Tuesday, November 13

Playing Sick

Over the past month we have all had a case of something or another.  Just when one person seems to get better, it comes back with vengeance.  Elai missed an entire week of school.  We found ourselves enjoying lots of warm blankets, hot cocoa, and coloring.

I love these precious times together.  The times when we can all stay home bundled up in our pjs and enjoy each other.

Monday, November 12

Window Pane Project

Last month I noticed that one of our neighbors whom I had never met before was getting new windows.  As I saw the contractor take the old windows out I found myself wondering what they would be doing with them.  So I called the company and learned that they have to destroy them if the owner doesn't want them.  The thought of those beautiful windows going to waste broke my heart.  So I contacted the neighbor, who was thrilled to find out that I wanted to reuse her windows, and got these six beautiful windows.  

I have been wanting some old windows for a few projects that I have had tucked away in the back of my mind.  So these beauties were going to be perfect.  I knew right away that I wanted to use of the panel windows and one solid window as chalk boards so I went to Lowes to pick up some paint.  While I was there, I decided that it would be neat to color the chalkboard paint to have it match the rest of our house.  So instead of buying the chalkboard paint I picked up some grout and a paint sample.

I got home taped off the windows, mixed 2 TBS grout with 1/2 cup paint and started painting (I ended up needing a full cup of paint).  It took a few coats to fully cover the windows so in the mean time I jammed out to Michael Buble.  Then I let the windows dry over night.

When I woke up the next day, I realized that the paint color I had chosen was brighter than I had expected.  But once I added white chalk to the board the color was toned down, making it the perfect shade of gray/blue.

Here are the finished products!

I plan on using the  panel window as my weekly planner, I will most likely write our meal plan on it.  The other full panel window I plan on using for FHE.  We are going to pick out a weekly inspirational theme and write it on the window to help us remember it throughout the week.  I love how the windows turned out.  Now I just have to decide where to hang them.  Stay tuned for my next project.  I will be recycling some picture frames for our play room.

Saturday, November 10


I know I haven't been on here lately so I promise to catch up.  I have started back to school and that takes most of my free time but I wanted to share our Halloween.
This year my dreams finally came true!  I have always wanted our family to dress up as color crayons.  Though Zech wasn't keen on the idea, he knew it would make me happy so he joined in.

 Zech's school put on a little party the Saturday before Halloween for all the kids in town.  They had games, crafts, snacks, and a cat walk.

Zech strutted his stuff on the cat walk and our family got all 10s!!!  After the party we took the kids home for a nap before going to our ward's trunk or treat.  Again there was food, games, and or course trunk or treating.

As for actual Halloween, the kids were all sick so we stayed in and had a little party instead.  He had pumpkin shaped pizza, decorated sugar cookies, painted and enjoyed each others company.

Elai helping make the cookies

Over all we had a great time.  Our children are getting to really fun ages.  Elai got the hang of the whole trick or treating thing this year.  Josie thought painting was the funnest thing in the entire world.  Having children sure makes holidays more enjoyable.