Saturday, January 1, 2011


Happy New Year!!
We have moved to our new blog and hope you will join us over there...
Don't forget to change your links, follow along and add us to your online reader!
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

No Resolutions....Just a Word


Last year we did the same thing...instead of resolutions we picked a word for our year.  A word that we thought would represent our year.  Wow, were we WAY off when we chose the word "Simplify", we kicked it off with Sugar being in the hospital at the beginning of the new year! That was not what we meant by simplify!  So this year we will DELIGHT...

Delight in the Good and the Bad
Delight in the Healthy and Sick
Delight in the Clean and Messes
Delight in the Hard and Easy
Delight in Sleep, but mostly No Sleep coming my way
Delight in our Kids and that they will grow up way too fast
Delight in our families and the time we get with them
Delight in Fun and Work
Delight in the piles of Dirty Laundry (we are thankful to have many clothes to wear!)
Delight in our friends that we are so blessed to have
Delight in the home we have
Delight in the gifts God has given us
but mostly.....
Delight in Him first! God is giver of our lives and things and days and stuff!

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sugar and Spice go Sweet and Sassy!

Last week the girls went for a Christmas was well over due!! I really do not remember the last time Spice got a haircut because she has been wanting to grow it out.  This was the very first (professional) haircut for Sugar.  You may remember when she tried to style her own hair??

Spice went first to show Sugar the ropes! She chose orange shampoo and conditioner!

Sugar chose the pineapple...looks like she is relaxing on the beach huh??

Spice was an old pro at sitting in the chair, although not that still!

Sugar was mesmerized and VERY still...lets just hope she was not taking notes for her next style!

Finished products...this little salon is a very girly salon with glitter for your hair and everything!

The girls even got the special treat of having a manicure! Thanks to Aunt Laura!

We had a great time being girly girls at Sweet and Sassy!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Scootin' Around

Braving 25-30 degree temperatures is not what I love best, but after much begging I gave in and followed the girls on their scooter ride.  These were a Christmas gift that they have enjoyed riding in the house thus far.  I was surprised at how well Sugar did on hers, but I guess I need to come to the realization that she is getting bigger too! I can not believe in a few months she will be three! Off they quickly went down the sidewalk....
A few stops to admire the huge leaves still falling and to take some pics...
Spice requested a red scooter, I thought she would want pink, but her taste and intrests never seem to surprise me.  She is her own person with her own little style and that is one thing I love about her!

Sugar in all pink with her boots!

All bundled up...after a while they realized what I meant when I told them it was FREEZING outside!

So, it was a few more pics, a quick turn around...

and we were on our way back home to thaw out! A few quick rides in freezing temps is ok with me, but I will look forward to this more in the spring!

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Packing it all in...

I love all the little things about Christmas like...

Decorating cookies with my girls  (even if they aren't homemade..they were still cute!)

Watching my big girl sing for all of her preschool!

Helping with class parties...

Visiting with Santa at Mr. Nice's office party.. (Spice did not love the big guy too much!)

Making salt dough ornaments via an idea from one of my favorite bloggers, We made the cinnamon version...they smelled so good Mr. Nice tried to eat one...that was a huge mistake!

We also made these via another favorite blog...These are sooo very easy the hardest part was opening each individual kiss.

Hanging out with my 10th grade girls from church.  We had a fun Christmas party at my house then went caroling around the neighborhood! These girls are so fun!

In the midst of doing all of these "things" it makes me wonder do people out there REALLY get WHY we do these things?? Why do we tie beautiful bows, decorate our home, give the perfect gift, send out cards, sing, and party? It is for Him the one who was born to die for us.  Lets take a little breather and realize what this day is all about!
"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

What's in a name??

"...I have called you by name; you are mine."
Isaiah 43:1

It is no secret what my children's names are.  I just have used "Sugar" (Caroline) and "Spice" (Molly Cate) as a cute reference to them becuase of their personalities (although these names could waver from time to time) and it goes with the blog.  More about the blog name later.

As far as names go we have FINALLY settled on a name for baby boy blue.  After our field trip last weekend, we decided we better get moving on this. We have only really liked two....well three names, but we could not agree on what it would be.  We agreed on the name I liked and then using the nickname Mr. Nice (Ken...since we are talking names here) liked.  So, baby boy blue will be ......

John Cooper "Jack"

The more kids you have the harder it is to my opinion! It really is sad the extent I have gone to looking at names for this child.  I have serched stationary stores looking at their birth announcments, looked through facebook names, asking every mom that I meet with a son what her child's name is!

Mattel Pressed Tin Jack in the box, brightly colored and working condition
As far as the blog name goes, I will switch over to a new blog name soon. One, that will reflect the whole family. (I don't want the little guy to feel left out!)  I will keep you posted on this soon.

Vintage Cracker Jack Tin Canister 1980

His room is finally coming along and I am so excited to have his little "space" all set up! I will hopefully have some pictures to share soon.  Along with some DIY projects that will go in his room. As I type Mr. Nice is working hard at hanging the curtain rod in his room.  I won't tell you how long it took for us to hang the light fixture or roman shades!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Sweet Day

Today the doctor had good news baby boy blue and I were doing good!! Praise the Lord...thank you for your prayers, calls and concerns!   He wants me to take it as easy as possible and try not to do too much.  That is not so easy to tell a 32 week pregnant woman with Christmas 10 days away! I am going to do my best.  The good thing is that Christmas shopping is pretty much complete...hip hip hurray! It has been for a while, but I did pick up some last minute things today. My girls LOVE these...

Calico Critters, and I do too..they are so cute and I love watching them play pretend with them!

The other day we worked on making this....

You can find the recipe HERE.  We made these for our sweet teachers at school.   I halfed the recipe and used smaller jars.  They were very easy to make, but a bit challenging when you have a 2 and 4  year old who sees chocolate and goes gaga! (No children touched any ingredients that were to be put in the jars....I am kinda funny about things like that!)

We made a little assembly line and got them all finished up!

I just love mason jars!

I used some red and white twine and attached a little card with this poem:
A significant symbol of Christmas
Is the simple candy cane.
It's shape is the crook of the Shepherd
One of the first who came.
The lively pepermint flavor is
The regal gift of spice.
The white is Jesus' purity.
The red His sacrifice.
The narrow stripes are friendship
And the nearness of His love.
Eternal, sweet compassion
A gift from God above.
The candy cane reminds us all
Of how much God cared.
And like His Christmas gift to us
It's meant to be broken and shared. 
We taste tested the recipe the other night, and it was rich and yummy! I used the indredients that we had already divided out into a jar.  The candy canes had all stuck together (not sure how you stop that from happening), but once I crushed them back up it was DELICIOUS!

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