Photos of the Week 11/4 to 11/10

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This is Owen at the Renaissance Festival this weekend. We almost took a camel ride but Owen was scared just looking at it, so we decided not to. He enjoyed watching it walk away, but freaked out when it was walking towards him. Poor kid! He even bypassed all the goats, sheep and horses for…wait for it…the ducks. He went right up to the ducks ( first time he let Benjamin put him down since they entered the petting zoo area) squatted down and said, ‘Hi ducks! Cack,Cack!’ He can’t sound out ‘quack’ fully, but he’s working on it.

 

 

This is from last weekend when Benjamin was participating in a school drag race. Owen loved watching and hearing the cars. He cries and whines to go outside when he sees or hears Ben working on the cars. Owen loves to get in the front seat and pretend to drive. He’s not even 2 years old yet, and he knows which key goes in the ignition, he can turn it and switch the radio on. We know to hide our keys from him now because there is no taking them from him. That’s asking for a war.

 

 

Another of Owen from this past week. He likes pulling out our shoes and hats to wear around the house. Normally he just grabs Ben’s stuff but every now and then you’ll see him in a pair of my heels. He’ll hate me for those photos later in life! Here he is wearing Ben’s Army boots. I had to help him get in because eh pitched a fit not being able to do it himself and he walked around the house for half an hour before taking them off. This is just more proof h’ell be like his Dada one day.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Little Miss! This is her ‘ooohhhh’ face and we love it. She makes this face when we let her ‘fly’ like an airplane. She loves being lifted into the air and brought back down. She gets up, looks around, makes this face and smiles. It melts outs hearts, obviously. Pretty much the only other time she smiles is when she’s with her Dada. Both of my kids prefer Dada. I do love it, but I will admit it- I’m a bit jealous. I want to be the one who makes Ash smile every now and then, especially when I’m the one who wakes up at 3am to nurse her. But Dada is just SO MUCH FUN!

This is from this past weekend. It was fairly warm outside so we all went out for some fresh air. Ben and Owen were on the other side of the yard working on the Project Car, go figure. I took Ash out to a sunny spot and let her get some rays. Like Owen, she loves being outside. She watches the trees and is so calm outside. I hope this means they will choose outdoors over indoors when they get older. Anyways, she was giving me all kinds of faces and expressions  I cannot remember what happened to make her give me this look, but I caught it and it’s pretty cute.

 

 

Last but not least. Dada and Ash. She loves being with Ben and in his arms. Owen did too at this age. They smile and laugh and are so attentive with him. He’s just a great father overall- I got REALLY lucky. BUT there are moments where neither like him very much and this photo shows one of those moments for poor Aislinn. Dada scared her on accident and she let out the most pitiful cry and gave Dada her best pouty face. I missed the bottom lip poking out, but she has it perfected already! We are in  trouble.

Thanksgiving Crafts: Part 1

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We started doing some Thanksgiving crafts last night. Aislinn was first since she was falling asleep and Owen was already in bed for the night. I wanted to do full on hand print and foot print crafts, but it’s extremely difficult to get a 2 month old to open her hand to paint it. Even if I could manage that I knew there was no way I’d her her to hold her hand flat for me to print it.

All we did was trace her hand, which was still not easy, on construction paper- orange, red and yellow. Cut them out. We printed her foot in brown paint on brown construction paper. We did this because we knew we wanted to make it look like a turkey and her foot just isn’t big enough to get that turkey shape. So we cut around her print to make a turkey body. Then we glued the hand cut-out’s together to make the tail, glued the turkey body/print onto the tail and made the turkey face. I used Q-tips to make the eyes and beak, and a small paint brush to do the wattle (betcha thought I’d call it the ‘red wobbly thing’, huh?). Black magic marker to finish the eyes. THEN we glued the turkey to a white piece of card stock, used orange paint to make legs and wrote her name and year on it. We made 5 of these for ourselves and family.

Here is what we got:

Used:

Construction paper- orange, red, yellow, brown

Paint- brown, orange, yellow, white

Glue stick

Card stock

Black marker

Scissors

Owen was next! He’s at the age (FINALLY!) where he will hold his hand flat and still while I paint. BUT this age also compels him to squish things together in his hands so I was worried about the tail on his turkey as it was going to be a full hand print with multicolored fingers for a colorful tail. I begged him to be patient and calm then we began.

I painted his fingers for the tail first, then his palm for the body of the turkey and it’s head. We used blue, orange, yellow, and green. He was still enough for me to get his hand on the construction paper BUT the fingers had dried so we only got one tail feather and the body. I had to re-paint everything else fast and print his hand. It was a little off because he was excited but it turned out fine. so I do suggest doing the fingers last so they don’t dry. The palm takes longer to paint because it’s bigger. After washing him up, I did the turkey’s face. Another Q-tip for the nose, small paint brush for the wattle and a marker for the simple black eye. I painted his name and the year onto it, then cut around turkey. I cut it like I did so I could make a hole at the corner and attach a small loop for us and family member to hang it up somewhere. I figured as much as we craft for them they’d be out of extra magnets to sitck things on the fridge.

This it the final and ONLY result. I’m going to attempt to make more or just photo copy this one.

Used:

White paper

Paint- blue, orange, green, yellow, brown

Scissors

For hanging:

Ribbon or string

That is all for now! We have foam sticky Fall/Thanksgiving pieces to make turkeys, scarecrows and owls as well. We are also going to be making a hand-print Mayflower so keep an eye out for them.

Meet our Family

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I am here to introduce my family to you. I am making this blog to chronicle our days, lives and anything fun I may want to share. We are a family that does a lot of crafts. We love paint, crayons, glue, paper and tape. We are a family that loves to cook to and eat, as well. We are striving to eat healthier for our children and for our future. I have found a ton of crafts, ideas and recipes from blogs and I figured I would share them here to complete the circle. Some that I post will be stuff that we have made in the past but most will be things we did that day or the previous day. I hope you enjoy our adventures and maybe try some yourself.

I am Brittany. Stay at Home Mom and Wife. I am almost 23 years old and I hope to teach my kids that having fun isn’t sitting inside watching a funny movie or playing on some electronic device. I want my kids to get dirty, inside and outside, whether it’s from mud or paint. I want them to have a big imagination and be creative. I also want them to be smart because I believe those traits mixed all into one makes for one amazing human being. There are plenty of other things I’d love for my children to be, but listing them all here will take forever. These are things that I will try to teach them and help them learn as the grow, but I do believe that creativity and an active imagination are the starting points of becoming an adult and learning to help others in need and being passionate about what they love the most.

My husband is Benjamin. He is a retired U.S Army Veteran and is the hardest working man I’ve ever known. He is currently in school and dealing with more than any 23 year old adult should- PTSD, disabilities  etc. He has internal battles that he deals with on a daily basis and sometimes it does take it’s toll on his family, but he loves his family. He is a great husband and an amazing father I love him with my whole heart and so do our children. You won’t see him write on the blog much, or at all, but you will see me write about him. My goal in writing about my husband and his trails is to let someone out there, someone like me dealing with the same issues, will read those posts and not feel alone anymore. I will also talk about how funny, odd and amazing he is because he is all that are more.

Owen is our first born and our only son right now. We celebrate his birth on February 2nd, 2011. He was born at 34 weeks & 4 days, weighed 6lbs. 10ozs., was 19ins. tall and spent 11 days in the NICU. He was born with RDS, respiratory distress syndrome, and needed to be fed by tube, needing oxygen through nasal canuals, and needed his vitals monitored his first few days in this world. He had a terrible time gaining weight after being released, but about 2 months old he caught up and hasn’t stopped growing since. We’re told that he looks a lot like me, but we has his Dada in him. He’s a Mini-Benjamin through and through. He has my husband smile, which I love. He loves Elmo, the Fresh Beat Band and Dino Dan. He loves those shows because he sings, dances and rawrs all day long. I love watching him get down and boogie when a song he likes come on the radio. He’s our little terror when he gets mad or upset, but he’s the sweetest child you’ll ever meet.

Aislinn is our second child and our baby girl, who we still can’t believe we have. We celebrate her birth on September 3rd, 2012. She was born at 35 weeks & 6 days, weighed 5lbs. 10ozs., was 18ins. tall and spent 7 days in the Special Care Nursery. She also needed her vitals monitored her first few days. She needed a CPAP (continous positive air pressure) mask for a few days to help with her oxygen levels and respiratory rate, which was also fast like her brothers. Her stay was much more rough on us, but she was in for a shorter time. She is a the spitting image of her Dada. My mother and sister try to say she looks like me, but  anyone who meets her can tell right away she looks like her Dada. She’s a lot different than her brother already. She spits-up and cries, which is something Owen never did as an infant. She’s very cuddly though, and very interested in her surroundings. I can’t wait to see her grow like we have see with Owen. I’d love for both of my kids to stay little forever, but watching them learn and grow is something I’ll never forget.

We also have 4 other children. 3 girls and 1 boy. Spice our female Boxer. Beau is our male German Shepard, Beagle mix. Spaz and Binx are our two female felines, who we love to death but wish they would learn to wipe their paws when exiting the litter box. You will certainly hear about our furry babies as they are just as much our family as any human we share blood with.