October 31, 2012

Eat It!--Weird Al Yankovic

Today was a momentous day...Scarlett had her first foray with real food. Ok, it was baby rice cereal. She made the awfulest face with each bite, which is extra funny because she gets cereal in her bottle, but she kept it in her mouth. Tristan even helped me feed her. Great start! Since she already gets cereal, I know she's not allergic, so tomorrow is peas!

Oh, those faces, haha! Pardon the mess in the background, we have some major things in the works here.

The Nightmare Before Christmas(1993)

"Frankenstorm" has hit the eastern seaboard. It is the clash of Hurricane Sandy and a couple of northern lake effect storms. At Snowshoe Ski Resort they got 23 inches of snow. And no, that isn't a typo, 23 inches. Here in Huntington we only got about an inch, but it was enough that Tristan was raring to go out and play.

It's the first time he's really been out to play in the snow. Last year was so warm we barely got any and I can't remember why we didn't go out the year before, but today he was obsessed. He asked me every 20 minutes or so until he finally got to go. I made him wait because Scarlett was asleep in his room and I didn't want to wake her up getting his snow clothes together.

I was kind of bummed I didn't get to out, but Scarlett wanted to eat and Tristan couldn't wait another second. So, his daddy took him out. I checked on them a few times and took pictures. Never once in the hour they were outside did Tristan complain about the cold!

He dug in the snow and sang "Diggin' a hole lookin' for a robot," just like the Man in the Yellow Hat as he digs a hole in the sand on Curious George.

The snow was SUPER wet so they made a castle with Tristan's bucket.

I am normally 100% anti-winter, but I can't wait to take Tristan out the next time!

October 22, 2012

Dry Bones

Tristan woke up this morning with a fever, but by noon he was asking to do another craft. Oh, how I wish I had his energy, especially when I'm sick! Luckily, I had the supplies for another Halloween craft.

This time we made a skeleton. Our supplies were Q-Tips, tacky glue, a paper for the face and a bow for some color.

I put the glue down and he turned and positioned the Q-Tips himself.

The finished product is fantastic!

He followed directions so well! I was super impressed.

The Coffee Song--Frank Sinatra

My first foray into coffee drinking was a Mochaberry from Borders Café when I was in high school. It consisted of a shot of espresso (not expresso, pronunciation is important people, come on!), chocolate syrup, cream, raspberry syrup and whipped cream. SO yummy!

Since then I've had a love/hate relationship with coffee. Depending on the brew it's either watery or a rich mix of flavors, but always bitter. I'm not a fan of hot drinks (yes, you, too, hot cocoa). To make it myself required making a whole pot, which I would never drink in a million years or, ya know, before it turned to sludge in the pot.

So, when I saw the Keurig coffee makers, I instantly wanted one! I could make one cup at a time and K-Cups came in so many flavors! Last Christmas, I got one! Being, pregnant at the time, I decided it was not the time to take up coffee drinking, I didn't want to add caffeine. So it was June or July before I bought some coffee and started working out my taste.

Here's my perfect cup:

Coffee (I'm currently drinking VanHoutte Raspeberry Truffle. It smells very berry and chocolate, but pretty much just tastes like coffee.), sweetener (Splenda for me, but anything sweet) and hot chocolate mix. You read that right! I learned exactly one thing in 2 years working for my former boss, and that was it: an envelope of hot chocolate mix makes coffee AWESOME. Sometimes I add milk or creamer, but it's mostly just to cool my cup. If buy some raspberry syrup and you may never see me again, lol.

Go, right now, and break out the hot chocolate mix for your coffee. You can thank me in the comments!

October 20, 2012

Monster Mash--Bobby "Boris" Pickett

Here's another fun Halloween craft from the Ellis clan. Toilet paper tube, streamers, googly eyes and glue. That's it! Tristan did it almost completely by himself!

October 18, 2012

Grim Grinning Ghosts--The Haunted Mansion Attraction

Tristan and I worked on a little craft yesterday. I saw it on Pintrest, but modified it.

We started with a styrofoam plate (I wanted it to hold up). We added black oval construction paper eyes with white dots for contrast where the original used plain black circles. We gave him a round mouth so he says Boo! (they used an oval) I traced his hands for arms (the original just had mitteny looking hands) and let him tear of streamers for the bottom. We put it all together with glue. I poked a hole in the top, added ribbon to hang it by and viola!

I will say I did all the cutting because all I have is grown up scissors. Does anyone know the best safety scissors for a 2 year old?

Without further ado...Boo!

I think it turned out great! What do you think?

October 12, 2012

Money for Nothing--Dire Straits

I'm broke. It's a fact. We have plenty to live on, but not much for extras. I'm trying to find a way to make money while staying home with the kids, but so far, nothing. 2 years ago I looked into selling 31 bags, but decided not to. It turned out to be a good thing, because by February the next year 31 was everywhere. Now you can't walk down the street without tripping over people selling it. Ok, that's an exaggeration, but I literally have 7 Facebook friends selling it. If anyone knows of any interesting ways to make cash, I'm all ears.
Anywho, on a related note, I'm obsessed with DIY gifts on Pinterest. I've amassed quite a collection of ideas. Now I just need time to go gather supplies and get started crafting. I was going to post some of them, but some of the people who will be getting them may read this blog. Hope you like homespun :)
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