Diy Valentine’s crafts 

 I still am not feeling great from being sick all month with pneumonia. It’s been a long, painful, slow, bloodwork filled recovery. Now my girls are both getting sick with runny noses and are extra crabby, so there’s that.

But, with Valentine’s Day around the corner and having Chayse home from school because of snow and other things, we attempted some crafts. I am horrible at crafts. I like doing them, but I think my 5-year old has better skills. Let’s just say it’s hard to tell who cut what and who drew which when you look at both of our art.

I am also excited, more than him, that my son gets to bring in those cute little Valentine’s Day cards for his class this week. I love that stuff. But back to it, here is some of what we did today with the number next to it if it’s on the link at the bottom:

  • Turn your pencils into love arrows
  • Hand shaped heart cards(#9)
  • Heart stamp (#12)
  • Heart link chain (#15)
  • Lollipop flowers
  • Paper plate heart hats

We cut love bugs and drew other random things but I didn’t get a picture of those into the collage above. Well, not one that I’m willing to share as proof of my attempts! 🙂

Here’s the link below for some easy crafts. I choo-choo-choose you, to have fun!(Simpson’s reference if you caught that 😉 ). Let me know below or on FB if you try any.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/easy-valentines-day-crafts-for-kids_n_6518196.html?ir=Good+News§ion=us_good-news&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000023

I bid you adieu, Bear

It’s been an… interesting week. For starters, our family dog Bear, passed away mid-week. Trying to explain to your 5-year-old that their pet got sick and died is never easy. Especially because we explained that we buried him and he could visit, which might of been a mistake because he keeps saying he is going to go dig him up. I didn’t even tell him that night, I couldn’t bring myself to. I thought he would guess because he caught me crying and then kept asking questions but it was bed time so he got over it I guess. It worked out since I wasn’t ready to say it to him right then, anyway.

Besides that bump, just trying to get things done for Christmas is a chore on it’s own when you have work and three kids (or even if you don’t, really.) Chayse has been acting out a lot this month and nothing I seem to say or try in my little bag of tricks getting through to him. I just want him to be grateful for what he does get and not have that spoiled mindset of “I’m getting this because I asked for it. Even if im bad it’s coming.”

This weekend at work, my coworker and I were ringing out a father and two of his kids after they had found a present for the mother. She asked them what they asked Santa for and the little one who had to be about 4, said “Star wars toys!” which was so cute. But then, the older girl who was I would say, around 7 replies “I didn’t ask for anything, I just told Santa I want him to help my family donate tons of toys and give to others. I want him to even give the stuff my family gets”. It was the cutest answer I had ever heard. Kids have such big innocent hearts from the start that they just learn and mold from what they know it can mess with that innocence. They can be so sweet that I wish more adults were that way. Heck, I wish I remembered to stop and think that way more. I know I have to try, and thats what I want my kids to feed off of.

I have a couple more thoughts that I can ramble about and intertwine with this post but I’m going to cut this short and just say if you’re reading this, I hope you have a good rest of the day, week, and so on during these crazy times.

Are you ready for this week? What’re your plans for the Holiday, if you celebrate?

Holiday Traditions

I am so glad the weekend is approaching. Normally weekends mean nothing to me because I work so they aren’t days off but, this time, I’m happy. This week at drop off for school in the mornings has been a sucky one. I have also really been slacking on my blog lately. I wanted to post every week or more, but with the holidays, I just can’t find a minute. I work in retail also, so the holiday craze and longer shifts haven’t been fun, but I should be used to it by now.

It’s pretty stinkin’ foggy today as you can see from the picture I attached at the top, which is my backyard.. and it soo matches my mood after the night I had with all three kids.

Anyway, my son asked me yesterday about what traditions we do at home for the holidays since they’re learning about them at school. I realized one of them had become going to see Christmas lights every year. This past weekend we went with some friends to that place around here that has a park all lit up with holiday lights. You can drive through it or park and walk, but not many do it since it gets so cold once it’s dark. We got out for a little, and the kids have a blast like always. My almost 3-year-old had a malfunction on a slippery leafy hill, but we rescued her. It’s just peaceful and pretty driving through lights. To me it’s a similar feeling of calm when you’re at the beach and just looking out into the water, (but I would still be far enough away to not have my little self float away 😉 ) worry free for a while. It’s nice to have something to do around this time of year once it gets colder and it becomes night.


I had also gone recently with my sister and grandmother to the hospital for a memorial tree lighting service they do every year for those who have passed away there that year. My grandfather who passed in March was a part of it. We went down and the kids met Santa and they sing and then they light up the hospital and the tree.

I usually love this time of year, and I still do, I just think while it’s happening you get lost in the chaos and you forget to enjoy it. I know I am guilty of doing it. Then once it passes, I think about how I want it to be Christmas time again.

So tell me, what Holiday traditions do you do every year; if any?

Thanksgiving Crafts!

I don’t think I will be squeezing out a better blog post until next week with the holiday loaded work schedule I have coming up. So, this quick little craft post should suffice. This past weekend we had to do a ‘turkey in disguise’ project with Chayse, our son. I think we are going to get more crafts done this week, so I started googling different cute ideas that were simple, and fun for them. I saved this one that I love this one from the list off of parenting.com (which is number 20, if you click through for a photo on the link I will share below).

Easy Turkey Pinecone Craft for Kids

  1. Cut a small diamond out of yellow construction paper and fold in half to create the beak.
  2. Cut a wattle (rectangle with a heart shape at one end) out of red construction paper.
  3. Glue beak, wattle and google eyes to pinecone.
  4. Twist dark pipe cleaner around pinecone base and poke into orange.
  5. Glue fall leaves to opposite side of orange to create tail feathers. (Or trace your child’s hand on two different color sheets of construction paper. Cut out and glue them together, overlapping.)
  6. Glue two acorn caps to bottom for feet.

I also love number 2.. check out the website below for the list

http://www.parenting.com/gallery/thanksgiving-crafts-ideas?page=0

Let me know if you do anything fun or creative this week with the holiday creeping up!

 

Holiday Cards?

If you read my post last week then you’d know it was about pictures. This weeks post can relate to that one. Since we went and got our family pictures done recently, it helps me this time around do my picture collage I make every year. Even if I didn’t have any new pictures, I would find an old one and make them somehow.

I love making the Christmas Photo Cards. For some reason, it’s a big deal to me. I can keep saying it. I don’t even know why because the whole process makes me frustrated, really frustrated. Just sitting there trying to crop, pick, edit. It’s just not fun. Especially on my laptop where nothing wants to work right. Like all good things, by the end once they come in and they’re printed I love them and remember why I do them at all. Maybe it’s because I know what they will look like. No surprises are going to pop up on the photo unless it’s a printing error. That is good to not worry about for once.

My rambling point is, do you think it is early? I know some people are all about waiting until after Thanksgiving is over before they even think Christmas thoughts. One holiday at a time. Which is understandable. Working in retail, I get to see a lot of this side. We put up our Christmas section in the store as early as October, sometimes September. We get a lot of complaints about it. It doesn’t bother me. I can keep an eye out on gifts for someone and save throughout the entire year. It’s just how I am. So to me, having these cards ready, stamped, and about to be mailed is no big deal. I do still wait until after Thanksgiving to send them out because I don’t know how others feel.

When do you start doing Christmas things? What is early to you? Do you do anything at all for cards or photos, or do you decorate only? Maybe you don’t celebrate at all. Whatever small thing it is, let me know about it.

(The weekly post this time is kind of all over the place, and short. My son is sick again and home from school so it has been a rough week. I just wanted to post something fast and hope to stay connected with you!)