Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge

I was nominated for the ice bucket challenge, and in the spirit of giving, I accepted said challenge.
David wanted to join in after watching all of the videos on my news feed.

We decided that we wanted to donate to the American Cancer Society in honor of all the family and friends we know who are still battling this disease, and in honor of those who have kicked it's ass!

I have challenged the entire Mott family. David has challenged my parents and my sisters.



 (Note to all taking the challenge. Check your sound. We did this the night before, and you couldn't hear us, so we repeated the next morning.)

Thursday, August 7, 2014


It's official - I have a kindergartner in the house.

And in case you were wondering, I still think of David like this, bundled with his favorite blankie.

David was beyond excited. His favorite part, the bus. Wanna know why? "No seat belts mom." Yeah, not sure how I feel about that one.

He gets on the bus early, like 6:45 early. We are hoping he wants daddy to take him to school eventually (which would mean daddy could drop off as late as 7:50). He is used to getting up, watching some TV, goofing off, and then going to daycare not on any set schedule. Not anymore. Kiddo will get up at 6am, brush his teeth, get dressed, eat breakfast, and out the door he will go.

For day 1, he didn't want to buy a lunch, so I packed. Packing is my preference for budget reasons, but we will let him decide. Wanna know what he learned on his first day?
"Mom, if you don't have a lunch, you just go in and they give you a tray of food!" 
When do you think he will figure out that someone has to pay for that lunch? 
Day two he totally wanted to buy a school lunch.

If you don't listen in kindergarten, you walk laps at recess. A classmate found that out the hard way on day one. David does not want to walk laps. He will always listen to his teacher.

It's okay to sit with friends on the bus and at lunch and not know or ask their names. "Mom, maybe tomorrow I'll ask."

A few weeks before school started this conversation was had...
"Mom, why can't I ride the bus home"
"Well, buddy, mommy can't get there to get you off the bus. Mommy doesn't get off work until after you get out of school."
"Oh, is that why I have to go to K-Care"
"Yup buddy, it is."
"Oh, I wanted to ride the bus home."

After his first day...
"Mom, I love kindergarten! The bus was awesome! Can I come again tomorrow?!"
"Yes, buddy"
"Mom, I liked K-Care too. I got chips and salsa!"

Thank you for taking such good care of my baby.

Kindergarten will continue to be a huge adjustment for us. David and Molley are no longer in the same place for ease of pick-up. She is very concerned about where he is after he gets on the bus. David now has a very structured day. We don't have those at all in the summer. Now he will be on the bus (until we convince him otherwise) at 6:45 and I will pick him up by 4 from K-Care. This is a much longer day than he is used to. We will work to figure out how our schedule needs to change. Molley isn't used to getting up that early, and neither is Nate for that matter! I am also used to running errands after school, and those will end as we adjust to David being at school for much more of his day. I know that he will be fine - I just need to adjust to my baby being away from me for so much longer!

The excitement melts my heart! I wish that everyone could see the world through the eyes of a 5year old. So magical, so simple, so wonderful.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Molley is 2!

I can't believe that my baby turns 2 today. It seems like just yesterday we were on our way to meet our beautiful miracle from God, and today she turns 2.

She has been an amazing addition to our family. She is a handful, for sure! She is stubborn and always wants to do things for herself, or at least try before she lets you help. She is active, loving, loud, and a lover of Minnie Mouse. She is a girl who knows what she wants, and is not afraid to let anyone know what that is or what she thinks. She can be a girly girl at times, but don't dare try to put a bow in her hair!She studies everything and thinks about things before answering questions. Molley is a daddy's girl for sure.

She has developed so much this year! From scooting to walking to running to jumping - she is a girl on the go! She had only a few words in March, and now she says over 40, and is puts words into sentences.

My baby girl on her birthday.

And on her 1st birthday

 Happy birthday, baby girl. We love you more than you will ever know!

Monday, June 23, 2014

4th of July Shirt

This year I decided that I wanted to make 4th of July shirts for the kids. I have always bought shirts or a outfit, and my kids have always been cute for the big day

See what I mean. :)

But this year, I wanted to save some money and make something cute, so I took to Pinterest. I found this and decided that it was just what I was looking for - cheap, easy, and I could add my own touch.

I started with grey t-shirts, mostly because I had them. I bought acrylic paint at the craft store in red, white, and blue. Probably should have bought fabric paint. Live and learn.

 My secret addition to the shirts - glow in the dark paint!

The stamp is made with pipe cleaners. I used white so I could more easily see where the paint was on my stamp.

To make the stamp, take 4 pipe cleaners.

Fold in half and twist. Then fan out the ends to look like a starburst.

I put a plastic bag on a hanger and then hung my shirt up. Protected the inside of the shirt and made hanging up to dry a breeze.

I also used plastic bags for my paint. Plates weren't big enough to get my stamp on. The plastic bags made clean-up so easy!

I started with red. Just swirl your stamper around in the paint and press on the shirt. I wasn't too concerned with full coverage. The color imperfect color lines look more like fireworks.

I added colors until I got the effect I wanted. I didn't wait for anything to dry between adding colors. I did red, white, blue, and then the glow in the dark. I did 1 stamp of each color to start, and 2 of the glow in the dark. I went back and did a 2nd stamp of each color, and some more glow in the dark. The glow in the dark paint dries almost clear (a slight greenish tint) so I felt I could add as much as I wanted.


And it glows, though an awful picture.

So super, easy and they will love wearing them!!