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My whole crew plus friends, birds, and dogs.

Three days of summer completed, only 137 to go.

Mostly good so far, we had plans and they kept us busy and I think we are getting used to being around each other 24/7.  It has only been the equivalent of a long weekend so I’ll re-evaluate when we get to a week.  I’m even preplanning next week, whole days in advance.

So far we have;

Celebrated the first day with a fire and friends and a toast to the summer to come

Had friends over, most notable was a Fiona friend whose birthday we will miss and she missed Fiona’s so we did an un-birthday playdate.  Nothing makes a little girl feel special like a personal sized cake.  (the pans are from Ikea in the kid section, get them!)

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Gone to a friends house, rode bikes around the block and played in the yard, traumatizing the many robins who are nesting.

Procured a summer wardrobe for 3 girls since all their summer stuff is deeeeep in storage (remember originally we were supposed to move in April).  We lost shopping patience so I have 2 pairs of shorts beyond the workout bottoms I had kept out.  I ended up modifying a t-shirt to be more trendy (and less annoying at the neck).

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DIY; Cut off the collar, at shoulder seam cut a small triangle point down.

We are reading more but not getting much other ‘school’ stuff done but it has been a busy few days.

Gone to the gym 2x and the pool once – I’m very hopeful to continue this trend since I’ll get both a kid break and a workout.

Today Lars is taking the girls out and I’m getting all the winter stuff out to storage and starting in on all the decorative things we kept out simply to make the house look good for showing.  Yes, I do like how it looks too in a hotel sort of way, but in the interest of getting packed in a non-panic I’ll start round 3 with the less essential items.

We even got in a date night!  For the first time in WEEKS Lars and I had an evening with no plans and our sitter was ready and willing so we went out to eat together.  This isn’t to say we don’t see each other – about half the time we go to different things in the evening but are back by 8ish and do kid bedtime and then have the evening together, just taking the whole night is special.

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Given that it is a holiday weekend it double downs on different from a school week with a day trip on Monday.  Zoe already said she has no idea what day it is and might just consider all days between now and school Saturday.  Why not?

No real drama yet and I’m glad.  We have so many things cooking that I think we will exhaust ourselves – I should really put ‘relaxing’ on the list at some point.

 

ps.  I got my side by side done for the kids, here is beginning of the year and end

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Child in awe and wonder

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Entry for 6 word Saturday

… and here is a second entry; A view worth getting up for

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Day 4 Black and White

No people, no explanation – of my world

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Niamhs view

We have a friend who can’t come to pennsic so the kids got my old phone for pictures. Here is a selection from day 1 taken by Dakota and Niamh 

Baby time – Party time

The friends that had a baby last week are fairly private about social media so I’m not posting any of the cutie pie pictures of him.  Just imagine a chubby cheek, fair skin, dark hair, semi-skeptical of the world baby and you get the idea.

What I can share are some of the sweet decorations we made for his baby shower.  The shower was a collaboration from the family and friends and we had it at a local community center.  Community centers are great, but, not all that easy to decorate.  I got put in charge of table wear, not the most exciting but still very necessary for a together looking party.

You want to know the easiest way to make a pretty party table?  10 clicks on Oriental Trading and I was done.  I was told the theme and colors and that was actually a relief because they had about a million options.  I’m happy to say that choosing blue for table cloths, napkins, plates, cake plates, cups, and utensils – despite being from different collections – they all matched. I ‘splurged’ on fancy fox table cloths for the buffet table and they matched the blue really well too.

 

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All my matching blues!  

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The woodland creature theme (that is also in the nursery) is an easy theme to follow, I could not resist these little guys, although I was supposed to only be on table wear, I was confident I could work them in.  It was hard to resist all the other cute charms and things on Oriental Trading but I was resolved to only buy things that I could actually use for the party.

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They nested nicely on the tables and in the center pieces of cut lavender and went home with the kids attending the shower (including mine).  I also used some 2d cardstock animals from another site that matched the banner etc.  Wall decor was not my department this time, but, I was happy to integrate the bits.  The lavender btw was grown by the parents of the dad so this is a very nice mix of mom side, dad side and friends.

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I also did a little finger print guest book – I talked about it as I was doing it but I’m happy with how it turned out.  Now that he is born I can add his actual name!  I’ve found that holding on to random largeish pieces of scrap book paper comes in super handy for sign making. Offcuts look official when you use pretty washi tape and have nice handwriting.

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The party itself was fun and the Mom to be was happy.  I think she is more happy now with him on the outside, enjoying the world.  I’m looking forward to seeing both my friends as parents and for the little guy to join in the fun.  Niamh has already declared herself as his babysitter in 3 years – no understatement, this kid is loved.

Oriental Trading has been awesome to work with and this post completes the batch of blogs in return for the product that we agreed upon, however, I would love to work with them again!

Happy Valentines day!

This year, I’m not sure if because it is a Tuesday or what, I’m not doing as much as usual.  I’m actually not even going to see Lars because tonight is the SCA kids practice and also my PTO meeting so we will be in opposite directions until about 8:30.  After that we plan on a nice take out sushi dinner but really, I don’t doubt his love in general.

I did have fun with valentines for the kids.  I took a cue from all the cute photo strips we have as favors from recent weddings and decided to DIY one.  The internet is full of other people who thought of this first but this is how I did it;

  1. Took a ton of pictures of each girl holding a dry erase board where they wrote each part of the message.  Take A LOT because half of them will be too silly or full of frownsimg_6013
  2. cropped them to be square in my computer
  3. used the collage option to line up the 4 pictures in a strip.  I choose to have white borders on a pink background.  You can also do this in excel, sometimes it is easier in excel!
  4. Sent the image to our local UPS store and then talked to them so they knew what I wanted, and, printing is one of those things personal attention is worth doing.
    1. Paid a whole $10 for 35 strips (2×8 if you are looking for dimensions) for each of the kids.  That is $10 for 105 strips total.
  5. Cut up some pretty washi tape so the kids could tape on pencils (totally optional)
  6. They wrote names and taped pencils no problem and it only took about 20min

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I love that getting them printed is so economical because I figure I would have spent $3 per ‘kit’ at walmart and I would have needed 4 at least since they are usually only 24 so I’m saving money, and, it is something I get to keep and love.  I know, there is a ton of time involved between taking pictures and edits but for me, that is the fun part.  This didn’t even need hot glue so I consider it an easy one.

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Finally, I must add a new addition to the valentines traditions.  Apparently, as they get older, the valentines box becomes homework, and Niamh had her heart set on a Giraffe valentines mailbox.  It is a STEM school and I like that they described this as a building project and include the design-refine-spend time method. I talked her out of having the mouth be the mail slot because… engineering… but I do like the final result.  It could be better but she procrastinated until yesterday afternoon to even start and I refused to do it without her (because I wanted her to do it over the weekend when we had time).

 

So I hope you all have nice days and nights and a pleasant February 14th in general.

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giraffe mail box – excuse the mess below, that is how creative tables look.