Tuesday, September 28, 2010


My mom is a very creative person. I love shopping with her because at least every 10 minutes she finds something that she has a vision for. "Oh look at that {giant ugly vase, big ugly picture frame, funny looking dress...} you could {paint, saw, cut, sew...} that and it would look awesome {in you yard, on your front door, on your child...} Some of her vision has rubbed off on my because I am constantly on the hunt for a fun new project. Some projects turn out better than expected, others are disasters.

Last week I took several of Emily's shirts that I didn't love and I sewed little birds, owls, and the USC logo on them. I am in love with the results. They are now possibly my favorite of her shirts.

This weekend I saw that the re-purposing tradition came well before my time. We did some work at the cabin and saw some of my Grandpa's handiwork (road signs for siding was my favorite). On the side of the cabin was an old hardwood ladder. It probably had been there about as long as the empty 50 gallon drum and the steel bed frame that I drug up the hill to the garbage pile. All weekend I kept walking past this old weathered ladder thinking what could I do with that? Then I saw my dad cutting it into pieces with a chain saw and it hit me... "Um, dad can I have that?" "Really? What are you going to do with that?" "I'm going to take two of the 5 foot pieces, paint them, turn them sideway's and hang them in my laundry room so that I can air dry clothes (I really don't like using the dryer)" Then my sweet dad squared off the ends put it in his truck and brought that nasty old ladder down the mountain. I think I am going to paint it Robbin's egg blue or lime green (what do you think? Those seem to be my default colors), I can't wait.

My husband insists that I am not bringing that "thing" into our house...He also said that when I brought home a nasty 12 paned door that my best friend Kate found on the side of the road. I painted it and made him hang on the wall. After 4 years and countless conversations with friends and neighbors about the door on our wall, I think he has finally caved and may even admit to liking it, or at least being indifferent toward it. I promise photos as soon as it is done!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Trip to St. George, Chloe Update, and Look A Likes

We took a quick trip to St. George last weekend for my Grandma George's funeral. It was nice to see so many of my cousins (all but one was there). It was also fun to remember fun times with Grandma and Grandpa. My mom took all the pictures, so I don't have any until I get them from her. Above are photos of Emily and Chloe playing the piano at Grandma Hales' house. It was SO cute. Below is a photo of Emily in a dress that my Grandpa bought me when I was little. It was kind of fun to put it on Emily. It was also a little shocking, sometimes it seems like life is just standing still and before you realize it 25 years have gone by and you have your own little girl!
This page is a tribute to my cute little Chloe bug. She is SOOOO full of personality these days and I can honestly say that I adore her more and more each day!


Fall is in the air and I think that I am finally getting excited. The girls have cute new sweaters; school and football have started; there are plans for Halloween costumes, pumpkin carving, and hayrides; the hills are starting to come alive with color, the sunflowers have been glorious this year, and my windows are open every evening welcoming the cool air. Yep I think this is going to be another fabulous fall. Some friends let me and the girls intrude on their sunflower photo shoot, and I am in love with the results!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


It has been a while, so I thought that I would share some new pages. FYI Shabby Princess has a new free kit that is awesome, as usual!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Chloe the Talker

Chloe has not been a big talker up to this point. She is just now starting to say a lot and put multiple words together. Here is some video from a couple of weeks ago. I think she is so funny! Her favorite things to say are "go away" "don't touch" and "don't bite baby." She is one sassy little kid.

First Day

Em had her first day of school today. She was so excited and so cute!

As soon as she saw Hinckley she had to run up and give her a hug.

Here she is waving for the camera, she would not just smile, she had to wave. Oh and she decided that she didn't like the shoes or sweater that I picked out and refused to wear them.
Here are her classmates all sitting on their little squares of carpet. Aren't they cute?

Everyone getting there, notice Em waving again.
She is so excited about school and I am so excited that she gets to spend time with all her friends.