Fun with Contact Paper!

Mia’s occupational therapist has been recommending for a while that we put some contact paper up on the wall to encourage Mia to work on standing up.  The idea is that you put the contact paper up, sticky side out, and then she can squat, pick something up, stand up, stick it to the contact paper, wash, rinse, repeat.  We had some success with it a few weeks ago, but it needed to be refreshed since it tends to lose its stickiness over time.  Since we’re having the in-laws over tomorrow for a Labor Day BBQ, naturally this was the perfect time to jazz it up.  ProCRAFTination at its finest!

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I had RaptorDad draw a tree outline on it (remember that you’re drawing it in reverse) and then we taped it to the playhouse.  I cut out some leaves and clouds out of felt and let the babies go to town.

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They loved it!  I thought about cutting out some more leaves, but then I realized I would just have more to clean up.  lol.  But all in all, I give this one 2 thumbs up!

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Mixed Media Fun

Kate *needed* some mixed media stuff for a homework project so I dug through the hot mess that is my desk and found my spray mists.  Since they got put back on the top of the pile, they were front and center this weekend when I went to go scrap.  I forgot how much fun they were!  Check out this layout.  Y’all, I didn’t even use any paper aside from the cheapie white cardstock!  And that S in cousin?  It’s totally an 8 that I cut up.

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I used the “packing materials” method which, if you’re not familiar, involves the cellophane that so many products come wrapped in.  You just spray a few sprays in the cellophane, turn it over, and smush it down on the paper hoping for the best.  I’ve yet to be disappointed.  :)

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August Wrap Up and September Goals

How is it already September?!?  We’re getting back in the school time swing of things and it’s bittersweet.  I love the hustle and bustle of back to school and Kate is so excited to start up activities again, but I miss the lazy days of summer and having Kate home.  But enough of that!  It’s time to start crafting for the holiday season!

  1.  January Project Life.  Done!
  2. February Project Life.  Done and done!  I even got 1/2 of March done.  :)
  3. Cull/ print pics for October 2016.  Done!
  4. Scrap October 2016.  Yeah, I didn’t get this done.  lol.
  5. Edit/ print pics from San Antonio.  I printed a few pics, but I need to make sure I have enough to tell the whole story without having 30 pages in the book.  It’s a balance.  lol.
  6. Scrap San Antonio pics!  Nope.
  7. Finish Cross Stitch!  It’s done!!!  I can’t believe I finally finished.  It took me almost 3 years.  Honesty it feels a little like I gave birth.  lol.
  8. Cut out hexagon templates.  Still need to do this.
  9. Revamp our lunches!  This is going to be a work in progress, but I think we made some serious forward momentum.
  10. Steps/ water.  Water is a success!  I’ve switched to drinking from a big ARTC cup so I’m naturally drinking loads more.  Need to keep working on the step count.

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Here’s the cross stitch!  The next thing I stitch is going to be a giant rainbow of color.  lol.  No more brown!  I also finally made the FALL letters that have been on many a monthly goal list, but ironically not this one.  😉

Time for some September Goals!

  1.  Scrap October 2016.  Hopefully now that it’s feeling a little more like Fall, I’ll be in the mood to scrap these.
  2. On that note, I need to decide on/ convince Kate of/ plan our Halloween costumes.
  3. March Project Life.  I’m halfway done, just need to keep the momentum going.
  4. April Project Life.  I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
  5. Finish Drew’s stocking.  I’m giving myself one more month and then I’m putting it away so I can start/ finish my nephew’s stocking.  :)
  6. Redo bookshelves in living room so that I can have all of my albums in a row.
  7. Create 3 Montessori inspired trays for Mia and Xander.
  8. Print interview book pages.
  9. Order remaining supplies for interview books.
  10. Assemble interview books.
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New and Improved Calendar!

RaptorDad decided that if I was going to keep taping calendars to the wall, he was going to find a way to jazz them up a little.  And boy oh boy, he did not disappoint!  I can’t get into the specifics of how he made it other than *he’s magic*!  He used some leftover flooring that we’ve had sitting around for years and I absolutely love how it looks.

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Instead of taping the paper squares to the wall, I attached them to the board with ticky tack.  My plan is to move the weeks up every Sunday so that the current week stays on the top as opposed to doing a season at a time like I was doing before.  Hopefully I can keep up with it!  Like I said before, I mainly use it for Kate’s activities because she likes to know what’s coming up.

With that, we are 1 week away from our big eclipse road trip!  I am so excited I almost can’t stand it.  :)  I guess it’s about time to stop obsessively pinning road trip stuff and actually start making some of it.  lol.

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August Goals

I can’t believe it’s already August!  This summer has flown by!  It seems like Kate just got out of school and now we have Meet the Teacher night tomorrow.  :/  Before I get all weepy on you, let’s take a look at how we did with July’s goals.

  1.  Scrap August of 2016.  Done!  Yay!
  2. 10 current layouts.  I got 5 done which is nothing to sneeze at.  😉
  3. Print September.  Done!
  4. Scrap September.  Also done!  Man, I was on a roll for a while.  :)
  5. January Project Life.  Yeah, here’s where the momentum stopped.  I didn’t even look at PL.
  6. Name vinyl.  Still nada.
  7. Print stickers.  I had mixed results with this.  I was able to print and cut some stickers (which is amazing!) but I haven’t been able to design my own.  I need to get better at photoshop…
  8. Finish crosses in cross stitch.  Done!!!  And I’m making some serious progress on the back stitch.
  9. Stockings.  I focused on the cross stitch, but I’m hoping to pull out the stocking this month.
  10. Steps and water.  This was a giant fail.  Oh well, on to the next month!

Time for August Goals!

  1.  January Project Life.  I have so many gorgeous kits that I want to be using!  Need to buckle down and print pics.  Maybe I’ll send off a big batch of them…  Something to ponder.
  2. February Project Life.  Why not shoot for the moon.  lol.
  3. Cull/ print pics for October 2016.
  4. Scrap October 2016.
  5. Edit/ print pics from San Antonio.
  6. Scrap San Antonio pics!  I’d like to do this while the trip is still fresh in my mind.  :)
  7. Finish Cross Stitch!  That’s right, I’m going to push through and finish this dang thing.
  8. Cut out hexagon templates.  I’m making a quilt y’all.  Or at least that’s the plan!  I was supposed to finish all of my unfinished projects first, but then more projects (stockings ::cough cough::) kept getting added.  lol.  I might throw caution to the wind and let myself start even if the stockings aren’t finished.  My grandmother got me some gorgeous fabric to play with and I can’t wait!
  9. Revamp our lunches!  Kate packs her lunches every day and I’d like to come up with a plan to make them both healthier and more fun.  That goes for the babies and I as well.  I’m afraid Xander’s going to turn in to a peanut butter and honey sandwich if I don’t do something soon.  lol.
  10. Steps/ water.  Time to get back on the bandwagon!
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July Goals

On to a new month!  Let’s see how June went, shall we?

  1.  Scrap April 2016.  Done!
  2. Scrap May 2016.  Done!  And can I just add that this means that I finished up 6 months of scrapbooking in 2 months?  And that I’m no longer more than a year behind?  Because, AWESOME!
  3. Project Life.  I finished November and December!
  4. Camp Half-Blood.  We’ve decided that a theme every 2 or 3 weeks is more our style.  :)  We’ve been having loads of fun with Medusa week though.  :)
  5. Camp Half-Blood shirts.  Yeah, this still hasn’t happened.  Whoops.
  6. Name Vinyl.  Need to do this too.
  7. Order pics.  I blew all of my spending money on planner goodies.  lol.  Soon though.  :)
  8. School Scrapbook.  See above re ordering prints.  😉
  9. DAD pics.  Still need to do these.
  10. 10k steps a day.  I kind of fell off the wagon here.  Hoping to do better next month.

July?

  1.  I want to finish scrapping August of 2016.  I only have 2 layouts to go!
  2. I want to do 10 current layouts.  Summer layouts are always my favorite.  :)
  3. I’d like to cull the massive list for September down to a more reasonable level and get the pics printed.
  4. I’d really love to get September scrapped as well.
  5. I need to get at least January’s Project Life done.  February would be an awesome bonus.  I did already buy a new album for it and I have enough page protectors to keep me going for a while.
  6. Name vinyl.  This is just getting embarrassing.  lol.
  7. Figure out making my own stickers!  I got some printable sticker paper so I could make my own planner stickers.  To say there’s a steep learning curve would be a massive understatement.  lol.
  8. It’s Christmas in July!  Not really, but I do need to start thinking about craft projects that I’d like done by Christmas.  First up, I want to finish the crosses in my cross stitch.  There’s still a ton of back stitching to go as well, but I’ve got to get back on the horse with this one.
  9. Stockings…  Oh my.  I need to work on my brother-in-law’s stocking.  I also need to get my sister to order a kit for my nephew.
  10. Steps and water.  I ordered stickers for my planner to track these, so hopefully that’s enough motivation.  lol.

July’s going to be busy!  In addition to our regular Camp Half-Blood activities, Kate’s going to go to sailing camp for a week, and my friend and I are taking our kids to San Antonio for a few days without our hubbies.  Should be fun!

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I got a Planner!!!

You guys.  I have fallen down the planner rabbit hole.  It started off innocently enough.  I was having a hard time keeping track of all of our appointments and the calendar on my phone wasn’t really working for me.  So on a whim I thought I’d check out the Erin Condren planners.  Um, wow.  I <3 them all!  So after thinking about it for about 2 seconds, I decided that I had to have one.  Especially because the timing was perfect since she had just released her new ones which started today.  :)  No lie, they’re pricey, but the quality seems very high.  While I was going crazy waiting I started watching youtube planner videos.  If you haven’t seen them, these people use tons of stickers to basically cover every blank space in the planner using kits from Etsy.  My response went something like this:

  1.  These people are crazy!  Who has that much time to spend on a planner every week.  Not to mention it must be so expensive!  Plus there’s almost no space to write down your actual appointments.
  2. Well, they are awfully cute and I do have a lot of washi tape.  Maybe I’ll just add in a bit of tape across the bottom.  But no need for stickers.
  3. Maybe I could use some of my stamps instead of stickers?
  4. Must buy all the stickers!  And follow all of these people on instagram!

So…  My stickers should be arriving soon.  lol.  I’m not going to be buying a kit every week (unless some etsy shop wants to sponsor me!  lol.)  but I am going to be adding in a few stickers here and there for fun.  Mainly to help me track my water intake as that’s one of my big goals for July.

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You get to pick your cover from a bunch of gorgeous options and then you can personalize it with your name.  I added a picture to the back of mine too!  Maybe next time I’ll remember to take a pic of it so you guys can see.

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I was having a little bit of hard time getting a pic as Mia was very interested in it.  lol.

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I’ve decided to use the top box for appointments, the middle box for day time stuff that’s not an appointment, and the bottom box for important dates and/or stuff that happens after Michael is home from work.  I’m toying with the idea of making the top box stuff during the school day, the middle box after school stuff, and the bottom box important dates/ post bedtime stuff, but that won’t happen until after school starts back up.  I’m also toying with the idea of making the bottom box a daily to do list.  I’ll jut have to see what makes more sense as I’m using it.

Bottom line, the planner is super fun!  I’m glad I finally bit the bullet and ordered it.  :)

 

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Cardiology and Neurosurgery Updates

We went to see the cardiologist yesterday for Mia’s annual check up and everything looks great!  She has a bicuspid aortic valve, but we’ve known about that for a long time.  The important thing is that her heart is functioning 100% normally!  Yay!

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We also visited the neurosurgeon this week and received more excellent news!  Mia’s brain MRI showed that her ventricles are stable and have been stable since birth.  What does that mean?  Still no need for a shunt!  We were hoping to be dismissed from neurosurgery (not that I don’t love them, but I’d just as soon not have to see them again.  lol.) but it looks like they want us to come back for one more check up in 2 years.  I can handle that.  My iPhone calendar, not so much.  lol.

In other exciting Mia updates, she is starting to take forward steps if she has something to hold on to!  Her favorite handhold being Daddy’s fingers, but she makes do with mine and Kate’s.  In a pinch, she’ll even use a push toy.  :)  We’re hopeful that she’ll be taking her first steps by the end of the summer!

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Camp Half-Blood Week 1 Wrap Up and Plans for Week 1.5

Um, longest title ever?  Sorry about that.  So, first up, how did week 1 go???  Did anyone play along?  It went amazingly well here.  Kate loves the workbook and it’s been great at giving her something to do when she’s bored/ we’re in the car.  She had a harder time than expected with the word scramble, but an easier time than expected with the math so it all worked out.

For our food, we’re grilling hamburgers and s’mores tonight as long as the weather cooperates.  We’ve also been eating lots of grapes because Dionysus.  For our craft, I got some lanyard lacing stuff and that’s been a big hit.  It’s challenging for her, but she’s still having fun and is able to work on it independently.  I’m hoping she plays with it all summer.

For our field trip, we went to the Zilker Nature and Science Center and completed one of the Texas Nature Challenges.  You guys!  These are so fun.  And loads of them are free!  I highly recommend them if you live in Texas.  This particular one was a scavenger hunt which was nice since it gave some structure to our visit.  When Kate completed it, she turned it in to the front desk and got to pick a little prize.

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Next time we come out, I’ll try to bring my real camera and take some decent pics.  Still, if you’re in the area I highly recommend this place.

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They have a giant sand pit with “dinosaur bones.”  Mia thought that the sand was delicious.  They also have a few rescue animals that you can check out and a cool little stream you can explore if one of your children isn’t an insane wild child.  ::cough cough::   Xander  ::cough cough::

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And we found that the scenic overlook is the perfect place for a picnic!  Super easy to keep them contained, plus shade.

Wow.  These pics are really terrible.  lol.  I need to up my game for sure.  I kind of can’t believe that I’m posting them.

Next week is Vacation Bible School so I was planning to skip Camp Half-Blood.  However, Kate decided she wanted to do a Make Your Own badge for Girl Scouts on Greek Mythology.  The requirements she came up with are basically to create a week of camp for us.  :)  She’s going to research a god (I think she’s decided on Zeus.)  Plan our cooking lesson.  (She wants to do whipped cream since it looks like clouds.  I might have us make some merengue cookies as well.)  Plan our field trip and plan our craft.  (She’s still working on the field trip, but I think she’s leaning towards some kind of art project with cotton balls.)  And then make a little presentation about the god she’s chosen.  I’m bummed that the Make Your Own badge program is ending!  She’s had a lot of fun coming up with the requirements for the 2 she’s doing.  (The other one she’s doing is about sailing since she’s going to sailing camp this summer.)

Are you attending Camp Half-Blood too?  I’d love to hear about what everyone else is doing.  :)

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May Wrap Up and June Goals

I got so much scrapping done this month!  I guess that’s what happens when you get a whooooooole lot of happy mail!

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Seriously though, I finished January 2016, February 2016, March 2016, June 2016, and July 2016.  Also made progress on April, May, and August.  Whoo Hoo!  I need to keep this momentum going.  I hate being more than a year behind, but I think it’s possible I can close that gap this month.  Fingers crossed!

That said, lets see how I did on all of my other May goals…

  1.  Camp Half Blood Shirts.  Nada.  I’m having fits trying to digitally trace the pegasus I want to use.
  2.  Sell Stroller.  I actually had a bite on this one, but it fell through.
  3. Camp Half Blood plans.  I’ve got weeks 1 and 2 totally done, and I’m almost done with week 3.  :)
  4. Pro Pics,  These turned out amazing!!!  I love them soooooo much.  :)
  5. Finish January 2016.  Done!
  6. Finish February 2016.  Done!
  7. Project Life.  Well, I got October done so at least I’m not getting more behind.
  8. Plan Girl Scout camp fire day.  This went well and the girls had a great time.  :)
  9. Cut out name vinyl.  Ugh.  I still need to do this.
  10. Get 10k steps a day.  I did 21 days out of 31 which is nothing to sneeze at considering how much of a sloth I am.  I’m for sure keeping this goal.

June Goals?

  1.  Scrap April 2016.  I only have 4 more layouts to go and the pics are already printed!
  2. Scrap May 2016.  I’m not sure offhand how many layouts I need to do, but it’s less than 10.  And the pics are already printed and ready to go.  :)
  3. Project Life.  I’m focusing on traditional scrapping this month, but I don’t want to get more behind with Project Life.  I’d like to get 4 layouts done, either November or something more current.  I need to ponder this.
  4. Camp Half-Blood.  I need to finish week 3 and create weeks 4-7.  It’s going really well so far though!  I’m going to try to post an update about how our first week went tomorrow.
  5. Camp Half-Blood shirts.  Need to ask RaptorDad for help with the digital trace.  Or just have him draw me a pegasus.
  6. Name Vinyl.  Need to figure out how to cut vinyl without the mat and just do it.
  7. Order pics.  I need to figure out which of our pro pics I want to order prints of (all of them!!!).
  8. School Scrapbook.  I need to catch up on Kate’s school scrapbook.  (Mainly I just need to order the 8×8 prints since I can’t print that size at home.)
  9. DAD pics.  I do these every year.  They’re super cheesy and I love them.
  10. 10k steps a day.

And because I feel like this post needs another pic…

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I have a habit of taking pics of the babies at the grocery store.  I think it’s because they’re contained.  lol.  At any rate, RaptorDad suggested that I take one in the same spot every week this summer.  Love that idea.  Here’s week 1.

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