Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day 2012...

I don't know why, but I have been looking forward to Valentine's Day since before Christmas. I love having a reason to decorate the house, spoil the kids, get them dressed up in coordinating outfits and make a craft to give away. This year I decided not to buy Valentine's for the boys to give out, but instead make my own. Everyone asked me where I found the time to home make Valentine's with three small babies and the trick is to start early. I made the heart shaped crayons over a week ago, I asked my mom to make Irelyn a shirt over a month ago, and I also my friend to make Irelyn a korker bow over a month ago. I wanted to bring a snack to playgroup too, so I made cake batter rice crispy treats from a recipe that I found on Pinterest. I hope you all enjoy the pictures from earlier today!

Our home made heart-shaped crayons. Something I also found on Pinterest.
Getting this picture of my babies makes it all worth it!!!

Don't you just want to squeeze her?!
Opening presents from Grandma Dawn.
Paul opening his BIG card from me and the kids.

Irelyn wearing her shirt that Grandma Sheri made
and her bow that my friend, Meghan, made.
LOVE them both!!!

Sledding and More...

A couple of weeks ago we bought the boys a little cheap sled at Target. Thank goodness we didn't spend much money on it because, as much as they love the snow, neither of them really like riding on the sled. We are all hoping for one more big snow storm so we can make another snowman before winter is over. 

Beckett trying out the sled.
He seemed to enjoy it at first, but he quickly changed his mind.
Paul trying to convince the boys that sledding is fun.

Two weekends ago we took the boys to Winterfest, where they had a huge hill to sled down. We thought they would like this better than being pulled around the yard. We were wrong. Paul took both boys down the hill once, which they were not happy about. 

I was only able to get a few pictures of Payson sledding down the hill.
Believe it or not, all of that snow is a layer of frozen ice over a river.
Getting pulled up by the tow rope.
At least they like the mascot.
Payson getting his face painted. 
Checking it out in the mirror.
Super cute.
 On of the projects the boys recently made at playgroup was a bird feeder. The pine cone feeders have peanut butter and Crisco on them. We hung them up right outside our living room windows. For the first week or so, I didn't see any birds interested in them at all. Then I noticed that Beckett's feeder disappeared and I assume a squirrel took it. Finally, I started seeing the same bird come by a few times a day to get a snack. The boys get so excited every time they see the bird. He just the prettiest little bird!