Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Tidbits

I feel like it's been awhile since I did a Friday Tidbit post. I think the last one was in August...maybe. We have so many things going on the next few weekends. Yesterday was my birthday (woohoo), so Jeremy is taking me to the Renaissance Festival tomorrow. You know I have to get me a turkey leg!

I think he's making it a yearly tradition. He knows how much I love it!  Then on Sunday, my Momma is taking me shopping and out to lunch. Going to be hitting up Home Goods for some Fall decorations. I am definitely Home Goods happy!

I bought the wheat candle holder, pumpkins, and tablecloth there last year. It's also where I purchased the nightstand in our master bedroom. I can't wait to see what they have this year.

Next weekend is Luke's big 4th birthday party. He's having a Ninja Turtle Party. I've been pinning ideas like crazy over on my Pinterest kid birthday party board. It's going to be an epic birthday bash.

The first weekend in October is Jeremy and my Engagement Party. I'm so excited! I made the invitations using Picmonkey. I absolutely love that site and use it for every picture I put up on this blog.

I also included this engagement picture with them.

I'll be sharing all the little details on the blog when it gets closer to time. There's just so many fun things happening in the next few weeks!

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Wedding Bench Guest Book

Jeremy's mother got married in July (post) and had requested that we build her a bench to use as a guest book. We were very happy to oblige. My honey is so very crafty and can make almost anything he sets his mind to. He went to Home Depot to find wood to make his vision a reality. After looking long and hard at everything they had, he settled on stair treads.

Just like the picture above and they worked perfectly! 

He purchased three 4ft stair treads and cut one of them in half. The now 2ft treads made the bench legs, the other two 4ft treads made the back and seat. (and yes, I was staining wood over video games and systems.)

He purchased a 1x4 (I think...we can't remember exactly). He used this for the arms of the bench and rounded the edges using a jig saw. Sorry, but I can't give you exact measurements.

For the hearts in the middle, he drew them and then cut them using a jig saw.

To put it all together, he inset the screw holes. Then, he used wood glue, waited for it to dry and screwed it together. 

Jeremy's mom had this decal she wanted to use. It's a rub on decal and it really looks great on the bench.

Here it is without the sealant. We still need to put on a layer of sealant, so that the signatures don't rub off with regular wear and tear.

This is what happens when you decide to stain wood in your pajamas. I figured I'm a pro, I don't need to wear my painting clothes. Yep, never again!

Overall it was a pretty fun project. I told Jeremy that he needs to build me a bench now too. Not to use as a guest book, but just because. Luke loves it too. He'll be very disappointed when it moves to Grandma's house permanently.

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Recap - Fall Fun Fest

Our city has a fall festival every year, that I have been going to since I was a little girl. So, of course I'm going to take my kiddos! It has become a tradition that we wake up and go over to Main Street on Saturday morning (it's so close that we walk). We watch the parade and then let the kids have some fun at the carnival rides.

Walking to the parade.

Waiting for the parade to start.

Time for some rides!

Preston doesn't really like rides, they scare him. So, I was excited when he hopped at the chance to ride the biggest one they have. After this picture was taken he hopped right back off and I took his place. 
At least he tried.

Luke loved all the little kid rides....

including this huge slide. He went on it three times, every time saying, "Again!"

Don't let his face fool you, he loved that swing!

We always have to buy the huge corndogs for the kids.

And let them play the games, even if it means we bring home two goldfish. We had to rush to Wal-mart the next day for supplies!

I'd like to introduce you to King Shark and Nemo. They seem happy in their new home. The boys are happy too, they wouldn't leave them alone. 

Saturday night, Jeremy and I went back up to the fair for a little date. It's been our own little tradition for a few years now. We drink a couple of beers, listen to some music, and chat with other adults. It's like a mini vacation, even if we are only gone for a couple of hours. 

How was your weekend, friends?

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Friday, September 12, 2014

Congratulations You're Grounded!

In an effort to make punishments work for us, Jeremy found a "work off your grounding" sheet. I customized it to fit our family and we are going to give it a shot on a trial basis. We currently have a "job jar" that really hasn't worked very well for us.

It started out okay, but we soon found out that we would forget which job the kids would draw. Then we would forget to make the punishment stick. A draw out of the "job jar" usually went along with a grounding. Once the grounding was up we would completely forget that they were supposed to do a job. So, in comes this wonderful sheet:

We might just have to ground the kids for no specific reason so I can try this puppy out (I'm not that mean). Seriously though, I think this is an ingenious idea! Kudos to whom ever thought of this.

So what punishments work for your kids?

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings
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