Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I am not a creative person. At least, not one of those "original idea" creative people. I'm more of a "give me a pattern and a picture and I can copy some other creative person" persons. I love making things but I am impossibly unable to create anything unique. That's why I am in looooove with Never been on the site? You are missing out. In its own words, Etsy is a place to buy and sell all things handmade. In my words? Etsy's a great place to get (aka steal) ideas.

If you have an idea for something to make, just search Etsy and you will invariably find tons of ideas for that thing, but way cuter than you can possibly imagine. least, cuter than I can imagine. Here's an example: I wanted to make some sort of Halloween banner to go with my Halloween decorations. I searched Etsy and found tons of cute ones. The one I liked best cost 24 dollars. So I decided to copy it and see how cheaply I could make it.

This banner uses only ONE 12x12 piece of cardstock, some paint, and ribbon. I have no idea how the seller can sell these things for 24 dollars and sleep at night--but according to her feedback, she sells lots of 'em. After checking my supplies I found that I had everything but the ribbon. Actually, I didn't have any orange paint, but I mixed my own color with some old red and yellow bottles of acrylic paint I did have. After buying a whole roll of ribbon, my banner cost a total of $1.80!!! It's not quite as fancy as the one on Etsy, but I'm happy with it. Check it out:

And here's the finished product with my whole decorated mantle:

Yeah, it is September still, but I love Halloween decorations! I couldn't wait any longer! Now I've got to find some cool costumes to copy.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Family Videos and Chinese Philosophy

Henry's had a fever for the past few days and this afternoon after waking up with a temp of 104.0, I took him down to the doctor. They did a nasal swab to test for the flu and it looks like it is not the flu--at least not so far, but just a bad upper respiratory cold. He was pretty miserable for a while. But this evening after getting a good dose of baby Motrin, Henry was almost all the way back to his cute little self.

After baths and pajamas but before family prayer and bedtime, we were all hanging out on the bed together. Tim and I were talking and the boys were entertaining us. Henry and I had been racing Tim and Owen to see who could get his pajamas on the fastest. Henry won (probably because his are a one-piece), and I'd been jumping up and down with him to celebrate our victory. Then Henry started trying to jump up and down. Basically he bends his knees and crouches way down, then stands up really quick. No feet actually leave the floor, but it is so cute. So I grabbed the camera to catch it and found that my boys were in a performing mood. They love the camera! Here are a few videos that I captured.




Whenever I have days like today that have some rough, hard parts interwoven with wonderfully sweet parts, I think of this quote and am so thankful for all of the blessings I have. Life is good.

With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow--I have still joy in the midst of these things.--Confucius

Monday, September 14, 2009

18-month-old antics

Yesterday Henry turned 18 months old. He's really getting to be a big boy. It was his first official day to go into nursery class at church, although unofficially he's been sampling the nursery for the past few months. He did great!

Henry loves to play outside, get into the Tupperware cupboard, and try on shoes that don't belong to him. We've been finding random shoes and little Tupperware bowls all over the house lately. He's talking more and more, and he'll usually try to repeat words if prompted. Last night at bedtime we were singing a song that says, "moon, moon, moon" in it. Henry was singing along, "moo! moo! moo!" Henry loves to pull all of the books off of the book shelf, just to find the perfect book to bring me to read with him, which in all truthfulness drives me slighty crazy after putting all of the books back for the third time a day.
Henry's favorite book is the Cheerios Cookbook. I hate this book; I can't explain why I do, but I've been trying to get rid of the Cheerios book forever. I've hidden it under the bed, behind dressers and in the trash, but it somehow is always found and rescued before it's too late. Hiding thrown-away toys in the trash takes some superhuman parenting skills that apparently I am lacking. Anyway, both of my boys love the Cheerios Cookbook, probably because all of the pages have pictures of yummy treats made with Cheerios posing with toys.

Henry brings me the Cheerios Cookbook multiple times a day and we look at three specific pages: one has a picture of a cat, one page a stuffed animal dog, and his favorite is a plastic dinosaur with a Cheerios treat in its mouth. Play the video to see what Henry does when we look at the dinosaur page. It always makes me laugh.