Monday, November 30, 2009

It's Here!

Well, Folks, it's here... tomorrow is the open house at Over the Moon. Let me tell you what the menu will be... Your mouth will water and you'll want to be there... I promise!

Turkey and Red Pepper Pesto on Focaccia
Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Cheese Spread and Crackers
Mini Chocolate Kahlua Cakes
Mini Butter Pecan Cakes
Mini Fruit Tartlets
Mini Chocolate Raspberry Tartlets
Fruit Tea
Egg Nog
Sparkling Water

I got the time wrong earlier... It is going to be from 11am-1pm. The displays and food/drinks will be out until close I think if you can't make it during that time... But the other artist and I will be there during the lunch hours... SO, come on by!

And just because it is cute, here is Grace trying to explain to Harper the ins and outs of all things Tinkerbell. You can tell that Harper is just happy to be included.

Hooray for the Christmas season! Grace exclaimed to me the other night while driving through our neighborhood looking at lights... "MOM, this is berry berry what I always wanted... I LOVE lights and these sparkly trees and the Santa clauses and the Tiggers...." She has definitely realized the wonder of Christmas this year....

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Grace is so proud of the turkeys she made for several families this Thanksgiving.

Look what H is eating for Thanksgiving. Biter Biscuits... Yummy. It is the only thing she's decided she will feed herself. Doesn't it look delish?

Don't forget about the open house at Over the Moon on Dec 1 from 11a-2p! This is a shameless plug, but hey, it's my blog, isn't it???

Thursday, November 12, 2009

43 days...

43 days till Christmas!!!! Here's a little preview of a few of the ornaments I am making for the store Over the Moon. On December 1st from 11-2, there will be an open house featuring ME and another artist! I don't have all the details yet, but if you would like to be included on the mailing list to receive info about it, please email me ( your address and I will get you on the list! Of course, you don't have to have an invite to come, so please do!!!! This is so far out of my comfort zone, it's not even funny, but I think it is a good opportunity although it scares me out of my mind! I just know that I am going to have nightmares about no one coming. Or this one... worse, maybe....showing up and forgetting to clothe myself, you know, reminiscent of those nightmares you used to have about showing up to the first day of school in your birthday suit... Hopefully I won't lose too much sleep over this! So, this is a shameless plug, but please tell your friends, and bring the kids and come on down to Over The Moon! In reality, they do have some beautiful things for sale, and with Christmas just 43 days away, Lord knows, we need to start our shopping, right????

Going....Going... Gone.

Harper thought she was the bees knees when she made her way over to the tupperware cabinet the other day( about 30 seconds, I might add.) I came back from the laundry room and feasted my eyes upon this:

"Mom, do you see what I just did... all by MYSELF???? Why have you not previously introduced me to this baby heaven?"


A good hour of entertainment was had by all. I got to cook dinner, and she got to crawl in and out of the cabinet, launching plastic with each and every whim. What more could a baby want?

Switching gears now to Grace...She is a smart girl... a little too smart for her own good maybe... Yesterday I caught her in her first lie. (Well, I am sure she's told a white lie or two in the past, but this time, she was really trying to work in a story. What? Lying? She's only 3... should I be worried? Do we need to seek counseling now?

I'll try to be brief (ahem.)
As I was fixing Grace's lunch yesterday, she was in charge of helping Harper eat her little puff snacks. I wasn't paying attention, just trying to get the mac and cheese cooked without burning it, when I hear Grace say: "Mama, look, Harper ate her vitamins! Yay!" I whirled around with a look on my face that made Grace uncomfortable, and I said, "What? Harper doesn't have vitamins honey, what did she just eat?" About that time, I noticed the little bottle of teething tablets in Grace's hand. I ask her: "Grace, are you talking about the teething tablets?" "Uh-huh" she replied. "Grace, did you give some to Harper?"
"Nope, I didn't"
"Are you sure you didn't give some to her?"
"No, I didn't do nuthin"
By this time, she is squirming in her pants and can't stand still.... and I notice some spilled on the floor, and she knows good and well, I've got her number. So, what does she do? Confess??? Tell the truth? Oh, no... she blames her sister!
"Mom, Harper did it, she opened it and ate some. Harper did it."
So, this goes on for a few more minutes, and I just said: "Grace, you will not be punished if you tell mama the truth, but if you do not tell me the truth, you WILL be in trouble." So she tip toes around and with her head down, she looks up at me and says... "yes, I gave her some... and I 'filled' (spilled) 'em too."
So, she did not get punished and we talked about lying and telling the truth.....But when we got home later that night, and Chris asked her about it, she lied AGAIN! Going through the whole story just like she had before... and I was sitting in the room! Dude, seriously???? Please tell me that there are other 3 year olds who have lied and have tried to talk their way out of it!!! I guess now's the time to teach her, when the things she can lie about are so small in comparison, but geesh... is this a sign of bad parenting already???? Noted: my fault for having the teething tablets somewhere she could reach them in the first place....

advice? encouragement?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"Price Match Please..."

Grace earned all the money she would need to buy her Tinkerbell Movie! Above is a picture of all the leaves she help me rake in the yard... $1 for each bag. To say that she was eager to do 'chores' is an understatement. She asked me 100 times a day if she could clean my room! This morning, I printed out 2 ads, one from Best Buy and one from Walmart. Best Buy's price was listed at $19.99, Walmart (store) was $19.99, but online it was on sale for $15.86, so I printed out that add. Since Best Buy price matches plus 10%, I showed her how much money she'd have left over if she bought from Best Buy and took in the ad from Walmart (which was her 'coupon.' She is really into coupons these days) or if she bought it at Walmart without the 'coupon'. Well, I am proud to say, she chose wisely and picked Best Buy. I am not sure if it was because she'd have more money left over, or if it was because she got to give a 'coupon,' but whatever it was, it made me happy!

It took about 10 minutes for us to count all her money, give the coupon and get all the price match stuff worked out, but it was a crack up to hear her give the lady the ad and say "price match please!" (Personally, I think the cashier was impressed too! I bed she'd never had a 3 year old price match a DVD before...!)

So, here is the happy girl with her new DVD and money left over. What a smartie she is.

And, so as not to leave out Harper, she turned 10 months old on Nov 2!
She tipps the scales at right under 20 pounds, not sure how tall she is now, and has popped through 4 teeth. She isn't crawling per say, but can find a way to get wherever she wants to go. She says 'Mama' 'Dada' 'All Done' 'UhOh' 'Papa' and has said 'Izze' once or twice.

She loves to stand and is pretty much obsessed with anything Grace does. She gets so excited that her body shakes when we go into Grace's room to wake her up in the mornings. So cute. Grace is pretty fond of her as well. I can't believe that she will be 1 in 8 weeks! It doesn't seem right!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween, an excuse to look like a......

Ummm, maybe I won't go there to start the blog, OK, so maybe I will...

Have you ever seen what the tweens and teens (well, any female for that matter) wear on Halloween???? Did you know you could turn a referee outfit into a sexy little nighty...? Don't worry, you can, we saw it at the Preds game. Oh, and butterflies? Did you know that they usually wear corsets and push up bras? The same goes for angels... I didn't know until last night that we'd all get big fake boobs when we got to heaven, did you know that???? Cats are most definitley sexy creatures that wear black tights torn in very seductive places, bunnies too. Witches...? No more big black capes, their new wardrobe consists of very tight, very small black shorts, teeny tiny black shirt and a pointy hat. Who knew??? Seriously people, I'm just here to present the facts...

Ok, transition to the cute little kids we spent Halloween with:

We've got a purple tinkerbell, the cutest chicken you ever saw, a little ladybug and a shark, aren't they adorable?
Harper and Bennett enjoyed themselves in the stroller together, and carried on their own little conversation.

Grace and Corbin loved every minute of the preds game. I think the favorite activity was dancing....
I heard Harper whisper to Grace: "Let's get outta here, Izze will let us eat more candy!"