End of Year Madness

The end of the school year was a complete blur. Between Punky’s 5th Grade Graduation, 1st & 3rd Grade Award Ceremonies, Field Days, Water Days, Showcases, Boo’s Birthday, Middle School Orientation, Teacher Gifts, Peer gifts, and oh yeah, work… I’m surprised I’m still standing.

And I LOVE it. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Active Parenting is a fatigue-inducing joy.

I love that I knew all the kids in Mouse’s classroom this year, and liked most of them. And that when I would enter the room, the kids would yell, “Yay, Mouse’s mom is here!” ::grin::

I am one of those moms that wants to hand make everything; gift cards aren’t my thing (not that there is anything wrong with them — I just like to torture myself with involved projects. :p )

This year, I went with the owl theme. Inspired by these adorable gift bags by Lisa Storms, I made them, along with painted popsicle stick bookmarks, royal icing cookies and sewn paper candy pouches.

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Ugh, somehow I managed to not photograph the candy pouches! They were owl shaped, embellished and hand sewn. Adorable. They were inspired by these.

Nuts. I am.

Well, Summer is here and I’ve got activities galore planned to avoid any boredom (I’ll post about that the next time I come up for air…)

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Faux Makeup

I stumbled across a pin last week that led me to a blog entry on the subject of faux kid makeup. A clever mom made her own with empty cosmetic containers and nail polish.

Genius!

Mouse is obsessed with makeup, and has been from day one. I’ve let her wear lipgloss/lip balm (mostly clear) and that’s about it (other than the occasional eyeshadow or powder around the house).

I’ve had a couple of eyeshadow cases that I’ve been meaning to toss, but now instead have recycled! I grabbed a few of our nail polishes (a metallic purple, an opaque glitter & a hot pink) and got to business!

While she’d much rather have the real deal, I believe she’ll have fun with these!

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Chore Pig

Wednesday evenings are a BIG night in our home: chore delegation.

::Enter Chore Pig::

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We do have *set* chores, but who performs what, may (or may not) change weekly.

Chore pig… He’s cute, he’s lovable, he makes chore picking fun. ::snort:: Well, as fun as it can be I suppose.

Chore pig was the brainchild of Punks—initially intended to be a piggy bank, but somehow, his job changed. Each week, he patiently sits atop the refrigerator waiting for “Tribal Council.” Each week, Punks, Boo & Mouse alternate picking to see what chores are their fate for the week. Each week, all three hope and pray they don’t pick “Kitchen.” Each week, whoever picks “Kitchen” and groans, Romeo and I remind them, “Chore Pig has spoken.”

::laugh::

Muggles. No. More.

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Growing up, I was a tomboy: I spent my afternoons and weekends up in trees, down in ditches and back in the woods of my neighborhood. Ahhh, such fond memories.

I don’t have cable. Television at our home is reserved almost exclusively for Super Family Fun Night {every other Friday evening we watch movies together via Netflix/Video Rental}. Video Games are kept at a minimum. Online Time consists of 99% educational websites and roughly 1% of our total time together. I have always promoted outdoor activities over indoor {inclement weather aside}. I want my kids to feel the grass between their toes and fresh air to fill their lungs more oft than not.

Being of this belief, I was ECSTATIC when I came across Geocaching (thank you, Splinterheads and Netflix).

If you have children (and even of you don’t) and you know not of which I speak, do yourself a world of good, adventure, fresh air, creativity, exercise, etc. and peep THIS LINK!

I cannot even begin to elaborate on the bonding nature of this activity, aside from everything else it brings to the table.

Finding something to do with your entire family…anywhere…anytime is easy with this!

{happy dance}

Now, the question I ask you:
Are you a Muggle? 😉

In a Nutshell

It’s 2012.
And for that, I’m revved for all this New Year has to offer.

2011 was bittersweet: parts were overwhelmingly rough, yet I married the man of my dreams (which, in reality, tipped the scale to favor “sweet” – regardless of how craptastic the rest of the year was).


Super Step-dad, et.al: Romeo rocks. You’d hardly believe that he hated kids just two short years ago! {snort} In all seriousness, you’d never guess that this man had zero interest in living with/dating (let alone marrying) someone with children. Parenthood was NOT part of his plan. But, it’s ridiculous how amazing of a “parent” he is. He loves them, and EVERYONE sees it. He teaches them, and they appreciate it. He also surprises me with things like…playing Barbies with Mouse. Dude…Heart. Melt. I love that Man. On a side note: today marks 5 months of marital bliss for us. {smile}

Chunky Monkey: Yeah, that’s me. White chocolate at that. I cannot recall the last time my skin was this pale. ugh. skeery. While happy as a pig in poo, I’ve also become a beer chugging, bubble sipping, excessive movie-watching, snuggling my husband, recluse. I barely see the sun. I rarely see my friends. Sure, I go to work, but it’s right back home afterward. {sigh} I love it, but my body is suffering the consequences. Romeo and I are on a plan of more activity once again. Walks, runs, family bike rides, camping, socializing and a healthier, more BALANCED diet.

Munkees Bizness: How in God’s green earth do our children grow so fast? I had to buy my eldest a bra this winter. Ack. And her panties? Not the little girlie ones anymore ~ though Victoria’s Secret is a *long* way off (in our home anyway). Justice has a wonderful selection in this arena: The perfect segue into the undergarment world… Boo is still a crazy boy: Busy with Cub Scouts, baseball, Legos and the Wii. typical. Mouse started horseback riding lessons this past week. We are hoping this curbs her desire to OWN one. I asked her instructor to focus on hoof cleaning, body brushing and shit shoveling. {wink} What I love most about her teacher? There’s no hand-holding… “Why aren’t you moving? Give her a kick, let’s go!”


Christmas Toys: A tangerine Mixer and programmable Crock Pot were my two favorite gifts this Holiday Season. Oh, and the half case of bubbles, but I digress. Santa was good to me. Many more meals at home are in our future, along with an increase in my baking proclivities.

Pinterest: Where do I even start? Perhaps a support group. I’ve always had a “Black Book” that I’ve kept over the years that holds magazine clippings, recipes, photos of things I like, love or want to create or own. Now, it’s all in one place: online. I’m addicted. I’m obsessed. So much cool stuff in one spot. LOVE!

That’s it for now. Happy New Year! Wishing you all the Best, the Brightest and a Donkey-Free existence. {wink} xo

The Merry Monkey

I admit it. I’m a nerd. A complete geek of epic proportion. I’m comfortable with that. I’d even go so far to say…I’m PROUD of this fact.

Enter Christmastime.

Every year, I break out the Advent Calendar and stock it full of goodies for the Munkees. This year, I wanted to introduce something to step-it-up a bit.

The whole Elf on the Shelf idea was enticing, but too mainstream for me. I wanted something similar, yet different.

Enter Brainstorm Session.

I’m a big fan of up-cycling. I knew there had to be something in the house I could transform. Off to the kids’ closets I went. Eureka! A stuffed monkey (one of 3) that was gifted to “me” upon the birth of Mouse. Dressed in a cutesy getup with a toy felt car sewn to its hand, I had been contemplating, and obviously with delay, passing them along to a new home. “Merry Monkey” flashes before me.

Enter Felt, Scrap Fabric, Jingly Bells & Sewing Kit.

90-ish minutes later, meet The Merry Monkey. Like Elf on the Shelf, only different.

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And then, Romeo and I hid him…

Always Gotta Be Complicated

I signed up to participate in the Bake Sale at the Munkees’ school during Conference Night.

I did not decide on what confectioner’s delight I would tackle until the night before.

Did I choose a quick, easy recipe and be done with it, considering, as per usual, I waited until the last minute?

Of course not. Royal Icing Cookies. That’s what I chose. Why? Because I’m nuts. And, I want to stay up past midnight prepping and mixing and then wake up at 5am to start baking…

Did they turn out at all like I had envisioned them?

Of course not. But, they’re a helluva lot cuter than “lazy cookies.”

Now, I need a nap.

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