Great Fonts

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I went on a font downloading spree yesterday morning! One of my favorite features of the Silhouette machine is that I can use any font that is on my computer. This leads to me always being on the hunt for great {free} fonts! Choosing what font to use is often the most time consuming step on all of the Silhouette projects that I do! I am really picky about certain letters of the alphabet and how they look in each font. Obviously I am picky about how my K's and C's look but I am also picky about my G's and how my upper and lowercase A's look. 

Here are some of my favorite fonts! 

All fonts {except the monogram at the top} are free downloads and were made by Kimberly Geswein. She has tons of awesome fonts available for download and even has a link on her site to download all of her fonts at one time! That is what I did because I don't think you can ever have too many fonts! She even has a font that will allow you to create your own board games and a few teacher help fonts that include touch numbers and visual representations of fractions! 

The monogram font at the top is called Vine Monograms. I purchased the font from Font Bros. The Vine Monograms font family cost $20, which to me is well worth the price because as you know I want to monogram everything!

What is your favorite go-to font? 

The Zoo!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Last Thursday we went to the Zoo with our friends the Peters! We both bought Zoo Memberships so you can expect a lot more Peters/Ronk Zoo pictures to be appearing on this blog for the rest of our time in Washington! 

The weather forecast called for rain with a possible chance of snow. We had a back-up plan of going to the Seattle Children's museum if we needed to, but God was especially kind to us and gave us dry weather! 


The Jaguar! We just found out that the day after we were at the Zoo, this jaguar became a Daddy! We are really excited to go back and see the 3 baby jaguar cubs! 

(Kenley melted down about this point in our trip... She thought all the animals wanted to eat her... Maybe because Sabor, the jaguar in Tarzan, is the bad guy?)

Our little navigators

The Grandma Gorilla. On the way to this exhibit Kenley and Claire both sang "You'll be in my heart". Obviously Tarzan is still a big presence in our household! :) 

Riding the carousel 

 Claire was NOT a fan. 


The Zoo has 4 lion cubs right now! They are so playful and cute! 

They totally look bigger in the pictures than they did in real life! 

Huggin on the Momma...

Last but not least Giraffes!!! 

We were sad to learn that the giraffe who we got to feed last summer passed away last month. One of the giraffes is pregnant with his baby right now so this summer there will be a baby giraffe! We can not wait for that! We love giraffes! 

Raspberry + Brie Mini Croissant Sandwiches

Monday, March 25, 2013

Head on over to ForChicSake today and check out my Raspberry and Brie Mini Croissant Sandwiches!


Sunday, March 24, 2013

On Friday morning we woke up to snow! It was definitely a surprise being that it is almost the end of March! 

I had a ton on my to do list that day and really wanted/needed to get it all accomplished. The girls didn't care about my to do list and really wanted to go play in the snow, after an attitude adjustment on my part, we played in the snow for most of the day! I'm so glad that we did since it will probably be awhile before we get to play in the snow again! 

Claire pretty much stood in the same spot and looked around while Kenley made {and threw} snow balls and helped me make the snow man. Can you see the cute little snow nose she added? 

It is always so humbling when the girls call out my sinful attitudes. I am so thankful for these sweet girls who God has placed in my life to help refine me! 


Thursday, March 21, 2013

I have been working on my Silhouette machine a lot lately. In the past month I have helped multiple friends design and cut stuff for their kids birthday parties, cut shapes and letters for PrePreSchool, and cut vinyl monograms and name labels for anything that is in arms reach! 

Of course, while I am "silhouetting" Kenley likes to be involved in some way. I usually save my paper scraps for her so that she can work on her cutting skills. She also loves to use this Fiskars paper cutter to cut scraps. 

The best part? She calls it a SooLooEtte... "Mommy are you soolooette-in?", "Mommy I need to soolooette somefin", "Mommy this doll is broken you need to use your soolooette to fix it."

Life Lately

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

She loves putting on B's clothes and exclaiming that she is Daddy...

Saturday Starbucks Date with my Man and my Ladies...

She was actually trying to put them on... 
Potty training is officially on hold until it is warmer and we can be outside more! 

Happy Snacks... Mint chocolate granola bars wrapped in wax paper and sealed with washi tape...

Every so often I give in and let her dress herself... 

At least we were only going to Value Village! 

Trying to tame the crazy last week at PrePreSchool...

Song time...

S week! 

S's drawn in shaving cream! Kenley loved this we will definitely do this again at home! 

I cut out the S's with my silhouette then attached contact paper to the backs so that the sticky side would be up. I gave the kiddos each a pair of scissors and four strips of paper that I had drawn lines on and then let them cut on the lines to turn the strips into squares. Then they stuck their squares to the sticky S

I get all nerdy and happy when I think of craft ideas on my own rather than finding them through Pinterest! (Pinterest is great... but I feel like it has actually made me a less creative person on my own, I am trying to remedy that!)

The boys came over. The four of them played with play-doh for hours... I actually stopped the play because I got so bored just sitting there watching them...

I love finding little details like this around the house :)...

Bedtime Storytime...

See how sweet these two are cuddling while listening to the story? (He is so patient with her!)

On this side... Nate was totally squishing C.Lo... Elbow to throat :) 

Playing the Monopoly Deal card game! It was okay, definitely not a must buy... We prefer games with lots of strategy since we are hyper competitive when it comes to games...

I didn't teach her this...

Watercolor painting with q-tips... 

We went out to eat Sunday after church and Kenley randomly wrote her name on her coloring sheet. She has been attempting this for a while but usually her letters end up all over the page. This time they were in order and in a line! Way to go KenKen!!! 

Loving on her sweet baby Cousin! 

This was Claire's first time meeting Baby Beth-y! She called her Shepherd the whole time...

"Okay Auntie Keri, get the camera out of my face!"

The sleeper B is wearing was one of my favorites on Claire! I tried looking back in my photos for a picture of C.Lo in that outfit, I didn't find one but I did find this gem of Kenley and Gracen!  Hahaha! Besties for life! 

The girls had their first McDonald's play place experience this past week. It was awesome. I am not at all pro-fast food but this little excursion was super fun! Next time we plan to go in the morning so the kids can play while we drink coffee... Less mediocre fast food in our bodies and less kids in the play place... Win-win! 

While I was sitting there talking to April I looked over and saw that Claire pulled a highchair over and climbed into it... I guess she wanted a front row seat? 
She also escaped from her crib a few times this week. Gymnastics is turning her into quite the climber! 

I love this sign from Pottery Barn Kids! I want to make something similar to this in some way for the girls room! 

*Is anyone else having a problem with blogger uploading their pictures in a jumbled order? It is driving me nuts! 

New Materials with Kenley

Monday, March 18, 2013

As far as crafts with Kenley go, lately we haven't been doing anything groundbreaking. It has been a lot of crayons, watercolors, scissors, and markers over here. 

Last week we played with two new-to-us materials and Kenley really enjoyed the new tactile experiences!! 

The first new-to-us material: Biodegradable Packing Peanuts!

The "peanuts" are corn based and are designed to dissolve in water. The great thing is when they get wet they stick to each other! I got a sponge wet and placed it in a silicone muffin cup and then gave Kenley a bowl of peanuts. She would dip the end of a peanut onto the sponge and then connect it to another peanut! We had a lot of fun trying to make new shapes in addition to making quite a few long "snakes"!

The next new to us material: Water Beads

We found our clear water beads at the Dollar Tree by the vases. I have no idea what these little things are made of but they sure are neat! Because our beads were clear they were completely invisible in the bowl of water. Kenley would reach her hand into the water and then pull the beads out.  I also gave her some measuring cups and another bowl to transfer the beads from bowl to bowl. She loved playing with these! 

 This bowl is full of water beads! 

The packing peanuts were free because they came in a package that was mailed to my mother and the water beads cost only $1! Doing fun activities with kids can be so cheap! I plan to do a post soon with all of my must-haves from the Dollar Tree for crafts and projects with kids! 

*If you are in the area and want some packing peanuts for your kiddos (or yourself) to play with let me know! We have a gigantic box full of them and there is no way we can use them up before the presence of the gigantic box drives me crazy!*