Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Blog!!!!

Last Post here. I decided to not redirect this one to the new blog. Everyone will just have to click this link and add my new blog to your list..........



Saturday, January 1, 2011

Moving Blog

In a couple of days everyone visiting this blog will be redirected to my new blog. I figured that since I don't get a chance to do too many Cakes and Crafts, I would change the blog a bit. Keep Checking back to see all the new changes I will be making over the next few weeks!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Friendship

As a child I never really had more than just one really good best friend at a time, not because I couldn't make friends, that's just how I preferred things. I knew someone who constantly had to be surrounded by people in order to feel happy. I never could understand that. I wouldn't say I'm popular, nor do I have any need to be, but I feel like a have a good mixture of friends, and I've learned not to put everything on just one friend. For a while, when depressed, I had built a wall around myself, refusing to be a friend or to build any friendships. I'm slowly working on that. And my efforts have been greatly rewarding. I have been blessed. I am sad to see one of my friends doing the same (with the wall building thing). Those are almost impossible to break down, by the way. And it hurts. I am sorry to everyone whom I've done that to. Relationships are difficult and complicated. I'm constantly trying to evaluate where I stand with others and what I need to do to fix it. But there is only so much one person can do. In order to call it a real friendship, it has to be both sides coming to the middle. There is only so much one person can do. And to those of you who feel like you cant reach me, please fill the emptiness between us with forgiveness, and know that I am doing the best I possibly can right now. And I will do the same for you. It is much easier to fill the empty space by building a friendship than it is to build a wall. I love all of my wonderful true friends.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Conversations with a 4 year Old #2

Ella-"Mom I do not kiss boys. I only kiss Daddy."
Mom-"Good girl. Thats great! You are way too young to be kissing boys."
Mom-"Why don't you kiss boys?"
Ella-"Because if I do, I will turn into something."
Mom-"Like what? A frog?"
Ella-"No, something horrible"
Mom- "What?"
Ella- "If I kiss a boy, I will turn into a WIFE!"



Ha, Ha....I love this age!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

1st grade- Too Overwhelming



Poor Lindsey had a nightmare last night . She came into our room, still half asleep, crying "There's a plus sign, and a plus sign. They are everywhere!"
Poor girl. But its too cute and funny not to share.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My New Blog!

I started another Blog. Any advise or help with my new hobby will be appreciated! If you want to check it out, click HERE ! You can also find the link on the side bar under 'other blogs'.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Conversation with a 4 year old

A couple weeks ago we found out our dog, Lucy, had cancer. Unfortunately it spread very quickly and she didn't make it. We knew that we wanted another dog. But I didn't want to get one right away and have any guilty feelings of 'replacing' Lucy. But after talking to a friend about it we decided that it would be really good for the kids to have a little buddy to help them through and give them something to cuddle and play with. Well we decided we would take on this little dog and save it from going to the shelter. So that the kids wouldn't get their hopes up too much and because the dog was so cheap, I let them know that we would just try this dog out for a while and see if he fits in with us or not.
Here is a conversation I had with Ella this morning...
Ella- Mom can we just keep Rascal for a day or two, maybe three?
Me- I was hoping we could keep him longer than that.
Ella- But mom, then he will just die.
Me- Everything dies. Even I will die someday.
( A long pause..'oh no', I thought, 'here it comes, another talk about death, possibly some tears involved'.)
Ella- Mom, when you die, can I drive your car?


Funny, it appears my daughter is more concerned about a dog dieing than her mother. I love four year olds !

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Feeling Old(er)

I tried to do a Kart wheel for Lindsey yesterday and pulled a leg muscle. It only ended up being a half Kart wheel.

I wanted to show off for the kids by hanging upside down on the monkey bars but couldn't remember how I used to swing my legs up and over. There is no way I could even attempt that one, so I didn't. I just sat on the park bench thinking it over for about two seconds.

My knees hurt.

I'm tired.

OK, so some of the things on this list might not mean I'm old, just need more exercise. Ya, I think that's what I'll tell myself.

I see teenagers on the News and think of them as 'kids' . Kids? When did that happen? My thoughts are things like 'Someday very soon that could be, yikes, Robbie, Emery, or...'

Most of my Mom's and Dad's decisions and talks are starting to make sense.

I can not wear teenage style clothing and feel completely comfortable in it. I probably have held onto this one longer than I should have anyway.

I'm starting to treasure each day more fully as the gift it really is.


Every day I get one day closer to 30 (Still have a little over a year left, so no tears yet). I remember when 30 sounded so OLD.

So, I know that some of you who read this will think, 'Wow, what a small list compared to mine, just wait till she is my age', or even 'Your only as old as you feel', or 'I always thought she was older considering all those kids she has', or my favorite 'But you look (or are) so young'.

Im still in a little shock that I even have a 'getting older' list. Really? When did all of these things start happening?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cake Poll

Anyone and Everyone, family, friends, lurkers, blog stalkers....Everyone Please take the Cake poll off to the left of the screen. I am currently not accepting very many cake orders at this time due to the selling and moving process we are going through. But as soon as we move I would like to really start up again. Even before this process started I noticed a huge slow down in cake orders. Please fill out this poll so I can have a better idea of what I need to do. It should allow you to pick more than one answer.
Answers are anonymous. I will not be able to see who chooses what, so please be completely honest.


Thank you

Monday, June 21, 2010

Change ( A New Me)

This seems to be the theme of a lot of Blogs I've been reading lately. Change is a big deal for me. I like things being predictable. I like to know what is coming. I tried coming into the world face first. And that has always been my personality. I want to see what is coming. I want to have it all planned out. And my adult life, so far has been pretty close to how I always planned it, but now some changes are coming. I cant really see whats ahead, and I have had to rely heavily on my own faith and others testimonies.

We are still trying to sell the house. Blessings have finally started coming and we will now be able to make a few home improvements. Hopefully our house will sell soon! You never know for sure with how the housing market is right now. But I finally have some hope. Moving is not an easy thing for me. My family moved a lot when I was younger. Sometimes it was for the best and sometimes we were led into some worse situations. It was good for me to experience what I did through those situations. I hope that as difficult as this has all been, that someday my kids will be able to see how it has made them better and stronger. I can already see that with most of my materialistic items packed away, I have been led to discover new things about myself, and have had room to improve upon talents I didn't realize I had. But I want more then anything to live in a place I can call home. I want things to be a little more stable and planned out.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Our Day

I haven't updated the blog in a long time. Sometimes I feel like I have nothing interesting to write about. But lately I have had some friends who seem to be very interested in what a typical day is like for our family. So maybe I will share more often. No two days are ever the same, that's for sure.

Today

I just layed in bed trying to find motivation to sit up, until about 8am. One of my favorite parts of summer is 'not having to' wake up early and get kids dressed for school. I really should be waking up around 5 or 6 to get all the weeds pulled and to exercise or read scriptures. But that seems to never happen.

Once up, I fed the kids cereal as usual. Then we all gathered in the living room for our 'morning devotional' . We say a prayer and read from the children's bible. Today we read about Jesus visiting the disciples after he was resurrected. Then I tell them what their job will be that day. On the schedule I have specific time set aside for chores. But typically it doesn't work, and I just call the kids to help me through out the day when needed. We have a list of Laundry helper, organizer, Kitchen helper, baby/pet helper. Then each kid takes turns filling these roles. Each day they have a different job. But the list of jobs remains the same. I hope that makes sense. I really like this method.

After that we do a little school work. Because their Aunt is away on a business trip, we read about the area she is visiting, then each child either got a handwriting or math worksheet, while Jocelyn watched a baby learning video. It took less then 20 minutes for that today.
Then finally around 10:30 we all got dressed and ready for free lunches at the park. It is a program provided by the school district. We go every day that we can. It saves me a ton of cleanup and money. After they ate and played, we came home and I read stories to them, then let them watch a movie or sleep. While they did that I weeded the garden. I am going to have a very difficult time letting them throw vegetables away ever again! Gardening is really hard work!!!

I came in and did a couple loads of laundry. They played in the sprinklers in the back yard. Then I fed them a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich (usually our dinners are much better, but it will be difficult to cook for the next few weeks while they have evening swimming lessons.) Today was their first swimming lessons. Robbie came home so upset. I felt really bad for him. We just barely got him into swimming, so he had to be with much younger children. But I know he will pass off everything and very quickly get caught up. Poor boy. Then we had a few more snacks. John went to the gym. I wrote here in the blog. Next the kids will hopefully go to bed, and John and I will stay up, watch a couple shows and go to bed.

Tomorrow will be different. But I do want to keep up some of the schedule if I can. Maybe even get on a better schedule. But over all we did pretty good today.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Quick Collage Update



Easter at Grandma and Grandpa's House




Fun at the Peace Gardens


Emery's new kitty, Pitch!




Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tatting

One day when I was a very little girl I saw someone at the mall with a tatting shuttle making beautiful lace butterflies. Her hands were moving so quickly, even though the lace takes a long time to make and requires a lot of patience it is beautiful. Very few people know this lost art. That is what attracted me to it the most. It is nice to be able to do something that not many people can do. Well I was 11 years old when a neighbor taught me the art. I dont have a lot of pictures right now. I give most of my tatting away, But I have put a few post on the blog about it before, and there will be more to come.
Meanwhile check out this blog and her giveaway...
http://tattingchic.blogspot.com/

Monday, March 29, 2010

Lady Bug





Anyone who is friends with me on facebook, sorry about the repeat. All anyone has heard about from me and Lindsey for the past couple weeks is this Ladybug party. For her, it was all about being the center of attention. (Even though it seems like she almost always is anyways.) And for me, it was so exciting to be able to put my talents to work again. It has been a long time. With trying to sell the house, all I ever get to do is clean. So this was a nice distraction and gave me something else to do. Very Exciting! I think I went overboard.




I can not believe she is 6! Wow! So here is her as a baby...Looks like I could have posted pictures of Jocelyn and no one would have known the difference. They really do look a lot alike! Lindsey is wonderful! She is the most creative person I know. She constantly finds new ways to put things together and new uses for things. She really enjoys being the center of attention. She loves anything girly, artsy, or crafty. If I let her, she would wear pink ruffly dresses daily. She says that she is excited to be 6 now because this year she will get better at reading and drawing and possibly get a few visits from the tooth fairy. Maybe even learn how to ride her bike. 6 is a really fun age.












Monday, March 22, 2010

A Year Of Waiting...

........and my Vanilla is done! Isn't it beautiful? I can't wait to try it. All you do is put some Sliced Vanilla Beans in a large bottle of Vodka and let it sit in your cupboard for a year, shaking it up from time to time. And then strain out the vanilla beans.
I met a lady, Sarah Bell, on the Internet who guided my through the beginning stages of Cake Decorating. She gave me tons of help and advice. Here is a link to her etsy store where you can buy some Madagascar Vanilla Beans, or buy some of her Homemade Vanilla. I know I will be buying some more of the beans from her soon!