Monday, October 6, 2014

Free Halloween Printables 2014

Hi! It's been a while since I came up with a new free printable, so I slapped these babies together last night. You can use all three, or just one or two of them for your Halloween decor. 

If you would like to have them for your very own, just click on the image(s) below and it will take you to my Box account where you can download them to your computer, and print however you choose. They're sized to 8x10. 

If you would like to see my free Halloween printables from years past click here.

For more free printables of all occasions click here.

To check out my Etsy shop click here.

Happy Haunting!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

New Patchwork Map Printables

I've been working on some new printables lately. I finished this map set not-too-long-ago, and think they turned out cute. Hunter LOVES maps, and I wanted something that would look cute in his room, and not just a regular map (not that those aren't fun). I was inspired by some vintage maps and other typography images I've been looking at, and came up with these. At first I made the World and USA maps, but decided that Canada needed to be included since my hubby is all Canadian and stuff.

I like how they turned out.

What do you think?

If you would like some for your very own, here's a link to my Etsy shop.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

School Picture Day

School picture day was last week.  I took a few pictures of my kids before they went off to school.  I think you can tell by the amount of pictures below who was more happy to model for me, and who was just humoring their mother.

That's all!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hunter's First Day of School

Oh man, Hunter's first day of school was a hard one for me.  We did all our usual first-day traditions.  I gave him his special book with an inscription from me.  It was the same book I gave Tralee on her very first day of school; The Kissing Hand.  Hunter and I read it together before he left for school.  I also read the inscription to him.  I told him how proud I was of him, how big he's gotten, and all the hopes I have for his first year of school.  Then we kissed each other's hands, and readied ourselves for this next big adventure.

While I was helping Hunter get ready for school, I started picturing him through the years; my baby in all the stages of his life up to this point.  I did my best to hold it together for my little guy.  After feeding Hunter lunch, we walked outside and took some pictures.  

His idea was to pretend to ring the doorbell.  Whatever.  We just rolled with it.

I had to get the huge backpack shot.

After pictures at our house, we drove to Hunter's new school, and took a few more.  I could tell by Hunter's quiet demeanor that he was a little nervous, although he told me he was mostly excited.  When we were close to the school I heard a little voice from the backseat whisper, "I have bubbles in my tummy."  I swallowed hard and answered back, "Me too Bud!"

Once in the classroom Hunter found his name, hung up his backpack, found a seat, and got to work.  He sat next to another little boy, who has since become one of his good friends at school.  I took a few pictures of my little guy in the classroom, and tried my best to hold back the flood gates.  I think I went up to Hunter three or four times to pat his back, tell him goodbye, and whisper encouragements into his ear.  I probably would have stayed all day, but knew I had to leave sooner or later, so I gave Hunter one last goodbye, and forced myself out of the classroom.

I took this one last picture of Hunter hard at work through the doorway, and then finally turned and walked away.  It was then that the tears started rolling.  Another mom walking in the school with her kindergardener took one look at me and said, "Oh man!  Don't get me started, I'm going to be a hot mess!"  I'm pretty sure I looked like a hot mess on the drive home.  I called Jim and said something like, "I just dropped Hunter off!"  But Jim couldn't understand me.  He was all, "WHAT?!?!"  So I repeated myself and he said, "Ohhhh!  Hunter's first day."  I tried my best to describe the experience to Jim who was away on a business trip.  I told him, "My baby isn't a baby anymore!"  Jim was sweet, kind, and understanding, but I'm pretty sure he thought I was a little crazy also.  I just can't believe we're here already.  My baby is growing up, and that stings a bit.

 I was beyond excited to pick up the kids at the end of the school day, and find out how everything went.  Hunter said he loved his teacher, class, and school.  He drew this adorable picture on his first day, and it is now proudly hanging on the fridge.  I can't wait to see what else awaits us this year as both of my kids navigate their way through a new school year at a new school, and I figure out what to do with myself now that I have a few hours every weekday to myself.

I'm proud to say, I haven't cried since that day.  It's awesome that both of my kids love their new school.  It makes sending them off everyday pretty easy, but my favorite part of the day is when I get them back home.

Tralee's First Day of School

Tralee was mostly excited and a little nervous on her first day of school.  She told me, "I have one butterfly in my tummy."  One is not too bad, especially when you're the new girl.  Here are some pictures of her first day:

When I picked her up at the end of the day and asked her how it went her reply was, "I LOVED IT!!"  I'm so glad she did.  In fact, almost every day is filled with happy stories, excitement, and love for her new school.  Her old school was great, but she was NEVER excited to go.  In fact, she would ask me, "Can I be sick so I don't have to go today."  Nothing was wrong, she had lots of friends, loved her teacher, but the day was just too long for her.  She spent most of the day in one chair, with the exception of the one hour every day she got to go to either music, computers, library, or gym class and then the other breaks for recess and/or lunch.  At her new school, Tralee goes to a new classroom for every topic which breaks up the day for her and keeps her mind active.  She also has either art, music, dance, and/or gym everyday.  I was surprised that the only recess Tralee has is at lunch, but she's never once complained about it because she's so busy and active during the school day.  We're really loving her new school.

Here's a picture of her on day two:

She's happy and ready to go. . . also KNEE SOCKS!  I love them!

Hunter's first day of school post coming soon.

iPhone Photo Plop - Start of August

Here are some random photos from my iphone from the beginning of August; just after our move.

Tralee, Lexi, Brynli, and Hunter at Back-to-School night

Brynli and Hunter at Back-to-School night

One night at Adrienne's house we saw a baby lizard inside her house.  We caught it, and the kids had fun playing with it the rest of the night.

Tralee caught a little cold a few days after we moved here.  She spent the day napping while I unpacked.

Is there anything better than a kid in goggles?  I think not.

Tralee dared Hunter to wear her skirt out in public.  He gladly accepted the challenge.  We got some looks.  We giggled.

Hunter and I shopping together before school began for him.

I love that Hunter HAD to wear his pirate gear before watching a pirate movie.  Silly kid!

That's all for now.