Friday, May 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Charlotte!!!

I can't believe our Pixy Shoo-Shoo is 7 years old today!!! I remember clearly the day we found out we were having a girl. Rick and I were sure she was a girl but the ultra sound was the true test. I took Nina (then 5) to see the ultra sound with me. She wanted a baby sister sooooooo badly. She had been praying every night for one. The entire family was rooting for a girl. I even had the perfect name picked out, Charlotte, because it was the name of my beautiful and wonderful mother and it happened to be a beautiful name too! As the ultra sound tech did her measuring she asked me what I thought it was. I said,"Girl"with confidence! When she was done she confirmed GIRL. Nina was soooo excited she started to get teary eyed (me too). When we returned home, my sister was there. She had been watching the two boys while we were gone. I told Nina to cover her face and run up to her room crying (I new she would be a dead giveaway if I didn't have her leave and hide her face). It worked like a charm. My sister sadly said, "Oh, It's a boy!" Then I said,"No! It's a GIRL!!!" And we hugged and jumped and dance around the room9totally Baliwood like, no joke). And when she came into the world she melted her Daddy's heart from the moment he saw her. He has a way with the babies right after they are born. He just starts singing and talking to them and they look at him and stop crying. It is soooo cute, you have to see it to believe it!

So Happy Birthday my baby growing up too fast! You are a little pixy straight from heaven!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

These are the moments!

These are the moments that make being a Mom seem like I am actually doing something. My daughter this morning made her own breakfast!!! She didn't have to ask me how to do a thing. She just did it! I am so proud of her. Her younger brother even asked if he could learn. That is my goal as a mother! To prepare them to be self sufficient, self reliant and able to function in the world on their own as good righteous people!!!

Yesterday Charlotte was a Winkie in the Wizard of Oz play. She certainly is a little pixie and full of sweetness and energy! After the play she wanted to go to The Habit. I have no idea why they love it sooo much. It has OK food for outrageous prices. You walk into an upscale fast food joint and they charge you Elephant Bar prices! Insane! Anyways, she loved it and I choked on the price!I finished a pair of earrings and necklace for a friend who is sadly moving away at the end of the month. Lisa is soooo sweet, real, down to earth and just fun to be around. We are soooo going to miss her and her cute family.

When Sam got home we made homemade donuts together. He liked it so much that he wants to make them for his How To class presentation! Thanks Heather for the idea for CraftersGuru post idea!Here it is Facebook friends. I finally figured out how to make the brownie wands. I baked the brownies (added an extra egg to make it less gooey and more dense and cake like), let them cool and then pressed a star cookie cutter into it and gently pulled out the brownie star. I then tried to coat the entire thing with candy melts but felt like it was too messy, didn't really adhere to the sides and used to much candy melts. So I just melted the candy in a pastry bag, cut off the tip and piped it on the top of the star. I then quickly added sprinkles and the heart center. The candy sticks were too thick (I did something else with those), so I used white sticks and inserted them gently into the center of the brownie star and secured it with candy melts at the base. I wrapped it in a clear bag and tied it with curling ribbon (seriously the curling ribbon took most of the time, I would just curl 3 strips instead of 6). she loved them sooo much they were off to school the next day. She told me that everyone would be jealous because every one else just brought treat bags and cupcakes. These were new and cool! (How sweet is that little girl).

So with the left over Candy sticks I added royal icing flowers (I had made these a couple of weeks ago for cakes) and attached it to the stick with royal icing leaves. These will be for her class at church (they will take a few days to dry). So needless to say that I was tired by the end of the day! And Oh! One more major accomplishment for the day. This is big because it rarely happens. I made an actual grown-up dinner last night. It was baked potatoes, veggies, and ribs! my kids thought it was cool! I've been making quick and easy stuff (or survival night meals) for far too long.

Monday, May 11, 2009

A New Necklace Design

I finally finished a necklace that I made for Rachelle. For the chain and clasp I used the chain of a key chain. I thought it gives it a modern look. Sorry the picture isn't very good. I just took a picture of it with my I-Phone, in not the best of light. Next time I'll take a better picture. Hope it inspires you to create something today :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hurray for Heart Beats :)

I cry every time I hear that little fluttering heartbeat! I was amazed at how clear it was and that I could see everything. The baby had all it's fingers and toes developed. The ultrasound specialist thought that I was at the end of my first tri-mester because of how big the baby was. We'll see when she finishes her measurements :) I'm just glad it was a happy moment and she wasn't silent and got up and walked out of the room to get the doctor :( Yep it's happened. I hate that and I am sure they hate it too! And I am so glad that there is only one in the oven and not 2. How could I manage twins!?!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Vinegar Magic!

My husband noticed that our shower heads were clogged with calcium and mineral deposits. We have hard water, and it tends to collect on the openings of the facets It makes them look ugly and it tends to be hard to remove.

So genious that he is, he soaked them in vinegar overnight and...Voila! Unclogged shower heads. Pretty cool!

It was easy and took no effort to clean (the hardest part was removing the faucets, but that was easy too, they just twist off!)