Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Baby of the Family


Happy Fourth Birthday to our little nugget, Presley Kate!


Nickname:  Boo Boo Bear

What is your favorite color?  
"Purple"

What is your favorite animal:  
"Giraffe"

What is your favorite food:  
"Spaghetti and meatballs"

What Kind of job do you want to have when you grow up? 
"I don't want to have a job, how about ask me my favorite ice cream."

What do you like to do for fun?  
"Duck Duck Goose, Sleeping Queens, Tag,  Babies,  play school"

What is your favorite place to visit?  
"A hotel, and ask me what kind of ice cream I like."

What is your favorite kind of ice cream? 
 "Strawberry"

Monday, October 13, 2014

Seven and one half

Mylie Mae,

Happy happy half birthday.  For the last week, I thought you were turning eight and a half.  Blame it on my foggy brain, but I like to think it is because you have become so tall and smart and beautiful and responsible.  You just seem like eight and a half.  Alas, happy SEVEN and ONE HALF years on this special Saturday.

People who love you are starting to make predictions about who you might become some day.  Dad and I think you are a lot like April Ludgate.  Don't take that as an insult, because we really like her.  Uncle Michael thinks you will be a stunning beauty like {This Girl}.  You say you want to be a Veterinarian.  

Today you asked me to teach you multiplication, and I did.  Five minutes later, you pretty much had it and spent the next thirty minutes illustrating about 24 different multiplication facts.  You are just so smart at math.  

When you are mad or sad, you act very tough, but there is a tender heart under that armor.  If I give you my whole attention, you will open up and share your feelings.  I am getting better at that, giving you my uninterrupted attention, because I know you need it.  

In the last year, your baby teeth have begun to disappear and over sized teeth grew in their place.  A fact that a boy in your class rudely teased you about.  I was so mad that someone made you feel bad about your appearance.  I'm going to tell you the truth:  You are so beautiful.  Every person goes through an awkward phase, and you are lucky to be getting it out of the way early.  And not only are you physically beautiful, but you are so strong and smart and artistic.  I love the way you care for people and animals.  And although you have no ambition to play sports, you are so naturally athletic.  You run fast, throw balls far, and are so coordinated.  You are a quirky mix of tomboy and girly, but mostly tomboy.  Your wild hair makes me nuts, but I am really trying to let you be who you are without criticism.  That includes teaching you to brush that disheveled mop, but not forcing you to let me do it, even though I really really want to.We pray that your strong will might be an asset to you as you grow and face pressure from others.  

It all comes down to this, we just love you.  You take a lot of energy, but we know that the investment in you will pay off as you grow into the woman God designed you to be.  You are a blessing to us now, and will be a blessing to us then.  You are so so loved.


It's Nice to be a Winner


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Monday, October 6, 2014

Help Me, Help You: A Giveaway

Most people know I run a little handmade shop on Etsy called L'alfabeto.  I know L'alfabeto is  a weird word to say out loud.  It's like you are saying Lil' Alphabet-o.  Less weird?  More weird?  Blame the Italians, because according to google translate, that's Italian for "alphabet".  About six years ago, I was working part time and wanted a little bit of fun money.  So I started thinking about what I could make and sell on this new little website called "Etsy" that most people had never heard of.  I had a dream about making letters out of wire.  Like a literal, asleep, REM cycle dream, about how to make wire letters.  Strange yes?  So I tried it out during my waking hours and sold those first few experimental  creations from my newly created online shop.  Six years later, I've refined my technique and I'm still doing it, but lately I've needed to take it a bit more seriously.  You see, it's no longer just fun money, but actually making a tiny dent in supporting our family.  So, I need your help!

I need to get the word out!  Would you please consider sharing a link to my shop or a link to this giveaway?  As a little added incentive, I'm offering up a $30 shop credit.  Wire letters not your thing?  That's okay!  Perhaps you'd like to get some Christmas ornaments as gifts!  There are a couple of ways to enter below in that handy little rafflecopter which does the dirty deed of picking a random winner for me.  Thank you!  

**Giveaway will run from Monday 10/6- Sunday 10/12 at midnight
Winner will be posted here and notified by email**

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Heard Around the House: September 2014


Noah:  Mom, do you know where my panda pencil is?  I want to take it to school today so I don't have to use one of those chewed up ones with holes in the eraser.

Mom:  You do know that on the first day of school, all the supplies are new... right?

Noah:  Yeah, but I want to be prepared for the apocalypse... the school supply apocalypse.


Presley:  Mom, can we go to Hawaii?

Mom:  Sure, I'd love to take you to Hawaii someday.

Presley:  What's in Hawaii?  Are there guardian angels there?

at Uncle Michael's house

Presley, handing a fake lizard to Mylie:  Here you go Sissy, I found this on the massager thing downstairs.

Mylie:  What massager thing?

Presley:  You know, the flat thing where mom massages the clothes.  (aka, the ironing board)

Go-Kart-ing with Uncle Michael

Presley:  Mom, do you want to know something you haven't knowed yet? (aka, can I tell you something?)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Year, School Year

 The first day of school was yesterday, and there were no tears or sadness from anyone.  This year marks a record of sorts, we are at the same school as last year marking the first time in the history of The Crazies that they have attended the same school two years in a row.  I am so proud of these two!



Fourth Grade
 This kid and his sense of humor... He tells me he's going to walk onto the playground wearing his shades, then very slowly take them off.  Not fast, because that would seem nerdy, but slowly take them off and slip them into his pocket, because that looks confident and cool.

Second Grade


They both wanted to ride the bus, but that didn't stop me from driving to the school after seeing them off at the bus stop for one last playground picture.  Noah wasn't annoyed at all.


 Happy school year!