On my son’s actual birthday I made cinnamon rolls for breakfast. We put a candle in it and sang “Happy Birthday.” Well, being the four-year old he is, he kept blowing the candle out. So I would re-light it. He thought it was just so funny! I love that I was able to capture pictures that show his joy in the moment.
I love how kids can find such joy in the little things.
I am not photogenic. Ever. I hate getting pictures taken of me. I especially hate silly face pictures. I never make a silly face for them, I just smile, which looks really stupid. But, my kid’s can bring out the best in me, sometimes. We were sitting at the table making silly faces and I took our pictures. It was fun. It was me letting a little guard down and being real.
My kids both look so happy in these pictures. Is making faces that much fun? Probably not. Is having Mom being silly fun? You bet!
I love that I can spend so much time with my children, but I sometimes take it for granted. I don’t intentionally spend time with them. I am not always as present as I should be. But not at that moment. That moment was all about them and being silly together. I love that. I have been challenged (on a couple different instances lately) to be more intentional in my parenting. This was me, being intentional with fun!
Happy second birthday! I still cannot believe we have been together for two years.
To help me keep up-to-date with the kid’s baby books I like to blog about the important milestones. I then print it and put it in the baby book. However, I get behind even this way. So I am writing this late, but better than never.
Our little girl turned two.
Current Likes: Babies and more babies. This girl loves to play with baby dolls and hold real babies. If she doesn’t have a baby near she will turn any toy into a baby! Playing with play dough, coloring with markers (not crayons!,) swinging, macaroni and cheese, mushrooms, chocolate milk, and her “Bubba.”
Current Dislikes: Getting her hair done and leaving it done, getting in the sand box, and any food with hamburger.
New accomplishments: Potty trained (almost,) saying a few more words, and large motor skills like jumping and throwing a ball (right handed.)
Her personality is coming through in this picture. She is very serious, I guess you would say, most of the time. She loves to smile and laugh, but that is not her natural expression. She is a lot like her mom in this way.
I know it is now February, but I just realized I never posted about Halloween!
My son chose to wear a hand-me-down store bought Spider-man costume, so I won’t even include a picture! But to go along with Spider-man I made a Wonder Woman costume for my daughter.
I absolutely loved her costume!
I used felt to make the Wonder Woman sybol and I sewed it onto her shirt. I also used felt for the headband, arm bands, and the stars. The boots are made out of felt material also, but not the felt squares.
I love using felt for costumes! It is so versatile and easy to use.
The skirt is made out of tulle and elastic. I just cut pieces of tulle a little more than twice as long as I wanted the skirt and then tied it on the the elastic. It took two rolls of tulle to make the skirt. I then sewed felt stars onto it.
The boots were the hardest thing to make. I used my pattern from making the Jake boots and just adjusted the size. I wanted these taller and her feet are smaller. I put a piece of elastic inside that goes under her foot and inside the shoe to hold the boots in place.
My favorite part of the costume is the cape. I just love how it turned out.
I used silk material to make the cape. To make the segments I measured out the entire cape onto paper I tapped together to be large enough. Then I fold the paper in half and in half again. I then cut it apart. One of these segments became the red. I then cut another segment in half again to make the blue and white segments. I used my paper pattern to cut out the segments and sewed them together. I cut a little extra on each piece for seam allowance. For the bottom and edges of the cape I just used a lighter and melted it instead of hemming.
I made button holes on the cape and sewed buttons on the shirt to attach it. I thought that would hold it in place better than tying it on.
I always have fun making the costumes. I really love this one and will probably keep it forever!
We had a Peppa Pig birthday party! Even though none of the guest had any idea who Peppa Pig is, they all went all with the theme and enjoyed the decorations.
Starting off I sent out this invitation:
It was a little silly, but I had to go along with the naming game of the show. Peppa Pig, Rebecca Rabbit, Danny Dog, etc. To get the pictures I watch the show on the computer (Youtube) and screen shot what I want. Then I use Microsoft Word to edit out what I don’t want and I arrange it on the picture. I send the invitations out via Facebook and I send one in the mail to anyone who doesn’t have Facebook. This saves me money and it is handy because the recipient doesn’t lose the invitation.
I love making a special shirt for the birthday child. I used felt and iron adhesive to attach it to the shirt. I did add some embroidery floss for embellishment.
I just love her smile in the picture of her sitting down. To make the shirt I printed out a picture of Peppa. I then cut it apart (head, dress, arms, etc.) and used those pieces to cut out the felt. The embroidery floss really made it look like Peppa!
I decided to do a cupcake cake for her. I wasn’t too optimistic about it because I have the hardest time getting my icing the right consistency. But I think it ended up looking really cute!
I decorated the table with a green table cloth to look like grass, a piece of craft paper to look like a muddy puddle, and I placed the cake in the muddy puddle. I also sprinkled chocolate chips around to look like she had jumped in the mud. The cups are designed to look like you have a pigs nose when you drink.
I had a few games at the party. I printed a picture of Peppa, cut off the nose and laminated it for “Pin the nose on Peppa.” I then printed out a nose for each of the kids. We also got to jump in muddy puddles! I just cut craft paper out and used double stick tape to keep it in place. The games are never a big deal at the parties but I still like to have some sort of activity if the kids want. They normally just want to play with toys!
My daughter wasn’t too sure how to eat the cupcake, or she just thought you always stick your face in your cake on your birthday!
I will leave you with a cute picture of her blowing out her candles.
It is time to pack shoeboxes again. I have really enjoyed packing our boxes this year and have even been able to get my church involved!
That is a picture of our display table at church. I was able to hand out 51 shoeboxes and I am hoping to get them all back filled.
Here is a picture of my daughter filling her shoebox.
If you are interested in packing a shoebox, but don’t know where to start go to Samaritian’s Purse website. They have all the information you need to get started, including where to drop-off your filled shoeboxes!
The kids I baby sit have been asking me to make bookmarks for them. I finally got around to it and I think they turned out pretty cute. I let each kid pick out what they wanted on their bookmark, then I made up a reading related saying.
I cut them out and laminated them so they would last longer. My son was excited when we read “No, David!” and he saw his bookmark picture. I love making things for the kids so they feel special. They really liked picking out their picture and liked that I made them each something different. It was such a simple gift.
I received this ginormous box from Amazon. It was filthy so I never even brought it into my house. I just opened it on the porch and brought the stuff inside. After weeks of it sitting outside I asked my husband to take it to the curb for trash pick-up. Thankfully he forgot! That day the kids discovered it and decided to color on it with sidewalk chalk.
They turned it into a space ship. They wrote “outer space” on it. It was really fun to see them blast off. They would sit inside, count down from ten, and then jump out so they could carry the box around the yard until they arrived in space.
My son discovered that the chalk went on different where the box was wet. Personally, wet chalk is the only kind I like to use.
Another great use for boxes is letting my son practice his hitting and kicking.
He had fun stacking the boxes and kicking them over. Or just punching and kicking them around the room. A much better thing to practice on then his sister…
I don’t have a picture of it, but they also tie a box onto the ride-on train and then pull it around the house. They have found that if they put a pillow in Little Miss fits perfectly. So they load her up and take her for a spin! She loves it.
This is why I never throw out my boxes until they have been fully used. Eventually, the boxes get torn up and I have to get rid of them. But with a baby still in diapers a new box arrives every month!