Tuesday, September 30, 2014

49 weeks...

Life with Fingerprints: Weekly baby photo, chalkboard prints, weekly onesie
Steve, Hunter and I took a quick trip to Disneyland to celebrate Hunter's birthday - fortunately this mouse did not go with us!

When I look back at pictures over the last couple months, I can't believe how much Can Man has grown. They go from infant baby to toddler in no time. He's pulling up on all the furniture and getting bumps and bruises in the process. He crawls on his hands and knees unless he's on the hardwood floors and then he army crawls (too slippery to crawl!) He can hold a sippy cup and drink from it sitting up without any help. This is a huge milestone!!

He's found his pointing finger and points to everything.

As of two days ago, he's no longer a nursing baby and I'm not sad about it one bit. It was good while it lasted!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy Birthday...

Five years ago he was shoveling frosting in his mouth and screaming at the top of his lungs.
Life with Fingerprints: 1st birthday cake smash, happy birthday banner
Life with Fingerprints: 1st birthday cake smash, happy birthday banner
Life with Fingerprints: 1st birthday cake smash, happy birthday banner
Its reassuring to know they do grow out of some of those stages!!

Now it's Kindergarten and books and legos!
Life with Fingerprints-8280 photo LifewithFingerprints-8280-1.jpg

Here are some things we love about Hunter.

He is mechanical by nature. He likes to build things and dismantle things to see how they were put together. Legos are a dream for a child like him.

He loves collecting snails and worms. He's always considerate of his clothing and makes sure he has "play clothes" on.

He's the teaser of the family. He's pretty sneaky about it but we've all caught on.

He asked for a dirt bike for his birthday. Yes, a real dirt bike. Silly kid.

He's starting to show interest in sports and enjoys watching football with Steve.

His favorite things about school are riding the bus and eating lunch at school...and science experiments.

He can make Cannon laugh like nobody else.

If he has money, he will buy legos.

If he has free time, he's playing legos.

Everything is awesome when you're six.



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lego guy face cut-out...

Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party Photo Op; Lego Mini-Figure Face in the Hole, Face Cut Out
We've been prepping for a lego celebration for someone special's birthday party coming up. We made a surprisingly easy Lego guy face cut-out for kids to take their pictures with. The best part: no paint required. You need a poster of the image, spray adhesive and a piece of wood or even cardboard.
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party Photo Op; Lego Mini-Figure Face in the Hole, Face Cut Out
I searched high and low to find a printer to print a 4ft tall picture of a Lego guy. I had quotes coming in at $80, which was not happening for a kids birthday party. When I had nearly given up hope of a photo op station - I came across Walgreens who prints banners - 2'x6' for $25 (they always have coupons for their print shop which can get you 40% off). I was a little skeptical at the quality for that price, but I was pleasantly surprised. It printed true to color and was as crisp as the original photo.

The banner came 24" wide, which is exactly the width of "Project Boards" from Home Depot, so no cutting of wood. Keep your banner rolled up because it makes it easier to work with. Spray the top six inches of the board and line up the top of the poster and press into place.
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party Photo Op; Lego Mini-Figure Face in the Hole, Face Cut Out
Spray the next 6-8 inches and slowly unroll the banner smoothing out as you unroll. Keep spraying, smoothing and unrolling until you reach the bottom.
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party Photo Op; Lego Mini-Figure Face in the Hole, Face Cut Out
Hunter was in heaven. What kid obsessed with Legos wouldn't love a life size mini figure?!

I told him I needed to cut out his face and a look of horror came over him. "Don't ruin my Lego guy". The only reason why I made this guy was to cut out his face! I let it hang out in the house for a couple days and after the newness wore off Hunter wasn't nearly as sad to see his face go.
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party Photo Op; Lego Mini-Figure Face in the Hole, Face Cut Out
I used a jigsaw to cut out a circle. I first cut picture side up (which leaves a rough edge) so I could see where I needed to cut and then I flipped it picture side down and went around the circle again to create a nice clean edge on the front.

The kids then took turns pretending to be Emmet. Pretty entertaining. Especially the voices.
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