Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Write down those cute things your kids say!

There is five and a half years difference in age between my oldest son and youngest son.  My older son has always been amazing with his baby brother! He's helped him learn to talk, walk and read. They are the best of friends, and my older son couldn't be a better protector of his little brother.   

One day recently we were riding in the car, taking a few of my son's friends home, and my youngest son all of the sudden announced this to the other kids, "I just love my brother! He's practically raised me, you know!"  The teenagers kind of laughed, and then just resumed their conversation about music, girls, or a combination there of.  But myself,  I had many different thoughts running through my head: First, "What?? What about me?? I'm just the woman who gave birth to you. Natural child-birth, I might add." And then amusement. Then, finally, "That is SO sweet!  I love that bond they share. That really touches my heart."

When I would think back on this day, I knew I just had to write it down so I would remember.  With the chaos of day to day life, especially with three busy kids, these cute little things sadly sometimes get forgotten. I want to remember this forever. I want my sons to recall it one day when they're older, hanging out together and just reminiscing.  These little snippets and firsts are what will one day stand out to them when they reflect back on their childhood and relationships.

I wanted to share with you a little booklet I made for my youngest son.  It's a little folded booklet, with holes punched inside and a photo pocket window on the outside.  I decided to record all of his First Words in this cute little book. I have all these little post it notes, or scraps of notebook paper in his baby album of the first words he said: "Mic" (milk); "Kitch-ee-ay" (Chick-fil-a) and "inch fries" (french fries.)  (Yes, I had babies that were adorably chubby and apparently thought about food a lot!)  Now I have an official place to record his very first words; a Baby Dictionary of sorts.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I had great intentions of having a few friends over to make Valentines.  I gathered all my heart stamps, a substantial stack of red, pink & white cardstock, and even sorted all of my red embellishments into cute little dishes for the table.  As soon as I did all the work, I caught my son's bad cold/fever/virus - Ugh!  It seems that I do much better on social events when I just make plans spontaneously -- i.e., calling a friend the day OF and hoping she's free!  Oh well... I guess this actually pretty typical for this time of year.  Seems like everyone I know is sick right now.

Regardless of the Valentine Crafting party that did not take place, I did have fun this evening playing with all my pink and red goodies.  I made a few cards for the teachers, and this one for my husband.  It's kind of masculine, and it was very liberating spraying Glimmer Mist everywhere! It was a fun little evening of creating. I hope everyone has a great Valentines  Day, and that you make something special for someone you love.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hats off to you, Sir Punxsutawney Phil!

I always look forward to Groundhogs Day! When the outcome is good (i.e. an early Spring!) it gives me that little extra push I need to know I can actually get through the Winter!  It reminds me that Spring is really just around the corner, even though the gray days of February seem endless. It lets me know on this 27 degree morning that "This too shall pass." It is my little prompt to start planning our Spring Break and visions of the blue shore, sandcastles and flip flops dance in my head!

Hats off to the that chubby little fellow,  Punxsutawney Phil, who did not see his shadow this morning and predicted an early Spring! Hooray, hooray -- Spring is on it's way!