Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gift Embellishment

Our friends are getting married this weekend and I wanted a fun idea for gift wrap.  Usually I pull a giant wedding gift bag out of my never ending stash left from our wedding 2 years ago.  Yes, I keep gift bags... and I refold tissue paper.  I never said I don't have issues.  

I couldn't help myself... here's a picture of everyone doing the twist and shout at our wedding.  What girl doesn't like looking back at her wedding photos?

Anyway.  I remembered seeing some snappy wrapping at Jones Design Company in her post about wire words.  About a third of the way down there's a picture of a hot pink tissue paper flower.  I wasn't sure how to do that but it made me think-- coffee filter flower.  Whaddaya think?  I even got to use my Cricut to make the tag!

I forgot to take pictures of the process but it's already been documented by another.  I used the basic idea behind this tutorial from -again- Jones Design Co.  Do you think I read her blog much?

Cut out a small circle of felt (maybe 1.5 inches in diameter?)
Take a coffee filter and fold it in half (making a semi-circle) and then in half two more times (making a narrow triangle).  
Cut the tip off of the folded filter.
Hot glue the filter onto your felt circle.
Repeat until your flower is bushy enough for your liking.  I bet I used 15 filters for this large one.

And for maybe 5 cents you have an Anthro style wedding present in Tiffany paper. 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Backyard BBQ

This is E.  She never stops moving.

And this is A. She wanted me to take her picture like this. 

A & E came over with their parents for a backyard BBQ last night.  I made Pioneer Woman's Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies for an appetizer.  Wow.  And again I say wow.  Also on the menu were burgers, grilled corn on the cob and homemade sweet potato fries.  I'm drooling at the memory.  Sweet potato fries are a staple in our house.  When a batch comes out more picture worthy than last night's I'll post a recipe.  Back to what's important. Cute kids.

A is a big helper.  She and E both like to grab Wyatt's fat cheeks and tell him "She's so cuuuute!"

Here's Mike who claims to be bad with kids.  Looks like E has him ensnared.  Mike is a big hit despite himself.   

Giving A some Wyatt love...

The guys started kicking the ball around and of course the girls run over to join in.  Wyatt, not wanting to be left out, pushed his John Deere gator all the way across the yard.  The trouble was, he forgot his original goal and just kept on pushing. Go buddy go!

They were collecting grass in the four inch 'bed' of the gator. 

What a blessing to have friends to hang out with and kids for Wyatt to watch and learn and play with. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Egg Hunt

Yesterday Wyatt participated in his first ever Easter Egg Hunt with the Parents as Teachers program here in Graham.  The director, Isabel, had a free professional photographer there from Mirus Studio to take a an Easter picture of each child.  Wyatt wouldn't smile for some reason so I'll be interested to see how it turned out.  

But the egg hunting went much better than I anticipated.  Wyatt actually searched for eggs and placed them in our basket Easter door prize gift bag that we had to use in place of a basket because Mom forgot ours.  :)  He really enjoyed it!

Dad wore the foam bunny ears from the door prize loot that Wyatt won. 

And afterward we got to visit Ms. Pamela's hot tub!  


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wild Things

I'm back!  My computer had a small temper tantrum which left me blogless for a month or so while I got around to taking it in to get fixed in Wichita.

My mom, sister and I braved the spring break crowds in downtown San Antonio recently.  We tried the Children's Museum first but it was so packed our double stroller would have been un-steerable in the crowds.

Instead we strolled around the Alamo and the riverwalk area.

And then.  The zoo.  Holy moly.  Here's a peek of the line coming up to the block surrounding the zoo.

It was a pretty steamy day so we stopped for water often and at one point poured some on the babies' heads.  Look closely for faux-hawks...


Tired zoo-goer.

And Wyatt got to see Uncle Sula!