There are 4 stars, each holding 3 photos each, from his first month all the way up to his twelfth month. So here is what I did:
I bought a package of thin wooden boards and 4 wooden stars, both at Michael's.
Next I did my spray-painting on my third story balcony on makeshift newspaper. (And again I dream of having a craft room!)
This one is for you, sis! She is re-doing her little boy's bedroom with a cars and trucks theme. So I looked up some fun ideas using cars and trucks--not necessarily recent postings, but still valuable!
Here's a whole bedroom makeover that It's the Little Things That Make A House A Home posted. She had a cars & trucks theme, too! There are tons of great decorating ideas. I wish I had one bedroom in my house that looked this neat and organized!
The book was a cinch to make. I used another one of the chipboard star books I found at Michael's and mod-podged some red, yellow, and blue paper onto the stars and distressed the edges. After the party, I typed up what everyone had written. Now this will be a little keepsake for him...
Writing down your goals is supposed to make them more tangible and more solidified. Right? So here I am writing down my goal. I want to make a quiet book.
Although my son had a particularly good day at church on Sunday thanks to some new guidelines my sister passed on to me, we have had a series of very embarrassing Sacrament Meeting experiences with our little guy. All he wants to do is move and keep moving, and it doesn't matter where we are. I have finally decided that I need to find some special Sunday activities... activities that will ensure quietness and help him learn about reverence. So I have started researching. I don't want something too tricky. Perhaps I could do 1 or 2 pages a month. Baby steps, right?!
So I have been doing my research. Here are some sites I have found for adorable quiet books! I will probably dabble around with many different ideas before I figure out what I really want to do! Oh yeah, and I will probably copy a lot of the pages from my Mom's quiet book. I loved that book growing up!
Quiet Book The pages to her book are above. So cute!!
Homemade by Jill She even shares quite a few templates.
more from Naptime Journal
Crafting Chicks, more from Crafting Chicks, and even more from Crafting Chicks
Joe and Anna
Making the World Cuter
My Little Gems Sharla made her quiet book out of place mats! Wow!
Do any of you have great quiet book ideas?? Or other ways to keep your kiddos reverent during church?
Let's celebrate with Free Download Friday! All week I've been blabbing about my son's Olympic Birthday party. Well, now let me spread some of the joy. I would like to share my Winter Olympics Bingo game with you. The download includes 12 different Bingo boards.
I recommend downloading the calling cards, too. So many of the pictures of the different Olympic events look similar (Alpine skiing vs. free style skiing vs. ski jump... you get the picture!)
You can download my Winter Olympics Bingo here and the calling cards that go with it here.
We kept track of each nation's gold, silver, and bronze medals. I was the referee of the night (that's why I am wearing black and white.) With his Daddy's help, the U.S.A ended up with the most medals at the end of the night!
Although we honored the top winners of the night at our Medals Ceremony, the birthday boy presented a gold medal to everyone at the party as he unwrapped his presents.
We ate yummy Olympic birthday cupcakes. I used M&M's to create the Olympic rings. I just had to use a brown M&M for the black ring. Not too shabby. My sister had the fabulous idea to strip down the birthday boy to his diaper and let him feast on his own cake in a small swimming pool. My little sweetheart was a mess, but it was so worth it!
We had an Olympic Opening Ceremonies to start off my son's Olympic birthday party. We used it to play "Pass the Torch"... which was basically Hot Potato played to the tune of the Olympics theme song.
I took a waterbottle and cut the bottom off. Be careful if you try this... I stabbed myself with scissors. Mr. Oopsey Daisy's tools worked much better. Then I wrapped the whole thing in tin foil. For the flame, I cut out orange, red, and yellow paper (although tissue paper would probably work even better.) I just glued it inside the water bottle with good old Elmer's glue.