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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Keep Good Going

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Keep Good Going is an idea to keep the good in our lives, in our families.  To do things for our family, for our kids to encourage good and to pass on the good to others.  As parents we are teachers and supporters and we encourage them to do their best and do good in their lives.  We have to make sacrifices for our kids but to see that smile on their face is totally worth it.  
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To me it's very important to teach my children to do things, to have hobbies and to try to succeed in their hobbies.  My family was into sports, I always remember being in a sport.  I loved it and I want to pass that onto my kids.  I love the things that you learn from sports, the relationships that you gain and working towards a goal and the feeling you get when you achieve it.  I love being able to teach that to my kids.
 This past summer we had our three boys go out for t-ball and baseball.  This was the first time for all our boys to play baseball and we had a lot of fun going to practices and having them learn and improve every week.  Every game they all had a goal of hitting the ball and making it on base.  
We worked hard with them.  We drove 20 minutes twice a week to practice and then my husband spent hours with them in our back yard pitching to them and teaching them to keep their eye on the ball.  He taught them to swing and hit the ball, to throw and to catch.  After a couple weeks of practice it was time for the games.
We had several games, most of them were an hour or 1 1/2 hour drive (one way).  It was a lot of time that we had to sacrifice, but it was well worth it to see them work on their goals and try to be better.  As the season went on, they got better.  My oldest son actually had a kid pitcher and he would actually hit the ball, but would get out before he got to first base.  It was so excited!  But he really wanted to make it to first base, so we worked harder with him.
The very last game of the season, all the work paid off!  All three boys were able to meet their goals, it was awesome.  My oldest got a hit and made it to first base.  My 6 year old hit the wall with the coach pitching and my 4 year old hit it off the tee so well.  It was amazing to see the progress as they worked hard.  It was a fun life lesson to teach the kids.  They made a goal, worked hard towards it and then accomplished them!
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Birthday Party Idea: Washi Tape Party Hats

This week my baby turned one!!!  I'm not sure how that happened.  Even though I knew that he was going to have birthday, I didn't plan ahead of time.  And since I don't live close to any stores, I had to use what I had.  I made several last minute decorations.  I just happened to have some party hats, so I covered them in washi tape to match the colors of the party.  These would be so easy to make with just card stock too. 
Here are the hats that I had.
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I just covered them with the washi tape and trimmed off the edges.  Very easy.
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Here are all the fun hats that I made.
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And here is my cute birthday boy in the party hat.  Isn’t he so stinkin’ cute? 
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Minecraft Kids Craft Idea: Melty Bead Tools #kidscraft #minecraft

This past week my husband was out of town for a business trip.  Whenever he leaves, I like to plan out the week and do fun things with the kids, to help the time go more smoothly.  My kids love melty beads but I don't get them out too often.  Well I got them out last week and it was awesome!  We spent 4 hours (okay, I spent 4 hours, the kids only lasted about 1-2 hours) making things.  Melty beads are PERFECT for Minecraft because they look exactly like the pictures.  The kids had so much fun, that the next morning they did more! 
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They are very simple to make, just a little time consuming.  Here is the creeper I made before melting it with the iron.
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For the tools and swords, I just looked at pictures online.  I found that tweezers are very helpful when it comes to taking them out.
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Here are my boys doing it.  They were able to make the tools all by themselves.  I made them first and then they copied mine.  Or they looked it up online.
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This is what we made.  We actually made several more that didn't make the pictures.  I now know all of my Minecraft tools, are you proud of me? :)
Double emerald sword, gold sword, iron sword and diamond sword.
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Creeper, Steve and TNT.
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Bow and arrow, diamond axe, torch, iron pic axe, iron hoe and gold (butter) shovel.
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My kids even made them into necklaces.  Here is a emerald pic axe that he made and turned into a necklace.  He even got a compliment on it when we went to town that day.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

9 Quilting Ideas {MMM #221 Block Party}

HAPPY EASTER from our family!!!  I hope that you had a wonderful day!  We sure did :)

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Sunday Side Dish: Sour Cream Potatoes

If you are having ham for Easter dinner this Sunday then you HAVE TO make these potatoes as a side dish, they are amazing!!!  Seriously love them! 

Sour Cream Potatoes

This is what you need:
32oz frozen hash browns
16 oz sour cream
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 onion
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
2 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups corn flakes
2 tbs butter, melted

1) Mix sour cream, 1/2 cup butter, onion, cheese and soup into bowl.
2) Add hashbrowns
3) Pour into greased 9x13 dish
4) Crush corn flakes and mix with 2 tbs butter. Sprinkle on top of potatoes.
5) Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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