Tiny Feet

About two years ago I painted a step stool and decoupaged the boys footprints on it. It was time for an update…

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Man is it hard to get a baby’s footprints!

Unfortunately I smeared the white paint while trying to smooth out an air bubble during the initial decoupage… I should have let it dry a lot longer! It’s still very cute though of course, and I think the added dirt over time will mask it…

Valentine’s Hearts

With two boys in school now Valentine’s has become a serious business. Assembling all the cards for everyone in class, writing names (I discovered Eoin could write his name!), remembering when to bring them in to school…

In addition to all that I took on an extra project because Eoin’s preschool teacher asked her room moms to think up some activities for a Valentine’s party. I got some cool ideas on pinterest, but it was kind of tiring and stressful to complete. I am very proud of it though.

I took this Bean Bag Toss idea to another level, by also sewing the heart. I had cute heart fabric from Papa’s aunt Suzi (also seen in our Christmas stockings), a tiny bit of leftover red from Crafty Staci, brown flannel that I had intended for a blanket and a red JoAnn’s fleece remnant that I had randomly picked up.

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Stealing time during a nap…

The heart turned out really nice. The kids enjoyed the activity too, though the bean bags could have done with more weight. I used acrylic pellets from JoAnn’s as well as stuffing and they just weren’t heavy enough.

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On the other side of the fabric I sewed out a Tic Tac Toe grid, inspired by this blog.

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The party went well at the school. The kids got really into throwing, and I was able to entertain the one group that tired of the throwing a little bit longer by flipping it and showing them the Tic Tac Toe side.

Matching Preemie Donation

I wanted to give back a little to the hospital where I delivered Eamon. I called their NICU because I love making preemie hats and they said they needed blankets sized 20 inches by 20 inches. I am terrible at knitting blankets, but I thought I could manage a small one! Wrong! This took me forever, but I did start it just before I lost my knitting mojo with my pregnancy…

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Ten Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown

I had some leftover yarn so I made some Barleys by reducing the number of cast-on stitches in increments of 12.

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Mamó Came to Visit

Papa had to go on a trip to Arizona so Mamó came to help us navigate his first trip away. It was a true blessing to have her and to see her getting to know Eamon.

It finally turned cold here and Eamon isn’t a huge fan. This is his “wind-chill face”. When the cold wind blows on him he purses his lips and decides it’s a good idea not to breathe…

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We got out and about a fair bit while Mamó was here, but mostly during snatched moments between school dropoffs etc. In LLBean Eoin held the mannequin’s hand…

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And he held Mamó’s hand on the walk to school…

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Taming and Riding a Horse

There are certain things in Minecraft that are only available in the PC version. A local science-based play facility called Einstein’s Workshop has a computer lab where you can connect together and play. Our library has an awesome free pass. It took about four visits to learn how to navigate the keyboard and mouse controls (my boys are great with both, but learning the right keys for the game took a while), but finally we accomplished what we had set out to do – tame and ride a horse! Conor even knew how to NAME the d@#n thing, thanks to endless hours of watching people play Minecraft on YouTube!

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We managed this feat back in January. Yesterday we brought some friends to the workshop who had never played Minecraft… I think they were hooked!