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Easter Roundup

March 31, 2013

I had a plan, I had a schedule, I had Easter figured OUT.  Then I needed an antibiotic for a sinus infection that made me sick to my stomach (like, a LOT) and I lost all of Saturday and a large part of Easter itself.  I am on the mend, I’ll show you what were were working on.

We colored eggs

Little Girl made a bunny paper chain

We saw the Easter Bunny.  The girls were a little bummed that we didn’t dress for the occassion, but refer to the last few posts here where it’s been 40 DEGREES IN LATE MARCH, CONNECTICUT.  The bunny was still happy to see them.

Our weekend featured lots of bunnies of all shapes and sizes and materials – food, games, icecubes in mom’s gatorade…

We had planned to host family brunch at our house, we had started a several-step dessert (more on that tomorrow) and the girls were mad that there was to be no party with mom being under the weather.  We finished making the dessert (and froze some for when we could see the family) and moods were calmed.  Until the sugar kicked in!

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The most adorable handmade brag book you’ll ever make!

March 28, 2013

I work in a scrapbook store.  I’ve worked there since I was barely out of college.  That’s a really long time!!  While I’m there, I look for ways to use supplies in different ways.  Scrapbooking is AWESOME, I just want to do other stuff sometimes.  You understand, I’m sure.  A couple weeks ago we got these cute bags:

and I immediately made this little spring brag book:

I was going to make a couple to give to the grandmas for Easter since I took some really cute pictures of the girls in their dresses – and they probably won’t wear their dresses for Easter because it’s 40 DEGREES OUTSIDE, CONNECTICUT.

I posted these photos on the store’s Facebook page and got a handful of questions about how I made it, so I’ll show you here.  It’s just 2 bags.  They’re lined up with openings on opposite ends.

Fold them together in half down the center, then punch 2 holes away from the edges in the fold line

Tie some string or ribbon through the holes to hold the booklet together

Then embellish as your heart desires!

Using 2 little bags, you have space for a front and back cover and 6 pictures inside.  Then if you have extra pictures or notes you can tuck them in the little open sides.  I printed these pictures as wallet size at a place that rhymes with Fal-mart and put just a tiny edge of a matte on them.  They fit perfectly.

It’s a wonderful little brag book to show off a trip to “Elmo’s House”!

(Pictures are from Sesame Place, Breakfast with Elmo and Friends Summer, 2012)

American Girl Uneven Bars

March 17, 2013

My girls weren’t interested in dolls until fairly recently.  My Mother in Law bought them American Girl Dolls a couple Christmases ago and I kinda thought it was a bad call because they’d rarely ever played with dolls up til then.  Lately the dolls are about all they’ve been playing with.  They’ll mix and match their clothes, they’ll create adventures for them to go on, and Little Girl’s haircut is modelled after her doll, Kit.

Through some random clicks on someone’s tablet the other day, we found  youtube videos on how to make handmade toys and games for the dolls.  When we saw gymnastics equipment, we figured we needed to get in on that action.

ta-da! uneven bars:

Made out of plumber’s piping, the pieces fit together easily enough that even the 6 year old can manage it.  Play gets a little rough so hubs said he’ll glue the pieces so it doesn’t fall apart while the dolls are swinging on it.  That gets in the way of playing.

All it consists of is piping cut down to (2) 18″, (2) 15″ and (4) 12″ pieces, 4 t joints and 4 elbow joints.  Pop it all together and voila!

We use ponytail holders looped on the “bars” and around the dolls’ wrists and they hang on pretty well!

 

We saw ones that had been spray painted, but I was nervous about the paint wearing off on the plastic parts of the dolls.  Maybe I’ll add some duct tape or fun patterned washi tape.  For now, the girls are happy as little clams with it just the way it is.  Well, other than they’ve added a folded up baby blanket underneath to use as a mat, and Big Girl’s doll is wearing a horse-riding helmet… NOW they love it the way it is! 😉

Time dances on…

February 22, 2013

and skips and hops and cartwheels…

I’ve got my Bean (Big Girl) home with me today.  While I still can’t figure out if it’s a little tummy bug or some 2nd grade stress that caused her to be sick last night she’s here on the couch next to me.  I’m fretting about how to handle obligations later, who’s gonna go to gymnastics, who’s gonna go to work and when while we’re snuggled up watching daytime tv – Team Umi Zoomi, Dora, etc…  She’s 8.  She’s way beyond these shows but I’m steering clear of the other types of programming on at this time of day.  She doesn’t seem to mind.

This a.m. her little sister was talking about summer vacation – she’ll FINALLY be old enough to ride the roller coaster at Sesame Place all by herself, she’s been waiting 5 years to be able to ride alone.  She was remembering last year’s trip to “Elmo’s House” when mom and dad felt she could swim well enough to ride a certain couple of tube rides single-y.  She’s so proud of how big she is.  There’s no question in her mind that we’ll go back this summer, she loves it there.  It’ll break my heart when/IF she ever decides that it’s a place more for the little kids.

Where are my baby girls?  We still have the “season pass” for Sesame Street and Max and Ruby on the tivo, but now we’re more in to American Girl youtube videos (how to make uneven bars for your doll – we’re totally gonna do that!) and reading chapter books.  There are no more training wheels.  My little girls are not so little.  I tried to sit on the edge of Bean’s bed last night and sat on her foot.  “What was that?” I ask.  “Uhhh, I’m stretched out over here,” she answers.  She nearly reaches the end of the bed.  Little Girl reminded me that her half birthday was this week.  6 and 1/2!  I never planned out this far, it felt like they’d be 2 and 3, watching Diego and asking questions with their little lisps forever.

Ready mama?  Not really, but I’ll try to be.

September Wrap-Up, Girlies style

October 4, 2012

They went back to school:

It’s been a big change having everyone in school all day.  I jumped out of the gate at a full gallop, cleaning and crafting and what-notting, but I’m quickly over that.  I’m gonna have to structure my time or we’ll all be in trouble.

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The annual trail ride went on as planned.  The patriarch of the horse family next door passed away this summer and the trail ride was in question for only a few short minutes.  It was a beautiful day to spend next door!

 

We were treated to an impromptu race between the local(ish) city police and the grandson of our neighbor.  The grandson whipped the cop’s horse riding butt.  Once while barefoot.  And once while wearing his football cleats!

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The girls started gymnastics.  I’m glad they’ve wanted to join something, I’m glad they’re sporty, but I’m interested to see how long we stick with it.  Little girl LOOOOVES it, and Big girl was ok with it til her face met the uneven bar last week and left her with a lightly bruised eye and a heavily bruised ego.  Now she says she’s never ever ever going back again ever.  (Til Monday when I talk her in to it.)

The weather this fall has been incredible, warm, sunny, absolutely gorgeous skies.  A perfect day for our local Chamber of Commerce/town  fair.  Best part for me?  Face. Paint.

I could’ve stood there and watched the face painting lady all day long.

But the children had rides to ride.

And slides to slide.

And flips to do:

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We finished out the month with our grammer school’s fund-raiser jog-a-thon.  At the end of every lap, they collected a bracelet.  After complaining the entire 20 minutes of the first “heat”, Big girl’s bestie-friend showed up and they wanted to run with her.  In the end, they collected 20-some-odd bracelets a piece, which is equivalent to a 5K for each girl!!

I think they were talking about getting pedicures or going out for Happy Meals after…

Hunny got in on the fun, too.  He’s a great sport.

The way it looks, October will be even busier than September so I should rest up.  Coming up: Trip to NYC, SESAME, Someone’s getting married and more, more,

more!!

Cake Camp

July 25, 2012

There’s a little cupcake shop around the corner from the scrapbook store where I work.  Customers will frequently wander over there to get a snack and always come back with some pretty impressive looking cupcakes.  Imagine Big Girl’s surprise when she found out that the Cake Gypsy was having several days and themes of camp over the summer.  (Big Girl has wanted to own her own cupcake store since before she knew there *were* cupcake stores!)  Even though there’s a couple dozen different classes, thankfully for my wallet and my waistline, she chose 2 days to attend…

First day was Angry Birds and she frosted, filled and decorated a half dozen cupcakes.  The fondant figures were really really good!

2nd day was tie dye and she frosted/fondanted her own little cake!

(She also chose her outfit to match, and wore her own apron the 2nd day!)  She had tons of fun and we have to thank the cupcake lady for her patience and allowing her to come since she’s a little on the young side for what the bakery had requested.  It hasn’t occurred to Big Girl that she might be able to sign up for another class, she’s already planning which ones she wants to take next year and we are enjoying her very special treats, made with love!

May Wrap-up 2012

May 31, 2012

So what’s up over here?  Nuthin’.  HI MY 2 READERS!!

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Earlier this month I made Candy sea glass – it looks like sea glass from the beach, but it’s basically a lollipop/hard candy recipe poured in a pan, cracked, then rubbed with powdered sugar.  I think they look pretty authentic!  We gave them to the girls’ teachers as a little treat for Teacher Appreciation Week and they were a big hit.

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Summer is almost here, teachers!

I also had a little getaway to visit friends and family in Florida and we mighta had a good time.  Or 2.

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(I stole this picture from my sister, cuz as she pointed out, I only took 17 pictures the whole time I was down there.  And 10 were of the sunset one night.)

Big girl had her Spring Music performance, and it was adorable as usual.

 

(and she knew it! )

The girls are taking Zumba and loving it.  It’s fun to watch.

 

 and we are ALL looking forward to summer vacation… just a few more school days to go!