December 29, 2008
December 19, 2008
It was everything I had hoped!! The beautiful dancing, the enchanting story, the lavish sets and amazing costumes, the perfect music...it was all so very wonderful and dreamy!
I have always loved dancing - of any kind - but what little girl hasn't dreamed of being a ballerina? I always wanted to take ballet and learn to dance on my toes as gracefully as they did tonight! I am amazed at their skill and control. I am in awe of their flexibility and sculpted bodies - their gracefulness is truly a sight to behold!
I did eventually take a ballet class...in college! It was really fun and besides learning some steps and movements, my favorite part was getting my very own pair of ballet slippers! ...Never did get those toe-shoes though!
I would love nothing more than to make this a family holiday tradition for years to come. Whether it be The Nutcracker, Colorado Symphony, or any other Christmastime performance - I think it would be a wonderful experience to share with my family!
December 1, 2008
November 29, 2008
I went to crawl in to bed the other night, got snuggled up with a good book, reached for my flashlight and - gone. I got up, searched high and low, inside and under anything I could think of. Where could I have left it? Even after Justin's help looking that night we could not find the missing light. We went to bed - unable to read for the night without it, and I was left tossing and turning trying to think of where it might have gone to.
The next day we spent half the day looking for it again. I get so frustrated when I'm looking for something and can't find it. My condo isn't that big - how do things just disappear?
Several hours later I was preparing dinner in the kitchen. I went to grab something out of the freezer only to find this:
What in the world? Well, along came the culprit... All I could do was laugh because I know my sweet Kenzie can't open the freezer so she must have slipped it in right under my nose the night before. It was so cold and the light wouldn't work when I tried to turn it on.
...Once it thawed out, it did work again! ...Still waiting on that booklight.
November 11, 2008
Her stylist, Haley did such a good job...and the pink sucker was the perfect distraction to help Kenzie sit still (enough) to get the job done!
The pictures speak for themselves...here she is:
Babe (Kenzie) in a fast car (Mercedes)...The Wind Blowing (Hair Dryer) Through Her Hair
October 31, 2008
October 17, 2008
A- Available or Single: N/A...I'm a married woman!
B- Beach or Lake: Lake
C- Cake or Pie? Cake
D- Drink of Choice: Starbucks Non-fat Caramel Macchiato
E- Essential Item you use every day: Eyelash Curler
F- Favorite Color: Pink
G- Gummy bears or Worms: Worms
H- Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
I- Indulgence: Ben & Jerry's Half Baked, Yum!
J- January or February: February... it's Kenzie's birth month!
K- Kids & Names: Mackenzie Ray ("Kenzie")
L- Life is Incomplete without: Jesus
M- Marriage Date: September 21st, 2002
N- Number of Siblings- Two sisters: Angie & Abby
O- Oranges or apples: Apples
P- Phobias: Walking on metal grates...don't ask, I'm just weird!
Q- Fave Quote: don't have one...or can't think of one right now.
R- Reason to Smile: Kenzie!
S- Season: Fall 100%...too bad its so short!
T- Tag 3 or 4 people: Michelle, Krista, Mom, Jen
U- Unknown fact about me: I've had a warrant out for my arrest...true story.
V- Vegetable you don't like: Beets. I'm with Angie, Ewww.
W- Worst Habit: Guilty, I too am a "late" person.
X- Xrays: Several on various parts of my body...starting in Kindergarten through my senior year of H.S. Since then they've just been for my teeth. That's a story for another day!
Y- Your favorite food: Red Robin "Whisky River BBQ Chicken Burger"
Z- Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
October 16, 2008
The girls loved running and exploring - there was a huge hill to climb and run down, a bridge to cross high above a beautiful creek. Picture perfect!
After the park we headed off in search of a pumpkin patch! We had promised the girls we'd take them to one and Angie knew of a sweet little patch just off the road. The best part is that it was free! We missed the driver giving hay rides but we were still able to take the kiddos for a ride in a wagon...of course they realized it was more fun to walk so the wagon was quickly ditched!
This was a wonderful place to take pictures...unlike what we find around our house, it was a real-life pumpkin patch with pumpkins still growing on the vine! Angie and I joked that all we remember doing growing up is picking our pumpkins out at the local grocery stores each year! Although we still "buy" our pumpkins at the grocery stores (cheaper), we still have to visit a real patch for the fun and photos! Lucky for Angie, she lives close to so many of them in the "country" it's easy to track one down!
We enjoyed finding many pumpkins of all sizes, a corn maze, hay bales and scarecrows!
The kids loved it! It was a gorgeous day!
October 5, 2008
Sew-made DeSigns APE DeSigns - (monkey logo)
Sweet StylesStay-At-Home StylesTender TrendsMotherly Mode
"Handmaiden Heaven" (or Littleton? or HR? or ???)
Stuff by Amy
Design by Ensign
Roo Bags (cause I always call Kenz "Kenz-a-Roo")
Roo Bags & Burp Rags
Bags“kins” / Bagskins
Zippy - $5
Diaper Pouch - $7
Burp Cloth - $4.50 / 2 for $7
Baby Blanket - $24
Baby Bib - $2.50
Hair Bows - $2 / 3 for $5
Drum Roll Please...
Congratulations!! - Please e-mail me with your mailing address... firstname.lastname@example.org
September 28, 2008
I am still in need of a name for my handmade items (see prior post). So, if you'd like to enter, simply leave a comment with your naming suggestion. If you comment with a suggestion, your name will be entered to win a free Tote Bag!!
On Friday, Ocober 3rd I will toss all comments in a hat for the random drawing to win one of my tote bags for free!!
September 22, 2008
Here are the items I am making right now:
September 21, 2008
We enjoyed the first day/night to ourselves...shopping at the Outlet Mall, relaxing at the house playing pool, watching TV, and soaking in the hot tub. It was nice to be away, feel relaxed and enjoy the quiteness of the beautiful Rocky Mountains!
My sisters joined us with the kids and we had even more fun playing games, shopping (again) and we even ventured out for a nice walk/hike...unfortunately it started raining when we were only about 100 feet from the house so we turned back, but not before snapping a few photos!
My parents joined us for one night too...we had dinner together, baked cookies and played games. It was my hope that everyone could escape for at least one night to enjoy this wonderful gift with us!
September 15, 2008
Every year I try to pick wonderful peaches at the grocery store and am always disappointed when I get home to find a less that ripe peach to bite into. Well, ever since my sister told me about it, I now order my peaches from the "Peach Lady" and anticipate August/September every year!
Usually I split a box with my Mom but this time I made it a priority to purchase a whole box (25 pounds) and freeze some to enjoy the whole year through!
So, at my first attempt to freeze my own peaches I decided to document this occasion with some colorful pictures that will leave your mouth watering!
Step 1: Wash, then boil peaches for 20-45 seconds
Step 2: Immerse boiled peaches in ice water for several minutes
Step 3: Remove fleshy peach skin...it should literally just fall/peel off!
Peeled Peaches ready to be sliced!Step 4: Mix juice of choice &"Fruit Fresh"Step 5: Add liquid mixture to sliced peachesStep 6: Place desired amount of sliced peaches in freezer bag and cover with liquid mixtureStep 7: Remove Air, Seal and Label bags ready for freezer!And it never hurts to have a little help eating the leftovers!!
August 14, 2008
I was at the grocery store the other day picking up a few items for dinner when I was drawn by the wonderfully bright colors of the produce department. Now that I'm in a contest to lose weight (more on the in an upcoming post), I have been craving fruit like you wouldn't believe. I love summertime and the delicious melons that are on display...they just call to me. My daughter is the same and can demolish cantalope, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and yes, watermelon as quickly as I can give it to her.
During this particular trip I decided to splurge on a small-sized seedless, watermelon. As I approached the cardboard bin where they were kept another lady was also suveying the selection. I thought to myself, "how does one go about picking the perfect, sweet, ripe watermelon?" I wasn't sure - I usually just go for one that has a nice shape and looks pretty. Suddenly the lady standing there with me began picking them up and knocking on each of them until she found one she liked. So, I too began knocking on each one I picked up to view. What was the point? What was I supposed to hear? I felt silly knocking on the melons and wondered if others were looking at me wondering what the heck I was doing or maybe they were thinking (just as I had) that I must really know something. I finally settled on one - not completely sure if it was going to be ripe and I went on my merry way.
To my luck, it turned out to be a perfect pick...but rest asurred that since that trip I have researched the right way to pick a watermelon so as not to be a "Produce Poser" again!
Picking a Perfect Watermelon:
Things You’ll Need:
Step 1: "Knock" on the watermelon.
Step 2: Listen for a hollow, empty sound. It should not sound solid or dense.
Step 3: Knock on as many watermelons as you wish. Select the one that has the most hollow sound.
August 8, 2008
Aunt "Mamie" & Uncle "Pokes"
(check out the time stamp...I didn't really post it at that time I just thought it would be cool!)
July 29, 2008
July 19, 2008
As life got busy, I put my participation with SLAH on the backburner. Well, I'm excited to announce I have the new Fall Catalog for 2008 and sales start August 1st! The products are amazing, the catalog is beautiful and it's time to share all of this with you!
I would love to jump-start my home business again and host parties! It is my goal to do several parties between now and next January...that's where I need your help! If you are interested in seeing the new products, gathering your friends together and having a good time (and possibly earn free products) you need to contact me today!
If you live near the Denver, CO area and want to host a party...let me know. You also have the option of a Catalog Party that only requires you to gather orders from people you think might be interested and you get all of the benefits of those sales without the hassle of hosting a party in your home! Contact me today...our beautiful line of products await you!
July 18, 2008
I crocheted this baby blanket for a friend. It took me 1 week to complete start to finish and of course I completed the last round the morning of her baby shower...nothing like cutting it close! Whew! It was made using "Baby Bee" Sweet Delight baby yarn in the shade, "Little Princess" (bought at Hobby Lobby) I love how it turned out!! I hope she and her baby love it as much as I love the blankie my sister made for Kenzie!
I also made her some (girl) Cloth-Diaper Burp-Cloths...but gave them to her before I got the chance to take pictures. I have another (boy) set ready to be made and will post those pictures once I do!
...It was the perfect carry-on bag for my trip to Minneapolis last week!!
...and these fabrics (enough for one more reversible bag)...If you feel inspired...Happy Crafting!!
July 17, 2008
Below: Kenzie playing with cousins, Jakson and Connor and Aunt Megan.
Walking on the beach with Daddy...We spent a day of my choice shopping at the Mall of America and IKEA. I was so excited since I had never been to either one! I was thrilled that the Mall of America had one of my favorite stores, H&M!! C'mon, when does Colorado get one??
Family picture in the land display portion of the exhibit:
Just a few photos of the things we got to see...
Beautiful live coral...
Piranha! Weird how they all just floated in place, evenly spaced...it was a little eerie!
Before the cousins left, Grandma wanted a picture with her three grandchildren. Not such a great morning to do it as all three had woken up on the grumpy side. When one started to cry, it was all over from there! At least Grandma Sue thought it was funny!
All in all, we had a great time. The weather was actually quite wonderful and it was fabulous to see all of the family and let them finally meet our sweet Kenzie.