Random Ramblings: February 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

LITTLE JACOB IS 9

How did that even happen?  How did my little tiny baby become 9 years old already?
My little guy is such an amazing child and I learn so much from him everyday.  He has been through so much in his little life, more than most kids his age ever have to go through.
He is a tough guy and such a fighter.  He is a little lover and has such a big heart.
I love watching him grow and become such a little man, no longer our little curly haired baby.  
He loves to stay up late on the weekends, watch you tube, reading (mostly lol), his android tablet.  No matter where we are or if we go somewhere, but he loves to hang out with the adults rather than the children.  He soaks in everything.  He loves music and can hear a song once and then can sing it all right along with the radio, he gets that from his dad for sure.  I love it. 
He is starting to find an interest in cooking, which I love.
He likes to take pictures with his little camera, and I love this too.  
My little Jacob I hope that you always have the love for life like you do now.  I have no doubt in my mind that God has big plans for you in your life. I hope that you always follow your dreams and never let anything hold you back from doing what you want.  I hope that you continue to inspire me, daddy and everyone around you.  Thank you for making me a mommy.   
Mommy and Daddy love you so much and hope you have a great birthday little man.  

Here are some fun pictures of our little guy through the years.  Some older ones I didnt' have on this computer so I had to take a quick shot with my cell phone.  

I love that hair.  His hair used to be so curly and now it is straight.   

This poor child has had more surgeries and been in the hospital more times than many people do their entire life.  He is so tough through it all and for this I admire him more than anything.  

I swear he just started school .  Kindergarten and his missing teeth. 

Handsome little man.  

This was him all dressed up for his Kindergarten Christmas concert.  

This was on a ride at the fair years ago. 

First day of first grade.  

In our old backyard.  

This was just recent at his 3 grade spelling bee.  He did so good and we are so proud of him for making it so far.  

This was his 3rd birthday.  

This was him as a newborn. He was in the NICU when he was born.  

Sleeping newborn.  

I had a love for frogs for him when he was a baby.  Look at that little spiked hair.  

This elmo was almost as big as him.  I got it for him before I even had him.  Look at those curls. 

What a little poser.  

This was at his first birthday party.  I want to squeeze those cheeks.  

A few months old.  What a fatty lol. 

I can't believe this was him 9 years ago.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE JACO!!
Tomorrow we plan to play games and he has requested lasagna for dinner and chocolate cake with chocolate icing.  So that is what he shall get.  We will take him to chuck e cheese on a day when daddy is off work.  

~NICOLE

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

SMORES MIX

Last year I made these cute baggies filled with what I call SMORES MIX.  I don't remember where I saw the idea, but I thought it was so cute.
I made them for Caleb's birthday to take to his class.
But I had a thought that they would be super cute with m&ms instead of chocolate chips, and if you used the valentine ones, they would add that pink and red color pop for the special day.  Fill a pretty jar up for a special teacher or something.  So many ideas.  I was going to do that for my boys teachers this year, but I made something else that I am going to share with you this week.

Well now on to how simple this is.
What you will need is this :

1 bag of mini marshmallows
1 bag of chocolate chips or m&m's 
1 box of golden graham cereal 


Pour all the stuff into a big bowl and mix.
I told you it was THAT simple.  :)


Then for his class treats, I just filled some small clear bags up and tied it with a ribbon.  I was out of ink at the time I think, or no we had just moved so it was still packed and I couldn't get to my printer yet.  So I just hand wrote some tags to go on the bags.  
I had a few ideas, and asked my facebook friends for some SMORE birthday quotes for some more ideas.  In the end I chose 

"thank you for making my birthday SMORE fun!"

You could google search it I am sure and come up with an idea for any occasion, just like if you used this idea for some Valentines Day treats.  

I did somehow find my scalloped  circle punch and used that for some added fun.  


See that, a simple thing to make, but will be so loved by the recipients. 

Heck you could even make this and just keep it in a tupperware for a snack to have on hand for the kids. 

please note:
Make sure though if you send it to school with the kids, that it isn't a hot day because the chocolate chips are sure to melt all over the place in that baggies.. Ask me how I know this :) 

~NICOLE




Tuesday, February 4, 2014

PAINTED NAME LETTERS

This has been on my list of to-dos for a while now.  Especially after I got Chloe's zebra name letters done for her room.  I try to keep the kids crafts equal between the them.  I went around a few times on how I just wanted to do these for thier rooms.  I first was going to do a metal looking finish to the letters, but it just didn't seem to go with how the rest of the room was looking.  So, instead I decided to just paint them in coordinating colors to match their room.  

There really wasn't anything hard or out of the ordinary for this project.  Just some craft paint, foam paint brushes, and the unfinished letters from Hobby Lobby.  


The white letters are a little hard to see at the moment, but I plan to paint thier room some time in the near future, so once we do that it will be easy to see the white letters.  


I painted one coat, and let them dry, then painted another coat the next day.  After that last coat dried for most of the day I used my favorite sticky strips and attatched them to the back of the letters and hung them on the wall.  I can see in this picture the B in Caleb is not exactly lined up.  I think I need to fix that, or wait until I do paint and have to take them down anyway.
I got the letters around Christmas time at Hobby Lobby.  They are normally $1.99 and were on sale for 50% off, so I got each boys name for $5.00.  Score.  
I have more ideas for things in their room, but this is a start at least.  
I have a shelf I think I want to build that goes across this wall over both of their beds.  One project at at time though is what I keep telling myself since I tend to start a million at once.  :)
Love how thier room is coming along.  One project at at time.  Speaking of which I need to go put another coat of spray paint on the project I am finishing up for miss Chloe's room. I can't wait to share that one.  

~NICOLE

Sunday, February 2, 2014

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook I shared this a few days ago. But I wanted to share it here on my blog as well. 
Now first please let me make this known that I am in no way sharing this as a way to toot my own horn or am I looking for praises. I am sharing this in hopes that it will also inspire others to do the same.

So last week on Tuesday morning Jacob, Chloe and I were out running some errands before he had to go to work. We decided to grab a bite to eat at Carl's Jr before we headed back home.  So we ordered our food and while we were in line, there was an obvious homeless man, that didn't smell too great,  standing behind us. We made our order and went to sit down.  The man got a cup of coffee and sat across the restaurant from us.  Chloe and I walked past him when I had to take her to the bathroom.  I noticed he just had his small cup of coffee and some change on his table.
On the floor next to him sat a grocery bag with what seemed to be his belongings, and a folded up sleeping bag.  All his belongings right there in one bag on the floor next to him, when I have a house full of "things" not far from there.  Really puts things into perspective when you realize that there is someone who is human just like you and I and can carry everything they own in one small grocery bag.  It is sad really... It always makes me wonder, how did they get in that situation, do they have any family, was it drugs, were they laid off work back when times were hard, what??  Not that I would ever ask.
After that we finished our food and went on our way out to the car. Once we got outside I told Jacob seeing him there with only his coffee and us having full stomachs, made me want to go back in and buy him a hamburger.  He told me to go ahead.
So I went back in and I asked the girl behind the counter, if that man came in often.  She said "Why did the smell bother you?"
I said , "No I was just curious, and wanted to buy him a hamburger."
She looked surprised.  She then told me he came in there sometimes, and even though he didn't smell too great, they couldn't kick him out, and he too is only human and deserves to sit and drink a cup of coffee.  She said he only ordered a small cup of coffee and a cookie to eat.  So I paid for a hamburger and just asked her to take it to him when it was ready.
I left after that.  I would have loved to see his face when it arrived, but just knowing he was getting it made me smile just the same.
It wasn't much that I did, and now I wish I had bought him the meal so he got fries and another drink as well.  NEXT TIME I am going to do that.

I didn't just spare a few dollars for a burger for a stranger with much less than me, but he helped me that day too.  He helped me remember to be thankful for all that I have and was a reminder to myself to help those less fortunate than us, when we can.  To remember to tell people thank you and show appreciation when it is due.  

Ive read online about people doing random acts of kindness and I think it is so much fun to do unexpected surprises for people.  There is something so rewarding in my own heart when I can give to someone when they are not expecting it.  It FEELS GOOD TO DO GOOD!
A long time ago I made a board on PINTEREST called RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS after reading some of those ideas.  There isn't many pins but some are links to lists of things people did.
I told myself I am going to make it a point to do random acts of kindness when I can.



I challenge you to do a random act of kindness and share it too.  Maybe you will also inspire someone to do good, and then they will inspire someone too.  You never know.  :)
Happy Sunday!

~NICOLE