Friday, September 11, 2009

Janie's Birthday

Janie turned 3 last Saturday and with my dad's birthday being the day after hers, we decided to celebrate with dinner at St. Francis in Phoenix (it's a new restaurant that Derek's involved with- it's AMAZING!). She got to open a few presents and she LOVED when we sang "Happy Birthday" to her. She is such a sweet, funny girl and our family would not be complete without her. We love you Janie Jane!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Hair clips

I really don't consider myself a crafty person. If I see something I like, I ususally think "I could make that!", but then I either try and fail or figure I'll never have time to make it so I end up buying it. I've wanted some big flower clips for the girls' hair and Etsy has some super cute ones, but they're selling for $20 and up for one clip! So I bought some flowers from Hobby Lobby at 50% off and ordered a bunch of vintage looking earrings from Forever 21(3-4 dollars a pair) and cut the backs off. I used a needle and thread to stitch the flower petals together, then glued on the earring and alligator clip. So simple and much more affordable!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Before and After: Guest Room

I've had plans for this room for a very long time, but have dreaded painting the walls, especially because it hasn't been that long since we painted the last color. I've been loving blue lately, and since I don't have blue anywhere else in my house, that was my pick for the guest room. So here's before:

And after:

I found a new desk at Salvation Army for $40, but it was dark brown so I painted it white and left the middle, which is black with gold detailing. The shelf and the lamp were garage sale finds, and the candle holder, mirror, and tray are from antique stores. Everything else I had already.

Most of the bedding is from Ikea (I was trying to do this on a budget), the rug from Urban Outfitters, and the plates from thrift stores. My favorite thing in the room is the table with the bird cage. The table was from a garage sale for $15 and the bird cage was $1. I found them at different times, but I love them together- it looks like a dress form. The chair was also from a yard sale and everything else I had.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I was a nervous wreck sending Clara to her first day of school. I was worried she wouldn't know where to go, or what to do at lunch time, or that she'd feel lonely and shy and not have anyone to play with at recess. There were a few tears shed (on Clara's part) when we walked her to class and I was anxious all day wondering how her day would be. Lucky for me (and her) she LOVES kindergarten! Her teacher is very good at keeping tabs on the kids so that they all stay together and she has lots of fun friends from the ward in her class. I definitely miss her while she's gone, but I know she's having fun and I love picking her up and having her tell me all about the day.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


A few weeks ago we were able to go up north to our cabin with my family. Mase and Manda and Jonah were here from Florida and Kelli and J.D. from Utah, so we had everybody except Carter and Elliot. It was so beautiful and so much cooler; a very relaxing weekend!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Girls' Chorus!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Sisterly Love

I don't know about you, but my kids have been fighting nonstop this summer! I've been at a loss about what to do about it. They go to time out for not listening or for talking back, but if I put them in time out for fighting, they'd be there all day long. I remembered when I was little if there was arguing between siblings, my Mom would make us sit together and hold hands until we were happy again. So I tried it. It actually works pretty quickly! They have to sit together holding hands and smiling at each other. Once they're happy with each other I make them hug and kiss and say "I love you" and then they can go play. It puts them in a good mood almost instantly and it's even funnier to watch.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Oh Happy Day

For a fun birthday tribute in pictures, go here. Happy Birthday Candice!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Summer Fun

I can't believe summer is more than half over! It's gone by way too quickly and I feel like I haven't gotten to do nearly as much as I'd like to with my kids. Here are a few things we have been able to do so far:

Rainforest Cafe

Chuck E. Cheese

Parker's (and Emma's, but no picture) Musical Theatre Performances

Camping with Friends

Swimming Lessons

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


This is a late birthday post, but I had to document such a fun weekend! My day started with these gorgeous peonies (my fave!) from Derek followed by shopping and lunch at California Pizza Kitchen with Mom and Candice. Derek and I went out to dinner that night. I can't remember the name of the restaurant, but the food was excellent and they had a magician that was so, so good.

Candice has been making me wait until now to go to Olive and Ivy, one of her favorite restaurants. So we got some friends together and she reserved the White Room for brunch - AMAZING! I'm just sure they were thinking of me when they decorated that room. I had a cinnamon roll center (which is deceiving because you think it's really going to be the center part of a cinnamon roll, but really it's a gigantic cinnamon roll that tastes like the center- best thing ever; and we ordered 12 of them), vanilla bean yogurt with berries, and a breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese, bacon and avocado- yum. Then they brought me a fun dessert with my name and everythin'. Thank you to everyone who made my day so great! It was a wonderful birthday !

Friday, June 12, 2009

Before and After- Chairs

My $5 rummage sale chair before:

And after! I copied the look after a chair I saw in Country Living magazine. The original was slipcovered in linen, but I went with twill to cut costs and I'm so happy with it!

My e-bay chairs that were once this:

Now look like this:

I knew I wanted pink velvet, but could not for the life of me find the right shade anywhere! I didn't think it would be so difficult, but after months of searching, I found some online and it was perfect. My bedroom is on its way to completion!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Right after we got back from San Diego, we headed over to Oklahoma to spend time with some of Derek's family. His sister bought a pig farm about a year ago - she lives on 140 acres with about 350 pigs, 6 horses, 7 goats, 24 chickens, 4 dogs, and 3 cats. The kids were in heaven! The week flew by and we packed alot in! We went fishing, horseback riding, rode quads, went shopping, got pedicures, saw Night at the Museum 2, played at the park,and went to 2 rodeos. I even tried catfish and I'll have to admit it was pretty good (and I HATE seafood).

Most of our drive to Oklahoma was what used to be Route 66. I thought that was cool.

The biggest cross on the Western Hemisphere- it was in Texas, of course.