Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours...

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a safe and happy 2010!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Bow Giveaway, Part Deux

Congrats to the winner of the first giveaway!

Because, often sometimes I have a teeny tiny tendency to go overboard, I somehow (said with great innocence) ended up with six more bows.

Since Rachel is one of my very fav peeps ever, she is again hosting yet another giveaway for lil ol moi.

Head back over to Rach's blog and enter!!! Hurry because the giveaway closes Saturday at noon!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Bow Giveaway

In light of the "spirt of the season", I'm giving away 6 hair "ornaments" for a lucky little girl!

1 flower with hat, 1 set of flower clips and 4 hairbows with matching headbands

Because my dear friend Rach knows how lazy busy I am, she offered to once again host the giveaway.

Head over to Rachel's blog to enter.

The giveaway closes in 48 hurry!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A box of apples

So...I casually mentioned to my dad that I had not gotten around to canning applesauce this year.

He called the next day to tell me that he had bought a box of apples for me.

Nice, right?

My first clue that something was not normal with this should have been the words, "They are being delivered to your house."

Because, really, who needs to have a "box" of apples delivered?

My spidey sence should have gone off when I found out that there was a flat bed trailer involved in the apple delivery.

But when I was informed that a forklift was needed to unload the "box" of apples, then I knew something was amiss.

Here is a pix of my 1000 pound "box" of apples.

Guess I know what I'll be doing...for the rest of my life.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

An Award

I recently received another award on my blog award number two. Not that I'm counting. Ok, maybe I am. Just not out loud. At least where anyone can hear me. from Rayli over at 4 Kids & A Large Coffee


Here are the rules for getting this award...

* I must present this award to 7 others,
who's blogs I find brilliant in content
and/or design, or those that have
encouraged me.

*I must tell those 7 people that they
have been awarded Honest Scrap, and
inform them of these guidelines.

*I must share "10 honest things" about
myself. goes probably not totally according to the rules because I am a rebel at heart

Here are the blogs that inspire me

Mi Vida Loca

Organize with Sandy

Thrifty Decor Chick

These are blogs that help me organize or encourage my goodwill obsession thriftiness.

What? Only three blogs? I told you...lazy rebel, I am.

10 honest thing about myself:

1. I am not a morning person. Not. at. all. I think all small children are morning people. This is so unfair.

2. I am bull-headed and stubborn. I publicly admit that.

3. I am very frugal and thrifty. It's actually a lot of fun to live like that!

4. I have lost a lot of weight this year but still have more to go. not helping.

5. I am a nurturer. I live to take care of people. So it makes sense that my dream job is to be a nurse.

6. I have a really hard time trusting people enough to let them close enough to me to allow them to see who I really am. I don't know why I am like that.

7. I am super-duper jumpy. It is unreal. It is annoying. I can't make it stop.

8. I can't stand overly competitive people. That includes anyone who needs to be better, have more, have bigger, be first or has to spend more. Those kind of people totally freak me out. Why can't we just all be happy for each other's personal achievements without feeling like some one's success is a personal threat?

9. The thing that makes me feel the most sick is hearing about children being abused. I just can't stand it.

10. I hate being cold. I have a condition that makes my body react weird to sudden changes of temperature. If I drink something cold, get cold, hold something cold, my body overreacts, thinks I'm dying and cuts off the blood supply to my extremities. It's not like it's life threatening or anything but having corpse-like looking hands is just annoying and painful.

That's all folks! that's probably more than you wanted to know anyway

And thanks again for the award!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Homemade Granolie Bars

Ever looked at the list on ingredients on a box of granolie bars?

Nope, that's not a typo. bars

That's what we call them around them here parts.


Some of the granolie bar ingredients I can't even pronounce.

Not yummy.

So, I found this recipe. (Click on the word "this" to take you there.)

I have mixed it up with different nuts. Peanuts, filberts or almonds. All good.

The last time I made these, I made eight batches and I added some flax seed just because I can do sneaky mom stuff like that.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

My fav wedding cake ever and why I want to beat the flower lady

My latest cake was for the cutest little couple getting hitched on Friday the 13th.

Since I'm not at all superstitious, I actually was kinda amused.

The bride and groom came to meet with me about a month ago. They had a couple of friends that I had previously done cakes for and had heard good things about me. because I threaten people if they talk about me otherwise

They came out to my house and I showed them pictures of the cakes that I had done. Then, they showed me a picture of the cake that they wanted.

I have to admit, that I got totally excited a wee bit happy when I saw the cake picture. It was totally freakin awesome! It was beautiful and classy.

But, because they had already been to three different bakeries before me, "shopping around", I wasn't sure that I would be chosen.

Even though my prices are really reasonable, I don't have a professional "bakery". Just a kitchen, that I keep yelling at my kids to get out of. ahem...

The bride grilled me asked a lot of questions and it became apparent that she was a control freak very particular about how things would be done.

In the end, they choose me which was very good for my cake diva ego.

The bride called me a couple of times to pound the details into my head make sure that I had not forgotten any of her requests.

The day of the reception came and I prepared the cake as planned.

Here is the before picture. Perfection. if I do say so myself, which I just did

The roses were to be added at the church by the "flower lady".

I took the cake to the church.

I met the flower lady.

I asked to see the table where the cake would be going.

She told me that there was a lot of stuff on the cake table and to just go ahead and set the cake on the floor.


Wait, what?

Put my masterpiece cake on the floor?

I think not.

So, I ignored her, moved stuff over to the side on the cake table, and brought in my baby the cake.

Because I knew the bride was adamant about the cake details, I went over the rose placement with the florist.

I even offered to put the roses on my self. Which is what usually happens anyway.

But the flower lady said that she knew what to do.

Because I wanted a "finished" picture of the cake, and I didn't want to hover like an overprotective parent while she was working on the flowers, I left to run an errand.

When I came back, the flower lady was done.

There were finger imprints all over the cake and flowers stuck in the back of the cake where they shouldn't be.

I was mad all night. Actually, I'm still annoyed.

I guess I need to figure out a way to be more assertive. Next time I'll demand request that no one else manhandle touch my cake.

Not even to eat it.


But, since my reputation is at stake, shouldn't I be the one responsible for putting the flowers on too?

Here is the after... Read em' and weep.

I did.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The She-Beast Lily's favorite toy

Cute, huh?

Just try to get her off of it.

Go ahead.

I dare ya...

The screaming "no", hitting and pushing you away...not much fun.


Looking for the good here...

She is kinda cute.

Ride-um cowgirl?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Reading to the kids

Our kids love books!

Especially Lily, who loves to chew on them.

So, please excuse the bite marks...

And is it just me, or does the kid's dad look like a kid himself?


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dentist visits

As a kid, I just didn't take very good care of my teeth. Not yummy.

It was not uncommon to go to the dentist and have 8 or 9 cavities.

I now have a mouth full of metal.

As an adult, I brush my teeth 5-6 times a day, at least. And I floss at least once a day. I realize that they might possible verify your assumption that I have issues. Oh was bound to come out eventually.

But, I sure don't get cavities anymore.


Now that I'm a mom and have to pay for dental bills, I am anal about a lot of things about my kid's teeth.

We floss the "littles" teeth three times a week and we ask the "bigs" to floss their own teeth every other day.

Each one of the kids gets flouride every day.

We take the kids to the dentist twice a year and have all adult molars sealed.

We also offer $20 to each child, if they are cavity free at their check-up.
Some friends of ours give their kids $50 each if they are cavity free but please don't tell my kids that.

So far...

Not one cavity. At all.

Knock on wood...

"Friend" Party

I don't care if I get hate mail for saying this but...

I am not a Birthday Party believer.

My kids rarely attend them and we don't throw them.

We have family celebrations and recognize our child on his/her birthday using family traditions that we have set in place over the years.

The pressure on the parents...the message it sends to the kiddos...the waste of money...

I just don't subscribe.

Sorry if that offends.

When our kiddos turn eight we have them pick a friend and go and do something fun with that person.

I like the emphasis to be on having fun with a friend and not getting gifts.

This year the kids all came here, had pizza and then went to the local wave pool.

Corey took all the kids which left me with just the baby who was sleeping.


Might have to do this more often. ahem...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


This is our little Lillian


The caboose seriously...I promise
Lily Pad
Lily Paddy
Fatty Paddy

She is a little miss sass-a-frass.

She has quite the spunky personality.

Kinda like a firecracker.

That bites.

And says "No!" all the time.

She is spoiled.

By all of us.

But that is the way the baby is supposed to be.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Tip of the Day

Before entering the haunted corn maze, be sure to use the bathroom.

That way when a masked man wielding a chain saw comes after you and that man had some serious wheels, I tell ya you are able to run AND scream at the same time...without wetting your pants.

I'm just saying...

Not Me Monday

First let me say that I am a frugal gal and easily resist the urge to purchase frivolous shoes. After all, practical people do not make impulsive purchases and practical is my middle name.

Therefore it was not me that spied a the most amazing pair EVER! pair of boots on-line.

The gold and black tiger striped, buckle adorned, stiletto heeled creations did not speak to me. I do not hear voices ok, just in my head and especially not coming from a pair of boots.

So, it was not me that had a "had to have them" moment. I have a very strong willpower muscle and do not fall prey to the offerings of the shoe god.

So when the UPS man showed up with my boots have I ever told you how much I love the UPS man? I did not squeal and embarrass myself.

I am classy, and squealing does not equal classy.

Because I always think things through thoroughly before making a decision, I would have realized that gold and black tiger print boots, although super cool, would be more suited for a hooker than a soccer mom.

I wouldn't have been the one left stumped as how to best utilize my boots without looking like a prostitute.

So, when a woman showed up at the Halloween party dressed up like a very stylish witch, wearing the most beautiful boots ever? Well, that most certainly wouldn't have been me...


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Favorite Quote of Halloween

Halloween night, Corey and I snuck off to the local "Haunted Hotel".

Why I keep going to Haunted Houses, I just don't know.

Corey: "Why do I feel like you are using me as a human shield?"

Me: (thinking to myself) "Duh!"


Happy Halloween!

Friday night we took the kids down to the church for the annual "Trunk or Treat". We figured that if they got enough candy they wouldn't feel ripped off when we didn't take them Saturday night.

Whoever scheduled the local college game should seriously be smacked for scheduling it at 5pm on Halloween night. Not cool people...not cool.

But, because we were sick of the whining and pouting and we wanted more candy for ourselves we were feeling nice, we threw on some costumes on the kids only because it was halftime and took them out until halftime was over for a little bit.

We had a new record high number of trick or treaters that came to our door. Over 180 kids came because we give out full size candy bars to talk to the gracious hostess and admire the decor.

Spook, our 15 year old black cat, put on a good show as usual, greeting all the kids. I am so going to miss my favorite, interactive Halloween prop cat when he is gone.

Halloween...the best day of the whole year!!!

Tim went to school dressed up as an FBI agent

Hannah as Little Red Riding Hood

Matthew aka Luke Skywalker

Levi, our knight in shining armor

Us at the Halloween party Friday night.

Even though all that green face paint sure did make my teeth look white, it's not a look I could pull off everyday. I could almost feel the chemicals leeching into my skin.

And you should have seen how long it took me to get it off. Yikes!

Happy Halloween!!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Got Halloween?

In case you were wondering...

I love Halloween!

Every year we decorate...big time. Big enough for one of the local TV stations to call and ask to feature our house. We politely declined...for now.

I am holding out I can find me a hearse to go along with the crypt that I want to build.


In the meantime, please enjoy a little slice of my Halloween heaven.

Just ignore the lack of siding on the house.

After all, we do...

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

We Got "The" Call!!!

Our attorney just called to say...

Levi's adoption is FINAL!!!!!

We are feeling overjoyed...and truly blessed!

Life is good!

Halloween Party 2009

Due to the fact that I am a Halloween whore love Halloween more then anything else in the whole wide world ok, maybe it is a tie with my love of shoes. And I should probably mention that I love my kiddos that much too, lest I look like a bad mother we decided to throw a Halloween bash to share the Halloween love spirit with our friends.

We had a bunch of our favorite people over to traumatize play games, eat yummy food and socialize.

It was so much fun that we will be doing this every year!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Eagle Scouts

The twins had their Eagle Scout Board of Review last night and they passed!


They are officially Eagle Scouts!

Congrats you guys!

Now I get to start planning a Court of Honor for them. what do ya want to bet that there will be cheesecake involved?

Two down...Four to go!

Homecoming Dance, Take Two

The twins attended their second homecoming dance this month when they were invited to a neighboring high school's homecoming dance.

Good thing that they already own suits...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Matthew's first soccer game

Matthew is 5.

Soccer is very important and serious to a five year old.

My rear end is going numb just thinking about how many games I will watch for this boy.

Fun times!

Matthew with his soccer mama!
This is Matthew's victory stance.

He had me in hysterics and laughing so hard that I was seriously regretting drinking that entire diet pepsi before the game.

Ok, and is it just me or do the door handles look like little golden wings? it's just me? Fine that way.

I love my soccer playing kiddos!