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March 31, 2016

April Fool’s Prep: Year Two

Last year was our first foray into April Fool’s Day pranks around here. The girls want to fool each other again this year because they had so much fun last year. So, I figured I’d get in on the act too. I was definitely in search of harmless April Fool’s day pranks. Ever the last minute planner, I was at the store today picking up some things that we’ll need.

My oldest wants to give her sister a new ‘pair’ of shoes. She came to me this morning and asked if I could get her a pear to put in a shoe box to give to her sister. The little one wanted to do the same juice prank as we did last year but with brown jello for iced tea (which her sister doesn’t drink). Kindergartners don’t quiet get pranks I don’t think. I told her to think a little more about it at school today and if she doesn’t come up with anything else, we’ll rubber band the inside of the sleeves of her sister’s coat for some harmless fun.

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 3.13.36 PMFor my part, I’ve decided on the googly eyes on everything in the fridge and pantry plus yogurt and apricot half ‘fried eggs’ with pound cake ‘toast’ for breakfast. Both of these are all over pinterest and that’s where I grabbed these images from. I’m opting for pound cake toast instead of apple fries since we rarely have french fries with our fried eggs. We always have toast to dip! I even made a banner to put in the pantry! I’d love to show you a picture of it but it won’t get put up till they go to bed tonight so you’ll just have to wait. If you’d like to download one for yourself, you can do that here and post a picture of yours for me!

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 3.12.54 PMHow about you? Is April Fool’s day a big to do in your house? I’d love to hear how you’re fooling each other this year!

March 25, 2016

Six Sentence Story: Duck

Six Sentence Story: DuckThis week’s six sentence story cue is duck.

Quack, quack, waddle, waddle. Quack, quack, waddle, waddle. Jill had always been made fun of by the other kids. Quack, quack, waddle, waddle. She would sit inside and pout on sunny days and only spring to life when the rain finally came. Her mother always said she must be part duck and smiled as she watched her hop in and out of the puddles.


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March 24, 2016

Welcome Spring

Hometown Hat
One of two ‘hometown’ hats.

Well it’s been an awful long time since I wrote a blog post and I have to admit that my absence is partly because I became overwhelmed with the design of my blog and not knowing how to get it to do what I want. I still haven’t figured that all out but it’s spring (happy spring by the way!) and a time of renewal and rebirth and I’m going to try to revive the blog by letting go of my perfectionism (again!) and posting even though things aren’t how I want them to be.

Free standing truffula trees for Read Across AmericaSo what have I been up to that’s kept me away from blogging? I wish I could say that it’s been something grand but in reality, it’s just been a lot of little stuff. I’ve been working more which put all but the necessities off of the radar for awhile. I knitted up 2 ‘hometown hats‘ for my girls. We made truffula trees to celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America. We sold A LOT of Girl Scout cookies! We watched thousands of snow geese take a break from their migration. I got a hole punched in my back to remove a suspicious looking mole and now it’s starting to itch. (I know you wanted to know that one.)

Snow drops. One of my favorite spring flowers!Outside, the flowers are starting to bloom and the weather is beginning to warm up. And now we’re gearing up for Easter! I’ve already got the fun fur flip flops crocheted up for the Easter baskets. In the next few weeks, I’ll also be working on my oldest’s family birthday party so there’ll be taco bar and cake plans going on.

For Easter this year, we’ll be having our annual Easter Egg hunt at home before we go to my brother- and sister-in-law’s for dinner. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never been real keen on loading my kids up with candy for each and every holiday. Plus Fun Fur flip flops. SO easy to make and so much fun for my kiddos. I mean, it's RIDICULOUS how much they love them!we’ve got a dog so putting chocolate in plastic Easter eggs and then hiding them around the house is just a recipe for disaster. Long ago, (maybe on my oldest’s first Easter?) I started putting puzzle pieces in our Easter Eggs. Collect the eggs, do the puzzle. It’s fun that lasts and lasts. Ha ha. But it’s a tradition that I really enjoy and I think the girls do too. This year we got a minion puzzle because they’re still crazy about minions and the 150 pieces should just about fill all of the eggs that we keep accumulating each year. Seriously. How do these things keep multiplying?? I have a feeling there will be some fighting while doing the puzzle together but we’ll figure it out. My girls are also into Shopkins. I found a box of 20 Shopkins at BJs one day awhile ago and doled some out for Valentines so I’ll be sticking the rest of them in our eggs for an unexpected treat.

Since we visit my brother- and sister-in-law for Easter, I don’t have to cook much. I will be bringing roasted or caramelized Brussel’s sprouts once I remember which ones we liked best and I’ll also probably make this apple pear salad with lemon poppy seed dressing which everyone LOVES! As an added bonus, my girls can help me make the dressing when they’re off from school tomorrow.

So what are you doing for Easter? Do you go to church? Do you cook dinner? Go out? Visit relatives? However you spend your days, I hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend and are enjoying all the joys of spring!Create an easy candy free Easter egg hunt with a puzzle!

February 18, 2016

Six Sentence Story: Frayed

Tkitchen-chaoshe timer is buzzing incessantly across the room as the children fight over who gets to turn it off. Acrid smoke begins to rise from the bacon that has just started to over cook on the stove. From the next room, the volume on the TV slowly rises to a cacophonous roar as the cat stands on the volume button. A doorbell rings on the already too loud TV and the dog begins to howl uncontrollably.

Janelle sinks dejectedly into the dining room chair, picks up her coffee cup full of wine and gives up. She tries to block out the chaos all around her and wonders why Jack can’t see just how frayed her nerves are.



Six sentence stories have become my newest love! I get my cues from this blog and I share my stories on inlinkz which I’m just getting started with and am sure I’m using incorrectly. Ha ha. I’ll post the link once I can find it.

January 29, 2016

Six sentence story

The empty can bounced and jumped down the street over unseen pebbles and potholes. 

Jerry’s feet dragged as he plodded toward it, trying to calculate which foot would get there first and whether he would kick it again. 

The sky was gray. 

The land was gray. 

The horizon was indistinguishable. 

His left foot connected with the can again and it bounced on unheard by another soul. 

(This has been my first inlinkz link up AND my first six sentence story! Yay for inspiration from friends!)

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