Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sometimes My Crafty Ideas Actually Make It To Fruition!

I read several craft blogs and long to be the type of person who whips up a playhouse for their kids using nothing but cereal boxes, junk mail, and an old console TV found on the side of the road. I am so not that person, but I am quite proud of this idea.

We go though quite a bit of milk at our house, and I started saving the tops to the milk jugs a while back. I had quite the collection going. I made the boys a little activity to work on their gross motor skills, matching skills, and color identification.

Using Microsoft Publisher, I inserted a clip art image of a Christmas tree and then some filled in circles to look like ornaments. I printed two copies onto card stock and laminated them.

Kyle knew exactly what to do. Kase caught on, but wasn't in the mood to sit still at the time.

I have dozens more milk jug lids so I need to think of more projects to make with them. Let me know if you have any ideas for me! Do you have a favorite craft blog?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Because There Is Nothing That They Won't Get Into...

...even the beach towels!

They both covered up with beach towels and tried to say "night night" while giggling uncontrollably! Oh, to be almost two year olds!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

And The Presents Begin

This may sound odd, but we have a really great UPS man! Larry has delivered to us at work for years, and now that we live in Lorena, he delivers to us at home too.

Anytime the doorbell rings the boys will run to the door to see who it is. They always like seeing Larry and his "big brown delivery truck." **Note** A delivery truck is one of the many trucks in one of our many truck books so the boys always love seeing one in person. And I always add descriptive adjectives to just about anything that we talk about so that the boys will learn more words. And it works! They are AWESOME at colors!

Anyway, Larry delivered the first of many Christmas presents on this morning in early December. And I wasn't about to try and keep them from being opened. So the slew of presents begins.

"Tractor!" and "A man!"

Every tractor everywhere is always "Papa's tractor."

And if Kase comes upon a toy tractor or truck without a driver the following conversation will al.ways. ensue.

Kase: "Oh no, the man!" (said will great worry)
Me: "Oh, where did the man go?"
Kase: "I don't know."
Me: "Go look in the playroom. There are lots of men in there."

And off he goes to look for a man. About half the time he gets distracted by something else along the way.

"Thanks for the tractors, Aunt Brenda and Uncle Bruce!"

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Quick Trip To Austin

Our awesome photographer, Rachel Parkhurst (, was able to squeeze a family photo shoot in a couple weeks before Christmas. We met Rachel one Saturday morning at a park in Round Rock. She got some great photos of us, and I was able to use one for out Christmas (well New Year's) card. I'll post some of the best ones in another post.

We decided to make our trip South into a day of fun. We planed on getting the boys a play scape/swing set thing for their birthday. I found this great company who had a dealer in Austin so we stopped by to see what they had. We let the boys play on some of the models. They loved them all, and I know they will love having their very own "park" in their back yard.

We were not really sure what to do about nap time. We ended up just driving around until the boys fell asleep in their car seats. Jason ran into a sandwich shop, and we ate lunch in the car in the parking lot while the boys finished sleeping.

They got a decent nap in so we decided to take our chances and go to the Austin Children's Museum again. We spent a lot of time in the Mexican Heritage exhibit this time. I think because it was empty and the boys could have their run of the place. The drums and hats may have had something to do with it too.

And we couldn't leave with out visiting the huge train table. The boys loved it... again!

We had a nice day out of town as a family, and I'm glad we were able to fit it in among the craziness that is Christmas!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Not The First, Won't Be The Last... eye. Kase was sitting on the edge of his little chair when it slipped out from under him. He fell forward and caught his face on the edge of the table. His eye turned black within seconds. Just as that black eye was healing up, he fell at the playground, and the same eye was blacked again. These are some pictures of his second black eye.

I have a feeling that this won't be the last one!