Monday, November 28, 2011

Stars Mashup

You guys!!!

This is absolutely by far the most amazing thing I've seen recently. I'm completely in awe and can't stop thinking about it!

Did you know that the stars make noise??

Psalm 148:3
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars.

Seriously... take 14 minutes to watch this. Actually... just start it and if it doesn't captivate you within the first four minutes go ahead and stop. I bet you don't stop!




How cool was that!?!?!

Winner and another Giveaway!

Sorry about the mixup with not being able to comment for a day or two there. I switched back to the old form.

In case you are wondering... you can no longer see the comments that were left for the giveaway but they were stored in my email so I still had all the entries.

The randomly picked winner is Katie from The Amazing in the Ordinary!

Congratulations Katie! I'll be sending out your copy of The Star of Christmas soon!



And now I have another giveaway. :)

I am giving away one copy of the VeggieTales movie The Toy That Saved Christmas!



To enter the giveaway just leave a comment below. You do not have to have a blogger account to comment but you will want to leave your name so I know who you are if you win!

Winner will be chosen Thursday, December 1st.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Soooo...

Yesterday a friend told me that she could not comment on my blog. Today I looked into it and she was right! There was no place to comment. No link to it.

I tried to sign into Disqus to see what the problem might be and apparently I don't exist there anymore. I couldn't even sign in. They said that that didn't have my email.

Ok.

Whatever. I never really liked Disqus anyways. So it's back to the way things used to be. Hopefully it's all sorted out and no one has trouble commenting now.


Don't miss my current giveaway!! Winner will be announced tomorrow!



Saturday, November 26, 2011

My Crafty Girl!

Liza loooooves all things crafting.

She will sit for hours with paper and glue and scissors and crayons and make all kinds of things. Her imagination is awesome and the things she creates from paper are amazing.

Her latest crafty thing?

Crochet.

She REALLY wants to learn. She asks all the time. Once in a while I would let her sit on my lap and hold the hook and crochet with me but she just wants to know how to do it.

She BEGS me to teach her.

But she's just too young to do it by herself. I don't think her hands could actually do what they need to do.

However, we gave it a try the other day. I still had to help her a little with the holding but if I held a certain spot she could do the rest on her own!

Liza made herself two little crochet chain bracelets with only a little bit of help from me.

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Now she wants one in every color and if I'm not careful she'll be hoarding my scraps!

I hope Liza never tires of crafting because it would be awesome to have that in common with my daughter! I can't wait to do projects WITH her when she is a little bit older!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mispronunciation

The kids crack me up with their mispronunciations.

Liza has a list of words that she has a bit off. Here are some sentences you might hear coming from her mouth...


"I need some restruction paper."

"What do the rerections say?"

"You don't even restand what I am trying to say!"



Liza loves Garbies, Q Bears and the Distain Bears.



The other day she said to me "This needs to go in the crash. It's broken."


Jason has some things a little mixed up as well. The other day he requested "awfuls" for breakfast. And that same evening he was having "girled cheese" for dinner.


My favorite from Jason is when he says "I have an i-good-dea!"


And I love when he says "I need a kissue."


They both looove "olliepops".


And neither of them will ever say no to "bessert". Promise!


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I Made an Ugly Doll!!

The other day while in Toys R Us I saw the ugly dolls. I loved them a ton and decided that I must come home and try to make some for Liza and Jason. Fleece was on sale so I got a great deal and was able to make one much cheaper than I would have paid for it at the store. And I love it extra since I made it.

I'm not really creative in an artistic way. I could have just copied one of the dolls from the website but thought that was too boring. Instead I had Liza draw a monster for my inspiration. This is what she came up with...

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(The blue thing out the side of the head is a flower... this doll had to have a flower!)

Mike took the kids shopping and I got to work.

Using Liza's drawing for inspiration I sketched out my pattern.

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Then I cut it out and used it to cut the fleece.

I am by no means an expert at sewing... or even close! I know some basics and have only sewn things that are square before. I do not know how to use a pattern to sew and I often make things up as I go and take some good guesses. I'm thinking that my sewing methods would make expert sewers cringe... but that's ok because I usually end up with what I want to end up with. :)

Anyways... after getting the flower and face on I put right sides together and sewed it up leaving a space to turn it right side out and stuff it. Once stuffed I finished sewing it shut and ta-daaa!!

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I just love how this doll turned out! It's so cute and so soft and it really didn't take all that long to make.

I'm going to have a hard time saving it for Christmas!

I can't wait to make one for Jason! Not sure he will draw me a monster for inspiration though. Maybe I can get Liza to draw a different one.




Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Liza's Wish List

Shopping for the kids gets harder and harder every year. And then I have people asking me for ideas for the kids and I freak out a little bit because I don't even know what I am going to get them!

I decided to get on that last night and get some stuff done. Mike and I got a babysitter and headed to Toys R Us. I wasn't leaving until I at least had plenty of ideas but my hope was to go home and be done with Christmas shopping. I think I accomplished that.

So while I call this Liza's Wish List she really has no idea that she is wishing for these things. :)

The following are some things she will be finding under the tree this year...



Fisher-Price iXL Learning System
I tried a bunch of different electronic learning thingies out and decided on this one for Liza. She is really into learning to write and sound her letters and this one has a pen which will allow her to write on the screen. It seems to really be at the level she is currently on with plenty of room for her to learn and move forward. It has games, story books, writing activities for letters and numbers. You can also add pictures and draw on them. She'll love it!



Fisher-Price iXL Software- Disney Princess
This will be coming to her from her Grandma. It's a princess add on for her iXL. Liza is in love with all things princess so I'm thinking she will like this.




Imaginarium 4-in-1 Art Activities
Liza loves all things crafty. She has more crayons and markers than she will ever need so it was nice to find an art activity kit that may have a few of those things in it but offered more in the form of "activity". This has spiral art, scratch art (those things we used to make in art class where you color the paper and then paint it black and scratch the black off), stencils, make your own stickers and some kind of "magic" painting thing. I'm sure Liza will have everything used up in a few days but she will love doing it!







Pillow Pet
She has seen these and WANTS ONE!





Slippers
Because you need them in this house. These laminate wood floors get COLD!







Pretty Pretty Princess
Ummm... Liza THINKS she is a princess so getting to play a game where you try to be the princess should be a big hit with her. I'm sure I'll look lovely playing along.




Well that's most of it. I hope to have time to make her an ugly doll and a super hero cape. We'll see how that goes!

What are you getting your daughter for Christmas this year?



Christmas Giveaway

You all already know that I despise Christmas music playing so early.

And now you will learn something else about me and Christmas...

Last night Mike and I had a babysitter (thanks Ariel!!) so we went to the next town over because there is a Toys R Us there and I had no idea what to get the kids for Christmas but wanted to get the shopping done. I'm so not a last minute person. Anyways... I found some things that I hope the kids will love and will share them with you later. Mike and I had a really fun time out last night but on the way home I was already seeing Christmas lights on! Ugh.

Everytime I see Christmas lights this early I yell "IT'S TOOOOO EARLYYYYY!" at them. I know they can't hear me but it makes me feel better. :)

Then in January (and sometimes even February when I see lights STILL on) I yell "CHRISTMAS IS OVER!!!"

Mike just loves it. I'm positive. :)

Anyways... while at Walmart I stopped to look through the $5 movie bin and saw one of the kids favorite Christmas movies... that they watch all year long. Someone help me.

So... while it is way too early for Christmas music, and way too early for Christmas lights... it's never too early for giving!

Today I am giving away one copy of The Star of Christmas.



It's, of course, a VeggieTales movie and here is the amazon.com description:

Cavis Appythart and Millward Phelps (Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber) are putting the finishing touches on their first Christmas Spectacular musical - "The Princess and the Plumber." With stage great Effie Pickering in the lead role and more electric lights than 1880's London could ever hope to illuminate, Cavis is sure his show will "teach London how to love!" But when word gets out that little Edmund Gilbert's (Junior Asparagus) Christmas pageant, featuring the unveiling of a beloved and priceless artifact, is scheduled for the same night, will out two playwrights turn to desperate measures? Find out as the artists at Big Idea take you on an exciting holiday adventure all the way to a new understanding of the one Christmas story that really can teach us to love each other! 


To enter for a chance to win this movie just leave a comment on this post. Winner will be randomly chosen on  Monday, November 28.

Need something to write in the comment? Answer this question:
What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's Too Early For Christmas Music

Seriously!

Stop it with the Christmas music!

I've been hearing it for two weeks now. First it started in the stores. And it cracks me up how so many people are all "I love when they start playing Christmas music in the stores!" The only reason they start so early is because they do their little studies that show if you play Christmas music in your store people will get all in the Christmas spirit and spend more time in your store which means they are likely to spend more money.

It's all about the money.

The other day I started hearing it on just about every radio station.

Blah! It's not even Thanksgiving!! Can't we have one holiday at a time please??!?!?

You know... I was thinking about it. I really don't like Christmas music and I think the reason is because by the time I would be able to appreciate it (about two weeks before Christmas) I am already tired of it because it's been playing for a month.

Christmas is a holiDAY! Not a holi-two-month-long-event.

That said...

We went to our towns annual Christmas parade this morning.

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Still not big on the idea of Christmas before Thanksgiving but the kids had a great time and came home with loads of candy.

But please... can we hold off a little longer on the music?? I'm not ready to have Christmas songs stuck in my head all the time yet.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Polar Bears

The last time we were at the zoo we walked out of the aquarium to see lots of people hanging out at the top of the polar bear display.

This is why...

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The bear was pacing back and forth right at the window. So close!

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Polar bears are massive!

Male polar bears may grow 10 feet tall and weigh over 1400 pounds.  Females reach seven feet and weigh 650 pounds.  In the wild polar bears live up to age 25.

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The polar bear or the sea/ice bear are the world's largest land predators.  They can be found in the Artic, the U.S. (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Denmark (Greenland), and Norway.

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Around the age of four or five the female polar bear can start having babies. They usually only have two cubs and they have these babies in a cave they've dug in a large snow drift.  They stay there over winter and come out in spring with the babies.  

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The babies are much smaller than human babies when they're born.  They are the size of a rat and weigh little more than a pound.  They can grow to full man size in a year if they have lots of food.

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Polar bears have wide front paws with slightly webbed toes that help them swim.  They paddle with their front feet and steer with their hind feet.  Paw pads with rough surfaces help prevent polar bears from slipping up on the ice.

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Polar bears primarily eat seals.

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  Humans are the polar bears only predator.


I want to hug one.





Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thankful Tree

Last year I made a Thankful Tree. I wanted to do it again this year but I didn't want the tree and vase sitting on my table. And there just wasn't another good place for it.

So I had to get creative and come up with a new way to do it. I saw that felt was on sale at Joann this week and decided that was the way to go.

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It is actually quite easy to make.
You will need...

*brown felt (about 1/2 yard for tree trunk)
*felt for background (I made mine 28 1/2 inches. Why? Because I folded it until the size looked good and that is what it ended up being.)
*several colors of felt for the leaves
*dowel rod
*string for hanging

Fold over the top of your background piece of felt about two inches and sew straight across. Your dowel rod will go in that space for hanging. (Don't sew? Try hot glue or something.)

I laid out my background piece of felt and then I taped together a couple of pieces of paper so I could sketch my tree.

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Now, I'm crafty but I am not artistic. I can copy a simple drawing but I can not make it up in my head. I found the tree on this website and just looked at it while drawing on my paper. I think I did a pretty good job!!

Next I cut the tree out of the paper and then I taped it on the brown that would be the trunk and cut it out. You could probably skip the cutting it out of the paper step and just pin the paper on the brown felt and cut. I just found it to be easiest to cut twice.

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Peel the paper off and stick the trunk to your background felt. No sewing needed!

Cut out some leaves and let the kids rearrange them till they grow tired of it.

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If you want the words "Give Thanks" just find a font you like, print out the words leaving an extra space between each letter. Cut them into squares, pin to your felt and cut out.

Each night we will talk about what we are thankful for and write it on a leaf. When we are done I will throw the leaves out (and make new next year), peal off the trunk and put it away until next Thanksgiving. Then I will make a Christmas tree out of green felt and stick it to my background. I'll make felt ornaments with the kids and they can decorate and redecorate the tree all they want. (Pretty sure I saw something like that on Pinterest.)

Anyways... we are loving our tree this year!

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I'm kinda sorta becoming obsessed with felt. It's pretty awesome stuff!



Pinteresting!


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This morning Pinterest saved me. It was dress as a prince/princess day at the kids' school and I had nothing for Jason. Then I remembered seeing a cape made from a t-shirt. Saved the day! 




We recently had a fun family time making play dough. This recipe is great and the play dough turns out awesome!


Last night we tried this recipe... Baked Parmesan Garlic Chicken... only four ingredients and sooo good!



This evening we had Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta al Forno. It was YUMMY! Although I will probably add a little more garlic and an extra can of tomatoes next time.



If I wasn't so busy crocheting hats for everyone else I would like to make the following things for myself and the hearts garland for my daughter...




Source: crochetme.com via Laura on Pinterest





The crochet projects are just going to have to wait.

And because I love it...

Source: imageshack.us via Laura on Pinterest



Hooray for Pinterest!



Wild and Wonderful: Holy Moly!!

It's Wild and Wonderful Wednesday again.





The following photos are obviously wonderful but what is so wild about them is that I got BOTH Liza and Jason to cooperate for a little photo shoot AT THE SAME TIME!!

Amazing!

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Seriously you guys!!! All I did was bribe them with a cookie and I got this awesomeness. Melty melty heart. And the best thing... they are free. :) I love taking my own photos.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Singing Toothbrushes...

This past weekend Mike and I left the kids with my parents and came back home. Friday afternoon until Monday morning we were in our own home without kids. Amazing!

Don't get me wrong... I love my kids to pieces. However, a weekend in my own home without them every once in a while... priceless.

Mike and I rented a bunch of movies and just stayed home and watched them all. I got a lot of crafting done while watching them. We ate out. It was such a laid back weekend and it was so necessary. No interruptions. No wiping the kids' butts. No cutting up food and serving meals for others.

Just complete relaxation.

I loved it!

The kids are back now and I definitely am happy to have them back.

However...

Well... we got to my mom's on Thursday night and spent the night there. She had to work till noon on Friday and Mike and I planned to leave when she got back. That morning I went to brush Liza's teeth and realized her toothbrush was looking kind of nasty so I threw it out. When Mom got home I filled her in on the toothbrush situation and asked if she minded getting a new one for Liza at some point. She asked what kind I usually get and I told her that our current kind was the blinking ones but it didn't matter what she got.

When I picked the kids up yesterday morning Mom let me know that she had made a mistake. She thought I had said SINGING toothbrushes haha. SOOO... now Liza has a toothbrush that sings the ABC's and Jason has one that sings some barnyard song about animals. And when they both get to brushing their teeth at the same time... hahahaha. Oh man! Mom and I laughed and laughed about it because Mom knew. She knew it would be annoying but she had really thought I said singing toothbrushes. I didn't even know they made singing toothbrushes!!

Anyways... it's all funny  now but I won't mind if the toothbrushes break any day now. :)

I got a little video of Jason brushing his teeth last night. Halfway through you might hear the ABC song come in because Liza was brushing her teeth too.

This is now what brushing teeth sounds like in our house...




I suppose I can forgive you Mom since you watched the kids all weekend. :)


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Song: Thank You

I've been listening to Pandora radio set to the station "Lincoln Brewster" and I'm loving it. It has a great mix of new song and old ones that I love so much.

While listening I heard a song I hadn't heard before and I thought it super fitting for this time building up to Thanksgiving with everyone talking about being thankful.

33 Miles- Thank You

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friends

Every girl needs them!!

When I was in high school and college most of my friends were guys. I had a hard time getting along with girls. Once I got married though it just wasn't appropriate to have guy friends around all the time and I needed to learn to make friends with girls as well.

I'm so glad that I did. :)

A few weeks ago my friend Kim had a soup and bread party. Awesome idea that I stole from another friend and told Kim about and Kim liked it so much that she did it. Basically everyone brings either soup or bread and you eat and have a nice girls night. Mmmm. Everything was so good. 

And I love this group of girls soooo much! We always laugh a ton... like the laughing that makes you cry... and cough because you laugh so hard you hurt your throat. Yeah. It was a great time. :)

DANIELLE
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BETH (She's pregnant and going to be the cutest pregnant person EVER!)
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KIM (our lovely hostess), RAINEY and RACHEL (my sister-in-law... I'm glad we hang out!)
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We played some Apples to Apples.
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KIM and BETH
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DANIELLE and SARAH
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RAINEY and RACHEL
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 BETH and KIM
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And because the photographers never have enough photos of themselves I passed off my camera. Me and Kim... we always have our cameras with us!
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I think there should be some kind of girls night once a month. I might have to get going on that!

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