Gimme somthin good to eat! =) We had fun collecting candy from the neighbors this year. Especially Paisley. It's fun that she's old enough to understand what to do and why. At every house, she'd walk up with Amber and Jade yelling, "Candy! Candy!" till someone opened the door - then she wouldn't say anything. lol The girls got a LOT of candy this year. I'm thinking cause there weren't that many kids out so people who bought tons of candy were just trying to get rid of it. We just put out our candy bowl full of leftover candy from last year, Christmas, and Easter. It was empty when we got back, so I guess it was good enough for the kids who came by. And now all our candy is fresh! haha
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Here's some recent projects:
These are two of the costumes I sold this year. I was very disappointed with how few I made - I was planning on having the extra $$ for Christmas presents. But I only sold 10. Sad. On a side note, 3 of them were repeat business from last year, so I guess that's good....
I was not super thrilled with how the lion costumes turned out. There were two of them and no, it's not supposed to fit Amber. It should be on Jade, but she refused to let me take a picture. Anyways, the costume itself is fine, but I couldn't find fur the right length/color so it frustrated me. I went to 3 different stores! Good grief!
Shyla's baby blanket
Adjustable doll diapers to fit multiple-sized bottoms
These are cute little pouches. The roof flips open like a flap. I'm using one for Paisley's paper and crayons at church. =)
I LOVE this skirt! I used a scrap of fabric for the skirt part and some tulle I had laying around for the fluff. Made the waistband adjustable - just pull the ribbons and tie!
As you can see, Paisley adores her caterpillar jamas. She freaks out every time I pull them out of her drawer to wear!
I haven't sewn anything for Amber and Jade lately, but will be making new dress-ups for both of them for Christmas. Plus Christmas dresses. Besides, they don't grow as quickly anymore or wear stuff out as fast.
Mario was pretty excited about all the sugar!
An "easy" level at the entrance to the tent. Like my koopa? I really do! Jump high to get the Star Coin!
A strawberry plant came out of the tube when David pulled the rope. He even made it so it came forward at the kids!
Watch out for the ghosts!
Bowser! Now the strobe light is on so it's doing funny things to my camera.
Paisley Mario was really excited to see Raphael Bowser in the tent!
Uh....the koopa's gonna bite your bottom!
Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Bowser
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Today was great. The end.
lol Just kidding. Not the end. =) Today actually started last night with a tough choice for Amber. She had to choose between running in her last cross country meet with the entire Peoria School District, or participate in Peoria Pride - a service project program our stake encouraged us to take part in. After explaining we'd support her decision no matter what it was, and many tears on her end as she wanted to do both, she chose to serve instead of run. Amber has such a big heart! So this morning we got up early, put on some old clothes, and headed to the house our ward was assigned to clean-up. We were given neon green? yellow? mmm....bright t-shirts to wear at "headquarters" then walked down the street to the house. Turned out the house needed to be painted (the outside walls and trim along with the block fence) and landscaped. David started by digging a trench for the border bricks while the girls and I painted. Paisley and I mostly stuck with painting, but Amber and Jade wandered over to the gravel pile and helped shovel it into wheelbarrows. Amber helped David spread the gravel, and Paisley found a dog in the backyard to play with. lol Pretty soon all my girls and the Pratt kids were playing in the backyard with the dog while the grown-ups finished up. Took 4 hours to get everything done, but I didn't hear one complaint from any of my kids the entire time. Kinda a miracle. I was very impressed with how well they all helped out cheerfully despite the hard work.
After lunch, showers, and Paisley's nap, we ran a few errands then headed to Peter Piper Pizza. Amber and Jade both earned free pizza and token coupons for their good grades during the first quarter, plus Dave and I really wanted to reward them for their hard work and cooperation at the house. We then went to our favorite frozen yogurt place and watched "Monte Carlo" at home.
I'm so proud of the choice Amber made. It makes me feel good knowing she'd choose to serve others over herself. AND do it cheerfully. She didn't even mention her meet she missed the entire day. Not once. She DID mention how much fun she had making someone's house beautiful again though. Love you, Amber Smamberkins!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
For a two-yr old, I think Paisley has a great imagination! This morning I was in my room getting dressed while she was in the family room using washclothes as blankets for her baby and a unicorn. All the sudden, she's running into my room yelling about a dragon outside. She hides behind my legs, and keeps saying, "Dragon outside, Mommy! Outside! Dragon! Oooo, scary dragon outside! Hurry! Hide, Mommy!" hahahaha So I play along. Then she whispers, "What was that? Hear that, Mommy? Shhh....hear that? Is dragon gone? Go away, dragon!" She takes my hand and pulls me out into the hallway, stops and listens for a minute, then starts cheering cause the dragon was gone. We get about halfway down the hall when she stops and says, "Oh, no! Baby dragon outside! Baby dragon coming! Hide, Mommy! Baby dragon! Oh, no! Blanket! No, dragon! Paisley's blanket!" And she ran into the family room to save her blanket from the baby dragon. What a silly girl!
Monday, October 17, 2011
I've gotta say....I love how quickly the weeks are passing. We're getting so close to meeting Shyla I can't hardly wait! =) This week we had fun playing outside - despite the rise in temp:
We said good-bye to our cousins who moved to New Mexico:
And we started a super secret family project that will NOT be revealed until the day I reveal it. lol
I LOVE that Amber's using her spyglass backwards! haha
Thursday, October 13, 2011
excuses reasons why I've neglected my blog lately:
1. Until recently, I had no camera. Thus, no cute pictures to post.
2. We are really boring and everyday is basically the same as the last.
3. I've been lazy. And busy. At the same time. Make sense? You know it does...
4. My computer is sooooo super duper retarded. There's some major issues with it.
K - now here's just some random pics that don't really have stories with them. Other than I have cute kids...
Sleeper blankets and hats for Shyla
And some cute shoes
My cute 2yr old licking the beater
David and Jade helping Amber stretch for her cross country meet
While I cook dinner, Paisley enjoys playing in the sink
Amber has been learning more about cooking lately. She's great about helping cut veggies!