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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by nattya61 on July 15, 2012

Warning: Snarky post ahead. Turn back if you are easily offended because I don’t have time to deal with that crap. There’s also some love in the post too. I don’t hate everyone…close, but not everyone. *wink* Read the rest of this entry »


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Pinteresting Project – Fireworks Shirt

Posted by nattya61 on July 9, 2012

I found this idea on Pinterest (yes, I’m obsessed) to make Nick a fireworks shirt. It was actually pretty easy, but it turned out a little trashy-crafty, so Nick only wore it to play at the YMCA. It also didn’t wash too well (the paint stuck to itself and when I un-stuck it some tore off…even after washing it according to the directions (inside out in cold) and hanging it up to dry). I figure we’ll keep it around for Nick to wear when doing something extra messy, like other Pinterest crafts.

I was such a cheap and easy craft, that I still recommend that you give it a try either for or with your kiddo(s).

I used:

– red, blue, gold, and silver puff paint
– paper plates (I put paper plates in-between shirt layers instead of paper, and it worked just fine.)
– 9 pipe cleaners (but I recommend 18…you’ll see why below)
– a white t-shirt

Items Needed

Follow the directions in the blog linked above. However, I recommend that for each firework you want to make, use clean pipe cleaners. Here’s why:

Close-Up of Firework

This was my second firework. By this point, the colors bled more than I would have liked because on the other firework the blue was put on top of the red, then the silver and gold (which I mixed on the plate instead of doing these colors separately), which meant they all ran together. Thus, for this firework, the colors were already kind of mixed on the pipe cleaners.

Here is the finished shirt. I had to extend part of the fireworks because I spilled some paint. Be warned, this project ends up being messy because you really have to press down on the pipe cleaners and the paint bleeds through onto your fingers. Wash your hands in between each color, or you’ll end up with paint everywhere.

All Done!

See, it’s not terrible.

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Dinosaur Train Birthday Bash

Posted by nattya61 on April 27, 2012

The week before we moved (post to come on that later), we had a Dinosaur Train Birthday Bash for Nick’s third birthday. He loved it! It took a bit of planning, but once everything was all decorated, it looked great! Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy Anniversary!

Posted by nattya61 on April 27, 2012

Four years ago yesterday, I married the most amazing, handsome, funny, intelligent man. He respects me, understands me, and makes each day better than the one before. With Bryan, things are easy, with that perfect mix of comfortable and exciting.

I love you, Bryan! Forever and ever!

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Posted by nattya61 on April 4, 2012

Nicholas turns three tomorrow! All I have left to do for his party  is vacuum and move some boxes into the bedroom tomorrow before we head out to get his cake and cookies. This year his birthday seems even more special because he really understands that tomorrow is his birthday and that means a party, chocolate cake, and presents. He has grown up so much in just the past month. He read his first book and can spell and write even more words now. It’s so cute to watch him walk around saying, “Happy Birthday, Nicholas!” followed by him spelling it out. He’s also more cuddly than ever. He loves to come up to us and ask for kisses and hugs. Then he’ll say, “Awe! So sweet!”

It still seems like just yesterday Bryan and I were in the hospital, anxiously waiting for Nicholas to pop out. My pregnancy and delivery were anything but easy, but I’d do it all over again to have my little boy. I wouldn’t do it for any other kid except for him.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Nicholas! We love you, forever and ever!

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Valentine’s Day!

Posted by nattya61 on February 14, 2012

I love Valentine’s Day, always have. Read the rest of this entry »

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2011 – The Year in Review

Posted by nattya61 on December 30, 2011

2011 was a good year for us. Our financial situation vastly improved, so we were able to do a lot of things we’d been putting off. I got all of my teeth fixed, Bryan and I each got new glasses, and Bryan underwent the knife so we won’t have to worry anymore about giving Nicholas an accidental brother or sister. We finally joined the 21st century and got the Wi-Fi at home, a blue-ray player, and a smartphone, and we paid off enough bills that it looks like we’ll be able to move into a much nice apartment by our anniversary this year. Yes, this was a good year!

This year also came with some much needed lessons, from ones that were fun to learn and not-so-fun:

I learned how to bake, like really bake, like put Betty Crocker to shame bake. I also learned do not broil marshmallows unless the rack is on the lowest position possible, or you will set the oven on fire (at least in our crappy oven).

I learned that I can do more than I ever thought possible, as long as I stay organized and not try to do everything at once.

I learned that some people are simply bad and there is no changing them, and that life is so much better once you cut them completely out of  yours. You can’t fix stupid, but you can’t fix hateful either, and when you find a person who is both, stay far far away!

I learned that I have the best husband ever (yes, I already knew that, but it was definitely reinforced this year). I am very lucky to have found a respectful, intelligent, funny, loyal, and amazing man who loves me as much as I love him.

I learned that Nicholas really might be an evil genius someday. That kid is only two and can frickin read and count and is starting to learn to add. Yeah, that’s my son!

I can only hope that 2012 is as good as 2011. I know it won’t be perfect, but if we keep together, keep working hard, and keep loving each other, we have a lot to look forward to.

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A Very Merry Kendall Christmas Extravaganza

Posted by nattya61 on December 26, 2011

After a long absence from the blogging world, I decided to write a little post about our Christmas. It was probably the best Christmas I’ve had as an adult. We kept things relaxed this year and stayed at home, so everything seemed extra cozy. Even though we don’t celebrate Christmas like the average Missourians, we still have a lot of fun with our own meaningful traditions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nicholas Is Two!!

Posted by nattya61 on April 6, 2011

Yesterday, Nicholas had his second birthday! Bryan and I were both off Saturday through yesterday, so Nicholas basically had four days of birthday. He definitely enjoyed his long birthday weekend! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by nattya61 on December 31, 2010

Well, it’s been a while. Nick has been growing and changing so much in the past few months. We had a quiet Thanksgiving at home, which allowed us to really gear up for Christmas. We went all out this year and decorated every room in the apartment. Nick loved looking at the Christmas tree, stockings, and presents. For Christmas, I took the week off and on Thursday we traveled to Salem to be with family. We had a great time and Nick really took in a haul of gifts this year. We are so thankful for our family and our time together.

I was sad when Christmas was over, but now I’m getting excited about Valentine’s Day and Nick’s birthday. It’s like the holidays are only half way through for us! I love Valentine’s Day with all the hearts and red and pink everywhere. Then, in April Nick will turn 2! I can hardly believe it. He’s turning into such a sweet little boy who loves to give kisses and hugs.

The Tuesday before Christmas we had some family pictures taken. I was excited with how well they turned out.

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