Snow day on the bayou

Snow day on the bayou

We don’t get snow here very often and even when we do, it almost never sticks. Today, however, it’s really coming down and it appears its gonna stay around for a little while. Henry’s excited, he wants to go out and build a snowman… But not enough snow yet, hopefully we can get enough to smush together a little snowman this afternoon. Of course we don’t have any weather appropriate clothes (it was in the 70’s here two days ago and probably will be again by Saturday), so mostly we’re just staring out the window and hoping Pizza Hut will deliever today.

Snow day on the bayou

Snow day on the bayou

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Handprint Snowmen Ornaments

We’ve finished and mailed all of our ornaments for the ornament swap.  I think they turned out really cute, in fact we made extras for the grandparents (none of whom read this blog, so I can post about them now).

We started with plain ball ornaments.  Since they need to travel through the mail and little children frequently visit our house we went with plastic.  The only smallish plastic ones in our local store had this sort of holographic plastic wrap stuff on them which Henry really likes because it’s sparkly.  I think the paint would have adhered a little bit better if they’d had a mat or frosted finish though. 

First we painted Henry’s fingers and the top part of the palm of his hand with white acrylic craft paint, they become the four snowman on the ornament.  He did this part by himself after we did the first one.

Next I had him hold his hand palm up and I placed the ornament in his hand. Henry squeezed the ball tight and then let go as I held on to the top hook of the ornament (sorry for the blurry picture):

Cute little hand-print snowmen:

After we finished with all the hand-prints, I sat down with some paint pens and drew on the faces, arms, buttons, scarves, and hats.

After they were dry I took them outside and sprayed them with a clear sealant.

We also made matching Christmas card/gift tags using a white stamp pad and embossing powder instead of acrylic paint. On most of the cards we used markers instead of paint pens and so Henry could do a lot of the drawing faces and accessories on those.


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Happy Halloween

Halloween 2008


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From the sewing nook…

Linen shorts

These shorts have been sitting on my sewing table for a while now. I finished them over a month ago, but they needed a little something. I love this new ribbon by Jessica Jones. It’s cute without being “cutesy” and Henry really loves them.

Ribbon available fromj caroline creative.

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Muffin Tin Monday

Dr C was baking in the middle of the night last night, so our muffin tin was dirty when I went to make lunch. Luckily we have these cute silicone muffin cups. I like the way this turned out. The colors are nice and it’s easier to customize to the amount of food needed. Last Monday we were home all day so having a big tray of food was great. Today we’ll be out running errands for much of the day so we need less food for nibbling.


Lunch today: Grapes, pretzels, goldfish crackers, chicken, hardboiled egg, and grapes

Head on over to sycamore stirrings for more muffin tins.

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Our weekend

Fun with shaving cream
Shaving cream slide

One of my friends makes fun of me for dressing Henry like this when we’re at the pool. But it’s a whole lot easier than chasing him down and trying to get sunscreen on him every hour or so. And he doesn’t complain.
Cooling off

Playing video games at Best Buy

Climbing on a clam. Henry’s favorite part of the aquarium is the play equipment… same thing with the zoo… He’d be just as happy at the playground, I’m the one that gets bored.

The riverfront reeks of crude oil right now. You can see the containment boom for the oil spill here:
Oil spill containment boom in the Mississippi River

At the Cafe du Monde there were two mimes having a photo shoot, complete with prop beignets. Then they sat down at a table and ate some real ones.

Henry fell asleep at dinner:
Sleeping @ Dinner

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Muffin Tin Monday – Jumping on the bandwagon

I’ve loved seeing all the pictures of the muffin tin lunches out there. This week I finally pulled out my muffin tin and joined in. Henry was excited and said “this is the best snack I’ve ever had”.

Thanks to Katy over at sycamore stirrings for the inspiration.


In our muffin tray this week:
1. Baby Carrots 2. Grapes 3. Plums 4. Watermelon
5. Cereal 6. White Cheddar Veggie Booty 7. Hard Boiled Egg 8. Picks for the fruit
9. Pretzels 10. Mini Cookies 11. Cheddar Cheese 12. Almond Butter and Jelly Sandwiches


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