspired by this awesome blog post
by one of my all time favorite bloggers.  The gals and I had a great time hanging out and making our latest creations!

Let's start with our newest Crafts and Drafts friend!  Hello Miss K!

The set of plates I found at a local thrift shop...PERFECT for this craft!

They were actually stained glass!

The only step involved!  Paint with chalkboard paint!

The necessary supplies.  ;)

My final product on display! (yes, that is an outlet over my mantel)

Love it!  It can be changed with each use...menus, greetings, decoration...the possibilities are endless!

Monday, November 14, 2011

How is it possible?

I can't believe I am about to say this...but my sweet little boy is about to be 4.  We had a nice little celebration this weekend with our immediate families.  Michael had a WONDERFUL time and loved every single minute of it.  :)  I haven't uploaded the photos yet...but I did use some recent photos to make a banner to go with the theme.  Can you guess what the theme was?  ;)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Seriously...the leaves.

The leaves are out of control here.  CRAZY!  We have so many tall trees in our front yard that no matter how much you rake, the next day...the grass is covered.  Luckily, I have my little helpers.  ;)

After a long day of hard work,  he needs to take a little rest. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


This is a VERY busy time for me and my camera...unfortunately, it is not very often MY children in front of the  lens!  Recently though, we took what is most likely our last trip to the local petting farm.  The weather is shaky at best here nowadays.  Once day it's 70 (like today!) and the next it's 40.  :/  We had a great time and even got to wear our new hats and mittens (which is a very big deal around here!)

Who knew there was a monkey at the farm!?  ;)

Ry loves to just chat with the goats.  :)

Thank goodness for the "rides"!!!

Obligatory hand holding shot.  ;)

My sweet girl LOVES those animals!