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Handfuls of Love

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“Children’s Children are the crown of all men; and the glory of children are their father.” Proverbs 17:6 {NKJ}

There is something special about grandparents. I have been blessed to have only lost one grandparent in my 30 years of life. I still have 2 wonderful grandma’s and a wonderful papa…all in their 90’s and still kickin’ loud and strong. I always tell my husband that according to my genes he is stuck with me for a looooonnnnnnggggg time. I only hope I am that blessed.

Throughout my first 16 months of parenthood I have learned the value of family and that it truly does take a village to raise a child. I couldn’t be more happy in the grandparents that our son has inherited through my husband and me. The times when I want to ship my child to Timbuktu they are always there to encourage me or relieve me of my duties for a couple of hours so I can regroup. They have been where I am before and their advice is so valuable. Plus they are the BEST babysitters {and free 😉 }.

So, when Grandparent’s Day came along I tried to think of something fun to do for them. I had seen those tutorials that are all over Pinterest where you take a porcelain cup/plate and write on it with a Sharpie; bake the plate; and viola it’s permanent. Ha…well that was a total FAIL! So, if you pinned it don’t waist your time. After that waste of time, I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and grabbed some Sharpie Paint Pens and some Martha Stewart Paint, and I used the Dollar Store white plates from the previous craft fail and started over. Here is the rundown {no pictures…I apologize…left this project until very last minute}

Handfuls of Love Painted Plate

Materials

Sharpie Oil Paint Markers {see link above}
Martha Stewart Paint {see link above}
Porcelain Plate
Baby’s/Kid’s Hands {and a helper if you have one}
Letter Stencils or Electronic Cutter {Silhouette, Cricut, etc}

Directions

1.) Decide what you want your plate to say. I decided to use Hands Down, Your the Best for one and Your the Best, Hands Down for the other. I cut mine out in vinyl on my Silhouette and used the negative space as my stencil. I put half of the saying on top and half on the bottom, leaving a space in the middle for the cute little toddler handprints.

2.) Grab your Sharpie Paint Pens and go to town. I used the black pen for my letters. The paint dries fast so once you are done with the letters you can remove your stencil. I had a little bleeding, but not much. I was able to do some touch up after the stencil was gone.

3.) Next you will need your kiddo and a helper {if you have young kids}. Squirt some of the Martha Stewart paint onto one hand spread it around. Figure out where you want the first hand print to go and smash their hand down quickly {before they decide to paint their face 😉 }. Do the same thing with the other hand.

4.) Pre-Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Once it is pre-heated put your plate in and bake for 30-35 minutes. Once this is done the paint is permanent and you are done!!

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I made some Pumpkin Holes to go on my plates. I got the recipe from here and printed out labels that said I Love You a “Hole” Lot!.

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XOXO,
Kristie

Up All Night {Literally}

So, I am sure if you are a parent you may have tuned in to the new series, Up All Night, with Christina Applegate.  Let’s just say my husband wasn’t too thrilled with my excitement for this sitcom.  He thought it would hit too close to home with a newborn.  However, we began watching it and absolutely love it and can totally relate and I am pretty sure the other night it saved our marriage.

So this is how it all went down…

It had been a rough day with Baby E.  He had been very fussy and cranky and needy.  Let’s just say mommy didn’t get any “me” time.  I love my baby to death…but mommy goes a little  insane without any me time.  So, needless to say I was looking forward to the run my husband and I had planned post workday.  It was a beautiful 80 degree Colorado day and the last day for a nice run before we were supposed to get pounded with snow.  Slowly as the day went on, the more cranky the baby got, the more tired and cranky mommy got.  By the time runnin’ time got around I was exhausted and about as cranky as the baby. Since Baby E hadn’t napped well I figured what a perfect opportunity to get him to take a little cat nap…our RUN!  He loves the stroller and will usually fall asleep on our runs.  Perfect Plan!

Or So I Thought…

We head out the door around 530pm to run about 6 miles.  We first decided to do a 1.5 mile loop around the neighborhood to get the dog out.  Here is where it all falls apart.  To recap…grumpy baby = grumpy and tired wife.  Husband takes off…without looking back…with the dog.  I have grumpy baby, stroller and grumpy self.  I am thinking “we are supposed to be running together…this is going to be a long 6 miles.”  So, we get around the 1.5 mile loop and back to the house to put the dog back in and head out for our last 4.5 mile loop.  Husband takes the baby and we head out…we run together (thank God) and get about 1.5 miles into our loop…and Baby E starts howling!  So, I stop, take him out of the carseat and start to walk with him and he is happy as a clam.  I tell my husband that I am just going to head back since he seems to be unhappy. He knew how much I needed a run so he suggested we go a little further and then could cut in at the bridge if Baby E started to lose it again.  So, we pack baby back in the carseat and head back out.  So far, so good I am thinking…until another 1/2 mile or so and the screaming returns.  So, what did we do…take him out again and start walking…and walking…and walking…a whole mile home.  By this time it is getting dark, cold, and I am just grumpier than ever.  All of a sudden my husband goes…”this is totally something you would see on Up All Night…two adults…one carrying a baby…one pushing the stroller…in the pitch black.” I couldn’t help but laugh…it was such a “parenthood” situation.  Something that we will always be able to look back and laugh at.