Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekend stuff and a craft too!

Gabi attended a fun birthday party this weekend at the Science Museum, where I actually had a good time too! Gio and I crashed for a few minutes but since we had never been to the museum before so, he and I had an impromptu date.

They were creating experiments, so glad it wasn't my kitchen.

You can't really tell from the pic but he was on a train, he absolutely adores trains. He's so handsome!

All the exhibits are "hands on" perfect for him.

OK this pic is totally out of sequence since it was taken last weekend, but It was too funny to pass up.

He thought it was funny to test out Johanna's Jenny Jump up. We were hysterical.

And finally(drum roll please) a CRAFT!

Sunday we began to make part of Gabi's Valentines for her classmates.

Super easy for little hands, and for the crafters out there this has the potential to be a great V-Day decoration.

First I measured off 1" wide sections that I marked on an empty paper towel roll, where Gabi then decorated one for each of her classmates, now she's got 20+ kids in her class so we needed 2 empty rolls.

Next, cut each decorated section off.

Of course you're left with a round piece but here's they way tricky part(listen carefully)lol!

You simply bend in the middle and kind of crease it, pinch it and when you let it go you're left with...

Our plan is to attach it to a bag of candy with curling ribbon but I haven't gotten that far yet.

But You can do so much with this method, I'm thinking mommy's gonna make garland out of these and add a little Sparkle ;) maybe even write down the names of those we LOVE inside of them. I could go on and on with ideas. Have fun with this one!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"This is Dedicated to the One I Love"

He was such a cute boy, I know I know Gio looks just like him! I wouldn't want it any other way.

And he looks just like his dad if he ever grew a goatee!

We've been best friends since we were 13 years old, and have been through so much stuff together.

He still makes me laugh!

Adores his children!

And honors me!

I'll always love you!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sentimental Moments

The credit for this idea must go to my mother-in-law however, I did put my crafty spin on it! My kids are all very sentimental (hmm I wonder who they got that from)so whenever they cried "MIMA" would find a jar to catch their tears in. She'd tell them that God bottled their tears and somehow it makes them feel better. So, I've been on a container/jar collecting kick lately and, had saved 3 plastic containers (thanks to Gerber Puffs)that would make perfect "Tear Bottles".

Around here there are tears EVERYDAY and within the next month we'll be needing a big bottle cause one of our dear family friends will be moving away to California, so as it says in Ps 56:8b You have put my tears in your bottle.

By no means is this a tutorial but hopefully it will inspire you to to make your own "Tear Bottles" for your children or yourselves as a reminder that the Lord cares for us.

**Disclaimer** If you children are a little over dramatic like mine can be, it may cause them to produce "extra tears" for some "extra attention".

God Bless!

Today's Creative Blog

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Simple Centerpiece

Here's an oh so easy decorating idea!

Step 1. Have a baby and I'm sure you'll have plenty of these in the kitchen. Unless of course you breastfeed, than find some other container.

Step 2. Find a fabric, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, an old sweater, whatever you like. For me it was an old pair of pants(that don't fit!)

Step 3. Cut to fit around your container.

Step 4. Cover your container in glue, I happened to use adhesive spray, but I'm sure you can use a hot glue gun, Modge Podge or just plain white glue.
The spray adhesive is just a little more forgiving in case you have to shift stuff around.
Sorry there's no pic but you can figure it out.

Step 5. Wrap your container and if your dealing with fabric like I was then you may have to smooth it out.

Step 6. Then fold in the ends I used my hgg for this. But if your using paper you don't have to do this cause you'd just cut it to fit.

Ok pardon the interruption but while I was making this my daughter decided to nab an extra piece of pant I had cut off and turned it into a cowl neck scarf, all by herself, "the little fashionista"!

And of course Gio is not to be left behind!


Ok back to the show!

Final Step fill with flowers or branches, these happen to be "fake flowers" I picked up for 3 bucks at Ben Franklins.

And Voila!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I needed a good laugh!

Every once in a while you just have to let go of everything and have fun. After months of decorating, making gifts,taking pictures, Christmas parties, packing, unpacking cleaning blah, blah, blah. I decided to crash my church's MOPS group this morning, and I'm so glad I did. I had been a part of this group since it started in our church 4 years ago, but this year due to scheduling and lack of a car every now and then I wasn't able to sign up. It's run by a wonderful group of gals that I know and love, who really make every effort to give moms of little kids (MOLKS sounds better than MOPS)lol a much needed 2 hour break where they can be girly and silly and emotional WITHOUT THE KIDS!

We had a White Elephant gift exchange which I think I'm becoming addicted too, where we each brought a 5 gift of an item we can't live without. There were some funny ones for sure but that's our little secret ladies ;).

Anyway I'd forgotten how much fun I use to have on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. I just laughed!

Monday, January 3, 2011

CHRISTMAS and everything else!

We started with Christmas here at home since the kids don't get to wake up Christmas morning in their own home and open gifts we tell them Santa makes a special trip to our house a day or two earlier(and yes they sort of believe in Santa, but they know Christ is the real reason we celebrate Christmas!)

Then off to NY.
This year Christmas at Mima's(my mother-in-law)was extra special, for the first time in 3 years all 3 brothers and their families were together, and I finally got to meet my beautiful niece Mya who is almost a year old.

Then finally Christmas Day! We make a special trip to Nana's house (my hubby's paternal grandma)bearing gifts and Italian pastries, a tradition that has taken place for well over 30 years.

And patiently waiting for us to get back into Staten Island to see them is my wonderful family. Mama and grandpa just love on us and feed us some traditional Pasteles a yummy Puerto Rican treat. This year we got see some old family friends and met new girlfriend!

This was just the tip of the iceberg literally! We had decided to stay in NY an entire week to spend some much needed quality time with my brother in-law, sister-in-law and Mya and boy did we ever. The forecast called for a blizzard and by Monday morning we were snowed in by 29 inches of snow, needless to say we were getting cabin fever.

So by Thursday we decided to bundle ourselves up and trek into Manhattan, where we visited Times Square and The Rockefeller Center Tree.

If you're wondering where Joey is she stayed with Mama for the day, we know our limits! Maybe next year.

Gio and Gabi loved taking the Ferry and Subway.

We had a wonderful time!