Kate recently turned 3, and she celebrated at her preschool before we moved. I decided to make her class some fun rice crispy treats that I "pinned". Super easy, and super festive! Much like the regular rice crispy treats, with a twist - just add some yellow cake mix and sprinkles!
I cut into squares and individually wrapped for easy distribution. A homemade treat that takes about 10 minutes to prep!
Well, we made the two day trip to Kansas City and have gotten settled into our new digs...a 2 bed, 2 bath hotel room. It is not ideal, but it is part of the process when you move. We are grateful for the opportunities we have been given and I am trying to stay positive! We were welcomed to the midwest with a nice wind storm on the way here, in which I thought my car was going to blow over! It has also been in the 40's and has rained since we have been here. Welcome back to the midwest in November!
We are super excited to be here and have already accomplished a lot. Upon arriving, we got right to house hunting. We bought a house the first day! It was the only one that seemed "right" to us after looking at about 70 homes (new and resale). We ended up going with new construction that is about 45 days out from completion. The bones of the construction are finished, but we get to pick all the fun stuff! We have been making so many decisions and it has been a super fun process. I love that I get to customize it to our taste!
Here is a sneak peak! We will be in the hotel a little longer, but we have so much to be thankful for!
In the meantime, we are heading to my sister's for Thanksgiving. We are definitely excited to be able to drive to see family, instead of having to hop on a plane.
I am also working on getting a new preschool, pediatrician, and all the other things that come with a new city. The kid's have blown us away with their ability to just go with the flow. It is amazing how quickly a new city can start to feel like home...
As we prepared to leave San Antonio, I knew I wanted to make something for all four of the kid's preschool teachers. My kids were blessed to attend a wonderful preschool with loving teachers and we will miss them greatly.
For Kate's teachers (whom Drew also had last year), I decided to make chalkboard cabinet doors. Perfect for a teacher, functional, and something to always remember us by!
I wanted to keep things neutral. I used paints from my stash, including a mocha brown and a charcoal grey. I trimmed them out in a stark white to coordinate with the monogrammed knob (Hobby Lobby).
I then tied a piece of dustless chalk to the knob (with twine) and wrapped with a bow (meant to be a going away gift/Christmas gift).
I found the knobs on clearance for $0.81 and the doors cost me $3. Adding the chalk, paint, and bow, and you are looking at just under $5 each! More to come on Drew's teacher gifts in a future post!
My super crafty and creative friend passed out these adorable invites at Drew's preschool a few weeks ago. Her daughter is one of Drew's besties (and one of his "girlfriends"). Yes, I said "one of". I'm pretty sure he thinks all three of the girls in his room are his "best girls"!
The party was at Build-a-Bear, so she actually made an invite where you do just that! She sewed all of these herself-how cute!!
I asked my friend if her daughter was wanting anything in particular for her birthday. She mentioned to me that she has been wanting the Ken Groom Doll because she thinks it looks like Drew! Ha-young preschool love! So, we got her the doll and this is what he looks like...pink lips and all!
We recently went to this party and the kids had a blast! We have gotten Build-a-Bears as gifts, but had never done it ourselves. Drew picked out a longhorn and named it "Tex", and Kate picked the seasonal reindeer and named it "Bambi".
I just had to share those adorable invites! I wish I sewed. Maybe one day...when the kids go off to school!
As we get ready to settle in to hotel living, I am going to be relying on the iPad to provide some entertainment and education for the kids during down time!
Please comment or email me if you can suggest any good apps for kids ages 4-6. I love a good recommendation!
A few of our recent favorites:
1. Little Things (we play this as a family since my kids don't read yet!)
2. Disney Princess Sticker Book
3. Memo Animals (memory game the kids play together)
4. Futaba (picture and word game the kids play together)
5. Super Why!
6. Sound Sorting
7. Music Sparkle
8. Shave Ice (American Girl)
The movers come this week, so we have a lot going on around here, but I wanted to get caught up on sharing some random pics. Here is what we have been up to lately...
To know Drew is to know his love of all sports. To play them, learn about them, study player's moves, watch them on TV, and ask questions about them is what he lives for.
We had his last soccer game on Saturday. He excelled at soccer this season and we are so proud of him. He is so happy when he plays and continues to have tremendous focus at such a young age. I hope this love of sports continues. He has already informed us that he wants to play hockey and football when we move to KC. Thanks for chosing the two most dangerous sports!
It seems that everyone we know was born in Aug-Nov (including my own)! We have recently been to a sports party, a "Kiddie Park" party, and a Build-A-Bear Party.
Getting an autograph from the Spurs Mascot, The Coyote!
Talk about focus! Look at that tongue!
How cute was this for a sports party?! "Game day" food to eat and Big League Chew, Crackerjacks, and Spurs balls to take home!
Kiddie Park fun with his "best girl"!
First Build-a-Bear party experience!
Watching a lot of football!! Go Bears! Go Hawkeyes!
A random shot of me and my sister in KC-can't wait to be closer to her!
Good news...our house in SA went under contract in just 3 short weeks! Woo hoo! Because of this, we are moving to Kansas City a bit faster than we thought. The movers come next week, so I have been busy decluttering, organizing, spackling, touching up paint, etc. One good thing about moving as much as we do is that our clutter and excess is at a minimum. I find it so much easier to have a clear mind when my home isn't full of "stuff".
We did not find a home in KC on our first house hunting trip. We don't like to rush into buying anything, so we will be moving into a hotel for the hoiday season. Doesn't that sound cozy and inviting?? Not!
At least my sister is only 3 hours away, so the kids and I will probably be moving in with them before long! When we moved to San Antonio 16 months ago, we lived in a hotel for 30 days. It was 110 degrees, living in about 300 sq. ft. with an 18 month old, a 2.5 year old, two Great Danes, and one cat. It was not a joyous time in my life. I loathe hotel living. My kids couldn't be more excited. My husband cannot understand why I wouldn't be happy about not cooking or cleaning for 2 months. Um, did I fail to mention that I still have two toddlers, now one dog :(, still one cat, and now it will be the dead of winter??
Finding a home when we officially move next week is our #1 priority, and I am confident we will find something soon!! This little family is getting excited about our new adventure. . .
As long as we have each other, we can get through any transition...except maybe the transition to the cold weather. I am absolutely dreading it! :)
My husband was huge into Legos when he was a little boy, and this love has been passed on to my
4-year old. If I turn him loose in a toy store, 9 times out of 10 he will be looking in the Lego aisle. He has what I call a "Lego brain". He loves the small parts and being creative, and most of all, I think he enjoys that it is he and Daddy's "thing". When he is not dressing up or playing sports, he is digging through his Lego bin.
We subscribe to the Lego magazine and they are having a holiday Lego build contest. Drew and Steve got right to work on a little creation, fit for a 4 year old. They came up with "A Firefighter's Christmas".
He was so proud of this and of course he has high hopes that he will win! I am sure there will be some major creations by so many creative kids, so in order to keep him level-headed, I have to keep telling him that if he doesn't win at least he put in the effort to enter the contest. He has an innate competitiveness about him, so I have to keep everything in perspective!!
Drew helped me print out the pictures and we sent it off the other day. I wonder if we have a future architect or an engineer on our hands?! :)
I tried another new appetizer dip-Pinterest, of course. I have since made it 3 times because my husband and I can't get enough! We normally are not pepperoni pizza people, but for some reason we love the green pepper and pepperoni combo.
Served atop of slices of hearty bread, this makes for a meal. The possibilities are endless with what you could put in or on this dip. Super easy to make. Your family will thank you!
The original recipe calls for black olives, which we do not do in our house. I also added some italian season on top of mine to give it a bit more flavor. It seems that everything I have choosen to make lately has cream cheese in it-no wonder everything has been a hit! :)
#3-Hollowed out cabinet door face, blue grey paint, distessed, chicken wire. It's huge!
#1 & #2 sold right away. #3 might be a bit too large. Because of the move, I just had to clean out the booth. I think I might just have to repaint this one and use it to clip my Christmas cards to next year (in the new house)!!
We had gorgeous weather for Halloween! Our Bears football player and bumble bee had a blast running around the neighborhood. As with most things, the anticipation was half the fun. We have more candy than we know what to do with and we didn't even go to that many houses!
The pumpkin bag that Kate is carrying used to be Steve's, which makes it about 30 years old. :)