Friday, March 28, 2014

Five for Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I've been on spring break and devoted lots of time to moving forward with a new project for TPT. I'm not saying much yet because the last time I did, it was bad juju and everything got delayed. Big time. So stay tuned...

Thank you Doodle Bugs for hosting my favorite linky party.

Here's a whole lot of random for you:

When I wasn't taking walks, working in the garden, napping or working on the afore mentioned project, I was playing around with all my art materials.

I got busy making thank you cards for my volunteers. I know it's early yet, but I get so busy at the end of the year that I thought it might be a good idea to get ahead of the rush.

That, and I was really sick of weeding my garden! Thank you to the DIY section of Pinterest!

I put all the cards into a shoe box. Let's hope I don't forget where I stash it. 

Once I got going on the cards, I thought it might be fun to place homemade cookies in a fun little package for the volunteers.

Don't be silly. Of course I didn't bake cookies months ahead of time!

But I did attempt to make the package. Here's the Pinterest version:

Here's mine. Oh dear.

For Mother's Day I make the kid's hands with clay. You can read about it here. It's super sweet and my moms always love them.
Here's the poem to go with the Mother's Day hand:

Here are some flowers bright and bold
Held by the hand you love to hold.
Someday the flowers will disappear
But this little hand will always be near.

Anywho, that's not what I'm excited about!! It's the little purse that I'm going to send it home in that is sooooo cute!

For years I've been sending the little hand home in a super dorky looking purse that I made up.

Look at the one I found on Pinterest from Graphic 45
Here's their tutorial!
Learn how to make these great Botanical Tea purses with a great tutorial from Kristin Wilson using brown paper lunch bags! Isn't this clever? #graphic45 #tutorials

I saw this pin last year and thought it was a fun way to work on our sight words.
shark crafts
 We whipped this up in no time and the kids loved it! I'd like to do this next week with my kiddos!
Here's the one we make:

Look at this! The kids would probably love to feed their sight words to this version but I might have nightmares!

This one is just plain silly.

My husband runs a rafting company and I know that spring's here because his chacos (sandals) are missing and all his pile gear is gone (Dang! Those sweatshirt thingys are my favs. They look especially wonderful with my capri jammies and his t-shirts. It's a look, I'm telling 'ya). He's gone to clean and organize the rafting warehouse and is a happy, happy boy. Now, the only reason I'm telling you this is because whenever he leaves, trouble ALWAYS happens.


Last time he left, a pipe burst late at night and yours truly had to go out in my scary looking jammies and try to deal with it. You can read about it here. It was classic. My neighbor has never laughed so hard.

Well, this time folks, I washed the Prius keys. Now, I've done this before and it's a terrible thing. The water causes some sort of electrical short and the alarm goes off when you and your neighbors least expect it.

Like at 2am. And again at 4am. Or maybe at 4:15 am.

I'm a nervous wreck all night and never quite close my eyes all the way. I say a prayer on the hour, every hour, for quiet. I develop a nervous tick and an eating disorder for the night.
My solution is to hide the key under layers of towels at the other end of the house, far from the car. When the alarm goes off anyway, and I've recovered from the near fatal heart attack, I have to rummage through the laundry as quickly as possible.

We point that key at the car and press the button like crazy. Eventually, it goes off. Usually after all the neighborhood lights turn on and I can hear babies crying.

I really can't believe my husband's gone. I called to tell him and this time he laughed hysterically because he's so happy to not be here. Oh my, oh my, oh my.

Luckily, my eldest was home for a visit and was quite amused. He was a huge help and took the key apart, dried it and placed it in rice. What a sweetie. He'd done everything you could possibly do. Then he said, "See 'ya, mom. Good luck." He had placed all the tools I might need to take the key apart on the kitchen windowsill and said I could call him if the alarm went off. Moral support. I could hear him chuckling as he drove off.

I decided to call my neighbor to warn him ahead of time, but he didn't pick up. I explained the problem on the answering machine and reminded him that he's the on-call-help-in-an-emergency guy when my husband is gone. I hope I got the right number this time (read the pipe burst story).

Then I went to bed. I tried to be prepared for anything last night. I had the keys in rice, I tried to wear some halfway decent jammies, put the flashlight next to the bed, and had my clothes set out fireman style. I had my husband on speed dial (he already told me he wouldn't be answering the phone. He mumbled something about his battery being low and that he'd forgotten his charger).

The quiet angels blessed me and the alarm didn't go off.

Until about 9 am this morning.

 Right after I'd  jumped in the shower...

I hope YOU have a quiet weekend! :)

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