Monday, December 29, 2008


I just read this post over at "Navel Gazing At Its Finest" A blog that should be on everyone must read first thing in the morning list, she is so funny and original that Dr.'s should start prescribing her to sad and/or depressed people her only side effect (and it is dangerous) is that she is highly addictive:) Personally I would prescribe her even if you weren't depressed which gets me to another interesting point that I have been mulling over for the last couple of weeks, apparently my sweet wonderful husband who loves me very very much ( I think ) believes that I am hopelessly pessimistic, constantly negative and extremely depressed.
Sorry just give me a minute I have to go laugh my butt off...........................

OK I just have to wonder you know, why? My soul is constantly running with unicorns and dancing with fairies and blowing bubbles in the shape of hearts, OK so maybe not that bad, but you know what I mean. I will confess to being realistic, just in a cheerful happy sort of way:

"darling daughter if you don't clean up your room I am sure a happy family of moles will move right in and eat your clothes and nibbles your toes while you sleep"


OK, Life is hard and we all have our dreams, I have them, Joff has them, we all do but sometimes certain dreams need to die and now that I think of it that could be what he means, I am not so much of a pessimisticly negative depressed person as I am a dream killer, dream assassin (how much does that pay I wonder). Well OK things are becoming clearer as I type, I am gleeful in my new found role. Wonderful. Hallelujah. Dream Assassin now taking contracts, call me and we can work out a deal:)

I feel better! A major problem solved!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

On the Surface

Did everyone have a fantastical magical Christmas? We did, kids woke up whooped and hollered because Santa had not only come and left there stockings full of wonder he had also eaten there not so edible sugar cookies and the reindeer had nibbled at our soggy carrots, he truly is a great guy.
I won't bore you with what we all got, girls got girl things, boys got boy things etc. I on the other hand must tell you about something I got! I received the ginormous edition of the Uncle Johns Bathroom reader, a series of books that I not only revere but will become the core curriculum of any homeschooling I might do in the future (pray for my poor children:)

But I am impatient there are so many tales to tell from the last couple of days but I have to tell this one the most:

I was driving on our road back to my house when around the corner comes a man walking down the road, it was apparent from the direction he was coming from that he had been walking for a little while, he was not an old man, perhaps Joff's age, he was not dressed well for the weather which was a balmy 12 degrees, as I drove passed him I slowed down and noticed that he was carrying a beautifully wrapped package in his hand and for some reason I went" wow!" Oh I don't know who he is, who the package was for or anything else, but it struck me as so wonderful somehow.

One last time.
Merry Christmas and love to you all.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Eve, Eve

Thats what my kids are saying anyway, yesterday was Christmas eve, eve, eve just so you know.

This morning when Felicity didn't come out of her room at her usual and horrific hour of 7:00 am I went in and said
"Hey Lollypop what's up"
she replied
"Shhh I am trying to stay asleep till Christmas"
Ok then, goodlucky with that........

Later this afternoon............

"Mommy they cats opened the presents............again."
Uhhuh, sure they did.

Dinner time.................

"Its Christmas we should get icecream and cookies for dinner"

Heres to hoping your Christmas week is turning out as fun mine:)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Waa and Boo Hoo and a very Merry Christmas too.

Well we are going to be without the Internet for a while (GASP!) I have no clue how I will survive, thankfully I have wonderful relatives right next door with the net so I can still make an attempt at survival but it will be iffy, we will see. Blogging will more sporadic then ever:(

But hey I want to wish everyone A very Merry Christmas, I sincerely hope that you have a day that if nothing else you will be filled with contentment, happiness and the joy of Christ's birth.

Love, Hugs and Kisses.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Speaking of a White Christmas.........

White Christmas Cartoon Song

I think I have watched this a hundred times now and I am still laughing.

Its the final count down now folks, if you don't buy it now chances are it will be gone or can't be shipped without a sum that will be three times the amount of what you are buying, lol.
In anycase what ever your last minute Christmas woes are this video should at least make you go back into the ring smiling.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I woke up this morning not wanting to get out of bed at all, with a to-do list a mile long I would rather have stayed in bed,now I am back from running some errands, listening to The Chipmunks Christmas CD and straightening up and putting up a few decorations, I just wrapped a few more presents and I just had to stop in and say hi and Merry Christmas.
Does the stress of life really matter when Christmas music is playing, when there is wrapping paper being mauled by kittens, when the whole house smells of cinnamon and bread, when you are sipping a cup of cocoa topped with whippedcream and sprinkles, lots of sprinkles:)
Merry Christmas and Love to you all.

Monday, December 8, 2008

No title

Well we are still having issues, oh well it will have to wait for a couple of days I am working on my other blog ( Photography), finishing up my last sessions for the year and trying to get all my Christmas decorations up, I should be done decorating by New Years:)
I will toss up a link to Giraffic Design, can't promise it will stay though, things keep appearing and disappearing, but I would be heartbroken if you couldn't download the newest coloring pages:) Oh and tonight (maybe tomorrow:0) I will be uploading some Christmas tags, I will have them in color and B&W.

WoW is it cold today.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

UhOh Something is Wonky!

We are having some bloggy issues, I found the most fantastic blog and of course I backed up all my widgets and such before uploading it, but it is just not working correctly, hang with me I will figure this out.
So much for a early bedtime tonight..................:)

Catnip for Kids

That's what Christmas is.
Just the mention that Christmas is a mere 19 days away sends my kids screaming for joy, climbing walls and running in circles till they pass out.
Don't tell my kids but if I here another performance of "We wish you a merry Christmas" I might cry or scream or check into the nearest asylum, maybe a combination of all three.
And then of course we have one kid who is totally NOT getting it, everyday he reminds us that he needs to go buy presents for himself, so he can wrap them, then unwrap them and scream for joy (again).
Where is January when you need it?

P.S Did you check out Giraffic Design yet? You didn't did you, well its never to late and I am going to be posting some Christmas coloring pages on Monday, check it out, check it out:)

P.S.S My fabulously talented SIL Patty is going to be opening her Baby Accessories store in just a few short weeks, as soon as I get a link I will post it:)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Merry Christmas

I am following a debate going on over in another place on the net.
Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?
My Thoughts?
What the heck does it matter? Truly I would love it if everyone was LDS, but hey everyone isn't and I am content with that (for now ,muhahahah:) I say that the Lord teaches to Love thy Neighbor, he didn't specify that neighbor to be only Christian. People are so worried there faith/culture will not be recognized they will get offended over anything anymore and I find it downright ridiculous, I cannot read minds, so I just wish everyone a Merry Christmas and if they wish me a Happy Holiday/Kwanzaa/Chanukah I will say thank you and wish it right back at them because anyway you look at it they are wishing something Happy at you, they are extending goodwill toward you, receive it kindly and put aside your bitterness I promise you will go to bed a happier person.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Check it out!

Who has a new bloggy, hmmmmm? ME! Ok well its all about Joff and his art, or actually its not even really about him just his art, lol:)
Check it out, just click on that lovely (and huge, need to fix that) Giraffic Design button to the left, please tell me what you think, I will be adding a few of his childrens stories as I go along along with pictures and downloadable coloring pages and such, I have such wonderful plans.......... Thanks for looking:D

Cinnamon-Orange Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Oh I know I was going to do a Christmas Goodies post and I will but I it will have to wait till next week, as I am jam packed this week with other things ( like watching the entire last two seasons of CSI, lol, I wish......). Anywhoo for our cookie swap I made Cinnamon Orange Chocolate chip cookies, they were surprisingly good and if cooked for just the right amount of time are perfect, I am not fond of crunchy cookies but if you cook them too long dip them in milk and they are back to there nummy goodness:)
Okay then this link-a-dink will take you to the Taste of Home page featuring this exotic classic.
Oh one more thing, for some bizarre reason they ask you to roll out your dough and then cut the cookies, well I just don't think so, no way, uh no thank you, use a cookie scoop, tablespoon, make them rounded little dough balls, they will taste way better.
Go on then, bake and be merry:).

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Gobble Song

Christmas Challenge. Amazing

I haven't been on Craigslist in a while, so today when I went on of course the first place I stopped by was the free section, I was intrigued, then amazed by the generosity I saw going. It all started here and so many people have taken her up on the challenge in so many ways, I am so very happy to see that in this "me" oriented society people can still get together and show love and concern for others.
When it comes down to it no matter how are hard off we are there are ways we can bring happiness to others. I am going to take her challenge, will you?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I have no prose, no witty comment, no joke.
I have only thanks to God for all he has blessed me with.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with Joy and Happiness.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

First Snow (that sticks)

Hey look! Its snow!

Lets Eat it!

Not too bad................

Ohhhh now lets throw it at mommy!

Then we can skate on our "pond"

F: My legs are cold
M: Well I told you to put pants or tights on
F: My legs are cold
M: Go put some pants on
F:My legs are cold

Monday, November 24, 2008


I told ya'll I had some big news coming, well I have gotten behind in my preparations and all but everything will be a 1,2,3 GO in a couple of weeks, I am super excited and wicked bad at keeping secrets so I will just shut-up and leave.
Leaving now.........

10:17 AM

This morning I am thankful for my Joff who has let me sleep in, I love to sleep:)

Only three more days till Turkey Day!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

It has been one of those Twilight zone days

Sundays can get that way sometimes around here.

I have been cleaning, organizing and getting ready for the Christmas season, I have dug out all the Christmas stuff, found all my scrapbook paper, made a list of stuff to get that I don't have. Like Glitter. I found this marvelous bottle of Glitter, the most beautiful glitter in the whole wide world, it even came with a handy dandy shaker top and a little handle, it came in white and silver, gold and green and red and I want them all, I want them all!
But at $9 bucks a bottle I must remain sad and alone and without that super duper glitter.
(or maybe I will collect them all one month at a time!)

I am missing ornaments for the tree, but have enough lights for the entire White House, I have garlands which my sweet little kittens have shredded and I have re-arranged my living room for our tree. Can you tell I am just a tad excited?:)

But this is the week! The week to be thankful and eat and have fun with family! As much as I have been going on and on about Christmas, Thanksgiving truly is my favorite holiday.
So today I am Thankful for Family, I love my family every single one of them:)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Homemade Christmas Part 2

I need to start labeling stuff.

OK then what do we have for you today! My Crafty blog list (on google bookmarks, there is no way I could fit them all on my blog list:) is huge and now I feel I have more then plenty of ideas for Christmas, Hurray!

This first one is sort of the end and beginning of everything, I love the way she has stuff organized so neatly there, If you go anywhere go to One Pretty Thing because chances are half (more then that all of them!) the links I could provide she already has, she is that awesome:)

This ornament by Handmade Parade is too freaking cute and it is pretty easy to make. We are so making some for our tree this year!

I love the way Heather Bailey personalized a gift card with this ultra cute gift box, plus she has a awesome pattern we can download, how cool is that?

A bowl of moss and pebbles is by a very sweet and extremely talented 17 year old girl, check out this Adorable doll she made for her niece. Although this is a little more labor intensive then I have time for this Christmas I am keeping this homemade doll on my to do list.

A cute idea to make custom made tee's or onesies (or handbags, customize a quilt etc.) is using Freezer paper stencils, I looked around for a tutorial and I love Celtic Mommy's best. Also check out the Flickr freezer paper stencil pool for a lot of awesome ideas!

You can find a handmade holiday list for 2008 over at Sew, Mama, Sew! Which I am just barely starting to explore so check it out for way more information:)

And then of course we have Better Homes and Gardens I love the Sock Snowmen the Matchbox Advent Calender and the Felt-Wool Santa Pillow.

So are you ready? I confess that when I was making my list of stuff I was going to make this year it was way to long, I just don't have time, but that is okay because I will make some of this stuff this year but come January 1st I can really get a good head start on Christmas 2009 (getting ahead of myself maybe?:)

Don't forget to head over to One pretty thing I promise you will love that site! Coming up next on the Handmade Christmas Agenda is treats and goodies! I already have several recipes bookmarked and ready to share plus I will be trying out some to give a first hand review!

Animal Rescue

My wonderful friend Liandra sent me a email the other day about this site Animal Rescue, perhaps ya'll were aware of this but I was not. Here is how you can help (This is pasted from there website)

The Animal Rescue Site focuses the power of the Internet on a specific need — providing food for some of the 27 million unwanted animals given to shelters in the U.S. every year. Over 10 million animals are put to death every year in the U.S. alone because they are abandoned and unwanted.
Each click on the purple "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button at The Animal Rescue Site provides food and care for a rescued animal living in a shelter or sanctuary. Funding for food and care is paid by site sponsors and distributed to animals in need at The Fund for Animals' renowned animal sanctuaries (including Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas and The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Southern California), pet shelters supported by the Petfinder Foundation, North Shore Animal League, and other worthy animal care facilities supported by the foundation.
100% of sponsor advertising fees goes to our charitable partners.

But wait there is more! You can go to there store and buy something! A portion of your payment also goes to there Charities and trust me they have some really awesome stuff.
So please go check it, click and maybe even pick up a stocking stuffer or two.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I Cried for you

It was only a year and a half ago now when Tianna died, she was 16. She was beautiful and smart, she was my niece and I will never forget her or how she made my life that much more wonderful just by knowing her.
I love you Tianna and I miss you.

A Puppet Show

As we quietly sit around the living room, just finished dinner we hear from downstairs, a quiet and muffled voice "we wish you a merry christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas........what comes next?"
A few more lines were tested, deemed right and out she came from behind the sofa, flitting and pirouetting in her fairy tutu, her wings fluttering behind her, she abruptly stopped when she saw us and head bent, tippytoed quickly to hide behind a chair, we watched as slowly her eyes appeared above the chair, looking around the room, "are you ready?" she whispered, we nodded and slowly her head disappeared, a few muffled bars and a little humming, and Sparkles the Polar bear puppet appeared and bowed, hesitantly looking down behind the chair, he coughed and began, "We wish you a merry Christmas! We wish you a merry Christmas! And a Happy New year!"
Amid Applauding and cheering, two sparkling eyes and blushing cheeks appeared then she tippytoed, pirouetted and flitted away with Sparkles dancing happily behind her.
Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Just to prove I am totally mental...............

Yesterday, if you happened upon my blog at a certain time you would have seen a post that is no longer there. It was one of my confessions. I felt you weren't ready. But since you appear to be so sad at missing such a grand opportunity to get practice in for your future job as either a Priest or a Blackmailer, I shall give you one of my deepest darkest secrets.
Are you ready?

Are you sure? Because I am about to divulge.

I eat bacon bits, I go thru bottles of them, I have been known to carry a bottle in my bag (right next to the chocolate) I have one in my computer desk and I put them on everything, I love them so much I even tried them on ice cream once and well I love them a lot but don't put them on ice cream, trust me on that one. I am not particular about brand, I have tried pretty much all of the them. I cannot quit. I am not ashamed, I do not need bacon bit rehab. I am fine.

Is your need to know everyone's dark and dirty secret satisfied for the moment? I hope so, but that was hard, way hard.

A world full of Kristal clones would be very, very scary. Terrifying. I am going to hide from myself in the closet....................................with my bacon bits.

A Dedication

So maybe I will regret this in the morning, I haven't written poetry in years but this one just happened as I was thinking about the trials and traumas some many people go thru in this life.
This is for them, everyone and all of us.

We have our special place

Secret space

Chat and laugh

Free ourselves

Let me into your

Hidden soul

Imperfect grace

We cannot all be


Slow, Slowly

Rushing forward

Hectic pace.

This is no test

No pass and fail

We should all just let it go


Erase the pain

Come out, come out

Of your secret space

Your soul imperfect

Beautiful and whole

Strong and proud

It is you I embrace.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gonna Make you Happy

I have for you one of my all time favorite youtube videos! Whooohoo! Watch, Laugh, Enjoy:)

Happy Birthday Felicity!

Felicity had her 5th birthday on Sunday. She had her hippo cake and a lot of great presents and even better a lot of her cousins were there. She was pretty happy about it.

She is a girly girl, a princess to the core. She still loves hippos and fairies and her favorites colors are pink and purple and she idolizes her cousins Laura and Ivy. She will be starting Kindergarten in December (moving up from pre-K) and is very excited about it. She loves to dress up and be pretty, but she is also very independent and can take care of herself. Her Favorite song is I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, she loves junk food and has a dislike for anything that might even look like it is healthy for her. She is very social (goes along with the whole princess thing) and I believe she has the mythical Atwater charm vision. I love my little princess Lulu and I hope she has a wonderful year being all grown up and five:)

Friday, November 14, 2008

I wish to Post today

We had a heavy frost the other morning. I ran out as everything was melting so I didn't get any really cool (haha) shots:)
WoW I am just so out of news!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I do not know why people say "Happy" Veterans day. There is nothing happy about it, there is pride and gratitude, but there is also sadness, loss, heartache and sadly there are those who do not understand what our military men and woman do for them, they take for granted what is so generously given.
Our Military can't catch a break, They are the ones who put there families, hopes and dreams on hold for us the rest of America, they are the ones that must risk there lives for ours, they are the ones that must live for the rest of there life with the images of war inside them. Not just on Veterans day should we share our appreciation, but everyday, and not just to the soldiers themselves but by how we take care of our country and how we defend our freedoms in public and private, because those freedoms our a gift they give us by there service.

Navel Gazing at its Finest

Is a freaking funny blog (here), there was a bit of controversy because of a blog she started anonymously, that some people got way to invested in and got all upset when she confessed it was a fake story! It is very well written and cute, Its called my Super Hopeless Romance and I don't care if its not true:) if you head over don't forget you have to start at the beginning.

But that is not why I started this post! Right not she has this wicked funny YouTube star wars song video on her blog and you really must check it out:)

I have kittens. They are cute. I have a cat his name is Buddy. He doesn't like my kittens. He has security issues. He needs therapy.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Good Timing and a pot full of Chowder/Chili

Alice woke up this morning and got down the cereal and a bowl, sat herself at the table and poured out the cereal just as Joff walks in the door with a jug of milk, Alices sais "ohhhh good timing daddy!"
Ok well I thought it was pretty funny.

Last night I put down a pot of Chili on the seat of the van and put Caleb in his seat and ran back in side to grab Elli and when I came back out Caleb was on my seat sitting very happily in my pot of chili.

Really after that there isn't anything else to say.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


WOW that last post was written at 1:30 in the morning!

I so had something to tell you but I suffer from "I forget" syndrome so here is this instead.

OK this is so cheesy but sometimes jokes are so bad you laugh anyway:)

What did the turkeys sing on Thanksgiving Day?
God save the kin.

What did the turkey say to the man who tried to shoot it?
Liberty, Equality and Bad aim for all.

What happened to the Pilgrim who was shot at by an Indian?
He had an arrow escape

Then of course we have the traditional Thanksgiving song:

Over the River and Through the Woods
Over the river and thru the woods,
To grandmother's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Thru the white and drifted snow, oh!
Over the river and thru the woods,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
As over the ground we go
.Over the river and thru the woods,
To have a first-rate play;
Oh, hear the bells ring, "Ting-a-ling-ling!"
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day-ay!
Over the river and thru the wood,
Trot fast my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground,
Like a hunting hound!
For this is Thanksgiving Day.
Over the river and through the woods,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go extremely slow
It is so hard to wait!
Over the river and through the wood --
Now Grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!
Over the river and thru the woods,
To grandmother's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Thru the white and drifted snow, oh!
Over the river and thru the woods,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.
Check out Tip Junkies post "Thanksgiving Centerpiece" . For the next six days ( I think she has six left) she will be posting Thanksgiving related tips and idea's:)
Tra-la-la thats all for now:)

Thanksgiving stuff and Christmas Confessions

First I am about to admit a sin or two, so followers of the Great Turkey do not pelt me with Pumpkin Pies.
I listened to Christmas music today
Was wishing for snow
I got caught in the Christmas aisle at Walmart.
As penance I offer you these really great Thanksgiving links for all your Thanksgiving viewing pleasure. Great Turkey forgive me, it was Frosty the snowman and I was weak.

First check out these Chocolate bar place cards over at Martha Stewart Living
Danielles Place has some really fun Thanksgiving crafts for you and the kids
Sugar Doodle has some great links on her Random Ten page
Something that I see alot of people do and that we also do is the Gratitude Tree or Thanksgiving tree, We have a poster of a bare tree on our wall and everyday we add a new leaf, every one has to write something on the leaf they are grateful for.
We are also trying something new this year, we are going to be making Thankful for you Pies and giving them to people we are grateful for, I thought this would be a good idea for the kids to show there gratitude for the people who mean something to them. We will see how it works out.

All righty then, penance over with. I hope I am forgiven:)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Homemade Christmas

I am not the craftiest person around, the creative side of my brain is lazy when I am wide awake which isn't often but there is something about glue, fabric and markers that just makes me want to create:)
So I have for you today some of my favorite things around the web that you can make for Christmas.
First we have Bizzy Bee Creations I personally love her altered clipboards and Holiday Garland
I Love, Love the Garland:)

Perhaps this next one is more then you want to take on for the Holidays but I have to at some point in my life make this. But if you are the super crafty type it would make a super awesome present.

I have seen the Crayon Holders all over the web, personally I think they are uber cute and would make one for Katie but the rest of my kids probably would just dump them all out and then stomp on them, Skip To My Lou is a really great place for gift ideas and easy to understand tutorials.

If you really, really like to get creative check out this amazing Snowman over at Simple Flourishes. I was definitely wowed.

I am making these for the kids for Christmas (shhhh) the pattern is easily adaptable so I can make all there favorite animals:)

Little Birdie Secrets is one of my all time favorite blogs and i want to make Lots of these Memory boards. Again great easy to understand tutorials.

I want to make all my kids a quilt again this year, I really love the Ragged Squares quilt over at Crazy Mom Quilts and she does a awesome tutorial.

So that's my list for the day, I have more (lots and loads more) but I will save those for another time, right now my house is crying "clean me! clean me!"

Sunday, November 2, 2008

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

So Joff doesn't like the Middle one, he says it is too creepy, others have repeated that comment, it disturbs them because its a child and so on. I like it! It was exactly what I was looking for out of whole photo shoot! So Happy Halloween from your wierd and Creepy Friend, Boo Hahaha!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Candy Apples are Evil

I don't like Candy Apples, never have.
But I do love my kids, So we made Candy Apples last night. I just used the recipe off the back of the caramel bag. I Combined the caramel and water in a saucepan at medium heat and I stirred. And stirred. And stirred. And stirred. At some point my arm went numb and I threw the caramels in a bowl and nuked emm in the microwave. Then I dipped the apples, pouring the caramel around them like the stupid bag said and I got stuck, alot, I finally was satisfied that there was enough caramel around the apples to pull more then one set of teeth and put them in the fridge.
After dinner we got them out, they kids managed to get caramel all over themselves, the table and the kittens without actually eating anything. I am never making them again. Ever.

I need a new Blog template

Yes I really do.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy Halloween

Monday, October 27, 2008

I have some catching up to do

Tonight (this Evening) Chowder and I went on a walk, he got to play with leaves and sticks and laugh at the cat ( my buddy follows me everywhere) and I got pictures:) we were both pretty happy.

Check out my Flickr for the rest of the pictures, he is a cute chunky monkey that's for sure, there is also a serious possibility he will be a linebacker someday, there ain't nothing fluffy about him, he is SOLID!

Lets see, Oh, don't forget to vote! Gag! I swear I already can't stand either one of them, four years will be torture in any case.

Yea Halloween is almost here! Friday! We are having a big family dinner (spooky!) and then going to the branch Trunk or Treat, Joff will probably take the girls to Hartland for some extra candy. Joff and the boys will be Pirates and Elli and I are going to be Witches and the girls will be Cats in Capes, I am making there treat bags and the capes and so need to do that before Friday, yea right;)

Big news coming, shhhh can't tell you yet:D I am horrid at secrets sometimes!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Halloween Party

Argggg I left church without asking how to spell the Hearboths name, Argggg thats not how to spell it! OK I need to know, we went to there (very fun) Halloween party yesterday, the kids had alot of fun and Elli won 1st place in the 2-5 year costume contest, so forgive me for spelling your name wrong! I will correct it as soon as I can figure it out.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


So Susannah "tagged" me a couple of posts ago, I have been trying to ignore and avoid it. Its like chain letter that has gone terribly wrong, but since my momma taught me to never be rude and I love Susannah, We'll see how it goes, besides it says seven random and weird things, anyone who knows me will say I am a weird thing!
Without further ado:
1. I got married when I was sixteen.
2. I have never ever been to public school (this could account for some of my weirdness:)
3. Before I die I Have to do some serious cliff diving.
4. I hate minivans.
5. My journals entry's from when I was nine till I was sixteen all start "Today I did dishes".
6. I collect cows.
7. Joff and I are going to bike from Maine to California (someday when the kids are grown-up).
Now who to tag? Hmmmm. I think I will suffer the painful death option and let it die on my end (gasp! horrors!)
Seriously, if you wish to put down 7 random things about you, go ahead claim I tagged you then there is know pressure on either of us:)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Christmas Shopping (or Window Browsing if you want to be technical:)

OK so I think this has got to be the cutest Booster Seat Ever. Found over at Warm Biscuit it comes in Blue, Pink and Blue gingham and Pink Polka dots:)

Remember this! They also sell Classic Toys I haven't finished looking yet, there is so much to see:)

My girls are crazy for My Little Ponies and Littlest Petshop, I adore these Calico Critters as maybe something different? I found them over at
Wonder Brains .

Also check out Oompa Toys they have made in Europe and America toy options if you are feeling in a lets not support China mood:D

Sometimes I just want something a little more unique then the typical chain store fare and you gotta love the net for some awesome buying ideas! Happy Shopping Ya'll!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Ok so maybe this is REALLY dumb, but I am so freaking happy:) look I made a link button! True it goes right back here to my blog but so what! It works! Now I am going to see what else I can make:)

One of Those days

You know the one I'm talking about, rainy, cold and kids bouncing off the wall. I gave up when Joff came home and ran outside, rain is nothing compared to six kids in cramped quarters:)
I discovered that I adore the Maine woods for reasons other then there stunning beauty, they allow me to Hide. Thats right, when my kids stepped out onto the porch yelling out; Mooooommmmmyyyyyy! Caleb threw the cat in the toilet! Mommmmyyyyyyyyyy! Can I have the chocolate I found in your desk! (this is a ploy often used to get me to come out, but I can buy more chocolate, plus I have a secret back up supply that so far hasn't been found).
Its not the poor angels fault, who ever designed trailers was both sadistic and had no children, they purposefully built them with the worst possible layout, styrofoam walls and trampoline quality flooring. I just remind myself, soon Joff will out of school then I can build my house and all kinds of sound proof walls and secret rooms to hide in:) Imagine our hide and go seek games!

I love my sweet punky little chicklets, even when they eat my chocolate, throw the cat in the toilet and the cheerios and all my Family Circle magazines and the phone. I love them even when they take all the books out of the bookcase, setup a sale outside then forget and it rains.
I love them when they take all the clean clothes out of there drawer try them on just long enough for them to get dirty and then they thoughtfully put them back. I love my sweet little punks and wouldn't trade them for a world of chocolate (well maybe:)

Sad news

Saturday, October 11, 2008

You know your house is dirty when........

Your kids come running and say "Hey! lets play in this junky house!"

Friday, October 10, 2008


1. Don't wish for perfect health. In perfect health, there is greed and wanting. So an ancient said, " Make good medicine from the suffering of sickness."
2. Don't hope for life without problems. An easy life results in a judgmental and lazy ind. So an ancient once said, "Accept the anxieties and difficulties of this life".
3. Don't expect your practice to be clear of obstacles. Without hindrances the mind that seeks enlightenment may be burnt out. So an ancient once said, "Attain deliverance in disturbances". Zen Master Kyong Ho [ 1849-1912], in Thousand Peaks

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Recent Pics

I have quite possibly the most beautiful children in the whole world:) I haven't posted pics here much lately since I found Flickr.


How can you have peace when the world tells you there is none?
How can you have hope when everyday is a struggle to survive and the world tells you there is none anyway?
Stop listening to the world and start listening to God.
If only it were so easy, if only the world was a little quieter and if only I wasn't so flawed that I sometimes think the world is right.
The world is wrong though, deep in my heart I know it and this last conference confirmed it. Now more then ever is a time for faith, because despite the world hollering at the same noise level as a jet engine, we can find Hope and Peace if we have Faith in the Lord.

I started writing this yesterday, but it needed thinking over and really I haven't come to a conclusion, because well it doesn't have one. The moral of this post is that I am struggling to have Faith that all will be okay. I know the answer.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Greetings from the Chill and Windy North

Its a hot Cider day.
Its a warm blanket and cuddle kind of day.
Its a black and white classic movie day.
I love days like this:)

Friday, October 3, 2008


We went to Jo~Anns Fabrics. My girls bless there dear, sweet wonderful little hearts, love Jo~Anns. So much possibilty for the creative soul in that store and my girls have alot of creative soul:) My Girls want to be cats for Halloween, but all that fabric was too tempting, so they decided to be Cats in Capes, I made them swear on every Petshop they own that they wouldn't change there minds in the remaining 29 days till Halloween. Then Felicity spotted a Giant Plastic Axe and went simply mad over it, so my girls will be Cats in Capes, except for Felicity who will be a Cat in a Cape with an Axe:D
Jilly-Boo will be a little Witch and right now the boys are going to be pirates, because I haven't bought there costume materials yet they are free to change there minds.

Joff watched the Biden/Palin debates last, I refused. I have stepped away from the news:) I am quite passionate about politics, but there just isn't anyone to be passionate about anymore. They want to regulate everything, they want to put is in padded rooms and spoon feed us. Yuck.
So I have pretty much decided to NOT vote for anyone, I'll write someone in or something, maybe I'll vote third party for the fun of it.
I'll save the rest of the rant I have in my head for another day.

We are having Jilly-Boo and Chowders birthday party today. I have blown up about 25 balloons and there are more that need to be blown up, I wrapped there presents and Elli helped me make her birthday Pie (Pumpkin, because she is my Pumpkin Spice:). Her whole names is:
Princess Elli Elephant, my Shining Light, Pumpkin Spice, Punky Doodle, Snuffleufugus, Jilly-Boo.
We Call Caleb Chowder he has alot of other names too, but they are always changing, lol.
Elli has started calling Felicity (who we sometimes call Lollipop or Lulu) Lissy, which I think is rather cute:) Alice is Gorgeous and Piglet. Katie is Kitty, Kittycat, Kitten or Cat, lol. Everett is my Ever ready or Evs.
Happy Birthday Elli and Caleb.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sloppy Order

I like to think I am a fairly sloppy person. I make messes when I eat. You should just see my computer desk! I rarely make my bed. I can't draw straight lines without a ruler. I can and do leave dishes in the sink all day. I make little piles of stuff all over and where ever I happen to be at the time. But one thing I cannot stand is when stuff doesn't line up right. Walk in to a room and someone has a couch halfway across there window and all I want to do is fix it, move the couch or the window, something. You can hang a picture/clock/shelf straight, get a level. Or just let me do it. It will make me happy. One more, I love it when I see a bookshelf were the books are lined up according to size, it looks so nice! Oh and just for the record my little piles all over the place (mine, not Joffs or the kids) are very neat and organized:)
Happy First of October.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Blog Stalker+October

OK maybe nothing that serious, but still, one of my favorite things to do in the WHOLE WIDE world is to blog surf, I heart TipJunkie, I usually start there then get stuck:) I love to read about what everyone is up to (if only certain members of the family would write more!) I am just this evening a convert to the Meanest Mom blog, she is wicked funny! The only problem with all this catching up on whats going on at my favorite blogs is that it can takes hours no, wait, it can take days! LoL.

So I have to write today, its the last day of September (Cindy its Tuesday:) and the last day of the month always makes me sad and happy all at the same time, sad that another month has gone, my kidlets are all another month older (I"M another month older!) life is flying past and I still haven't finished sanding my bookshelf's (I have been talking about sanding those bookshelves for months). The last day of the month makes me happy because I can't help but feel excited about all the things that might happen next month, tomorrow I will wake up and it will be October, how awesome is that, I can finally hang up my bats and get out all those scary fuzzy spiders for the corners of my house, I love putting up fuzzy spiders. It also means putting those window clings (that don't cling without gorilla glue and duct tape) on the windows. The first day of October means baking something involving pumpkin and googling new ways to scare my kids, it means the cozy glow of a wood-stove early in the morning and trying to convince to my girls to be something mean instead of something sweet for Halloween. October means Chocolate!
October definitely means leaf collecting, pumpkin carving, warm sweaters and knit hats and cold feet when everyone piles into one bed on a Saturday morning (who am I kidding! That's happens most mornings!)
I love October

Friday, September 26, 2008

I LOVE the Fall!

I kicked myself out the door today. Felicity was my semi-willing victim er subject.
Joff was so sweet and cleaned my kitchen for me today:) you would understand how awesome that was if you have seen my kitchen recently! My least favorite thing to clean is dishes!
Happy Birthday to Caleb! We are officially celebrating his birthday on the 5th of October with Elli, I love saying I have two 1 years in the house now:) Sweet, wonderful terrors that they are!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Went to TOFW Friday and Saturday. It was fun and I will write more about that later:)

Caleb will be 1 tomorrow!

There was frost on the ground this morning!

Editing sessions today.

Arggggg taking pictures is awesome, but when it involves six children that are YOURS, its near impossible, Add in that they are 1(tomorrow) almost 2, 3,4,6,7 and you are in for some trouble:)
Needless to say, people who think that photographers have all those awesome pictures of there kids are sooooo wrong:D Other children are incredibly easy in comparison! Oh ya, it was also breezy and cold that evening too.
So there you go, here are a couple I have edited, more to go through, hopefully I come across something amazing!

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Laying here, sipping on thermaflu. Browsing houses on Yuck.
Joff is bundling up the babies, they are going out to stack wood.
I need to crawl out of bed and go sort laundry.
Watched the 2nd episode of Fringe last night. Freaky.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008


So does two posts in one day mean I have no life?
Felicity is doing sooooo good in Gymnastics, you should just see her on the beam, she is doing fantastic!
I hate doing dishes. Did you know that if you read my journal from the time I was 11 till I was about 16 all of my entries start with "I did dishes today....." no kidding!
Jilly-Boo is adorable, aren't two year olds (ok almost two) the cutest?
Papa is Celebrating his 80th this year, I am very excited and really would like to get down there for his birthday, so if anyone wants to send donations my way for that trip............I do paypal:)
My Papa has Parkinsons, I feel like a total loser when I compare myself to him, he is amazing, he just goes and goes and keeps busy and does so much more in a day then I can ever do. He has accomplished so much I don't even know were to begin, I just hope that I can take everything he has taught me and do justice to it! I love my Papa.


Odd Ramblings

I ENJOY brushing my teeth, yep that's right. It makes me happy to have clean sparkly teeth.
Why? For a couple of reasons.
I hate going to the dentist. With a passion. I am fairly sure that my list of fears goes something like:
Dentistry is inhumane and sadistic.

I also like to brush my teeth for a more happy reason, Chocolate. I don't feel quite as bad about eating it when I am know that a toothbrush is standing by, ready to brush away the evidence.

I also have this weird fascination with toothbrushes and toothpaste. I like to "try out" different brushes, make notes ect.

I can get excited about toothbrushes, they are usually on my list to Santa and the combination of a box of chocolates and a new toothbrush is to die for:)


Monday, September 15, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Its Sunday:)

Bet you didn't know that did you?
Well today had been a mishy mashy day, I have been feeling sick and headachy and stayed home from church with Caleb.
My Genuis Husband has finished his first animation (for a class at school) I am going to see if I can get him to Youtube it so I can share it with you all, I personally think it is quite clever:)
Ok going to post some funny youtube videos for you.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

First day of Grandma School

Evs and Milton are going to Grandma school this year. Elli walked with her brother down to Grandma's house, she was so excited that she brought her favorite book and backpack:)

Evs was so proud of himself when he got home, he already loves Grandma school as much as Felicity did.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

They call me Chowder

Do you notice the trend? My kids refuse to smile for me, of course I don't ask them to, but still when they are in the middle of a belly laugh and someone (me) points a camera at them how in the heck do they always manage a straight and serious face?

Color me Vintage

Ella covered in honey and dirt, but still absolutly adorable:)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

And then there were three...................

Happy first day of school Felicity!