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Toddler Chic Holiday Decor

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I follow so many lovely bloggers with such lovely, picture perfect homes. This week they are all having teaser posts about their holiday house tours and I think “Ooo, I want my house to look like that!”. Then I snap into reality as my 3 year old dances across the room with a handful of ornaments while singing “drop the jingo bell wok”. He is loving every minute of getting to help and put things just where he likes them. He hangs an ornament, steps back and says “oh mom, yook how boofifull our pretty little tree is!” This is the 1st year he’s really been into Christmas and all the excitement. I’m just going to enjoy that.

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We made salt dough ornaments. So of course that means a t-Rex, trains and airplanes along with my hedgehogs and moose. We added a couple tbs of iridescent glitter to our dough while kneading it. It gives the tiniest shimmer when the light shines on them.

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~Glittered Salt Dough Ornaments~
2 Tbs glitter
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
1 cup water
Mix well and knead into soft dough. If it’s too sticky, knead in a bit of extra flour. Roll out dough a 1/4 inch thick and cut out desired shapes. Use a drinking straw to poke a hole for your string. Arrange on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees for a hour or two. You don’t want them to brown, just dry out. Once they are cool, tie string of choice and hang on your tree or gifts!

My house may not be Pinterest worthy, but we’re making memories and having fun! If you’d like to see what else we’ve been up to, follow me on Instagram.
What memories have you been making this season?

Thomas the Tank Engine Costume

Halloween costume success!

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Who wouldn’t want to see a face this happy over a costume?
Squishy said he wanted to be Thomas for Halloween this year. I was sort of expecting that, it’s Thomas everything around here lately. He has always dressed up for Halloween, even if the 1st year was just for some photos. We’ve already gone the engineer route, for his 2nd Halloween, so why not a Thomas the Tank Engine costume?

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I gathered boxes, from diaper to oatmeal for the past month or so and gathered up every color of duct tape we might need. Yesterday I finally decided to tackle it. I could’ve waited a week, but with my luck it would’ve ended up taking 3 days, not 1.

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I know I should’ve taken more process shots to share… Squishy decided he was ready to start using the potty this week, so yeah… Potty training and building a Thomas costume means photos sometimes get forgotten.
Above you can see the boxes I used and how I configured them.
1 large target diaper box for the body, an amazon box for the cab,
another amazon box for the front,
an oatmeal canister for the steam tank and wheel wells and a toilet paper roll for the funnel. After I got the basic pieces stuck on I went to town with duct tape in the basic Thomas colors. He was most excited when I added the yellow #1. For the finishing touch we printed Thomas’s face from an image the Mr found online. Our shoulder straps still need some adjusting. That may take a few days to get just right.

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This face makes it all worth it!
Oh and just think, if you had a few kiddos to dress up you could make James, Percy or any other engine friends too!

Things I thought I would never say

It happens as a parent. We say it won’t, but it does. We’re in the grocery store walking along telling our toddler how you shouldn’t stick your finger in your nose and maybe that’s why his nose hurts today. Or you’re at the park with a stream for the kids to explore and your potty training kiddo decides this would be a great place to practice… “Don’t pee in the stream! Pull your pants back up!”. Or after telling your kid that if he throws one more rock we’ll have to leave. You turn to the employee at the discovery center and say “He doesn’t get out much.” And you realize she doesn’t see that you were trying to be humorous. Oops.
This morning I found myself explaining that it’s difficult to eat grapes out of the bowl like a puppy because we have mouths on flat faces, not snouts. So our mouths don’t fit into bowls like dog mouths do.
Just five years ago I never would have imagined even thinking these things. My day was spent stitching Feltidermy, while watching Dr. Who episode marathons on Netflix. I didn’t have to get anyone else ready to go if I needed to run out for a certain color thread or down to the grocery. Now I’m not surprised if I catch myself asking Squishy if he’s pooped again and can we please change the stanky poop pants. (One of these days he’ll decide that sitting on the potty is a good idea.)
A few months ago we had taken Squishy to Ikea…Why do we keep thinking that’s a good idea? Anyway, as I was carrying my screaming overstimulated toddler through the parking lot, I noticed a young couple watching us and giggling. I looked at them and growled “Someday this will be you. You think it won’t, but it will.” He continued to smile, she got a glassy horrified look to her eyes. I guess I got through to one of them.
When you decide to bring a child into your life, you think it’s going to be all sunshine, rainbows, all organic produce and giggles. Then one day you find yourself explaining the concept of privacy to the little body throwing himself into the other side of the bathroom door. And you’re yelling about the concept of privacy very loudly so that the little ears on that little body can hear you over the loud thuds of them slamming into the door over and over and over. Then you find yourself asking “Can Mommy just pee in private this one time? I’ll give you a pack of fruit snacks when I get out!”. Yep. Before kids I thought those are things I’ll never say to my kids. Then I became a parent and I find myself saying things I never thought I would never say. So for those of you who are parents, it’s okay, we’ve all been there. We’re all going to be there at one point.

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Really, it’s okay. At least that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself.

Afternoon at Cosley Zoo

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Sunday afternoon we were looking for something fun to do with Squishy. After hearing about it from several locals we decided to head to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, IL. Squishy’s been asking to go to a zoo since it warmed up for spring. It’s just a short 20 minute drive for us. So Cosley Zoo is perfect for an afternoon outing!

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