Monthly Archives: July 2008

Singing Sons

The boys have recently taken an interest in music.  Sam was the first to start “requesting” songs.  He would try to imitate the hand gestures for Itsy Bitsy Spider and sing a couple notes to let me know he wanted me to sing it.  He also figured out he could do a few notes from the alphabet song, making noises that sounded a bit like “A, B, C” to get me to sing that one as well.  Now Josh has joined in by requesting Baa Baa Black Sheep.  He sings “baa, baa, baa, baa” to the tune of the first few notes of the song.  Seems I have some musical kids on my hands.  Sam also loves to dance.  He and Emily will have dance parties in her bedroom.  Emily will turn on her Pinkie Pie (robot My Little Pony that moves and sings obnoxious songs) and the two of them will dance all over the room.  Sam’s dancing mainly consists of spinning around but he also has a couple other moves.  One involves walking with one foot flat and the other on tip-toe.  Another is sort of a slow bounce where he’ll crouch down and stand up repeatedly while walking around the room.  So cute and so fun to watch.  Sam’s singing of Itsy Bitsy Spider has gotten to the point of sounding like “Ih, Bih, Ida”, which I think is pretty impressive at this point.  Emily loves to sing as well, and has on several occasions “cheered up” her brothers by singing songs at the dinner table when they get cranky.  I’ve always loved music, so to have three kids show interest as well is so exciting to me.  We’ll see when they’re older if there’s any interest in playing instruments.  Maybe by then, mom will have had time to start playing viola again… maybe.

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My first real craft show

I am super excited.  Next month I am signed up to have a booth at a Fall Craft Shopping Fest to benefit the Fox Valley Brain Tumor Coalition.  So, not only is it my first show, but it’s also for a great cause.  I’ll be donating a basket of goods from The Angel Company for silent auction as well as some of the proceeds from my sales.  I really hope there is a good turnout and that I get some business.  I’ve been looking for a way to launch my TAC business since I moved, but haven’t really had the time to put anything together.  Now, I have a date, as well as a deadline to get everything ready! 

Saturday night after everyone went to bed, I decided to head down to my craft room to get things started.  I completely tore apart my old display board, as most of the stamps used on the sample cards are retired.  I decided to completely redesign my board, not just filling it with card samples, but with info about our products and what sets us apart from some of the competition.  There will be other stamping and scrapbooking companies at this event, so I need a way to stand out.  So, I printed up some info sheets and mounted them on my board along with printouts of the specials for August (that I know of so far).  I then added a couple scrapbook pages, one which was already finished and one I made that night.  Then I flipped through my catalogue, found a couple card designs I liked and used them as inspiration to make a few samples.  The creative juices were flowing.  Before I knew it, it was 1am and I needed to get some sleep!  Problem was, my brain was so wired I ended up laying in bed awake until 3am.  It’s been such a long time since I’ve done anything like this, I think my brain got over-excited about being used and didn’t want to shut down for the night!

Yesterday I headed back down to the craft room for a bit in the afternoon.  I added a couple more little touches to my display board and started working on making some cards.  I figured I’ll put a few things in a basket to sell.  That’s one of the nice things about TAC.  All the stamps are “angels” which means you can sell anything you make with them without having to get permission from the company or put a copyright stamp on your crafts.  So, I made a few greeting cards and Christmas cards.  Got lots more to make, but it felt good to do some more designing.  I also looked through my stamp sets and picked out a few retired sets to sell that I really haven’t used.  Once upon a time I thought they were cute, but in several years of owning them, I haven’t found use for them.  Maybe someone else will. 

I have about a month to finish getting ready.  Hopefully in that time, I can get a bunch of cards and maybe some crafts made, and also figure out a kick-ass display for my booth.  I really hope this goes well.  Not sure I could handle the disappointment after all the energy I’m putting into this…

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It’s been a busy summer…

Wow, it’s been a while since my last post.  Like most of my projects, I got off to a good start and then stalled for a while.  Things have been pretty busy around here though, so I guess that is my excuse.  Here’s a brief recap of what we’ve been up to…

June 21-29 was our vacation.  Brian took off that week and we had a whole list of things we wanted to do.  We kicked off our vacation with a weekend in Wabeno visiting Brian’s parents.  Overall it was an okay weekend.  We had a nice visit and enjoyed Saturday’s cookout and campfire, but there were a few hiccups along the way.  I never sleep well the first night, but luckily I made up for it by sharing the boys’ nap on Saturday.  Saturday night Brian got a call from work that there were major network problems that had to be resolved by Monday, so that meant he had to work when we got home on Sunday.  And, all three kids got sick as the day progressed on Sunday.  When we got home Sunday night it was apparent that Monday would be a total loss, and it was.  The boys had fevers, Emily was coughing, and we pretty much spent the day trying to keep everyone comfortable.  Monday was also our anniversary, but no celebrating for us.  Tuesday the kids were doing a little better, so we ran some errands and got some shopping done.  Wednesday, we were finally able to start tackling that list we’d made.  We spent the afternoon digging up the grass where we put the kids’ new playhouse, so we could put rubber mulch chips down to make a nice play area.  After that, we headed down to Appleton to meet up with Brian’s brother and his family at the mall.  We had dinner, did some shopping, and then brought our niece Allie home with us.  (Brian surprised me with ruby earrings and necklace that he picked up at the mall for our anniversary!).  Thursday we took the 4 kids to Bay Beach Amusement Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.  Bringing Allie along was a great idea.  The girls had a lot of fun going on all the kiddie rides together.  Brian and I were able to take all the kids on the helicopter ride and the train.  The kids also had a great time in the wading pool, which was the boys’ first intro to swimming.  When we got done at the amusement park, we headed over to the sanctuary to see a few of the animals there.  We didn’t stay long since everyone was pretty tired, but we did get to see a lot of cool animals, including a pregnant cougar lounging in a hammock.  Then it was back to Appleton to drop off Allie.  Friday was just a relaxing day at home.  We originally planned to go to the Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, but Thursday wore us out.  Saturday we headed downtown to the farmers market and then walked down Broadway to check out a couple shops.  Then out to Titletown Brewing Company for lunch.  Over the course of the weekend, Brian made a couple birdhouses, which Emily and I then painted.  It was a nice week, even though we didn’t get to everything that was on our list. 

Last week was a busy one as well.  Tuesday, we had our first official playdate.  I took the kids up to Memorial Park in Pulaski to meet up with a gal I’d met at GBAMOM and her three kids.  It was a gorgeous day.  The kids all played nicely at the park and then we had a picnic lunch.  It was nice to hang out with another mom of twins and it turns out we have a lot in common, so I’m hoping we’ll do it again soon!  Friday we met up with another family at Fire over the Fox.  Chad works with Brian and he and his wife have four kids (ages 4, 3, 22mo., and 9mo.!!).  We walked around a bit, managed to have dinner at a restaurant with 7 kids, and walked a bit more.  We came to realize that the kids were not going to last another 2 hours waiting to see the fireworks, so we all headed back to our house to hang out.  Emily had lots of fun playing with her new friends and we parents got to chat a bit and relax.  Saturday we had Brian’s brother and his family up to our house for the day.  We all went strawberry picking after lunch.  I picked 10lbs. of berries, which on Monday I made into 4 jars of jam, strawberry bread, strawberry peach cobbler, and a few in the freezer to make ice cream later!  We grilled shish-ka-bobs for dinner and just hung out.  Sunday we went down to New Berlin to visit my family.  My parents watched the kids while Brian and I went out for a nice lunch.  When we returned, my brother and sister had arrived, so we all sat out in the backyard.  Mom had a huge pile of waterguns and a bucket of water, so many watergun fights ensued.  It was a lot of fun.  More grilled goodies for dinner.  It was a very busy, very fun (and yummy!) weekend.

So, that’s what’s been keeping me away from the blog.  I’ll try to write more often…  I hope.  🙂

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