Friday, October 30, 2009

chalkboard love

have you ever played with chalkboard paint? the possibilities are ENDLESS! you can pain your cupboard, the outside of bins, tubs, etc so you can label them, you can even paint the glass in a frame like i did! since i can't paint anything permanent (we're renters) i thought these two $1/piece frames from goodwill could make nice message boards for our kitchen. i spray painted the wooden frames to go with our kitchen. i then spray painted the glass inserts with chalkboard paint. it worked! it was amazing! i followed the directions on the can, wrote on it with regular chalk and look what happened! i attached a little black and white ribbon and wa-la!here are some women more brilliant than i who have taken chalkboard to a whole new level. it's not just for the classroom anyore! (ok, i just had to say it:)
a tired silver platter? how beautiful!
a chunky frame with space to remind you of what's important. and you can change the verse/quote as often as you like!
and my personal favorite. a headboard re-purposed! spraypaint it white and and then chalkboard paint the center and look at this one-of-a-kind piece you have! absolutely stunning. and how fun to write messages to your family, your honey, or let the kids be creative. i hope you try it on something lying around your house, attic, garage or goodwill soon!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

the b-i-b-l-e

all of the first graders are presented with their very own bible at a special ceremony. this is ari with Mr. Bright (headmaster of casady) and Fr. Blizzard (chaplain).

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

mad scientist party part two

just in case you're interested, i thought i'd include a few more details of the party and the great resources i found when planning our science shin-dig.

free invitations and other ideas from livinglocurto... love this blog!
remember the cake i slaved over and forgot to take a picture of? well, here's the idea from familyfun and i'm sure mine looked just as great:)

using the stamps i bought for the party i created a periodic table/science themed thank you

Saturday, October 24, 2009

the little party that could

despite overwhelming odds, this party finally happened today (originally scheduled on the OU/TX game day. utter foolishness, i tell you). it was a blast. ari is blessed with some really special friends who all came to make him feel celebrated. we had a great time doing just that, along with a few experiments along the way. come take a peek...

mad scientists stamps

periodic table decor

making slime
some scientific calculations

we did an experiment with "disappearing water" using the powder that works like the stuffing in diapers; my volunteer was prepared to get wet, but was surprised when the cup turned over on top of his head leaked nothing
next we made lava lamps with oil and colored water. they naturally separate, but when you add an alkaseltzer the colored water bubbles up into the oil looking very cool

i made a beaker cake with cotton candy smoke coming out of it, but forgot to take a picture.
"happy birthday, dear Ari!"
decorating your own cupcakes is much fun!
the more candy the better!!

Ari with his masterpiece
we played "burst the molecule" with balloons on everyone's ankle while they tried to stomp and pop the others'
we also did the infamous mentos in diet coke eruption, but i was too busy running from the geyser to take a picture

everyone went home with a goody bag full of test tubes filled with skittles, mad scientist rubber duckies, puzzle cubes, magnifying glasses, and marshmellow eyeballs filled with jelly

Friday, October 23, 2009

the lost boy

a lot of you have been asking about our progress on the foster care certification. first let me say "thank you". it is a long, tedious, sometimes frustrating task. we are nearing the end, although we've been told that for a month now and "things" keep popping up that we still need to do:)

i will write more about that later, but i stumbled across a book (the 2nd in this 3 party series) written by a former foster child and i thought it was interesting. i read the other two and have gained such an incredible respect for david peltzer. these books don't speak so much on the foster system, or the abuse so many children suffer through but much more on the courage of one boy to not let extreme horrors he lived through be a reason to quit. he never makes excuses or requires pity. if anyone has reason to complain about their life, it is david peltzer. he chooses not to. he chooses to live life with a grateful spirit and that has made all the difference for him.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

go ahead...mess up!

i had a friend ask me to make a sign with this quote for a mentor of hers. i thought we could all use a reminder like this once in a while. so join the fun...try something and fully acknowledge you might fail. be o-kay with it!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

a big day!

monday was a hard day on my momma heart. noah started a mother's day out program and ari got his very first filling. both things were much too grown up for them in my opinion. but, they happened anyway.
when we told ari that today was the day he was getting his filling he got a concerned look on his face. understandable, right? boy, was i misreading the situation. he proceeded to explain his worry...."ummm, in my mercury book it said filling are a combination of copper, silver, and mercury. said that some of the mercury can seep into your blood stream. and that's not good." sonny and i assured him (trying to suppress smiles)that we had asked specifically for plastic fillings with NO mercury. he then responded with "well....i don't want to tempt you guys, but it also said mercury fillings were the cheapest option." cheaper or not mercury fillings for you. we don't need you having anything more to worry about:)
noah with his backpack, ready for "school". he even started on "pizza day" so he got to bring money instead of a lunch box. miss mary michael is his teacher and she's a staple in the all souls children's ministry. noah has never had her as a teacher, but he's seen her at sunday school and vbs and warmed right up to her. they have a "rest" time with nap mats and everything after lunch. let's just say i don't envy miss mary michael as she attempts to get noah to be still for 30 minutes. i pray for her at 12:30.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

birthday suits

every year on the boys' birthday i take a picture of them in one of sonny's shirts so that we can watch their growth in a very tangible way. this is last year's photo shoot if you wanna check out their changes in just one year.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


can it really be seven years since my world turned upside down? it seems like i've always known this little boy and then it seems he just arrived on the scene. have been dramatic from my pregnancy, to the birth, to your infancy, up until this very day. you bring true meaning to "never a dull moment". you have brought so much life into my story and i'm thankful for every page. even the difficult ones. even the scary ones. especially the comic relief ones. and of course, every one is filled with love. it is a journey being your mom. one that tests all of my limits, drains all of my resolve...the only kind really worth taking. you are so, incredibly worth it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

a peek at my perspective change

sonny and i instant message while he's in his office sometimes. yesterday our conversation looked like this...

sonny: how are you, love?
kristal: well. i'm kind of down actually.
sonny: tell me about it
kristal: ari dawdled. late for school. late for daniel. went to wrap noah's birthday presents and realized hadn't received package yet. contact amazon. package lost in the mail. even though i ordered them over a month ago. my hair is SO UGLY and i CANNOT get a good haircut!! or maybe its me maybe i just have bad hair i'm super fat.
sonny: babe! i love your hair.
kristal: the house is a disaster. no one is coming to ari's birthday party cuz of the stupid OU/TX game. no one ate my pumpkin bread at the game last night.
sonny: i ate it and liked it.
kristal: and it won't stop raining!
sonny: wow.
kristal: i know
sonny: sounds horrible.
kristal: yeah
sonny: this lady spoke in chapel this morning who is battling cancer for the third time.
kristal: whoah
sonny: she was here last year speaking on overcoming cancer twice. now she can't
walk and can barely speak
kristal: dang
sonny: she doesn't have any hair. just a bad wig. i love your hair. it means you don't have cancer

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

four fingers!

four years ago the world was blessed by the arrival of baby noah. we had to wait seven more weeks, but then he entered our lives and they've never been the same. we love this little guy and while his passionate personality can drain one by the end of the day, the day is always filled with entertainment. here's just a few from the past several days...

"look mom! my teeth are dancing."

mom: have a fish on your shirt today:)
noah: i'm an aquarium!

mom: (driving around orange pylons on the road)
noah: watch out for the candy corns, mom!

(sticking out his chest sporting a baseball t-shirt) "look! i'm a baseball teamer!!"

we are so thankful for the past four years, precious boy. we pray God continues to grow you into the very special man we know He has in store. happy birthday!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

all that yummy for TWO points?!

i am officially a weight watchers member. i have followed their principles before and lost weight, but this go-around, it just wasn't happenin. so, i bit the bullet and joined. i've been on the journey for two weeks now and have lost two pounds. nothing exciting, except for the scale is going in the right direction. so, i press on.
if you must be on a weight loss trail, it is always best to do it with a friend. i happen to have a friend who is a weight watchers expert and who is on the wagon again after gaining baby weight. she is such a source of encouragement and KNOWLEDGE. she knows the points of anything and has ideas and recipes galore to help me through.
if you don't know the points system, no worries. the following recipe also includes the regular nutritional info and it's GREAT! you know my obsession with pumpkin and now i can have it in a tasty, moist, delicious bread without eating only celery the rest of the day! if you are watching your waistline (and not just watching it expand) this is the recipe for you.
i meant to take a pic of the loaf, but this lonely piece was all that was left. and a few crumbs:)
1cups of flour
1tsp. baking soda
1tsp. salt
1tsp. cinnamon
1/2tsp. nutmeg
1/2tsp. cloves
1cup canned pumpkin puree
1cup brown sugar
1/2cup low-fat buttermilk
1large egg
1tbsp. canola oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. Mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves together in a small bowl.

  4. In a large bowl, beat pumpkin puree, brown sugar, buttermilk, egg and oil together.

  5. Add dry ingredients to wet, stirring just until moistened (overmixing will cause the bread to become too tough)
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 59.7g (1/12 of loaf)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112
Calories from Fat 17

Total Fat1.9g
Saturated Fat0.4g
Total Carbohydrates22.2g
Dietary Fiber1.0g

Friday, October 9, 2009

self-portrait of a three-year-old

my baby is turning four. yes, FOUR on tuesday. where did the years go? he wants to do EVERYTHING himself. even take photos of himself.

he's been through a lot in his little life and he's got a lot to wade through in the years to come. although i am frustrated a lot of the time, mostly i'm just in awe. of what he's overcome and in awe of the fact that i get to be in the front row. he's an incredible little man all his own. completely without my help. i sure can cheer loud, though.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

oh where oh where could it be?!

whether you're searching for the proverbial "little dog" or your "hairbrush" even though you are a vegetable and have no hair....whatever it is you're looking for, i can relate. i CANNOT find my blogging mojo. i have been seriously searching for months. i thought i was in remission for a week there where i blogged every day, but it was mojo in disguise. not the real deal. i keep trying to analyze where it went, how to find it....and i come up with empty hands.
i really miss it. i miss your comments, the interactions with you. i'm gonna give it a go again before i shut this thing down. i have a feeling i'm going to need a lot of verbal processing and support as we wait and eventually get a foster placement. maybe that's part of it. when i started this blog i had all kinds of fun things to post....DIY decor, frugal finds, recipes, funny quips from the kids....and now the things on my mind are of a more serious nature. maybe i feel like this won't be as much fun. i am thinking aloud on my blog and coming up with answers i've been searching for all summer and into the fall? see how good you guys are for me?