Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sick Day

Last week Sonya had her first sick day of school the year.  She was totally devastated to miss school.  Let me just say I wasn't to happy that she had to miss school either.  I had to cancel lunch plans with my friend and some other errands that I had to run.  I had to make a choice to be a grump because my plans were shot, or I could take care of my girl and cheer her up with a fun activity.  I chose B.  I dug down deep and tried to think of a craft to do that would make her happy, and I was capable of executing.  So I decided we would make a crown.  I had a little bit of wrapping paper left on a cardboard roll.  I took the paper off the roll and cut in half for Sonya to decorate, and I used the remainder of the paper as a drop cloth for easy clean up.  Then I pulled out the paint, glue, stick on letters and glitter.  
Let the crafting begin

Making the actual crown took all of ten minutes, but the glitter and paints were another 45 minutes of messy fun.

Big Baby T also wanted in on the action.  
The mess escalated through out our morning, but I went with the flow because Sonya was having a great time.

I promise she was having fun, even though this face might tell you something different.
Sonya decided to line up all of her paints like a snake.

Here is the scene we created.  I painted the sun, and Sonya painted the ocean.  
That purple blob by the paints is a dolphin Sonya wanted me to paint.  
Looks like flipper right?
Here is the mess we ended with.

All in all it was a fun morning, with a whole lot of clean up.   
My sick little girl was happy so it was totally worth it.  
Here is the final product, that started our messy morning.
I promised I cheered her up.  
She was just a little annoyed to look away from Empire Strikes Back, her favorite movie.
I think I might be ready to try some modge podge.  
Not sure if I am ready for such a big step in my crafting life. 
 I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday Manifest on Tuesday

Things I used to wish for when I was little 

  1. get my ears pierced
  2. get a cabbage patch kid
  3. see a unicorn
  4. when I became a teenager that I could wear a bikini and hang out at the 10 ft at the Webster Pool
  5. be an Olympic gymnast or swimmer
  6. be on the Mickey Mouse Club
  7. be a cheerleader
  8. have my own room
  9. have a boyfriend
  10. be a lifeguard and twirl my whistle
  11. that my name was Stacey
  12. that I would have twins when I grew up
  13. be a mermaid
  14. be able to do a reverse off the diving board
  15. ride in a limo
  16. go to Australia
  17. catch a fairy
  18. be Miss Webster
What did you wish for?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I Heart Faces- Chalk

This week's photo challenge over at I Heart Faces is chalk.  
I knew what photo I wanted to use immediately when I saw this challenge. 
It is a photo of Sonya that I have posted before.  
We were playing in the backyard and she took the wet chalk right to her face.  
This could be one of all time favorite pictures of my girl.  
Click here to see here to see the original post, and the actual chalk to the face.
Click the I heart faces button above to see all of the other great chalk entries.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The First Lie

Last week Sonya told her first real lie.  It was heart breaking.  We were at home and I noticed the house was hot, but was too busy to really check the air conditioning.  Josh came home, checked the thermostat and noticed the heat was on.  We asked Sonya if she had touched the buttons on the thermostat, which the day before we had told her not to touch.  She got a blank stare on her face and after being asked a couple of times, reluctantly shook her head no.  We asked her again and told her we wanted her to tell us the truth (one of our main house rules).  We got the same response, blank stare and shaking her head no.  She had a lot of trouble actually saying the word no.  We told her that we believed what she was telling us and Josh got up to walk away.  At this point, she began to crumble.  Her face became panicked, she started breathing heavily, her eyes welling.  I asked her again (very calmly) did you touch the button - and the tears began to flow.  Sonya finally admitted to touching the buttons - she was VERY sad and just wanted Mama and Dadda to hold her.  We told her that we were not upset about the buttons, but that she did not tell the truth and that we loved her very much.  I have to say that I was quite relieved that my daughter had such a hard time lying to us.  We knew from the get go that she was not telling the truth, but we wanted to give her the chance to fess up.  My girl has grown up so much the past couple of weeks.  This was one of those teachable moments with your kids you kind of dread because you can actually see they are capable of sin. 
 But it was also such a sweet moment, to see her confess, apologize, repent, and as a family be able to share in forgiveness and love.    

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Monday Manifest on Thursday

Things I Don't Care About At All

  1. Coffee, iced coffee, Starbucks, etc.
  2. Twilight, books or movie (really all things vampire, except Buffy)
  3. Oprah
  4. Dancing with the Stars
  5. Survivor
  6. Mel Gibson
  7. Justin Beiber
  8. Farmville
  9. Red Bull
  10. Las Vegas
  11. Jersey Shore
  12. Going snow skiiing
What is on your "don't care about at all list"?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Raccoon Tales

It has been a while since my last Raccoon Tales post.  Well today was a doozy.  Sonya asked me to make her afternoon smoothie, the latest snack obsession.  I obviously was not fast enough to make her smoothie because I walked in and found this.
Can you tell what it is?
A favorite in our house, and Ralphie Parker's.
Don't worry this isn't a crummy commercial.
Sonya decided to to have a little chocolate snack pre-smoothie.

Have you ever seen a face covered in chocolate look so lovely.

I went ahead and made the smoothie.  
Today's mix:
vanilla yogurt
frozen blueberries
two frozen strawberries
chia seeds
a scoop of ovaltine
chocolate almond milk
Happy scrounging.

Monday, September 20, 2010

I Heart Faces- Smirk

The theme over at I heart faces this week is smirk.  I took a whole series of shots of Kalie and Gracie at the beach in Michigan this summer.  One of the photos won second place for the beach theme, click the then top ten button below to see it.  Anyway while trying to capture a nice moment between these sisters, Gracie kept giving me a smirky face.
To see the series of photos of Kalie and Gracie, click here.  
To see all of the other great entries at I Heart Faces click the button up above.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What's in the bag

Lately when I have been cleaning up the house I have found Sonya's dress up purses (my old purses) filled with all types of treasures.  I never know the awesome assortment I will find when I open the bag.  With that being said, this is the bag I found on Sunday.
Can you guess what is in it?
There were eight different items.
Here they are:
Two pairs of blue sunglasses
One Elmo cell phone
One old cell phone that belonged to me
One Hannah Montana cell phone
One Elmo CD player
One milk container that goes on a Thomas Train
One blue lego block
I love seeing her brain in action.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I Heart Faces- Vroom Vroom

This week the theme at I Heart Faces is vroom vroom.  
Big baby T loves to play with cars.  He will push his cars on any surface he can find including the floor, walls, the couch, your face.  
Here he is deciding what he is going to run over next.
Click the button above to see all of the other great entries at 
I Heart Faces. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sonya Crashes

Josh and I have flip video recorder and we love it, and we don't use it nearly enough.  We used to have more videos but Sonya accidentally deleted them because she was banging on the computer a while back.  
One of our all time favorite videos was saved from oblivion.  
It is what Sonya has affectionately named, "Sonya cwashes."
She is about 18 months old, and I was about 14 weeks pregnant with Teddy.  
Watch the whole thing.
Sonya thinks this cold be the funniest thing in earth, and Josh and I kind of do too.
The back round music is "Falsetto" by the The-Dream, an old favorite of Sonya's.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Quest

I recently realized I have been a quest for the past couple of years to find the perfect one of these
I am sure many of you have been on the same quest, to find the perfect water cup, glass, bottle, etc.
Here is the collection I have amassed over the years.
Let me back up a bit.  Josh and I used to buy Auquafina by the case.  We made the decision to stop buying cases water to save money, have less waste, and carrying the cases of water up all of our steps sucked.  So began my quest to find the perfect cup so I would drink my 64 oz of water a day.  
Here is the cup breakdown
Kleen Kanteen: 
  • Its "green"
  • It looks cool
  • I like the size
  • It is heavy
  • I don't like sport top bottles
  • It makes a weird squeaking noise when you drink a lot at once
  • It gets covered in condensation when the water is really cold
Rubbermaid BPA free Sipper:
  • LOVE the size 20 oz
  • I like the flow of  water from the straw
  • Not to much condensation
  • VERY portable
  • Loud noise when you drink a lot at once
  • Not very cute
Weight Watchers Water Bottle:
  • LOVE the size 24 oz 
  • I like to drink from a straw
  • Spill if it gets knocked over
  • Not very portable
  • Not very cute
The "M" Cup:
  • I like the size
  • It is too cute
  • I like to drink from it when I am cooking
  • I always spill it when I am not in the kitchen
  • Not portable
The next rounds of cups
  • Portable
  • Good size 32 oz
  • Very cute
  • DO NOT LIKE the bite straw
  • Heavy
MO Bap Maternity Cup:
  • Keeps the water really cold
  • Good size
  • I loved carrying this thing around when I was pregnant, it was my bed rest cup.
  • Not portable
  • Spill very easily
Thermos INTAK (stolen from my sister while she is away):
  • LOVE the water flow
  • Very portable
  • LOVE the snap lid
  • Good size
  • cute
  • BPA free
  • Sometimes I prefer a straw
  • Hard for the kids to drink out of when we are on the go
The last round of cups
The ZAK Chiller Cups (I had originally bought the blue cup for myself but Sonya kept stealing it from me.  So I went back and got myself a bigger green cup so she could have blue, her favorite color):
  • They are super cute
  • I love the rubber around the cup
  • I love the straw
  • Keep the water nice and cold
  • Not very portable
  • Spills easily when knocked over
There is my breakdown of my cups.  This post really is silly and has no meaning, but it is something my kids might remember about me, all of my water cups.  Honestly, that is part of the reason I bought the "M" cup.  I have all of these things I think my kids will remember about me, or want them to remember about me, but that will be a separate post.
Let me just say I am not the only one with a cup problem in this house
I am sure there are more at his office.
Happy hydration!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Stuck #3

Once again my son got himself stuck.  
This time he got his head caught between a dining room table and chair.  
He was trying to climb on top of the table but he didn't quite make it.

Poor guy.  
Believe it or not I have missed some amazing stuck moments because I didn't have my camera.  
I am sure there will be plenty more to come.  

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Stuck #2

I went to check on my sweet baby boy the other night before I went to bed.
He was sound asleep.
Then I saw this
Need a closer look
That's right his foot is stuck between the crib rails, while asleep.  
No wonder he wakes up screaming bloody murder sometimes.


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