Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I love going to weddings.
To dress up with accessories.....which I have VERY few of
To get dressed up, which we rarely do.....AND be kidless ,which we make an effort to do a couple times a month
Smiling ALL afternoon and into the evening cause weddings make you do that......unless it coincides with your BF moving 7 hours away
Being in a beautiful building which is decoration in itself
Celebrating marriage.....not always easy but OH SO worth it!
*These are mutual friends but more friends of Jon's and I must say that as we crossed the street to walk in to the building and saw Eric's HUGE smile I was hit with the thought that we were going to a "HAPPY" event instead of a sad one.......these last couple years have brought far too many deaths in our circles and it was GREAT to be a part of HAPPINESS!
Cheers to growing old together happily!

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Day Of Rest??

Kayden's summer vacation started Thurday.......oh and I had HUGE plans of......NOTHING! I wanted to sleep in....and lounge and lounge and lounge! It sounded perfect! Insert screeching break sounds here loudly!: 7:30 I am awaken by Kayden who is ready to play a game. She then wanted NOTHING to do with lounging around the house!

So we were off for a day of painting frog faces
and imitating them
acting out plays
drawing "still art": Emery drew a flower while Kayden and I attempted a drawing of Marilyn Monroe :).......please feel free to use your imagination we're NOT professionals!
ice cream instead of supper :) :) :)
and ended the day with a nice walk over a bridge downtown holding hands, talking, and laughing
got back in the car to head home around 6:15 and both girls were knocked out in 2 minutes and slept till 8:30 the next morning! yep summer break is here......free to do as we please with our days nights and sleep! we're pretty stinkin' excited!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Graduating Class of 2010

I say it ALL the time don't I??? Are you tired of me saying it? Well you're gonna hear it again...sorry! I CAN'T believe this "once my baby girl" is graduating from Kindergarten! Really where in the world did this year go? It truly feels like a couple weeks ago that we all 4 walked into A W Spalding for her 1st day of Kindergarten. She was confident as EVER.....not a worry in her step!
She has 38 weekly behavior report sheets in her notebook and not a single "bad behavior" was checked! She's reading. She wants to take violin next year, after a practice semester that the kindergartners are given each year. She learned so much about the Bible and has verses memorized. She made LOTS of friends and feeling blessed that she never came home with her feelings hurt by another child. She NEVER wanted to skip school *and yes I offered a princess day here and there*! She LOVES her teachers and is happy to only be across the hall from them next year. SHE PASSED KINDERGARTEN....we knew she would!! :) She amazes us daily with her hunger to learn and to be an artist!
She said days before graduating "I want to be an artist mommy and daddy" to which daddy replies "you already are". She then says "no daddy a real artist like in books". A questionnaire filled out at school: What do you want to be when you grow up?: vetrunyrn (veterinarian) was her answer.
Well sweet girl you can be both!!! The world is yours to grow and learn in and we pray that you will take Jesus by your side and be ALL you want and can be!!
she's been loosing teeth left and right lately but waits until they're hanging by who knows what before she will let us pull them! As you can see below she's got a "hanger"! One day she'll laugh just like we did!
it takes a village huh?!!
and this is about the way family pictures go for us
almost perfect but can never quite get all looking forward and smiling!
(my mom did try though!)
her AMAZING teacher Mrs Benge
and AWESOME assistant Mrs Huggins
insert crying from me here:
"I pledge allegiance...."
listening to their Pastor speak
Unreal cake made by one of the mom's
along with 38 graduates
I've prayed on and off with Kayden ALL year long......to the point she says it sometimes to: Thank you Jesus for blessing us financially (and we in NO WAY have $$...I just felt the need to make that clear!) to send Kayden to a school where she can learn about you and love you freely, be taught by teachers who love and serve you, and be surrounded by students who love you too! AMEN!
Despite the fact that I'm sad she's now officially a 1st grader and time continuously slips thru my hands......it's SUMMER BREAK!!!! LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!
What to get these beautiful meaningful mom's in our lives seems to be a question I ask myself every year on "Mother's Day". While, yes, this is a "Hallmark money maker holiday" (in my opinion and ask my husband......I don't ask for much except a simple stress free day....in fact I do feel bad but I made him take my gift back) I do think it does not NEED to be a day about how much money is spent on our mothers. Yet a day set aside to let them know just how much they are appreciated, inspire us, how loved they are, how they've molded us into who we are today, and JUST PLAIN OUT CELEBRATE ALL THE HARD WORK IT TAKES TO BE A MOM!! I ADORE my mom!!

So....ALL moms "out there" have to do dishes.....the sink NEVER seems to be empty. Why not make our domestic duties stylish right?!!! The process of sewing the towels up was quick (I felt accomplished!!) and easy! AND probably had too much fun matching up fabrics with the special mom's in my life! Now I just need to sew a few up for myself and dish duty with be DELIGHTFUL!!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Ninety-Nine Cents

Quite Certainly the best use of 99 cents is a plain and simple soft serve vanilla ice cream cone. HOT days that even the air conditioner can't quite cut, snack time, grumpy girl who woke up on the wrong side of the car after a nap cut short.....yep when momma said "who wants an ICE CREAM cone"? Excited happy "me me me me me me's" is all I heard.
It turned into a good afternoon after all

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Jon was mowing the lawn last week......as he was nearing the ditch (don't ask about the ditch in the backyard....sore subject!) he looked up and was startled when he saw this BIG creature slowing maneuvering his way through the tiny bit of woody area in our backyard.

a beautiful snapping turtle
Jon said he was FILTHY so he retrieved the water hose and completely washed him off. In the process of cleaning him Jon said that he opened his mouth, not trying to snap but obviously thirsty. They gave him lots of water and cleaned him up.
*he is sooooo clean you can see the reflection of Jon's shorts on his back*
And he continued on his journey to where? We have no idea. But when I got home from work and found out about him I ran out back and there was NO sign of him......which was not long after them seeing him
*look at that tail*
We love the zoo, we go often. BUT when you can experience animals, birds, reptiles, insects out in nature in a "real life" experience it's ALL the more memorable and enjoyable
During bedtime prayers Kayden's went like this: "Dear Jesus, thank for all the wonderful and beautiful creatures you have made for us. Like the turtle and moth (captured on her camera but not mine and OH MY the artwork on the body and wings of a moth is unreal!!) that I got to see today. I love you. Amen

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mom's Day

Sleeping in. Breakfast in bed of fruit smoothies, eggs, and toast. Handmade AND store bought cards. Sewing book. No breakfast clean up. Flowers. NO SCHEDULES. Meandering around at the market. Veggie dogs. Music. Laughter. Sunny blue skies. Talking. Saying "Happy Mother's Day" and getting "Happy Mother's Day". Hula Hooping. Fresh Lettuce. Kettle Corn. Goat cheese. Bubbles. Dinner with my Mother-in-law and family. Homemade strawberry shortcake. Crayon Tattoo's. My girls. My HUSBAND who GAVE ME theses girls which made me a MOTHER. Thinking of my mom who shaped me in to the mom I am today. Remembering my grandmother who influenced me in so many ways. Relishing in the fact that I am a mom.

The happenings of my day. A GOOD day INDEED! We were in no hurry and had NO where we HAD to be. Missed my mom who had to work. Missed my grandmother who is no longer on this earth. BUT so very thankful to be a mom and feel completely blessed that God chose ME to be the mother of Kayden Helena and Emery Grae.......even on the tough days.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Unscheduled Days

are quite dreamy are they not?
for things like meandering around under clear blue sunny skies
lunch with 2 cute ladies
antique "yard sales"
hitting the JACKPOT with a $5 find
**afternoon napping. no picture needed. you know what they look like and how GREAT they are**
biking.....and stopping to pose on rocks
and just time spent with my family
never mind that minutes after this snapshot miss blondie threw the BIGGEST fit, which if it weren't for these pictures to remind me, i just may have forgotten that we most certainly did have a dreamy day!!