Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Reusable Treat Container

We get lots of fun treats at work to celebrate different holidays.  It's usually some sort of box or bowl or cup filled with candy and other small goodies.  This is really fun and festive.  But, once I finish all the goodies inside, I can never figure out what to do with the container.  The new minimalist in me, thought long and hard about this.  I don't have a use for this plastic cup.  I don't want to throw it away.  This doesn't look like a recyclable plastic.  I guess I will bring it home for Baby to put things in (which I did).  I wish there was a way that I didn't have a new goody container to find a use for each time.  Wouldn't it be cool if we had something that just got reused each time?  I COULD MAKE SOMETHING!  HOW FUN!  I COULD MAKE THEM PERSONALIZED AND REALLY CUTE!  

So, I did.  Our goodie planner suggested terra cotta pots.  I looked online and found a few ideas I liked.  I knew I wanted everyone's names on them and I wanted chalkboard paint, so that they could be customized for each occasion.  I also wanted to make sure that the girls had something really cute, and the guys had something less girly.  Here's what I came up with.

Monday, October 28, 2013

My Melting Heart

I walked into the house after a disappointing day.  He came around the corner with a huge smile on his face and melted my heart.

I put my things away, gave him some cuddles, and he informed me he wanted to eat.  He happily munched on his apple slices and devoured his waffle.  He tried some new things and fed me cheese.  He had a difficult time understanding that we didn't have any more pouches and he had to eat what was on his plate.  He pitched a little fit, but still, he melted my heart.

We went outside to play on the slide while we waited for Daddy to get ready.  He pushed the doorbell on his little house and said, "knock knock" and waited for me to respond with "ding dong".  He climbed up the steps and slid down the slide on his belly, then ran around to do it again.  I sat on the sidewalk and watched his sweet self, climbing and sliding and pushing his doorbell.  He melted my heart.

After going to the store to get diapers and pouches and bananas (three things very important to my 1 year old),  I followed him into his room to help him put away his diapers.  He laid on his bed, patted it, and said, "Mama!"  I laid down next to him and he grinned a happy grin, and he melted my heart.

I took off his shirt, because it was soaked with water.  He rubbed his skin because it felt so good to be a little freer.  He walked into the living room to get Daddy and round him up as if thinking, We should all be together.  Please Daddy, come in here with us.  He ran back into his room to find me.  Daddy sat in the chair, but he patted the mattress and said, "Dada!".  "I'm too big, Bubbuh, you come sit with me."  So he sat in his Daddy's lap, shirtless, and listened to him read about a zebra with rainbow stripes.  They melted my heart.

He found his measuring cups in his basket and ran to the stove to cook something for us.  He returned to give us each a bite.  He found his water bottle full of beads and laughed hysterically while Daddy shook it all around his body and through his legs.  He tried to do it himself, and he melted my heart.

These are the moments that melt my heart.
The moments that happen every day,
under my nose,
and I often fail to notice.

Imagine the joy my heart would find, if I would simply stop more often and take it in.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Toddlers...and Talking..and God

Toddlers are great.  Like, totally my favorite.  Part of me wishes that Baby Boy would not grow beyond now and would stay a toddler forever.  Then, as I have more kids, they would all grow to toddlerhood and stop, as well.  Eventually, I would have a house full of bubbly, independent, exploring, toddling kiddos.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

September Sweetheart

I'm back.  Did you notice anything new?  I've got a few changes going on around here.

This blog has moved.  I started this blog as a place to write about my crafts.  But, as I wrote and shared, I realized that there were other things close to my heart.  Other things I enjoy sharing.  And so, I outgrew Nicole's Craftastic Life, and my online journey has a new home.

You can still find me on blogger, if you follow me there, or if you type in the old address, and you will be getting the same content as everybody else.  But, my blog is now a website!  You can find me at

So, welcome to September Sweetheart!