Monday, December 5, 2011

Happiness is Homemade...

...because we are happy when we save money!

Someone at work recently told me that Mod Podge (which I use ALL the time) was just water and glue.  WHAT?  Water and ELMER'S glue?  Why have I been paying $3-$4 for Mod Podge when I have bottle after bottle of glue sitting at home that I got on sale for like $.50? 

So, I found a recipe and thought I'd share it with you all...just in case you feel like saving a little $$ too :)

All you need is...

All you have to do is...
( put equal parts water and glue)
Make sense?  If so, get craftin'!  :)

and remember...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Attack of the Volcano Monkeys!

We checked this book out of the library the other day and LOVE it.  You should read it to your's super cute!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Catch up

Since I'm supposed to be posting more often, and nothing notable seems to be happening right now, I thought I'd do a little "catching up" on posts I should have done before :)

My sister had surgery in September so J. and I went to Utah county to help her with her kiddo's .  Thank heaven for home school!  I don't know how we would have managed the "trip" if J. was in traditional school.

We were able to slip away one of the afternoons to visit family in SLC.  J has lived away from northern Utah for so long that he can't remember ever going to the planetarium, temple square, etc. so we thought it would be fun to go.  At first we were kind of disappointed because everyone was busy and couldn't come with us.  It worked out nicely though.  I was able to spend some time with my little guy doing something other than the usual day-to-day stuff. 

We really really missed MBH!  We will definitely have to go back to see the lights this Christmas...
all 3 of us!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


The cooler weather, falling leaves, corn mazes, pumpkin carving, costumes,
the smell of cooked pumpkins...all of it! 

Isn't he the cutest Spiderman EVER?  He said that super hero's that fly are his favorite so I think he'll be Superman next year, besides, check out those bangs!  Throw a little gel on them and he'll look exactly like Superman. :)

We hope you all had a great Halloween as well. 

Now, are you ready for Christmas? (don't you hat how the stores put Christmas items out at the same time as the costumes?  It drives me crazy!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Corn Maze

There's this great farm in the next town over that does some fun activities in the fall.  They have rubber ducky racing, a giant jumping pillow, a petting zoo, a hay ride, a corn maze, tether ball, and pig racing.  They even have the tallest swing set EVER and a large pile of sand, which was a big hit with J.  (I love when kids have the most fun with the simple a pile so sand :)

We are glad that Z got to come along with us!  I hope his parents aren't too mad that we kept him out until 9:30...and told him ghost stories while walking through a dark corn maze.   oops!

Friday, October 14, 2011

What's New?

I cannot believe it's OCTOBER!  Where has the summer gone?  It feels like it should be the beginning of September to me.  Perhaps losing track of time is what happens when life is cRaZy busy?

If you are at all curious about what on Earth is keeping us so busy these's:
Work (for MBH and myself)
School (for MBH and the little one)
Babysitting the neighbors
and Well, everyday life (do I really need to elaborate
on the time consuming nature of everyday life?:)

Did you know that last February I got a job?   I didn't get just any old job though.
It's pretty much the best job in the whole world!
 (with the exception of my job as "mom & wife" of course.)

It's only about 10 hours a week.
I get to make my own schedule.
It's only 1 block away from my house.
I have some awesome co-workers.
I get to order scrapbook supplies and make paper CRAFTS!

Am I lucky or what?

MBH has been super busy at work and doing GrEaT in school. 
We are hoping he'll graduate this spring. Hallelujah!  Please keep your fingers X'ed! :)

And then there's the little guy.  He's doing fantastic and is cute as ever.  We (mostly me)
were a little unsatisfied with our local elementary school last year so, after much thought and prayer, we decided to make some big changes for 1st grade.

Yes, you read the board right!  We are officially a home schoolin' family. 

The program is amazing.  It is done through our school district and is FREE. 
They gave me everything I could possibly need (teacher manuals, student work books,
and a whole bunch of support materials and extras).
They even offer group classes so we get to spend P.E., Choir, and Art with
 about 30 other kids. 

Some days I think I've officially gone crazy but it's actually been great.  I LOVE having
some extra time to spend with J.  Kids grow up so stinkin fast and I'm glad I get to
have him around for a while longer.  :)

ay ay ay

I feel that there definitely aren't enough hours in a day!  But, we are blessed to keep busy.
I've been dreaming of all kinds of blog posts that I want to do so if I can get myself
a bit more organized, I'll be spending more time here than on FB (I've outgrown it I think) so
PLEASE check back and chat with me so I don't feel so lonely!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Turning 6


We did a  superhero theme this year and it was super fun! 

Of course we had to provide a phone booth for the children to use to change into their super identities...

And after some training,



some presents,

and some cake,

their super-ness was complete!

We are so thankful for all those who came to our super birthday training.  We had a BLAST!

I have SO many pictures of all the children I wanted to include in this post but I didn't have time to upload all of them.  I did, however, want to include a series of them I call "the blowing out of candles".  Of course J is super funny/cute in them but you HAVE to look at the kids in the background as he's blowing them out.  He was pretending to do a giant sneeze...

 Did you notice all the faces?  Kids are SO funny!

Ps...I posted about J's K graduation right before this should check it out by clicking on "older posts"!

Kindergarten Grad

I can't believe J is a kindergarten graduate!   
 He loved every minute of being at school and has grown up so very much.  

 The graduation program was SO cute.  This is one of the best shots I could time I'm
going to try and get a seat on the first row!

 Doesn't he look so excited to be getting a Road Runner reward?  He may not look happy about it but I know he was...and so were we :)

We are so proud of our little guy :).  Congratulations J!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Science Fair

J. participated in his first science fair last week.  He decided to make paper airplanes and test them to see which flies the furthest.  In addition to the planes, he made random paper "shapes" to see which of those would got further.

We had fun making, testing, and measuring his objects...

                                     Here he is waiting for the judges to come to his booth

the judging

J. at home after the fair

Look what he got!!

We are so of our little scientist. :)
Good job James!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Treat

Our ward's "Spring Fling" was last night and I was lucky enough to be able to make some cupcakes to share.  They requested that they be decorated for spring and since Easter is around the corner, I thought I'd throw some of that in too :)

I usually decorate a whole batch  exactly them same but I was having too much fun experimenting.  ( Does anyone have insights on how to draw a CUTE bunny face?  Mine seem to be 'lacking' in that department... LOL!)

I think these egg ones are my favorite.  Could it be because delicious, chocolaty Cadbury eggs are the centerpiece?  Perhaps - perhaps not...I can't decide.  (Curse you Cadburry for making such yummy Easter treats!)

You all should make cupcakes for Easter too. It's super fun AND easy!  If you make them, post them in your blog (if you have one) so everyone can see. 


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Luau cake

Tonight 2 of our friends got married and we were able to make their cake.  L (the bride) said that I could make what ever I wanted...and since it was a Luau theme...and since Luau's are so much fun...we decided to go with a fun cake (how's that for a never ending sentence? ;).

As usual, MBH had a huge hand in the making in this cake.  Truth be told, if he had time to make a whole cake, it would be far better than anything I've ever made.  He's one talented dude :) and I love it when he helps me with projects.

Congrats R&L!  Thanks for letting us be a part of your special day.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring Break

Below are a few pictures from our trip to California.
We spent one day at Sea World. 

This is C and J at the dolphin pool.  J was a little hesitant to touch the dolphin. It has tons of sharp teeth that look a bit frightening to a 5 year old...and his mom ;)

Here are C and J observing the whale pool. 
They were pretty active and were very fun to watch.

J and myself at the whale observation deck.

We love the Bat Rays!  I think it's great to be able to park yourself there as long as you want, can touch them as much as you want (assuming they are coming near enough)...without being charged $6 additional per person. 

Beluga whales are so fun to watch!

Here are the tide pools...which are also fun at no extra charge :)  Notice how wet J and I are in these last two pictures.  We were fortunate enough to be direct recipients of 3 great waves of water from "Shamu".  The first one was, of course, expected.  We were sitting in the splash zone after all.  The whale went to 3 other spots in the zone before getting to us...all of those people got splashed once.  We got splashed once - and were surveying the "damage" done to our little one when we, VERY unexpectedly, received another one....and then another.  We were shocked and SOAKED! 
*Mental Note - Do not remove protective poncho at any point while sitting in the splash zone.  Even if you think the whale is finished with you.  Oh..and keep your mouth closed!*

Today J told me that his favorite part of Sea World was the Churro.  Looking back on it...I'm pretty sure he wasn't kidding.  Nothing else made him smile quite like the Churro!

Our next day was spent at the tide pools in La Jolla.
  J was very cautious at first but once he was convinced we weren't in any danger from tsunamis we had SO much fun!  (mental note...don't talk about current events in front of a worrisome 5 year old)

We found some empty oyster shells that we used as shovels to pick up the little ocean creatures we found.

Hermit crabs are hilarious and quite fascinating! 

I think the tide pools were my favorite part of our trip.  The ocean and shore here were beautiful!

There are some 'beached' seals (or sea lions, I'm not sure which) not too far from the pools.  We were running low on time so we didn't get any closer but I think we will try too next time we get the opportunity.  Doesn't it look like J's going to eat them in this pic?

We also went to Hoover Dam on our way to Vegas.  Holy-moly that thing is huge.  J wanted to look over the edge to see how far down it went which made me SO nervous.  I don't think I've ever held on to him more tightly! LOL :) 
We were able to spend the night at some friends house for the last night of our little vaca. 

What a fun time we had!  It's always great to "get away" but I was glad to get home...and recuperate from our break :)