Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Creating a Character Fan for Kids

Six weeks ago we added a new addition to our family. A beautiful baby girl. The older girls are loving their baby sister. However, we have been making sure that we do some extra special things for them to show them that it's not just all about the baby.

This week I made Ann an Avengers ceiling fan for her room to surprise her with when she gets here this weekend.

It was actually very easy. You only need four things:

1. A basic white ceiling fan (usually its a "wood" color on one side and white on the other).
2. An Acrylic Paint Set.
3. A paintbrush.
4. A set of vinyl wall decals of your choice.

Amazon has tons of them to choose from depending on what your little one is into: Dr SeussFinding NemoTinkerbell FairiesMinionsAvengers, and a ton more.

Before assembling the blades I simply painted the white side with the colors I thought complimented the characters the best and then applied the vinyl stickers.

It was a quick and easy project that I know will thrill her to no end and make her feel extra special. Best part is that the total project ended up costing less that $100.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Whoever Said Dogs Are Your Best Friend, Evidently Never Owned a Cat

I mentioned a few days ago that we were kid free this week, which in and of itself sorta makes me a little crazy. She's been texting me at night though, which has made it bearable for the most part.

However, I am now suffering from sever sleep deprivation because she's not home and I'm officially over it.

We have two cats... Dean is mine and Sam is her's. Sam, surprisingly, is handling her being gone far worse than I am. I'm not sure if anyone remembers Tiny Toon Adventures, but I swear that Lena is the reincarnation of Elmira. And yet, he seems to miss her terribly and has been pacing around the house crying and searching for her in the middle of the night.

Last night, he woke me up at 1am with his non-stop low pitched sobbing. No matter what I did, I couldn't get him to shut up! He was even crawling under her covers in search of his girl. It was cute, but also extremely annoying at the same time. It took me an hour to get him calmed down enough for me to go back to bed.

At this point, I don't care how many heart melting texts she sends me. I need her to come home. I need some sleep!

Now that's true love!

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Wheels and a Week With No Kids Makes This Mama Lose Her Mind

It was a BIG weekend for us. Paige officially got her very first car. Technically, she started the process of purchasing it about 6 weeks ago. But the car was bought from one of James' coworkers for only $500 and there were a few things that needed to be done to it before it was road ready. Her license plates finally arrived on Friday, so we took the car in to have the new windshield put on for her that very same night. By Saturday afternoon, she was off! I mean it. Less than 10 minutes of having the car, she was gone.

James of course immediately started having a panic attack. I think he was looking at his phone every 5 minutes to see if the National Guard was calling because something might have happen to her. But she made it to and from work on her own for the first time safe and sound.

Paige and I actually have a lunch date tomorrow since the shop I work at is also putting new tires on the car for her. She worked really hard to purchase her car and we're beyond proud!

While James was busy stressing out about Paige driving, I was busy packing up Lena to spend her entire week long spring break at her best friend's new house. She's never spent that long anywhere but Grandma's house before, so agreeing to part with her for such an extended period of time was a big deal for me.

The little boy on the left is her best friend in the whole world and he moved over Christmas break. It's been 3 full months since they've seen each other since he now lives 2 hours away from us. They talk almost every day, but Lena's been in bit of a slump since he's been gone. She doesn't really play with any of the other kids in our neighborhood. I tried to get her to go out and ride her bike the other day while it was nice, but she asked me what's the point since her friend is not there anymore anyway. 

When his mom called last week and asked if she could take her for spring break, because he's missing her just as much as she's missing him, I sucked it up and let her go. I'm certain she's having a blast and I'm sure that's why she hasn't called her mother in 48 hours.

I'll be picking her up next Sunday, so that means that James and I have an entire week with no kids. The house was uncomfortably quiet for me last night after we took Anne home. So uncomfortably quiet in fact that I told James that maybe we should have another baby. We've tossed the subject around here and there, but in that moment I was dead serious about it.

I'm not really sure what to do with myself without a single kid in the house and it makes me wonder what I'm going to do in a few years when they're really gone.