Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday K-baby

It's hard to believe that my little baby is already 3 years old. Time flies by! Just yesterday I was holding her in my arms at the hospital. She is such a joy and brings a smile to our faces each day with all her ornery antics.



 Being dedicated at church.



















Monday, December 5, 2011

My little ray of sunshine is 5 today!

 My beautiful, joyous third child is turning 5 today. I'm having a hard time believing that!

She always has a smile on her face and skip in her step. She loves being a little and a big sister. We love her to pieces and can't imagine our lives without her. She is constantly talking about kindergarten. (next year already, I know!) She is my fashionista and always has on something sparkly, pink or dressy. And she LOVES Jesus!

I know that a picture says a 1,000 words, but I can never narrow it down to just a few. These are some of my favorite pictures from this year.
















We are spending her special day doing "K-sis school", baking cupcakes, opening presents and having a bowling party!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

First Snow!

Last year we had 12 inches of snow on Thanksgiving Day. It has been very hard for the kids to wait until December 1st for our first snow to arrive. When they woke up on Tuesday and looked out the window they were pretty excited. It only snowed about 1/2 an inch, but they insisted that the driveway needed scooped.  

 K-baby

 K-girl

 K-man

 almost done


We had to have a little fun too. K-sis provided the first snow angel of the year.

I'm very thankful for all my hard workers!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Enjoying The Real Reason For The Season

Once every three years our church puts on a reenactment of the nativity story. This year was the first year for us to attend this event. We were blessed enough to be one of the families that served as the Inn Keeper's family. The kids had a blast serving all the visitors to our inn and I can't wait to see their eyes as they get to live out the nativity story on Saturday when we walk through.

 Our Bethlehem family


 The Inn Keeper's Children

Visiting the well to get some free water. All the shops of the marketplace are in the background. The kids are so excited to get their sheckels (lima beans) to buy things at the shops.

The kids had a fabulous time. When the visitors came to our inn they would get to serve them lamb, nuts, dried fruit, water and goat's milk. I don't think I've ever had lamb before, but we all thought it was wonderful. Shawn had a few lines that he had to memorize and he did a great job too! K-baby and K-sis helped for the first hour and then our wonderful neighbor came to pick them up. K-girl and K-man stayed and helped for the entire three hour shift. We all got tired by the end, but the kids did great and didn't complain at all.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Decorating Using Silhouettes

I am NOT an interior decorator. I've never been good at buying things to put on the walls or shelves. My style is pretty much just using what I already have on hand and hanging pictures to cover holes that are already on the wall.

When we moved into our new house the previous owner had painted all the rooms and I loved most of them. I love this two tone blue that she used in the bathroom, it wasn't white or tan so it was better than what I would have chosen. Above our toilet in the kids' bathroom were two huge holes that they must have used to hang a shelf. So what did I do??
I hung a quilt I already had on the holes that were already there. I didn't even need Shawn to put new holes in the wall. :)


Two years later, I finally decided to do something different to make this area look a little better. After buying this brown shelf at Good Will for $2 and seeing a silhouette idea on Pinterest I knew what I wanted to do.




I really wanted to do a silhouette of each of the k-kids. I started by trying to trace their heads using a dark room and a light shining their shadow on the wall. This produced three huge head tracings and one child that was crying. I didn't really want the silhouettes to be so big so I went back on-line to get other ideas on how to do it. One page suggested taking pictures of the kids' profile. I took their pictures, printed them out on draft and then cut them out. I used the cutout to trace their profile on card stock that I had chosen from my stash. This worked MUCH better.

K-girl's profile picture.

I ended up using a can of white spray paint that I had on hand to paint some old wooden frames and the shelf. I need to buy/find some cute decor items to add to the shelf, but for right now we using a vase of shells from Nana Yvette and a candle from Aunt Theresa.
I thought the end result was great! I really wanted to do the pictures two above and two below, but I needed to cover the old holes and this was the layout that worked the best. Shawn was a wonderful husband and hung all the stuff while I gave the girls their baths.

Not bad for a $2 project!