Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fun and Easy Christmas Gift

If you are a parent helper in my classroom...you may want to stop reading. This post is about the gift you will be receiving in appreciation for all of your hard work! :o)
Now, back to business! I am sure that many of you are like me and you have quite a list of friends, family, co-workers, etc. that you would like to acknowledge during the holidays. If you are also like me, then you may find yourself on a very tight budget. Well, here is a simple, fun, and cute idea for you!

I know it is kind of hard to see what is in the bag...a set of measuring cups!

Here is what you need:
measuring cups - I found mine at Dollar Tree
cellophane bags
gift shred
cardstock for the tag
button - strictly optional
glue dots - or any kind of glue

Since I have 15 parent helpers in my classroom, I was looking for a gift that would be useful, cute, and of course...budget friendly. So, I took a trip to the Dollar Tree and found these adorable, red, Betty Crocker measuring cups. Everything else I already had at home.

I put the cups in the bag, added some shred for a bit of pizazz, and tied the bow on. Then I printed some little cards that read, "No one could ever "measure up" to you...thank you for all of your help." I used glue dots to attach the card to the bag and the button to the card. If you don't have glue dots, you can easily use any other kind of glue or hot glue...I just think the dots are easier and less messy.

Here is another picture for you:

Like I said, these are super easy, fun, cute, and most importantly...very budget friendly. Since I already had the rest of the materials at home these only cost me $1 a piece!!!! These would also be great as a favor at a bridal shower, gifts for friends, neighbors, co-workers, anyone.


So, a few months ago one of the blogs that I follow (stalk) introduced me to this fabulous machine that can create all kinds of goodies...vinyl decals, iron-on-transfers, die cuts, temporary tatoos, etc. It is called the Silhouette Craft Cutter...and you can check it out here:
I have entered many different giveaways for a chance to win one...and this week I am enetering even more! It seems that almost ALL of the craft blogs I follow have one to give away. So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will win one! Here are the links:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Go Dogs!

Yesterday we took Landry to his very first Bulldog tailgate and football game. As always, he was such a trooper and did an amazing job during the 5 hours of tailgating...yes, you read that right...yes, we LOVE a good tailgate! What better way to spend a Saturday than with your friends, bbqing great food on a beautiful November afternoon? Could someone get me some tri-tip? Good thing I get service here...I have some texting to do! Here is our first family shot at the 'Dogs game...thank you to the random man walking up the stairs who offered to take it for us! I have to point out two things that I love about this picture...besides the fact that it is of my amazing family...1. Chad is sporting the "Baby Shoulder" - a.k.a. baby spit on the shoulder...2. Clearly Landry is much more interested in my phone than the game or the picture. Do we have a future techie? Just another example of how I really do have a "Mini Chad!" Landry was such a trooper and made it the whole game...freezing weather and all. Football season is one of my favorite times of the year and I cannot wait to continue on the tradition as Landry gets older.

Special thanks to our great friends who were able to hook us up with some great seats and tailgate passes...love you all!

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's Only the Beginning...

So, we must confess...we are definitely going to be "those parents." You know, the ones who drive all over the place trying to find that one thing that their child really wants for Christmas. The ones that will hunt like mad online to find the best deal on it. The ones that will wake up before any human should be up, so that they can race to the nearest retailer and stand in line with all of the other crazies. Yup, that's us...well, I guess I really mean...me!

I do have to say, though...this time...it was BOTH of us. No, we didn't drive all over or wake up and stand in any crazy line. But, we did search online and then I did go to two different Targets. Here is what all of the fuss was about:

Cute...right...duh! I had registered for this little froggy, bouncer, activity center because I loved the fact that it was compact...and let's face it...it wasn't like all the other exersaucer-type-thingies out there. So, obviously I would be attracted to it. :o) Chad and I decided to go ahead and get it since our little man seemed to be getting a little bored with being on the floor. So, I ran out...picked it up...and Chad immediately put it together. We were sooooooooo excited about it. Landry, however...well, he was less than enthusiastic. But he has learned to love it!Yes, we did have to put some phonebooks underneath it so that he can reach the bottom to hopefully jump up and down. He hasn't discovered that yet...oh well!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

How Can It Be?

I am trully at a loss of words. How can it be possible that my little one is 6 months old? It is crazy to think that this time last year we were trying to guess whether he was going to be a Landry or a Lexie. Now, we find ourselves completely consumed in everything he does...every giggle, coo, roll, wiggle, drool, poop, everything!

Little man, you have been such a life changing event! You have no idea how much joy and happiness you have brought our family and how much your mommy and daddy love you! Now, slow down and stop getting so big so fast! :o)

Smile!This is my serious faceLovin' on my lionOne of these months I will eat you!You lookin' at me?