Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pom Pom Sorting

I've come up with many uses for the pom poms I bought from the Dollar Tree months ago. We've used them to throw at each other, the boys have imagined they were ear plugs, Lincoln has pushed them through the opening in a wipes tub, and we've sorted, sorted, sorted. I got the inspiration off of Pinterest (of course!) but here is how we did it. 
First I am learning that he doesn't like to sit and wait for me to set it all up. I find that inviting him to an activity that is ready to go keeps his active mind and body busy for just long enough. So initially sorted five pom poms of each color into a small muffin tin, found the tweezers and added pom poms and a line guide on a plain piece of printer paper. Not only was he practicing squeezing with the tweezers but he also had to match colors and put things in order. 
"Hey come check this out" is what you're thinking, right?

Pinky up, we're that classy.

Lincoln sticks his tongue out like this when he is concentrating *so cute*

Eventually Lincoln figured it was much more efficient to use his fingers and scrapped the tweezers. He's still sorting and practicing skills so who's it going to hurt? 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mr. Dylan Turned 8 (A Shark Birthday)

I can hardly believe that my first born just turned 8. We celebrated this sweet, caring, funny boy by throwing him an awesome shark party. He is so interested in learning facts and figures about the ferocious, blood-sniffing mammals. We had fun coming up with sharky details and doing a little learning while we were at it. 

His big party was mainly family but I still wanted to have a game in case the weather was nice (which it was, t-shirts and sunshine!). To make a totally free and fun game I duct taped a velcro catch mitt to a 13 gallon tub lid. Then I duct taped brown thin cardboard - the extra they put inside a roll of wrapping paper I had saved and finally found a use for - to the plastic lid and spray painted it sliver. I drew eyes and gills with a sharpie and cut out the mouth over where the velcro mitt was. After painting white teeth I taped to a box for stability. I also drew fish on the ball for a little more effect. Now we have a backyard game for the summer months to come too!

 Shark fin cupcakes. Dylan always likes to bring fun cup cakes in to his classroom so to go along with the shark party I made chocolate cake with blue wrappers, frosted with white and blue frosting and topped with glazed sugar cookies. I used a heart shaped cookie cutter and just basically cut the tops off to get the right shape. 

"What is your favorite type of shark?" Dylan asked everyone to graph their favorite type of shark. There was a tie between hammer head and great white. 

 Shark (Jaws) cake. Sugar cookie lettering above and body with thin mint eyes and blue berry nose. My inspiration came from this post on Pinterest. Nothing like it but a close second. 

 Pizza, shark word searches and the shark cake. 

Frugal decor, I used my own printer and didn't have any colored ink, so black and white works just fine. Painters tape also makes a fun band on the water bottles. 

 Only picture of the shark I carved in a cucumber... the things some moms do.

The boys having a ninja sword fight.

 Dylan's toothless grin. He has three teeth growing in on the top and two on the bottom.

 Dylan and Lincoln watching a movie in the playroom.

Dylan and his two best buddies eating breakfast the next morning. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Warner 10 Months

Old Man Face

Playing with cousin Luke

Silly face

Obviously loves hanging with Uncle Josh

Standing Up!
I didn't sit Warner in the chair for the pictures this month because everyone was too busy snapping pictures of him at Dylan's birthday party. He is just a little ball of cuteness, standing at furniture and throwing his arms up in the air for a few seconds (20 Shane counted yesterday), clapping and smiling, rolling a ball, trying to play with his brothers and loves being outside. He would rather only eat "big people" food, drink out of a sippy cup and play than sleep. He is growing fast and is now over 20 lbs but still right in the 50th percentile. My little Dubby.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Kitchen Lovin'

Not that kind of lovin'... I just realized that a bunch of the pictures we have been taking are all in the kitchen. I mean it makes sense. The kitchen is in the middle of the house. The kitchen has all the food where my never-ending-hungry boys can feast (the days following a grocery run that is). The play kitchen is right next to the kitchen to promote pretend play and distraction for Mom. We eat all of our meals at home. I guess I'd better just get used to it. 
Warner loves the kitchen just his size!
Dylan and friend learning how to make TopRamen all by themselves. 
Warner trying to listen to music on the ipod. 
Both of the littles know that Daddy will give them a bite if they push hard enough.

Who could resist the chocolate smile, even if I haven't edited it yet.

And of course it's a place to get messy and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

To Infinity and Beyond

Well beyond five years that is. February 22 marks our first date and somehow Shane even remembered that. Since I feel like a crumb-bum of a wife lately I set up a special little thing to show him how much these last five years have actually meant to me. (I get that it isn't our wedding anniversary but any day can be special so I wanted to make this special too) I wrote him a little love letter and put out five things that are meaningful in our relationship together, quite the mishmash if you ask me, but it works. In no particular order:
1. Motley Crue - We we to our first concert together over the summer to see Shane's favorite band and I got to get my 80's on while he got to relive the glory days.
2. The Spiderwick Chronicles - We went to see this movie with our nephews for our first official date. I think it's sweet that now the boys watch it all the time.
3. Coffee - We have shared many conversations, hours, and events all while drinking coffee. We both love it and if one of us can manage to get a pot on in the morning, the day is going to be ok.
4. Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies - I  really don't remember having these growing up, but since I got married Shane and Danielle have both requested them and they are now my favorite. I can make a batch from memory but have to hide them in the freezer for fear of the family eating an entire batch in one day.
5. Big Life Events - We have been through a lot together, I mean a lot of possibly life changing events in the last five years and we've come out stronger. Three of the biggest, both babies being born and Danielle graduating high school.