Thursday, February 28, 2013

John Elway. The Game. Of His. LIFE.

Alex had to read a biography last month for class. Then he had to do a report/presentation about it. He chose a book about John Elway, the ex-Denver Bronco's quarterback. He pretty much had free reign on how to present the book to his class. Be creative it said. So, he and I came up with a board game idea of John Elway's LIFE. We pulled out our LIFE board game and used it as a model. I went to Lowe's and got some paint samples to create the game board squares. KP helped with the spinner. Alex told me what he wanted the game pieces to be and then I made those. He did the rest. Each square represented a different fact about John Elway. Every other square had something like "you fumbled the ball go back 2 spaces" or "you scored a touchdown move forward 3 spaces" kinda deal. You started in John Elway's birthplace. Port Angeles, WA and the winning square/the end was Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO. After it was all said and done we all knew a ton of facts about John Elway! Did you know John Elway played baseball as well? Yup was drafted by theYankees?? Yeah. It was fun lil' project. 

Click on the pics to enlarge them.

We made four games pieces. John Elway the football player, baseball player,
his Super Bowl trophy, and jersey. I used binder clips as holders.

This is what the final product looked like. 

He started the game in John's birthplace.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Countdown to Spring Break

Are you like me and as soon as the Christmas break is over you start counting down to Spring Break? Yes. I am always ready for a break off with my boys and KP, too. Spring Break. Seven days of hopefully good weather and lots of fun! Most years we take a trip of some kind. Sometimes we fly somewhere. That is what we will do this year. Sometimes we take a road trip. Last year we went to Huntsville. Alex had done a school report about Sam Houston and so we spent a few days exploring Huntsville and the many places in the area that we could learn more about Sam Houston. It was fun! It was. For real. Who knew. We've also had a few Spring Break stay-cations. These are usually an over night stay at a hotel or motel in the Houston area. Since KP travels some for his job he has accrued hotel points that we save and use. The Woodlands for example is where we stayed once and visited the Children's Museum there, rode the carousel in the mall, and ate at some of our fave restaurants that we don't have in our area. Its was a quick get away where we pretended to be tourists.

We like to make the most of any Spring Break/trip. Be it big plans or smaller low key ones that we have planned. We approach each with excitement and awe! There is always lots of pictures, lots of learning, and of course a ton of laughing. Our motto is if you are not having fun you are doing it wrong!!!

We try to keep in mind when planning for and deciding what to do for Spring Break, that it is that...a break. So, we try not to over plan the week and keep our fun to a 3 to 5 day limit. The boys like to have days where they can just hang out in their pjs and veg around the house and play video games all day. Setting a limit to the days away from home saves us from needing a vacation from your vacation. You know those. Where you are more stressed and more tired than before you left for your "vacation"!

So. This year we will be taking a big trip. Flying to New York City for 5 days. We saved up our hotel points and will be taking a family trip there. It will be MPs first time to NYC. He is excited! The rest of us are excited, too. We have our list ready of all the things we want to see and do in the Big Apple. And we'll be back with time left in the week to be at home and chill before the boys return to school. Then we will start the countdown over. This time we will be counting down to summer break!! ;)
Have a fun & safe spring break! Whatever your plans may be! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Everything Has Its Place. Sometimes You Just Need To Find It.

So. I am organized. Yes. But. What does that mean really? To me it means I have a space and place for everything. Everything. Everything has its "SPLACE". Splace = Space and place. Oh. You got that. Of course you did. Just making sure. If you have somewhere for it. Your stuff. Then you always have a splace to put it!! Yea! And this makes me happy when that happens. :) Your family can then help you put things back in its splace where it goes. It can happen. Becomes routine. It does. Sometimes you just have to get creative and find a place to put things! Example:

Take this piece of furniture below. A dear friend gave it to me. Thanks, Keri. I love it. After I found a splace for "it",  it later became what you see now.  A splace for the boys craft supplies. Before it housed some odds and ends. See, I used to have a Rubbermaid box full of these craft things and would bring it out when they felt creative and then would open it up in the kitchen and then I would box it up again.

Since, the cabinet just so happens to be right near the kitchen. Tada!! It became the craft supply cabinet. Now the boys have access to it 24/7. Well really. 12/7. Good bye Rubbermaid box. We have a splace for the "stuff" now. So, see look around and make things that work for you. Get creative! Make things flow. Find a splace!

So here is the cabinet that. Sits off the living room.
The baskets below for now are full of Penny's things.
Here? That way we can grab her a treat, leash, toy. Its
by the back door. The boys can both reach them as well.

Inside the cabinet. Playdoh, stickers, markers, glue, paints....oh, my!

I labeled these so the boys could read
the box and grab what they needed quicker.

In the drawers. Left side has paper. Right side is a table cloth
that they have to put on my table before they get crafty.
There are also old Ts and aprons when they use paint. 

See. Cabinet is right by the table. The table.
Where the craft magic happens. :)

I hope this post inspires you to find a splace for something that you have around your house that is currently homeless. Remember. Make it work for you. Get creative. And don't forget to share. I wanna hear all about it!! I will share more of my tips and tricks, too.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My Halloween Costume 2013

So. If ya don't know. Let. Me. Tell. You. Number one. I love Halloween!!! Two. I love Ellen DeGeneres and her show. Three. I have always wanted to be on a red carpet interviewing celebs. So, that is why this year I am thinking I will be Sophia Grace for Halloween. This lucky little bitty currently holds my dream job on my fave of all time talk shows!! Yes. Maybe if Ellen sees me dressed as Sophia she'll let me have a gig like her, too. A girl can dream.

If you don't know this super cute girl, Sophia Grace who just so happens to be the 6 year old version of me. Check her out on YouTube. She's a hoot. I love her and her enthusiasm! She's kinda awesome.
Here's a link to one of a million videos this cutie.

Monday, February 18, 2013

And Now A Matthew Moment

Someone. MP. Penny, our dog is a little short yet to reach these. Changed his mind I guess.  So nice of him to put it back and save it for someone else. Want a snack? Anyone? Ugh.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Clearing out the clutter: The 40 Trash Bag Challenge

By now you may know that I am always cleaning or clearing out stuff. I love to go through stuff from time to time. All the time. Lets be honest. I look for things we don't use, wear, or play with. For me to fill a bag or two and remove it from our house is truly cathartic. It not only physically removes it from our home it mentally removes a weight from my shoulders and brain. It comes easy to me. I bag it up. Donate it. Or pass it on to others that can use it. Freecycle. I keep an empty 13 gallon trash can out in the garage. Everytime I find something we do not need anymore it goes in the "bucket". When it fills up. I bag it up. I know that for some this does not come easy. Be it sentimental reasons or maybe just being overwhelmed and not knowing where to begin. A friend shared this article with me. Its great. Worth the read. And maybe you have been looking around your home and wanting to but, just don't know where to start...this article may just be the encouragement and motivation you have been looking for. It is a great thing to do for lent! Get the whole family involved. Remember this. Getting rid of the "stuff" does not get rid of the memory! Its ok. Even if someone gave it to you. -B


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