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It’s a rainy day around here, and has been for two days now, so we’re all rained out. Boo. My boys are outside so much now that they’ve got the cutest little farmer tans (despite all the sunblock that I slather on them). I’m one proud Momma when my little ones ask to go outside more than they ask for TV or video games.

But all that fresh air and sunshine brings about the best side effect of all: naps!


So I went into the kitchen for some more tea, and this is what I found:

Yup, that’s my littlest (he must have plumber in his veins) with a contraband box of cheez-its hiding underneath the kitchen table. He must have known I wouldn’t have approved it for his snack, so he went into hiding. I thought it was too cute so I snapped a few pics. The sound of the shutter snapping got his attention.

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So the boys have been into arts and crafts lately. With the lack of crafts stores in Germany, it’s sometimes hard to find things for them to do. I went to the German equivalent of the Dollar Tree (woefully inadequate replacement) and picked up some flyswatters. I’d seen this idea on (where else?!) Pinterest where you put paint daubs on a canvas and gave the kiddos a flyswatter and let them have at it. My boys are a: fans of paint and anything messy, b: really big fans of smacking/hitting things, so I knew they’d have a blast.

It turns out, though, that it’s really really really messy. I would have tried it outside instead, which is probably a much better idea, but it was raining. Because it’s Germany. And it’s always raining. If you look closely you can see the pain on his ear, cheek, eyebrows, hair… It was like instant-gratification art. You get to smack the crap out of the paper and you get beautiful results. Link was a huge fan. I was not a huge fan of the mess. We obviously got a little wild with our smacks, and by we, I mean them. But the fun was worth it. Nothing a little magic eraser can’t help! Here’s our final results: Link used a three color approach, while Drake wanted just red and blue. I sealed the canvases with some glossy fixative and they now hang proudly in my foyer. Beautiful artwork with sentimental meaning at the price of fun. Win-win-win!

This year has been really a very blessed year. Nothing in particular, just everything has been wonderful. I’ve been really blessed and I’m very thankful. I’ve been trying to convey that to my children so that they grow up with an attitude of appreciation as well. It’s sometimes hard when you’re 3 and 5 though. The boys grabbed a flyer from the BX for holiday toys and they circled ALL the toys when I asked them to find ones they wanted to ask Santa for.

My birthday boy and his brother opening gifts on Thanksgiving

So here’s the main things I’m thankful for this year: Drake, Link, my wonderful husband, my supportive and loving family and friends, a loving and forgiving God, my creative outlet in the form of my business, my wonderful customers, food, shelter, and comfort. I have them all in abundance so I’m very blessed indeed.

Our Thanksgiving feast: cranberries, mashed sweet potatoes, stuffed mushrooms, devilled eggs, mac ‘n cheese, turkey, and dinner rolls.. Yum!

Hope your thanksgiving (and year) were just as blessed.

So I know this isn’t a new idea by any stretch of the imagination, but we had a lot of fun with it. We created stamps from potatoes (I had red fingerling potatoes in the house as I am obsessed with roasted potatoes).

What we did: Mommy carved a heart into a few potatoes, then poured some different colored paint into plastic-coated disposable plates (I suppose you could be fancy and use palettes if you have them!), then let the boys go to town.

Perfect indoor craft for little hands, especially if you have a toddler (like me) who lacks fine motor skills. We ended up with quite a few lovely sheets of hearts, so we wrote a short message to Daddy and tucked it into his deployment bag.

Yay! I’m thinking these would also look great this time of year with leaves carved into the potatoes or snowflakes.

So I have a piece of exciting news… I’m going to be a contributor to another blog. For a wonderful person whom I just happen to love! I love their blog too, so it’s win-win! I’m going to be filling in the role of “free printables” so I can’t wait to show you all what I’ve been working on. I’m really excited for it. As soon as it’s up I’ll let you guys know so that you can go check it out for yourselves.

Anyway, today is Link’s first parent-teacher conference. I can’t wait to get some feedback. I know that he’s been learning a lot (colors, shapes, numbers, etc.) but I want to know more. Since he doesn’t have all the words to tell me, our typical ride home consists of me asking how his day was, “Good,” and what he did, “Um…play…paint.”

Yesterday, for the first time I think, he used an adverb. We were snuggling on the couch watching Polar Express (that movie creeps me out, anyone else?) and it was snowing. He turned to me and said, “I really want snow.” I was blown away! This kid hardly ever forms complete sentences and hardly ever uses I and then even threw in an adverb. If it had been within my power I would have made it snow right there and then for the kid! I’m excited to see all of his progress.