Monday, December 12, 2011


Ok so I'm only a month late posting this, but better late than never. We had such a fun Halloween this year, I just had to share. It was Sparkle's first Halloween going trick-or-treating. I really wanted us to go as the Flintstones this year, but since we sold the house I found myself with no time to make the costumes and the sewing machine was one of the first things to get packed. So what to do....hmmmm.....we had a LOT of moving boxes so I made use of one of them and dressed up Sparkle as a Christmas present. Her costume turned out so cute! She was the hit of the neighborhood :) It's amazing what you can create for under a dollar!!

Thor just wore Sparkle's duck costume from last year. I was really suprised it fit, considering she was 9 months when she wore it, and he was only 3!

As for the hubby and I?? I rummaged through the costume bin and came up with a pirate for me and the hubby wore a cowboy hat.... oh well at least we tried :) We'll have time to be more creative next year.

Sparkle didn't really grasp the concept of trick-or-treating. She loved wearing her costume and got really good at saying "trick or treat"and but when it was show time she clammed up. She was really dumbfounded when a guy all decked out as Captain Jack Sparrow answered the door :)

She enjoyed walking around the neighborhood dragging her plastic Walmart bag (yep we waited until the last day and couldn't find a pumpkin :() and finally eating her chocolate. Thor slept the whole time and missed all the fun. Ahhhh....I love Halloween. It's so much funner with kids!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Children's Discovery Garden @ Thanksgiving Point: Hours of Entertainment

So last week I discovered the well-kept secret of Thanksgiving Point: The Children's Discovery Garden. I wish I would have known about it earlier. It's funny because the first year I went to the Tulip Festival I almost went there by accident but the name fooled me. I thought ' a children's garden?' sounds boring......was I ever wrong!

When you walk in there is this amazing Noah's Ark fountain and splash/wading pool that kids love to play in. Sparkle could have stayed & played here all day!

Who am I kidding, I liked it just as much as she did.

They also have fountains similar to those at the Gateway that shoot water up out of the ground when you least expect it. Sparkle was standing over one of the openings where the water shoots out and all of a sudden water shot up out of there squirting her in the face.....

She was less than thrilled with that....poor baby :)

The next thing you come across is the hedgerow maze. My mom wasn't sure she wanted to go in. I said, "It's a children's maze how difficult could it be".....wrong again. Though it wasn't terribly difficult we did manage to get a little lost, I actually started to worry that I'd have to nurse baby Thor in there if we didn't get out soon.

There is so much to do there. Bear cave, caterpillar/bug slide, giant sand box..... However since part of the fun of this garden is in the discovery, I won't go into more detail.....but I can tell you this, we spent two hours there and we could have probably spent two more if we didn't have to eat.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Thoughts on Blogs

So here I am starting a blog. I have just given birth (6 weeks ago) to my second child and my other one just turned 19 months old . We just listed our home for sale, and want to purchase a 2.5 acre fixer upper. Seems like the perfect time to start a blog, as I have sooo much time on my hands.

I never thought I'd be writing a blog. It always seemed like a waste of valuable time. Now I see it as a way to improve my writing, record history for posterity, and share information with the world. When I have a problem to solve I often get online and see what others in the same situation have done. So my favorite blog right now is:

Ana is a homemaker, who builds her own furniture. From this blog I got the plans to build a bookcase for my daughter. It turned out beautifully. Though I must give a LOT of credit to my engineer husband who helped me build it, and paint and sand it.

Ahhh....I love taking raw materials and creating a work of art.

It gives you such a sense of satisfaction.

The final product! Pretty impressive huh!

I'm hoping to be able to post more pictures of wonderful things I've created, places I've experienced, problems I've encountered and solved and other adventures. Until next time.