Wednesday, August 29, 2012


It's that time of year again - the time I start sewing like crazy for Halloween, then fall clothes for my girls, Christmas, birthdays, etc. Yeah.....I guess it doesn't ever really end here. That's what I get for having 4 girls! lol Anyways, I sold my first costume of the Halloween season last week, finished it today and got it sent off to it's new owner. Isn't it cute??
Also, I've been working on our costumes. Trying to get them done early so I don't have a crazy mad rush to finish on the big day! This year we're doing Alice in Wonderland. Paisley is Alice, Amber is the Mad Hatter, Jade's the White Rabbit, Shyla's the caterpillar, I'm the Queen of Hearts, and David is my Knave. So far, I'm done with Paisley's, I made Jade's dress, and I've cut out Amber's jacket. I have the fabric for mine, and idea for Shyla's, and David rejected both my ideas for his. I'm trying to make as many of the girls' costume pieces "real" clothes so they can be worn more than just for Halloween costumes. Paisley's is dress-up clothes of course, Jade's dress can be for church, and hers and Amber's jackets are real nice corduroy and dupioni silk-lined jackets. Here's what I've done so far:


Saturday, August 25, 2012


And waiting...... And waiting...... And waiting some more.......
That's all we've been doing since May when we found our perfect home and put an offer on it. We STILL haven't heard back from the bank though we've been assured approve is "right around the corner" several times. From both our realtor and the listing agent. I'm so tired of waiting. I'm not super patient to begin with and this is our home we're talking about! I just want to move and get decorating already! I'm upset Amber and Jade had to start school at their old school instead of at their new school. I'm upset that every weekend I have to spend $50+ for more pool chemicals cause the darn thing keeps turning green. I'm upset because our power bill is $450 because apparently no one believed in double-pane windows and insulation in the early 80's (and it's STILL 87 in my kitchen without cooking anything!). I'm tired of being told "any day now". I just want that day to be today. Or yesterday. Or a month ago! lol I'm tired of waiting.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Playing With My Girls

I love watching my girls play. Either with each other or with friends. This past Wednesday I volunteered to watch my friend's 5 kids while they moved. I'm so glad they came over! My girls have so much fun with them and there was virtually no fighting. We sure will miss them!

Random pic of Paisley modeling her newest dress

And I'm throwing this on in, too. LOVE how this baby girl sleeps! She cracks me up! =)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dear David!

Around here, we celebrate birthdays in groups of 2 - Shyla and Amber are a month apart, then Jade and I are a week apart, and Paisley and David are two weeks apart. David was lucky this year and got to celebrate his birthday twice! Probably cause he's so old.... haha Actually, three times. The first time was a week early when he bought an iPad. Which he refused to let me take a "normal" picture of.

On his actual birthday, I made him one of his favorite breakfasts - eggs over medium and toast with chocolate milk.

Also on his actual birthday, Jami offered to babysit the girls so we could go out. We took her up on her offer, dropped the girls off at her house, opened her birthday card which had $$ in it, then had Pete's Fish & Chips before going to see The Bourne Legacy.

I finally got around to making his "birthday" dinner on Thursday. He had requested chicken parmesan and corn-on-the-cob with chocolate fondue for dessert.

My Mom and Kevin sent him $30 in cash which he used to preorder the Hunger Games and the Avengers. =)

Happy Birthday, David! I sure love you!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Week In A Nutshell

Other than Amber and Jade starting school yesterday, here's what I've been doing:
Rough areas all sanded

Wake up and stre-e-e-etch!

Happy girl LOVES making messes!

Mostly primed and almost ready for PAINT!

This kiddo loves my new iPhone just as much as I do! lol

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

First Day of School!

Well, it's that time of year again! Sent Amber and Jade off to school this morning. They were surprisingly quick with their chores today - I give it a week. lol Here's my school-ready cuties!
My big 5th grader 
My cute 3rd grader

Saturday, August 4, 2012


I just noticed I only did 2 posts for the whole month of July. I'm feeling like such a slacker. And it's not that we haven't been doing anything - it's just I"ve been lazy about taking pics and blogging. So what have we been doing? Actually, nothing very interesting. David's been working and going to school - still. Since he's working 2 jobs (at the prison and still doing process serving), I've had to help out a lot more with the serving. I've done all the court runs and for a couple weeks I had to go pick up his papers in downtown Phoenix then even do about half of the serves myself. Not very fun with 4 kids in tow. Sooo....Amber's earned a lot of babysitting money this summer! I pay her $1/little kid/hour. On weekends, David is usually doing homework, but when he's done, we'll go do something - maybe get dinner, catch a movie, go shopping, etc. The house is a constant mess. I try to keep up with it, but I have 4 girls who are very skilled in mess-making working against me. lol And to make things worse, I can't convince our dumb pool to turn blue for anything! I'm getting really frustrated with it. Anyways, here's the few pics I do have:
Teaching Shyla how the piano works

Coloring together. The mess on Amber's face is make-up. She and Jade think it's fun to make their faces ugly.....not sure why.

Cute dress I just finished for my friend's baby

Paisley modeling the pettiskirt Aunt Shelley made for her. She LOVES it!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Paisley!

Yesterday my sweet little girl turned 3! Paisley has been such a joy to have in our family. After so long thinking Amber and Jade would be our only two kids, and then finding out I was pregnant, it's been an absolute pleasure to get to know this loving, cheerful, spirited girly.

Thank you, Grandma and Bobo!

Play make-up made from $1 store make-up cases and nail polish. =)

Thank you, Auntie Shelley!

Thank you, Auntie Lila and Uncle David!

She insisted on having green baby cupcakes for her birthday. Silly girl!

Thank you, Papa!