Category Archives: The Boys

Naptime Craft: Pennant Cupcake Toppers

People, these are adorable. Adorable, and can be completed in one naptime, even if your little monkeys think “nap” means “twenty minute power charge” (AHEM, Baby Jake. Now give your mama a break!).

Here’s what I used:

  • Double-stick tape
  • Craft knife and scissors (or just scissors is fine, too)
  • Pretty paper: I used scrapbook paper I had left over from other things, but you could use wrapping paper, wall paper, construction paper… Endless options!
  • Toothpicks

Here’s what I did:

NOTE: Obviously, this isn’t the only way to do these, but it was definitely faster than other ways I’ve tried! And around here, faster is good!

  1. Cut long strips of paper a little wider than your tape.
  2. Cut a loooooong piece of tape: you want it to go the whole length of your little paper strip. Now stick that tape to your paper.
  3. Cut the long strip into shorter sections. (Mine were about 3 inches long; I eyeballed it.)
  4. Fold them in half with the toothpick in the middle. (Don’t fold them in half and then try to put the toothpick in afterwards!)
  5. Cut a little triangle out of the end of your little flag, if you like.
  6. All done! So cute! Throw a party!



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The Big O N E

(I’ll post their birth story soon, but for today, I’m wiped out. Enjoy some birthday cuteness!)


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For All the Grammies (and Grandmas, and Mimis, and Nanas, and Mee Maws)

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Ink & Squid! I hope you know how much you are loved today.

All images copyright 2012 by Ink & Squid. All rights reserved.

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The Mystery of Boys

“Boyhood is a most complex and incomprehensible thing. Even when one has been through it, one does not understand what it was. A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy.”

G. K. Chesterton
The Autobiography of G. K. Chesterton

(I found this quote in a book I just began reading, Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys, which was highly recommended to us be a few of our friends with boys. I like it already, since one of the authors has a set of twin boys! Once I finish it, I’ll try to write out my thoughts about it.)


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A Remembrance, and a First Birthday

Today, January 31, 2012,  marks ONE WHOLE YEAR since I began bed rest. It also marks ONE WHOLE YEAR since Ink & Squid was born!

It’s a little surreal to read back over that first post about starting bed rest, then look at my beautiful, healthy, silly boys. I was so afraid for them, and felt so very vulnerable, but it drew me to depend so deeply on God for peace, for strength, for sanity.

That dependence isn’t something you get once and it sticks forever. When everything is dark and stormy, it’s easy to call out to God and cling to Him. But how quickly we forget the storms as soon as they calm! So today, I remember the amazing grace of God, Who brought our precious sons safely into this world.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

1 Corinthians 1:3-7

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Diaper Bag Tetris: How I Pack It

Twins mean STUFF and lots of it. I’m just going to say it, though: I think I pack a lean, mean diaper bag. I always feel prepared for little crises and emergencies, and important things rarely get forgotten. I’ve worked hard and used trial and error to come up with a list that fits everything in without unnecessary extras, but not missing anything we might (reasonably) need while we’re out.

So, what’s in the bag?

Here’s what’s inside:

  1. Linking rings and a couple small, quiet toys
  2. Gas drops, infant acetaminophen, nasal saline spray, droppers and syringes
  3. Sippy cup (or bottle)
  4. Baby spoon
  5. Bib
  6. Diapers
  7. Wipes
  8. Disposable changing pad
  9. Burp cloth
  10. Extra onesie
  11. Knit hat
  12. Extra socks
  13. Extra leggings (DIY your own for under $3 with no sewing!) or pants
  14. Sling
  15. Flannel blanket
  16. Lightweight sweatshirt
  17. Travel-size first aid kit
  18. Disinfecting wipes (double bagged)
  19. Empty quart- and gallon-sized baggies
  20. Hand sanitizer and pacifier cleaning wipes
  21. Rolled-up plastic bags (here’s my how-to) for trash and dirty/wet things
  22. Extra pacifier and paci clip

I have a Skip Hop Duo diaper bag, and it holds all of this… TIMES TWO. Everything you see in that picture? There is two of almost everything there in that one bag. Plus my wallet, a couple pens and a little notebook, my phone, a travel-size moisturizer and a lip balm. PHEW!

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