Diaper Tricycle and a Clean Kitchen

My friend, Chris, and I made three diaper trikes today.  We used the tutorial on Southern Fried Gal’s website, and they turned out so cute, don’t you think???

She is donating two and gifting one.  The donation to Hastings Total Life Care was deeply appreciated.  Chris is such a blessing to everyone around her.  I’m honored to call her my friend.

After we’d finished the trikes and she headed off to home, I decided it was a good time to hand scrub my kitchen floor.  I had Dude set up with a Backyardigans and thought I was in the clear.  Not so much.  As I’m on my hands and knees, getting into the corners and using a Magic Eraser on any bad spots, I hear from across the room a big “Yee-haa!” and then feel a leg on my back.  Apparently it wasn’t scrubbing time to my 22 month old, it was horsie ride time!  I repeatedly had to remove him from my back.  After all, it’s not often mommy scrubs the floor.  I mop, I steam mop, I swiffer, but the corners were ucky and it needed an old fashioned scrub.  Plus I pulled up my winter rug and it was too gross to mop under.  It needed a magic eraser in spots.  To a 22 month old, mommy on her hands and knees and dragging a big sloshy bucket around just looked like so much fun!  We can lean over and blow at the bubbles on the surface of the water and giggle maniacally as they pop.  Then we can grab mommys rag and run for the living room, again giggling maniacally.  Throwing the rag at the TV has the added impact of mommy’s head exploding.  Wheeeee!  What fun!  The funniest part was when I was working on a particularly tough mark on the floor, and he couldn’t help himself.  A big raspberry needed to be blown on mommys back, right where the gap between jeans and shirt had opened up.  That’s when I called it quits and decided I’d finish after the kids go to bed tonight.  Apparently my son needed some play time.

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Easter Eggs

Tonight we prepared for the arrival of the Easter Bunny.  We bought the glitter eggs egg dying kit, since my daughter wanted some sparkles.  My son, he doesn’t care one way or another.  Mommy prefers the tried and true food coloring option, since she can customize colors.  But, I bow to my kids in egg coloring.  It’s for them, after all!

We mixed everything up, and Dude wasn’t interested one bit.  He came running in once the first round of eggs were coming out of the cups, and holy madness ensued.  How DARE we remove the eggs from the cups?  Don’t we know they belong there?  It’s where they’ve always been meant to be!

Kate was over and was a Godsend!  She helped keep the kids in line with me.

The above picture was taken just after Dude had spilled purple dye all. over. the. counter.  Thank goodness my counters are black, now with a slight eggplant hue.  Dude got to do the last 6 eggs.  He’d take his egg and chuck it into the cup of dye, splashing it everywhere and flattening one side of the egg.  At least you can tell their eggs apart!  :)

The steps were basically… dunk the eggs and let them dry.  Then dunk them in glue and shake with glitter.  Paige loved this project.  Especially when it came time to shake them in the glitter.  We only did a dozen eggs, since we’re horrible about eating them up before they go bad, but it was a fun time.

     

Every time the eggs left the cups, Dude got bent out of shape again.  Kate, genius that she is, suggested a cup with water, and one dyed egg.  The water leached the color completely off the egg.

He played with that thing forever.  Until it looked like this…

From now on, when I need to peel hard-boiled eggs, I’m giving them to my 2 year old.  Pin that suggestion ladies!  :D

When we were all done, we had a pretty little selection of glitter eggs.  And a very unhappy little boy that the project was complete.

     

Happy Easter Everyone!

 

 

 

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Wedded Bliss

Inspired by a post on Pinterest, just had to make a kitchen-tool wedding cake for my friend, Kate.  Her wedding is coming up in May and she celebrated her wedding shower this past weekend.  I’ve been dying to post her gift, but didn’t want her to see it.  Now that the party is behind us, I can brag away.

I started with 20 flour sack towels.  Folded in half, then again into thirds and rolled up.  I used clear tape to keep them rolled.  13 towels made up the bottom layer, with a rubber band holding them in place.  Then 7 towels on top, again with a rubber band holding them in place.  Cover the rubber bands with pretty ribbon.  Then tuck in kitchen tools all along as decoration.  I used all Pampered Chef, since we’re both addicts.  I tucked some purple flowers in here and there and placed it all on a bamboo cutting board to act as a base.  So, without further ado….

Towel Cake

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Feeling Wordy

Some days you just feel the need to sit down and write.  Doesn’t have to be wordy of flowery, but you just feel the need to get your thoughts and feelings down on paper.

Today I spent the day with my friend, Kate.  Sometimes you meet a friend and you think to yourself, where were you my whole life?  It’s a “soul sister” kind of meeting.  We eased into friendship, but then found it fit like your favorite pair of sneakers.  Comfortable, unassuming, perfect fit.  We are able to discuss anything and everything.  If only there were enough hours in the day to say all the things I want to say to her. I find myself wanting to tell her everything about myself, and learn everything about her.  We focus a lot on wedding and relationships right now, and that’s perfect.  She’s embarking on a new journey with the love of her life, and I don’t know that I’ve ever been happier for someone.  She lights up from the inside out when she speaks of her Fiancé.  I don’t know that she realizes it, but there’s this glow about her.  It’s thrilling to see young love.  They’re gonna make it.  You just feel it and know it deep in your soul.  They’re gonna make it.

I received an “I love you” message on facebook tonight from an adorable young man.  He’s my nephew and he’s 12 years old.  How cool is that?  I don’t know many 12 year olds that would just pop on to say “I love you” to their incredibly uncool aunt.  I never would have thought of calling my aunt up and saying “I love you”… because, of course, there was no facebook in those days!  The thought that I maybe just popped into his head and he had to give me a shout out just warms my heart.  He’s gotten bullied at school but he doesn’t let it keep him down.  He goes about his business and is loving and sweet.  He’s probably going to get put in the “friend zone” by girls as he gets older.  He’s that all around great guy that the girls will want to hang around with, but then stupidly go for the guy with a hint of danger.  (What’s WRONG with us????) He has a soft squishy spot in my heart, and I adore him to bits.

Speaking of soft squishy spots.  I was in Wal-Mart today (when am I NOT?!) and ran into my favorite people greeter.  He shouted me down to get my attention, and gave me a great big hug.  What is it about some people that they can just fill your heart to bursting?  A smile just turns your day around.

I’m feeling a bit lonely this time with Jay gone.  First time that’s really happened.  I go about my days running the household and taking care of the kiddos.  But tonight I miss his arms around me giving me a hug.  I never realized how much he hugged me or touched my hand before.  I fill my days with the kids and home, but the nights after they go to bed, I’m discovering I need my hobbies to keep me from melancholy.  They used to just be something silly to make pretty things to wear or whatnot, but they’re becoming a necessity of my life.

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Pretty Little Digits

I treated myself to a new little toy.  The Konad nail art stamping set! It came in the mail today and I couldn’t wait to play.  Did I do my nails first?   Of course not!  I treated my darling daughter to a fresh manicure.  White with red/pink flowers, and crown on the thumbs.  After all, she is a little princess.

I didn’t do too bad for my first attempt at nail stamping.  I can’t wait to do my own tonight!

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread

Yep, that’s right… Banana bread with baked in chocolate-peanut-buttery goodness. Or naughtiness… however you want to look at it.  Inspired by a recipe on Pinterest,  Here is the original recipe. However, my mom’s banana bread always gets rave reviews, so I just had to use hers and toss in the peanut butter cups.  The result?  My tastebuds are still singing the Hallelujah Chorus.  It’s that good.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread

1 cup butter

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

4 cups flour

3 cups mashed banana

16 ounces Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis

Cream butter and sugar.  Mix in eggs.  Stir in baking soda, salt and flour.  Mix in mashed bananas and then gently stir in the peanut butter cups.

Pour into three large buttered loaf pans and bake 45 – 55 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Cherries in the Snow Trifle

I made a wonderful trifle today, and of course I just had to share.  :)

Cherries in the Snow

Cherries in the Snow Trifle

4 cups milk
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding mix
2 21oz cans cherry pie filling
12 oz cool whip
1 angel food cake
brandy or rum, optional

Mix milk, cream cheese and pudding mix together until thickened.

Cut angel food cake into 1-inch cubes. Place half the angel food cake in the trifle dish. Sprinkle with rum or brandy if desired. (I left this out this time… it’s mostly friends from church, after all.)

Pour one can pie filling over angel food cake.

Pour half of pudding mixture on top.

Spread half the cool whip on top.

Repeat layers. I swapped the pudding and pie filing the second time.

Enjoy!

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2011 Coming to a Close

As 2011 comes to a close, I’m reflecting on this past year.  We’ve had a crazy last year.  I started working at Wal-mart in town in March.   By June I had been promoted to Customer Service Manager.  In September I applied for Department Manager for Fabrics and Crafts and received the promotion.  Come December, I decided that while I loved the products in the department, I hated being removed from customers and only working with the freight, and went back to CSM, dropping to part time hours again.  I’m currently working as a Customer Service Manager again, and loving my job again.

Jay spent the year searching for a new career.  In August he completed training to receive his Commercial Drivers License.  Once completed, he’s applied with a few Trucking Companies in the North Dakota Oil Field.  In January, he will leave for Williston, ND.  He’s excited for this opportunity, and, naturally, nervous about leaving his family behind.  Prayers are with him while he’s away.

In September, Paige started Kindergarten at Pine Harbor Christian Academy.  She LOVES school, and cries when she has to stay home sick.  She prays for her classmates and her teachers when someone is sick or hurt.  She’s always been a sweetheart, but seeing her love for God and her peers is a heartwarming experience.

Christian is growing by leaps and bounds.  He started daycare in November and has been sick off and on since.  That’s to be expected, though, he’s starting a new environment with all sorts of new germs… He’s going to be sick.  He isn’t talking much yet, but he’s got a couple catch phrases we hear all the time.  “wow-wow” and “uh-oh!”  If you ask, “Who’s my dude?” He will grin and point to himself.  Yep… he’s my dude.

May 2012 bring more blessings, less stress, and a million great milestones.

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I am a C…

Today I was singing my son, Christian’s, current favorite song.  Granted, he’s only one, but he knows a good tune when he hears it. It brings me back to Sunday School days and makes him dance.

I am a C *clap, clap, clap*

I am a C-H *clap*

I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N *clap, clap, clap*

and the song continues.  However, I hear my daughter, Paige – age 5, singing from upstairs

I am a C *clap, clap, clap*

I am a C-H *clap*

I am a H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P *clap, clap, clap*

And it was one of those moments that almost made pop come out of my nose, and made me laugh til I cried.  Thank you, Paige, for a wonderful moment in mommyhood.

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