First Day Of School 2013

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Wordless Wednesday: Slushie Time

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Enjoying a slushie after a hot afternoon of playing at the park.

First Bath {Wordless Wednesday}

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 It’s so fun looking back at pictures of when my children were babies! I remember giving Jacob his first bath and being so worried about how fragile he was. Nowadays I have to worry about the boys jumping around in the tub and not hurting themselves as they giggle with each other! What a difference a few years make :)

My Little Blue Eyed Boy {Wordless Wednesday}

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First Day Of Soccer {Wordless Wednesday}

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Four Years Ago! {Wordless Wednesday}

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My blog is a few days away from celebrating it’s FOUR YEAR BIRTHDAY!! Wow! In honor of that I thought I’d share some pictures that were taken the week I started the blog {It’s hard to remember Jacob was ever this little…}

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Little Swimmer {Wordless Wednesday}

Jacob on his last day of swim lessons.

Jacob on his last day of swim lessons.

Frosting Face {Wordless Wednesday}

Jacob smeared frosting from his birthday cookie all over his face like shaving cream. lol

Jacob smeared frosting from his birthday cookie all over his face like shaving cream. lol

Disney Cars Themed Birthday Party Ideas

CARS BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS

The boys had a blast at their Disney Cars themed birthday party.

Below are some of the Cars decorations, treats, and fun themed activities we did:

Indoor Fun: Car mat w/ cars

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Jacob colored a Lightning McQueen cutout and then we had smaller cars as well to decorate the living room

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The cake table was setup with balloons, some cars cutouts, and the goodie bags

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Dessert #1: Rice Krispie Treat Stoplights- I had planned to dip the rice krispie treats in chocolate before putting the m&m’s on them but we were short on time.

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Dessert #2: Cars cake

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The boys LOVED this huge Cars mural. It was over 5 feet tall. I got it from Party City and plan on finding a permanent home for it in the boys room.

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I found this trophy and thought it would be perfect for the party. I told them it was the Piston Cup, just like the Cars try to win in the movie. They are still carrying it around days later :)

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The kids enjoyed doing a Cars sand art project. It was really messy so I was happy that I’d chosen to do it outside!

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All of the children had fun breaking apart the pinata. I liked this one because all they had to do was pull strings for it to open. The ones that need to be broken open with a bat are not so easy for my young kids to do.

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I bought Mater party hats but we found them hard to put together. The kids didn’t like them because the hats covered their eyes. This was the one party item I bought that I wish I wouldn’t have.

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At the end of the party the kids got Cars themed goodie buckets overflowing with Cars themed fun.

Overall it was a great party! :)

Happy 4th Birthday, Jacob!

Jacob is 4!

Who Needs Toys? {Wordless Wednesday}

Who needs toys when you can play with boxes? They boys played for over an hour with a few boxes. Here's Jacob pretending to be a robot.

Who needs toys when you can play with boxes? The boys played for over an hour with a few boxes. Here's Jacob pretending to be a robot.

Jacob’s School Picture- Spring 2012 {Wordless Wednesday}

Picture by Lifetouch

Picture by Lifetouch

Wordless Wednesday: Craft Time

Look, Mom!

Wordless Wednesday: My Little Soccer Player

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Wordless Wednesday: Heart

Jacob put this together and showed me it. Doesn't it look like a heart?!

Jacob put this together and called me over to the table. Doesn't it look like a heart?!

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First Day Of Preschool

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Jacob had his first day of preschool on Friday so I wanted to share about it :)

We started a “night before school” tradition where the kids get to pick the restaurant they want to go to. Jacob chose pizza so we headed to a local pizza place. After dinner we came home and the boys had baths and we read some books about going to school for the first time.

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The next morning I woke up earlier than everyone else and started getting ready for the day. Daddy had taken the morning off work too so he could watch his oldest son go to his first day of school. He helped get the kids ready. Outfits had been picked out the night before which helped save time in the morning. Sinisa made the boys a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs and nutella on toast which they enjoyed. The backpack was filled with school supplies and ready to go. Before we left the house I took a picture of Jacob standing by the front door, something I remember doing every single year growing up on the first day of school.

We drove to Jacob’s school and got there pretty early. We aren’t allowed to bring the kids in to the school which I was kind of bummed about. Teacher assistants come get them and bring them inside to sit outside of their classrooms until school starts at 8am. When the teacher came and opened his door, Jacob seemed leery about going with someone he didn’t know and he didn’t want to wear his backpack but after a minute or so he let the teacher lead him away from the car.

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When we came back two and a half hours later we waited in a long line as we watched children come out of the building and get into their parent’s cars. We spotted Jacob before he saw us and I tried to get another picture of him but couldn’t because other cars were in the way. When we finally got closer he saw our car and his face lit up.

As soon as he got in the car I was wanting to know about his day. He said he played with playdough and read books. He seems very excited to return so we shall see how drop off goes today!

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Has your child started school yet? How did the first day go?

Wordless Wednesday: Jake’s Three Year Pictures

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These pictures were all taken at JCPenney Portraits Studio.

(Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post!)

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Wordless Wednesday: Blueberry Picking

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One year ago we went blueberry picking. This is a picture of Jacob and daddy on the wagon to take us to the blueberry bushes.

This was Jacob's first time tasting a blueberry.

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Wordless Wednesday: Jacob’s 3rd Birthday

Cake Time!

Jacob turned three years old this past Saturday. Here are some of my favorite pictures:

Presents were opened first thing in the morning!

Out and About: Pancakes at McDonald's, Walmart, All Aboard Diner

Outdoor Fun

Cake Time!

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Jacob!

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JACOB THOMAS IS:

Joyful

Active

Creative

Outgoing

Busy

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Terrific

Handsome

Oldest

Magnificent

Adorable

Silly

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Happy Birthday to my first born child! I love you so much and am blessed to call you my son!

Wordless Wednesday: Jacob and Jessie

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Mommy and Me Monday: April 2011

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Love this picture of Jacob and I that was taken at JCPenney Portrait Studios this week!

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(Disclosure: This is NOT sponsored by JCPenney’s…just love their portrait studios!)

Wordless Wednesday: Decisions…

jake reading menu

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Creating An Art Keepsake

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Though my children are only toddlers I already feel like I’m being buried under tons of art collages, finger paintings, and other artwork. I know as they get older it’s just going to get worse so I decided to create a “brag book” of Jacob’s artwork from his toddler years. I went to The UPS Store with pictures of his artwork on a flash drive and they bound it into a book for me. To see how this was done you can view my whrrl story:

Once I brought my book home it was pretty plain so I wanted to decorate it. I gathered all of my supplies and got to work.

I wanted to first make a new cover for the brag book. I chose a piece of card stock and a couple pictures. I looked through my scrap-booking cabinet and found some fun polka dot frames for the pictures.

I used my X-ACTO knife to cut the pictures down to the size of the frames.

I used my Elmer’s dot runner around the edge of the frame and used it to attach the frame to the picture.

I then used adhesive squares to stick the framed picture to my cardstock.

Once the pictures were on I added a title to my book. I could have been done here but I wanted to add a little more. I chose to add some squiggles with paper and some art-themed stickers.

I attached my cardstock sheet to the old cover page with the Elmer’s craft bond adhesive squares and liked that I had the clear plastic cover over  it to keep the photos safe.

Along with adding a cover I also wanted to label the artwork so I would know when Jacob created each piece. I cut squares out of cardstock and used the adhesive squares to stick one on to the back of each artwork print.

I then wrote a date on each one. Here’s the label for the picture of the hearts Jacob painted on Valentine’s Day:

Here are some before and after pictures:

 

Artwork prints waiting to be bound

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Artwork bound at The UPS Store

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The finished product

I’m #LovinLogistics and #GlueNGlitter :)

(Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias. All thoughts are my own.)

My Little Leprechaun

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Jacob ~8 months

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Wordless Wednesday: Jacob and Lucas

Jacob and Lucas

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Here’s the boys’ newest picture taken at JcPenney Portraits. We moved in November so when we had to switch studios I was disappointed because I loved our photographers. I think the photographer at this new studio did a great job with my two little wiggle worms and actually got shots of them both sitting together so I was very happy! :)

*Please note: This post is NOT sponsored. I just really, really love JcPenney’s studios!*

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Wordless Wednesday: Monkey Boy

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Wordless Wednesday: Painting With Daddy

 

This is how Jacob looks after he paints a picture while being watched by daddy :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Snow Day!

Uh oh! Lost a glove!

After the blizzard here in Chicago we went out to play in the snow. Here are ten of my favorite pictures. See more Top 10 posts on Amanda’s blog.

 

Jacob shoveling snow

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Daddy had to help Lucas walk in some of the snow because it was so deep.

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Jacob making a snow angel

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Lucas is loving his first time playing in the snow

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Jacob and daddy

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Uh oh! Lost a glove!

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Jacob fell in the snow

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I have no idea what Lucas was trying to do but he was looking at the world from a new angle :)

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Jacob kept wanting to take his mittens off so we had to keep putting them on.

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A sign that it's time to go inside? Your child gets a runny nose.

My New Favorite Picture

Love, love, love this picture of Jacob and Lucas!

And notice the hoodies they are wearing? Part of the Splendid Littles For Target collection that I just did a review on. (Becky H. was the winner by the way… if you didn’t win, check Target.com or your local Target. I saw a whole endcap featuring the collection while I was shopping at my local Target today!)