Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pies With Grandma





This is such a cute tradition.  Every year before Thanksgiving, my Mom has all her grandkids over to make pies.  She makes homemade chicken noodle soup & homemade rolls for dinner.  So good!  Then the pie making begins.  The kids make mini pies...either apple or pumpkin & they are theirs to keep.  Their own little personal pies.  It's so fun to get together & I'm so glad that my mom does this.  I'm sure this will be a memory of Grandma that these kids hold dear forever. 

I must also note that my mom makes delicious pie crust.  Actually, everything she makes is delicious.  I am not a big fan of pie, but my mom's pie...now that's a different story!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!  Hope you had a wonderful day.  We have so very much to be thankful for.  Right now I am most thankful for an awesome family & that I get to be a wife & mother.  It is the hardest job, taking care of all these people, but it's the best job & I am becoming a better person because of it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

DIY Painted Chevron Tote Bag



Hello Friends!  Today I am guest posting over at GingiberSnap & I'm showing you how to make this super, super cute painted chevron tote bag.  So be sure to pop over & check that out!


Sadie totally stole my bag to use as her school bag today.  Looks like I'm going to need to make some more of these!  She looked so cute.  As I watched her walk into school, I said to myself, "Dang!  That's a great bag!"  :)

And can someone please tell my kids to quit growing up so fast?  When did Claire get so tall?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

West Elm + Etsy Mini Market


We are really excited to have been invited to participate in the west elm + Etsy mini market & holiday workshop taking place on December 1st.  We will be setting up shop there along with some other local etsy sellers.  I have no idea who the other sellers are so I look forward to meeting them.

If you are local, we would love it if you came to see us.  These events are going on in west elm stores across the country on the same day, so check your local west elm store to see if they're participating.  We will be at the west elm store in Henderson inside The District at Green Valley Ranch.  Can't wait!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Cutest Napkins & Baby Boy



I am just completely in love with this set of Vintage Mix Cloth Napkins!  I had a sweet customer request a set of 20 of them for her Thanksgiving table & she let me add in lots more vintage sheeting fabrics of my choice.  So cute!  Love, love, love them!



Oh, my smiley boy!  Finn is doing well.  Thank you for keeping him in your thoughts.  We're hoping that he continues to do well & that he doesn't have to go back into the operating room again!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

For Health & Strength


We are in the middle of a 12 day stretch of work for Dylan & in addition he's had to work late most days.  I keep telling myself that this is no big deal & then I have moments where I want to pull all my hair out or cry uncontrollably.  Hello, dinner time until bed time.

Shortly after Finn's surgery...like 4 days after...we noticed what looked like another fistula forming.  We tried treating it with a round of antibiotics, but it's gotten worse & needs another surgery.  We go in tomorrow morning for that.  The pediatric surgeon told us that it's not common for babies this young to get fistulas & although fistulas can be recurring, he's never had a patient have another fistula so shortly after the first one.  So that's awesome, right?  :)

This sweet baby boy is hurting, so I'll be happy to get through this procedure once again.  Today I am holding this baby & bouncing & swaying to keep him somewhat happy.  I'm tired.  I am praying that this is the last time we go through this.

My amazing sister in law delivered her baby at 24 weeks last Saturday night.  I can't even imagine what she & my brother are going through.  Their sweet little baby girl, Ruby, weighs 1 pound 3.8 ounces.  Can you imagine?!  The wonderful news is that that tiny baby continues to do well. 

Our issues with Finn seem so minor compared to baby Ruby & the struggles that she & her family will have in the next few months. 

You know it would be so much easier sometimes if we could just see the future.  Then we'd know what was in store for us just down the road & we wouldn't have to fret so much in the mean time.  But then we wouldn't have the opportunity to really rely on the Lord & build our faith in Him.  And I believe that if we pay very close attention, God will let us know that everything will be fine even when we are right in the middle of our hard times.

For now our family continues to pray for the babies...and also for the adults.  Everything is going to be alright.  It always is.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Photographic Proof


I really do exist even though I don't show up in photos often.  Somehow I managed to get myself + all 3 kids + the dog + my messy house in this one photobooth photo.  I rule that way.

This afternoon I laid down to feed Finn.  We both fell asleep.  I dreamed that I was talking on the phone.  When I woke up I was holding the bottle to my ear. 

That bottle was also leaking on my neck & shirt.  Yep.  I totally rule.

:)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hot Air Balloons




This week I cut out lots & lots of little hot air balloons from cardstock & made lots & lots of little hot air balloon ornaments.  Dylan put together the images for me & once printed, they were cut out, folded in half & glued together with elmer's glue.  I added a coordinating loop of embroidery floss for the hanging string.

These were used for the Young Women Excellence night where our theme was "The Sky's the Limit".  They hung from branches in a vase as centerpieces & then the girls each got to take one home as a reminder of the evening.

They turned out pretty sturdy & could really be made into just about any shape or using any image.  I'm thinking Christmas ornaments.  In fact I think a few of these balloons just may end up on my tree this year.  :)

Would you like to make your own?  Download the hot air balloon pdf right here.  One reader thought that these would make a great mobile & I agree!!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Vintage Sheets!!





I've got a favorite thrift store in town for finding vintage sheets.  I've only recently discovered this store & it never disappoints.  I always find a few awesome vintage sheets whenever I stop in.  This last shopping trip was amazing!  I found 11 sheets + 2 pillowcases.  What are the odds?  Seriously!  In Las Vegas?!

My collection of vintage linens is getting a bit out of control, though.  I plan to start listing some cuts of these in the shop as soon as I can find time.  I figure that I really only need half of each sheet & the other half I can sell.  I'll keep you posted on when that shop update might be.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Hospital Report



I debated sharing the news that Finn would be having surgery...mainly because of the location.  Will that be embarrassing for him later?  He can't help it.  It just happened.  And my blog will totally be deleted by the time he's a teenager, right?

The night of fasting went better than expected.  I fed Finn right up until 1am & then he was cut off.  He slept for a bit & then when he woke he wasn't as mad as I thought he'd be to not be offered food.  We got to the hospital at 5:30.  Never would I have guessed that I'd be back at the same hospital where I delivered Finn exactly 7 weeks later.  We hung out in pre op until the surgeon took him back at 7:30.


My stomach was in knots thinking about my little 9 lbs. baby in the operating room.  All I could do was hope that all would go well & that he wouldn't have any reactions to the anesthesia, but turning complete control over to the doctor was physically painful for me.


About 40 minutes later we got word that all had gone well with the surgery.  I went back to the recovery room to see my little baby sleeping with an adult size oxygen mask on his face & tubes all over the place.  It was so heartbreaking to see him like that, but I felt so relived that he looked so healthy otherwise.

The nurse & the anesthesiologist told us that he had his tongue sticking out the whole time & they thought that was pretty funny.  We were able to hold him feed him Pedialyte.  I wanted to rip that tape & IV out of his arm.  It looked so uncomfortable.

After a not at all restful night in the hospital, Finn & I were back home in time to kiss Sadie before she left for school.  Claire had him coloring in no time.


I know that many people have children that go through much more invasive surgeries at even younger ages, but this was still very scary for us.  I can't even imagine being in & out of the hospital on a regular basis.  My heart goes out to those that do.

Thank you so much for your thoughts & prayers.  We feel so blessed that Finn is doing well.  I am convinced that the Lord was looking over us & our little boy. 

Friday, November 04, 2011

Better Now


We're home from the hospital.  Finn did really well.  He was such a good boy.  Thank you for all your thoughts & prayers.  I'm exhausted, so I'll post more later.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Poor Baby



In a few hours we have to take our little Finn to the hospital for surgery.  :(  Last week we discovered a hard mass just under his bum hole.  It's called an anal fistula.  So he has to go under anesthesia for them to excise it.

We know that it is causing him pain so we are glad that it's getting taken care of.  We just feel anxious & nervous for him to be put under anesthesia because he's so small.  He's just a little baby!  I'm sure that my heart will break a few times in the coming days.  It's so hard to see our babies in pain.  Our family would appreciate your prayers & I'll post about his recovery soon.  For now I am snuggling him & hoping that we all survive his night of fasting. 

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Free Shipping Code


It's November & I'm feeling good, so I'm offering free shipping on all domestic orders in the Sparkle Power shop for the next few days!  Just enter the coupon code NOVFREESHIP at checkout.  But hurry, because this won't last long!

Halloween 2011



We survived Halloween & I hope you did too!  Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I didn't make costumes this year & I feel totally fine about it.  Sadie chose to be Dorothy & Claire chose to be a bumble bee. 

We went to our church for a trunk-or-treat, where the kids trick-or-treat from car to car.  This year we collected empty milk jugs & made ghosts out of them to decorate our trunk.  This was a great project for the kids.  They loved it & it was super easy.  We put dollar store glow sticks (which came 2 to a package) inside the jugs.  So not only was it a really fun craft for the kids it was also super cheap!

I've been encouraging myself to eat less sugar, so now I just have to try to stay away from the candy bags.  :)
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