Monday, May 24, 2010

Welcome To The Zoo...

A couple of weekends ago, Marcus took his girls to a Brian Regan concert in St. George. I wasn't about to just sit at home with Christian and Emma so we went to the zoo with my sister and her girls. Christian hadn't been to the zoo in a long time and Emma had never gone. Emma loved it. Christian was on his own page that day and wanted to do his own thing, but it was fun.

They had to tell the giraffes hi from daddy.

Emma was the only one who would be in my pictures.

We had to ride the carousel and the train.

The day after the zoo Emma got sick and has been fighting it ever since. She has so politely passed it on to me. She said the snakes from the zoo made her sick. Stinkin' snakes!

This picture is just hilarious. The attitude on Emma's face is priceless!! She asked me to take their picture and she kept doing that exact same face.

This is a sneak peak of my next post..So FrEaKiN AdOrAbLe!!!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day...

Happy Mother's Day to all you awesome moms out there!!

My Grandma and my mom

My awesome sister

My mom, grandma and sister are all three great moms and great examples to me. Thank you all for being a part of my life. You RocK!! LoVe Ya!!

And to this wonderful, awesome mom: Thank you for letting me become a mom. It was your precious gift that allowed me to become a mommy.

"He is mine in a way he will never be hers, yet he is hers in a way that he will never be mine. And, so, together, we are Motherhood."-Desha Wood

I love this quote by Marjorie Hinckley:

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor's children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know that I was really here and that I really lived".

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

I've Created a Monster...

So everyone says that Emma looks just like me and my mom says that she acts just like I did when I was her age. (There is no way I was as sassy and stubborn as she is...nope, not possible.)

ignore the food on her face, after all, I did say she was like me...

I'm beginning to think she is more like me than I originally thought.

She can't play with her toys without lining them all up in very neat lines.

She is very proud of this habit she has. I think it's a little creepy, but at the same time, I couldn't be prouder!! She is my daughter after all.

Looks like it has moved onto her snack too.

Can you say OCD?
Like mother, like daughter.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Look Who's Back...

It seems I have checked out the past little while. Between my surgery, all our business drama, wanting adopt again, and life, I have somehow lost who I am. I let the stress and negativity almost drown me. I almost lost faith and hope. I almost lost my faith in humanity. I let people's negative comments about my surgery effect me way more then I should have. I let people's questions about why we are wanting to adopt again now make me grumpy. (I know we are going through a lawsuit and don't have an extra penny to adopt right now, but I also know that we are suppose to adopt now. I know there is a baby out there for us. It may not happen right away, but I can't push aside the feelings I have.) Trying to get our adoption blog up, researching adoption and trying to find a way to make it work has given me something positive and happy to focus on amidst all this crap...

I haven't been a very pleasant person lately. But.....she's baaaack!!!

I feel like me again. I've gotten to the point where it's either sink or swim, and I have decided to swim. I haven't done anything crafty in months. I have lost all creativity I once had. But hopefully over time, it'll all come back. Here are a few things I accomplished this weekend:

I made marble magnets for Mother's Day and for Teacher Appreciation Day. I used my Cricut to cut the vinyl. It did an okay job but I couldn't put the letters on straight to save my life. I had everything I needed in my craft room except for the marbles. It turned out to be a really inexpensive project.

I also made little bucket's for Christian's and Emma's teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day. I filled them candy, a cute fat pen and the marble magnets. Now I just need to make sure the candy actually stays in there between now and Friday. I know a couple of little hands that like to swipe candy...okay, maybe my hands aren't so little...

I FINALLY finished Emma's growth chart. Never mind the fact that she will be three next month.

Painting these boards is a pain in the butt!!! I forgot how long it took me to do Christian's, and then as soon as I started Emma's, it all came back to me. Emma's chart has gone through a couple of wooden embellishments all ready. I think it was her way of telling me to get it done and on the wall all ready.

I also did a project for my Mom for Mother's Day, but can't post pictures. Here's proof that it was messy though!

We also put together Tammie's (Christian's birth mom) Mother's Day package. I always stress over what to send. There is nothing I could ever send her to let her know how much we love and appreciate her. She is an answer to our prayers and my biggest hero. There is nothing I could ever make or buy that would give her as much joy and happiness as the gift she gave us. She got some of the marble magnets as well. Christian made her a Mother's Day card and we wrote her a very long letter. Since we brought Christian home, we have been sending Tammie scrapbook pages for her to add to the book we gave her. It's nothing too fancy, but we all love it. I also ordered her a necklace from this cute little etsy shop. I love it and want to order one for myself soon.

I'm also trying to regain control of my house again. Laundry will not defeat me!!

I am also getting my butt kicked trying to get the yard sale organized for our adoption fundraiser. I never realized how much work goes into these things. If you have any pointers or tips on how to make things go smoothly, please share.

I have lots more projects to come. I am bound and determined to finished the blasted doll house before all the kids are too big to play with it!!