Friday, October 29, 2010

My name is Aaron

...and if I ever forget, all I have to do is look in the mirror.

Rachel spent Sunday morning doodling on her brother. This including 3 sun-shapes, in strategic places on his chest (if you know what I mean).

a Halloween copy-cat craft

Have you seen the specimen art all over blogland lately? (here's a picture) I really wanted to make some, but eventually realize how time consuming it would be without a cricut, or other cutesy paper cutter. So, I went did what any lazy crafter would do...and bought something.
I found some adorable 3-D stickers at Michaels, and using only MDF and scrapbook paper I already had, came up with this:
Here's a close-up of the bottom part:

Thursday, October 28, 2010


My good friend and Sister-in-law, Marcy, had twin boys last Spring. Being the super with-it crafter that I am, I hurried up and, 6-ish months later, made these name signs and matching picture frame. I found this adorable paper kit for boys, and it had images of everything boys like to get into (robots, superheros, cowboys, animals, sports, outer space, etc.). Since Marcy didn't have a theme for her boys, I used as many different images as I could. The K is one of my favorites--Superman!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Farm day

A few weeks ago we had the chance to head up north and visit a real dairy farm. My friend, Kasey, invited us all up to her parents farm, where we filled a day checking out the cows, playing games, hay-riding (?), checking out pumpkins, fishing, playing in the barn, petting animals, climbing a hay-bale mountain, and enjoying a bon-fire. Here come tons of pictures!
I think Megan looks like Legolas, from Lord of the Rings.Kasey's kids, Gibson and Stella.
Can they ever be serious?
Seeing as I don't fish, this nice boy helped teach my kids!
Hannah caught one of the biggest they'd ever seen in that small pond!
While fishing, one of the kids caught a crawfish. The Dads were wondering whether or not it would actually hurt to be pinched by the critter--Ted decided to find out. Um--it hurts. Anyone surprised?
This cow is less than a day old!
Poor Megan! She looked so cute at the farm, and then got cow poo splattered all over her nice jacket!

And that's not even half my pictures...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hannah's birthday bash

I know. Seriously, its time for me to get my blog caught up.

Children's birthday parties scare me. Like, hide under a my covers and pretend they don't exist-kind of scared. Really. After Hannah's 6th birthday party (which involved 2 kids in a physical fight and accidentally serving one kid a food she was allergic to, in addition to loosing Rachel for about 30 minutes), I told the kids we'd only do parties every other year. And since I'm a total cheapskate, I didn't do parties for the boys' last year, giving me a complete year off!
Rachel's party last Spring went well. I stressed about it for a long time, but it ended up a hit. That gave me confidence to proceed with Hannah's party.
And---parties are still very stressful (Christian finds this amusing), but her party was a big success. No fighting, no allergies (I didn't invite any kids with known allergies...)--just a lot of well behaved, fun girls. I think I might like parties more as the kids get older.
As the girls arrived, I had them draw with fabric crayons on a plain white birthday t-shirt for Hannah.
Then, we played a few rounds of Apples to Apples, Jr. Next up--Christian led the kids in decorating their own personal pizzas (which we burnt in the oven...thankfully, lots of kids didn't like crust anyway, and we made an extra pizza...). While the pizzas baked, we made friendship bracelets using an American Girl pattern. You can see an example in the middle of the tray. Its really simple--just cotton cording, knots, and fun beads. I didn't realize that girls this age aren't completely comfortable tying knots yet, but with a little help it all worked out. The girls loved personalizing their bracelets. We finished up with pizza and a brownie sundaes.
Good times :)