Keaton was Wolvervine. Yup, he was allowed to grow out his facial hair for weeks - he shaped the beard pretty good, but just not enough hair to 'fill in' in his youth ;) We used yellow electrical tape on his leather jacket. Pretty easy:
Brady was Robin ('old school' in Brady's terms). The boys both wore their costumes to school today. And they want to go trick-or-treating tomorrow . . . seems a little beyond their years, but I guess they're only kids for such a short time, so we'll see if anyone refuses to hand out candy to them ;)
At Enrichment we did a service trade. I got Fawn's service of sewing a costume - didn't she do awesome? =) The cape is amazing - love it!!
The carpet is in and Jonathan put up some bead board or wainscoting, bottom kick board and chair rail on 1 wall in Brady's room:
Takes a long time to paint, cut and patch the nail holes . . . One day this room will be done ;) If it wouldn't rain so much, we could go outside and paint everything in 1 day . . . and if Jonathan didn't have the flu for a few days last week, could have been a little further along - ahhhh, life ;)Loving it so far though!
We did order 2 Murphy Bed Mechanisms for Brady & Keaton's bedrooms - hmmmm, another project - LoL
handout found at www.jackshandsjillsheart.com - only need to purchase it once and then print as many as you need - but please do not redistribute or share work purchased from my site - thank you! I taught the YW Group Dating Lesson and made up some Dating Rules (I created a handout idea and rules myself!) after finding idioms with 'double' in it. On the other side of the handout, it has a message to Try all the Flavors - message - date lots of people before dating just 1 person steadily. (this idea has been around for a long time, but I did make my own graphics and word art for it)
I attached a Baskin-Robbins tasting spoon and a button - yeah, I'm always giving out buttons ;)
After I bought the gum, I was sad because it didn't have the ' labeled paper' for a gum wrapper - only the foil! I think that's standard now. So I had to print out a Doublemint graphic to attach! Always making more work for myself ;)
I made up an acronym for DANCES for activities for just the Beehives to be held on the same night at the Stake Dances for the older kids 14 & up. It represents 'Date Among Novices Convening Exactly @ Seven-thirty':
We started in October and got together at my house for 2 hours. We did a little of Personal Progress, decorated Journals, planned activities for future D.A.N.C.E.S., ate munchies, practiced talents for the upcoming talent show and painted nails. It was a success . . . although no one had any sitters available for that Saturday night ;)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, (or grated fresh if you have it)
1/2 tsp ground ginger, (fresh is good too)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add in egg and molasses.
Combine flour, soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and salt together. Mix together and then add half to butter mixture and mix just until combined. Add second half of flour mixture until combined. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 3 hours.
Roll into balls and coat balls with white sugar and place on greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or convection oven for about 8 minutes.
Me: Cookies - they only have a little coconut in them. ;)
Brady: NO!! Those are ALL coconut!
Keaton: Those cookies look gross!
Me: Maybe I made them with the intention of knowing you don't like them so you won't eat them all.
Brady: That's mean.
Me: Well, Keaton said 'ewwww, those cookies look gross'.
Brady: You told me that I can't say something mean back even when someone's just said something mean to me.
Me: That's true, but I'm the parent you can't say that to me - LoL You will always have to respect me because I'm your elder.
Keaton: Not when we're missionaries though! (haha)
Too quick ;)
Dipped the bottoms in melted dark chocolate and then drizzled the tops:
14 oz sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp almond extract
3 eggs whites
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped almonds
6-8 oz melted chocolate
Preheat convection oven to 325 degrees (toast your coconut while the oven is warming up)
Whip egg whites and salt until stiff peak. Combine coconut, milk and extract in a separate bowl. Fold in egg whites. Refrigerate 1 hour. Use cookie scoop (spray with Pam) and line 2 cookies sheets. Bake both pans at the same time, switching top rack with bottom rack after 10 minutes - full baking time is 20 minutes. Allow to cool, melt chocolate and dip bottom of cookie in it and once that dries, melt the chocolate again and drizzle on top.
I don't think he minded he couldn't even see . . . where he was going OR what he looked like - this is Keaton's hat and Keaton never thought of this trick, but it was the first thing Andrew thought of when he saw it ;)
Research says most of us are scared of color on our walls and stick to neutral colors with the most popular color being taupe. (and I only painted Keaton's color neutral brown because I am letting him have his walls as a canvas - he's going to paint right on it!) Hmmmm, I might be the complete opposite end of that spectrum ;) So much so that my boys are actually scared of the color I chose for their closet - LoL We designed a Jack-n-Jill closet between their 2 bedrooms. It's very practical and fun to have something out of the ordinary:
Yup, that is a spice orange on the closet wall. Still have to put in the bead board and trim (it's SO nice not having to tape everything off! but taping off 50 straight lines for Brady's room makes up for that - haha). Orange is one of my favorite colors and this is what (someone who thinks they're the expert) states about orange: likely to be outgoing, creative, expressive and young at heart. I like that definition =)
Window sills and window trim - ahhhhh, it's coming together people!
Love those finishing touches - it is finally feeling almost done =)
Working on the upstairs remodeling it from scratch is a lot of work . . . so much so that I don't recommend YOU ever thinking you'd like to do it one day ;)
Skylight framed in, new lights, electrical outlets, bay window seat, walls completely mudded (so there's no bumpy texture), sanded and primed. It takes a lot of time to do it yourself - thanks Jonathan =)
I just like the painting and decorating part myself, but I try to help out with the grunt work a little ;) Brady's room is 4 shades of blue, the lightest blue being on the ceiling only. I started today and did the smallest wall with random stripes. I was going to do horizontal stripes, but Brady wanted vertical - I think it'll look cool when it's done. We're going to put bead board on the bottom and a chair rail around the top of that. We'll add crown moulding to the top so painting isn't that bad when I don't have to be exact!
And still have to finish the bench seat, order the ceiling fan, give the window a sill, carpet, closet, construct a Murphy bed, 2 doors - ahhhhh, I think I will stop with my list as it is seeming like a long ways a way to be done still =(