Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Plugging away at catching up with my digital Project Life project. This was a fun week to do, since it included L's birthday party. I decided to make the whole first page about the party, then squeeze the rest of our busy week into the second page. I'm ready to move on to other colors after two weeks worth of blue, blue, blue!
Project Life - The Templates
Cobalt Edition Full Collection
Banner Labels No. 1 by Katie Pertiet
Photo Journalers V.1
Life Sentiment Cards Vol. 3
Everyday Photos Brushes
3x4 Eclectic Mix Cards
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
When I saw these Funfetti cookies on the Tasty Kitchen blog, I knew that they would be perfect for Lachlan's last day of preschool celebration. They're basically sugar cookies. They were super easy to make, yet so festive looking. I left the almond extract out because we didn't have any, but next time I will definitely use it. These were very tasty (and the leftovers were well-received by Bill's coworkers).
I loved the look of these multicolored cookies when I pinned them. It also sounded like fun to let the kids knead the dough like play doh. So when L's buddy from down the street came over this morning, I decided to have the boys help me make these. Well, as you can imagine, there was alot of tasting going on, as well as some seriously sticky fingers. I added a little food coloring to the yellow batch, but the rest of the coloring is from the jello. I have to say that I don't love these. They were messier than the average cookie to make, and the jello flavor weirded me out (didn't stop me from eating a few, though!). But the colors are super fun and the kids like them, so I won't swear them off entirely. They would be fun to make for a party.
There was just enough jello powder left over from the cookies to make a stacked jello dessert for tonight. Kenley is a big fan. She thoroughly enjoyed it - as you can see by the jello all over her hands, face, and hair.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Kenley and I went shopping last week and came back with a trunk full of plants, dirt, and a few tools. I even got a new sun visor that's a little dorky looking, but very effective.
I have been learning about gardening in the past 5 summers we've lived in this house - mostly through trial and error, googling, and advice from a few knowledgeable friends and family members. One thing I'm trying this year is to keep the number of plants to a minimum, so that I can focus on taking care of a few things well. Here's what we planted: sunflowers, zinnias, poppies, strawberries, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, and pumpkins. I also planted a couple lavender plants and a border of marigolds, because I have read that their scent deters rabbits. I'm also going to sprinkle garlic powder and some of Sadie's dog hair around the perimeter to attempt to discourage those pesky bunnies.
I'd be happy for any gardening advice you'd like to offer! Thanks for reading!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Robyn M. and digital papers.
blue jello jigglers (Kenley was in love), blue candy corn, and I made a cake from a box with the requested Star Wars dudes on top. We also bought blue chips and salsa and "blue" grapes.
this glue, but there might be something out there that would work even better. Then I made the hugest batch of homemade play doh EVER and filled each one. We also bought little brown gift bags at Hobby Lobby and I made a tag for the front that said "Thanks for coming". Next up, a custom mix of blue m&m's from HyVee (serious splurge, ridiculously $$) and a homemade tag stapled to the top of the individual zip baggies. Last, but certainly not least, Star Wars Lego pins from A Flair for Buttons. We let the kids choose which animal jar and which pin they wanted before they left the party.
pool noodle light sabers (the ones I linked to are much fancier and cooler than mine - I just wrapped duct tape and black electrical tape around the bottom).
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Yesterday, Lachlan and I collaborated on a list of fun summer activity ideas. Linking up with Ali Edwards' blog (where you can find lots more ideas for summer activities) and partially inspired by this list I pinned. I'm looking forward to adding to our list (written on our chalkboard wall) and Lachlan can't wait to check them off!
Also, on an unrelated note - I just made this Pesto/spinach/goat cheese grilled cheese sandwich for lunch, and it was YUMMY (just bought a jar of pesto at HyVee, but I'm sure the homemade version would be delicious).
Friday, May 25, 2012
photo taken in the Peggy Guggenheim museum's sculpture garden in Venice, Italy
I'm planning to blog every day this week. It is an attempt to get my blogging "mojo" back and also to get a few events into the record books before I forget all the details. So, thanks for visiting and I hope this place will be a little more interesting (at least in the near future!).
Here's a photo of Lachlan from last August on his first day of school
and here he is this morning before attending his last day of preschool
(until the summer session and next fall)
You've grown taller, stronger, and smarter this year, and developed that silly smile that comes with being aware of what your peers think.
You have a strong will and hilarious insights on our daily life.
Your love for Star Wars has been enhanced by your friends and cousins who share the love.
You have an impressive memory, just like your dad.
You like to make plans and work on projects, just like me.
This school year gave you experience in navigating social situations, dealing with disappointments, and being part of a group outside of our family. Your teachers provided you with a rich play environment, a safe place to experiment with being independent, and wonderful art and music experiences. I think you had a great school year, and I'm thankful for the team of wonderful teachers that made it possible (special thanks to Tricia for helping him create this self-portrait - a treasure!)
self-portrait, age 4 - via Instagram (I'm kirstenw if you'd like to follow)