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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

L's 4th Birthday

Well yesterday, November 22, 2011, was L's 4th Birthday.  I can not believe it! How did four years go by so fast?  It seems like just yesterday I was holding her for the first time.  My labor was so long and so painful, but it was so very worth it.  God gave me a terrific daughter.  She is so smart and so caring and lively. 

Her birthday went off without a hitch. We always let our children pick what they want for dinner on their birthdays, so of course, we asked L what she wanted.  She matter of factly stated hotdogs and chicken and that is all.  So, we had hotdogs and chicken and that was ALL.

She is not quite old enough to ask for a store bought cake.  I still make her cakes.  She wanted purple frosting, chocolate cake, scooby doo decorations and a candle.  That was it!  Well.....I did all that except the scooby doo decorations for the cake. I hunted high and low for them, but no store had them.  The one store I thought would have them, Party City, didn't!  I was so disappointed.  Anyway, I asked her what else she would like and she said princess.  So off to get Princess I went and found them.  Surprise, surprise.  Her cake was nothing fancy, but it was exactly the way SHE wanted it.


L's 4th birthday cake



L on her 4th birthday

Little brother N

Mommy helping L blow out the candle

L taking the candle out of the cake

L licking the cake off the candle

still licking cake

Daddy and little brother N

L enjoying her cake

We usually don't go over board on gifts, but they usually get what they want.  L got what she wanted and was all smile.













After this picture, she wanted the bed topper on her bed.  So off we went and the following was the result. 






INSTANT PRINCESS BED!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Back to the three R's

Well it's that time of year again.  Fall is coming.  The weather is starting to get a little milder, leaves will be changing color soon and all the children are back in school.  My oldest Ashley and Kristy have been back in school since the first week of August and with them going off to school everyday, I started thinking that it is about time that my three year old start receiving some instruction.  She is too old for most 2 year old classes and not old enough for the 3 year old classes at preschool, due to her birthday being after the October cut off. 

Therefore, I decided to scour the internet to see if a preschool curriculm was available for free online.  I searched and searched and finally found one at www.preschoolpalace.org.  They are given by months and are so well thought out and planned.  I have started using September's and I love it and so does my little buggy. My little man is also getting in on the action, even if it is just coloring. 

Well I haven't been on in such a long time that I think later today I will try to post a tutorial. Thanks for being patient with me.  We have had a lot going on over the summer, but hopefully it is all calmed down now.  

                                                                    

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sharing A New Find

As many of you know, I love sewing, crafting, quilting....almost anything creative.  Well one of my favorite blogs to follow in these endeavors is Sumo's Sweet Stuff.  There is always something new to try or she finds the best blogs out there that has new things to try.  

Well today, her giveaway is from a site called Yards and Yards.   This is the link to the Yards and Yards etsy shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/yardsandyards?page=1   and here is the link for the blog, http://yardsandyards.blogspot.com

If you go to Sumo's Sweet Stuff, there are four different ways to enter.  Check out both sites.  They are fabulous and full of great ideas.  

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Look What I Found

Well, as some of you have noticed...my life is full of "drama" right now.  You know at 40 I was not expecting or wanting "drama", but since I have it, it keeps me from doing the things I need to be doing and the things I want to be doing.  I have not been blogging regularly due to the fact that we have all this "drama" right now.  So, I was checking out some of my favorite blogs today to get updates on what these guys have been doing and found something fabulous on my favorite blog of all time, http://www.makeit-loveit.com/.  Today she posted a tutorial to make Baby Girl Sandals.  These sandals are so awesome.  They are made of faux leather and look adorable.  If you have't checked out makeit-loveit before, hop on over and check it out.  You will not be disappointed. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Hard Way

Well it certainly has been a long time since I have written anything for this blog.  A lot has been going on in our house since my last post.  Without going into a lot of detail.....there are things going on with child custody between my husband and his ex wife and they are not pretty!  

Now normally this wouldn't or shouldn't be a hard thing to do.  Just get along for the sake of your children and fight with each other, when the children aren't around, if that's what you want to do.  Unfortunately, my husband has an ex wife, who doesn't feel that way.  

I have been with my husband for six years and married five of those.  We have been fighting with his ex in court for the entire six years.  In 2006 he was granted sole custody of all of his children and his ex was given once a month visits with them.  Ever since then, she has made it her mission to make our lives hell! 

Yesterday was the last draw for me! She refused to return our youngest daughter(my husband's from his first marriage) and we literally had to get the judge involved to force her to return her.  Over the years, this type of event has become something she does and it causes great disruption to our home, not to mention it is not healthy for the children.  

The system is very messed up in the state of North Carolina and that is not the only place.  I just say NC because that is where our matters are heard because that is where they started and have never stopped.  I don't understand though.  In 2006, when my husband was granted custody, his ex was found unfit and there were a long list of reasons why.  We have video of her from facebook, drunk with the children present and one of them videoing her in January of this year.  There are liquor bottles on the kitchen counters and open containers also.  How does a woman who was found unfit and then five years later lets her child video her drunk and post it to facebook with the other children present, have a leg to stand on?  

All I can say is I am glad I have God and my faith because without it I don't think I could get through this.  I would be a basket case.  

My precious children.

Our children at Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.
 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Happy Happy Birthday to my daughter Ashley today!  She turns 12 today! I can't believe it!  My husband and I married 5 years ago and I got Ashley as part of the deal.  How lucky is that? My Ashley is a bright, shy, artistic, sometimes overly excited 12 year old.  She is a definite daddy's girl.  She is found sometimes just sitting at daddy's feet doing nothing.  Just being near him.  

She will start 7th grade in the fall and is a little nervous.  We found out at the end of 6th grade, she had been invited to be part of AP(advanced placement) classes.  She loves to read and is very astute at language arts.  She is well above her grade level.  

Here is a picture of Ashley with her sister Kristy on our last church trip to the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia.  Kristy is on the left and Ashley is on the right.

Kristy and Ashley on a church trip. 

 She wants a lady bug cake. I'm not sure if she wants one like she had last year, but if she does that's what she'll get. 

Ashley's lady bug cake she had for her 11th birthday in 2010.

The work in progress, before it had legs

Aerial view after it was complete

Just another view

Side view
 All in all I don't think it turned out bad.  I did learn as I went and this year's will be much better, if she decides she definitely wants another one this year.  

It has become sort of a tradition in our house for me to make the cakes.  Except as the kids have gotten older some have wanted store bought cakes.  While they are little, I would definitely prefer to make them though.  

So there may be other posts today, but they are all going to center around Ashley and her big "12th" birthday.  Everything from waking and breakfast to dinner and cake.  

Ashley at a craft day in Michael's craft store.

Making her craft

I can't quite figure this out

After completing the craft, looking at American Doll books.

Ashley putting on a show for daddy.

Ashley with sister Kristy singing in the show for daddy.

Ashley being shy about doing the show.

Ashley and Kristy singing

Ashley rocking it on the guitar.

Ashley throwing caution to the wind, which she hardly ever does.

Having a great time.

Just Ashley

Ashley and Kristy rocking out.

Getting ready for the show.
 Hope everyone has a great day! 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

LIfe's Little Messes

So, it has been a long while since I posted.  I am very sorry!  I just have not had time to breathe, let alone blog.  There are a few issues in my everyday life, that have had to be addressed and they have kept me from getting to the computer to do anything.

I don't have anything new to post, other than all the projects that I have been doing in the middle of the night, when I can't sleep, due to all the stuff that is going on.  So, here are a few pictures.  Hope you like them.  Most of my patterns came from www.allfreecrochet.com.  This is a wonderful website.  They have thousands of free crochet patterns.

First wash cloth I crocheted

                                         


Airplane I made for my son.

                                          
Another shot of the airplane

                                          
Front shot of the airplane

Baby beanie I made for my neighbor's new baby girl.

First attempt at a headband

Cuff bracelet

Another shot of bracelet

Cuff bracelet and flower choker

butterfly

Chapstick holder

Another shot of chapstick holder

Child's hat-first attempt

Dish cloth

My new kitchen scrubbie

Cuff bracelet I made for my daughter.

Another shot of bracelet

This is a flower that you put on your shoe..you know, for decoration

Top view of shoe flower

Bath loofah

Bath loofah.