Thursday, September 27, 2012


Pictured below is the completed Book Report Project my daughter finished last night. 
Yes it is darling.  Yes it deserves an A.  Yes it took ALL I had not to become UNGLUED over it! 
 Thankfully I reading an awesome book by Lysa Terkeurst called Unglued ~ Making wise choices in the midst of Raw Emotions.    I am part of an Online Bible Study (Hi - if your visiting!!) which is helping to give me constant reminders not to LOSE IT.
Don't lose it if your child waits 28 days to complete a project at the last minute running around looking for a marker at 8:30pm. 
Don't lose if it makes you late the next morning and you are heading off to school with said project WITHOUT your shoes even on!!

But it is allright because as Lysa so gracefully points out in her book "God gave me emotions so I could experience life, not destroy it."

So instead of becoming unglued this morning I choose to smile (I choose "imperfect progress") and I reminded myself that next month has another 30 days in it.  In October we can get it right!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall is Forced!

Around here it is still mighty HOT outside.  Unless you are one of those crazy Arizonans who love it when the temp is 102 degrees.  The girls rushed in Friday and begged Justin to get the Halloween Box down.  (I might have begged a little too...)  We are forcing Fall around here! I would give anything to be able to throw all the windows open and put on a pot of chili - SOON...soon!
My favorite part of our decorating so far is the top of my black hutch.  Here is what I did:
  •  Embellished my burlap wreath with a little pendant -  perfect touch. 
  • Wrapped some scrapbook paper around my candle - (taped on the back!)
  • Printed the word Boo on Orange Card stock and put in black frame.
  • Dollar store pumpkin was a hideous orange so I painted over it with glitter and made the stem black. 
  • The owls were a special find this year in Heber, AZ at an antique store.

 It makes me happy!

It wouldn't be Fall without Soccer!!  Audrey had her first game (they won 2-1!!)  Here face was red for about 3 hours after. Thank you to the lifesaver who brought the E-Z UP. 

Although it is not summer, and Lemonade Stands scream Summer, I let the girls have a stand on Sunday.  Pink Lemonade and Snickerdoodles were on the menu.  ( I was dying to make this recipe from Junk in the Trunk anyways - so YUMMY!)
The girls had to make a list of all the ingredients and we went shopping.  Supplies were fronted from Mom who had to be reimbursed. I was so impressed by my little entreprenurs. They managed to keep the stand open for 3 hours and they made $27 (after paying me back, of course!)
Confession:  It took all I had not to take over!!  At one point they even had to say to me "we got this Mom!".  Guess they did - so humbled!
On the Menu this week: Chicken Noodle Soup
Fall People - we are Forcing Fall!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

35 Now....

 I am 35 now. Raising these two angels.  My life is full because of them.



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Labor Day Success

We have always had good Labor Day Weekends.  This time was no exception.  We booked a Staycation at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge and the best part was my family was there too!

Carissa was extremely relaxed because the day before she had lost the tooth that was driving her nuts and was anxiously waiting for a visit from the Tooth Fairy in our Hotel Room.

The girls are so beautiful.  

They probably get it from their crazy Grandma. 
I think the boys had a good time too.  The water was good and the company was best!!
Where to next year?