Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Whole Lot of Wax

We had a great time over the weekend going to Madame Tussauds's Wax Museum in D.C.  We went with some friends and truly had a great time.  Christian loved posing with all of the wax figures and came up with each pose on his own!  There are lots of pictures that I just can't resist posting so get ready for major pic overload!  After the wax museum we went to eat at Hard Rock Cafe where Shawn was very happy to see a very unique piece (pic below).  Afterwards we went on over to visit the Ford Theatre so that Christian could once again see this historic site since he just learned about Lincoln in school.   Here are some pics of our day. 

This was so funny!

Chillin' with the Obama's

Practicing for his presidency some day

Getting a wax mold of his hand

 Something about those arms!
 So silly

 Boy he moves on fast!
 Ok, maybe I do too ;)
 The best $100 bill I've ever seen!

So I am still working on my 30 day organizational challenge and have managed to clean and organize lots of crowded spaces throughout the house.  We have since worked on the entire kitchen including pantry, refridgerator and all of the cabinets.  Feels really good to be rid of some of the items we just weren't using!

Crafting has also been high on my priority list as Valentine's Day is over and February comes to an end it's time to start thinking about Easter!  This house needs some spring colors and I can't wait to put some in! But first I must make my girls some cute spring clothing. 

I posted last week an unused (headed for garage sale) men's work shirt that was destined for something better.  So here it is  

From this! 

I even made her a hair clip to match! And I found a new love for fabric covered buttons which I used for both the hair clip and decorative button on the dress! Oh I can do soooo much with all of the scraps of fabric I have.  I always save them and now have some great things I can do with them too. I can't take credit for thinking up this dress on my own though.   I got the idea from another blogger here and loved how it turned out.  Something about repurposing what we already have just makes me incredibly happy!

With thats said, I am having some serious issues with not being able to throw ANYTHING away! I have a major collection of cardboard boxes, clothes, plastics from fruit and toys, jars, ribbons and whatever else I might be able to reuse.  On the one hand I am becoming a bit of a hoarder but on the other.....well, I am recycling which is better for the environment right?  And thankfully I have the room to store it which will end when we move again. So for now I am going to enjoy being able to craft while also doing my part to recycle! Good excuse right?

Here is what Shawn was very happy to find at Hard Rock Cafe in D.C.  It is the original jacket Michael Jackson used in his Thriller video. 

Yes! He was in heaven!!!

This piece of fabric below is a very large piece that a friend of mine Kelly M. gave to our crafting group.  She was given lots of fabric from a relative for free.  While looking for fabric for something else I saw this piece and was very happy especially with spring on my mind.  So tune in this weekend to see it's transformation.

Again feeling a little lonely here and would love to see some comments.  Otherwise I just feel I am talking and no one is listening :( 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Valentine's Day, Crafts and Plumbing

We had a lot going on this week and were able to capture pictures of most.  I am realizing that remembering to take pics is not so easy.  And then uploading and posting here is even tougher!  But I do like being able to document what we are doing nicely.  It's one of those things that has always been on my to do list but rarely gets done.  I hope you all enjoy!

Valentine's Day Fun

 A friend of mine crocheted the purple hearts and then I made the hair clips for the girls in Mia's preschool class.  We added them to the treat bags on Valentine's Day

Treat bags (I made a total of 32 of these)

 Peaceful Mia sleeping and as you know it is rare that she falls asleep anywhere other than her bed.  So capturing this moment was nice. 

Our kitchen faucet started to leak and Shawn tried to fix it.  Here are his little helpers. 

The faucet when Shawn realized he couldn't fix it...he broke it even more. It was quite funny!
 And finally...hours later! The faucet is replaced.

Remember last time I posted an old ugly binder.  Well here it is now!  I used mod podge and scrapbook paper to make it nice and pretty.  It is now our Family Management Binder where I keep all of my notes, lists, calendar and papers that need my attention.  This is hopefully going to help me keep things organized for myself, the military group I organize and my family! 
 back of the binder (and for some reason upside down)
 Inside with all the chaos that I used to try to carry around in my head!
The Valentine's Day bags I made for the kids goodies. I hung them on their seats right before dinner.  The kids received Christmas gifts from their babysitter in this beautiful paper.  I couldn't stand throwing it away as it was hardly damaged when they unwrapped their presents.  So this is what became of some of it. 

After dinner and digging into their goodies

Since I had all of my hairclip stuff out I also made some for the girls (sorry the pic is sideways)

Shawn pulled out some shirts that he no longer wants and this one caught my eye.  Stay tuned in a few days to see what I did with it!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Christian's 7th Birthday

Here are some great pics from last week!

On Christian's actual birthday there was no school because of ice on the roads.  And I got some kind of stomach bug so we didn't get to celebrate on the actual day :(  But we definitely made up for it on Friday! Thank you all for sending $$ to help pay for Christian's new television! He absolutely loved it!

EARLY morning breakfast with dad (on his actual birthday)

I took pizza, drinks and cupcakes for Christian's entire class

Party at home

Mia is waiting for the first chance she can get to eat the cake

Gabriella's kissing face...Love it!

Taking a sip from his Chocolate Sundae Cake

This pic makes me laugh every time I see it!  Christian was making his wish so Mia decided to make one too! Love it! Love it! Love it!

And of course she had to help blow out the candles too!
 Finally get to eat some of that candy!

First Bite

Second bite (yes, she shoved it all in her mouth)