Sunday, June 21, 2009


We rented a Dora DVD from the library last week. One episode briefly talks about picking up garbage at the beach. Ever since Levi's seen it, he's been going around picking up everything in sight and putting it into a box or a bin, then dumping it all out and starting all over again, all the while chanting "Garbage. More garbage!"

So tonight, we decided to test out his garbage skills...we wanted to see if he'd like throwing away real garbage! Joe-Z was reading the newspaper and JM dumped it on the floor. Ads went flying, pages torn apart...paper was all over! Levi was in a little garbage-man heaven, lol. He loved picking it all up and filling the bag with garbage. So we moved on to all the other rooms, letting him throw away anything that was garbage. Whenever a room was getting clean, he'd say
"Morrrrrrrrrrre garbage please. Need more garbage!"

It was just so dang cute. I couldn't even stand it. He's such a good helper!

24 Weeks

Only 16 weeks to go! Some days it seems like time is standing still and that it takes forever for one week to go by. But most of the time, we get to Sunday and think "Oh my gosh...another week is gone?!?!" We have to get on the ball...she'll be here before we know it!

And in other big news...I got my hair cut! It's the shortest I've had it since I've been the one in charge of choosing my hairstyle. I can't decide if I love it or hate it...I feel one way at times, and another 5 minutes from then. We both think it makes me look more my age. It'll be nice for summer, but I'm just so used to long, straight hair!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

(Thinking back on it, I'd do it with both boys holding the "A" in the middle, then one boy on each side. In years to come, I'll have girls holding one "D", boys holding the other "D", and then everyone together in the middle with the "A".)

I stole this idea from TipJunkie for Father's Day. The actual gifts are in frames without the captions, and they turned out just beautiful!
Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 15, 2009

London Bridge Children

There is a sister in our Stake that has an amazing talent in creating all things kids. Apparently, she's been selling her things in a boutique here in town for a few years, and has recently decided to branch out and open her own website! She's hoping to get linked from people's blogs to pass the word on! If you decide to give her link love, you can order a free 8x10 print from her web site! (Below are her e-mail instructions!)

"Hey Guys! My new website if finally done and live. I have all my art for kids listed on there as well as other items for kids and babies from other companies and artists. Take a look and let me know what you think. I search the Internet for unique and cute stuff for kids and I’m adding products daily.

I am trying to get the word out so if you blog please consider adding a link to my site…if that's okay, can you list the site name as "Kids Art, Baby Bedding, Nursery Decor" and then link it to I'm trying to get linked to as many blogs as I can. If you have any friends that blog let them know that if they will add my link to their blog then I will send them a free 8x10" art print from my website (and they can pass that offer on to their friends…you can just forward this to them). Just have them email me if they are interested.

And, of course I want you to pick out an 8x10" art print for helping me out…thank you so much!


I'm officially in love with her wall art, and I bet you will be too! She's quite the talented lady! Happy shopping!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Scrabble Tile Pendants

Stumbled upon these, and can't wait to make them!

I think it'd be a great activity for Young Women or even a side Enrichment Activity! You can buy a bag of replacement tiles from Hasbro here, 100 tiles for $6.50!

Maybe it's knowing the baby is coming and my time will be limited or something, but I'm feeling super crafty lately. Inspire me:

What are your favorite craft ideas that are semi-cheap and super-fun?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Buy one half off, get the second one free!

Due to the recent boil water notice we were under this past weekend, which I was so blissfully unaware of until late in the night, I decided to opt in to receive e-mail news releases from the City of Tallahassee. Apparently, June is "Adopt-a-Cat Month", so they sent out an e-mail promoting one specific shelter in town. Read this paragraph...

"...To help encourage adoptions during the month of June, the Animal Service Center is reducing the cat adoption fee to $25 from $50. If you also adopt a companion cat or kitten, the ASC will waive the fee for the second adoption. You read correctly: Buy one cat at half-price and get the second one free! Sterilization fees will still apply. All cats adopted through the ASC are micro-chipped, and many are already spayed or neutered...."

For some reason, this really tickled my funny bone!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Simply Said Sunday

This quote really stood out to me at church today. Someone referenced this quote in Testimony Meeting this afternoon.

Speaking of the Ten Commandments, Stephen Covey said,

"It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law." (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

When I think about this, all I can picture is a wave crashing into the rocks. The wave will never knock the rock over and be able to continue on through the ocean on it's chosen path...the rock will stand firm and the wave will be the one to break. Every time.

Just the same, we cannot break the commandments. We'll only break ourselves against them.

This was just such a neat concept to me.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

What a mouthful!

John Morgan's vocabulary at this moment:

(in no particular order)







-uh oh

-thank you






-wake up

-"arrrrrgh"(accompanied by swinging arm motion...when asked what a pirate says)
As of 6/19/09:

That's it for now!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bye bye love, bye bye happiness....

This is the song I hear Levi singing in my head when I think about taking away his paci for good.

My son is 2 years and 8 months old and still proudly sucks a binky.

Only for sleeping though. And car rides. Oh, and when we're in the store and he wants to be so vocal that everyone stares. Oh, okay, and during Sacrament meeting...when he's 2 hours past nap time and is crying and talking or singing or whining in uber-high decibels and I slide the paci in his mouth and, ahhhh...peace and quiet.

I'm curious how you've weaned your children off of the paci (Or if you're about to do it, or have thought about how you'll do it). And when.

I've heard stories about the paci fairy. And about dipping all the pacis in hot sauce. Or cutting holes in them. And the list goes on and on. I'd like to hear it from those of you I know and love...

How'd you do it???

Monday, June 1, 2009

What we did this weekend

And it was beautiful!

This picture didn't capture the "excited face" I was hoping for, lol. They love to walk around and see the flowers and the fountains, and point to the angel on the top. And of course, Levi and John Morgan love to touch the temple walls!

At the beginning of the year, we decided to set a goal of attending the temple once a month this year (although I think my last trip will be late August or extremely early September). So far, we're achieving our goal!

We're loving how Levi loves the temple and gets so excited to be there! Our prayer is that by going each month, he (and the rest of the kids to follow) will see the sacrifices we make and the joy it brings, and that their love and appreciation and testimony of the importance of the temple and the work we do there will grow and grow.