Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Heart Frame Photo Prop

Heart Frame Photo Prop:

  • (1) Large box
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Gorilla glue
  • red wrapping paper
  • (2) spools of ribbon

  1. I cut the box open, and removed the two skinny sides.

    2. I ended up with two square card board pieces.
    3. Using brown paper, I made a very simple template for a heart shape.

    4. After I cut out the simple heart shape, I then drew another heart shape inside. 5. I laid the template on the card board, and drew the design on with a sharpie.
    6. I made two hearts, one on each square of card board.

    7. Use very sharp scissors to cut the card board.
    8. You will end up with two very rough hearts.
    9. Using the Gorilla Glue, use enough glue to bond the two hearts together. Then let the glue cure per the box instructions.
    10. Gather your tape, scissors, wrapping paper, and ribbon.

    11. Begin wrapping the heart, you may need to gather or pinch the paper as you go, tape every few inches.
    12. When you get to the center point of the heart, cut a slit in your paper to get a crisp point.
    13. Cut the center of the heart out, so that you can begin wrapping the inside.
    14. Cut slits in the paper every few inches, so that you can pull the paper as close to the form as possible, with out tearing the paper.
    15. Your heart is now covered!
    16. Start winding your ribbon around the heart, and tape the back side, every few wraps to secure the ribbon in place.
    17. Your heart photo prop is complete!

    Just an example of how the prop can be used. I will be taking pictures of my two boys, while they hold it! (I think it will make pretty cute valentines.)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine's Goodies for the Fullers

Mikey wanted to send some love to Mason and Mady. He told Ryan that he got to shop for the girl stuff and he would shop for all of the cool stuff for Mason.

We let them shop at the local Target dollar isle, it was so fun to see what was selected!

Mikey picked items that had to do with a general theme...robots!

Ryan thought that Mady needed really girly stuff, and went with princess goodies!

Mikey insisted on helping to wrap, so the packaging is not pretty; but wrapped with lots of love!

Mikey and his box to sent to the Fullers!
Happy Valentines Day!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ice Cream Parlor

We love our local ice cream shop, as it has a old fashioned ice cream parlor feel, and the ice cream is all handmade!

The store also sells old fashioned candy...cheap!

Do you remember these candy sticks, always a in dozen different flavors?

Mikey selected black raspberry.

Ryan selected strawberry, and was very happy to find 4 real strawberries in his kid sized scoop!

Mommy (Jenny) and Ryan

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lowe's Build & Grow - Dinosaur

Whoo hoo, let's build a dinosaur! Can you say lots of dino sounds....ROAR!

The kit and patch, love the dino bite!


I had to laugh the arms in the dinosaur kit, was heavy card stock, but tiny!!!
Reminded me of the line from Toy Story and Rex, about having tiny arms.
"I have a big head, and little arms!"

Ryan picked out the cartoon silly looking dino stickers

Mikey picked out the brown stripes, and couldn't wait to compare his to Ryan's.

Mikey and Ryan

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Random Thoughts on Thursday

Do you have Grandparents that your children, weren't able to meet as they passed years before they were born? What things did you learn from them? What legacy have they left behind?

My paternal Grandparents, James and Hazel Wehmer, passed many years before Michael Jr and Ryan were born. I can't help but wonder what my Grandma would have thought of Mikey's spunk and personality? Would she think that Ryan looks like me? My grandma Hazel, passed in 1995 while I was still in high school, and James or "Jungle," as everyone called him, passed in 1978. My grandparents were simple farming people; grandpa was a Marine and grandma was a Super Hero in my opinion. They had 12 children, leaving behind family values, that many today would never understand.

My cousin Lindsay Wehmer, said something this week that really hit home, "Family first and forever." Have my kids learned that family comes first, and to love one another beyond reason? What values did you learn from your grandparents? Is there something that you think your children should know about them? If they were here today, what lessons would they teach your kids?

Just a few random thoughts, of two people who helped make me the person I am today.

**PS. - The last picture is of Hazel and Great Grandpa Snoddy. (Yes, Aunt Jean I knew that!)**

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Lowes Build & Grow - Castle

We kicked off 2012 Lowes Build and Grow Kids Workshop, with a castle. When Mikey found out what the project was he wanted to know if there would be a dragon.

(Every castle needs a dragon, in the mind of a 4 year old.)

Mikey, Daddy, and Ryan opened the kit, and counted the nails, just to make sure everything was in order, so they could get started.

Mikey, is so funny when he uses the hammer. He has figured out that if he drives the nail in too hard, it gauges the wood. He now gently taps the nail...and this step might take 20 taps, but he is so proud when he finally gets the nail in.


We had a FAIL, with this project. As the projects are made out of balsa wood, there tends to be sections that are fragile, and not designed for my little guy. He went to drive in the doorstop to the drawbridge, and it cracked the door frame in half. When we went to the project leaders desk, we found out that it was a full class and there wasn't any extra projects to work with. When we asked about wood glue, we were told that it was not being offered for this project. (Hmmm, a hardware store that doesn't have any wood glue...very strange and disappointing.) We managed to dry up Ryan's tears, and with an extra nail...made the door frame as stable as we could.

Mikey and Ryan, with their completed castles.

(Look at Ryan, he still isn't happy about his castle.)