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proud momma

I think every parent has those moments.  The ones were you feel like your heart might explode out of your chest with love and pride for that kid.  It’s the same kid you were yelling at yesterday to clean up his toys or move a little faster or not to hit her sister. In that moment, there is just this overwhelming feeling of HUH.  We either did something right, or this kid is turning out okay despite us, or something.  It’s your kid.  And she rocks.

It’s funny how those proud moments are rarely for the things you expect, or plan out in your brain (or at least that’s how it goes for me).  I am glad that our kids try new sports, are able to sit and be creative quietly, are interested in learning.  But I’m PROUD of them when I watch them share with each other when they think no one is looking.  When they pick each other up, cheer each other on, and respect each person’s need and right to be included and loved.

So today, at our parent teacher interview for Matty, who is in kindergarten, I was surprised by what got to me.  We’ve been working hard on reading and his prayers and math and his french – so I thought I wanted to hear about his progress and what he needed to work on.  In reality I just needed to hear that his teacher gets him, and sees some of what we see in him.  I was proud beyond words when she spoke of Matthew’s character, his kindness, and his inclusive disposition.  His little report card was awesome.  But my favorite part wasn’t getting all the right ticks in the boxes – it was this:

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I’m also weirdly proud of him for how much he loves to play with boys, AND girls. Because he doesn’t judge.

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I’m proud that he finds so many situations to wear his hockey helmut, and feels that it’s totally appropriate to do so.  Because that speaks to his individuality.

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I’m proud that he explores, asks questions (a LOT of questions), and always has the time to explain things to his sisters.  Because that means he is curious and open to new possibilities.

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So much more – but we could all gush forever and I will spare you.  Thanks for sharing this proud mom moment with me.

xo

 

what’s a couple of months between friends?

Hi again. I hope you’ve had a great couple of months.  I dropped off, quite honestly, because I had a bit of a shift in priorities after Christmas.  We went away in search of sunshine for a bit, and the preparation at work to get away, together with new programs for the kids, coupled with a desire to eat and be healthier meant the months flew by.  Unfortunately the only bits of time left in my days to collect myself for planning better meals and working out were the scraps I used to use for trolling creative sites and writing this fun little blog.  Two months in, and I think I finally have the hang of it all – so I’m back – and soooo happy to be here.  I’ve missed being creative, and have missed writing.

We went to Hawaii.  This is our second trip to the same place – recommended by wonderful friends.  This year we were lucky enough to overlap with those friends, and then with 3 sets of other great buddies that we had in turn recommended the place to.  My mom came and joined us for half the trip and Matty even had school friends staying just up the beach – it was awesome.  So family friendly, quiet, relaxing and fun.  I won’t go on about it but if you want details pop me a note and I’m happy to pass along.

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Did I mention the turtles?

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The kids and I continued our crafts, and built some pretty cool new art pieces along the way – and Matty developed a big love for science so we have been experimenting quite a bit as well.  I’ll try to share some of the cooler pieces this week and maybe pass along some ideas for Spring break if anyone is home with kiddos over the next couple of weeks.  We’ve been playing a lot with filmo/sculpey, making erasers and crayons, drawing animals and dinosaurs, and we have plans for making bouncy balls and paper-mache masks next week.

I know I’m turning back time here but I didn’t share our Valentines this year – and I really wanted to show you how they turned out.  For the girls – I wrote the alphabet out in a heavy black font except for the letters “I” “O” and “U” which I wrote in red, and switched the “O” to a heart.  I printed on kraft paper – 2 up (they were 4×8) and then the girls helped cut them.  We ordered chocolates from the oriental trading company (crazy good website – thank you Lori for recommending it!) and put a picture of the three kids on it with a Valentine message around the outside.  The girls had fun sticking the sticker-pictures on each of the chocolates and then attaching them to their valentines.  It was a fun way to share the valentines spirit with their preschool in a bit of a home-made fashion.

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For Matty we did a few different things.  For his class we bought some little mazes and attached a “You aMAZE me” note to them that Matty signed.  I found this idea on pinterest .   It was okay, but neither of us were in love with it.  So we made a different one for some very close buddies and his cousins.  We bought some pull-back trucks and he helped me design tire tracks on a 4×8 (2 up) template – using very basic power point.  We wrote out a few messages but the coolest one was “I like the way you roll”.  We got plastic bags at the dollar store and attached the trucked inside, taping the back with some cool washi tape.

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I hope you felt loved this Valentines day.  And I also hope you’re seeing signs of Spring, wherever you are.  We have crocuses and tulips and have been lucky with the sunshine for the past couple of weeks.  I’m so glad to see spring on it’s way.  The kids are outside more, chalk art on the driveway, hair blowing in the wind, and their bikes and balls are everywhere in a happy mess.  I drive to work in the dark still, but at least it isn’t dark again by the time I get home.  I’m not a big winter girl.  Bring on the sunshine and the soccer games, the smell of fresh grass and the warmth of the sunshine on your skin.

It’s nice to be back…

january escapism for the creative

How’s that for a title?

We had an amazing (AMAZING) Christmas.  We entertained right up until the 24th with a wonderful Christmas Eve spent with my Mom and Sister’s family (missed you Krys) and then had five full days of letting wrapping paper lie where it was, leaving dishes in the sink, laundry to pile up, and desserts to harden on trays … and we played.  It was such an awesome month of celebrating with friends and family and then was topped off with the absolute best gift of cuddling with our own family with no schedule, no travel, and no where we had to be.  We spent our last days of 2014 skating, swimming, checking out lights, and then playing with Gabbie – who came into town for a fantastic visit.  I was so loving the moments that I didn’t want to break away to write a blog – but I’m sure some of our crazy crafts and baking adventures will show up on future posts.  From animal kingdoms to pom pom making and finger puppet shows to glitter trees… It was definitely a creative holiday.

Monday last week hit all of us hard.

It’s kind of cruel ripping a five-year old away from his playmobile animal safari/ocean/rainforest bliss.  It’s not any nicer getting in a cold car and driving 45 minutes to work in the pitch dark before the world wakes up.  But that’s January for ya. We’re all just hanging on hard to the pleasure that was our time off together.

So here I am. Sunday – before week two.  Trolling the web while Cam works away.  Unable today, to face the mountains of work and planning that sit waiting on my laptop.  I find myself on familiar sites – enjoying the wares of people who have better execution at the creative than I do.  From Martha Stewart to Etsy to All Recipes…it’s so cool to see what’s possible.  And it made me wonder what other great locations I’m missing out on … so I thought I’d share in hopes that you might share as well.  Here are my top 5 right now – what are yours?

Pinterest. 

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Obviously.  For everything from party ideas to craft how-tos.  My favorite pins are actually often the ones that link to creative blogs, and the ones with free fonts.  I’m a font junkie.

Houzz

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Love this for ideas as we start to slowly tackle rooms in our own House.  The kids spaces are amazing but it’s the kitchens that leave me drooling.  And I love that there is a great area to search out where products are from.  This takes the mystery out of those amazing rooms and literally brings the trends and opportunities to your fingertips.  Pin it.

IDEO

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As a marketer obsessed with how brands can better meet the needs of people – I love the ideas and thoughts behind IDEO.  It’s a brilliant company and think tank that brings us everything from better shopping carts to people-centered design ideology. Check it out if you are interested in that kind of thing…

Minted

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For a font and stationary junkie, this is the ultimate high.  A group of amazingly talented designers – all showing their own stuff.  An inspiring blog.  A community of designers that supports each other.  And every day new creative ways of saying the same old things.  “Thank You” never looked so cool…

 

The Knot

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I used to plan weddings.  In fact I think it was the time in my life when I felt that my passion and my career most closely aligned.  I loved it.  From the stationary to the flowers, the event run through to the details that make that wedding completely you.  I’ve taken a lot of ideas from wedding magazines and from this site over the years to build from for other events and for clever little DIYs at our parties.  Brides seem to fuel the creative industry with an stress induced adrenalin that not even the largest corporation can compete with… and the results are often cool, unique and zany.

 

That’s my list right now… have you seen them all already or did you find something new ? Any creative sites you love?  I’d love the inspiration …