Thursday, April 9, 2015

Happy Birthday Chloe

Happy 1st Birthday to our SWEET, SMART and FEISTY little peanut Chloe!

I can't believe it's already been a year since we welcomed her with loving arms and hearts.

Every day with her is a blessing and an adventure!

Here are the monthly photos I took of her:

And the Birthday Interview:

What is your name? Chloe Elise Bremser

How old are you?  1 year

Where do you live? In Sheboygan. 

What is your favorite color? Not sure yet...

What is your favorite animal? Bunny

What is your favorite food? Mom's milk, vegetables (carrots, green beans, peas), kidney beans, puffs and mum mums

What is your favorite toy? Minnie Mouse, shape sorter

What is your favorite song? Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

What is your favorite book? 5 Silly Monkeys

What is your favorite TV show? ---

Who is your best friend? Mom of course!

What makes you happy? Drinking milk, eating finger foods, being held, playing with Liam, being outside

What makes you sad? When Liam tackles you or pokes you, when you're alone

What do you like to do indoors? Crawl everywhere, stand, play with Liam, nap, eat snacks, listen to music

What do you like to do outdoors? Go for walks in the stroller, listen to the birds, swing on the swing set

What do you want to be when you grow up? A kind, loving person

Stay tuned for photos of cupcake eating, gift opening and birthday partying...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter Weekend 2015

This past Easter weekend was busy but fun-filled, especially for the kids.

The weekend really seemed to start on Thursday and Friday because my niece came over and helped me with the kids! As a 'thank you' for her help I took her to see 'Insurgent' at the theater on Friday evening.

Then we traveled to my mom's on Saturday and spent the evening and Sunday morning at her house with my brothers and their kids. 

On Sunday afternoon we visited Matt's grandmother at her apartment and then headed to my in-laws house for dinner.

I will let the photos do the talking!

Liam and my niece Caroline decorating eggs.

Liam and his cousins playing in my mom's yard.

Rylan and Liam's new Plasma Cars.

Chloe and Hudson all decked out in their Wisconsin Badgers gear.
(that's my awesome grandma holding Chloe)

Easter morning.

In search of their baskets. Liam found his under a piano bench.

Chloe checking out her basket.

My cute little bunny.

Afternoon Easter egg hunt in my mom's yard.

...and it's in the mouth.

Isabella cracking open her eggs.

 My mom with all 7 of her grand kids (and my grandma).

Visiting Matt's grandma. Chloe loved pushing grandma's walker around!

And another egg hunt at Matt's parent's house.

Looking for eggs with his Nana.

I hope you all had a peaceful weekend.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Kid Art: Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

As most of you know I enjoy helping Liam and Chloe make homemade cards & art for the holidays. With Easter right around the corner I figured we should get-to-making some cards prior to this weekend.

Last year was Chloe's first Easter and we made cute little cards using Liam's and Chloe's finger prints: Little Chick Easter Cards

This year Chloe ended up just 'advising' us (watching and giggling at us) while we made some Easter eggs out of coffee filters. I'm planning on saving a few and hanging them on a window, and then we'll mail the rest out to family members this week.

This was something I thought of as I was pulling out art supplies for Liam. It was very easy and we only needed 3 supplies to make these:

1) Coffee filters, any size
2) Do-A-Dot markers

and 3) Plastic water droppers

I laid out some paper on the table to absorb the expected watery mess. Then Liam decorated the coffee filters with an assortment of Do-A-Dot colors. 

Then I gave him a little bowl of water and a plastic dropper. He gently (ha ha...who am I kidding) messily dropped water onto the coffee filter and watched the colors 'bleed' together. 

This was a bit of an art AND science experiment all in one :)

Once he realized how fun it was to squirt the water we were on a roll. He made ten of these in one sitting!

Then we laid them out to dry. They were dry in about an hour.

I cut them into egg shapes, trimming two sides of the filters off.

And here are our eggs!

Now we have to write "Happy Easter Grandma" etc on the back of them, stick them in envelopes and address them. And I'll have Liam and Chloe stick Easter stickers all over the envelopes.

A couple of tips:

- These took very little time and it was perfect for a 3 year old to do.

- If you don't have Do-A-Dot markers I'm pretty sure washable markers would work just as well.

- If you don't have plastic water droppers I bet a paint brush dipped in water and 'dripped' over the filters would work well too.

Let me know if you try this too!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Playing with clay

I hosted this month's Crafty Club recently. The evening was filled with crafting, cocktails and snacks. No hubbies or kids. Just a bunch of cool girlfriends hanging out and being creative. 

The seven of us take turns hosting. I really look forward to hosting because I get to pick out the craft and then show/teach it to everyone. Arts/crafts + sharing it with others = my passion :)

The craft I picked out was one I came across in a blog a few months ago. I didn't think up this craft in any way and take absolutely no credit for the idea (although I wish this is something I had thought of)! I fell in love with it when I saw it and just knew I had to do if for my next hosting gig.

The blog I saw it on is A Beautiful Mess (it's one of my new favorite blogs to follow). And the craft is Marbled Clay Ring Dish.

Ours did not turn out exactly like the ones on A Beautiful Mess, but I think that's what's so cool about this craft! Each dish you make turns out different from the rest. They're little works of art.

There's a great step-by-step tutorial on the Beautiful blog already, but I thought I'd show you the quick lowdown anyways:

All you need is a specific type of clay, a rolling pin, bowl, knife, kitchen oven and liquid leafing.
1 & 2 - Original Sculpey oven-bake clay in white
3 - A multi-color package of Sculpey oven-bake clay
4 - Liquid Leaf one-step leafing paint 
(I bought all of these materials at Hobby Lobby)

Aren't these colors fun? Liam thought so too (you can see his little hand grabbing at them)!

This is one of my dishes in a glass bowl, waiting to be baked in the oven. I did three
test-rounds prior to hosting the craft. I wanted to make sure I had the technique down.

Here's the dining room table, all set up for crafting.
Luckily I had 6 cheap IKEA cutting boards on hand, one for each lady.

And of course there's never a shortage of snacks at our gatherings....

....or drinks.

And here are some of our finished dishes!

We each ended up making two dishes, one big and one small.

And here are mine

I made three at three different times, and they ended up nestling together perfectly. I guess they were meant to be together :)

This one is my favorite. It was the very first one I made. 

We did not apply a glaze to seal them better. And they are not food safe by any means. But I think they're great for rings, earrings, bracelets, pins, paper clips, stray buttons....what would you put in these dishes? Please share!

And thank you A Beautiful Mess for the fun idea.