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“DINO-MITE” Valentines!

February 13, 2014
by Kelly

Wow, it’s been a year since I last posted anything! And to be honest, blogging hasn’t exactly made it back to the top of the priority list yet. While I miss it, I don’t even know if I’m ready and committed to coming back yet. There are just too many other things to do…

But I still thought I’d pop in today and share the valentines I made for Ben’s nursery school this year. And I even included a FREE PRINTABLE for those of you last minute peeps who are looking for a quick, and super cute valentine to throw together for your kiddos.

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Last year, I used store-bought cards. I was okay with that, but still slightly annoyed when Ben came home with some of the same valentines from other classmates. So this year, I was determined to do something more unique.

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On a trip to Target this week, Ben pick out the fun neon dinosaur erasers to give his friends for Valentine’s Day. (They came as a pack of 8 and we found them in the Valentine’s Day section.) Of course there are a million and one awesome ideas on Pinterest—but I didn’t really find anything that captured the idea that was floating around in my head, so I just decided to created my own. Might as well put my design degree to good use, right!?

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You can download the printable here. There are three valentines per letter-sized sheet. Print as many as you need, and just cut on the dotted-line. I printed mine on bright white heavy card stock. I also decided to back them with matching bright neon card stock for a little extra support. But that’s up to you.

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I then hot-glued each dinosaur to the valentine. (Don’t worry—it won’t harm the dinosaur.) And even though the hot-glue was probably adequate to hold the dinosaur to the card, I decided to punch holes and secure them even more with a little bit of string. Plus, I think it’s a cute detail. But, likely unnecessary.

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Originally, Ben wanted to keep all the dinosaurs for himself. But he was so excited to see these this morning and absolutely pumped to give them to all of his friends. Ah, happiness.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 15, 2013
by Kelly

I know that V-day was yesterday, but believe me, the fact that I am getting this post up today is a miracle. Cold season has hit us hard around here. Really hard. Ben has been sick. I’ve been sick. Christopher has been sick. Some how, my hub’s immune system has held out and he is still healthy. (Knock on wood.) But happily, we were all healthy enough yesterday to have a pretty good Valentine’s day. And the hubs and I are going out tonight to celebrate without kiddos. (Hooray!) Are you doing that too?

Since I’ve had oh so much extra time on my hands lately, Ben had to hand out store-bought valentine’s this year to his classmates. And I was totally okay with that. Even happy about it. They were cute little robot cards that I had picked up at Pottery Barn Kids a few weeks ago. Perfect for a little boy, right?

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He was so excited about them. And even more excited about the chocolate hearts that I decided to attached to each one of them. And when I was busy trying to get Christopher and I dressed yesterday morning, he decided to eat as many chocolates as he could. Whoops.

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Ben also decided to leave me a cute little Valentine’s Day surprise in his room. Heart stickers applied around the base of his lamp. I just had to smile and laugh. It was one of those moments that is both adorable, and at the same time you are praying to God that you will be able to clean it up…

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My mom got the boys really cute Valentine’s day cards. (She always manages to find the best cards!) And I think the one she got for Christopher may be the cutest Valentine’s Day card I have ever seen. So I had to share. It’s a pop-up card. And after all of Ben’s shenanigans lately, it has been placed safely up on a shelf, far, far out of reach of toddler curiosity.

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The hubs and I are exchanging cards tonight, but he brought me home a beautiful blush pink rose yesterday. It was perfect. And absolutely made me smile.

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Speaking of making me smile, Christopher hit the 15 week old mark yesterday. I’ve been so bad lately about pulling out my dSLR camera. But I managed to capture this cute shot of him on my phone (for Instagram), dressed all cute for the day in a top that his aunt and uncle got him for Christmas.

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My sweet little Valentine, already melting my heart.

So tell me, how was your Valentine’s day? For those of you with kiddos, did you send them off with homemade Valentines to hand out? Or did you go with the store-bought variety like I did? I don’t know about you, but I totally found myself rolling my eyes at the cuteness of the handmade Valentines that Ben brought home. There are a lot of moms that have way more time than I do right now! I don’t know, maybe next year. Or maybe a few more years down the road… Maybe.

Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! And have a wonderful weekend.

Christopher Turk Thompson

February 1, 2013
by Kelly

It was three months ago to the day that my sweet little guy was born. November 1st, 2012. Just shy of 1 o’clock in the afternoon. 8 pounds 1 ounce. 21.5 inches long.

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It took us a couple of days to name him. Wanting to make sure that his name felt just as perfect for him as his brother’s had felt. Christopher Turk Thompson was the winner. I call him Mr. Christopher. The hubs calls him C.Turk. It’s perfect. Just like him.

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Turk is a family name—my grandmother’s maiden name. And I have a few other cousins who also gave it to their children as a middle name. After naming our little guy, we found out that there is a character on the TV show Scrubs whose name is Christopher Turk. Having never seen the show, we had no idea. We knew there was a Turk character, but a Christopher Turk? Finding that out made us laugh. Obviously, we are not the only people that think it’s a good sounding name…

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I already have a hard time remembering life before Christopher, even though that was only thirteen short weeks ago. He is one happy little guy. Smiling all the time. And much more chill than his big brother. I feel so lucky to have a fairly easy baby this go ’round. Of course, I’m not a first time mother either. So that helps. But, he’s definitely easier. And I make sure to tell him everyday just how awesome he really is.

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We are all pretty smitten with him. Even Ben, who has been a fantastic big brother—I’m so proud of him. And it just melts my heart to see him shower his little brother with lots of love and kisses. Oh, the bond of brotherhood.

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I feel so very blessed. So very lucky to be mom to these two boys and part of this wonderful little family of four. My heart is full and oh so happy.

*All Photos by Katie Welsh.

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