Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Our Family

A portrait by Madison.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Christmas Dance Costumes 2009!

Madison AND Reagan are both in dance this year! I was asked to make dresses for Madison's Christmas dance. The song is about a doll who is in the repair shop, hoping she makes it home for Christmas. :)

The dance teacher surprised me when she said she wanted a Christmas dance costume in PINK!!! Yet, it still needed to be "Christmas-y". I found some great fabric for an overlay over the pink, and some DARLING beaded ribbon to add as an accessory!



With Hair Bows

Different view


9 little dresses hanging in a row

Pardon the food storage in the background. My sewing room shares an unfinished wall with the storage room, so for right now, this is as good of a shot I can get. :)

Monday, November 02, 2009

Growing Up but hopefully not growing apart...

Ive been struggling recently with Taylor and Jordan's relationship. They've always been so good to each other. I mean... they have their moments... they are brothers after all. But recently, Taylor has been "seeking his independence" from his younger brother. And it hurts.

Of course it's mostly the complaint that Jordan "hangs around" Taylor too much. But Taylor is such a great kid and Jordan just wants to follow. I don't want to force them to have a perfect relationship, but I can't seem to not involve myself either.

It's hard to watch them grow up, hoping they don't grow apart.

Meanwhile, I love these kiddos more than anything! Even when they're at odds with each other, how can you help but not love them to pieces?

Taylor 10, Jordan *almost 8*, Reagan 3, and Madison 5

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Too Much Canning.

You know you're canning too much when the 3 year old starts imitating you by canning things for play.

Reagan's Birthday

The "baby" is Three. And it kills me just a little.

Unfortunately, her birthday falls right in the middle of crazy canning season. My big plans for her third birthday fell short and it's one I'm glad she won't really remember.

I made her cake in about 30 minutes. I think it turned out awful. She wanted a "sleeping beauty" cake, and I should have taken the time I did with Madison's to make it look decent.

The morning of her birthday she woke up and told me that she didn't want to be three yet she wanted to stay two. She said that she wanted her party "next week". Should have listened!

By the time party time rolled around, she was fine with being three. She rushed through all of her gifts, not thanking anyone for anything. She love everything though. The day after she played and played with all her new "loot".

Happy Birthday my little Reagan! Thanks for putting up with our crazy family! And thanks for adding a little "attitude" to our family dynamic!!! :)

Friday, October 09, 2009


Reagan turned THREE on Monday and I still haven't pulled my act together to blog about it.

Seriously... sign me up for "parent of the year". I mean... if Obama can win the Peace Prize, be a lame parent to my kids should put me in the running still for parent of the year... right?

Back later to post photos of the little twerp. (Reagan that is...) :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Madison's First Day of Kindergarten!

I thought I posted this earlier!!!

Madison's First day of Kindergarten was August 31, 2009. She's loving it!!!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Back to School 2009

The boys started school on Monday, August 24th. It's a strange feeling having a 5th grader and a 2nd grader. On top of that, Madison will start school on Monday, August 31st. Having just Reagan at home will be interesting for sure.

We started this year by having a "Back to School Dinner". Sunday night we set the table with all of our fine china, then proceeded to eat bbq ribs, corn on the cob, dutch oven potatoes and homemade rolls.

Our family "theme" for the year is "BE PREPARED". This is mainly because last year I felt so unorganized and UN-prepared. That was probably due to the fact that Brian was in school as well - we just never really got into the swing of things.

We ate dinner and read the Scripture found in D&C 109:8: "Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God." I found this fitting for our family and a perfect guideline for those of any faith.

In order to be more organized and "prepared", Brian helped me make a magnet board for each of the kids. This way, they have a specific place for their homework pages, notes home, etc... instead of being lost on the kitchen table or on the floor of their rooms.

The kids had a great time making their magnets for their boards, and hopefully it will really help in keeping everything together this year.

We also put new hangers up for backpacks/jackets at the back door. Hopefully this reduces the clutter in the main coat closet... it was difficult last year to find what was needed to quick run out the door with everybody's stuff piled in there.

Taylor is excited to start 5th grade. He wore the LOBSTER shirt that he paid for. His teacher is Mrs. Daynes.

Jordan is in 2nd grade and excited to be in Mrs. Rubie's class.

Haven't they both grown up so much???

After a quick breakfast in the morning (they wanted CEREAL... what kid just wants cereal when their mom is willing to make pancakes, eggs, waffles, WHATEVER in the morning? My kids, that's who...) we were off to the bus stop.

And our Cat, (who thinks he's a dog) followed.

Everyone at the bus stop will know Nigel. Silly kitty.

Neighborhood kids ready for the first day!

The three 5th graders: Taylor, Hannah and Spencer. (Waiting for a friend to send me photos of the three 2nd graders: Jordan, Sam and Christian.)

The bus came and they were off. The girls and I walked back up to the bus for the return trip home and there was a lot of excitement. Madison and Reagan missed the boys all day long!

We're excited for the school year!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Camping in the Backyard

This weekend, we were planning on attending our Ward Camp-Out. The kids were excited! Plans totally fell through as we ended up taking Brian back to the eye doctor on Friday morning. We felt it was best to stay behind. So in order to compromise with the kids, we set up the tent in the backyard!

Of course, we needed to eat... so out came the dutch oven!

And plenty of drinks we don't normally have.

Camping out just wouldn't be the same without S'mores....

Our little "campfire"

Had to put this photo up because the girls look PLASTERED. See what happens when you even give them Root-BEER????

At about 10:45 PM, we ended up back in the house. The kids would just NOT SETTLE DOWN. It's one thing to chat and not sleep when you're actually camping, but when your tent is set up next to the neighbors fence, you end up having to play by the rules.

We are totally going to do more back yard camp outs in the future... The kids loved it!