Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Today was a great day and I didn't take any pictures.  I got to have my first low key thanksgiving...ever!  We did what we wanted and it was awesome.  Daddy had to work so he got home with coffee.  Sydney and I had a light breakfast and then we went to see the movie Wreck it Ralph.  It was so fun and she really did have a good time.  Daddy stayed home with Gabby.  We got home,  took Charlie doggie for a walk and then took a nap!  After that, we finished up dinner which was a roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting.  Gabriella also got to enjoy her first bowl of rice cereal!  Tomorrow we are going to head to America's largest Christmas Bazaar before Daddy has to go to work.

Overall this has been a great day.  Being my first year out of retail I can honestly say I feel like I've been able to enjoy the day as simple as it has been.  With all the the craziness going on and the worries about finances, this day has reminded me what it's about and has reminded me that we serve a God who will never leave us nor forsake us.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bug Clippie Tutorial

I'm in love with all of the cute little clips all over the place for my girls.  The problem is that I am pretty stinkin cheap!  I came up with this caterpillar clippie and I love it.  The possibilities are endless with color combinations and it's super easy and cheap to make.


  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Alligator Clip (I line mine but you don't have too.  Just be careful with the glue.)
  • Heat sealing tool
  • 5 pieces of 3 inch ribbon.  I prefer saddle stitch for this clip but you could really use anything you want.  Heat seal the ends.  It will drive you crazy if you don't. 
  • 1 2 inch piece of silk cord.
  • 2 eye balls

Start rolling your ribbon pieces tightly.  Once they are rolled glue the ends so they stay in a ball.  This step can be tough, don't burn yourself!

You'll end up with 5 jelly roll's

Start gluing your jelly rolls on your clip, but only glue 4 of them. 

Take your piece of silk cor and bend it so it looks like a V.  Then you want to glue it next the roll that is closest to the opening.  This part is a little tricky don't burn yourself! 

After you glue your cord, glue the final roll as close to it as you can.  You may need to squeeze a little but the ribbon is forgiving, don't worry.  

Next, glue your eyes onto your little bug and you're set!  Your little princess is gonna love these!

This Is Harder Than I Thought

I always had a dream of being a Stay-At-Home Mom.  In fact, on the first date I ever had with my husband I told him that my only dream was to be a mom and stay home with my family.  After my first daughter was born I went back to work and mourned what I missed not being with her daily.  I didn't see any of the firsts...and that was so so sad.  When we went to the doctor I referred to my husband on all of the questions of her day-to-day activities because I had no idea.

When my second daughter was born I new that I couldn't physically go back to work.  I prayed and prayed and figured and figured and felt that we would make it.  I felt that if I quit, to do right by my kids, God would provide.  The Lord has given many blessings but here I sit, car payment due tomorrow, and I can't make it.  I know he is in control and I know we will be ok but I have no idea how our car payment will be made...even more....I have no idea how any bills will be paid in the month of December.  I feel strongly that I wouldn't have ended up here if it wasn't going to work.  I also know that God won't give us anything we can't handle.  It is hard because I'm prone to worry.  I'm prone to relying on myself and not on God.  I'm prone to giving up.

I'm second guessing myself.  I'm questioning that my actions were done out of selfishness and not out of what was best for my kids.  I'm scared that what I thought was trying to do right by my kids has turned out to trying to do right by myself.

My prayer is this: I pray that the peace that passes all understanding will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.  I pray that I will rely on God and that I will look to him to fill all of our needs.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy 4 months Gabriella

Miss Gabriella Paige you are 4 months old.  November 11, was the big day and you spent it at home with Mom and Sister.  This month has been full of changes.

  • You started rolling from your belly to your back.
  • You smile a lot!  
  • You drink about 6 oz. of formula every 4 hours. 
  • You are sleeping 8 hour stretches at night!  You go to bed at 8pm with Sister and don't wake up again until 4am.  
  • You are VERY chatty.  You sit in your swing and tell all sorts of stories.  
  • You very rarely cry when you wake up.  Usually I get woken up by your coos and giggles.  
  • You love your sister.  When she is around the world stops for you. 
Here are some pictures of you the last few weeks. 

This one cracks me up.  Sydney thought you needed a snuggle buddy.  I think you were a little scared. 

Oh Gabby girl.  We love you so much!

Monday, November 12, 2012


I'm way late on Halloween.....    Go figure right?  We had a good time and stayed pretty low key.  Our neighborhood has an awesome downtown area so we took Sydney there to trick or treat after pre-school.  We came home and stayed low key for a bit then went over to my sister and brother in law's house where she went again!  Sydney was cinderella and Gabriella was a pumpkin.  Daddy also dressed up too!

Here are some picture's from the day...
Sydney and her school buddies
Being Cinderella is hard work!  We had to stop for a coffee break after round 1 of trick or treating. 
The goth and his princess.  Daddy joined in on the fun this year, complete with fake tattoo's!