Baby Boy Thank Yous, part 4

Here it is – the final post in my short series of Baby Boy Thank You cards! (You can start here to see the others.) I said this at the beginning, but it bears repeating: Most of these cards could easily be adapted. A different color scheme, a different sentiment, and they’d be perfect for other occasions.

When I started making these, I wanted fairly simple, quick cards. After all, I had quite a few to make! I liked some, and didn’t love some, but these three are my favorites. I made several of each, and I will use these designs in the future for other things, though with a few changes and tweaks here and there.


I love blue and brown together. My Beloved says that combination, in just about any shades, is “girly,” and won’t let me have those colors in our bedroom, so I live vicariously through my crafting.  I wasn’t sure how well the combination of a hand print stamp and this sentiment would work out. I’d already cut out the oval with my Silhouette, and I don’t have a stamp positioner, so it was a lot of guessing and hoping. I like the double ribbon a lot! The top patterned ribbon adds some interest, but it was too thin and weak looking on its own. I like the amount of white space on this one, too. Nice and clean!


Not really a boy card, is it? But that’s okay. I didn’t intend for all of the cards to feel masculine. This one is a nice, basic thank you that works well for a female recipient. I love the blue background. It has a subtle, white swirl stitching pattern on it. Interesting without being too busy. The sentiment really stands out due to the darker color and white mat behind it, and the ribbon is the perfect embellishment to finish things off!
And here it is, my favorite card out of the dozen I’ve shown  you in this series…


What can I say? I love this card. Really, really love it. The shapes and sentiment are all so super simple. Just squares and rectangles. The interest all comes from the layering and the patterns. I like the weathered, distressed look on the edge of the sentiment. I just pressed it against a stamp pad that was starting to run out of ink. I inked all of the edges of the rectangles, which takes a bit of time, but it’s easy and the effect is absolutely worth it. Without that, this card would be flat and lifeless. I think this might become a go-to sketch for me. It would be so lovely in almost any pattern collection, and I can do it all with just a cutter, one stamp, and one ink pad. That’s pretty hard to beat!
Which is your favorite? How long did it take you to get thank you cards out after a baby? I’m ashamed to admit how long it takes me. Every time, I have sworn it would be better, and every time it has not been. Granted, we’ve had an unrelated major crisis after each baby, but that’s really no excuse. Maybe next time, if there is one, I’ll finally get it done in a timely manner!




Real Life Word Problem

Forget about two trains leaving the station and traveling toward each other. Learning to solve this kind of problem in school would have some definite real life application!

You arrive home from grocery shopping with a 5 year old, a 3 year old and a 5 month old. The 2 older children have gotten carsick on the ride home. They, their hair, and their seats are fairly covered with vomit. You have frozen, but rapidly thawing, groceries in the back of the minivan, which does not have a good air conditioner. It is 77 degrees outside. The baby is screaming, because he is hungry, wet and tired. (You are bottle feeding, so nursing while you take care of other things is not possible.) In which order do you take care of things?

In my case, I am very, very thankful for my Dad, who was home and immediately stepped in to help out.It was all solved quite quickly and was just a small blip in the middle of a quite wonderful day! He unloaded groceries while I started heating a bottle and getting a bath ready. Then he hung onto Monkey Man while I threw all of the frozen groceries in the freezer and did a super quick wash down of the girls. Without his help, I would have had to leave the baby screaming and/or the girlies icky for a bit.

Even if that happened, we’d all be fine today. I’m trying to learn to laugh at these kinds of things when they happen instead of being all grouchy and overwhelmed when I know that I’ll laugh about it later anyway. Today, it worked. My Beloved called right in the middle of it, and he laughed, because he could hear the humor in my voice. How much better for Mama to take these kinds of things with a smile, even a wry one, instead of furrowed brows and a sharp word. Praying that I remember that next time!

Stock Show part 2

Pony rides again, of course! This time with Grammie!

Pony ride with Grammie

I’m quite sure this is not the shot that anyone intended to get, but I absolutely love it!

A return to the carousel. They each wanted to try out different animals.

Another of my favorites from this day. I like the composition and love the colors!

Speaking of colors, check these out!

I’ve tried for the last year to get the girls on a kids’ roller coaster at every opportunity. Granted, that’s not many! I just knew they would love it, but Bunny was too small and Cricket would get right up to the front of the line, then get scared and bail. This time, without me saying a word, they both wanted to ride the dragon. The first time we were there, we didn’t have enough adults available to ride with them. On our second trip, my brother-in-law went with Cricket. It took her a bit of time to warm up to the ride, but she really did like it. I’m sure you can see from Bunny’s face how she felt about it! I could not stop laughing. Every time it dropped or sped up, she would scream with delight, then giggle until she was out of breath, then repeat it all the next time! I’m looking forward to the State Fair this fall to do it again!



Capturing moments

I don’t pretend to have something of great value to say here. I’m not all that original or interesting, to be honest. I’m just looking for a way to capture some moments from my life. Projects I’m working on, new skills I’m developing, and bits and pieces of my beautiful days. I want to intentionally focus on the lovely things in life, and I think blogging will help me to do that. I hope I’ll find myself laughing more and losing my temper less, pulling out the camera for “nothing special,” and just noticing things in a fresh way, whether those thoughts make it into this record or not.

I welcome your comments! It’s so motivating to know that others are “watching” what’s being said and done here. It feels a tiny bit like having company drop by, but without the frantic kicking small toys under the couch and making sure the potty seat is off of the toilet. I do hope you’ll join me here often and help me learn to keep my eyes on lovely.