Category Archives: Art Projects

Keepsakes from School

I don’t know about you, but I’m a very emotional and sensitive mama. If I could, I’d keep everything Brady, Mia, Tessa, Brant, Gracie, and Rayleigh ever made in church, school, or at home. But I can’t! In order to keep all their stuff, I’d have to build a huge storage building just for their artwork, notes, papers, etc. As a mom of lots of kids and who has limited space to store keepsakes I have to be picky when choosing what we keep and what gets thrown away.

Earlier this year, I purchased 3 cork boards from Hobby Lobby and Steven hung them in our entry hallway from the garage. I hang up their art projects as they bring them home. Brady loves seeing all his artwork hanging and questions me when I change things out, so I know he’s paying attention and cares. I will hang pictures, drawings, art until new stuff comes home that needs to be displayed, and that’s when things get trashed. For me, this has been a win/win situation. The kids see their work displayed and I don’t feel so bad about trashing their work.

 Now I don’t want to give anyone the impression that I don’t keep my kids’ schoolwork. Here’s the proof that I do and that I have a major issue of just piling stuff up and not putting it away properly. πŸ™ˆ I need help y’all! 😫


I do keep the most special papers/artwork/notes/etc and I fully plan to find some kind of filing system to properly file them away or maybe even do a scrapbook????

What do you do with your kids’ keepsakes? I’d love to hear your suggestions on fast, easy, and cheap solutions to saving your kids’ keepsakes.

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 Be blessed,

Michelle

 

Easter Around the Seals House

I love decorating for the holidays, all of them. We’ve had our Easter decorations up for a while now. I love Easter. Hunting eggs has always been fun, even as an adult, and I have so many fond memories of hunting Easter eggs with all my cousins when I was little. Some of my most favorite memories are from Easter. Of course, I want to make this holidayΒ very special for my own kiddos so I try to put out a few decorations. We will dye eggs this weekend and of course have an egg hunt on Sunday.


First I’ll take you on a little journey down memory lane. Here’s our Easter Bunny pictures from when Brady was a few days old to now. I don’t have a Bunny picture from 2014 because the quints were in the NICU and I never had a chance to take Brady.

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Here’s our decorations around the house.

Our newest footprint art.


And I cannot end this post without saying this, Easter is not about bunnies and Easter is not about eggs or egg hunts. Yes, I love bunnies, eggs, and having fun but it is so important to me that my kids understand the true meaning of Easter. Easter is about Jesus and what He did for us. He lived the perfect life, He died on the cross for our sins, and He rose on the third day.

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.Β Matt 28: 5-6


I pray you have a blessed weekend with your loved ones.

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Be blessed,

Michelle

 

Crafting with the Seals

I love doing arts and crafts. I hope my kids grow up to enjoy crafting with me, well, at least a few of them. We have so many hand/foot print canvases around our house. And we are currently working on making individual canvases for each month this year. I can’t wait to show you our April canvases.

So for Easter last year, I found some white Easter eggs that you can paint. I’m not really sure what material they are, they aren’t plastic and they aren’t cardboard, but they are prefect for painting (and they will last). So we paint each kid an egg in “their” color for the background, then we let them paint on top of the background color. I use the background colors to help me identify which egg belongs to which kid. (Brady- blue, Mia- green, Tessa- purple, Brant- orange, Gracie- pink, and Rayleigh- yellow.) After the paint dries I write their name, year, and age on the bottom of the egg. I love me little basket of painted eggs. It won’t take too many more years before the basket will be full. This is a fun and cheap little tradition that I look forward to for many years to come.Β 







As always, a special thank you goes to Tom for all her help on our painting activities. πŸ™‚

Be blessed,

Michelle

 

February Art Work

This year I am doing individual hand/foot print pictures for each month of the year. Last month we did snowmen/snowprincesses. This month we did Love Bugs. Y’all, these Love Bugs are a piece of work. Seriously the most unique hand/foot print art we’ve done to date. When we first started doing them, I thought they were the ugliest things I’d ever seen, but now, I think they’re pretty hilarious and so much fun. Every time I look at our Love Bugs, I have to chuckle a little. πŸ™‚

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Be blessed,

Michelle