Saturday, March 30, 2013
We finally made it to Purina Farms today, after canceling our plans last Friday due to cold unseasonably cold temps and Autumn's nasty 3 day fever. We hit the jack pot, with a sunny day in the lower 60's!
I warned the kids in the car that I wanted to get just ONE photo of them together with big smiles on their faces. Aside from Nathan squinting because the sun was in his face, I lucked out on my wish.
They had some really cute Easter decor throughout the place
Autumn hugging an inflatable bunny that had an egg.
When we walked inside, the kids got to pick out one egg from a wagon. Inside was a small gift (rubber band bracelet, tiny eraser) and a few pieces of candy.
Of course, the candy did not last long... they ate it during the dog show.
We saw the Easter bunny when we stepped outside and Nathan let me snap a photo of him with the bunny. Autumn said NO, he's creepy! So... we took them both to the mall bunny later that evening.
Once we got to the barn outside, they were letting the kids milk a cow. I was surprised Nathan wanted to do this... but, he did!
We had to leave the barns (and come back later), because we did not want to miss the first dog show. Here is a photo of me and the kids while we waited for the show to start. Autumn is being silly and Nathan is a little nervous, because he wasn't sure if he would like the dogs! Of course, after the show he started asking me for a dog... I thought, ohhh here we go!
Autumn dancing to Gangham Style
We realllly enjoyed the dog show... I had taken the kids to Purina when Autumn was 1 and Nathan was 3.5 and they had the pool open for the show when we had gone. But, it was closed due to cold temps, so we missed that part of the show... oh well!
After the show, the kids wanted to chase each other... so, I let them unwind a bit after sitting so long before and during the show.
After the show, we went into the building with the cat mansion and little petting areas with dogs and yes, pigs.
The cat mansion is a 2 story house for their cats, but we only saw one cat in the whole house!
Here are some photos of the cat mansion, it is really neat... I took some photos of the top, bottom, the tiny little cat sized steps and even a time out chair. Too cute!
Puppet show (not a very good one, might I add). We watched it while we ate lunch.
Some photos I took of me and Nathan while Autumn was preoccupied with the puppet show. I love my camera! And, I LOVE my little boy! He is not so little anymore, though... I can't believe he will be 7 soon!
On our way out, the kids saw some fish and wanted to stop to look at them.
I love this big and white bow in Autumn's hair
Nathan stuck his finger in the water and one of the fish nibbled on it! Of course, by instinct he stuck his finger in his mouth to suck on it, because he said it hurt. All I could think was, ewww, fish cooties!!!
With all of the snow melting, I
I was a little worried it would be muddy out so I had the kids wear their cute boots from Old Navy.
The last thing we did was go on a wagon ride around Purina Farms. I asked someone to take a family photo of us and I think it turned out pretty good! The kids smile and look at the camera so much better for a stranger than for me!
Here is a fun little photo I took on the wagon ride of our feet.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
I have never done an iPhone photo dump before, but I thought it would be fun since today is my Friday (3 day weekend, yes!). If you don't follow me on Twitter or Instagram yet, you probably haven't seen any of these photos... so feel free to add me! Or, if you are friends with me I still included some photos that didn't make it to Twitter and Instragram, too! This is a photo I took of myself sitting at the longest light before work getting to work.
I snapped these after dropping the kids off at Sunday school. I found Nathan!
This was a photo I took to share with Autumn's teacher to let her know that Grandma and Autumn made another batch of playdough for her class. Grandma makes the best playdough and it didn't take long for the secret to get out!
Last weekend we took Nathan to ToysRUs to get some ideas for his upcoming birthday. Of course, he fell in love with the most expensive toy there. Ah, its nice to dream! ;)
Nathan is really into all of his iPad games and he asked Brian how he could organize them since he has so many. The boy learned about folders and there is even a Monsters folder, too funny!
I can't remember what this cart was called (Brian?), but they had it at the last Pack meeting and Nathan really, really wants Brian to help him build one now. This may be a good birthday gift in place of that ultra-expensive battery car. Hmm?
I must learn how to do this to my hair without the help of a stylist.
Me playing Grandma x 3. Autumn loves her babies right now.
If you know me, you know I love me some lush. This bath bomb was called Big Blue and it turned the water a beautiful sky blue color.
Everyone loves lace right now and I love my lace bracelet find at F21
I love gazpacho and refreshing summer soups. This cucumber soup at Balaban's was so delicious!
We went bowling a few weekends ago and everyone had a lot of fun. We really need to go bowling as a family more and we hopefully will since I signed us up for the free bowling summer program again. (Also, did you see Autumn beat her brother? Shhh! The boy is very competitive!)
The best ever heat protector that I have found... and Target carries it!
My new favorite shake - Shamrock
Autumn with my new Tory purse
Autumn helping me decorate for Easter
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Sometimes I wonder why I put up my Easter decor this year, with Easter being just so, so early. But, I always remember that my precious little kids love to see the house decorated for Easter and it makes the holiday seem more real. That makes it so worth it for me to drag it upstairs and back down in just a 3 week window. Here is a photo of the top shelf of my buffet rack, you'll see a frame that my previous boss made me. The double-sided frame has my name in a script font facing back to back on one side and the definition of my name of the other side. Isn't that cool? You'll also see my new burlap wrapped eggs on a stick poking out from the greenery at the top of the shelf (Hobby Lobby find). I also have a Smores Bunny angel that I got from a crafting site a few years ago and I have a ton of the kits leftover and I may have Autumn hand them out to her classmates as an extra little Easter gift.
Here is a silhouette frame of Nathan that he made for me at school and painted the back of the canvas in Spring colors. I love crafts from the kids that hold up over the years and I can pull out during different seasons. To the right of the canvas frame is a bird house that Nathan made at the art museum on their Sunday afternoon craft hour last year. (Yes, I keep everything!)
I have a PBK Halloween tree that is much more elaborate (the kids make homemade crafts for it every year), but this is our simple $1.00 Target Dollar Spot Easter tree. This was before their Dollar Spot had $2.00 and $3.00 items. I really could make it much nicer if I found a better pot for it. Its a pretty dainty tree, much smaller than our Halloween tree!
Here is a basket filled with burlap wrapped eggs and PBK ceramic eggs... I love collecting eggs in different colors, textures, etc.
PBK Glitter Candle on an Egg Base (or whatever it is called!)
Some more PBK egg candles (mini ones) in a Ceramic Easter basket with little whisps of Easter grass tucked inbetween them.
I love to decorate the basket to my tree in our Living room when I can... and, usually I stick my mop bunny on top of the basket, with some eggs on sticks around the bunny. Then, I set out some of the kids smaller Easter books at the base of the basket to encourage them to read. I like to add a little bit of Easter to our Living room in a simple way.
This is not the best picture of me, but we had been running errands with the kids for 5 hours at this point... see what I scored at Hobby Lobby? This adorable outdoor spiral carrot! I love! I didn't even get it outside this year, because of the SNOW. Boo. Easter is in April in 2014, so maybe next year? I wish I had bought a couple more of them... I should have listened to Brian, he told me to and I said no! Darn!
Now on to my favorite Easter pins. Things I wish I would have had time to do if Easter wasn't so early this year. I love this wheat grass centerpiece. I must do this by next Easter. I have tried to find some faux wheat grass at Hobby Lobby, or something similar with NO luck. Can anyone help me out? I did look for it online, but its bulk expensive as in $40.00! No thanks! I even thought about growing real grass... uh. I have a year to figure it out, right?!
I also love these Peep smores, they would be really good for one of our family movie nights. I love to make a special little sweet for movie nights.
My favorite Easter craft, a bunny face on a stick. So easy, so cute. This would be perfect for a craft for a school party.
Since I am really into to different kinds of eggs, I am really digging these chalkboard painted eggs. I could even let my kids paint them before I display them in a basket.
My favorite egg stuffer are these origami dollar bill bunny faces, Brian is in charge of making some of these for us to sneak in our kids egg hunt. (I don't do origami!)
Lastly, I love this Little Chicks surprise. This would be such an easy gift to make up for the kids in Autumn's class IF I had more time. They sell these mini chicks at Hobby Lobby in bulk for about $5.00 for 20 or so chicks (if I remember correctly).