The next monogrammed outfits the girls and I wore was the green, pink, orange and blue chevron print. It has a name but I can’t remember what its called. I LOVE this fabric and so wish I had of bought more of it than I did. Hopefully I’ll find some more of it. Please excuse my lack of photography in this picture. I had children with rather shaky hands helping me in taking the pictures.
With this fabric I made both girls a skirt and I made all three of us a pocket tee. Last summer I bought two light blue t-shirts for the girls that I never used. One is now to small for either girl and one fit Taylor perfectly, so I used it for this outfit. A while back I bought a lime green t-shirt for Alyssa and I had yet to use it so I decided to use it for this outfit. When I bought a bunch of t-shirts for myself I bought a green one which worked out perfect for this outfit.
A few weeks ago I did a lot of sewing one Saturday and in that sewing I made a lot of matching outfits with monogramming for the girls and myself. Over the next few weeks I am going to feature these outfits on here and I will be offering some pocket tees on my Facebook page for sale from the fabric that is featured in each of these post so make sure you check it out because there is limited fabric and once its gone it may be gone forever.
The first outfit the girls and I wore was the purple with pink polka dots. I bought these tank tops for the girls months ago and I never used them. When I saw this fabric I knew it would be perfect to make them matching skirts with monogrammed shirts. I also bought a good many t-shirts for myself in different colors and I decided the pink one was the perfect color for this fabric to make myself a monogrammed tee.
For the girls shirts I wasn’t sure about monogramming straight on the shirt and I didn’t think a pocket would look good so I decided to make a large monogrammed circle. Luckily I had some pink in my scraps from a quilt I made years ago that was just the right color.
On my Tuesday To Do post I previous talked about these buckets I bought from Wal-Mart during Easter. Well, this past weekend was the weekend of UFO. I got a lot of them off my list including these buckets. I am not sure why I put off doing this for so long. I guess because honestly I am not a fan of vinyl. I love the way it looks but I do not like working with it.
At first I was going to put their name on the buckets like I did the water bottles, but then I decided I would just put their initial on them like I did the bags. I thought it helped to tie them all together in coordinating. Also to help the coordinating I decided I would put a heart on the girls’ and a star on the boys’ like I did the water bottles.
I had previously bought some toys for playing in the sand. A few weeks ago the kids and I got a pool to get ready for summer and when we bought it we also got each of them some new goggles and some new pool toys. I had put them up so I filled their buckets up with the sand and pool toys.
One of the things I said I wanted to make for each of the kids for summer was a bag to carry their stuff in. I found these really cute bags at Dollar Tree and I couldn’t resist them especially for a dollar.
Originally I wanted to monogram the bags the same way I did Alyssa’s shirt, but I had issues hooping the bags. For some reason I couldn’t get the bag to hoop.
Taylor and I went to Hobby Lobby to find some fabric for their initials for the bags. I told her I wanted some fabric that would look good on all four bags. I wanted it to be the same fabric so all four bags would coordinate. I also told her it couldn’t be too girlie. At first she told me everything was too girlie then she found this fabric that was the prefect match. It has all the different colors and its not girlie.
I used heat bond on the back of the fabric then I used my Cricut to cut out each child’s initial. Using the heat bond I was able to easily iron the initial onto the bags and it looks great. All the kids love them. Also they match the kids’ water bottles that I made them. I used the same font with my Cricut for these that I used for the water bottles.
Sorry I missed on posting my Friday Food post on Friday. Taylor came home on Thursday with the stomach bug and it threw a kink in all my plans. Oh well, she is feeling better now and I have several days worth of stuff planned for ya’ll. For those of you who don’t know I am auditioning for So You Think You’re Crafty. The auditions will go up today so make sure you click on over there and vote for your favorite one. Can you guess which one is mine?? Check back next week and I’ll give you all the details on my project for the audition. I am super excited about it and really nervous at the same time.
Last week was so pretty. Bradley and I spent time outside two days in a row. He loved it for the most part. He doesn’t like the grass touching his legs or feet. Hopefully by the end of summer he will be over that.
Friday we had to go to Winn-Dixie and they had the buggie that has the seat for small children with the steering wheel so we used and Bradley had a blast. He loved it! Hopefully its available every time we go.
Next week I get a break on cooking. Since Sunday is Mother’s Day I don’t have to come up with anything. Yay!!
Sunday – Mother’s Day! My husband is cooking a surprise for me and while I don’t completely know what it is I know salmon is involved (my favorite).
Monday – I decided I am going to try out a recipe I saw on High Heels & Grills this week called Easy Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas. My husband has been talking about enchiladas all school year. The kids have them at school and he loved them when we were in school so finding a recipe for them has crossed my mind. Then when Sarah posted this recipe last week I knew it was prefect. So perfected that I had to pin it so I’ll be able to easily find it later.
Tuesday – I am really in the mood for light and refreshing, with that in mind I decided I’d make chicken salad and pasta salad for dinner.
Wednesday – I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner and his response was “fried chicken”. My Mom taught me how to make the best fried chicken legs and they always seem to come out just right. So its fried chicken, black eyed peas, mash potatoes and corn bread.
Thursday – I was out of ideas and the kids were getting home from school. I asked them what they wanted and Taylor told me pork chops. I think she was reading my mind. I knew I didn’t want anymore chicken meals and I am not a huge hamburger meat person. We are going to have pork chops, sweet peas and corn.
Friday – It will be just me, Adam and Bradley so I am hoping for another date night. If not I guess I’ll have to come up with something last minute.
The last few weeks have been crazy busy. We finally got a new car. We got a Honda Pilot and it was like a two day thing. We liked two and were trying to decide between the two. We did a lot of comparing, reading the fine lines and finally made a decision.
Alyssa had a field trip to DeSoto Caverns. I took lots of pictures with my camera but just like my Easter pictures, I haven’t had time to hook my camera up to the computer. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to post more about it soon. Bradley had lots of fun and seemed to really enjoy it. He was too busy checking everything out to nap.
Taylor had a field trip to the zoo. Same thing with those pictures too. I did snap one of Bradley with my phone when he fell asleep in the stroller. I still can’t believe he did that.
Bradley and I went to Botanical Gardens for litigation lunch the week of Administrative Professional’s Day. It was so nice outside that day.
Bradley and I have been enjoying the outdoors a lot lately. We had a picnic lunch outside one day. We went to the park with the big kids two days in a row. We are so ready for summer.
I feel like this is the never ending battle at our house. Well I have finally gotten to the point that I am tired of repeating myself fifty million times every night so we start a new system. It is similar to the system used in Taylor’s class at school. My thought is if we do something similar to school it will help keep them out of trouble at school.
My kids are 7, 7 and 8. Obviously they are old enough to know the rules. I have one in first grade, one in second grade and one in third grade. In first grade you get several chances and after about five your name gets put on the board. In second grade you get two chance and then you have to pull a card. In third grade you don’t get chance you simple follow the rules.
We have a whiteboard that I bought at the first of the school year when I made our command center. It’s divided into three sections so I have an area for each school age child and each child’s section has his/her name on it. So we are going to put strikes on the board. For each strike the punishment gets a little worse.
1 strike is simply a warning.
2 strikes no dessert.
3 strikes sit in the corner for 15 minutes.
4 strikes write sentences, spelling words, factors, whatever would help him/her the most with school.
5 strikes you go to bed.
What system do you use at your house? Does it help?
Earlier this week I taught the children how to use the knifty knitter. It took them a little bit to catch on but they all got it.
Alyssa and Noah are still working on theirs but Taylor is done and I am so proud of her.
Today is a bittersweet day and surprisingly I didn’t cry. It was the first day of school for the big kids. I was so not ready for them to go back to school. Summer went by way too fast. This is the first summer in years I have been able to be with them all summer and I LOVED it!!!
Alyssa is in 3rd grade this year. I can’t not believe how big she is getting. But even being the oldest she is always the one who would rather stay with Mommy than anything. She made sure to give me lots of love and let me take lots of pictures of her before I left them at school.
Noah is in 2nd grade this year. Some how he managed to get in a class with basically all of his friends. He was excited to go back to school. He told me “no more pictures” but he did make sure to give me a hug before saying good-bye.
Taylor is in 1st grade this year. She has been ready for school to start back for weeks. She thinks she is ready for homework and test; although yesterday she was starting to doubt that excitement. When we got to her class she was so excited she left me without a hug or a finally picture.
They are all getting so big so fast. I am so proud of all of them and the little people they are growing into. I can’t wait for them to get home and tell me all about their first day of school.