Monday, February 28, 2011

Valentine's Day

I love Valentine's Day. Every year, Ben sends me flowers. I love hearing the doorbell ring and knowing that it's a box of flowers!!! This year, my box of flowers also had a box of chocolates, lavender bath goodies, and a teddy bear. Two weeks later, my flowers still look like this:
Thanks for always being my Valentine, Ben. I love you more than I can say. xoxo

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Snow Day!

I love waking up to snow. It's so pretty! My kids were thrilled. School was canceled so they threw coats and boots over their pajamas and ran outside.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Calvin and Hobbes

I love Calvin and Hobbes. We have books and books of this comic strip and a lot of them are so funny that I actually laugh out loud. I can't read them before I fall asleep or I just lie in bed and laugh. My favorite strip is this one:

And thanks to my amazing brother-in-law, Zach, it's now hanging on my wall. Yes, he drew this. I know, he's the best. Ever. This will probably be the first thing you see when you walk in my house. I know. I'm a lucky woman. Thanks, Zach.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This will be me very soon

Ben and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary in Hawaii this year. Time to start dieting again!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2 of my favorites

I usually forget to take pictures of my favorite flowers before I sell them, but these are some that I made recently. The denim ones are separate, I wore just one of them, but I found the other on the floor and stuck it in my hair too.

Do you ever...

Do you ever feel like sitting in a recliner wearing an old t-shirt and your favorite sweater and eating chicken salad straight out of the bowl? Yeah.... me too. It's that kind of day.


If you remember, Tyler cut his hair last week at school. Why did he have his scissors out during handwriting practice? I don't know. We let him walk around for a few days with weird hair, but I just couldn't handle it anymore. So, Ben put him in the shower and buzzed it. I think he looks much better now. His head is a little cold, but that's what hats are for.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Little Paint Goes a Long Way

It's amazing what a little craft paint and a 28 inch stencil can do for a bathroom wall. My arm is killing me!

Out With the Old, In With the New

We have replaced our washer and dryer, stove/oven, refrigerator, water heater, bought a dog (and all the things that go along with it), redecorated the kids' bedrooms, and got new carpet. All of this in just the last year or two. Seriously, when it rains, it pours. Speaking of water damage, our hardwood floor is warped -- right in front of the dishwasher. Uh oh. This can't be good. Ben pulled out the dishwasher and found that we have a slow leak under it. Sigh. This is very bad timing. So, he pulled it out and we took it out to the garage. We put a few fans on the wet spot and hoped for the best. Will it ever dry? Who knows. I was so sad! Our dishwasher was old, but it worked really well! I didn't appreciate it nearly as much as I should have though. Now that I am without a dishwasher, I realize just how wonderful it was. We didn't have a dishwasher when we were in college, but we didn't have children either. Ben picked out a new one and brought it home. It's so pretty! It's so shiny, you can see me taking it's picture:
Ben worked so hard getting it installed and it's leaking! Seriously!? What the heck!? Not cool. So, now I have a pretty, new dishwasher in my kitchen, begging to be loaded up with my dirty dishes. Instead, it will sit there -- empty -- until Monday when the repair guy will come and try to fix it. Until then, we will be using paper plates and everyone will be limited to one cup during the day. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fighting a losing battle

Tori hates having her hair done. She doesn't want me to wash it or brush it let alone actually style it. I hate fighting with her about it, so I took her to Ellen's Hair Country in Camas and she transformed her from this:
Into this...
Isn't she adorable?!?! I love it. Seriously, I think she's so flippin' cute, I can hardly stand it. Of course, during the actual haircutting process she mostly looked like this:

She kept pushing Ellen away and moving around, so I gave her some perm rods to play with:
By the end, she was ready to be done. When she finally looked in the mirror and saw how pretty she looked, she didn't want me to ever stop taking her picture. She posed with the bear, on the bench, and everywhere in between. I won't bore you with all the pictures, but I have to include my 2 favorites:
Now that her hair is short, it takes 5 seconds to brush it and Tori doesn't even mind. She can shake her head all around and nothing gets in her eyes or sticks to the snot that is constantly dripping out of her nose. Best haircut ever! Thanks, Ellen. What would I do without you.

It happens to everyone... right?

Tyler cut his own hair during handwriting practice at school yesterday. Why did he have his scissors out during handwriting practice? I don't know. But now his hair looks weird. I can barely look at him without thinking, "wow, your hair looks weird." Good thing he's such a cutie!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


My three children are hard on their clothes. What doesn’t get stained/ripped/colored on/given to the puppy for a chew toy is too small before I turn around twice. They grow up so fast! Some of these clothes can be donated to charity or given to friends or relatives, but a good portion of their clothes are not worth it. Instead of wasting all that scrap fabric, I decided to “reincarnate” their clothes and start making hair accessories for my girls--and myself! They already have more than they could possibly wear so I thought I would share them with YOU. The money I make from these super cute hair accessories will go straight to their savings account. Will I sell enough to pay for college? Probably not, but every little bit helps!
If you see something you like and want another just like it or in a different color / size, please call me at (521-2838) or email

I'm selling these at Ellen's Hair Country in Camas. She's the greatest! Seriously, she is the only person I trust to cut my hair. I'm going to take new inventory each week. Here's what I have over there right now.