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so long summer {heading BACK TO SCHOOL}

so long summer 1000Summer is almost over {even though it’s still hot around here}. The first half of my summer I was miserably pregnant and the second half I was elated with sweet Blake in my arms 24/7. I did not accomplish anything or even get out of the house from June to September. Remember THIS post about all the things I hoped to do with my two big kids? None of those things happened and before we knew it they were back to school last week.   DSC_0170 DSC_0177 DSC_0154 DSC_0147 DSC_0188 IMG_3809 IMG_3806During our “back to school” festivities we had a special first day breakfast with pancakes in the shape of a K and a 1 for their grades.

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IMG_3767 IMG_3783 IMG_3774  IMG_3781  We also celebrated my Dad’s birthday with his favorite meal and a cake last week {to honor his life and not focus on the day he passed away}. I was nervous about getting the kids to school with a newborn in tow but we made it and even made it to the donut shop one morning!

IMG_3834We celebrated Paigey’s birthday with a small family party and mall outing {she got an Elsa costume, visit from Nana and Papa and many other fun gifts} this past weekend.

IMG_3981 IMG_4048 IMG_4047 IMG_3969Grammy had a birthday in there somewhere, Blake turned one month old, my brother came to town for a visit and Aaron was busy turning our backyard into a fun play zone for the kids {pictures & details coming soon}.

DSC_0196 DSC_0199 DSC_0194He is such a cutie! I have a million hashtags for Blake on my Instagram account but one of my favorites is #spikeyhairdontcare {you can find me there under the username of: everydayVALENTINE}!

With the hope of a new season upon us we are enjoying the last few moments of summer but let’s hope Fall is on its way!

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…and while we are on the subject of BLAKE…

I know…I know. All I can talk about and blog about is BLAKE…but he is just so perfect that I cannot help myself. When he was just a week old I had the pleasure of hiring my friend Jessica for a photo shoot of the kids. She is a local photographer who takes amazing care and time getting just the right shot. She truly captured the sweetness of our sweet boy and the two big kids. Jess & I have known each other since we were good ol’ high school kids and now we are both part of MOPS…raising our own babies! Check out her blog and these stunning photos at J.Swenson Photography! You will be amazed at how she has captured so many beautiful little faces! I hope it inspires and delights you! Enjoy!

www.jswensonphotography.com

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make your own {DISNEY} t-shirt

design your own t-shirtDo you want to make a custom t-shirt that your kids will love? You can do it. It’s quick, cheap and easy!

IMG_1213This is the shirt I made my little boy for one of our Disneyland trips.

He loved it and did not want to take it off! And it was so easy to make! Win/Win!

::what you will need::

iron-on transfer kit

{I used one from Target designed for dark-colored shirts}

printer for a printed image

{use a free printable or graphic and print on your kits provided transfer paper-be sure to look at your kits directions to see if it needs to be printed right side up or in reverse}

 shirt of choice {pre-washed}

{I used a plain, black, long sleeve cotton t-shirt from Target}

iron, lint-roller & scissors

::directions::

 It’s very important to follow the directions from the purchased iron-on transfer kit. As you will see in my pictures below I simply washed and dried the shirt {I removed lint as well}, printed the image, cut it out, ironed it on the shirt and let it set.

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::my printed image source::

I used a template from the our printer that was connected to Disney’s family fun website {unfortunately I cannot find it online for y’all}…but you can check out their website HERE

Here are some extra printable ideas!

Make sure you are using something considered a FREE printable and not a copyrighted image.

Just remember to follow the directions of your iron-on transfer paper before printing, as some need you to reverse the image first. This can be a little more tricky and requires some extra steps so check it out before you print.

Find FREE Disney printables that could work great for t-shirts, canvas bags or even pillow-cases HERE, HERE & even HERE.

Please note that you may need to get creative {and not all of these images will work} but you can find a colorful & complete graphic to make almost anything work.

If you like this method the possibilities are endless…find tons of FREE unique, vintage and decorative images HERE at the Graphics Fairy {great for your home, pillows, cloths, prints and/or homemade gifts}.

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FROZEN frenzy {do you wanna build a snowman?}

Are you and your kids as obsessed with Disney’s Frozen as we are? Seriously, is it not the cutest movie? Love, humor, a summer loving snowmen, sisters, beautiful music, friendship and gorgeous images.

We saw it in the theater {the kids saw it twice} and fell in love during the holidays. After months of listening to the songs and anticipating the DVD’s release it finally arrived at Grammy’s house last week {prompting a Friday night Movie Night}! The kids have now watched it a few times and are even more in love with these characters! If you are crazy for this movie as well I thought I would pass along a few of the crafts and videos we have checked out to get your fix!

Check out some amazing craft ideas from Disney’s website Spoonful HERE

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If you cannot get enough of the music from Frozen you have to check out these fun videos:
{It seems like everyone out there is impersonating these songs…but these are my 3 favorites}

Here is an Instagram pic from our first visit to the movie theater to see it:

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walking in a winterWONDERLAND


At the beginning of December we made a trek up North to Nana & Papa’s house for what’s becoming quite the tradition::to cut down our own Christmas tree! We got up into the mountains just far enough to play in the snow, make a snowman, toss around some snowballs and cut down our cute little tree. Once again, fun was had by all!
…fun with Nana & Papa…
…we got a small, thin tree this year (it really shows off the ornaments) but we have chopped down huge ones in the past…
…my manly guy uses an axe like it’s no big deal and makes it look so easy…
…poor guy got snow in his boots the minute he stepped out of the truck…
…Grant liked the snow but was pretty cold & whiny most of the time…
 
…Paigey LOVED the snow…
 …even in the snow a girl can look cute, right?…
…every time the snowman changed she wanted to pose next to him…
…thanks Nana, Papa and Mr. Snowman…
{hope to see you again next year}
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