Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sidewalk Paint

My sister in law did this a few weeks ago, so I wanted to try it. It was super cheap and easy to throw together.

Mix 1 part water, 1 part cornstarch, and a little food coloring, and there you have it. 
I only made a tiny bit, because I knew it would be spilled all over in a matter of minutes. This amount was 1 Tablespoon cornstarch and water.

 She totally loved it!
It entertained her for at least a half an hour, and in toddler time, that's ages.

It cleans up really well too. Washes off easily. Easy peasy summer activity.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


We blessed our sweet River a few days ago. It was a beautiful and touching day. I wrote more about it on our blog, so click on the following link Grandma so you can check it out:


Thursday, June 7, 2012

More Fabric Flowers

I whipped some of these babies out the other day to send to Carrie's little girl, River. They were super easy. The best part is that if you don't sew, no worries. Shh, they're hot glued. There's a bazillion tutorials out there for stuff like this, but I kind of just made it up as I went, and I like how they turned out.

Fabric. I used scraps. I recommend using something that is on the same front and back, like a check or solid. Fold it roughly into fourths like so.

Cut out circles. Your biggest ones will be close to the finished size. These were for a baby headband, so they were only around 1 3/4". I did four big ones, four smalls, and a couple middle ones. They don't have to be perfectly round, nothing is exact here.

Fold a large circle into fourths.

Glue it to a smaller circle. You could make the bottom one felt.

Glue four quarter circles to the base.

Then just fold the smaller ones and stick them in between wherever looks good.

Fill, fill, fill.

There you go. 

I attached them to headbands. You could clip them to a cardigan or put them on a shirt or whatever. Easy peasy. Oh, and when you do use hot glue, you only need a teeny dab. I didn't even really squeeze the trigger on my glue gun, I kind of just dabbed the fabric into it. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sam's Heritage

I don't know how this quite fits the heritage theme, but I wanted to share it, and thought Grandpa and Grandma would like to see. 

Tonight Sam's interview with Alex Cabrero will air on KSL 5 News at 6. It will also run on KCSG's newscast at 7pm and 9pm tonight. And if you miss it, it will be on
 after 6pm tonight. We're excited for his innovation and hope it can save lives. 

To see the video, click HERE

I guess I could say he got his engineering and creativity heritage from his grandpa- a man who was good friends with Roland and Ellen. Sam's grandma still gets teary when she talks about our family and always keeps them in high regards. I'm thankful for the heritage I've been giving, and for the name that it gives me today and for my children for the future. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Grandma & Grandpa's Hands

Well I finally did it.  I finally got a treasured photo that I wished I had of my grandparents hands.  Even though I look and grandpa's hands I see Grandpa Roland's.  I see Grandma Ellen's in every baby I ever had.  I remember so well the long nail beds of grandma's hands.  Well the other day (Memorial Day to be exact) we were all sitting on the back porch visiting.  I looked over and saw Mom and Dad's hands next to each other and I said to myself I want a picture of that so I share with you my picture.

Then I decided to play with it a little and I turned it to Black and White.  Searched the Internet for the most perfect poem or quote and I found this quote from this website:

The promise of tomorrow
And the hope of dreams come true,
A reminder of the childhood
That is still a part of you.
The wonder of a miracle
From which this love began
There is so much found
In the touch of a child's hand

I loved the poem.  I decided I wanted it square so I cropped it to an 8x8. So here is the finished product.

This is a full resolution finished product.  If you would like to print it feel free.  I printed mine 8x10 and just cut off the bottom 2 inches.  Then I went to Walmart and picked up a few square frames and it is now truly a treasured work at my house. 

It is Abby and Madison's hands in it so I have it placed next to them in my entry. 
I look at it and think of how much hard work has went into raising this family of ours.  The hands of a priesthood holder and a nursemaid, the hands fill with charity and love who have worked hard so that we may be where we are in life.  Mom's have quilted, sewed, cooked and cleaned.  They have been placed in an other's during compassionate moments and kindness.  They have shown service and they have disciplined.  But both hands have given their all to us.  Thank you mom and dad.