Monthly Archives: May 2012


These photos are not as crisp as I would like, but they were too priceless not to share.

Conrad really wants to be a DJ/dancer when he grows up, and Ami wants to do whatever Conrad is doing.

Ami is wearing the plastic gold medal he got from the dentist.  He LOVES that thing!

And Conrad just learned how to do the Star Trek hand thing.  Every time he does it he says “PEACE”.

Oh my boys!


You should see their dance moves!  Ami does an amazing robot and Conrad has some serious foot action.  I would enroll them both in dance classes, if there were any even remotely close to us, but alas I have yet to find any.


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Saturday was what would have been Benny’s 11th Birthday.

We kept it low-key.  Derek baked strawberry cupcakes and I decorated them with hearts, B’s, and piggies.  My cake decorating skills could use some help, but I think Benny would have liked them just the same.

Please forgive the bad photos.

We visited my mom.  She has a pond in her retirement community and there are tons of baby ducks right now.  The boys caught some and we all got a chance to hold one.  I had to use serious self-control not to put one or twelve in my purse.

Jeremia was there too, but he wasn’t up for having his picture taken.

Nothing makes me happy like holding baby animals.

Derek found a nest that had blown out of a tree.  I now have 3.

Then we spent some time with my sister and her family.  The boys LOVE their house and not just because they have a pool.

Uncle Craig launched Conrad into the air. C-rad kept saying “again, again”.


We’re lucky enough to have Piper for a visit again.  I love the look on her face.

Not a day goes by that the boys don’t make me laugh one way or another.

It would have been easy to lay around and feel sorry for myself, because Benny should be here.  He’s not and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it.  Instead of wallowing, we had adventures, did family stuff and had fun.  I think it’s how Benny would want it.

Never forget-Boy that Benny sure is cute!

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Amazing Homemade R2D2 Costume

Jeremia loves, loves, loves Star Wars, so when he found this homemade costume at Goodwill, he was thrilled.

The price was too steep for me, so I snapped a few shots with my phone, and we will make our own.

Whoever created this is a genius!

Now we just need to be on the lookout for a cheap, white, plastic trash can and a large metal mixing bowl.

Ami and Conrad have declared that they want to be R2D2 now also.  We’ll see what Jeremia has to say about that, since I doubt he wants to be all matchy-matchy with his brothers for Halloween.


Filed under Amazeballs, Everything else, Feeling Fartsy, Goodwill, Thrifting

How To Make a Kinetic Mobile

Today was the last day of school for the boys.

Over the past week, I helped them make mobiles, as thank you gifts for their teachers.

I love the expression on Conrad’s face.

Before I could help them make mobiles, I had to learn how to make one myself.

A google search turned up this video from OliARt over at Oli and her brothers do some really cool stuff.  You should definitely check these kids out.  They are having amazing adventures.

Thanks to adorable Oli I could now show the boys how to make a mobile.

Here’s what we did.

First we soaked wooden dowels over night and slid them in chair slats to make them curve.

After they were dry, the boys got to have their first lesson with a dremel, and they drilled holes.

They got 5 dowels each and drilled a hole 1/4″  away from the edge on 4 dowels and another hole about 4″ in on all 5 of the dowels.

I know they look ticked off, but they’re really very focussed.  I assure you they’re having fun.  I mean who doesn’t love power tools?!

We used an extra Scrabble game lid to protect the table from the dremel.  It was perfect because the drill would go through it, but wasn’t long enough to come in contact with the table.

After the holes were all drilled, I painted the dowels with white spray paint.

Because we were in a bit of a time crunch (can you say procrastination?), I assembled the mobiles.  The boys want to make mobiles for their rooms now.  When they make those, they’ll do the assembling.

Here’s what I used to assemble them.

I snipped of 2″ bits of wire and created 9 total loops, per mobile, like this:

For each mobile I made 4 loops without a swivel and 5 loops with a swivel, making sure to have the latch end dangle down.

Then I poked them through the drilled holes, careful that they were facing the right direction-meaning I wanted the loops without swivels to be pointing up, on the top of the curve, toward the middle of the dowel, and the loops with swivels to be facing down, on the underside of the cure, at the end of the dowel.

I wrapped the wire around the dowel like so.

They should look like this except this one I forgot to add the swivel on the left loop and had to take it apart  to add it.

The top dowel needs something to hang it from so I used a key ring attached to a swivel.

Then I lined them up and connected them.

I hope my instructions aren’t too confusing.  If you have question, email me and I will do my best to help.

After I had them all assembled I brought them in the house and hung them from  some open shelves we have.  I used temporary 3M hooks, which were a brilliant invention by the way.

We did this part inside because the clay needs to dry slowly (so it won’t crack) and with the 100+ temperature outside they would have dried too quickly.

Starting from the bottom, working their way up, they each put clay on the ends until they balanced.  This was a fun physics lesson for them.  They had to add and subtract clay depending on how the dowel balanced.

After they had them balanced, they took one piece of clay off at a time, rolled them into nice ball shapes and put them back on.

Then, with two largish leaves, they pressed the balls flat, creating leaf impressions.

We let them hang overnight to dry.

After they dried, I checked each piece of clay to make sure they were still secure to the dowels.  For the ones that weren’t, I glued them in place.

Then it was time to paint.

I mixed up a rainbows worth of colors and taped the dowels around the clay, with painters tape.

I pulled them out of the pool to paint, hence the lack of shirts and willy-nilly hair.

Each color of paint had it’s own paintbrush, so the colors wouldn’t get mixed.

It was so hot outside, the paint dried almost instantly.

I think they turned out great. They were definitely a big hit with their teachers.


Filed under Feeling Fartsy, Let's make things pretty., Rodents aka kids, With Gratitude


Der set up the pool last weekend to the cheers of us all.

He couldn’t get the hose to stay in the pool, so the tree gave him a hand.

I do so love functional art.


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New and Improved Bugtopi-O

Remember the old Bugtopi-O?

This one is cooler.

It has a jungle and cars and rock houses.  The only problem is the bugs keep escaping.

My favorite thing about it wasn’t the island itself, but sitting around and talking about it, and watching Jeremia and Der joke around about it.

I am so grateful the boys have a father they can be proud of-one that spends quality time with them, provides for them and loves them unconditionally!  They have no idea how lucky they are.  They think all kids have doting dads.  Cheers to all of the amazing fathers out there!

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Fun Find

A whopping 3 bucks is what this cost me.

Not only is it cool looking, it’s fun to play with.  Now I just need to find a fun, brightly colored, vintage typewriter for cheap.  My eyes are pealed

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