Showing posts with label My Kiddos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label My Kiddos. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Today was the kid's last day of school! Ya-Hoooooooooo!
Look how much my middle two grew this year?  I can not even believe it!!!

I'm planning a super duper fun summer series that will be starting the first week of June.
I'll be back tomorrow to tell you all about  it!  :)


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ava's Gnome Party

Ava's seventh birthday is right around the corner and we celebrated a little early with a gnome party.
Her original request was a nature party, but we infused the gnome/mushroom theme and we had such a fun time planning for it!

I found these plain ceramic mushrooms and gnome at Michaels and we gave them some paint to bring them alive.

I made the softie gnomes using felt and a pattern from Wee Wonderfuls.
We had the mushroom scrapbook paper and flowers from another project, so we used them to decorate the goodie bags.

The girls all painted bird houses to take home.

I created a nature themed scavenger hunt and stumped them all with the pine cones.  :) There are none around here!

I made Ava's shirt per her request :)

I also made these gnome hats for everyone using this pattern.
They were a big hit!

 I found the gnome pinata on-line and that was a lot of fun too!

Mike and I so enjoyed watching her with all her friends.  With four sons, a little girl is always a little different .  :)


Monday, January 14, 2013

Organizing Your Kids Paperwork

I wanted to show you my system of organizing my kids paperwork from school, including assignments, projects, school photos, art, awards, certificates, etc.  I have been doing it for two years now and it is a very efficient system.

I started with four heavy duty plastic file folder boxes from Staples.  I can't remember exactly how much they were, but I remember thinking they were a little pricey (remember I have to buy four)!  But in the end I'm glad I used them.  I labeled one for each child with their full name.

I keep them in the corner of my room because they won't fit in my closet and I haven't found a better spot for them yet.

In the white basket to the left is where everything goes before it's filed.  I only file two times a year, usually right after Christmas and right after school ends.  Only one of my children wants to save EVERYTHING (every.single.paper)  The other three I sort for them.  We keep everything in that basket until sorting and filing time.  I also keep my label-er in there, with scissors, double-sided tape, big labels, file toppers, contact paper, and a sharpie and pen.

Inside each file box contains a file folder for each grade.
We keep school papers in here, like book reports, special drawings or art projects, holiday papers and projects, and anything that they are especially proud of.  I like to include papers that showcase their handwriting so they can see how much they progress they made through the early years. I also save awards, certificates, and programs when they are in plays or musical performances.

On the front of each folder I use contact paper to put their school picture on the front and a handwritten label  with the grade and year.  Here we have already sorted what we wanted to keep.  The rest we threw away.

I also have one of these for each child.  This is a more personal account of they feel about school.  I also include school pictures and copies of their report cards in here.

Each grade in the "School Year Chronicles" has a space for School Highlights, signs of the time, their yearly favorites, and places for general notes.  I know one day they will look back on these and be so happy to see what their interests were and reflect on fond memories.

This may not work for everyone but it really helps me stay organized and when they go away to college or move out of the house, everything is all in one spot for them.  :)

Happy Monday!


Monday, August 13, 2012

A back-to-school gift and photos

It's the first day of school!
I've now got a first grader and a third grader.

Logan and his best bud.
How did 7th grade come so fast?

Even though the quality of these photos are terrible, I thought I'd show a little teachers gift we made for back-to-school.
I found these cute crayon boxes in the $1 section at Target.

We filled them with just a few essentials:   note-cards, gum and mints, a nice little candle, a stamp to use on papers, and a $5 Starbucks gift-card.  Teachers are my heroes.  :)

I found this little clipart for free on google and the kids filled them out.

I'm praying for a wonderful school year.
I was kind of looking forward to them going and having a little peace and quiet today, but I find myself missing them :(
Happy Monday!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Some things I've learned about being a Mom

Happy Wednesday!
I'm over here today talking about motherhood.
I hope you'll join us :)


Monday, April 30, 2012


Turning twelve is bittersweet for this Momma.

How in the world did my baby turn twelve?  Why does it go so fast?  And yet...thank you God for twelve years.  Thank you for this child who makes us laugh, who drives us crazy, who has started with the typical "teenager"moodiness.  Thank you for his work ethic, for his generousity, for him still needing hugs and kisses.  Thank you for his passion, whether it is baseball, fishing, basketball, or surfing...Thank you Lord for these twelve years.

I so look forward to the man he is becoming.
Happy Birthday Logan, who first made me a mother.  My love for you runs deeper than the sea.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My Kids

This morning on the way to school we saw a beautiful sunrise.
We also saw a large flock of birds sitting on the telephone wire, and the silhouette it created against the sunrise was amazing.
I said,"look guys!  Isn't that pretty?"

It was quiet for a minute and Ava said, "Mama, God gives us little pieces of art all throughout the day, doesn't he?"
Well, yes Ava, he certainly does...

Some days these kids of mine are so silly and crazy.
Some days they teach me a whole lot of about life that I didn't know.


Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
I've got two new prints to share with you...the first two prints for my 2012 collection!
I've been having so much fun making new art over the last few weeks, and I can't wait to show you more!
(please note that copyright watermark will not appear on purchased prints:)

We had a really fun night on New Years Eve.
We set up our fire pit in the back yard and roasted marshmallows, did some small fireworks, and played charades.  It was a great way to end 2011, just with our little family ;)

I hope you've had a lovely start to the New Year.
It's of popular belief that it's going to be a great one! 


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Family weekend at Sea World

We took a mini-vacay this weekend and headed over to The Renaissance Hotel after work on Friday.
There is something very exciting about staying at a hotel (even if it's only for two nights) that makes everyone excited!  Especially when said hotel has a game room, ping pong, and a jacuzzi.  :)

We got up early the next moring and spent the whole day at Sea World.

We had a blast!
And then back to work yesterday...
I'm hoping I'll have some artsy craftsy things to show you soon!  :)