From last week, I quite liked this simple idea for adding green on St. Patricks Day! We honestly don't really do much at all on March 17th, other than make sure to wear green. This subtle idea from Muslin and Merlot is fun and unique :)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Last time I posted a Spring project, it was pretty warm and clear around here. And now that I'm ready to share another (plus a giveaway!), it's of course snowing.
Painting bright pink and standing in three inches of slushy snow to take a a picture of your Spring Welcome sign= welcome to Idaho! Ha ha- gotta love it. :) It might be a bit early to expect that the snow won't still fall, but it's not too early at all to be creating for Spring!
I love these Welcome Sign kits that Wood Creations of Idaho Falls sells and today I get to give one away! Each season/ holiday they offer a new set of four pieces that hang from this one board....
It's fun to see what each new season's hangers will be- they are always really cute and full of detail!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time for another link up with Twin Dragonfly Designs! This last week I've honestly just been soaking up our unusual Spring-like weather around here :) Heather has sure shared some amazing projects you won't want to miss though :)
And for my feature from the link up last week...
...these fun Lego Party Bags from Pam's Party and Practical Tips. We loved The Lego Movie- I couldn't resist!
Looking forward to seeing other ideas shared this week again!
A few guidelines...
If you are new to Link Parties and have any questions, let us know ~ we would love to help out!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Recently I had the chance to meet a blogging friend of mine in person, Kara from The Joys of Boys. You can imagine why we connected, eh? :) During that time, she mentioned that she started her blog because every time she told people she had all boys, there followed a negative connotation.
The point struck me- because it's so true! When I tell people I have four boys, it's pretty well always a defensive or cool comment in response.
At least, I guess it does....
See, today I had the chance to hear a really beautiful piano solo from a young man in our Stake. I just closed my eyes and tried to absorb it... Does music feed your soul the way it does mine? I daresay there is nothing that touches me more, motivates me better. I wondered briefly in that moment why I don't have more of it in my life... music, that is. The good kind that lifts me like that piano solo did.
Anyhow... it was a young man playing that piano. And he was in a white shirt and tie and suit. And I pointed out to Cooper that it was a guy making that music. He leaned into me a bit :)
Tonight I happened upon this video... don't worry, you don't have to watch it all, just a bit and you'll probably know what I'm about to say next...
... that there need be no negative assumption when I say I have all boys. Do you watch any part of this and think "Oh, wow, ALL boys," with any sort of hesitancy or negativity? Didn't think so.
Boys are wild and crazy, dirty and smelly, loud and obnoxious. They wrestle a lot. They don't sit still or stay quiet very well. They don't usually understand when enough is enough. Their excitement and joy are manifest in way that can be overbearing and frustrating.
But they are strong and good, desirous and hopeful, energetic and willing. Their roughness doesn't mean that they mean to be mean. They mean to be happy and funny and someone you can approve of.
The young men in this video, at that piano, and my own sitting around me, are worthy of my pride. My heart just wants to burst at how awesome our young men are. I want to be a good enough Mom that it's my own son I'm listening to or watching and soaking in (whatever it may be they choose to be doing). :)
As a parting shot, this video includes the song in the piano solo I heard yesterday... and showcases even more awesome young men in white shirts ;) Enjoy!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
This post has me wanting to jump and down! So much good stuff that I really love involved- the idea of Spring coming, pretty paper, taking photos outside, and pinwheels! Not to mention, a few of #myfavoritebloggers sharing their goodness too :)
From top down, left to right:
Stamped "Bloom" Necklace from One Artsy Mama,
Spring Centerpiece from Happy Go Lucky,
Washi Tape Popsicle Stick Flowers from The Benson Street,
Simple Circle Pinwheels from me, obviously :)
Semi Homemade Strawberry Shortcake from Seven Alive
Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn in Your Microwave from 4 You with Love
Color-able Free Printable Spring Banner from Do Small Things with Love,
Fairy Guesthouse from Happy Hour Projects,
and Geometric Print Vase from Pitter and Glink
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Every now and then the boys grace me with a selfie like this. Ya know, one of those that you just melt over even though it's grainy and no one's hair was combed :) The one that reminds you they actually do think you're pretty ok.
Ah, I love these moments- when Ry first wakes up and Cooper is already off to school. His cheeks are so soft and warm... just begging to be kissed. And he just snuggles before he decides there is anything more fun to do...
Meanwhile Cooper is off getting smarter. By 100 days now to be exact. Cutest thing ever to see him bouncing toward us in the car wearing this crown and cereal necklace :) I love picking him up from school. If I can help it, he'll never have to ride the bus in his school career- saves so much time and unhappiness just going to get him! Stephen usually drops him off in the mornings on the way to work.
Sometime you just have to celebrate Friday when you can... like on Wednesdays.
We've learned to keep Wednesday nights free for family time, since Stephen works practically 24 hours a day Monday and Tuesday, if not on Sunday too. Sound like an exaggeration? No, really, he can walk in the door at 9:00 after the boys are already in bed, only to hear his work phone chime, which means turning back around for another delivery to the hospital. Blessedly, it's Friday on Wednesday and he is awesome at making sure those nights are focused on the boys...
So we went to The Lego Movie on a Wednesday recently and totally loved it! The boys actually hadn't ever owned or built their own small Legos before- crazy, I know! Here we are a house of boys, with nothing but big blocks around. So we picked up a few sets and they love them! They are all over the place... and the finished pieces are less toys than they'd like... and oh my my, Lego is stinkin' expensive! But, still, the under tones of the movie make me willing to support them and I know the older Coop and Ry get the more they'll enjoy them :)
We've also got two cute, chubby puppies right now! Stephen could have sold lots, lots more, but is hoping things work out better with his next batch. They're just now getting big enough to play with and the boys are anxious to enjoy them more while they can.
Indoor winter fun :) I love how thrilled they are with simple play like this magnetic fishing game. Once I got them rolling, they adapted it and played for a couple of hours on this one actually...
Aww, this picture just melts my heart! Cooper found this little camera that had been missing and it immediately became the coolest form of entertainment ever... for two or three days. Once of the first pictures he wanted to take was a selfie with Ryder- I was so pleased! Sometimes you just gotta take the little reminders that they really do care about each other beyond being wrestling partners, ya know?
And in parting, here's a little quip from each of the boys recently- why I'm remember them over the other things they say that I should write down immediately, who knows :)
Cooper...on His Future Wife:
"I'm gonna marry someone who loves me. And is not mean. And is beautiful like you, cause you're a really good cook." (Good thing there are still qualifying years ahead, since as of now the standard is pitifully low) :P
"Chocolate is my favorite dinner." (For what it's worth, no, we really have never eaten pure dessert for dinner!)
For Real :)