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DIY Personalized Easter Crates

by Kmama on April 21, 2014 · 0 comments

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A few years ago, I felt crafty and decided to personalized some Easter baskets for Jack and Nick. Seeing as I’m not really a crafty person, I kept it pretty minimal. I found some pastel colored Easter baskets at JoAnn’s, and personalized the baskets by hot gluing a coordinating ribbon around each one, and adding a bow.

Baskets

The baskets were cute, and they were large, so fitting Easter goodies in them wasn’t ever an issue. I love those baskets.

When Luke came along, I searched for a basket similar to those, so that I could personalize one for him. However, I never found anything last year, and once again this year, I didn’t find anything that came even close to the baskets I had for Jack and Nick.

Jdaddy happened to be at Walmart and send me a picture of some bare wooden crates that they had for sale. If I remember correctly, they were $10. He asked if I thought they might work for Easter baskets. Of course that made my mind start working.

Bare Crates

I had Jdaddy pick up the crates and also some paint so that we could personalize them. We initially thought that we would spray paint them, but then weren’t impressed with the colors, so in the end, we ended up buying some latex paint, and I think that was a good decision. We decided Jack would get a green crate, Nick would get a blue crate, and Luke would get a yellow/orange crate (we were shooting for orange, but it came out much yellower than we had planned).

The whole project took about a week to complete, because we had to paint the crates at night (due to our schedules) and then let them dry. The green and yellow/orange crates both took two coats to get a good cover, however, the blue crate only took one coat.

To finish up the personalization of the crates, Jdaddy bought some wooden letters from JoAnn’s, as well as some scrapbook paper. The scrapbook paper was cut to fit on the wooden letters, and then Mod Podged on. Jdaddy did this work, and he did an excellent job. The last step was to use some wood glue to glue the letters to the crates.

Painted Crates1

We also bought some coordinating Easter “grass” to put into the bottom of each crate. It took about 4 small bags of grass per crate. We put blue grass in Jack’s crate, green grass in Nick’s crate, and some bright orange grass in Luke’s crate.

All in all, I think the crates turned out great and the boys love them!

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Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

by Kmama on April 16, 2014 · 1 comment

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It’s been over two months since I’ve done an update on Luke. I figured I would stop with the monthly updates when he turned one. A lot has happened since then though, and he’s 15 months old today.

First of all, he’s walking. Well, not just walking, but running, trying to jump, climbing stairs (and going down them), and walking backwards. He’s waving hello and goodbye, shakes his head no, and nods his head yes, throws a ball, and he’s starting to talk. He says, “No, no, no”, “hi”, “ball”, “uh oh”, what sounds like “up” and “more”, and of course, “mama” and “dada.” I swear he said, “Jack” last week, but I only heard it once, so I’m not going to claim it yet.

Luke Bath

Second, he has 13 teeth already! He’s working on the 14th tooth, and I expect it to pop any day now. And I’m sure as soon as that one pops through, another will be right there waiting for its turn.

Third, baby boy is rocking the baby mullet. For some reason, he has a layer of hair in the back that is longer than the rest. I don’t want to cut it because it has an adorable curl (yay! He has curls!) to it right now, but if it gets much longer, I know I’m going to have to bite the bullet and take him for his first hair cut. Besides the mullet, he still doesn’t have much hair! His brothers had MUCH more hair at this age…with both of them already having their first haircut by now.

Luke and Win

He’s a crazy thumb sucker, and when he gets tired, you know it. He’ll pop his thumb in his mouth (his left thumb) and grab the softest thing he can find to hold in his hands. He likes cloth diapers, but his favorite thing to hold is a flannel blanket that my friend’s mom made for him. I found him trying to pull it out between the slats of his crib the other night. It was too stinking cute.

Luke LOVES his big brothers. He adores them, and gets so excited to see them every morning when he gets up. He is over the moon when they take the time to play with him. His favorite game right now is chase. He squeals and belly laughs when they chase him. It makes my heart so happy to see them playing together and having fun.

While he’s doing all the cute stuff, he’s also developing some annoying habits. He will SCREAM if he doesn’t get his way, or if you take something away from him. He also makes the annoying “eh, eh, eh!” sounds when he wants something. And of course, it’s always with a whine. I know it’s early and I can’t really expect him to be talking, but I can’t wait until he can use his words instead of grunts and screams.

Luke Sleeping

Unlike his brothers, this little guy has stranger anxiety and is pretty unsure of new situations. Jack and Nick used to go to anyone that would hold them. Luke clings to Jdaddy and me, and will cry if anyone tries to hold him before he gets comfortable with them/the situation. We went to Great Wolf Lodge last weekend and he spent the first day sucking his thumb and clinging to one of us. After the first day, he felt comfortable enough to enjoy himself, and by the time we left, he was having a ball.

The little man is trying to grow up so fast, and I need him to just slow down. Now, instead of just climbing up the stairs, he would prefer that I hold his hands so that he can take big steps and go up that way. His legs are still too short, so he has to lean way back to get his leg up high enough. It’s pretty comical.

In the words of the famous Paul Simon, “Slow down, you move too fast.” Mama wants these moments to last.

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TYVM: 4/7/14

by Kmama on April 7, 2014 · 1 comment

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What’s TYVM (Thank You Very Much)? It’s my way of sarcastically thanking all the little things that have ticked me off. It serves as free therapy, and boy do I sometimes need some free therapy! TYVM used to be a weekly meme, however, I retired it awhile ago due to lack of participation. The button is still on my sidebar in case you’d like to play along. If so, please leave the link in the comments and I’ll be sure to come and visit.

Thank You Very Much to the brief stomach bug that hit Nick last week, the night before I had a planned vacation day so that I could have a day to myself. Thank goodness it was short-lived and he went to school later in the morning. Bad mommy confession: I was so frustrated when he got sick, thinking it was going to ruin my much needed mental health day.

To whatever it was that hit me on Saturday night, leaving me sicker than a dog, Thank You Very Much. Before dinner? Fine. After dinner? Not fine. At all. Ugh.

I think two sick people (one being myself) is enough for a week, don’t you?

What/who do you want to Thank this week?

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TYVM: 3/31/14

by Kmama on March 31, 2014 · 1 comment

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What’s TYVM (Thank You Very Much)? It’s my way of sarcastically thanking all the little things that have ticked me off. It serves as free therapy, and boy do I sometimes need some free therapy! TYVM used to be a weekly meme, however, I retired it awhile ago due to lack of participation. The button is still on my sidebar in case you’d like to play along. If so, please leave the link in the comments and I’ll be sure to come and visit.

Thank You Very Much to the sinus crud/cold that infected Jdaddy, Nick, and me this week. I spent most of the week acutely aware of my sinuses, and by Friday night, I realized it was a full blow cold. Blah.

To Luke’s teeth, Thank You Very Much for making him (and us!) miserable, non stop for the past month. Just as soon as one pops through, another is right there wreaking havoc. It sucks.

To my dogs, who each took their turn licking brownie batter off the spoon they knocked onto the floor, Thank You Very Much. To make matters worse, since Murphy has food allergies, Jdaddy came home to a complete MESS the next day because Murphy’s stomach did not agree with the brownies.

And finally, Thank You Very Much to people who don’t say goodbye before hanging up the phone. I just don’t get it, and frankly, find it extremely rude. How hard is it to say, “Good bye” before hanging up??

What/who do you want to Thank this week?

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TYVM: 3/24/14

by Kmama on March 24, 2014 · 2 comments

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What’s TYVM (Thank You Very Much)? It’s my way of sarcastically thanking all the little things that have ticked me off. It serves as free therapy, and boy do I sometimes need some free therapy! TYVM used to be a weekly meme, however, I retired it awhile ago due to lack of participation. The button is still on my sidebar in case you’d like to play along. If so, please leave the link in the comments and I’ll be sure to come and visit.

Thank You Very Much to whoever decided to hack into my blog and leave spam in the coding so that those who read me via a feed, or through a subscription email, have to endure spam on my posts. I’m working on getting it fixed, but until then, I’m super pissed. I don’t understand the purpose of the spam. It’s not like someone will see a super long paragraph with viagra and cialis links and just decide, “Hey! I think I need that!”

To my truck, Thank You Very Much for turning on my least favorite warning light once again (the “service engine” light). Thankfully, this time it’s an easy fix, but COME ON! You are not that old and all this piddly crap is getting ridiculous.

To Luke, who has developed a very bad and annoying habit of screaming at the top of his lungs when something happens that he doesn’t like, Thank You Very Much. It was especially fun trying to keep him quiet at Jack’s hockey banquet. We pretty much failed.

And finally, Thank You Very Much once again, to Luke, for teasing me into thinking that he might be on the right track to FINALLY sleeping through the night, by doing so twice in the past week. Of course, he followed that u with being awake for an hour during the night on Saturday night and being up for good at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday. Ugh.

What/who do you want to Thank this week?

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Hacked

by Kmama on March 20, 2014 · 0 comments

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This week I learned that The Daily Dribbles has been hacked. If you are reading my posts via an RSS reader, you will likely see viagra spam. If you are reading my posts via an email subscription, you will likely see viagra spam at the bottom of the email. Ugh.

Google says that my site is not malicious, so you shouldn’t be concerned about visiting it.

I’m working on getting this fixed, although, I don’t really know where to start. I’ve reached out to the person that did my WP conversion, and I’ve done some searching on my host (GoDaddy) website, but so far, I don’t really know where to begin or what to do. However, I DID change my password.

If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.

Stupid hackers.

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TYVM: 3/17/14

by Kmama on March 17, 2014 · 1 comment

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What’s TYVM (Thank You Very Much)? It’s my way of sarcastically thanking all the little things that have ticked me off. It serves as free therapy, and boy do I sometimes need some free therapy! TYVM used to be a weekly meme, however, I retired it awhile ago due to lack of participation. The button is still on my sidebar in case you’d like to play along. If so, please leave the link in the comments and I’ll be sure to come and visit.

Thank You Very Much to Mother Nature who is severely bipolar. We had 50 degree temps early in the week, followed by a snow storm where we got at least 9 inches of snow, only for it to once again be 50 degrees on Friday. And…we were back to 24 degrees on Sunday. What the hell?

To Luke’s diapers, Thank You Very Much for leaking every night last week, even when he hardly peed. Stupid diapers. Changing pajamas in the middle of the night is so much fun.

To the colds that snuck up out of nowhere and infected both Luke and Nick, Thank You Very Much. One minute they were both healthy and the next minute they had runny, stuffy noses, and Nick was coughing like crazy. How does that happen?

And finally, Thank You Very Much to clothing manufacturers that size boys clothes in 6-7 and then leap to 8-10, which is insanely bigger than the 6-7′s. I’m having a hard time finding some athletic type pants for Jack and the 6-7′s are too short, but the 8-10′s are MUCH too big…being about 3.5 inches longer than the 6-7′s. How does that make sense?

What/who do you want to Thank this week?

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TYVM: 3/10/14

by Kmama on March 10, 2014 · 2 comments

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What’s TYVM (Thank You Very Much)? It’s my way of sarcastically thanking all the little things that have ticked me off. It serves as free therapy, and boy do I sometimes need some free therapy! TYVM used to be a weekly meme, however, I retired it awhile ago due to lack of participation. The button is still on my sidebar in case you’d like to play along. If so, please leave the link in the comments and I’ll be sure to come and visit.

Thank You Very Much to my truck, which shut down while on my way to work on Tuesday. All of a sudden, the cruise control shut off, bells and whistled tone, and a warning notice about my engine power being reduced flashed on the instrument cluster. Of course, Jdaddy was out of town for work as well. The truck was fixed the same day, but it was a major inconvenience.

To Daylight Savings, Thank You Very Much. I hate you.

To the crazy hockey parents we had to deal with at a game this weekend, Thank You Very Much. Encouraging your children to “take him down” is not how we play hockey. And, to the father who called us all a-holes when we just laughed at your behavior, well, that was just so nice of you.

And finally, Thank You Very Much to busy weeks and weekends which leave zero time for relaxation and not quite enough time to complete everything that needs to get done each week. I am SO behind on housework. Ugh.

What/who do you want to Thank this week?

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TYVM: 3/3/14

by Kmama on March 3, 2014 · 1 comment

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What’s TYVM (Thank You Very Much)? It’s my way of sarcastically thanking all the little things that have ticked me off. It serves as free therapy, and boy do I sometimes need some free therapy! TYVM used to be a weekly meme, however, I retired it awhile ago due to lack of participation. The button is still on my sidebar in case you’d like to play along. If so, please leave the link in the comments and I’ll be sure to come and visit.

Thank You Very Much to Winston, who apparently contracted Murphy’s “must chew up my crate mat” disease, and alas, chewed up his crate mat while we were out for dinner on Friday night. Of course, then he had some serious regret when he had to go to bed without anything in his cage, so he cried and cried and cried, and wouldn’t lay down. And of course, that also meant that I was awake and finally gave him one of Murphy’s old crate mats that had already been chewed up. Stupid dogs.

To the days which just keep flying by, Thank You Very Much. It’s the first week of March already. How can it seriously be the first week of March already??

To the winter from Hell, that just won’t go away and is making me crazy, Thank You Very Much. I don’t really mind the snow, but I cannot stand the cold temps. It was -18 one morning last week. -18. That is just insane.

And finally, Thank You Very Much to our wonky thermostat, that just decides to change the set temp every once in awhile. I should probably check the batteries, but for now, I’m just going to complain.

What/who do you want to Thank this week?

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Introducing: Winston!

by Kmama on February 26, 2014 · 2 comments

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During Christmas break, Jdaddy and I lost our minds. Literally.

I don’t know if we can blame it on the major ice storm that took out our power just a few days before Christmas, requiring us to “move in” with my parents for a little while; if it was because we were home with three kids for what seemed like a VERY LONG TIME; or, if it was because we drank too much. What I do know is that we definitely lost our minds and starting thinking about getting another dog.

In fact, just after Christmas, we put in an application to adopt a rescue dog through the Mid Michigan Boxer Rescue organization.

Did you know that there’s a very thorough process that you have to go through in order to adopt a rescued pet? Well, there is. In fact, by the time we made it through the application process, the reference checks (yes! they do reference checks), the personal phone call, and the home visit, the dog we had applied to adopt had already found a family. [insert sad face] However, he had a “brother” that was still available, so after doing a little research on the brother, we set our sights on him.

Meet Winston.

Winston1

Winston is a white boxer that is approximately 2 years old (though we think he might be younger). He has a brown ear and “freckles” (black spots) that just add personality. He’s much smaller than Murphy. While Murphy is one of the biggest boxers I’ve seen, Winston is one of the smallest. We’re not totally convinced that he’s 100% boxer, but it doesn’t really matter.

Winston Family

We brought Winston home on Sunday, February 16th. Murphy and Winston made fast friends. There were some tense moments while they got to know one another, but honestly, things have gone really smoothly with them. For the first 24 hours, I had a few panic attacks. Jdaddy had to keep assuring me that things would be fine. At this point, I am starting to believe him.

Murphy really enjoys having another dog in the house. He was driving us crazy with his extremely high need for constant activity, so that is one of the reasons we thought about getting another dog. Since Winston has been with us, Murphy hasn’t bothered us once. The two of them play pretty much non-stop.

Winston and Murphy2

The house is now a bit crowded with 2 dogs, 3 kids, and Jdaddy and me…but we’re making it work the best we can.

Winston and Murphy

Winston has been very good with the kids. Boxers are typically great with kids, but you never really know what you’re going to get when you take in a rescued animal. Their former life could have been very hard, which could lead them to act unpredictably. We’ve been very overprotective of the kids (especially Luke, since he’s at face-level with Winston), but things are going really well. So far, Winston appears to love the kids, just as Murphy does.

My favorite time of the day is the late evening, when all the kids are in bed and the dogs have finally worked out all of their energy. They both crawl into their beds and snooze until it’s time for Jdaddy and me to go to bed. They are adorable. (You are going to have to remind me of this when I come back complaining about one or both of them!!)

Winston and Murphy Beds

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