Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Gradulation Day

Yes, this is a whole MONTH late, but that's the story of my life these days!! We are in the home stretch of our kitchen remodel and I SO can't wait to start cooking again and losing these few extra pounds that I've gained from eating out!!

Mallory graduated from preschool on May 28th. It was a very bitter sweet day for me to see how far my little girl has come since starting at the school the day that she turned 2. I knew she was ready to move on to kindergarten, but I'm just not quite ready for her to go. I never thought that I would be "one of those moms" that cried and carried on about the first day of kindergarten, but I KNOW that I'll be that mom!! Mallory will be starting at a new school, more than likely, without her best little friends, which breaks my heart.

Back to the graduation ceremony...

We took some family photos before we left. I didn't have anyone to take a true family picture, so these will have to do.

I had to throw some in here of Jack, as he was just too cute for words.

All the kids met in the church lobby to take some pictures and get on their cap and "gowns". There was a swim party at my friends house during the day, so most of the little girls had red eyes from the chlorine.

Mallory and her teachers, Ms. Stacey and Ms. Shelley.

Here is a picture of the silhouettes that they did the last week of school.

Here she is getting her diploma!!

After the ceremony, the 2 classes sang a little song, to the tune of I've been working on the railroad.

I've been going to my preschool,
all the whole year long.
I've been going to my preschool,
and I've learned a lot of songs.
I can count and say my letters,
I know my shapes and colors too.
I've been going to my preschool,
all the whole year through.

Gradulation day, gradulation day,
gradulation day is finally here.
Gradulation day, gradluation day,
gradulation day is here.

Kindergarten here I come,
Kindergarten, I will be there soon.
Kindergarten here I come,
I'll be in a brand new school.

It still brings tears to my eyes...

**Did you notice how I spelled "graduation" in the song? Mallory pronounces it with an "l", like you would say "Congratulation", but it's "gradulation". It's so cute, as ever since she was 18 months old, she could pronounce anything perfectly. Jack...not so much...so I think it's cute how she pronounces it. Same thing with "Hallelujah", she drops that last "l" and puts two long "u"'s instead, like "halleuujah". Her knew VBS CD has a song with hallelujah in the chorus and I just love to her her pronounce it!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Maddie*Kate: New Minnie Mouse Listing on eBay!

We took a little trip to Disney last week to meet a friend and celebrate Mallory's birthday. Of course, she needed something special to wear, so here it is!!

You can find the listing by clicking HERE.

Love this one in Minnie's house at the sewing machine!!

I will have more pictures from our trip and Mallory's birthday tomorrow!! I'm finally starting to catch up on things, as I shipped out my FINAL custom set yesterday for the summer!! It felt like a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


It's hard to believe that five years ago today (on Father's Day), after 18 hours of labor and 3 hours of pushing, that I had my sweet little girl, Mallory Kate. I could tell right from the beginning that even though she was a spitting image of her father on the outside, she was going to be JUST like me on the inside.

Mallory, you are an amazing little girl and your daddy and I are so proud of the person that you are becoming. You are so sweet and giving, always thinking of others. You love arts and crafts and always have some special creation to give to us, your friends, your teachers, the neighbors, the mailman... You love performing on stage singing and dancing. You know the words to entire songs after hearing them only a few times and you love making up your own songs too. You are VERY strong-minded (like your mom). You are so smart, already learning to sound out words, counting to 100, and spelling so many words. You are going to do so well in kindergarten!! You love spending the afternoons at Gammy's house, having "special treats", doing art projects and watching movies. You are such a nice sister to Jack, always sharing and playing with him (maybe you are just being nice so he will let you sleep in his bed at night:-))

We hope that F-I-V-E will be a wonderful year for you Mallory! We love you!

Mom & Daddy

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Back from Disney!

We had a great time, except we had to leave a little earlier than expected, as it was pouring down rain and I pulled something in my lower back, so carrying 2 kids the rest of the day was out of the question!! Here's a little sneak peek at our trip and of a new set that we will be listing in the coming days!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fun Entertainment for kids this summer

A couple of months ago at Mallory's preschool, her teacher ordered some caterpillars for the kids to watch turn in to butterflies. Mallory was amazed by this whole process and came home each day telling me what was happening with them. I was at Target a few weeks ago looking for something to buy her for her graduation present and found this. We filled out the form to get our caterpillars and sent it in. Well, the caterpillars arrived today!!! She is going to be so excited when she gets home from camp! The website has many different types of insects that you can watch grow. We might get the ladybugs next!

I will update the blog as the caterpillars grow!!

We are leaving this afternoon to drive over to Disney World for the night. Mallory's birthday is on Saturday, so it's a little early celebration for her. AND, we are meeting one of our dear customers for the first time too!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Day 6 of Kitchen Remodel

It's only been six days since I was able to use anything in my kitchen and I've cried two of those days!! The combination of Nate cutting his hand, my car having to go back to the dealership AGAIN for the same problem it was there for LAST WEEK, our washing machine breaking AGAIN after someone was out to fix it LAST WEEK, Mallory having an ear infection, and just having to get used to walking out the front door and opening the garage door 45 times a day just to get something out of the refrigerator has put me over the edge a few times!! The good news is, the kitchen will be making a lot of progress this week. The walls from the old kitchen will be coming down tomorrow and the new wall will be going up. The electrician is coming on Monday to start all the new wiring and moving some of the switches. The air conditioning company will be creating a new vent for the hood and a new air return.

This is our new wall, to keep all the dust on the other side with the construction. Yes, that's Jack passed out on the couch after a long morning at the beach!

Here is the wall without the mirror. That built-in shelf is connected to my sewing room, so I will have to relocate a few things when they take that out.

No more cabinets!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Mirror, mirror, on the wall....

Remember that mirrored wall photo from my last post? Well, guess what it did to my husband today while he was trying to tear it down during the big "Demo" day today?

I was given strict instructions to have the kids out of the house all day today. So, that gave us a great reason to head to the 9:15 church service this morning. Vacation Bible School starts this week and I volunteered to help with the decorations, so we didn't get out of church until 1:30. I took the kids to my parents house afterward and then came to check on the progress. Nate and "Bird" (one of his carpenters from work) were just finishing putting up the partition walls and would be starting to tear down the walls (pictures of this to come tomorrow!). I grabbed a couple things for the kids to play with, along with my sewing machine to finish up my orders and headed back to my parents to spend the afternoon.

The phone rang about 2:30, it was my dad, he said Bird just dropped Nate off at the Emergency room, as he had sliced his hand opened. My mom and I were wondering what in the world was he doing to slice his hand open?? I left the kids there to play and headed down to the hospital. Apparently, the mirrored wall was not-so-easily removed, one of the pieces shattered, cut right through Nate's leather glove and sliced his hand. The doctor said if it had been 2 mm deeper, he would have lost the movement in his pinky finger. 3 hours and 5 stitches later, we were eating delicious lasagna at my parents house with my grandparents!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Goodbye 1962

When we bought our house 5 years ago, we set aside some money from the sale of our previous home to remodel this kitchen. After many different designs and battles with my dear husband about it, we are FINALLY starting the remodel (demo) TOMORROW!!! This is going to be a 6-8 week project with us living through the whole thing. It will be very interesting with 2 smalls kids and our "guard" dog. My sewing room shares a wall with the remodel, so I will not be sewing for the rest of the summer.

I thought I would share a few before pictures, well sort of before pictures. I had already starting packing/removing things from the walls and book shelves.

I am so excited about my new kitchen, with all the new appliances and more storage. I am going for a Seaside feel to my entire house. Nathan is not to keen on this idea, but I think once he sees the completed kitchen, he'll love it as much as I do.

This is our little breakfast area, that will become a little sitting area with bookshelves and a window seat.

Don't you just love this itty bitty microwave that we've been using for 5 years, and that brown tile!

The 80's mirrored wall is such a nightmare with little kids!!! In our new kitchen, this will be where our refrigerator and stove will be. There will be an island coming out from there, about where the couch is.

I'm also trying to sell Nate on the idea that we need new wood floors. The yellow oak will not go with the look that I'm trying to create, but he's not budging on this one...yet!! I want what is called Black Vintage Mahogany. It's wide planked and a darker wood.

Hopefully, in 6-8 weeks, my new kitchen will look like this!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Maddie*Kate: New Summer Girls Listing on eBay

This is the sweetest little set, perfect for those warm summer days ahead. This 2-pc set is OOAK, not to be duplicated, best fit for a 4-5-6. Mallory is wearing 5's & 6's now :-( Seems like yesterday everything we were making was a 2T.

You can find the listing by clicking HERE.

Mallory wasn't crying in these photos, she had just spent the entire day swimming in a chlorine pool. Her eyes are very sensitive to the chlorine!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mother's Day Tea

So...I'm about a month behind on my posts, sorry about that. I will explain why in the coming weeks. There is total chaos about to happen at our house!!

I will post about one thing, so you all can start praying. My dear friend, Robin, who has already been through so much in her life, being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 23 and not having any function of her left hand, just gave birth to a beautiful little boy, Austin, six weeks ago. Austin is wonderful, I got the chance to take some newborn pictures of him when I went to visit her. She was not able to breast feed, as the doctors wanted her on her M.S. meds as soon as she had recovered from the birth. It was a blessing in disguise, as she was feeling her breast, as she thought she had a clogged duct or something. She had a mammogram done shortly after, the lump was removed this past Monday, and was diagnosed the same day with Breast Cancer. She goes back next Wednesday for more surgery to have some lymph nodes taken out to see if the cancer has spread. She is 31 years old and has a 6-week old baby. Please, please, please keep her in your prayers!!!

The kids had their Mother's Day Tea at school the Friday before Mother's Day. Jack's class sang a sweet little song, to the beat of Mary Had a Little Lamb.
Mommy takes good care of me, care of me, care of me.
Mommy takes good care of me, because she loves me so.

Mallory's class practices once a week with the orff instruments, so they put on a little performance showing how much they had learned. Mallory just looked at the pictures and said "Ooh, I got the clean one!" Whatever that means...

Then they had the fashion show. We got a letter home a few weeks before the performance asking us to let our children pick out something from our closets to wear. Then the preschool director would ask them certain questions about their mommies and daddys.

Mallory chose to wear my swimsuit cover-up (???) and some sparkly flip flops. She did have one of my old purses that she filled with hair clips and make-up. I don't really remember all that she told the preschool director, something about how Mommy looks better with make-up on, I was too busy cringing when she picked her nose and proceeded to eat it up on stage!!!!!!!! I was so proud. So proud, that I bought her this shirt the other day.

If your sweet little girl needs one of these too, you can find it HERE. She has some really fun things!! I can't wait for Mallory's to get here!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

First Hair Cut

So, I've been cutting Jack's hair since he was about 1. It has been harder and harder to cut his hair these past couple of times, so I decided it was time for him to go to the salon and have my hairdresser do it. I let it grow out a little, so she would be able to cut it the way that I wanted it.

Here he is right before we walked in. He is smiling only because I promised a trip to the toy store afterward if he is a good boy.

We walked all the way to the back to the chairs that have tv's in front of them. We finally found a channel that he would watch and she started cutting.

In order to get the back, she had to prop him up on some towels. He wasn't too sure about sitting on the towels, so we had to add 3 at a time (since 3 is his favorite number and how old he is).

Jack did wonderful and earned his trip to the toy store!! The hairdresser, in my opinion, didn't earn a trip to the toy store. Jack's hair is very straight and so hard to get it to blend. I thought I didn't do a good job, but apparently I did!! This will probably be his only trip to the salon for a few more years, until I'm ready for him to get a big boy haircut!

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