Dear gigantic thunderstorm, you were INSANE! The wind was blowing so hard I seriously didn’t know if we could make it to the car. Dear Jerm, you probably should have known that asking the girls what they wanted for their next house was going to produce some interesting answers. I love that Susannah stayed practical and asked for a bathroom while Madeline went big and asked for a castle with a pool and a hot tub. Dear Susannah, you’re the jumpiest kid ever. Luckily, you have great reflexes too, so when you were running full speed and almost stepped on a dead fish you were able to leap ten feet in the air and avoid it. Screaming all the way, of course. You’re such an awesome kid. Dear Madeline, when I asked when you’d gotten so big I wasn’t expecting for you to answer. But now I know that it was on January 5th. Nice one.
Time for the next edition of My Current Love List.
IKEA’s Raskog cart – I’d wanted one of these bad boys for months, so when IKEA dropped the price from $50 to $30 I was all over that. It’s the perfect solution for all those craft supplies I drag out almost every day and then have to put away. Now I just keep my handy dandy cart within easy reach and it saves me a lot of time. I love it.
Glad with Gain trashbags – I’m usually pretty okay with buying store brand items, but I learned a long time ago not to do that with trash bags. I’ve stayed loyal to Glad for a long time, because I’ve never had a problem with the drawstrings or bags themselves tearing, but they’ve managed to reel me in even further with their new Gain-scented bags. Since Gain is another product I’m willing to splurge on, I’m pretty much in love with these bags, especially since our trashcan is located in my little crafting nook(there’s literally nowhere else to put it). Now I can sit back there and smell one of my favorite scents of all time – coming from my trash can. Hahaha! They also came in very handy during my spring cleaning, especially when I decided that my girls had waaaay too many clothes and pared their closet down by about two-thirds. Thank you, Glad, for making a bag that won’t rip, even when weighed down by 30 lbs of clothing I never want to see my kids in again.
**I was sent product to try in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own. These definitely would have made my list anyway. Pretty much anything that has Gain stamped on it makes it’s way to my house eventually.**
Tone Fruit Peel bodywash – I’ve been looking for a good bodywash for a long time. I’m super picky about scents and most of the time I find scents so overpowering that they almost make me feel sick when I use them. The Fruit Peel scent from Tone is perfection, a little spicy, a little tangy, and if they ever stop making it I will cry.
Artist’s Loft Watercolor set from Michaels – These are not high end watercolors ($5 regular price; even less with a coupon), but I adore them. I have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to watercolors, but I’m having so much fun making giant messes and coloring all the things.
Also on the list, but not pictured:
- The newest season of 24. Hello, Jack Bauer, I have missed you and your craziness.
- Fizzy frozen fruit slushes that are so good I’ve been making them almost every day. I’ll have to post the recipe soon; they’re perfect for the warmer temps we’ve been having and super easy to whip up.
- The extended hours of sunlight that spring brings. I’m never happy that summer is on it’s way, but if it would just stop raining I would really enjoy this season. It’s been SO WET this year!
Now it’s your turn. What have you been loving this time of year? Any must-have products that you want to share about?
Man, what is the deal with this year? It’s already 1/3 over, peeps. Craziness.
We always have our Easter egg hunt at the grandparents house on Saturday, and we’re lucky we did this year, because it rained and poured like crazy on Easter Sunday.
And yes, it’s back to the bluebonnets. They just started showing up this week and may be even prettier next week, but with all the rain in the forecast I decided to grab some photos when I had the chance.
We’ve worked on a few school projects that I need to photograph before I can share, but the biggest news of this week is that this kid woke up one day with not one, not two, or even three, but FOUR loose teeth. Within a few hours she’d popped this baby out (okay, she had me do it, but she did most of the work first). She’s been waiting for this day, yall.
We’ve been studying the Black Death in history and I’ve GOT to show you all the incredibly creepy masks that are patterned after those that people wore back then to supposedly ward off the germs. Next week I’ll be sure to take a photo of the girls wearing them, because I shouldn’t be the only one to have nightmares after seeing them. (They aren’t really that bad, just weird.)
How was your Easter?
Is anyone else having an unusually rainy spring?
Despite my best efforts I wasn’t able to change Madeline’s mind about having a Frozen party. I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty much dreading the sequel. But my Frozen rant is for another day; here’s the few photos I managed to get from her party. It’s always, ALWAYS gloomy and rainy the day of Mad’s party, so the pictures aren’t great, but the kids had fun anyway.
My first choice for decor wouldn’t have been a poster, but Mad has been dyyyyying for one so I decided to use it at the party and then let her hang it in her room after.
The little Elsa queen, herself, with a very Texan no-shoes concession. I even did Elsas coronation haristyle, and anyone who knows me probably realizes how huge that is for me. I’m really hair-challenged, but I though her style was adorable.
Poor, neglected blog. I know I’ve said this before, but I really am trying to push myself into a schedule that will allow time for more of the things I enjoy doing. You know, like blogging.
February is long gone, and March is flying by, so here’s a quick update on how I did on my goals last month.
Let’s start with the successes, shall we?
I’m killing it on the reading front, although I haven’t read anything too spectacular lately. By far my favorite reads were the concluding books in the Sarah, Plain and Tall series. I’d never read them before and the girls and I both enjoyed them immensely. I was completely undone by the final book, Grandfather’s Dance, and was crying so hard during the last chapter that I really thought I would have to let Susannah take over for me. I think I freaked the girls out a little, too. They’ll understand someday. Right?
I sewed Madeline an Easter dress, so I met my sewing goal, although with March almost over I better GET IT or I’m doomed this month. No photo yet, but I’ll be sure to snap one on Easter Sunday when she wears it. I’ve kept up pretty well with my faith journal, but the Documented Life Project pretty much fell by the wayside in February. I was gone for several weekends, and just haven’t been able to catch up. Honestly, I’m a little lost by a lot of the weekly prompts, so I’m going to try branch off on my own using my Pinterest boards and Instagram for inspiration.
I sent at least one letter in February but have completely failed on keeping in better touch through phone. I really want to communicate more often with my siblings and mom, but the time difference really hinders me a lot of times. I’m working on a solution but so far it just hasn’t happened.
The color run I signed us up for was unexpectedly moved to just a few weeks away so we’re taking the girls out for evening jogs to try to prepare ourselves a little. Nice of them to not only change location but to move it up FIVE MONTHS with just a few weeks notice. Way to let us train, peoples.
….And now for the fails.
I haven’t touched Project Life at all this year, and with 2015 being almost 1/4 over, I’m not seeing a lot of hope for this one. Maybe. Likewise with the girls art journals. It’s been so crazy around here that we’re lucky to get the serious stuff done, but I’m hoping to carve out a normal time for art soon.
Sadly, our Scripture memorization has been limited to Sunday school verses, but I do hope to start tackling more with the girls soon. How do people fit everything into a day?!
So I’m mostly on track, with a few fails to try to fix. How are your goals coming along this year? Read any fab books lately? Am I the only one who feels like Easter is really early this year?
So here’s something that never happens: an entire week of snow in Dallas. It pretty much melted every day, but it was fun while it lasted.
As you can see, we aren’t exactly prepared in the winter clothing department. My (extremely old) mittens were the only pair in the house and the girls were fighting over them so I made them each wear one mitten and one sock. Horrible mom, I know. I’m sure they’ll be scarred for life. (They already told me they are.)
We made a mini Norman castle out of Fruity Pebbles. It was big hit, especially when it was time to eat it.
Oh yeah, and then there was the day that I tried to make the cake with the heart inside (like this one).
Stupid bundt pan. I threw it out.
So what was your week like?
A few months ago I received a review copy of the book In This House We Will Giggle by Courney Defeo from Blogging for Books. I was excited because I’d heard good things about it, and I’m always on the lookout for good parenting books. The book focuses on encouraging love and laughter in our homes and children’s lives by letting go of some of the rigidity and rules that are often imposed by parents.
I really wanted to like this book. Parts of it I really did like, but a lot of it seemed to be recycled material from every other faith-based parenting book out there. I also didn’t really see how the chapters all tied into the idea of encouraging the lighthearted home atmosphere that was the primary focus of the book.
- I really, REALLY enjoyed the introduction. It made me have pretty high hopes for the book.
- The 12 chapters each focus on a virtue to encourage in your child’s life and were full of good thoughts and advice.
- I loved the practical applications listed at the end of each chapter. The activities look fun and worthwhile and I’m sure I’ll end up using some of them.
- Scattered throughout the book are 60 fun little things to do with your kids to encourage giggles. I really loved this element.
- If this book had just been about encouraging virtues in your child it would have been excellent, but again, I didn’t really see how the theme of the book tied into the chapters very well.
- I felt like the author used laughter as a diversion tactic sometimes instead of correcting bad behavior.
- After that awesome introduction the rest of the book was a bit of a letdown.
This book didn’t end up being what I expected, but I do plan to keep it and incorporate some of the ideas into our family. I love the idea of focusing on a virtue every month and having practical ways to encourage that. I also really like some of the activities listed throughout the book and know that being playful with my kids is not one of my strong points, so I’ll be working on that, too. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, practical book that teaches children about Biblical virtues.
**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. As always, my opinions are my own.**