Sunday, October 25, 2009

Lego cake

For historical purposes:


This is the Lego cake I made for my nephew's first birthday.
It was a huge hit with the kids! (The parents didn't turn it down either!)
Not my smoothest frosting job, but we'll let it go this time...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Reality Check

Do you ever have those times when you feel like you can't do anything right? I am in a bit of a funk right now.
Logically I know I am a smart, capable, valuable person but discouragement still rears its ugly head. I decided I need to make a list of some of my accomplishments & goals achieved over the last year. Hopefully seeing them together will help me remember all the good things I have done and help me not to dwell only on my shortcoming! You, dear reader, are my sounding board- but you are free to stop reading here! Ü

In no particular order:
Got up the courage to join Weight Watchers, lost 35 pounds
Ran- RAN- a 5K
Got up the courage to go back to school to finish my degree
So far I have Straight A's
Coordinated a yard sale that helped a family with huge medical bills
Helped build a float for the Days of 47 Parade
Hiked with my family and liked it!
Got down to a size of clothing I haven't seen in years
Grew out my bangs- this took more patience than I thought I had
I no longer tremble in fear before teaching Gospel Doctrine each week
Learned to say NO once in a while
Improved my sewing repertoire
Got two street lights installed
Actively participated as a county delegate for the Republican convention
Own my problems & take responsibility for my choices


I hopefully can think of a few more, but that should keep me going for a bit...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween Party book

I promised I would tell you about the great book for school parties, so here you go!

It is called Halloween School Parties: What Do I do? by Wilhelminia Ripple ; illustrated by Heather Anderson.

It has so many great ideas- and not just Halloween. The beginning of the book gives tips about how to be an effective room mother & how to recruit other parents to help in the classroom. Many of the game and activities can be easily adapted for other themes or settings. I highly recommend this book! I got it at the library. It is also available various places online, along with her other titles.

I tried to put a picture here, but it didn't work, so you'll have to take my word for it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

More Little Birdie fun

In case you don't remember, one of my favorite idea blogs is Little Birdie Secrets. There is a button at the bottom of my blog for ever and ever for your convenience.

A little while back, they had a funny idea for a personalized gift using melted chocolate & molds. I love that kind of stuff and thought I'd pass it along in time for your Halloween fun- or any occassion. Nothing says love like chocolate teeth!

Check out their marshmallow monsters, too!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Halloween Bingo cards you customize

I made super cute Bingo cards for Aubrey's class party from this website that I LOVE. Just wanted to remind you it is available! A must-use for room mothers, party throwers and every mother in between! I also need to tell you about a great book that I found at the library for planning class parties. It will have to wait since I'm getting ready for a PTA meeting. Hehehe

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My new nephew

This is my newest nephew, Jason. (My kids have been calling him Crash for months, so we'll have to get used to the name.)
He was born to Hill & Steve on Tuesday night & we are all so excited to see him here- safe & healthy! Congratulations Arveseth family!!!
This is another of my sisters- I know Kat is too skinny to have just given birth. Hill's delivery went quickly enough that the rest of us are a little bitter, but if she looked like this right after giving birth, we'd disown her. She looks really great, but not quite this chipper yet!


He already has excellent taste in fashion!
Abi & Emma wanted him to be a puppy if he couldn't be a sister, but they have welcomed him happily.
The happy family on the ride home from the hospital. If you can enlarge the picture, notice Emma glaring at him in the background. I love the look on her face!
Thanks to all who posted pics on facebook, which I stole & posted here. Hill's labor progressed so quickly that I didn't have my camera at the hospital because I thought there'd be nothing to photograph while I was there!





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