Monday, April 30, 2012

Do you love strawberries?

Last week we went to Ms. Heathers Strawberry Patch. This is our 3rd year to go on this fun field trip, and once again, we loved every minute! Go here to see some pictures from our very first trip. I can’t believe how much Cohen has changed in the last 2 years.

Last year, Cohen’s Aunt Trix went with us. Evidentially I did not do a blog post on that trip…so here is a quick photo recap of that trip.

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This year, Aunt Trix did not make the trip with us. She had a baby the very next day, so probably best not to have her out in the hot sun picking strawberries.

We went with our friends The Safleys and The Naylors. Here is the group shot of all the kids in the strawberry field.

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I think I managed to get a shot of EVERYONE eating the strawberries. Check out these cute kids!

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Here are a few more pictures…

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Once again this year, we had a lot of fun! Can’t wait to go back again next year!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Are there any other leftover craft fair items for sale?

Yes. I have several magnet sets and a couple necklaces from the fair that I did not sell.



They are all in packages, so the pictures are not great. I did my best to get a few shots so that you can see the detail. Please excuse these terrible pictures. This is not all I have left either. If you want a particular color, please let me know. I probably have that color!



The magnets are 1” in diameter, come in sets of 2 (handmade so no 2 sets are identical…but some are very similar). These are $2.50 for a set of 2 and it will cost you $.50 to ship them (and it’s $.50 to ship 1 set or 5 sets).



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I also have a couple of these really cute chalkboard necklaces. These are about 1” in diameter and come with a 24” ball chain necklace (this can be cut so that it is shorter if you wish). I’ll throw in a piece of chalk as well! These are really cute for teacher gifts, but they would also work for your best friend. I put my initial on it, or a snowflake during the winter.  Again, please excuse the pictures…it was in the package for the Craft Fair. I’m selling these for $5 and it will cost you $.50 to ship 1 necklace or 5 necklaces.



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Please feel free to e-mail me at eraney03@gmail.com if you have any questions about colors, quantity or whatever!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How was your first craft fair?

As many of you are well aware, our church (First Baptist Laplace) hosted it’s very first Craft Fair. We held this craft fair to raise a little money for those of us going on mission trips this Summer. I’ve never taken part in a craft fair, but I have enjoyed purchasing things from craft fairs in the past, so I figured I’d help out with this one.

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I really like to make crafts, so I decided that not only would I help plan the fair, but I’d also purchase a booth and sell some of my homemade crafts.

My friend, Missy, let me use her Cricut. I made a cute sign for my booth.
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Here is a little sample of what I sold at my booth.

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I’m going to post a tutorial later on how to make some of these fun crafts, but for now, I’m just sharing a picture. In the picture you can see the metal memo board, magnets, jewelry/key hook, and post-it note frame. I also had some necklaces and coasters.

Here is the booth all setup.

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The craft fair was a lot of fun and I met lots of wonderful people from the LaPlace area. What a great way to get new people into the church. I know that they may not have heard the gospel message, but they got to meet a few church people and see our facilities. I’m convinced any time you can get someone to come into the building, you are taking the right steps to get them to show up on a Sunday morning, and then I know they will hear a great message (we have a wonderful pastor who does an amazing job of teaching God’s word).

I didn’t sell everything, so I’m going to post some pictures of some of the items I have for sale.

The magnet boards are $10 each, and you get a set of matching magnets to go with it. I can ship these anywhere in the US. Shipping is an additional $2.50 ($.25 for each additional). I have several different colors, so e-mail me at eraney03@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing one!

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Chalkboard Coasters for $7. These make GREAT teacher appreciation gifts. I can ship these also, and it will cost $2.50 each.

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I have a few jewelry/key hooks in several different colors. I’m selling these for $10 each. These are about 6” in length and have 3 silver hooks at the bottom. I can ship these for $2.50 ($.25 for each additional). I have other colors so e-mail me at eraney03@gmail.com if you are interested in a certain color.

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I’m planning to list a few on Etsy, so if you’d rather buy from there, feel free.

As for the post-it note frames, I have several of those, but unfortunately I cannot ship those. I’m afraid they would break. If you are in the LaPlace/Baton Rouge/New Orleans area and want one, message me. Also, I’m going to be traveling to North Louisiana in the next couple of weeks, so I can deliver them to you up there too!

I’d also take orders for these things as well, so if you think you might want more than one, or a certain color, I can work with you. All proceeds from Craft Fair items go towards my mission trip to Haiti in July with the 410 Bridge.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Are you a triathlete?

I am! On April 15, I finished my 3rd triathlon and LOVED IT! This is the second time I have done a RocketChix Race and it was a wonderful experience both times. Click here to see my first RocketChix race.

This time the distances were shorter than usual because of some construction along the bike path. It was a 250 meter swim, 6 mile bike and 1.5 mile run.

My race finish time was not great. I did not train that much and by the time I was running, I knew I should have spent more time training. I felt awful.

But I finished.

And placed 3rd in my age group (which included 16 ladies total)…which means I won a RocketChix wash cloth! RocketChix separates the Road bikes and “fat tire” bikes into two groups…I was racing on my mountain bike, so I was in the Fat Tire division. I placed 7th overall in the Fat Tire division (total of 77 ladies racing the fat tire group). I’ve never won a race. It’s a great feeling to finally win something!


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I talked my good friend, Katie, into running this race with me. She did great!

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The next RocketChix is in July, but I think I might be out of town the weekend they are doing it, so I may not make it. If you are looking for a triathlon to do as your first, this one would be perfect. It is ladies only, and very relaxed and supportive. The swim/bike/run is on the LSU campus and River Road.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

How do you preserve your memories?

Just prior to coming home with Cohen, I knew that I needed to find a way to keep track of all of our wonderful memories. I tried my hand at scrapbooking a few years ago, and I didn’t really love it. Too much work, too much money, and I didn’t want to sit in a room alone putting together memory books.

I decided to make books using Shutterfly. The first book I made was one for our first trip to Russia to meet Cohen. This was before shutterfly gave us the ability to totally customize the books, so this one is very basic, black/white with colored pictures and lots of stories.

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I have made about 10 books, and I love them all. I’ve made a book for Birthdays, Vacations, and Christmas. This is my newest book…Christmas 2011.

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I’m in the process of creating a yearbook for our Prek3 school year. We aren’t finished with school, so that book is not finished yet. I got this great idea from a blog that I follow called Too Many B’s.

Start making books for yourself!  It’s super easy and they are really durable. Cohen loves to sit down and look through each one of them. It’s a great way to tell his story over and over again. In the books about our trips to Russia, I took all the journal/blog entries about those trips and put them in the books, so they tell the full story, it’s not just pictures. I think those two books are by far my favorite.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Would you like to see the Easter card?

As you are probably all aware now, Cohen has been working his way through each holiday by making a fun card for his grandparents. Easter is no different.


I found this really cute Easter card template online. I made it a bit smaller (to fit 2 on a 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock).




Cohen and I read the REAL Easter story, and I asked him to draw a picture of the important parts of the story. After drawing a picture, he wrote his own name on the card too!


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I wrote a verse on the back to remind the Grandparents of God’s love.


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I hope you and your family have a very HAPPY EASTER, but mostly I hope that you take time out of your busy schedule to remember the real reason for this holiday. We celebrate a RISEN SAVIOR! Praise God!

And some words from Cohen's current favorite song...

My God is not dead
He's surely alive
He's living on the inside
Roaring like a lion

-David Crowder "Like a Lion"

Friday, April 6, 2012

Did you hunt for any eggs?

Cohen had several Easter egg hunts this year. Most of them were a lot of fun (there was that one egg hunt, the one with the melt down, then the tossing of basket and eggs, then the removal of child from playground where eggs were hidden, taking child to van, eggless, and promptly starting naptime an hour early when we arrived home…but that’s not the egg hunt we are going to talk about today).

We started with a fun Egg hunt at our church First Baptist Church, Laplace. Evidentially we did not take pictures at this egg hunt. (Or maybe Jace did and they are all hidden on his phone, never appearing on the cloud).

Anyway, the next egg hunt was at WeeCare (this may be the egg hunt that ended in a nap).

I did manage to get a few pictures at that egg hunt.

His teacher had a few eggs set aside for him to dye.

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The Easter bunny came to visit.

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Here they are, lined up and ready to hunt some eggs.

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Such cute kids!

Now for the real reason for this post. On Good Friday, Cohen and I did our own little egg hunt. Last year, Nan and Pops gave us a set of Resurrection Eggs. Basically what these are is 12 colorful plastic eggs filled with items to help you tell the REAL story of Easter.

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Cohen LOVED them. (Last year he didn’t really get it, but this year, he was all interested). I read a verse of scripture, he opened an egg, then together we discussed the item's significance. He definitely walked away from this lesson with a greater understanding of the REAL meaning of Easter.

This set of eggs comes with a booklet that has the verses and questions and story. It’s wonderful. It even has a section on how to lead a child to Christ. Cohen is a little young to understand all of that, but it didn’t stop me from sharing my faith with him.

Now, I know, these are a little pricy. I believe they are worth the cost (durable egg holder, metal objects inside eggs=super durable), but if you want to, you could easily make your own! Get crafty!

http://ministry-to-children.com/resurrection-eggs/
This site has a video, and you use printouts of each picture…super cheap way to share the story.

http://thefrugalgirls.com/2010/03/the-easter-story-craft-in-an-egg.html
This website actually gives you a list of items you could put inside your eggs…most of these items you have laying around your house.

This would make a great addition to your child’s Easter basket, and it’s something you can share year after year!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

What letter goes in this box?

I’m going to try to get better about posting some of my fun homemade preschool resources for everyone to use.

A week or so ago I saw a cute thing on

I got the idea to do this from Pinterest. I saw this and immediately pinned it.



Well, I printed the one for the entire alphabet and set it on our cookie sheet and got out our set of magnetic letters. Cohen got to work matching the letters and we realized real quick that my magnet letters are not the same as the creator of this activity. Ours are HUGE compared to hers, and they wouldn’t fit. Cohen was stacking letters on top of each other and getting super frustrated. Not good.

Instead of purchasing a new set of magnet letters, I created a alphabet sheet to fit our letters.


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Nothing super fancy, but it works. I also created one for the lowercase letters.

To download the lowercase sheet go here.
To download the uppercase sheet go here.

Please let me know if you have any problems with the downloads, because it’s the first time I’ve ever used this particular program.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Who did you invite to school?

As you know, Cohen attends WeeCare once a week. Earlier last month, they celebrated Grandparents Day, and invited all the grandparents to come for lunch and a little performance.

Cohen is super blessed to have lots of grandparents willing to make the drive all the way to Laplace (in a terrible thunderstorm).

Here are a couple of shots my mom took during the performance.

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Ok. Now I’m going to do something super illegal, but I’m hoping I can just request forgiveness rather than ask permission. I’m posting the professional shots of Cohen and his grandparents. The were taken by a wonderful photographer (and a dear friend). Excuse the poor scanning quality, I guess I need to clean the scanner.
Cohen with Nan and Pops (Jace’s parents).

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Cohen with Meme and Bigubal (my parents).

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I’m so happy they all made it!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Do you need a redo?

I’ve been cleaning out and trying to get organized. It’s a never ending job, but someone’s got to do it.

While cleaning, I pulled this old chest of drawers out of one of our closets. I was using it to hold sewing supplies, homeschool cards, and lots of other junk. I kept it hid in the closet, because it didn’t look very pretty. I don’t have anything “natural” wood colored in my house, so it matched NOTHING. It was in desperate need of a redo.

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I purchased some dark walnut spray paint from the local hardware store and got to work.

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We returned to the hardware store a couple of days later to get some new drawer pulls. I let Cohen pick them out, he calls them “noodles.”

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It’s not going back in the closet anymore! It’s serving as a bedside table for me! Look at all that storage potential!!

The total project cost me about $20 (could have been cheaper, but I ended up using about 1.25 cans of spray paint, which means I had to purchase 2 cans).

What to do with all that extra spray paint? Find something else to redo!

We’ve had this UGLY table for FOREVER! It was some of Jace’s college furniture that we never really upgraded. We’ve always needed it. For years it served as Jace’s side table in the bedroom.  (High class, I know). Anyway, we recently purchased Jace a new side table/bookshelf and moved this table to the play room. It holds Cohen’s small TV. I decided to give it a new coat of paint.

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It looks so much better now!!

If you are looking to do this to some of your own furniture, I’d suggest you give it a try! Get a can of your favorite colored spray paint and go to work. I could have finished both of these projects during naptime one day, but because I ran out of spray paint it took 2 days to finish, but I’d estimate I spent a total of 1.5 hours to finish both pieces. I would suggest that you get some help moving bigger pieces (my back is hurting a bit because that chest of drawers was kinda heavy).

I’d also like to mention that neither of these pieces were REAL wood. There was some wood stuff plastered together and a layer of wood looking stuff on top (that’s not the technical term, but I’m not an expert). I purchased spray paint that was good on wood or plastic, since I really didn’t know what this stuff was made from (high class furniture to start with, right?). The paint went on great and dried quick! I have no idea how this will hold up for years to come, but they look great now, and if they start looking bad later…I’ll just add another layer of paint!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Who do you want to meet?

It’s not secret that Cohen is a HUGE fan of VeggieTales. I love them too, so when I found out they were coming to the north shore, I got online right away and purchased tickets for the show. Not just regular tickets, I went ahead and sprung for the VIP tickets. I’m glad I did.

We ended up with FRONT ROW SEATS!

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Jace and I decided not to tell Cohen that we were going to go see Bob and Larry. When we arrived at the church, and got in line, Cohen looked inside and saw a sign that said “VeggieTales.” He knew exactly what was going on at that point and began dancing and singing in line.

Once inside, I offered to get him a toy or t-shirt, he refused, he just wanted to meet Bob and Larry.

He sat real still during the show, and watched very closely. Other kids got up and danced, but not Cohen, he was just in awe of Bob and Larry.

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When they played “God is Bigger,” I think Cohen must have thought the monsters were going to come out and get him. He grabbed our hands and held them tight. He also used our hands to cover his ears when it got dark. I do love this boy!

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After the performance, he got to meet Bob and Larry!

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As we were walking out, he said “They grew legs.” He’s a smart boy.

On the way out, he asked if we could invite Bob and Larry to our house. I’d love to have Bob and Larry come play so I agreed. I told Cohen we could write a letter to them and invite them over to our house. He was just about asleep when we got home, so we decided to write our letter the next day.

Here is the pictures Cohen drew for Bob and Larry.

Larry…(and a tiny Bob in the back).

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Bob…(with legs).

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And his letter…in his exact words.

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I hope they will come visit one day.