Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Volcano Eruption

Bringing back some elementary school memories! This was always one of my favorite projects as a kids. I just knew the boys would LOVE it! 

Here's our homemade volcano made of dough. Super easy, took us maybe 25 minutes to create.


Salt (dash)
Oil (couple tbsps)
White Vinegar (food coloring if you desire red lava)
Baking Soda

You can mix the first 4 ingredients to the consistency that feels right for molding. I did make the mistake of making my first batch (lower part of the volcano) too moist, look how the base flattened out.

We molded around a bottle very easily, then let it dry for 4 or 5 hours, I painted a little brown acrylic paint on it for effect. The kids added some dinosaurs. I also added a couple drops of red food coloring to my bottle of vinegar... it's all about effect people :)

When it's time for some exploding action, I put a couple large tablespoons of baking powder in the bottle, then proceded to pour some vinegar in, just until I thought it would start to spew. It's a little bit trial and error.

Kellen caught in the act. This child will eat anything! Currently we are trying to brake him of his play-doh eating habit. It's awful, he just won't stop no matter what we do... so for now, Preston and Adrian can only play with their play-doh when Kellen is napping. 

The BIG explosion! OooEwww.... Aaahhhh!!
We had this thing explode about 10x. I kept dumping out the tray and doing it all over again. 

What I Wore Wednesday.

With a "Bump" :)

Linking up with "what I wore wednesday" at the Pleated Poppy.
I've done this once before, last summer, it's a fun blog activity to participate in and always very interesting to see everyone else is sporting these days. Even with the babe bump in tow, I felt sort of stylish this day. It's hard to feel a sense of style with that big bump in front :)

Tights: Macy's $9.99 sale
Boots: Khol's $29.99
Sweater: Khol's $14.99 sale
Skinny Belt: Super Target (sorta free.. it came on another skirt)


Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Love/Hate Relationship: 32 Weeks

I DO.... I have this love/hate relationship with being pregnant. I'd say about 80% of the time I actually enjoy it (or else I couldn't do this 4x!) and the other 20% of the time I'm ready for the ride to be over.

First 12 wks: half of it is usually spent sick and nauseous (in my case, 2 bouts of fun food poisoning).
Next 18 wks: easy, joyful, fun to break out those maternity clothes and feel and look pregnant.
30 wks and beyond: paranoid about going into labor early, raging hormones, bad hips, stretching pains and the maternity clothes are reminding me more and more of a dreaded uniform I'd rather NOT wear.

the B-U-M-P

I predict I'll go into labor shortly after New Year's, after week 37 I'm ready!

I don't know-- I think John looked pretty excited about my dollar store purchase?!? and even more excited that I was taking his picture! he thinks I'm weird.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A helpful hand or sharing is the end of me?

There are times when I watch my kids be kind, sweet and helpful to one another and I am over the moon with happiness. Lately, Adrian really loves showing his siblings better ways to do things, if he sees them struggle with something, he's right there to help them out. Preston wasn't holding his marker quite right, so Adrian was telling him and showing him how to "pinch" his marker. When I see the kids in this light, it makes me feel like we're doing something right. It balances everything out... 

Like the "flip side" of sharing and being helpful. Oh my my.... I have said easily 50x or more in the past month that "sharing might be the end of me!!"

How do you get siblings to share when they don't want to? Three of them that all want the same cup, toy, blanket, plate, chair, hat, shirt, spoon, scissors, marker... I don't care what it is... it could be a stick, a rock or a piece of dirt and they'd still all want it. I know it's totally normal and it's how they learn important skills as they grow up. But like everything in life, there are some days that are just better than others. And I'm convinced the reason why some days are better than others-- this happens so we don't start to take the good days for granted-- makes perfect sense. And when I see more of these pictures and acts of kindness and caring from my kids, it sure does make the few difficult days more bearable.

The best is when Adrian and Preston are arguing over who will get something and little Kellen busts out in the background of chaos and yells "Sharing Is Caring" :) Ah yes, we've beat that one into the floor and it's often a great reminder. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.

You can learn many things from children.  How much patience you have, for instance.  ~Franklin P. Jones

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.  ~ Lao Tzu

He that can have patience can have what he will.  ~ Benjamin Franklin 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankful for this guy!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! 
Spending it how you wish, with whom you wish and doing what you wish :) and being Thankful for it all.

At the risk of sounding overly gushing and probably embarrassing the guy below, I'd like to mention just how thankful I am for that guy! 

My top 10 list of why I love him so:
  • he's a great father
  • a wonderful provider
  • such a giver
  • my best friend
  • he's very laid back (even with 3 kids, shocking!)
  • the most honest person I've even met
  • lot's of fun
  • totally smart
  • very loyal
  • last and my favorite, he makes an Extraordinary Husband!

He deserves a BIG shot out and lot's of recognition for all that he does and all that he is! WE love you!

Dr. Adrian checks on the baby

 The boys are finding much joy in feeling their new sibling kick in my belly. Once the baby stops moving for a couple minutes, they declare the baby must be tired and have fallen asleep. 

I love that this is the first time our kids have really understood what's going on with the pregnancy, what it means, and are genuinely excited about having a baby in the house. It's made this experience much different from the last pregnancies. It's truly "a family affair" this time around. And I think this time I am guarantied to have 3 little helpers with this new bambino! Even if it's just fetching the wipes/diapers for me or just for entertaining purposes.

Dr. Adrian thought he might try to crack the baby out of my belly with light taps of his tiny shovel.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Adrian's Solo Performance

This past summer the boys did a trio performance of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Well, Adrian is performing on his own now, here's his solo performance...

And a group shot of our little boy band :)

John was trying to watch the Browns yesterday. The boys decided they were going to put on a concert. They were so cute I couldn't make them stop for the Browns (which we thought would lose anyway.. and for the record we still love them regardless :) So John had to put on his noise canceling headphones to finish watching the game. A wonderful purchase for anyone with loud little kids, they work great!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Rub-a-dub dub and squeezing in some "Priorities"

My three little handsome, so fresh and so clean, dudes in a tub :) 

And of course they managed to pull in every towel that was in reachable distance of them. They professed they were camping and needed sleeping bags. No biggy tho, they could have made more of a mess than that I suppose. 

My new moto I'm adopting for distasters/messes/chaos/life's craziness: 
"It could be worse"
(I think it just might get me through the next 18 years :)

Priorities... (make me laugh sometimes, if not I'd probably go loco)

these are it... right now these 3 little guys and the husband that's not pictured above. And taking my prenatal vitamins, those are all priorities. But my hair, my eyebrows, my skin, and my nails have not made the priority list for quite a long time. It's been so long it's almost to the point of embarrassing. Except for a quick pedi I managed to squeeze in last month while the grocery getters oil was getting changed. So currently, I feel like an uncomfortable pregnant women, skin stretched to the max, with dry skin, man nails, and bad brows, AND as of yesterday... really bad hips (yes, already and I'm only 30 weeks right now, that's scary and definitely not a good sign) I feel as if I'm falling apart here. 

It's time to admit that I am in need of some good old mama maintenance... stat!

(google images)

Have I mentioned it's a little dry in the mid-west?? I think I could exfoliate every other day and it still might not be enough to keep the flaking at bay. At least all my lotions are getting used up finally. Bonus! Ya know those same 5 random bottles of lotion in your bathroom under your sink that you've had for more than 3 years. Well, mine will soon be gone. 

And here's my new priority list:

1- File/trim/buff nails (paint too if time permits, wishful thinking)
2- Pluck and shape brows
3- Find a new face regiment (try moisture masks??)
4- Go get my hair trimmed and maybe colored
5- Schedule another pedicure before baby arrives

Just 5 simple steps that might make me feel a whole lot better :) 
Who am I kidding, first thing is first for my Sunday - NOT SO Fun Day. Go through my weeks (maybe 2?) worth of mail build up, pay some bills (blah!) cut my coupons and make my meal list and grocery list for the week. All while inserting my brow maintenance and nail love in there somewhere I swear! 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Our Thankful Tree

Thankful Tree Project

Since the kids are getting older this makes projects so much more fun (especially now that it's not just "me" doing all the work :) In celebration of Thanksgiving we working on a "Thankful Tree" this week. Some of their answers cracked me up!! Candy, Red... etc. (kids start out in life so naturally honest, I mean what kid wouldn't be thankful for candy?!?)

I was very proud of their answers.

Cutting leaves out of construction paper. 
It was a rewarding moment when Adrian and Preston got some big kuddos from the pre-school staff at conferences this week on their fine motor skills. All the cutting, writing and tracing at home is paying off. 

For the longer words, I dotted the entire word as an outline for them to trace.

He's so proud! 

We are thankful for so much!! 
Our family, our friends: old and new ones, keeping in touch with everyone since we've moved, our health, great opportunities, our beliefs, our children and the blessing of a new baby soon... Oh, the list could go on and on! 

We hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! XOXO

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Foothills Hike

We all took a walk up to the foothills about 15 minutes from our house last weekend. It was a nice little adventure for all of us. Adrian was a little bored and kept saying he wanted to climb a mountain. Maybe someday little dude!

The bones that everyone was staring at. 

Boys just love dirt! I'm pretty sure they're just hard-wired to gravitate towards it :)