Clothes Pin Caterpillars

The kids and I went to the dollar store last weekend because I was in the mood to craft. We picked up some puff balls, paper plate animals (which we will make soon) and some sun catchers to paint. This weekend was my step mom’s birthday so the kids and I made her caterpillars to put on her plants.

You will need:

A glue gun
Pipe cleaners
Sequins
Puff balls
Scissors
Clothes Pins
Sharpie

Our supplies

Our supplies

I had the kids each make two and pick their puffs. Five fits well. I lined them up in front of the clothes pin and then I put a single layer of glue down.

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Puff balls in place. Waiting for the kids to pick out the eyes and antennas

Puff balls in place. Waiting for the kids to pick out the eyes and antennas

Then the kids picked out their eyes and antennas.

all lined up!

all lined up!

Finished product! This is fairly simple. The kids were a bit disappointed that they couldn’t glue the stuff on but they still had fun!

All done!

All done!

I wrote on the bottom Madison and Oliver’s names and the year. I hope she likes them! :)

A decade of friendship: A true friend

Today is my very good friend Stevie’s birthday! She is now a member of the 30’s club and we are happy to have her join! I met Stevie at Wal-Mart in 2003. Its crazy how time moves so quickly. From late night trips to Denny’s, becoming wives and mothers, to midnight showings of Twilight and Insurgent, to hopefully the marriage of one of our pairs of children…I am blessed to have her and her family in my life.

Over the last decade she has been my rock from being a shoulder to lean on, telling me I’m crazy and just relax and the master mind behind most of my DIY projects. She brings a different perspective on life and is wise beyond her years! Not only are we great friends but our husbands are close as well as our children. Oliver loves going to “Aunt Tv’s” house to play. Stevie has been there for me in ways no one else has and I’m proud and honored to call her my truest friend. She is my sister, my family and I can’t wait to see what the next 30 has in store for us!

Here is a look through the last ten years:

From our Walmart Days

From our Walmart Days

did my hair for my 3rd prom! LOL

did my hair for my 3rd prom! LOL

Our babies, a week apart!

Our babies, a week apart!

Our first midnight screening of Twilight New Moon

Our first midnight screening of Twilight New Moon

25th Birthday Fun!

25th Birthday Fun!

There by my side through my bridezilla phase

There by my side through my bridezilla phase

Our short hair phase! What were we thinking!

Our short hair phase! What were we thinking!

The Age of Adeline

Jenna Catherine:

This is the second movie my good friend Stevie and I have seen together in a short period of time. While I didn’t hate it, I didn’t really love it either. I was actually indifferent towards in when it was over. It had amazing acting, Harrison Ford and Blake Lively played their characters extremely well. This is different then what I’ve seen Blake in (Gossip Girl and The Sisterhood of the Traveling pants) and she was spectacular. I would recommend seeing it but when it comes to DVD. Here’s what my girlfriend had to say now that my 2 cents are done.

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This may be a record for me. Two girls night outs in a months time! Insurgent and now The Age of Adaline. I guess it’s been a little over a month, but it still is a new record!

This movie was good. I wanted to start by saying that I enjoyed it because this review may give you mixed signals.

The movie opens with Adaline, played by the classically beautiful Blake Lively, buying forged identification. Then you go to work with her, at a library, where she is cataloging old film, about to be converted to digital. Then the narrator jumps back in, he also was at the beginning. He’s not that annoying in the beginning because he shares Adaline’s back story. It’s a lot of information and a narrator is a quick way to fill you in.
The accident that causes her to never age is explained in much…

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Adios McDreamy, It’s been a pleasure:

Even though you are no longer McDreamy, you will always be McSexy!

Even though you are no longer McDreamy, you will always be McSexy!

Ok, I will start by saying I have a love affair with Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve watched every episode, binge watched seasons on Netflix until 2am on a work night and have completely fallen in love with so many of the great characters that have come and gone from the show over the course of 11 seasons. I have not watched Season 11 in its entirety due to finishing season 10 late and not wanting to start the season on its 5th episode. I knew Patrick Dempsey would be leaving Grey’s it was just a matter of when and how. I was on Face book this past weekend and saw some clips that caught my attention that something big was going to happen on last night’s episode. I dismissed it at the time because I thought eh; it’s most likely nothing only a ploy to get more viewers to tune in. Then I saw something again yesterday while on lunch and remembered at 8:15pm so I turned it on.

*CONTAINS SPOILERS* DO NOT READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO RUIN IT

I tuned in right after Derek had saved a couple of people from a horrible car accident. He worked with speed, grace, and compassion and level headedness as the Derek we have come to know and love over the course of 11 seasons. When it was all over he and got the people he had helped get stable and ready for transfer to the nearest hospital, he flashed his beautiful smile and said his famous line “It’s a beautiful day to save lives.”

Love it!

Love it!

I had an eerie feeling that something was not right or that he would just drop dead from internal injuries. He got back into his car, reached for his phone to call Meredith and BOOM a semi crashed into his car. The next time we see him he is bleeding all over and being dropped off at the same hospital the people he saved are at. Foreshadow number one: When the ambulance dropped him off the doctor that greeted them said they were not a trauma center and couldn’t handle him as they already had too much on their plate. The doctor also said that if he died it would be on him because they didn’t know what to do with him. Foreshadow number two: The entire time the doctor’s were working on him he was narrating that he was not dead and that he needed a CT on his head. One of the women doctors kept telling her team that they needed to do this but no one would listen as they thought he was bleeding internally from his abdominal or lung.

While Derek was in surgery they realized too late that he was hemorrhaging from his head and by the time the neurosurgeon got in it was too late. He had also taken his sweet time to get there as his response time should have been 20 min. So there Derek was bleeding on the table and no one did anything to save him. It’s kind of ironic that one of the best neurosurgeons in the country died of a missed brain bleed. Finally the police had gotten a hold of Meredith as she had not heard from him and was panicked, so she and her two children made their way to the hospital. Meredith being a doctor herself knew that he was being kept alive by ventilators and made it a point to tell them that it was bad call that they didn’t get a head CT at the very beginning.

I will say that I liked how Meredith was extremely steady and stern as she told the women doctor who was outside and apologized to her about not being able to save her husband that that will be her one. That she will see her husband’s face on every patient and it will force her to do better and be better otherwise her husband died for nothing if she quits. She also told her that tomorrow is another day and there will be more patients depending on her to save them because they can’t save themselves and this will haunt her for the rest of her life and these types of things do and make doctors better. That was excellently done as it shows how Meredith has come full circle in her career as a doctor and can speak with grace and truth even when it’s something that is personal to her.

Now here is what I didn’t like that made me extremely angry, I get that he wanted to leave the show for whatever the reasons personal or professional. I respect that because I love Patrick Dempsey and think he is a wonderful actor and role model in general. The thing that really got me upset to the point I couldn’t sleep was the fact that the writers couldn’t have thought of a more dignified way for him to leave. Christina Yang got an amazing send off, George O’Malley while he also died, died a hero. Yes Derek died a hero because he did save the lives of the people in the car accident before his own, but dying of a miss diagnosed brain bleed doesn’t sit well with me. I feel like because of the importance of his role that he played in the entire series he should have died or exited a bit more gracefully then that. I really hope that the funeral next week is a great montage of Derek’s life and work on the series. I really hope that they handle that with grace and dignity.

Another thing that really made me upset was this, this show had the potential to be a classic show that people watch over and over again because they fell in love with it. I feel that by Derek being killed off it ruined the entire series for me and I’m sure a lot of other people. I really hope it does not get picked up for season 12 and I have no interest in watching the full season 11. It reminded of when the show ER killed off Mark Greene due to brain cancer. That left a bad taste in my mouth and I never continued to watch it after that nor have I ever wanted to watch again from the beginning. There are so many shows I have watched over and over again after the series ends because they did such a fantastic job in wrapping things up. No I don’t mean that they have to all be fairy tale endings. Six Feet Under did not leave with a fairy tale ending as one the main characters dies at the very end. The thing that makes me want to watch the series over in its entirety is the way it was written and beautifully portrayed. Viewers get attached to the characters of a good show as the writers do a fantastic job of making them real and appealing to so many people. One of the reasons I fell in love with Grey’s is the whole Mer/Der love story while not perfect by any means does a great job of portraying how you have to work at your marriage and that no one is perfect. You do what works best for you as husband and wife. You have put in the work and make an investment to truly get a marriage that works for you. It’s the same way with books. Readers get emotionally invested in a book or series because the writer makes it appealing. Makes you fall in love with certain things. I only hope that one day I will be able to write something that evokes this much emotion out of a large number of people.

While I have no ill feelings towards Patrick Dempsey because it’s his right to do what is best in his life and start something new I just wish Shonda would have ended it differently. Good Mr. Patrick Dempsey as you switch gears in your life. You being Derek Shepherd impacted my life as so many of your other movies and shows have. I look forward to seeing what comes next.

Wiggle, Jiggle…Pull

Madison taught me what it truly means to be brave today. She is very high-strung when it comes to losing teeth whenever one of hers is loose she hangs onto it for dear life. Well today she had to have one of her baby molars pulled because the adult molar that is coming in was destroying the baby molar to the point that after it was pulled there was only one root and half a tooth left. I will say that I told her a white lie a couple of weeks before going to the appointment. The dentist and the assistants told us it was best to tell her nothing or as little as possible as she is high-strung and causing her unneeded worry or panic wasn’t good. I agreed so I told her she was getting the nasty molar that was hurting her cleaned so it wouldn’t bother her anymore. She was excited because it has been hurting her lately. I also told her that there was a big surprise waiting for her and all she had to do to earn it was listen to everything the dentist told her to do and don’t fight. She listened. She did it! She was a little freaked out when she found out the tooth was being “wiggled” out but her dad and I were there with her every step of the way. She had laughing gas, it was extremely funny. I wish I would have videotaped it. They were telling her jokes to get her to calm down and one of her jokes after she was at the height of her laughing gas was: “Why did the chicken cross the street from my house?” We all responded that we didn’t know. The she said, “Because he didn’t want to see me anymore!” Then she just blurted out laughing and so did we. I’m so glad everything went smoothly as it could have taken a much worse turn if they didn’t feel they could safely get it out then she would have had to gone to an oral surgeon to be put under. The lesson my eight year old taught me was very simple: In the face of fear of the unknown the only way to get through it is by being brave. Even though she was scared of what she didn’t know and what was going to happen she trusted the doctor and her dad and I and chose to be brave. For her to be so brave and force me to be brave for her was awesome. I don’t do well with emergent situations, blood or teeth issues. I’m sure that’s where her high strung-ness comes from, but hey, there is no manual when raising a child. You do what you feel in your heart is right for them and consider them when making all other choices. She is home resting with her dad and gets to eat ice cream most of the day! I’m so proud of my sweet angel as she did amazing today! She loved her new doll and named her Gracie. She is really excited that Kalley, her other American Girl Doll now has a sister! I can’t wait to see her on Friday when she gets back from her dad’s house. The lessons my children teach me are truly a gift. I’m extremely blessed to be their mom.

Not Madison's tooth but a molar non the less!

Not Madison’s tooth but a molar non the less!

April Showers….Bring May Flowers!

This month has been a busy one for the Salamon’s! It’s been birthday celebration galore! We rolled in April with Easter and by saying Happy Birthday to Madi, who is now 8 years old! Sheesh, where did time go?

I now have an 8 year old!

I now have an 8 year old!

The entire family was home on Friday the 10th, we had some well visits that needed to be taken care of for most of us and we called it maintenance Friday! We had her birthday celebration at her dance studio, Dance Lakewood with some of her school and dace buddies and then the family came over to my house. Needless to say this little girl along with her brother are extremely blessed and loved. We went to the Zoo for the first time this Spring and man was it BUSY! Everyone was out enjoying the beautiful day!

Zoo Fun!

Zoo Fun!

Zoo Fun!

Zoo Fun!

This following weekend we had four birthday parties! Well, let me rephrase, Madison had two friend birthday parties she went to and we the family had two that we attended. Among the birthday fun was my best friend’s son who is also 8 years old and my dad who turned 61. I am exhausted! Oh yeah, in between all the birthday fun I got my hair cut and Madison had an eye appointment which resulted in her needing her first pair of glasses! She looks too cute!

Trying on many pairs of glasses!

Trying on many pairs of glasses!

Happy 61st Birthday Dad!

Happy 61st Birthday Dad!

To wrap up our April we have more birthday celebrations and are getting ready for an extremely busy and fun filled Summer! Stay tuned…

Managing money and sticking to a budget:

Managing money and sticking to a budget:

I’ll be the first to say that Alan and I are middle class when it comes to yearly take home income. We own our home, have two kids, one car payment, student loans and two credit cards. That is the very basic of breakdown of our bills. We of course have utility payments, gas for our cars, daycare expenses and not to mention food! What is our secret when managing our finances?

We allot for everything! Alan and I know the weekly expenses that never go away so when we get paid we immediately take those out and what is left is for food, gas, etc. We also limit ourselves as to what we can do. If we do not have the money and are asked to do something we simply turn it down. I used to be a frivolous spender, charging everything and anything I wanted. When I met Alan we worked hard on eliminating my debt. When we got married I was completely debt free, having no credit card payments and no car payments. It was the best feeling. Since then, life happens and we picked up a car payment, working towards getting rid of that next.
We just received our income tax return and I spent the better part of the morning making our spreadsheet as to where this money is going and how it is to be spent. I feel good knowing we can take our annual family summer trip to Columbus and can go to our friend’s wedding in North Carolina later this year. Does it feel good to be so restrained with spending, no I’m not going to lie…..however, knowing that Alan and I are not putting financial stress on our family keeps the urge of frivolous spending at bay.