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First Day, First Grade

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Here we are, the first day of first grade. I feel like we just left school, and now we are back again. I got a few snaps in, but not many. I am going to share them here along with a selection of my Facebook status updates about the girls from the past few years. They start with the most recent and go down, I have labeled each age change.

6 years old:

9/3/13 Kyla ~ “Sometimes I make a wish on a shooting star, but’s it’s an airplane, so the wish doesn’t come true.”

8/15/13 Vada ~ “Mommy, this ginger whale really makes my tummy feel better!”

8/10/13 Kyla made me *imaginary* coffee with extra caffeine. I love that kid.

8/5/13 Kyla ~ “I’m going to be strong like Rapunzel and I’m going to be a Ninja Warrior!” (have you seen Rapunzel swing that cast iron pan?)

7/29/13 Vada is trying to make friends with a little spider. “Hi little guy. I nice to you. You are so cute.” She is sad that he would not let her hold him, and ran away when she tried.

7/28/13 Kyla “what’s your book about?”
Grammy “a park ranger”
Kyla “is that like a power ranger?”

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5 years old:

6/20/13 We were practicing our “sh” sound. Now the girls are running around screaming “Du nu, Du nu, AHHHH, there’s a shark at the shore!!!” Every. Time.

6/2/13 “Daddy, do you want Kyla time? Because I want Daddy time.”

4/29/13 Awesome snack with the girls ~ banana scallops (cut banana into 1″ rounds, coat each side with natural sugar, cook in hot pan on both sides until caramelized, remember melted sugar is HOT), and hot cocoa. Best snack time quote ~ “I made a hot burp”

4/12/13 Me: *burp* “excuse me.”
Kyla: “Daddy! You burped!”
Me: *giggle*

2/20/13 I often wonder if the neighbors hear the girls and I screaming at each other at bedtime. If they do, can they tell that we are screaming “I love you, bye!” or are they debating calling DYFS?

1/23/13 Kyla “my nose doesn’t like the cold, and my mouth doesn’t like the cold, and my eyes don’t like the cold. None of me likes the cold. My bones don’t like the cold!!”
Me “Your bones are cold?”
Kyla “My bones are shibbering!”

1/17/13 Me “where’s Daddy?”
Kyla “Maybe he runned away to the circus?”

1/17/13 Vada “I know everything about bad words”
Doug “Really?”
Vada “Yah, but I never say them”

1/4/13 Me “Kyla, please put your snack bowl in the kitchen”
Kyla “OK, but first I going to…”
Me *glare*
Kyla “or not.” *picks up snack bowl*

1/1/13 Vada is swimming across the floor “I learned how to swim. I can swim out water, but I can’t swim in water.”

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12/26/12 Vada “Daddy played Kapla with us”
Me “Qapla’?”
Vada “Yes”
Me “I think you mean Kaplunck, Qupla’ is Klingon for success”
Vada “Oh”
Doug “Mommy’s Geek is showing”

12/7/12 Yesterday’s great quote from Kyla: “Mommy, see the girl in the flower dress? She is my friend, I call her Nice Pretty Girl.”
Me: “well that is a wonderful thing to call someone, but do you know her name?”
Kyla: “Yes, Nice Pretty Girl!”

11/11/12 The kids (all 3 of them) are in Doug’s “play room” playing with Star Wars Lego toys. Just heard:
D *makes explosion noise*
K “what happened to my ship?”
D “I don’t know”
K “Maybe you accidentally shot it?”
D “I don’t know”

9/9/12 K ~ “Mommy, you wanna run away and join the circus with me?”

9/6/12 Vada just screamed “Squishy hug!!” and jumped on Kyla on the couch. They are both giggling hysterically.

8/31/12 Doug, Kyla, Vada, and Monster Hand are playing Uno Moo (Monster Hand is a pink 3 eyed monster hand puppet that Kyla is quite fond of)

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4 years old:

6/27/12 Kyla ~ “my brains full of music”
Me ~ “Wow, that’s cool”
“What your brains full of”
“Mush”
“What happened to your brains”
“You did”
“Vada and I smushed your brains”
“Yup”

5/15/12 Vada *holding up animal cracker*, “Mommy, what animal this?”
“Gorilla”
“But it not have any banana.”

4/21/12 Kyla just called Vada’s doll a “silly imp”

4/20/12 Vada “Daddy, we play a game?”
Daddy “We don’t have time for a game.”
Vada “A quickily game?”
Daddy “We don’t have time for a quickily game.”
Vada “A more quickily game?”
That child never gives up.

4/15/12 Kyla has a pink pirate patch on one eye, and a spyglass on the other. Oh dear.

4/13/12 Kyla ~ “Mommy, I love you. I love you hundreds. I love you hundreds and more!!!”
OK, happy now.

4/12/12 Vada named the stuffed bunny she got for Easter “Splat,” because, “she a bunny and she jump up…” *throws into air* “…and land, SPLAT!”
I love the way that kid thinks.

4/9/12 Vada, “Kyla, no lick me! Love ‘posta be clean!”

4/2/12 Vada just got up from her nap, to go potty, and I hear her in the bathroom signing “do, do, do do do, mana, mana, do do, dodo, mana mana

3/21/12 V~”I strong like Wonder Woman!”

3/20/12 K, “…twelve, thirteen, sixteen, eleventeen.” I love eleventeen.

3/14/12 Vada has decided that Draggy, the stuffed dragon, is a herbivore, just like Ned the Braciosaurus…um, how come brontosaurus is in the spell check and not braciosaurus?

3/12/12 The girls and I are arguing over who is the biggest “goof~ball pretty~face”. Much giggling abounds.

3/4/12 K~ “Mommy, I made a friend named Abby today. You make Abby a rainbow coat? But you have to make it really quickly. You make it now! Please?” oh dear.

3/2/12 Kyla just drew a “banana sticking in a rock” A.K.A. the Banana in the Stone.

2/28/12 “This sticker not have sticker power anymore” ~ Vada

2/21/12 Doug ~ “you are very, very smart, and very, very good, and very, very sweet, do you know that?” Vada, “I really, really cute, too!”

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12/19/11 Kyla “meet you, guess my name” Vada ” My friends call me Lewis!” Oh dear, maybe a bit too much of the classic rock station in the car.

11/23/11 Kyla, “Vada’s my best sister ever!”

11/14/11 Vada, *smushing herself against bookshelf door and looking at pjs to see if they change color* “Hey, I not be camouflage, Mommy.”

10/5/11 Vada “Mommy, Kyla has my brains!”
Me “Kyla, give Vada back her brains!”
Kyla “ok.”
Gotta love ’em.

7/23/11 The girls just asked if we wanted to see them be an “x”. Vada laid down on her back, and Kyla plopped across her, making and “x”. It was adorable and impressive.

7/20/13 Doug’s making the girls lunch “POOF!!! You’re lunch!!” *giggles*

7/15/11 The girls are very mad at me because they are so hungry they could eat a horse, and I made chicken. They really want to eat a horse. Seriously, there are tears. They are just a bit warped if you ask me.

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3 years old:

6/3/11 Kyla, “Mom, Vada hit me in the elbow!”
Me, “Vada, did you hit your sister in the elbow?”
Vada, “Yea.”
Me, “Why?”
Vada, “I play games and sing songs and hit Kyla in the pretty elbow.”
She’s really not grasping the meaning of the word “why”, or “pretty” for that matter.

6/1/11 When food is involved, the girls can count to 12; otherwise, “1, 2, 3, many.”

5/28/11 The girls have my yard stick and are measuring everything. Kyla’s foot is “Elebinteen,” Vada’s hand is “Sebenteen,” and Mommy’s bed is “Sixty~fee”.

5/20/11 Thanks to Sid the Science Kid, Kyla attempts to sing the ABC song when she washes her hands. It’s too cute! “ABCBLMNOP, sing with me.”

5/4/11 There is no argument with my girls that can not be solved with the “I love you” game ~ screaming “I LOVE YOU” at each other until everyone is giggling uncontrollably.

3/21/11 Vada’s cracker just cried “help me!” Then Vada smiled and ate it.

3/2/11 Me “What do you girls want for dinner?”
Kyla “Want chocolate cake!”
Vada “I wanna make it!!”
Me “OK”
Um ~ Is that a Mommy win or a mommy fail?

2/19/11 Me, after Vada explained to me the right way to do something “Whatever floats your boat.”
Vada, “No float boat, NEVER!!”
Kyla, “My boat float away, my boat broken.”

2/16/11 Kyla ~
*jumps* “ugh”
*jumps* “ugh”
*pouts* “I wanna fly but I have no wings”

2/12/11 The girls have lighted, blow up light sabers, and Doug has the light saber app on his Droid, and they are in the bedroom with the lights off battling to the death. (and he is teaching Kyla to say “help me Daddy, you’re my only hope”)

1/6/11 Vada’s cereal is saying “No eat meee!” on it’s way in, and Kyla’s is dancing on the bowl then having a discussion with Kyla about weather or not she will eat it before saying “goodbye” and being eaten. Sometimes I worry about them…

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12/31/10 The girls are in the back seat singing “TinkerBell, TinkerBell, TinkerBell rock.”

12/30/10 If I hold Kyla by the ankles and swing her into Vada’s bottom as Vada runs in circles around their bedroom is it child abuse if everyone is giggling hysterically? I hope not…

12/29/10 Vada, “Mom, what’s peace?” Me, “Peace is what I have when you and your sister are sleeping.”

12/17/10 Vada ~ “Mommy, I Wonder Woman!” Kyla ~ “I Wonder Woman too!!” Now they are running around their room singing “Wonder Woman.”

12/16/10 Kyla *screaming* “My puppy GONE!!!!” Vada *pouting* “I no puppy anymore, I big girl!” I guess Vada got tired of the pet game.

12/14/10 Kyla just made her candy penguin say “Don’t eat meeeeeeeee!” as she moved it to her mouth and bit it’s head off. Yup, that’s my kid all right.

12/3/10 Kyla ~ “I a ballerina monster girl!” Doug ~ “What does a ballerina monster girl do?” Kyla ~ “Jump on the bed!!”

11/9/10 Kyla walked up to me, smiled really big, burped really loud, and said, “I love you!”

11/2/10 Kyla and Vada have an invisible monster. It tends to hang out by the front door (inside), and the girls occasionally say “monster needs hug” and then go over to it and hug the monster ~ sometimes it even gets a kiss.

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2 years old:

6/16/10 Kyla, “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!” Doug, “Why are you calling her; I’m the nice one.” Kyla, “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!” Me “Why are you calling me; Daddy’s the nice one.”

6/25/10 Kyla just informed me that a crab bit her toe in her bedroom, but it’s all gone now.

5/31/10 Doug “where did you put my hat?” Jessie “I didn’t touch your hat” Vada *pops up, runs into bedroom, runs back, hands Daddy hat, continues coloring* Jessie “I told you I didn’t touch your hat”

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Our trip to New England (a little late)

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I had a lot of photos to share in this post, maybe a bit too many, so I turned most of them into collages. As always, you can click on a photo to see it a bit larger.

At the beginning of the month we went to visit my family in New England. My mother is the oldest of 11 kids, and all 11 of them managed to make it back to Beverly, MA for our little reunion. OK, maybe not so little. There was my grandparents, their 11 kids, most of their spouses/significant others, many of their kids, along with some spouses/significant others, and a few more kids of theirs. For those of you keeping count, that is 4 generations.

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We drove from our home in NJ up to my Aunt Diane’s house in New Hampshire. I really love her house. She was having a get together there, and as the evening wore on, lots of family showed up.

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There was a patch of sand in the back where an above ground pool had been for a while. The girls had fun making sand cakes and other goodies with some of my little cousins. OK, remember how I said my mother was the oldest of 11? Well that means that the children of some of her younger siblings are closer in age to my kids then to me. Actually, her youngest brother is 7 months younger then me.

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The girls always love to spend time with cousin Carly. She’s just plain fun. I happen to agree.

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Di has a couple ATVs, and my Godson took his girlfriend for a ride.

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Di has a great little play set in the back. There is always something interesting happening on it.

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Of course no trip to Di’s is complete without a big pallet bon fire! My cousin Tiffany’s boyfriend sharpened a stick for Vada. She was quite happy. She was not happy that I took it away right after the picture. It was a bit too sharp and a bit too dark. I’m a pretty easy going mom, but you’ve got to draw the line somewhere 🙂

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The next afternoon we stopped on over at my (great) Aunt Carmella and Uncle Red’s house for lunch with my parents. My Aunt Carmella is my grandmother’s sister. They have/had 7 other sibblings.

We had lobster for lunch. As you can see, Kyla loved it!

The John Cina Champion belt in the photo is authentic. His grandmother lived across the street from Aunt Carmella and Uncle Red. She passed away a while ago, but he still remembers Aunt Carmella from growing up. Aunt Carmella and Uncle Red’s grandson is a big wrestling fan, and John gave him the autographed belt and photo.

See the bottom photos with the dog? Aunt Carmella and Uncle Red were dog sitting for their daughter~in~law.  The dog was rather taken with Vada.

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We did have more plans for later in the evening, but we were able to stop back at my cousin Christine’s house ~ where we were crashing ~ for a little unwind time. Vada was beat.

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While we were out Christine had gone school shopping for her kids. She bought herself a few items as well. I know I have said it before, but I have to say it again: the 80’s are back. Totally.

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So that evening we went over to my Uncle Johnny’s house for a get together. Vada and her cousin Tucker had become best friends by this point. Vada loves playing with older kids, and Tucker loves having a fan, so it worked out very well for them!

The next day my parents and grandparents stopped at super sub and brought lunch over to Christine’s. We hung out outside and had a great time. The girls played many games of Old Maid with my parents. They loved it when Grandpa was the Old Maid.

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They also played hide and seek with Grandpa. He had some great hiding places, but I think he got a bit lazy in the end. OK, you see the photo on the left. Just before the photo was snapped, that table on the ground was leaning against the other one. He has Vada back ther as well ~ or maybe it was Kyla.

After lunch we were inside for a bit, and Kyla sang us a song about her favorite T~Rex (T, from Field Station Dinosaurs), followed by a question and answer session.

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That evening my mother and her 10 siblings, and their spouses and significant others, took my grandparents out for dinner. So my generation, and spouses and significant others and kids, all congregated at my Aunt Nancy’s house. She’s a brave one.

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We ordered Nick’s Roast Beef for dinner. It was so surreal to be hanging out with all my cousins, as adults. Aside from my brother (who wasn’t there) I am the oldest of the grandkids. My cousin Tiffany is 11 days younger then me, and then there is 7 years before the next. So, I remember each of my cousins being born. Every one of them has a special place in my heart. And here we were, hanging out in the way I remember my mom and her generation hanging out when I was a child.

It was wonderful.

You want to know just how cool we are? We named ourselves “the Sciola’s: TNG.” Sciola is my mother’s maiden name. TNG, well, that would be a geek thing. It’s how Trekies refer to The Next Generation.

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Vada took the chance to spend some time with Cali gang.

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The girls spent some time hanging out with some of the guys in the garage. Vada and Tom (Christine’s husband) had some quality time together. Tom taught Vada how to play darts.

I love my crazy family.

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Our last morning there we all met for breakfast at the common room of my Grandparents retirement community. My Uncle Gary brought this beautiful old bible that he found at an estate sale.

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It was nice being able to get to see everyone one last time before we left.

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It was a great trip. I miss them all.

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Rita

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Just minutes ago, I was uploading and tagging photos to share with you. Some of my yarnie works in progress, and a few other goodies. I popped over to Facebook for a moment to check a message, and saw a status update that changed my plans. The crafty post will go up tomorrow.

When I was pregnant with the twins, over 6 years ago, I joined a brand new site for moms, CafeMom. It was my first social media site where I really spent time. I got so much support and advice from the other moms there. I made some friends as well.

Social media has grown so much since then. Now I spend most of my social media time on Facebook. I keep in touch with my huge and geographically diverse family through Facebook. I also have many friends, both those I know in the real world, and those I only know through my computer screen. Several of those friends are from CafeMom. Six years ago I met an amazing mother there, named Barbara. Her mother, Rita, was also on the site. The two of them were great. They were fun, helpful, awesome. I am still friends with them, mostly through Facebook. Barbara is also a crocheter, so she has joined in some of the crochet groups I am in on Facebook. She and Rita both have been Girl Scout leaders and give me words of advice and encouragement in my leader journey. They are my friends. I love them. I love them.

Two years ago Rita had surgery for cancer. She has been fine for quite some time. Until recently. Just a few weeks ago she moved in with Barbara and her family. Today Barbara’s status was an update on her mother. She is not doing well. I am heartbroken. I love Rita. I love her daughter, I have been with them as their family has grown. Barbara and her husband are going to have their 5th child soon. I want that child to know his grandmother. She is so amazing. No words can ever do her justice.

I don’t want to loose Rita. I don’t want her family to loose Rita.

I’m not sure what the point of this post is, other then to put my feelings out into the world that brought Rita and I together. And maybe to remind you that love comes in all forms. Friends come in all forms. Value them. Let them know what they mean to you. Never think that just because you only know someone through the cyber world, they are not real friends.

Rita, I love you.

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Yarn Everywhere

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I miss my parents when they are off living on other continents. But there are some perks. My mom saw the Bayeux Tapestry and bought me back a goodie from the gift shop.

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Before you say, “What, just cards?” Look inside.

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Pretty cool, aren’t they? MINE!!! I love them.

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A few days ago Kyla lost one of her top front teeth. The other one has been leaning to one side, so it looks like it is right in the middle. She looks like an adorable little monster with the centered tooth!

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So, yarn. It. Is. Everywhere. I really need to get more organized.

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Here is a teaser of my pattern I will be releasing before the month is out. The testers have finished with it, and I just have to do a bit more to finalize everything!

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I still have tons of net/ruffle yarn. Tons.

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I tried to get George to help me do some cleaning in the basement today, but he just taunted me with a knit pattern I really need to write. It’s about number 4 on the pattern list, so he will just have to wait.

Cheeky monkey.

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Oh, here is more of a peak of that pattern to come! I really need to finish this last sample. My testers seem to be more on the ball then me this go around!

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While my parents were here, Doug and I went on a date! We just went to a movie with some gift cards we had, but we were rather early so we took a stroll through Barnes and Noble. Look at the awesome books I got. The crochet one was $5 and the knit was $2. Cool!!!

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I got a package in the mail yesterday. Look what my friend Laura got for me at Pennsic! I missed going on my vacation there this year, but Laura made sure I got something special anyway!

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So, as she was half way up the stairs this evening, on her way to bed, Kyla decided it was time for the tooth to go. So she yanked it out. My tough little princess.

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I will put up a Wordless Wednesday post for you tomorrow to catch you up on some of the pictures from the beginning of the summer that have been piling up.

Have a great night out there in Blogland!

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Kindergarten Graduation!

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I have a back log of photos to share with you. I am  doing my best to intersperse them with current and crafty posts. This evening, I have some fun photos of kindergarten graduation for you! I did my best to pare down the pictures, there were about 40 of them, and I managed to get it down to 17 photos and one video. Can you spot the photo where Vada is checking out her belly button? I swear, those girls are a hoot!

Thankfully they were both in the front row, sometimes it pays to be short like Mommy!

So, here you are, fun photos of the littles at kindergarten graduation.

(oh, and is it just me, or does seeing the back of a piano in the corner of an audotorium bring back elementary memories for everyone?)

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The story of Hexie

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I have been doing some housecleaning on my blog. Trying to get all the photos stored in the right place, and lots of other technical “stuff” I had no clue about years ago. It has been fun looking through old posts, though this is going to take at least a week, if not two! So if you notice a few things looking wonky over the next week or two, you know it is just me futzing around!

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Anyway, if you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed me sharing some of my older posts I thought you might like. For example, I shared the very first post I ever wrote, and also a fun post about going to see Star Wars in Concert.

I have also been keeping track of all the posts about the creation of Hexie ~ the blanket that turned this blog into something more then a place for my family to see pictures of my kids. Documenting the creation of Hexie made me realize how much I love blogging for people other then just my family. I fell in love with sharing my creativity with all of you, even though at the time it was only just 2 or 3 of you! I look back now at how far I have come, and how far I still will go, and it makes me giddy.

Thank you for taking this journey with me, no matter when you joined up! Here’s to many more years of creative fun together!

…and here is the list I made of the story of Hexie:

Fort Blanket!!!

My Projects.

Pieces of my Day

Flower to Hex Blankets

Flower Hexagon Granny How To

Flower to Hexagon Blanket Reveal

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Bouncy, Jumpy, Crazy fun!

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I’ve been getting so much done! It is nice to be more streamlined. Yet there is still so much to do.

A lot of what I have done over the past week has been behind the scenes stuff. I still have to go through a lot of my old posts from before I made the move over to WordPress, add in the tech stuff, back up the photos, and fix some links. It’s mind~numbing~ly dull, but it should help get more people to see and enjoy this growing little blog of mine.

I have some tutorials to share with you as well. At least one crochet and one “other” craft. I also have a sale crochet pattern to release in the next few days!

While I am getting all that in order, you can wait with some fun kiddie snaps.

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The other day the girls put on a puppet show.

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It started off so sweet. The monster and the knight were so nice to each other. They loved to hug.

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Then for some unknown reason, the knight stole the monster and ran away with it!

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Eventually the monster got away and hid under the giant girl.

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In the end, the knight and the monster overcame their differences, and became friends again.

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Speaking of friends, on Wednesday evening we walked over to our neighbor’s house. Kyla and Elaina had to show off their matching band aids. It’s tough being a kindergartner.

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So tough in fact, that helmets were needed for playing in the sand. Yes, that is sand, not dirt. It is where the pool was last summer, hence the sand.

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This afternoon, we went to a birthday party for one of the other Daisies. It was at a bounce house. We seem to go to a lot of bounce houses lately. This one had a hurricane tube. The kids stand in this little booth, and the parents put in $2.00 and laugh at the kids withstanding 60 seconds of crazy wind, going up to 78 mph. It’s totally worth the two bucks!

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As you can see, Kyla’s hair did not recover from the hurricane very well.

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The girls had fun being cheesy while waiting to go in to the food part of the party.

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After the party, we invited Elaina and Bobby over to play. There were costumes and music.

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If you can call clappy hands music…

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Eventually we had our own little living room band! It was kind of awesome. This photo is SO going in their senior year book! (though I really need to clean the living room)

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It was quite the day. More then this little dragon could handle. Maybe I will get to sleep in…

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I know, I know

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I know, I have neglected my blog and my lovely readers over the past few weeks. I am sorry. First Doug was on break, and we spent the days working around the house (I did at least share a bit of that with you.) Doug still had to go to his second job, but it was nice to have him around during the school day.

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Then there was a week with no one on break, and me working feverishly to get ready for craft fairs. I seem to have quite a few tea cup coasters and appliques. I think they will do well. It was a very productive week for me on that end, but I let all the photos pile up in my “blog” picture folder. Sometimes I get into making things and can see nothing else.

Net-wraps

These little spring wraps were one of the patterns I came up with that week. I hope to have a written and video tutorial for you this week!

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Then this past week the girls were on Spring break. We had a lot of fun. We played in the yard ~ OK, they played in the yard while I was in the garage making things ~ we took long walks, we went to the playground, we got some shopping done, we even had a Scooby Doo marathon on a rainy day.

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I am amazed at all the fun creations I have to sell. Some of which are samples from my pattern writing, and some are creations made just for the fairs.

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I bought some large, clear, plastic bins to pack everything up into.

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I discovered that 3 clothing racks break down nicely into this never used trash bin.

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I even unearthed some fun pictures to put in my “window” above my sewing table. Yes, this is in my unfinished basement, hence the ugly.

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I haven’t gotten as much done on the adult version of Kat as I would like.

Happy Katrina

We did get to see Jenn, George and the girls last weekend. Look how big Katrina is!!

Angry Dot!

Dot has always had the greatest angry faces!!

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On the first day of the girl’s spring break, I made them bacon, eggs and toast for breakfast.

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As always, they were very happy with that breakfast!

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Another night I decided to finally give these silly skewered hot dogs a shot. I don’t usually have hot dogs in the house, so this will not be a regular on our menu. It did take a while to skewer all the dogs. I cut up a few hot dogs, and then threaded 5 pieces of spaghetti through each one.

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Then I just cooked them as I would for just the spaghetti.

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When they were done I tossed them into a quickie sauce, and dinner was done. The girls were amused. Not the most gourmet dinner, but fun on occasion, and not too unhealthy.

Never-ending-accessories

And more fair prepping. All these random flowery bits needed to become pins.

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Yea, I’m still not to sure about this. I think it is the obnoxiousness of the glitter in the netting that is driving me crazy.

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Sometimes random things pile up in the oddest of places in my house.

always-something-new

I have a feeling this is going to be a WiP for a while. These old jeans will become something “new” one day.

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Me and the net yarn. We are one. There was a good sale and I got a little out of hand…

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Super Daddy!!!!

Kyla's-Flowers

One of the play-in-the-yard days Kyla picked me flowers.

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One night last week we were supposed to  be able to see the aurora borealis. I don’t know if it was the clouds, or if it was just not visible  but that is NOT the northern lights.

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On Thursday Izabel came over to play. The girls had a great time in the playroom!

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We had a pair of Rapunzels!

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I know she is Rapunzel, not Snow White, but this was just too cute not to document!

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I did get a little done on the Kat coat.

I hope to be more regular with my posting again now. The breaks are over, and the creations for the fairs are pretty much ready to go. The first one is a week from today, wish me luck!

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Guest Blogger ~ Kimberly of Hooking Rainbows

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Nothing like getting the monthly guest blog post out the day before the month is over! It’s been a rather interesting month over her At Home. Yet our guest has been very patient with me. I am really enjoying meeting all these awesome bloggers! This month I got to get to know a lovely lady who is in a few Facebook groups with me, but who I had never really “met” before. I’m glad I finally got to know her a bit, she is a fantastic woman!

Kimberly has a wonderful blog with some great patterns. She has several fabulously fun purses, two of which we will be focusing on today. She also has other creative crochet patterns as well. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this talented new friend of mine!

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Nerdy Owl Purse

Would you like to meet her?

I just love her photo, it’s lots ‘o fun!

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Kimberly!

How long have you been crocheting, and how did you learn?

I have been crochet ever since I was a kid. Up until last year I had no idea how to read a crochet pattern much less how to figure out tension on a sewing machine. I get this creating bug from my mom, when I was little she taught me how to crochet. She always had tons of crochet projects daily for us to do.  My mom taught me how to use my skills to create designs without patterns which I love her for:) I basically knew all the crochet stitches I just didn’t know their names or how to read their abbreviations. Last year I found a really cute crochet pattern for slippers, but I didn’t know how to read it. I scoured You-tube for answers which I found! I can proudly say within a year I was cranking out more projects and loading up on yarn then I think my husband was ready for. Needless to say my son was ecstatic with all the yarn in the house. I catch him occasionally pulling it behind him like a pet:)

What’s your favorite thing about crocheting?

I get to put my own creative twist on everyday items. When you buy things from the store they have a basic vibe to them, not unique at all. I love to be unique and that is why I love crocheting.

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Frog Prince Purse

Why did you want to make this pattern?

I actually wanted to bring more spring into my patterns…I usually do a lot of hat projects and since winter is coming to end I needed a new direction. I find purses are very much used in all seasons but, in order to make it more of a hello to spring I thought I would add a animal on it. I thought of a frog on a Lilly pad, that is how this idea popped into my head For the Frog Prince bag. For the Owl purse I made it for a friend, my friend loves owls and she is a little nerdy like me so, I thought making the Owl with glasses would be cute and very spring.

When and why did you begin blogging?

I have wanted to explore the world of blogging for a while now. I originally started a writing blog about two years ago but, I didn’t have much time to sit down and write all the stories I had in my head. I am much faster at crocheting with my hands then writing with them. Which I think is kind of weird that I would want to start a blog but, I wanted to share my knowledge, ideas and talent to the world. This is also why I seem sort of short (at least to me) with my blog posts on my blog…but, i usually fill it up the rest with free patterns!

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

I love being able to share free patterns with the world…I know how much I appreciate free patterns so, I am sure there are a lot of people out in the world that do too.  I also enjoy sharing my knowledge and ideas. I have helper syndrome, I try to make everyone enjoy crafty projects like I do. I have a weekly craft night where people bring their crafty things over and craft away the night. We talk about strategy and people learn new things! I take these talks, ideas or projects and share them in blogging as well.

Anything else we should know about you?

The only additional information that might be important is that I am a mother of one little fun loving boy and married to a wonderful husband of almost 6 years.

I hope you all have enjoyed getting to know Kimberly! Learn even more about her over at Hooking Rainbows!

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Attack of the Girl Scout Cookies

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Oh, the dangers of being a Daisy leader! Last weekend our GS Cookie troop order came in, and my house was over run!

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One of the other leaders, two other moms, and I, loaded up our vehicles and brought all the cases over to my house.

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As you can see, the dining table was quickly stacked high with cases of cookies ~ 12 boxes per case.

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Even the coffee table was fair game!

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The piano bench became the spot to sort out each girl’s order. We opened up the cases and repacked them as needed for each girl, then wrote the girl’s name on the top of the case.

Coffee-and-donuts!

Of course, this type of work requires a Box o’ Joe, and some donuts!

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As each girl’s order was repackaged, they were stacked in the hall, ready for pick up.

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That’s a lot of stacks of cookies.

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Even some by the door for those I new were coming by later that evening.

Left-over-cookies

As I said before, the cases have 12 boxes each. So when we placed our troop order, we had to add all the orders for each kind of cookie, divide by 12, round up to the next whole number, and order the cookies by the case.  This means we end up ordering extras of most of the cookies. So, here we have the extras. Of course, by now there is just one case left. It’s not hard to unload extra girl scout cookies. We are thinking that next year we may even want to order an extra case of some of the more popular cookies, as we are still getting requests in for cookies that we are out of.

Well, off to finish up a skirt I want to photograph this weekend. I should have some fun snaps for you on Monday. I will also be announcing two knit tests on Monday. I am running my tests on Facebook now. If you would like to test for me, knit or crochet, then go ahead and join this group.

Have a wonderful weekend, and Happy Easter to those of you who do Easter!

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Cute Fix

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I thought I would take it upon myself to provide you with your “cute fix” for this evening. Possibly even enough for a whole week, or more. I may be biased, but there is some awfully cute stuff coming up!

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Over the girl’s break, after going to the laundromat  we took a trip to the grocery store. The one that gives free balloons to kiddies. I clipped Kyla’s to her hat tie. She was very amused.

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The other day, Kyla made herself a dress out of her blanket.

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There was much dancing…

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…and bowing.

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Sometimes the girls just want to be in pictures!

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‘Cuz they are a bit crazy.

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OK a lot crazy.

Looking-at-Wolfie

Over the break Vada and Doug worked together on her little report on wolves. The day she gave the report she brought Daddy’s wolfie with her.

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She’s showing off her “I’m the boss” face.

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It makes me so happy that Kyla loves her skirt I made her for Christmas! I have yet to release this pattern. I think I may see if I can find one or two testers for the adult sizes, and then release it.

See-my-skirt-twirl!

She sure does love to spin!!!

Investiture

Last week, the Daisies had their Investiture Ceremony, when they “officially” become Girl Scouts. It was lots of fun!

After investiture

I’ve been playing with the photo tricks so I’m not posting photos of other people’s kids all over my blog. Here are the girls after the ceremony.

Ready-for-the-parade

On Saturday, we were in the St Patrick’s Day Parade with the Daisies.

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It actually snowed a bit. My, oh, my.

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The parade was fun, but tiring!

Let me leave you with a few cute videos.

First we have Vada telling you everything she knows about wolves.

Here is Kyla imitating some rather mixed up animals.

And lastly, Kyla’s Spidergirl story.

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Guest Blogger ~ Lorene of Cre8tionCrochet.com

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My adventures in blogging and pattern writing have brought many wonderful things into my life. Possibly the most wonderful are the friendships I have developed with other bloggers and pattern writers. When this~whole~internet~thing started I never would have thought I would develop real friendships through it, yet I have. I have a group of friends who I have never met in person, most of whom I have never even spoken to on the phone, yet I do care for them deeply. I have cried with them and laughed with them. As a stay at home mom, they have provided me with the adult companionship I often lack in person.

When I decided to start having a monthly guest craft blogger, it only seemed fitting that my first guest be one of those friends.

Lorene of Cre8tionCrochet.com
Lorene!

So here we have it: the beginning of a new tradition here at JessieAtHome. A monthly interview with a guest blogger, and the first guest is my friend Lorene. Lorene has a wonderful crochet based blog where she posts many creative patterns. She has a variety of patterns, but I have to say her hats are phenomenal! Here are two of her newer hats, the Miranda Slouch and a Newsboy Hat.

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Newsboy Hat by Cre8tion Crochet
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Miranda Slouch Hat by Cre8tion Crochet

So let’s get to know a little about Lorene!

How long have you been crocheting, and how did you learn?

My grandmother taught me how to chain when I was a child, once or twice in my teenage years I picked up a hook and played around but I never really got the knack. My passion was discovered three years ago when my best friend was having her first baby. I wanted her to have something she could treasure as a heirloom for her whole life, so I taught myself how to crochet and made her a few baby blankets. Then I became pregnant with my 2nd child and I made more blankets and taught myself how to make hats. Its been all down hill from there.

What’s your favorite thing about crocheting?

My favorite thing about crocheting is creating. The challenge of designing a new pattern and the thrill when someone asks me where I got such and such from and I can say “I made it”.

Why did you want to make these hat patterns?

One of the most fun things to make for me are hats. I love having a different one to wear whenever I go out. I make my daughter and myself new hats every couple weeks. These are just two of my adult hats that I actually wrote out the pattern for.

Miranda-Slouch-Hat by Lorene-of-Cre8tion-Crochet
Miranda Slouch

When and why did you begin blogging?

I started my blog just last year but I didn’t really start doing anything with it until November, after my mother passed away. Losing her gave me the motivation to push myself and follow my dream because you never know just how short life can be.

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

My favorite thing about blogging is sharing with other people. I love it when someone shares pictures of their finished product that they made from one of my patterns.

Anything else we should know about you?

I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two fantastic children, a 13yo boy and a 2yo girl. I am very into natural and holistic living and natural parenting. I live on the Crystal Coast and spend as much time as possible at the beach when weather permits. I have big plans for my future in the crochet world and only hope that I can bring them all to fruition.

Newsboy-Hat by Cre8tion-Crochet
Fun Newsboy Cap

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know Lorene. Now hop on over to Cre8tion Crochet and take a look around!

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Company! Fun with the littles

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We had quite a fun time yesterday! Vada’s “best” friend (she actually has 3 or 4 of them,) Izabel, was over. Iz abel’s mom had to go into work at the movie theatre from 12 to 4. So she asked if we could watch Izabel for that time. She also said we could all go over to the theatre and watch “Escape from Planet Earth” for some of the time. The movie was set to get out at the same time as Izabel’s mom was finishing her shift.

Play date and movie? Sure! Kyla and Vada were very excited about time with Izabel. We picked up some wood decorations to color at A.C.Moore. The girls enjoyed coloring them!

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Izabel brought over a game, and after the coloring, she taught the twins how to play.

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Izabel was a great teacher!

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The movie was very good as well. It was a very successful play date/babysitting. Izabel is a great little girl, I would love to have her over here more often!

So…on the crafty front. A member of one of the crochet groups I am in shared this pattern today.

I have been thinking about displaying my hats at InsaniTea and at craft fairs, and also having head forms to photograph them on. That was a rather expensive prospect. However, thanks to Nan Lucy over on Etsy, I now have a better option. So I went ahead and bought the set of all the sizes, and am about to embark on my “head form adventure.” I will keep you posted as I go along! I will post photos, but I will be careful not to post anything that will give the pattern, as it is not my pattern to give.

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For now, here is the first swatch. It is 4 stitches and 4 rows to the inch with a 4.00mm hook, which should make the newborn size head form just right! Wish me luck!

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Frenzied Friday & Spectacular Saturday

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Yup, an interesting couple of days over here. Friday morning, after dropping off the girls at school I made a run to the local Girl Scout council. I had to pick up all the Daisy uniforms. The girls are going to be so cute, but boy were those boxes heavy!

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A look back

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The past few days have been quite the roller coaster ride. Moving the blog (even if I am not the one doing most of the work) is quite stressful. I want it to be easy and useful for all of you, and happy~making for me. I am at the point now where I can see that happening. (more…)

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I did it again

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Once again I have teamed up with the amazing Craft Hope! The new web page is still under construction, but the Facebook page is running smoothly. So hop on over to the Craft Hope Facebook page and give them a “like.” Then check out Project 19 :: Dolls, Animals, and Monsters. Oh My! Share it with anyone you know who may be able to make handmade softies for kids who lost so much from Sandy. There are two people collecting for this project, the lovely Katrina up in NH, and yours truly.

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Spooky house and other cute moments

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The other day the girls and I spent $3.00 at the grocery store on a pack of Halloween cut outs. We then put them in the front windows and on the front door.

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Now every time we come home Vada says “Hi, Spooky House.” It’s kinda adorable! (more…)

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A Thousand Words

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We all know the saying. Well this is my thousand word picture.

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Housework and home repair. That is what my life is right now.

Anyway, here are some snaps of the girls that have piled up over the last month or two. (more…)

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