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Monday, January 30, 2012

A diversion…..

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. Ours started off good. Saturday Anthony was invited to his first official birthday party. It was so cute. He usually tags along to all of the parties that Christopher is invited too, so this was nice that is was something for him.

I am going to tell you about Sunday in pictures. I am sure you will figure it out….lol!

We had plans to pack up the kids and drive 3 hours to go here…..

But, suddenly in the middle of the night Saturday, we ended up here……

Because Christopher had this……

Lovely. I guess when you have kids, anything can happen. Plans don't always work out as intended....

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Guest post…..Other People's Shows

Other People's Shows

Guest post from: Lara Kent

Sometimes I wonder when I go to my dentist’s office what kind of direct tv packages they opt for. I could imagine that they would need a lot of channels to keep everyone happy, especially when they have a TV in each patient room. I’m pretty open about my TV watching choices but I have seen some pretty strange channels at my dentist’s office. Some offices opt for the traditional news channel in the waiting room where you can get all caught up on what’s going on around the world while you wait. This is a pretty safe choice. I always love it when you walk in and are happily seated and watching something sufficiently mind-numbing when another patient thinks they can grab the remote and take control of the waiting room. Just because you like documentaries about ancient Greece on The History Channel it doesn’t mean that’s what I want to watch all morning! I know it’s hard to keep everyone who might walk through the doors happy, but I would prefer that my fellow patients don’t have control of what I have to watch. It’s bad enough that I have to deal with the shows my husband likes at home.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Almost Wordless Wednesday on a Thursday….

Okay, so I am a day late and a dollar short here!! But, don’t they always say ‘better late than never”? LOL! It has been a busy week around the house and so my posting slacked bit. You understand, don’t you?

Christopher loves to draw (he is like me) and is forever coloring, cutting, and crafting. His imagination is amazing and I love that about him. But, I don’t love his new art gallery….

He seems to be taping his creations to every inch of his bedroom door as well as all over the walls!!!

And yes, he is missing a doorknob if that is what you are saying to yourself. LOL! The hubs replaced the door and hasn’t gotten to add the new knob yet.

Have a great day…..

Friday, January 20, 2012


TGIF!!! I hope everyone had a great week. We are already in weekend mode here. The kids wanted their pj’s on yesterday when they got home from school (yes, at 3:30pm) so they could ‘lounge around’…! I have a feeling it is going to be a lazy kind of weekend and I am fine with that!

I wanted to share a project that I had made for Christmas. My  2 cousins each have daughters that are ‘tweens’ and they are true fashionistas. Although they do love sports, they love bags and clothes more. Around Thanksgiving they had each asked me to make purses for them. And of course, they put in a hand written request with colors and design ideas. Too funny.

The girls each wanted a white fabric with colored polka dots. And while one wanted flowers, the other wanted peace signs. I took a trip to JoAnn’s and of course, no white polka dot fabric to be found. Really Joann’s?? I did find a black dot and that was just going to have to work.

To make life simple, I made the bags the same shape. One would be a messenger and the other a shoulder strap bag. Yes, those were my instructions….lol.

Here is what I came up with for the should strap bag….

I embroidered the letter ‘K’ as her name is Kaylee. I just did a zig zag stitch with my sewing machine. A few hand made flowers and some ruffle added some youthfulness to the bag. I had never used a shoulder strap before, but it was pretty simple to attach. There is a snap closure for easy access to open and close.

The second bag was a messenger style…..

Here I made a peace sign out of felt and sewed it on the front. A hot pink ribbon finished it off. Again, a snap closure.

Both bags looked the some inside with hot pink lining and a pocket…..

I gave the girls the bags as part of their Christmas present and they were ecstatic!! My hard work paid off.

Here is Alexa modeling her bag….
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Have a great weekend….

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Almost Wordless Wednesday….

A boy and his Chipmunk friends……

Happy Hump Day….


Friday, January 13, 2012

Chocolate lovers….

Yes, my kids are chocolate lovers. All things chocolate.  Aren’t we all?? LOL!

On our trip to NYC on New Year’s Day we stopped at the Hershey’s store and Christopher found this….

I think this is the largest Hershey bar I have ever seen!! And he wanted to eat it all in sitting. Talk about chocolate overload!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday Randomness…..

Well, is there still a ‘Miscellany Monday’ linky party anymore?? I used to participate but it has been so long since I have done so, that I forgot where to go….lol. And even though today is Tuesday, I have some randomness to share today.

ONE. This past Sunday was about me. Yes, I deserve a day to focus on me and not feel bad about it. First, I went to have this done….
Yes, a little sparkle always makes me feel good.

But I felt even better when I went for this….

And I topped off with this….
I told you it was all about me!! And I wish it would happen more often because I felt like a whole new person when I came home.

TWO. We de-Christmas-ed our house this weekend. When you sit and really think about all of the hours and hours that goes into preparing for Christmas, it is insane that we all are stupid enough to do it. Shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, cooking… it all worth it??? Sometimes I say yes, sometimes I say no. But as long as I have kids, I guess the answer has to be ‘yes’….lol!

THREE. There has been so much sadness around our family as well as our friends families lately, that isn’t is a must that things can only get better?? I am not the most religious person out there, but I know that if there is a God, that he knows when people have had enough. And I know he will make this a good year for my family and for all of those around us!! 

Friday, January 6, 2012

A day trip…..

TGIF!! Hope everyone had a great week and is looking forward to the weekend. I know I am. I swear, I feel like the weeks are going by faster and faster. Does that just mean we are all getting old quick?? LOL!

In my post the other day I mentioned that we tried to take advantage of the nice weather on New Years Day and so we headed to NYC. I had originally wanted to go earlier in the month of December to see the Radio City Christmas Show and to take the kids to see the Christmas tree but it just didn’t work out that way. 

We hadn’t taken the kids to the Museum of Natural History ever so that was going to be the plan. I thought the kids would love to see the large dinosaur bones. And I haven’t been there since I was a kid and I was looking forward to it too.

Well, I guess everyone had the same idea because the place was packed!! And did you know that most museums are really free and the the prices listed are just a ‘suggested donation’?  I just learned that….lol.

Getting out of the car and ready to walk up Central Park West….

Christopher and I in front of the museum…..

Some inside shots…..



Now, remember, my kids went to bed at 1:30am the night before so they look exhausted….lol. Well, they really are exhausted. Anthony was great. He sat in the stroller the whole time. I think they were getting a little bit bored. They are probably too young to appreciate what the museum is really about.

After we packed it in from the museum, Christopher decided he wanted to go to Times Square to the Hershey’s store. Now, many of you do not know, but parking in NYC, especially Times Square, is a nightmare. But, since we were already int he city, we attempted to drive over there. We actually lucked out and got an awesome spot. Then of course the kids we hungry for dinner. And where do the want to go? McDonald’s!! We are in the best city in the world and we eat McDonald’s for dinner. Nice.

Here is the calm after the storm of Times Square…..

Can you imagine the millions of people that packed the streets just hours before?? LOL. I ventured to Times Square on New Year’s Eve once in my life and I would never do it again. It was nice to say that I did it once, but that was enough to last me a lifetime….lol!

My boys….

Now, hopefully our next trip to NYC will be just me and the hubs and we can enjoy a ‘nice’ dinner and a few drinks!!
Have a great weekend….

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year….

Happy 2012!! Yes, we are a little late with the well wishes, but we are just finally settling back in to ‘normal’ life around here. I am so glad that we are in a new year, with new adventures and hopefully much health and happiness. Oh, and a little money would be nice too!!

We ended up having a few friends over New Year’s Eve with their kids. It was nothing crazy, just drinks and snacks while the kids played and we waited to ring in the New Year.

Here are the boys waiting for our guests to arrive….

Of course we also tried to take a shot of ourselves…..but it is way too close for my liking!! LOL!

The kids played in their new cardboard playhouse (you know, the one they have to color….which hopefully takes them hours to do…lol).

And the adults talked and drank. We even reminisced about old music and ‘cassette tapes.’ My husband then had to show the girls his collection of tapes that he will not part with!! Really?? I think ‘cassettes’ are pretty much extinct honey…lol.

The kids all made it up until well after midnight. Let me tell you, my kids can party. No early bedtime for them!!  The next day we were all exhausted. But that didn’t stop us from making the best of a day off. We ended up going into New York City to the Museum of Natural History.

I will share pictures from that adventure tomorrow….

For now, Happy New Year again. Wishing you and yours a blessed year filled with all of the best things life has to offer!