Hi and welcome! 

I'm a Momma, wife and artist. With 3 of my 4 kids almost grown, I can look back and share with you everything I learned on my favorite subject, raising a family. Like Albert Einstein said "Rejoice with your family in the wonderful land of life" and though things may get messy, you can't really go wrong. xoox

leslie


 

fun with my family
Wednesday
Feb082012

lovey's!


valentines day is all about love right? well, i have been wanting to draw portraits of the kid's favorite stuffed animals forever, and finally finished yesterday, so i am making it an early valentines gift to...the kids? the lovey's? not sure who's going to really want these hanging around, but the kids favorite stuffed animals and baby have practically been members of our family.  As they start to lose their fur, stuffing and in the baby's case, her actual arms(!), i decided to finish their "portraits" (they are very rough sketches!) and save them on paper for all eternity! For my kids, when they needed a friend, their bunny, duckie, teddy or nana dee-dee, were always there. true love.

Monday
Jan302012

valentines day is coming!

sometimes there are the cutest homemade valentines that come home with my kids.  i don't typically do that, but I make sure the store bought ones are at least kind of cute and age appropriate.......ayy! look what i let my 4 year old buy this year..!?? what was i thinking?!!!! we were in Michael's and i was probably very distracted!!!!!!

i love the beautiful handmade ones that come home..i don't have a lot of free time to invest in something like that...but i saw this craft in this months Better Homes and Gardens and thought it was so great! it can definitely be used for many different projects, well after valentines day, so i thought it would be worth a try to see if it actually works..your very own scratch off stickers!  here you go...

easy! i don't know who will get these, probably just our family or cousins, but they were so easy and so cute! i'm thinking graduation cards, birthday invitations, anniversary notes, surprise love notes to the kids.......interesting stuff! have fun!

 

Sunday
Jan292012

"caught ya!"

I totally copied this from the kids' school.  The teachers give "caught ya's" to re-inforce and reward someone who was "caught" doing something good.  So often it's the other way around.  Things get pointed out to the kid who does something wrong or not good enough.  I believe in that too, but a little positive reinforcement goes a long way for behavior modification.

here are a few of my regular "caught ya's" that appear.

As you can tell, these are for the younger ones......for my teenager, they would be like:

"you said something today!"

I sign and date the back and write a short description of the event.  they go into a large jar and then we promptly forget about them.  

If I had my act together, I'd take them to ice cream or have them be boss for the day, something cute when they earn a bunch.  But, I like to think that I'm teaching them that the act itself is it's own reward.  Shhh!

 

Tuesday
Jan242012

president's day is coming!!

 i make the kids memorize all the presidents

check out the video right here, trust me, they will balk at you, laugh it off, ignore you and joke about it at first. just keep trying, learn it with them, play it often, and..... pretty soon, your whole family will be singing! "Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Adams, Jackson.....

 

Sunday
Jan152012

sleepover kit!

i am not the fun mom who regularly has the kids friends over for a sleepover, we need our sleep around here! (or maybe it's just me....), so i am always so impressed by people who regularly have 7 little girls over for dinner, movies, late night giggling, topped off with morning pancakes! superheroes!  with early morning sporting events, or family activity, it doesn't happen that often, but when my kids do get invited, I now send them with a "sleepover kit" as a thank you to the host super mom.  I stocked up on some things the host family might want.  I got it all at Home Goods.

the kit includes:

plain white pillow cases for decorating (enough for all guests)

fabric markers

pancake mix

fun colored spatula

real maple syrup

some popcorn and candy for the movie

wrap it all up in a cute basket (or in my case, an old amazon box!) and put a little note on it, and voila!

this would be nice especially if it is your child's first real sleepover, having some things from mom and activities to do to keep the homesickness at bay.

fun!