Monthly Archives: November 2012

she sews: a tote


Lately I’ve been having to juggle things back and forth between one tote bag.  Although obviously it’s not a necessity, but I’ve been craving a new tote so that I don’t have to switch things out constantly.  I peeked around at a few places, but I wasn’t finding what I pictured in my mind.  Couple my desire for a new bag with the chevron print I have had my eye on at Hobby Lobby for a while, and I decided to attempt to make my own bag.  I put together different aspects of different tote tutorials found here, and I love what I have come up with.  It was actually super simple to complete, and I spent under $10 to make it!  Not bad in my mind!







We signed Nate up for Cub Scouts a few months ago, and it has seemed very random so far.  Although I’ve not been to one, Nate seems to enjoy both the Pack and Den meetings.  I do wish the Den meetings were more regular than the sporadic two they have had so far.  We’ve sold popcorn, learned the motto and law of the pack, and now that this weekend is done we have our first space derby and cake contest under our belt.

Now, if only his patches would sew themselves onto his shirt – we’d be great!!!

silly jilly


Jilly and I had some fun with the camera one day last week, and we took turns taking silly face picture of each other.  Most of the ones she took of me have been deleted since she was laughing so hard she couldn’t hold the camera still and seldom got a picture of my actual silly face.  Jilly has always had a way with facial expressions – so I loved doing this with her.  I still laugh when I look at some of these.

Enjoy the many faces of Jilly:



Our Favorite!





October brings birthday cards and gifts for Laurel and I as we both celebrate our birthdays, but there are always a few cards and such in the mix for Brad.  October is Pastor Appreciation Month, which some people actually remember and acknowledge.  😉  The kids and I decided that it was wrong of us to not acknowledge our family’s favorite pastor.

They colored signs (Laurel’s says “Best”, but she refused to hold it up. (And Jilly refused to make a normal face.)), and I wrapped up a Flintstones DVD.  The kids have been really into old cartoons lately (classic Mickey, Tom & Jerry, Looney Tunes, etc.), and Brad has been enjoying it and mentioned wanting to introduce them to The Flintstones.

It was a fun way to turn an ordinary day into a fun celebration – which the kids are always up for!

an elmo takeover



He’s a blessing – and a curse.

For one sweet 2 year old, he’s an obsession.


on the TV, in books, soft toys, hard toys, in my CD player in the car, on my phone, on the computer – everywhere!

And in the rare moments when he’s no where to be found, one sweet 2 year old turns not so sweet.

Let’s hope this passes quickly!