Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Frozen Banner and a Little Bit of Fun

 As a mom of two boys the Frozen movie phenomenon has mostly missed our house.  I’m ok with that.  Even though Frozen hasn’t been on repeat since coming to home video in our house I still have heard the songs enough to have them memorized.  My son said all the girls at his school sing the songs all the time, yep, he’s right, I hear them signing them when I pick him up.  I hear girls singing them in Target, doctor’s offices, even at the zoo. I hear it everywhere.

I thought it was time to give in to this blockbuster of a hit and put a banner up in my etsy shop so all moms and dads can have just one more Frozen item in their house, to all the fed up mom’s and dad’s out there, you are welcome.  Hey, we have a similar problem in our house with the Lego Movie. 

I mentioned the zoo up above.  Let me tell you how our local zoo, the movie Frozen, and my soon-to-be-three sons are all connected while I show you some pictures of this cute banner.

I have to back track just a bit to make this story complete.  When we found out our second child was going to be a second boy, I was a little surprised.  Nowhere in my world was it possible my second baby was going to be a second boy.  My whole life I thought I would have two kids, the first a boy (to be the over protecting big brother), and the second child a girl.  Both pregnancies were very different, a FOR SURE indicator (as everyone said) that the second was a girl since the first was a boy.  So when the technician said, “it’s a boy”, my reaction was not elated joy but more of a “What?!?! Not possible”.  My reaction was just weird enough there was some moments of awkward silence by the tech. 

Now fast forward to just a few months ago.  This third time around, I learned a lesson, I learned not to assume anything and that it is a 50/50 chance that this baby would be a girl and a 50/50 chance they would be a boy.  As the ultrasound date grew closer my anxiety grew higher.  I was at peace with a boy or a girl but anxious to learn which gender they were.  Sure, a girl would be nice, but there is some peace in having a third boy, I know how boys work, I already have two, and let’s face it, I love them to pieces.

 How could you not love these two little hams.  They are just the cutest.  I had this strong feeling I was having a third boy, after all, I am the oldest of three girls.  So when the technician said, “It’s another boy”.  I was ok with it.  In a lot of ways, I was relieved.  I’m about to have my third child, having them be the same gender as the first two seems to make life easier somehow.  There were no tears shed, no pouting, I was going to be a mom to my third boy. End of story, so I thought.    

 A week after the ultrasound, we went to family night at the zoo and we sat in front of the karaoke stage to eat our dinner.  Kids gathered on stage to play various instruments: drums, electric guitars, sing vocals, etc.   The music started, “Let It Go” was being sang by about a dozen little girls.  I very innocently turned to my hubby while the boys were eating their sandwiches and said, “awe, look at all the little girls singing”…..the words barely left my mouth before the crocodile sized tears started rolling down my checks followed by the words, “I’m never going to have a little girl”.  Followed by more crocodile sized tears.  My husband couldn’t help himself, he started laughing, which helped me start laughing.  I have no idea where they came from, they came out of nowhere.  My hubby said, “Put yourself together, what is the matter with you, we’re at the zoo and everyone can see you crying”.  My kids were oblivious to mommy’s embarrassment.  I took the song literally, I sure did  Right in the middle of the zoo, in front of all those people.   The tears stopped when my oldest said, "this son is dumb, why don't they sing the Lego Movie song".  Life is good. 

I’m happy to report, there have been no further tears since that moment.  I’m excited to meet the next cute little ham to grace our family in just 26 short days (not that I’m counting).  He’s going to fit right in to our crazy, goofy, chaotic lives.  But every time I hear the song, “Let It Go”, I’ll think back to that July day when there was a brief moment that I wasn’t sure and I’ll giggle and laugh at what could have been and how life is so wonderful with my three little peanuts.    

Now go to my etsy shop and buy this cute banner or if you are blessed to have all boys like I am and don't see yourself throwing a Frozen themed party anytime soon, do me a favor and share it with your girlfriends!

And while your at it, check out two of my favorite bloggers that have all boys themselves:

Look at Shelly with her four (!!!) boys:

Look at Jen with her three boys:

Oh, and this post with all three boys sitting around the table just makes me so excited, I can't wait for this in my own life:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Let's Catch Up

Hello Everyone.  Life has just gotten so busy with a houseful of kids.  I think about this blog often but just can't squeeze in the time to write quality content.  

It's been so long so LET'S CATCH UP!


Baby #3 is only a short five weeks away and I realized I haven't even announced their gender on my blog, the third baby is already getting the short end of the stick and they haven't even arrived yet!

I posted this picture on my facebook page back in July when we found out the baby's gender.  Johnathan (6) and Robert (16 months) are each eating an ice cream cone, one blue and one pink.  I posted this picture on my facebook page and then went to bed....without providing an answer, boy was that fun.  My friends and family were dying to know and I went to bed and didn't give them the answer. 


The next day, I posted this picture.  YES!  Another boy!  Three boys!  Being the oldest of three girls, I somehow had this strong feeling I would end up with all boys.  

I also took a couple other photos and I thought this one of the two boys is cute.  I know, Johnathan's face is half cut off (hence why it wasn't used) but it is still a cute picture documenting our news.  

You got to love this photo of poor little Robbie crying.  Is it because it is a boy?  Is it because he has to share his mommy?  I'm not sure but this picture is just priceless to me.  I'm pretty positive he will be happier than he is in this picture when his little brother arrives (fingers crossed). 


I turned another year older a couple weeks ago.  The hubby and I took a nice extended weekend alone in the Wisconsin Dells and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING without the boys.  Yes that's right, we did nothing.  It was wonderful.  No dishes, no vacuuming, no cooking, no crazy kids crying in our ears.  Nate watched a lot of cable television and I did some shopping.  It was great.

Here I am on my birthday, 32 weeks pregnant with both my boys, Johnathan (6) and Robert (19 months).  To their surprise, they bought me that nice yellow purse.  The best part of my day:  Johnathan thought I turned 23, I didn't bother correcting him.


Those of you that know me, you know during Johnathan's pregnancy I suffered really bad from vomiting.  I vomited everyday from week 8 to week 21 or 22.  It was aweful.  I lost somewhere around 10-15 lbs while pregnant with him.  With Robert, I had gallbladder issues.  I thought it was pre-term labor and doctor said, "nope, sounds like gallbladder".  Ugh, I knew that was bad news as my hubby had his removed a few years prior.  If you remember, I ended up having mine removed through an emergency surgery 3 months after Robert's birth.  My attack started during my sister's bridal shower, that I hosted.  What a mess. Oh, and his delivery resulted in a unplanned C-Section but of course only after laboring naturally for 16 hours and pushing for two. 

I thought for sure all the above issues meant this third pregnancy would be a cake walk.  Nope.  Not so.  Unfortunately I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes a couple months ago.  I've been checking my blood sugar three times a day ever since, along with changing my nightly routine of a bowl of ice cream.  It hasn't been too hard but certainly adds another layer of complexity to my pregnancy.  Last month I was also diagnosed with a hernia.  Oh joy.  Luck me.  It is ugly but at least it isn't painful (knocking very hard on wood right now).

So as you might guess, I'm looking forward to these next few weeks to whiz by quickly and I can't wait to hold that new baby boy in my arms.


I have found some time but not a lot to craft.  Some of it might be more nesting than crafting.  I've been really busy with banner orders from my etsy shop: Furloughed Time.  This week has been particularly busy, I think I had 6 orders come in. Here's a quick shot of four orders lined up on my bed waiting for me to package them up and get my butt to the post office before the close at 12 noon.  The current best seller on my site (by far) is the Where The Wild Things Are Banner.  Really, you can't go wrong, the book is so darn cute. 


I also FINALLY finished painting the hallway on our 1st and 2nd floors.  This only took me....oh two years to complete.  I thought by the time I finished it, I would be ready for a new color but I will not be painting it anytime soon.  It is a nice soft stone white.  I love it. In an upcoming post I'll show you what I did with all the blank walls.

And last by not least, it doesn't look like much but Robert FINALLY has a bedroom.  He no longer lives in the TV Room with a crib in it.  He legitimately has a bedroom with NO television junk in it.  It only took 19 months but hey, we did it before baby #3 got here.  I was hopeful to get rid of the peach trim and yellow walls before baby #3 arrived but that's just not happening at this point.  Robert hasn't been the best sleeper so he isn't ready for a roommate so all the kids will be separated for a few months still.

If the weather holds up and I find a second wind, who knows MAYBE I'll paint but with only five weeks to go before baby #3 arrives, I'm more concerned about....oh you know....dragging the newborn clothes out of the attic and buying a dresser to store them in so they don't have to walk around naked or I have to look for clothes in boxes or baskets and drive myself looney (let's face it, I'm already looney enough). 

Thanks for coming back and checking out my site.  I hope to sneak in more time to share what's been going on in my house.  I don't want to jinx it, but rumor has it that next weekend might bring me the best household item yet.....stay tuned. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Calendar Card Class

Every year I make my Mother in-law a yearly calendar that she hangs on her fridge.  On each page there is a space to put a picture of the boys on it.  This turns into a nice little living scrapbook that she uses year round.

For the past couple of years I have turned this into a card class and have invited women to my house to complete the class and gift the item away to their loved ones, it has become a popular class.

This post will show you the details of this year's calendar page by page.  I don't plan on going into detail as to where I bought my supplies from so if you see something you like and want to get it for yourself, please contact me and I will be happy to supply you the information.  

Here is the cover.  I keep is real simple since this page is not really seen (except when my MIL initially opens the gift at Christmas).  You can see the water damage in the corner, this is the risk I take when using my original projects in a card class, I'll fix this somehow before gifting it to her.  


I try to keep the picture sizes at 4X6, it makes my life a little easier as the year goes on to not have to worry about special sized pictures (I email or mail her a picture each month rather than filling them in before gifting it to her).  If you complete a project like this, you will want to decide if you want to fill it before gifting it or send them pictures throughout the year.  I like to send her pictures throughout the year so she has a current picture of both the boys each month (and there is some excitement in getting a new picture each month!).  Since they are so young, they grow so fast and pre-filling it would give her fairly outdated pictures of them (esp the 1 year old). 

I'm still crazy about buying all my paper as digital files from etsy.  It is just so much easier to print paper on demand rather than buy sheets as needed from a store. 

You can see I like to use a mix of die cuts and stamps on most pages but sometimes I improvise, which is the case with this very large shamrock.  

Some pages are more simple than others.

This page uses a lot of washi tape,  This is a fun way to get rid of scrap pieces of washi, ribbon, or scrapbook paper you have laying around and don't know what to do with it!

A closer shot so you can see the month "May" die cut in the corner.

Here is cute page, but ugh, if you are making this for 15 people and die cutting the pieces out for them, you will be kicking yourself over the cones and vanilla ice cream scopes!  For those that just bought a make and take from me, they were sent home with a stamped image of these two items and they will need to cut them out the old fashioned way (with a scissors).  Sorry girls, but I'd still be running these pieces through my machine if I did that!

Can't wait to fill this one with a cute picture of the boys all decked out for the fourth of July! 

Some designs get a little tricky, this one for instance, you do not want to glue the tops of the "picture frames" down so that the recipient can slide the picture into the page.  If you are pre-filling the pictures in for them, of course this is not an issue.

A little closer shot of this page.  This page just screams summertime! 

Here is September's page, I am going to have my son write his name on this before gifting it, I thought seeing his penmanship on a page is a nice special touch that my MIL will love. 

Halloween pages are my favorite, I love all the cute little stamps of ghosts, witches, and pumpkins that are out on the market.  

Fall in general is a favorite of mine, I love the nice warm colors.  It is also my favorite season.  What's not to love:  Packers, crisp cool air, and yummy warm casseroles. 

And of course last but not least, December.  Always a fun month to decorate! 

Here is a picture of my class all set up.  It happens right in my dining room.  This is set up for 3 people with me working on one side setting up 10 make and takes.  Lots and lots of make and takes this month!

Well, there are all the details.  For those of you that ordered a make and take from me, this should give you enough detail to start gluing those pages together!  If not, ask and I am more than willing to help.

If you are looking to complete a similar project and want to know where I got my supplies, comment below or send me an email and I will be more than happy to help.

Happy crafting everyone!

*All stamps and dies came from Papertrey Ink.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Card Class Sneak Peak

Happy summer everyone!  It sure is in full swing in this household.  We've been busy camping, working on our house, keeping the kids busy (in any way and any how!).  I promise I've been crafting, I've just been too busy to post!  

Just a really quick post to give you a little teaser of what I've been working on.

Here are couple calendar pages for my upcoming craft class.  I'll show all the pictures soon but for now this will have to do.  

Here's February 2015 (yep, I'm working on 2015).   The digital paper is from huetoo (etsy shop). 

Here is October 2015.  I love those little ghosts from Papertrey ink

If you're local, I hope you join me for this fun (and popular) craft class!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Make It Monday #167: DIY Notebooks

I squeezed in some extra free time this week to play along with this week's MIM over on Nicole Heady's blog.  It's all about making your own notebooks.  

Since we're in the home stretch of this school year, just one week to go, I thought I would make my son a cute little notebook that he could practice his cursive writing in.  Yes, CURSIVE.  In Kindergarten!  Amazing!  I almost have myself a first grader!

I stamped five writing lines on each piece of paper.  This seems a little daunting when  you have to do it 26 times, but trust me, it went fast.  I stamped it faster than either of my kids can get to bed!  The harder part was actually writing those letters.  Have you tried to write cursive letters (like their supposed to be written) in awhile?  Boy, it is hard to "follow the rules" so he could in turn learn how to write them the correct way.

On the backside of each piece of card stock I placed a little label with the typed phrase, "A Letter from Johnathan".  Get it!  Haha, I crack myself up sometimes.  So the plan is, when he finishes practicing a letter, he can draw a picture on the back and we'll mail it off to grandma, grandpa, aunts, and uncles.  They'll love their "letter from Johnathan".  

Here's another shot of the cover, I know the lighting isn't as good but the texture of the book plate impression plate really stands out.  Those letters are so perfect for this project.  

The notebook was a huge hit.  In fact, he saw this project half made a few days ago and he has been on me ever since to finish it because he's been so excited to use it.  I can't argue with a kid who wants to practice writing!

Here he is finishing his letter "A" page.  I'm pretty sure this will get used all summer.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Third Time is a Charm

I know it's been pretty quiet on my blog front lately.  With two little ones, life gets a little hairy and out of control sometimes and before you know it, a whole month has past by all to quickly.  I do have some pretty exciting news to share with you all which will hopefully help explain why the blog has been so quiet: 
Yep, that's right, Nate and I are preggo (well I'm preggo, he's just along for the ride).  Our newest little bundle of joy is expected to arrive just before Thanksgiving.  If you're keeping count (I've lost count at this point) this will be baby #3! 
Johnathan (6) is so excited.  Robert (14 months) on the other hand has been celebrating with his first ever ear infection.  In both ears.  For three weeks now.  We're on our second round of drugs because this infection is being a little stubborn.  Johnathan's reaction was the cutest.thing.ever.  EVER.  We showed him a picture of our ultrasound and here is how it played out:
Me:  Do you know what this is?
J:  Yes, that is a baby in a mommy's belly.
Me:  Yes.  That is actually a picture of the baby that is in mommy's belly right now.
J:  [clasping hands around mouth].  Really?  Oh thank you mommy, I'm so happy.  I wanted a baby sister and you're giving me one.
I told you, cutest.thing.ever.  EVER.  I wish we video taped it, it was so stinkin' cute.  

Well Johnathan, let's not get ahead of ourselves now.  Baby #3 certainly could be that baby sister you've been dreaming about, but there is a 50% chance it could also be another "stinky boy" as you affectionately called your brother when he was born. 
As you can imagine, our latest SURPRISE addition has had this house for the last several weeks filled with happiness, joy, fear, anxiety, and minivan shopping, but when that little turkey ball gets here in November this house will be filled with nothing short of love. 
Till next time, peace. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

6th Birthday Questions

My first born turned six years old last week.  I have no idea where the last six years has gone!  Man, I'm getting old.

Johnathan picked to go to IHop for his birthday because he wanted pancakes for dinner.  To say he is a fan of pancakes is an understatement.

We had thrown him a camping themed birthday party.  Here's the cake!  You can also see some of the decor in the background.

The "flames" are melted jolly ranchers and melted butterscotch candies.

The rocks are made of chocolate.  The logs are Pirouette cookies made by Pepperidge Farm and the dirt is crushed oreos.  Everything is edible. 

Here are all the kids in the basement with sleeping bags watching Scooby Doo Camp Scare (including baby brother sitting on the coach like a big boy).  They all had a blast!

If you remember, last year I asked him some questions on his 5th birthday.  I decided to make this an annual tradition because I think it will be fun to see how his answer change (or don't in some cases) throughout the years.

Q: What was your favorite part of the day? A: Going to school (that's my boy!).
Q: What's your favorite color? A: yellow & red (interesting, we learned he is color blind this past year).
Q: What is your favorite food? A: Homemade Mac & Cheese (yeah, my version is better than the boxed stuff).
Q: favorite snack? A: granola bars
Q: favorite movie? A: Star Wars: Clone Wars (all his father).
Q:Who is your best friend? A: Harper and Katie, and Robbie but I needed room for girls (mommy fell from his list).
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? A: Make bills just like you mommy (I think misunderstands my job a little bit but I guess that's ok). 

Well, I'm now officially a mother of a six year old, keep me in your prayers :)