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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Art Camp on Spruce part THREE

ice cream
ice cream
we all scream for ice cream!
can you guess the theme this week?

Homemade Ice Cream -
throw everything in a mason jar 
shake it for a couple minutes and 
throw it in the freezer
a couple hours later . . . ENJOY!

Ice Cream Cones -
paper plates
paper grocery bags
hearts {from the previous week}

One of the things i have been teaching the kiddos each week is USE WHAT YOU HAVE! Paper bags from the grocery store are my new favorite thing to try and incoprate into the craft!

I thought these might be a bit out of our wheelhouse but the kids did so well, and they loved how they turned out! I followed this tutorial from the cutest little girl.  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Art Camp on Spruce

Cleo and I are hosting an Art Camp in our garage this summer. Yesterday was the first one and it was a huge success! Cleo had so much fun being the leader and she was so good about going around and complimenting everyone on their projects!

Yesterday's theme was birds. I found these birds on Pinterest. {can I get an AMEN for Pinterest} I really tried to stick to my rule of using what I have on hand but I did need to pick up a couple more supplies since we were making so many. 

Each week I am going to try and add a service project into our Art Camp.  This week we made bird seed ornaments. I plan on dropping those off at the local assisted living facility! Hopefully, the residents and birds will enjoy them!

The birdseed ornaments were super easy to make! I found the same recipe over and over again:

2 cups birdseed
2 packs of gelatin
2/3 cups water
some sort of cookie cutter or mold (i used ramekins)
a straw or lollipop stick to make a hole for hanging

add gelatin to water and let it dissolve 
turn burner to medium
heat until the gelatin simmers, stirring frequently
let the gelatin cool
stir in birdseed 
now you are ready to mold your ornaments
let them sit over night

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This weeks crew + Cleo doing her thing!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Family Camp

We checked off the first item from our Summer Bucket List . . .  Camp Icaghowan family camp! We had a great time and it was clear, Cleo was made for summer camp! This will definitely be a summer bucket list repeat. Art and crafts, s'mores, swimming, parent free-time, the climbing wall, games, horses, hiking; camp had it all! Do you have a family camp in your area? Might be worth looking into!

One of Cleo's favorite books is about summer camp: Thank You, Aunt Tullulah. A really cute book about a little girls who exchanges letter with her aunt during summer camp.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Start the week with Sprinkles . . .

Lots and lots of sprinkles. I whipped these up yesterday! I am not a baker. Not even a little so I am totally going to toot my own horn on these things!

You can find the recipe here and the frosting recipe is from the good ol' Betty Crocker Cookbook!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Summer Bucket List

I love filling out our Summer Bucket list! And I find if I don't jot down our list we never remember everything! Here's a printable to get your started! 

What's on your list this year? I will be sharing some of ours in the next couple weeks! Happy planning!

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Day Baskets

I love a good May Day basket! When I was a little girl my Grandma Marion always celebrated May Day. And now I am trying to continue that tradition!


tins = My parents received a big box of candy for a Christmas gift years ago. I have been holding onto these candy tins since then.

flowers = a floral banner kit

vintage light reflectors

vintage ribbon

and of course I used my stamp kit from Paper Source

a may day poem

candy from our local candy store

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Henry's Confirmation | Our Family

Yesterday we celebrated Henry's confirmation. It was a beautiful day filled with lots of sunshine and family. 

We have a non-traditional family, or do they call it a blended family? We just call it family. It's not what I ever would have chosen for Henry. Can you imagine?  "When I grow up, I hope I have a baby and I am not married to the dad!" I struggle with the guilt of this still 15 years later. It never goes away. And maybe I have parented a bit differently because of it too! But here's the cool thing about our family . . . we all get along! There have definitely been some lows and some fights and some hurt feelings, but we have always tried to put Henry first and what is best for him. And we want to be a positive example to our other children too!

Yesterday, as we all stood around H during the "Laying on of Hands" I couldn't help but get a bit emotional. First, as a mom it's always emotional seeing your children growing up. Second, to have his grandmas and grandpas, his siblings, his mom, his dad, his bonus mom, his bonus dad, his grandpa's girlfriend, Henry's friend's dad all stand with him and pray with him and for him . . . made my heart so happy. But I also had a sense of pride knowing we are being and doing our best for him.

Henry chose this verse for his faith statement during confirmation. I think he chose this verse because he really loved the friendship part of his Wednesday nights and found comfort in those new friendships. But as I re-read it again today,  I instantly thought it was a fitting verse for Our Family.