Around here.

around here Hadley had her first Catholic Schools Week at her school. They had a theme each day of the week, and let’s just say it was so easy to get dressed each morning this week. Her favorite days were Hawaiian and Pajama day.

around here after over a year of not getting her haircut by a professional, we thought it was time to get an even trim. Hadley wanted about 3 inches cut off, it looks so much better and all even!

around here I always have to take a picture of where I park in garages, because I always forget!

around here sometimes after I work out, going outside for some fresh air does wonders for the work at home day.

around here my Aunt Cindy retired! Her employer organized a surprise zoom call with her family, friends, and coworkers. She was so surprised, it was so cute to be a part of it.

around here the snow is just beautiful. I still want it to snow like a whole bunch! Like so much where you can’t drive in it, and the kids get off school. All this light dusting is just a tease, let’s have a real northern snowfall.

T.G.I.F.

Looking forward to this weekend, and watching the Super Bowl. Who are you rooting for? Chiefs or Bucs? My vote is for the Buccaneers. Excited to make all the paper party things, and some pretty food. Well, this time the pretty food will be from Kroger. Sad to see football come to an end, but that just means that warmer weather is coming, kind of soon!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Groundhog Day!

We haven’t celebrated Groundhog Day before with our family, and I thought why not this year? The year 2021, after the dreaded year of 2020 that changed our lives forever. The era that begins with the C word aka Covid. So why not make a random day like Groundhog Day more exciting and fun?

Last night, while watching the Bachelor with my awesome husband that pretends to watch it with me on the couch, I got busy making all the signs and things for today.

You don’t have to go out and buy all kinds of expensive supplies to make this fun for the kids. Most of the time, I use what I already have on hand for things like this. This poster was made out of two blue pieces of construction paper taped together, hand cut out the sun and cloud out of colored paperstock. To make the little groundhogs, all I did was Google groundhog images, and made my own. Each groundhog has different eyes on purpose so we could all be different.

The keep calm sign was made in PhotoShop, printed it out on white cardstock paper, cut it down to size, and pinned it on my little pegboard sign.

This poster was made out of two pieces of white card stock taped together, googled random facts about groundhogs, hand wrote them on the card stock, drew the groundhog, and was done. I did not know groundhogs hibernated for 150 days without eating!

After Hadley got ready for school this morning, we went down to look at all the signs and talked a little bit about Groundhog Day. She had already known a little bit about the day because her Kindergarten class had talked about it at school.

She picked out which groundhog she wanted, and wrote her name on it. She loved them!

Hadley and Dad picked “no”, the groundhog will not see his shadow.

When she got home from school, I had made a few extra snacks for dessert tonight. Chocolate cupcakes with half an oreo on top, and put M&M’s as the ears and teeth. Already had the candy eyeballs on hand for the eyes. I only made half a batch of cupcakes because I was pretty sure she wasn’t going to eat them. So I used the other half of the batter to make a small cake. Sort of chopped up the cake, to make it look like dirt the groundhog was coming out of his burrow. She loved all the little signs, but too bad she’s not a huge fan of chocolate cake!

After dinner, we did a little craft of making a groundhog out of a brown paper bag.

All you need is:

  • brown paper bag
  • green paper
  • black paper
  • white paper
  • black sharpie
  • brown & pink crayon
  • scissors
  • tape/gluestick

We even named our bagged groundhogs. From left to right in the photo above: Mom – Philly, Hadley – Snuggles, Dad – Darrell.

Super easy way to make a boring sort of holiday like Groundhog Day fun for the kids! Too bad Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog, predicted six more weeks of this dreaded winter!