Monday, May 30, 2011

Forsgren Fun

We just got home from a long 4 day weekend in Price. We got to visit a lot of family, but the best part was being able to get together with my Mom's side of the family on Saturday, which doesn't happen that often, The Forsgren's. We had fun blowing bubbles, the kids played some baseball and on the playground, visiting and taking pictures of my mom with her siblings. Here's some pics from that day.

What a fun afternoon. The rest of the weekend was spent hanging with my Dad and siblings, playing games, attempting to make some baby stuff, eating good food, a couple trips to the cemetery, and relaxing while the kids played and played.

Friday, May 27, 2011

And Onto the Weekend

We've had one of those weeks where it seems like if anything can go wrong it will and has. Which has left us both stressed out and cranky. But this too shall pass and we'll get through it just like we do everything else. But that means I am looking forward to this long weekend even more so than normal. We kicked it off already last night by seeing Kung Fu Panda 2 with the kids. The boys and Mike loved it of course. And today while Mike is working his last day before the weekend, I am packing and cleaning getting ready for 3 1/2 days in Price hanging with Family and hopefully a friend. So here's to getting past trials and looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Hope your weekend plans are big. Have fun and be safe!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

Today I have been married to the same handsome man for 11 years! I just wanted to say

Happy Anniversary to the love of my life (yes, Mike that means you).

Thursday, May 19, 2011


I have to admit that I am a full-fledged addict to the Etsy website. Seems like I can always find whatever I am looking for on there no matter how strange the request. I love that I can get so many unique hand made things and also occasionally get inspired to make something on my own. A friend of mine was recently inquiring about a purchase I made and where to get one for herself. So I looked up my order history from the past couple of years to get her the link to the seller. Then I found myself glancing through the various old orders and remembering some of my favorites, so I thought I would share a few pics of my favorite purchases.

This owl case perfectly holds my pink DS I got for Christmas
And you better believe I ordered one of these cute bags to use as a diaper bag for baby Faith. I even got her name on it. These would be great bags for any little girls, especially little dancers.

I bought a couple of these bowls made out of old vinyl records one year as Christmas gifts.

And this is the play tent Papa Ring and Grandma Judi gave the twins a couple Christmases ago.

The ornaments I ordered for the boys last Christmas.

Mike gave all of his employees these hard drive clocks one year for Christmas

These fabric curlers. They work so well and don't leave the lines in your hair like the pink foam and plastic ones.

Caleb's dino-apron

And this case that hold my little point and shoot camera in my purse for easy access

These are just a few of my favorites, there are many more purchases I've made and will be making as I find myself browsing the site nearly every day for new ideas and unique items. If you are into this sort of thing, I highly suggest you check it out.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

ZOOrasic Park

This morning we finally got the weather we've been waiting on to take our first spring zoo trip this year. And just in time too because today they opened the Zoorasic exhibits in the zoo. They have mechanical dino's positioned all throughout the zoo for a little extra fun. We got to see some of our favorite dino's and a couple even spit water on Caleb. And the boys got to dig for dino bones and Caleb got to join in a story about a Utah Ceratops with a group of other kids.

Of course we had loads of fun looking at all the regular animals as well and got to see some very active tigers playing with a ball hanging from a tree and one of them playing with a ball in the water. And it wouldn't have been a trip to the zoo without a ride on the carousel and the train. We were sad that the bears and zebra's had been shipped away while they build the new Arctic exhibit, but am excited to see that coming along.

After we were done it was just about lunch time, so Mike was nice enough to take me to indulge in my craving for a burger at Ruth's Diner up Emigration Canyon since we were right there. It was delicious as always. What a great Saturday morning with my boys!

Double Trouble Meets the Window!

Before Mike left for work on Friday, he was taking advantage of the beautiful weather and opening the windows in the house. He opened the window in the twins room as well. This window lost it's screen last year and we still have yet to replace it. Well while I was busy crafting away on my bow holder they were in their room playing happily and quietly for the most part and I thought nothing of it and was loving having 30 minutes to do something I wanted to do. Well when I went to check on them toward the end of my project this is what I found...................

Yes, they were being that good because they were busy throwing things out their window. They emptied 3 bookshelves, 2 dresser drawers and had started on random toys by the time I got up there. At first I laughed and took this picture, but by the time I was done picking it all up to bring it in...I was starting to be in a pretty fowl mood (it had been quite the morning already without this). So I made Mike put it all away when he got home from work. After all, he's the one that opened their window, right? Luckily he agreed and did it happily, that made it better. And now I can laugh about it, just like I knew I would later. And a new window screen has now moved to the top of the priority list. Double Trouble, meet Home Depot!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Bow Holder

I was perusing the net this morning trying to get some ideas of storage for the hair bows and flower clips I have already started collecting for little miss Faith when I came across something like this and thought, "I could do that." So then I was on a mission to get to the craft store and get my supplies. I picked up some various ribbons in the color scheme that we are dreaming about for her room. Ladybugs, pink, green and browns. A blank canvas and some liquid fusion glue as well and I was on my way to projectville.

First I measured and cut some ribbons the length (plus a little extra to wrap around the back) of the canvas. Then I also cut up an old index card to use as a spacer between the ribbons to keep the spacing as even as possible and started gluing, gluing, gluing.

This is what the back looks like when I was done gluing and waiting for it to dry. I love projects that the back doesn't matter. Only add glue to the ends since you want the ribbon on the front to be loose enough to clip the bows and flowers onto.

Once they were all dry enough I flipped it over and attached another ribbon for hanging and some loose ribbons for decoration on the top.

Now that it's all finally dry, I hung it in that room for a little test run to make sure the glue is going to hold up and added a few of the bows to it.

I love it. Of course you could always paint the canvas first, or cover it with a patterned material. That's the thing I loved about this project, the possibilities were endless with material, paint, and ribbon possibilities. But plain white seemed to work in my case for the look I was going for. And it was super simple. I am thinking these would be great little baby shower gifts and/or birthday gifts for the little girls in your life. Other than drying time it only took me about 30 minutes. Happy Crafting Day to me.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Mother's Day Weekend

Mother's Day this year turned into a spread out weekend. On Friday night we stopped to by the traditional flowers for the Mother's Day flower bed planting and brought them home. After Mike did the regular yard work that night, he opted to go ahead and just get them planted as well since the weather was expected to turn cruddy again by Sunday anyway. So I put them where I wanted them and sat and watched him and Caleb plant them all.
Saturday I was able to go up to Park City all afternoon with a girlfriend of mine and shop, shop, shop. So much fun and great deals, as always, a little bit came home for everyone. I got home in time for dinner with the boys and to relax on the sofa while watching a movie. And when I pulled in the driveway, I pulled into this message. The sunlight made it hard to see with the camera, but it says "We love Mom," in sidewalk chalk.

Sunday morning, I got breakfast in bed. Pancakes, eggs and some watermelon. It was super yummy. And Caleb brought me the gifts he'd been working on for me. He made me a counting book that he said I could read to the boys to teach them to count. And also a beautiful card in Chinese that he made at school.

The rest of Sunday was mostly like any other Sunday. We relaxed and watched TV and did laundry. Mike and Caleb snuck off to see Thor for a couple hours and I stayed here and watched another running of Despicable Me with the twins. Another Mother's Day down, now onto planning for Father's Day next month.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Mother's Day Project

Caleb is really getting into a phase of wanting to make gifts for people instead of picking them out something in the store. He is always making cards for people and drawings and so when Mother's Day was coming up this year of course we decided to go with the homemade route again for all of the Grandma's. We went to Hobby Lobby for a little inspiration and Caleb decided he would like to try out soap making. I had never done it before either so I thought it sounded kinda fun. So we bought a few essentials to start out and came home to give it a whirl.

I am happy to say that Caleb loved every minute of it. He got to help run the microwave to melt the soap, put coloring in to make fun colors and pour them into the bug mold he had picked out in the store.

It was a very fun project for him and the twins loved watching and yelling "BUG!" every time we would squeeze the completed ones out of the mold. We wrapped up a set for each Grandma and enclosed a card. Now that they have all been delivered, I get to share the pics. We made enough for 4 Grandma's and we even had some extra to send to Aunt Tracey for a little Happy Mother's Day as well. Caleb has already asked to make it again and requested that we get some more molds and more specifically, a shark mold to make some more with. Should be loads of "clean" fun coming up in this house.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Swimming Into May

May is here already! After waking up to 5 inches of fluffy white snow on Saturday, we spent some time cleaning the house and then took the boys on a little outing to close out the end of April. We took them to our local pool that they love. I didn't feel much like swimming, but Mike jumped in with them and they all had a blast for almost 2 hours playing in the water and going down the Pickles the Duck water slide. I had fun just watching from the sidelines and taking a few pictures here and there.

After they were worn out we stopped by the store for a few groceries and ended up buying the newest Harry Potter on DVD. So that made for the perfect evening to relax and watch it on the sofa. The next day, the official first day of May was spent at home in our PJ's doing some laundry and taking some much needed naps.

Today was my routine 20 week ultrasound with the tech at the Dr. office. Everything looked great to her and she said again that it was still 100% a little girl. We got to see lots of baby Faith swimming around and kicking me and came home with another CD full of pics. It was a nice visit.

Here's to May being a full and busy month and to Caleb only having 5 weeks left of the first grade. Where does the time go?