March 19, 2014

Let It Go! The Frozen Invasion of The Young Household

I have been wanting to take time for myself to post to this site more...yet somehow time vanishes. I  keep saying "yes" to helping with big projects at my kids' school.  Don't get me wrong, I love being able to help and this year I'm at least taking on projects that I only tend to do while they are sleeping (last year on the way home from the big mother/son event I got coerced into chairing my oldest son said, "Now will you finally pay attention to us?" I had to rethink things, as that broke my heart.). I've had a few jobs for non-profits, some invite jobs too. Nice things that give me a little feeling of worth (isn't that awful to say? Guess I have the 7-year itch of being a stay-at-home mom...but I wouldn't change that for the world).

So I'll start off small, but with a big thing that has been a part of all my family's lives for the past few months. The movie "Frozen".  From seeing the movie as a family, then taking one of their teachers to see it, to seeing the joy the kids got from learning all the songs, to sharing that with their friends and viewing just about every YouTube video related to's been so fun. A friend gave my boys the cd and it was all we listened to for weeks (now we switch it up with One Direction and Pharrell's "Happy". Yes Oscar night was a battle between "Happy" and "Let It Go" in our family.). They still thank Nancy every time they see her. 

My one twin, Hudson, just loves Olaf. Owen loves everything Elsa and Anna.  I was on a hell-bent mission going to City Hall at Disneyland plus talking to customer services at any Disney based store we visited to have them make a unisex shirt with the whole cast on it.
I mean really, they couldn't put something like this on a t-shirt?

I spent hours designing one for Owen, as I promised him a shirt. But when I submitted it to the website to make I got a phone call that they don't mess with copyright issues with Disney (don't blame them). The customer service guy was so sweet and felt so bad for all my efforts that he went online searching for us too.  I ended up finding one on and spent a couple of hours shopping their site. So excited to get our package of 10 t-shirts tomorrow (yes, I went a little crazy...but these are unique, fun shirts for the whole family).  I've also been designing a few ideas to post and sell on the site (will give updates when I go through with it).

Anyway, back to Frozen. I saw this saying while perusing RedBubble and just loved it. So it was my last addition to the twins' room (I still have yet to update my post to when I first decorated their room...but that will be coming when all my free time opens up and I start putting up all the posts I plan to put up). I just love the saying and loved the smiles the boys got when I read it to them.

We got Frozen on DVD yesterday and will cherish it. When the three boys argue I remind them of the message of Frozen. It makes me miss my sister, makes me think of my nieces. It just brings me smiles.  It also brings tears...of joy. Hudson cannot stand when I cry, it makes him really sad. So trying to explain that they are tears of joy is hard. It makes me laugh that after hearing the song nearly a million times that I still am emotional about it. I've tried to take "Let It Go" and make it my new mantra (a work in progress).

If you have some time and want to see a little montage of the boys singing some of the songs they love, here it is:

 And, my goodness, if you haven't seen the movie...go see it!

August 2, 2013


My nearly 8 year old son, Emmett, has really gotten into reading this past year. I am so
proud of him and love that he loves it.  My favorite thing is to hear him laugh, and when
he started reading the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series I got to hear him laugh a lot. This
week we were driving in the car and he had a couple of his "Diary" books with him. He
was saying that it might be a good idea to have a book mark for each of his books since
he had trouble remember he was on page 112 in his one book and another page in his
other book. I'm hoping he is not mortified by it, but I've made him these bookmarks.
Hopefully I'll hear a giggle from him when I give them to him. His 3 year old twin
brothers have already caught a peek and they had quite a chuckle.

June 11, 2013


I just finished making my third quilt this year. I made one for my older son's school auction and replicated it for an end of year gift for his teacher (the other quilt was for my twins' preschool auction). Here is Emmett and his teacher after she opened it.

It was a labor of love. We took photos of all the students making the letters. Then I photoshopped the background out. Then printed on fabric for the first time. Then got to sewing. Time consuming, but happy with how they turned out. We also sold the alphabet in poster form (the principal even wanted one for her office). I've gotten quite a bit of use out of the letters. I made name plaques for the students for end of year gifts. I'm almost thinking I should make the alphabet into a font.

This was the first one we auctioned off
Here's the label I put on the teacher quilt

Here's the framed alphabet
Color poster


And here's what I made for each student in Emmett's class for the last day of school



And thanks to Pinterest, I also made these for Emmett's classmates and for a last day of school pool party. They are Nutter Butter cookies made into flip flops. Let summer begin!


October 8, 2012


When my mom told me about the cute sock monkeys Kohl's had for their Kohl's Cares stuffed animals,  I was inspired to throw a sock monkey themed party for my twin boys' 3rd birthday party.

Kohl's Sock Monkeys before I modified them

I added a hat tassle & monogrammed letter to the monkeys
My mom and grandma made sock monkeys for all three of my boys and they love them, so I knew it would be a party they would like. 

These are the invitations (the photo was attached to the back)

I made shirts for the boys with sock monkey sock material.

I always like doing a welcome sign

Our dancing monkey
My boys love air know, the funny dancing blow-up tube guys that advertise oil changes and the like.  I decided I wanted to get one for their party. Of course I didn't find a sock monkey one, so I decided it was a project I could take on to make.  I was so happy with how it turned looks.  When I hooked it up to our bounce house fan it didn't dance. I made adjustments, enlisted my mom and dad's help, visited an actual air dancer, but never got him to dance.  So, we just blew him up to stand straight (which also needed a little help to get him to just do that). The boys still enjoyed it, but I think I will still try and figure out the physics of it. If anyone has an brilliant ideas, please share.
Their party was at the end of September, so I thought chili would be a good and somewhat easy thing to have for over 40 people. I guess I didn't expect it to be a day of 90 degree weather, but at least it cooled down by afternoon.

We had over a dozen little ones at the party (with only 1 girl, the rest boys).  We had a little craft table where kids could decorate vests for the sock monkeys that they got to take home. We also had the kids play Pin the Tail on the Sock Monkey and break open a pinata.

For dessert we had sock monkey cake pops (chocolate), red cake pops (vanilla), and regular cupcakes. We also had a candy buffet.

Hudson blowing out his candle; both the boys with their cupcakes

Candy buffet with Hot Tamales, Whoppers, Red Vines & Twizzlers (we are a family divided),
banana chips, caramels, Werthers, Tootsie Rolls, peppermints, rootbeer barrels

I had fun making the gift bags and I loved the fact that money went to a good cause when I got the sock monkeys. Each bag just had the monkey, a barrel of monkeys game and little reusable container with Tootsie Rolls. The one little girl who came got a special little headband I made for her since she had to deal with all those boys.

Here are the birthday boys (with bad hair days) and a picture of our whole family.  It was a fun day.
And no, my husband is not touching me where it looks like he's touching me...his hand was just resting on his knee. Sadly it looked like this in every picture we had taken. Oh well.

Thank you for taking a look.  Now onto big brother's party which is only a month away.