100th Day Of School

Hannah had her 100th day of school yesterday. (What!?)

She had to make a shirt with 100 of something on it.

Being the crazy Pinterest person that I am, we got online and started looking for ideas. We came across a gum ball machine with 100 gum balls--cute. We came across a hot air balloon with the balloon part made up of gems and jewels--right up Hannah's alley. But then I came across this image:
I loved it! Hannah liked it. She was pretty 'eh' about the whole thing. She didn't know what she wanted to do.

So, I told her we would go to the craft store and see what strikes her fancy.

We looked at gems and she wanted them all. 

We looked at pom poms and she was instantly drawn to the pink and purple ones with little sparkle pieces in them.

And then we got to the feathers. She initially grabbed the beautiful peacock feathers and got a big smile on her face. Yeah, those peacock feathers are crazy expensive and I needed 100 of them. I told her that we couldn't get those. <sad face> But I showed her some others and she loved them.

So if you didn't catch on...she liked all of the ideas. 

I asked her which one she wanted to do and she grabbed the feathers from my hand.

A little part of me squeeeeeeed. :oP 

Now, I might be lying if I said I didn't talk up the idea of the peacock a little bit more than the other ideas, but she ended up making the decision on the one she wanted to make.

Here is our end result.
She cut out the peacock body and glued on the eyes and the beak but when I came to glueing on the feathers she only lasted for about 10 and then asked if she could go play. :oP

If I had to do it over again I would have cut down the feather 'stems' a little bit. They made the shirt a bit stiff. But I was really pleased with how it turned out and Hannah was excited to wear it to school.

She was the only one who did a peacock! :o)

Instagram Happenings

When the kiddos were still on their winter break we took them up to the legoland store to pick out a new Lego. Mom and dad had to stop by The Tile Shop and IKEA so we told the kids we could go to legoland since we were going to be up their.

Hailey had fun looking are herself in the phone. I had to snap a series of photos because she was just too cute.

Hannah went back to school so it was back to Colson having a bit of time to himself in the morning before Hailey wakes up.

So many memories with this hat. I made it for Hannah when she was just about Hailey's age. Little Miss is obsessed with hats lately.

With the colder weather the dogs have been snuggle bugs.

Hailey was my little helper and the fabric stop the other day. 

A house post is up next. A little overdue but I will be all about framing!

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

Holy moly it's 2016!

We rang in the New Year with a picnic dinner on the living room floor, with a fire burning in the fireplace. We built legos in between bath sessions and watched Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve on television.

It was very low key but it was perfect!!

2015 was very good to us!

Colson turned 4, Hailey turned 2, and Hannah turned 7.

We had a blast on vacation. Hannah caught more fish than I did. We kayaked almost every day. We just relaxed and enjoyed being up in the Northwoods!

Hannah started 1st grade and is excelling at everything. She's at the very top of her class! *excuse the proud mommy bragging moment* :o)

Colson started preschool and while he was scared at first, he now loves going. He loves his teachers and has made many new friends.

Soccer got off to a rough start for Colson but he finally came around and is now excited to play next season. Hannah is also improving at her soccer skills and is excited to play.

Hailey is enjoying the one-on-one mommy time that she gets while the older kids are at school. We have had many Target and craft store trips together…and we end them with french fries or "doh-nos" for her and a McDonald's coke for mommy. :o) She's my little shopping buddy!

And the most exciting thing is we started building a new house. It's been crazy doing it with three children since the last time we built a house we only had Hannah as a baby, but it has been fun watching them watch the process. Stressful at times, but very exciting. We can't wait to move in and call it home!

So, 2016 is looking to be a big deal. New house, new adventures…and slowing down and enjoying every moment.

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