Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Picture Perfect Project: 12 in 2016 - February

Valentine's Day Mini Photo Session, Heart Balloon
"My Heart" 

Hello! It's time for another round of The Picture Perfect Project. I am joining up with Beth of Our Pretty Little Girls, Whitney of Work it Mommy, Stephanie of Wife Mommy Me, Elizabeth of Chasin' Mason, and Desiree of Macke Monologues to encourage you to challenge yourself in 2016 to take pictures daily, monthly, weekly, or any combination under the sun. And, then link-up with us on the 2nd Thursday of each month to share your progress. Challenges are always more fun when you do them with friends.

My challenge is "12 in 2016" - taking a photo of Aria once a month all year. Not just any picture (because I can usually be found behind my camera) but a picture where Aria is both looking in my direction and with a genuine smile. Some months are more successful than others but the only picture you regret is the one you don't take.

This month I didn't get her looking or a big smile, but this picture was my favorite of the bunch. I love the way her little hands are holding each other and the string. Sometimes life knows better than the photographer.

This is also the third year of having a mini photo shoot with a heart balloon (or three). I'm a sucker for the traditions!

2015
Valentine's Day Photo Shoot, Heart Balloon

2014
Valentine's Photo Shoot, heart balloon

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Please link-up any photography challenge you've been working on this year below! The link-up will be open until the end of the month, so add your link anytime between now and then. You can also  share your pictures on instagram or twitter using #thepictureperfectproject. And, don't forget the next link up is on March 10th.


 Have a wonderful Valentine's Weekend!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Kids Behind The Blog: February

Beth, Stephanie, Crystal, Meghan, and Jessica have gotten together to host The Kids Behind The Blog. Each month there will be a new set of 5 questions to use for a mini interview with your kids. Simple and fun. I love kid interviews. You never know what will come out of their mouths.

Sweet Turtle Soup - The Kids Behind The Blog: February

Here is the very first set of questions:

1. Where is your favorite place to go?
To home.

2. Who is your best friend?
Cupcakes! (Good answer)

3. If you could be a superhero what would your superpower be?
Cupcake power! And ice. And fire! And marshmallow power! (Complete with superhero hand movements)

4. What is your favorite candy treat?
Marshmallows. (She almost never has candy. So, I tweaked it to treat)

5. Who is your valentine?
My buddies.

Our Pretty Little Girls


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!

Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
Aria and I joined in on a Blogger Valentine's Exchange this year. (Similar to last year's) And, it was fun to put them all into the little mailbox I found at Target. Until of course they wouldn't fit anymore! The Valentine's were huge this year, and many were much more creative than the ones Aria sent. But, hers had gummy bunnies so that's win, yes?

After they all arrived I let Aria go to town. She got crayons, and awesome cards, and all the mnms in the world, and heart glasses, and a flashlight, and a really cute candy counting booklet, etc. Aria's favorites were the marshmallows and the flashlight, which were both in the same Valentine's card so way to rock it Desiree! And, the one with PJ Masks too.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange! Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange! Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
 Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!

Here are all the cards after a fun morning of opening envelope after envelope. Thank you so much, ladies. We love them all!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!

Here are all the other bloggers who participated as well:
Tawnya, Scarlett, & Bodhi @ All of Life's Little Adventures
Jennifer & Hattie @ And Hattie Makes Three
Ashley, Waverly, & Avalon @ Being Brickner
Jess & Abbie @ Being Mrs. Beer
Elizabeth & Mason @ Chasin' Mason
Liz & Jude @ Ellie and Addie
Crystal & Mason @ Hall Around Texas
Desiree, Marcus, & Julia @ Macke Monologues
Natalie & Blair @ Nat Your Average Girl
Sara, Mac, & Mim @ Running From the Law
Jess, Cameron, & Louise @ Scott Family of Maine
Jessica, Cameron, & Emerson @ Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom
Sarah, Brantley, & Holden @ Seeing All Sides
Karli, Kaye, & Sawyer @ September Farm
Chrissy & Elin @ Simple Joys Blog
Courtney & Aria @ Sweet Turtle Soup
 Meghan & Noah @ The Adventure Starts Here
Stephanie & Connor @ Wife Mommy Me
Whitney, Kinsey, & Brielana @ Work it Mommy


p.s. Valentine's from the past...
2015
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
 2014
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!
2013
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Disney Trip #21 - Magic Kingdom in the Evening

We started the afternoon at the outlets and then popped over to Magic Kingdom last weekend. Chris needed some new work clothes, and I needed a "you are here" MK mug from Starbucks. It's my goal to collect all four from the parks before our passes expire in April.

We got to Magic Kingdom around 4 and while I waited in the Starbucks line Chris and Aria watched the show going on at the castle. Then Aria decided she needed to walk along the concrete bump by the side of the walkways the entire way to Fantasyland. When we got to the Merida meet and greet we decided to get in line since we had yet to see her. We ended up being the last of the little group of guests they let into the meet and greet area, which was nice because nobody felt rushed to let the next family have their turn. When Merida took out her bow though, Aria ran for the hills. She eventually crept up to look at it while holding my hand, but she wasn't going near Merida again until she put that contraption down. It was pretty comical.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Disney Trip #21 - Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Sweet Turtle Soup: Disney Trip #21 - Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Aria really wanted to go play in the Dumbo play area after that. And, then when we made it back outside to ride it was dark. We rode on the Little Mermaid. Had a feast of french fries at Pinocchio Village Haus and then waited in the longest line of Small World ever because Aria insisted. Up next was the Carrousel. Then a fastpass for Peter Pan. Aria and Chris had a dance party by the Tangled bathrooms.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Disney Trip #21 - Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Sweet Turtle Soup: Disney Trip #21 - Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
On the way to the front for the fireworks we noticed that Tiana was in her gazebo, and since we had yet to meet her we backtracked to get in line. Plus, Prince Naveen was there and they were a lot of fun. Then we popped into the fastpass viewing area for the fireworks, which we learned was only worth it if you can stand by the fencing at the very front. Aria dozed off a dozen times before and during the fireworks, so Chris and I kept passing her back and forth to wake her up a bit. She caught enough and was out cold by the finale.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Disney Trip #21 - Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Sweet Turtle Soup: Disney Trip #21 - Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
A quick change into pjs for Aria and then we headed home. I don't think we made it back until 1am or so, which is why we so rarely stay late unless we are spending the night at a resort! Yawn. But, with our passes coming to an end I wanted one more viewing of the fireworks.

Here is this trip's video. It is a super short one this time.


How many more Disney trips can we squeeze in before April? I think ending with trip #25 sounds like the way to go!



Thursday, February 4, 2016

Teaching Together Blog #5

Hey, everybody! Welcome to the Teaching Together Blog Hop. I, together with Whitney at Work it Mommy, Amanda at Tickled Pink, Courtney at A+ Life, and Beth at Our Pretty Little Girls, thought that a link up focusing on preschool activities, homeschooling ideas, and play at home learning would be a great way to pool together all sorts of fun and educational resources. A place to share and be inspired. Check back on the original post for full details, and/or on the first, second, third, and fourth blog hops for great ideas!

Today I am sharing one of my favorite little art projects that I do with Aria - alphabet foot print and hand print animals! We've been working on them slowly for a while. But, now that we've made it up to the letter "M" I thought it would be a good time to share.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs

 Big A little a, what begins with a...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
 Alligator!

 Big b little b, what begins with b...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
Bear!

Big C little c, what begins with c...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
 Cat!

Big D little d, what begins with d...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
 Deer!

 Big E little e, what begins with e...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
 Elephant!

Big F little f, what begins with f...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
 Fox!

Big G little g, what beings with g...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
 Giraffe!

Big H little h, what begins with h...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
 Hippo!

Big I little i, what begins with i...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
 Ibis!

 Big J little j, what begins with j...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
 Jellyfish!

Big K little k, what begins with k...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
 Kangaroo!

Big L little l, what begins with l...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
 Lion!

 Big M little m, what begins with m...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs
 Moose!

And, here is how I've displayed them in her room. I still need to pick up some more Command hooks for a second string, but this is the general idea. I think it is pretty adorable myself.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Teaching Together Blog #5 - Hand print and foot print animal ABCs

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