Saturday, November 30

Elf on the Shelf Kiss Hunt

Today the boys had to find their elf (Happy, named by Trace) for the first time. He wasn't too hard to find- having simply replaced the box he came in with a kissing booth in the same spot. However, he left candy cane kisses all over the house for the boys to find with little rhyming cards.

They found kisses in a cabinet in their bathroom. Hanging from the tree inside an organza bag. In the frig. On the air purifier in their room and more. They also found some kisses in a mailbox on the bakers rack by the frig, along with a miniature size letter. Inside the letter a cute elf and rhyme encouraged the boys to write letters to Santa. The Kiss Booth and Kiss Hunt printables can be found by CLICKING HERE. Pictures of the boys kiss hunting below-

Friday, November 29

Look What's Waiting For The Boys

It's the day after Thanksgiving and look what came from Santa's workshop. Complete with Northpole stamped postage and stamps from around the world. Hopefully our scout elf doesn't get frost bite waiting for our two little boys to wake up!

Wednesday, November 27

Our Elf on the Shelf

This is our Elf on the Shelf who will be arriving at our house the day after Thanksgiving. We paid for his adoption through Amazon this summer while it was only about $17 (only... I know) instead of the normal $30 or whatever it normally is. Our elf has tan skin, brown eyes, wears the signature Elf on the Shelf red outfit and hat but makes it his own with the addition of a black cropped vest with a tie in the front. I know he's really looking forward to meeting his family and getting a name on Friday =)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 26

The Boy's Ornament Gifts 2013

We started making the boys ornament gifts for this year. We are taking solid colored ornament balls and putting holiday theme dollar store foam stickers on them. Putting glue on the foam and then rolling them in glitter. Pretty easy and the boys are having a blast. Trace loves glitter and stickers and Tris loves patterns, so we have a hit =)

Pictures of the boys crafting below.

Monday, November 25

Tristian's Page 2013-2014

Tristian's Journal Page 2013-2014 is finally here!

You can still visit last years journal page by clicking last years button:

Visit Tristian's 2012-2013 Page!

Tristian has symptoms of Verbal Learning Disability. For him, this means he has trouble taking words from his head and writing them on paper- even if he knows how to spell each word, unless he can see the words written somewhere while he writes. He's worked hard, though, and now can write his name and some other words without seeing them. For some reason the symptoms do not translate to typing. So, this is his typing journal.

Saturday, November 23

Homemade Advent Calendar

Really love how this turned out!

This is a home finished Karen Foster 3D Countdown Calendar drawer set. The wood piece was scrap from a shelving project we did a few years ago. Added paint, stickers, etc as desired and we ended up with a lovely, reusable Advent Calendar. We have a small fiber optics tree that lost it's stand (so no more lights) I made a new base for and we are going to put mini ornaments in the boxes for it. Hopefully the boys have fun with this =)

Friday, November 22

I Wish I Could Sleep Like That

Trace decided it was nap time while Tris and I were working on math. Built himself a nest of couch pillows on the floor and passed out. Love this little boy's random sleep schemes.

Thursday, November 21

Wallverbs Photo Set

We found this set for a third the normal price. Trev and I both loved the look, so we grabbed it. We added a couple dollar tree family wall decals and our pictures and still love it =)

Monday, November 18

Build and Grow Fire Truck

Some pictures from Build and Grow in September
I meant to post then and forgot =p

Friday, November 15

Holiday (Post)Cards

This year we are sending out postcards, instead of cards in envelopes. And, we WILL send them out! We are horrible about forgetting to mail them. Front and back of the postcards I created on Vistaprint (and an adorable coffee mug) below.

Thursday, November 14

National Family History Day

Is not today, it's actually Thanksgiving day.... Thanksgiving was made National Family History Day in 2004 by the U.S. Surgeon General to encourage awareness and discussion of health concerns that run in families, figuring what better time to do so then when lots of family is together.

So  while you are celebrating the holidays this year consider delving farther into your family trees then just who has who's eyes ;-)

Hope you have a great National Family History Day this month!

Wednesday, November 13

JcP Family Photos =)

We are using this picture one our holiday cards
this year.
Yesterday we had a wonderful sitting for our yearly photos and JcP.

The photographer was wonderful and great at inducing the boys to smile then quickly snapping shots. The shoot itself took only about half an hour and the wait time was less then 5 minutes to view our photos (basically the time it took them to pull it up on the computer). The clerk showing us our photos was very nice and personable, also.

It was just a nice photo experience in general, the boys actually seemed to enjoy doing it, which was awesome.

Tuesday, November 12

Build and Grow Race Cars

We went to build and grow this last Satruday and make pull back race cars. The boys really like that the cars go all on their own. Since the pictures Trace has also decorated his car with a series of crayon color upgrades ;-) Pics of them at Build and Grow below.

Monday, November 11

Veterans Day

Don't forget to thank and remember the veterans in your life today!

I have several family members who are past and current Military members. Especially my maternal Grandfather.

Who are you thanking/remembering today?

Friday, November 8

Wood Block Foam Stamps

This year we are using Kraft Wrapping Paper (50lb roll on Amazon is $20) to design our own wrapping paper with stamps. I think the boys are going to have a blast and this will let them be more involved in the gift giving portion of the holiday season.

Stamps are expensive, though! So I went looking for less pricey solution. These wood block foam stamps are super cheap to make and really neat! We will certainly be making more in other themes then just these holiday ones.

How to make and pictures of the boys stamping below:

Wednesday, November 6

Painted Ceramic Animal Magnets Craft

The boys wanted to show off their latest crafts =) Tris painted the dog, Trace the lion.

Tuesday, November 5

Autumn Leaves Drive Pictures

First, Tristian update. After being sick for Halloween =( and still having fevers and breathing issues during nights, last night he was totally fine. Yay =)
Just a few pictures from Sunday's Autumn Leaves drive.

Monday, November 4

My Sweet Boys

I'm was going to post pictures from our Autumn leaves sight seeing drive yesterday. The boys were just too sweet in this picture not to post it instead, though. They fell asleep on each other downstairs in the playroom while watching a show and unwinding from coming home from Mimi & Papa's (and having trick or treated and seen Amanda, Crystal, Ella, Nana & Papa earlier in the day). So I'll post the pretty leaves pictures tomorrow ;-)