Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pinterest OBSESSED!

I LOVE PINTEREST! I can find just about anything I want to either make, eat, or to inspire me! I've been looking at all kinds of Easter decorations...more specifically, wreaths! Here's what I made.

You need a wreath which you can find at any craft store (take your 40% off coupon!), glue gun with plenty of glue sticks, 3 large bags of small plastic eggs, a pencil, and a large bag of shiny basket grass.

I started by gluing the eggs on the wreath. Put them on in any direction! There's no right or wrong way.

I wanted to see what the grass would look like, so I shoved some in the spaces between the eggs with the pencil. I went ahead and finished putting the eggs on after that though. It was hard to go from eggs to grass to eggs to grass. It was much easier to just do one at a time

Just continue gluing eggs and then shoving the grass. I put a small dallop of glue on top of each section of grass to try to keep it from falling off the wreath every time I opened my front door. Here's what I got!

And finally, on the door!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Crazy Weather

The weather has been AMAZINGLY beautiful over the last few days. We have definitely taken advantage of this weather and have hitting up the local parks.

On Wednesday, we went to Stafford Park after we ran a few errands. The boys LOVE this park which I happened upon while running one day. It's close, easy to get to, has public bathrooms, and is off to the side of a very nice professional soccer field that is usually being used by some really awesome players!!!

Thursday is Lunch Bunch day at school. I don't let the boys stay late every Thursday, but if I need extra time to run errands or go to an appointment, I pack them a lunch and they eat with their friends. After I ran my errands, I had just enough time to grab myself a quick bite. Of course, I went to Panera and tried their new salad called the Spinach Power Salad and coupled it with an iced tea and ate outside. Delicious!!!

After I picked the boys up on Thursday, we went straight to Van Dyke Park. We pass this park every day on the way to preschool, and the boys ask EVERY DAY if we can go back to play there again some day. Thursday was that day! It was 70 degrees, sunny, and just plain beautiful. We played with a bunch of super sweet kids...including one that looked EXACTLY like Randy from The Christmas Story. I even asked his mom if anyone tells her that her son looks like a child star! She was a super sweet German woman who wasn't familiar with the popular Christmas movie, but said she just got asked the same question by another mom on a plane last week. Seriously, he looked like Randy!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Little Hot Mess

Brandon...oh Brandon...I sure do love this kid. He's SO carefree and easy going. Here's how he wanted to walk out of the house today. Pants unbuttoned, shirt half shoved in the pants, both pant legs tucked into his socks, and his right shoe half on! What a goof!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Phone blogging

Just for the fun of it, I'm trying to write a quick blog from my phone while in the parking lot waiting for the boys!

After this, we're off to get 5 year old shots, and then most likely some ice cream afterwards. Those shots hurt, and I'm not above rewarding them for being intentionally shot!

Now, I just need to figure out how to upload a picture to this blog from my phone! Is there such a thing as a Google Blogger App? Hmmm...something for me to look into.

Monday, February 20, 2012

LOOOOONG time, no blog!

Blogging has been put on the back shelf ever since Facebook made it almost effortless to keep in contact with my family and friends. However, Lent is on the horizon and it's time to sacrifice. I've sacrificed soda a few times, and even desserts. This year, it's Facebook.

My good friend, Susie, put Lent and the whole idea of "sacrifice" in perspective for me. Susie and I met through St Patrick's Mother's Day Out program about 4 years ago. Fr Mike, who still presides at St Pat's, told her that Lent isn't necessarily about sacrificing. It's more about taking things out of your life that keep you from remaining close to God. What keeps you from praying or what keeps you from doing whatever you do to remain close to your own personal higher power?

For me, I can easily spend as much time reflecting, thinking about my loved ones, and being a more attentive mom as I do on Facebook.

When I posted on Facebook that I was going "offline" until Easter, some friends were honestly sad because they like to read my posts. I do have some super funny kids and have a witty personality that I love to share. So, I decided to go back to blogging instead. What's the difference between blogging and Facebooking, you ask? Facebook is all about EVERYONE. Blogging is only about me and my family.

So, keep coming back to this blog to see what the Dankos are up to for the next 40 days. Who knows, maybe I'll go longer than that 40 days. Guess we'll just have to wait until Easter to find out!