Saturday, March 21, 2015

mudless mud room

Both my parents are pretty crafty people. The phrase “surely, we can make that.” was uttered frequently.  And often times we did so, successfully.  And that has transferred to my adult life as well.  Chris has gotten use to the idea.  And is usually a good sport, since most of “my” projects require his assistance. 

And then came Pinterest.  And I’m pretty sure Chris wanted to ban the site since my “surely, we can make that!” became an all-too-frequent part of my dialogue. 

I became determined to create a mudroom in our house.  Short of adding-on, there was only one option….lose the dining room and turn it into a mud room/all-purpose room.  It took a few months to sell Chris on the idea of converting our dining room. But pointing out that we had used the room only twice since moving 3 years ago helped the cause.

Once on board, we settled on what we wanted to create.  Hit up the hardware store for supplies.  And then I disappeared, haha.  Chris handled the rest of the project.  With occasional help from me. 

I’m not sure he even thought it would turn out as great as it did but I had no doubt!!  It IS absolutely perfect. 
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I want to do a few more things in the room to get rid of the dining room look (ie the chandelier).  I want to use this room for kid projects, and homework, and laundry. 

But my favorite part is having a space to corral all the kids shoes AND socks!  And coats, and hoodies and raincoats. ALL.THE.STUFF!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

sunny days and batman smiles

Just pictures from a random sunny day in November.  The boys happen to have matching shirts on, which doesn’t happen often these days.  They were being silly and I quickly grabbed a few pictures. 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

If I were president {Wilson}

I LOVE going through Will’s back pack each day.  There’s always some goodies in there.  Usually his stories are about how much he doesn’t like writing.  Or how he loves going to school to get away from the littles. 

This week’s gem was about being president.  And I really shouldn’t have been surprised.  Will is lobbying hard for a pet snake (!!!).

“If I were president. I would have a pet cobra to help the army fight. I want a pet snake because my mom won't let me have one. If I was president. Ice cream too.”

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Monday, March 09, 2015

year of the goat {again}

It was time once again for our annual Chinese New Year with our FCC friends.  Our first date was snowed out, so we rescheduled and thankfully most everyone was able to come.  The kids had a great time doing all of the year of the goat crafts.  And Ella and Chris tried their hand at making dumplings.  The 3 of us tried them, and they were yummy!  Will and Wyatt refused to try them, no surprise there.  We had a great afternoon catching up with old friends, and meeting new ones. 

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

renaissance man

Literacy week was cancelled due the 2 weeks of snow days we had.  So the weeks activities were rescheduled for Tuesday. Costume day + poster day all in one. 
Mister Wilson had both ends of the spectrum covered.  Super Heroes vs Birds of Prey. Fiction vs Non-Fiction. His love for both is equally split. He would make a pretty good renaissance man.
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For his book character costume Will effectively argued that Spiderman was more than a comic book character since he had a chapter book with him in it. I tried to argue for Jack from the Magic Treehouse books but he wasn’t buying the idea.  So Spiderman it was.  And he was very insistent that his book poster be from his most favorite book, Birds of Prey.  Specifically, the osprey.   I think literacy week might be his favorite week (or rather day) of the school year.



Monday, March 02, 2015

more CNY fun

Since 2007 (while we were waiting) we swore we were going to go see the CNY party that the kids discovery museum puts on.  And each year we didn’t make it.  Normally, the party is in January and with Chris working Saturdays it’s just been too hard.  This year, it was at the end of Feb!  Perfect timing!  We had planned on taking all of the kids, but Chris and Ella had some Daddy/Ella time and went to see it.  Ella was SOOO excited she was going to get to see her China dragon.  She came back gushing about all the things she saw, and the fun she had. 
And we ended the fun with the traditional New Years hair cut!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

snow day (part 2)

I feel like we were out playing as the sun rose Thursday.  But I think it was just overcast.

The kids favorite part of the day was that Chris didn’t have to to go work Thursday.  It was a snow day for him too!

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Mimi and Poppy soon joined in on the fun.  The kids love having them to along to sled and play on snow days!!!

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And Mimi is an expert snowman builder!  The biggest snowman we’ve ever had!!! (But he melted before Thursday evening!)


After we finished playing at home.  We headed over to Jake & Reid’s house (can we say we LOVE having our cousins in the neighborhood!!!!)

We did some tubing with them.  Played with their neighbors (aka Will’s friends from school) and got worn out on the walk home.

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Now we are praying the kids can have a full week at school starting Monday.  Momma needs a few days to catch her breath, and attempt some laundry!

Friday, February 27, 2015

snow day 2 (part1)

In the last 2 weeks the little kids have not had school.  And Will has only had 1.5 days!  All due to the threat of snow/ice.  Of course it snowed a bit last Friday night, but it was gone quickly.  It happened again Wednesday night, and was quickly gone (from the streets) Thursday.  We did end up with about 6 inches Wed night!

This wasn’t exactly sledding snow, but it was snowman/snowball snow.  Wed night we spent almost 2 hours having a snowball fight.  The kids thought it was great fun!

Thursday we used our hill to sled over and over again.  And this year, Wyatt LOVED it.  Last year, not so much.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

it’s back!

We’re at 5+ inches and a few hours to go.  Before bed we had an hour long snowball fight.  Wyatt has impecable dodging skills.  Ella has amazing snowball gathering skills.  And Will is a fierce competitor! Very few pictures since I was the main target. 

Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!
*Out of 8 school days, Will has only been 1.5 days.  Cabin Fever is a real thing!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

it finally snowed!

Friday night, after dinner, it {finally} started snowing.  Like real snow.  And it kept coming down and coming down.  Realizing we needed to capitalize on the snow while it lasted, we bundled up the kids and headed out.  Sledding until 10pm! 

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Saturday morning the snow was still out, but now it was icy.  And the sleet/rain was heading in soon.  Ella was begging to head back out.  So at 8am they bundled up and played before the rain came in.  By 8:45 it was raining and the fun was over.
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But Wyatt and Ella got alot more sledding in and had a blast.  So glad the snow was finally big enough for the kids to remember it actually happened….and that they took 5 days off of school for something. SONY DSC

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**Wilson is missing from the Sat morning pics b/c he said putting on all those clothes weren’t worth it.  HE did have plenty of fun on Friday night….but it was too dark for pics.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Snow Days {with no snow}

We are on day 3 or 4 of {NO} snow days. We’ve lost count.  {Yes, our schools have been closed due to single digit temps.  And the *threat* of snow/ice.} And cabin fever has definitely set in! Despite there being no snow.  Our brief snow storm lasted all of 5 minutes and then the sun came out.  But we donned our snow gear anyway and headed out to play.  We stayed out as long as we could last in the bitter cold and headed back inside to thaw out.  But how many more days at home will we have?!!!!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

silly, serious, pretty, funny

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Ella says Happy New Year with all of her many expressions. And she LOVED this years new outfit. Pants for the win!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

CNY, part 1


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The Lunar New Year is upon us.  We have decorated.  Read LOTS of books.  And watched a few special episodes featuring our fave characters celebrating.   It also helps that we’ve had a few days off of school and plenty of time to fill :) 

First up, dragon puppets.  I found these easy pintables here.

The boys really enjoyed them.  And Ella was very proud everyone was participating in “her” craft.

Friday, February 13, 2015

sweet day celebration!

Wyatt and Ella were excited to celebrate Valentine's at school.  They painstakingly chose how to decorate their mailboxes.  Wyatt settled on an Angry Bird Storm Trooper.  And Ella picked a blue Angry Bird.  Both classes celebrated with ice cream parties.  And exchanged Valentine’s with their friends and teachers.  A perfectly sweet day!

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