Monday, December 28, 2009

It Scared Me Too

I received this book from my brother Cody for Christmas. How do I
like it? I'll have to get back with you on that one . . .

Monday, December 14, 2009

Jingley Bells

Since I couldn't upload the video onto this blog (it wouldn't work for some reason) I put up my YouTube videos, under our banner as you can see. I like it, a lot! It is a little slow, however. So it might be better to pause it at the beginning to let the movie load more before starting and vids.

The video on the far left is the one I wanted to post of my cuties dancing to Jingle Bells (me singing it, and not making any effort to sound good.) I thought it was soooo cute (as usual)! Be sure to take a gander too. :)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Card Pictures

I took our Christmas card pictures this past Saturday and am very happy with how they turned out. I don't love how I look in them, but the kids are cute as can be! As always.

But before I show off the glorious pictures, lets have some more . . .
Quotable Lexi Quotes
1. "I'm boring!" (I'm bored)
2. "The house is wiggling." (as we listening to our neighbors upstairs make the ceiling creak)
3. "That laugh my head off!/ That makes my head laugh off!"
4. "You have a squishy arm!" (Thanks, dear)
5. "You have a big, fat bum!" (Thanks again . . .)
Don't worry, I haven't taken any offense. I am pretty comfortable with my current physique.

This silly one of Carl I took during Thanksgiving break in UT. My bro Caelan had elf ears from Halloween and Carl had to wear (according to me) for a picture!














Monday, November 23, 2009

Just What I Have Been Looking For!!!



This_Is_Great. I love this site!!!







This site all by itself is fantastic, if you love to sew. Full of lots of splendid ideas and tutorials!


I shall leave you all with these pictures:

The Real Me




Not very flattering, but how I look most days at home with my kids.
No makeup, boring hair, a bit frumpy.
For some reason, I like it . . .



This one is dubbed, "Belle and the Duck"

Why? Because Lexi picked out her princessey church dress which was yellow, which meant Belle (of the Disney princesses, of course) and I was to be The Princess and the Frog so I had a green dress and a green hippo as my frog. But oh no! What's this? Now we don't match seeing as Lexi has no animal that matches her dress and is her friend. So she snatched her duck, and declared that she was, "Belle and the Duck!"

Oh, and she dressed me, BTW. Picked out my dress and told me to put on my "princess shoes" (church shoes).


Cute. Creative. Quirky and Fun.


That's my girl.


:)


And we can't forget, Kenny is so handsome and happy!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Quirks

Lexi cracks me up. Well, both my little monkeys do. But this post is about Lexi. She is so quirky and creative. Yesterday she decided to make "Toilet Paper Pizza" I was getting ready for the day and she was keeping me company. I wasn't very entertaining at the moment, so she entertained herself. She plucked pieces of TP of the roll, would roll them into balls and drop them on the bathroom rug, all the while saying to herself, "You take the toilet paper, roll is up and put it on the pizza." Mmmmm, toilet paper pizza. I salivate at the thought! :)

These pictures below are from when I was sewing and let her have the special privilege of playing with my pins (Kenny was napping and she was careful). Both of my kids hanker for the pincusion whenever I sew. But the never get to have it!!! Therefore it was a VERY special privilege.. I was real pleased with the creative outcome from allowing pincushion play to come to pass.


The green ribbon rose is, "Baby Cow" and the pins are it's cage.

Apparentely it was gonna run away.
This is just a fun picture from playing at the park with Daddy.


Snow White Lexi made a store with Momma's ironing board.


I just had to go shopping!
Lexi surprised me with this performance a couple of days ago.
She emerged from a recent trip to the bathroom with these on her head!
*Straight from her toosh, too! Yuck!*

Gotta love my quirky girl!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Skirt for Momma

I want to post a link that I can find again when I actually get around to making myself a skirt. A peasant skirt, to be exact. I love those things!

Anyhoo, here it is. Hopefully somebody else can use it too. It is pretty darn useful, with a calculator that tells you exactly what measurements to make even!!!

http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=PSKIRT

Friday, November 13, 2009

For Priscilla

I posted a pic of Parker on my Photography blog. Around 10 something, but at least I did it tonight! Hope you like it!!!

:)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Lexi's Skirt

I took some photos of some friends this past Saturday, which was a great learning experience and tiring. But fun as well! They were so easy to photograph and so cute. What a sweet family! Anyhoo, on that same day I took a few of Lexi in the skirt that I made for her using the ruffle skirt tutorial from a link in my previous post. She likes it, methinks. :)





Kenny still has scrumptious chubber cheeks!


Lexi likes to twirl these days.
She is getting her princess on!


She is a great little model, with all the great poses she does!



Love my girl.



Peek a boo!





Friday, November 6, 2009

Skirt and Dress Tutorials (with fixed links!!!)

Lexi is needing some new dresses or skirt that fit and are in better shape. So I am posting these links for free tutorials for me to refer to later. (I just fixed the messed up links, so everything is good to go now!)

Free Ruffle Skirt tutorial
http://www.grandrevivaldesign.typepad.com/

Free Twirly Skirt tutorial and Summer Dress
http://www.houseonhillroad.typepad.com/

Free Ribbon Skirt pattern
www.oliverands.com/downloads/Oliver+SLazyDaysSkirt.pdf

Okay, gotta go and start the day. And start some sewing!!!


:)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trick or Treat!

Not a very original title, nor an original post, it's true. We hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! Next up, Thanksgiving! Carl declared tonight that Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday because you get to sit around, eat good food, and watch/play football. :) How could it get any better???

Here are our Halloween pics:


Lexi riding a pony at Kenneth Village
(here I am thinking, as I look at this picture, "Get your hand off my daughter's butt, buddy!"
I know it was a precautionary action, but still!)


Kenny was a charming turtle.



Here Kenny is playing in the bounce house and keeping up with the big boys!



Yeah Kenny!





Lexi in her Princess getup.
She was Snow White, as you see.




Lexi is growing up! With such a winning smile too.





Trick or Treating at Montrose Shopping Park


(Kenny wouldn't hold his bag, he just wanted a candy.
After he got one he would drop the bag full of the rest on the ground.)



Trick or Treat!




:)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I Confess . . .

I have had a couple of friends post their "confessions", which I liked a lot. So I have decided that I will confess as well! :) Of course, these confession will be the light, fluffy funny ones. I have plenty of real faults (which I won't mention) that would be too embarassing or uncomfortable to reveal. Don't we all???



My Confessions of Fluff x 10
1. I like myself a little bit o' gossip, I'm afraid. I find it rather tantilizing to hear about how so-and-so isn't happy in his/her marriage and how they gained __ lbs because they are unhappy. Of course, my gossip is only said and responded to in the nicest and most condescending of ways! :) *heh*
Another reason I enjoy hearing it is because I want to prevent it from happening in my life. I don't take joy in others misfortune, mind you. I analyze it and try to figure out what went wrong. I also have the natural tendancy to think that if someone is doing poorly, I must be doing better. But their life has no reflection on me. It doesn't apply to me at all! Life isn't graded on a curve!
2. I can be rather vain. Although on most days, from looking at me, most people wouldn't think this (Especially today with a wrinkly, long-sleeve T-shirt, hair in one braid and no makeup). But when I do make myself up, I become vain. And I am stupid and haughty enough to think to myself (on occasion), "I am the best lookin' chick in this room." (Has anybody else thought this on occasion? I'm sure many of us have, right? Beauty, afterall, is in the eye of the beholder.)
3. However, on days that I don't do myself up, I look in the mirror and think, "Eh, I'm nothing special," or "I would make a better looking boy with how I'm looking today!"
4. I have a terrible habit of wiping my hands on my pants after cooking or eating or getting dirty at the park or whatever. I have a few stained areas on the thighs of several pants/capris.
5. I compare myself to others ALL THE TIME! This is my worst habit of all. I have to tell myself often that how other people look, live their lives and mother their children does NOT apply to me. I also tend to compare myself more with people I feel have snubbed me, and much less with those that I am close to (who I know care about me).
6. If I happen to accidentally noisily break wind when Carl and the kids in the room, I blame one of the kids (usually Kenny). They don't care (P.S. This doesn't happen often!). :) :) :)
7. I have a wretched sense of direction and get lost easily. The idea of driving from here to UT by myself scares me. I really need to work on this . . .
8. I often miss social cues and do dumb things. Hopefully everyone gives me a benefit of a doubt. I didn't mean to offend, I promise!
9. I stew for days if I think I offended someone too!
10. I take too much pride in my singing abilities, but with the smoke and ash in the air here in CA, I haven't been able to do very well. Keeps me humble!
Well, that's it. Now you all have several reasons to think, "Wow. She's not so great." :)
Happy Halloween, y'all!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Peanut Butter Boy

I was just desperate to finish the dishes today after enduring several interruptions in various forms. It is quite the job doing dishes in my house, since both my kids insist on playing with the water and helping throughout the whole process. Usually it takes me about an hour to do the dishes and get the kitchen looking respectable. So I decided, in my hour of need as I was seeing the end in sight (we had a lot of dishes today, due to laziness earlier in the week), that I would let Kenny get in the jar of Peanut Butter he had discovered on the table.

He didn't dig in with both hands, mind you. I wasn't desperate enough to allow that. Thank heavens he started off with a utinsel in the first place. Anyway, here he is rather messy and giving us that, "caught red handed" look.




I did get the dishes done, however!



"Oooo, is that a camera I see?"


After the much needed bath. Such blue eyes!

I also wanted to show two of the fun pictures I took at the Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy, UT.


I am fascinated by these neat-o Jellyfish!




And I thought this fish was pretty cool as well.
:)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sweet Faces, Beach Faces (catch up)













I haven't been able to post a lot of pictures, and now I am catching up! We went to the beach a couple of weeks ago, and it was both Kenny andn Lexi's second time. Kenny was able to really enjoy it this time, so in some ways, it can be considered his first. He loved it! He ate some sand and did a literal faceplant in it (notice sandy faced picture below). Lexi had just woken up from a short nap and was therefore groggy and grumpified, so she wasn't as excited about the beach at first. Hence there are more beach pictures of Kenny. Plus my camera ran out of memory . . .

















































Yeah, there is only one half-way decent beach pic of Lexi. Oh well, I can get plenty more in the future here in LA. But I added the two sweet face pictures of her on top, because they are just so cute and because it didn't there to be just Kenny pics, I wanted both kids to have pictures up!
:)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Good Post . . .

A good post due to a good computer, a fast internet connection, free photo editing software and cute kildets!!! Aahhhhh, it feels sooooo luxurious! I have been deprived for a long, long time.

I can do good blog posts now and look forward to enjoying some real blogging now!

I tried out the new and free photo editing software, and so far I like it. Here is the one photo I have edited thus far:


before


after


Maybe I overdid it, hmm . . . I dunno. . . I hope I'll get better at editing photos as time goes on.

:)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Carl the Peacock

Carl is a peacock, it is true. I discovered this 2 days ago as we were getting ready to attend a work party. Lexi's hair was in a half ponytail and she was wearing playclothes. I was wearing some army green capris that I love that are a wee bit shappy looking. Kenny had messed up his outfit, as he does about halfway through everyday.

Apparentely we were not in pristene condition for presentation to coworkers!!

So first off Carl declared that he wanted Lexi to have Mouse Ears as her hairdo (this is the hairdo she is sporting in the picture above and Carl's favorite hairdo on her. They realy are quite cute!!) I didn't mind complying with his wishes although not without a fair amout of teasing. :) Carl tried to pick out a new outfit for Lexi but couldn't decide and knew that I would probably change it anyway, so I stepped in.

Then Carl kindly suggested that I change into something other than my "Army Pants", as he not-so-fondly referrs to my army green capris. I smirked but didn't mind complying once
again. He wasn't demanding I change my clothes, afterall. And I liked the idea that he wanted to show off his wife and kids (more so the kids than the wife, of course! They are so much more show-off able!).

Kenny needed a new outfit anyway because he always soils his clothes
about halfway through the day, as previously stated. And so a new outfit he had.

I made me feel good remembering all over again how proud Carl is of this family. How could he not be proud of such wonderful, sweet, smart and CUTE kidlets?

And so I further the "Peacock"ness of this family just by keeping this blog! Ha!

;)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This is way we do the. . .

Dishes! All on a Monday afternoon . . .

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Few More Bows

Here are a few more I have made. Except for the bottom two, that
is. They were made by my cute sister Celeste!

Hairbows By Me!

I just wanted to showcase some of the bows I have made. This red,
black and white bow is one if my favorites!
:) :) :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Frozen Orange Juice Popsicles

First thing in the morning Lexi and Kenny grabbed these and ate
them during sesame street. Mmmmmm!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

What Did We Do Today???

Just in case the first picture wasn't clear enough. (We weren't just
playing in the mud!)

Family Pix

Family Pix