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Jude’s Valentines

I wanted to design some fun Valentines for Jude this year, something cute for him to give his little friends at Mother’s Day Out. A few might get mailed out to some family members too. 🙂  I couldn’t decide what to do – Valentine’s is such a girly holiday, and I wanted to do something a little different. The rocket design was based on a vintage illustration. But the bee one is probably my favorite. Haven’t decided which one to print, but I guess I better get on it!

Valentine-Rocket

Valentine-Bee

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Getting Ready for Valentine’s

Even when I was single, I really loved Valentine’s Day. And now that I have a little one, it’s no exception. If anything, it’s a great reason/excuse to buy up fun Valentine’s boxed cards and decorate the house in pink and red. It may be a month away, but Valentine’s is one of my favorite holidays. Even if it is a Hallmark holiday. 😉

Here’s some fun V-Day goodies…

From Etsy …
Amazingly detailed cut paper.

Pink pom pom trim! For decorating or wrapping a special little present.

A cute little felt matching game for the little ones.

From Paper Source:
Sweetheart Wreath Kit

Quite possibly my favorite Valentines…
Bingo!

From Martha Stewart…

Playing cards and cute sayings.

Marbleized Valentines

I would love to try my hand at quilling. These designs are delightful!

I even love all the cheesy little Valentines’ catchphrases! and this one would be an easy project for kids.

Precious! (FYI, the hat is from Hanna Anderssen and is only $7)

Also, if you have a Hobby Lobby near you, all of their Valentines’ items are 30% off this week. Also, the Martha Stewart Crafts items at Michael’s are also 30% off. Stock up on some Valentine’s supplies!

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WHITE CHRISTMAS EVE!

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Here’s nephew Luke’s Elf on the Shelf. His name is Jack. We found him by the Nutella jar this morning. A good place to be, non?

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The weathermen in Oklahoma are particularly amazing when it comes to Oklahoma-specific weather, such as tornadoes. Or thunderstorms. But snow? Well, to be fair, we’re just not that good at it. They tend to … overpredict. So when they told us that there was a chance of snow on Christmas Eve, I think  the entire state heaved a collective bellylaugh.

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But the weathermen got the last laugh, because we got 14.1″ in Oklahoma City alone, a record to end all previous records. I cannot ever remember a Christmas like this. It totally made the day amazing!

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Here’s Dad, enjoying trying his first-ever piece of Slim Jim beef jerky. He says once was enough.

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Jude, enjoying Wingo’s choo train (Wingo is what he calls my mom.)

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Hmmm. Is it ever going to be time for us to go outside and play in the snow?

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YES! Yes, it is TIME TO PLAY IN THE SNOOOOOOOOW! Simon, Eric, and Earl each individually went out into the snow, and each said that it was absolutely awful. It was whiteout conditions, apparently and visibility was terrible. People were stuck, stranded in their cars in the snow. Suddenly all those people in their 4-wheel drive SUVs didn’t look so foolish anymore for having big ol’ cars.  Simon brought Jude some warm snow clothes, however, this green fleece outfit was a year too small for him. He was absolutely stuffed into that, but he was warm!

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Ready for snow.

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First, trepidatious steps into snow.

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Now this is sad. I didn’t have warm mittens for my child, so he had to put on his own socks on his hands.  Pitiful.

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Uncle Eric brought the sleds from their house. WHEEEEEE!  Darn it all, if i hadn’t had surgery, I would have been ALL over those sleds like nobody’s business.

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This picture is for my mom. As a kid, she would wrap me up in garbage bags so I wouldn’t get wet when it snowed.  Earl made her proud: he covered his shoes in plastic Target bags and secured them with duct tape. Niiiice.

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Afterwards, it was time for hot cocoa with the cousins.

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When it snows, might as well make crafts! I made a pipe cleaner garland/necklace.

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Meanwhile, where were the guys? Matthew, Simon, and Eric continued to sled down the hill in front of Mom & Dad’s. It was like a giant slip ‘n slide: they started running and then hit the ground on their sleds. Hilarious.

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I shot all these photos from my childhood bedroom window. Simon below —

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Weary sledders, heading back inside.

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A Holiday Table via Elements of Style Blog

As always, Erin @ Elements of Style has amazing inspiration for Thanksgiving. I’m adding these two ideas to my entertaining files. I’m not sure where these images are specifically from, but they’re good ideas nonetheless.

Chic take-out containers for guests to steal away those holiday leftovers in.

A whimsical use of kraft paper for the kids’ tables. I wish my kids’ table had been this fun when I was a kid! Heck, I might even have to pull this one out for a grownup table sometime!

And another kids’ table — fringed kraft paper. Too CUTE!

A Holiday Table « Elements of Style Blog.

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Genius Holiday Idea: DIY: S’mores Kits

Packaging is everything, don’tcha know? But let’s get real – you could package up s’mores in a paper bag and it would still be happily received. Jordan Ferney linked over to Twig & Thistle’s post on these DIY S’mores kits. Could they be any more perfect? And what an easy gift this would be as we are entering into the holiday season! Hostess gift? Check. Adorable with a great big mug for hot cocoa? Check.

I’ll bet Martha Stewart Crafts at WalMart or Michael’s will have some fun Christmas packaging going on this year – I can’t wait to see…

Anyway, if you receive something similaire to this from me for Christmas, try and look surprised, ok?  😉

DIY: S’mores Kits | Twig & Thistle.

Edited to add as an afterthought:

Have you seen all the awesome stickers at PaperSource? These Peppermint stickers would be perfection on the S’mores packaging.

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Halloween Wrap-Up

The gnome’s first real trick-or-treating experience was hilarious and ultimately very memorable. I am SO glad we were able to be home from the Mayo Clinic in time. I wouldn’t have missed this for the world!

He can kinda also double as an elf, come Christmas.

It was 70 degrees outside, and so we had a pretty good turnout of trick or treaters. While Simon and Grandma Jo took Jude trick or treating (he learned to say “Treat” but that was about it), I stayed on the front porch and handed out the candy. Gotta love it when people roll up in their car, hop out of the backseat, and come up to your door with no bag and just stuff the candy you give them in your mouth. Then they hop back in the car and roll on to the next street. Awesome.

Jude and Grandma Jo. We’re so glad she got to be here for this! It was too fun!

On to the next house! Go go go!

There are no pictures of me and J because I was behind the camera all night. Oh well, next year.

Say “Cheese!”

Our neighbor kids, who live for Halloween. They had all kinds of inflatables and tombstones and decorations in their yard. They were definitely excited about trick or treating!

On the radar this week:
Taking the 2-year-old(!) to the pediatrician for his 24-month checkup.
Finishing up some projects.
Client meetings.
Lunch with girlfriends? Hopefully!

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4th of July

Things I want to remember:

  • Simon got off work early on Friday. Yay!
  • Perusing the wares at the dollar store to decorate the stroller with for the 4th of July parade in our neighborhood
  • Dinner on Friday night at Jo’s Pizza in Edmond with the Lopers.
  • Subsequent snowcones at Shivers with the Lopers.

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  • Laughing with Ben & Matthew about silly kids’ songs in the car.
  • Sadness over our AV cable not working in the car to hook up the iPod to the DVD player to watch silly kids’ songs podcasts.
  • Jude, eating a naked snowcone in the car (aka, no sugar syrup! just ice!)





  • Getting ready for the parade in our neighborhood.
  • Enjoying the sights and 500+people who turned out for the parade.
  • Taking first place in the stroller category! We win a blue ribbon and a plastic gold medal.
  • Being one of only two entries in the stroller category! haha


  • Meeting nice people in our neighborhood.
  • Seeing all the fun kids, people, pets, horses, and rigged-up floats (Hillbilly hot tub anyone? It is Oklahoma).

  • Making the mile-long trek to the park, where ice cold water and watermelon awaited us.



  • Feeling great pride in our community and once again feeling blessed in how much we love our home.
  • Marvelous lunch with Kim, Mike, and Forrest! Yippee! Bagel Cafe for all!
  • Heading to mom and dad’s for the rest of the weekend. We took tons of food!
  • Loving on my dear mom.
  • Grilling corn on the cob.
  • Preparing my blue velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and blueberry center.








  • Realizing that they really looked more like Smurf cakes than anything.
  • Sleepover at Mom & Dad’s with Ben & Luke Loper.
  • Driving with Simon, Jude, Dad, Ben, and Luke to watch fireworks in the rain at 9:30pm. Yes. IN THE RAIN.
  • Parking and watching the fireworks — Simon’s mom found us with her cute little doxie, Lily Belle (who was dubbed Liberty Belle for the day).
  • On the way back home, we watched a bunch of wackos set off fireworks around a giant striped tent out in the sticks. I asked Dad if he wanted to set off a firecracker for fun. He replied nonchalantly, “Nope. I love my thumbs.” And so he wants to keep ’em!  Hahaha!




  • Laughing that maybe Mom was setting off firecrackers at their house in our absence.
  • Surprising the Loper boys with a trip to Tulsa on Sunday morning.
  • Surprising Simon with a broken window in the car. Well, not broken, exactly. It refuses to roll down. This presents a problem later in the day. Dad laughs.
  • Driving through the countryside to get to the turnpike. Enjoying the view of barns and cows. (“MOOOOOOO!” says Jude when he sees a cow.”)
  • Sleeping boys in the car. Ben talks nonsense in his sleep.
  • Arrive in Jenks. Hungry boys, so we drive through Sonic. But then we realize that we can’t roll down the window.
  • We make Ben get out of the car and place our order into the speaker for us. He says it’s the first time he’s ever ordered in a drive-thru. Eric thinks this is pitiful. Simon gives Ben a script to read. Carhop gives us a dirty look when we make him come around to the other side of the car to deliver our food. Dad says later he’s sure that the carhop thought we were trying to be smart.
  • Oklahoma Aquarium! Smells like fish. Isn’t that a bad sign? Jude goes berserk for turtles and sting rays.



  • Oh, did I mention we decided that it was Talk Like a Pirate day? ARrrrrgghhh, matey! The Lopers’ white SUV is dubbed the White Whale.
  • A trip to the Whole Foods market for all. Delicious French cheese and special snacks are purchased. There will be more corn on the cob consumed this week.
  • The Shingletons and Lopers diverge paths. And we head to Carrabba’s, where we had a near-religious experience with pasta and garlic.
  • Finally, the long ride home. ::Sigh::  Does the weekend have to end? Let deep summer ensue.

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