But I apparently am not anemic. However, that's not stopping me from eating foods that are iron-rich, just in case I have low iron stores or something. Which is entirely possible, because right before I got pregnant I was craving ice - and isn't craving non-food items a sign of iron deficiency? I think so. Maybe I should have told that to the condescending nurse from my doctor's office (I may or may not have cried when I got off the phone with her). Thankfully iron-rich food is what I'm craving anyway. Give me all the dark leafy greens, eggs, and hamburgers.
Lots Of Easter Fun
Since I was so exhausted most of last week, I tried a new strategy and woke up with the sun and the kids just long enough to pour bowls of cereal and turn on Clifford The Big Red Dog. Then back to bed I went. I'm happy to report it worked beautifully, and I got another hour and a half of sleep. Yes, that also means my kids got an hour and half of TV first thing in the morning, but you do what you've got to do. This gave me enough energy to actually do the Easter activities I had been hoping to do all week, instead of spending another day miserably tired on the couch!
We colored eggs...
We did a (late) review and celebration of palm Sunday (I think this is the way to go, because I got five palm branches on clearance for a $1)...
And we made Resurrection rolls, to remind us of the empty tomb, because Jesus rose from the dead! Yes, I added pink frosting. There were probably flowers on the outside of the garden tomb, right?
As for Easter Sunday, we went to a sunrise service at a local Christian camp, and then off to my mom's for Easter dinner and egg hunt! It was a lovely Resurrection Day! Much better than last year, when we spilled a gallon of paint and nearly ruined the carpet.
Sidenote: Easter with kids is like, 100% more fun. The fun may come at the expense of actual reflection time, but I snuck some in where I could, and you do have to naturally reflect a bit to explain what Easter is really about to children.
What Am I Reading Lately?
I finally finished all the fiction books that were in my obligatory review stack, and I've decided I'm done with the book reviews for a couple months (after I finish the two non-fiction titles I have left - insert sigh). I need time to read what I really want to read. I just get so tempted by the brand-new free books dangling in front of my face, but I'm shutting my eyes now and saying, "no!"
I'm trying really hard to finish a young adult read this month to participate in Collaboreads, but it's not going so well. I feel like I'm running gout of time, and I'm not totally sure if my book choice counts as "young adult". I went with "On The Edge Of The Dark Sea Of Darkness" by Andrew Peterson (affiliate), first book in the Wingfeather saga. I'm only a little way in, but I am so enjoying it! It reminds me a lot of Narnia so far, and it's funny. I read a couple chapters to Derek in the car, and he was laughing out loud. Also, it's written by Andrew Peterson, who is a Christian singer/songwriter a couple of you recommended to me when I asked for new music a couple months ago! I didn't even realize that until after I picked it up!
What is the best young adult book that you've ever read? And I'm taking Hunger Games and Divergent series out of the running, for variety sake.
Old School Blogger Shoutout
As previously mentioned, I have been a complete blog slacker between trying to finish my outrageous to-review book list before vacation next month, and feeling kind of gross if I stare at a screen for too long (pregnancy-related). I won't totally let this section go, but I don't have anything new for you this week! I will attempt to get caught up on my blog reading soon.
What I'm Drinking: Orange juice. I cut back on the decaf coffee because I couldn't decide if it was helping or hurting my excessive exhaustion. What is your favorite tea blend for iced tea in the summer months? I'm planning ahead!
(Note: I received one Fun Box for free in exchange for the review in this post. All opinions are my own.)
Can I tell you something? I am not a crafty mom.
I realized this a couple years ago, when Wyatt came home from church one week requesting that we do a craft. He had been doing crafts in class, and to his little mind it made perfect sense to bring the fun home. I assured him we could do a craft, but as I wracked my brain for an idea of something we could do together, I realized that I had nothing.
First off, I hope everyone had a nice, and meaningful, Memorial Day weekend. I am so thankful for all the people who have given their lives in defense of our country - it's so important to remember their lives. We owe so much to those fallen heroes and their ultimate sacrifice to protect and preserve our freedom.
We didn't do much of anything over the weekend except spend time together as a family. Oh, and Derek and I squeezed in a date on Saturday! Our first since Clyde was born. It was really nice. And I didn't sit down at the computer at all, so today I thought I'd share a project I worked on when I decorated Wyatt's big boy room several months ago. Creating these plaques was really easy, and I think they would be pretty adaptable to different colors and themes for any kid's room!
Last fall, when I was putting together Wyatt's new room, there was this awkward space right above his bed that I wasn't quite sure what to do with. Most of the decorations from his nursery filled up the other walls, but I didn't know what to hang above his bed (it doesn't help that I get paranoid about things falling off the wall and onto my sleeping children, so anything really heavy or that involved glass was out).
I kind of wanted to get some sort of plaque or printed art set for that space, so I looked into different types of nursery/kid's room art. But everything is so expensive! I didn't want to fork out $40+ just for a couple items to hang there, so I decided to make some myself.
This is what I did!
Step One: Get some wooden boards. I asked my dad how he thought I should go about getting some little square boards for a project, and he said he had a bunch of wood lying around and offered to cut some for me himself (thanks Dad)! I asked him for three 8x8 inch boards (they are about a half inch thick).
Step Two: Paint and distress the boards. I wanted to try out a distressing technique to make the paint on the boards look worn, and I followed a tutorial I found on Pinterest, which I cannot for the life of me find again! Isn't that how it works? So I'll summarize here.
I painted the boards my base colors. Next, I applied a thin layer of petroleum jelly in certain spots. Then I painted with a different color over that. I just used acrylic craft paint that I bought at Hobby Lobby.
After the second layer of paint dried, I used some sandpaper to take off the top layer of paint. The petroleum jelly makes the paint come off easier! Actually a little too easily, because I feel like some of the "distressed" spots looks a little chunkier than I wanted. If you want a more natural distressed look, I'd recommend using q-tips to apply it more specifically. For my purposes the bigger spots looked fine though!
Hint: Be careful after you apply the second layer of paint, because the petroleum jelly causes the paint to stay somewhat wet over the spots where you applied it - don't set it down on something that might stain!
Step Three: Create some silhouettes to trace onto your boards. Next I had to decide how to decorate my plaques. I wanted to do a transportation theme, because Wyatt is so into cars and trucks right now. I found some silhouettes of a car, truck, and dump truck, and I tried to replicate them by sketching the shapes. I used simple silhouettes, so it wasn't too hard.
Once I had my drawings the way I liked them, I laid them on top of the wood, and used a pen to trace the lines I had already drawn, pressing firmly so that it would leave the outline in the wood.
Then I just painted inside the lines.
Step Four: Hang your children's room art! After all the paint was dry, I nailed hooks onto the backs and hung them up in Wyatt's room!
They work perfectly in that space above Wyatt's bed, and I am really happy with the way they turned out, and the total cost was . . . I think three dollars for the paint? Not much. They were pretty easy to make, and the simple shapes are perfect for a little boy's room!
I've been wanting to do another craft with Wyatt over the past few weeks. Wyatt had so much fun with the crafts we did for Christmas and Gwen's birthday - he is really not into just coloring, he likes to do projects.
Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I thought we'd work on making some cute paper hearts!
I cut a bunch of hearts out of construction paper, and we colored for a little bit. I wrote our names on some of the hearts.
But before he could get bored with that, I brought out my secret weapon - glitter!
The craft girls in my MOPS group had this genius idea. Basically you stick some double-sided tape onto some paper, put some glitter in a plastic baggie. Paper goes into the baggie, and then you let your little one shake the bag!
Wyatt had a blast with it, and he thought all the hearts turned out "pretty".
It was a fun and easy little project for us to do together!
I took our creations and hung them up with some mini clothes pins and Baker's twine - now we have a lovely Valentine's Day banner!
Check out the post on my photo blog to see more cute pictures of my boy!