I really do love snow days. It’s not that I like cold weather…I don’t. I went to college in Arizona for a reason! But snow days mean a break from work, a break from the commute and the daily grind. It means that I get to do what I love the most, spend time having fun with my kids. It means sleeping in, snowmen, snow angels, snowball fights, fun breakfasts, fun crafts, and the thought of settling early with some hot chocolate and popcorn for a family movie night. I thank God for every snow day! This week has been such a roller coaster, with a going away girls night for a good friend who is moving to another state; the stress of trying to get out of a house contract after a terrible home inspection; the search for another house and the possibilities of buying my dream fixer upper farmhouse. On top of everything, we’ve all been sick. God has been so good in surrounding us with wonderful people to get us through the tough times. And today is much needed down time. Today’s snow was finally a wet snow perfect for making a snowman. So we made the little guy above, complete with chocolate chip eyes and buttons, a carrot nose, and hat and scarf. The kids called him Frosty, of course!
They were so happy that they finally got to make a snowman this year!
This is the fun breakfast we started the day off with. I had to use adult plates to fit everything that I wanted to fit. The banana snowman is an idea I had seen several times on Pinterest. I used chocolate sprinkles for the eyes and buttons, a small piece of carrot for the nose, and black icing gel I had left over from Christmas cookies for the hat and arms. The snowflakes are pancakes with rainbow sprinkles mixed into the batter but out with a cookie cutter. And then the berries and chocolate chips add the perfect finish! Both kids gobbled this up!
My baby girl in the snow! The hat and little cowl are my latest crochet project. She picked that chunky yarn out yesterday at Michaels, so I made her fun new hat and cowl set last night. I’m loving it on her!
And my adorable little man…
Finally got a good picture of my daughter and me! I’m working on the whole taking a somewhat flattering selfie with everything you want in the frame!
And one with my son… I tried a few with all three of us, but I just couldn’t get us all in the frame well…go go Gadget arm!
Really, we didn’t stay out too long today because the snow, although perfect packing snow for a snowman, was actually pretty gross and slushy overall. But we had fun while it lasted!
Other miscellaneous stuff…
Last weekend, I did a cake for a baby shower the ladies of our church put on for a wonderful young woman. It was rubber ducky themed!!!! I loved doing the cake, and the shower was an absolute blast! Couldn’t have been a nicer day for a nicer person. It amazes me how many wonderful women are part of our church. They are all so generous, giving, encouraging, and truly celebrate the joy of others…not to mention they’re all insanely talented! So many gorgeous handmade knit and crochet blankets and baby clothes!
I didn’t have time to go the handmade blanket route for the gift, which probably worked out well since she got quite a few from other guests. But I did manage to work up a little crochet rubber ducky from a pattern that came through my allfreecrochet email at just the right time!
And I also added another puppy hat to the group. A friend of ours loved my kids’ hats so much, she asked me to do one for her granddaughter! So of course we had to get a picture of the whole bunch before the purple puppy moved on to her new home :)!
And I’ll end this post with something that’s brightening my world so much. My son has taken up drawing on magnetic boards. He loves it, and I have to say, his artistic ability at 5 years old is impressing me. I didn’t get a picture of the bus he drew when we were reading wheels on the bus last night, but it was pretty awesome. The picture here is one he drew on his sister’s magnetic board and it’s a picture of Boo from Monsters Inc. I love it!!!
Have a very blessed end of the week!
Cooking and baking are two of the favorite things to do in my household. My son loves playing with the toy kitchen set and frying up all kinds of fun little plastic food. And my daughter calls herself my “little baker buddy.” I love it. So last night and today had a lot of cooking and baking going on. Last night, I made a birthday cake for our landlords’ son. He was having his party at a place that has rock climbing and ice skating, so that’s what he wanted on his cake. The kids love watching me decorate cakes, but mostly, they love eating the leftover icing!
This afternoon, while my daughter was napping, I got some quality time making dinner with my son. These are the moments I cherish!!
After dinner, we broke out the cookie stampers I got for Christmas and the kids and I baked some peanut butter cookies. What a blast! The kids loved using the stamps to make some “pretty” cookies!
Then we topped the night off with some hot chocolate…bonus that it had fun little rainbow marshmallows.
A fun start to the weekend. Tomorrow, we’re off house hunting again after church. I really never knew how exhausting it could be to find the right house. Praying the perfect one for our family will come along soon! Hope everyone is having a blessed weekend!
I should have known when I made reindeer pancakes over the Christmas holiday that it wouldn’t be long before my horse-loving daughter asked for horse pancakes :)! So we made these sweet little creations…just a horse head shaped pancake with marshmallow and chocolate chip eye and bacon mane.
They were a lot of fun…and definitely a big hit with my little lovies!
Horse pancakes at the princess card table watching Ninja Turtles…yep it’s a snow day at our house! It’s going to be so hard to start commuting again on Monday. I am so loving being able to make my kids breakfast every morning, keeping the house clean, keeping up with laundry (at least better than usual :)), working with the kids on school stuff, and having family movie nights with popcorn and hot cocoa every night. I could REALLY get used to this! Here’s praying that we will be able to find a house to buy that will lower our monthly payments and bring me one step closer to being a stay-at-home mama! God has sent us an amazing realtor, so I have faith that it will happen someday. May all those who are blessed to stay home with their children cherish this time in their lives…these precious childhood days go by in the blink of an eye.
Snow days with the kids are becoming a favorite past time! We got another really good snow and, not only is it a nice break from my insane commute, it is so much fun spending time with the kids as they enjoy the winter wonderland. We stayed out pretty much until it got dark last night. It was a great way to get some of that energy out that kids get pent up when they’re stuck inside during the cold months. Snow definitely makes the cold more bearable!! Some fun pictures from the day…
I crocheted the puppy hats following a pattern I found on Repeat Crafter Me. Easy and adorable!! I’m making the owl hat from the same site for my niece!
The snowy weather also gave our little girl a chance to decorate the Sofia the First cookie house she got for Christmas. Fun times!
Hope everyone is staying safe and warm! Have a blessed end of the week!
I was “hired” to do my first smash cake, so this is it. I put hired in quotes because I really don’t make any money at cakes once you factor in the cost of ingredients and supplies. This one wore me out though. It looks small, but since the photographer needed it this morning, I was working on it until 1 this morning after getting up at 4 a.m. yesterday, working a full day, commuting 4 hours, and then going to Bible study until 9. To sum all that up, it was a very long day. I’m not sure how the cake worked out for the photo shoot…no word from the photographer yet. Hopefully it worked well. As I was finishing up at 1 this morning, it occurred to me that black icing might not be the best for a one year old to smash…we’ll see. And now, I am going to settle down and relax with my favorite mug and a nice warm cup of Apple Cinnamon Spice tea!
Mmmmm…. Have a blessed night!
Yesterday, dear hubby and I celebrated six years of marriage! It’s hard for us to believe how far we have come in those six years. They have been the most incredibly blessed years of my life as we began our lives and our family together and embarked on a journey of spiritual growth. Though we hardly ever do much to celebrate our anniversary…mostly because we’re flat broke and exhausted after the holidays :). But this day always gives me good time to reflect on how thankful I am for the many blessings God has sent my way these past six years. We now have two beautiful children and a church family that is unbelievably supportive and spiritually uplifting. As we look at the future and the possibility of buying a major fixer upper house on more than 5 acres of land, I know that I couldn’t have asked God for a better partner in life. And I am so looking forward to the next six years, God willing that we both stay in good health. Happy Anniversary, Brandon!
Yay! A snow day!!! This is the scene we woke up to this morning. No school, no work. This is what I love about winter.
Our snowy back yard and Barstow’s new dog house…he’s not enjoying the dog house today, though…he’s enjoying some warm and toasty time in our house!
Our adorable daughter came into our room this morning ready to go out and play in the snow, wearing just the pink shirt and gray skirt. We talked her into adding the pants and snow boots, and later the snow pants, coat, mittens, and hat :). Such a little princess!!
It’s become our tradition to start snow days off with a nice hearty breakfast. Today, we went with banana bread, scrambled eggs, and the always popular assortment of berries.
The kiddos enjoying the snow…
The snowy garden owl…
and of course, Kaitlyn’s snow angel…she’s getting much better at those…
Stay safe and warm and have a blessed day!
I hope everyone had an awesome New Year’s Eve! We just stayed in and played Dominoes with close family friends. It was a nice relaxing end to a ridiculously hectic year. Here’s hoping 2014 is a year of peace, relaxation, family time, and spiritual growth!! We did start a new New Year’s tradition at the request of my dear hubby. He wanted us (and by us I mean me) to cook a special meal for each person in our family. He requested loaded hash browns, and I went with crab cakes. The kids were trickier. They asked for ice cream and candy :). So I made them pigs in a blanket and arranged them to say 2014. Then they got their ice cream!
For us, 2013 ended with crafts…these are the Santa walnut mice ornaments we made and the melted perler bead cookie cutters. Those were supposed to be ornaments, too, but the kids were having fun playing with them as is, so I didn’t bother hanging them.
Then of course there was the last cake of 2013. Duck Dynasty was a big cake request this year. Works for me…edible images and camo icing!
Baby girl was thrilled to use her new little mixer to make pancake batter! She’s my awesome little baker buddy!
And the kids are loving their new bed tents! We upgraded our daughter from a toddler bed to a twin to accomodate. She’s growing up way too quick!
And on my crafty list was this pink crochet cowl. It was a much-needed break from the sweater I’m knitting our son. Note to self, when you decide to take pictures while in the middle of cleaning the bathroom, clean the mirror before you take the picture :). Amazing how every little spot shows up on camera!
I’ve avoided social networking forever, but the pressure is starting to get to me. I have been accepting friend requests on Facebook for business and other reasons…yikes. Not sure I really want to go down that road, but it is what it is. So in an effort to be more modern this year, I’m posting my first “selfie”…LOL. I can see why that is the most hated word of 2013 :).
Happy New Year! May you be abundantly blessed!
Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a wonderful day celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior! It was a great family day for us, but I still can’t help but feel the true meaning of Christmas gets overtaken by the ridiculous amount of stuff. I’m as guilty as anyone. I love watching the kids excitement as they open their presents. But it gets so hard to focus on Christ when we tie most of the day up with opening gifts and preparing elaborate meals. It’s a good time, but I’m still struggling to find a way to move all that other stuff around so that we can spend one day just focused on the amazing gift of Jesus’ birth.
Anyway, we started Christmas Eve off with an early dinner at our friends’ house. Great food, great company! Then we watched the Christmas program at our church. That was a lot of fun. The kids did a program that was far from traditional, but very amusing! They had some of the kids dressed up as penguins and did a fun skit about the true meaning of Christmas. After the play, we went home and changed into our PJs to drive around looking at Christmas lights. When we got back, we let the kids open their gifts.
Our baby girl was thrilled to get the Dollar Store pony she’s been wanting for months!
Our little man enjoyed the block and marble toy he got…he picked up the whole concept very quickly and was building a fun system of blocks that the marbles could roll through in no time. So happy to see his engineering mind coming to life! Considering there was a day when we weren’t sure he would ever play with toys appropriately, this is huge!
The ornament I made dear hubby. I got the plans from While Wearing Heels.
The stockings I made with the crochet monkey I made my son hanging out.
Our friends stopped by and gave the kids some gifts, too. Here’s hubby and daughter painting Sofia the First pictures!
Christmas day started off with last minute cookie baking and a fun breakfast of Rudolph pancakes! I found the idea here. It’s just a big pancake, a little pancake, marshmallows and chocolate chips for the eyes, a strawberry tip nose, bacon antlers, and some marshmallow and strawberry garnish. Yummy and cute!
Then I finished up the hummingbird doily for my grandmother. I got the pattern here. I absolutely love how it turned out. Awesome pattern, Bella Crochet!!
Then it was off to my parents’ house for more gift opening…
Colton got his first bike! My dad helped him start learning to ride…you can’t see it well in this photo, but my dad was wearing his fun Grinch hat!
Always the princess, Kaitlyn was wearing a crown my aunt got her and enjoying her new American Girl doll, Kit.
Doc McStuffins Operation…a huge hit!
This year, my mom decided to make Beef Wellington for the first time. My grandfather, who passed away when I was 13, used to make this wellington recipe every Christmas, so this was a big deal for my mom. The wellington turned out perfectly cooked and amazingly delicious! My contribution, cutting out the letters to spell Merry Christmas and the cross.
December has been absolutely crazy. I could really use a silent night soon! I have to say, it may sound weird but I am loving this day off to just crazy clean my house. It looked like it exploded after all of the gift making, cookie baking, and gift opening. I can’t wait to get it nice and tidy again! Dear hubby and I don’t get each other much at all for Christmas, but he was very thoughtful this year. He got me a big wicker basket to hold my yarn and knitting projects, and he got me a nice set of canvas baskets for organizing my closet! That may not sound like terribly exciting gifts, but they make me very happy :)! Between that and the Ninja kitchen set and new magnolia shower curtain my uncle and parents got me, I had an awesome Christmas gift-wise!
I’m also going to throw some pictures from my niece’s birthday party in here, too since her birthday is so close to Christmas.
The Guardians of Ga’Hoole cake I made her.
The little owl craft she had the kids do…so cute!
My niece drew this pin the feather on the owl game herself! She is truly a crafter after my own heart!
And my two adorable kiddos playing in the backyard.
Happy Birthday Julia!
Happy Birthday Jesus!
Hope you all had a blessed Christmas!
And now to the fun Christmas crafts we’ve been doing. My goal this year was to do the “24 Crafts of Christmas” for every day of the month leading up to Christmas day. We haven’t been able to do a craft every day, but I think we will make the goal of 24 by Christmas!
We kicked it all off with foam and button candy canes, inspired by an old craft magazine I had laying around.
Next was little printable cuties I found through AllFreeKidsCrafts and the kids colored. We attached them to the pine cones we bought in the fall…recycling!
Button Christmas trees…I love how these turned out! I just cut out the tree shape, and the kids were able to do the rest. I think this is another idea I got from AllFreeKidsCrafts…
Beaded angels…another idea courtesy of AllFreeKidsCrafts. This may be my favorite craft ever! The kids loved stringing the beads onto the chenille stem, and they turned out so beautifully. I would love to do this craft with my Sunday School kids, but the thought of buying that many pony beads is daunting!
Beaded snowflakes…also from AllFreeKidsCrafts. More fun stringing pony beads!
Thumbprint reindeer…you guessed it…AllFreeKidsCrafts! These are adorable!
Ok, not a Christmas craft. But my daughter was not so interested in the Christmas crafts one night and decided she wanted to make a pink pegasus puppet. So we did. And then she wanted me to make my son a dinosaur puppet. So we did. Nothing like impromptu crafting!!! The cute part though was when my son started flying his dinosaur around like my daughter was flying her pegasus. She threw a fit because “dinosaurs don’t fly.” So I told her some dinosaurs did fly. To which she quickly replied, “But it’s not a Pteranodon, it’s a Tyrannosaurus Rex.” Oh that Dinosaur Train!
Fun wooden letters from Michaels we strung together with twine make a festive decoration for the tree!
Popsicle snowmen inspired by a craft in Oriental Trading.
Love, love, love these egg carton angels! Also from AllFreeKidsCrafts…seriously, what did I do before I got on that email list!
A fun banner…my camera is horrible, so it’s a little hard to see. I just printed up some angels, stars, and wreaths; the kids helped me by gluing the pictures on cardstock; then I cut them out and the kids helped tape some twine on the back to hang.
And the fun clothespin and coat hanger wreath card holder…another idea from an old magazine.
So that’s the run down of crafts I’ve done with the kids so far…more cute crafts to come, I promise!
And here are some of the handmade gifts I’m working on…
A cute amigurumi kitten and crochet bobble purse for my daughter…
Amigurumi owl for my niece…she’s really into the owl trend, too!
An owl purse for my niece… I improvised a pattern based on this web site.
I’m crocheting stockings for my whole family. This pattern is also one I got from AllFreeKidsCrafts as well. It was such a beautiful pattern, I had to make some. I have two completed and two that are crocheted, I just have to seam the pieces together. Then I have to begin my adventure into embroidery to add names…yikes!
Chalkboard art is my new favorite thing! I made this one for my own home, but I am also making several for family members. Loving it!
This is a purse I made myself a while back from the scraps I had left over from making a plastic bag holder. I’m going to make my sister a similar one for Christmas.
A sweater I’m knitting for my son. If all goes well, dear hubby will get one, too!
My Christmas present to myself. I started knitting this scarf a little while ago. It’s been put off while I finish everyone else’s gifts. But I’m still hoping to finish it sometime next week. I saw this scarf advertised on a knitting email I got and fell in love. So I found the magazine it was in and bought it. When done, it’s going to be a beautiful trellis scarf with flower embellishments that I will graft into a cowl! I really can’t wait to get this one done!
And now, my favorite gift. This one is for my grandmother. I actually bought the pattern for this because it’s so beautiful. This picture is just the beginning. When it’s finished, it will be a gorgeous hummingbird pineapple doily. Once I get it worked up completely, I’ll post a finished picture and a link to the pattern I’m using.
And the miscellaneous other crafty things…
These are some fun reindeer gingerbread cookies I made for our church’s annual Ladies Christmas Tea. I friend of mine found the idea and forwarded a picture, so I’m not sure exactly where it originated from.
A sign I painted from one of my favorite hymns…
And a baby shower cake I made for a girl from our church who is having twins. It’s been an extra crazy December, between birthdays, baby showers, ladies teas, and oh yeah, Christmas. A fun busy, but I have to say, I really could use a silent night. Praying for a couple of slow days next week after Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful blessed and peaceful Christmas this year!