Friday, April 27, 2012


I seriously can't believe how fast my days are going lately!
About every other day I think, I need to write that down or blog that and
then BAM it's the next week already!
How is this happening?
Here is my week in Instagram photos.

Alaina turned 8 last week. Again with the whole time thing. Where is it going?
We celebrated with having some girls over and we made beaded bracelets or necklaces.
It was fun!

Here is the birthday girl... she didn't want to participate in the next activity.
She just wanted to boss everyone around. oi vey!

Here is the other activity we did... Marshmallow towers.
They were fun. I got the idea from my friend Crystal.

We found these in our grill... I guess we won't be grilling anything for awhile!
Can't wait until they hatch!

Here is my little guy playing with little people!
He was so content playing by himself! He was quiet for over an hour!

Addie wanted to dress like me :) I love it!

I decided to try crocheting. After I saw the most beautiful hexagon blanket...
I just had to start one! Here is the pattern.
I had a sweet friend come over and help me get started.

This is my first ever hexagon completed... She was a rad teacher! Very patient with me!

Here I am on my way to THE doctor's appointment/ultrasound! Boy or girl?!

We were so thankful for a great report of a healthy baby! It is so amazing to see your
baby on that monitor!
This coming September it's gonna be another girl! :)

Here is me being brave and trying the hexagon all by myself.
This small circle took me 2 whole hours... my hands were killing me after that!

I do a lot of waiting for kids...
I decided to treat myself with a Starbucks and practice my crocheting skills!

Do you like Wendy's frosty's? I do, but never buy them.
Here is a little trick my mom taught me a long time ago.
Use your vanilla ice cream and sprinkle Hershey's baking cocoa on top.
Hand mix it and voila you have a soft served creation. So good!

Baby birds still haven't hatched yet!

life rearranged

I'm joining Jeannett over at Life Rearranged for InstaFriday.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy happy birthday!

Today is Miss Alaina's birthday!
She is eight years old! EIGHT.
How can I be old enough to have an 8 year old?
Every year I find myself counting on my fingers
and saying, "yep, she really is that old!"
I was reminiscing on the blog this morning of all my older posts.
She has changed so much!
It is crazy what a year does to our little kiddos!
Wondering, how did I not see this coming?!
She is EIGHT people!

So the birthday girl LOVES her chocolate.
She is definitely my daughter :)
If it has vanilla on it, forget about it... she turns up her nose and won't even try it.
So I made her very favorite cookies... double chocolate chip! YUM....

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
recipe slightly adapted from a Hershey's recipe.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup Hershey's Cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in chocolates. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or just until set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. But we all know they are best right out of the oven :)  Makes about 3-1/2 dozen cookies.

Lunch with the birthday girl :) She was so excited she could hardly contain herself!

I still can't get over how tiny she was! 27 ounces when she was born and losing about 4 of those ounces after one week! Crazy!!!

Sunday, April 1, 2012


I had the best intentions of picking a winner last night.
When my best friend called me up and we had an impromptu dinner with her and her family...
then I completely forgot about the giveaway til about midnight when I was already tucked into bed.
There are only a few things that can drag a pregnant woman out of bed
and the internet is not one of them!

So without further ado...
The winner of the $75 is

Megan says...
I just found your site from meg's craft weekend

love the giveaway. thanks for sharing this site with us.

love the balloon necklace....or maybe a fun handbag to carry for summer....

Yay Megan!