Sunday, March 31, 2013

Day 89

Happy Birthday Cody!
You're smart, sweet, funny and love to build things out of your own imagination. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Day 88

Egg hunting.....
We changed things up this year and did an aqua egg hunt.  The water loving boys were in heaven! 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Day 87

Cousins, hanging out for a bit. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Day 86

Stuffs a-growin'.....
The strawberries are working hard at coming back this year, lots of pretty flowers have bloomed!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Day 85

Enjoying the weather...
The weather has been beautiful and the boys have been spending quite a bit of time outside.  
Cody in his favorite reading spot and Tyler digging underneath. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Day 84

More Customs....
This is the usual site of the toy room with boxes of LEGO's spread all about and Cody hunkered over a project. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Day 83

More Progress....
Feeling pretty good that 20 of 30 rows are sewn together on the project I'm working on.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Day 82

Planning Spring Break.....
Damn you Star Testing!  Cody has his state testing coming up in about a month.  I've paced out his math curriculum and in order to have him learn everything that will be on the test, we have to continue his math work over Spring Break.  So that it's not totally unfair, Tyler is working on memorizing his addition facts a bit better at the same time.  I feel bad that they don't have a real break, but it's about 30 minutes each day.  (Oh and there's that thing of they just came home from Lego Land and Disney's CA Adventure!)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day 81

Oh sprinklers, the joy of sprinklers!  
Today we headed up to Green Acres and picked up some pumpkins for the empty barrel in the front yard.  Then a stop to Lowe's to pick up some ends to the drip system.  Not being a huge fan of drip, some low pressure sprayers on steaks were the option that seamed to be the best solution.  

It was a happy day when the boys helped me test the controller and all the sprinkler systems came on when they were supposed to.  
Then we found a pool of water in the backyard where there shouldn't have been on.  It seams that our backyard soggy issue is actually a broken pipe. I hate sprinklers.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Day 80

Thar she blew....
We've had some loose brackets in the back fence for a while and hadn't gotten around to fixing them.  With the wind storm picking up this morning, one of the fence panels finally gave way.  
It was a fairly easy fix, and we're back to privacy. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 79

Cody finished and brought home his leopard painting from class today.  
Tyler finished glazing his birdhouse and we'll be able to pick it up in a few weeks from the homeschooling office.  

I'm so glad that we switched Charters for this year so that the boys had the opportunity to do these classes. Now we're bummed that they are over until the fall. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 78

New Skills....
Somebody went to Australia and came home with new skills!  
Eating solid food and sitting up on his own for short spells.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 77

Rip and Stitch....
Started today's sewing adventure with the seam rippers to fix a block gone wrong.  
Smoother sailing from then on. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 76

Yep, planted everything today.  
Now to keep it alive!  

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Day 75

Today's Project....
Tackle the weeds, empty the dead plants out of the planters and move things around.  
It looks so much better!  
Planting to come.....

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Day 74

Fight Night....
Keith and I headed over to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the UFC Fights that were on Pay-Per-View.  We got there just in time to get a table out on the patio.  Yum!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Day 73

Nothing much....
Yep, that pretty much sums up the day.  With a few little things done, toe nails were painted and that made up the day!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Treat

Oh look at that, something was pulled off of Pinterest and actually completed!  

The boys are away having a blast, so I packed a treat into their clothes bag for Sunday along with fun new green shirts to wear.  Lucky them, they get to spend the day in Lego Land.  
There is a gold chocolate coin on the bottom, individual Jelly Belly candies and lemon drops (didn't have any yellow beans) from the bulk bins at Winco to make a rainbow.  Next they are layered into a mini jelly jar, tight as possible to prevent shifting and mixing of colors.
  If you put the ring and lid onto the jar, you are not able to see the orange and red layers, so I wrapped the jar tightly with Press and Seal wrap, then taped the bottom to make sure it stays in place. 
Next, because they are traveling, I put them into a Ziploc bag with a note attached. 

Day 72

Off and away...
They are headed out for an adventure!  
Beaches, Santa Barbara Mission, Endeavor Space Ship, Lego Land and Disney CA Adventure to see the new Cars Land!  I'll admit that I'm totally jealous and wish we were all going. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Day 71

I guess it's not going to magically get into the bags on it's own. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Water bottle and camera bags...

The boys are heading off on a trip with Grandma and Grandpa later this week.  Hoping to help them stay hydrated and have easy access to their cameras, bags were in order.  

Searching through my stash of books, I ran across the pattern for a water bottle holder in my Sew & Stow book.  This book is awesome, with modern patterns for every day use.  Lots of different bags and lots of hints for customizing things for your needs. 
They are adjustable and can be slung across the body for hands free fun! 
They are made large enough for the boys' biggest water bottle, with the draw string at the top, they should work for any of the other bottles we have in the house. 
Their camera bags hang off the back.
 Googling around, I came across this pattern and adapted it to their cameras.
They are lightly padded to protect the cameras and made with the fabric the boys picked from the store. 
 I finally used the magnet snaps I've been hording for a couple of years. 
Surprising easy once I planned it out a bit and the magnets are strong. 
They have straps that make them easy to take on and off of their bags, also making them easy to move to something else for different uses
Now to finish gathering and packing the rest of their things!

Day 70

Trying new things.....
Making some bags for the boys to take on their trip, finally trying out magnet enclosures that I bought a couple of years ago.  More to come....

Monday, March 11, 2013

Day 69

Never good.....
when the seam rippers make an appearance.  
Nothing like last minute projects going wrong!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Day 68

Cody time....
It's not very often that I get a chance to go out with one of the boys alone.  Tyler was invited to a Birthday party today.   While he was there, Cody and I went shopping and then to ride the go-karts at Sunsplash.  We had a great time! 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Day 67

House Party.....
This group had an awesome time trying out the new Hot Wheels Spin Shotz!
Thanks everyone for coming!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Day 66

When you don't listen....
Things don't go your way.  
We had a long afternoon on Friday, mainly for Keith who spent most of it taking apart the back of the Tahoe to release the key that had been jammed into the lock by a "helpful" 6 year old. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Day 65

Cody caught me taking a picture of his group at the gym tonight.  I tried to shoot faster as it was fun to watch them taking a break and he was in quite the conversation with his coach, Victor. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Day 64

Well, there's a House Party happening at our house on Saturday.  
Everything is still sitting in the boxes and bag.  
Probably should get on this! 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 63

Grown up stuff....
Real glass drinking glasses to replace the cheap plastic ones we've been using for too long. 
Gotta love IKEA!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Day 62

Grandpa had a new barn for the boys to put together for their train table today.  
They aren't super happy about the quality as they don't like to stay together, but it's a fun addition!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Day 61

Movin' stuff....
The big blue couch is out, new POANG chairs from IKEA are in.  
This leaves a chunk of space behind the new chair for Ty's gymnastics mat and hopefully a better use of the space.  
Maybe I'll finally put something up on the big red wall now that I'm going to be staring at it all the time!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Day 60

Ms. Bun found the perfect mix of sun and shade under the trampoline this afternoon.  
Beautiful day!