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Back in March of 2009, I made this pretty pink dress for my little gal.

She absolutely loved this dress!  She would twirl around in it and watch the skirt swing.  She called it her “pwetty pink dwess”.

And she always looked so adorable in it.  The size was practically perfect – with a little bit of extra room for her to grow in.

And she’s been busy doing exactly that.

Growing so fast.

Looks like it’s time to make another pretty dress for this princess!

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Best wishes for 2012

In this little corner of the globe, 2011 will be over in just a couple of hours.  The mister has been off on an adventure, fighting a bit of rogue plumbing, so we’ve been kicking about the house for New Year’s Eve.  We’ve been cleaning house, then the kiddos have been playing video games together, and I’ve been having a little playtime with this little old friend:



Poor old sewing machine.  She’s forced to lurk about in the closet for months on end, lonely and neglected.  I’ve promised her that in the coming year we’ll spend a bit more time together 😉


There may not have been a lot of sewing happening around here, but there has been plenty of crafting in the works.  A whole lot of string turned into pretty things.  Some of that string turned into 212 of these:



I don’t think I will ever make so many in one year again, so I wanted to mark that little accomplishment down here.  Someday, maybe I’ll be reading through these posts again and remember a year chock full of dishcloth cotton!


Now let’s look beyond the crafty stuff.  Last year, around this time, I looked toward 2011 and had one main goal in mind.  I see how fast my kids are growing and I wanted to get out there and make some memories.  My goal was to get out and do at least one activity, together as a family, each month.  I think we did pretty good meeting this goal and I hope that this year will be one that the kids look back on fondly as they get older.


As I look forward to 2012, I have a couple of little wishes – like improving on my sewing abilities, and getting better at knitting with needles – but, I again have one main goal in mind.  I want to continue to focus on my family.  This year, I want to strengthen our family foundation.  I want to see them strengthen their relationships and show more patience for one another.  I’ll be looking for ways to help them grow closer together as we make our way through 2012 together.


I am wishing all of you the very best for 2012, too.  May your year be full of love, laughter, and joy.  May 2012 be one of the best years you’ve ever had 🙂


Happy New Year!



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17 years ago, I did just that.  I married my friend.  And he has become more than a friend.  He is my love, my partner, my heart, my everything.  I am thankful to have him at my side, taking this journey with me.  I love you always and forever, Troy ♥





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I am sure there are recipes like this one floating around out there on the ‘net.  But I’m sharing mine anyway 🙂  I was in the kitchen the other day pulling some good things out of the pantry to throw together in a bowl, whisk-whisk-whisk, then bake up deliciousness to please my wild things.  I had promised them that sometime soon I’d make some pumpkin chocolate chip treats and I decided this was that time.  And then I did what hubby likes to call the ‘better off dead’ style of cooking and I just. winged. it.  The end result was soooooo good!  And it didn’t crawl off of anyone’s plate and slither away, lol.  Here are the de-structions in case you’d like to make some pumpkin yummy for your little punkins:

Piece o’ Cake Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins










You will need:

one yellow cake mix

one 15 oz. can of pumpkin

one cup of chocolate chips

2 eggs

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup of water

plus, a cupcake pan

Preheat oven to 350.  Line cupcake pan with cupcake wrappers, or lightly coat with a non stick cooking spray.

Put the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, and water into a medium sized bowl and mix well.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups.  Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  Allow to cool, then eat ’em, eat ’em, eat ’em all up!  Or be nice and share a few…










These would also be great with cream cheese frosting on them.  Mmmm!


Have a delicious day!


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My sweetie brought me flowers yesterday and immediately started apologizing for their imperfection as he handed them to me.  He explained that he searched and searched for some that were not damaged in some way.  Some of the petals were brown and many leaves were starting to fall from the stems.  But to me, they were perfect.


Perfect because my sweetie spent time and hard earned money just to spoil me a little for Valentine’s day.


Perfect because they were chosen just for me and a gesture of his love for me.


Perfect color for me and perfectly sweet that he knew it.


Perfect, perfect, perfect.


We had a pretty busy night, so the roses were quickly put in a vase and we zipped off to take care of a few things.  This morning, I found a few extra little minutes to spend on them.  I peeled a few bruised petals away, gathered up a handful of newly fallen leaves, and re-arranged the freshly groomed buds.


So lovely, right?  Sure, we could look for, and pick out imperfections if we chose to.  But, to me, they are perfect.


I think we are all a lot like my Valentine’s Day roses.  There is such great beauty in all of us.  We just need someone who will look beyond the bruised petals and the leaves we drop.  Someone who will reach out to us, nurture us, and bring our beauty out.  I hope that each one of you has at least one someone like that in your life.  Whether it be a sweetie, family, or a dear, dear friend.  And I hope that you will recognize the beauty in yourself.  Maybe we have a few prickles and bruises.  Maybe we’ve lost a few leaves and petals.  But deep in our core, there is beauty and perfection.  Just like the inexplicably gorgeous swirl of a rose.


All my love,

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“… you’ll be stuck inside 3 months out of every year.”

This is what I told my youngest boy Saturday morning.  The whole family was getting ready to go out and take a walk along the Weber River.  My 7 year old looked out the sliding glass door and said “But, there is SNOW on the ground!”  We didn’t let it stop us 🙂

I have been feeling so much better!  And I want to feel this way forever.  I’ve had my time to feel old and worn down.  I am ready to be awake, alive, spry!  I plan on being a bounding, peppy old lady many, many years from now.  Chronic fatigue made me feel like I was at least 80 years old.  I figure I’ve had that experience and don’t plan to repeat it when my hair grays and my face wrinkles 😉

I decided that this year, I will get my family out of the house at least once a month to do something fun, and preferably fitness related.  My energy levels are up and the kids are growing so fast.  I want to get out there and make some memories with them.  I want to see them more active.  I want them to wake up too.  I want them to find fun without a controller in their hands.

So, I planned a little walk.  We took along my awesome buddy, Travis.  (I met Travie at Convergys years and years ago.  He’s one of the kindest people I know.  He’s been my other brother Travis ever since.  Love you, Trav)  Travis met us at the house and we headed off to pick up – it was supposed to be muffins and juice – but hubby decided on donuts, chocolate milk, and juice.  The kids were thrilled.  We ate and then headed off down the trail.

The kids all brought their scooters.


They really, really wanted to go through this little ‘tunnel’


It was a bit chilly and a few tiny snowflakes fell as we were walking, but walking kept us pretty warm.


This little face may not have “fun” written all over it, but we had a really great time out on the trail.


This guy was hard to catch in photos – he was speeding right along until the very end.  A minor tummy ache slowed him down.  I had planned on walking and then eating, but it was getting a bit late for breakfast by the time we arrived at the park.  I think he ate too fast and then moved even faster.  He was feeling better by the time we reached the van.


Here is my playful little guy.  Think he’s glad we didn’t wait for the snow to melt away?  I think we picked a good day to take this walk.  We’ve actually had a bit more snowfall since Saturday.


All done walking and enjoying the river before they leave.  My oldest said he did not want to go and that it was so peaceful there.  I know just what he means.  I love listening to a river flow.  It sings inside you and makes you feel at rest.  Soothing.  I wouldn’t want one right in my yard (because I’d worry about the kids ;D) but I’m glad we can hop in the car and drive to one in just 5 minutes or so.  I think we’ll be walking here a few times this year.

We’re already making plans for next month’s walk.  My little gal looked at these pics as I was writing this post and said “I want to go there again!”  Hmm, maybe I can convince the crew to make it a weekly thing…


Wishing you all well, and healthy!



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A Holly, Jolly Christmas


I love Christmas-time!  I love getting ready for the holidays.  I love making gifts, usually starting 2 or 3 months before December even rolls around.  I love anticipating the reactions the presents will bring.  I love hearing the kids wonder aloud what Santa might bring them… and teasing them that it will be lots and lots of coal 😉  I love Christmas carols and Christmas goodies and Christmas decorations.  I love watching snow fall – when I don’t have to drive in it.  I love snuggling up in a warm blanket with a cup of hot chocolate or wassail.  I love having a bit more time for spending with family.  I love this time of year!


There may not have been snow, or even mistletoe, but there was plenty of cheer.  Watching little ones open their presents on Christmas day puts a touch of magic into the air.  And visiting with loved ones through out the day brings joy to the heart.  It’s what makes Christmas my favorite holiday.

I hope your holiday season was Merry and Bright, too!  Wishing you all the very best in the new year!


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