Friday, September 28, 2012

A Father's Love

I have to brag on my husband a little bit, right now. You see, I adore my husband. He is a very Godly man, who loves his family like no one else. It is truly humbling to see the love pour out of him, as he plays with our children, or he loves on someone at our church. It really is a gift from God, that he is such a great dad. He didn't have much of a father figure, when he was a child. His father was gone most of his life in the Navy, leaving him to try and figure things out on his own. My husband and my father in law have since reconciled, and their relationship is more of best friends, then a father-son.

One of the things I love the most about him is how much he loves our children. Their eyes light up when they hear those keys in the door! They know that daddy is home to play, cuddle, and snuggle with. It reminds me, every time, how our Heavenly Father must feel when we come to Him with joy and anticipation in our hearts! How He must LOVE it when we are excited to spend time with Him! My husband is showing my children how the love of God works, and it's so sweet.

One thing that my children love to do, is give their daddy a hug and kiss, before he leaves for work. They love it so much, that it really messes up their day when they sleep to late, and daddy has to leave. This happened the other day, and knowing that it could make their day turn out badly, he did the sweetest thing.

Knowing that our 4 year old can read, he wrote our Jackasaurus a letter. The look of pure joy, on Jackasaurus' face was priceless! He kept that letter on him all day, pulling it out to read it over and over. Daddy even wrote our 3 year old , Mopsy, a letter. She felt like she was on top of the world, reading and re-reading it all day!

Our Father, in Heaven, did the same thing for us. He sent His Word down, giving it to men to transcribe. The Bible isn't just there as a list of dos and don'ts, it a love letter to his children. I see the way that my husband interacts with our children; see the love and respect that they have for him. They know that their dad loves them, even when they must be disciplined. They know that no matter what they do, their dad loves them. In today's world, that is a rare thing. I am so blessed to call him my husband. He really is that rarest of treasures.

Until Next Time,

Sunday, September 16, 2012

My Favorite Time of Year

I love Autumn! The cool, crisp air, the smells, the atmosphere, everything. It's been a gorgeous start to the Fall season, here in Kansas, and Fall doesn't officially start for a couple of days! We've been enjoying weather in the upper 60's to 70's in the day time, and super chilly at night. I love it, and I love decorating for the season, as well. Alexsaur's 1st birthday is the day before the official start of Autumn, and so I decided to get the house ready for the weather! I can't wait for the leaves to start turning and falling! Here's some photos, from around my house, and I'll tell you how I made the items! Enjoy!

Make your own word art using Photoshop! Print them off at your local Mart store, buy some cheap frames from the Dollar Store and paint them a color you like. Super simple and you can make the word art for all 4 seasons!
You can buy the Scentsy Warmer Here. I'm warming Pumpkin Roll which smells AMAZING!
Buy some fake leaves and use them to decorate. I put the leaves inside the  bowl and put candles on top. I even made coasters, out of felt.
Buy some felt, and cut out 2 sides of what ever shape you want. Sew them together and add details using your sewing machine, or sewing by hand.

You can buy the Scentsy Warmer Here. I'm warming Pumpkin Roll in this one, too. Amazing smell!
I went to Hobby Lobby, when they were having there 80% off all Fall decor, and bought alot of decorations. One thing I bought was these mini gourds. I hot glued them together, then wrote out the words using a Sharpie.  I hot glued them in 3 big pieces, and the tallest piece is on 3" tall. Easy and cost me less then $3

Leave it to my genius husband to attach a computer to the TV, and turn our TV into a giant media center. Makes watching Hulu easier!
You can buy the Scentsy Warmer Here

 I made garland out of fabric leaves, to hang and wrap around the banister, the entertainment center and the hutch. I grabbed my sewing machine, and started sewing the pieces together. Didn't take long, and the look is exactly what I wanted!


I hope that I've inspired you to create some beautiful decorations for the Autumn season. Soon, the leaves will change colors, and then fall, and the crisp, cool winds will change over to the frosty air of Winter. For now, I'll just enjoy my favorite season, sip some hot tea, and enjoy this time!

Until Next Time,

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Getting a Doll Back into Great Condition

Today is Mopsy's birthday. It's hard to believe that I had her 3 years ago! She's such an amazing child, sweet and stubborn at the same time! She is the most loving child, as well; making anyone fall in love with her immediately! I am one blessed momma!

For her birthday, she wanted a princess theme. She's all about the Disney princesses and fairies. About 3 months ago, I had already gotten most of her gifts, but I wanted to get her a "Princess" doll. Every birthday I have a set budget in mind, and I was almost at that budget limit. Then, at a mom's club sale, I saw this doll.
She was a hot mess!
This picture does not really show how badly this doll was messed up! The previous owner had colored on her back side with a marker, the hair looked like a pack of squirrels had decided to make a nest out of it, but the price was right. $3 for the doll, and I knew I could fix her up. Here's what I did.

I grabbed my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, a bottle of liquid fabric softener, my Woolite, a wire wig brush (I used the hair brush from my American Girl doll I got over 20 years ago) and got to work.

Taking the dress off, I washed it in luke warm water and Woolite. I know I probably should have washed it in cold, but it was dirty and I wanted to make sure it all came out.

A little Woolite and soaking, then laying flat to dry, and the dress went from dingy to shiny!

Next, I took my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and went to work on the doll herself. In a few minutes, every bit of marker was off of her face and her shoes. All of the dirt was gone, and she was clean! I sprayed her with a bit of Hydrogen Peroxide to kill any germs, rinsed her off and let her dry!

Last, but not least, was that squirrel's nest on top of her head. I had read, on Pinterest, that people had success in putting a mix of liquid fabric softener and water on the hair, and rinsing, then brushing and it restored the hair. It couldn't hurt. I didn't have an extra spray bottle that I could use, so I soaked the hair in the 1/2 liquid fabric softener 1/2 water mix.
No dolls were hurt in the process

After soaking the hair in the mix, I rinsed, and repeated soaking till the knots came out easily. After a good brushing, her hair looked brand new! I was pretty impressed!

I put her hair up, after finding the original doll online and using it as a guide.

This doll turned out better then I ever could have imagined, and Mopsy fell in love with her new friend! Not bad for $3, eh?!

Until Next Time,

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