I love Valentine’s Day! We have our house decorated, we took Valentine’s photos, we made Valentine’s mailboxes with items from Target’s dollar spot (thanks to my friend Renee for the awesome idea) and I already finished making FabDaughter’s Valentines. This year, I asked her if she wanted to hand out bubbles or glow sticks. She chose bubbles and is pretty excited to hand them out. I created her Valentine in Photoshop, printed it out on card stock and attached mini bubbles to the card using glue dots and pink twine. I used my hole punch to punch two small holes on the bottom left hand side in order to attach the bubbles to the card using the twine.
Valentine’s Work Station
Here is the finished product:-) They turned out pretty cute!
Don’t Burst My Bubble!
You can save the below image file to your computer for your own personal use. Enjoy:-)
Don’t Burst My Bubble Valentine
Above are pictures of a couple fast and easy, Pinterest inspired DIY Valentine’s Day decorations I made for our house. I bought all the supplies needed for both the “Family” and “Love” decorations at Michaels.
“Family” Shopping List:
- Spool of ribbon
- Wooden hearts
- Acrylic paint
- Letter stickers or sharpie
- Paint wooden hearts with 2 coats of acrylic paint.
- Using the letter stickers, spell out “Family” on one heart and then spell out each family member’s name on the other hearts. Or you can use a sharpie and hand write everything. Since I have the handwriting of a kindergartener, I chose to use glitter stickers.
- Cut a long piece of ribbon and cut the bottom with pinking shears (or scissors). Using a glue gun, attach the ribbon to the back of the “Family” heart and then glue on the remaining hearts under the “Family” heart.
- Make a bow out of the rest of your ribbon. I used this tutorial.
- Attach the ends of the bow to the back of the “Family” heart.
- Hang up on a hook or nail.
“Love” Shopping List:
- Wooden letters
- Krylon spray paint (I used red and clear glitter)
- Lay out newspaper in a well ventalated area.
- Spray paint your letters. I used 3 coats each.
Of course I also have my framed Valentine’s Subway Art and salt dough heart garland up!
A few weeks ago we went on a cruise, Royal Caribbean’s The Oasis of the Seas. It was FabDaughter’s first big vacation! The ship left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and traveled to Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. My parents, six of my aunts and uncles, my mom’s best friend and her husband also traveled with us. It was wonderful to spend 8 whole days together in paradise. We had an amazing time! FabDaughter experienced some new firsts including:
- 1st airplane ride
- 1st cruise
- 1st time playing in the sand on the beach
- 1st swim in the ocean
- 1st time out of the country
The Oasis of the Seas was perfect for kids and families. The ship has multiple pools but one area is just for kids and has a shallow pool (3.5 ft deep), splash areas with water guns, a heated wading pool, a hot tub and a circular pool with a current. We spent the majority of our pool time in the kids area.
Kids Pool Area
Besides swimming, I think FabDaughter’s favorite part of the vacation was the DreamWorks Experience (R) which included meet and greets and character dining with characters from Madagascar, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. She was ecstatic every time we came across one of her favorite characters. One of my favorite parts of the vacation was the DreamWorks character breakfast. There was music, dancing and each character came around to every table to take pictures. FabDaughter was PUMPED! So were Mommy, Daddy, Granny and Papa:-)
Something pretty funny happened while we were shopping in Jamaica. FabDaughter picked up a maraca type shaker in one of the stores and was having a blast shaking it. The sales lady wasted no time in coming over and trying to sell it to us. Then FabDaughter looked up at us with the cutest face and said “I wish I could take this home.” We were all laughing at how cute it was so we had to get it for her. I think after we bought it, something clicked in her smart little brain. Just the very next day FabDaughter took us into the toy store on the ship (yup, they have a toy store too) and proceeded to pick up every little toy, smile, look up at us and say “I wish I could buy that.” It didn’t work that time but it was still pretty funny. Now, every time she sees something she likes whether it’s a commercial or we are in a store she says “I wish I could buy that.” She just saw me writing this blog and the pictures and said “I wish I could go on a cruise again with Granny, Papa and Alex (the lion from Madagascar).”
FabDaughter & her new maraca
I did it. I graduated with a Master of Business Administration!
I still can’t believe that I’m FINALLY done with having to attend classes right after work, studying and writing papers! I couldn’t have done it without the support of my amazing husband and my parents!
The ceremony was on a Friday evening. I worked a half day and then left early to get a manicure and have plenty of time to get ready. My Mom, Pop, husband and daughter all came to the ceremony to cheer me on. I know a graduation ceremony isn’t an ideal setting for a toddler but it was important to me that FabDaughter attend even though she’s only 2 and a half. I hope that I have set (and will continue to set) a good example for her. I want her to know that if she works hard, she will be able to accomplish whatever she sets her mind to do. I hope that she learns how to grow up being a strong and independent woman (just like her mommy). Anyway, I packed a bag full of stuff to keep FabDaughter amused during the ceremony but no sooner than after the auditorium quiets down, I hear a scream that sounds vaguely familiar. Then I hear a “NO.” Yup, that was my daughter screaming loud as can be during the keynote speaker:-) I looked up and FabHubby was carrying her out of the auditorium. FabHubby and FabDaughter were able to watch from a loge that had audio playing inside so they didn’t really miss anything and FabDaughter got to play with another little girl during the ceremony. In fact, when FabHubby saw I was getting ready to head out of the auditorium to get in line backstage to receive my diploma, he brought FabDaughter out so they could meet me right before I went backstage. It was wonderful to see both of their faces right before I got in line to walk across the stage!
I am very proud that I was able to pull off getting a master’s degree while being a wife, mother and career gal. I am also very thankful and touched for all the support I have received from my family and friends! I can’t believe how many cards and gifts I received. I got a couple really amazing gifts too:-) On top of that my coworkers decorated my cube, took me to lunch and had a little party for me with yummy snacks and surprised me the graduation cap charm for my Pandora bracelet. I also got to have a fun dinner at PF Changs (one of my favorites) with most of my best friends. I wasn’t expecting anything from anyone outside of my immediate family and it sure made me feel loved!!
However, I was quite surprised that my “real” (biological) dad didn’t call me on graduation day. I didn’t invite him (but he never asked to come either) since I was leaving right after the ceremony to go see my Mom’s family (to celebrate my Granny’s 91st birthday) and would see him too in the same weekend. I did tell him on multiple occasions as well as emailed him the info and link so he could watch the live stream online if he wanted to. Well when he asked me “how classes were going” two days later, I realized why he didn’t call…because he forgot that I was graduating! This is the biggest thing I have ever done so far and it really kind of sucks that my own father didn’t really acknowledge my accomplishment. So many people did such nice things to for me so it’s kind of funny in a way… Well maybe not.
I am very lucky girl to have the most wonderful, loving and supportive husband. We are lucky to have such an amazing daughter. I’m lucky to have the best mom ever and such a loving step-dad who has been my “real” dad for the past 26 years. I am also lucky to have such a caring and supportive family and friends:-) I would like to thank you all for being in my life!
Happy New Year everyone! Whatever your plans are, I hope that you have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve celebration! FabHubby and I just put our daughter to bed. We are staying in and celebrating by watching movies and drinking champagne. I’m excited for our low-key festivities:-)
I have a lot of things I’m looking forward to in 2012. First, I will be receiving the Master of Business Administration degree in May, providing that I get through the last two courses I’m taking. It’s been a long road with working full-time and going to school part-time at night I’m very proud that I’ve made it this far (and with good grades)! My awesome parents are taking FabHubby, FabDaughter and I on a super fantastic vacation to celebrate! I’m definitely looking forward to some R&R and family time!
Next, my BFF, will be having twins in the spring! Yes, TWINS! (I’ll have to start referring to her as FabMomSB.) I’m so excited for her to experience all the joy and love that babies bring and she gets to experience it times TWO. Lucky gal! What an amazing miracle!! I can’t wait to meet them.
Finally, my brother-in-law is getting married! I’m definitely excited to have a sister-in-law! It will be the wedding of the decade. FabHubby, FabDaughter and I are all in the wedding party too.
What are some things in 2012 that you are looking forward to?
This is my first attempt at blogging so bear with me while I’m learning the ropes. I want to share with you all ideas about crafting, sewing, party planning, baking, fun things to do with your toddler…just to name a few! I would like to thank www.thecoffeeshopblog.com for her free storyboards and frames which I used when I created my header and will also be using to post pictures. I hope you enjoy my blog!