Thursday, February 27, 2014

100 day project

Mackenzie just celebrated her 100th day of kindergarten.
And to celebrate, everyone in her class had to make a project using one hundred things.
One of the kids in her class glued 100 sea shells to a poster board that was painted to look like a beach.
Someone else stuck 100 monkey stickers onto a tree. 
But Mackenzie had bigger plans. 
She wanted to make a stuffed animal butterfly. 
With 100 different fabrics. 

So that's what we made. 
Go big or go home people.  
It only took us 6 nap times to make but it turned out super cute and Mackenzie helped me every step of the way. 

The front of the butterfly had 100 different fabrics cut into various shapes. 
Then we sewed the 100 pieces on and quilted the wings together with batting in the middle. 

I accidentally sewed the fabric for the back of the butterfly on the wrong way. Opps! 
So we decided to work with it and added the pattern on to the back. 
And I let Mackenzie draw some designs on with a fabric marker. 

The middle section is stuffed with stuffing and the face is drawn on by Mackenzie. 
We also used ribbon to make antennas for the butterfly. 

a close up of one of the wings 

ta da! 
The finished product! 

Our labor of love.
Mackenzie told me that she was going to keep it forever or at least until she was really old. 

I love being able to craft and sew with my big kindergartener. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

What we have been up to...

Heelllo Strangers!
It's good to be back. 
The last few months have flown by...I can't believe it's almost March. 
I guess we have been busy. 
Here's a peek of what we have been up to. 

We drove (16 hours!) to Boise, Idaho for 10 days 
right after Christmas/over the New Year. 

We had the best time visiting family, enjoying the snow, and celebrating my birthday (do you see the real life horse drawn sled we went on? So cool!).
Oh and we rented this bad boy for our road tripping adventure (thanks to the transmission on our van going out the day before the trip). 
It was awesome. 

Kenzie lost her fifth and sixth tooth! 

We made a zillion Valentines. 
Washi tape for the win.

Our church started a mom's group on Friday mornings. 
It has been so good for my soul. 
Jana Alayra was one of my favorite speakers this year. 

We flew to Florida to surprise Aaron's Dad for his 70th birthday! 
Some people thought we were crazy for driving to Idaho but I think that 16 hour drive was easier than the plane rides to Flordia. 

It was so good to see our Florida family and to really surprise (I mean shock!) Aaron's dad when we knocked on his door. 

We also got to go to Disneyworld 3 days (thanks to family who work there)! 
And yes we totally went even though it was pouring rain and rocked some ponchos. 

Aren't these beautiful?
I wish Aaron's great grandma was still around so I could get to know her and learn all her crafty secrets. 
She was one talented lady! 

This girl. 
I want to freeze her at 2 forever. 

I did a little painting. 

I was so excited to score these at the thrift store and can't wait to start reading them with the kids. 

Forts are fun and the kids have the best fort building room

We got the flu.
All I have to say is next year I'm definitely getting the flu shot.

 We doubled the size of our square foot gardens and replanted lots of new goodies. 

I freaked out when I saw that Becky Higgins Project life is now sold at Michaels. 
Hello 40% off coupon! 
I'm about half way done with our 2013 album (now I only have 6.5 more years to go) and am loving it! Love love love! 

I want to post this prayer all over my house. 
You nailed it Thomas Aquinas. 

So what have you guys been up to in 2014?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pancakes and Pajamas Party

Mackenzie turned 6 (way back in the beginning of December...yikes where have I been) and I'm finally getting around to posting some pictures from her Pancakes and Pajamas party. 

It was such a fun and easy kid party. 
There were pajamas and pancakes. 
And fruit loop necklaces. 
And decorating pillowcases.
And funfetti cupcakes (obvs). 
The party was on Saturday morning. 
The kids all showed up in their favorite pjs and we ate and crafted and celebrated. 
We kept it simple with pancakes, fruit and OJ punch for breakfast. 

When the kids arrived we started on craft number one...Fruit loop necklaces.
The kids had fun stringing the Fruit loops into necklaces and enjoying some pre breakfast snacks. 

After breakfast the girls got to decorate their own pillowcase with fabric markers.
I wish I would have taken an after pic.
They all turned out so elaborate and cute! 

It was a great day celebrating our big 6 year old girl! 
It still feels weird typing that...six years old! 

How has your December/January/ February been??
Ours has been crazy busy but good. 
Hopefully I'll have an update soon. 
And by soon I mean in the next month.