Thursday, October 4, 2012

Rub a dub dub

Oh and remember Project Pinterest.  Yeah, I totally failed.  I've made some recipes but I have two projects that remain unfinished.  Instead, I thought I'd share how we took advantage of one of the last warm days of fall....

perfect day for a bath tub photo session with my little girl!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

so close!

I'll be back with a Pinterest Project post soon.  I know, I missed last week.  I've been working on one though so it'll hopefully be finished so I can post on that next week!

I thought I'd share my ALMOST favorite picture.  Seriously, I love it and it's just so close to being my most favoritist (yes, that's a word) of all if it weren't for the fact that Caroline's precious smile is being covered up.  That was the extent of our cooperation today for pictures too, so there was no recreating that set up.  



Oh well.  We'll try on a different day.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Frozen Hot Chocolate ::: Project Pinterest

Things are moving slowly over here folks.  Which is not a good thing.  Although I have been pseudo-following the rules of project pinterest for a couple of months, it has only been about a week since I began posting on Project Pinterest so I kind of need this motivation even more--to keep me going on my list of "fun things to try".  I have to keep in mind that project pinterest shouldn't be a daunting task.  Projects and Recipes are really fun to try and PP will do the job at keeping me accountable for trying new things consistently.

This week I'll highlight the Frozen Hot Chocolate treat.  


I've always wanted to go NYC's Serendipity where they serve up the nations most famous frozen hot chocolate so when I saw these on Pinterest I thought I'd give it a try!  

We put the kids to bed early and I quickly made a batch so Tom and I could enjoy them outside on our patio with a game of cards.



The recipe calls for a can of evaporated milk and I thought, "I have that!".  But it turns out I had sweetened condensed milk at home.  I still gave it a try despite that and it turned out okay.  It was entirely too sweet for us.  I had a hard time drinking a fourth of the glass.

I know it was probably from milk switcheroo that it turned out too sweet but I'm sort of turned off by the concept now and don't think that I'll try it again.  I think I'll just wait until I take that long awaited trip to Serendipity to try Frozen Hot Chocolate again! ;)


Thursday, August 2, 2012

"Project Pinterest"

I'm a total daydreamer.  I could just sit all day long and think about fun things to do, creative things to make, beautiful things to decorate, (dishes to wash, beds to make, laundry to fold, etc) and I'd be good to go.  The problem with all of this is that not a single thing gets done.  Tom is my exact opposite in this area so our relationship works out well together in that he motivates me to do things and get them done and I help Tom...relax and enjoy situations.

Enter... Pinterest .  It's like the world's biggest magazine and it can be...time consuming.  Some days it's a distraction for me and I do it just to relax or other days I will have a specific recipe or project I want to look up (like furniture painting tutorials or room decorating styles, etc).  I started to notice a trend-  I kept pinning things and wasn't following through with doing the projects.

Then I thought of something that motivated me in this area.  I call it "Project Pinterest".  Project Pinterest is simple- Pick ONE project to do a week and do it! Of course, it would be fun to document so I also think it's fun to take pictures of the project but that's not a requirement for me.  If it's a simple recipe or small project I won't be pulling my camera out, but regardless, I'll be completing something creative.  After I complete the project, I've been going back to my pinterest boards and commenting on whether or not it turned out or I liked it, etc.  My goal is to also update on my blog to sort of keep me accountable for getting it done.

I've been doing this for a couple of months now but definitely haven't been on track with my "once a week" goal.  I'll try and do better once I post this ;).

This is a serving tray that I painted from a cheapo ikea serving tray that I bought earlier this summer.  I was inspired by this serving tray on pinterest.  I didn't follow the tutorial because the inspiration tray was porcelain and the tray that I used was kind of wood-cardboard-laminate surface.  I spray painted the edges and handles with a cream colored spray paint and then used chalkboard paint on the tray's surface.

Right now, we're using is as a centerpiece.  I asked Hans for things that he was thankful for and happy about and wrote down his answers while he colored on the other side.  He actually came up with every answer unprompted by me!  That explains the random answer of "turtle" thrown in there!
Anyway, I'm happy with our new tray-repo!  



So, who wants to join me for "Project Pinterest"?  Even if you aren't on pinterest, pick one project or recipe a week and....let's do it!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Not-so-perfect but perfect

It's the only way I can describe this picture.  It's one of my favorites right now.


Daddy was working late, my little's just finished splashing together in the bath and both were jammied for bed.  I rarely (if ever?) have gotten a picture where my two kids are sitting close together, looking, and smiling!  Although it's not the worlds most perfect picture, it's one of mine.  I can just look at this picture and smell my kids.  I can smell that fresh-from-the-bath-and-in-my-jammies smell.  I wish they could bottle up that smell so I can gift it to myself 20 years from now.  I can hear their giggles and squeals and I can feel their cuddles.

I love that you can relive a memory from a photo and I love the memory from this picture!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

two and a half

We have ourselves a 2 1/2 year old.  I had been sort of holding off in saying that, but since last week was his "half birthday" I figure it's about time I accept it.

I can't believe how much growth can happen in a 1/2 year!  


What a delight this little boy brings to us!  Of course we have those typical moments that can occur in the life of a 2 year old but man, the "GREAT" moments quickly out weigh those times that really try your patience. 



Hans,

You have a love for laughter and everyday, we see an increase in your understanding with humor and....you're down right hilarious!  You have a love for life and it's contagious!

You put on Daddy's socks and came out and, in a deep voice, said, "Hi, I'm Daddy!" 


You absolutely love your sister.  There are times when I see you (although you don't know it) go over to "Kiki" and give her a huge hug and kiss and whisper, "I love you Kiki".  It melts our hearts when we can witness those moments! 


There are times when you forget to be kind to her or don't want to share, but the love for your sister is always present!




You don't particularly love the camera, but every once in awhile you decide to flash it your best "cheese!".




You love toys and have an imagination that won't quit.  You love to make vehicles into characters and love when mommy and daddy play with you and your cars.  We often hear, "Mommy be this one!"  "Mommy be the ferrari" or  "Daddy be Mater", etc. 




The thing that we're enjoying most about your wonderful 2 1/2 years of life is your absolute love and interest in all things with Jesus.  We usually have the local christian radio playing in car (if not a children's CD) and the other day, when TobyMac came on, you declared, "Oh I like this song mommy! It's about Jesus!" 
You love to read your Bible and request favorite stories like, "the desert one" or the "Jesus is alive again one".  In your Devotional Bible there are stories of modern kids and the struggles they might go through and then there is a Bible story relevant to that situation following the story.  Hans' favorites are the stories about the boy who takes a "time out" and the boy who "colors on the wall".  So, we are sure to read those a couple of times a day! ;)


Hans, you're silly, goofy, kind, strong, independent, and loving.  We love you sooooooo... applesauce! (don't ask)    ;) ;) ;)


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Molly::: (almost) 3 Years

Molly is my beautiful niece.  We are so fortunate to have five nieces that are not only adorable on the outside, but extremely sweet and kind on the inside too.  (we also have two nephews that fit that description to a "T").  My sister is a flight attendant and visits often from her home in Ohio.  I love this perk of hers because we not only get to see her and my brother in law every so often, but their precious kids as well!

My sister and I decided to take Molly out on a special morning with "just us big girls".  We went to Northwestern College where my sister went to school and snapped some photo's of Molly to capture her last moments as a 2 year old before they usher in her 3rd birthday!  I cannot believe it's been 3 years!!

Molly gave us about 5 seconds of smiles to work with and then she was ready for her promised "treat".  Despite her lack of enthusiasm and my amateur photography skills, one thing is for sure....this girl is photogenic!
Here are a few of my favorites,





It was a fun afternoon with you Molly (and Kim)!  

Saturday, July 21, 2012

"How To"

How to teach your child to walk early:



Take your child to the pool.  The cloudier and colder the weather, the better.  And, if there is a thunderstorm rolling in...bonus!

Next, place your baby in a pool of cold water.




Note: Caroline isn't walking...yet.  But, she most definitely wanted to yesterday!

Another note: forecasters aren't always correct.  Hot and sunny day? Nope!  We had to leave the pool after 20 minutes due to thunder/lightning and rain!  Boo.  Caroline didn't seem to mind the early escape though!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We had a visitor...

We had a visitor today!  Well, actually, a couple of visitors you could say...


It was a rainy day today and we called off plans to get outside and decided to stay close to home.  With all of the hot and muggy days we've had lately, we've also had our fair share of mornings spent at home, inside.  With that said, I felt like I had to switch things up a bit.  

So, my old Cricket doll came to say hello!  Hans was very welcoming...and Caroline was too....in her own way.



We learned early on that Caroline's love language is "hair pulling" (or pinching, or scratching...).  Poor little Cricket got a lot of love from Caroline.  She decided she better go back into her storage box home and come out to play when Caroline is a little older.



After Cricket left and after an afternoon nap, I decided to bring out my very first baby doll from when I was a baby.



She was quick to give it a lot of kisses and A LOT of big smiles.  I think she may just be a "doll" girl like her mama.  


Why does my old baby doll look like it's my grandmother's old baby doll?? Sheesh, talk about feeling old!



 Oh, and before we leave, Caroline wants to show you her new top two teeth!
She is growing so fast!!





Monday, June 4, 2012

Instagram peek

I'm having a lot of fun capturing our daily activities with instagram on my phone.  Instagram was previously only available for the iphone but when they opened it up for android users as well, I jumped on bored!  I have always loved the vintage feel you can add to the pictures.  I also love that you can opt to be a private user, so my pictures will be kept private unless I approve someone to follow me.  Or, of course, if I post them to my blog ;). 

This is a little glimpse into our week.  I was planning on going through each photo and giving you a little update or description but it took entirely too long to figure out how to make this collage and upload it into the blog.   Here is a brief overview.  I love love to see my kids play and interact with each other, my uncle visited,  time spent with the cousins up at the cabin where we also were able to listen to my dad's outdoor concert, and quiet time in the morning before the kids were awake.



I'm planning on posting again soon with a little project I have on my mind.

If you have instagram, find me on there!  My name is domestickate

Friday, June 1, 2012

This little girl

7 months....7 months!!  No, I'm not referring to the last time that I've updated the blog (I don't think it's been quite that long.  I'm referring to my little girl.  Remember my little newborn baby girl?  Yeah, she is older now and getting more and more adorable by the minute.


She still loves her big brother and we're still getting tons of smiles from her.  She has also been working on screaming at the top of her lungs using her voice.  It's frightening and lovely all at the same time.

 Caroline is cruising all over the place.  With the combination or rolling, scooting, and army crawling, we definitely need to keep an eye on her!  Hans is very good at making sure she only plays with baby toys.  I frequently hear him say "No, Kiki" and then it's quickly followed with "Here you go, Kiki" as he quickly finds a baby toy to put in front of her.  He really is so sweet with his baby sister.  I think he loves the fact that mommy says she is still too little to play with his toy cars.  When she is making a bee line for his stuff he frantically sweeps everything into the corner and tries to block her off from his things.  It's adorable and hilarious.

I was able to fit in a little "7 month" photo shoot with her in this adorable vintage high chair we found.  It was a warm day so she was just chilling in a diaper cover and a bow I made for her hair (of course, mommy has a matching one too!)




 Smiles all of the time!



Here she is wearing a dress from my grandma (her namesake, Carol) when she was a little girl.



We love you sweet Caroline!


Friday, March 2, 2012

Around the House

The past couple of weeks have just been what we've needed. Time at home. Time together.

We had time to get a little creative with our toys. These pop can boxes served as trains and boats. Hans is so creative. I love getting in his little imagination and playing along with him.
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Enjoying a snack, bundled up with his new coat on.
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Caroline has discovered the love to grab toys and put it in her mouth. She is getting so big already (4 months!)
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A trip to the library and bringing home books on tape.
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Hans really enjoyed the books on tape! When I sit with him, I help him turn the pages when the "chimes ring". He still needs to be supervised though otherwise I hear from another room, "new page, new page" and come back to find that he is on page 14 while the reader on tape is only on page 5. ;)


Good times at home! My heart is refueled and refreshed!