Yesterday we made our lighted milk jug snow man! This was a pretty easy project except getting the lights through the jug opening.
Shown below is a picture of our finished snowman as well as the steps we took.
3 empty rinsed milk jugs
Strand of Lights
Hot Glue or Spray Adhesive
1. Paint all three milk jugs with white paint. Then allow the paint to dry.
2. Cut out the bottom of two of the jugs.
3. Feed the strand of lights into the bottom jug which is the one you did not cut the bottom out of.
4. Feed the light strand up through the remaining two jugs. Leave enough at top to plug into outlet.
5. Glue the two top jugs to the bottom jug.
6. Cut the craft foam into a triangle and then roll into a cone.
7. Glue the nose on your snowman.
8. Paint eyes, mouth, and buttons. Allow paint to dry.
9. Dress your snowman with his hat and scarf.
10. Add the snowman's googly eyes.
11. Find the perfect spot and plug him in! Nice easy and adorable project! We had fun did you?
Yesterday we worked on our penguin family! I found the above instructions on Facebook and thought they were adorable! We had so much fun making these and they turned out super cute! Below is us painting and our finished project! What do you think?
is so not going to make it. I have been chasing away the two year old, the one year old, and the dog for two weeks now!
I spend all day either picking stuff up to put back on the tree or chasing one, two or all three of them away from it! I am not sure if they are in competition to see who will pull it over first or see who can put me in the nut hut first! We purposely put the tree on the end table to cut back on some of it but not sure it helped. Our six foot tree now only has four feet of decoration!
My Dad and I have been going Black Friday shopping for over 10 years now. I am not sure he meant for it to be a tradition but it is now. Thinking
back he probably just wanted to check out the hoopla and see what it is
all about. The big kids were young when we started so I think it
became more of a he came along to protect me from the other crazy woman. We had a few relaxed years where there was no absolute must haves from the toy sections.
Guess what Dad we are back into the crazy toy isles this year!
Christian is old enough to get excited about commercials so....That means yep he should get some of those items! We will be hitting all the toy sections again with all the other crazy Moms looking for the same toys and a great price.
I love this tradition because it is the one guaranteed time a year that it is just me and Dad.
We look through the ads all day on Thanksgiving and chart out our plan of action. We then get up and hit the sales about 3am. With coffee and ads in hand out the door we go! The addition to our JC Penny's snow globe collection is always a must! The church's hot chocolate stand is another must. Everything else is just sorta based on the sales and our planned route from the day before.
So this year is going to be a fun crazy shopping experience cause with four kids spanning all the ages we will be all over the place! Like I said Yay Me and Poor Dad!
What are your Black Friday Traditions? Please share!
I mean why not let your teens hang out over here with my teens? What a scare tactic we have going on! A two year old and a one year old running around, getting into stuff, opening the door to the bedrooms, turning off the television, throwing stuff at them and much, much more!
If that doesn't sound like fun then how about when they are both so tired that they can't see straight! Both of them crying, whining, and wanting things in two separate directions. I am almost forty and it still scares me sometimes...I can't imagine being a teenager and watching the craziness!
They get to see double diaper duty, the food that gets chucked across the kitchen, the fighting between the two, bath time, and many more entertaining episodes within their visit! They will probably also being hit with some type of projectile as well (This is my disclaimer). You just never know what will happen in this place!
So go ahead send them over! They will be shaking their heads and thinking twice about how cute little kids and babies are by the time they leave our place! If they are not then please send them back and they can babysit lol!
You never really know how much you say something until you have a two year old! The things they pick up! It's funny because he will be walking around the house saying something and I think where did he get that?
Well I now know because now that he's saying it I hear myself saying it! I hear myself saying it over and over again! Wow! I didn't even realize that I said certain things like "Aww Man!" or " Who made this mess?" or some other things I don't want to mention. Certainly opens your eyes and makes you more aware of what you are saying!
I guess I have become accustomed to the big kids ignoring some or most of what I say and I am way to lax about it now! What a potty mouth! I may need soap myself!
Not only does he mock words but also actions like while saying "Who made this mess" he stomps his foot and puts his arms out....Guess where he got that? Well like I said in my last post I am one of the most impressionable people in their lives...Guess I need to be more careful or I will have an OCD sailor mouth on my hands!
I was just walking along being a good kid and looked over at the store window and saw my Mom. I wasn't sure if I should say "Hi" or run. Old habits are hard to lose. I all of a sudden was that little girl that wasn't where she was supposed to be... You know how that is. I looked again and wait it's not my Mom or if it is she is wearing the same outfit as me. Wait! What is going on here? I keep looking and realize it is ME! Wow! When did that happen?
This strange oddity also happens sometimes in voice. I will be saying something to one of the kids and all of a sudden think "Who said that?". My mom isn't visiting..We are not at Mom's. Hmm.... When did that happen?
I then realized that I (yes ME) have the most influence over my
children. Is that why they are so weird? I guess so! Well sorry world I
have two daughters so there will be two more of me! Or maybe I should
say sorry Honey since he has to live with us!
So...You know what they say as you get older you become your mom. Well for me that is true in two sense. Both personality and looks. We are about the same size and have about the same hair coloring (Well depends on the week lol).
Thank goodness I have an Awesome Mom whom has a heart of gold because I wouldn't want to be anyone else! So I am my Mom just with a stranger taste in everything! Love you Mom! Thank you for making me who I am!
It's that time of year especially if you live in TN… You never know what the weather will be like and allergies are horrible! My little’s love to be outside but when the weather or their allergies won’t allow us to play outside I simply bring the fun inside!
Why not? It can be cleaned up. They still get to enjoy their outside activities and I get the joy of watching their excitement. I mean I am going to have clean something up after them anyway.
When we have to bring outside in I just bring one outside toy in a day so that they concentrate on that item and enjoy themselves. Yesterday we had the water table in my kitchen. I simply laid out towels to soak up most of the water. The toys needed to be washed anyway so why not let them do it? They had a great time and I got to check something of my list!
World Food Day is annually held on October 16. It is utilized to raise public awareness regarding the world's hungry and malnourished people. Today is also used to encourage people to take action and get involved in trying to combat hunger. Over 150 countries take part each year.
I am going to use today to begin working with my children on taking a stand and trying to combat hunger. Every little bit helps. Even if we help one person that is one less person that is hungry. So if everyone just helps one person think of all the people that would have at least one more meal. When was the last time you didn't know where your next meal was coming from? Never? Well then was the last time you were hungry?
Food Banks all over are running out of food and having to tell people they can not help them. Even one bag or box of can goods could help them feed just one or two people. Join the fight and see what you can do to help.
Listed below are some activities and ideas for you and your children.
Talk with your kids about world hunger and consider hosting a food drive for a local food bank in your community.
Make sandwiches and take to well know areas frequented by homeless people. You and your children could hand them out.
Make a place mat by cutting out pictures of food from magazines.
Make noodle necklaces.
Make a snack or dish from a different culture.
Start an indoor garden.
Go through your pantry and collect can goods not being used or you could do without and take to your local food bank.
So when I was younger and only had the big kids I had this great friend whom we all thought was crazy! Was she nuts? She had older kids and little kids. Why would you do that to yourself? She was all over the place like a mad woman. Her house was not guest ready ever. She played hard with all her kids. She was never serious. She loved life to the fullest and did not care who was watching. She was a mess sometimes- well most of the time. She was an amazing person but wow was she something.
She laughed, she cried, she yelled, she was obnoxious, and she was a great mom! She tried anything and everything! She always had a huge cup of coffee. Her house was always full of people. You never knew what she was getting into. She lived life and didn't care what anyone thought. We all thought she was crazy....
So just recently I realized that I have become that crazy friend. My life, my house, and my kid count has become just like hers. So how many of my friends and family members look at me and say: " That's Stacey. She's crazy".
I would not turn back now! I love being this girl! I love not caring what people think. I love not worrying if my house is guest ready! I love playing with the kids and having a great time. I love being a mess. I love having a coffee iv drip lol! I love having a full house. I love having big kids and little kids! I am so glad I have turned out like my crazy friend. I now know what happy is!
So if you think I am crazy- yes I am and I love it! You should join me! I wish I had joined Cathy (the crazy friend) along time ago!Thank you Cathy!
So one day last week I really thought my college kid (Alicia) was missing.... I checked Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram but she had no updates. For hours there was no activity on any of the social media sites so what's a Mom to do? PANIC of course....
I mean come on no updates from her and her close friends for hours. This hasn't happened in probably ever! Creeper well heck yes! It is the best way to keep tabs without keeping tabs. I can probably tell you what she eats, who she hangs out with, what homework she is not doing, and what she is doing by simply checking out her social media pages. Why would I not creep?
I really am not sure how my parents survived. I would leave the house and be gone for hours without them knowing where I was. I can't imagine not being able to call, text, or creep on my kids. I think I would be in a constant panic attack.
So I would like to say to Alicia and her friends: Keep the updates coming! Thank you! Love ya'll!
Today is Johnny Appleseed's Birthday! In his honor I thought I would share a home-made applesauce recipe.
Approximately 1 quart Apples (peeled and sliced)
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Lemon Juice
Mix all ingredients in a pan and cook for about 20 minutes or tender. Using a potato masher or mixer mash until smooth. Put in covered container and refrigerate. Once ready to serve add cinnamon if you wish.
Ahoy Matey! Happy National Talk Like a Pirate Day! Today my family will talk like pirates to celebrate! We will also have other activities and fun which I will share with you through out the day as well! Aye!
Listed below is some basic Pirate phrases... Check them out and Join in the fun!
Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! - Disgust Ahoy! - Hello Ahoy, Matey - Hello, my friend! Aye! - Yes I agree Aye aye! - Yes in a few minutes I will get to that Beauty – Woman- usually preceded by me. Example: Look at me beauty Booty - treasure Heave Ho - Push hard Jacob's Ladder - the rope ladder one uses to climb aboard Jolly Roger - pirate's flag Shiver me timbers! - comparable to OMG Thar she blows! - Whale sighting Walk the plank - Punishment where pirate walks off a
board going over the side of the ship while at sea. Ye - You Yo Ho Ho - Yay! To get attention
So while our adult child was pondering which day she would come home from college I realized that perhaps it is time for me to begin adult child traditions. I am not sure why I had not thought about this already. My mother has traditions and events for adult children so why don't I?
I mean this allows her and our teenage son to know which dates that they must be home. Any extra they give me is a blessing and always welcomed (wink-wink). This also gives my husband and I their undivided attention. It makes it easy for them and us.
Prepared dates to be home will let them spend time with their friends and participate in school functions. It will also fulfill my need to still spend time with them. It gives all of us something to look forward to. Life moves fast and I don't want to miss it!
Spending time with my mom is awesome! I would love to spend more time with her but like I said life moves fast and before I know it a week or month has gone by! My mom has events that make me stop and put aside that time and plan around it. It ensures that I get to spend time with her. It makes it easy....
So that is why I think it is time for my household to do the same. Of course my adult child does not have her own family yet so I can schedule more time. My thinking is a Saturday night and a Sunday night each month. One with friends allowed and the other just the family. This way we still get to meet the people she is spending time with but also gives me time with just my babies.
Do you have the same situations? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!
I seriously do not know what happens to bottles and sippy cups in this house. With two children using them you would think you could find them sitting all over the house.... NO!!
I spend countless hours looking under beds, cribs, couches, in toys, kitchen cabinets, in my bed and all the various other hiding places for a stinking cup or bottle! We put locators on everything else why not children's cups or bottles? I don't understand. I can push a button to locate a big 2 ton car but not on a little 3 inch long cup. Uggghhh! I wish whatever is eating these items would please return them!
So how many hours do you spend looking for these items?
I guess it really doesn't matter how many years there are between children. As long as they are siblings they will fight. I mean there is at least 16 years and 13 years between the two big kids and the little kids. They still fight and try to irritate each other. Not one of them is innocent in this subject. Yes, even Maddie Grace picks fights.
There are times they will show off something new they just got for the sole purpose of getting another child to want the item only to not allow it... This then turns into Christian not willing to kiss or hug the offender which upsets the older children. Then here starts the 'Mom! Tell Christian to give me a kiss' or 'Mom! Why won't he give me a kiss'. Wonder why...Hmmm... Did you just walk in with a big stuffed fish that looks like a worm version of Nemo and not allow him to play with it?
We have also had the occasion where one of the little's are in the car and fussing so a big kid will mock the little one. True mocking with the whole fake crying and smacking the car seat routine as well. This of course irritates the little one to no end. C'mon Really Guys?
Of course the big kids that are only three years apart and the little's that are eighteen months apart argue. This is pretty normal stuff; however, to see an eighteen year old and a nine month old fight over keys is pretty amusing.
So it doesn't really matter how many years there are between your children they will still fight and fuss with each other. Siblings are siblings regardless I guess.