Thursday, May 30, 2013


A  day of Robot Fun
Oliver became a recycled parts robot for the day

Paisley practiced Robot Math


Robot Snacks for the movie

There are not a lot of kiddo robot movies but
Disney/Pixar always come through with a winner

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

Oliver has discovered TMNT and was set on having his 6th birthday party revolve
around the Ninja Turtle theme. I tried to talk him into a few other themes but he had his heart
set on the turtles. It was a challenge at first to get my creative juices flowing but it ended up being  a "turtley" awesome, really simple, fun, and pretty inexpensive party.

The Food
We kept the food simple
TMNT Cupcakes, Ooze Juice, and
of course the Ninja Turtle's favorite . . . Pizza!

The kiddos rolled in toxic slime ( a green towel), jumped up and gave us their
best ninja move and then became of official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They picked out a turtle shell and the color of Ninja Head Bandana they wanted.
 The turtle shells are turkey roasting pans from the dollar store spary painted green and we recycled some t-shirt to make the ninja masks.
 Throw the NYC sewer lid into the bucket of toxic ooze
We painted a sandbox turtle like a Ninja Turtle and then put "shredder's" paper inside with hidden treasures for the ninja's to rescue

The Ninja Turtles had to defeat Shredder's white ninjas- inside were prizes

We made toxic ooze/slime. This was really easy- but messy.

  1. Mix 1/2 cup  glue (about one bottle school glue) with 1/2 cup water. Mix well.
  2. Dissolve 1 tsp borax in 1 cup water. Slowly stir borax solution into glue solution.
  3. Add a few drops of your favorite food coloring color for fun- we found a neon green that was perfect for toxic slime.

Nunchucks out of toilet paper rolls- I almost didn't do this one but it ended up being a lot of the
ninja's favorite activity at the party ( and the easiest/cheapest)
 Pin the Mask on The Turtle
Stack the Sewer Lids (oreos)
Goodies to take home
Sword made from paint stir stick
Sewer Lids
and TMNT party toy

Friday, May 17, 2013


One of my favorite things about spring is the happy, yellow faces of dandelions. Oli brings me a bouquet daily

You cannot forget if you would those golden kisses all over the cheeks of the meadow, queerly called dandelions.”
Henry Ward Beecher
 A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
yep, that's what you get when you stop to take pictures in a dandelion patch with
a hungry-for- lunch 3 year old!!!

6 Candles for Oli

Ebullient, Scintillating, Vivacious.
This little boy is full of life and energy.
He isn't merely one hand full-  but two.
But with all the energy comes twice the love and merry smiles.
I am in love with this sweet little six year old who brings so 
much life, animation, and sparkling joy into our home.
Happy 6th birthday sweet boy, we love you

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Ever since I was a little girl and started to think about what I wanted to be when I grew up- a mom was the only thing. Others dreamed of glamming the red carpet, flying to the moon, or saving lives as a Dr., not I. I wanted to grow up and be a momma. I wanted a huge house and was going to have lots of sweet babies to fill it up with. I wanted the mini van and sticky peanut butter kiddos. I am so grateful I have been blessed to have the career I always dreamed of. Is it the perfect "play house" scenario we dream of as children, no. I don't have a huge home, I have a small little nest that is full of beautiful little children that I hope will one day fly after the dreams of their hearts. I will never be wealthy, but I am the richest lady in the world with my little blessings. I love this chapter of life with a minivan full of littles ,goldfish crackers crumbs , french fries, and discarded socks.Mount Washmore is always waiting each day for me to climb and conquer.  I am thankful for littles who want one more storybook, one more drink of water, and one more hug/kiss  at the end of a tiring day.  Thankful for 6 littles who chose to come to our home and call me Mom.
Mothers Day is always a bittersweet day. I miss my own sweet momma beyond measure. I miss her the most on Mothers Day, she was truly an incredible mother, friend, and example of the purest and most giving heart. But I love to lay in bed listening to the littles and daddy bang pots and pans around in the kitchen as they prepare breakfast on Mother's Day. (Paisley thought I was quite naughty for eating in bed). I love the homemade gifts from my sweet children. I love to read their reflections and assesments. I love reading that I am only 19 years old and that if I could go anywhere in the entire world I would go to the grocery store to buy dinner. I love being a mom it is the most gladdening career.

Saturday, May 11, 2013