Here is a little secret about me. I used to be a scrapbooker, a big one. I have books and books filled with lovely memories set on pretty paper with stickers and stories surrounding them.
After having my daughter, I found less and less time to scrapbook, but still have a lot of supplies. I love scrapbook paper. It is pretty. It is thick and it is wonderful to craft with.
Cleaning out our craft room this weekend, I stumbled across a ton of paper stowed away in the closet. We wanted to take advantage of our find and use it to make a cute Thanksgiving craft. I had a ton of scraps to use, so I selected whatever random pieces that I had to work with.
My daughter and I both cut strips of the paper to form our turkey’s feathers.
My daughter told me that I was making a mama turkey and she was making a baby turkey. She cut her scraps into tiny strips.
For the body, I cut out a bowling pin looking shape and my daughter cut out two circles, one larger than the other.
We glued our scrap pieces flared out around our body with the printed side of the scraps facing down. When we were satisfied with the amount of scrap feathers on our turkeys, we flipped them over and added googly eyes and an orange triangle for a beak.
My daughter insisted that the mama and baby turkey had to be glued together. It made perfect sense to me. How cute is my sweet little baby? This is a great craft for Thanksgiving and a wonderful way to practice cutting skills.
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Mother’s Day weekend kicked off on Friday night. My husband took me & my mother-in-law out for dinner. We have a fabulous young high school girl who occasionally baby sits for our daughter. After a lovely adult dinner, we came home to a happy toddler. Something was peculiar about our house when we got home. It was clean. The dirty dishes that I left in the sink were clean, the toys were put away and my daughter was content and reading books with the sitter on the couch. Holy crap! My 15 year old baby sitter is a better mother than I am. It was the best our house had looked in ages. My shame aside, it was nice to have a tidy house.
Saturday morning, mommy & Mai baked some muffins. Just as I was getting ready to spoon the muffin batter in the tins, my littlest baker poured salt on top of the whole mixture. Baking fail! Oh well, but look how much fun she is having.
This morning I was awoken to the beautiful sounds of my daughter’s singing. “Good morning, good morning. It’s time to say good morning.” Good morning, my sweet girl. I am anxiously awaiting my sister-in-law’s arrival. She will be coming to our home to make a mother’s day brunch for my mother-in-law and I. My mom-in-law or Nanna as she is affectionately referred to, has been a godsend. She has been there since day one, helping us with Mai. She does our child care, takes care of all of us when we are sick and is just an all around great Nanna and mother. We made a special Mother’s Day card for Nanna, with a beautiful little flower inside. We hope she likes it.
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And here is the only Mother’s Day gift that I needed. LOVE HER!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there and for my mama in heaven. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend with your families.
I don’t know about the rest of you but Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, even more so since the birth of our daughter.
This was her second Halloween. Last year she was too young to enjoy the whole concept behind it, so we were super excited for this year.
Over the past month, our daughter has made the gradual transition from mommy’s girl to 100% daddy’s little girl, so I thought that it would be cute for her to honor her daddy and go as a police officer just like him.
As you can see, she was adorable.
It was such a joy to watch her. She was so excited about every aspect of trick or treating, the other kids, fishing out the treats and the costumes. Oh, how she loved the costumes. She laughed and squealed “frog” as a young boy walked by in his dinosaur costume. I wanted to capture these wonderful moments, so of course I snapped a ton of photos. I already have thousands of pictures of my daughter and they are either collecting dust in a box or saved to my computer.
I saw my Pinspiration the other day in the form of a Halloween scrapbook.
I couldn’t think of a better way to preserve our memories. I have scrapbooked before but it has been a long time since I picked up my scrapbooks. Luckily, I still had plenty of supplies handy to get started.
Scrapbooking can be a fun and also expensive hobby. There are so many gadgets, stickers and embellishments that you can purchase to make your pages beautiful. It can add up quickly though but with a little imagination and some inspiration you can make a great scrapbook just using scrap paper, acid free markers, a pair of scissors & some glue.
I chose to do a Halloween page complete with an opening door to greet all the trick or treaters.
Happy Halloween all, from our family to yours.
Up next…finger paints and other messy play