Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Onto this evening, I been searching all over for a cute outfit for Creed because Candice is going to take new pictures of him while we're in Utah. I went to get this outfit with some gift certificates that I've been holding onto, but when I got there they had the hat in every size but Creed's, and they just started carrying it and the hat is the cutest part. I hurried over to Joann's to pick up some white paint for trim on fairy doors and they didn't have any. Seriously, they have zillions of colors of white paint, but not one single drop of plain old white paint. How is that possible? I decided that at least I could get some brown fleece to get started on Creed's Halloween costume and the woman at the cutting counter told me that every color of fleece BUT brown was on sale. Ummmmm, ok . . . It was just not my day.
I stopped at Panera before heading home because I was starving and wanted to pick up a bagel and you know what the girl at the counter told me when I went to pay for it? "Oh, don't worry about it." I asked if she was sure and she replied with a smile, "Yep. Have a good night!" Suddenly, that one tiny dose of kindness changed my day. It was only a little bagel, but I no longer felt like the world hated me and I drove home with a smile.
Does it ever occur to you to do something nice for someone, but you decided that you just can't afford to? That happens to me all the time. I keep finding myself wishing I could budget a hundred dollars a month just to do random nice things for other people. Someday, when Larry's a real doctor, right? (I know he's a REAL doctor, but he doesn't have a real doctor's salary) Here are a few of the things that I would love to do:
- Send someone dinner the day they get back from a big trip so they don’t have to go shopping (let them know you’re doing this ahead of time).
- Buy someone something on their Amazon wish list or etsy favorites and send it to them out of the blue.
- When you’re buying something for yourself that you are excited about like a new book and you know someone else who would like it, buy two and deliver the extra.
- Go delivering when you’re feeling down. By multiples of anything; pints of Ben & Jerry's on a hot day, your favorite new soda that you just discovered, fresh picked apples from an afternoon at the U-pick farm, sunflowers from the farmer’s market . . . then spend an afternoon sharing the love and delivering them to any friends that you catch at home.
- Pay for the person behind you when you’re picking up fast food or pulling into special event parking.
- Sends friends good mail just because.
- Your friend was just telling you about something that they want to learn to do? Sign them up for lessons or buy them supplies to begin.
- Download songs that remind you of a friend or a trip to burn a CD for those it reminds you of.
- Discover a new magazine? Surprise a friend with a subscription.
What are some fun things that you would do for others if you had a little extra money to spare?
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
- Throw a Bus Stop BUFFET!!! Bring some doughnuts, bagels, hot chocolate, juice and milk for the young students and their parents to enjoy as they wait for the bus. This is the perfect way for your children to get to know their classmates, and a great opportunity for you to meet their parents. This photo moment can be collaged into your Back to School book.
- We do the 12 days before Kindergarten....they hang their new backpack on their bedroom door and get a little surprise every morning until it is the first day. Most of the days it is a picture book, or supplies that are needed for school.
- For dinner on the first day of school, I dress up like a lunch lady and serve up a menu of pigs in blankets, pears, peas and a juice box served on cookie sheets lined up like lunch trays.
My family had the normal back to school traditions, buying school supplies with mom, taking pictures on our porch the morning of the first day of school every year, but these ideas are so fun! And even though I'm not going back to school, I just used my birthday coupon to buy myself this back to school coat. It's a peacoat, but it's made out of sweatshirt material and it's sooooo comfortable. I couldn't resist it once I saw it in brown!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I wish that I could say that was what Creed did when I let him play with his food, but that was all me trying to get it in his mouth. He was so cute I couldn't get frustrated and just embraced the mess. This picture shows exactly why we've taken to stripping him down to his diaper when we feed him. We tried a bib for awhile, but he was so interested in chewing on his bib that we couldn't get any food in his mouth.
I thought that I would have a problem with the days getting repetitive and feeling bored, but I don't. I can't cram enough in every day, and Creed is constantly doing something new. The past few days he learned how to cough and I think he likes the sound of it because I've been hearing many little fake coughs over the past three days and he is completely healthy and smiling when I look at him. He also keeps flipping over onto his stomach in his crib and then crying until we come in his room and flip him back over. I decided to try taking him to a dollar movie with me today, assuming that I would probably have to leave, but needed to try something else new to add to my list before my birthday, and he was perfect. I got to watch the whole movie and he didn't make a peep!
After the Fourth of July I always look forward to the end of summer because fall is my favorite time of the year. I'm especially looking forward to it this year because September is going to rock. We have fun trips planned and we're looking forward to lots of Larry time, and Marissa is due to have her baby any day. Then there's our annual Halloween party to plan, and let's not forget the Buckeye football season is starting (note to self, find Creed some buckeye gear). And bring on the fall weather!!!!!! I can't wait!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
What color do you think that we should make the shutters and the door? I'm thinking black shutters with a red door. I love red doors. What would you do?
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
- Pre-made party hats (or you can make your own with paper, tape, and elastic. I just happened to have these one hand so I figured I would use them and save myself a few steps)
- Enough fabric to cover the hat
- Spray Adhesive
- Coordinating trim
- A really light weight stuffed animal or finger puppet
- A glue gun
- Extra paper and glitter are optional for decoration
- A needle and thread First, snip the top off of the party hat and save it to put on top of the stuffed animal
Next, carefully tear open the party hatRemove the elastic if you're using sheer fabric like I did so you can cover the white side of the hat and the pattern won't show through. Save the elastic for later.Roughly cut out the fabric using the hat for a template and leave extra fabric on all of the edges. Do the same for the tiny hat for the stuffed animal.Coat the wring side of the fabric with spray adhesive (I recommend doing this outside because it's sticky and messy). Lay the white side of the party hat on the fabric and smooth the bubbles out. Then clip the corners and fold the fabric over and press it down. Do the same for the mini hat for the stuffed animal.If you want to decorate the hat with a number give the hat a minute to set while you cut a number out of cardstock. I just free-handed this, but you can print out a number and trace it if you need to.To coat the number with glitter use a paintbrush or a finger to coat the number with Elmer's glue.Sprinkle glitter over the number and press it down a little, then wait for it to dry a little.You a hot glue gun to add trim around the bottom of the party hatI cut a pom pom from the trim and glued it to the top of the mini party hat for the stuffed animal too.Use the glue gun to glue the party hat back together.Now place the stuffed animal of finger puppet in the top of the party hat and use a glue gun to put the part hat back together. I slipped an extra piece of paper in between the party hat and stuffed animal so that I didn't get glue on the stuffed animal and I pulled it out after the glue dried.Now glue gun the glitter number on the front of the hat. I've also decorated hats using alphabet stickers to spell out the child's name instead of the glitter number.