Sunday, August 29, 2010

We will never forget!!

There are no words to commemorate this day...I will leave everyone with this video and just say THANK YOU GOD! Family is all that matters, remember to always appreciate and cherish those you love, things are just that...things!
Peace be with all of you....

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Walmart Wellies!!!

So my girls love rainboots!! They have so much fun tromping around the yard in the rain. The bigger the puddles the better. Unfortunately, Sweetpea's boots had become too small and of course she was very upset that her sister was able to splish splash, but she wasn't. So she conned her Grandmother into taking her to Walmart and buying her a pair of $12 wellies. They were pretty cute by Walmart standards, and I have to say, whoever (or is it whomever) is doing the buying these days at Wally World is really outdoing themselves. I have found some cutie patootie things over the summer. Anyway, she purchased the red ones with pink trim. Cute right???

They are just precious the way they are, but who doesn't love making precious even better??? Enter....CRICUT!!!!! (This is where everyone should be applauding wildly!) I dragged out my best crafting buddy, opened up the SCAL (Sure Cuts Alot) software, unrolled the pink vinyl(which looks white in the pics, but trust me, it's bubble gum pink) and bibbidy, bobbidy, boo ......

I think they turned out Plum Precious, which we all know is much better than just Precious!!! She loves them!!! So, everyone run out to Walmart, and grab your pair of $12 Wellies and get know you want to!!!


Monday, August 9, 2010

Peanut Shells and Princesses!!

Look what I did today!!!! I have some anxiety about Sweet Pea going back to school. It's just me and Butterbean now, and it's very strange to have only one around the, we decided we would be creative today, well, I should say "I thought we would be creative today"; she thought, "wouldn't it be great to destroy my room and throw peanut shells all over the floor".
Anywho, my birthday is coming up and we've decided to spend it at the Happiest Place on know it...DISNEYWORLD!!!! I, of course, can hardly stand the wait, just the thought of spending the big 4-0 with my favorite characters makes me giddy. Not to mention, I love seeing my kids' faces when they see their favorites, I usually cry!! So, I normally make them a few outfits or something to wear while we are there...I love to have cute pics with coordinating's a sickness. But I've decided I'm going no nonsense this time..shorts and tees will be their wardrobe for the Parks. I will be posting pics of the tshirts soon, but I'm having issues finding plain white tshirts that won't kill my pocketbook...I really didn't want to go with a boys undershirt, as they are usually too thin, but they may be what I have to do to keep it affordable. But I've been searching Etsy(also a sickness) and have found the most adorable barrettes ever!!! They have probably been around awhile, as there were quite a few sellers with different variations, but I'd never seen them before and being the copycat that I am, I just had to make them for the girls. Off to Walmart we went and it didn't take but an 1 1/2 to finish all four...can you tell who they are???

I think they turned out pretty good for my first try and both the girls loved them. Butterbean especially loved them. She wore them while she cleaned up the thousand peanut shells she dumped all over the floor!!! I swear I heard her singing "Cinderelly, Cinderelly Night and day it's Cinderelly, make the fire, fix the breakfast, wash the dishes, do the mopping, and the sweeping and the dusting, they always keep her hopping."

Monday, August 2, 2010

All of us learn to write in the second grade...

"All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things"....this quote from Bobby Knight cracks me up, but it has me thinking about my own baby who is starting second grade this year. I have one more week of summer vacation before school gets back in session and Sweet Pea will be starting her first day of Second Grade. I look back at the years and how fast they seemed to go by and for some reason this year is worse for me than Kindergarten or first grade. Maybe because it is no longer new to her. She has already had a few years of reading, writing and arithmetic; the homework and daily monotony is no longer fresh and exciting to her; she's been there, done that. I pray that she never becomes jaded and that she never loses her enthusiasm for learning. I hope she can make friends who share her interests and I hope her teachers are a positive influence in her daily life. She's so enthusiastic about school and she loves to learn new things, she's a sponge and is a genuinely compassionate, caring and reflective child. I will hold onto this time and remember it fondly when the inevitable happens...when she will begin to complain and gripe about the fact she has to go to school, when the wonder years begin to makes me sad to think of her becoming a pessimistic, brooding pre-teen...ugh!!!
I vividly remember second grade...I remember being a blond, freckled face girl who was timid and scared of just about everything. My teacher, Mrs. Jones, was very stern and instilled in us that school was our was the most important thing, as a 7 year old, that we had to do...I remember being very anxious if I didn't do my homework or if I couldn't finish a paper...I remember still wanting to play at home and not being able to have that same feeling of freedom at school. But, I still remember my friends, teachers and Principal at my beloved little Catholic school. I think it is the very first year that I can actually recall with clarity....
My hope for Sweet Pea is that this year be her best...I want this year to start her love of school, friends and learning. I want this year to be the year that sets the precedent for the remainder of her education. I wish for her everything this world has to offer and more.
For all you mothers who have children heading off to school in the next few weeks, I wish you and your children all the joy that comes along with learning new and exciting things. My heart breaks at the thought of my baby growing up, but I marvel at the person she is becoming and I hope that the dream I have for her in the future is surpassed by the one she dreams for herself....and I have faith that she, in the words of Bobby Knight, "will go on to better things"....