Monday, July 28, 2008


I am so proud of myself. I got Barb and Jill hooked on this cool site called Etsy. This is where people sell their handcrafted items. Of course there are tons of blogs out there on all kinds of cute things to make. They are now having trouble staying away from these and all of the cool crafting blogs.  So Kristi, go to Etsy and visit some of the blogs below and you will need a therapist to stop your craft addiction.

The Crafty Crow is a site where this person has gathered up blogs with ideas for children type crafts

Skip To My Lou is one of my favorites. 

Loobylu is the first one I found and I have been hooked by her stuff since.

Heather Bailey is another favorite. I have instructions to make one of her pin cushions. 

We Interrupt This Program for an Artsy Fartsy Break!

Some people say they have no creativity. I believe that God created everyone with creativity - just expressed in different ways. After all, we are created in His image - and He is a very creative God! I believe most of us have been "trained out of our creativity". From being told to color in the lines to being told "that doesn't go together", we begin to think only inside the box. In fact, when I try to get outside of my box, begin to do something artsy fartsy, a part of me comes alive that isn't there otherwise. So sisters, with that being said, here are my latest attempts to get out of my box and be artsy fartsy. Here is my first attempt at a large quilt - I am definitely a special needs quilter but I'm very excited how it turned out:

My friend Aprile is guilty for turning me on to junk shopping. I think I'm becoming a little addicted. You can find some junk that can be turned into something really fun! This was an old wooden shoe shine box. With a little paint, distressing and a fun knob, it turned into a cute little box for something special - not sure what I'll use it for, but I like it!

Ok, now for my grand poo ba of junk finds this weekend. I've been wanting to make a coat rack for my girls' room to hang their sweaters on. Aprile and I looked for an old shutter to turn into a sweater rack when I visited her a few weeks ago - no luck. So, look what I found this weekend at the Salvation Army for $5:

Yes, its an old twin headboard and baseboard. Are your wheels turning, can you see the possibilities? Look what it turned into - I'm so excited!

The sweater hooks were the most expensive part of the hole thing. I added the base board above them to make a picture shelf. Here is a close up of the sweater hooks:

I'm definitely getting addicted to this - sisters and nieces, want to come with me?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Holy Cow!

Good morning sisters and nieces. Wade has a message for all of us. He has the ability to put an entire plate of food in his mouth but this is just his demonstration of the thing that really drives Kelli nuts. We had a birthday celebration for Jill and she requested cupcakes. The part that makes me laugh is his goofy face. The words to the song he was trying to sing are below.

Hit it Wade!

"Hello! ma baby,
Hello! ma honey,
Hello! ma ragtime gal,
Send me a kiss by wire,
Baby my heart's on fire!
If you refuse me,
Honey, you'll lose me,
Then you'll be left alone;
oh baby, Telephone
and tell me I'se your own

Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Lexie Kay!!!

Our little Lexie Kay turned 6 today! I can't believe it has been six years since Lexie came into our lives. I thank God for the blessing of Lexie every day. Our little miracle girl who was not supposed to survive, much less have a "quality" life. God has truly shown us who's in charge! My spunky Lexie has definitely defied all odds and is filled with life! We love you little girl. Thank you for changing our world!

Lexie wanted to have a "bee" cake for her birthday. I tried my hand at fondant for the very first time on her cake. I've always made their cakes, its a tradition for the kids to pick a theme and then I love to run with it. I'm getting kind of sentimental. It won't be long before my little ones won't want these fancy cakes and parties - sigh - I must be getting old! So here is my first try at fondant, I'm really excited with how it turned out:

Here is the birthday girl posing with her bee cake:

I didn't think I was going to have much luck putting a theme together for her party - but it turned out to be quite fun. Here is the invitation to her birthday party - my first try at "quilling":

Here is what the table looked like before the guests arrived. There are some fun bee decorations out there. We also made cookies on a stick in the shape of bee hives and flowers:

Here are some fruit flowers I made too - the kids just love these each time I make them - they love eating flowers!

The party wouldn't "bee" complete without a pinata. Here is Lexie giving a swing at the bee hive - take a look at Pat - he is either thinking Lexie is going to mistake him for a pinata or my bee hive pinata making skills are so great he thought it was a real hive (not!):

Well we had to have a water fight too. Lexie Bee isn't all that excited about being wet but she gave use a pose in her new bee beach towel:

However, someone else in our family does enjoy water fights very much - take a look!

O.k. I'm tired now - I think I'll go take a nap!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Our Sisters Garden

Since Barb will never do this on her own I will have to take over and post some photos of her beautiful gardening. I would love to just live in this back yard. She has put many hours into making this such a wonderful retreat.

I did not take nearly enough photos of the plants that are just amazing. Her lilies are blooming and it is so green and lovely back here.

This is such a beautiful and bright clematis and it is loving this spot.

I should have taken a photo of the entire hydrangea as it is the largest one I have ever seen. It is at least five feet or more wide and close to six feet tall. This is a closeup of the flower. I think this one is called a lace capped hydrangea.

Here is Barb's grandson, Joska. He now has very short hair due to a small little bug invading his personal space and look........a tattoo. He needed documentation as it will wash off if he takes too many more baths. Of course he wants to protect it as long as possible so I suppose he will be taping it up to keep it dry. He cracks me up.

I didn't put this in here because of Lucy and Byron but now I look at it and realize that Byron is stealing Lucy's shoes. Ha! Ha! Actually it is to show how pretty that part of the yard is. Barb, you have a green thumb!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Jill

Twenty six. Heading now toward the big 30.

We are so lucky to have you in our family.

Hope your birthday is wonderful.

A shout out to Shalon who shares his birthday with Jill! Happy Birthday Shalon.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Ultimate End of the Year Field Trip

To wrap up our end of the year with homeschooling we decided to do a "little" field trip. We have been studying geology and how God created the earth. No, it is not millions of years old, and no, it didn't take millions of years to form large canyons, petrified wood or fossils. So, what was our little field trip, you ask? We took a 9 day adventure with Genesis of Idaho - a group of creation scientists/geologists to Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. It was so awesome for the kids to see these beautiful creations with geologists right by your side explaining how they were formed, showing evidence of the great flood and explaining what evolutionists believe and the lack of evidence for their "theory" that is taught as fact.

We went with 110 other people, which included several homeschool families, and camped with them for the 9 days. A caterer fed us dutch oven cooking so we did not have to provide our food. We just hiked, and hiked and hiked. It was a great time, we met some wonderful people, and we're looking forward to their next field trip! Here are some pictures:

First at Zion:

One of the trails we hikes was called Angels' Landing. It is one of the most difficult trails to hike and the most scary. Pat and I had hiked it before we had kids. It was definitely a different dynamic with kids. I don't like heights all that well - I especially don't like watching my kids hike them with just a chain to hold onto, on a 2-3 ft wide trail, and sheer cliff drop offs on either side of them. Pat really wanted them to experience it, so we "experienced it"! Here is Addie taking a breath on the way up - before we hit the narrowest part of the trail with just the chain. She is on a set of switchbacks that takes you up, up, way up to the top of these rock cliffs:

Lexie had the easy ride:

There were some really fun nooks and crannies along the trail:

Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of the scary part of the trail - pictures don't do it justice because you can't see the sheer drop offs that were below us, believe me, they were there! This is Addie being held onto by a wonderful gentlemen that was with us - see where the bushes are on either side, they are growing on the side of a sheer drop off.

This is a picture of our bus driver - an awesome Christian Grandpa - He is standing on one of the narrowest parts of the trail. To the left of his foot (the left part of the picture) is the sheer cliff - no you can't pass anyone on the trail here! I kept telling myself, look up Kristi, look up!

We finally made it to the top - the picture is proof. I wished the picture could show you how high up we were - it was hard for me to stand up there without feeling dizzy:

The view was incredible - no I couldn't bring myself to lean over the edge to give you a shot of the quick way down! Although it does give you an idea of the sheer drop offs were were hiking on:

Here is Lexie after the hike - exhausted. She did fine on Pat's back on the way up because she was looking up. But, the way down was a little unnerving because she could see how far down the bottom was and how narrow the trail was. She kept saying Daaaaaaadddddy, Moooooommmmmeee!

That afternoon, we decided to cool off a bit. We hiked a trail called The Narrows. It is a trail that goes between to canyon walls, most of which you hike in the middle of a river. In fact, you can't hike it if there is going to be rain because of the possibility of flash floods and no where for you to go:

After Zion, we went to Bryce Canyon - a very cook place. Of course we hiked down to the bottom! Here are some pics from the hike: Cool Hoodoos:
Cute Flanagan Family and the Hoodoos in the background:

Views you can only get by hiking down!

Resting in the shade on the trail:

Boy are we tough:

O.k. - maybe not all of us are that tough, but look at this guy. He carried the girls like this most of the way back up!

Then came the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Yes we did hike down it - but only half way. We only had a half day for that hike. Here we are up at the top:

Then on the way down:

Here is Lexie finishing the climb:

Here is some happy girls after the hike:

We have been reading Brighty of the Grand Canyon for the trip. Here are the kids with a statue of Brighty:

And here we are again up on top:

So, would you like to come homeschool with us?????

Ok, back to reality - selling Krispy Kremes to raise money for our homeschool group - 250 dozen sold:

Monday, July 7, 2008

What Did You Do On The Fourth?

Awwww! Fourth of July and relaxation. I so looked forward to this after shoveling bark dust for days. 

This is where I wanted to be sipping a big iced tea.

Then there is the food. Smoked BBQ pork ribs, baked beans and BBQ corn on the cob.

All courtesy of Chef Wade. Yummmm!!

Oh! And for your viewing pleasure......little fat legs. These could be mine and what I want to know is why aren't mine so cute while babies fat legs are?

Yep! Beer and Tater Chips!