It's been almost a year since I've gone through the magazine stack, pulled out articles to keep and recycled the rest. Now when I'm done, I need to actually file them into the awesome file box I have waiting for them.
Then it's time to move onto the recipe stack. (YIKES!)
The crazy boys and I went to Roseville to see School House Rock Live! today. It was a great show with a hodge podge of old favorite songs. I thought it was great and the boys seamed to have a good time as well. We took advantage of the warm day and went to the park after.
I've come to dread Wednesdays because it's usually the day that Cody has a response to literature type assignment for Language Arts. He hates these assignments and usually spends most the day pouting about it before finally getting it done. Today, he moved all around the house and outside while avoid his assignment, to the point that he never finished it. More work for tomorrow.
Tyler's reading has come a long way this year, this week we are starting to read his first chapter book together. (Magic Tree House #1) He's poking his way through it pretty well, just needs to gain some more confidence.
This week at swim clinic they were working on flip turns. I'm not sure that Cody has ever had any formal training with this, but had started to work on it last summer when we were at open swim. After a few times and tips from the coaches, he's getting it figured out. It's a bit of a drive twice a week, but this clinic will do wonders for his swim season.
(Big picture is #1, then goes top to bottom, left to right)
My poor, 1st generation Droid phone was dying a slow death. It was doing fun things like pushing it's own buttons, not letting me answer calls, then hanging up on people when it finally did answer. Upgrading was a must, the HTC Rezound was the winner. It's been a cool phone so far, taking some time to get used to, but it syncs with all the things I'm used to using. It's going better now that Keith and I can tell our phones apart. (Enter owl skin and coordinating background)
We celebrated both brother-in-laws' Birthdays this afternoon, one a month late and the other was this past week. We've had an overly eventful week in the family and it was nice to have everyone together in a mellow setting.
Tyler still likes to help everyone open their presents, especially Uncle Stu's.
I was trying to get a good picture of the spot under Tyler's eye (It's been there well over a month now) and thought it turned out pretty cool. Love those crazy brown eyes.
He's also had a similar style rash around his mouth that pops up when he's eaten a lot of apples (we think). We've tried our best to be apple free the last 3 weeks or so and his mouth has cleared up, this spot under his eye is still hanging on. It kind of reminds me of when he had eczema as a baby.
These were bought mid December with the intention of taking them on our trip to decorate with the Idaho cousins. Unfortunately they were forgotten under the work tables in the office and never made the trip. The boys really wanted to build them anyway, so we finally busted them out this week. Nothing like extending the Christmas cheer a bit!
The boys started their 6 week swim clinic tonight up in El Dorado Hills. I thought I had read that it was an indoor pool, it wasn't, but it's heated. Cody swam like a boss, swimming like he hasn't been out of a pool for months and leading the way for his group. Tyler kinda forgot that he can swim a bit and was having issues with his breathing, hopefully they'll work that out in the next couple of weeks.
Cody had his first indoor game today. He's one of three that are joining a team that's been together for years. They did okay working together, the other team was a huge challenge as we are Rec team and they are a Comp team. The score wasn't pretty. Cody had a pretty decent game for his first go, a bit timid, but figuring it out some as well.
My challenge was shooting pictures through the plexy glass in crappy lighting. Some turned out okay, but more glare than I had originally thought. Next week I'm going to try sitting on the top of the bleachers and shooting through the net instead.
Today's adventure took us to Iceland Skating Rink in Sacramento. The boys had a good time with friends along even if the ice wasn't spectacular. The rink was bigger than the one they set up in Folsom, and the skates were newer, plus it was only $5!
After being gone for a week, our mail was delivered today from the post office. The stack wasn't as nearly bad as I thought it might be and was mostly junk. I love the holiday cards still trickling in and found it funny that the boys' stack was the biggest of all.
I wasn't sure that I was going to do this again, but decided that it was a great way to continue to get to know my camera. The 365 project also makes sure that our year is well documented.
For the birds....
As the Christmas decor was taken down, I've been looking at some fun new ways to decorate and fill the void. While on our trip I found this cute owl at the Cracker Barrel of all places. Owls have become my new favorite, although there's a fine line between cute and creepy. Peacocks are also high on the list. Their colors are beautiful and this tea towel was the perfect edition found at Home Goods this afternoon. Hopefully I'll be able to find them some company without breaking the bank.
There wasn't a ton of crafty going on this past Christmas, but some worked it's way in!
It's just not Christmas without a bit of crafty.
Ornaments for my Sister-in-Law's family
The boys and I made waterless snow globes
(Thought I had found clearer jars, without writing etched onto them, will have to do some more searching around.)
My best friends had a gift exchange and I drew Sarah. I searched around her Pinterest boards and found this wall hanging, one that I also love. I cut letters out of full sheet label paper on my Cricut, stuck them onto a canvas and painted over them. It turned out cute and something that would be fun to try again with the boys.
Our new nephew needed a stocking. Hopefully the fabrics coordinate with the ones I had made for Virginia and Eli a couple of years ago. (I made sure to buy extra and have it stashed for the future.)
Every day rag wreaths:
For my niece, a manicure kit. The boys helped me pick out nail polish colors.
Mother-in-law asked for a zip hoodie sweatshirt, maybe something from BSU, Stanford or UCSB.
So instead of buying something from one place, I made one for all of them plus a bonus.
The front has Cedar Crest College where she went to school.
The back hosts all the schools that her kids and Rich attended.
Then there's the one that got away....
Luckily, this just means I have a project to work on.