Archive for December, 2011

Dec
24

Christmas Eve is such a special time to Ali and I. It was this evening 8 years ago that we brought home M + A for the first time from the NICU. I will never forget that car ride home (I don’t think we went above 35 mph) or how we set them under our Christmas tree in their car seats, took a few steps back and then looked at each other and simultaneously said, “okay, now what?” The boys looooove hearing that story and we love sharing it with them.

As I sit hear watching It’s a Wonderful Life, I just can’t quiet believe that Christmas is tomorrow. How can that be? It was such a MERRY month, but it flew by too quickly. We celebrated M + A’s 8th birthday and for the last 15 days, I’ve been receiving the sweetest packages in the mail from my best and most dearest friends, who put their hearts into making our Christmas extra merry and bright! Leslie, Jordon, Antoinette, Ashley, Kristine, Shelley, Mom, Summer, Michelle, Monica, Christie, Gena, Danae, Amber and Jaime are my angels here on Earth. I don’t know what I would do without each and every one of them! I’m feeling incredibly blessed and grateful for those amazing girls!

Oh, and what would December be without a visit from our favorite elf, Mr. Elfie. Although “elf magic” was questioned this year by M + A, we got past it, renewed their belief and had so much fun every morning looking for him. I thought I’d share some of his favorite hiding spots…

I’m not wanting Santa to skip over our house, so Merry Christmas to all & to all a good night! May your day be filled with love and laughter.

I’ll be signing off from the computer until January 4th. Spending some much needed time with my little guys. Wishing my dear clients and friends a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Dec
17

This adorable family, who had me laughing our entire session moved to Seattle from Florida almost two years ago. They lived in the Orlando area and we lived in Tampa, so our paths never crossed until now. Funny how we were brought together 3,000 miles away from where we both called “home.” Lucky for me too because they are as sweet as they are funny. Since we’re not considered “Washingtonians” we thought it would be fun to hit the city as tourists… making sure to stop at Rachel the pig, Pike Place Market, the gum wall, the Paramount theater, Molly Moon’s, Post Alley and Westlake Park. And, it was a chilly morning too. Thankfully though, the laughter kept us warm and so did the Starbucks stop!

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Dec
13

… then this might be a fun project for you and your kiddos. My hope was to take pictures of M + A for their eighth birthday and their hope was for me to take pictures of their toys, so we struck a deal. I tortured them with my camera first and then we got out the legos figurines and started snapping away. Doing this project with the boys was extra special to me because as a child, I loved taking pictures of my stuffed animals and cabbage patch kids. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! The idea for their “thank you” card came as we were putting the figurines in a circle–it was a lightbulb moment. The boys LOVED spelling with their legos, we might just have to use them to practice their spelling words this week.    

 

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Dec
12

Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we’ve no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

This time last year we had snow and lots of it.  This year though I haven’t seen one snowflake (other than the ones hanging from our dining room ceiling). I was going through some of favorite images from last year and thought I share a few. Hopefully we’ll be making a snowman soon enough…

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Dec
11

If you’re looking for a fun and easy project to do with you little or big ones or handmade gifts to give to your loved ones, this DIY craft might be perfect for you! We made these glass magnets at M + A’s birthday party last week. They were a huge hit, so I thought I’d share them with you!

To make these lovely little magnets you’ll need:

  • Royal Coat Decoupage Finish or Mod Podge
  • Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Glue or Glitter Glue
  • Sponge Brush or Paintbrush
  • Clear Flat Glass Circles (I went with the largest they had at Ben Franklins, 12 came in the package)
  • Strong Magnets
  • Scrapbook Paper, Artwork or Photographs You Love
  • Hot Cocoa (to reward yourself for all that craftiness)
After you have all your goodies, it’s time to get crafty!
Step #1: I had the kiddos move the glass circles over the scrapbook paper to find the perfect image for their magnets.
Step #2: We used the glass circles and the lid from the Royal Coat Decoupage Finish to trace a circle around our images.
Step #3: Cut out your circle.
Step #4: Apply a thin coat of  Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Glue to the flat side of your glass circle and attach your paper to it. Let it dry a few minutes.
Step #5: Hot cocoa break!
Step #6: Using your Sponge Brush apply a thin coat of Royal Coat Decoupage Finish to the back of your image, making sure to paint over the edges too to seal it.
Step #7: Using the Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Glue apply a dot on the back of your image and attach your magnet. Let it dry 24 hours.

They are sure to bring a little merriment to your fridge and loved ones!

Okay, while I’m at it… I thought I’d share one more super simple little project. While the boys and I were walking around Ben Franklin last week, I spotted the little branch below. It made me happy, it was $1.29 and it was coming home with me (even though I had no clue what I was going to do with it). Usually things like this end up in a drawer or a closet (of course I had the best intentions), but this little guy was too sweet for a fate like that! I emptied a mason jar that housed our rulers (why we have so many rulers, I don’t know, but if you need one, let me know) and then I grabbed some ornaments that didn’t make it on the tree this year to fill the glass jar . 

So, Martha Stewart might not be impressed, but it makes me happy and that’s what matters, right? I placed it on the counter in our bathroom. It’s something fun to look at while brushing my teeth! 

Happy Crafting friends!

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Dec
7

It seems just like yesterday that I was calling Ali to let him know he needed to come to the hospital as soon as possible because our boys were on their way.  We had a lot of close calls and false alarms during my three month stay in the hospital on bed rest, but that day they were really making their debut into the world. Then I blinked and they turned eight. Okay, I know a lot of life happened in between, but as parents, doesn’t it feel like if you blink long enough, a few years pass by? I haven’t figured out how to slow time down yet, so I try to capture as much of it with my camera as possible.

Oh, these boys, these eight year old boys make me laugh so hard. I love them to the moon and back. I love how very different they are from one another and how alike they are in certain ways. I see so much of me in A. and so much of Ali in M. I love that they have notebooks filled with their drawings and inventions. My favorite invention is A.’s “Everything Maker.” You just puss the button and whatever you wish for comes out. Wouldn’t you buy it? I would!

When they’re not wrestling or trying to push each others buttons, they can be so kind and thoughtful to one another. The boys have bunk beds and every night after I’ve given A. his last hug and kiss for the night, he says, “now, go give M. one more kiss too.” It always melts my heart, especially when I’ve reminded one of them earlier that shoes are meant to be worn on our feet not thrown at our brother!! If I could just freeze them at this age, I would, well, at least for a little while because I am sure there is some serious fun to be had in all the coming years! Today though, I am going to enjoy my crazy, wonderful, amazing little eight year olds! Okay, maybe they’re not so little anymore especially since they can wear some of my clothes, but they will always be my babies!

I hope you are enjoying your day with your babies!

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie