Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Swim Lessons

As I mentioned last week, with my cute new tote in hand, the little man and I have taken on swim lessons.

These type of activities are CLUTCH for a SAHM.  

Plus, after swim lessons, we are always guaranteed an extra long nap because the little guy is super tuckered out.

The paparazzi (aka my husband) showed up to capture Brecken, and his friends, "learning" how to swim.
Don't you just love him?  No?  Just me?  :)

These type of activities are oftentimes Brecken's saving grace from day to day.

And more-so than that, these girls are oftentimes MY saving grace from day to day.

{Do you have other mom-friends?  Other similar activities that keep you sane?}

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday

You're not going to see too many project posts from me this week, but I wanted to leave some encouragement I saw from a friend that struck me.   

This will help me to focus for the start of Holy Week, and hopefully will do the same for you.

1 Corinthians 13 for Mothers.

If I keep my house immaculately clean, and am envied by all for my interior decorating, but do not show love in my family - I'm just another housewife.

If I'm always producing lovely things - sewing, art; if I always look attractive, and speak intelligently, but am not loving to my family - I am nothing.

If I'm busy in community affairs, teach Sunday School, and drive in the carpool, but fail to give adequate love to my family - I gain nothing.

Love changes diapers, cleans up messes, and ties shoes - over and over again.

Love is kind, though tired and frazzled.

Love doesn't envy another woman - one whose children are "spaced" better, or in school so she has time to pursue her own interests.

Love doesn't try to impress others with my abilities or knowledge as a mother.

Love doesn't scream at the kids.

Love doesn't feel cheated because I didn't get to do what I wanted to do today - sew, read, soak in a hot tub.

Love doesn't lose my temper easily.

Love doesn't assume that my children are being naughty just because their nose level is irritating.

Love doesn't rejoice when other people's children misbehave and make mine look good. Love is genuinely happy when others are honored by their children.

Friday, April 15, 2011

War Wound

One of the things that I was most excited about, and feared, all at the same time with having a boy is their innate fearlessness.

Well, this spirit in Brecken shows through daily and unfortunately had some consequences yesterday.

Look at how sad those eyes are?!

Despite my fervent warnings, this little boy has a strong spirit, and touched the fireplace yesterday {dang you Seattle for needing a fireplace on in APRIL} only to lead to a pretty rotten night of doctor's office, lots of gauze, and some serious pain and crying.

I obviously felt super bad, but have prayed away the guilt and am working on just giving my strong-willed, fearless little boy some quality TLC over the next few days while he has no use of his hands.

And for an independent kid, this is tough for him too. 

But we'll survive. 

All will be well in no time.  And I know that there will probably be many more war wounds to come with the spirit of this little boy.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

11 Months

How is he already 11 months?

How has he managed to completely steal my heart?

He seriously just sits there, and I fall in love more and more.
Hi Mom
Okay maybe he doesn't really SIT at all.  More like crawl around like a maniac.

Or show his true colors, least when you expect it:  ALL BOY.

And this is where I found him this morning:

11 Months where have you gone?

Excited to celebrate one year though.  Love you Bub.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Embellished Tote

Today I bring you cute AND functional.  Always a great combo.

My Friday was spent at the beloved Ikea.   
I just love Ikea.

Well to my delight, I stumbled across this little number and got super excited!

The little man began swim lessons last week, and I knew that this would make for the perfect swim tote.

For $5.99, this beaute comes in an adorable magenta (this picture looks red, but it's magenta IRL), an ocean blue and navyI needed one in every color.  Naturally.

Using this tutorial, I whipped up some fun little flowers to embellish my new swim lesson tote.

I picked up the buttons as a 3-pack at the local fabric store for $1.79.  Deal.

Now I feel prepared to haul all of the crap that needs to come along for swim lessons (anyone?! - SO MUCH STUFF - who knew?!)

So cute right?!  Don't you want one?!  
I think it'd be super cute with the child's initial, or fabric monogram in the middle.  

I'm excited for my new spring/summer tote.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Keep Calm

I'm obviously really into printables lately, and just stumbled across this other GREAT website for some more.

It's called the KeepCalm-o-matic.

I first learned about it here, and am just in love.

The famous, and trendy, Keep Calm and Carry On posters can be customized to say WHATEVER you want.  For FreeYep, I bring you free again. :)

I whipped this bad boy up as a cute 8x10 I thought would be good for our downstairs powder room (do I have a powder room?  It just sounds fancier than a bathroom).

{What do you think?  Show me the Keep Calm posters you come up with!}

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Name Prints

As you can remember from this post, I think one of the most thoughtful ways you can give a gift to someone for a special occasion, is to personalize it.

I don't know about you, but along with the billion wedding invites that end up in our mailbox, there also must be something SERIOUSLY in the water, because the baby boom in our life is in full effect{More friends for Brecken!}

I'm not a professional graphic designer by any means, but Picnik and Picasa can help aid those that aren't as graphically inclined as some people.

Enter the Name Print.

Our friends welcomed a beautiful little baby girl a couple months ago, and in addition to a Homemade Headband, and of course a cute outfit, I wanted to give her something personalized.

Using google image search, I sourced out several "backgrounds" that I could upload into Picnik.
Damask - can't remember the source

I then just began adjusting the colors, tints and adding text in Picnik.  

And then let my little creative juices run wild.

See, there are literally a MILLION different things you could do with these.

For printing, you can either print at home, or I usually just upload the final one to FedEx Kinkos or Costco (depending on the size) and print.  It usually runs me about $1.50-$3.00.  

To get you started, I came across an entire SERIES of printables from Sprik Space and she has graciously provided 13 patterns in 25 color ways!
I do love everything aqua and chevron right now.
She set them up to print in 12x12, which I know from my Family Rules, that Costco prints for $2.99.  Once mounted in an Ikea frame - GREAT, cheap wall art.

Young House Love

Click here to browse her collection, and start personalizing some name prints.  Did I mention she put these up for free???

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