Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Welcome to the Fair!

Last night we visited the opening night of the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair here in Statesboro....the kids had a blast, I ate ate my first fried snickers bar and we all went on the ferris wheel!  After I got home, I realized I had signed up to work (sorry everyone!).  We had a great time, saw some friends and lots of "interesting" folks, lol!

hey baby, wanna ride?

my favorite part of the Fair was the chickens of course!

my three little piggies!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Last Sunday my husband and I headed down the hall from our own Sunday School class to pick up the kids at their classrooms. He headed down the hall, but Sam's Sunday School teacher laughingly pulled me into the room.  She was covering her face, giggling and said "OMG, Sam is so cute.".  I apologized and said "What did he do now?".  Lol, always Sam. 

Seems Sammy was sitting next to her at Children's Church and was enamored by her "heart".  His exact words were "I lush (love, in Samanese) u heart." All the while RUBBING her boob.  Then he says, as he moves his hand over and discovers her other boob..."Oh u has two hearts.  I lush them.  They so soft.".

My response?  "Well, he was breastfed."

Reason 4, 356,783 why we are going to get kicked out of church.

Way to cop a feel, Sam. 


Thursday, September 6, 2012


I've had a plain white boring 7 on my shelf for a few months and I finally go the inspiration to do something with it :)  A 7, you say, well what's that for?  Well, it's the number of people in my immediate family...our signature I suppose.  I received these wood veneer people in the mail with my MW Express Kit and the lightbulb went on!

Green:  because I love the color!

Would make a cute Christmas gift!

Scrap fabric

Got fabric scraps left over?  I used mine to make this shabby chic lampshade for the girls room!
{inspiration:  Pinterest of course!}
I repainted the base of the lamp (it was black) to tie in with all the beautiful colors.

So sweet!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

monogram canvas decor

Hi all!  Just popping in to share a little home dec project I did for the girls room!  The girls needed something above their beds and I wanted to do something with their initials.  I purchased some cheap (walmart) canvas boards, added some scrapbook paper, paper doilies, binding tape, ribbon and buttons.  I modge podge everything to the boards and hot glued the buttons on.

Emma's :)

Emmy's is pink and turquoise...do u love the chevron paper???
Her canvas is a little more girly.
The little angels came from my friend April.
Madi's board is a little more earthy...it fits her personality :)
Two little girls with such different little attitudes, likes, dislikes....
I really love that they each have a little guardian angel watching them as they sleep.
Happy day to you all!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Trash-y to treasure!

Ok, so I was at Goodwill (again) and happened upon this {OMG how gaudy is this piece????} little mirrored tray.  Undeterred by the sheer hideousness of it, I set to work.

Two coats of satin white spray paint this afternoon and a little bit of antiquing glaze did wonders.  I washed the mirror well and dried it all up.  I thought it still needed something so I added a little metallic chalk to it. 
And here she is, ready for some pretty perfume bottles or little girlie trinkets :)
And these my friends, are all over Pinterest. 
I love them almost as much as I love turquoise paint right now so I decided to
combine the two!
They will each get a little candle inside and grace my Labor Day table :)
happy day to you all!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Princess and the Perfume Bottle

Today, Madi came into the craft room and she smelled like CK1. 

Me:  Madison, were you messing with Mommy's perfume?
Madi:  Yes.
Me:  Where is it?
Madi:  It's not dere. 

Ummmm.  Not dere?  Where is not dere?  Well it wasn't on the bathroom counter where it always is.
I have been cleaning all day, washing all the bed linens. 

Me:  Madi, where is my perfume?
Madison:  I want goldfish.
Me:  No goldfish, until I get my perfume back.  Where is it?
(insert sound of little feet running into my bedroom)

Madison:  In dere.

This here...is apparently "dere".

Ok well, let's see.
It was.  In dere. 

Me:  Madi?  Stay out of my bedroom.
Madison:  No.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

We don't do that on the kitchen counter.

After a fun-filled afternoon of swimming with the kids, I decided to get to harvesting all my sunflower seeds from the ginormous plants we grew this year. The kids had already bee-lined for the house after our swim, so I was harvesting by myself.  I picked two full buckets of seeds and headed in the  house to show the kids.  I found Jacob and Emma sitting at the computer watching Tom and Jerry, Sam (believe it or not) was just sitting at the counter and Madi was standing on my kitchen countertop. 

{listen, get that horrified look off your face.  I KNOW your kids also climb on your countertops to get to the cookie jar.  Stop lying to everyone}

Me:  "You got a cookie, honey?'

Number 5:  "Water."

Me:  "Water, what water?'.

Number 5:  "It's wet."

Then I see that there's water all over the countertop.  I grab papertowels to start cleaning it up. 

Me:  "Who spilled water here?" 

No answer from Numbers 2-4.

Mid paper towel swipe I realize Madi's in her swimsuit.  Madi isn't potty trained.

Number 5:  "I pee-pee."



Monday, July 2, 2012


RIP Ms. Daisy. 

Why my husband is not allowed to take the children out by himself.

I had to work last night until 1 am.  When I came home, hubby was waiting for me in the chair.  They had gone to a our church's Family Fun Nite at The Clubhouse here in Statesboro.  I asked how things had gone, and he said "Fine, until...{insert Sam's name here}".  Sam, it's always Sam.  Sigh.

Here's my understanding of the story.....

Hubby was sitting with Madi watching the other three play in the ball pit.  Jacob and Emma came running over, but not Sam.  Hubby inquired of Emma where Sam was.  Her response..."I can't find him."  {here's where my mom radar would have gone into overdrive....missing child alert!}.  So hubby says he gets up and starts heading over to the ball pit.  He see's another church dad waving him over.  He said "I thought he wanted me to bowl with him."  Not so, honey.  Here comes Brother Wiggins, who leans over to my husband and says this.......

"Your boy is naked in the bathroom."

Fast forward to the bathroom scene.  Four kids in the mens room of the Clubhouse.  Emma is holding her nose.  Sam is {of course} naked.  There are flies and he is freaking out.  Hubby told him it's his odor that is attracting the flies.  There is poop in underwear, poop on the floor.   {does this sound familiar??} Brother Wiggins shows up with a bottle of spray and some paper towels.  Hubby said other random church dads are knocking on the door to check if he's ok.  Madi has strapped herself onto the bathroom changing table.  They are all in the handicap stall.  Sam is crying because he can't go play in the ball pit. 

I'm thinking Sam is a party animal.  He showed up fully clothed and left in a diaper and sneakers. 
How much fun did he have???

I'm going to be doing alot of apologizing this weekend at church. They just don't UNDERSTAND Sam.  He is MISUNDERSTOOD. 


And that folks, is why my husband is not longer allowed to take the children out by himself. 



Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Elaina Brooke Weiss
June 27, 2012
7:47 pm
6 lbs 10 ounces
19 inches long

Nick and Elaina

Miranda and Elaina

welcome baby!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

updates from the house...

the bouncy house is dead {compliments of one puppy with long claws}
the tomatoe plants are dead and coming out today.
i've harvested all my carrots.
i've been canning and baking.
we had a campfire.  {ahhh, so nice}
my fish like to eat leftover marshmallows.
i haven't caught the turtles.
only one of my chickens is laying eggs :(.
i finally cleared my pool up. {yeh}
my zucchini plants are growing.
my pumpkin turned orange.
i got my haircut and i'm mad about it. 
i just finished reading Not a Fan.
i am infatuated with books by Joel Olsteen.
i want to go to the beach.
i got rid of the flies.  {thank God}

what's going on at our house?


Carrot Cake Jam

Ok, so I had a bumper crop of carrots from my garden.  I didn't want them to go to waste, so I started searching for recipes.   I've already made 4 loaves of carrot bread, one big old carrot cake {that our Sunday School class gobbled up and I'm making another one today :)} and last night I busted out my canner to make....

Doesn't that sound delicious?

It was super easy to make...getting all the jars together was probably the most time consuming part!

Big old bowl of carrots...had to grate them all up!

Into the water bath for processing!

= 10 delicious jars of jam!

Can't wait to taste it...so happy all my jars sealed!

If you'd like to make some...here's the recipe!

Carrot Cake Jam

2 cups finely shredded carrots
1 cup finely chopped and peeled pear
1 15 ounce can of crushed pineapple (juice pack, undrained)
2 T lemon juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1.75 ounce pkg of fruit pectin
4 cups granulate sugar
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup raisins or flaked coconut (optional)
1 tsp vanilla

Combine carrots, pear, pineapple, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in 4-6 quart pot.  Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in pectin until completely dissolved.
Bring mixture to boil, add sugars. 
Return to full rolling boil, boil for one minute.
Skim off foam with metal spoon
Stir in coconuts/raisins and vanilla.
Ladle into jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
Process in water canner for 10 minutes.
Makes 7 half pints.

Recipe is from BHG Canning magazine!

happy day!


Friday, June 15, 2012

Doodle Lampshade

I needed a reading lamp for over my reading chair.  Not a whole lot of choices out there, so I went with the simplest (cheapest!) one I could find.  It came with a plain white plastic lampshade.  Ugh.

That's ok, though, because I have Sharpie markers and paint.  A little while sitting at the kitchen counter and I had hand doodled and painted the shade into this....

Ha ha!  Cute and funky. 
After I did it, I thought about all the other ways I could have decorated it.  Stamped it?
Anyhow, no matter...Emma loves it and it adds a little quirkiness to my reading spot!

happy creating to you!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Rest in peace Kim.  We will always remember you and your smile.  The Lord will watch over your husband and children.  This morning was sunny and beautiful here and I know it's because you woke up in Heaven this morning.....God bless.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Scrapping 6 x 6

i adore scrapping 6x6 layouts.  Generally, they are easier to do, they come together quicker, and the finished product doesn't take up tons of room!  Plus, you can replicate them pretty quickly and they make great X-mas gifts for the grandparents!!!

I have been utilizing my new MW goodies....and since four kiddo's have barely nothing scrapped for them in the pasty, oh, ummm...2 years?  I figured I should get to work!

Here's what I was up to!

Sam's Layout:

 Emma's Layout:

Madison's Layout

I also entered this layout in the MW Week 2 Challenge. 
You had to use a flower, and something metal.
As you can see below, I used a metal flower!

Jacob's Layout

I also entered this in the challenge. The flower is a punched and layered flower underneath the bottlecap (my metal).  I machine stitched swirls on this layout as well.  Really, the challenge was about adding embellishments to your layouts...so I think mine qualify!

I chose 6x6 layouts because I am making mini albums of my favorite pics of the year for each kid.
I have some doozy pics (see Sam's!)

It was actually pretty nice to just lock myself into the craft room and work on some projects.  Haven't done that in a while!

Happy Crafting to ya!



Hi All!

Well, last weeks Summer Kids activities went a little haywire, but I'm back this week to share some fun ideas to keep your kids occupied for the summer and have a great time!

I purchased some small pre made birdhouses at Walmart for $2.77 each and st up a container of paintbrushes and leftover paints on styrofoam trays.

The kids each got a birdhouse to paint...

The key to this project is to not PANIC about the paint!
Lol, now I'm  a little bit of a clean freak, but my old standby is
a good old vinyl tablecloth.  With four kids at home, I need something cheap that I can
change out if it's destroyed.  I change them from season to season, holiday to holiday, you name it.

Madison went with the "orange flame" look.
I swore that the birdhouses were all going to end up a
muddy brown color!

We'll call Sam's creation a "key lime" color!


Jacob went with a multitude of colors,

and Emmy went with a "rainbow" roof look.
All beautiful!
Here they all are, drying on the countertop.
All we have to do is drill some small holes in the top to add string to hang.
Emma wants to hang them all in one tree!

This was an inexpensive, eco friendly project that
kept the kids occupied and the birdies happy!

Happy Crafting!