Monday, March 30, 2009

tackle this, that, and the other

Day One of implementing my new daily schedule was a success! (more details to come...but if you're wondering what I'm talking about, I kind of explained a little bit in this post)

The kids and I had such a great day and we didn't even have to go anywhere! I was able to tackle so many things and I had dinner ready to go as hubby was walking through the door. He even let me get away at 7:00 to tackle a huge grocery trip and he took care of bath time and bed time for the kids.

Besides the normal morning tackles of getting showered and dressed, breakfast for all of us, dishwasher unloaded, breakfast dishes I need to keep going? You all know how the morning is! I decided as part of my new "schedule" Mikayla and I would do a daily craft together sometime in the morning. I am going to make sure it never has to be anything fancy or require a lot of supplies (or I might not do it), but just something fun that she could do that will be different than just playing with Play-Doh or coloring.

So, today's craft tackle was inspired by Lucky Me! and we made Easter egg sun catchers using contact paper and tissue paper. Super easy and she loved it!! You'd be so proud of me because I even did a little mini-lesson on eggs by showing her what an egg looks like and talking about how it is an oval shape, and where they come from. I know! I guess the teacher in me is starting to show again!

While the kids took a nap, I got busy working on Mikayla's birthday party invites for her three girlfriends that we are inviting over to help her celebrate turning 3! I've been meaning to get going on these for awhile, but the inspiration hit me today and I got to accomplish a fun tackle!

I found a purse template on my most recent trip to Paper Zone, and since it's going to be a tea time/dress up party, I thought this would be a cute way to invite the girls.

Another fun tackle was making this little welcome jar of robin egg whoppers for our new neighbors down the street. We haven't officially met them yet, so I thought it would be fun to bring them something to welcome them to the neighborhood. They are a young couple who are expecting their first child, so it will be fun to get to know them...if they so desire to.

I made the tag using my new Stampin' Up set called Cheep Talk. I love this set!! I made a few cards with it over the weekend, so I'll have to show you how cute this set is.

Overall this day was so much fun and I wasn't sitting on the computer for more than 5 minutes while the kids were up. That felt so good!! We read books together before lunch, and it delighted me to watch the kids play together with NO TV on (not that we watch it all day anyway, but I'm putting a tighter reign on it). I even took 20 minutes of my day (doesn't sound like a lot) and just had mommy play time with the kids...with no other agenda other than to sit and play and have fun. They got a kick out of serving me food from their kitchen and Austin wrestling me. I don't do this enough, so I'll definitely be making it a habit! It's inspiring to see the little changes I'm making, and although I realize it's only Monday and day one of this "new schedule", I'm determined to make all of these changes a routine in my day to day life!

And with all this talk of being crafty and creative...don't forget to be working on your button projects. THIS THURSDAY is the day we'll be linking up to show off our button magic. I'll give a sneak peek of a little something I've been working on soon. You'll have one week after Thursday to still link up and be entered into the giveaway. Yes, there will be another giveaway!! I just can't help myself!! Spread the word with the button in the left side bar and visit HERE for more information on my monthly craft challenges.

To see what others tackled today and to get inspired to get tackling, head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom.


Amber Filkins said...

WHEW!! You are one busy girl!

LOVE those sun catchers {and that little chickadee}.

Love that you're doing little craft projects and lessons.

Love that you're getting down and playing. That's something I've been doing a lot more of.

Love the little purse invitations. So cute!!

Love the neighbor gift. I wanna move down the street from you! ;)

Unknown said...

The purses turned out super cute! The girls will have a lot of fun with just 3 of them.

Katie said...

The purse invites are adorable. I can't wait to see more of what you come up with for the special party!!

Aren't the stamps in the Cheep Talk set fun. I love how you can interchange the little wings.

Sounds like you had a great day yesterday.

L2L said...

wow, now you were a momma with a plan!!!! I too am working on a schedule and do notice the more time off the computer and no tv does make for a more productive day, love the invitations. Maybe we will have to move in on your street, that jar is too cute.

Faith - That's Just Freaking Lovely said...

Wow, you got a lot done! Those sun catchers are too cute, I may have to try that with my kids!

na said...

You are sooo crafty! I love doing crafts with the kids and I absolutely love your invitations and your welcome gift.

Frugal Sara said...

Love the Suncatcher! What a great idea! Sounds like you were busy.

I have tried to maintain a schedule but it is so difficult for me. I am glad it is going well for you so far.

Tammy Williams said...

What a fun craft you did with Mikayla. It seems I never have alone time with Maya to be doing things like this. And Declan would certainly get in the way. I just read your previous post and I'm so glad to hear that your new schedule it going well. It's hard to know what to do FIRST when you are a mom and house keeper:) I usually wait until the kids are asleep at lunch time to get a shower but I am trying hard to change that. I have my computer time in the morning before they wake-up and when they nap....that's about it. The rest of the day is all about laundry, cleaning and the kids. Not always fun, but it feels great to relax with Jeremy at the end of the day.

Heidi @ Tayterjaq's Rebels said...

Good job with your schedule. I have tried in the past but I am really more of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal.
Good luck sticking with it!

Rhonda said...

Hey Hiedi!

Great job on getting on a better schedule for you and your family. Looks like you had a lot of fun and did some cool things together. Love the invites! Those are adorable. Did you have a chance to check out Party Wishes? Adorable tea party ideas!

Take care!

Missy said...

Sounds like you had a fun and productive day! You go! I'm sure your daughter had fun making that cute sun catcher. I love the purse invites, as well. That's a fun new neighbor gift. I'd like that!

Have a great day!

Dawn said...

Sounds like you had a great day! You got alot done. I love the purse invitations-so cute!!

Lyndsie Miles said...

Man, you got a ton done! That sun catcher idea is so cute! I think we might give that one a try. And the invite, and the cute welcome jar... you have such good ideas!

It sounds like your schedule was a great success! I think I need to get back into more of a schedule. I know the kids love it... and it helps me a ton!

Kelli said...

I love the suncatchers and the tea invitations. I'm thinking of having a Stampin Up party...any tips?

Shelby said...

Great idea for the suncatchers - did you hold the tissue together with glue? I have a routine but have a hard time sticking to it, I am so glad it is working for you and you sound so happy! Keep up the good work. :)

Shawn said...

I am so proud of you!

Way to go on everything!

You are one Rockin' Momma!

vicki said...

It looks like Mikayla was having fun making the suncatcher. The tin looks very nice. You are so creative.Love the invitations! Wish we could be there to help celebrate.

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