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Our Week in Pics (week 90)

Wow this week FLLLLEEEWWWWW!!!!

It starred with us celebrating Sarah’s birthday with a really fun party, then Monday was Nutcracker week!

We were beyond busy with Nutcracker and Thanksgiving and more Nutcracker!


I just adore this time of year!

then Thanksgiving!


Happy 8th Birthday Sarah

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It is completely crazy that another year has passed and now our sweet girl has turned EIGHT! I can’t believe how quickly this year came and went!

Sarah received two of the gifts she has been wanting, Molly the American Girl Doll and the Spa Chair by American Girl!

We celebrated Sarah’s birthday with a really fun Neon Dance Party! She had a ton of her girl friends over and they enjoyed a few hours of dancing!


Happy Birthday sweet girl! Here is to another amazing year with you!

Happy Thanksgiving 2013


It’s that time of year where families gather together and share what we are thankful for each year. As I sit and think about my last year with my family I am truly blessed.

A year ago I spent Thanksgiving with my Brother and Sister (and families), I met new family members, and we celebrated babies who had been born earlier last year. While I am not with them again this year my love with with each and every one of my siblings.

This past year has been life changing for sure with a move to Texas, then back to California and then in January back to Texas. It has been a trial, and there has been a lot of tears shed, but I wouldn’t change the past year.

I have enjoyed watching my daughters make new friends, excel in their activities and to start finding the little person they are meant to be.

We have watched the baby grow, learn to talk and to start becoming an independent toddler. She loves to dance and talk. Although her favorite word has quickly become “no”.

Samantha has grown so much over the year and I am thankful for the sweet and generous young tween she has become. She always puts other’s feelings before her own.

Sarah has come out of her shell this past year. We don’t see our quiet calm sissy anymore. Now we have a loud, confident and energetic 8 year old!

I am very thankful for the love and support of my family. This year I got a new sister when my brother got married, I adore all my sisters and brothers and love seeing our family grow.

I am also very thankful for my dearest friends who have been there when I need them, to laugh, to cry, have fun, celebrate together and well be goofballs together too.

I am very blessed in my life to have such caring people, who not only care about me but also my family.


Here is to a new year!

Happy Thanksgiving Friends! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family this year!

Wordless Wednesday: Nutcracker 2013

Yesterday started off Nutcracker week for my two older girls! Every year their ballet school puts on a ballet production and the girls were beyond thrilled to join in this year!


Thanksgiving Crafts with Crayola

*A product was provided.


If your looking for some fun craft or coloring page ideas for this years Thanksgiving Crayola has some great ideas!

Thanksgiving Handsome Turkeys
Children can celebrate Thanksgiving, and explore shape as they finger paint.
Problem-solving and observation skills come into play as they turn their handprints into Thanksgiving decorations like colorful Turkeys.

Supplies needed: Crayola markers, paint and paper pads

Turkey Table Topper


A gaggle of turkeys are on their way to help kids celebrate Thanksgiving
Kids can create this festive centerpiece  to welcome their holiday guests on Thanksgiving

Supplies needed: Crayola colored pencils, crayons, glue, paint, paper pads and scissors.

Thanksgiving Turkey Napkin Rings


Get ready for fall parties and Thanksgiving!
Kids can create turkey napkin rings that add color to every autumn table.

Supplies needed: Crayola crayons, markers, glue, paint and scissors

Fancy Filter Turkeys

Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving meal preparations.
These awesome turkeys add gob(bler)s of color to any holiday table.

Supplies needed: Crayola crayons, glue, markers, paint, scissors, coffee filters, etc.

 Crayola’s Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

Kids can choose from a large variety of Thanksgiving coloring pages online, print them out, and then use their favorite Crayola tools to create cute and colorful masterpieces!

For a complete listing of Crayola’s Thanksgiving craft ideas, visit for inspiration or vote for your favorite crafts! Additionally, people are encouraged to share their festive creations with Crayola at #ColorfulThanks.

*A product was provided.

Our Week in Pics (week 89)

Wow this week I totally slacked on taking photos! With being sick (yeah had the flu for two days) and then party planning for Sarah’s birthday…. ohhhh and the weather I completely spaced on taking photos.

I did get a few photos though… look at adorable Shelby with her ice cream!

Our Week in Pics (week 88)


What a busy week! It started with a surprise that I was going to the USC vs Stanford game with hubby! We had a blast!

The rest of the week was playing, Dr. visits, Girl Scouts and Nutcracker.

Oh I also joined Origami Owl as a Designer! So I of course am having fun playing with all my new jewelry!

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Our Week in Pics (week 87)

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The first week of November flew on by! We came down from Halloween just to start up with Thanksgiving! We had a ton of cleaning to do and I started my week off with Christmas shopping!


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Our week in Pics (week 86) (Oct. 26- Nov. 1st)

I can’t believe that we ended the week with a new month! November! One of my favorite months of the year!!!

The last week of October we spent celebrating Halloween! We had a lot of fun from Trunk or Treating at school, to our church and around our small town.  It was a lot of fun and the girls seemed to have had a blast.

The older girls also had Nutcracker rehearsal and Sarah had costume fittings. Lots of fun and kept ups extremely busy!


Our week in Pics: Week 85 (Oct. 19th – Oct. 25th)

This week was busy with Ballet, Nutcracker Rehearsal and costume fittings!

The school put on an awesome Trunk or Treat and we just had a great time with enjoying some nice 65 degree weather!

Thankful Turkey Popsicle Craft #PopsicleMom


Now that it is November I have decided to do fun crafts and other daily devotionals with my girls on being thankful, caring and helping other’s.

We started off with making these adorable Thankful Turkey Popsicle Crafts. They are super easy to make and a lot of fun!  Plus they make cute decorations for years to come.

To get started you need about seven Popsicle Sticks, various color markers and construction paper.

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Start off with coloring your Popsicle Sticks any color you want. All three of my girls did something different which makes this even more fun!

Then glue your sticks onto your cut out background (we used blue construction paper that I cute out into a fun shape). I let the older girls glue theirs how ever they wanted as well.

After you glue your Turkey down ask your kids what they are thankful for and write down their answer, or if your kids can write have them write it themselves.



Be sure to follow the Popsicle Party and create your own fun party at home!  You can see the entire Tour dates on Popsicle’s Facebook Page.

*A product was provided.

Our 2013 Fall Family Photos

I was beyond excited to work with Melissa Jones from Bubble Toes Photography on a photo session for the Fall! We had a wonderful time working with Melissa, even though Shelby refused to cooperate I was so excited to see all the cute photos she captured of our family.

I especially loved the ones of our feet with the & symbol in between my husband and I and the girls. Shelby made this part so much fun. What I really appreciate is how calm and patient Melissa was with us and Shelby, we had to work around Shelby to get some great photos.

These were our first family photos we have done and I am beyond thrilled with them!

Right now Melissa has some great Holiday Sessions available


Head on over to to learn more!

*We received a photo session in exchange for sharing about Bubble Toes photography.

Happy Halloween 2013


We hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Samantha dressed up as an 80’s Party Rocker,  Shelby was Snow White and Sarah was a lady bug. I made Sarah’s tutu.

Our Week in Pics (week 84) Oct 12th – 18th

We started the week celebrating Hubby’s Birthday and the girls had Nutcracker rehearsal!

We also had friends in town so we were crazy busy!

Lots of playing and learning for Shelby and we also had fun at the  cousin M’s Birthday party


Girl Scout Kaper Chart


I was really excited to be asked to make the Kaper Chart for Sarah’s Brownie troop! I put a lot of thought into what should be on the chart.

The middle I made a large flower and each petal has a job title. I used velcro dots so that the Leaders could swap the names each meeting. The back of each of the girl’s names also has velcro.

The right side includes both the Girl Scout Promise and The Girl Scout Law. This is a great way for the girls to always have it on hand during meetings. We also put the girls buddies on the chart.

rightsideThe left side of the Chart has a little envelope with all the girls names on one. This will allow the Leaders to add little sticks inside the pockets to keep track of girls who do good deeds, wear their full uniforms, bring back green folders and girls will be able to earn incentives.

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Materials I Used:

  • Large Tri-Fold Presentation Board
  •  Colored Card Stock (for envelopes)
  • 12 x 12 Scrapbook Papers (flower petals)
  • Velcro
  • Scrapbook Embellishments
  • ModPodge
  • printer/white printer paper/colored ink
  • 2″ scallop whole punch (I purchased mine on amazon)

I found the flower/bee/butterfly graphic online. I ModPodged all the papers down except for the envelopes. I figured that the leaders could put new sheets up over the Buddy List of the troop changes. Also the envelopes could be taken off easily and replaced with new names if needed.

I spent a total of 60 dollars on all items. If you have these things laying around then the only thing you would need to purchase is the presentation board which I found at Target for $9.99.