Sunday, June 28, 2009


Here are a few projects and crafts we've been up to the past few weeks:

I went to some antique places last weekend searching for a dresser for Emmy. She has never had one and I wanted 1. to clear up 2 of my own drawers that were currently housing her stuff and 2. have all of her clothes in her room. So I found this old dresser ($22.50!) and had planned on sanding off the shiny wood stain, priming it, then painting it white. Well after I sanded it I decided to take a "before" picture. After I took the picture I decided I really liked how it looked sanded. So then I just stuck on some vinyl stickers I had found for $3 and wahlah. The knobs weren't on for the picture, but now they are. Love it. p.s It's way cuter in person.

I made these silhouettes of the kiddos. The red and black took me a little time to get used to, but it matches our red striped chair we have right below the silhouettes. These pictures hang in our bedroom. (dangit, i can't find the link i used to make these. but there are a lot of online tutorials if you do a google search.)

This is not the best picture since you don't see all the wall, the couch, etc. But whatever. When Ben and I were clearing out the file-cabinet from our house's previous owners, we discovered these in the basement. Old window panes. Fun. So the left window has a picture of each kid, plus a wordle of things about them. The right window has, again, a picture of each kid and then a favorite quote of theirs. I saved lots of money (but not ink) by printing off the pictures at home. This hangs in our office.

A fun kid craft we made last Saturday: grass heads (or chia pets). I love these little guys. Miles named his "E." Jonas named his "heh." Not the letter "H," but rather the sound it makes. Lovely. I think the boys will give them a hair cut tomorrow.

Here's a simple bird feeder we made yesterday. Take a pinecone, tie some rope around it, have the kids lather it up with peanut butter, then have them roll it in bird seed, stick it in the freezer for 1 hour, then hang up on tree. Cool.

Just thought I'd share. . .

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tee-hee ball

Well Miles had his first game tonite. To put it nicely, I think Miles is the least interested ball-player on his team. :) But at least he hit the ball. . . however not as often as he hit the t-ball stand. And of course there were his moments of tackling his own teammates for the ball - after the teammate had gotten a hold of the ball, of course. Oh yes, and there he was after the 1st inning asking his coach when they get to eat their snacks. There is also his lack of hussle where he got out-run by the batter following him. Every time. But the best? Miles blowing kisses to Ben (who was coaching 3rd base) as he rounded 3rd base. Every time. So, overall, we all did have fun.

and there goes the. . . tee.

cutie pie.

if you don't know him really, really well you might think he is listening. . .

But oh how we love him in spite of and because of all that makes him Miles.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ode to Fathers

Well I sort of realized that I feel bad about this post because it isn't dedicated to my father. Instead it's about the father of my children. But fathers' day has become quite different to me now that I have my family. I have my father-father (by that I mean dad). A great, generous dad and grandpa. A smart man. I also have my father-in-law. A hard-worker and very church- and service-dedicated man. Then there is Ben, the father of our kiddos. And I also look at my boys as future (very-future) fathers. Whew, lots of fathers to think about. I have been very, very, very blessed by the great examples of fathers I have in my life and that my children have in their lives.

We made cards for Ben and I asked the kids some questions about their Dad. Here is what they (the boys) said:

Daddy's full name:
Miles - "Ben Miles M. . ."
Jonas - "I don't know."

Where was Daddy born?
Miles - "Middleton, no not Middleton. Littleton."
Jonas - "I want you to help me."

What is Daddy's favorite color?
Miles - "green"
Jonas - "blue"

What is Daddy's favorite food?
Miles - "anything. and rhubarb pie."
Jonas - "sardines."

How old is Daddy?
Miles - "21"
Jonas - "10"

How tall is Daddy?
Miles - "40 inches"
Jonas - "way tall"

What do I like best about Daddy?
Miles - "He eats sardines with me. Sometimes he makes crafts with me."
Jonas - "He's so nice to me. I love him."

To Dad from Miles - "Miles loves Ben." I want to see you on Mondays."
To Dad from Jonas - "The Easter Bunny is going to give us some Easter eggs." huh?

There you have it.

I love you, Ben. And I love my father, too. And my father-in-law. I couldn't be happier for all three of their examples to my own future-fathers.

Friday, June 19, 2009


Well we did it - actually we did it a few months ago. We got cable. Ewww. We've never had it in our entire married life (a whopping 7 years). Frankly, I'm not sure why we got it now. I kind of wanted to get decent local-channel reception, but we don't get that here even with our cable. Oh well. We were able to cancel out our long-distance (thanks to the new cell-phone provided by my father), and so by adding cable we will be spending less on our phone/internet/TV bill - once the idiotic Qwest people (hey, i'm being nice here) can actually do our bill correctly. Fourth time is the charm?

Anyways, Ben and I spend perhaps 1-2 hours weekly watching the TV. If that. Sometimes maybe more, but I can't remember when the "sometime" was? But the great thing is that my kids think they are real lucky that they get to watch 30 minutes of TV once a week. Ha. Friday afternoon at 3pm they get to watch "Toot and Puddle." We were first introduced to these pigs via the old-fashion way of reading books. Low and behold they have their own series. It's a good program and I enjoy watching it with them. Emmy mainly enjoys getting to eat her snack on the couch and occasionally looking up at the TV and laughing at the pigs.

Luckily cable hasn't changed our lives and the comic strip given to me by my in-laws still really hits home:

Kids: "ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!. . . "
Mom: "What are you 3 laughing about?"

Kids: "I burped, Wren tooted, and Zoe sneezed all at the same time."
Other kid: "It was the funniest thing we've seen all day."

Mom: "Which is a very strong argument for upgrading our cable subscription."

Thursday, June 18, 2009

No Training Wheels 101

We need a little help. We are trying to teach our boys to ride their bikes without training wheels. And Ben and I have discovered a thing about our children (well, at least the boys): they are wimps. Ouch. I don't mean to be harsh or rude about our kids, but seriously. They definitely have wimpiness in them.

We can do a couple of tries on the bike, but after a couple falls they are done for the day.

So what tips do you have for getting your kids to learn to ride a bike?

Or to have less wimpiness in them?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Herbie Goes Camping

Well "Herbie" got to go camping this weekend with the boys. But even more exciting than that was that Grandpa Max got to go, too. How fun! They had a great, great time:

Emmy was really, really mad about her carseat being taken out of the buggy. She was crying and really hoping that she could go with the boys, too. Luckily Grandma Diana was there and started up the bubbles. Bubbles - and Grandmas - solve everything. Perfect. We had a lovely (and quiet) time with all the boys gone. It was really enjoyable.

All stuffed and ready to go.

Exploring around the camp area.

They found a tree that had fallen over, but some roots were still stuck in the ground. Miles couldn't stop asking questions about it, looking at it, examining it, etc. Go figure - the other day he came up to me and said, "Mom, I want to be a studier." You are kiddo.

Here Jonas is "cooking [his] hands" to get them warm in the cool morning. What a funny beauty.

They found a cow's skull - and, instead of taking the whole thing home like Miles wanted to, they got to pull out a tooth and bring that home.

This boy loves to camp and be in the great outdoors.

Grandpa Max and Jonas sitting on a log. Of course.

"Herbie" and Grandpa Max with the boys. So cute.

A fun time had by all the boys, I think. I was a little jealous. But only for a little bit, because when they all got home the house got all rowdy again, real quick, and I realized what a lovely time I had had, too. So I think we'll all be looking forward to it again next year. You up for it again, Grandpa Max? :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Wow, I love Oobleck.  I've never done it before but I read/heard about it from other friends and blogs.  It's so neat.  Well, okay, it's also really, really messy.

So, if you've never done it before, do it now - your kids will thank you.

(p.s.  There are bunches of "recipes" out there on the web.  I did something like 3/4 c. cornstarch and maybe 1/3 -1/2 c. water?  or more?  I don't know.  If you don't know what's so special about it, I'll tell you:  you squeeze it real tight in your hand and you can make a ball, open up your hand and Oobleck just "melts" or liquidfies.  It's awesome.)

Monday, June 08, 2009

Made On Monday

Ben worked very hard this weekend in getting up our cute little garden fence.  I love it.  I love him.  I'm always impressed with what Ben can build.  We needed to keep Wilson out of our garden and so we used some "scrap" wood - thus this fence cost us about $6, the cost of new screws.  Totally in our budget.  I won't say where we got the wood in case there are some forest workers who lurk around my blog.  I don't want my husband (nor father-in-law) arrested.  Hehe.

Ben wanted to make sure to do something fun for/with the kids as well today, so we went to the local Indian Musuem and ate our lunch outside in a Teepee.  Pretty cool.  But I'm not sure what was cooler - the teepee or the random Indian-American who walked up and showed us the cool "floating water-bottle" magic trick?  Awesome.

If we were all feeling good, it would have been a great day.  But, alas and lucky, it was still a good day.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Cupcake Day

Well dangit.  I meant to mention this earlier so you all could get ready, but today is Cupcake Day.

Here was our fun Cupcake Day morning:

Post Cupcake Fun

Well of course we had to take a bath after decorating the cupcakes.  :)  Also, we wanted to try out our new bath towels, super fun.

(p.s.  Looks like these will be my practice towel hoodies.  After Ben saw them he really liked them, but thought I should actually make some with decent towels.  Because, I'm learning, sometimes being frugal doesn't mean buying the cheapest item, but rather something that will actually last.  I'll wait until these fall apart [which I don't think will be long] and then I'll make some nice ones.)

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Sew Fun

Well if I lived to closer to my sister my mantra would be, "Why sew when you have Erin?"  But, alas, we live1877 miles apart from each other.  How lame.

So sometimes I need to do the sewing on my own.  Don't get me wrong, I do like to sew.  But I can only sew very simple and small projects.  Very simple and small.  I can sew, just not good.  Seriously when you get up close (or not even that up-close) to things I've sewn, you'll see all the quirks.  Some are pretty bad.  But the worse part is that I don't really care about my quirks.  I'm just glad to whip out something with 3 kids hounding me the whole time.  So I just take what I make and think one day I might actually try to make something nice.

Anyways, this is what I have done the past week:

After years of wanting to do this (make hooded towels, that is), I finally did.  I got the "instructions" from Marie over at her blog.

I bought cheap towels at the dollar store (but, go figure, they were $2) and they didn't have the coordinating hand-towels.  But I think what I got are okay.  Next time I would not sew the hood on top of the towel, just side by side so as to create a stitch-less seam (I don't really know what I am talking about - does anyone understand me?).  But I learned that it is very, very hard - or even impossible - to un-stitch terrycloth.  Anyways, a fun project - I'll have to try and get a picture of the kids in them after their baths.  The LOVED them, by the way.

I finally got around to making curtains for Emmy's room.  I love this fabric.  I have the same fabric for the boys - just the background color is blue.

Sew fun, indeed.

(p.s. if you were one of the "winners" of my homemade craft, please see the post down below.  thanks!)

Needing Addresses

(a picture just for fun.  no relevance whatsoever to my post)

Remember how the first 5 commenters on my "craft post" would get a homemade craft by me?  Well all of them, except for sweet Kate's, are all done.  (Sorry Kate, I'll get it done soon I hope!)  So I need addresses from the five of you (yes, I probably have them all - but they are all on our old computer and I don't want to go to that effort to look them up. ) 

so in case you forgot, here are the five:

1.  Kate H.

2.  Rebecca G.

3.  Mindy J.

4.  Megan T.

5.  Nicole P.

thank you.  now mind you the crafts are nothing grand - simple and small, yet cute (I think).

p.s.  you can email it to me at emilykiana [at] gmail [dot] com

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Fun Monday

Well I don't think I've mentioned this before, but Ben is now back to working in town at the surgery center - again.  Same place, same job.  It wasn't that his job at the hospital was bad, but there were some things he didn't like.  Like the commute (I know, I know - all you big city folk would probably love a 30-minute commute.  But it doesn't compare to a 7-minute bike-ride.).  And like the on-call.

And as luck would have it, Ben's co-worker from the surgery center called him to let him know that the gal who took over his position was moving out-of-state and so his job was back up for grabs.  Lucky.

So Ben's back at the surgery center and loving it.

Anyways, back to "Fun Monday."  Ben's new schedule is 4-10s - Tuesday-Friday.  Pretty nice.  It makes the days a little long for me as I've been used to him home by 4pm.  But I'll get used to the longer days - I'm already used to having him home one extra day!  Lovely.

So yesterday we went on a little hiking excursion, fishing fun, and picnic:

Mommy and Daughter hiking together.

Eating our snack of trail mix - look how Emmy is "hunting" for the M'nMs.

I love my little hikers.  Even Jonas who complains after 2 minutes of hiking and wants to turn around.

We just love this picture.  Soooo Jonas.

Jonas told me as we were going to the pond to fish:  "I'm so happy to be fishing!"  So sad that he wasn't able to catch anything dangit.

Miles and his daddy.
Best Picture Ever of Miles.  Ben had casted out his line and then as Miles was reeling it in, he caught this fish.  The boy loves fishing and fish.

Emmy entertained us all with her mad skills on the harmonica.

Then we cooked up some lunch - the not-so-nutritious but ever-so-cheap Ramen Noodles.  It was a great, great day.