Shed progress

We’d been hard at work getting the shed built.  Here’s a look at our progress to date through pictures!

Starting to apply the tar paper moisture barrier

Starting to apply the tar paper moisture barrier


Roof paneling is up- time to attach the drip edge!

Roof paneling is up- time to attach the drip edge!


Roofing time...Ian thought he could climb up and help. We disagreed.

Roofing time…Ian thought he could climb up and help. We disagreed.


Finished the shingles!

Finished the shingles!


Door is done!

Door is done!


Door painted and siding is going up!

Door painted and siding is going up!


As you can see, we are so close to being done! I can’t wait to finally have it finished and be able to use it!!

The emergence of mine

Ian has added a new word to his vocabulary recently. It’s that dreaded four-letter word. That ugly, mean, hateful “m” word…mine!

I’m suspecting he learned it from a kid at day care. Though I suppose he could have picked it up from us. I don’t consciously remember saying it to him (we normally say “don’t play with the phone, it’s mommy’s” instead of “don’t play with this; it’s mine”), but do we really remember the exact words we say every day? Unless you’re Sheldon, probably not.

At any rate, “MINE!” has been added to the list of words Ian knows and can annunciate clearly. Since he’s been such a slow talker to this point (loves to sign, only sometimes tries to talk), we are trying to figure out how to discourage use of the word when it’s inappropriate (seriously, kid? The TV remote is not yours) without squashing his desire for speech.

We’ve only beem moderately successful so far.  But to be perfectly honest we’re not trying that hard; it doesn’t help that it is SO adorably cute when he says it…. It’s hard enough to not laugh, let alone compose ourselves enough to correct him!  I mean, how do you reprimand a face like this???


Kids are such buggers!

What does your little monster say or do that you know you should do something about, but find yourself struggling not to laugh instead?? Tell me I’m not alone here 🙂

DIY: Teacher Appreciation Gifts


A few weeks ago at Ian’s day care, it was Teacher Appreciation week.  Ian’s teachers are so fantastic, I knew I wanted to do something special for them… I just wasn’t sure what.  So, as usual, I turned to the internet (Pinterest, Etsy, etc) for inspiration.  There were a ton of cute things, but not much that was appropriate for us.  The “I’m a toddler and even though I have teachers, we don’t take tests or get grades” demographic.  I finally settled on a combination of things I found, and came up with this…I call it the “one smart cookie jar”.

The "One Smart Cookie Jar"

The “One Smart Cookie Jar”

Cute, right?  I love it and love how it turned out… and his teachers did, too.  So I thought I’d share it with you all, along with some instructions, so you can make your own!


{{ the supplies }}

+ mason jar
+ cupcake liner
+ colorful paper
+ scissors
+ yarn
+ pen/marker
+ tape
+ cookies


{{ the steps }}

1. First, remove the lids from the jars. Take out the metal disk from the lid, place a cupcake liner inside the lid screw ring, and replace the metal disk. Try to center the cupcake liner so it is mostly smooth. Now take the lid apart. You should have a slight indentation on the cupcake liner that roughly corresponds to the size of the lid opening (and metal disk). Cut the cupcake liner in a circle slightly large than the indentation. Place the cut circle back in the lid screw ring and test fit on the jar to make sure the liner is small enough that it doesn’t interfere with the lid closing, but large enough to cover the entire opening. Now set aside the lid. You can discard the metal disk part (or save for a future project)- you won’t need it anymore.

Lids cut

Lids cut

2. Next, take the remaining piece of the cupcake liner (the ruffled edge), and stretch it to encircle the top of the jar, sort of Ike a collar. You will want it to overlap itself a little, but not too much. When you have an acceptable overlap, cut the excess and tape the ends together (concealing the tape).

The cupcake liner "collar"

The cupcake liner “collar”

3. Now it’s time to make and attach the tags. I used colorful scrapbook paper cardstock, but you could use anything, really. I used a flower stencil to trace the shape for my tag. But, again, do whatever shape you want. Write a cute note:

Ms X,
Thanks for making me
one smart *cookie*!
~ child’s name

Punch or cut a hole in the top of the tag, thread your yarn through it, and tie it around the top of the jar. Try to hide the yarn underneath the cupcake liner collar. Add your cookies, and you’re done!!


I hope you found the tutorial clear and easy to follow. Let me know if you make one of these for your teachers. I’d also love to hear about other teacher appreciation gifts you made or bought!