Random Mommy Thoughts. Camp.

July 26th, 2010

1.  The twins were at church camp all  last week, and I really missed them.  I had to empty the dishwasher, feed the pets and do the cleaning myself.

2.  Oh, I’m just kidding, I also really missed tucking them in at night.

3.  Yet another girl/boy difference when I picked them up at camp.   

Makenna begged, ‘Mom, can I please go back and give my counselors and friends another hug before we leave….Oh, and take some pictures…and get their addresees.”

When I asked Jarod if he’d like to go say goodbye to his counselors and friends he thought about it for two seconds and said, “Nah.”

Sunday Scripture

July 25th, 2010

God blesses those who are merciful,

for they will be shown mercy.

Matthew 5:7

Free Pretty Flower Pots

July 21st, 2010

If you’ve ever bought any plants for you yard then you probably have a few of these not so attractive black pots stored somewhere in your home.  (You may also have an adorable, although very loud, stubborn and moody toddler, if you do, this post will not help you with that.)

But, if you’re like me, then you have dozens of them (the pots, not toddlers) floating around your garage, shed, basement and attic just waiting to be used because they’re pots and they must be useful for something.  Right?  So you keep them, indefinitely, and you accept more of them from friends and family, who know you like plants, because they can’t bear to throw them out either, but unlike you and me, they don’t want them cluttering up their house. 

Meanwhile you go out and buy similar pots because they’re prettier colors.

Enter the always useful can of spray paint.  You have your choice of any color, and one $4 can will cover a dozen or more pots depending on their size. 

We’ve previously done pink and blue pots for the twins to each have their own flowers, but this year I went bland and got a terra cotta color to match my other pots.

Oh, and one last thought, as far as paint durablity goes, we’ve found that most of our pots look nice for about 3 years before we have to repaint them.

Sunday Scripture

July 18th, 2010

Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.

Matthew 3:8

Sunday Scripture

July 11th, 2010

‘Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise,

like a person who builds a house on solid rock.

Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.’

Matthew 7:24-25

Kitty Birthday Cake

June 21st, 2010

Once I got beyond the trauma of my little baby turning 3 last week, I did manage to make her her annual kitty cake and dress.   The child has adored kitties since before she ever saw one.

Being that I was too lazy busy to make a kitty shaped cake like I did last year, I opted for a cake decorated with toy kitties.  It was really quick to make and in the long run makes more sense because now she has the kitties to keep and play with whenever she wants.

After wandering the grocery store for 30 minutes trying to come up with ideas on how to decorate a cake with kitties on it I ended up with a cake that consisted of green icing with coconut dyed green for the grass.  Pretzel rods and marshmallows (dyed green again) for the trees.  A few nilla wafers for a path and yogurt drops for flowers or rocks or something…I don’t know, but they looked nice.  

My favorite part was the mice made from licoice gum drops with little tails and ears made from pieces of cut licorice and glued on with black gel icing.  If only I was smart enough to have taken a close up picture of them.

The result was that Alexandra actually squealed, “kitties!” when she saw the cake, which was adorable, but meant I probably could have placed the toy kitties on a plain cake with no icing on it and gotten the same reaction.

Oh well.

Inexpensive Communion Dress

June 9th, 2010

Making a dress for Makenna’s First Holy Communion with her help was a good plan…I just should have started a little sooner.

Since I didn’t, I spent Saturday afternon making ‘yo-yo’ flowers at Jarod’s baseball game, and stitching them on the dress while watching an Indy car race on tv at 11:00 Saturday night.  Which was ok, I guess because it actually gave me a reason to sit.

The fun part was having Makenna help make the whole thing.  The cutting, the sewing and even the ‘designing’ since I decided not to work from the pattern we bought (because I’m just not very good at following patterns.)

We made a simple pillowcase dress out of a 22″ by 29″ (length) piece of eyelet fabric.  The armholes were cut in 6″ and down 4″.  The straps were made of more eyelet fabric.   And the belt and bottom ruffle trim were made with plain white cotton.

For the embellishments we made lots of pretty white yo-yo flowers and then stitched some pretty beads in the center of each.   They worked great at the top front to cover the area where the straps were sewn on to the dress, but we didn’t like just two flowers and decided to add five total to make the flower ‘necklace’ that you see.

When the ruffle trim turned out to be too long, we gathered it up in a few places and added the flowers to cover the stitching there too.   I love those flowers.

The final touches were more flowers sewn on her shoes and on her headband hairpiece.

Makenna really loved it, and she was so proud to have helped make it herself.

And since we had the fabric our only expense was about $10 for the headpiece base and beads and ribbon.  Yeah!

Random Mommy Thoughts

May 28th, 2010

How is it that I can go away on ‘vacation’ for just 9 days, and yet I come home and it takes me 4 weeks to get caught up with my work?

After Jarod tried to shut the garage door on his twin sister today I made him write 10 reasons why he is grateful to have a twin sister.  He could only come up with 7 and it was things like ‘because she is my sister’.  Oh well.  I tried.

How can baby chicks be so adorable, and then grow up to look like…chickens.

Happy Mothers Day

May 9th, 2010

She opens her mouth with wisdom,

and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

She looks well to the ways of her household,

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed;

her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

Proverbs 31: 26-29

Sunday Scripture

April 18th, 2010

So you will walk in the way of good men

and keep to the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 2:20