Need a fun project to do with your family this month?
How about a floor to ceiling gratitude tree made from wrapping paper, paper grocery bags and scrapbook paper?
I took pieces of kraft wrapping paper and rolled, crumpled and twisted them together with pieces of brown grocery paper bags that I cut apart. This made the trunk and branches. I just attached it to the wall using foam tape for walls.
And then the fun part: I took scrap pieces of scrapbook paper (I have a box full of them #hoarderprobs), cut out leaves and let my kids write things they were grateful for. We got everything from “Jesus” to “Dad’s iPad” to “And Pupes!!!!!” …puppies that is.
I personally wrote down each of my kids’ birthparents …they’ve changed and continue to change my life for the good, all 6 of them. Love them so much.
There is something so powerful about the power of gratitude. It’s kind of addicting! We just keep adding and adding leaves to our tree and hope to have it all full by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.
It’s hard to believe and yet, it’s like he has always been in our family. We call him the Baby King and he fills our home with joy and laughter and mischief. He is the apple of his older brothers’ eye. Never have two older brothers been more infatuated with their baby.
Birthdays are a big deal at this house. It’s a special day for my kids and their birth moms. It’s THEIR special day together. If you’d like to read a heart-wrenching and heart-warming account of the day Jackson was born, please check out the post that was featured on Portrait of Adoption and The Huffington Post entitled Our Jackson.
Before all the birthday pressure and expectations and presents, I hired Kim Orlandini Photography to come over yesterday for a quick 20 minute session of Jack Jack and a birthday cake.
The shoot was just in my kitchen using extra large bulletin board paper that you can get for $0.60/yard at the party supply store. We taped it with masking tape to the floor and wall and then put the baby and the cake together. Kim worked her magic and Jack took his cake eating very seriously. (You don’t get chub like that with any other kind of attitude.) After the cake throwing eating was complete, we just rolled the paper up and threw it out. Easiest clean-up!
So happy birthday to The Baby King.
And hugs and prayers and peace to his beautiful birth mother. We love you!
I actually chose brown tulle (of all the glorious colors available) and completed ringlets around the entirety of the wreath form. I glued a glittery spider on the bottom. I’ll admit that it wasn’t my favorite. There was just something off about it that I couldn’t place. But, you know, you get so deep into a project that sometimes it is hard to tell when you get lost.
My husband, however, was not lost. He walked into the kitchen where I was working and asked, “WOW. Did you make that wreath out of human hair?”
And there is was. He nailed it. A disgusting hair-looking wreath. That is EXACTLY what it looked like. It’s enough to make your skin crawl.
I looked at it and all I could feel was the gagging feeling you get when you pull your long hair out of shower drain.
I ripped the glittery spider off (the only redeeming quality) and chucked the rest.
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