A List Maker's Life: April 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

In Royal Fashion

In less than 24 hours I am planning to haul my little people out of bed in "the middle of the night" to witness a royal wedding - live. Call me crazy, but I still remember watching Diana's wedding with my mom way back when. Gavin asked yesterday if there were really still princes and princesses. Timely question.

Tonight we have plans to make fancy headgear,which we will wear in the morning as we sip our orange juice tea. Thanks to an online name generator we have all been assigned royal monikers for the occassion as well. Check them out:

HM Queen Katie Lulu Leeberton of Hollandport
HM King Kevin Heston Andrewberton of Hollandport
Duke Gavin Crispin Andrewton of Hollandton
Princess Anne Arabella Hopeton of Hollandbury
Marquess Gibson Astrup Nickolasberton of Hollandshire
Sir Gabe Waddington Evancock of Hollandham

What about you? Are you planning to watch the wedding? If you take two seconds to find out your royal name we'd love to see it in the comments!

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Shoe Clips

Anne Hope and I dug into our button collection again to snazzy up her shoes.  They might look a little busy with the bows already attached, but she is happy with the embellishments that make her shoes look "less like dance slippers." 
This was a very simple project.  Pick your favorite buttons, layer them together.  Using a little hot glue, attach them to the hardware from an old pair of clip on earrings.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hide and Seek

The true gift of Easter isn't hidden.

{in an empty dishwasher}
{in an empty oven}
{behind the curtain}

It was found in an empty tomb.

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Monday, April 25, 2011


Gavin had all kinds of questions this year about Easter as he tried to figure out how our candy, bunny, and egg traditions fit in with the real reason for our celebration. 

"Mom, I really don't understand why the Easter bunny brings toys for us when it's not about that?  It's not about me."
"And why in the world does he hide chick eggs instead of baby bunnies?"

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Beauty of Easter

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Sunday Is Coming

"And praise Him for the blood that fell
And bloomed a rose that day
And praise Him that He suffered through the guilt, the grief, the shame
Oh and praise Him that His tender love will still forgive today
Oh praise Him all ye people praise the King"

~Cindy Morgan

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Real Connections

Recently I received an email from a friend that I keep returning to.  She shared a devotional titled Craving Connection.  As moms, especially those of us who spend most of our days surrounded exclusively by little ones, we are all craving relationships, support, and conversation. I do believe it.  We look for it at the playground, at the library's storytime, and in the car pool line.  We look for it on facebook and twitter.

The devotional asks two important reflection questions:
1. How often do I check email or my Facebook page? Do I crave connection?
2. What are some steps I can take this week to develop a new friendship?

There is a danger in devoting all of our relational efforts in the 140 character connections offered by technology.  I fear it offers a false sense of connection.  I often struggle with this space as I realize how one sided this exchange can be.  There is an impression that by checking in with a blog or facebook page that one knows just what is going on in the hearts and lives of our friends.  Yes, social media is an amazing spring board for interaction, news sharing, and conversation but we are so much more than what we share there. I believe there is much more we desire in friendship? 

Don't get me wrong.  Facebook has been a wonderful vehicle for making a first step in getting to know someone new, connecting with groups for encouragement, and rekindling acquaintances from the past. But, it's important to take the next step.  To send a special message.  To invite.  To do life together.   Because real relationships require more than a "like" button.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In the Blink

Sometimes I look at this little guy and wonder when he grew up.  I've been here for just about every second of his adventure, yet I wonder how I missed it. 

The minute? The day? The month? when he went and got all big kid on me. 

His smile is sweet as ever, still full of baby teeth, but one of those shiny top guys sticks out at an adorable little angle.  It's just asking for a tug. 

Today I was able to help out at his school's book fair. I peeked over the tops of the book shelves during lunch time to watch where he sat and how he interacted with his friends.  He caught my eye once and winked.  "I see you mom.  I know you are watching out for me.  I'm okay.  This is what I do." 

Tonight after his bath he put on his footie jammies and snuggled next to me while we read a bed time story.  He may be the "big" G, but he is still my babe.
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Easter Bunny Banks

This week we have been doing our best to have some out of the ordinary fun. Wednesday’s adventure for our restless kiddos was a road trip to our favorite theatre for a family viewing of HOP.

Inspired by the spring colors, loads of candy, and cute little bunnies in the film and clearly hopped up on loads of movie theatre popcorn we decided to make some Easter Bunny Banks.

Thanks to our littlest mister we have a few empty formula cans just waiting to be recycled and repurposed into some clever little diddy. You will notice that as we worked we revised our original project idea a bit.

Maybe the kids will be inspired to save their pennies for the next time we try to take our family of 6 to a new release in the theatre!

Just for the fun of it I decided to make my bank into a basket instead (goodness knows I don't have any loose change to toss in a bank).  I threaded coated green wire through the holes we punched in the side.  I decorated the wire with favorite buttons and a few fun colored ribbons.  Maybe my little basket will attract a malted milk egg or two!
This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias.  I guess they chose us to participate because they know how much I love #gluenglitter!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Our Egg-citing Afternoon

After a fun evening of blog hopping for inspiration last night, I was equipped this afternoon with a load of new Easter project ideas.  We could hardly wait for Mr. Gabe to lay down for his nap so the rest of us could get our messy on!  We bounced between three different projects until they were all finished. 

The “Smells So Good We Just Want to Dig In” Project: Jelly Bean Bark
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The “I’ve Secured My Spot as Mom of the Year According to Mr. 6” Project: Easter Putty
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The “Surprisingly More Interesting Than it Looks at First Glance” Project: Shaving Cream Painting
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Since we were in the creating mood, we ended the day with a visit to our local pottery painting studio, Paint a Pot, where Gavin and Anne Hope each created a masterpiece.
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(If you are local you may want to check out their facebook fan page which features a coupon for a FREE painting time.  A fun way to try something for the first time.)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Between Our Fingers

Gavin no longer has to take a daily nap because he is usually at school during rest time.  Yet, when he is home on the weekends (and now for Spring Break) he does have a quiet time while the other kids are sleeping.  During that time he is able to read or write in his room. 

Lately, he has been enjoying Shel Silverstein and has been writing his own creative poems.  There is one I would enjoy sharing, but they are his so I’ll have to ask before I do so.  I love the way Gavin thinks, the enthusiasm with which he writes, the imaginary worlds he creates, and the words he uses to experiment. 

When I write I try to think in symbolism.  Sometimes I am cryptic.  Mostly I list it like it is.  Always I wish for the talent of creative writing.  Now I am hoping to learn with, and from, my little writer. 

Together we are working through the book Rip the Page: Adventures in Creative Writing.  It’s a joy to play with words and experiment with open ended prompts.  Yesterday’s assignment, “I write with…”

Our joint writing adventures begin with “the razor sharp edge of new red ice skates hopping down the short river” and “the only piece of fluffy white cloud in the blue summer sky.”

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Waking Up

This is what Kevin and I woke up to this morning.  No wonder I had a kink in my neck.  There was hardly enough room for my head on a pillow, but they're all kinds of snug and snore-y!
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Not Egg-Actly Neat

The kids were anxious for a project.  They thought it would be especially spring-ish to decorate Easter eggs.  I proposed an alternate craft because I "wasn't up for the egg mess!"
The further they got in to their cutting, pasting, punching, patterning, coloring, glueing...
the more materials they needed.
These, my peeps, are the not messy eggs. Ha!
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