Ratatouille, Gratitude, and Surprises!

We had our first movie night! YAY! Actually, it was more of a movie afternoon – our kiddos are sick with a bad cold, so we decided to have a movie lunch instead 🙂 I hadn’t seen the Disney film “Ratatouille” and since the kids got it for Easter, I thought it would be a great one to start our tradtion with. I gave the girls some dollarstore aprons and oven mitts, some wooden spoons, and the best part – the toy rats duct taped to some head bands – their own little chefs to teach them how to cook! LOL! They wore those things all day. I didn’t come up with any fancy refreshments because they ate their lunch as they watched.
Even my one year old – who was feeling the sickest 😦 It’s one of those things that no medicine can really help… so frustrating!

I managed to do a bit of scrapbooking, too – and I’m still not finished! I’m so close to getting caught up, too. I just have to stop TAKING so many photos! LOL! These first 2 pages are

representative of things I am thankful for – it was nice to sit for a few minutes and contemplate the things I am more thankful for in my life. Too bad there wasn’t the space for my thoughts about the gospel, which is a HUGE part of what I’m grateful for. But I did have room to write about my family (my girls mostly), my friends, and my husband. I have grown to love and appreciate them so much more since being out here. While things are settling down and becoming routine, it still isn’t *quite* home yet, and having my husband and girls with me has been a saving grace to me. There are days where it gets very lonely – even though I’ve made some amazing new friends and have my good friends the “Howies” here. It’s a curve I’ll have to get over one step at a time 🙂
Oooh, these pages were made using the kit I just received!!! Oh joy and rapture! I love it! I used the Valentines Day pages to showcase the photos my daughter took of my husband and I. I just love how they turned out.


I was so excited to see a package in my mailbox from a fellow blogger named “Shelley” who made these AWESOME pouches for me AND all my girls – complete with our names stitched on them. HOW COOL! My girls were absolutely GIDDY with these! Thanks Shelley! You ROCK!!

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8 thoughts on “Ratatouille, Gratitude, and Surprises!

  1. If you aren’t the most fun mom ever I don’t know who is. What a fun idea to have so much stuff related to the movie for the girls. Loved your thankful pages, what a great thing to do.And, bravo to those pouches that Shelley made for you and the girls. They look adorable. I love getting things in the mail!

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  2. I am glad you got the goods. Sorry it took so long. I was wondering why your girls had stuffed animals on their heads… HELLO! So funny. I showed it to my students at the end of our cooking unit so I watched it 5 times in 2 days. You would think I would have figured it out without you telling me! ha!!

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  3. So cute. I love movie dates- What a nice thing to do for your sick little family. I hope everyone is feeling better!Love that little pouch! What a great friend to make those for you. Cute page layouts. You and your husband are so darn cute together. I love your silly face pulling.

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  4. Okay, such a cute idea to put the toy mice on the headbands! Soooooo cute. What a fun mommy. And you better work it with all those pages you’re kicking out! Awesome!!!

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