Friday, August 12, 2016

First Day

The first day of school for our Pre-K 4 year old grand.  I was as excited as he was. His mom sent me pictures. 

This smile may change a little as the school year goes along. It's always exciting at first. But then all the newness wears off and it's not so exciting, 

He was non-stop talking when I talked to him on the phone after school. He likes school as much as I do!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

"My Zoo" Deliveries

The three My Zoo's we made for the little ones have been delivered and filled with their animal friends. 

Bears, and Mickey's and Minnie's were thrown in and landed how they may.

Owls and Lambie and Olaf, too. You have to know all about Frozen and Doc McStuffins to keep up with this. 

Green dragons and ducks and tigers and puppy dogs for boys. 

They actually like them. The best part is throwing the animal friends across the room into their cage.

What project is next? There's a few more projects lined up and in the works. Stay tuned. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

National Watermelon Day Yesterday

For me every week this summer has been National Watermelon Day.  A watermelon has just about every week made it to my kitchen either from the farmers market, the grocery store, or a farmers stand on the side of the road. Those you know for sure are local home grown and are the best. 
While eating watermelon everyday, all summer long, I feel like I'm doing myself a favor with a low calorie food that is good for you. The down side is a lot of bathroom trips. 
According to Medical News Today, watermelon is actually considered a nutrient dense food with a lot of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Random Facts:
  1. Watermelon may help prevent or reduce asthma, high blood pressure, cancer, dehydration, inflammation, indigestion and muscle soreness.
  2. Watermelon is considered a fruit and vegetable.
  3. According to the Guinness World Record, the heaviest watermelon weighs 159 kg (350.5 lbs) and was grown by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee.
  4. Watermelon boosts brain power – has a source of Vitamin B6, that is necessary for normal brain function.
  5. Watermelon contains about 92% of water and 6% sugar.
In some weeks this summer I bought two watermelons. One to eat. One to carve into something. Like carving a pumpkin in the fall, I carve a watermelon in the summer. 

This years carving was an Angry Bird scene I made for a summer birthday party. 

I bought a four piece Angry Bird set. A sling shot, a watermelon, and a bag of key limes to make more pigs since the Angry Bird set only came with one pig. 

The cubed melon pieces were put together with wooden screwers and stacked up on the watermelon with loose melon cubes scattered around. The sling shot and birds set up on one end. Pig faces painted on the key limes and set around on and in the stacked melon cubes. 

Here's My Inspiration photo compared to My Version photo.

I've also carved a watermelon shark and a pirate ship in past summers. You can see the shark here.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Birthday Time

Four-year old birthday theme of beach balls and water slide full of sun, water, cake and presents and sliding all afternoon.

Almost everyone took advantage of the chance to get wet and cool off in the 100 degree temps. 

Then the birthday cake to share with all the guests. 

Singing Happy Birthday and blowing out the candles.

Opening presents is always fun.

And a lot of Teenage Ninja Turtles in the mix of gifts. 

Happy Birthday!! Four Years Old!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Hello Sunshine

That's what I read on my package delivered by the USPS.

I subscribed to a monthly mono box that after keeping up with daily on FB for the last few months I caved and subscribed and received my first monthly box. I like the results and so glad I subscribed and look forward to one every month now for only $21.95. I've come across quite a few monogram subscription boxes online. 

My July monobox included monogram beach towel, monogram casual bracelet, and 2 drink coozies.

The beach towel is aqua in color, large in size 60"x30". It's not a thick towel, but tightly woven. 

The monogram bracelet is a corded double band with an adjustable slip and slide closure with monogram letters nicely set on gold plated bar.

Their FB page gives you a monthly preview of what to expect in the month coming up. Next month is a mono tote! 
Check it out here

Monday, July 18, 2016

My Zoo Project

The "My Zoo" stuffed animal storage is a cute idea seen on Etsy and then came to life in our work shop. On Etsy it looks like this on many different Etsy shops.

All colors lined up on Etsy for sale from $95 up to $150. 

So our project began with a trip to Lowe's to purchase 2x4's, rope, and paint to make 3 "My Zoo's", for a total amount right under forty bucks. A lucky grab of 8oz Valspar paint on sale for 99 cents each (regular priced $3.89) helped to keep the "My Zoo's" way under budget. Except, there really was no budget, but I'm proud of rock bottom sale prices. 

Soooo, I bought 2 each of sassy lilac, blush pink, and deep twilight blue Valspar 8oz paint samples. Tho I would have preferred another pinker  color, there wasn't a large selection of colors left to choose from. 

My project was taken over by my workshop/tool owner and I became the project manager over seeing the progress. I determined the size of the "My Zoo" should be 18" square by 32" high. 

Then all glued and nailed together waiting  for day 2 to paint. 

With two coats of paint there is enough of the 99 cents samples left to make at least two more "My Zoo's".

On day 3 after paint was fully dry, ropes were stapled in for the animal caged look. 

The hardest part was the words "My Zoo". I needed a stencil to add the words. Office Depot only had straight box letters in stencil form. And I wanted a cute-sy kinda font. So I printed it off the computer, taped together, and cut out. It presented a few problems since it was a handmade stencil. But only had to sand the words off once and repaint and re-stencil. 

They are finished and I love the end result. They're ready to be delivered and become home to all the stuffed animals laying around.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

There's an engagement

We're going to have a wedding. Soon. But she just wants to relish in being engaged first.

Congratulations to you two!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Future Olympic Swimmer

The The last day of "swimming school" as he calls it and I get invited to be one of the spectators. The perks of being the fun mawmaw.

The little kiddos learned the basics of floating, kicking, and holding their breath under water. 

Cute little kids like fish in the water.

And even jumps off the diving board and swimming across the deep end. 

Congratulations Cohen on your success!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cinderella Day

Another pageant day with fun, friends, and a fabulous time at the State Cinderella Scholarship Pageant. We have done it all three years now from Infant Division to Baby Division to Tiny Tot Division for each girl.

We haven't made it to Nationals in Dallas yet, but that's my plan. I don't know what the mom's plan is. 

So the two-day event went like this: 

Group playtime with Judges. Here we are  waiting for line up time. 

After a crying episode by the littlest one after she was kicked in the head while sitting on the floor by a passerby where the area was so congested you could hardly pass while waiting for your group to be called in. 

Casual Wear 
Dressy casual wear starts off day two.
Everyone was so cute. And this one was a ham while waiting to line up. 

She was having fun on and off stage. 

And this one has no fear of the stage. She likes the pageant scene as much as me. 

Sunday Dress Competition
The final competion was the party dress competition. All little girls in sweet little dresses walking across the stage smiling. 

The Grand Finals
Titles and awards at the end. Everyone's a winner in their own way. 

We didn't win Overall Tiny Tot Winner or Overall Baby Winner. Our titles and awards were the Cinderella Tiny Tot 3rd Runner Up and Cinderella Tiny Tot Photogenic and Cinderella Baby 1st Runner Up and Cinderella Baby Beauty.

Did I say I love pageants?

I love love love the pageant scene.

And they do too. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


How could I forget to share two birthdays!

First the oldest of the adult children had a birthday in May. He's funny, sweet and a wonderful son, dad, husband, brother, friend.

And the middle sibling had her birthday in June just 6 days after her baby girl turned two. So there was a two for one party for two special girls.

Happy Happy Happy Birthdays!!