Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines_Day

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” -Winnie the Pooh

These two and their daddy….they have my heart. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! I hope you are surrounded my those you love today. Speaking of LOVE, we began the day at Chick-fil-a eating heart shape biscuits and BIG Valentine plans tonight. Heart shape pizza, with heart pepperonis! 

You may have seen on Instagram, but I think Chickadee’s Dinosaur Valentines turned out really great. I will do a crayon melting/molding post soon. It was a hit and the kids were able to be pretty hands on for the entire process. Chickadee came home with the cutest valentines from her friends, the preschoolers are really stepping up their game.

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I wanted to share one more thing before I sign off. For the past few years we’ve been giving Chickadee and Sprout a book for Valentines Day. Inside of the cover of each one, we write a list of all the things we love about them at this age. It currently means a little more to us than them right now, but I hope one day it’s a great keepsake. Last year we gave Marianne Richmond’s You are my Heart and Nancy Tillman’s I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love. This year we gave The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin and I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. 

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I hope you have/had a love filled Valentine’s Day!! <3

Penguin Heart Art Activity

Two posts in one week. I’m killing it now folks! Let’s see if I can keep up this pace for awhile. We are in full on Valentine mode over here. Chickadee is in preschool, so for the first time ever I get to be on the mom and get to create Valentines with my little one to send into school. I gave Chickadee several options (shovels, mini cereal boxes, play-doh, and homemade heart crayons). She chose the homemade heart crayons for her classmates, but asked that we make dinosaurs instead of hearts (she has been talking about the for the letter D at school)…so that is what our plan is for tomorrow! I’ll make sure and drop by Instagram and Facebook to let you know how they turn out.

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Sticking with the preschool theme, a few weeks ago they were talking about the letter P and doing a lot of penguin activities. Yall should see her waddle! Well she came home sharing all about penguins and her art projects and asked if Sprout could do a penguin art project too. She wanted him to be part of the fun. I of course said yes! We grabbed some construction paper, glue sticks, scissors, and crayons and got to work. Here is what we came up with (I obviously did most of the cutting but Chickadee glued things in place)…then they both wanted to color their penguins and although it doesn’t make our penguins “Pinterest Perfect” I wouldn’t have them any other way!

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Making this penguin is quite simple really. Here is a little guide to get you started! 

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I hope everyone has a great weekend! 

Preschool Prayer

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Preschool has been one of the first experiences where we’ve sent Chickadee out into the “real world” without us. But what she does take with her is our influence and the love of Jesus we are trying to plant in her heart. It’s a big deal sending them out…praying they are kind, empathetic, good helpers, and respectful. 

One small thing we do each morning in the carpool line that I pray will impact her day is say a prayer. The idea was actually shared by a friend at church and she shared the prayer they used every morning before school. It was perfect and I should have written it down. However, years have passed and I couldn’t remember it. So Chickadee and I came up with our own and have been praying it each morning since her first week of preschool. 

She helps recite words here and there. She always remembers the last line and says it with me wearing a BIG smile on her face. It’s absolutely precious. Over time I hope she plants these words in her heart and they stay with her throughout the day! After our prayer she bolts out of the car and I continue praying that Jesus’s light shines BRIGHT. 

How are you planting the seeds of Jesus into the hearts of your children? What an important job the Lord has given to us!

Sprout’s LION First Birthday | Inspiration

I cannot even believe Sprout will be ONE in less than two weeks! This past year has gone by so very quickly. I’m not sure if it’s because we moved, we were trying to survive two under two or if it’s just how life goes, but the point is…it FLEW.

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I starting brainstorming a theme for his birthday a few weeks ago and came across this amazing cake/cupcake picture from Cake Style. And I just had to make this cake/cupcake creation.

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So all because of this cake…Sprout’s first birthday will be a lion theme! So far I’ve only done the invite and collected thoughts on my Pinterest board…. For the invitation I created my image/text at Picmonkey.com. I then uploaded the image to Walmart’s photo center on their website and printed it out on stationary cardstock. I’m always impressed with their work (we did our Christmas card this way also) & it’s SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than other better known photo websites.

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Since we are celebrating at the playground I don’t have a whole lot to decorate. We have reserved a pavilion so I am thinking of decorating the food table (the party is at 3:30 so just snacks) & then probably a birthday banner, a 12 months banner (using my Silhouette Cameo) and balloons. Here is some of my inspiration.

Veggie Tray

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 Animal Cracker Cones

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Twigs

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Orange & Yellow Fruit

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I love this lion hat I found at Sandys Specialty Shop on Etsy.

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 And I love the colors on this banner from Emerald City Paperie

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If I have time I’d love to make some of these lion lantern’s using these directions from Joann’s.

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 So what do you think? I really wanted to put “Sprout is the Cutest…I’m not LION” on the invite but refrained because I’m not sure every one loves puns as much as me. What do you think? Any other fun ideas for me? I plan to hit up Hobby Lobby later this week!

Sprout | 11 Months

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And just like that…it’s here. Your last “month” post. After today we only have one sticker left little man. I can’t believe the next time I sit down to write an update you will be ONE YEAR OLD! Such a bitter sweet time. The baby stage is coming to a close, and toddlerhood is just around the corner. We are just soaking up every second with you buddy!

We haven’t had a doctor’s appointment in about two months, but I think you are about 19lbs and somewhere around 29 inches. You are wearing size 3 diapers and both 9 & 12 month clothes.

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You are growing like a weed little buddy. And now with your eighth tooth, you have really started shoveling eating everything you can get your hands on. We have stopped pureed food (outside of an occasional pouch which you can suck out yourself) and you pretty much eat anything we are eating. You love meat and cheese…strawberries are always a hit and I think you would be okay living on sweet potatoes. You don’t turn much down, except for avocado! Although you’ve been eating puffs for a while as of February 16th you started eating them out of a snack cup by yourself. Stud. You’ve started taking a little bit of formula, since my supply can’t keep up with what you are wanting to drink…however I plan to start moving you to whole milk soon (as soon as I can get you to drink from a sippy cup!).

 You are DEFINITELY on the move lately. Starting February 13th you began consistently crawling up on your hands and knees and we haven’t seen the army crawl since. You crawl quickest when you are going for small crumbs on the floor or when you are coming in for a hug. You also like to cruise around the furniture (Feb 29). The walker has become your next mode of transportation. Around the beginning of March you began cruising and giggling, and making all kinds of progress towards your walking learner’s permit. Oh, and March 1st, you summited the stairs for the first time (and not the last!).

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You are very interactive lately. High fives started February 17th, waving March 9, and clapping March 10. Little baby babble might be one of my favorite things in the entire world and you are full of babbles. Lots of “dadadadadada” is heard when daddy walks through the door at the end of the day! As I mentioned before you love hugs and snuggling. You give the best hugs and your smile is soooo genuine.  

 You spent a lot of time at the park this month as temperatures began to heat up. You mostly climb the stairs, but with a little help can go down the slide. You love going for walks and riding in the stroller or beeping along in your little blue car. You really enjoyed the zoo for the first time and loved getting close to the glass and fences to see the animals.

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So here we are…less than 30 days from you turning ONE. How can it be? We knew this first year with you and your sister, 2 under two, would be crazy…we knew we would be tired and feel like we didn’t have it together. We knew we’d probably be late most places and went and dinner wouldn’t always get made. And all of that is true. But buddy this year has also been the absolute best. You are such a blessing to our family and it is hard to imagine our life before you made us a family of 4. Your sister absolutely adores you (as long as you aren’t stealing her toys). And we are totally smitten. We see God’s faithfulness with your every breath. You bring us so much joy little one.

We love you.