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Halloween Gift for Grandparents

In Activities on September 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

So I found this great idea online to create an upside down footprint of my son and add some “eyes” to the heel and you have your very own ghost!

Ted and I started this craft this weekend with Evan and had a great time. Check out the pictures below. Here are the steps we took to create:

Step 1:

Spray paint, with flat black spray paint, your canvas. We chose an 11×14 so we’d have enough room for both feet and a Halloween message.

Step 2:

Once the canvas was dry we used foam plates to put a thin layer of white paint (water soluble), this was the perfect size for Evan to put his foot in. We carefully guided his first foot on to each of the four canvases; then the second foot. He didn’t like the feel of the paint in between his toes but we had fun with it. He certainly liked the foot bath to wash off the paint!

Step 3:

Mummy painted on the cute Halloween message, 3 with “Happy Halloween Love, Evan” and one for us that said “Esteves Halloween, 2011”. I used a thin brush and the same white paint. When i was painting the words i tried to keep the brush light and make squiggly letters to make it scary 🙂

Step 4:

Using a black permanent marker, draw eyes on the heel of each foot. Add black ribbon with white polka dots to the top corners and you’re ready to wrap. We chose brown paper and black twine to wrap these for each of the grandparents and Memaw (Evan’s great grandma).

Spray Paint Canvas 

White Paint
Little Footprints
Add Halloween Message
Halloween Signs
Finished Halloween Canvas

The Perfect Daycare Option

In Daycare on September 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm

It has occurred to me over the last few weeks that there is no perfect daycare option. For those who get to stay home with their little ones or those who chose a daycare center, to in home care, there’s always a down side. I have a girlfriend that has just gone back to work and is thriving. She has chosen for her little one to stay with a family member during the day and this has allowed her to cherish the time with her baby more than ever and it works for her. I have another girlfriend that has chosen a daycare center and she makes a point, no matter how late she may be running or how urgent something may be at work, to make her goodbye with her girls special. She realizes that the last interaction with her girls in the morning is precious and that it will set the tone for their day too.

In the last few weeks I had to make some decisions about daycare for my little one and nothing was perfect. Knowing that all of my friends have their own unique situation that wasn’t perfect, helped me realize that nothing is going to be perfect. I have chosen the option that best works for our family and allows for the best care I can provide for my son at home. My husband and I can concentrate on providing a roof over our heads and a safe and stable home life.

Good luck choosing a daycare option, it’s never going to be a perfect situation but do like my wonderful circle of friends have done and make the best out of your decision. Our babies need us to provide for them in many different ways so do your best and they will love you for it!

How did you lose the “baby weight”?

In Baby Weight on September 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm

As a working mum I have to say I don’t stop for a minute. Here’s a sample of how a typical day goes in our house…

The alarm goes off at 6 am (sometimes we snooze until 6:30) we get up, Ted makes coffee and breakfast while I feed Evan. Then we trade and I get ready for work while he gets lunches ready and plays with Evan. I head to work for a 9 ish hour work day. Get home around 6pm and immediately start dinner. We take it in turns playing with Evan while we’re getting dinner for us and dinner for him ready. We sit down around 6:30 (yes, we’re quck we have it down to a fine art now) and finish by 7. We then leave all the mess from dinner downstairs and head to the play room for an hour. We play for an hour which with a little boy has us exhausted and ready for bed, lol. 8 pm starts the bedtime routine, bath, massage, pijamas, and a cuddle before bed. Then the hard work kicks in. Kitchen clean up and the rest of the house that’s now a mess. Vacuuming more often than not and kitchen cleaning along with laundry that needs to be put away and of course prep for tomorrow.

Now would you like to ask how i lost the baby weight again?