Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Craft Time!

I finally found a little time to be crafty today. I have so many halfway finished projects it's ridiculous so I was determined to get one done while everyone was napping today. I made this fun pinwheel wreath. It was super easy to make and only took about 20 minutes. I used a foam wreath from the dollar store and some scrapbook paper that Jeff's mom gave me so it was a cheap project too! I plan on making a few more to give out as gifts and one to hang in Andie's room. You can find a tutorial for them here : http://www.creativekristi.com/2010/08/last-summer-project.html

Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Karate Kid....

A couple weeks ago we went to the movies and Kaleb won a free week of karate lessons. He was so excited! Yesterday was his first lesson and he absolutely LOVED it! He is so proud of the t-shirt and headband they gave him.
Of course he had to do a silly face like daddy always does.

Here he is practicing some of his moves.....

Sitting up straight and saying " Yes I can!"

Showing off some more moves.....
I had a blonde moment and forgot to put the memory card in my camera :( So I took these from my phone. I wish I was able to get some more pictures but we'll give it another try next week.
After the lesson we sat down to go over prices and things to decide if I wanted to sign him up for it once the free week is finished. Let's just say I about had a heart attack when he told me how much it is. Lucky for Kaleb he was nice enough to extend his free week into a free month so he will get to go 2 days a week throughout September. I think he is going to have a great time with it and I hope that he's able to learn a little discipline!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This is all it takes to cheer me up after a rather long and very disappointing day......

It's impossible to look at these 2 cuties without a smile on your face!

Monday, August 23, 2010

My Life Just Got A Whole Lot Easier!

A few months ago I complained on facebook about ironing Jeff's school uniforms. It takes me over 2 hours to iron a weeks worth of clothes. That is a LONG time for someone who hates ironing as much as I do! Well lucky for me I have 2 of the best cousins in the world! Today I received a Rowenta Steamer in the mail from them. It was seriously like Christmas morning for me! I can't wait to break it out of the box tomorrow and put it to work. I've never used one before but I hear they are amazing!

And as if that wasn't enough Mandi sent me her beloved "Cabbage Patch Dreams" cassette tape. I can't believe she would part with it :) I have very fond memories of sitting with her in her room and listening to the Cabbage Patch theme song. You know the one...."Cabbage Patch Kids, growing in the garden, Cabbage Patch kids, growing in the sun, And the most amazing thing about a Cabbage Patch Kid, is that each one grows to be a special one."

So THANK YOU! Dusty and Mandi for making my life a little bit easier and for the trip down memory lane. Love you both!

Monday, August 16, 2010

I must make these!!!!!!!!

Aren't these the most adorable baby shoes you have ever seen? These are the kind of things that make me squeal with delight when I am searching craft blogs. Andie may be too big for them but I am making a pair 1st thing tomorrow. I just have to! Check out the tutorial over at "I Design" : http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/2010/08/new-baby-booties.html

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Taking a Break

Yesterday afternoon we decided we needed to escape the heat for a bit. We have spent most of the summer cooped up inside since it's so hot you can barely breath outside! We thought we would drive up to Mt. Charelston and take a picnic lunch. We drove around for a while just taking in the beautiful scenery, stopped at the lodge and walked around the gift shop and then
we headed up the canyon and found a perfect picnic spot. You have to hike a little to get there but the weather was beautiful and it felt so good to be outside again.

The kids had a great time splashing in the stream!

The water was FREEZING!

Jeff managed to sneak in another goofy face.

Andie enjoyed a popsicle, mixed with a little dirt.

It was so nice to get out as a family and just be together. Life has been so crazy lately we haven't had much time to just sit and relax and enjoy eachother's company.
It's hard to believe that 6 months has gone by since Jeff started school. In a little over a year he will be doing his externship and we'll be deciding where we want to officially call "home". That's a little exciting and scary at the same time but I know that as long as I have my family by my side everything will be ok.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Another Adorable Play Kitchen

I came across another adorable idea for a play kitchen today.
This one is so simple and perfect if you don't want a bulky plastic one taking up a lot of space in your house. You can use a tv tray, small table, or even a nightstand. So cute!
Head over to La-Dee-Da Creations to check it out: http://creationsbyladeeda.blogspot.com/2010/08/play-and-take-kitchen.html

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Guess What's in My Oven

I don't think my house has ever smelled so divine! Right now I have this Nectarine Brown Butter Buckle in my oven and I can't wait to taste it!Last week we got a HUGE box of nectarines from a friend. We don't have any canning supplies so we just made a bunch of freezer jam. We still had a lot of nectarines in the fridge and I would feel horrible throwing them away so I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen and thought I would give it a try. I also cut up a bunch to freeze for smoothies. If you want to give the recipe a try you can find it here: http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/07/nectarine-brown-butter-buckle/

I'll report back and let you know how it turns out!

* Update: Turned out absolutely delicious! I would suggest eating it warm with some vanilla icecream!!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Pawn Stars

Any Pawn Star fans out there? We are! I watched it for the first time a few months ago with my dad and now I am hooked. Jeff is too. We DVR it anytime it's on and watch it almost every night when we get in bed. It's amazing to see the things people will pawn and even more amazing what things are worth!
My little sisters love watching it with our dad too. When they were here a couple weeks ago we decided to take them down to the strip so they could see the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in real life. They were so excited! They were a little disappointed that they didn't get to see Chumlee or any of the guys that are on the show but they were still very excited. We got to see a lot of the items that have been featured on the show.

The coke machine behind them was featured in an episode. They had it completely restored and back to it's original condition. It was beautiful. (We're big Coca Cola fans too) We saw several other items that have been shown on TV including an old airplane propeller and a cannon.

If you want to check it out tune into the History Channel Monday nights!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

My little sisters came for a visit this week and we had a great time. This was their first trip to Las Vegas and the longest they have ever been away from home. What a fun filled but exhausting week! Here are some of the fun things we did....


{M&M World}

(They were not exactly happy that I made them take this picture)

{Circus Circus}
We had a great time playing games, snacking on yummy food and watching the clown and acrobat perform!