Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring is in the air...

I managed to finish up a couple of really simple, spring crafts this weekend. I think that I spent all of about 45 minutes tops for both! Love those quick and easy crafts!
First up: My dollar store Easter tree.

All I did was paint the pot black (it started out as an orangey brown color) and then I glued some moss on top of the (ugly) foam that was in the pot. Then I picked up some fun little ornaments at JoAnns (40% off!) and then I tied a cute little bow to the pot and the top of my tree. I forgot to take a before pic, but I think that the after turned out pretty cute.

Second: My little nest in a can.
I saw this super cute nest in a flour sifter, and I knew that I wanted to make something similar. Since I didn't have a cute vintage flour sifter, I grabbed a tin bucket while I was at the Dollar Tree and spray painted it green to cover up the cute little chicks that adorned it. Cute, but not the look that I was going for. Then I just threw in some moss and then while I was at JoAnns picking up the Easter ornaments, I found this cute nest and the speckled eggs to place in my bucket, used some ribbon from my stash and that was that....another cute little SPRING project complete!

So now I have spring fever. I am ready to create more spring projects, pull out all my spring decor and I am ready for a little spring cleaning!

Getting big....

At 9 months, Ethan is changing so much and he is learning so many new tricks. I mentioned in an earlier post that Ethan has started waving, and I wanted to capture it on video. I love seeing his chubby little hand waving at me.
It used to be that Ethan's only mode of transportation was rolling around and around until he found something that interested him. Now he has discovered that he can go forward and this has opened up a whole new world for him. He does however, use his head to slide himself forward, so we figure that he is going to have a serious little bald spot (that is when he does finally get some hair). Enjoy Ethan's new tricks!

Friday, March 5, 2010

A little craft to share....

I made this little craft several weeks ago and I am just now getting around to sharing it here on my blog. This is the Theme for the Young Men and Young Women this year. My friend sent me this link and I knew that I wanted to make something similar to display in my home. I love to have scriptures and spiritual inspiration throughout my home. So even though I am no longer serving in Young Women's and I don't have any boys in Young Men's (yet) I love this scripture and I wanted to make this to remind us to "Be strong and of good courage".

I just cut a 2 x 4 down to the following dimensions:

2 small blocks 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

middle block 3 1/2" x 7"

Here is the pattern for the paper flower.

and the instructions.

Very fun and easy project!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Life is just too busy sometimes....

Here's the honest to goodness truth...4 kids makes life crazy! Now I am not complaining, because I love each of my boys and I feel so blessed to be their Mom, but someone once told me that if you can have 3 kids, then you can have 10 and it's not much different...uh, yeah right!

4 kids =
more busy me, more crazy house, more noise, more laundry, more dishes, more cleaning, more worrying (after all, this is me, remember?), more food preparation, more trips to the Dr.' s office, more exhaustion, less time crafting, less time blogging, less time shopping (Aah, remember the good old days when shopping was fun?!).

But, 4 kids also equals more love, more joy, more fun, more smiles, more hugs, more kisses, and more funny stories to tell.

So, now that I have a minute, I thought that I better get caught up on this little blog of mine.

First off, Ethan was 8 months. At 8 months, he started eating cheerios and biter biscuits. He is also quite mobile. However, instead of crawling, he still just rolls everywhere. It's amazing to me how fast he can go and now that he is on the move, I am a basket case making sure that he isn't getting into things that he shouldn't. Also between 7 and 8 months, Ethan has started giving me giant, wet, slobbery kisses. It makes me laugh and melts my heart. I love that kid!

Now Ethan is 9 months. In fact, Ethan had his 9 month check up today. At 9 months, Ethan has hit another first...his first ear infection. :( The poor boy has been sick for the past month with RSV. He was having some wheezing issues, that we are still trying to get under control. We started referring to him as baby Darth Vader. While he has shown some improvement, the wheezing is still present, and now he is on meds to calm down the inflammation in his lungs and he's on antibiotics for the ear infection and we're feeding the boy like crazy to bulk him up. (He didn't gain much if any weight, so the Dr was a little concerned. He thinks that it is a result of him being sick for so long). So we are really hoping for some improvement quickly for this little guy. Also another first for Ethan today, he waved at the Dr.. Too cute! He is such a fun little boy.

And last, but not least, meet my new buddy! She is going to help whip me into shape and help me train to run a 5k. Don't laugh.....I know I am the ultimate non-runner, but I think I can do it. If I can make the time to hang with her.

The boys think she's pretty cool too!

So Erik jumps on there and just like that, the kid runs a mile! What?! He is going to run the 5k with me, should be fun!

Well, that is all I have time for for now. I need to go mop the floor, because last night Austin spilled his apple juice on the floor, and now we have a sticky patch the size of Lake Tahoe in the middle of the kitchen (OK, so it's closer to the size of a small pond, but, it's sticky none the less.) *SIGH!*