Tuesday, February 21, 2012

366 Days of Fun! {February}

...;cause it's a leap year.

Day 20: Endless fun with balloons! I bought a bag of funky shaped balloons at the dollar store. I blew a few up and we drew and scribbled all over them. Since it was almost time for their bath (BTW Lincoln gets so excited for bath time!) I decided to continue the balloon fun in the tub. While they were playing with those balloons, I filled some other ones up with water and food coloring! Then we popped each of them! The kids definitely had fun with that.


Day 21: Tuesday is our usual library and Target day. That was more than enough for us. (Lincoln woke up with a bad cold on Saturday so he still hasn't been feeling 100%. I woke up with a sore throat and cough and I just pray that Ella doesn't get sick as well.) So once we got home from that, all three of us took a long nap. Then we tried to find things to pass the time; colored, played cars, read... Hmmm, what's for dinner? Oh, I'm in charge of that!? Well then, we're having pizza delivered!  So I had some pizza, Lincoln ate the olives, tomatoes, chicken and crust (I ordered half of it specifically for him), and Ella had some sweet potatoe puree! Then we all snuggled on the couch and watched a movie together.
Target wears him out!

I love my babies!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

It's the little things...

...that make me love him that much more

Is my husband sweet or what!?

Attention All S.A.H.M.s!

       Let's face it, being a Stay At Home Mom is not all glitz and glam. With all the drool, poop, and snot we deal with it's actually quite the opposite. So to keep me from pulling out my hair, I've been trying to find some activities to keep me and the kids busy and make our long days together a little more enjoyable.
        Getting out of the house definitely makes the day go by faster and the kids can let out some energy. For all those days that we do stay home, because of the weather or simply because it's a PJ's kind of day for me, I've been trying to find some fun at-home-activities for us. Click here, here and here to view some of my favorite go-to links with lots of ideas for a fun time with your little ones!
         Share your secrets with the rest of us SAHMs... What do you do to entertain your kids? What simple things do they enjoy? Do you have any favorite books or links on parenting you'd like to share?

I just wanted to share a couple more things that have made me feel a little more valuable as a full time mom, I hope some of you may also find these helpful.


This article, Guardians of the Hearth, was a huge reinforcement of the great importance I am as a mother.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Favorite Valentine, 6 Years in a Row!

Happy Love Day!
        I know there are some Valentine Grinches out there, but I love Valentine's Day! Chris and I are pretty simple and we don't need much to show our love for each other, but it still makes me so happy to get a little gift from him. I especially wasn't expecting anything from him since he's been so busy with work. Chocolates and roses may be cliche, but it definitely did it's job and put a smile on my face and it just started my day out great. Some may argue "I don't need a holiday to tell my spouse I love them..." Well neither do I, but lets face it, we all get caught up in our busy lives and it is nice to have a day to remind us to plan something extra special for one another and show our appreciation towards them. Put in a little more thought and effort into our usual, daily I love yous.
        Last night the kids and I made some heart shaped cookies, they were a little burnt, but good none the less! I snuck into Chris's truck last night and put a little goodie basket in there for him to see on his way to work with some love notes. Then this morning my friend Anna came over and we took the kids to the library for a special Valentine's story and singing time. All the kids got a heart stamped on their hand, Lincoln was super excited about that! Now my babies and I are here waiting for Chris to get home... Happy love day to everyone I love! ...you know who you are ;)

(Sorry for the blurry and slanted pictures, I've been blogging from my phone...)

Late night with my valentine
My happy little boy. That's the stamp he got on his hand! 
Our yummy, burnt cookies!
My cutie pies! They made it a great day!

I just love them!!
What I woke up to this morning!
His goodie basket and love notes I left in his car!
This quote is from the movie The Notebook. It couldn't be more fitting for how I feel right now, times haven't been the easiest, with him being gone so much. Anyway, I love this quote:

“So, it's not gonna be easy. It's gonna be really hard.
We're gonna have to work at this every day,
but I want to do that because I want you.
I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day.”
- Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook)

Monday, February 13, 2012

366 Days of Fun! {February}

...'cause it's a leap year.

Day 12: Bath art!
I've been trying to find ways to make bath time even more fun for the kids. I found these bath makers at my grocery store for about $5!

Day 13: Valentine's cookies!
We made some peanut butter cookies (one of Chris' favorites) and rolled it out on a cookie sheet to bake. Once they were done, we cut them into a bunch of hearts!

It was easier for Lincoln to cut them out once they were baked. Of course nothing is that simple with kids... There was a mess, a tantrum, and a hungry baby, which lead to burnt valentine cookies. But at least they were cute and we had fun making them!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

3 Months Down, 3 More to Go...

We're half way done with TBS!! Next month we will find out what Chris' MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) will be and where we will be sent for that and then where we'll be stationed. Of course with the military you never know where you'll end up, but we still put in a request on where we'd like to live. Our top three choices are: 1- back home in good 'ol California, 2- Okinawa, Japan, 3- Hawaii... we'll hopefully know in one month!

So about Chris' training... it's been an intense 3 months for him and it's progressively getting busier and harder. (He says it feels like he's been at TBS much longer than 3 months!) He usually gets up between 4 and 6 am and goes to the gym before work then gets home anywhere between 6 and 9 pm. Yes, that means I'm pretty much a single mom to a hyper toddler and needy baby. (I'll rant about that in a second...) Anyway, so on top of him working all day, he usually always has some studying and writing orders to do. He rarely has any free time, but when he does, he's great about making sure he spends quality time with me and the kids. It really is a balancing act! And having kids definitely makes things much harder. I'm so proud of Chris and how well he's been doing. He was one of the few who qualified expert in both riffle and pistol! Hoorah!
Here are some pictures that Chris and his friends took while there were out blowing things up!

...and here are some more pictures Chris took throughout TBS

Sunday, February 5, 2012

366 Days of Fun! {February}

...'cause it's a leap year.

Day 4: Date night with my wonderful husband. It was a very much needed date without our kids. (I didn't say this fun challenge was only for the kids). Thanks Kim and Jon for watching our little rascals!

like how i got a pic of the sushi but not my hubby..

Friday, February 3, 2012

Starting Solids!

My little Ellie belly is wanting to eat like the big kids. Every time she sees us eating, she's right there savoring the food with us. I started out by just letting her munch on cucumber or carrots or even pretzels...anything we were eating that she could such on. She was clearly ready for more! We started out on rice cereal but now we jumped right into eating real food! She willingly opens her mouth for a taste...and then she spits it out and turns her head for the next spoon fulls. I guess she's not that much into food yet, but we'll get there.

366 Days of Fun! {February}

...'cause it's a leap year!

Day 3: Willowmere park!

After all the rain yesterday, we had a beautiful sunny day today and we decided to try out a new park. There's no slowing this kid down... The bigger and more challenging, the better! ...but I was about to have a heart attack watching him run through the obstacles over my head. He would run right up to the edge as if he was just going to dive off! I had to climb up there with Ella to finally get him down so we could go home.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

366 Days of Fun! {February}

...'cause it's a leap year!

Day 2: Chick-fil-A play area with some friends!

We met up with a couple other military wives and their children for some food and fun. It was a cold and rainy day, but that didn't stop us from having fun!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

366 Days of Fun! {February}

...'cause it's a leap year!

Day 1: We made pink Valentine's salt dough!

This was such an fun and easy activity! We made our own play dough and I found these really cute valentine cookie cutters at target for $2!

Here is how we made our play dough:
- in a large bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of salt
- mix in a few drops of food coloring into about 1 cup of water
- slowly pour in the colored water in with your flour and salt mixture until it is the right consistency
(as you can see from the picture, it took us 3 tries to finally get it right, so I'm writing these instructions from experience!) 

Try it out with your little ones. It did get messy, but I loved seeing the curiosity and excitement of their face. You can even set them out to harden and make cute little ornaments or even use it as a hand print mold! ...painting them can be another activity!

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