Monday, September 15, 2014

Baseball and Waterparks...

We wore the kids out this weekend. We had two events on our pogo pass expiring this weekend so we took advantage.

Friday night was a diamondbacks game. I counted myself out around 4 o'clock when Cannon hadn't slept all day. Steve would take the kids and have a great time. After dinner as I ushered them out the door, Steve said he would hold Cannon the entire night at the game and suddenly I was in again. I spent two minutes gathering stuff and got in the car. One minute later I was getting out of the car with Cannon and Hunter who had a stomachache and wasn't sure if he was going to throw up.

We played it safe and I stayed home with the two.

Steve knows the drill - if he goes some place without me he must send pictures periodically throughout the night. He had met up with friends at the game including Bennett's BFF Anna.
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Steve was reminded just how much he loves baseball games - and also that taking kids to games is a lot of work!

The next day we went to the local waterpark for it's last day of the season. We left the youngest two with a babysitter so we could enjoy the park in all its height restriction glory. I told Hallie I was excited to go and she said, "But you don't even like doing things like this."

I was shocked. Seriously?! "What do you mean I don't like things like this?!"

"Well you never usually do it."

"That's because I'm usually with the younger kids while dad goes with you!"

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We. Had. Fun. We were there when the park opened and there were no lines. We went on ride after ride after ride. And we would've done that all day long, but it is tiring carrying those four person tubes up several flights of stairs!
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I think I proved to Hallie I know how to have fun when I don't have a baby attached to me. Moms just don't get any credit!

There was only one ride I didn't go on - Hunter wasn't tall enough and I could do without water rushing up my noise for several seconds. Steve and Hallie went a couple times.

Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY Napkin Pillows...

Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Quite possibly one of the easiest projects I've given myself: Napkin pillows. I've been making these for years - long before my love for intense power tools! Sometimes it's just nice to know I can start and finish a project in 30 minutes!

I'm always on the lookout out for cute cheap napkins - Pottery Barn always pulls through for me. Their napkins are 20" squares and they always have some fun patterns.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
These really do come together so easily.

Since they're napkins, they're already cut to size and the edges area already finished - this makes you already half way finished! I use an invisible zipper as a way to close them - you could use buttons, ties...whatever you're comfortable with.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Invisible zippers used to be really intimidating to me, but a quick search on youtube can give you step-by-step instructions and put your mind at ease.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Once your zipper is sewn on, sew the remaining three sides.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Make sure you open the zipper just a bit so you have a way to turn it right side out. After the corners are sewn, trim them so you have less bulk when you're trying to make a clean corner right side out.
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Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
This makes a 19" pillowcase which works well for a 20" pillow form. Always make sure the pillow is slightly larger than the case so it fills better.

That's it. Done and done.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Remember...

Hallie came home from school telling me she needed to where red, white and blue tomorrow at school. I was fully aware of the significance of the patriotic colors tomorrow but it was lost on her. I told her it was a special day and it deserved wearing of patriotic colors, I then went on to explain why it is such a special day. She's old enough to know what happened and so I told her in detail what happened. After I was through she said in complete seriousness. "So we have a holiday to celebrate that someone was starting a war with us? That doesn't make sense." I clarified it wasn't a holiday by any means - but it is a day of remembrance.

We watched a couple basic videos on youtube from that day, so the kids would have a better understanding of the magnitude of the events. It brought back many feelings from my first week in college when I saw it plastered across the news - Steve has no memories of the event since he was out of the country serving as a missionary. It seems like a lifetime ago.

Hallie couldn't comprehend that it happened just a few years before she was born. "I thought it happened in the 1700's. We don't have wars now." Oh how innocent. It won't be long before she's hyper aware of everything around her; I like that she feels safe in her world right now.

Bennett's preschool has been focusing on our country all week long in remembrance. I've loved having him come home talking about the things he's learned, and things he's mixed up! He came home as the Statue of Liberty - cutest statue I know!
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I'm looking forward to the scouts putting a flag in my yard bright and early tomorrow morning and my kids rushing out to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Grateful for this country.

46 weeks...

Full of laughs and giggles - he loves the tickle monster - which ends up being just about anyone in the family.
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The stage he's in right now is tough. He's everywhere, climbing up on anything he can hold on to and he gets around quickly. I found myself putting the same books back on the shelf day after day - it only took me a few days to realize I was losing a battle and I removed the books all together.

Look at that smile - he's lovable!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wettest day in history...

I woke up at 2:30am from an alarm going off on my phone. “Flash flood warning”. And in my groggy state, I silenced the alarm and then heard the rain pelting the window. It was coming down hard and I quickly got out of bed to check our continually leaky skylights. They were leaking, but nothing we hadn’t dealt with before. I went back to bed. I received two more alerts on my phone about flash floods before 6:30 this morning. By the time I pulled myself out of bed to survey the damage of the storm it was after seven and it appeared our backyard had been irrigated. There was a lot of water and it was still coming down strong.
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Life with Fingerprints: 2014 Phoenix flood, Wettest day in history, retention basin fun
Life with Fingerprints: 2014 Phoenix flood, Wettest day in history, retention basin fun
I turned on the news to see the whole valley suffering from this intense storm. Portions of highways were closed, some schools closed, commercial buildings had roofs collapsing, cars were stranded in many parking lots with water to the windows – it was devastating.

Our area was hit hard but schools remained opened. I sent the kids to school and I just wanted to snuggle up on the couch and enjoy the Today show. But alas the local news hijacked the station and tied it up for hours reporting the same thing over and over again with nothing new to report. Disappointing.

When I took Bennett to school I saw the retention basin was filled to capacity - this is several feet deep and is a holding ground when there is excess water. We had a little excess!
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Later in the day I drove by the same basin and although it had receded some, there was still plenty of water and there were throngs of kids splashing around. Once Steve got home from work, we joined the fun. Ironically, we all have pools in our backyard, but this "pond" in the neighborhood was so much more fun. There was football, paddle boards, kayaks, wake skating behind an ATV and a paddle boat. It reminded me of the first day of summer in so many ways. A night the kids won't soon forget.
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Life with Fingerprints: 2014 Phoenix flood, Wettest day in history, retention basin fun
Life with Fingerprints: 2014 Phoenix flood, Wettest day in history, retention basin fun
Life with Fingerprints: 2014 Phoenix flood, Wettest day in history, retention basin fun
Life with Fingerprints: 2014 Phoenix flood, Wettest day in history, retention basin fun
Life with Fingerprints: 2014 Phoenix flood, Wettest day in history, retention basin fun
Life with Fingerprints: 2014 Phoenix flood, Wettest day in history, retention basin fun
Life with Fingerprints: 2014 Phoenix flood, Wettest day in history, retention basin fun
Life with Fingerprints: 2014 Phoenix flood, Wettest day in history, retention basin fun
The kids played without a care in the world as their parents sat on the sidelines talking about the storm damages to their houses; leaking windows, collapsing roofs, flooded yards and basements. But for a moment, life was sweet and simple.

It was the wettest day ever recorded in history. Our area received almost 4.5 inches in less than 8 hours. It's been referred to as the 100 year flood. How lucky are we that we got to experience two "100 year floods" in Milwaukee (one of which took out our entire basement) and one in Phoenix. I'm just glad I don't have a basement this go around.
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