Saturday, May 24, 2014

Summer Bucket List

We've been doing a lot of waiting around here.
It's been over two months since we had a foster placement. 
And, as many of you know, I am not good at waiting.

This has been a particular struggle for me because it's so out of my control!
There's nothing I can do to speed up the waiting process.
Simultaneously, there's not a whole lot I can do to prepare material things (clothes, food, etc.).

I've been doing a lot of holding-my-breath.
It hasn't been fun.
So, instead of living life on pause, we're gonna kick things into gear around here and adapt as we need to!

It is with this attitude that I present our
  •  Make and eat ice cream
  • Make and eat popsicles
  • Take a trip up to Tahoe
  • Go jet-skiing
  • Make s'mores
  • Swimming!
  • Have a picnic
  • Go to the beach
  • Eat some sno-cones
  • Make and eat lots of smoothies
  • Play in the sprinklers
  • Build an awesome fort
  • Blow bubbles
  • Read lots of books
  • Draw with sidewalk chalk
  • Make and deliver cupcakes
  • Write letters to far away family members
  • Take lots of silly pictures
  • Wash the cars
  • Tie-dye some shirts
  • Watch fireworks
  • BBQ
  • Ride the train at The Fountains
  • Go to one of the food-truck nights in Rocklin
  • Have a squirt-gun fight!
  • Spread lots of sunshine

What's on your bucket list this summer?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Serious Crisis

I looked at my hair in the mirror yesterday.
It's incredibly dirty.
Up in a pony tail.
With a headband.
Nothing really worth looking at.  

But then, a little glimmer caught my eye.
A glint of

Who am I?
Is this my life?
What is happening?

My sister said, "Well, you're almost 30."
Shut your mouth, I am not!
(For the record, I turn 28 in July.  28 is not almost 30.)
My mom didn't have any sympathy either.
Pretty sure she giggled at me.

D's response was, "At least you already dye your hair!"

I ripped the hair out.
And cried.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

J's Second Birthday Party

 Let's all just get on the same page now - I love throwing birthday parties.  And even though I said I wouldn't do another huge party for J after his party last year, I lied.  

I threw another huge party this year (but I did stick to my budget of $200, so, go me!).
(Huge shout out to the C family for hosting us all in your backyard!)

This year's theme: Construction

I approached this party a little differently than last year.
Last year, I tried to throw a party that everyone would enjoy, since J was turning one and mostly just enjoyed hanging out with people.
This year, I really tried to focus on activities that J would enjoy (within a "construction" realm).  
And, I have to say, that my favorite activity was also so simple!  I made a "Digging Site."
I inflated a pool, filled it with dirt, and threw some trucks in there - the kids loved it!  Seriously, there was always at least one kid digging.

 Next to the "Digging Site," I had a "Building Zone" - aka a whole bunch of cardboard blocks for the kids to stack (and knock over!).  Simple, but tons of fun!

Our friends have this darling play house in their backyard that J loves to play in every time we go over there.  It was also perfect for the party.  We had our very own "Home Under Construction."

We also had a bounce house that everyone enjoyed (not gonna lie, I got my bounce on after the party was over and before we deflated it).

No party is complete without food! 
For a Construction Party, we had to do "Build Your Own Sandwiches!"

 I also put together a fun snack bar full of "Building Supplies" next to the construction hats for the kids.

 We threw drinks (Capri Suns and Water Bottles) in Home Depot 5 gallon buckets.

For party favors, I rolled up Home Depot aprons, tied a mini-construction truck to the apron with bakers twine (from the Target dollar section) with a little "thank you" card.

 J wore the cutest shirt for the party (found on that said "Can You Dig It? I'm 2" with a digger truck on it - how perfect is that?

He had a blast!
We had a blast!
And I'm not going to throw a party like this for another year ;)

Mini trucks were found at the Dollar Tree
Happy Birthday Banner found at Hobby Lobby
Orange and Yellow tissue balls found at Hobby Lobby
Balloons found at Hobby Lobby
Plates and Napkins found at Target
Construction Hats found on Amazon
 Black Stacking Buckets found at the 99 Cent Store
Silverware found at the Dollar Tree
Aprons and Buckets found at the Home Depot
Construction-Type Signs made by yours truly!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Banners of Love

I have to start this post with the disclaimer that I am still learning how to sew.

That being said, 
I sewed some banners for my kiddo's room!
And, I'm thrilled with the look of them!

I started these banners when we had our last foster son (FS) - he was our monkey (J is our elephant), and so it was fun to incorporate monkeys and elephants into the banner.

However, God has been whispering to my heart that our next placement is going to be a little girl.  So the room has been all changed around, including a re-vamped banner with a new color scheme!  And I'm kind of in love with how it looks!

Here's how I made it:
Buy 1/2 yard of each fabric (this was plenty, but I wouldn't go any less).
 Trace the triangles onto the fabric (I traced right on to the "right" side of the fabric because it was easier for me to line up the triangles with which parts of the fabric I wanted showing).  The dimensions I used were 7" across and 8" tall.
Cut out your triangles, place "right" sides facing in together, and stitch the two sides of the triangle closed (not the top) using a 1/2"-ish seam allowance. 
Bust out some bias tape, pin your triangles inside the bias tape, and then stitch straight down the bias tape, securing all your triangles inside the fold.

Beautiful banner! 

Audience participation time: Do you think it would be a worthwhile idea to sell banners like these on etsy?  Be honest!

Friday, May 9, 2014

My Baby Turns Two!

J turns 2 today!

How did that happen?  Where did time go?

J is a light of happiness and joy!
Nicknames: Jack, Jack-Jack, Bub, Doddle, Bug, Bugga-Boo, Jackie, JL
  • He loves cars, trucks, trains, tractors, planes - basically, anything with an engine!  He is quick to point them out when he sees them.  There's been a lot of new home construction near us, which has resulted in hours of enjoyment for J!  He also has a train table, a bunch of tractor and hot-wheel cars, and all of the Planes figurines.  
  • J also loves animals!  He can make all of the animal noises.  His favorite is "Sheep - baa-aa-aa-aa."  J also has never met a dog he doesn't love!
  • J knows all his letters, counts to 5, and knows most of his colors.  He is stinkin' smart!
  • J loves to read!  He has quite the book collection and loves to read to himself or an audience.
  • J has quite the sense of humor and loves to make people laugh!  
  • "Shy" is not a word I would ever use to describe this boy!  He loves to say "hello" and "hi" to everyone he sees - and will continue to say it until they say hi back!  He also loves giving high-fives, knuckles, and occasionally hugs.
  • "Fearless" is a word I would use to describe this boy!  He doesn't know the meaning of "obstacle" - there is nothing he can't and won't try!  I love that about him (although it has made me nervous at times, too!).
  • J has quite the stubborn streak and has proven it time and time again with some pretty awesome tantrums.  He loves to scream "No Way!" and "No Stop!" as he throws himself on the ground or into a wall.  These tantrums usually make me laugh, much to his disappointment. 
  • J is very perceptive and seems to know when I need a hug or snuggles.  He also gives me lots of kisses, which I adore!
  • J loves the playground!  He loves to climb the stairs and slide down the slides by himself.  Lately, he has taken to counting "3, 2, 1, GO!" or "Ready, set, GO!" before taking off.
  • J loves music!  He loves to sing, dance, and play piano.  Current favorite songs include any song from Frozen, Wheels on the Bus, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, and If You're Happy and You Know It.
  • J still has his inquisitive nature and has to totally inspect any new environment that we go into.  We went to the doctors earlier this week, and as soon as we got into the exam room, he had to open all the cupboards, look in all the drawers, look in all the corners of the room, under chairs, etc.  He also was unsure of the medical instruments, so after the Dr. checked his ears and eyes, he turned around and did the same to her.
  • J can't wait to be a brother!  He has been wonderful with all of his foster siblings.  Every time he sees a baby, he has to say "Hi, baby!"  
  • He weighs 30 lbs (76 percentile) and is 33 inches tall (10 percentile).
  • He has quite the vocabulary!  Although he can be difficult to understand at times, he can say quite a bit!  My favorite is "Vuv voo Mom!" (Love you Mom.)
J, you make my days brighter.  You make me a better person. One impish grin from you, and my troubles melt away.  I love your hugs, your kisses, your sweet voice, and your laugh! 
I love you so dearly and am so blessed to be your momma!

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