Sunday, October 31, 2010

New Tradition

This year we added a new tradition.
Candy making.
We saw on a blog candy mustaches.
Sweet Senior and I went crazy.
We purchases some molds at Michaels and Hobby Lobby.
Plus online at...I can't recall.
I'll post a link when I find it.
This is something we did growing up.
So we started with Halloween candy.
So fun!

"Not all moms let their kids eat rats."
One of the molds had rats with a pretzel handle.

Sweet Senior also made candied apples.
I called my grandma and got the recipe.
She said that any glass candy or stained window candy recipe would work.
I'll post her recipe in a while.

We did have fun.
The candy molds is something the little ones can help with.
Not the apples.
I got burned pretty bad.
The candy that ran off the apple cooled in a puddle at the bottom.
That was my favorite part.
I'm not a candied apple fan.
But I love cinnamon jolly ranchers, which is what it tasted like.
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Friday, October 29, 2010

My 1st Silhouette Project

Well, I finally used my Silhouette for a real project.
All the sewing put this on the back burner.
I bought a plate at Hobby Lobby.
So I used a font I had and the free turkey cutout that came with the machine.
Then I found a flourish I loved and downloaded it.
Here is the final product.

Pretty good for my first try.
Boy are there several ideas floating around my head now.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Costumes DONE

Well, almost. Sweet Senior wants a few changes to hers. But other than that...
So here is the finished products of the past month:

Master J as Ash from Pokemon:

Mistress K as Belle (which she wore last year):

Little Miss E as Cinderella:

Little Miss D as Belle:

Sweet Senior as Strawberry Shortcake:

The two Belles running in the hall at the church:

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Friday, October 22, 2010

There's No Place Like Home (with kids under foot)

So, this summer was hard for me. I got burned out all the time. I just wanted to escape into my books. But There were four young children who needed me. I would make breakfast. Then after starting laundry, go get a book and read. I would let the kids watch TV or play or whatever.
Then, after feeling so bad for the lack of excitement of the summer, and counting down until the girls go to kindergarten, I knew I needed a change. How would it be in a few years, when they are in school and I was missing them, if I hadn't had some fun times to remember.
So, as I stated, I have decided to enjoy being home with them.
I began by praying to love being a mom of little kids. That has helped the most.
I started playing with the girls. After I send Big Man J off to school, I sit down on the floor and read or play with them. I don't start laundry (even though it's calling me). I don't clean the kitchen (even though it needs it). I just hang with the girls. I have to remind myself that it will still be there. And they won't.
I was just letting them roam. This was causing all kinds of mayhem. Buckets of water dumped in the carpet. Piddle puddles all over. Steakers running around. Pee-pee clothes lying everywhere. Books scattered around the front room. Monkeys climbing all the surfaces.
I also have one activity a day for them. We used to go to the park before it got too cold. But one day whilte I was cutting out costumes, I let them cut strips of fabric. I made extra copies of printouts for the Primary lesson and let them color. We made cookies together. I had them help me scrub the bath room.
The beginning of the month, at Relief Society, we were sharing our favorite things. After we were visiting. One of the ladies brought up that her favorite time of day was disappearing. We asked what that was. She said it was nap time. Well, I haven't had nap time for a year now. That could be one reason why I get burned out on kids. I don't get that break. I do make them watch a movie and rest for a bit. That gives me a minute to veg.
So, I have been reading all your wonderful blogs and will be copying all your wonderful ideas you share (thanks ahead of time).
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cinderella Head Band

Been busy making costumes.
Got 4 done.
1 and a 1/2 to go.
Once of these is Cinderella.

Little Miss E loves Cinderella.
So of course she finally settled on that for her costume.
I decided I wanted a head band instead of ribbon for the hair.
She still takes her pretties out
and I didn't want to fix a ribbon several times when she did.
I looked online and found this:

I didn't want the crown thing on top.
Just the satin.
So I took the left over fabric from her gown.
Some card stock and a sheet of foam.
A blue head band.
Some glittery stuff from another head band.
A glue gun, and some ouchy fingers.
(Sewing it all together wasn't working too well.)
I used the head band as a guide.
I cut out some card stock and foam to cover in fabric.
Stapled the two together.
Cut two pieces of fabric, one for top and one for bottom.
Sewed the bottom piece to the card stock/foam.
Grabbed the glue gun and used it to glue the top piece of fabric on,
Rounding the edges and going an inch at a time.
Glued all onto the blue head band, an inch at a time.
Then I took the glittery stuff from a broken head band,
Centered it, and glued it to the top of the head band.

And here is what we have:

Turned out pretty, if I do say so myself.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fire Station Tour

For preschool today, we went to tour the fire station, watch a video,
and check out the fire trucks.
I spent most of the time trying to calm down Little Miss D,
who was quite frightened and want to go home.

But it was a fun day for the rest.
Thanks Firefighter Cody!
He even humored us by climbing the rope.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

How Spoiled am I?

I am the most spoiled wife in the world!
Today, when my Sweetheart came home for lunch,
He asked if I wanted a distraction.
"Do you want a distraction from sewing?"
You mean, more than the three little girls that are running around?
So, thinking that he had something that he needed my help with,
I said, "Sure. What do you need?"
While I was starting lunch, he went out to his car.
He came in carrying two boxes.
I wondered what project he had.
He said, "Happy I Love You."
He set them on the table.
I started opening the smaller one, which was on top.
Then I noticed a word on the larger box.

A Silhouette!!
I was so amazed! I even started crying!
I know, some people cry over the amazing things their kids do.
Not me, I cry over wonderful gifts from an amazing Husband!
Okay, so I do cry over the amazing things my kids do.
But this was so unexpected!
He said, "This is for all the wonderful things you do."
I can't believe how kind and thoughtful he could be.
I told him the only surprises I give him, is having clean socks in his drawer.
He says he knows, and that with all the other things going on, that is a truly amazing surprise.

He then went to make lunch while I checked out all the goods.
My mind began spinning. What to do first?
Well, I started by trying out just cutting paper.
I cut out the Trick or Treat. (99 cents on their site)
And then I proceeded to get it off the mat, while having help from one of those little girls.
Well, needless to say, it didn't turn out very well, but it was a fun first thing to do.
I'll try again tonight.
Maybe this time with vinyl.

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