Thursday, June 30, 2011

She is On the Move

Since Adalyn turned 7 months each day we've seen more and more progress towards her crawling. It has been so fun to see her wake up each morning and be just a little better at it. For awhile she would get so frustrated because she wanted to go somewhere, but just couldn't get all the parts to work together. Her attempts would often end with her giving up and getting there via rolling. When you go in to get her from a nap she is up on all fours practicing. She certainly puts all her powers into "nailing" a milestone.

As of the last couple days she has it down! The arms and the legs are all working together. When she sees something she wants she "targets" into it and is off. Maybe a dirty dog tennis ball, one of Shane's various toys laying around, dirt on the get the picture. We are now on our toes keeping sure Little Addie isn't attempting to consume something she shouldn't be. The gate has been put up and the plants have been moved up.

Watch out! Adalyn is on the loose and she is getting faster and faster every day.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June Card Class AND July Workshop

These are the cards we made for my June card class. It was a full class and we had a lot of laughs!

We embossed the heart and a little something on the inside of this card. The new technique of the night. 
This was our "warm-up" card. I wanted to do something 4th of Julyish, but for any occasion.
We did A LOT of stamping to make this card. Very fun to make.
In July we'll be making a banner. The technique of the night is rosettes. They are addicting to make!! We'll be using this one as a "design", but I am giving the ladies some freedom this month. They get to pick their paper and do whatever word they want to do. Anything under 8 letters! They can even add pictures to it if they want. I haven't quite decided how I am going to finish my summer one off yet.

I have 3 spots open. If you are local come join the fun.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Take Steps, Be Heard For Crohn's & Colitis

Wanna join my Walking Madness team?! On July 16th we will be walking in the Take Steps, Be Heard for Crohn's and Colitis Walk. The walk takes place at Magnuson Park in Seattle and starts at 4pm. It is a causual 2-3 mile walk. really right now my "Team" consists of Kenny, Shane and Adalyn. If you'd like to get out on what should be a nice sunny day and help out a great cause, I'ld love to have you walk with us!

If you can't walk with us, but would like to support the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, you can make a donation on my page here. Every dollar helps find a cure for these diseases, so don't be afraid if you only have a $1 or $2 to donate.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Conversations With Shane

I was talking to Shane on the phone last weekend when he was at Mema and Papa's. I was checking in to see that he was doing okay.

Shane: I don't miss you.

Me: Oh, okay. That is fine. Do you still love me? (we often talk about when you miss someone that just means you love them lots).

Shane: Yay, I love you, I just don't miss you.

Except when it was bedtime, he all of a sudden missed me so much he couldn't go to sleep. Hmmm...I will always wonder if he really did miss us that much or if it was just an excuse to not go to bed?! The mind of a 4 year old.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Flashback Friday

Wow, the 7 month pictures I found of Shane are crazy. First, I don't think 7 months was his best looking age. Man, does he look goofy! I think he grew into his ears because they look huge in these pictures. I just took out his calendar and Addie and Shane both seem to be doing relatively the same things. Trying to crawl, wanting to stand up (Shane was pulling himself up at this point), eating finger foods, drinking from a sippy cup. Shane was holding his own bottle and saying more "words/sounds" by now. The word/sound part is weird since he was so delayed in his speech. He also got his first tooth by now. I swear Adalyn has been teething for over a month, but no sign of a tooth yet.

Shane at 7 months:
 He always had his arms up like this. I guess for balance. I can't remember when he finally stopped, maybe around 1 year.

 This picture made me laugh and brought back lots of Shane memories of how he looked when he was unhappy.

Adalyn at 7 months:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bunk Beds and More

For Shane's birthday we got him bunk beds. He was still sleeping in a toddler bed and it was way past time to move him into a big boy bed. The process of the bunk bed purchase went like this:

--Price bunk beds online
--Go out and look and bunk beds in stores and buy one that same day.
--Actually get it in the back of our SUV to bring home
--Find time to put it together (which was quite the challenge...both finding time and putting it together).
--Move his bedroom furniture around numerous times to get everything to fit and look good.
--Find and go purchase not one, but TWO mattresses. 
--Fit them in the back of the SUV (gotta love Stormy!!)
--Search online and find bedding for his new bunk bed.
--Order bedding and wait for it to come (Thanks, Mema and Papa for the bedding!)
--Wash bedding when it arrives.
--Make TWO beds with new bedding (making a bunk bed is a really hard!)

The end result...a super happy 4 year old and two happy parents that that project is over with! 

As Shane would say "This is one special day."

He also got a trampoline for his birthday from Papa and Grandma Booth. Another quote from Shane: "I am a lucky boy." And he certainly is a lucky and loved little boy.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Give Away Share

I stumbled upon this great blog last week. It is actually where I got the idea for the watermelon shark for Shane's birthday. It's full of great activities and ideas for the kiddos.

Today she is having a fun give away. Spy books from Giggle Junction. I love them! We need one for our next car adventure we'll be having at the end of July.

Check it out and leave a comment for a chance to win your own.

Outfit Changes

Some day I would love to capture all the many outfit changes Shane goes through in one day. I would guess on an average day he changes his clothes 5+ times. On this particular day he asked to look at a big box in his closet. It had baby clothes in it I had saved. I left it on his floor in his room for him to explore. Over the next 10 minutes or so he kept running out to tell me that all the clothes still fit him. I choose to not debate this and just let him have fun, especially since he was happy and entertained. On another trip out he told me he was putting them all away in his dresser since they fit him. I just imagined the mess I was going to have to clean up later, but again I'll take a mess if it comes with a happy kid. After awhile I went in to see how things were going. I discovered this:

My almost 4 year old had on a onesie in size 0-3 months!! It fit over his head and he got his skinny little arms in it. All that didn't work was the buttons at the bottom.  I couldn't stop laughing and he was so proud of himself.

Next he came out in this outfit in size 9 months. The waist fit him, the legs were just short. I had to put a stop to the clothes trying on after this because he was getting upset that he couldn't get everything on. I  was having a hard time getting him to believe me that they weren't suppose to fit him.
The pictures still make me laugh. My skinny boy.

Oh, Yah!

 Giving a shout out to Kenny's Mom, Jeni today! She is officially retired from her 29 years of being an elementary school teacher. Can you imagine!? I am sure it is a bittersweet feeling. Congratulations, Jeni! You've earned yourself a break! Put your feet up and enjoy some quiet time (could you have a moment or two for me as well!?!)

Kitchen is Complete

The final touches were put on the kitchen a few weeks ago. It is so nice to have that project completed!! The end result has been wonderful. I think I love all the counter space the most. The other day I was thinking about how I have enough room to have a mess in one spot and still be able to make dinner in another spot. We love the bar area, too. It's just the perfect place for meals, snacks and projects. Or just to sit and hang out while someone else does work in the kitchen. And of course all the cabinet space is great. There is still room on many of the shelves.

It is hard to remember what the kitchen was like before this whole remodeling business started. I'd say we are super happy with the way it all turned out. Of course in hindsight there are always a few oh, we should have done it this way, or that way may have been easier. It was a learning experience for sure.

Please excuse the dirty floors and countertops. And I had a baby in my arms while taking pictures, too. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Fun Calendar Week 3

Time for more summer fun activities!

Monday -- We made pinwheels as you can see above in the picture. There are lots of different directions online. We made very basic ones that don't move. Shane wasn't happy at first that they didn't move, but he got over it.

Tuesday -- Paper Doll Chain (I never can remember how to make these! Ahh..directions!!)

Wednesday -- We are going to make fresh pesto. I recently purchased a basil plant for the kitchen and it has grown so much I need to do something with it, so pesto it is.

Thursday -- Tube Friends (Thanks Shannon!)

Friday -- A Color Scavenger Hunt (most likely indoors, because our weather sucks around here!!)

Menu Monday

Monday -- Steak Sandwiches and Cantaloupe

Tuesday -- leftovers

Wednesday -- French Bread Pizzas

Thursday -- Pasta Dogs (Kenny won't be home for dinner)

Friday -- Something in the crock pot

Saturday -- leftovers

Sunday -- Seems so far far away....

7 Months

Adalyn Makenna is 7 months old! It feels like she truly just turned 6 months. Now we are past the half year mark and screaming down the run way to 1 year. It is going to be here sooner then we can even imagine. Enough about the future. This is what Addie is up to right now.

Whenever she is out, we always hear about about how she has a "surprised/happy" look on her face. It's true, she really does. She continues to be happy all the time. Full of smiles. Through all this happiness though, she can make herself very well heard with loud screeches. She is not afraid to voice her opinion.

She is rolling all over the place. Little Rollie Pollie. There are hints of her thinking about crawling. She is making backwards movement and getting up off her belly. She also seems to want to stand more then any thing. She makes attempts at pulling herself up or "asks" for you to pull her up so she can stand.

Addie loves finger foods. None of that baby food stuff. She wants real food. Bananas, pancakes, puffs, watermelon...yummy! She laughs when you bring her over food. She gets so excited for it.

Sleep continues to not be one of her favorite things to do. Up on average 2-3 times a night still. I do think that if she eats a "big dinner" full of rice cereal she does sleep for longer stretches. She has gone up to 7 hours straight, so I know she had it in her. It just seems that every little thing bothers her sleep: shots, being sick, learning new skills, not napping as much, going to bed late, teething, habit 5:30am wake up. Once we "fix" one thing something else becomes a problem.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Dr. Shane

Shane had his 4 year well kiddo check up this week. This is how he looked when we went.

Doctor coat and medical bag to boot. He decided to wear this after hearing that he may have to have shots. Being dressed as a Doctor seemed to help calm him down. Luckily, no shots were needed at this visit. But we were warned that next year at 5 he'll need FOUR!

Dr. Shane is weighing in at 33 pounds (25th percentile) and is 41 inches (75th percentile). He continues to be tall and skinny, like his Daddy. This past week I had realized that oddly we needed to think about what to do with him for Kindergarten since he has a June birthday. Currently he is by far the youngest in his preschool class and will continue to be the youngest if we have him go to Kindergarten next year (after one more year in preschool). After weighting the pros and cons it looks like we will not be sending him to Kindergarten for 2 more years. He will then be the oldest in his class, making him most likely more of a leader instead of a follower. Here are some other reasons we will probably keep not be sending him at 5 years of age:

--Kindergarten is made of up four parts: Emotional, Social, Intellectual and Physical. All equal in importance. All these areas need to be ready for Kindergarten and Shane currently has a bad case of Separation Anxiety making the emotional and social aspect of his life pretty difficult right now. Waiting until he is 6 to enter school makes the most sense for him at his point.

--Why push a kiddo into school at barely 5 years of age? No real reason, really. We figure there is no reason to push him and have him behind instead of having him go at 6 and be really ready for his new school life.

--Won't he be bored? Nope, I truly believe he won't be bored. A school setting should be prepared for where you are at your learning stage. Plus, Kinder isn't all about academics, it is just as much social and emotional and that certainly won't keep him bored. I'd much rather have him go into school knowing more then not knowing enough.

--His preschool has a "Fives" class just for this purpose. Kids with late birthdays and who just aren't quite ready for the school transition.

--His Doctor even recommend that all kids with birthdays after May 1st wait until the next school year. Shane is June 10th, so he meets that criteria for sure.

This decision in not set in stone. Kinder registration starts in January and of course we can enroll him up until when school starts in September. But at this point he'll be home with me for an "extra" year. Not really what I had originally envisioned, but I am going to attempt to enjoy our extra time together before school takes over his life.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Birthday Party

Shane had his fish themed birthday party this weekend. We had 6 girls attend. Oh ya, 6 girls! He did invite a couple boys but they weren't able to make it. But you would think that he didn't know a single one of them by the way he was attached to either me, Kenny or Mema. I do believe all had fun though. We made a cute floating fish craft, went fishing and played Shark, Shark, Fish.

This is Salvador. Kenny spent a long time making Sal. We thought he was pretty darn cool. You can get directions to make your own Salavador here.

Shane, Adalyn, Opal and Dahlia. The first time Addie and Opal have met. Just for the record, it is super hard to get 4 wiggly kiddos to all look at the camera at the same time! Oh, and Addie LOVES hair.
The girls were so super excited during presents. They couldn't contain themselves. Many told Shane what they got for him the moment we opened the door. He is very slow and cautious when he opens up presents. He kept telling me he wanted to save that ribbon, or envelope, or wrapping paper. The girls just wanted to ripe things open. He was going way too slow for their liking.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Fun Calendar Week 2

Last week we missed a few days since it was Shane's birthday week and Mema was in town, the "schedule" was a little off. There will be some repeats from last week for this week.

Monday -- Lion Face Craft (I think this guy is so darn cute and easy to make)

Tuesday -- Peanut Butter Pine Cones for the Birds (we are going to slather on some PB and bird seed onto some HUGE pine cones we have and hang them up for the birdies to eat).

Wednesday -- No cook play dough (we'll see how that turns out?)

Thursday and Friday -- Shane is off to see Mema and Papa for a few days in Sequim!

Menu Monday

Monday -- I am having dinner with the bible study ladies, but will leave something behind for the boys...probably spaghetti, since I really really dislike that dish and Kenny loves it.

Tuesday -- crock pot chicken and rice

Wednesday -- left overs

Thursday -- Baked Penne using the new Philadelphia Italian Cream Cheese and Herb cooking Creme

Friday -- leftovers

Saturday -- Garage Sale Day....Everyone will be on their own

Sunday -- Father's's a surprise....

Sunday, June 12, 2011

You & Me Stronger Together

Close To My Heart is offering a way to support those affected by recent severe weather in the US. This kit was offered last month as the May National Scrapbooking Month promotion. Now you have the chance to purchase it and raise funds for the survivors of the severe storms that have pummeled the Midwest and Southern states.

During the month of June, order a You & Me kit for only $15 (a retail value of $34.95), and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross 2011 Floods and Tornadoes relief operations.  Stronger Together campaign will continue until June 30 or while supplies last.

What's included in the kit? 
  • 1- D size "You & Me" Stamp Set ($25.50 value)
  • 1 - 12" x 12" Colonial White Cardstock
  • 6 - 12" x 12" B&T Duos
  • 1 - 6" x 9" You & Me Irresistibles Chipboard Die Cut Sheet
  • 1 yd. Chocolate Striped Ribbon
  • 1 pkg. Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems
  • 1 - Full-Color Cutting and Instruction Guide

 Visit my website and use order #CC1012B or email me and I will order the kit for you.

June Close To My Heart Newsletter

During our Studio J Free-for-All in June, we're giving everyone a FREE Studio J JPG file—no purchase required! Simply log on to Studio J, create a layout, then order one JPG file of your layout during the checkout process. It's as easy as that! We're offering one free JPG file per customer account during June, so customers who already have a Studio J account are ready to log on and start creating. If you don't have an account, no worries—you can log on and create an account and then order your free JPG file with no strings attached. Make June the month you check out Studio J with our FREE JPG promotion.

What can you do with this JPG file?! All kinds of things! Here are just a few suggestions:
--Have it printed and add it to your scrapbook album (most places that print pictures can print 12x12 pages these days).
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--Post it on Facebook or to your blog.
--Send it in an email to all your family and friends.
--Print it and have it frame as a gift (Father's Day is right around the corner!).

Check out my FREE JPG that I made.

June Stamp of the Month
I'll be using this stamp set in an upcoming workshop where we'll be making Event Calendars. Cute and versatile!

June Workshops
Wednesday, June 22nd Card Class at 7pm (FULL)

Friday, July 8th Summer Banner Workshop 7pm
(Pictures and Details to come)

Thursday, August 11th 15 Card Workshop 7pm
(Pictures and details to come)

September Workshop -- Event Calendar Workshop
(Date TBA)

RSVP to save your spot!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Who is 4?

Happy Birthday to Mr. Shane. He is 4 years old today! Here is his birthday interview.

Shane’s 4th Birthday Interview

What is your favorite color?            

What is your favorite food?             

Who is your best friend?              
Paige and Trinity

What is your favorite show to watch on T.V.?
Curious George
Max & Ruby

What is your favorite book?            
After spending a long time thinking about this question, he said it was hard. I asked him to go his room to look at his books. He came back with these as his favorites:
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
When I Feel Angry
The Ugly Duckling
Clifford Goes To School
Make Way for Ducklings

What does Mommy do the best?       
Make me food.

What does Daddy do the best?       
Make smoothies for me.

What is your favorite kind of animal?                

What do you like to do with Mommy and Daddy?         
Play games.

What do you want to be when you grow up?                  
Chef and Doctor

Where is your favorite place to go?  
To go to the grocery store and to pick out my favorite food and get a cookie.

How old are you?              

This is his 3rd birthday interview:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Preschool Year One

Shane's 1st year of preschool has come to an end. With all the crying and whining about going, he sure keeps talking about it all the time the past week he has been out. I know he loves going, but it has been so frustrating to go through whining all morning long before hand and tears at drop off (even at the end of the year!).

Since I took Adalyn with me to his end of the year ceremony, I only had my Ipod with me. The pictures and video aren't the best.

 Shane with his first classroom teacher, Mrs. DePano
This is Shane on the first day of school. He looks so little!!
Next year he will go 3 days a week!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Studio J Free For All

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After you’ve created your layout, your JPG will be emailed to you. All you have to do is download it and voila the possibilities are endless. Post it your blog or facebook, email it to friends and family, send it out for printing, or make it into a father's day card by printing it in 4x6 size. many things you can do with it.

This offer is good for the entire month of June, limit one JPG per customer. To get started, visit my website!
Here is the layout I made using my free JPG:

 (Click on the picture to enlarge)

Summer Fun Calendar

With summer pretty much upon us....meaning Shane's Preschool has come to an end and Speech is just about over. We will have even more time on our hands at home. It's difficult to get out of the house with Adalyn's crazy napping schedule (she still is taking 3 naps a day) I wanted to come up with something fun for Shane and I to do every day besides the normal play outside, go for a walk, read books, toys, coloring, etc stuff we do every day. I've searched and searched for a book that has fun activities in it that covers science, cooking, crafts, etc all in it. But I can't find anything that fits what I am looking for. (I seriously think I need to write my own at this point!) I decided to come up with a weekly summer calendar. This is what I have in store for our first week.

Monday -- Octopus Puppet (I did revise this idea from a Summer Fun book from Scholastic). The best part of this art project is he actually played with it all day!!

Tuesday -- Fish Art (we are going to be doing this for his birthday on Saturday, too. Thought I should try it out first)

Wednesday -- Make homemade playdough

Thursday -- Lion Face Craft

Friday -- Have a picnic lunch outside, along with matching coloring page.

I'll link up as many of the ideas as I can. I just stumbled onto this website with a lot of good ideas that are adaptable.

Menu Monday

Last week the Menu got skipped, but I had just been to the grocery store and the Yakima Fruit Market (where I like to get our fresh produce during the spring and summer months). Making it a lot easier to plan the meals.

Monday -- Spanish Rice in the crock pot (I am making a few basic changes to the recipe...I tried browning the meat in the crock pot and so far so good. I did drain the fat off of it after a couple hours of being in there. I am also going to add my rice towards the end to help make it not so mushy.)

Today Shane asked my why I always talk about the crock pot. It was cute.

Tuesday -- leftovers

Wednesday -- Turkey Sausage and Potatoes (oh...Mema will be here, hope she is game for this!)

Thursday --Date Night while Mema is here

Friday -- Taco Pasta Toss (just stumbled on this one)

Saturday -- Shane's Birthday Party...not sure what will happen for dinner

Sunday -- ???

On The Bottom Of The List

Lately there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to get it all done. Once again the To-Do list has grown long. And the Blog is at the bottom of all of it. I have tons to say/blog about, but I just haven't found the time to sit down. I hope to be back up and blogging this week.

This last weekend Kenny, Adalyn and I were all sick. We didn't get to enjoy the first warm sunny weekend of the year. We were able to work in the yard yesterday and catch up on some cleaning chores though. 

Stay tuned for:
--The Kitchen is completed!

--There is a new bed in the house.

--I know a boy who is days away from turning four.

--Dog stress

--Summer fun calendar

--And more....