Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Biggest Loser!

After:



Before (this was last Nov):



Before (this was a couple of years agoon our Philadelphia trip):


My hubby did a biggest loser contest at work and not only did he lose 40 lbs in 3 months, he also won a big wad of cash! He was very dedicated and started working out at the gym and playing basketball, plus drastically cutting out his treat intake. When he fell and sprained his ankle I thought that would be the end of it, but he took a few days off and then kept working out on the bike even when he still couldn't put weight on his ankle. At work they are calling him the Incredible Shrinking Man! He even had to get out his box of "skinny clothes."

I'm glad he won and all that, but most of all I'm glad he's healthier. Nobody really believed that he needed to lose that much, when you're tall it just doesn't show as much- a problem I'll never have, unfortunately. He is only about 10 lbs away from wedding weight. I'm more like 20 lb away, someday I'll have to show you those pictures, they're pretty funny! The only other problem with it is that now I'm feeling like the fat one, so I guess it's time to get busy and lose that last 10 lbs of "baby weight." How old can a kid be before you aren't allowed to blame your fat on them anymore? Let's say 2, that gives me a few more months!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Again With the You Tube


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

Sorry, but if this doesn't bring a tear, I don't know what does. I love a good underdog story.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

'Tis the Season...


...for giveaways I guess! Here is another one at "A Quilting Life." She's giving away some really cute bags, one made with Moda's Patisserie fabric. I love that fabric. Just go here and comment for a chance to win.

Easter Portraits









It takes some serious blood, sweat and tears to get a good picture of 5 kids! I don't usually get very good pictures at Christmas time- who wants to take pictures when it's dang cold out?! Not me. I'm only good at outdoor photography, so for Easter I tend to go all out. Plus, who can resist photographing all those yummy spring-colored outfits? We usually manage get a pretty good one- but believe me it takes some work, and sometimes a few threats! As far as I'm concerned, that is the sole reason for our outdoor Easter egg hunt- to get them outside in their nice clothes and in a good mood for photos!

Oh, and I forgot to mention in my previous Easter posts that I somehow managed to pass out an entire dozen uncooked eggs for my kids to color, which resulted in some nice raw-eggy surprises throughout our Sunday festivities! (ie: exploding egg war at the dinner table, dropped raw eggs on the porch, throwing raw eggs at trees contest- ok, so that was not so accidental!)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fabric Giveaway!


To enter the giveaway to win some of this gorgeous Pixie Dust fabric, visit the Farm Chicks blog (one of my favorites) here.

*Update: here is another giveaway!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Was Cold...

but we still had fun!


















Our weekend was: 3 outdoor egg hunts, Youth Easter Concert, Easter bunny before EARLY church, & family dinner. Lucky for us the soccer game was cancelled! And true to form, I just HAD to start making an Easter basket for my Kindergartener at 5 pm on Saturday afternoon. For me, it just wouldn't be a holiday without a last minute craft project! He really appreciated it though, so it was worth it. It was fun to sit and weave while watching The Ten Commandments on TV, which I've been doing on Easter weekend as long as I can remember. Every year as a kid I'd say- this year I will make it to the parting of the red sea! Of course, I was usually snoozing long before that.

It was kind of exhausting, but really fun and as you can see I took about a million pictures. I'm not really good at narrowing down pictures, I need to figure out how to do a mosaic to save some space because when there are so many cute pictures I hate to leave any out. Anyway, I've been having fun with Picasa effects, "glow" and "soft focus" are my new best friends. I really like the film grain too. I've been feeling like a horrible photographer lately, when I compare pictures I've taken to everyone else's pictures I see on blogs. Now I realize- they're ALL retouched. Now I feel a lot better! I'm sure if I were willing to take a little time and actually read my camera manual and practice and stuff that would help too- but I'm just too impatient!

We had two huge delicious meals in two days. My sister made this awesome cake, she's way into fancy cake decorating. That was one of about 5 different desserts I had this weekend, and don't even get me started on candy. Guess it's time to start my diet! I love this picture of my mom's Rosenthal china, that was her mom's, brought home from Germany after my grandparents presided over the Berlin mission in the 60's.

Hope you all had a fun Easter/Passover weekend also!

Pretty As a Picture











Wednesday, April 08, 2009

I Still Like Bunnies and Chocolate!





After my last post, I just thought I should clarify that! I'll always love the decorating and "fun" part of holidays too! It's great to find the balance between all the fun stuff and the religious meaning that works for your family. The Easter Bunny will definitely be hippity hopping our way this weekend! (he'd better because I need my mini eggs and peanut m&m's!) I haven't really bought much new Easter decor this year, but I do love this "chocolate" bunny and natural-looking foam eggs I found at Joann's. I love the pretty soft pastel colors of these eggs, plus they really match my quilt I just hung on the wall! I've had these chicks for a while, I think they're from Target, and this bunny bowl I got at Target this year, but that's about it. It's hard for me to pass up pink holiday decor! Speaking of Easter Egg hunts and such, I sure hope it warms up a little this weekend, because it is dang cold today!

Easter Lesson



I'm sure a lot of people have heard of this "Easter in a Dozen Eggs" lesson for kids about the crucifixion and resurrection, but in case there are some out there that haven't, I thought I'd post this. We did it for Family Home Evening on Monday night, but you could still do it another night this week, or when you do your egg dyeing, or on Easter Sunday. My kids thought it was really fun. It would be a fun primary lesson too. Basically, you fill each egg with object that represent part of the Easter story, and then read the scripture reference, or for younger kids just explain the meaning of each object. For instance, in one egg there are spices and the scripture is about when the women went to the tomb to anoint the body with spices. The week before this lesson, we showed them the "Lamb of God," a church video about the last week of Christ's life so we could be reminded about what actually happened around Easter time.

So, here is what you do:

*Label one dozen plastic eggs #1-12

*place an object and a paper with the corresponding scripture in each egg, here are the numbers and the object that go with each number:

1- leaf -Mark 11:8-9
2- piece of bread/sacrament cup -Mark 14:22-24
3- silver coins -Mark 14:10-11
4- purple piece of cloth/piece of paper with "King of the Jews" written on it
-Mark 15:16-18, 26
5- dice -Luke 23:33-34
6- small piece of string -Matthew 27:1-2
7- nail -D&C 6:37
8- cross made from toothpicks or popsicle sticks -Mark 15:25
9- small piece of white cloth -Matthew 27:57-60
10- spices -Mark 16:1
11-small stone -Matthew 27:60, Mat 28:2
12-Leave egg empty -Matthew 20:6, D&C 19:16-19

This has been a great way for us to focus more on the meaning of the Easter Holiday and teach the kids about Jesus Christ's atonement. I hope all of the scripture references are right, when we did it I got a couple wrong but I think they are fixed now. Have fun!

ps. I kind of combined ideas from a couple of different sources, and you could adapt the lesson however you want to work for your family. Here are some links where I found info:

http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2006/03/an-easter-activity-for-family-home-evening/

http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=da0436744d&view=att&th=118bca908c1ff1b7&attid=0.1&disp=vah&zw

Quilts on the Wall (Finally)





I've been planning to hang this quilt that a friend made for the baby on the wall in her room. Well, she is now 20 months old and still bunking with us, so I decided what the heck, I'll hang it anyway. It is a big improvement over the ugly white wall above our bed that the kids smear their dirty handprints on when they jump on the bed! I found these cute Pottery Barn quilt hangers on Craigslist.
This heart quilt was one of the first quilts I made, it was my practice for my sister in law's wedding quilt. Now that Valentine's is over, I thought I would hang it up on the (other) ugly white wall, and it is a big improvement! I never really thought to hang it in the living room before because I thought it wouldn't really go in the room, but nothing in here really matches anyway, so whatever! I still love this pink and brown color combo. Someday I will make this awesome wall hanging quilt for Easter!