I am trying to clean the house, trying to feed the kids (they eat non stop), trying to find library books, trying to do laundry and pack... Scott and Noah leave for Memphis tomorrow morning, I'll be on a flight to Dallas for the weekend and Seth will be with friends. Meanwhile, the boys just wrestle and fight like they no of no others who they could go play with. Arrrggghhh!
The card a bove was made from the new Hanna Stamps Pirate set, and the item below is a composition book I re covered. I used the new Teacher set for the book. Both sets will be released on Thursday around midnight at the SCS Release Party. In real life the pirate does not look quite so sun burned. I used the coins and the sword and the parrot from the accent stamps to round out my card. I love the sentiment that comes with this set. Perfect, eh?
Here is a shot of Seth from the zoo. I asked him to stand still for a photo and he struck a pose. Two nights ago we had been at Target and he had his eyes on some sparkly silver shoes. I guess I shoud not deny his true calling as a drag queen and just let him have his way. As long as he grows up to have disposable income to spend on his old Mama, all will be okay in my word! (lol)
And now it looks like the composition book may not have loaded properly into blogger. I am too tired to try to fix this problem!
While we were away Noah learned to kayak. He really wanted to do this, and claims he enjoyed it a lot, but every time we looked at him, it sure looked like he was working hard. He was very happy, though.
We grilled out, went to Mackinac Island, went to an indoor waterpark, swam at the pool, and played at the beach. Seth drank hot chocolate day and night. No kidding. The place we stayed had free tea, coffee and hot chocolate. seth ran back and forth to get hot chocolate as often as he could. The weather was beautiful and never above 80 degrees. I tell you, Northern Michigan is heaven in the summertime.
(* Editoial note to friends....of course I am not having a Crab bake. Are you kidding? I live in Indiana, where the heck wuld I get fresh crab? And if I got it, do you think I would share? I would be rollin' in the crab cakes, baby! I just had to come up with some sort of story for when I posted it at Splitcoast. It sounds better than saying "My mind is whack, I don't know where I get these ideas, but I made it, so you'd better like it.")
I also made some tumbled tiles today. The one on the lower left stays home but the others are for the Teacher's Lounge at Seth's school. Scott and I painted it a couple years ago and tried to add a couple of homey decorative touches. The lounge was expanded this summer, so I thought I would add a few different tiles to the enlarged space.
My main goal is to keep the kids seperated from each other. They enjoy running through the house and pounding on each other, but if one if otherwise engaged, the screaming and pounding is less. Yes, I am anxious for school to start.
This is Joann and Maria and Laura. Joann had a baby and six days later had a major heart attack that went untreated for hours at the hospital. The doctors on call did not treat her for the heart attack, even though all tests showed she was having one. After all, she is a tiny, healthy woman in her early 30's. For a while after this she was on the heart transplant list, but has since become healthy enough to be taken off. She has to live a quiet stress free life, and has some good friends who help her accomplish this. Her son is now 4 and she is our miracle.
Odette came a little late and, as usual, was moving 100 miles a minute so I could not get her to slow down for a good photo. She and Maria are dentists.
It was so nice to be out and about and sit for hours at lunch and catch up. My mom took the kids to the Children's Museum. They want to go to the Zoo, but it is 90 degrees out and not likely to happen until it is much cooler. Like October.
Tomorrow the kids will be all mine, all day, again. I need to go and craft now, while the kids are not sitting next to and talking to me.
We were invited to my friend Steph's house last night. It was a lot of fun, and a big surprise as we rarely get invited out. And when we get invited out, Noah manages to complain or somehow manage to ruin the evening for us, so we rarely get out. Steph has a child Noah's age and they get along well, and that is the only way we got to have any fun last night. The kids all occcupied each other without whining for parental attention.
I made a Steph a little basket of goodies, since we were going to grill S'Mores on their fire pit. I used the Riley Moose Campfire stamp (from Hanna Stamps of course) for the image and added some decoration to a bucket I found on a clearance table. I also added Hanna's "Hey Girlfriend" stamp from the sentiment set. I really do love this moose! The camfire moose must be my favorite as I use it more than any other of the moose stamps, though I adore them all.
You can see from the top photo that she clearly enjoyed her little gift!
The news today is that the world's oldest blogger has died. Since he/she was apparently old I will have to say that the presence of children in his/her home had nothing to do with the death. My kids? Well, if one could truly be pecked to death by ducks, that's what the little rascals are doing to me on a daily basis this summer, sucking the life right out of me. I guess I can stop hoping that their grandparents will want them for a weekend or an overnighter. Looks like it's not gonna happen. No surprise there, that's for sure.
The kids are out of the house and I was looking forward to having a quiet and lazy morning. I awoke to a phone call from Scott asking me to come and get him as he had a flat tire. It took me a minute to realize he was on his bicycle. I started to leave the house in my pajamas, then thought that it really was not an emergency so I came back in and put on clothes.
The good news is that I am up and ready and able to face the day!
I did learn that this kennel has coyote rollers. I had never heard of them before. They are a bar that rolls and attaches on top of your fence. That way, whenever something tries to jump in or out, the bars roll and the jumper is thwarted. Since our dog jumps our four foot fence at will, I may need to check these out. I found the internet site, but pricing is not listed. Do they know who they are messing with? Heck, I could probably make my own with reinforced paper towel tubes and dowel rods. The nerve of them to make me ask for pricing info and collect my personal data!
One child is at day camp and another is at a friends house so I am doing laundry while waiting for a stamp order to arrive in the mail. Maybe I'll have something to show off tomorrow.
I babysat three neighbor kids today and we made tiles with photos on them. None of these four kids is mine, they are all neighbor kids. I used tumbled tiles from Lowe's and photocopied photos and used mod podge to apply the pictures to the tiles. I had little tile holders in my utility room, so I sent them home with something the tiles could sit on, too.
We also made soap today. The kids added little toy frogs and reptiles and whatever I had in my stash of plastic toys. We dyed the soap blue and red for the finished products. The mom loved the tiles, but the kids loved the soaps.
This is Seth and his beloved Mumbles in their matching t shirts that we made last week with iron ons. They also have matching yellow shirts with moose on them. From now on we will have to stick to the plain white t shirts. I did not like the added step of having to dye a onesie yellow so Seth and Mumbles would have matching colors.
Noah was at camp most of the day so he missed most of the fun. Really, it was fine because he would rather play than craft any day.
I have a neighbor whose birthday is Monday, so I think I'll give the card to her. Along with a gift of...what else?! A pack of cards! Oh, yes, you know it's true!
It is a lazy Fourth here. I slept too long and woke up with a headache. I took excedrin but it hasn't quite kicked in. Hope you fellow Americans have a good holiday weekend and thet the rest of you don't work too hard.
Scott plays church softball all summer. I used to go cheer him on, but now I just send the kids. If I can get one of them out of the house that means no sibling fights for about three blissful hours. You know I love that!
Noah is in my crafting stuff at this moment and we are waiting for Seth to get ready so we can go see the movie "Get Smart." It should be full of stupid humor for my grade school age kids. Let me tell you, Noah in my craft stuff makes me hugely annoyed. He puts nothing away and is not nearly as careful as his little brother. I gotta go hover over him and make sure he doesn't destroy my favorite toys.