Brace yourselves - you're in for a WHOLE lot of McAnally with this post. I feel like the week has kind of gotten away from me with the What's On... Your Menu post and then yesterday's WIWW featuring my new love and the bracelet giveaway! HOW IS TODAY ALREADY THURSDAY?!??!! Anyway, there's LOTS of fun to cover so I'm diving right in.
My boys love to craft. Love. It.
They love to be creative and messy and they're always proud of their finished work.
Last Saturday we did a really simple project - I took one paper plate (I always use the heavy duty chinet ones because they're big and hold up well to the GOBS of paint my kids like to use) and cut it in half. I gave them each half of the plate and then laid out all the paints for them and let them go to town. After they painted, we let it dry and then later that night went back and attached ribbons and yarn for the "tentacles".
In typical Luke fashion, his had to be pink with purple spots and he had to have three groups of four pieces of yarn "gathered" in the middle like a "REAL" jellyfish. He was determined and adamant :) He even drew his own face on!
The project was SUPER easy and the boys really enjoyed the final product. It could be done with crayons or markers as well if paint isn't your thing.
Saturday morning was the first Saturday of the month, so Dave packed the boys up and they went to the Kids Workshop at Home Depot.
And yes.... he obliged to taking my big camera with the ruffly camera strap because he's the best :)
Apparently at this point Mason was messing with my camera and Dave couldn't figure out what he did and then every picture he took after turned out blurry. hahaha
They also had snow cones, hot dogs and a bounce house that the boys got to enjoy while they were there!
Saturday afternoon Mason teases his sister and I literally heard him say, "Gwippin, look at this awesome block you can't reach" #littlesisterproblems
I was calling the boys into the kitchen for dinner and Mason wasn't coming - I found him passed out on my bed.
I carried him around for at least 10 minutes SOUND ASLEEP trying to talk to him and wake him up. Finally I just had to lay him on the kitchen floor and let him cry it out. Poor baby! The no-nap situation IS getting better... but Saturday was busy after a fun (and late!) day on Friday and he just crashed.
This sweet girl "brusha brusha'd" in her adorable little monogrammed jammies :) and then it was bedtime all around!
Sunday morning I wore a super fun maxi dress by Mustard Pie. Mustard Pie is actually a little girls brand - but they make coordinating mama pieces as well. I'm not ALWAYS a fan... but this print spoke to me :) And yes... Griffin has a coordinating dress - but it's a size 2 so you'll have to wait until next Spring to see us matchy matchy.
Dave is very "basic" when it comes to his wardrobe choices (plain bottoms, plain tops, basic colors, nothin' crazy!) and he was laughing at us as we piled out of the car. You can totally tell who picked out the kiddos clothes on Sunday morning.
I was changing clothes and left my phone on the counter and later in the afternoon I found these pics courtesy of Luke :)
Sunday afternoon I napped (hallelujah!!!), worked on some design projects and then got ready to go to our Sunday School monthly girls social. I wore my petticoat tank from Anthropologie (on sale and an extra 20% off right now with code BUZZ20 !!!)
I paired it with a pair of distressed Vigoss jeans and camo TOMS wedge booties.
We had 19 girls and we all came with a wrapped book and when we were ready to exchange we drew numbers out of a bowl. Number one picked first, opened a book and showed it to everyone. The person who was number two could either steal the book that had already been opened OR open a new one. If a book is stolen, the person who had it stolen from them opens a new book OR steals from someone else and a book can only be stolen twice. I hope that all makes sense! I've always heard it called "Chinese Christmas" and it's so much fun! We've done it with Christmas ornaments in the past and a group of girlfriends and I do it with scarves on Labor Day every year to kick off Fall :)
I left with The Antelope In The Living Room which I've been dying to read and I'm working on compiling a list of the other titles that were exchanged because there were some GREAT ones!
Monday morning we hung out at home and Luke taught Griffin this really "funny" trick where she will shake her finger at you and screech "no! no! no!" :)
Each of the boys finger painted a paper plate and half a piece of card stock red.
I forgot to take a picture... but after it was dry I cut sections of their painted card stock and helped them fold it to make accordion arms. I used parts of the card stock to make the rectangles for the eyes as well. I cut the plate in half and used the bottom half for the claws - I cut Mason's out for him, but drew Luke's on the plate for him to cut.
He brought Mason his own putter and Mason was just a LIIIIIIIIITLE bit excited. I'm not sure WHO thought giving Mason a metal rod was a good idea :)
Tuesday morning the kids and I headed to the mall to run a couple of errands...
.... and we spent at least 5 minutes watching the elevator run. Their favorite part of the mall by FAR!
Tuesday afternoon the boys spent lots of time outside and I held Griffin upside down to try and get a picture of her new teeth! Yes, people... she's been doing ALL THAT EATING with two teeny teeth :) hahaha
... and spent some time working on hand print art for a special family project we had planned for Wednesday.
Family service projects have been on my heart a LOT recently. We have been blessed with SO VERY MUCH and I want my kids to think of others and have a heart of service. They're still very small and lots of service projects aren't great for our family - so I decided to use what we have at the moment (crazy amounts of cuteness) and brighten up the days of some residents at a local Assisted Living Center.
We passed out our projects to the residents of the "memory unit", gave out lots of hugs and just let the kids kind of do their thing.
I was so proud of the kids manners and how well they handled the entire situation. They were smiley and social and didn't hesitate to shake hands and hug.
When we got home, G ran around outside for a bit...
We hadn't blown them up yet since we usually are swimming at the country club pool where they don't want everyone bringing in their floats, but since we were headed to the Shulls and they had given the kids the floats it was only appropriate that we brought them. The didn't look NEARLY this big on the box. I think next time I'll bring the pump with me and blow them up there. hahaha
They were a pain in the butt to get over there - but it was totally worth it because seriously... so much fun!
Last year Luke was super hesitant about the water - this year NOT AT ALL! Check him out jumping off the ledge! (and yes.... I still make him wear floaties when I'm not in the water with him)
My boys had the best time swimming and running around with their friends. They were EXHAUSTED when we got home. #bonus
Whew!!! What a busy few days :) I attempted to shorten the post - but since I like to think of this as my scrapbook I didn't want to leave out any of the fun. Happy Summer, Friends! :)