Wednesday, November 30, 2011

a little thrifted dress

i'm really intrigued by people who thrift shop. you know, the ones who can walk into a thrift store and come out with a creative and cute outfit. or, like my husband, have the patience to look over every book and find some pretty great classics. 
so i thought i would put myself to the test. 
i've redone furniture in the past. i still need to post those pics, don't i? 
now i'm onto clothes. 
i started at kid to kid looking for clothes for, well, my kids. they have some great stuff! my brother's girlfriend works there so it's fun to go in and chat it up with nicole while i dig through the clothes for some gems. i'll try to post pics of the kids in their outfits as the clothes are worn.
first up, izzy in her cute little dress.
dress: $5. tights: $2 target. boots: handed down from her cousin.
doesn't she make the cutest little model?
i spent some time at my local DI today and walked away with three tops. $12. i'm pretty happy with myself. i think i have a new addiction. at least it's relatively cheap, right?

Monday, November 28, 2011

birthday letters

sorry about the quality. i really really really need a new camera.
my dad's birthday is this week. friday to be exact. he and mom are in hawaii for two weeks to celebrate, not only his birthday, but also their anniversary that was last sunday. i know, he leads a hard life! he's a lucky man indeed. 
after thanksgiving dinner on thursday (which was glorious, by the way), all the family gathered in the living room and asked my dad to join us. he had no idea we were giving him his birthday present early. he sat down in the rocker and we handed him a stack of envelopes wrapped up in twine. in the envelopes were letters that i've been gathering over the last month or so from those close to my dad - family and friends from all different areas of his life. i think he ended up with about 30 letters. it was fun to watch him open them and relive some of those memories. most were funny memories. a few he couldn't finish reading because they made him a good way, we're told. he's becoming rather sentimental in his "old" age. 
that dad of mine is a pretty good guy, if i do say so myself.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


tessa and olivia
ethan and beckham

my sister and i each have three kids. they don't line up exactly in age but they get along so well. izzy is constantly saying how much she loves her cousin beckham (he's about 9 months older). 
saturday was beckham's birthday. 
the party was at chuck e cheese. 
the kids were in heaven. 
i'm grateful that our families live close enough to each other that they are able to spend happy moments like that together. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

little lexy

this is little lexy ray. 
she belongs to my little brother cam and his wife rachel. and she's only about five weeks old. i was able to babysit her a few days ago while her parents had a fun date night. i held her and she slept. it was pretty great. i'll take an opportunity to snuggle a new baby anytime.

Friday, November 18, 2011

breaking dawn at midnight

hi. my name is emily and i'm addicted to the twilight saga. 
the books kept me entertained while constantly (it feels constant sometimes, doesn't it?) nursing a newborn. the movies have made for fun, late nights out and a reason to swoon over robert pattinson. yes indeed. you better believe i'm team edward!
breaking dawn opened at midnight last night. 
yep, i saw it. 
it was awesome. yes, awesome. 
even the super awkward sex scenes and wolves talking to each other like they're scooby-doo. the movies get better as they go. i'm looking forward to part two.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

winter swimming

we went swimming over at the rec center with some friends. the water was warm, the kids loved it and it wore them out. i think we'll be taking advantage of winter swimming more often. 
i promise i won't get carried away with the polaroid app

izzy loved the pink goggles

izzy calls gretta her best friend. aren't they cute?
the older kids wouldn't hold still long enough for me to take decent pictures. and izzy pretty much loves any opportunity to have a picture taken.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

thanksgiving tree

i really like my new polaroid app
guess i took the picture the wrong way here. oops.
i love projects that include materials that i already have around my house. the thanksgiving tree was that kind of project! each of us took at least one paper dollie and wrote down what we're thankful for in our lives. izzy drew some doodles and every time we ask her what they are she says something different. they've represented toys, her family and candy. all good things to be grateful for, i suppose! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

its in the lyrics

the last couple of weeks i've been listening to this song on repeat. it doesn't get old. i think i've listened to it five times already today. the lyrics get me every time. they say exactly how i feel about the last couple years of my (our) life.
i'm gonna get personal for a minute. it's my blog, right?
the last three years have been difficult. i think i've said that before. as a result of some of these difficulties, my personal beliefs and my marriage have taken a hit. there's ups and downs in life but for a while i (we) was (were) on a downward dive that was starting to get too difficult for me (us) to pull myself (ourselves) back up. i throw "us" and we" in there because a strong marriage takes two people, right?
you're darn tootin!
but before i lead you to believe that we are still in this downward dive, let me assure you that we are not. thanks to some very hard work, special people and overwhelming blessings, we are on our way back up. it's pretty dang great. life is good now. and we're still working on it. always will be. that's the way life is.
so this song says exactly how i feel.

i'm letting go of the devil on my back. all these past issues are disappearing for me (us). the visual of shaking it out/off is awesome. so if you see me dancing around more (which for your sake i hope you don't, coordination isn't my strong suit), you'll know what i'm actually doing.
shaking it out.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

brigham & amy

thanks for letting me use some of your pictures, amy!
my brother, brigham, is getting married in january. he met amy though my parents. yep, they did it again. my mom set up laura and steve as well. she is quite the little matchmaker! my parents were having dinner at outback steakhouse, where amy was their waitress, and they got her number for brigham because they immediately thought the two of them would get along so well. they were right! january 4 is the big day. i'm excited for them and look forward to getting to know amy better. she has amazing taste in clothes. just sayin. some fun shopping days may be in the near future.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

izzy meets some crazy characters

izzy wanted a picture with just about every disney character. and we made it happen! while mark or i were off with the older kids on a ride izzy was just a bit too short for (like an inch!), we found characters in the park for her to take pictures with. it actually worked out perfectly every time.
here's her character photo gallery
jesse from toy story



buzz lightyear

pooh bear

sully from monsters, inc


sleeping beauty


mickey mouse, of course! her number one picture request.

minnie mouse. her number two picture request. liv was back from her ride in time to hop into the picture as well.

Monday, November 07, 2011

happy memories

we're all wearing our "1st visit" buttons
you know those moments that you wish you could freeze in time because they were so wonderful and happy and precious? 
our entire trip to disneyland was just like that.
well, okay, not the part where we got rear-ended by an old lady and now have a huge hole in the side of the car.
everything else exceeded our expectations.
i mean, come on, you know you're having a good time when it's just as hard to pull mark away from the park as it is the kids. poor guy. he could have happily spent a fourth day there. 
really, it was that great.
more pics and stories to come.