Spring is in the air


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I couldn’t resist decorating for spring any longer. My daffodils are blooming, my grapehyacinths are sprouting, and my forsythia (that did nothing last year) has happy yellow buds dancing upon its branches. I planted several hundred bulbs during the fall and I get giddy with every green sprout I see popping through the soil. It’s here yall! It’s just within our grasp. Nature feels it, and so do I.

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Spring is in the air


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I couldn’t resist decorating for spring any longer. My daffodils are blooming, my grapehyacynths are sprouting, and my forsythia (that did nothing last year) has happy yellow buds dancing upon its branches. I planted several hundred bulbs during the fall and I get giddy with every green sprout I see popping through the soil. It’s here yall! It’s just within our grasp. Nature feels it, and so do I.

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Chore Chart: A Little Friendly Competition


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My boys are competitive. I’m sure most siblings as close in age as they are, probably are as well. With their dad deployed I am needing them to step up a little bit and help me take care of some of the housework. They are, after all, the main mess makers of the home.

I’ve tried giving bribing them with single dollars that they can either save, or go spend at the Dollar Store on a cheap toy that lasts about 10 seconds. No matter what I did to encourage them to save their money, they were relentless about spending that dollar right then and there.

This time I’ve decided on a points system. They will be in control of if and when they do their chores. It’s written right there, so no more nagging from me. Okay, maybe not as much nagging from me. I haven’t quite decided exactly what the highest points earner will win. I’m thinking a winner’s choice activity during the weekend. Maybe winner’s choice restaurant (gives me a break from cooking).

The color behavior system is the same one their teachers do at school. When they get home, they will start on whatever color they left school with…and hopefully go up from there. In about a week or so I will update y’all on the progress. Fingers crossed it will be good news!

Y’all take care!

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I’m back!


It’s been far too long, friends. We’ve settled in here in Texas, added a new baby to the family (she’s a toddler now), and are beginning John’s first deployment with kids. Its been an adjustment, but we are managing. I’ve been keeping busy with projects around the house. So many projects! So stay tuned for posts about those.

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Shaving Cream Easter Egg Dye


Since all of our furniture has been packed and shipped off back to America a few weeks ago, I have been doing my best to find things to keep the boys busy. It hasn’t been easy. The first week our things left the weather was beautiful and I was able to take them outside often. Since then we’ve had weeks of snow and rain. It’s dreadful. Add a nearly empty house, two and four-year old boys, and a few toys that have already lost their interest, and you have chaos. Only a few weeks left of this and we’ll be in Texas.

A friend posted this idea on facebook months ago and I had forgotten about it. Since Easter is just around the corner and we were stuck inside over the weekend I decided we’d have a messy play day and give it a try.

Items needed:

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  • Hard boiled eggs
  • shaving cream
  • food coloring
  • toothpicks
  • cookie sheet

Its pretty simple. Just spray a layer of shaving cream, drip a few drops of your desired food coloring colors, swirl with a toothpick, and roll eggs around. Let the eggs dry on a piece of paper for a few hours and wipe off the shaving cream and you have beautifully swirled Easter Eggs!

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When we were done with the eggs I let the boys make a mess on the table with some shaving cream. Awesome, easy clean-up play!

Shaving Cream Mess Time

Check out our Tie Dye Easter Eggs here

I apologize for the poor quality phone photos. I kept my camera out of the packer way but I forgot the cord and it got packed up. Come back in a few days and I will tell you other ways we’ve been keeping busy.

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Tie Dye Easter Eggs


Items needed:

  • vinegar
  • paper towels
  • plastic wrap
  • food coloring
  • eggs

Soak paper towel in vinegar, place on plastic wrap, drip food coloring, wrap it, and wait (we waited about 20 minutes and rinsed them off).

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Check out our shaving cream dyed Easter Eggs here.

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Coffee Filter Easter Eggs – Dyed and Marbelized


Today, both my little guys have nasty cold so we tried to play quietly and take it easy. This art project was a nice way to also be doing something creative, so we could decorate our windows for Easter.

What you need for tie-dyed:

  • coffee filters cut into egg shapes
  • washable markers
  • spray bottle with water
  • protective covering for table or workspace

Just color your Easter eggs with the markers and lightly mist with squirt bottle. It is fun to watch the colors bleed together and create the tie-dyed look.

 

I will admit that Grayson wasn’t a fan of sitting and coloring today, so when he was done I asked if he wanted to paint with marbles instead and his face lit up.

We painted with marbles last week and if you haven’t read that post yet, you can find it here.

What you need for marbelized :

  • plastic container
  • coffee filters cut into egg shapes
  • acrylic paint
  • marbles
  • tape

I taped the coffee filter eggs inside to the bottom of the container, added a few drops of paint and let Grayson shake and roll to his heart’s desire. He’s a boy. He loves noise!

Our windows look so Eastery with our fun eggs!

My pictures  of all the eggs together didn’t come out very well because of the background showing through, but they look great! When the little guys feel better maybe we will try again and make some more eggs for their bedroom windows.

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10,000th Photo


My 10,000th photo captured with my Canon T3i is a spectacular moment, one that I will always remember, and the people in the photo will cherish forever.

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I have been taking these military homecoming photos for several months now, and I absolutely adore doing them. It is so special to me to be able to be there for such an important time in people’s lives.

We had a little homecoming of our own yesterday as well. However, John was only gone for training for a few weeks, but at times I felt like it was an eternity. These wild and crazy boys, I tell ya! They’re happy to have their daddy back home.

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I promise I won’t be a stranger. Life gets a little crazy at times, but now that John is back home things will start getting back to normal, and I have quite a few ideas up my sleeve.

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2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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What a Year!


We’ve had a lot of changes this year.

•We moved from Germany and made a new home inTexas
•My hobby turned into my business
•Grayson started Pre-K
 cat named Sybil•We adopted a new family member (her name is Sybil)

I haven’t had much time left for Blogging at all. One of my resolutions is to blog more in 2014. I really do miss it at times.

2014 has a lot in store for us too. John will be gone for training several months of the year, so the times he’s home we have a few fun family outings planned. One being a mini beach vacay for Grayson’s birthday in March. I can’t believe he’ll be turning 5!

I already have three commissioned art pieces on the books to get started on after this holiday break. I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love, and stay home with my boys, AND make a little money.

What else does 2014 have in store for us? We’ll have to see, but I sure am excited to find out.

For now, its time to celebrate my husband’s birthday (32!) and say farewell to 2013.
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An added note: It is incredibly difficult to write while two boys are crawling over me on the couch. I apologize if this seems as though it was written in haste. It was.

 

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