Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter Eggs.....Martha Style

So I saw this issue of Martha Stewart Living and I couldn't resist.
I had almost everything to get the job done too. I picked up the vinyl at Michaels and borrowed my dads electrical tape. Don't think he was too fond of the 'manly' tool being used to dye eggs but whatever.

Gather your supplies. If you have masks you want to use (like Time Holtz or Heidi Swapp, they need more adhesive on the back to stick to the eggs) get those and adhere tot he eggs. Otherwise, get out your diecut machine and punches.
I used the Cricut vinyl because its thin with decent adhesive.

I also used electrical tape. Trim it so you get thinner strips and adhere to the egg. The circle punch is the 5/8 inch punch and I used this to make a polka dot pattern on the eggs.

I suggest you get the vinyl adhered well before you're ready to dye. You will need to use the popsicle stick that comes with the vinyl to make sure the vinyl is tacked down to the egg shell. Be gentle. I poked a hole in one egg.

Ready to dye!

You can do the multi-colored eggs like Martha by removing the vinyl and replacing it somewhere else on the egg. Let the egg dry totally before doing this and dipping it in another color wash.

Here's where a trusty assistant might come in handy.....

Your eggs will look like this when you're done. Don't worry about the mistakes you see. I'm covering them up. See Part 2 of this tutorial to see what I did!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

More funny stuff from 2 year olds mind....

First, GiGi is doing fine. They even eat lunch next to each other. And I met her the other day when I picked him up.

'Mama, dis GiGi.'

So she's met the mother now. We'll see how long GiGi lasts.....

Each week, they have a new theme in his classroom. One week it was the Farm and they sang 'Old MacDonald' all week long. Then it was 'My Bonnie lies over the ocean....'

I get serenaded on the way home each day.

So this week, he comes home and I mention dinner. He starts singing a new song.

(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle)
Thank you, Thank you
For my food

Not sure if there is more to that but those are the only 2 lines he says.

Me: Do you pray before you eat lunch at school?
Nick: Yeah! (everythings an emphatic 'yeah!' said in a high pitched voice.)
Me: How do you pray?'
Nick: Mama, I pway.
Me: What do you say when you pray?
Nick: Oh baybeee!

ZING! I certainly hope thats not what he says when they pray.......

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Kids say the funniest things.....

My kid is no exception. I really should be writing it all down but he just hits me with zingers all the time.

Look, he's 2 1/2 and he says things 2 1/2 year olds shouldn't be saying. No, I'm not teaching him bad habits. An occasional bad word slips out but thankfully, he hasn't repeated those yet. I'm getting better about catching myself.

Life has ways of throwing you curveballs all the time and my life is no exception. I was handed a wonderful opportunity at the end of January that I couldn't pass up. It might even lead to something better but my lips are sealed for now. No, it has nothing to do with the business but it will only make it better, I promise.

With this recent change, I needed more time during the day so I sent my son back to daycare. He's been home with me for most of the 2 1/2 years with the exception of a 6 month period where he went to daycare.

He's reached the point in his life where he needs other kids to interact with and a 'school' setting. I didn't want to be the parent who dropped their kid off at kindergarten and said 'have fun!' I wanted to ease him into this.

Well, 4 weeks later, he pretty much runs the place. They don't know what to do with him in his room. He's a handful which is pretty much what I told them when I registered him but they poo-poo'd me. Anyway....

So in these 4 weeks, the kid has managed to take over Tutor Time and the Twaddler room. He's ready for the 3 year old room but he isn't potty trained yet and shows no signs of ever wanting too. I've been warned that boys are tough so I'm prepared for the long road ahead. His teachers, however, are not.

Just the other day, he tells me he has a girlfriend. But he pronounces it 'gawrlfred'.

Nick: Mama, I hab gawrlfred.
Me: What?!?
My Mom: What did he say?
Me: I think he said he has a girlfriend.
Nick: Mama, I hab gawrlfred.
Me: Really? Whats her name?
Nick: Gigi
My Mom: Is GiGi pretty?
Nick: Yeah!
My Mom: What color hair does she have?
Nick: Red
My Mom: Red? Is she prettier than grandma?
Nick: Yeah!

So the next morning, I drop him off and inquire about GiGi. Her real name in Genevieve and she's there on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She has curly brown hair and really big brown eyes. She's cute. I guess she's in Nicks Circle Time group and they sit next to each other. How sweet.

Now I get twice a week reports when I pick him up about the fun things he and GiGi do together. I guess she's the only one he lets cut in front of him on the slide and he holds her hand on the playground.

Watch your daughter! My son is on the lose!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Hoping for Gold.....

Well, my hoping paid off and Canada won the Gold medal for mens hockey. Before you go off calling me a bad American and all that, hear me out. I'm part Canadian. Its in my blood. Its why I love this sport as much as I do.

I would have been happy if either team won but......

Seeing this kid with his GOLD medal just makes me happy. And hopefully thats the last time he's forced to hug Niedermeyer. Gag.

Don't know who Drew Doughty is? You will in a couple of years. He's on everyones radar now and he's being compared to players like Bobby Orr. Not a hockey fan? No worries. It'll all be about Drew-nation in a few years. This kid is a natural. Not many players can just relax and play the way he does. He doesn't get all worked up during games. He says it stresses him out. Here are a couple of interviews with Mr. Doughty.

Okay, no more hockey for a while. I promise. At least until the playoffs start......