Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Family Coasters

Posted on: October 11th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

You know when you go to a party, and you put your name on a plastic cup so you (and everyone else) knows whose cup is whose? Well, I need to do this in my house. My kids will easily fill up the top rack in the dishwasher in one day if I don't catch them and tell them to reuse their cups.

One of my latest projects solves this problem. And as usual, I found the idea on Pinterest and shamelessly copied it. It's a family coaster tray. And my first attempt at this project was for my BFF and her family.

Problem solved...that is...if they remember to use it! Definitely making one for my crew too!

So long

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

The Bear came to me and told me she wanted her hair cut short. In fact, her exact words were, "If I don't get my hair cut short, everyone will laugh at me and think I'm a zombie." Oh to be in a 4-year-old's brain sometimes. I figured it would pass, but a week later, she had asked me a million times if we could go to the hair salon and get her hair cut short.

So one morning, after spending about 15 minutes attempting to untangle the long locks, and too many "ouch, Mommy stop!"s, I caved. Off we went. I may or may not have cried when the stylist made the first few cuts. Ok, I cried. Don't judge - she's my baby and her hair is so beautiful.

Here's the before and after.

Still adorable. The Bear is very proud of her new do. I'm recovering.

Christmas Recap

Posted on: December 30th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

Did you miss me? I thought since the kids were off school for Christmas, I'd take a break too. So here's a quick recap of part of our Christmas morning. The kids were too busy to pose for us in front of the tree, but I'll take what I can get.

The big kids got those craft loops to use with looms and make potholders. I think I have a drawer full of them now. They've been busy!

Bud got a cool remote control truck. The dog loves that. And so far, it's not broken. Amazing! The big kids also got IPod Shuffles (as shown in the back of the truck.) So now, they can listen to music that we approved. I'm not sure the headphones will come off for a few days, until the novelty wears off. (It's been so quiet at our house!)

One of my favorite traditions that I married into is the Christmas Morning Danish Kringle. We only ordered 2, but by the miracle of Christmas, we were shipped 4. Cherry, Apple, Cream Cheese, and - my all time favorite - Raspberry.

See that? Is your mouth watering? Here's a picture of the package, in case you'd like to start the tradition in your family.

They know how to make Christmas morning wonderful.

Christmas Traditions

Posted on: December 20th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

It's funny how the family traditions we grow up with carry over into our own families - or morph into some new version that incorporates the traditions of your spouse's childhood. And then there are the new traditions that we start - whether on purpose or by accident.

One of my favorite traditions growing up was reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas with my brother and sister. My brother was always the reader, and he read every word in the book - right down to the publishing information. There were songs in the back of our book, and he read those lyrics too. Fa la la la la...la la la la. We didn't sing it. We read it. It was a silly thing he started that just stuck. Now, we still try to read it on Christmas Eve if we are together. We've even done it over the phone when we are not!

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Nurse Mommy

Posted on: December 13th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

Hey all! It's been awhile since I posted. We've had a crazy week of sickness in our house. Stomach bug, hacking cough, sinus infection, and now pneumonia. And yes, Mommy got sick too. I thought that wasn't suppose to happen! So that's why I haven't done anything. There has been much snuggling and movie watching. Not much crafting or creating.

Maybe this week...we'll see. Who will be next to visit the doctor? I should just camp out in the parking lot.

Holiday Concert Part II

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

Last night we were treated to another evening of holiday concert entertainment. This time, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders took the stage. The house was packed - standing room only. And the only hope we had of seeing Bud was if they happened to get him on video on the big screens - which they did a few times.

Girly and the Bear hung in there like champs - they were both tired and hungry. Thank heaven for mints in my coat pocket. They saved the night.

Here's Bud. He didn't have to dress up. He chose his own outfit. Same outfit as last year.

We had to bribe him with the promise of ice cream when we got home, just so we could take one picture. So after one click of the camera, he was gone. And when we got home, before we were all inside, Bud was sitting at the table with a smile and a spoon. The kid loves ice cream. Can't say I blame him!

It's been a busy week with concerts and Bud's slight concussion (yup - fell off the monkey bars and landed on his head.) But I've been working on a fun holiday project . More next week, but here's a teaser picture.

Have a great weekend!

(Happy Birthday Mom! I love you!)

Christmas Wish Lists

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

It seems like once the turkey is off the table and the parade has passed, there's a race to Christmas. Most of our neighbors have Christmas decorations up. We still have pumpkins on our porch. Keeping up with the Jones' is tough. No, really, the Jones family lives on the corner and they are already fully decorated for Christmas. I heard they hired people to do it for them - cheaters. (Just kidding Jones family - you guys are great!)

Best Christmas movie ever!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have both passed and I have yet to purchase a single gift. I need to have my kids get serious about their Christmas Wish Lists without letting their expectations soar. They are WISH lists, after all.

So have I missed out on all the deals? I doubt it. Am I too late to have things ship in time? No way. My goal this year is to order online. Anything I can order online and have arrive on my front porch sounds good to me. I'm not a shopper. I don't like crowds, lines, or parking spaces a mile from the store entrance. Not to mention that I have 3 kids, and finding time to go shopping alone is not easy.

And my hope is that by shopping online, I can stay on task and on budget, and not purchase extra items that might tempt me in the store. Wish me luck!

 

Being Thankful

Posted on: November 21st, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

We should be thankful throughout the year, but with the Thanksgiving holiday this week, we get a friendly reminder. I am not always as thankful as I should be. My kids definitely are not. They don't grasp the concept of truly being in need. Most of us reading this don't. Thankfully.

So this week, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am going to take a break from my computer and try to use every opportunity I can to show the kids how to be truly thankful. There is always something to be thankful for - no matter what. I love this quote I found on Pinterest (not sure of its origin) - so true.

I am off this week to be with my family. To eat turkey and abnormally large portions of everything else offered at the feast. To have leftover apple pie for breakfast. To watch football. To be thankful. And to try to teach them how to be thankful too.

Happy Thanksgiving! Be back next week with some fun things to share!

Fighting Consumerism

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

Like many most families, our budget is tight. Especially this time of year, when Christmas wish lists are in full swing, and any store you visit has Christmas things spilling out of every aisle. There are new fliers and catalogs in the mail every day with sales and coupons galore, pushing us to buy and buy now.

I am a stay-at-home-mom and currently bring in $0 toward our family budget. But I'm also the one who does most of the spending. So I feel a huge responsibility to purchase wisely for things we need, and not get sucked into the pressures of consumerism. As luck would have it, both of our cars recently needed major work within one week of each other, leaving us out several grand. To say that we are on a "spending freeze" is an understatement. I'm making it a personal challenge - a game. Let's see how little I can spend and only purchase the necessities for my family of five. Game on.

Just the other morning, I had to go to Walmart to pick up 2 things: pull-ups and soap. Pretty essential. Unless I want to wash sheets every morning. Which I do not. I purposely did not get a cart or a basket. And I took the most direct route to the things I needed, not stopping to browse. I was on mission. Literally in and out in under 5 minutes, with only the 2 items on my list. I will admit to feeling a bit proud of myself as I walked back to my car.

However, a few stores down was Michael's. One of my weak spots. And they had a bunch of fall things out on the sidewalk displayed for 90% off! Oooh - I could pick up a few things for next fall for next to nothing! Giddiness set in and there was a great parking spot waiting for me. Before I even turned the car off, I stopped myself. Do I need more fall decor stuff? (YES!) No. Not really. We had a perfectly nice display this year that would be perfectly nice next year too.

I fought it.

90% off. Oh, it was hard!

But I pulled out of the parking lot, knowing that "they" did not win today.

Point for me.

Veterans Day

Posted on: November 11th, 2011 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you to all our men and women who have served and are serving our country.  Thanks also to their families who "fly solo" at home while their loved ones serve. I have many family members and friends who fall into that category, so hugs and thanks to you all. I hear you (Veterans and Active Duty) can eat free at Applebee's today.

School is out for my kids today. Girly told me it was veterinarians day. Seems like I should teach them a little more about Veteran's Day while I have them home today. I see American Flag crafts and patriotic music in my very near future.

If you're looking for things to do with your kids today, this website has some fun Veteran's Day activities for kids of various ages. Also check out this one, and here too.

Oh, another thing on the list today: pull out Girly's tooth! Check this pic out - it's hanging by a thread! The other front tooth is loose too, so I bet we'll be singing "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" before too long!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Lawn Boy in Training

Posted on: November 7th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend! It was a gorgeous fall weekend here. I love fall.

At one point, I happen to glance out the window and saw the sweetest sight in the front yard. My Guy was helping Bud mow the lawn. Or visa versa. Whatever. It was a sweet father-son moment and I quickly grabbed the camera to take some candid shots of the two guys that I want to share.

Monday is usually my least favorite day. Coming off the weekend with my Guy home and no major rushing around, it's tough sometimes to stare down the week. But I'm choosing to be positive this morning, and I'm going to toss in that first load of laundry and drink my tea. Hope you have a great day!

 

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Susan I am a stay-at-home mom with three great kids, a fabulous husband, a cat, and a dog. I enjoy making things (but not cooking), painting, rearranging furniture (that one is genetic), organizing, purging, and most things DIY. Thanks for stopping by! More »