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Well hello there, long time no see. I know, I know, I have been MIA around here. I took a break from the blogging over summer to spend some time with the girls and quite frankly I just couldn’t make myself sit down to type. I had lots of crazy stuff to post, but the words just wasn’t there. So here I am a few months later, trying to get back into the swing of things.

Just some quick updates for this post: Oldest made it to her 5 Seconds of Summer concert on the 10th. She had a blast and I have to say that I did too. Just watching her was good enough for me. She had the biggest grin on her face the whole time and when those boys came out on stage, she didn’t stop once. I am glad that it is done…she was driving me crazy with the everyday countdown over the summer. “Mom, 45 days.” “Mom, 19 days.” “Mom, just 5 days.” All summer long. But it’s all good. She walked away with a concert t-shirt that cost $40. Yikes! and she got a poster of one of the opening bands.

Oldest is in her last year of middle school this year. School started back in August and she was ready to get back. Little L turned 3 in June. I made a The Good Dinosaur cake for her and had lots of decorations and presents. Took a ton a pictures and spent the rest of the month working on my scrapbooking.

Since fall has returned and we are very happy to have some cooler temps around here, I have gotten into my Halloween crafting. Oldest and I found out we both love Shrinky Dinks. I found some really cute ideas and we had to run to the craft store. After we made a ton, we were like, what should we do with them. So we opened our own store on Etsy to sell them for charm bracelets, magnets, and pins. It has been opened a little over a week I think. We haven’t made a sell as of yet, but I am hopeful. Here is the link if anyone wants to check them out. Tracystrinketshop 

I am in the process of making some new ones and looking forward to making some ornaments out of them for Christmas. Hoping that you see something you like.

Well thanks for reading and I hope to be posting some more stuff soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since we had to run out and fill our water cooler jugs after dinner tonight, hubby decided he wanted to treat the girls to some 31 Flavors.  I told him since we were going out, it would be a great time to drive around to look at the Christmas decorations. We loaded up right after we ate and went up to the neighborhood that we do our Trick or Treating in. We figured they go all out for Halloween, so hopefully they would for Christmas.

We were not disappointed. Yes, there were lots of houses without even a wreath on the the door, but it was all good. There was one house that was hooked into a radio stations music and the lights danced with the beat. We sat in front of it for a few minutes then another car pulled up and blocked us. We left and circled around and came back and parked and decided to get out. Little L was excited to get out, so excited that she dropped that damn pacifier that was in her mouth. After checking out the light show, hubby put her back in the car and Oldest and I searched for the run away paci. It had actually rolled underneath the car and we didn’t find it until hubby went to turn it around. We drove for sometime through the neighborhood, pointing and talking about all the pretty decorations. L became a little chatter box and went on and on about some of them. Her favorites were Snowmen and Santa Clause. Eventually we made our way back out and went to fill up the water jugs. Then it was time to get some ice cream. Nothing like a sugar rush an hour before bedtime, right?  She was definitely ready to hit the hay when we got home. Her last words before drifting off was “Me take a nap now.” And she was fast asleep. 🙂

Last year, hubby brought in all the Christmas decorations around Thanksgiving. I thought that it was kinda early so this year, I told him to wait until the 10th to bring them in. But I couldn’t do it, I went out today and got the crates out of the garage, with his help of course, and brought the tree in. I put out some decorations throughout the afternoon and then after we had dinner, he helped me set up the tree. It is one of those pre-lit trees, and we have had it for several years now. Last year it had a few branches at the bottom not working, so we turned them around to the wall. This year, I have a whole row in the top that isn’t working. It has to be a blown bulb, hubby says. I turned off the living room light and it looks really nice other then that one area. Tomorrow we are getting out the crate that has my lights in it, so I will just string a set around the top and call it good. Later in the week I will let the girls put the ornaments on then I will go back later when they aren’t looking and fix them. It’s funny how particular you get over the years about where a certain ornament should be. I have my favorites and I want them out front, of course.

I have 2 sets of ornaments that I bought for Oldest when she was a baby. Rudolph and Mickey’s Christmas Carol. I always hung them at the bottom  so she could play with them, but to my surprise, she was a good baby when it came to the tree. Last year, Little L loved the sets so much, they were lying on the coffee table by the tree more then on it. After Christmas, I took out all the hooks out and let her play with them. I went on a search last week and found almost all of them. Baby Rudolph is missing, and I have 2 that are broke. Hubby is going to superglue the 2 back together and hopefully I will come across baby Rudolph before Christmas eve. 🙂

 

 

I finally got my scrapbook pages done and put away for awhile. Hubby was totally surprised when I cleared off the dining table. No one has been able to use it since Halloween. (I thought I better get it cleaned off for good ole Turkey day or my scrapbook stuff might be thrown out the door.) I did a total of 25 pages, which included this and last years Halloween, 11 and 12th Birthday for Oldest and 1st and 2nd Birthday for Little L. I was slacking big time on all of it. I kept putting it off because I didn’t want L to be in the middle of it. To my surprise, she was actually pretty darn good about the whole thing.

A couple of weeks ago, I got bored with looking at the same old thing over and over, so I walked away from it for awhile and did some Christmas snowflakes to hang up.

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I got a little addicted to them since they are super easy to make. I have like 7 made. There are several tutorials I found on Pinterest, and one that I used can be found here. The one above is like my favorite. I have a huge Christmas paper pack that I will never use all the papers out of. When I seen the tutorial I went scrambling for my Christmas scrapbook crate, yes, it has its own crate, and found the papers.

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Well thanks for checking out another one of my addictions. If you end up making one I would love to see it! 🙂

 

 

We are into November now, can’t believe it. October went by way to fast and I wanted to do more posts for during the month, but time just flew. Saturday went pretty well. I got Little L talked into a nap around 2:30. I knew if she refused a nap, trick or treating was going to be H E L L! She actually slept till almost 4. I started on dinner around that time so we could all eat and leave before it got dark. We got out around 5:40 which was earlier then I had planned, so that was good. We headed up to the neighborhood that we went to the past 2 years. Just right up the road behind the park. As we drove down the streets, everyone was sitting out their tables and chairs and doing some last minute decor. We got to a dead end road and parked for a few minutes to let the time pass. Hubby didn’t want to leave the truck anywhere so we decided I would walk with the kids, he would drive ahead and when he seen us, he would either wait or come join us for a few houses. Which he did, he was very busy, moving the truck and all.

The first house we went to though, I didn’t think this guy was ever, I mean EVER going to give the kid a piece of candy. He wanted L to say “Trick or Treat.” Well, we had been practicing all week, pretty much all month. But here is a stranger demanding that a 2 year old say Trick or treat. Let’s just say I wanted to punch him in the face at times. L finally said it and he gave her one piece. Poor Oldest was standing there with her bag and he didn’t even acknowledge her one bit. I asked her if he gave her any candy and she said no, but it was ok, she just wanted to get on with it. The next house was across the street, and this lady was awesome. She loved both their outfits, Oldest the Robber and Little L was a fox. She didn’t care if she said the three words or not. She let L pick the piece of candy from her bowl and then she told Oldest to take what she wanted and she also had some coloring books and toys. She told us to grab some for the little one also.

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So our night began, zigzagging back and forth, took some pics of the kids standing in front of decorations, said thank you like a hundred times. Watch hubby creep down the street, park up ahead and jump out to join us for a bit, to do it all over again when we got to the truck or passed it. Little L was having a blast and we were only going to keep her out for about an hour. She didn’t want to go home or quit so we let her enjoy the evening. A couple of times we had to get into the truck to go to another street. The second time doing this, Oldest jumped back out to go by herself, while we made L take a break. Oldest finally go to wear her scary mask that she had bought and we hit a couple of houses when she said she was done. She had to take off her glasses to wear the mask, which was not good, since she is so used to them, she could barely see where to go. At one point she pulled the mask up to get some fresh air and I noticed that something was off. Then a few minutes passed and she realized that she lost her beaning hat. Which really wasn’t hers, it was her dad’s good beanie hat. I went back down the street with the flash light and tried to retrace our steps, but no hat was to be found.

Everyone was walking around saying “Happy Halloween” and at one time, after everyone had left the area and we were the last ones to walk away, L got to the bottom of the driveway, threw out her arms and yelled, “Happy Ween!” as loud as she could. It was pretty great and Oldest and I had a good laugh as we made our way to the next house.

We finally called it quits around 7:40. Only had a few houses that was lit up but no one came to the door. There were also some that left the candy dish out for you to take a piece. I heard one kid yelling that he took a whole handful as we were walking up. Wasn’t much left in that one. L got scared a couple of times. Once she actually started crying, they had a flashing light that was freaking her out. One house had all the lights off, but some strobe light going, and L fell trying to get onto the sidewalk and spilled all her candy. The guy was pretty much a jerk to her, didn’t even bother asking to see if she was ok. Then when she didn’t say Trick or Treat, he said oh can’t talk can you? Another one I would of liked to punch.

When we got home, we dumped the haul out onto the table and let the kids admire it all. Then we let them have some of it and we joined in too. I am not one to pass up some chocolate. I worked just as hard as they did, even though Oldest would argue about that. After the pig out, we took some more pictures goofing off in our sugar induced happiness. I took 94 pictures that night!

Last night I found out that Walgreens was doing 50% off a picture order of 10.00 or more. So I sat up late going through all the pictures from the Boo Fest and the Birthday and Trick or Treating to have developed. Got 57 pics for done for only 6 bucks. Good deal I would say. Let the Scrapbooking begin!

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween weekend and all the kiddies got to have loads of fun! 🙂

 

I finally got some of the crafts that I had been working on done before October officially started. I hung a couple of things up today and I need to figure out where the rest will go. First, I did my Boo sign.

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I didn’t want to buy the wooden letters at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby is a little far for me to drive to check out the prices, so I kept a big diaper box and used the cardboard to make the letters. Then I used some extra scrapbook paper to cover the letters. They are not perfect but I think it looks pretty cool like that.  Next is our popsicle stick creations. Now I got this idea from __________. Oh come on, you know where I have been hanging out. Pinterest!

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Hee hee so what do you think? Aren’t they cute?! Oldest wanted to make her ghost have a mustache and have beaty eyes, apparently. But she did do a good job on the pumpkin and spider faces! At first I was going to put magnets on the back but my fridge is full and I don’t want them too low for little hands to reach and tear apart. L is pretty good at destroying everything in her path nowadays. She picked up the Boo sign a few days ago and said, “Awesome!” then ripped the letters apart after I glued the ribbon on. So now it is up on the wall for her to admire, from afar!

Another thing I worked on was this little wreath.

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I made this out of toilet paper rolls. You would not believe how many crafts you can do with toilet paper rolls. When I seen it, I was like, hey I never thought of this. This is too cool. (I know…nerd) But it is pretty neat what all you can make. The wreath, I painted in Halloween colors, then put some mod podge stuff on each one to make them a little shinier and harder to tear up. I had it together and hung it up today, took a pic, then noticed it was crooked. Luckily I had a few extra pieces leftover and so I added them and made it look more round. It isn’t perfect, but hey nothing that you make off of Pinterest is. 😉

I hope you enjoyed viewing and maybe will try to make some too. Would love to see them if you do! 🙂

Oldest gives up way too easy and I don’t know how to get her to stay with something. She has always done this, so it is not new, but it gets very old and frustrating. The other day she picked up 2 small Christmas cross stitch crafts from Michael’s. She asked if we could get started on one this evening. I love cross stitch. It has been ages since I did them, but they were always lots of fun for me. We opened the kit and I read the instructions to refresh my memory and I started it off for her, trying to show her step by step what to do. I gave it to her and she immediately knotted up the thread. I had to fix it. Then the thread came out and she got mad. I told her to just start over. Count 6 from the right and 2 up. She did, but said she couldn’t get it going. I took it back and proceeded to get her started again. The thread was so light and the lighting in the kitchen was not helping. I told her that we can look at it better tomorrow in the daylight. I stressed over and over that it takes a few to get used to, but once you do, you will be hooked. I know I was at one time. She sat beside me looking at her phone, acting like she wasn’t interested in it at all. I am not going to do it for you, I told her. Because that is what she always says, she asks for help then I take over and do it for her. I want her to enjoy it and have fun. I know it sure passed the time for me on boring afternoons.

I have been busy working on some fall and Halloween crafts and came across a cute paper tutorial last night on how to make leaves. Since all we have are palm trees in the yard, I thought it would be nice to make a few for decoration. We started working on it and she couldn’t get the hang of it. It took me like 3 tries to finally figure out what the lady was talking about, since she only put in pictures no words. When I caught on, I tried to show her. She would do it backwards everytime. Then get mad. I told her don’t get mad, just keep trying. That is the way you learn. Her thing is if she doesn’t get it the first time, she just walks away from it. My thing is, I have to know how to do it. If I start it, I want to finish it. I sure hope one day she will feel the same way. 🙂

 

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I have been lost in Pinterest for the past 2 days. Lost I tell ya, LOST! I can’t seem to turn it off. It all started by typing in a few simple words Halloween Crafts. That was it. The rest is history. So I have been pretty much glued to my seat in what is probably the hottest spot in this whole house, going through page after page. We always try to do some type of craft for Halloween and Christmas and I have found several neat and non expensive things to do for Halloween so far.

Halloween and Christmas are so much fun. I don’t know who enjoys making the crafts more. I am the one that gets us started and Oldest can’t stand to be left out. If she sees me painting or looking at ideas, she has to start looking too. This morning, she went on Pinterest and was showing me things and was trying to pin them, but I had already beat her to it. What can I say, I am obsessed! And that website does not make it easy.  There are tons and tons of great ideas just waiting to be done. I just wish I had more mula to spend, because we definitely have the time.

What makes it even worse, is when I was was done for a little while yesterday, I went into Facebook. I liked the picture and for a brief second was looking for the PIN IT button. When I realized where I was, I felt a bit silly and had to laugh.

We have already started on a couple of things for Halloween. We made a trip up to Michael’s Crafts store last night and bought some stuff. I set Oldest up with painting today. Will post pictures when we get done. Don’t want to give it away. 😉

One of our Christmas decorations that we have is a cute little furry Christmas tree that sings Rockin Around the Christmas Tree. It used to dance as the music played, but last year, it quit. I pulled it out of the storage crate last weekend and showed Little L. At first she was like “Hey, I like that!” Then I pressed the button and the music started and her little smile turned itself up side down! She ran from it and cried. This is the same girl that was rocking out to a musical fox one day in the store that was singing What Does The Fox Say?  It took her awhile to come close to it, but she finally did. Then yesterday morning, she brought it in the kitchen as I was making some breakfast. I asked her if she wanted me to turn it on. She shook her head yes. So I did. Oh Lord, I wish I could take it back. At first she didn’t like it. She whined and complained, then the music stopped. Wait a minute, why did it stop? She looked torn. I asked her if she wanted it on again. She nodded. I did. The music started and that was it, she was hooked. I spent the next hour pressing the button for her. Trying hard to get her to do it, so I could actually get something accomplished.

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She carried him around most of the day. Giving this silly little toy hugs and kisses. Even got up in her rocking chair with it and cuddled. She figured out how to turn it on by herself, even though she still wants me or daddy or sissy or even Grandma to do it for her. She will then set it down and start moving her little booty to the music. At bedtime, Monday night, it was in the bedroom when we went to lie down. I tried to give it to daddy to take out, but she grabbed him up and held on to him. I told her oh no, not in the bed. I pried it out of her arms and gave it to daddy. She let out this horrible cry. I told her it was his bedtime and her bedtime but she wasn’t listening. Daddy shut the door and she wailed about several more minutes, then calmed down and fell asleep. When she got up the next morning, she headed straight for it. Happy as could be!

How could one little silly item make a kid so happy? When it comes time to pack up the decorations, I guess I will just have to leave him out.

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Giving it kisses.

Giving it kisses.

 

Sunday evening we went down town to the historic part of the city to see the big Christmas light display. I drove, therefor I missed the street that I was wanting to turn onto and had to go to the main street. There were tons of cars everywhere. I really didn’t think that it would have been that busy on a Sunday night. Apparently everyone else was thinking the same thing. I went down the main street inching along, trying to figure out where to park. I had only been in that area a handful of times and at night, I was totally lost. I finally pulled over and I gladly traded places with my hubby. The funny thing was, where I had pulled over was alot closer to the action then where we ended up parking. We had to walk 3 blocks back up. Hundreds of people milling around and all the historic shops were still opened along the way. There was a billboard that read Tea with Cinderella – $10.00. As I read this outloud we walked right passed the window where a real life Cinderella was standing, waving at the passersby. I jumped, of course, not expecting this.

We made it over to the lights and got Little L out of her stroller. She was sooooo excited. Alot different then she had been at the Boo Fest in October. She was ready to go and I mean GO! She grabbed hold of sissy’s hand and pulled her along. Oldest said that she thought that she was going to get trampled a few times by all the people she was being dragged in the middle of. There was music all around, lots of street musicians with there hats out asking for donations and we came across one band that we stopped and listened to for a bit. I got a few nice pictures of the girls. And lots of Crap, she moved! ones. Pleading with a 17 month old to look at mommy in a huge crowd with pretty colorful lights everywhere isn’t the smartest thing I could do. I finally gave up and just enjoyed watching the kids and the scenery. 🎄

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The picture doesn't do this tree justice. It was very pretty!

The picture doesn’t do this tree justice. It was very pretty!

Little L did not want to be held!

Little L did not want to be held!

Finally, she looked at me!

Finally, she looked at me!