Valentine’s Printable Banner…

After the Christmas decor comes down and I’ve finished sweeping the red and green glitter – I like to get my house back in order. It always feels like Valentine’s sneaks up on me and it seems I’m never quite ready to deck the house out again in holiday decor. Don’t get me wrong – I love to decorate for the holidays, but some holidays I go for simple and Valentine’s is one of them.

In the past I’ve made many red and pink crafts including the Valentine’s rag banner that hangs along our entertainment center. I also think it’s fun to get the kids involved and have them help make some decorations. Here’s a printable banner I designed for them to color.
Valentine's Printable Banner for Kids
Valentine's Printable Banner for Kids
Valentine's Printable Banner for Kids
Valentine's Printable Banner for Kids
Valentine's Printable Banner for Kids
For full instructions and the free printable download, go to howdoesshe.com.

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Phone life…

Here’s life according to our phones in December.

Cannon came home from his friend’s house with this little polaroid picture. We’ve taped it to the inside of the kitchen cabinet and every time I open it, I have to smile.

Briggs’ is discovering the art of Selfies!

And he’s finally warming-up to family members. We went to a gathering before Christmas and he was a little quiet, but he climbed up on my sister-in-law’s lap and sat there for a good amount of time. Other’s tried luring him away from her but he was not about to move. After Christmas when Steve’s brother came to town to visit, the minute they walked in the door, he ran straight to them and gave them hugs. This is serious progress.

Steve had a buddy invite him to a Suns game. They left and I got a call just two minutes later. There was an extra ticket not spoken for – Hunter was in! His first professional basketball game and it was a good one.

I love this picture of santa that the bass pro shop gave us – with Santa’s eyes closed. Luckily I had my camera as well. But we still hung this one up because the kids thought it was great.

Steve and I celebrated 14 years of marriage. Wow. We’re definitely better together.

Hallie’s first time hiking camelback – and the helicopter that came really close was the highlight!

The kids sleeping under the tree the night before Christmas eve – because we’re not nice enough to let them do it on Christmas eve! 🙂

Found this gem. Not sure who did it!

Briggs all dressed up for Christmas eve Sunday service – decked out in his dapper bow tie. He surprisingly left it on the whole time.

After a dinner with Steve’s brother and wife we were walking them back out to our car when we found that some friends had dropped off some glasses on our doorstep. They are special 3D Christmas glasses that turn all the lights into special shapes – candy canes, snowmen, reindeer – and so many more. We had tried them before but Bob and Virginia had never heard of them so we had them try them out. The funniest exchange took place. They were fascinated by what they were seeing and could not be more amazed with the technology behind these simple paper glasses – like a kid on Christmas morning! We had a good laugh as they marveled at all they were seeing. Funny enough – my brother and his family who were also here a few days later were equally excited and fascinated with them.

Cannon all bundled up for a “chilly” Arizona morning.

Some birthday smoothie love from our friends at Dutch Bros. I’m not a coffee drinker but I am impressed with that business. There is always a line of cars and a line of people standing outside – and there’s a starbucks across the street. They’re clearly doing something right!

Getting ready to ring in the new year and I couldn’t help but chuckle with Cannon’s placement of his glasses over his coat. A coat that was a little overkill for sparklers!

And with that – December is wrapped up on our phones!

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Treading Water quote…

Treading water is just about the best description of motherhood and the stage we’re in right now. I love when Jim Gaffigan jokes about having four kids. “You know what it’s like having a fourth kid? Imagine you’re drowning, then someone hands you a baby.” We used that line over and over again…until we had five kids! And although we laughed about it – it was all too true.

I came across this quote recently and it touched my heart.

Treading Water Quote

It spoke to me. Probably because of my stage of life but partly because it speaks truth. Yes, treading water is a necessary part of swimming, but it doesn’t get you anywhere. What it does is buys you time and energy until you can continue swimming. The hard part is we start treading water and we never seem to stop. And all the while we start getting frustrated that we’re treading at all and then we start to swallow water. Perhaps the question starts to cross your mind, “Why did I even jump in?!” Or you question if you even know how to swim.

We forget. We know how to swim. We love to swim. But swimming in waves has its challenges, so we tread. Luckily, waves change. Treading water today, this week, or this month doesn’t mean we won’t be able to swim soon. And it’s once we start swimming that we’re reminded just how much we truly love it.

 

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My little explorer…

His knees are always dirty (he loves to dive when catching the football). He loves wearing tall socks and pulls them up as high as they will go. He always has a watch on his wrist. And he’s only worn pants one time to school this year. I think he’s making it a point to wear shorts every day and most of the time doesn’t he wear a sweatshirt. He loves to play, he loves to explore. I love to watch him experience the world.

Childhood is too short.

Nikon d750 | 24-120 mm lens | 1/500 Shutter | f/ 4.0  | 100 ISO

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Watercolor Wednesday…

I ventured out of hand lettering for my watercolor practice today and I’m pretty sure this is going to push me past my comfort zone. I’m not sure why I get so nervous every time I pick up the brush – still unsure as to how this whole process works.

watercolors

I had several questions regarding supplies and tutorials so I’m going to give you a quick rundown of how I’m figuring this out.

Scrapbook.com has 10 free watercolor classes which is great for the newbie painter. You sign up with your email and it will unlock the classes. I started with the first class that taught some basics and then worked my way through a few of them. Another great resource was a blog with so many video tutorials. One of my co-workers from college, Kristina Werner, is a creative genius. No, she really is. She was creative then and she’s even more creative now. I would often see her posts pop up in my Facebook feed and it always peaked my interest when it was watercolor based. So last fall I went through her blog and found all her posts/tutorials related to watercolors. She posts a video about her process on the project and then posts links to all of the materials she uses. I took notes on countless videos and comprised my own shopping wish list on Amazon. At Christmas, I just shared my wish list with Steve and miraculously he found all the things I wanted! 😉

Here’s a couple things from my wish list (Amazon aff. links):





Here are a couple notes: I love this Kuretake pallet. It has so many great colors and they’re so vibrant on the paper. And I’m realizing its going to last me a long time. I know they also have a couple other pallets with less colors making it less expensive. Watercolor paper is a must – its what allows the paint to stay wet for so long. I’ve been using both traditional paint brushes as well as some of these brushes that you fill with water. I think I prefer the brushes you fill with water for both lettering and painting. The tips seems to be more predictable.

If you need some inspiration, here’s some fun Instagram accounts based on watercolor painting I’ve enjoyed – I love when they post videos of their painting – it really helps learn the process.
@Prima_watercolor
@JeshyPark
@LuluInkDesigns
@hellolovelypeople_

 

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