Saturday, March 30, 2013


My sister, Stephanie, is working on a project for her Human Development in the Social Environment class.  She is creating awareness on acceptance and self-esteem. Her idea is to take normal traits, skills and / or talents and to turn them into a superpower.
She is a wonderful artist and has created several characters that showcase different skills or talents.  Her site helps children to think and to decide what their superpower is. She wants to help children build up self-esteem by showing them that differences aren't bad and that we all have something that makes us who we are and most importantly to embrace their uniqueness. She's also wanting to promote accepting others even if they are quirky or "different" from other kids in the classroom or society.
Here's an example of a few of her characters:
Grif, the honest boy from Georgia. He uses his superpower to always be honest in every place and thing he does. He's well respected in his home, school and within the community. Everyone knows they can rely on Captain Truth!
Layla  from Egypt. She uses her superpower to touch her friends and the community on levels that words alone can't. She agrees with Mr. Hamlet about practicing on a talent that you love is important. She's often praised for having a voice of an angel.
This is Hugh from California and he's adventurous. He uses his superpower to explore the world around him. After he discovers new places and things to do, he'll come back and share it with his friends. He believes excitement in life is important.

There are postcards that can be printed for each character and the back of the card has places for the kids to create their own superhero.

Visit and check it out and share it.

Friday, March 29, 2013


We had shaving cream with food coloring, rubber cement, multi colored sharpies, traditional egg dye and lots of eggs.
It was so much fun and an activity the man clan look forward to every year.  Even though the lair wreaks of eggs, I love this tradition!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


He lost a tooth at Sarah's birthday party.   He has 'cha-ching' in his eyes.

I love his toothless grin!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Sarah is my brother's better half.  She's a wonderful mother and wife. She is very talented, a lot of fun and has the best curly hair in town.

Happy birthday Sarah! 
We love you!!


I didn't know dandelion puffs were flammable, but we saw this online (and you know everything on the internet is true, right?), so we thought we would try it.
They are indeed flammable and so we were making wishes by fire this afternoon.  I think we got rid of every dandelion puff on the street.
It's been raining the past few days, so we're excited to try this again when it's dry out.
We're getting more wishes ready....

Monday, March 25, 2013


I'm making a little book for Landon with photos from his baptism.  The beautiful cherry trees are in bloom down at the capital, so I thought it would be fun to have a little photo shoot in his church clothes to add to the book.
Here's a sneak peek of our morning date.
This little bloke has sensitive eyes.  It was so funny watching him try to keep his eyes open.  We have many photos with an unintentional funny face and eyes closed.  Too bad I didn't have sunglasses in the car for him.  We could have had a "blues brothers" look.  Hmmmm, I need to get him a fedora.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


My father signed us both up for a quilting class as one of my Christmas presents.  Yes, for those of you who don't know my father, he's a quilter - and a very good one.  We've been taking quilting classes together since 2011 and I love it.

I had never heard of woven quilting, so when we went to get our fabric and I saw the samples, I got excited - it is really cool.
It was an all day class at The Purple Frog in Jefferson.  Although we were there all day, it seemed like only a few hours.  We were sewing like crazy and it was really fun seeing it all come together.
My dad is making a table runner.  He chose really fun fabric with hot air balloons, colorful circles and orange batik.
I made a pillow.  I wanted manly colors and for it to look tribal without using tribal fabric.  My inspiration was our Fiji trip many moons ago.
I'm thrilled with the results.  I told my man clan this is a 'no touch' pillow and they looked at me like I was crazy.  It took me 10 hours to make it and it's beautiful.  It is for my hands only.  They can look with their eyes, not their hands.  Ha!  We'll see how long that lasts!

Friday, March 22, 2013


and they are having a giveaway on the Make It and Love It blog.
photo credit make it and take it

These darling books are colorful, large text and fun.  Ashley is in elementary school and loves to write stories and Kim is an artist.  They combined their talents and wrote and illustrated these two books.

Enter the giveaway - (here) at Make it and Take It

Purchase If I Only Knew How To Read - (here) at Amazon or (here) at Barnes & Noble

Purchase If I Only Knew How To Tell Time - (here) at Amazon or (here) at Barnes & Noble

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Kim's daughter, Anna, was listening to the radio when she heard 'text dragon to (blah, blah, blah) and you could win two tickets for the meet and greet with Imagine Dragons.'  Anna knows her mom likes them and so she texts the word dragon.
Next day, she gets word that she was chosen!  Only ten people were chosen and she was one of them.  Fun luck, huh!
Anna wasn't able to go with her mom, so Kim called to see if I was available.  Larry and I were taking the boys to their concert that evening, how was I going to break it to them that I would meet them in Portland because I was going to the meet and greet?  I presented the situation with a smile and batting of the eyes and bing, bong Jack, it was a go!
We got treated to an acoustic version of It's Time and a photo op.  With them being in a different city every night, I wasn't sure if they would remember me.  I was so excited that they did and they told me to tell Larry that they still love and ride the longboard.  Yay!
It was such a great afternoon spent with Kim.  Super fun!  I think Anna needs to enter contests more often so Kim and I can go on more cool dates.  Now that sounds like a plan!

Saturday, March 16, 2013


For Christmas, Santa brought us concert tickets to see Imagine Dragons, Nico Vega and Atlas Genius at the Roseland Theater.  The day finally came!
Nico Vega was incredible!  Aja is a stud.  She was seriously amazing.
Nico Vega (minus Aja)
This was the first time we saw Atlas Genius - we loved them!
Imagine Dragons never disappoint.  They are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. in concert.

It was such a fantastic evening.  We love concert dates with our boys and Imagine Dragons concerts are our favorite!
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