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Happy Birthday To Us!

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Two years ago, I took a chance and started blogging. Two years ago, I started writing about our experiences as first-time parents to a beautiful baby girl and the chaos of living with two cats and two dogs. Two years went by really, really fast (read: stop growing up, Zoey Grace).

So, what did we do this past weekend, our birthday weekend? Greg and I took Zoey to family swim at the YWCA, we watched Zoey’s new favorite show, Wipeout, I crocheted a bit and we all took a nap–you know, a typical Saturday and Sunday. It was partly because I forgot this was our birthday weekend, but also because I think the best way to celebrate something like this is spending time with the awesome people who make up this blog and make me a better person.

I love you, Gregory James and Zoey Grace–my two favorite people in the whole world. Thank you for encouraging me and helping me to create memories and, therefore, stories for this here dog-and-pony-show blog.

And thanks to all of the readers, who have hung in there and supported us with comments, likes and follows. We hope you stick around and enjoy our adventures.

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DIY: Tye Dyed Easter Eggs

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If you know me even a little bit, you probably know that I tend to come up with these crazy, way-too-big-and-yet-brilliant ideas (typically centered around crafts). And most of the time, I actually try them out, which is why I was able to make pinwheel flowers and a pennant banner for Zoey’s first birthday, a tutu for Halloween (not for me) and homemade Christmas gifts two years ago. It’s also why I learned to crochet and scrapbook. But that doesn’t mean I always finish my big projects, which is why I have a TON of scrapbooks that need journaling, Zoey’s blanket is only halfway done and I have a HUGE list of crafts on pinterest that I haven’t even tried yet (brilliant ideas to come, right?).

All of that being said, a couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about coloring Easter eggs with Zoey and Greg. Then I got a couple of parenting magazines in the mail and started playing around on pinterest and I saw all of these awesome egg coloring ideas that are so different from the usual dunk them in a cup of dye. And I thought, Hey! Why couldn’t I try a bunch of them for this little dog-and-pony-show blog? That’s how my latest grandiose idea was born.

But I didn’t expect to run short on time, so I had to pare my egg coloring ideas down to just a couple and one of them I present to you now: tye dyed eggs.

I have to give credit where credit is due: I found this idea on pinterest, but it originally came from www.housingaforest.com.

Here we go:

DSC01585What you’ll need:

White eggs–any size

Push pin

Toothpick

Sharpie markers in different colors

Rubbing alcohol

Bowl

Some type of dropper (we used an old baby medicine syringe/dropper)

Instructions:

1. Gently, poke a hole on each side of the raw egg. To do this, we used a push pin.

2. Use the toothpick to make the hole on the bottom of the egg just a tiny bit bigger than the hole on the top:

DSC015893. Reach your toothpick into the larger hole and move it around a bit–this scrambles the yolk and makes it easier to get it out of the egg.

4. Hold the egg over an empty bowl with the larger hole facing the bowl and gently blow into the smaller top hole. You’ll see egg yolk start to come out after a couple breaths. Keep blowing until all of the yolk is out of the egg and into the bowl. Discard or make scrambled eggs.

5. Once the egg is cleaned out, start coloring the shell with Sharpie markers. If you’re doing this with kids, make sure they know not to push down too hard on the egg with the marker or squeeze the egg.

DSC015976. After you’ve colored your eggs, put the rubbing alcohol into your dropper and slowly drip it over each egg. The colors will run and start to blend in really awesome ways.

7. Let dry and then display:

DSC01603Some things to note: the original instructions from the source I used hard-boiled the eggs first, but also warned that once you color on the shells, the eggs should not be eaten because there is a chance the Sharpie marker could have bled through the shell and onto the egg. We fixed this problem by blowing out the eggs first. Also, the more color on each egg, the prettier it becomes when the colors blend.

St. Baldricks 2013, Part One

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First of all, let’s hear it for Team Carol Freeland, who raised $2,730 dollars for childhood cancer research!! Greg, Cory, Pete, Jason, Mike and Keith–your family and friends and this here dog-and-pony-show blog are incredibly proud of you boys.

Oh my gosh, St. Baldricks was SO much fun this year. Just the same as last year, we made it into a whole day thing and it was totally worth it. And don’t worry–as promised, I took lots of pictures.

So, let’s get right to it:

For a couple of days right before St. Baldricks, Greg and I were a little worried because we had arranged for Zoey to spend the day with her Aunt Kim and cousin Lisa at their house, but then Lisa got sick. So we weren’t sure if Zoey was going to be able to go there or if (because we had no other alternative) we’d have to take her with us to the event. Down the road, I’d love if she did go with us to support her Daddy, but right now she’s a sort of too little for all of that. Thankfully, though, Lisa was feeling better by Sunday, the day of St. Baldricks and we dropped Zoey off right before lunchtime.

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The Crew In Review: A Whole Week of Stories, Part One

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This week has seemed to fly by, which wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t feel like we were all just caught up in a whirlwind of events and craziness. And now that it’s slowly starting to settle down, I finally have a chance to take a deep breath and review what all happened. Lucky for you guy, right?

This past Saturday, Zoey had her third swimming lesson and it was anything but stellar. She was all about the kick boards this time, still on the fence about the pool noodles and she didn’t understand why they just couldn’t play ring around the rosy over and over again while in the pool (there is a portion of the lesson where they sing songs while bouncing around in a circle in the water). And even that much could have been enough to handle if she hadn’t also decided in the past week to test all boundaries LIKE A BOSS and start throwing multiple tantrums IN THE MIDDLE OF THE POOL AT THE YWCA OMG. We’re talking a wriggling toddler, who is also screaming (her other new thing that we’re trying to nip in the bud), and complaining that she wants to sing ring around the rosy NOW.

Seriously.

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Zoey’s Second Swimming Lesson

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Okay, this past Saturday, Zoey had her second swimming lesson and it went SO much better than the first one. Greg and I had talked to her a few times during the week about listening to her teacher and doing what they say–I think it helped a bit that we said Mommy and Daddy had to listen and do as the teachers said because we’d be in the pool too. And on the way to the YWCA, she and I talked about how AWESOME kick boards can be and how she should at least TRY to use one. I gave her the choice about whether or not to accept the pool noodles–that was just a battle I wasn’t willing to wage.

So we got there early, which gave us enough time to make sure Zoey was all ready for her lesson and also, to watch the class before us. By some stroke of luck, the class before us was a class of older kids, which Zoey automatically was incredibly interested in watching (although she wanted to get in the pool with them).

Watching the swimming lesson before ours

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