I've spent the last couple of days in Topeka, learning about current education legislation and issues. I traveled there with four other board of education members from my school district and was blessed with their conversation, ideas and knowledge. We were able to do some lobbying that I pray will have a positive effect for students, teachers and staff in our district as well as across the state of Kansas.
I love cute mugs. Almost as much as I love the coffee that I put in them.
And doesn't coffee seem to taste even better in a cute mug?
Here are a few of my favorites.
I love my sheep mug - a good friend gave it to me.
The verse on it is Ephesians 2:10.
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do"
LOVE a girly K-State mug, and the Dylan's mug
is from my first (but not last) trip to NYC.
The peacock mug reminds of a lady I loved dearly as a young child - I called her "Nanny"
and thought she was my grandma. She had beautiful peacocks roaming around
her quiet Oklahoma property and I loved to treasure-hunt for their feathers.
She used to rock me to sleep, even after I was way too big to rock to sleep.
Starbucks Christmas cup - 'nuff said.
I bought my Cinderella cup on a shopping trip with my dear friend Beth, who I miss so much. It says "I dreamt that my whole castle was clean."
You and me both, sister!
Pumpkins - Cuz, you know, we have a pumpkin patch.
I carry that mug out to the barn every week day in October
so I can sip my coffee in between field trips.
I gave this mug to Grant last year on Valentine's Day.
We were at Winter Park and I fell in love with it at the Starbucks in the Village.
The kids thought it was hilarious that I gave Grant this mug - because
they knew who it was really for.
Grant felt bad (for a second) when I handed him a gift to unwrap,
because we had agreed not to exchange gifts. I use it almost every day.
It might be my favorite.
We happened to be at Winter Park for Valentine's Day this year too.
So not to break tradition, I bought "Grant" another mug.
I think he had a clue what it was when he found it
wrapped up in front of the coffee maker that morning.
I'm breaking it in for him today. What can I say? I'm a giver!
We have packing for Winter Park down to a science. I thought I'd share three things that we always pack.
1. Roll-Out Piano
2. Jammie Pants Pillow
These pillows are so easy to make. Take one pair of soft pajama pants, turn wrong side out, sew the legs closed. Turn the pants right side out, stuff with pillow stuffing and sew the waist closed. My kids LOVE these! If your jammie pants are too long, just trim them to the length you want before sewing the legs closed. They're great to use in the car! And a fun gift! Now...where was I?
Grandma Viv blessed our kiddos with snowball makers while she was here to help us celebrate Hope's birthday. And we still had one drift of snow left out front to try them out with. I was also trying out a new little point and shoot camera so I apologize for the less than clear pictures. Oh well!
By the time I made it out of the kitchen and onto the front porch with the camera we were down from five kids playing in the snow to two. Paige and Hart were happy to give me a demo though.
Do you see Sophie at the edge of the pic? She is our neighbor's dog and she LOVES to play catch. See her eyeing Hart's snowball? She knows what's coming! I bet her mouth was frozen after catching all those snowballs. She loves to be in the middle of a game of catch with a football and we've even seen her playing tetherball with our kids. It's a sight! And where does a kiddo stick a snowball maker to keep the dogs from carrying it off?
In the little tiny pear tree, of course. They are red - can I consider them Valentine's Day decor?
There was even a big enough patch of snow left out back to do a little bit of sledding.
My kids love getting a brand new box of crayons. I do too. But I always feel a little guilty for throwing away the old crayons that have a lot of color left in them, but they're just not fresh anymore. I know just how they feel. So I was so excited to pick up a Christmas cake pan in January (translation: cheap!) and recycle our tired, old crayons into fresh, new winter shaped colors. It's so easy!
First we peeled the paper off the crayons. Then we sprayed our Christmas pan with a little Pam, broke the crayons into smaller pieces and filled the shapes with the broken pieces. The fuller, the better. We mixed our colors a little bit for the fun of it.
Bake at 275* for 3-5 minutes and then CAREFULLY remove from the oven to cool. Let them cool completely and then they'll pop right out of the pan.
Make sure EVERYONE in your household knows these pretty things are crayons (i.e. not edible). My always-hungry teenage son almost ate one. Even after he found out they were crayons, he was tempted.
I picked up a hearts pan last week and can't wait to make some Valentine crayons next.
I've tried EveRYthiNg to be able cut an onion without crying and nothing ever worked. Until...I was desperate for chopped onion one day when Grant wasn't at home to chop, chop, chop for me. One lonely pair of ski goggles had made it in from the Suburban from our December ski trip and landed in the mudroom instead of the goggle tub. Yay for me! I stuck them on, said a quick prayer and started chopping. NO TEARS! No burning eyes. No running from the room like I was on fire to gulp non-oniony air. Now my precious onion goggles rest on a shelf by my sink and I put onion in almost everything I cook right now...because I can. :)