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thoughts from a mother of boys, a marathoner, a triathlete, a crafter, a wife, and a scientist

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!!!!


Hey Dad, your cards are in this post, so if you keep reading you will see them.  Because, like always, they are not in the mail.  OK, I don’t know if the one my sister is sending you is in the mail yet or not, but I do know mine has not yet shipped.


Love you!


I made this card for my cousin to give her dad.




This is just a basic card for dads, there is no theme, but I really like it.


Inside is a simple pop-up that says “Dad” so from front to inside it reads “Happy Father’s Day Dad”


I really like the way the front turned out.  I just used colored card-stock and a patterned scrapbook paper.  I made sure there was no distance between the rectangles when cutting the patterned paper.  I used Silhouette‘s print and cut feature for the front sentiment.


I used sketch pens on the letters before cutting them out.



I think the card is elegant and still masculine.

My sister asked me to make a card for our dad, but she requested it be different from the one I would give him.


So I made this one for her to send.  I think it fits her and her family pretty good, as they are (well, really, we all are) huge Star Wars & LEGO fans.

The LEGO Darth Vader was also part of the blog hop I talked about here.



I wanted to do something different for my dad, than just another card.  I have seen all the fun puns on Pinterest saying “World’s Best Pop” attached to a soda bottle.  But my Dad lives out-of-town, and really I didn’t want to give him some soda.



At SVG Cuts I found this soda bottle in their Surf Shack kit and knew it would be perfect.


Using the bottle, I made a custom label, for the base and the neck.  I also used the print and cut feature to decorate the bottle top.


The base label says “Happy Father’s Day to the Worlds Best Pop” which I again used the print and cut feature.  I filled it with candy for him to enjoy.

I think it is quite a unique card and I had a blast making it.


Happy Crafting

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Lego and the Barber

This post took a few days to write, mostly because I have been very busy!

Last weekend Ian and Sid went to their first ever LEGO Convention.

Baby Sid's first LEGO convention

Baby Sid’s first LEGO convention

It wasn’t a Brickcon but Bricks Cascade convention, which was put on by the Portland LEGO User Group and Bricklandia, Inc.

of course Ian found a friend as soon as we got there

of course Ian found a friend as soon as we got there

It is a smaller convention, but was still fun!  They had the displays of LEGOs that people had built.  Some were just from kits, but most were original.

There was a Hogwarts display by Alice Finch.  It was EPIC.  She has brought this piece of art to multiple conventions.  A LEGO fan blog, The Brothers Brick, did an interview with her.  You can see more pictures and in greater detail.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

There was also displays from Lord of the Rings and The Wizard of OZ.


There was a whole group of tables that were just LEGO cities and had train track running around them.  The trains were made from LEGOs and worked.  What train track would be complete with out a LEGO Union Station here in Portland.


I loved the LEGO city displays because they involved all the minifigs set up in scenes.

LEGOIan’s favorite was, of course, the Spiderman.  Mine was this City Pool.  You can’t really tell from my picture but there was a shallow and a deep end.  The minifigs in the pool are submerged and there is a hot tub with moving water, well it looks like moving water.  On the side of the building is a pump and filtration system.

The details people put into building these things is truly astonishing.

There was also a sectioned off area with LEGO Duplo sets for the kids to play with.  After looking at one display table Ian and I spent the majority of our time there.


On Sunday we finally cut Ian’s hair!

He basically had no hair when he was born.  By his second birthday he had a natural mullet.  Yep, party in the back, business up front.  But it had these wonderful curls.

Ian's Hair

I know, those lovely golden tresses, gone.  But it was past due.  They no longer had the ringlet curls in the back, it would just tangle up to be a mess.  It was just out of control.

Ian's Hair before

He has been asking for a Mohawk for a while now and we have talked about getting his hair cut.  I wasn’t sure how he would handle it.

Ian's Haircut

But he did great.  We went to a barber shop and he was the only customer at the time.  The barber was great and Ian liked him, so I think that helped him be comfortable.

Ian's Haircut Ian's Haircut

He looks like a completely different kid now!

Sorry about the lack of clarity, it was a phone-pic

I can’t get over how adorable he looks.

Happy building



The Things Kids Say and Menu Plan Monday Jan 28

Since my toddler has started talking he has been making me laugh, constantly.

I try to remember all the funny things he says, but it is hard.  I tell myself to remember that one, and I will write it down later.  But when later comes I can’t remember what he said.

Sometimes it is just that he says a phrase that I say, or someone else always says and it is so cute coming out of his mouth.  Lately he says “hey, what’s da big idea?” from Donald Duck.

The way he interacts with Baby Sid is so cute that I wish we were filming him at all times!

Last night Ian was taking a bath (our house is very small) and Baby Sid was in the living room in his swing with Dad.  Baby Sid hadn’t felt well and started crying.  Ian yells from the bathroom “It’s OK Baby Sid, I just takin’ a bath….Don’t worry Baby Sid, Mama’s commin’…..Shhh, it’s OK Baby Sid, I almost der.”  And other things of that nature, even though Baby Sid had stopped crying and was just making noises now.

I have been putting up a few of our conversations up on my Facebook page and I hope to put some up here as well.

He had us crackin’ up all weekend.  It was really  nice that my husband finally had a weekend off and the kids and I didn’t have any plans.  We all spent the whole weekend at home.  We did a lot of building with Legos.


Update: This morning after Ian came out of his room and this was our conversation

Ian: Mama, where your brudder at? (He calls Baby Sid ‘your brother’ because that I what I sometimes say)

Me: he is still sleeping

Ian: I go see him

Me: he is sleeping, please don’t wake him up

Ian: I be quiet, like dis (he then starts to whisper) I say ‘it’s OK, Baby Sid’

Me: ok, but don’t wake him please

Ian: (after coming out of the bedroom, with a panic in his voice) I can’t find him, Baby Sid not der

Me: yes, honey, Baby Sid is in our bed, sleeping

Ian: no Mama, he all gone, I can’t find him

Me: don’t worry honey, he is just sleeping (I pick him up to show him)

Ian: Baby Sid all gone (he is starting to cry) I can’t see him, I can’t find him!…..Oh, der he is, he sleeping, he so cute…..whew, dat was close

Menu Plan Jan 28-Feb 3

Mon: Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos* with Spanish Rice

Tue: Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joe Rolls (recipe to come next week)

Wed: Baked Chicken Cordon Blu** with Arkansas Green Beans***

Thr: Taco Bake

Fri: Autumn Sausage Casserole

Sat: Leftovers

Sun: Pan-Seared Steak and Onions with Pepper Jack Potatoes 

*Last time I made this it made a lot so I froze some filling, which is what I am using this week
**I don’t actually make the Chicken Cordon Blu, I buy it from the meat counter at our local Fred Meyer Store.  I just use this recipe for the sauce.
***48 oz of frozen green beans is WAY too much for our family so I down size it to one bag

Happy Cooking


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Black Friday Rule

Happy Black Friday!

Did you go shopping?  Brave the lines? Get great deals?

Some stores were open on Thanksgiving and my sister wanted me to go do some shopping with her.  I was tempted, but didn’t end up going, nor did I brave the crowds early Friday morning.

In the past I had found great deals on Black Friday, but I don’t seem to see them so much anymore.  They have some great deals on big electronics, but that is not what I am shopping for.

My oldest son wants action figures and Lego’s, my youngest doesn’t even know what toys are yet.  Those things just don’t get the deals, so no I didn’t get up early and spend all my money.

My sister actually went out on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and got some really great deals.  So, is all that chaos really worth it?  I used to think so, but not anymore.  Of course, this also means I still have lots of shopping to do before the big day.

Baby Sid in his Thanksgiving gear

Baby Sid had a great first Thanksgiving, too bad he didn’t get to enjoy the food this year 🙂