postheadericon Elfie day three 2011

Day 3

postheadericon Elfie day two 2011

Day 2


postheadericon Elfie day one 2011

Here is day one of the return of Elfie our elf on a shelf



postheadericon It's about that time


It's coming
The turkey
The fixings
The thankfulness
And then....

It is BLACK FRIDAY time.
I have, for the last several years, participated in the black Friday madness.  I do this mainly because it is a great way to save money, duh.  But I do have to say that part of it is the rush of getting a good deal.  I am well know for saying "Oh, you like it? I got is for $$$$." in response to someone complimenting me on something I own.  I LOVE a good deal.  I LOVE to use coupons for apparel (not so much for groceries).  Another reason I love black Friday is because for me it signifies the start of the Christmas season.  Nothing says Christmas like a good old fashion mob.  I KID.  Every year my plan gets more involved than the year prior.  For example, last year I created a special list from the black Friday websites of all the things I wanted to get.  I exchanged lists with a friend and we split up for maximum shopability.  This year I went a step further.  I did a picture list in order of priority (thanks to advice from my co-shopper for this year) I also visited each of my stores ahead of time to get a good idea of where most of the stuff would be.  I can just hear you now saying "what in the world? this lady is kookoo" I won't deny it.  I am a little crazy.  Ok ok, a lot crazy.  I just love it.  There are of course major downfalls to this event.  There is lots and lots and lots of waiting.  Then you get in the store and get everything you can and there is more waiting.  So you spend a total of 30 minutes shopping the entire night and about 5 or 6 hours waiting.  It's worth it if you have good friends like me.  Good friends make for great company.  
I can't wait.  4. more. days. 
Tis the season!


postheadericon stella's 1st haircut

My baby girl, Stella, got her first haircut last Wednesday.  The first cut is always the hardest but it was NEEDED so bad.  She was a perfect angel the entire time. 


postheadericon My husband

This morning I was doing a little reading on one of my favorite blogs and Casey Wiegand was answering a list of her FAQ's and I was struck, as usual, by her immense love and pride for her husband.  It made me wonder if I show the same love and pride for my husband.  Also, this month some people have decided to do an "I'm thankful" post everyday on facebook until Thanksgiving.  I think it is FANASTICAL!  I also think it is something we should try to do all year, even though I know that won't really happen.  I posted today that I am grateful for my husband.  I posted a short little something but then realized that isn't enough to show my appreciation so I thought I would elaborate here.

My husband is an amazing man.  He is the best daddy I know.  He loves our little girls "to the moon and back" as we like to say.  They squeal with delight the second he walks in the door from work.  It warms my heart every time.  He plays dress-up and collects bugs with them.  He spends his one day off a week with them for "daddy day".  He also works in Lyla's preschool a couple times a month.  He would do anything for those two girls.  I mean ANYTHING.  He completely encompasses everything a daddy should be.

He is also extremely hard working.  When Lyla was about 6 months old he was offered a job working overnights from 11pm to 9am.  It was meant to be an 18 month deal and it was a good financial opportunity for our little growing family.  Well, 18 months turned into a little over 3 years.  This put a strain on him physically and mentally.  It also put a strain on our family.  I am a firm believer after this time of him working nights that it is unnatural for humans to be up at night and sleep during the day.  It takes a little something out of you.  Ages you a bit.  It is hard to put into words the toll this took on him.  I know he did it for our family and I am so grateful to him for that.  It ultimately lead to him eventually working during the day but he works long hours and misses family activities at times.  He is always sad when this happens.  I have to remember that when he is not able to be there he is working for us.  So either way his love is there. Thank you for all you do for your little family of four.

Todd, I love you to the moon and back.


postheadericon princess leia, the man and the pumpkin

Something left over from bath time.  Yes, that is princess leia in the warrior outfit.

A lot of questions are left unanswered by my discovery this morning.
Who are these 2 people? Where are they going? Why do they need such a big pumpkin?

Children have such an amazing imagination. 
It got me to thinking, how do we lose this imagination as we get older?  Are we disenchanted with life? Caught up in the day to day activities? Too busy trying to stay connected?  These little discoveries of Lyla's always make me stop and take notice of her ability to just play.   She is so smart and amazing.  I want to foster her imagination and creativity as much as possible.

I know that having kids has really forced me to explore my imagination again.  To be perfectly honest though, it is very hard for me at times.  We are playing ponies or something and I don't have a clue what kind of dialog to have.  It is sad that this is such a struggle. Lucky for me Lyla leads the way and most of the time she tells me exactly what to say (she is so much like her mommy).  She is teaching me how to play again.  It is nice to be able to act silly sometimes with my girls and not worry about all those adult things that infiltrate our lives.  The life lessons I have learned from my kids is amazing.  I look forward to the next lesson.


postheadericon Trick or treat, smell my feet

Even with two sick girls, Halloween was pretty fun this year.  It was Stella's first "real" Halloween and once she realized that the people at the door gave you candy it was game on.  She really just wanted the suckers.  That is her new favorite thing.

Lyla of course is an old pro by now.  She knows what's going on and she takes charge.  The nice thing is she got just enough candy before getting tired so it was a nice short trip for us.

As you can see we had fun with the pumpkins this year.  Todd even carved Stella's itty bitty pumpkin!



postheadericon Quick Halloween upcycle

For the Saturday before Halloween we decided to go to Knott's Camp Spooky with the girls.  Lyla wore a costume but I was going to just put Stella in her Halloween shirt.  Only problem is the shirt was long sleeve and it was going to be very warm.  So I did what any mother would do, I cut off the sleeves and hot glued the seam.  I figured that this was the last day she would be able to wear the shirt so I did the following:


1. Plugged in hot glue gun
2. Got a short sleeve shirt of the same size as a template.
3. Laid the short sleeve shirt on top of the long sleeve shirt
4. Cut the sleeves
5. folded the shirt over to make sure both sleeves were the same length
6. Turned the shirt inside out to hot glue the seam

That's it! The whole thing took five minutes and Stella was nice and cool.
As a bonus I used the cut off sleeves as leg warmers!  Super cute, if I do say so myself.

About Me

I am a full time mother and full time office manager. I love both but yearn to be home more with my girls. They, along with my husband, are my life. I love spending time with them...


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