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Happy 4th of July – Independence Day!

The Star Spangled Banner

In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the poem, Defense of Fort McHenry. The poem was later put to the tune of (John Stafford Smith’s song) The Anacreontic Song, modified somewhat, and retitled The Star Spangled Banner. Congress proclaimed The Star Spangled Banner the U.S. National Anthem in 1931.

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Our Week in Pictures (week 16)

Happy 17 weeks Shelby Rae! I can’t believe this week has just FLOWN! The kids and I had fun (as much as we could). The girls played with friends all week! The girls also went to Market Night with Cindi and her boys and finally got to ride the bumper cars in the Village.

Last weekend we went to Napa on the Coleman Campout and had a lot of fun.

This week Shelby started purposely reaching for things and grabbing her toys. She also found her feet!

She has officially outgrown newborn clothing as well! I think she is around 14 lbs. 0-3 months still fit her pretty well but some onesies are getting tight!

Giveaway Winners

We have winners to announce! Congrats to everyone who won! Please email me back ASAP to get your prizes out!

Winners are drawn using the wordpress plugin called “and the winner is” and then the entry is verified.

Bop It! Smash *Giveaway ends June 14th* WINNER: Molly K.

I love IHOP @IHOP #BreakfastLove *Giveaway ends June 15th* WINNERS: Joe, Pat

Kick off Summer with a KRAFT Foods #KraftBackyardParty ! *Giveaway ends June 16th* WINNER: Whitney L.

Scholastic Mother Daughter Book Club *Giveaway ends June 18th* WINNER:Shanon

all free clear Allergen Removal *Giveaway ends June 19th* WINNER: Carmen Peterson

Tostitos Fiesta 411 *Giveaway ends June 22nd* WINNERS: P. Manuel

Planters NUT•rition Men’s Health Recommended Mix *Giveaway ends June 22nd* WINNER: Maryann

#SummerFunGiveaway Country Bob’s Sauce *Giveaway ends June 25th* WINNE: Gina F.

Lamaze Toys Hit the Big Screen *Giveaway ends June 25th* WINNER: Jennie

Father’s Day Gifts: TIMEX Watches *Giveaway ends June 25th* WINNER:  Ata Kendall

Our week in pictures (15 weeks)

Wow, we had one super busy week! This past week the kids and I spent a lot of time outside playing. The girls are enjoying playing with the neighborhood kids.

They also are having fun playing with Shelby, reading her stories adn singing to her.

Friday we traveled up to Napa to go camping which was a blast!

Shelby has found her feet! She also is purposely reaching for toys and other things to touch them. She loves to cuddle. I think she is about 14 lbs now. She has also giggled a few times. Once for Sarah and once for my MIL. it was the cutest heart melting sound I have ever heard!


How to make a Headband Holder

I am sure you have all seen those cute headband holders on the Internet. I saw different ones on Pinterest and one of my favorites was that on The Ribbon Retreat’s Blog. Of course when I made the one for the girls I didn’t even think about using the inside to hold other hair accessories, so I will have to make another one for that.


  • Oatmeal cylinder
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 9 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ piece of Fabric (to wrap around the cylinder)
  • 1/4 Yard of Fabric (for your fabric circle flower), or to jsut cover the lid.
  • Ribbon to cover seams

It was really easy, I jsut sued the hot glue to cover the fabric around the cylinder, but I love the idea of using Mod Podge for inside and then to completely cover the outside of the fabric as well.

I covered the id and then glued the entire thing shut, but you can leave it so you Can place clips and other hairbands inside it!


Our Week in Pictures (week 14)

Happy 15 Weeks Shelby! This past week was busy and fun. The girls finished out the last week of school and now we are officially on Summer Vacation! When the girls head back to school they will start in Texas!

Sarah received an award for Math Facts. I am very proud of her as we had a hard time with her and math this year.

Samantha received an amazing report card and has really shown major improvement this year in 3rd grade and she can’t wait to start 4th grade in August!

Hubby is enjoying being out in Texas and spending time with my brother and sister. We miss him and can’t wait to get out there.

Shelby is a lot of fun and has quite the personality!


Wordless Wednesday: Smiles & Toes

Shelby – 14 weeks old

Coleman Great American Backyard Campout WInners!

Woohoo! We are so excited to finally be able to announce the winners of the Coleman Great American Backyard Campout *Win a Camping Trip & Supplies (valued at $2,495) Northern California*.

Winners were based on their essay entries.

Congrats winners and I can’t wait to see you next week!

Sleeping Beauty ( 3 weeks VS 14 weeks)

oh look her hair grew in a little on top lol!

Happy 3 Months Shelby!


No way can my baby already be THREE months old! The time is flying and I am enjoying every single moment of her. Every little coo, all those 1:30am feedings and the rocking her to sleep.

It has been three months of barely any sleep but three months of pure bliss. I am loving being a mom to three daughters. I am enjoying every day watching my kids interact with each other and love each other.

Shelby has a three month appointment and was 13 lbs 13 ozs and 24 inches long. Her head was 16 inches I believe.  She is doing great on her growth!

Your 3-month-old’s development

She may not get an actual diploma, but this month marks your baby’s official graduation from newborn to infant status. she’s still got a lot to learn (obviously!), but one thing she definitely realizes now is there’s more to life than eating, sleeping, and pooping! These days, she’s likely to stay awake for longer stretches during the day and (with any luck) stay asleep for longer stretches at night. She’s no doubt making you chuckle, and she’s probably giggling herself by now (bring on the raspberries!) as well as bringing her little paws together (clap hands!). Some babies may even begin to bear a bit of weight on their legs, but don’t worry if yours doesn’t — she’s just not ready and that’s just fine.

(Shelby is not giggling yet)

Our Week in Pictures (week 13)

This past week Samantha went to Tavern Bay on a Field Trip and Sarah went to Big Bear on a Field Trip. Sarah also had a report to do on a Desert Animal and she picked Kangaroo Rat.

Samantha also had Spring Recital for her beginning Hip Hop Class. It was so cute! Sarah only takes ballet and ballet is not in Spring Showcase. we have one more week of dance left. It will be very strange to go to a new dance studio in the fall.

This next week is the last week of school!

Daddy left early this morning for Texas!

Shelby is so much fun, she loves to sit and talk to you, smile and coo. She loves being held. She still can wear 0-3 month clothing.

Super excited for summer to begin!

Our week in pictures (week 12)

Tomorrow Shelby is THREE months old! THREE months already!!!!!

This past week we had her 3 month well baby visit and she is 13 pounds 13 ozs. She is 24 inches long and her head is 15 inches. She is growing perfectly!

This past week was lots of smiles from Shelby, and talking! She recognizes the faces of her family and welcomes each of us with her BIG tongue sticking out grin.

The girls are getting so excited for Summer break! We had a lot of fun with daddy this week.

Next week Samantha has her Spring Dance Recital, Grandma’s retirment party and Daddy leaving for Texas!

Our week in pictures (week 11)

Another week has come and gone. Shelby is now 12 weeks old and a week away from three months old! Next week Shelby has her 2 month appt. (although she will really be days away from 3 months). I can’t wait to see how big she is!

This past week was crazy busy at school! We had a lot of really fun things happening at school, from assembly to the walk-a-thon, open house and muffins with mom.

This coming week the kids are in school only two and  a half days.

Samantha has been working on her Spring Showcase Dance and is so excited for that on the 9th and 10th.

Dad is home for the next few weeks and then he is off to Texas to work and about five weeks after that the girls and I will be joining him!


Our Week in Pictures (week 10)

Today Shelby is 11 weeks old! This week has been fun with her too. She has this adorable personality and loves to smile at you. When she gets upset and is hungry she makes noise (obviously) but then the first minute of nursing she “yells” at me. She makes all kinds of noises and continues to talk until she finally gives in to eating.

She has been taking the binkie and self soothing. I can tell the “I’m tired” cry now and can lay her down and let her soothe herself to sleep.

She loves to sit and stare at things. It cracks me up because she will start talking to her different mobiles. She is fascinated with my cell phone now and loves to stare it while I am on it.

Shelby loves to talk. She sits in her swing, or the play pen and talks away. When someone talks to her she sits and talks back.

The girls had a fun week of just playing with their friends. They even attended their first minor league baseball game with their grandma and papa.

Here is Shelby yesterday – May 18th 2012

Summer Fun Event

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