Friday, April 18, 2014


I was trying so hard to get back on schedule with blogging more regularly.  This week life got in the way of that. Even the best laid plans are interrupted and priorities take precedent.  

Because my brain is still whirling a bit from the random happenings of this past week, I'll just fill this post with some random photos. 

 I totally stole this idea from Kelle Hampton of Enjoying the Small Things.  She posted a few pictures of her daughter with chalk art on her Instagram ETST

“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.”

-Ursula K. Leguin

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Little Miss turns 7 party recap...

Let me apologize now for the photo heavy post, but sometimes things are best "said" through pictures.  

As most of you know, our Little Miss turned 7 recently.  Seven sounds so old doesn't it?  Generally my kids have a theme all picked out months before their birthdays.  Little Miss, however, was uncertain this year, so I suggested a paper doll theme, and she actually loved the idea...usually I can't sell her my thoughts so easily. I'm pretty sure I have as much fun planning the parties as they have celebrating.  I know that this isn't the case for everyone.  But for those of you who like planning and DIY projects, here's some of what we did. 

For the invitations, I used some paper doll postcards found on Etsy...
image taken from Etsy:  Charm Tape

...and attached this printed side to the back.

I ordered several other paper doll things from Etsy.  You can find the links hereherehere.

Instead of putting the goody bags together, I let the kids pick out their own swag. There were pinwheels, paper straws, bookmarks, bubbles, stickers, fruit snacks and these cute dress-up characters from the Dollar Tree.

I also bought the pink and blue bags at the Dollar Tree (2/$1.00).  I cut out fabric hearts and ironed them on and then printed out thank you cards and attached them with bakers twine (see above photo).

 I decorated the table with vintage hankies, flowers and milk glass favorites!

 (this was before I ironed the tablecloth ;/)
 My mom came over the night before the party to help me make the four layer cake Little Miss was looking forward to.  The cake did not really come out as I pictured it in my head.  The layers kept drooping and sliding, so I wrapped it in a piece of scrapbook paper to take care of the worked, thank goodness!
 By the way, the cake stand is actually glass candle holders from the Dollar Tree, spray painted white.  You can find a DIY here.

 Little Miss enjoyed opening some gifts from her birthmother before the party began.  
 She was especially thrilled to get a Creeper.
 Everyone needs a light up green and red bow to complete the party

For food, we had a Mexican Menu and it was delish.  Unfortunately, I have no pictures of that because I was too busy stuffing my face.

And, that's a wrap on this year's celebration of our Little Miss' day of birth.
"On the eve of your birth, word of your coming passed from animal to animal. The reindeer told the arctic terns, who told the humpback whales, who told the Pacific salmon, who told the monarch butterflies, who told the green turtles, who told the European eel, who told the busy garden warblers, and the marvelous news migrated worldwide."
-On The Day You Were Born

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Let it go...

Chances are by now, you've heard the song by Idina Menzel from the movie Frozen.  And, if you're the parent of a little one, you probably have the words memorized and catch yourself singing it because you hear it played ALL THE TIME.  Little Miss was having her own concert in the yard yesterday.  I was able to snap a few (blurry) pictures before she objected.

 Let it go, let it go
Can't hold it back anymore

Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door

I don't care what they're going to say
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway.

And here is a video of Little Miss' interpretive dance to the same song.  Forgive the wonky video happening at the middle of the recording, if you even make it to there (it's kind of long...)  Maybe you could skip over that part and go right to the end.  I personally like the end best.  I had something on the stove and did a terrible job multi-tasking.
Also, I'm not sure where some of her moves came from, but I think they may be rated PG. 

"Standing frozen in the life I've chosen
You won't find me, the past is so behind meBuried in the snow"

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Third Adoption...

But, this time it's a non-human, a four legged friend.  His name is Sparkee.  He is about a year old and really is the sweetest dog.  We adopted him through Last Hope K-9 Rescue.  The process was great and I would recommend them to anyone looking to adopt a dog.  We had to be specific with the breed because E and I both have allergies to fur.  Sparkee is part Schnauzer, and considered to be a hypoallergenic dog.
We drove to meet him and bring him home this past Sunday.  Both Little Miss and E love him, but E is especially fond of his new pal. He has been getting up in the morning, walking and feeding him before school.  I'm hoping the novelty doesn't wear off too soon.
Sparkee is spunky, playful and cuddly, much like a certain 10 year old in this house.

Welcome to the family Sparkee.  

 "If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater. . . suggest that he wear a tail."
Fran Lebowitz

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Little Miss turns 7...

Here we go.  Time for a birthday post, aka time for me to shed some tears.  The tiny baby that we met exactly seven years ago today is growing leaps and bounds right before our very eyes.  This most recent picture of her gives me a glimpse of her during her teenage years...
Yesterday was Little Miss' actual birthday, but I'm going to try not to beat myself up over the fact that I'm a day late. It seems fitting anyway since we first laid eyes on our little beauty on April 1st. I randomly selected some pictures of her from years past to honor her on her special day. 

 We love you Little Miss and feel blessed to call you ours.  Your spunk and joy for life are contagious and it's hard to keep from smiling in your presence.   
Our wish for you is to continue to feel embraced by love and spread joy to all those you meet.  We love you bunches.

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."