Saturday, February 28, 2009

Name Plate

This is the latest project I have worked on. I made a name plate for Tyler's room and he loves it. I used particle board cut into a 9 x 9. (got it from home depot, really cheap) I sanded the edges and painted them white. I bought the letters from Michael's and they were already painted white. I cut my scrapbook paper to a 9 x 9 to fit my board, glued it on with modge podge, put a layer on top and used a credit card to smooth out the bubbles. I let it dry, glued on the letters with wood glue and VOILA you have Tyler's name.
It was really easy too.
I have a happy boy! (This helps him recognize his name too)
I plan on doing Katie's name when she moves into her own room.

Friday, February 27, 2009

1st Snow

This is our 1st snowfall. Tyler was so very excited to go out and play in it. We bought him snow boots and he couldn't wait to try them out. When it started to snow I thought this would be a perfect opportunity for him to see what it is like when it snows.....he didin't last 5 minutes. The snow was getting in his face and he did not like that. I think it took longer to bundle him up then he was outside. Everyone keeps telling me this has been a mild winter, I hope it continues to be a mild winter and the snow doesn't stay.

Doesn't he look cold!
(click on the pictures so you can see his cute face)

Polar Bear Day

Did you know today February 27th is POLAR BEAR DAY? Here is some information on POLAR BEARS. Find a book about POLAR BEARS to read to your little one and color a picture of a polar bear, make a POLAR BEAR foot print.

Polar Bears are large, meat-eating bears who are well-adapted for life in their frozen Arctic environment. They are powerful swimmers who hunt seals in the water. Polar bears can run in bursts up to 25 mph (40 kph).

Anatomy: Polar Bears are up to 10 feet (3 m) long and weigh about 1,700 pounds (770 kg); males are bigger than females. Polar bears have a small head, powerful jaws, and a black nose and tongue. They have a strong sense of smell. They have 42 teeth; the tail is small and flat. They have wide front paws with slightly webbed toes that help them swim. These bears paddle with their front feet and steer with the hind feet.

Fur and Skin: Polar Bears have two types of fur. They have thick, woolly fur close to the skin that keeps them warm. They also have hollow guard hairs that stick up and protect the bears from getting wet. These guard hairs are like drinking straws and are clear-colored (not white). The white-looking coat camouflages them well in the snow and ice. Under the fur, Polar Bears have black skin. They also have a thick layer of fat (up to 4 inches thick) under the skin that helps keep them warm.

Habitat and Range: Polar Bears live in icy Arctic areas of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. They spend much of their time swimming in frigid seas.

Diet: Polar Bears are carnivores (meat-eaters) who frequently hunt and catch their prey in the water, often many miles from land. They are fierce predators who eat mostly seals (and some walruses and other marine mammals). A polar bear's stomach can hold up to 150 pounds. Polar bears don't drink water.

Reproduction: When pregnant, females (called sows) build snow dens in which they spend the winter; they usually give birth to twin cubs. Male polar bears (called boars) are active all year.

Classification: Kingdom Animalia (animals), Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia (mammals), Order Carnivora, Family Ursidae (bears), Genus Ursus, species U. maritimus (meaning "sea bear").

here is a link for a coloring page of a polar bear.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


So today we ventured out to the library for story time. Luckily for us the library is very close. This was a first for me to go to story time and I really enjoyed it! I think Tyler did too so we will make this a weekly event. Sometimes they do crafts after story time so I thought I would post the stories they read and the craft they did so if you wanted to have a great experience with your little ones you already have an idea.

The three books are listed below with a picture of the craft they did. Hope this gives you ideas and encourages your little ones to want to read more.

Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee: Book Cover
Clip Clop
by Nicola Smee

Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires: Book Cover
The Gingerbread Cowboy
by Janet Squires

Giddy-Up! Let's Ride! by Flora McDonnell: Book Cover
Giddy up Let's Ride
by Flora McDonnell

Look at this happy little boy with his horse.

Here is a link for a horse template. Just cut the legs off if you want to use the close pins. Draw a face on it and cut some yarn for the mane and tail. Glue them on and color your horse.

Tyler has played and played with his horse since he made it.

Have a great time!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


So we are finally here in COLORADO. I can honestly say I am home sick for Arizona but I know it will get better. We are almost completely unpacked with the exception of our office and pictures for the walls. Not quite sure where to hang stuff just yet.
For those of you who have great rooms, where do you put everything??? Not sure where to put the piano in relation to the couch, fireplace, entertainment center and chair, oh yea and the cedar chest. If anyone has any suggestions please share them with me.
We will soon post pictures just haven't gotten around to taking any yet.
I wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped us move. We really appreciate all you have done to help us out.

Incident at Cabela's

So this is just a little funny. I hope you find it as amusing as I did. Thanks Amy

A woman goes into Cabela's to buy a rod and reel for her grandson's
birthday. She doesn't know which one to get so she just grabs one and
goes over to
the counter.
A Cabela's associate is standing there wearing dark shades. She says,
'Excuse me, sir. Can you tell me anything about this rod and reel?'
He says, 'Ma'am, I'm completely blind; but if you'll drop it on the counter,
I can tell you everything from the sound it makes.'
She doesn't believe him but drops it on the counter anyway. He says, 'That's
a six-foot Shakespeare graphite rod with a Zebco 404 reel and 10-LB. Test
line. It's a good all around combination;
and it's on sale this week for only
She says, 'It's amazing that you can tell all that just by the sound of it
dropping on the counter. I'll take it!' As she opens her purse, her credit
card drops on the floor. 'Oh, that sounds like a Master Card,' he says.
She bends down to pick it up and accidentally farts. At first she is really
embarrassed, but then realizes there is no way the blind clerk could tell it
was she who tooted. Being blind, he wouldn't know that she was the only
person around?
The man rings up the sale and says, 'That'll be $34.50 please.' The woman is
totally confused by this and asks, 'Didn't you tell me the rod and reel were
on sale for $20.00? How did you get $34.50?'
He replies, 'Yes, ma'am. The rod and reel is $20.00, but the Duck Call is
$11.00 and the Stink Bait is $3.50.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I've been tagged! so here it goes

1. Where is your phone? living room
2. Where is your significant other? Colorado
3. Your hair color? brownafterthebabiesorsomethingelse,youdecide
4. Your Mother? bettyjean
5. Your Father? tommy
6. Your favorite thing? family
7. Your dream last night? totiredtoremember
8. Your dream/goal? tofinishcollege..nursingdegreeNICURN
9. The room you're in? kitchen
10. Your hobby? tryingtobelikemarni
11. Your fear? dyingandleavinghusbandandkids
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? backinarizonainthesun
13. Where were you last night? home
14. What you're not? packed
15. One of your wish-list items? ownahome
16. Love Someone? YES!
17. The last thing you ate? chocolatechipcookiesthankswendy
18. What are you wearing? workoutpants
19. Your TV? on
20. Your pet? none
21. Your computer? on
22. Your mood? stressed
23. Missing someone? always...
24. Your car? maxima
25. Something you're not wearing? shoes
26. Favorite store? joanns
27. Your Summer? whoknows
28. Where did you grow up? solomon
29. Your favorite color? pinkandblue
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? lastnight
32. Something you crave? morecookies
33. Why you blog? obsessed
Okay, so that wasn't too hard! So, now I get to tag people! :)
Shannon, Shona, Kristin, Amy, Wende

what a mess

what a messy little eater!
but isn't she cute


i have a confession.
i love to read other people's blogs; people that i don't
even know. i like to read them and get ideas, find out
what their lives are like (and compare mine).
it is nice to know i am not the only one
who isn't sure what to do with their kids,
how to potty train them etc......
i hope i don't offend anyone by reading their blogs, this is my new
i waste a lot of time on the computer when i have so much to do


i wish i could take credit for this great idea but alas, i can't. i found this in the blog world and decided i really like the idea so i tried it and it worked. amazing! watch out marni, i am going to be the new crafty mom, (once we get moved in and settled).

Friday, February 6, 2009


Can I just tell you how much I LOATHE packing!
I can't believe we are almost packed and
ready to go but I am
not looking forward
to the loading and unloading. I
still really wish we were staying because
I don't want to say goodbye to
so many friends
but we are
we have a job.
We have so much stuff and that isn't even all of it!
(I need someone to come clean it all out for me so we don't
have to take so much, any volunteers?)

Tyler no longer has a room, it has been
turned into the storing room.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Singin' Romeo

When Tyler was younger, Brad used to sing to him
at night to help him relax and calm down.
It was the only thing that seemed to work. The
only songs Brad knew were hymns so that is what he
sang to him.
Today on our way to church, we had Mormon Tabernacle Choir on.
The 1st song on the CD is
How Great Thou Art.
That was the song Brad would always sing
to Tyler. So as we are driving down the road
you could hear a little voice singing....
"how great thou art"
"then sings my soul"
"then through the woods"
It was the cutest ever.
Tyler loves to sing. He sings the Caillou song
and Dragon Tales.
Today he learned
"the wise men built his house upon the rock"
He said Elisabeth Goss taught him the song.
He is such a sweet little boy!


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