We’ve Been Flocked {with a Great Fundraiser}!!

A few days ago, we woke up to this in our front yard…

The kids loved it!

And they immediately got busy assigning genders to the flamingo’s.  “This is the mommy and this is the daddy…”  They also had fun feeding our new pets grass clippings.  {Who needs a real pet when you’ve got plastic flamingo’s!}

Attached to the back of the sign was a plastic bag with an envelope and this letter…

The letter stated that we were flocked by 8th grade class {as part of fundraising efforts for their class trip} and that it was done in good spirits.  Some of our friends paid $25 to the 8th grade class to send the flock of flamingo’s to our yard.    When we were done with the flock, we just texted the phrase “remove flock'” to the phone number on the letter.  And a few days later, our feathered friends disappeared.  Our $25 donation will pass on the fun to another family in our community.

It was so fun to be part of this fundraiser.  I love the creativity. And I love the joy that it brought to our kiddo’s!

And not that I’m surprised, but we even received a hand written thank you note on our front porch this evening thanking us for participating.

Nice job, 8th graders! I’m so impressed.


Carving a Pumpkin with a Dremel

October is one of our favorite months. Carmel apple cider, cozy blankets, carving pumpkins…..there is so much to love about fall. A few years ago, Dan discovered the art of using a dremel to create pumpkin art.  He LOVES to carve pumpkins so finding another carving toy was an added bonus for him.

Dan used his dremel skills this year for the Young Life fundraiser a few weeks ago. You may have seen the pumpkin in my tabletop chalkboard tutorial post.

Today I’ll give you a quick ‘how to’ on this pumpkin carving process.

First, you will need a dremel.  We picked up a pumpkin carving dremel at Lowes a few years ago. I believe it was around $20.

Next, pick the image you would like to see on your pumpkin and print it out.  For ours, Dan used the Young Life logo.

Tack the paper onto the pumpkin. Then using a small, pointy object, poke holes on the outer edges of your image. Once that is complete, start in with your dremel!  This will shave away the top layer of the pumpkin, exposing  the lighter ‘skin’ underneath.

Dan added some fun leaves to the outer edges of the logo to create this beauty of a pumpkin!

You can even use a dremel on pumpkins for Thanksgiving!  Wouldn’t a turkey, pilgrim or even just a bunch of leaves look fun at your Thanksgiving table?!

What fun pumpkin design would you create?


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How to Build a Tabletop Chalkboard

Last week I wrote about the chalkboard centerpieces that I made for a Young Life fundraiser.  And today, I’ll share the simple tutorial with you.

You will need:

2 – 1×10 boards cut to your desired length (mine were about 12″ tall)  *  hinge  *  2 eye hooks  *  twine  *   chalkboard paint  * bakers twine or ribbon {optional}

 1.  cut wood to 12″ high {or to your desired height}

2. sand to a smooth finish

3. spray with chalkboard paint

4. hinge the top {I used one larger hinge, but you can also use 2 smaller hinges if you prefer.}

5.  add an eye hook at the inside bottom of each piece of wood

6. use string or twine to stablize the chalkboard when it’s upright

7.  tie a fun ribbon or grosgrain ribbon to the bottom of the chalkboard for added color

8.  cure the chalkboard by rubbing chalk over both sides – then wipe off with a dry cloth

9. your chalkboard is ready to use!

The chalkboards are so fun – and yet so simple! It would make a great gift for yourself or a friend.  Don’t you love it?!


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Tabletop Chalkboards

Earlier this week, I mentioned the centerpieces I was working on for a Young Life fundraiser.  There were 22 tables so I kicked into mass production and made 22 tabletop  chalkboard centerpieces.

The chalkboards are an a-frame style and you can write on both sides.

{The YL symbol above is the logo for Young Life.}

Every year we sell the centerpieces as part of the fundraising effort.  And typically, we have some centerpieces left over at the end of the night.  Much to my surprise, we sold every single chalkboard this year!

Click here for the tutorial on how to make a tabletop chalkboard of your own!


Chalkboard Centerpieces

Every fall, I help put together a big fundraiser for Young Life.  And tomorrow night is the big night! My main focus was creating the centerpieces.

Chalkboards are such a huge deal right now, so we decided to ride that wave and create some of our own. For the past few weeks, I’ve been knee deep in building a chalkboard for each of the 25 tables.

There were 50 pieces of wood that needed to be painted – both front and back.  After getting a major hand cramp, I remembered the spray paint handle that I brought home from Haven!  That was a life saver!

Click here for a tutorial on how to create your own!



A Week at Young Life’s Malibu Club

You’ve heard me mention Young Life before.  It’s an organization that is near and dear to our hearts.  Young Life is a non-denominational Christian organization that reaches out to middle school and high school kids, teaching them about having a relationship with Christ.

Every summer, when the middle school and high school kids go to camp, there are doctors on hand to take care of anything medical that comes up.  Dan, being an ER doctor, has been able to serve at a few of Young Life’s camps over the years. And this summer, we got to return to Malibu.

Malibu is in a rather remote part of Canada.  The journey there is a long one.  It’s roughly a 10+ hour trip that includes car rides and boat rides (two boat rides to be exact!).  But the long journey is worth all of the effort.

Being that Malibu is so remote, there is only a satellite phone for emergencies and very limited internet access. So it’s truly a week to be unplugged.  A week to escape reality.  A week to sing, run, swim, relax, and enjoy our family and friends.

 And there was a lot of time to take pictures!  So bear with me as I share a few highlights from the week.

{boat ride to Malibu}

This was on the Malibu Princess {boat}. I counted how many bags we brought….are you read for this?….13 bags! Seriously. How can that be?! Life jackets. Beach towels.  Food {snacks for 4 people for 8 days}. Clothes – LOTS of clothes {no laundry and a messy family for 8 days}. Shoes {tennis shoes for running and climbing, flip flops for sun, water shoes for playing on the beach, fun shoes for when we spruced up a bit}. Books and activities for the kids. Stuffed animals to snuggle {just one per kid}. My pillow {it travels with me everywhere}.  Coats {rain coats, sweatshirts…you get a variety of weather}, Magazines and books {had to bring enough to last the week.  There isn’t a Safeway down the street to purchase the latest People Magazine or Real Simple!}.  And somehow, that equaled 13 bags.  Some might argue that we have an issue with overpacking. And they would probably be correct!

{Rock Climbing}

{Pirate Night}

{meeting Jon Brockman}

If you don’t know who Jon Brockman is, he’s a former UW basketball player and currently plays for the Houston Rockets.  Jon was up there as a counselor with a group of high school boys from his home town. Jack got to play a few games with him {and Jon gave the kids jerseys…hence the over sized green shirt on Jack}.  He was even kind enough to pose for a real pic with Jack too.

{ropes course}

Three of us did the ropes course. Emmie wasn’t too crazy about the idea so she cheered us on from below.

{fun with family and friends}

{amazing scenery}

We feel so thankful for a great week.    No cooking, no cleaning, no stress. I love vacation.



I’m back!!  Yes, we were on a bit of a vacation.  Eight fantastic, relaxing, fun filled days up at an amazing camp called Malibu.

Dan got to serve as one of their camp doctors. So the family was able to come along and play for the week.

Slowly, we’re getting back into our old routine.  Laundry is nearly done {I lost count at 8 loads} and the refrigerator is stocked with food again.  But oh how we’d love to be back at Malibu….

I’ll try to post more pictures in the next few days.  But I wanted you to know that I am here and still blogging! I just took a bit of a break to be with Dan and the kids.



This week my kiddo’s took a three day golf camp.  Dan doesn’t golf. I don’t golf. But our kids have decided that they want to golf!

I’m amazed at what their little minds have learned. And it was so sweet to watch them practice their golf swings.  And to use the golf lingo {which is completely a different language to me}. And to see them carrying those tiny little golf bags.

Then tonight, they kids helped me assemble some goodie bags for another camp.  We are supporters of a great organization called Young Life.  Every summer, middle school and high school students have the opportunity to attend a camp that will likely be the most amazing week of their lives.  The adults in our community contribute to a snack bag for the kids as they take the bus to camp. And I volunteered to assemble the bags.

The amount of snacks donated was amazing.

Despite the large amount of items, the three of us powered through and got the bags stuffed in no time.

100 campers and leaders. 100 bags of goodies.  All ready for one amazing week.


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