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Archive of ‘making home’ category

30/52/2013

Remember when I said that we needed to go into the mountains more often?
30/52/Life - In the mountains.

Yup, totally wasn’t kidding.
30/52/Portrait - On the top of the world

We have already been back, and can’t wait to go up again. Next time with our picnic baskets and a snack, or so the kids tell me.

:)

16/52/2013 (aka Thomas’ 8th birthday, aka Minecraft Madness!!)

Thomas’ 8th birthday was “the best day ever” completely decked out in homemade minecraft goodness.
Cake Prep

mix

Minecraft Party Food

When it was time to blow out the candles, Thomas was cool and relaxed (this week’s “life photo” theme), thinking, “Oh yeah, I’ve got this.”
16/52/Life - I've got this.

He even posed for some silly cake mining shots:
Cutting Time!

Yummy Block Food
After chowing down on food that was strictly the shape of blocks (thanks, grandma for making the requested meatcubes!), it was time for presents.

That is where the unexpected (this week’s “portrait photo” theme) came along…
16/52/Portrait - You got me this??
He lost it completely, I’ve never seen his face light up at a gift like that before. “You got me this??”

Happy Birthday, my big man. Not so tiny anymore. <3

15/52/2013

It was a week of firsts around here, all three kids got new beds!
Operation Big Kids Rooms, underway. Boys are bunking and Molly is getting a loft bed! Oh yea, and Mommy's going to do it solo. Wish me luck.

Well, I suppose more accurately Molly got a new bed and the boys got theirs bunked.
And... Done! Now I would like a nap. ;)

Molly was quite happy about it.
15/52/Life - First night in her loft bed!

And, even though I had to sneak up on him in his top bunk to get a picture…
15/52/Portrait -Sneaking in between the bunk rails for a peek.
I got a smile of approval from Thomas too.

14/52/2013

I always find it funny how our natural progression of our week always fits the PTM themes. Even this week.

We did a little off-roading of our own during the race on Friday. Thom in the car, and Molly out of it. 😉 She climbed to the top of this huge rock, sat down, and declared herself winner of the race. (This weeks portrait theme was copycat/it’s a sign)
14/52/Portrait - Race to the top of the rock!

The life theme for week 14 is “What home means to me.” And even though we are traveling and away from home we always bring home with us. A couple nights ago, Molly fell asleep on our bed while we were getting ready to settle in for the night. Marcus must have caught a glimpse of her and thought he needed to join in. As he snuggled himself under her arm and drifted off to sleepy land, I chuckled, knowing I had my photo. <3 14/52/Life - Right at home.

11/52/2013

If you couldn’t tell already, spring time is the time for Birthdays in my home. First comes Marcus’ then Thom’s followed by Molly’s and rounding out with Thomas’. This week was Thom’s turn. His birthday was this past Thursday. The kids love parties, so we use birthdays to really do it up.

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Thomas even learned how to play “Happy Birthday” on the piano and played along {which was quite appropriate, considering this week’s life photo theme just happened to be play} while we brought out the cake.
11/52/Life - Playing "Happy Birthday" to Daddy.

Which means that since Friday, it’s Molly’s birthday prep time. Which also means that I’ve been sewing. She wanted a doll this year for her present.
Planning out Molly's birthday doll. She wants her to have a matching knitted dress to wear. <3
Yes, I know. Creepy if you are not a doll maker. Lol.
Day 1; progress.
Doll progress!!
Body sewn. She needs clothes, but I'm not sure Molly will give her back to me to finish!
Which is also coincidentally perfect for this week’s portrait photo theme of anticipation.

11/52/Portrait - She's Almost Ready!She is so excited about her new doll that she hardly will put her down long enough for me to finish her, as evidenced by her having to hold her last night, sans her matching knitted dress. Oh yeah, remember that rainbow dress that I’m making for Molly? Her doll is getting one too.
Knitting away!

Better get back to it! T-minus 6 days until her birthday party!

3/52/2013

This week, we’re in the process of painting Thomas’ room… which involves painting over the animals… that we painted over 8 years ago… when I was pregnant with him.

It was an emotional day for me, but Thomas was so excited that I decided to let it all go and live in the moment. The theme for the life photo was “This Makes Me Wish I Could Freeze Time”. 3/52/Life - Painting his own story.3/52/Life – Painting his own story.

Marcus was an easy capture in my portrait theme this week; “Dream”. Love those little piggies of his.
3/52/Portrait - Little Piggies.3/52/Portrait – Little Piggies.

Yum {and awesome}

20130114-211432.jpgMade some from scratch cookies in Molly’s easy bake oven.

20130114-211537.jpgThey came out awesome.

20130114-211553.jpgRecieved some homemade trail mix from a friend. Equally as awesome.

20130114-211603.jpgThe kids prepared a special dinner for Thom and I. Ultimately the most awesome.

{and shh. Thom made some awesome pasta vodka as well. http://thomkingston.com/2013/01/14/wheres-smell-o-vision-when-you-need-it/ }

If I had one word to sum up today, it would have to be yum. {and coincidentally? Awesome.}