Set Your Price. Choose your Advertisers. Sign up for SocialSpark!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Family, a Little World Created by Love

Here's a non baby post for you today.
A while back I made this cute little sign with some wood, paint and vinyl.


 I originally did the letters in black.  And used laminate paper instead of contact paper.  They are NOT the same.  The letters really stuck to the laminate paper and were so hard to peel off that I gave up.


I started over with white letters which I liked better anyway.  They 'popped' more against the red.  However, the white vinyl wasn't sticking so well in some areas.  


So I set the project aside for a few months, had a baby in the meantime, and just a few days ago decided to check on it.  I think the red paint had time to cure and now the letters are sticking just fine.

Here it is on my mantel.  
I know, I really need to update my pictures now that baby #4 is here.



And speaking of baby #4, here he is:


Subscribe to CONTROLLING Craziness and get my blog updates via email.   Don't miss anymore posts, click HERE to get email updates.

And don't forget to follow me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Babies do come with Instructions

Who says babies don't come with instructions?  Not me.

Now, I don't claim to be an expert, just a mom with years of experience.  
And I know every child is different so while this technique may not work on every child, it works with most children.

When our first child was born (almost 12 years ago), I took a childbirth class.  In that class they showed a video called "The Happiest Baby on the Block".  It was such a good video, that my husband took notes.  It was like magic that the doctor would take a crying baby and make him calm down.  This was a technique we wanted to remember.  Little did we know that our first child was going to be 'high maintenance' and these techniques would be a life saver for us.

The five S's are the techniques shared in the video and book that we've used successfully with each of our children.  It really does make calming a newborn easy by just using the five S's.  I've included an amazon link to the book in case you want to check it out for yourself, just click HERE.



So just what are the 5 S's?
1.  Swaddling (swaddle you baby)
2.  Side (hold them so they are on their side)
3.  Shh sounds (make a shhhhh sound)
4.  Swinging (gently bounce or swing them them)
5.  Sucking (let them suck on a pacifier or your finger)

We use these techniques when our baby is fussy or when we want him to go to sleep.  Sometimes you just need one or two of the techniques such as swaddling and shh sounds, but sometimes you need all 5 to calm your baby.

And it works like magic:






Subscribe to CONTROLLING Craziness and get my blog updates via email.   Don't miss anymore posts, click HERE to get email updates.

And don't forget to follow me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

One Month

I can't believe it's been a month already since we welcomed this little guy into our family.  


An easy way to see how much he's grown is to take pictures next to the same object.
I've been taking weekly pictures of him next to the same teddy bear.
Here he is at week 1, 2, 3 and 4:


And because I couldn't stop at taking just one picture, I also took a picture of him in this bean bag.  Again we'll be able to see how much he's grown over the weeks and months as I plan to do this every week for his first year.


And since you can't really see his face in the above pictures, here are some close ups:


The kids love having a little brother.  They love him so much that we have to take turns holding him, and sitting next to him in the car.  I guess if the kids are going to fight over something, this is a good thing to fight about.


Here are some pictures from just after he was born.  I know life is harder with a newborn but I couldn't wait for him to be born so I could hold him and that's pretty much all I did for his first week.  This little guy has been great.  Aside from the occasional off night, he sleeps fairly well and we've gotten into a good routine.   Life is great!
  



Subscribe to CONTROLLING Craziness and get my blog updates via email.   Don't miss anymore posts, click HERE to get email updates.

And don't forget to follow me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014



Last night was our town's Trick or Treat night.  It seems weird not to have it on Halloween night, but that's the way we roll in PA.  Wednesday night we had Trunk or Treat for our church, click HERE to read more about that.  Like I predicted, the Babes decided to dress up as something else.  The other kids kept their same costumes, but the Babes decided to be Merida from Brave.  We even had a bow for her to carry and used a red hat to simulate Merida's red hair.  Not too bad for pulling this costume off at the last minute.


 And here's the whole gang:  the pumpkin, the artiste, Merida, and the skater.

You can't see the baby very well in the previous picture, so here's a close up.  He did so good for his first trick or treat, and by good I mean he slept through it all as I carried him around from house to house.

The kids met up with a few other neighborhood kids and they all walked together.  There was a wide variety of costumes.
Remember the house with the spooky windows?  It looked even better light up at night.


Happy Halloween!!


Subscribe to CONTROLLING Craziness and get my blog updates via email.   Don't miss anymore posts, click HERE to get email updates.

And don't forget to follow me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Trunk or Treat 2014


Trunk or Treat was last night.  Our church has been doing this for a couple of years and it seems like each year gets better and better.  I am amazed at the creative ways people decorate their trunks.  This year, like last year, we just used stuff we had around the house.  To find out more about last year's Pet Shop Trunk and other Trunk or Treat ideas, check out THIS post

We created an Art Studio themed trunk complete with original artwork by my budding artists.
This was all Sweetie Pie's idea, and she even dressed up like an artist (or artiste as she calls herself).
All I did was set out some art supplies and hang up some artwork to create the art studio.  

Some other creative trunks included "Candy Land" and "Grandma's House".


First place went to the Pirate's Cove trunk.  There was even gold treasure inside.

I couldn't resist taking a picture of this huge pumpkin.  

Besides the decorated trunks, several people had games for the kids to play like fishing, donut eating and nerf gun shooting.
 


And here are my trunk or treaters dressed as a little pumpkin, a skater, Belle and an artiste. 

Again we kept it simple this year just using what we had since I haven't done much shopping since having the baby.  The Spencinator decided to go as a skater (he wore a helmet and roller blades.  The Babes picked out a dress up outfit and went as Princess Belle.  Sweetie Pie's outfit took the most work as we had to make the pallet and add paint to her apron and face.  And of course the baby was a cute little pumpkin wearing a pumpkin outfit we got at a yard sale earlier this summer.  I love how easy this was to put together and the kids loved it.  Tonight is our neighborhood Trick or Treat.  I'm assuming the kids will wear the same costumes, although the Babes might decide to wear a different dress up outfit like a doctor or another princess.


Happy Halloween!!


Subscribe to CONTROLLING Craziness and get my blog updates via email.   Don't miss anymore posts, click HERE to get email updates.

And don't forget to follow me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkin Picking, Painting and Carving

Saturday we went to a local pumpkin patch to get our pumpkins.  Better late than never, right?  We usually don't wait this late in the season to go pumpkin picking.  I have a good excuse of just having a baby 3 weeks ago.  Even with it being the week before Halloween, we were still able to find some nice pumpkins and the kids had fun.  



The Babes insisted on pulling the cart full of pumpkins all by herself.  She's so independent which has been great with a new baby in the house.

Besides picking pumpkins, there were some fun activities to do such as a corn maze, duckie races, corn kernel box and tracker riding.


Monday we finally got around to turning our pumpkins into jack o lanterns.  The Babes wanted to paint hers, until she saw the Spencinator carving his.  Then I had to carve a scary face on her pumpkin.  


This year, I let the Spencinator carve his all by himself.  He did a great job.  First he drew his design, then carved it out (leaving the 'guts' inside for special effect), and finally added some scars on the pumpkin face.

Sweetie Pie wanted a Cat Pumpkin.  
We spray painted the pumpkin black using chalkboard spray paint, then cut out the eyes.  We added the ears by attaching the eyes to the top of the pumpkin using toothpicks.


Here are the final creations:


They look pretty spooky all light up at night.




Subscribe to CONTROLLING Craziness and get my blog updates via email.   Don't miss anymore posts, click HERE to get email updates.

And don't forget to follow me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Spooky Windows


The corner house in our neighborhood is all decked out for Halloween.  I thought their decor was original since I'd not seen anything like it before, so I just had to take a picture and share.

Just check out these spooky windows.








The spooky scenes look even better at night when it's all dark and the inside lights are on making the images really stand out.

If you want to get your own Halloween window decorations, you can find them on amazon.com through these affiliate links HERE, HERE and HERE.  I bet they will be on sale after Halloween so plan for next year.  My favorites are the cat eyes and the mummy.




WOWindow Posters Green Eyed Cat Glowing Eyes Halloween Window Decoration, Includes Two 3 by 5 feet Posters




Trunk or Treat is next week for us.  The girls have been helping me get things ready to decorate our van.  If you need some decorating ideas, be sure to check out THIS post.



Subscribe to CONTROLLING Craziness and get my blog updates via email.   Don't miss anymore posts, click HERE to get email updates.

And don't forget to follow me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trunk or Treat Ideas

Our annual Trunk or Treat is coming up next week.  If you need some ideas on how to decorate your car, check out these previous posts.





Plus lots more TRUNK or TREAT Ideas HERE and HERE.


I'll be back at the end of the month with the details for Trunk or Treat 2014.  




Subscribe to CONTROLLING Craziness and get my blog updates via email.   Don't miss anymore posts, click HERE to get email updates.

And don't forget to follow me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Conference Notebooks

Twice a year our church holds General Conference.  It's broadcast via TV, internet and at our church buildings throughout the world.  There are 2 sessions on Saturday and 2 sessions on Sunday where various church leaders inspire and counsel us.  If you'd like to hear for yourself you can check out all the sessions HERE or watch the highlights HERE.

Sitting through a 2 hour session can be hard for little kids.  Let's face it, it can be hard for older kids and adults too.  So to make conference more meaningful for the kids (and to keep them quiet so us adults can listen) I came up with the idea to make conference notebooks.  Now I'm sure someone else on Pinterest has thought of this idea and it's nothing new, but it was the first time we did it.


For the supplies I gathered up the following:
some old Friend Magazines (that is our church magazine for kids)
construction paper of various colors
scissors
glue
crayons, colored pencils, markers

The idea was to listen to a talk, pick out a word (or more) and find that object in the Friend magazine.  Then to cut it out and glue it onto the construction paper.  After conference we'd attach the papers together to form a book that would include what was talked about in conference. 

We did this on the floor in the office so we could watch Conference on the computer.  I also put down a plastic tablecloth for my 4 year old to color on top of to protect the carpet.

Now that was the idea.  

In reality, the girls loved making books, they just didn't make conference books.  I found some stencils and added them to the mix at the last minute and those were a big hit.  The girls used the stencils to make all kinds of designs and scenes.  

So while this didn't make conference any more meaningful for the kids, it did keep them busy and quiet so the adults could enjoy the messages and feel the Spirit.

Anyone else have any great ideas on how to get kids involved in General Conference?  We've tried Conference Bingo and giving out sweets for hearing various words but have found that becomes a bit distracting. 

I know this post is after the fact, our baby boy decided to make his arrival on conference Sunday.  So be sure to PIN this idea for next conference.



Subscribe to CONTROLLING Craziness and get my blog updates via email.   Don't miss anymore posts, click HERE to get email updates.

And don't forget to follow me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Our New Baby Boy

You may have noticed I've been a bit MIA on the blog lately.


Well, it's all because of this little guy:


Born Sunday October 5, 2014
8 pounds 14 ounces
21 inches long




Subscribe to CONTROLLING Craziness and get my blog updates via email.   Don't miss anymore posts, click HERE to get email updates.

And don't forget to follow me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.