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Elmo Birthday Party! July 15, 2014

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Elmo Birthday Collage


Last month we celebrated Bennett’s 2nd Birthday with an Elmo celebration.  I’m going to share with you some of the fun Elmo creations I made for the party.  Bennett seemed to adore it.


DIY Baby Wipes July 16, 2012

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Due to the arrival of our sweet little boy, my crafting time has had to take a little break.  So instead of a fun little craft post by me, you are getting a practical DIY project — baby wipes — very fitting don’t ya think?  When I had my first son, my book club friends shared this recipe for homemade baby wipes.  I just love them and have been making them for the last 4 years.  I’m actually on my second container since I wore out the first one.

Start with a roll of paper towels.  I like the Bounty Basics towels the best.  My husband used to cut them with his saw, but now I just use a knife to cut through the paper towel roll.  Works fine and I don’t have to wait for the hubby to cut them when I need them.

There’s not much to these wipes — so easy and cheap!

Homemade Baby Wipes

2 cups water

3 Tbsp baby oil

3 Tbsp body wash

1/2 a roll of paper towels

Mix the baby oil, water and body wash in a sealed container.  Place the paper towel roll inside as well.  Seal the container and turn it upside down.  Let it sit and soak up the liquid for about 5 minutes.

Pull the cardboard tube out from the paper towel roll at the end of the 5 minutes.

To use the wipes, pull the first towel piece from the center and tear at the perforation.  As long as you keep them in a sealed container they stay moist for a long time.  With a new baby they just don’t last all that long anyway 😉  These also work great to clean up kids after messy craft projects or sticky treats!

Who couldn’t love that face?  Here’s Bennett’s one-month picture.  He will be 6 weeks old tomorrow.  My how fast the time goes.   Hope you enjoy the wipes as much as I do!


When “It’s a GIRL!” turns out to be “It’s a BOY!” June 29, 2012

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It’s a GIRL, no It’s a BOY!!!

June 5, 2012 has become a very special day in our family.  It also includes quite a story to tell!  Many people have asked me what I was thinking the moment after our new baby was born and the nurse told me the little girl we had been waiting for was actually a little boy.  Let me try to put into words my thoughts that special day.

Back in January we had our 20-week ultrasound.  If you’ll remember we didn’t find out the gender of our baby that day, but had the tech write it on a card.  We took the card to the bakery to have a reveal cake made.  We had some friends and family over for a gender reveal party.  Here is a picture from the grand moment!

We were all so excited it was a girl and couldn’t believe it.  Everyone, except our son, Will, who just knew it was going to be a sister and was so excited.  He was going to have a sister and her name would be Lilly.  When people would ask Will if he was having a baby brother or sister he would almost always say, “I’m having a sister because the cake was pink.”

Even though you hear stories of people who were told they were having a boy/girl and end up with the opposite sex, I really didn’t think it would happen to me.  Due to my “advanced maternal age” I had a high-definition ultrasound which I thought would give someone a fairly clear picture — right?

We quickly collected lots of cute girlie outfits (mostly dresses, of course) and I went nuts making frilly things for the baby girl — all pink nursery.  We are talking hours and hours of time spent on some of the projects.  I also like to be prepared so I took tags off of all the small-sized clothes and washed them up.  Weeks before our baby arrived I posted on Facebook that I was going to be in so much trouble if our baby came out a boy (was this mother’s intuition?).  I wish that intuition would have kicked in a lot sooner.

Here is a quick picture of the girl nursery.

 So, as you can see we were ALL READY to bring home our brand new little girl.

Fast forward to June 5th now.  We headed to the hospital at 2 am to officially start the labor/delivery process.  We had fabulous nurses, but really enjoyed our nurse, Jen, who was with us the bulk of the day.  We told her all about how we knew we were having a girl and had everything ready to go.  Once again I qualified that with how much trouble we’d be in if the baby came out a boy.  At 3:30 pm the moment we had been waiting for had finally arrived.  We started the delivery process around 3:45 pm and at 4:23 pm our sweet baby entered the world!  Our doctor was busy caring for the baby.  Someone in the room asked what the baby was.  Our awesome nurse didn’t miss a beat and said, “It’s a girl!”.  I felt a brief moment of relief and then another nurse in the room (closer to the action) said, “No, it’s a BOY!” Then they held him up for me to see and sure enough “It’s a BOY!”

I think the first thought I had (other than thank goodness that he’s finally here) was, “Oh no, all that work and time I spent on the nursery that I just loved will have to be redone!”  I can honestly say I wasn’t upset or emotional that I wouldn’t have a daughter, but two sons.  Soon after the shocking announcement they handed me our new little boy and I was instantly in love.  He was so sweet.  We were so grateful we had a healthy baby!

The funny part was that everyone we called or texted to share the news didn’t believe us.  They all thought we were joking.  Almost everyone had to be told more than once that yes, indeed it is a boy.  At one point I told my husband that he would have to text a picture of the baby’s boy parts just to prove we were not kidding.  Our little guys was quite the talk of the hospital.  When my parents told Will his baby was here, but it was a little brother instead of a sister he cried.  Once he started to process the information (in his 4 yr old brain), he finally came to the conclusion that the bakery had sent us the wrong cake for our reveal party.  We thought that was great reasoning.  He just loves his brother!

So, the next day my mother-in-law went to our house and repainting the nursery blue and removed all the pink decorations.  It was so nice.  I was glad I had taken pictures a few days before the baby came.  Stay tuned and I’ll post before and after pictures of the nursery once we get all the finishing touches made.  My mom ran to the store and was able to find the same going home outfit I had bought only in the “little brother” print.  So, to explain the first picture in this post…. I just had to take a picture of him wearing the “Little Sister” outfit.  He cried and cried in that outfit and calmed down once I put the “Little Brother” outfit on.  Once I got home my mom helped me pack up all the girl clothes and replace them with little boy clothes.  There were a few items we were able to return or exchange.

So, all in all I just love being a mom of boys!  There is a part of me that is a little sad that I won’t get to have that mother-daughter relationship that is so special.  I’m a little sad I won’t get to shop for cute dresses and hair bows, but that also means I won’t have to shop for prom dresses and wedding dresses in the future.  We are very blessed to have our sweet baby boy, Bennett James, and wouldn’t trade him for anything!


Pic-bit! April 6, 2012

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{this moment}

Joining Soule Mama in {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week (or in this case last week). A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.



St. Patrick’s Day Treats March 15, 2012

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These dipped Oreos with a little St. Patty’s Day feeling were super fast and easy to make. 



There are only 3 ingredients required:  Mint Oreos, White Almond Bark and Green Sprinkles.



We melted the almond bark in a mini crock pot so that it would stay warm and not harden in the middle of dipping.



Dip half of the Oreo cookie in the almond bark and place it on a piece of waxed paper.  Immediately sprinkle the part of the cookie dipped in almond bark with green sprinkles.  That’s it!  EASY, EASY!






These shamrock pretzels were very easy as well!



Again, all you need is 3 ingredients:  Mini Pretzels, Hershey Kisses and Mint M&Ms.



Heat your oven to 200 degrees.  Place the pretzels on a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper.  Place one Hershey’s Kiss on the top of each pretzel.  Put them in the oven until they are melted through. 


Immediately, place 3 mint M&Ms like the picture above (pushing the chocolate down).  I needed to put these in the refrigerator to help them set up quickly.

 Yummy, O’Yummy!


Pic-bit! February 10, 2012

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{this moment}

Joining Soule Mama in {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.




Growing Up so FAST January 16, 2012

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Every Martian Luther King Jr. Day since these Three Musketeers were born, we have gotten together for a playdate.  Today was our 4th annual meeting.  Will met his buddies, Kjersten and Zoe, at Sanford’s New Baby and Me class shortly after they were all born in March 2008.  We continued to meet Thursday afternoons through that first summer.  It has been fun to watch all these first-born kids grow, and nice for their moms to have each other to learn from, too!  As you can see Will has always seemed to be a baby giant next to these two sweet girls – ha! 


I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane today.

Everyone now on the move about 10 months old at our First Annual Playdate in 2009!


Nearly entering the twos I think they all wondered why their moms made them squish together in this chair.  They had a ball this year playing with snow inside on the rug — 2010!


Now almost 3 they were busy, busy playing and learning to share – 2011!


And today’s playdate — 2012!  It was so fun to watch them play games together and work to build this Lego creation with the train on top (for Will of course).  We sadly missed Zoe this year, but maybe we can reschedule another day so she and her mom can join us. 


Time sure flies by so quickly.  It seems like yesterday we were holding them close at baby class and now they are gaining more and more independence.  It is fun to have special friends (for the kids and the mommies)! 



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