Friday, July 18, 2014

{Friday's Feature} Thank you card

My friend, Meagan, has a little cookie business and was gracious enough to make and deliver these tasty treats to enjoy with our family over the 4th of July weekend.  Let's be honest, they were so good they only lasted hours, not days in our house!

I wanted to send a quick little thank you note to Meagan to express my appreciation for her kindness.  My card layout inspiration came from the blog Mojo Monday which provides a layout challenge each week.

This week's layout sketch #354:

Using the sketch provided, I created the following 4th of July themed thank you card:

I love the final results of this card! The simple shapes were quick to assemble and the baker's twine gives the card added dimension.  I added the word "thanks" using white letter stickers and cut the red and blue stars from scrap cardstock. Quick and cute are always a win for me!

Thanks again to Meagan for using your time and talent to bless us with delicious cookies!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

{a window into my Wednesday}

Hey there blog reading friends!

So, in effort to document projects, seasons, photographs, and the day-to-day struggles, tasks and joys, I have created a new blog series entitled:  a window into my Wednesday just to keep it real and share life's journey with you!

A quick peak into what my day entailed:

My little love was screaming for me at 6am (second time this week).  This is very rare so I can't complain.  I will however chuckle at his interaction with me upon removing him from his crib and bringing him into my bed.  He insisted, "momma no more shut eye, open your eyes and turn on the light! Sleep time all done!"  Thanks for the direction, son.
My heart melted tonight when I asked him why does he wake up and start calling for me?  He responded, "me like you".  {insert momma swoon here}

Due to my darling little love waking earlier than normal, I was not showered.  Yes, I am one of those moms who try to shower and be completely ready for my day before my child is awake and needing me.  I rush through the shower while little love is being entertained with screen time and within minutes from getting out of shower my phone rings to tell me that the service man is "a few minutes away" to come fulfill our maintenance check on our AC unit.
awesome.  Yes I greeted him with crazy hair, no makeup and holding my child who was wearing a sleep shirt and no pants.  once again, we are awesome like that!

The true winning moment of today (all sarcasm aside) is the opportunity to document that EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF CLOTHING EXCEPT THE CLOTHES ON OUR BACK IS CLEANED, FOLDED AND PUT AWAY!  Since I can't remember this ever happening before, we celebrate!!

Hope your Wednesday included a sweet moment with your child, a task completed deserving celebration, and something exciting to anticipate in the days to come!

Until next time...
Enjoy the moment. Cherish the memories. Give thanks. {Written by Faye 2014}

Monday, July 7, 2014

{Monday Motivation}

Yes, I CAN do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!  

Recent conversations with our little love have often included him stating "I am able to ___" or "I am not able to ____".  We are doing our best to instill truth in him and lean on scripture in all areas of our life.  Philippians 4:13 in the Bible has been the statement of truth we have referenced in teaching C that he most definitely is ABLE to do ALL THINGS through Christ.
Interesting enough that sometimes the lessons we are teaching our children are also lessons we might need to revisit ourselves!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

{write it down Wednesday}

Documenting the journey of life is one of my passions and greatest desires.  While I have changed the media that I have used from scrapbooks, journals, calendars, photos, blog posts and more, the memories documented have become prized possessions.  My past has influenced the present and is paving the way for my future; I want to know the paths traveled, therefore I write and photograph.

Today's blog post is part of write it down Wednesday where I share current loves and experiences in efforts to document our every day living.

Interview with Colton
June 5, 2013
All responses documented are word for word directly from my mouth and the mouth of my little love. 

What is your favorite color?

Why do you love the color orange?
me love orange all day long

What is your favorite food?
apples and oranges

Where is your favorite place to go?
airport to see airplanes

Who is your favorite person to play with?

What is your favorite book to read?
Veggie Tales & Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Your favorite book to read is a Veggie Tales book? Junior's Colors?
no, that one looking for monkeys 

What is your favorite movie to watch?
Veggie Tales movie and Frozen

What is your favorite thing to play with outside?
my tractor

What is your favorite thing to do with daddy?
play football

Playing football is your favorite thing to do with daddy?
no, ride our tractors
me want to play football with me dad

What is your favorite thing to do with mommy?
eat chocolate

Really?! Your favorite thing to do with mommy is to eat chocolate?
not for real long time but me like chocolate and you like chocolate

Yes, that is true. We both like chocolate but we haven't eaten any together for quite some time.  What is something different you like to do with mommy?
me like read books

What is your favorite music to listen to?

What makes you feel happy?
when daddy comes home

And that my friends, was the end of our interview.  Can I just say this boy makes me laugh! I must give you a little momma insight on the interview questions and answers.  One thing is definitely true, C loves the color orange.   Honestly he has consistently loved the color orange for at least two years.  I think his adoration for the color orange began due to his love of sports balls and a basketball being orange.  His love for orange consumes all areas of his life.  When given a choice, he will always choose orange.  An orange plate, orange cup, orange shirt, orange Popsicle, orange chair, orange crayon, orange jelly, orange candy, any and all things orange.  
As for his favorite food, while he does eat apples and oranges I would say that is favorite food is Greek yogurt.  I limit him to one 5oz container of yogurt a day because he would honestly eat one at every meal. I must document that from the time C was around six months to maybe two and a half years old, he would eat a banana for breakfast.  Today it is hit or miss regarding the consumption of a banana every day. 
I was surprised C said his favorite book is the Veggie Tales book.  We just have two books and they are not read that frequently.  My immediate answer would be books about the dog, Biscuit.  I just pulled a few Biscuit books from my teaching materials early in the week and I can't tell you how many times I have read them in the past few days.
If I was the one to answer the questions, I would say that C's favorite movie was Disney Planes and Disney Frozen.  There was a time that Veggie Tales were C's favorite and he would repetitively ask to watch The Little Drummer Boy, St. Nicholas or any other Veggie Tales movie he could get me to agree on viewing.
Honestly I can't tell you the last time that I ate chocolate with C.  That sure made me laugh and that is why I followed up with another question regarding the topic of chocolate.  What a smartie pants!
Our little love is so sweet and just adores his daddy.  I definitely agree when daddy comes home, C is thrilled and runs/jumps and dances and always yells, "Welcome home, daddy!" Any time that dad is around, you will be sure to find his mini-me not far behind!
I am just head over heals in love with our little boy!  We share some very special moments and I love watching him develop in his character.  While he is reserved, he is very detail oriented in his observations of places and people.  He is become more adventurous and definitely knows how to make his momma nervous while he tests the limits of safety.  We have definitely had our challenges but are thankful for another new day to love, guide, encourage, play and direct our boy!

Until next time...
Enjoy the moment. Cherish the memories. Give thanks. {Written by Faye 2014}

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

{Tuesday's 10} thoughts

{Tuesday's 10} post series will include listings of 10. Possibly a top ten list, ten photos, ten ideas, ten thoughts on a topic, etc. I am excited to use this post to share my life and interests and I hope you enjoy reading my collections of 10! 

{Tuesday's 10}
a list of ten random thoughts from today

I am thankful my sister gave me the soundtrack to Disney's Frozen movie.  Listening to it has become a reward for my little love when he demonstrates positive behavior choices.

I miss the community I found at NorthRidge MOPS.

We are preparing to plant our first garden. Husband has invested his time and energy into building three raised garden beds. The soil was delivered this past week and last night we purchased items to create a fence to keep wildlife away.  We have definitely poured a lot of money into this new hobby and I hope that our efforts will be rewarded with a fruitful garden!

This month will mark one year of living in our current house.

I think one of our frequent UPS drivers is afraid of our dog or he is lazy.  Somehow our packages are always placed in front of our garage instead of our front door when he makes deliveries to our house.

Today I found a error on a company's website and I called said company to inform them.  Yes, I am that person. 

I need to seriously get reading!  In the last two months I have ordered six books and I have yet to crack the binding on any of them.  Can we say summer bucket list?

Speaking of summer bucket lists, I want to host a party.  Little love and I were browsing the new Oriental Tradings catalog yesterday and we started making party plans. Want to come?!

I am getting old!  If you know me well, you know of Jordan.  Can you believe that Jordan and her sister Kaley graduated 8th grade yesterday?!  That's crazy talk.  What a blessing it was to be their kindergarten teacher!

The last few days little love and I have enjoyed our lunch picnic style on a blanket in the backyard.  It has been wonderful.  Good food, great conversation and quality time.

Well, that's a wrap.  Hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into my life while reading ten random thoughts of today!

Until next time...

Enjoy the moment. Cherish the memories. Give thanks. {Written by Faye 2014}

Monday, May 19, 2014

{Monday Motivation}

In anticipation of logging some miles while on vacation this month, I decided it was time to upgrade my running walking shoes! Honestly, replacing my old shoes was long over due and I'm embarrassed for how long I wore them knowing their support had deteriorated.  My apology was accepted when I placed the shoes documented above on my feet.  In case you are a shoe guru, these fancy shoes are Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14's.  Just lovely I must add! They kept me walking on the clouds for 5 long days on my feet at Disney World last week. There was a time in my life I would have tried to conquer walking those distances in flip flops or other cute yet unstable footwear.  I must give a shout out to my handsome husband who insisted I get new shoes and encouraged me to wear them every day knowing I needed the support.  While I might have grumbled thinking they were not always the best coordinating footwear, husband, you were right, I have happy feet because I wore these shoes every day!! 
Today's motivation is to keep moving!  I need this visual to inspire me to lace up my shoes and get my body in motion.  We all know it was a long and cold winter and let's just say this lady acquired too many habits of animals that hibernate.  It appears that I added a few extra winter pounds for additional warmth this winter.  I can't even say that it helped me stay warm but I can confirm there was too much food going into my mouth and not enough movement to burn it off, that's for sure! Thankfully the weather has taken a turn for the better and I plan on making the most of it by getting out and getting active! 
What is your favorite way to stay active outdoors?

Until next time...
Enjoy the moment. Cherish the memories. Give thanks. {Written by Faye 2014}

{Tuesday's 10} Binder Zoo

{Tuesday's 10} post series will include listings of 10. Possibly a top ten list, ten photos, ten ideas, ten thoughts on a topic, etc. I am excited to use this post to share my life and interests and I hope you enjoy reading my collections of 10! 

Ah, vacation! The loveliness of having daddy home 24/7 and having him part of all that we do.  It is such a joyful time for our little love who adores his daddy and wants to be by his side for every activity, daily task and new discovery.  In anticipation of daddy returning to work yesterday and the transition to being just momma and little love together again during the day, I planned a special trip to Binder Park Zoo yesterday.  It was such a gorgeous day, 75 degrees and sunshine! I couldn't have asked for a better zoo adventure with my little love.  We had a great time and I am excited to return in the near future using our new membership!

{Tuesday's 10}
Ten animals we viewed at the Binder Zoo

 The Binder Park Zoo has a pretty extensive collection of birds to view. We were able to see the bald eagles, macaws, and peacocks during our visit yesterday.  The peacocks have free roam of the zoo and always entertain with their calls.  Yesterday was the first time I have ever viewed a white peacocks.  It was very pretty! 
Unfortunately the walk-through aviary experience was closed yesterday due to the weather conditions.
Little love was pretty disappointed we would not be viewing the birds in the aviary.  He has a fondness of birds and really enjoys using his binoculars to watch them on our bird feeder at home. Last week at Animal Kingdom, we attended the Flights of Wonder show that featured a macaw and Little Love showed much enthusiasm today when he saw one at the zoo and said "remember at Disney World?"  We are definitely looking forward to our next visit and the opportunity to see the birds in all their glory!  

 Little love and I enjoyed our time in the Conservation Discovery Center building.  We had only ever been at the Binder Park Zoo once before and had never explored the Conservation Discovery Center.  While the zoo does not have elephants on exhibit, they do  have this replica. C loved being able to touch the elephant and upon viewing the photo above he responded, "woah, that elephant very big!"  The Discovery Center also had some hands-on learning including the sounds of frogs found in Michigan as well as neighborhood bird calls which was a highlight for little love.  He also thought the Panamanian golden frogs were pretty cool.

Oh, my boy who is beginning to grow fearless! You know, the one that is trying to climb over fences to get closer because he wants to pet the bull.  And the one that spots a snake on the walking path.  He wanted me to pick it up so he could touch it. We will save that for your granddad who previously held a Gardner snake at our house so C could touch it.


Let's just say the black bears at Binder Zoo were by far the most active exhibit I have ever witnessed of bears.  We had so much fun watching them interact and play.  After filming the video above, the bears began to chase each other up and down the wooden fort and then one went over to the water basin and took a bath.  Quite entertaining!  

Here is some information about the black bears shared on the zoo's Facebook page by Betsy Shotwell a zookeeper at Binder Park Zoo:

Three black bears—two males and one female—call Binder Park Zoo home! Achak, Koko, and Taima are all siblings and the keepers distinguish each of them by the white markings on their chests. In early 2012 they arrived at the Zoo, after they were orphaned in the wild and were too young to care for themselves. They are estimated to be around two years old. In the wild black bears can live up to 31 years, but in captivity they can live into their 40’s. They are fed three times a day and are given the option of a specially formulated kibble, fruit, vegetable, vitamin enriched ground meat, and sometimes smelt. The keepers usually scatter their diet so the bears have to search for their food, as they would in the wild. This promotes natural behaviors to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Special treats they get on occasion are nuts in the shell, bugs, and honey! They can be found in their new exhibit at the Zoo wrestling each other or chasing one another up and down the trees. Once they are all tired they will go soak in their water tub or lounge around in the shade together.
And last but not least, little love's favorite exhibit at the zoo, the Twiga Overlook where you can feed the giraffes! Surprisingly when we arrived at the Overlook there were no giraffes at the fence.  The lady selling the romaine lettuce said that a school group had just departed and they were quite noisy and the giraffes fled the area.  I told C if he was really patient that we could wait for one to come over.  We indeed had to wait about ten minutes but CeCe made her way over to eat some romaine lettuce.  We let everyone else waiting take their turn and then C got to be up close with CeCe and no one else was in his way or trying to feed her.  He was delighted!
I also found the following information on the Binder Park Zoo Facebook page written by Betsy Shotwell a zookeeper at Binder Park Zoo:

This week's Animal of the Week is the reticulated giraffe. Did you know there are nine different subspecies of giraffe found in Africa? Binder Park Zoo currently houses a herd of seven reticulated giraffe. All of which stay at the Zoo year round. When it is too cold outside (below 60) the herd stays nice and cozy inside a large heated barn. The herd is comprised of giraffe ranging in age from one year to nineteen years old! In the wild, giraffe can live up to 25 years and even longer in captivity. Giraffe are the tallest land mammal, reaching heights of up to 19 feet! Even though giraffe have such long necks, they have the same number of cervical vertebrae as humans! However, their vertebrae are each about 10 inches in length. Their blackish blue colored tongues are 18 to 20 inches long and the color helps to prevent sunburn while foraging for leaves all day. Also, their tongues are covered in thick saliva and papillae because their favorite browse, Acacia trees, are covered in long thorns. At the Zoo they are fed a specially formulated grain diet, hay, and all the romaine lettuce they can eat at Twiga Overlook. The unique coat pattern found on all giraffe helps to camouflage and allow for heat dispersion. All giraffe have two horns that are called ossicones. They are different from other horns because they are made up of ossified cartilage that is covered in a layer of skin. Currently, it is estimated that less than 5,000 reticulated giraffe remain in the wild today, but are still listed as a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Join us on June 21, 2014 to help celebrate the first ever World Giraffe Day and learn more about how you can help the conservation of this amazing animal!