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“Hey little lady, can you get my frisbee?”

21 Mar

Oh, kids. They truly say the most interesting things at times don’t they?! Hence the reason my days are so full of fun, smiles, and laughter, and sometimes challenges (which I enjoy, as there is never a dull moment with two busy boys!)

The title of this post is what Mack said atop his play structure to the “little lady” up on her ¬†balcony from a home behind us. It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud! Tried to get it again naturally on video, but to no avail. Etched in my memory for sure ūüôā ¬†Thankfully the “little lady” from next door did not hear his plea (although at some point I am sure we will have our frisbee back).

It has been months since I have written on this blog and g-ma kindly reminded me of this a few weeks back. Now that I have a decent sized screen, compared to the 10.1 inch netbook I was using previously, I hope I am¬†more consistent in my posts for g-ma, aunties, uncles, mom, dad, and all you wonderful followers. ūüôā

Much has happened in the past few months. Little One, is not so little any more. He is climbing, and saying many new words. Also amazing me daily with his comprehension of more complex things.

Both boys are great lovers of books and are always thrilled going together for a trip to the library. This has been a joy of mine to see their love of books, for it is in books that we learn and new worlds open up to us.

Machine books

Will be back again by early next week with some new updates!

take care,

Nanny G

p.s. For the record, she was a little lady. Adorable for sure, but not sure she would want to be told she was little.



Shhh…..Don’t tell!

15 Jun

Fathers Day is coming up and I have been looking for the perfect gift. Pinterest had many ideas but none that really struck my fancy. I wanted something simple and classy. This idea originally came from pinterest, the fact that I used an apron. Dad likes to grill so I thought what a great way to give something useful as well as creative.

For this project you will need:

  • An apron (I used black)
  • Fabric paint
  • Paper plate (s)
  • Baby wipes

I purchased the apron at Williams Sonoma and was surprised it was just under $20.00. It is cotton and nice and sturdy, plus I love the cut. Paper plates are not a have to but they sure make the job easier on cleanup!

I looked online to find a suitable saying and laid my design out on paper first. The puff paints were a bit challenging to use, but I managed. The time I gave myself for this project was limited so I had to have the kids put their hand prints on while the writing was still drying (not ideal, but it turned out!).



Here is the finished product. Shhh…don’t tell, it is a surprise for fathers day (We’ll see how long Mack can keep that secret)!


What is your favorite memory of your Father?

Have a neat gift you have given?

Happy with the results!

Nanny G

When you hold my hand, you hold my heart

19 May

When it comes to gifts for Mothers (esp. of the charges I work with) I find that personal is best. This mothers day I decided on the hand print. Ran across a great idea (you guess it, Pinterest again!).

I liked the idea of having a hand print for each year. Have seen the heavy clay hand prints, and while those are fun…they are heavy and cumbersome and I haven’t seen them¬†displayed¬†in homes. For these reasons I really like this idea¬†http://www.modpodgerocksblog.com/2012/05/mothers-day-handprint-canvases.html

I knew it could be a challenge to trace the kids hands as they are 4 and 1. So I opted to use paint and get a hand print instead. Mack was easy peasy to do because he has been enjoying finger painting lately. I was able to get one good print from him.

Little one was a bit more challenging. I put the paint on his hand and quickly pressed his hand to the paper several times (with the hope that I could make one print work). He still puts things in his mouth so I quickly washed his hand off afterwards. He looked at me wondering what was going on as the I made the process really quick.

I enjoy crafty things. Have heard of Modge Podge but never purchased or worked with it. Now I have a whole jar and thinking there are more products  I can use this stuff for! If you have some ideas that you have used Modge Podge for, pass on the link or the idea (you may even see your idea featured here).

Here are the products you will need for this project:

  • Moge Podge
  • Sponge Paint Brushes (recommended¬†to me as the best to use with Modge Podge)
  • Patterned Paper
  • Plain Paper (for the heart)
  • Gel Pen (or something similar)
  • Pen/Pencil (to trace hand)
  • Canvas
  • Scissors

The lovely hand prints before:

I taped the prints to the back of the patterned paper and cut them out. One could trace the hand on the paper and then cut it out:

I then mod podged the canvas and centered the masterpiece. Then added another coat of modge podge on top..Voila!:

Then added a heart with their name and age written with gel pens (and added another coat of Modge Podge):

Aren’t they cute?

What projects have you done for  Mothers Day?

What is your most memorable gift as a Mother?

Have an idea you would like to see on this blog (hint: leave me a comment in the box below!) ? 

As always, appreciate you stopping by to catch up on my blog.

Enjoy your weekend and be blessed!

Nanny G

Just in case the title had you thinking of a song, yes, that was the intention! It is lyrics from  an oldie the Chantrellines When you hold my hand, you hold my heart.

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