Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Are you ready?

Are you ready for the end of summer?  I totally am.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my summer with my kiddos.  It's been so fun having them all home along with their new baby sister.  I've enjoyed no bedtimes, the sleeping late, the few (but more than normal) lazy days, and even the busy days.  It's been nice, now that Baby Girl is older, to be able to jump in the car and leave the older kids in charge for a short time, while Hubby and I run to the grocery store for a few minutes, or to fill up with gas and grab a couple of drinks at the gas station.  I've loved the flexibility of pushing something I was going to do on Wednesday over to Friday because we decided to take the kids to the park, or go shopping with grandma.  BUT....my late nights and sleeping in, and putting off until tomorrow, has led to an increasingly messier house (okay, that's putting it mildly - it's a disaster!), lots of to-do's being left undone, and basically a growing feeling of chaos hovering over me at all times.  It's definitely time to change it up!

My girls go back to school tomorrow and couldn't be more excited!  Bookworm starts High School on Monday and although excited, I think he's a little nervous too.  I'm not gonna lie - I'm a little nervous for him.  I mean, I know he'll be fine, and I couldn't have asked for him to have a better experience with his first 10 years of public education.  But he's been with the same group of kids pretty much since 3rd grade and is going from a school of 500 (K-9) to a High School of just under 1800, and most of his closest friends are going off to different high schools.  I so want him to have a great first week and meet lots of new great friends!  Okay, I'm getting all anxious again.  Time to move on.

With all the kids back in school it will be just Baby Girl and me, and sometimes hubby.  I'm kinda looking forward to it.  She is getting so fun and even chubbier than before!  And I am looking forward to getting back into a routine, and getting up early (okay not the actual getting up part), and getting a jump on my day.  Getting more done, and hopefully restoring some order to our household!

Am I the only one who feels this way about back to school?

I'm ready for the season change as well.  I'm looking forward to fall.  The smells and sounds and colors!  I love that I live in a place that has 4 distinct seasons.  By the end of each season I am so ready for the next!  The only one that lasts a little long for me is winter.  But we've been over that before.

In other news - Baby Girl went to her very first RSL game last week!  We weren't sure how she'd do, but she LOVED it!  She was good the whole time and just loved being outside and watching everything going on around us.  Plus we won, so that made it an even better night!  It was Hubby and I's first soccer date since the season began.  We went to nearly every home game last year, and we've really missed our date nights!

Here are a couple of fun pictures of my cute soccer girl.  Okay, me, my cute husband and 2 of my other cute kids are in them too.  But let's face it, it'as all about the chubby baby girl right now as far as pictures go!

First soccer date of the season.

 Victory smiles

So, are you ready for the end of summer? Or are you hoping to stretch it out just a little bit longer?

One more thing.  We're having a giveaway over at Sweet Adornment!  If you want to be entered to win a $25.00 gift certificate, just click HERE!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

From Drab to FAB!

This is the story of how a plain, boring brown pair of thrift store boots became a fabulous pair of dazzling go-go boots!

You may recall that last year Bookworm and Cowgirl were in our school musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.  Cast members were responsible for much of their own costumes.  For Cowgirl's part, one of the costumes needed was a go-go costume.

After scouring the store racks for any leftover Halloween costumes on clearance (because I wasn't about to pay full price and order a costume online), and having no luck, I realized that I was going to have to put together a costume myself.  So it was time to hit my favorite thrift store, Deseret Industries.  It took going back a couple of times (luckily it's near our house), but we finally found a shirt and skirt that fit the bill.  I was hoping for brighter colors, but you take what you can get, right?

I was still having a hard time finding a pair of go-go boots.  I wanted white ones.  Then I got to the point that I would settle for any color that were the right style.  I figured I could spray paint them white.  After many "drop ins" to the DI while out and about on my errands on different days, I finally found "the pair"!  They were the right size, and the right style (and only $5)!  It was time to pull the outfit together!

As I was talking to one of the moms at rehearsal one day, she mentioned the word "glitter".  And the heavens opened...and the angels sang.....

So after looking at some different ideas online, and determining the drawbacks as well as the benefits of each of the methods suggested, I came up with a plan.

I first took the boring, plain brown boots and coated them well with a couple of layers of metallic silver spray paint.  I stuffed newspapers inside of them to keep them standing upright and filled out.  I let them dry overnight.

Next I mixed together a concoction of regular (not fine) silver glitter and my favorite - Mod Podge!  I just dumped a bunch of glitter in a cup, then poured in some Mod Podge and stirred it up.  I kept doing it until the mixture got to a pasty consistency that would spread easily and not be too clumpy, but still had a thick concentration of glitter in it.  It really would be hard to get it wrong.

I painted my first layer of glitter podge all over the boots, being careful to try and avoid the zippers so they wouldn't get glued shut.  After they had time to dry for a little bit I could see the spots that were a little bare of glitter.  I went over the boots another time, paying special attention to the bare spots.

Once they were all dry I touched up any spots that still looked like they needed some sparkling up and Ta-Da!  A fabulous pair of sparkling go-go boots!

I decided that Cowgirl needed some go-go accessories to tie the whole outfit together.  So we made a belt and some big earrings by cutting circles out of poster board and repeating the spray paingint/glitter podging process used on the boots.  I LOVED how her costume turned out, and we got so many compliments on the boots and the accessories!

Yes, I totally cropped other people out of the photo! (Including her brother!)

It's like I always say, "Everything is better with glitter!"

Have you transformed anything from drab to fab lately?  I'd love to hear about it!

I'm sharing this project over HERE today!  Check it out to find more fabulous projects!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Friend Making Monday - have you ever?

Today I'm linking up with Kenlie for FMM - it's how I first started making friends in the blog world, years ago.  Those friendships are still in place today, and some of them are with friends who don't even blog anymore!  So it's definitely a great link party to be involved with!

So here I go...Have you ever...

1. Jumped out of an airplane? Nope.

2. Lived alone? Nope.  I got married at 19.  I went from living with my parents to living with hubby.

3. Met a celebrity?  Yes I have.  When I was 17, my High School's Senior Dinner Dance was held at the Marriot Hotel.  It was durning the NBA playoffs and the Houston Rockets were playing the Jazz, and they were staying at the Marriot.  My girlfriends and I saw a golden opportunity and we jumped into an elevator with Hakeem "the dream" Olajuwon!  He was actually very nice and down to earth.  Friendly, and interested (at least he acted that way) in our school, and our basketball team and was just very nice (not in a creepy old man hitting on teenage girls way).

Of course I have met many members of Real Salt Lake.  Not celebrities to some people, but our goalie Nick Rimando, and our team captain Kyle Beckerman (I have met both) played on the U.S. Men's National Team that just won the Gold Cup a couple of weeks ago.

4. Said something to someone that you immediately regret saying?  All. the. time.

5. Had a manicure/pedicure?  Yes, but it's actually not my favorite thing.

6. Gotten a hickey? Um, what?

7. Owned a pet that was not a dog or cat?  Yes.

8. Been outside of your home country?  Well, when my family went to Disneyland, we also visited Tijuana.  I'm not very well-traveled. :/

9. Kissed your best friend?  Every day.

10. Eaten food that fell on the floor?  I'm a mom.  What do you think?

11. Met someone online?  Yep.  All my blogging friends!

12. Been on TV?  Nope.  But my kids have.

13. Had braces?  Yep.

14. Gone skinny dipping?  Nope.

15. Been to the Opera?  Yep.

16. Been caught making out by a policeman?  Not that I can recall.

17. Sung in public?  No way.

18. Handed out candy on halloween?  Of course.

19. Been snowed in?  Surprisingly, no.

20. Fallen in front of other people?  Who hasn't?

21. Cheated on a test?  Never.  I hate cheaters.

22. Regretted saying "I love you" to someone?  I guess I probably said it to a loser or two, so yes.

23. Finished a meal in a restaurant and realized you didn't have your wallet?  No.  I almost never pay - that's the Hubby's job!

24. Shot a gun?  Yes.  It was for a simulation I got to participate in that was through the FBI and taught by a SWAT sniper.  It was super cool!

25. Heard a song that was written for (or about) you?  Um, in my imagination...

So there you go.  Want to play along?  I'd love to read your answers!  Go link up if you want to play!

Tomorrow I'm going to show you how I turned a pair of plain brown thrift store boots into some FABULOUS glittery go-go boots for my daughter's role as a go-go dancer in the school musical!  You won't want to miss it!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Fabulous

I'm getting back in the swing of things.  I think.  I've actually got some blog posts planned out, which I haven't done in ages - so I'm thinking the posts will be coming more frequently again!

Last time, I told you about our new family business.  We're having so much fun with it.  Some of my long time readers will know that this isn't my first go around with Etsy.  I had another shop once.  Okay, I still do.  But I haven't kept up with it since last Halloween.  Halloween was really the only time the shop ever got very busy.  It's picking up already with some new Halloween orders for this season, so I expect to have some good sales for the next couple of months.  But back to the purpose of my tangent.  I never really invested a lot into the Etsy community my first time around.  I made my items, put a lot of time into photographing and listing them, and then waited for sales.  That only came during Halloween.  Whatever.

Since opening our new shop, I've spent a lot of time visiting other shops.  I spend time reading the forums and community boards. I study the photography and wording in the listings of my favorite shops to get hints on how to make my shop better.  It's a lot.  But I'm loving it.  Will it help our sales?  Maybe.  Probably not.  But as long as I pretend that what I'm doing is helping me make our shop better, I can spend all that time browsing fabulous shops without feeling guilty, right?  Right.  That's what I thought.

So today, Friday, I'm sharing the Fabulous!  I thought I'd share some of my favorite finds on Etsy.  I want them all.  Someday....someday.  So are you ready for some Fabulous?

First up - Chrocheted baby ballet booties from Little Lilly Bug!  I. die.  I have been coveting these darlings since we first found out our little caboose was another girl.  I told my brother to get them for me.  He let me down.  Are they not the sweetest things you've ever seen??

Visit shop here.

Okay, how beautiful is this wire wrapped flower necklace from Refreshing Designs Jewelry?  I'm not sure I could pull it off - but I like to pretend I am that fantastic.  And the designs, all from wrapping wire, seriously amaze me.
Visit shop here.

I'm loving this handmade froggy card from Made by Meg.  Partly because this is currently my new favorite color scheme, and the colors of Baby Girl's nursery.  But mostly because I have done handmade cards and they take forEVER!  So my hat is off to anyone who is dedicated enough, or fast enough to make enough to sell in a shop!  And this one is super, super adorable!

Visit shop here.

And last, but oh so absolutely not least - even if she weren't my BFF, I would so adore these Monster Bibs made by Tanielle (yes I've totally already snagged a couple for Baby Girl).  She and her niece own The Laughy Giraffy and make some of THE most adorable things you've ever seen.  I'm lucky to have an "in" with them!
Visit shop here.

So there you go.  Sharing some Fabulous with you this Friday.  How about you?  What are some of your fabulous Etsy finds?  I'm sure that I need to check them out!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ten Things to Smile About and TTUT!

Wow, it's been quite a month!  In my effort to become a blogger again, I'm linking up with 3 fabulous ladies for 10 Things to Smile About, and Talk To Us Tuesday.

Here we go:

1. Our new family business.  The girls and I stumbled upon this new found hobby in an effort to make a Mother's Day gift for my mom. We decided to make a business out of it.  Here are a few of my favorite items:

This is my family key chain.  It is my family in dates.  Mine and Hubby's birthdays, our wedding date and the birth dates of each of our children.

We designed this piece for my son's friend Sofia as a gift for her Quinceanera.  We've also had this ordered as a "Sweet 16 piece".  I love all our birthstone jewelry.

This team set was made for my friend Natalie who gave them to her softball team as an end of season gift.

We are seriously having so much fun with this.  The whole family helps get the orders filled and shipped!

2. Um...hello - My birthday!  July is seriously the best month of the year.  Just sayin'.

3. INDEPENDENCE DAY!  I love it.  I could make an entire post about what this holiday, and this country mean to me.  If you've been around my blog during July in the past, you've already had a chance to see.  I'm so grateful and I'll leave it at that for this post.

4. Fireworks.  They go along with number 3, but they deserve their own spot on the list, because fireworks are just that fabulous.

5. Soccer.  July has been a good soccer month.  Not only is my team number 1 in the standings, but 3 of our boys were called up to the U.S. Men's National Team and helped the U.S. become the Gold Cup Champions on Sunday.  Go my boys!

6. Pioneer Day.  Blogged about it last time.  If you missed it and would like to read, go here.

7. New mascara.  I've needed a new tube for a while now, and finally got it.  It's amazing the difference a new tube of mascara can make.

8. Good friends who make me feel loved.  I could do a whole 'nother blog post (or 3) about this.  But I'll just say I am blessed.

9. Good kids.  As mad as they make me at times, they make me even more proud all the rest of the time.  I really have good kids and am so thankful to have them in my life.

10.  Family reunions.  I'll blog the deets another time, but for now I'll share a couple of pictures of Baby Girl's first time in playing in the river.

What made you smile this month?

Seriously Shawn

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


1. Something that is or can be inherited; an inheritance.
2. Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.
3. The status acquired by a person through birth; a birthright.

Today in Utah and in the LDS church we celebrate Pioneer Day.  On July 24, 1847 the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley.  Pioneer Day is not just a celebration of Mormonism, or of Utah however.  It is a celebration of the religious freedoms sought by those early pilgrims, and again by the Mormon Pioneers, and by others who have been persecuted for their faith, and the beliefs they hold dear.  We celebrate those freedoms protected by the constitution of this great country.  For members of the LDS church, we are celebrating those freedoms which allowed our church to be founded and organized.  For Utahns it is a celebration of everyone, regardless of faith or nationality, who emigrated to the Salt Lake Valley during the pioneer era.  It is a celebration of our heritage.

I LOVE Pioneer Day.  I love going to the parade and all the fireworks.  I love celebrating those who came before and who I owe so much to.  

I've always loved hearing the conversion stories of those who have joined the LDS church, who weren't raised in the church the way I was.  My family has been members of the church for many generations.  It wasn't until recently, while helping my daughter prepare a talk for church that I came across the conversion story of my family.  This is the story of Martin Horton Peck.  He is my pioneer ancestor who first joined the church.  He is why I was blessed to be raised in the church.

First, if you aren't familiar with the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you need to know that the early members, under the direction of the prophet Joseph Smith, were greatly persecuted by others who did not trust them, and wanted to cause them as much trouble as possible.  There was much harassment as well as violence directed towards the early members of the church.

Martin and a number of his neighbors were working together on a "house raising".  He suggested to them that once their work was finished, they should all go together and break up a meeting which he had heard the young Prophet Joseph Smith was holding in the nearby woods.  Intending to cause a disturbance for the members, he found himself converted instead.  Many times after, he was heard to testify that before the Prophet had spoken five minutes, he (Martin) had received a thorough assurance of the divinity of his (Joseph's) mission.  This testimony remained with him all his life.  He was baptized in 1833.

Martin Horton Peck was my great, great, great grandfather.  He is the reason I was raised in the church. However, growing in my knowledge of the gospel, and my absolute certainty of the reality of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of His church is the reason I have remained an active member.

I am so grateful for ancestors who paved the way, who lived the gospel, and who sacrificed so much so that I might be where I am today.  I am grateful for my heritage.  So today, along with my family, I celebrate.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I'm a blogger. At least tonight I am.

I've missed being a blogger!  I need to just figure out a way to fit it in.  Tonight I'm making the time.  Hopefully I'll get better at organizing my schedule so I can make time to blog more regularly.

So what's everybody been up to?

We've had so much going on.  My son is going to be a sophomore in High School this fall!  I can't even stand it!  I will also have a 7th, 5th and 2nd grader.  I can't really be this old can I?  Luckily I have my sweet Baby Girl to keep me feeling young.  But even she will be 6 months old in a couple of weeks!  How did this happen?

We've started a new family business.  More on that next time.  I also received my first Halloween Costume order for Ribbon Blossoms.  Seriously...who plans this far ahead?  Not that I'm not grateful for the business!  I'm just so not organized enough to ever have my kids' Halloween costumes planned and purchased by July!

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of my dad passing away.  We spent the day with my mom just hanging out and talking.  It doesn't seem real that a whole year has passed, but it also feels like it's been a lifetime.  It's hard to think about Baby Girl never knowing her grandpa in this life.  He loved my kids so much, and she will have no memories of him.  I think that bothers me more than anything else.

I wonder how my mom's doing.  I mean really.  Because she's like me.  She holds it close to her and doesn't like to show when she's struggling.  She wants everyone to think she's strong.  I know it gets to her though.  I hope she's doing okay.  I know she's looking forward to next week.

We're heading to Lava Hot Springs for our family reunion.  My mom will get to see her brother and all her sisters and we'll have a few days to swim, visit, relax and just have fun with aunts, uncles and cousins.  I'm a little nervous about taking Baby Girl.  She's kind of a homebody.  After a few hours away from home she's done.  She gets super cranky and whiny.  But once we walk back through the doors of our home she is a different baby - content, smiley, and just really happy to be home.  I hope she does okay for the reunion.  I mean after all, it is her official "debut" for my mom's side of the family!  Of course we want her to be charming!

It's a good thing she has super fat, kissable baby cheeks that win people over even when she's being a stinker!

The rest of the kids are excited to see their cousins and spend their days playing in the sunshine and the water.  I'm excited for all the good food.  There's always a lot. ;)  And I'm excited to just play with my kids.  To watch them having fun, and not have any school meetings to go to, or orders to fill.  No matter how messy my house back home is, or how backed up the laundry is - there's nothing I can do about it.  So I'll just relax and enjoy my family.  I really love them.

Do you have any fun summer plans, or fun family adventures that you've already had this summer?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Catching up

It's been a while!  Life has been crazy, and busy and good.  But I'm not getting it all recorded because I haven't blogged!  What's up with that?

A few notable things that have gone on since I last blogged:

Our sweet Baby Girl was blessed in Sacrament Meeting on April 14.  It was a beautiful day surrounded by friends and family.  It was also a little bittersweet.  Baby Girl is the first of my children not to have my dad standing in the Priesthood circle for their baby blessing.  I know he was there, but I still missed having him physically with us.  My little brother was also not able to be there, as he is currently living out of state.  I don't like having my family spread out like this!

Baby Girl is growing up so fast, I can hardly stand it.  She will be 3 months old this week.  So crazy!

On April 1st I started a fitness challenge and as of Sunday's weigh-in I was down 17.4 lbs!  I still have a ways to go, but it feels great to be making good progress!  I'd like to be significantly smaller by the time we head to Lava Hot Springs for our family reunion in July!

I'm thinking of hosting another fitness challenge when this one ends, with my BFF Tanielle, who is also participating in this one.  Would anyone be interested in participating?

Cowgirl had a lovely trip to the ER on Saturday.  During her soccer game she took a HARD ball to the head kicked from about 4 feet away.  It laid her out flat.  She suffered a severe concussion, and is still experiencing symptoms of dizziness and pain in her neck.  Today is her first day that she hasn't been suffering from a headache as well.  We are continuing to watch her for any signs of complications, but otherwise it is just a slow, boring waiting game for her until she is able to return to regular activity.

The school year is winding down, State testing is under way, the weather is getting warmer (although it snowed today...what the what??), and I'm anxious for my kids to be out of school and am looking forward to the long, lazy (yeah right) days of summer.  I'm committed to try and make this summer more leisurely and enjoyable with my family, and less busy and stressful.  Any tips for making this happen?  Thanks.

I hope everyone is doing well, and I'll be back tomorrow with a great big Proud Mama Moment.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

People Are Good

I'm making quite a stretch here for today's PMM.  That's because I want to talk about my other baby.  Not one of the 5 I gave birth to, but a labor of love still the same.

For those who don't know, 7 years ago I helped start the charter school my children attend.  I currently serve on the board of trustees for the school.  In the early years it was like having a full time job and working overtime, only doing it for free.  It takes up a lot of time.

I have a board meeting tonight.  I don't want to go.  I get ornery just thinking about it.  It is at our recently opened second campus, which isn't exactly close to my home.  I am a tired mom of a newborn.  Currently a sick newborn.  I don't want to go.  I wasn't planning on attending this month, but some important issues that need to be discussed require all members to be in attendance.  And I don't want to go.

It's times like these that I seriously consider stepping down from the board and freeing up my time to focus on other things I would like to do.  And I ask myself, "why don't I resign?"

The obvious answer is that I'm a control freak, and I still want to have a say in the decisions that are made pertaining to the school my children attend.  But there's also the other part:

Last week I told you about Cowgirl and her Science Fair project.  Our Middle School science teacher (Mr. H) was the one at our school who sort of coordinated everything on our school's behalf.  He is not Cowgirl's teacher, as she is still in the Elementary School.  However he was a great advisor for the students in all the grades.  He came into the school several times during days off so that students could come spend all day working on their projects and receiving help from him.  This in itself shows the dedication he has to helping students learn and succeed.  But I never expected that I would receive a phone call from him later in the evening on the day of the Regional competition.  We were all sitting in the living room chatting when the phone rang.  I answered and Mr. H was on the line.  "I just wanted to call and see how Cowgirl did?  Did she have a good experience, and enjoy herself?"  He continued to ask a few more questions about her experience with the judges, and the pre-judging award she had received, then wished us a good night and hung up the phone.

I looked at my husband and said to Cowgirl, "that was sure nice of him to call and check on you, and see how your experience was.  He's such a good guy."  The thing is, I'm pretty sure we weren't the only family to receive a call that night.   Mr. H is the teacher who would have called to check up on each of the students that he hadn't had a chance to talk to during the fair.

That wasn't the end of our conversation though.  Hubby then proceeded to tell me about his recent experience.

I have blogged previously about the big cancer research fundraiser our school does every year. One component of this event is the Pedals for Hope 40 mile bike ride that the middle school students participate in.  Pedals for Hope 2013 is just around the corner.

Hubby goes into the school a few days a week to help transport the elementary students (via bus) to a nearby sports venue for off-campus P.E. activities.  He drops one group off, comes back to pick up a second group, then drops them off and brings the first group back.  During his back and forth recently, he has seen Mr. C up to something heartwarming.  Mr. C helps coordinate many of our outdoor experiences and activities, including Pedals for Hope.

Recently, Hubby has seen Mr. C out in the school parking lot and on the lane that leads up to our school, working with one of the middle school boys.  He is helping him learn how to ride a bike.  He goes around the parking lot, and up and down the lane, holding onto the bike and giving a push, running along side helping him know how to steer and stay up.  For some reason this middle school boy does not know how to ride a bike.  Maybe his family can't afford a bike, or his parents never taught him, or maybe he just was never able to learn.  But Mr. C is making sure that this young man will not miss out on participating with his peers when they ride their Pedals for Hope bike ride fundraiser.

When hubby related this experience, it literally brought tears to my eyes.  I'm misting up again just typing it up.

And this is why I don't step down.  I'm so proud of a school full of teachers like Mr. H and Mr. C (yep, they're pretty much all this dedicated), and I know it's not really anything I can take credit for, but I still love that I get to rub shoulders with people of this caliber, as we work together (them working harder than me) to make our school good for students.  A place where we not only educate their minds, but hopefully do a little bit to fill their souls as well.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Proud of my Girl

I wanted to link up with Emmy and Kmama's PMM last Thursday, but I just couldn't seem to fit in the computer time to get it done!  Better late than never though, right?

Thursday was the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair.  It was the Regional Science Fair for those who had advanced past their school science fairs, and then their district science fairs as well.  My Cowgirl was one of those students and I was so proud of her.

She did a really fun project that was called Font and Impact of the Written Word.  She tested 50 subjects on their memories of a list of words.  Different subjects were given the list typed up in different fonts, and then tested on how many of the words they remembered.  The object was to determine whether font type affected how easily someone remembered what they had read.  She had a great time doing it, and thanks for those of you who helped her reach her quota of 50 subjects!  You know who you are.  So what do you think?  Did people whose lists were typed up in a simpler font remember more words, or was it the people whose lists were typed in more busy/fancy fonts?

She's disappointed that she didn't place, or move on to Nationals, but I told her that I couldn't be more proud.  Plus, to be honest - I'm not sure I have it in me to bear with her through another round of revisions to her display board!  And I KNOW my wallet doesn't have another round in it!

Hubby couldn't get a great picture because they placed her right in front of a window (although she did enjoy the view of the football stadium at the U.  The team was practicing!).  Sorry Emmy - wrong team I know - but you take what you can get when you have to stand by a table for 4 hours waiting to be judged!

It was a great experience for her, and I'm so grateful she had the opportunity.  But I sure am glad not to have to worry about Science Fair again for another year!

Linking up here!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Apparently tags are making a comeback.  Who remembers tags?  I was sorta sad that they went away because they are great when you are stumped about what to blog.  Of course I prefer the ones where you are asked a series of very specific questions, because then you don't have to think at all.  But I wasn't tagged with one of those tags.

MiMi did tag me though, (she wanted me to feel like I haven't been forgotten here in blog land).  Here are the rules of the tag:
  1. Display the award logo on your blog. (MiMi didn't post it, so I can't.)
  2. Link back to the person(s) who nominated you. 
  3. State 7 things about yourself.  
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.  (Probably won't get 15, but we'll see.)
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by pingback. (Ummm...?)
So here are 7 things about me:

1 - I hate the way I can't figure out how to copy and paste to my blog without a lame white background showing up.

2 - The thing I love most about being a new mom again is watching my other children be absolutely in love with their baby sister.

3 - The thing I hate most about breastfeeding is that you have to wear a bra all. the. freaking. TIME!

4 - I want to learn to sew.  Like for reals sew.  Not just operate the machine after somebody else has already threaded it, and I just have to sew a straight line.  But actual sewing.

5 - I miss my dad.

6 - I haven't been to church since Baby Girl was born.  I have turned into one of those super paranoid about germs moms.  But can you blame me?  You might remember a little thing we went through last summer called whooping cough?  So Baby Girl and I send the family off each Sunday and we stay home and chill.

7 - I plan to go back on Easter Sunday.

Now for the tagging:

Myya (I know she got tagged by MiMi, but I also know she hasn't done it!)

Well, I'm being summoned by her highness who is hungry again, so that's where I'll leave it.  A couple of these girls are being tagged just to motivate them to do another post!!  Anyone else who wants to play, feel free to join in!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Almost Normal

Well life is starting to feel almost normal again.  I could still use some more sleep, but I'm actually starting to be productive again.  Well, as productive as I ever was, which isn't really saying much!  I'm hoping to be able to start blogging a little more frequently and also to start leaving more comment love again!

And although I'm starting to feel more normal again, I'm super anxious about my six week check up. Because I cannot. Stop. EATING!  I am soooo starving all the time.  I am always so hungry when I'm breastfeeding, but I swear it is worse this time than it has ever been before!  I have this horrible fear that I am going to step on the scale at my doctor's office and find out that I actually weigh MORE than I did at 9 months pregnant!  And I am being totally serious.

The novelty of a new sister has not worn off at all for my kiddos.  They still fight over who gets to hold her first, who has held her the longest, and so on.  I am glad that they like her though. :)

I'm having a lot of bittersweet moments as I watch her grow.  When Monkey was born, we hadn't really made the decision that we were done having kids.  So I watched her grow, and never really thought about it being the last time I would experience watching one of my babies grow up.  It was later on that we decided we were probably done having kids.  Then our precious little surprise came along, and knowing that she is our last, all of her little moments really tug at my heartstrings.  I want to capture every moment and hold onto it forever.

I didn't know she had the skills, but Cowgirl put this sweet video together, featuring Baby Girl's newborn photo shoot. I asked her to make an altered version that kept her info private, so I could post it here on my blog.

I'm not gonna lie, I totally got choked up while watching it.  But it was nothing compared to the full on Daddy -sobs coming from my husband.


I promise that tomorrow I'll talk about more than just Baby Girl!  There are some other fun things going on around here. :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

2 things at once

I promised my out of state brother I would blog again, and that was a few days ago, so I am a little behind!

Baby Girl keeps me pretty unproductive these days.  She nurses ALL. THE. TIME.  Which is actually nothing new for me, since all my kids were like that.  I think it has something to do with being big babies - they need more sustenance.  But I'm okay with that - because all my big babies also slept through the night by 8 weeks.  So it's a decent trade-off in my opinion.

She is growing so fast I can hardly stand it.  Even though we thought we were done having kids before we got pregnant with her, now that we have her I want to slow down time so we can enjoy all the little moments of her growing up.  It already seems to be flying by.

Here are a few pictures of her cuteness:

 Her first Valentine's Day.

 In the car on her way to her 2 week check up.  Which she passed with flying colors!

Since I spend the majority of my days sitting in my big puffy chair nursing her highness - I have had to learn to multi-task.  You know, do 2 things at once.

Here's a list of all the things I can do AT THE SAME TIME I am nursing.  I know you'll be super impressed:

Watch TV
Watch online videos
Surf the web one-handed
Text one-handed
Eat one-handed
Yell at my other kids
Did I mention watch TV?

I spend a lot of time watching TV these days.  Pretty productive, huh?

While you marvel at my ability to do all these things WHILE I am nursing my baby, I'll just leave you with one of my current favorite commercials (I don't have DVR, so I see a lot of commercials as well).  I like to call it, "2 things at once."

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

And baby makes 7!

Well...she's finally here!  Actually, she's been here for a week as of 8:14 tonight.  I'm sure you can guess that hopping on the blog wasn't the first thing on my to-do list!

I woke up last Tuesday morning feeling uncertain whether my contractions were feeling more like real contractions or not.  They were so inconsistent throughout the morning, and I just wasn't sure what to think.  They seemed to be getting more painful, but not closer together at all.  I was starting to feel paranoid because I hadn't been feeling Baby Girl move all day, so finally sometime after noon, I told Hubby we should probably go in, just so I could be reassured about how baby was doing.  At this point, my contractions were ranging from 7-12 minutes apart.  I've never gone in with them that far apart before.

To our surprise, when we arrived at the hospital, I was dilated to a 6 and 100% thinned.  Crazy!  My contractions still weren't very close together!  But they hurried the anesthesiologist in so I could have my epidural, because they were sure baby would be here shortly.

But she wasn't done being stubborn.  She kept clear up high, and was in no hurry to move down so she could be delivered.  This was during the 2 o'clock hour.  They started me on Pitocin in hopes that more regular contractions would help push her down.  We sat there waiting until she was finally ready.  She was born at 8:14 p.m., and weighed 8 lbs 11 oz.  She was 20 1/2 inches long.  She is beautiful and perfect and has filled our home with joy.

There's so much more I'd like to say, but it has already taken me many hours to get this post in....I could only work on it here and there in between my "summons" from Baby Girl.  I will just leave you with a few (or more) pictures.

 Just a few minutes old.

Monkey getting to be a big sister for the very first time.

 Cowgirl wanted to fight anyone who tried to take her away.

 Pixie was pretty young when Monkey was born, so it was new all over again to her.

 Bookworm finally getting to meet his baby sister, after all his eagerness and waiting.

Coming home.  1 day old. I really wish my dad could have been here to help welcome her.

5 days old and taking in everything around her.

I will probably not be blogging as regularly as I'd like, and will be visiting even less - but I promise not to totally disappear again! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week.  And getting more sleep than I am!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Birthday, and lack of a birth.

Well y'all - I'm still pregnant.  That's right - no Baby Girl yet.  I was REALLY hoping she would come over the weekend so that we wouldn't have to deal with the chaos of finding rides to school, and all the other weekday activities my other kids are involved in.

I have had a few contractions off and on, but I'm pretty sure they are still just Braxton Hicks.  They go away if I move around, and are not consistent AT ALL.  Sigh...my very clever friend MiMi suggested that her name should be Patience, after putting us all through this!  I know I shouldn't complain, her due date was only 2 days ago...but we are all ready to meet her!

Since she still hasn't made an appearance, it's not too late to enter my Baby Girl Poll.  Even if you already entered, since everybody's guesses on date have already passed, you are welcome to take another shot at it!
I have my next doctor's appointment on Thursday if she hasn't come yet, and at that time he will schedule and induction - so take you best guess!

In other news, my sweet Pixie celebrated her 10th birthday yesterday.  I cannot believe she is 10!  It hurts my heart a little that she is growing up so fast.

The time has flown by way too quickly and I feel like it's all just passing me by!  I wish there was a way for me to slow it down so I could have more time to appreciate each moment and memory.

Pixie is growing into a lovely young woman, and I could not be more proud of who she is becoming.  She excels in school and loves learning.  She also loves being creative.  Her newest interest is making creations out of  "designer" duct tape.  She got a bunch of rolls for her birthday and has been happily creating away.  She has made suspenders, a really cute rose pen, Barbie clothes - just to name a few.

She loves playing the piano and is ALWAYS practicing.  I keep trying to remind myself that this is a good thing.  She literally cannot walk past the piano without pausing to play a few bars.  Again, I remind myself, this is NOT annoying.  Her dedication is a good thing, right?

Our life has never been the same since she joined our family 10 years ago, and I cannot even begin to imagine our family without her.  I'm so grateful that Heavenly Father trusted me to be her Mom.  I'm not the best at it, by any stretch of the imagination, but I know there is no one that could love her more than I do.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

My Funny Monkey

Time to link up with PMM and talk about my kiddos.  Yeah, like I need an excuse.

First off - no Baby Girl yet.  I was really thinking yesterday that I might be headed to the hospital by the end of the night.  But then - nothin'.  Which is totally okay, because guess what I haven't done?  I haven't made this baby girl a single hairbow!  That's what I'll be doing today.

But today I'm telling you about my OTHER baby girl.  My Monkey.  Seriously, this girl cracks me up.  The stuff she comes up with is just too much sometimes.

A few weeks back she climbed into the car after school and was just beside herself.  "I lost my tooth today," she said.  And then bursting into tears she added, "and then I REALLY lost it!".  When I asked her what she meant she told me that she had taken it out to recess to show her friends, and she lost it.

Later that night, Hubby came in to show me what he had found in place of her tooth:
Side one

Side 2

We were dying.  And how could the tooth fairy deny that?  So she was still compensated, even though she lost her lost tooth!

A couple of Sundays ago the girls brought home a spotlight paper to fill out from Primary.  Monkey took it upon herself to fill hers out on her own, without waiting for us to help her:

Seriously?  The girl has never had Sushi.  And I guess it is a sad reflection on Hubby's and my parenting that the most exciting thing that has ever happened to her is turning six.  I guess we'll have to work on that.

She never ceases to make us laugh.  And that is such a good thing because on those days when you just want to cry - a funny six year old girl can turn it all around.  We are so blessed to have her as part of our family.

I'm linking up here: