Friday, September 16, 2011

inspired pin: painted footsies

I have this charming annoying habit where I make the most normal words sound more "fun" to Bubba by making them sing-songy. So instead of toes, they're toesies; hands are handies; and feet are footsies. I'm realizing we're reaching the point where I should probably start referring to them by their proper names, because now B is referring to his hands/feet/toes with these cute monikers too. It's "momma, I need to wash my handies!" or "there is sand in my toesies!". It's too funny to correct, so we just roll with it, for now...

Remember when I told you about the merits of Pinterest? I've been using it more and more and I continue to love it to pieces. I like to think I'm a fairly creative person, but this actually gives me a way to channel to that creativity.

I came across this pin on footprint butterflies and thought "hey I can do that!". B's favorite teacher was moving away, and we wanted to make her something as a goodbye gift. So I gathered up the supplies - small canvases (these were 8x10s), washable paint, and foam brushes - and my kids' tootsies. I just bought big bottles of primary colors (red, blue, and yellow in case you forget third grade art) plus white, so I did a little mixing (thank you to my Color Theory class in college) and came up with blue, lime green, and purple.

Then it was as simple as bribing B with fruit snacks to let me paint his feet. He actually enjoyed it, I was so nervous we'd have a disaster that I didn't get any pics of the painting part, but these were the results after the first stage:

Cute, eh? You can totally do this. Please note, my kids have ginormous feet (Joey wears a size 14 and I wear a 9 1/2, so...) otherwise I could have used one of those cute smaller square canvases too, I just didn't think they had enough square footage (HA! I crack myself up). Yes, we did two of j's right foot - I messed up and it wasn't worth trying to fix.

Then you just draw the butterfly body, and write some cute words if you want. This one was for his teacher so I wanted her to know how much she's meant to B (and to us too!).

Lastly, I used some modpodge to stick his photo on the back - I thought it'd be nice to preserve his picture at the age he was when we made this.

The mod podge was still a little wet when I took this picture, but it dried completely clear.

I love how it turned out! If I can do this, so can you, trust me. And I want to see pics when you're done!

Friday, September 2, 2011

friday night leftovers: the football edition

  • Football is back, y'all! Football that counts anyway... preseason NFL is kind of a warmer-upper. But our beloved Huskers hit the field tomorrow!
  • For the last 8 months, B has been a basketball fan. Like ob.sessed with the orange orb. Every now and then he'd sprinkle in a little baseball chatter, especially if we'd recently been to a baseball game. But basketball ruled his brain. And then sometime in the last two weeks he's become ob.sessed with football. It's all he talks about. "Momma, we go to a football game today?" "Daddy, I watch football on the T-B?" (TV, but it's too cute to correct.) He woke up at 5am to announce that it was "time to put my 'Braska shirt on!". Unfortunately, no, sweetness, it's time to go back to bed.

    Eventually it was time to put his Husker gear on, it is football Friday after all:

    He then spent the next 20 minutes yelling "GO BIIIIG RED!" and "GO Braska!". It's in his blood already and I honestly have no idea how that happened. I mean sure we watched games and yelled at the T-B last season, but I didn't really think he was catching on. Little sponges they are.
  • j is 3 months old today. Holy. bananas. He's SUCH a happy baby. If you would have told me 2.5 months ago how happy he'd be today I would have laughed in your face. It didn't seem possible after how discontent he was with MSPI. He's so ful of joy right now - free with smiles and cooing and giggles. We really seem to have turned the corner about 2-3 weeks ago with his MSPI though - he was just acting... differently. Much calmer and more content. So I started testing the waters a teensy bit and added a bit of soy back in, and he was... fine. Good in fact. Then I started using a little butter here and sprinkling some cheese there, and it had zero effect on him. I've cautiously been eating "normally" for the last few weeks and so far so good! I don't want to go too crazy in case he's not completely over it, but I think we're over the hump, and it feels great!
  • Vanilla almond milk is soooo much better on cereal than normal milk. I'm not giving up my almond milk, and I think I've made a convert out of Joey too.
  • A few of you asked me more about this whole Google calendar thing I talked about the other day. You can add as many calendars as you want to your Google account - it's so quick and easy. We had our main family calendar already on my google account and then I added the meal calendar so that I can turn it "off" if I don't want to see the meals at the moment. Google "layers" your calendars and they're color coded so you can see what's what. To add a new calendar, just click the gear thingie in the upper right corner of your google calendar, go to calendar settings, then Calendars, and Create New Calendar. You can even share the calendars with your significant other so they know what's for dinner! Like I said, it syncs to the calendars on our phones and we can each add appointments, events, etc. and have it all go back to a single calendar. We use our family google calendars to keep track of everything. Love it!
  • B helped me make peanut butter bars last night, and they were yummo! Here's a recipe in case you have a few minutes to kill this weekend, they're soooo quick and easy!
    Bar ingredients:
    1 C flour
    1 C oats
    1/2 C sugar
    1/2 C brown sugar
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 C butter
    1/3 C peanut butter
    1/2 tsp vanilla
    1 egg
    1 C chocolate chips
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 pan. Mix all bar ingredients except chocolate chips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into bottom of pan. Bake for 15-20 min or until golden. Sprinkle immediately with chocolate chips. Allow the chips to melt for a few minutes then spread the melted chocolate on the bars.
    Glaze ingredients:
    1/3 C powdered sugar
    2 T peanut butter
    4 T milk
    Mix glaze ingredients and drizzle over bars.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011


As it always happens, he was being much chattier right before I got the camera out. However, if you skip ahead to around the 1 minute mark, you'll get a few smiles.

Or watch him attempt to eat his fists for the first 45 seconds... your call!