We have been working on the essential arm coverage of the cough/sneeze. An annoying woman at church calls it the "Dracula Cover" but she's annoying so I don't call it that.
However, we have been working on it. Putting your arm up is not enough, you have to actually cover your mouth.
So when I told my child to practice blowing kisses into her elbow (to get a feel for the right arm placement, right?), she most certainly did not raise her arm up and end up blowing her nose into her elbow!!! My directions are always clear. My child would never think that I might ask her to blow her nose into her arm....onto her jacket!
Today is our fabulous friend's nineteenth birthday! Happy Birthday Kimi!
In a totally unfair post, I'm going to show pictures from a birthday party that Kimi would have absolutely wanted to be at but couldn't because (ah-hem) she chose a college on the other side of the country.
So mean, I know.
Two has a church friend that is currently attempting to make blue and green her new favorite colors. (Because of cool older cousins.)
Here are my supplies: *green shirt (from Target) *blue fabric *multi-colored fabric that contained blue/green AND pink/purple. Score! I used interfacing and made an applique of the birthday girls' initial. I appliqued the letter a onto a big square of the blue fabric. Then the letter/blue background combo gets reverse appliqued onto the shirt!
It took me 30 min (seriously) to get the applique behind the shirt "perfectly" lined up with my template on the front of the shirt. Notice the strategic placement to ditch the original apple design of the shirt. So then I sewed about a 1/2 inch around my template, making sure the blue fabric was spread out nicely behind the shirt. Very scary, this is totally blind sewing! Here's what it looks like when you've done all that:
And then you must very bravely cut just inside the line you just stitched, through the shirt layer only, and cross your fingers like crazy that you got everything lined up enough that it ends up coming out pretty even like this:
Then trim up the back fabric (this is pre-trim):
Make a cute matching hair-bow to complete the gift:
And proceed to HAVE FUN at the party! Happy Birthday Kimi! I know Two and Two's church friend would love to have partied with you!
At DaddyMan's summer work party (at the beach), I did not take my eye off of Three only to find him on the neighboring coworkers blanket. I mean, at the beach, I know to have my two eyes on my three children at all times!
When I saw Three, was most certainly not eating some of the neighboring coworkers food.
It most certainly was not a bag of Fritos....those aren't baby food!
Upon fishing out the fritos that were not in Three's mouth, I did not discover that they were reasonably mushed up. Six teeth could definitely not mush up fritos to a safe level....
So I certainly did not shove them back in his mouth for his enjoyment and let him finish eating them! Everyone knows chips are not baby food!
At a recent dinner to Taco Bell (because we have a high class palate!) I did not get a run-down of a fellow customers attire.
It was not something like this:
Two: Look, that boy has a ponytail!
And a necklace...... but not a bracelet.
And an earring.
One: "It's not an earring when it's in your lip."
This conversation was not very loud and I was not totally embarrassed!
Now that it is getting darker earlier Flashlight Friday has be reinstated!
Wahoo! Once they are ready for bed we turn off every light/tv/monitor play some flashlight games read bedtime stories by flashlight and let the kids read in bed... you guessed it, with their flashlights!
They love it and don't even realize we snuck in some extra literacy!
For One's party, we had a few contests to see who else could be "first" on Three's first birthday.
Here is the final round of the thumb war competition where One's cute friend RC.1 let Two win
A watermelon eatting contest:
Getting ready for cake time!
This is how Three plays Peekaboo! Great for a new hair-do!
We went to Red Robin after the party for a birthday dinner.
And when you are turning ONE and your mom is a bummer because she thinks you've already had more than enough dessert because of your birthday cake, your big brother and big sister get to eat your ice cream!
We did a "no gifts" party but my friend made this awesome card!
She's uses a brush lettering technique found in this book here. Love it!
Two's dance class starts back up tomorrow. It's a tap and ballet combo class. Ballet is first, then they change into their tap shoes for the rest of the class.
Here are Two's tap shoes, the generic tap shoes from Payless:
Notice a problem? Most 4 yr olds can't tie their shoes. It takes a long time for one teacher to tie 12 pairs of tap shoes. I want my moneys worth from the class.... I do not want to pay for 10 min of shoe tying every week!
So I bought this:
Looped it through the holes of Two's tap shoes to figure out the length I needed for it to fit on Two's foot and overlap just enough to stitch together:
See? Three little stitches:
Then I tied the original ribbon in a cute and even bow (yes, it took me a few tries) and tacked the bow onto the top layer only (very important!) of the elastic loop I just made.
Aren't they so cute?!? And yes, I will be bringing my elastic to class tomorrow to offer to do this for the other kids' shoes.....
just like I did last year! :o)
Hey, a $1 investment in exchange for "extra" class time? You just can't beat it!
In an attempt to be both frugal and green, I made my own laundry detergent! *gasp* We were using liquid store brand detergent which was running us about $15 a month. I haven't broken down my exact cost but from researching others, this homemade version will cost about $12 a YEAR!
Yes people, a Y-E-A-R!!!
Interested? Here are my ingredients: 1 bar Fels Naptha soap 1 cup Washing Soda 1 cup Baking Soda 1 cup Oxy Clean
First, I grated my bar soap on the teeny-hole side of my grater:
I left it to dry out (took a few hours) and then blended it to dust. I just used our magic bullet.
Combined all the ingredients:
That was it!!! 2 Tbs/load
So here's the important part....the first load....
I washed a sheet, DaddyMan's running gear, and some bath towels.
Pretty mega duty stuff, right?
It was awesome! DaddyMan is training for a marathon. He's not just running around the block, he's running 8-12 miles, so his running gear is gross! Now, in full discloser, I admit to not smelling the dirty laundry (sorry, not going to happen!). But the clean laundry was totally clean and fresh smelling and looking!
Here's what I learned from looking at other laundry detergent recipes: *If you can't find the Fels Naptha, others have used Ivory. *In my area, I could only find the Fels Naptha and Washing Soda at Fred Meyer (Kroger). It's on the same aisle with the laundry detergent. I think others have also been able to find them at Walmart. *Some recipes called for Borax, but considering one comment said it was optional and also "great at killing roaches" I left it out. *Since Borax is apparently a great cleaning agent, I opted to use the OxyClean instead.
Another resource w/ 10 detergent recipes including liquid detergents here.
I'm a mom of four who likes to craft. I craft for the joy it brings to me and for the joy of giving homemade. Feel free to copy my ideas but not my pictures, and never apologize for giving homemade!(ps. It's something I'm still working on!)