Wednesday, March 20, 2013

50's Poodle Skirts

My lovely friend, Amy, works for this company and they're doing a contest, so I'm helping her out!
She works for 50's Poodle Skirts
I actually bought these for my girlies to wear Halloween 2011, I found them on Etsy - I don't think my friend was even working for them yet.
Anyway, my girls still wear them ALL THE TIME as dress-ups.

They even make itty bitty ones!!

Here you go, Aim, hope you win!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Well, Hello There!

I know it's been a very super long time since I posted anything.....I was getting a little tired of revisiting my brother's death every time I wrote anything down.  I finally feel like I'm in a different/happier place now.
So let's talk about what's been going on around these parts now, shall we?

Lauren is in Kindergarten now, which means I spend {some days} an hour and a half in the car just driving to/picking up from school.  We chose to apply for all of the charter schools within 15 minutes of our house, and got lucky enough to get picked for one.  I couldn't be happier - every time I make that drive, I remind myself how much I love this school and the hour and a half is a small sacrifice to make for peace of mind.  I know we made the right choice, even though it's a little rough and she has CRAZY homework for a Kindergartener {she's going to pass us up in the brains department in about 2 years}.  She is reading and doing math that I didn't realize a 6 year old could do.  Smarty pants!

Mya is in her second year of preschool and loving it.  She gets to go to a preschool where she has a lot of friends from the ward, and loves her teacher.  She is full of sassafrass and attitude, but she is a crack up and I can't get enough of her.  I lied.  I get quite enough of her on a daily basis but I love the heck out of her and wouldn't change her for anything.  The good Lord must see something in us as parents that we don't quite yet to be trusted with this one!

Jane is running and talking all over the place.  I've never seen a kid that hates to sit still more than her.  She loves to play with her sisters, and is quite independent.....most of the time.  She is constantly getting compliments on her beautiful hair and she has the temper to match.  She is her daddy's daughter - a tease!  She has the world wrapped around her little finger and she knows it.

For a long time I felt like I got the shaft on life.  Everything seemed to always work out for everyone else, but never for me.  I never liked my callings in the church, my kids were the only ones throwing epic tantrums in the middle of Target, Jane will never sleep through the night, my relationships with my friends are not what I want them to be, I can't keep up on day to day life, my house looks like a war zone, yada yada yada, bla bla bla.
I decided that I needed to change my outlook on life and to remember my blessings and that we are given trials to strengthen us and our faith.
And now it seems like so many things ARE working out for our family.  Lauren got into an amazing charter school - granted it is 12 minutes away, and I feel like I spend an eternity in the car every day, but I know she is supposed to be there, and I am so grateful for the opportunity.
I got a new calling, Junior Primary Chorister, and I was really nervous about it, but I LOVE it.  For the first time in my life I feel completely comfortable in a calling and it is such a blessing for me to get to sing with those little darlings every Sunday.
Every day I try and take a moment and reflect on where my life is at, where our family is at, and I can't help but recognize how immensley blessed I am.
My kids are going to throw tantrums in public, my work schedule may be crazy, my house might be a what?
I have a wonderful family, amazing friends, my kids are spectacular, and my husband.....oh my wonderful, supportive, loving, funny husband does everything he can to make my life easier and our house run as smoothly as possible.  I couldn't ask for a better partner!
Ladies - he makes dinner every single night, bathes the kids, cleans the house, and does homework/reading with Lauren.  I don't know how things would work around here without him.
I am blessed, life is amazing, and maybe you'll hear more from us in the near future.
That is, if anyone still reads this old thing anymore, wink wink!