Monthly Archives: January 2011

Miss Patrice, Our Littlest Model

Today is An Ordinary Mom’s 5 year Blogaversary.  Help her celebrate by heading over to her blog hop, after you check out my fun photos first, of course.

A very talented friend of mine sent some hand embroidered bloomers last week.  Mama had fun doing a photo shoot of Patrice in her newest fashion item.

Then I added this cute head band I won from Knotty Tots.

Now you may head over to An Ordinary Mom and wish her happy Blogaversary!

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

Sometimes you feel like a nut…sometimes  you don’t.  And if you don’t, our house is not the place to be. 

Our house is delightfully full of little girl antics.  Caitlyn is saving Sue.  Not sure from what.  Caitlyn is Miss Aurora (Sleeping Beauty).  Sue is Snow White.  They are running around having a lot of fun. 

Patrice is sleeping.  She is definitely a third child.  She can sleep anywhere.  She sleeps at kid eating establishments.  She sleeps in this nut house. 

Right now Caitlyn is pretending to snore.  Her pretend, loud snore, is quieter than daddy’s real snore.  Yes, I’m saying he snores loud.

Caitlyn is wearing a baby doll pack and play on her head.  It’s all the rage in high fashion.  I’m sure.

Sue is singing about going to the zoo.  “I’m so excited, we’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo.”  No, no we’re not.  It is a high of 30 degrees tomorrow. 

Ahhh, the fun is done.  The girls were playing rough and almost fell on Patrice.  Daddy says it is time for a cupcake, to read and book and go to bed.  Caitlyn has decided to remember at this moment that daddy said she could have macaroni and cheese for dinner.  Never mind she already had a sandwhich for dinner.  Daddy said that was just a snack.  And she has decided to remember that right now.  Is she hungry?  No.  But she loves to stall when it comes to bedtime.  So the water is on to boil and Caitlyn waits while Sue chows down on a spaghetti and meatballs cupcake.  Sue has her priorities.  Junk food is always at the top of her list.

Naptime, Patrice style

What is going on at your house?  I hope you are having a great evening!

Spaghetti and Meatballs for Try Something New Thursday

I found this fun recipe on Awana At Home and who could resist Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcakes???  I sure couldn’t!  I even called hubby to have him pick up some ingredients, and then went back to the store when I couldn’t find the cupcake liners!  I was serious about this project.  Serious enough to keep my kids up an hour past bedtime to make them!

Totally Worth It!

Look at the fun we had!

Excellent instructions are available at Awana At Home but here is my version.

Make 1 dozen white cupcakes according to package directions.
Let Cool.
Mix yellow food coloring and cocoa into a tub of white frosting, adding until frosting is spaghetti color.
Put frosting in a decorator bag with a small round opening or in a sandwhich bag, cutting one corner off.
Squeeze frosting in lines on top of cupcakes.
Put malted milk balls on top as your meatballs.
Warm strawberry jam in microwave so it is liquidy and pourable
Drizzle over cupcake.
Grate white chocolate over your creation so it looks like parmesan cheese.
Eat and ENJOY!

What new projects have you tried?  Were they fun?  Were they a flop?  I would love to have you link up and show off your handiwork.

Multitude Mondays #46 Blogging Community

Here we are at another Monday and my heart is searching for those things for which I am thankful.  It’s not that I have any shortage of things to be thanking the Lord.  On the contrary, He has been abundantly good in the ease and struggles of life.  Rather, I am looking for variety, but I find in this season of life I am dwelling on just a few things.  I am dwelling on survival and protection.  My survival as I deal with postpartum depression and protecting my children from my ups and downs.  I want them to thrive, not survive.  I want them to be blessed throughout this experience and I want them to know they are loved.  I will walk through whatever I must for them.
But the Lord has not left me in this journey alone.  I have my amazing husband, my wonderful midwife, my family, friends and the blogging community.  For a time I withdrew from much socialization, including the electronic world.  Life was just too heavy; I am slowly coming out of that.  And in my baby steps, I have found the amazing support of the blogging and twitter community.  I am often led to blog posts that encourage me at just the moment I need them.  Today was one such day.  Through someone’s retweet on twitter I found this post. I was drawn to it because it is about my life verse, Psalm 68:19–How glorious is our Lord who daily bears our burdens and has become our salvation.  And today I needed it.

I had 6 good days in a row and was ready to declare victory over the depression, but it snuck up and got me again. And within moments I found that post.  It was just what I needed.  The author and I started chatting on twitter and she sent me a link to this post.  It expressed much that I have not yet put into words.  I appreciate her writing and insights very much.

Now let me veer a little bit from my train of thought to mention, my depression manifest differently than some.  I do not struggle to function, rather I struggle with slowing down.  I find I must be busy all the time.  I cannot bear to have time on my hands.  This works well for a household with three small children. **I only mention this in case there are other people like me who are dealing with depression but find they are overly energetic.  That can still be a sign of depression and can be challenging.

Back to my regularly scheduled train of thought…

Other bloggers have blessed me immensely as I walk in the woods and the meadows of depression.  I cannot begin to mention them all but I do want to talk about two ladies, Ali at An Ordinary Mom and Kristen at We are THAT Family.  I just love both of these blogs.  An Ordinary Mom hosts a weekly snapshot post on Saturdays.  I am having a lot of fun looking for times to take pictures of my lovely girls.  It is fun now and I know will be a treasure when they are grown.  We are THAT family has blessed me with the Mercy House Kenya ministry.  I have worked on a couple things for them which have nicely filled my need to be busy.  *Remember, I will soon be asking you to help and get involved by donating supplies for this ministry.  I also enjoy Kristen’s Works for Me Wednesday blog hop.  It gives me an outlet of thought that does not involve the depression and for that I am very thankful.

I am also thankful for this blog hop I have been doing on Mondays, Multitude Monday at A Holy Experience.

I invite to go to Ann’s post and those of so many others who are choosing, as I am, to be thankful.  Won’t you join us?

Saturday Snapshots from the Phone

My phone has a mini SD card.  It holds a lot of pictures. I have taken a bunch, and I want to share them, but am often too lazy to go get the adapter to download the pictures.  Friday I finally quit being lazy.  I went and got the stool and got the adapter.  In the process I found the video camera battery charger so now we can quit wishing we could tape stuff and finally do it!!!

And you get to see some pictures I have taken with my phone.  Wait for it…wait for it…

Now to browse some fun.
This is over a year old, but isn’t it awesome?  Caitlyn and her friend at the Fire Department Open House

Caitlyn and Sue reading

It was fun ’til we used up all the paint

The pumpkin fairy

Riding Sandy

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the park Independence Oaks?

Sue likes it too.

These glasses always make mama laugh

Yup, you sure do!

I *think* they are holding hands 🙂

Always make mama laugh!

Now we have fast forwarded to this Christmas.  That is a doll playpen Caitlyn is in.

And apparently not too happy about it.

I hope you enjoyed the view from my phone.  Now head on over to An Ordinary Mom to see what others have pictured.

Zip on over to the Auto Show!

Earlier this week I had a chance to head over to the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
I am so bummed I forgot my camera, but I was able to snap a few shots with my phone.
There were people all over the new Fiat 500s, but they weren’t the only cars getting attention. People were also checking out the Mopar versions of each brand, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram.

GM’s Volt was also popular as people stopped to learn about the new technology.
BMW’s Mini display was also busy. The cars were fun to look at and they had a nice seating area where people could take a break.

There was also lots of dreaming, especially at the Porsche display.
Amidst the beautiful Auto displays, there were also glimpses of automotive supplier technology and fun.

It was an enjoyable evening; it was great to see the energy surrounding our local industry.  The NAIAS is open thru 23 January.  Check out more info here.

Our Foray to a Popular Kid Eatery for Try Something New Thursday

There is this eatery that advertises, well, directly to kids.  Our eldest has been seeing the ads along with some of her favorite educational shows; her friends have gone to this place to eat.  We have been avoiding it.  But we went for a bit of family fun with Aunt “Pretzel.”

The kids had a blast, well Okay, Patrice fell asleep.  But the other two had lots of fun and only one of them melted down on our way out of the joint.  Not bad if you ask me.  I thought hubby was going to go into sensory overload, but we survived.  And our eldest can’t stop talking about it.

One of the best quotes of the evening when Aunt “Pretzel” said, “Do you want to go here, Caitlyn?”  And my eldest responded, “well….yes.”  As if she hadn’t been begging to go there every time one of her friends talked about it or the commercial showed.  Oh no, this was a perfectly calm child.  Not sure where she came from.

Here is proof fun was had:

What have you tried something new lately?  Link up below to show off the fun or challenge.

Multitude Mondays 39-45 Sanctus Real – Lead Me

This is such a beautiful song.

39. I am thankful for those with talent to minister His truth through music.

40. Thankful for my husband who walks this life with me.

41. Thankful for a busy, enjoyable weekend.

42. Thankful for blessings mixed in with challenges.

43. Thankful for three beautiful girls.

44. Thankful for a husband who hungers for the Lord. (Yes, he deserves two mentions in the same post)

45. Thankful for new mercies every day.

What are you thankful for?

See what others are thankful for at A Holy Experience.

A Merciful Link

I have previously talked about this ministry that I have fallen in love with.  They have been doing lots of creative fundraising to get the home funded.  On the third of the month they ask people consider a donation of just $3.  They have an Etsy shop

Tomorrow they are doing an on-line silent auction.  You can preview some of the items here.

Please check it out.  You won’t  be sorry.

Fun with Grandma "with 2 doggies" Saturday Snapshots

As mentioned, we had company last weekend and boy was it fun.  We celebrated Christmas and made peanut butter play dough.  It was a great weekend. And I got some pictures that I JUST LOVE!!!!  Please indulge me as I show off my mama. 

Hey Grandma, why aren’t you over here in the picture?

LOVE LOVE LOVE this one!

And this one!

And this one.

And this one!

And this one!

And this one!