Sunday, October 31, 2010

You asked for it!

Since you asked for it I am delivering it.  Here is a pdf for Halloween bingo:


Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Bingo

These bingo boards turned out so cute, they took a lot longer to make than I thought they would, but I totally love the end result.

At first when I said I would like to be in charge of doing bingo for Emma's class Halloween party I thought I would just go online, find a Halloween bingo set, print them off and be done.  But then when I started looking for already done bingo printables I couldn't find any I liked and most of them had images I wasn't really comfortable bringing into a first grade class.  So I made my own.  

I spent way to much time thinking of different Halloween things (like pumpkins, bats, spiders), googling them for free clip art and then downloading them.  Then I found this wonderful site.  It has a lot of really great, cute, not too scary images.  So I down loaded them, imported them into Picasa, cropped them to an 8X10 and used the collage feature to make 10 different game boards.  Them I printed out the 10 boards and 20 game pieces, mounted them to some SUPER cute Halloween paper (that I got 40% off on), and had them laminated (after all this work I definitely wanted to keep them around for next time.)

They worked great.  This size was perfect for the little 5 min. stations at the party.  Every kid was able to get a blackout just in time to move on to the next station.  I used tootsie rolls as markers and then they got to pick a pixie stick when they got their first bingo.  

I love this paper (although I must admit I am a bit of a cute scrapbook paper hoarder...and I should add fabric hoarding to that while I am confessing things.)

I thought about somehow giving you guys the boards, but for some reason I haven't done that yet.  So, if anyone wants them let me know and I will post a pdf or something.

update:  I went ahead and posted a pdf.  Here

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ghost Cupcakes

How stinking CUTE is that????

I am not sure what I was thinking when I said "Oh yeah I make cakes, I can totally make the cupcakes for the class Halloween party and be in charge of one of the games (more on that later)."  But I did say that so I decided to keep it simple and do 24 all the same and just do these ghost because they were quick and easy to do.    Seriously though, sometimes I think I forget that I have a crazy baby who gets into EVERYTHING (he discovered the stairs this week), children who need CONSTANT attention ("Mommy I am hungry, Mommy I need help, Mommy I have to be in the same room as you at all times... don't even try to go to the bathroom"), and a house to clean (whole cow, we are now to the point that if I don't do at least two loads of dishes every day I get seriously behind).  I think I need to starting editing the things I do and not just always saying "Oh yeah I can do that."  The problem is that I want to do that.  I want to create.  I want to do fun things with my kids.  I want to say "Oh yeah, I can do that."  

Hmmm...  Isn't this the problem every adult faces.  Balancing what I have to do with what I want to do and making sure I can find joy in both places.

I am not sure how a post about a cute little cupcake turned into my struggles with balance, but there you have it.   Maybe it just because it is after 11pm I still have more dishes and laundry to do before I go to bed and I am on my computer typing about a cupcake while Project Runway plays in the background because that is what I want to be doing.  

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween Skirts

Man my sewing machine should be smoking due to the amount of use it has been getting these days.

I recently made these little cuties.

I love the years of use I get out of these skirts.

October 2007
Same skirt October 2010

So on to the skirts:

This one is size 6-24 mos.  I love the orange dot ruffle.

This one is size 2-3-4.  

Check out the cute little ghosts.  I have now used the last of this fabric.  It alway makes me a little sad when I use up the last bits of fabric I really like.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Zoo Train Birthday Cake

Would anyone like to guess who old Logan is?   

 I will give you a hint.

For Logan's 3rd birthday we had a Zoo birthday party (or boufday Pawdy as Logan would say).  He requested a cake with the zoo train, an elephant, giraffe, and a hippo.  This is what I came up with.

You can go here is see more pictures, like a close up of the little monkey driving the train.  I think he was my favorite.  

We had an extended family party at the zoo.  It was so fun.  I totally suggest this to anyone, especially for a 3rd birthday.  It was so easy, low key and SO fun.  I made a special badge that said birthday boy so everyone would know it was his special day.  Also if you are planning a Zoo b-day check ahead to see what times and where the animal shows are so you can be in the right place at the right time.

So this is really just supposed to be my crafty blog, but I just have to share a few cute pictures form today.

The birthday boy riding a baby elephant.

Making friends with a monkey.  (When we told him those were Animal Crackers he said "Oh good, maybe the animals will be hungry.")

As it is with any picture I try to take of all my children together this is as good as it is going to get.  By the way they are being tigers so that explains the growling faces.  right...

I am LOVIN the Halloween skirt I made for Emma.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Most Important DIY Project You Will Ever Do

I have been thinking a lot about this lately and really feel like it s a story that needs to be shared.

This is very important. Please read and then follow the tutorial.

Last October 13th I was 7 months pregnant with my baby Bryce, I had an almost 2 year old (Logan), a 3 year old (Alan), a 5 year old kindergartener (Emma), and we had been living in our new home about 1.5 months.  At 3:45 I was standing with my children watching as the school bus stopped to let kids off in front of our house and by 4 o'clock I was racing to the hospital not sure if my Alan-boy was going to make it.

(this picture was taken Oct. 3rd, 10 days before his accident)

That Tuesday afternoon, just after watching the neighborhood children get off the bus, Alan went into his room to play with dinosaurs and I took Logan and Emma downstairs to the family room to turn on the TV for them.  I was sitting in the family room with Logan on my lap when I heard a terrified yell and something slam into the side of the house right next to where I was sitting.  It was followed by the unmistakable sound of Alan crying in pain.

Then next few minutes are a bit of a blur.  Instantly I was up and moving faster than I would have thought a pregnant lady could move.  My mind couldn't fully compute what it had heard, so my first thought was to run up to Alan's room, but I knew he wasn't there so I ran out the back door to find Alan standing in the window-well of the basement.  To this day I am haunted by what I could have found in that window-well.  I had to get down on the ground and lift him out of the window-well and I carried into the house, laid him on the couch and started to check for damage.

Alan fell over 18 feet from his second story bedroom window into the basement window well below.

Since Alan-boy was a little baby we had always joked that he was born with super healing abilities.   He never got hurt and if he did somehow get hurt any scrape, bruise, or bump was gone by the next day.  As I surveyed the damage I found no noticeable broken bones and only a few scrapes.  I was shocked.  But Alan looked very bad and I knew he needed to get to a doctor quick.  In a panic I called my husband.  He called ahead to the ER while I loaded the kids into the van.  That was the longest 15 min drive of my life.  The whole time I kept trying to keep Alan awake, afraid that if he closed his eyes, he would never open them again.

As soon as we got to the ER, I carried Alan in with Logan and Emma in tow and was grateful that they were ready for us.  My husband arrived shortly from work, followed shortly by his grandma.  Grandma took Emma and Logan  so we could focus on Alan. 

At this time we didn't yet know the full extent of Alan's internal damage.  Almost immediately, they realized that their ER was not going to be equipped to properly care for Alan's injuries. So they did some preliminary ultra sounds and CAT scans while they waited to get word from Primary Children's Hospital that they were ready for him.

It wasn't until Alan was in the imaging room and I was standing in the hallway completely helpless while my baby lay hurt and scared in the other room that I finally lost it.  Much like right now, the tears spilled over my eyes.  It was so scary.  Once they knew he was stable enough to move, an ambulance took Alan and me up to Primary Children's Hospital.  

( I took this picture with my phone in the ambulance, I thought someday Alan might like to see himself riding in an ambulance.)

Once we were there, there was more imaging.  It had been hours and we still didn't know the extent of the damage or how long we might be there.  I will never forget the feeling when someone came with images in hand to show us and explained to us that Alan had damaged his liver and kidney.  She told us that they rank liver damage on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the worst, and that Alan's injury was at a 5.  They wanted to move him to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where he would have a nurse constantly monitoring him in case the bleeding suddenly got worse and he needed immediate emergency surgery. 

Alan was in the PICU until Friday afternoon.  We were lucky.  His super healing abilities kicked in and he was able to be moved from the PICU to the trauma unit.   Those days in the PICU were horrible.  As long as he was there, I felt like I could loose him at any moment, and he was constantly being poked, prodded, and tested.   Although Scott and I were grateful for the care Alan was receiving, Alan was not.  He hated the doctors and would get very upset every time one came in the room.  The poor kid was totally traumatized.

Alan got to come home on Sunday October 18th (Logan's birthday).  Thanks to my in-laws, while Alan was in the hospital, Scott and I made sure one of us was always there with him and we also made sure that Emma and Logan both saw each of us every day.  Once Alan came home, things got even harder.  Scott had to go back to work, Emma had school, and Alan was not allowed out of his bed (except with help to use the bathroom).  The biggest danger was that if I turned my back and Alan's now 2 year old brother got in his room and jumped on him or something like that, it could compromise his healing liver and he could end up back in the hospital.  The strangest thing was that by the time Alan left the hospital, by just looking at him you would never know anything was wrong.  The few scrapes he had were completely healed.  He was still kind of pale from blood loss.

During Alan's hospital stay I stayed with him for the first 24 hours, but then I had to go home and put Emma and Logan to bed and be there for them.  The drives back and forth from Primary Children's were painful.  I couldn't keep my mind from wandering down worst case scenario paths and I spent my sleepless nights at home preparing Alan's new room (I couldn't stand the idea of him coming back home to the room with that window looming over him).  Luckily I was already planning on moving him to a new room before the accident and had already started working on it.  Those nights were spent painting sharks, painting his new (sister's old) bed, hanging curtains, and moving in furniture.  It was all ready for him when he got home.  

The most important thing we did was install window locks!!  I wasn't really worried that any of my kids would be going near a window anytime soon, but for my peace of mind, I needed them up and I needed them up right away.  Often when I warn people of window danger they say, "oh maybe in the spring when we are opening our windows more I will have to put some on."  But that day when Alan was playing in his room, the window was closed, "locked", and there was a screen in place.  He had also recently been warned about the dangers of playing with, on, or in the windows.

This brings me to the tutorial....

Install extra window locks!!!

step 1.  Buy the locks.
These are the window locks I got.  I bought them at Target.  They come in a set of 2 and were about $15 for the set.  At first, you might think that $7.50 a piece is a little pricey, but trust me it is A LOT less then 5 days in the hospital.

Step 2.  Screw the locks in place in your windows.

I used longer screws than the ones that the locks came with and we put them about 3 inches out from the window so them the windows can still be opened a little, but not all the way without first being unlocked.

Today Alan's liver is completely healed.  The liver is one of the only organs in the human body the completely regenerates.  1/4 of his right kidney was severed and died.   The emotional effects run a little deeper.  Alan is definitely not the same little boy his was before.  Taking him to the doctor for anything is a nightmare and he is still afraid of a lot of things he wasn't afraid of before.

There were also many tender mercies that came to us during this trial.  One was that for some reason I thought to run up and grab his blanket.   It felt good that when he was asking for it in the ER I had it there to help comfort him.  Another good thing that came out of this was the out pouring of love from neighbors we barely knew.  We had only lived in our home about 6 weeks.  I had met many of our wonderful neighbors, but within hours of finding out about Alan's accident there were get well gifts delivered to Alan's hospital room.  When I got home after that first 24 hours there were boxes on my porch filled with coloring books, sticker, toys, treats, other food and supplies, and cards to help get us through coming days.  And my in-laws were there at every turn ready to help us take care of everything.  (This was during the time when children who were not patients were not allowed in the hospitals, so Emma and Logan didn't get to see Alan those 5 days he was in the hospital).  And when we got home there were people all ready to bring us meals for days.  I still grateful to all those who gathered around to lift us up.  There were so many I am sure I don't even know who all helped me when I was in need, but a am so thankful I am raising my children somewhere where people truly do love their neighbors.

I would love never to see another story on the news about a child being hospitalized due to falling out the window and I would never want another family to go through what we had to go through so please follow this tutorial and spread the word.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Little Cake I Made Today

I started working on my little boy's 3rd birthday cake today.  I must be a little bit crazy to be spending the next few days working on something that will be eaten in a matter of minutes.  But it is not like I am going to be spending all my time on it and I am super excited it see if I can really do it.  So tune in on Saturday night to is how it turned out.  

And while I was at it I made this little cutie for Relief Society tonight.

It was inspired by the Eat Me cakes on Alice in Wonderland but I really wanted to keep it clean and classic.    I have already given it away, so I will have to wait to here if it is good or not.   I was trying a new twist on my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake.  Yummy...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween Front Porch-scape

Well.... I am done.  Or at least as done as I am going to get for this year.  I think it is a lot cuter in person, but this will give you a good idea.

In person these trees are gorgeous!!  The coolest thing about this this a very little I spent on this.

Trees: Free
Wreath: $2
Halloween Sign: $1
6 Glass Containers from DI: $4.50
A Few Cans of the Cheap Spray Paint (bought with 40% off coupons): $7
Super CUTE Skull Tower: $3
Jute Rope and Hooks: $4

That pumpkin is going to be carved as Wolverine in the next few weeks.  

Do you want to know a secret??? Those black boxes with the white "trees" in them are diaper boxes.   Yup, I am that trashtastic (I think I read that word somewhere).

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hanging Tree Preview

I am LOVING my front porch!!!  It is also done and I can't wait to show you....So here is a sneek peek.  

Are you excited to see the whole porch-scape?  I hope to have it all looking perfectly creepy on Monday.
Or at least on Monday I am calling it good and putting all my crafting efforts into Halloween costumes and an up coming 3 year old birthday.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Halloween Costume PARTY!!!

Oh I am SO excited to see everyones costumes.  

First off here is my contribution to this party.

This picture is a serious flash back for me.  It is from way back when my pretty Emma girl was a fat little baby.  Man hubby looks down right awesome as a hunchback.  Certainly not one of his more attractive moments. :)  I am lovin' the long black wig.... maybe I should grow my hair out and die it black.... maybe not.

Ahhh.  Emma was such a cute fairy princess.

Anyway, now it is your turn!

Please share your Halloween Costume ideas!!

Remember they can be this year's creations or from 5 years ago.   Just please keep them family friendly (After all there is usually a 4 year old sitting over my shoulder.)

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halloween bats

And if you are looking for more Halloween Costume inspiration I did a whole week of Halloween costumes.
Princess and The Frog Prince
Strawberry Shortcake
Sam I Am and The Cake in The Hat
Goldilocks and The Three Bears
Dinosaurs and Dragons

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Halloween Wreath

We have like no Halloween decorations and this year I wasn't going to let that be the case anymore.  So this week I have been working on making some.  First on my list was a wreath.

I am loving it.  And the best part about it was the it only cost $2. 

First I took old packing paper I had laying around.  You know the thin brown stuff the tears apart.  Then I laid the paper out on my kitchen island and watered down some craft paint it make it more like a wash.  Using a wide foam brush I just quickly brushed it on one side.

Then I flipped it over and did the same thing in white.

This gave the paper a really cool texture.

Then I let the sheets of paper dry, stacked them up, and cut them into rectangles.  I didn't cut them very straight and there were different sizes.

Then I started hot glueing them to a wreath I got at the dollar store.

Once the wreath was totally covered I added the skeletons that I got also got at the dollar store.  It was $1 for a pack of 4.

I can't wait to show you the rest of my front porch decorating.  It turned out kinda beautiful in a creepy kind way.  It is almost done so I am sure I will be getting pictures of it up soon.

And don't forget about the Halloween Costume Linky Party here starting Friday night.  It will be my first linky party so please help make it a success and stop by to get some great Halloween costume inspiration.  And remember I don't care if it is this years costumes or a costume post from 3 years ago.  See you there.

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