Things I've Made This Week

I've been busy this week!

I helped host a baby shower this week for a girl in our
Sunday School class. I had been wanting to make some
bunting for a while, and this was a good excuse.
Her colors are (obviously) green and brown.

I also used my fabulous Cricut to make
out the baby's name for decoration.
(Oh, and I made that brown dip in front and the white dip in back!)

I had been wanting to make Jake an I Spy bottle
for a while, and now I had some time to do it!

I made him this pretty unattractive rice shaker a long time ago.
I wanted to use the same idea, but make it way prettier.

So I gathered my materials: rice, honey bear bottle, food coloring, baggies, and rubbing alcohol. (Nope it's not in the picture.)

I put about three tablespoons of rice in each bag, then added a whole bunch of food coloring (like 10-20 drops depending on which color it was) and a little less than a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol. Shake shake shake it! Then put it back in the bowls to dry out for a few hours.

Aren't those colors just beautiful?
Way better than the old shaker!

Then I got my things together to put in the bottle.
I bought a couple of sets of buttons at Hobby Lobby
(the crayons, bugs, and sports balls) and then scavenged
my old box of buttons for the other stuff.

A few hours later...
I funneled the dry rice into the honey bear.

Shook it up!
And then put all of the things inside.

The close-up of the stuff inside.

Then I (was going to) attach the picture of the things to the back, like this. But I had realized after putting the stuff in the bottle that this was WAY too hard for Jake at this point. The stuff is really hard to see. So I regrouped and started over.

I dumped all of that stuff into a ziploc bag for later
and collected some more things. I got a bag of
colored blocks at Hobby Lobby and wrote his
name out, then got another package of crayons, plus
all the vehicles. Then grabbed some more
things out of my button box.

This time I just used plain white rice. I was
going to use white sand, but that stuff's expensive!
I like this way better, and Jake can find things
in it. I will take the picture of what's in
it and put it on the back again.

Finally, today during nap I made this bag! Jake had a big-soft-legos train building set he got for his birthday that had still been in the box because I had nothing else to put it in. So bought some cute fabric and some "rope" and sewed it up!

Fort Worth:The Zoo

These are old. Back in March for Spring Break Jake and I went to Fort Worth. We went to the Zoo. My dad even took off of work to go with us!

Jake was telling us to "shhhhhhhh" because
some of the animals were sleeping.

Nice blue gum, me.

Checking out the giraffes and an emu (on the left).

This picture is very scary.

This is one of the many reasons why the Fort Worth Zoo is far superior to the Little Rock Zoo. The scenery and habitats are amazing!

Pointing at... something.

He was excited to see some more animals.

I did not want to go into this bird cage of death.

"Look, Jake! Sharks!"

The awesome penguin exhibit.

They had a bird comparison wall. My dad wins.

She totally could have gone bigger.

I will get close to this kind of bird.

Then we went to the park for a picnic.

Jake checking out the train while we ate.
(We did the train in May.)

Summer 2011: Week One

We had a very busy first week of summer.

Monday night we went to our niece Caroline's third birthday party. It was Minnie Mouse themed.

Face painting was included!

The birthday girl.

Jake enjoyed his hot dog and doritos.

Sometimes when Jake doesn't feel like napping, he'll reach through the crib rails and pull clothes out of the hamper. This is how I found him Wednesday.
(Usually the white and light blue blanket, the dalmatian, and the monkey are the only things in there with him.)

I guess he was bored Wednesday night too, because this is how he looked when I went in his room after he went to sleep. He's never taken his shirt off before.

Last week was VBS at our church. It was a New York City theme. I was going to take pictures of Jake with some of the scenery, but by the time I picked him up on Friday, everything was already taken down. This was still left out in the hall.

Friday night we went to Jon's parents' house to celebrate Father's Day early. We ate then went to the pool!
Jake was ready to jump in.

Splashing with Pop.

Swimming with Pop and Daddy.

Fat belly.

Splash face.

He really enjoyed the fountains.

This is what he looked like Saturday afternoon after nap.

We had a Sunday School fellowship Saturday evening at one family's pool.
I didn't get any pictures of the actual swimming though.

Jake was a member of The Mowing Brigade.

Then he continued the job by himself.

He bounced a little in the mini-trampoline.

And was very serious about playing with the cars.

And we ended the evening searching for Jon's lens
from his glasses on the bottom of the pool.

As we left the pool party, we noticed Grandma across the
street monitoring Grandpa's mowing technique.

Father's Day!

Jon was swinging Jake back and forth like a clock.
It was hilarious, according to Jake.

Taking Daddy his presents.

One of his presents was a new black polo with white stripes (in the background). He had one already, but it had shrunk WAY small. So I took the old one and sewed it into a pillow for him so he could love it forever. He thought it was really funny.

And Jake wore the bag.

Sunday night was VBS family night.
There was a fire truck there.
It was the greatest day in Jake's life.

He figured out the light was like a mirror and he kept looking at himself in it and laughing.

Already more to come next week (aka this week)...