Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Chloe's 2nd Birthday Interview

Chloe enjoying what, I hope, is our last snowfall of the year...
The answers in "quotes" are her own :)

What is your name? "Wo ey" 

How old are you?  "Two"

Where do you live?  Sheboygan 

What is your favorite color?  "Yah low" 

What is your favorite animal?  "Elmo"  (She also lovvvvvesss our cat Marlee)

What is your favorite food? "Eat"  (Carrots, green beans, apples, blueberries, noodles, pizza, m&ms)

What is your favorite toy? Her dolls, Elmo, crayons/paper, fake food, rocking horse

What is your favorite song? Shake It Off by T. Swift

What is your favorite book? 'Kittens' and 'Bunny's Garden'

What is your favorite TV show? Sofia The First (favorite movie is Frozen)

Who is your best friend? Liam, mom and dad

What makes you happy? Food/snacks, Marlee the cat, snuggles, her dolls, playing outside, music, shoes

What makes you sad? Nap time, Liam sometimes, being sick, not getting candy when you want it

What do you like to do indoors? Play, art projects, watch cartoons, push dolls in strollers, eat snacks, play with Legos

What do you like to do outdoors? Swing on the swing, sidewalk chalk, kick balls, sand/water table, shovel snow, go to the park

What do you want to be when you grow up? Mom thinks you'll be a fantastic mother someday, also maybe a dancer, an artist or a lawyer (because you sure know how to get your way already!) Dad thinks you will do something involving kids.

Chloe absolutely LOVES: 
Shoes, candy, dancing, babies, baths, and swinging on her swing

Happy second birthday, baby girl! You are the sweetest, smartest and feistiest little girl we ever did know. And we love you, so very much :) Love, mom - dad - Liam

View Chloe's 1st Birthday Interview here
View photos from Chloe's 1st birthday party here

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter potatoes

The kids and I made, quite possibly, the easiest Easter-themed craft yesterday. I'm sharing it with you because it's cheap, easy, fun and kids of all ages can do it.

We decorated our Easter eggs first and decided to add this quick project because our kitchen table was already covered in newspaper and the kids were covered in egg dye. "Why not add more messy fun to the mix?" I said.

All you need is a potato, some paper, paintbrushes and paint (I recommend a non-toxic tempera paint for little kids).

Just cut a potato in half. A potato of any size or type will do.

Squeeze some paint onto a paper plate or dish.

Give each kid a paint brush and let them do their thing :) Polka dots and stripes are easy. 

You could also try a tie-dye effect, faces or designs. Or  adults could carve their potatoes (see Pinterest for ideas) with a small knife or pumpkin carving tool to create more detailed prints.

Chloe enjoyed painting the outside of her potato too :)

Liam's first potato print. Testing it out.

Making a whole bunch of them.

And hand-printing a bit.

They used up all of the paint I gave them.

And here are the results -

We let them dry, then cut out our favorite ones to send to family as Easter cards -

And a photo of the Easter eggs we dyed. We did shimmery ones this year -

If anyone else tries this out please share a photo of them in the comments section below.
We'd love to see them!

And some prior Easter crafts I've done with my kids:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Liam's 4th Birthday Party

We celebrated Liam's 4th birthday a couple of weeks ago. We had about 35 family members to our house for an afternoon of food, games, gifts and cake! I feel blessed that so many people showed up to help the little man ring in his 4th year of life. Thank you to everyone that came & surrounded him with love!

Liam picked his birthday party theme again this year. He chose robots.

I'll let the photos do the talking:

A shiny new bicycle helmet was hiding inside this box...
A bicycle will arrive sometime this Spring :)

The morning of his party Liam woke up and wasn't feeling well (fever, puked the night before). Here he is just hanging out, watching TV.

I set up a little robot-decorating table for the kids. Stickers, pipe cleaners, google eyes and print outs.
My niece Bella, no joke, decorated like 15+ robots.

And what's a birthday party without an EPIC BREAKDOWN five minutes before guests arrive?
(I see this and laugh, yet feel so bad for him at the same time!)

And then he calmed down and I got a few photos...

He posed with Chloe....and then another mini-meltdown with Mom...

I made these little robots as party favors for the kids. Mandarin orange cups for the heads, bubbles or Slinky's for the bodies and an assortment of goodies for the robot parts.

In the weeks leading up to Liam's Robot Party the four of us made our own homemade robots out of recycled bits, glue, stickers and paint. Here's the robot that I created, complete with spice-container-lid-mouth and yogurt-cup-arms!

And here are the rest. Liam is SO proud of his robot!

And let the party begin...

              My nephew & his sweet girlfriend        Matt's aunt Luci and the newest family member, Nico

                          My niece Bella                                     My sister-in-law Nici and nephew Rylan

                       My nephew Hudson                                           Liam's grandma and Nana

                       Cousins eating lunch                                                 Cousin-in-laws

Playing a couple of games...

Chloe attempting to steal the entire bowl of cheese corn...

Lots of yummy snacks, including Jello robots.

And lots of gifts for the lucky birthday boy.

I made this cake. I found a few ideas on Pinterest, but I pretty much winged this myself. Fruit roll ups, Oreos, Reeses' Pieces, Dots, wafer cookies and candy orange slices make for yummy robot parts!

Liam was not feeling well once it came time to sing happy birthday. But he was a trooper!

I'm sure everyone at the party was thrilled when he blew those sick germs all over the cake! 

Love = letting your cousin lick the frosting off of your birthday candles too.

And the morning after the party...

                 Donuts (and fruit) for breakfast!                                         My niece Caroline
              Playing Candy land with grandma                                      Chloe and Hudson 

Happy 4th Birthday Liam. We love you more than you will ever know!
Mom, Dad and Chloe

Links to previous birthday parties:

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Liam's 4th Birthday Interview

Here are Liam's answers, word for word:

What is your name?  "Liam"

How old are you? "Four"

What is your favorite color? "Red"

What is your favorite animal? "Giraffe. Can I tell you why? Because it's tall, it has a long neck, and it has spots on it."

What is your favorite food? "Apples and bananas and pears. A pear starts with p."
(Mom's notes: Pickles, pickle/ham/mayo/cheese sandwiches, crab rangoon, carrot coins, pasta with garlic, ketchup, anything sweet!)

What is your favorite toy? "The toy train that's in Chloe's room."
(Mom's notes: Legos, marble run, magna-tiles, play doh, puzzles)

What is your favorite song? "Maybe Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."
(Mom's notes: Shake It Off, Three Little Birds, Moon Moon Moon)

What is your favorite book? "Ummm....Gruffalo, because he says his favorite food is Buffalo Crumble" (as he busts out laughing!)
(Mom's notes: Mix It Up, Monkey Truck)

What is your favorite TV show? "Ummm....Sesame Street. It's the only one I can say."
(Mom's notes: Ready Jet Go, Wild Kratts, Odd Squad)

Who is your best friend? "Ooh, I don't know. Maybe Cole."
(Mom's notes: Mom, of course!)

What make you happy? "Balloons."

What makes you sad? "If I don't drink something."
(Mom's notes: Time outs, when you don't get what you want)

What do you like to do indoors? "Play. Make stuff. Make food. Make robots. Play with play doh."

What do you like to do outdoors? "Play on my swing set. Make things with Daddy, with nails and wood, in the garage."

What do you want to be when you grow up? "I don't know. I have to think. Give me a minute. A mirror!" (as he busts out laughing)

And some prior interviews:
Liam's 3rd Birthday Interview
Chloe's 1st Birthday Interview

Only three days until the weekend!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rockin' again

Back in November I was perusing our local Habitat For Humanity ReStore store (one of my favorite places to walk to every week with the kids, when it's not February warm out) and came across a super cheap and cute doll rocker. It was white and dirty and had weird stuff painted all over it. Now you'd think I would have taken a photo of it, but I didn't. So you'll have to imagine what it looked like beforehand. Ha!

Anyways...I saw the potential it had under all that old paint and grime.

I knew that Chloe's nana and grandpa were planning on getting her a doll for Christmas, as well as a doll stroller from Matt and I :) So I thought it'd be fun if she had a doll rocker to go along with her doll & accessories. And the rocker was only $5, so I couldn't pass it up!

I hired Matt persuaded Matt to clean the rocker up, wood putty it in a few places, prime it and paint it. We used a sample size paint from Menards and had the rest of the materials in our basement stash already.

The paint color is Pink Limoncello:

Once Matt had it painted I added my own little touch, Liquid Leaf gold paint to all of the flat edges:

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out:

Solid wood rocker from ReStore: $5
Small sample of pink paint: under $5
Wood putty/primer/gold leaf that we already had: $0
Chloe rocking & singing to her dolls over and over again: Priceless!

Oh...and did I mention that Chloe got FOUR dolls for Christmas?

Let's just say the rocker has gotten much use already!

Have a nice weekend...