Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas printable

Merry Christmas from my family!

I'm a little embarrassed to say I am repeating my Christmas printable from last year. I am finishing up something, but alas it is a Christmas present and so of course I can't show it on here yet. I promise I have great things in store to share, but not until AFTER Christmas. 

Here is a Christmas printable coloring page of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. I changed this coloring page a little from last year. I read this quote a few weeks ago from the president of my church, and it has really stuck with me.

"May we all make the journey to Bethlehem in spirit, taking with us 
a tender, caring heart as our gift to the Savior."  
-President Thomas S. Monson.

Here is a version for your children to color. 
(click on picture, save to computer and print)

For some reason my computer is uploading the picture with a gray tint. Like always you are more than welcome to e-mail me directly (springmcdonald(at), and I will send you the original file (with no gray tint). Also if you would just like the image with no words I'd be happy to send that to you too.

My two oldest children (ages 7 & 5) had their first summer of soccer this year. It was torture. The practices, the cold, rain and heat. I about died, oh and the kids were tired too. Their team didn't win one game, but they finally scored one goal the last 5 minutes of the last game and you would have thought they just won the World Cup, all us parents were jumping up and down screaming and hugging. They still lost the game but the kids didn't know or care. One goal was all they needed.

I want to be a better fan to all my friends and family. Cheering for your successes, even if it's just one goal the last 5 minutes of the game, and there for you in your sorrow. Your joy is my joy, your sorrow is my sorrow. I hope this next year to be a better friend to you all. 

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and holiday season! 
- Spring & family

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Update and Thanksgiving fun ideas

This time of year is hard to post because even though I'm working my little fingers to the bone drawing I can't share most of the projects I'm working on because they are gifts for Christmas, or are still in the development stages. 

But here are a couple hints,

I finished a big project that well . . . I can't tell you much about, but it involved drawing a lot of beards. Oh how I loved it.

I drew my first Australian family picture for the nicest lady. She said to draw one of the boys holding a football and I asked her if she meant "American football" you know, the kind you throw, or soccer, the kind you kick. She responded "We have football here too, you know, the kind you throw." :) ha ha. I learn so much doing this.

I'm finishing up another big project that is going to be really special to a grandma's grandchildren.

And I'm really hoping to have enough time before Christmas to make a nativity project I have been wanting to make since last year. We shall see. 

Until then I hope you enjoy these Thanksgiving projects from previous years. They are great last minute fun. 

Clothespin Turkey. Here's the original post

Click here for Fruit Turkey layout/instructions & coloring pages.  

Happy Thanksgiving all! The best part is Thanksgiving evening, and eating a leftover turkey and stuffing sandwich. Oh ya!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Random acts of Chuck Norris

FACT: Chuck Norris doesn't cheat death.
He wins fair and square. 

I recently did a post about lunch box notes for little kids. But I started thinking "What about teenagers, or your spouse, what could you put in their lunches?" 

What solves any question? 
Chuck Norris!

The inspiration came from my aunt & uncle and my teenage cousins, so here's to them. 

Chuck Norris lunch box notes

For your free printable click on picture, save to computer, make sure to scale to correct size before printing. Or click here for a download. 

But wait! The more I thought about it, I realize, just like Chuck Norris, there are so many more uses for these. 

How about 

Leave these little notes on a vending machine, 

Stranger's car door. 

Attack someone's door and post 
"You've been Chuck Norrised"

Use this instead of "You've been Booed" at Halloween

 How ever you want to use these Chuck Norris facts, I hope you feel the absolute joy that comes from that amazing beard. 

What is hiding behind Chuck Norris' beard?
Another FIST!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pregnancy announcement

I love pregnancy announcements! I was contacted by Adrienne to draw these two pictures for her and her husband Ryan. One for her side of the family, and one for his side of the family.

I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when the family saw the baby in the picture and realized the surprise. This is the first grand baby in both families and I have a feeling he/she is going to be spoiled!

Thank you for letting me be a part of this beautiful occasion. It really was an honor!


I loved all the little details Adrienne gave me to describe each person. I wish I could have drawn them all.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lunch Box Notes

Last year I started writing little notes/jokes on my daughter's napkins for her lunch box. 

Okay, this one was towards the end of the year and I was running out of ideas, this is what I came up with. 

I took a little time and made some fancy ones for ya. 
You have a weeks worth and then you'll have to make up your own.

SIDE NOTE 1: Your kids don't take cold lunch? Sneak these notes in their backpack, or pants pocket, or on their pillow for when they come home. 

SIDE NOTE 2: Is this extreme-over-the-top, spending hours making lunch notes? Um . . yes. Did I spend time doing this instead of cleaning my house and making nutritious dinners? Um . . yes. 

Free Printable
(click on picture and save to computer, or click here to download JPEG file)

 What is black & white & red all over?
A zebra with a sunburn

 LOVE this joke!
What did the pencil say to the other pencil?
Wow, you're looking sharp!
Isn't that hilarious?!?! I laugh so hard every time. 

 What do you call an alligator wearing a vest?
An investigator

What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence? 
Time to get a new fence!

And my all time FAVORITE!
What did the snail say when he rode on the turtle's shell?

I hope she enjoys her surprise tomorrow. She has only seen my napkin jokes until now. 

Want some jokes for teenagers or your spouse, check out my Chuck Norris lunch box jokes

Pictures of my kids? I thought you'd never ask. Here's the last three years. 
First day of school 2011

First day of school 2012

First day of school 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

"I'm BORED" chart & Summer Service Chart

How's your summer going? 

Have your kids said "I'm bored" yet? Don't lie, you know they have at least 5 times today already. 

I saw this BORED checklist here (Becky at I Lift Heavy Things) and loved the idea. I asked her if I could make my own doodle version and she so kindly agreed.

So here is the idea.

Before your little ones can say "I'm bored" they have to stop and think . . 
Have I . . .
Been creative?
Outside play?
Read a book?
Done something helpful?

(Get it? It spells BORED!)

If they answer yes to all the above then they can come to you and you can help them find something.

Here is your free printable
(Click on image, save to computer, & make sure to scale to correct size before printing)

And when my little ones get stumped on what is something helpful they could do I found this awesome service chart here (Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy) and asked her if I could made my own doodle version and Lindsey was also super kind and said yes.

Here is another free printable
(Click on image, save to computer, & make sure to scale to correct size before printing)

My little boy wanted to know why he was drawn holding flowers, he was not stoked on that idea. But I explained that boys bring flowers to girls of course. He felt better after that. 

And if these ideas don't help, then you could always do what my awesome mom would do. She would say, "If you say you're bored I'll find something for you to do." And it almost always involved washing walls. 

I sure love my little guys, and want them to have an awesome summer.
If this picture from the museum is any guess to how their summer is going then I think it's already been a success.

Check out my free summer reading chart here.

If you ever have trouble printing any of my free printables feel free to e-mail me and I can e-mail you the file directly. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

England postcard

Break out your tea party set and Mary Poppins movie, my good friend moved to England. Her husband was just stationed there and this will be her new home for a while. Okay, okay, she has two little boys so maybe not a tea party. 

My friend asked me to make her some postcards that she could mail to her family. 

I'm so happy with how these turned out. It still means a lot when people ask me to draw their family, thank you!

And I had to include a picture with the flowers my little girl picked for me, she is quite the flower arranger. 

Best of luck to you Chadwick family!! 
Wishing you lots of sunny days, 
not getting stuck in too many roundabouts
and perhaps seeing a royal person or two. 
And hoping you all come home with fabulous British accents!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Brothers & Super Hero poster

A while back I wrote a post about my older brothers, and made a brother printable. I was never super fond of the printable it but I loved the quote. I asked my good friend Dana from MyPoshDesign to help design the wording (subway art.) Isn't she great? Take a look at her work here.   

This 8x10 / 16x20 poster print is available at my etsy shop
(high resolution digital printable)

Brothers are pretty awesome, and to prove that I have 3 examples of brothers.

1. This is my little boy & girl (they almost look like twins but my daughter is 2 years older). Is it embarrassing how proud I am to finally be a soccer mom? I'm sure I wont by the end of the summer. 
When our son was two years old he would yell and grunt, like little toddlers do, and we would have no idea what he said or wanted. Our daughter would say, "he said he wants goldfish crackers" or "he said he wants his blocks." We have no idea how she could do it, but 9 out 10 times she could interpret him correctly. 

Our little boy adores his sister. If we are ever alone with him at the store and buy him something, a snack, toy, etc he ALWAYS makes sure we get one for his sister too. He is the little brother but acts like the big brother. 

2. I have the most perfect children, they never fight . . . um . . . okay, they might occasionally fight :). I tell them stories about my own little brother, that use the bug the heck out of me. He use to steal my barbies and dangle them from the trees, sneak in my room and read my journal, and one time he even bit me. I'm way serious. I might even have the mark on my leg still. But guess what? I loved my little brother, he was my best friend and no one was allowed to tease him but me.

This is my cute little brother & me. I know, I know, your jealous your mom didn't make you matching outfits. Don't forget the matching hair bow.

And here is my little brother all grown up. To this day he is still the first person I want to text when I see or hear something funny. He can make me laugh so hard and I am so proud of him. He is quite the smart & talented guy, and best uncle. My kids think he can fix anything - bikes, toys, my kitchen mixer, etc. Anything breaks and they exclaim "Just call Uncle Chaun, he can fix it!"

3. And finally I wanted to share this video my older brother made about his two children Hyrum and Hannah (my niece and nephew).

This video is so very special to me. I have watched it oh . . probably over a hundred times. My brother first made it a couple years ago. He was approached by our church to use it as a Mormon Message. No matter your faith I hope you feel the love between a brother and sister and the love God has for us all.

If this video doesn't work here is the link for it. 
On several occasions I have heard my brother and his wife talk about the great teachers and therapists Hyrum has had, but they always credit his sister Hannah for being his greatest tutor. Having a best friend to play and talk with all day has helped him grow leaps and bounds. 

The love between siblings is amazing. And if you don't have siblings I hope you have friends that are like family to you, that you can talk, tease, laugh and cry with. Because we all need brothers and sisters. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Updated Reading chart - free printable.

UPDATE July 2014: check out my PIRATE summer reading chart

I can smell summer in the air, or maybe it's just the smell of sweaty little kids from playing outside all afternoon.

When I think of my summers as a little girl I remember . . .
eating watermelons and trying to spit the farthest watermelon seed,
jumping on the trampoline with the sprinkler underneath,
bike adventures in the near by field and . . . 
going to the city library.

I made a reading chart last year but I didn't love the sloppy look of the squares. So I redid it making the squares more sharp and look more like a board game. 

(click on image and save to computer. Make sure to scale to correct size before printing)

I added little prizes along the way like "go to park," "zoo," etc. 
You can write in your own.  

Towards the end of the summer this can be a count down reading chart to school starting. 

There are 31 blocks, so one for each day of the month. 
You can use stickers, or just mark the squares off with check marks. 

Hope these reading charts help motivate your little readers this summer!!

Check out other my FREE summer printables -  "I'm BORED" poster and Summer Service chart here.

NOTE: If you ever have trouble printing any of my free printables just send me an email and I'd LOVE to email it directly to you.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Updated free teacher printable

UPDATE: If you would like more teacher gift ideas check out this post! Ya!

Teacher appreciate week was this week, or maybe last week, whoops. But also the end of the school year is winding down. Here is a picture I put together last year for my daughter's teacher. Here is the original post.
 (Click on image and save to your computer) 

I found this original art work (the beautiful wording) at I asked permission to add my little doodle to the bottom, but still kept her logo. 
Here is her free printable. Take a look at her website and blog.  She has amazing work. 

I put mine in a 5x7 frame. 
Print this on regular computer paper or card stock and then trim down so you have two 5x7s. (Click on image and save to your computer)

Can't thank my children's teachers enough. Their world is so small - mom, dad, grandmas, grandpas, cousins, a few friends . . . and then their teacher. My FAVORITE thing my daughter's teacher taught her this year was "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit." She started saying it when her brother would complain about dinner. Aww, how I love that line and how it means so much because it came from HER teacher. THANK YOU TEACHERS!!