Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Craft of the Week
{ANOTHER Picture Frame}

This craft is great if you have little one or you can do it with your dogs too if you are a dog lover...

(This one was my husbands idea and I love it! Thanks Aaron)

What you need:

1. A wooden picture from (at Michael's for $1)
2. Paint
3. A paint brush

How to make it:

1. Paint your picture frame 2. Paint a hand (or paw) with a different color paint
3. CAREFULLY press the hand on the dried picture frame to make the hand prints

4. Put in a picture of whose hand print it is in the frame. I made sure to date the back of my frame so I can keep this as a reminder of how little my babies were. It melts my heart just looking at it!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

She Claps!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Craft of the Week
{Candy Jar}

What you need:
1. An old candle jar
2. A patch or piece of pretty fabric
3. Jewels
4. Hot glue gun
How to make it:
1. Hot glue the patch on the top of the jar
2. Hot glue the jewels around the patch3. Fill the jar with candy!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sick again!

My son Austin is always sick and I am at my wits end. It all begun when the poor kid was only 6 weeks old and had a condition called "pyloric stenosis" which he had to have a surgery for. Pyloric stenosis is a stomach condition where the muscle that lets the food pass for the stomach to the intestines hardens and stops letting the food pass... which equals food coming back out of the mouth in what I would like to call exorcist style (aka projectile vomiting). Being a first time parent with Austin I was really confused as to why every time I would feed my infant son a bottle he would throw up the entire thing. I was literally washing 3 loads of his laundry a day with all the blankets and clothes he was throwing up on. I thought I was burping him too hard (how stupid is that)! Finally after two entire days of him not holding a sing drop down we took him to the emergency room where they did the surgery and he has been fine and eats like a little porker ever since. But this isn't the end of his sicknesses. I think since that he has probably been on antibiotics at least 15 times. He has had the flu like 10 times, he was getting ear infections at least twice a month. So a few months ago we thought the answer to our problems was to get his tonsils and adenoids removed and tubes in his ears which was highly recommended by the doctor given Austins track record. He had the surgery BUT he is still ALWAYS SICK! He always has a cough and a snotty nose. I'm at my wits end here and am dying for advise. just last night he started throwing up for no reason, no fever or symptoms of sickness. Now today at school he is not acting like his normal crazy little self. I wouldn't be to concerned with this flu like bug that he has if he didn't have the same exact flu like bug a little over a month ago. Everyone says "the good thing is- If they are sick a lot when they are young it means they will have a strong immune system when they are older". I sure hope that is the case. But two surgeries later at the ripe young age of 3 I cant help but to feel like I am doing something wrong. If there is something that I can change to help him be healthy (aside from taking him out of daycare because unfortunately that's not an option for my family) I will do anything! I know this is a little dramatic but I just want Austin to enjoy his childhood to the fullest (not to mention it would alleviate some chaos from my life as well). So I am putting my positive intention into the end of this post to help bring Austin health! And please please please Savannah be healthy too because I don't think I can handle two sicklies!

Does anyone else have kids that are sick ALL THE TIME or am I alone here. It would be nice to hear your thoughts...

Here are some pictures of how HAPPY my bundle of joy is when I wake up from a nap! He is so pleasant when he is sick!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Craft of the Week
{Bedazzled Picture Frame!}

All you need for this one is...

1. A wooden picture frame ($1 at Michael's)
2. Acrylic Paint
3. Flowers or buttons or any decoration you want
4. Paint brush
5. Hot glue gun
6. jewels (if you want)
How to make it:
1. Paint the picture frame
(by the way I know this is silly adding text to the pictures because I think the pictures are pretty self explanatory but oh well)
3. Paint whatever design you want on the picture frame- I like polka dots.
4. Hot glue your decoration onto the frameSo... I changed my mind after I painted the polka dots and decided to glue on jewels instead (changing your mind is allowed so if you don't like your finished product then do it again! I guess that's what creativity is all about.)Here is my little man modeling the picture frame. This is his "oohhhh...ahhhhhhh doesn't it look so nice?" expression. And this is what Savannah was doing during craft time...trying to break the baby gate down so she could play with paint too.
And here is Austin making his craft of the week...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Craft of the Week!
{Candle Holder}

I love this little craft. It is very easy to do and took about 20 minutes to make.

What you'll need:
1. Round decorative stones, you can find them at any craft store for pretty cheap. Mine was $7 for a big bag (I have a lot left over after making this).

2. A glass candle votive holder or small glass cup. I used a small glass votive holder from one of my old candles.

3. ceramic or glass glue ($2 at a craft store)

How to Make it:

1. put the glass upside down and glue the stones on one layer at a time... its that simple! you might need to wait a few minutes in between each layer of stones so they don't slide around when the glue is wet. I did mine upside down so it would have an even edge at the top of the candle holder. I also left it overnight to dry completely before I flipped it right side up. you can use it as a candle can use it to hold keys and can use it for can use it as a pen holder...the possibilities are endless! (that was sarcastic)
(meet my little helper)