Monthly Archives: October 2014

Homemade, Pinterest Inspired, Fall Decorations

I have Pinned thousands of things – okay, maybe not multiple thousands, but seriously, over 1000. They’re recipes, crafts for me and crafts for the kiddos, gift ideas, cleaning ideas… You name it, I’ve probably pinned it. We generally use a recipe at least once a week for a meal, snack or dessert. We clean our bathtub using a magical pinned method, I’ve made Chloe several skirts and I know what to buy my husband for Christmas thanks to his “Things for me” board. But the kids’ craft ideas – they rarely seem to materialize, even though they all look so fun! And, of course, easy 🙂

We finally made it happen though! The kids each made a picture that makes a great decoration in our entryway this season. I’m not entirely sure we would have gotten them done, had I not happened upon a good deal on a 3 pack of thin 8.5×11 canvasses. But I did find them, and we did do our projects, so that’s all that counts, right?

Chloe made a tree with multicolored leaves. Our inspiration came from this site.


Devon made a sign that says “fall” using painters tape and a canvas. It was a slightly less artistic version of this idea.


The kids had a blast and didn’t even make (too big of) a mess! And now I have these fun decorations to help me get through fall, the pre-cursor to dreaded winter 🙂


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I Hate Iowa Winters

I have lived in Iowa all my life, but I still hate winter. I don’t just dislike winter, I hate it. Hate is a strong word, I know. I tell my kids it’s not a nice word and discourage them from using it. But it’s pretty much the only way to describe my feelings towards the season. I am cold ALL THE TIME. The kids don’t get to play outside regularly and we all go stir crazy. We can’t make simple plans to go visit friends or family who live less than 30 miles away, because we never know how the roads are going to be. Not only is it cold, but it feels dark. Sometimes I think we’re lucky to get 8 hours of daylight. Less than 24 hours after the snow stops falling, and it’s no longer pretty and white, it’s dirty and gray.  And did I mention that I’m ALWAYS cold!?!

As a result of these extreme feelings, I’m not a huge fan of fall either. It’s not really fall’s fault, but winter does come right after it.  So as the temperatures start to cool down and the days get shorter, I can’t help but think about winter and get resentful towards fall. The picture below popped up on my Timehop today. Apparently, a year ago, we were worrying about snow already. (See why I don’t like fall…)


When I first saw this today, I thought, “Ugh! I hate winter!” Then I said to myself, “Don’t jump the gun with the winter hating. This was last year’s forecast.” And then, I actually looked at this week’s forecast – you know, just to be sure – and saw that they’re predicting highs in the 70’s this weekend! What am I doing worrying about winter? I should be enjoying the good stuff while I can! So that’s what I plan to do this week 🙂

However, I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m daydreaming about moving someplace warm(er). At least for one winter. For any winter lovers out there, or any fellow winter haters who have figured out how to survive with a smile on your face, I ask, What is your secret?

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My Baby is 3

Often times, I still think of Devon Kenneth as my baby boy. Turns out, he’s not. He is 3. Three years old. How did this happen?!?

At 3 years old, Devon thinks his big sister is about the coolest thing. He was so, so happy that she picked out a present just for him. All day he carried the book around and told anyone who would listen, “My sister gave me this book for my birfday. Do you want a sticker?” He proudly handed out Super Mickey stickers from the front of his book to many of daddy’s co-workers, who all accepted them with enthusiasm 🙂

Devon gives the best hugs, but you have to be careful, because he also likes to give “lick kisses.”. And they’re every bit as gross as they sound. He still has the most kissable (slightly chubby!) cheeks. He loves babies, playing trains and cars, silly songs, dance parties and swinging at the park. He dislikes dinner (every.single.night), small dogs and waiting to pick his sister up from school.

Devon knew just what he wanted to do for his birthday. He wanted to eat a popsicle for breakfast, just like his friend did. He wanted to ride the bus and go to a park. He wanted breakfast for dinner and a blueberry birthday cake. Done, done and done. He was just tickled when he got birthday cards in the mail and thought it was fantastic when we sang Happy Birthday and let him blow out a candle in his pancake.

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I asked Devon the same 20 questions I’ve been asking Chloe the last few years. His answers were about as well thought out as her’s were the first year we asked 🙂

  • What is your favorite color? Blue
  • What is your favorite toy?  “Teddy Bear.” Me: “Teddy bear? You don’t have a bear.” “Ohh…uhhh…my red, heavy barn.”
  • What is your favorite fruit?  Blueberries. And strawberries.
  • What is your favorite TV show?  PatPat (Little Einsteins). And Sofia.
  • What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Macaroni and cheese at a picnic.
  • What is your favorite outfit?  Socks and my choo-choo shirt aanndd…hmmm…what pants?? My jeans!!
  • What is your favorite game?  Candyland, And Chutes & Ladders at Nanna and Dudad’s!
  • What is your favorite snack?  Fruit snacks.
  • What is your favorite animal?  Goats and cows and pigs.
  • What is your favorite song? Wheels on the Bus.
  • What is your favorite book? (Curious) George. The heavy one.
  • Who is your best friend?  Judah.
  • What is your favorite movie?  Rio (which he has seen once and not talked about again.)
  • What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Swing and draw chalk in the treehouse.
  • What is your favorite drink?  Hot chocolate.
  • What is your favorite holiday? Halloween.
  • What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  Mommy! And soft dog and taggie and Clifford.
  • What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Bagel. Or a rainbow. Orr, hmmm…mayme wakey, wakey eggs and bakey (bacon.)
  • What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Pancakes!
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? Be a farmer at Halloween. And you’ll be a horse.

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