Saturday, September 20, 2014

Back To School.

Yep, I'm a little late... but that's okay... Mormon Standard Time, Right?
The boys have all started school. It's just Milo and Joese and Me at home... 
As for this big guy... 
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Well, Brizden started 6th grade. He was so excited. I still can't believe I have a middle school-er. But I have to say. I am just loving him. He is so quirky and quick witted and funny. He is relentless... and he makes our row really irreverent at church... But I just can't get enough of him. He is the best. He loves his brothers and sister. He is a really huge help to me. He is so respectful... I could just go on and on. I am so lucky that he is my son... I couldn't have asked for a better one.
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(Don't mind the white moth in the background... grrr...)
As for this guy...
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Well, Rylek is headed into 4th grade. He likes being the oldest at the school now that his brother is gone. He is totally opposite than his older brother. He is emotional, sensitive, and kind hear-ted. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He thinks about other peoples feelings and easily gets his feelings hurt. He's figuring himself out and taking his own sweet time... (He's in the stage I HATE...) I love him to death. I love that he kisses me every morning and night. He is also a very kind brother to his younger siblings. He is such a huge help. The first to jump up and do what I ask. The last to leave from helping. He's such a fun boy to be around when he's got a smile on his face.


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(don't mind the closed eyes. I should have taken more than one shot. I didn't...)

As for this guy...

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Ledger is in 2nd grade. He is well... sigh... (how do I have two kids in obnoxious stages... scratch that three... I'm beginning to think that spacing your kids every two years is a bad idea... you hit 2, 8, 10 all at once... ugh...) He is very stubborn. He wants what he wants and he doesn't stop until he's got it. He is a perfectionist. He is very passionate. He doesn't want to help do anything, and he doesn't want to go anywhere. He just wants to stay home... He loves to be outside and playing with his friends. He has brown eyes that suck his dad in. It doesn't really work for me... He's a pain in my rear right now... let's be real... but he's cute. He loves to cuddle up with me. He is easily won over by treats or electronics.... He has a spunk that will rock your world.

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I am so luck to be the mom of these three boys. Even though they are at very tough stages (what stage isn't) I love them more than anything. I think they are each so amazing and so awesome. They really are so good to me and to each other. We have our moments, but what family doesn't...

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I couldn't ask for more... My life is blessed. I mean come on? Aren't these three just totally awesome? Yes, yes they are. And I'm their mom. Lucky  me.

And because it's back to school it means school lunches... for my creative ideas and to hear how much I love Capri Sun go here...
Shannon

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bulletin Boards For My Children's Rooms...

In all three of the kids rooms I made large bulletin boards. This way they can hang whatever they desire and there isn't tape on the walls or holes in the walls.

I ordered a huge roll of cork from Amazon. Make sure you get thick cork so it holds up (at least 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch is ideal), none of this thin crap you can get at local craft stores. The roll I ordered I was able to make three 4 foot by 8 foot boards.

I rolled this cork out across all of my floor. And layed the three boards out on top. I then cut in between each sheet with scissors to make it easier to work with.

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I then painted on the cement adhesive to the wood. I then leaned it against the wall and painted the cement onto the cork.

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Once the cement is painted onto the wood and onto the cork and it has dried the amount of time it says on the can I put the board back on top of the cork. I put books down on the corners to keep the cork from wanting to roll back up and separate from the board.

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Let dry completely. I left mine over night.

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Then take a razor blade and cut off the excess. Don't use scissors it kind of shreds the edge. The razor gives it a nice clean cut... I laid the boards on top of each other so I didn't cut the floor as well. It doesn't matter if you leave scratches on the back of the boards.

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And then you have a nice clean board. (This is the back side)

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I then took my board and nailed it to the wall around the outer edges using a nail gun.
I then took molding pieces and surrounded the edge of the board with them.

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I then caulked the edges of the board against the wall and against the bulletin board to give it a finished look.

And then I painted the molding. And that's it... Fill the boards with posters, art work, cards, etc... the possibilities are endless...

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It's so fun to see what the boys pin up on their boards and how they rearrange it. It's their own space but it still is in control and doesn't drive me bonkers because it's in it's spot and it looks great.

Let me know if you give it a try or how you organize your children's photo's, posters, and things...

Shannon

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I'm a little irrational some times...

I fly by the seat of my pants. I don't like things scheduled. I don't like being told where to be and when. I like to wake up and think, yep. Let's go to Disneyland today. Or yep. Let's go buy a new house. Or yep. Let's move two states away and go to grad school, in three days.

That's a little bit how I am. It kind of drives my husband nuts. But that's who I am.

And I sort of like it. Spontaneous. That's the right word. That's what I am.

So... Monday I decided to stop drinking soda. Woke up and thought. Yep. Today is the day.

Well, one week later. And I haven't had a sip. For me this is huge. I will freely admit I was addicted to caffeine... you know, like 2 20 oz bottles of cherry coke a day...

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Well my little purple water bottle has been my side kick... 

And I can now say I don't think I'll ever have it again. My stomach isn't bloated, still fluffy from babies but not bloated. My face has cleared up drastically.  No more 14 year old zit chin. And I sleep at night. I know, it's the weirdest thing... I have never been a good sleeper but I never linked it to my caffeine drinking... well... I sleep. 

And I feel so much better during the day... plus I think I'm amazing because I did it. I did it. I don't drink soda. I am now one of them:)...

Hopefully one day soon I'll wake up and think... Today is the day. I'm gonna start cleaning my house spotless... or Today is the day. I'm gonna start running...

I can hope, right? How many of you are spontaneous and what have you just done on a whim? Please tell me I'm not the only irrational crazy one.

Shannon

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This Little Turkey Skipped The Table...

Instead he made it to the door. I made this Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath last year for Thanksgiving... And well... life happened... and now that it's February I am getting around to posting it... but I'll keep it in my drafts and post it... oh around September... So Happy September from February!
That means you have a good head start to make one for this next year! Thanksgiving is a few months away!
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Isn't he just the cutest? I think so. However I did have a friend ask if it was my white elephant gift for our Ugly Sweater party... so on that note... let's get started...
I started using a foam wreath form...
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I found this really cool gold shimmery dance-wear fabric at Joanne's... It shines red and yellow in the light... Perfect for turkey feathers and Thanksgiving... I cut it into strips. I then took one strip and tied it around the wreath form into a double knot.
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I kept adding strip after strip and slid them together tightly as I went around.
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I kept doing this until I filled up the entire wreath. I then took a thin piece of board and cut it into a turkey head shape. Keep the bottom part flat.
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I then took the wood piece and hot glued row after row of lace. Each row is different length giving it dimension and texture... Tuck the edges of the lace underneath the wood piece and hot glue them to the back.
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Now I grabbed rope and cut nine pieces that are about 15 inches long.
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And then I tied a knot three inches up from the end.
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Now I took the small ends and using three ropes at a time I braided them and then tied them in a knot at the end.
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I then took the long edge and I braided it.
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I then cut the end straight across and hot glued the ropes together to secure the braid.
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I repeated this to create the other leg and then I lifted a layer of the lace from the wood body and I hot glued them down.
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I then used a whole lot of hot glue and attached the entire lace covered wood piece to the wreath.
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I then cut a whole schlew of rope that were about 5 inches in length give or take.
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I tied a knot in the center. I cut the ends off close to the knot on one edge and I left the other edge raggedy.
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I took the clean cut end and hot glued it to the wood piece where the nose would go.
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I then found two black and gold buttons and hot glued them above the nose to create the Turkey's eyes.


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I then took a piece of red ribbon. The ribbon was 2.5 inches wide by 7 inches long.
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I then tied one end of it into a knot.
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I twisted the opposite end of the ribbon and hot glued it around the rope beak created a gobble.
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And that's it my friends. That's it... Hold your turkey up in the sunshine and say AHHH HAAAA....
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I then grabbed rope and hung it around the wood piece up on the top and strung it back through the back of the wreath and tied it in a knot... So I could hang it on my door... Booyah.
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Now go on... You, go ahead and make your turkey! But I want to know... Do you like it... or do you agree with my friend and put this in a White Elephant Gift category... I'll promise not to cry to hard if that's where you place it.
Shannon
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