Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tis the Season ...

. . . for King Cake, that is. If you are at my house at any given day during the Mardi Gras season you will be eating King Cake morning, noon, and night every single day.  

With the baby and all things purple, green, and gold. Everything from fleur de lis', beads, masks, and parades and balls. 

It's a good thing the season doesn't last long.  


Monday, February 9, 2015

A little entertainment for you

A day of fun with valentines, Cupids, and hearts everywhere started February off with a bang at a local fun pageant.  

This 2 year old was full of spunk and was cuter than ever on stage in her Valentine wear. 

She did everything on her own and even more that took us by surprise . No coaxing this day.  

She was the best in her group. 

Waves, kisses, and judges eye contact was perfect. 

She kept us entertained.

She was sooooo good. She was crowned 2 year Division Queen.  And was the 3 highest score in 0-6 years old. Just missing the top 2 supreme titles. 

The outfit I made fit her sassy-ness perfectly.  It makes me want to sew and sew and sew. 

And baby sister held her own.  She didn't place Queen. She didn't smile enough. But her outfit got high judge ratings and remarks.  

So, I'll be sewing up a storm with all the visions I have in my brain for pageants, pageants, pageants.  


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hello Kitty and Projects # 2, 3, & 4

Hello to the multi-million Kitty fictional character. I found some oh so cute Hello Kitty fabric in etsy. 

It's one of a kind. One in pink. One in red. A very small portion of each with hearts and a Valentine in an envelope held by Hello Kitty. It's probably the last of its existence in the universe and it's in my stash. But not for long, because here's my Project #2 for the year.  

Did I mention I love, love, love the price! 

I put together 4 different fabrics to make ruffles and bows for a Valentine pageant. 
There are velveteen, sheer glitter hearts print, the little kitty sheer, and marabou trim.

I'm picky, picky about matchy, matchy. So I also found these oh so cute heart Helllo Kitty tights. Perfect match.  

I'm looking for best fashion winner and winning Queen in the baby group . 

Then, hello! There's this for the runway for valentines. 

The cute fancy top is my favorite. Can be worn with or without the jacket. 

Betting on a win, too, in the sassy 2 year old division. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Coldest Night of the Winter

On this coldest night of this winter I spot a little deer in the road.  He/she does not dart across the road as the car comes near like all deer do and you slam on your brakes cause you know you are both going to run into each other.  Or when there are several darting across the road in a line formation, one right behind the other, and you luckily barely missed colliding.

This was a little lone deer who was stopped looking around probably for his/her mama who had probably already darted across ahead of her little one. I stopped to watch and make sure he/she got safely across before another vehicle came upon him/her. 

As I inched along he/she walked parallel to the road until I tooted my horn in sequence. That did the trick and he quickly darted across and jumped into the forest. 

I just hope his/her mama waited for her little one to find her. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Little Projects (#1)

Yes, there will be weekly projects in 2015. If you recall I posted 26 projects in 2014.

My first project of the year was with these little helpers.  I was babysitting all day with them and added a little project time in our day.  

Take 3 little ones, times 1 project, plus happy little fingers that were uncontrollable, equals a special little keepsake handprint.  

I found the kits on the after Christmas clearance shelf at 90% off. It's an actual form of polymer clay that you turn into a handprint.  

1) Knead the polymer clay, form into a ball and roll out on aluminum foil.  It actually included a little rolling pin in each kit.

2) A circular plastic ring was included to form the clay nice and round. 

3) After ump-teen times of making handprints in the clay, we finally settled for almost perfect prints.  

4) A small perfect hole made in the center top to put a ribbon for hanging. 

5) And my addition of glitter glue to paint each hand print came out so pretty.

6) 48 hours to cure and harden.

No pictures taken during the process because it was 3 against 1. Me being the 1. Needless to say I didn't have enough hands to take pictures. 

I sent their projects home with each one.
And many years from now I can tell them the story of this project. 

On a side note, I still have my very own similar handprint from when I was a little one.  


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

I love everyday of the year. Everyday is a day in itself - whether good or bad. And today is no different. 

Tonight is 
1⃣ A reflection of the past and a celebration of a new year. 

2⃣ The year is ending and there's another chance to do things right.

3⃣ Now get yourself geared up and make 2015 your year!

Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

You're Not Alone

Christmas was not about the perfect presents. I didn't have the perfectly decorated house. And I do not have the perfect family. We are quiet dysfunctional in our own special way.

I came across a blog and it put me on my knees. I have to share it with you. Please take time to read it.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Day 2014

The start of our home Christmas time is always with the reading of "The Newborn King" after the Christmas meal and telling Jesus Happy Birthday. 

I admit, I am a little upset and jealous that they let another family member read the traditional story. All still and snuggle with her. Giving her their undivided attention. Except the baby noticing the camera person. 

Because when I tried in the beginning to have that special traditional story moment, I didn't get any snuggle quiet sweet moments for very long. 

Then the gifts started going around and things got fast and busy. 

Every corner of the room was filled with busyness.

The big kids and the little kids. 

All around. 

Some staying out of the way as not to get knee deep in wrappings and toys.

And the host and his girlfriend hostess who graciously took his turn to have everyone over for this years Christmas.

Of course there were obligatory posed pictures.

In groups of three.

Inside and outside. 

The baby three taken 300 times. 

The baby sisters two.

All the men. 

Her first Christmas.

A few other shots.

One of the adult gifts for the host. Fits him perfectly. 

My once a year group photo that I beg for. 

It would only take a second or two if even the adults would coroporate. 

And me.

And me at the end of the day. All is well.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

100 Happy Days Makes it to #50

#40 - #44... Love me some happy smiles

#45 - #49 .....  A walk thru the Christmas lights with the family. At the end was a place for pictures.  You would think I was the "Santa you have to take a picture with" because there was a lot of kicking and screaming going on. 

My 100 Happy Days Challenge only made it to #50 Happy Days. 

Though I didn't meet my challenge, there is a little glimpse of happiness in everyday. We just have to look for it. And take that picture!!! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Stuff

There's nothing sweeter than having  some impromptu Christmas events to share together like Christmas qtrees, snowmen, reindeer, and Christmas lights.

My last babysitting date awas trying to get "perfected" pictures 'round the Christmas tree.

I tried and tried for just one face front picture . It didn't happen.  

Little sisters don't cooperate either.  People say I'm asking for too much.

The Toyland Christmas pageant was a huge success. All contestants bringing new toys and food to share with those less fortunate and having fun at a Christmas pageant. 

Queen in the 0/11 months, most beautiful, best personality, and fashion winner went to Brynlee.

I saw this coming.  And my fashion winning reindeer outfit makes me feel goooood.

And the little princess Snowlady did fantastic. But it's hard being 26 months old and competing with 34 month olds is difficult. But getting 1st alternate in the 2-3 year division was an accomplishment.  

The most sparkly snowman ever. 

Ten days till Christmas.