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Friday, April 29, 2011

Hair bows and Happy's

I went a little crazy and made a bunch of extra hair bows this week. I'll be at Happy's flea market selling them for 2.00 a piece. If you can't make it, let me know and I can ship them to you. It was really a lot of fun making them and I'm considering opening up an Etsy shop to sell more. The creative wheels in my head are turning so check back frequently in the next few weeks to see what I pump out. With so many babies being born this year this is my way of venting baby cravings. I hope you like them :)

I'll be at Happy's 6:30-12:30 Saturday April 30th

Monday, February 21, 2011


For the third year in a row we went to the Shriner's circus here in Roanoke. The first year was just 24 hours before Porter was born and I was contracting uncomfortably the whole time and could barely make it up the steep stairs because I couldn't see where I was going (big belly in the way). Although they change the show up a bit every year, we await each time in eager anticipation for some of the same characters to crack us up. For example, every year there is tons of dancing in between acts by girls with no rhythm. I'm pretty sure our highschool flag team could do a much better job than these people. And our favorite act is where the little dog is dressed up like an elephant wind up toy. Unfortunately this year, we are sad to report that they replaced the manly tiger trainer dancing to 80's music. His all leather outfit and long bleach blond hair were sorely missed. This year Porter was pretty tired and actually fell asleep half way through the show. This is quite a feat considering the music was cranked up to deafening levels. Both kids were sad that they couldn't have glow toys. Despite all the crying Bryan and I managed to enjoy ourselves. A super extra, two out of the three years we didn't have to buy tickets because Bryan won them on the radio!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thrifty finds

If you know anything about me it should be this. I love a good deal. In fact, most things in my house are second hand or free. Umm, no that does not mean that there are holes in our furniture or we are wearing outdated clothes with huge shoulder pads and stone wash denim(although maybe that's in fashion now? I did see a kid in stone wash purple jeans last year...) So here are some thrifty finds I found at Goodwill yesterday.This is a J. Crew cardigan 100%lamb wool in perfect condition. And a soft linen/silk scarf.

This is a stretch courdroy jacket from Old Navy
The grand total $6.50. Do you know how much J. Crew is in real life? yikes! not for me :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Silhouette giveaway!

Another Amazing giveaway for the silhouette! How many times does a girl have to enter to win?
Head over to shabby chic cottage to check it out! Or if you'd like (because I do!) try House of Smith's for another chance to win! Our try this one out for size at iheartnaptime- a wonderful creative blog, that is also giving me a chance to win a Silhouette SD! and if anyone is a craftaholic, it's me! hope this fellow Craftaholic gives me a Silhouette!! and the fabulous creator of All Things Thrifty (thriftaholic here!) is giving one away too! Craftskeepmesane, I know how you feel. I love the shirt she created for her boy 'my parents are exhausted' that is going on my list of things to make. Especially after this week and the fact Porter climbs out his crib-constantly.

Friday, December 3, 2010


Our first egg! OH happy, long awaited day! Bryan found it yesterday-none today, but it's winter so we're lucky to get even one. The chickens are lucky they started to lay, because they were beginning to look tasty and weren't earning their keep.

Turkey Day

Thanksgiving morning was spent doing one of our favorite family traditions. The drumstick dash 5K in downtown Roanoke. We decided last minute to go ahead and spend the money. It benefits the Rescue Mission. 'Move your feet so others can eat!' is the motto, and with over 11,000 participants(up from 7500 last year!) I think they raised a fair amount. We pushed the kids in our much loved Bob Duallie and finished it in 40 minutes. Not fast, but not bad considering we let the kids out to finish the last quarter mile and Porter was distracted by the leaves and parked cars. I didn't see this, but I guess when Bryan and Leilani were almost to the end, she said 'daddy carry me!' But when he pointed out they were almost to the finish line she said 'oh, ok!' and took off full speed to the end. She loved the idea of finishing/running the race. The afternoon/meal we spent in Fincastle with our friends Stacy and Steve. I made pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pumpkin cheesecake(which I feel was the highlight, yum yum). We also had a second thanksgiving on Friday with the missionary's and the Johnson family.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sacrament meeting Fun

With two children, Sunday is not usually the most relaxing or peaceful of days. Today's church meeting was exceptionally 'fun' filled and deserves it's own post. The day started off well enough with fresh pumpkin cinnamon rolls for lunch and us being on time to church. However, just as the Sacrament hymn starts, I hear a pop sound and feel cold liquid. The lid to Porter's water bottle popped off and spilt all over the pew. I jump out of my seat with Porter in arms just in time to avoid being completely soaked. Bryan looks over and asks me why I'm acting like a weirdo. Then he notices the water. We both take off at the same time to get paper towels, but I see him leaving so I return to the soaked bench. Now, when I say the water spilled what really happened was a flood. Before the water soaked into the material, it managed to course it's way down to both ends of the bench. Luckily no one else was sitting there. It did however leak down the crack in back into the lady's purse behind us. Bryan spent most of the hymn trying to soak up the water using half a roll of paper towels he unsuspiciously snuck into the hall hidden in his suit coat. The rest of the meeting we sat on opposite ends of the long pew, because there was nothing dry inbetween. Then came the snacks. Porter was acting crazy so I offered him some grahm crackers. I did not know, however, that he already had carrots in his mouth. Of course the crackers looked better, so he did the best thing possible. Spit out an entire mouth full of fully chewed carrots. When he commenced eating the grahm crackers, he could not of course, eat them one bite at a time. He munched right through the middle of the cracker making tons of crumbs. During the rest hymn we stood up to sing. Then we looked around and Porter was gone. So Bryan spent the rest hymn chasing him around the other pews. These are just a few of the highlights, mixed in with other usual Sunday, climbing, poking and crying. Luckily for us we maintained a cheery attitude and were able to keep our laughter to an inaudible level(I think). Despite all of that the talks were very good and very uplifiting. Thank heaven for little boys and all the joys they bring.