Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I was doing okay until I saw a friend of mine start to cry, then I started tearing up. The day seemed to drag on FOREVER and I must have looked at the clock 50 times. Poor Greg seemed lost without Graham and LuLu kept going to his room to look for him. Cute.
I was thrilled to see him come out of school this afternoon with a huge grin on his face.
"Mom, first grade is SO cool!"
Posted by Kristen at 8:50 PM
Friday, July 24, 2009
which I'll do with a little hesitation...
Because I hate my wedding dress.
Not kidding. At the time it seemed "fine" so I wore it. I had been engaged to another guy very briefly but had purchased my dress. It had been put away for a couple of years and then I met Dan. He proposed and we set a date - for ELEVEN weeks later. I planned my entire wedding in less than 3 months!!
My parents offered to buy me a new dress but I thought it would be no big deal to wear what I had and that way a lot of time and money would be saved. Dan didn't care either way. I did love parts of my dress - the back bustled up into a bouquet of roses that I thought was so pretty. But from the time I bought it to the time of wearing it, it just wasn't "me" anymore. But my veil... the top was heavily beaded and very sparklie, which I loved.
Thanks for stopping by! And sorry about the fonts - something funky is going on with my blog today and it won't show any fonts to change so somehow I'm getting a sampler of them!
Posted by Kristen at 10:52 AM
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
(What mom was really thinking - "Holy crap, this kid just sliced a hole in his Pottery Barn sheet set that I paid $50 for - shoot.")
Greg: I did it because I wanted a Speed Racer bedroom instead of trains.
Seriously. The reasoning of a 4.5 year old kills me.
Off to sew.
Posted by Kristen at 1:13 PM
Friday, July 17, 2009
The Motley Crew. As soon as they arrived I gave them all pirate names. Gunwalls o Greg, Blackheart Kate, etc. Then we dressed them in pirate gear, patches, earrings, hats, etc. The flag is a $2.00 sheet from Wal-Mart that I painted about 10 minutes before the party.
We sent the kids on a treasure hunt in our neighborhood. Dan dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow and led them on the adventure.
I wrote a set of clues like:
Scurvy Josh lives real close by
But not so close enough to fly
Ring the bell and ye be told
You're on yer way to Pirate's Gold!
You've done well Pirate lads and lasses
Now's the time to take yer chances
The treasure is oh so close
But your not ready yet to boast
Gunwalls o Greg has a turtle fair
And a treasure chest is waiting there!
The treaure be found! I doctored up the pinata with gems and sparklie pipe cleaner. I mean, who wants to find a boring plain paper chest? The pirates making "booty" while I cut the cake and ice cream. You can't see that well but the table had burlap, with a skull and "treasure" strewn over it. We had two huge nets hanging from the ceiling with starfish and shells in them.
Me and Captain Graham I made the cake - it's 4 sheet cakes put together. The sand is crushed cinnamon graham cracker
I did make Graham's and Greg's first birthday cakes...they both looked like this. Kind of sad, huh!?Greg did get the Spiderman party he hoped for this year - lots of spiders, fun games and (smart mom now) a smaller group of kids!Homemade pin the spider on the web. And we played "hot potato" with pretend Cryptonite. Cupcake cake and too cute boys. I love throwing them parties and I hope they let me do it for them for a long time!
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Posted by Kristen at 5:36 PM
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Anyone interested in ordering one let me know...they'll be about $5. They have about 290 recipes from some great neighborhood chefs!
Posted by Kristen at 4:42 PM
Kjersten and I took our boys to the copper mine or as my boys like to call it "The Old Mine." We come here once every summer and they still think it's the coolest place ever. (It IS pretty impressive, I mean, you can see it from space!)
Posted by Kristen at 10:52 AM
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I love it when I meet a bride and hit it off right away with her family. They were the sweetest people and had great taste. They really were a dream to work with which makes my job FUN!!
The bride's colors were cream, black and eggplant. So we went with cream Vendela roses, enchantment lillies, Schwartz mini calla lillies, green hypericum berries and cream bouvardia.
I really love doing flowers but it's tricky sometimes to do them (especially with all three little ones at home and out of school) and I told my mom, I think that this is the last one I'm going to do for awhile.
10 minutes later I was giving out my phone number to a girl and her mom who were looking at the reception site! I'm crazy I know. I can't help it - I LOVE weddings and I LOVE flowers, so I am lucky I get to do this!
Posted by Kristen at 10:08 PM
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Too bad it was on private property so no citations can be issued. So she failed in that attempt. She has managed to take up an hour of my time this morning to deal with this.
I knew I should've stopped for a Starbucks before leaving Target that day.
Posted by Kristen at 9:26 AM
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This is the chart. I kept it short and sweet. They earn points. Workbook pages - 1 point per page. Make your bed, you earn a point. Reading - 1 point for every 15 minutes. Do a service (like pick up Lauren's toys for her, make mom and dad's bed, etc. - earn a point!) At the end of every day I take the boys aside individually (since I don't want this to be competitive between them) and we talk about what they did that day to earn points.
Bad behavior = lose points. Mom and dad can offer extra points. Like when Graham wasn't too thrilled to follow the swim instructors directions, I told him on the next lesson, if he did everything she asked and happily, he would get 5 points. Worked like a charm.
He's 1/2 way to earning it and I haven't had to pay up on anything yet!
Did I mention I have the boys racing to make my bed every morning? Oh yeah....
Posted by Kristen at 11:02 PM