coffeepoweredmom

Getting through the day, one cup at a time.

Birthdays (or Where Did The Time Go?)

My newest little baby, Charlotte, is almost 5 months old. Which means that next month I will have a 6 month old, a 4 year old, and a 6 year old as Ally and Kira both celebrate their birthdays. I remember posting back when I was nervous about Ally going into Junior Kindergarten, but she is graduating from Senior Kindergarten now and will be a Grade 1 in September, whereas Kira has done her orientation and will be starting Junior Kindergarten herself in the fall.

Charlotte has TWO teeth and is constantly trying to pull herself up into a sitting position. I am well aware that when Ally and Kira go to school in September that Charlotte will most likely be crawling.

Crawling.

Is that crazy, or is it just me?

 

I am also returning to school in September, of course, mine is entirely online (and this year I’ve even attempted to choose courses that don’t have exams) so I will still be able to walk the girls to school in the morning and pick them up at night.

 

I am going to try to post more frequently now (I’ll put it into HabitRPG to try and encourage myself), but this is not like riding a bicycle and I am very much struggling to find things to post about. Wish me luck!

 

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Handprint Reindeer

I was inspired today! (Finally, I know)

I was browsing my emails, trying to catch up on some reading, when I came across Handprint Spiders at Mama.Papa.Bubba. Her craft was so adorable and awesome that I instantly wanted to do it too, the only problem? Halloween has passed and I didn’t want to make more Halloween decorations to litter my walls for the next eternity until the masking tape cheaps out and they finally fall off.

*cough*

I decided to make Handprint Reindeer and Christmas Cards for a niiiiiiiice, coffeepowered, early start to Christmas.

First, assemble your materials! I picked a nice red background (because it’s Christmas) and white paint for snowflakes.

Cover your work space with extra paper to save your table from paint.

Paint tiny fingers with white paint and allow your kidlets to make fingerprint snowflakes alllllll over.

Wash tiny fingers.

Next, I chose a pink background – for no reason – and we proceeded to make blue reindeer. Why blue? I have no black or brown paint (this is the first time we’ve painted together…..ever…..unless you count those little fridge magnets a while back) so the reindeer colour options were: blue, green, purple, red or yellow. Ally picked blue.

Paint the palm, forefinger and pinky of your children’s hand.

Smush. Repeat.

We cut our red backgrounds into four even pieces to make cards,

and then cut green wavy construction paper (it is Christmas after all) in halves to make the outsides of the cards.

Each child glued one piece of their snowflake background onto one of the in-sides……I need more coffee…… Lay flat to dry.

Once the reindeer were dry we cut them out and drew two eyes, a mouth and antler sticks on our reindeer. If I were to do this again, I would probably instead paint one of their fingers and let them make their antler branches that way. You live, you learn.

We then painted red onto little thumbs and smushed thumbprint, red noses onto our reindeer.

I wrote our message, “Merry Christmas” on the front, “Love: Ally” on Ally’s snowflake background and “and Kira” on Kira’s snowflake background.

I then cut a wavy design around the outside of each card to soften up the harsh edges made by gluing two pieces of construction paper together.

We then glued our reindeer onto their respective snowflake background.

Add Christmas stickers and VOILA! Adorable card for each set of grandparents.

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Day 12

Whoa! Time flies. Sheesh.
Ally is with her dad this weekend, and since I’m recovering from a terrible sickness I had – I crocheted through Kira’s entire nap. Booyeah.

Yeah, I’m bringing Booyeah back.

I’ve now finished row 33 which puts me about a quarter of the way done my tree skirt!!! Huzzah! I’m still not quite sure at which width I’d like to stop shrinking the tree skirt, but at that width I will add another 15-20 rows of white that will nicely hug the tree stump and look like a fluffy white snow cloud. I’m pumped, obviously.

Countdown!!! There are only 52 more days until Christmas, which means there are only 42 more days until my self-imposed deadline of December 15th. If I finish it earlier, then all the better, but I would like the tree skirt finished no later than the 15th. At my current pace I would need about 50 days to complete it, which would put me at………December 11th, sweet. The rows will also be getter faster to complete as they get smaller, so I may have it finished even faster than that!

Around row 27 I gave a quick count to all of the stitches in each ‘section’. I am now going to refer to the areas between merge seams as sections, so you know. I discovered that the two outer sections were very close in number, but the two inner sections were 10 stitches or less than their outer counterparts. This discrepancy is hardly noticeable at this width (still over 300 stitches per row), but once the skirt becomes narrow enough the section widths will be very noticeable. Now I have started to fix this small issue, I think I will even create a guide for myself to follow as I progress. My OCD would be very sad if every Christmas I had to look at something that was all mish-mashy and disgusting. Yay….

 

Now for something less wool-related:

Yarrrrr! The kids were pirates for Halloween! Everyone loved their costumes, which of course made me feel accomplished. Mom-win! I hope everyone out there had an awesome Halloween with their kids!

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The Secrets Begin

My brother and I were really close when we were growing up. Even into early adulthood I would amaze myself by soliciting advice from my little brother. We could talk about anything and it was amazing.

When I had my girls I knew that they would squabble as all siblings do, but I hoped more than hope itself that they would form a close bond with each other that moved beyond friendship into the world of no judgements and honesty.

They’re a little bit young for all that, but they do like to look out for each other. For example: right now.

Ally ate all of her Cheerios from breakfast and was still hungry. I caught her eyeing up the Mini Wheats and while she was trying to sound the letters out to read the box Kira grabbed a towel from the kitchen and cleaned up some of her spilled milk.

Kira hadn’t quite finished her Shreddies but she was more than intrigued by this new wheat-y cereal. She asked Ally for a piece and Ally obliged, and then told me about it.

Five minutes later I hear Kira quietly ask Ally for another piece…please.

Ally responds with a whisper “Okay, but this is the last one, okay?”

“Okay. Thank you.”

Sneaks! Hahaha! They aren’t supposed to have more food until they finish what they have, but if they want to be sneaky and pass around the Mini Wheats one at a time, then I’m okay with it. I’m okay with them bending those rules because I think it is heart warming to see them looking out for each other.

I’ve lost my train of thought now, I have. I need to finish this first cup of coffee. Sheesh.

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Chore Rainbows

I saw a similar craft somewhere…but of course I can’t remember where. The gist was to write down behaviours that you want your child to model. I adapted this into chores because I want my kids to have better cleaning habits then I do, and it is best to start them young. Trust me. As an adult it sucks to try to change your cleaning habits.

The first step is to cut a cloud shape out of white paper and then write on it. Ours are labelled “Ally’s Chore Rainbow” and “Kira’s Chore Rainbow” respectively. I then cut out strips of coloured construction paper, and cut up old crummy magnets (thank you realtors) to stick to the strips with ye olde double sided sticky tape. One permanent marker later and the strips are labelled with whatever chores you deem appropriate for your child.

These have been a little…worn…because we’ve been using them for about a month now. Still good though! What I decided early on was to create twice as many coloured strips as necessary for a rainbow, and then allow the kids to pick which chores they wanted to do. Once a chore is completed they get the strip, once they have a strip of every colour they are allowed to choose a ‘prize’ from the treasure box. This box is filled with small dollar store toys such as rings, zoo animals, and dinosaurs and helps to encourage the kids to push through their chores.

The current available chores for the kids are:

  • use the duster
  • pick up dishes
  • put away hair stuff
  • garbage/recycling
  • pick up laundry
  • bathroom recycling
  • pick up dog toys
  • wash the walls
  • organize dish cupboard
  • put toys away (Ally)
  • put toys away (Kira)
  • tidy bookshelf
  • put shoes away
  • bedroom animals
  • make your bed (Ally)
  • make your bed (Kira)
  • sweep the stairs
  • dry the dishes
  • wash the table
  • feed the dog
  • organize toys
  • special request chore (Ally)
  • special request chore (Kira)
  • {blank}

While most of these are fairly self explanatory, the {blank} chore is simply the last strip that hasn’t been designated yet. Once I added a second set of strips I left them blank and filled them in as repetitive chores became noticeable. “Special Request Chore” strips are given if one of them completes a chore that I ask them to do that is not a regular chore. For example, putting away clean laundry is a job that only Ally can do, but it doesn’t need to happen daily or even every other day so it doesn’t deserve it’s own strip.

This method works so well for the kids that I was inspired to make my own chore rainbow to help keep me on task.

I only have one set of chores at this point, but these are the daily ones. Everything else is just additional mom chores that I normally stumble upon of my own accord.

All in favour? Motion passes. I rock.

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