Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
There are lots of these LDS abc books out there, but I love this one because I hand chose each and every picture and the words it went with. It was also fun to choose the different scrap book paper to match the different pictures. It's a cute custom made abc book that the boys love and it helps during sacrament meeting!
Each of them have a little lesson and story you can tell the kids about or they can just do the activity. On the back is a zip lock baggy stapled to the folder so we don't lose any og the laminated pieces. (They also have velcro on the back of each picture!)
Here are two matching games. One about being reverent and prayer and the other matching different foods that we eat. Brigham and Nathan have enjoyed these the most. They were really easy to put together and I'm glad to have them finally complete!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
So, it has been 2 years since the last time that I hacked my wife's account.
The link to the last birthday hack can be found by clicking that link.
I wanted to do it again, because there is a lot that needs to be said about this amazing woman that I somehow convinced to marry me 13 years ago. She has so many amazing qualities that have been reviewed in the previous birthday post above, but I wanted to add some more.
Lori continues to be an AMAZING MOM! She always puts the needs and desires of her family before her own. She is continually looking for activities for the boys to do with each other, and activities that we can do as a family. She keeps it all organized on a wall calendar and in her day calendar in her purse. She daily creates "to-do" lists to make sure that she gets everything done that she has planned for the boys and for the family. Even if it means sacrificing some of the things that she would like to do, she does it! And she doesn't complain about it!! I have heard countless times from other ladies that they don't know how she does everything that she does, but she definitely seems to do about 4-5X more than most other moms do.
In addition to being the MOM to our awesome family, Lori has graciously volunteered her time to help dozens of other moms struggling with their newborns or the issues of parently newborns. I have often termed Lori the "baby whisperer" because I have found that she has an amazing knack to just know what newborns need. She has the amazing skills to parent these newborns throughout their difficulties and wants to share that knowledge with other people. I know there are a bunch of moms out their who are grateful for the time she has taken to help them out, whether in person or over the phone...
Lori is also a COUPONER! She takes those awesome organization skills and applies it to saving our family LOTS of money. She scans various websites that offer great deals and then makes sure that she has all the right coupons printed and clipped, to maximize our savings. I have been with her on a number of occasions and seen over 50% savings on things that we actually use everyday. I am not talking about storage of more dish soap that the neighborhood could ever possibly consume, I am talking about savings on things like cereal, soup, snacks, etc. that our 6 boys eat on a daily basis. Thank you for taking the time to organize and save us money!!!
Lori is CRAFTY (sung in the same manner as the Beastie Boys). She absolutely LOVES to craft. She seems to be making new crafts all of the time. Some are to give away as gifts, but most are to be used around the house to make things feel more like a home. She is able to look at ideas on the internet and then make them pretty easily. She loves posting these crafts here on the blog to share with you guys and let you know how they turned out.
Lori is also the QUEEN OF PARTIES and HAVING FUN! Whenever she enters a room, her enthusiasm is contagious. People just love to have fun when she is around, and Lori loves to have fun, so it is a win-win. She loves to host parties at the house, and I think those who have attended would say that it is always a LOT of fun with the fun activities and food that are provided. She is an AMAZING PRIMARY CHORISTER and I know that the kids at church always have a ton of fun with the things that she does with them. Rather than doing the same thing over and over, she is constantly striving to find new ideas to implement and make the primary singing experience fun and spiritual at the same time.
Lori loves to ORGANIZE GROUPS for common ideas and fun! She read on a blog about a produce co-op, and thought to herself, "I can do that!". And she did. She sought out the necessary information to obtain the produce from a local wholesaler, and then found out which ladies in the area would be interested in participating. This number has grown now to over 50 women who enjoy the blessings of discounted produce on a weekly basis. Lori also organized a Photog group on Facebook, where they photograph a key word each week and then share them with each other. Lori then uses these pictures to create a collage of all of the contributions. It is a LOT of fun!
Lori is also an AMAZING Blogger!!! As you can probably tell, if you have spent any time at all on this site, she puts a LOT of effort in reporting to others how much fun we are having as a family. She puts a LOT of effort into compiling summaries of what we have done, or sharing ideas of things that she has run across that you might enjoy. I know she check the blog daily looking for comments from her readers, and she is always thrilled when you take the time to comment on a post that she has made. PLEASE leave more comments, because this definitely makes her feel that more people are reading the things that she writes. She will often get comments from people that they had read about "that" on her blog, but then they never made a comment. Don't be a lurker.... LOL A lurker is someone who reads the blog, and never posts any comments...
Lori is the BEST WIFE IN THE WORLD! She is sassy and sexy, and always keeps me on my toes... She loves to cuddle up an watch movies or TV in bed. She loves to make cute little gifts for me for my birthday, anniversary, or for no reason at all. She understands who I am as a person, what I enjoy to do, and what she can do to support me in the many things that I have on my plate. While she would love to have me around more on a daily basis, she understands when I can't be, and just makes the time we do have together count that much more.
In the Book of Mormon, it says that if all men were like unto Captain Moroni, the very depths of hell would be shaken. Well, I would go so far as to say that if all women were like unto Lori Thompson, the same depths of hell would be shaken.
There is a quote that I have seen recently on Pinterest that says "Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says 'Uh, oh... She's up!'". Well I am happy to say, that Lori is THAT kind of WOMAN, and she is definitely MY KIND OF WOMAN!!!
There is lap swimming, a jacuzzi, a Whirlpool area., a huge open area for lessons or playing...
Slides, and 2 other play structures for children to play on. So fun!
Gavin is almost swimming by himself, he will be ready when the summer comes!
They are having a great time and I enjoy the hour break!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I made most serious but also added in some funny ones. He really is just the best kind of guy! He is always working so hard to help serve and protect me and the boys. I love you Scott!
I placed them all in a basket with some white tulle underneath. So cute and fun!
Monday, February 13, 2012
I wanted to make this idea a little more fun by using hearts with scratchers on them. I wrote a bunch of fun songs and covered it with gold paint for the children to scratch off to discover which song we would sing. This scratch idea was found here.
It was a family affair helping me put this project together. THANKS Will and Scott!!! It turned out great! The kids really enjoyed this activity. I made 8 envelopes and 16 scratch hearts (8for jr. an 8 for sr.!) The scratchers will also work for several other holidays and special events. The kids loved it!
A large piece of cake with ice cream...
...and opening a few gifts! He wanted a new football, and got it!
Around the house there were balloons for Gavin for his birthday. There's money in them and so he was excited to pop all the balloons around the house!
Gavin is really into X-Men and the Wolverine character. Hence the pencil claws and popping method! Silly boy!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
After measuring my banner, and then deciding how large I wanted the triangles, I them started cutting the cute material with a cream backing. (That was extra material I had when I made tunic's for Gavin's Star Wars birthday party last year!)
I sewed the pieces together...
added embellishments...and sewed the white pom-pom's on.
Cute, easy and fun. I did make it waaaay too long. (I even measured! UGH!)But I love it. At V and Co. they have a great tutorial! She is super talented!