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DIY: Kids Boredom Buster Jar

I mentioned last week that I put together a little Bored Jar inspired by a few different projects I saw on Pinterest (just searching “boredom busters” there brings up an endless array of ideas for any age group). I thought it would be fun to give you a little peek at our jar and some of the things Samantha has done with it.
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Happy 6th Birthday to My (Big) Baby Girl!

Exactly six years ago today, I waddled through the front door of the hospital as if I was about to be executed (in fact, to this day my mom still laughs about how I was “dead man walking” that morning). My first child was due four days earlier and I had been four centimeters dilated for a little longer than my doctors would have liked. They decided to induce me, although I would have been more than fine with letting her hang out in there for as long as she wanted if it meant I didn’t have to face childbirth.

As I stepped into the elevator to go up to labor and delivery part of me wanted to run–or at least walk briskly–as far away as I could. I was absolutely petrified, with visions of screaming movie moms dancing through my head. And as if that wasn’t scary enough, there was the whole notion of being responsible for another human being’s life. For nurturing her and guiding her through life and raising her to be her best self. I felt so heavy and so scared. And don’t even get me started on the look on Tim’s face!

Three hours later, after a miraculously simple labor and delivery, my little rosebud was placed on my chest. She promptly pooped on me and I fell in love. One glance into her big eyes and my husband and I can tell you with absolute certainty that there is such a thing as love at first sight.

Fast forward six years. SIX YEARS. Not only is today my best buddy’s birthday, but it’s her last day of kindergarten. I am a big, emotional mess. The kind of mess that bursts into tears after hearing all of the kids scream “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!” when she stepped onto the bus. How did so much time go by so quickly? How did she get so big?

Samantha is one of the sweetest, most caring people I know. She has a flair for drama (but you have to love her for it) and acts as if she’s 16 instead of 6. She’s funny and she’s smart and I just love that girl to pieces.

Instead of continuing and becoming a big, blubbering mess, I’m going to share some pictures of my sweet petunia…


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My Week Through Instagram

I’m a little light on photos this week because I was a busy little bee preparing for my sister’s (surprise) baby shower on Saturday (OK so it was more of an attempted surprise than an actual surprise. As soon as I saw her walking up to my house all dolled up I knew there was no hope that it was a surprise!). These are supplies from a failed crafting attempt. Expect a blog post on that soon!

Speaking of the shower, here’s a little sneak peek of some of the decorations (big thank to my partner in crafting crime, Janine!). There’s a more in depth post on that coming your way too!

My little bean refused a nap on party day. I wish I could say that was out of character, but lately I feel like I spend most of my day trying to get this little animal to nap. There’s so much to get into and she’s so nosy, she can’t even entertain the possibility of napping on most days.

I guess she partied a little too hard because she passed out in a sea of ketchup once everyone left. She also managed to loosen her diaper and pee in the middle of my living room as my sister was opening her gifts, but that’s a whole other story!

Here she is on another napless day, too tired to run around at story hour with her little bite-sized friend. Sam always says that Ellie and the other little sister at story hour “are going to be BFFs.” I swear that statement gets funnier every time I hear it.

Here’s my sister’s baby bump! I took her to the doctor’s office yesterday and it was an event-filled appointment to say the least. Aside from her almost passing out a few times, us shoving nuts in her face for fear of her blood sugar being too low, and noticing some contractions, she had a test that told us that she will, indeed, be having this baby early. She’s at 33 weeks right now. Cross your fingers for us that she makes it another two weeks!

Last but not least (because it never gets old), I give you Blueberry Face!

You can follow me and my adventures in little lady rearing @atouchoflovely.

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My Week Through Instagram

The end of Spring Break brought boredom (and, of course, its fun friend, Crankiness). Sam decided to thumb through a copy of Disney Family Fun magazine and bookmark the things she wanted to do. Not very surprisingly, she bookmarked just about every page.

We also turned to more crafty projects to try and let Crankiness know he (it has to be a he, right?) is not welcome. This is our little toilet paper tube bunny. Sam painted it pink and purple and glued on its face and ears. This little craft took the perfect amount of time– any longer and it would still be sitting on the table waiting to be finished.

The one day Ellie actually took a nap (after a car ride and nearly a week of not napping), Sam and I had a little spa day. We both got to soak our feet in her little inflatable zebra tub and we treated each other to multicolored manicures and pedicures. The little bean woke up as my sparkle coat was drying.

On Friday we had a fun play date with her best buddies. We went to story hour, went out to lunch, and then hit the playground for some solid wear the kids out time. This is Sam “selling ice cream” with Maddie and Ben. They were selling it for free and you could have any flavor you wanted in a cup, cone or on a stick.

They also played an elaborate bridge troll game where Sam was the momma troll and Maddie, Ben, and another little girl at the playground were the baby trolls. Sam was trying to teach them how to be trolls, so she would put her babies to bed under the bridge and then sneak away and run over the bridge, pretending she was someone else. Her babies were supposed to wake up and scare away the intruder. It was absolutely hilarious.

We also went on a little shopping trip to try and find a birthday present for my sister. Sam wanted to buy her earrings with her own money, so we headed to Forever21 where I knew we could find a cute pair for cheap. This sparkly purple minidress caught Sam’s eye (see her in the bottom pointing up at it?) and she was sure I should buy it for my (pregnant) sister. She wasn’t too happy that I disagreed.

These are my multicolored toes, courtesy of Sam. Yesterday was TOMs’ One Day Without Shoes day, which is to raise awareness about the millions of children who go without shoes every day. It’s amazing the difference a simple pair of shoes can make in the lives of these children (from safety and disease prevention to the ability to attend school). Check out their site for more info!

Last but not least, this is me and my little bean sitting on our front steps waiting for Sam to get off the bus. It really doesn’t get much cuter than this.


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