I need your help with my NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit) PCMC (Primary Children's Medical Center) quilt/hat project this year. Many of you know that our precious little Landon born December 15th, 2005 spent his first Christmas in the NICU at PCMC. It was a very hard Christmas for our little family because our sweet baby boy was so sick and couldn't spend Christmas at home with his family. For the past 7 Christmas's our family and cherished friends have enjoyed playing Santa to all the babies in the NICU. I have taken quilts/blankets and knit hats for all the babies who will spend their first Christmas in the NICU just as Landon did so they know they too are loved and that Santa didn't forget them. So here is where you come in...there are60 NICU beds at PCMC and for the past 7 years everyone of them has been occupied on Christmas Eve by a precious newborn. This year with the H1N1 virus , RSV and seasonal flu infections expected to be extremely high, I expect that every bed in the NICU will be full again this Christmas. That is a lot of hats and blankets that need to be made so I need your help!! If you are a quilter, knitter or would like to help in any other way *or know someone who is* your talents are much needed and truly wanted and there is no time like the "present" to get started!!The snow is already falling and it will be Christmas Eve before we know it.... so if you would like to help, please send me a message of how to reach you and our family and the babies in the NICU will be forever grateful... Merry Christmas!!
The day started off with us finding these footprints all over the house!!
They lead us to these cute treats for the boys!!
I made the boys Rainbow waffles, they turned out so cute!! I found the simple directions HERE but instead of Bisquick I use my sister's buttermilk pancake/waffle recipe HERE with my Buttermilk Syrup HERE they were sooooo yummy and the boys just loved them!! They took a little more time than I thought they would but they were soooo worth it :)
We had a Rainbow Lunch!!
We finished our St. Patrick's with amazing Corned Beef and Cabbage for dinner, it was soo yummy and the perfect ending to our day!!
Saturday we made Borax Crystal "Ornaments" The boys had so much fun coming up with shapes and watching the crystals grow. It was so easy and they all turned out amazing!! They already want to make more so I think it was a hit :) If you want to make them, the super easy instructions are below...
What You Need
•Pipe cleaners in various colors
•Teapot or pot to boil water
What You Do
1. Have your kiddos make shaped out of the pipe cleaners... av star, a heart, a spiral, a snowflake, an egg the posibilities are endless!! Make sure it fits through the opening of the jar you are using or use a lager vase or bowl for larger shapes.
2.Bring water to boil.
3.Knot one end of a length of string around the pipe cleaner shape and the other end around the straw and lower the pipe cleaner shape into the jar, then lay the straw across the rim of the jar. If the pipe cleaner touches the bottom of the jar, adjust the string so that the pipe cleaner hangs freely. Lift the pencil to remove the pipe cleaner shape from the jar and set aside.
4.Carefully pour boiling water into the jar, filling it about 3/4 full.
5.Add borax to the water, one tablespoon at a time and stir after adding each tablespoon. After about 1/4 cup has been added, check to see if the borax has begun to collect on the bottom of the jar. If not, add more borax to the jar, little by little, until there is a small amount has collected on the bottom.
6.Lower the pipe cleaner shape into the jar, laying the straw on top as before. Make sure the pipe cleaner is fully submerged in the solution and not touching the bottom or sides of the jar.
7.Using oven mitts, carefully move the jar to a safe place where it won't be disturbed.
8.The crystals will grow on the pipe cleaner as the water cools and begins to release the borax.
9.Let the jar sit for 24 hours. Check the progress of his crystals from time to time to see how they are growing. After roughly 24 hours and once the pipe cleaner is covered in crystals, remove it from the solution.
10. Hang it somewhere safe to dry and enjoy the beauty!!
Ayden did a President report on George H. W. Bush and did an amazing job!! For the report he had to put together a display box with facts about the President, draw a portrait, a life timeline and present a 2 minute memorized report. He also found some original buttons from his campaigns that made it extra fun for him. We all learned a lot about our 41st President and I personally admire him a lot and was so very proud of Ayden :)
My name is George Herbert Walker Bush and I was born
March 9, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts, to Dorothy Walker Bush and Prescott.My father was a banker who went on to
represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate from 1952 to 1963. I grew up in
Greenwich, Connecticut, and graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover,
Massachusetts, in 1942.I enlisted in
the Navy on my 18th Birthday and served the US military in World War
II as a naval aviator. In less than a year, I completed flight training at NAS
Corpus Christi, Texas, and went on to fly TBM Avengers with VT-51. For a time, I
was the youngest pilot in Naval Aviation.On the morning of September 2, 1944 I was shot down over the Northern
Pacific Ocean and parachuted safely into the water, dangerously close to the
shore. Once in the water, I unleashed my inflatable yellow lifeboat, crawled
in, and paddled quickly out to sea. The Japanese sent out a boat to capture me.
Circling fighter planes transmitted my
situation and position to the U.S. submarine Finback that was patrolling 15 to
20 miles from the island.A few hours
after transmitting my position, Williams, then a commander, sighted me on the
periscope about seven miles away from shore. He ordered the submarine to the
surface. I saw this thing coming out of the water and I said to myself,”Jeez, I
hope it's one of ours!”I was taken
inside Finback and the sub quickly submerged.Later I was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross.This was one of the most dramatic moments of
his life -- an experience which gave me a "sobering understanding of war
and peace." There's no question
that it broadened my horizons and helped me prioritize important things
throughout my life.On January 6, 1945, while on leave from the
Navy, I married Barbara Pierce in 1925 in Rye, New York. We met as teenagers at
a dance. We later had six children:
George, Robin, John (known as Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy.After completing my military service in
September 1945, I enrolled at Yale University, where he studied economics and
was captain of the baseball team and was a member of Skull and Bones, an elite
secret society. I graduated in 1948 then moved my family to Texas, where I
began a prosperous career in the oil industry, and eventually became president
of an independent offshore oil drilling company. I began my political career in
the U.S. House of Representatives in 1967. During the 1970s, I held a variety
of government posts, including CIA director. I was a two-term U.S. vice president under
Ronald Reagan, from 1981 to 1989. In 1988, I defeated Democratic rival Michael
Dukakis to win the White House. I served as the 41st U.S. president from 1989
to 1993.In office, I launched
successful military operations against Panama and Iraq.Sadly in 1992 I lost my bid for re-election
to Bill Clinton. In 2000, My son George W. Bush was elected the 43rd U.S.
president; he served until 2009.After
leaving the White House, my wife Barbara and I divided our time between homes
in Houston, Texas, and Kennebunkport, Maine. In 1997, the George Bush
Presidential Library and Museum opened to the public on the campus of Texas
A & M University in College Station, Texas, I was honored. I worked with my
successor, Bill Clinton, to raise funds for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami
in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I am an adventure seeker and went
skydiving on my 70th, 80th and 85th birthdays.
I was so thrilled to be contacted by Atlanta Parent Magazine to publish my String Easter Egg craft in their March issue!! I have been making them for years with my boys, family, friends and youth groups so it was fun to share :) I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the magazine again and inspire other moms to get crafty with their kiddos and make memories that last a lifetime :)
One of my favorite things to do around Easter is grow wheatgrass. In about a week you can have beautiful green grass to fill baskets and decorate with!!
What You Are Going to Need:
Wheatgrass seed (I got mine at Whole Foods or you can get small kits on Amazon)
Growing containers (plastic trays work great, but you can get creative)
Sunlight (a window seal works great)
Azomite (A Natural Source for Minerals and Trace Elements)
First... Rinse and Soak Your Seeds
Take your seeds and rinse them off thoroughly before use. Place the seeds inside a clean container and cover them with clean water. Let the seeds soak in the water for 8-12 hours. This soaking process infuses the dry seed with moisture, and softens their shells allowing easier sprouting (next step). Bad seeds (i.e prone to mold) will typically float to the surface and should be discarded if found. A great time to soak the seeds is right before you go to bed as the seeds will be just about ready when you wake up.
Second... Placement of Seeds
After 8-12 hours, drain the water from the seeds and spread evenly over the soil of the grow tray. You want the seeds directly touching each other but not overlapping if possible. Every available spot on the tray should be covered in seed. Once accomplished spread 2-3 layers of paper towel over the seeds. The paper towels act as a protectant to the seeds locking moisture into the growing tray and keeping light off the seeds.
Third... Setup Your Grow Trays
Fill the grow trays your using with 1 1/2 - 2 inches of organic soil/potting mix.
Once your seeds are soaked and spread over your grow tray you're ready for sprouting. Gently shower your grow tray with water soaking the paper towels on top of the trays. The paper towels, seeds, and soil should be thoroughly soaked with water. Set the seeds in a dark location (closet, wash room, etc). You'll keep them in this state for the next two days, covered underneath paper towels and soaked in water. You want the paper towels and seed to be continually damp throughout the next 48 hours. Do not let your trays dry out!
Fifth... SUN, Let IT Grow
After 48 hours, carefully peel away the paper towels covering the grow tray. You'll see baby wheatgrass sprouting everywhere. By this point the seedlings should've attached roots to the soil and are on their way to growing. Let's get them in some sunlight. These little guys will need at least 8 hours of good sunlight or 10-12 hours of artificial light a day. Keep them in a clean area to help reduce mold. Mold sucks. Water daily or every other day depending on the environment humidity. After about a week the wheatgrass will grow to be around 7-9 inches tall.
Sixth... Have fun
You can put it in baskets, vases, pots, tins.... anything just make sure that you protect it from water damage and continue to water your grass. If it gets to long you can trim it to desired length. I t will last for up to 3 weeks!!
For the past couple of days I have had this funny smell in my fridge and I couldn't figure out what it was. I wiped down everything and it still was there!! To my surprise it was some fresh strawberries I had in the fruit drawer!! I was shocked that something so yummy and sweet could smell so awful!! I also have found that other yummy fruits and veggies that can cause a bad smell in the fridge without being spoiled...
Here's some tips on how to get rid of a smelly fridge and make it sparkle!!
To get rid of smells and dried-up spills inside your refrigerator, remove the contents, then sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub the sides, shelves, and rinse with a clean, wet sponge. Don’t forget to place a fresh box of soda inside when you’re done.
Sometimes the refrigerator just doesn’t smell fresh. Dampen a cotton ball with vanilla extract and place it on a shelf. You’ll find it acts as a deodorizer, offering its own pleasant scent.
Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.
You’ve removed all the food and the racks from the fridge. Now mix up a handful of salt in 1 gallon or so of warm water and use it with a sponge to clean the inside of the refrigerator. The mixture isn’t abrasive, so it won’t scratch surfaces. And you won’t be introducing chemical fumes or odors.
Get rid of spoiled-food smells in your refrigerator and freezer with the help of some tomato juice. After disposing of the bad food that caused the smell, thoroughly wipe the insides of the fridge and freezer with a sponge or washcloth doused in undiluted tomato juice. Rinse with warm, soapy water and wipe dry. If traces of the smell remain, repeat the procedure or substitute vinegar for the tomato juice.
Having trouble getting rid of that bad odor in your refrigerator, even after scrubbing it out? Wipe down the inside of the fridge with vanilla extract. To prolong the fresh vanilla scent, soak a cotton ball or a piece of sponge with vanilla extract and leave it in the refrigerator.
Did you know that vinegar might be an even more effective safe cleanser for your refrigerator than baking soda? Use equal parts white vinegar and water to wash both the interior and exterior of your fridge, including the door gasket and the fronts of the vegetable and fruit bins. To prevent mildew growth, wash the inside walls and bin interiors with some full-strength vinegar on a cloth. Also use undiluted vinegar to wipe off accumulated dust and grime on top of your refrigerator. Of course, you’ll still want to put that box of baking soda inside your refrigerator to keep it smelling clean when you’re done.
When soap and water can’t get rid of old bits of food stuck in and around your refrigerator, it’s time to reach for the WD-40. After clearing all foodstuffs from the areas to be treated, spray a small amount of WD-40 on each resistant spot. Then wipe them away with a rag or sponge. Make sure you wash off all the WD-40 before returning food to the fridge.
with all the snow Saturday it was the perfect day to work on the boys Valentines and Valentine boxes for school!! They turned out super cute and we had so much fun putting them together :) The boys can't wait to fill their Minions with Valentines and hand out Valentine's to their classmates!!
I got the cute Star Wars Valentine printable at cuteasafox.com and the light sabers on Amazon :)
Landon celebrated 100 days of 1st grade on Wednesday!! I can't believe school is more than half over... bring on summer *lol* We made these cute cookie packs to celebrate using Keebler Vienna Fingers and Fudge Stripes!! His classmate loved them and they turned out super cute!! You can download the tag here http://www.4shared.com/file/8Xt_y0yu/100_days_TAG.html :)
Keeping my boys busy is a big job! They love to have play dates and hang out with school friends and sometimes getting info to a friend and parent is a chore so I came up with these cute play date "business" cards! My boys can give them to their friends and they have all of family info on it for their parents. It has made setting up play dates so much easier and my boys love having them handy in their backpacks!!
My boys have always loved playing with Lego's, Duplo's, and Bionicles. And it became an obsession when Star Wars, Harry Potter and Cars were added to the mix!! So when we decided to go to California I knew that a trip to Legoland's amusement park was a must do!
We decided to go for one full day... it was only a 30 minute drive to Carlsbad from our condo in Coronado. The excitement grew as we pulled into the parking lot and the line to enter the park wasn't very bad at all.
To describe the park in one word it would be charming. The park is well maintained and clean. The park map you get when entering the park shows the different theme areas to visit like Star Wars, Dino Island, Imagination Zone, Knights Kingdom, and Fun Town. There were smaller rides for Landon and bigger rides for Ayden and Jackson but the lines were a joke... shorter than Disneyland but took twice as long. Even Landon was frustrated at having to wait sooooo long. and let's not forget how rude the staff was, it was apparent that they didn't enjoy being there... it made us all uncomfortable!!
Each Lego theme area has its own unique rides, games or attractions except for Star Wars... it was strictly viewing Star Wars Lego sculptures. To be honest there was really nothing "special" about each of the areas. Knight's Kingdom had a small playground area that the boys could run around in but it was small and they were bored quickly. Jackson and Ayden went on Knights' Tournament that utilizes a robotic arm to twist, swoop and dive with two people strapped in to side by side chairs. They loved that ride the best even though it was a long wait for a very short ride.
The boys cold have spent all day just looking at the Star Wars mini sculptures, I think we spent 3-4 hours looking at the diffrent scenes... Jackson was in Heaven!! They had created something from each movie and they are opening a new section, we peeked through the tarp and it was cool... I think that was the best part of Legoland, watching my boys marvel at the Star Wars creations!!
There is a water park and SEA LIFE Aquarium but we only did the main park on our visit. The boys built Lego cars and tested them on the Lego race track. And we all enjoyed Mini Land which shows some incredible miniature replica's of famous cities, regions and landmarks made out of what else but-Lego's! We ate lunch and had a few snacks in the park, it was nothing special.
Unfortunately you cannot bring any food from the outside in to the park, but the food choices seemed ok and aren't too overpriced for an amusement park. We had lunch at the Garden Resturant and had sandwhiches that were dried out :( We also had Granny's Apple fries that are Granny Smith apples, dusted in cinnamon sugar and served with a vanilla cream dipping sauce, I think they were the best thing we atee in the park!
All in all I would say it was a entertaining day but for us there was nothing that we would go back to see or do and there was no "magic" in the park and personally I would have rather spent my time and $$$ going to Disneyland *LOL*
I have been making these darling String Easter Eggs for many years and they are so easy you can do it with your kids!! My boys have loved making them and they are so cute to add to your Spring decor!! You can save them from year to year in a shoe box :)
First thing you want to do is get some colored craft string in many colors. Blow up some small water balloons in various sizes. Then you'll mix Elmers glue and water together in equal parts in a small bowl, you'll want one per person who is wrapping a balloon. Unwrap string into bowl in a large circle *careful not to tangle it* then wrap around a balloon overlapping the sting. Pop the balloon once dry, about 3 hours. You can decorate with these darling eggs anywhere, even string them together for a cute garland!! Happy Easter!!
2011 was a busy year!! I took over 3,500 pictures last year (most of them in the Mediterranean) and thought that I would share the highlights with you!! we are so very thankful for all our our family and friends that make such wonderful memories wth us each year!!
Jackson gave a country report on England complete with British Royal Guard costume!!
We made these aWeSoMe Monster Boxes for Valentines Day!!
Ayden's 3rd grade program on America!
We went back to our FAVORITE place!!
Landon's first t-ball game!!
Landon learned to ride his 2 wheel bike!!
Jackson cooked sweet and sour chicken for a study on China!!
Jackson started spring lacrosse!!
Ryan sent me to the Mediterranean for Mother's Day!!
My brother Christopher came home from his mission in Chile!!
Last day of school!!
Ayden with Miss. Crocker and Jackson with Mrs. Overholt who sadly lost her battle with liver failure in September :(
Lacrosse tournament in Park City!!
Ayden on the springboard!!
UVU Lacrosse Camp!!
Jackson's 1st swim meet!!
Firework's at Cory's!!
Summer in California
Loved China Town!!
Beautiful Bay Area!!
Happy 12th Birthday Jackson!!
Disneyland for Jackson's 12th Birthday!!
Jackson's new hobby!!
Off to Middle School!!
Off to 4th grade!!
1st Day of Kindergarten!!
Crazy Hair Day!!
Red Ribbon Week school flyover with my brother Pilot Cory Robin!!
Happy 10th Birthday Ayden!!
Ayden's Tattoo Shoppe!!
3 Hitchhiking Ghosts!!
My Disney Castle Pumpkin!!
Landon Dressing Up!!
Ayden's ready for wrestling!!
Ayden's 1st wrestling match!!
Jackson Jr. Jazz... his team went undefeated!!
My 16th Holiday Cookie Exchange!!
Happy 6th Birthday Landon!!
BEST picture ever!!
Ayden played the recorder for the school sing along!!