Saturday, October 29, 2011

pinterest round up!

i've said before how great pinterest is...but really, it's only great if you DO something about what you find there.  ohhh i've been doing, finally! :) just took a little nudge from stacie...saying i'll do one thing a week made it sound much more do-able than looking at the vast array of ideas i've collected and just getting overwhelmed. now if i was a super good blogger, i'd have a lovely picture for each of these things, but you'll have to deal with just a few and some links for the rest. :)

1. I crocheted this hat in a newborn size in grayish lavender yarn for the little bitty.  I liked how it came out, but I think it might look a little chunky on a teeny little person...we'll see.  It didn't take very long at all, so I'm not out anything by trying!

2. I made a cheesy chicken and rice with black beans bake...pretty good, though I'd definitely recommend using cream of chicken soup and using the sour cream as a garnish...I replaced about 3/4 of the sour cream with fat free cream of chicken, and it was still way to sour-cream-y for us...Jeremy ate it as a chip dip.  The kids just ate the chicken and beans out of it, but that works for me!

3. Q-tip skeletons...we did this yesterday...and I didn't have glue.  Oops.  Glue sticks kiiiiind of worked and the boys loved their spooky guys, although we didn't get quite as detailed as the directions advise.  Here are the skeletons the boys came up with:

4. Saw the prettiest pumpkins ever and got out the drill last night when we were carving.  The little holes don't let enough air in the keep the candle lit, so I had to cut out some "back doors", but I like how they look set out with the traditional ones the boys helped make.

5.  We made this little booklet to help the boys memorize some verses...I would definitely recommend giving this a shot!  Sam was VERY into this project.  It didn't work out for us to do Awana this year, and although he hasn't exactly said it, I think Sam misses it!  He already has the verse for "A" memorized...and the verse for "B" turned out to be quite useful this morning when the boys didn't want to "Be kind to one another and build each other up." -1 Thessalonians 5:11....here's ours:

5.  No picture for this, as the "before" was embarrasingly grungy.  I tried a tub scrub recipe that wasn't half bad.  I have tried plenty of homemade cleaning methods with mixed results...mostly not that great and precisely ALL the men of my family complain about the vinegar smell that a lot of them have.  But being pregnant and not wanting to huff a bunch of bleachy or chemicall-y fumes had me willing to try again.  It actually worked pretty well...I could see a difference (like I said, the "before" was reallllly bad, it's an old shower and seems to be a soap scum magnet) but it's not beautiful or sparkly.  I will say much improved, Jeremy noticed, and that is good enough for me!  I used lavender Dr. Bronner's for the liquid soap and eucalyptus for the essential oil because those are things that I already had and it smelled really good!  No vinegar in this one, so everyone wins.

I have plenty more...it's been a productice couple of weeks, but I will save more for other posts!  I am really enjoying the challenge to DO things, not merely admire them!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

so thankful. for many many random things.

1. letting go of worry
2. rain and cool clean air
3. unexpected date night
4. baby wiggles in my belly
5. pumpkin coffee from dunkin donuts
6. pumpkin anything
7. cans of pumpkin for .99
8. making a huge dinner for no reason and then having neighbors over who didn't cook dinner!
9. Bible passages that convict and change me
10. a husband that forgives my craziness and (pregnancy-induced? I hope!) forgetfulness
11. clean sheets
12. a closet that is showing signs of PINK!
13. friends who "knew me when"...
14. little boys who DELIGHT in small things
15. good smelling soap
16. knitting
17. cozy blankets
18. apple cider tea (like WHOA!)
19. salt and vinegar chips
20. fresh haircuts on little boys

a week in instagram...

I find myself wishing that Project Life came with square photo pockets, because most of my story-telling "day in the life" type photos are instagram-ed.   i've printed a bunch out and included them here and there in my album, and while the quality isn't great, they surely tell the stories of our days...

1.  Jeremy ran the Chicago marathon last Sunday (he did AWESOME, so PROUD!) and that afforded us some time to hang out with lovely friends and go lovely places.  One of those places was the comic book store.  Jeremy stopped in on his way back to Tyler and Mer's and brought back a few comics for the boys.  The boys are all super heroes, all the time, but didn't have any comic books yet...Sam is hooked now.  If only comic books made better read-aloud books.  Sigh.

2.  Monday...while Sam was at school, Marcus and I ran several errands...one of them being checking at Aldi to see if they had pumpkin available. And YAY! they did!  I use a lot of it through the year and Aldi gets it in during October for a great price.  I bought a lot last year, and Jeremy wound up making pumpkin ale with it, so I was out out out and wanting to make pumpkin everything.  Anyway...I didn't have a quarter for the cart, so I just loaded up my arms with two flats (pallets?) of pumpkin.  being superwoman(!), it was no big deal...except for the part where I pinched my (pregnant!) nipple in between the two flats...oh PAIN.  I yelled out loud...thankfully the store was rather empty and Marky was the only person who noticed, and he didn't really care.  oh my, sore for DAYS...here's my hard-won pumpkin, ready for pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin anything...I have yet to work up the nerve to load my arms back up and take it all down to the basement.  i don't think my nipple can take it.

3.  What, you don't ever find a giant rubber rat dangling from your silverware drawer?  Lies.

4. I've been pinning all kinds of fun baby girl things lately. And haven't DONE a thing about a single one of them.  Until yesterday. Found some felt and a little bit of spare time (oh who am I kidding about the spare time? I neglected other things so I could play around!) and made up some pretties for the little GIRL that will join us in February.  My sweet friend Stacie issued a challenge a while back to actually DO one thing you've pinned every week, and that's another post altogether, but I'm doing pretty well, since recipes count!
 

5.  Ooooh this one is really out of order, but I'm not fixing it b/c blogger makes it difficult.  Last week was PERFECT, weather-wise.  We had two weeknight campfires with s'mores and our favorite neighborfriends.  We're going camping with those neighbors, so the campfires (complete with 5 ridiculously loud and silly boys shouting and dancing like babboons) are certainly not over yet.  Look out Brown County...we are set to be "those" people...

6.  I am really digging the time I get with just Marcus these days, with Sam in preschool three days a week.  He's the silliest, sweetest, most expressive little person.  While we were waiting in the pickup line the other day, Marcus practiced his faces for me.  This was "angry"...we may need some more practice, since I'm certainly not intimidated:

I'm stopping there, but I want to be a good blogger, so hopefully there will be more to come...