About Us

Andy and I met on a blind date in Dec. 2005. One of my 7th grade students was his neice, and she set us up. Go figure. We saw each other every day after that! We were engaged by June and married in September of 2006. In January, 2008, we welcomed little Ethan into our home, and in August, 2010, little Addison arrived.

Andy is a diesel mechanic at Kennecott. I taught middle school science for ten years, and am now an evidence-based learning specialist for a school district.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

One mans trash is another mans treasure just waiting to be refinished

I am in LOVE with the DI lately.  I've found all sorts of great items that I can use as bones for craft projects.  Last time I went I spotted this lamp for $2.00.  I wasn't sure if it worked our not, so I was super happy when I got home and plugged it in and there was light!  
I knew I wanted to put this in Addy's room, so I spray painted the base white, and then hot glued ribbon onto the shade.  It turned out super cute and really only took me about 30 minutes to make.  I LOVE IT!

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving this year was a little crazy.  I bought a teeny tiny pumpkin for Addy.  BIG MISTAKE.  It was so hard I could barely even get a knife in it.  So, no carving for her.  Ethan didn't want to even look at the guts once his pumpkin had been opened, so dad cleaned it out for him and helped him carve his pumpkin.  Ethan also wanted to help Dad carve his pumpkin, so really Andy should have waited a while to carve his pumpkin.   I didn't get mine carved until after Addy went to bed.  Anyway, it was fun, but the kids are still a little too young for this.  Maybe next year we'll paint the pumpkins.  Here are the results . . . 

 Andy's pumpkin
 Ethan's pumpkin
 My pumpkin
 The kids WILL NOT look at the camera for pictures.  It drives me crazy.  Here is the best I could do.
 Dad and Ethan carving pumpkins.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dollar Store Crafting

I have become addicted to the dollar store lately!  Here are some of my creations from Dollar Store Items!

Christmas Bulb Wreath . . . From This . . . 
to This . . . for under $10.00
Fun Candy Corn Jars - $6.00
Three apothecary type jars filled with spooky stuff - $8.00

 Three plates and a marker - $3.00

Pumpkin' Patch

We've been trying to get to the pumpkin patch for a few days now, but . . . Ethan has been kind of a stinker and we've had to use not going to the pumpkin patch as a punishment. :(  Well, we finally had a good day, and so we loaded up and went.  Ethan went wearing his new transformers costume.  He's been spiderman for the last 355 days, so he's decided that his spiderman is no longer really a costume, it's just everyday clothing, and he needed an "actual" halloween costume.  We should have put little miss in her costume too, but it was a little warm on this day to wear her bulky costume.
 Ethan was super excited to pick out his own pumpkin, and to put it in the wheelbarrow "all by himself"
 I really couldn't get a great picture of the two of them, so here is the best attempt!
 My man, with little miss!  The expressions kill me :)
 This year they had a gun that you could shoot corn out of.  I thought Ethan would LOVE this, but really, not so much.
 Now this was more like it . . . you could sling shot apples.  That was more his style.
 We even got to go for a tractor ride.  Once again, the expressions on the kids faces are classic.  Why can't they just smile for pictures?
 Little miss LOVES apples.

 Ethan shaking hands with a guy escaping from the grave
Ethan not playing too nice with his little sister.  He's blocking her from getting up the stairs.  I guess we'll need to have a little chat about bullying.

Should I be worried?

Yikes!!!  Black hoodie, saggy pants, & underwear showing!  I think I need to be concerned.  And not to mention how CLOSE he is to the TV.  Flashbacks from when I was teaching middle schoolers! 

Ethan's Photography Skills

Ethan is notorious for picking up the camera if it is in reach and taking pictures.  I find funny stuff on my camera all the time . . . like my big old butt.  Anyway, here are a few of the pictures he's taken recently! (butt pics not included . . . you're welcome)

 Don't mind the messy bathroom.  It was Saturday, and I was getting the cleaning done!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Super Hero Day

Tomorrow is Super Hero day at our day care center.  I thought this day would be an easy day for us considering that Ethan has worn his spiderman costume almost EVERY SINGLE DAY since Halloween last year.  So, I thought it would be a no brainer . . . Ethan would go to school as spiderman, and be in good company with all the other kids in costumes.

Well, tonight I decided that Addy needed a costume too, so I whipped her up this wonder woman shirt.  

Ethan asked what I was making for Addy, and I let him know that tomorrow was super hero day.  He told me he needed to decide what to wear, because Spiderman is not a super hero.  Are you kidding me???????  So, we argued about this for a while, and I decided this was pointless.  Luckily we have a few other costumes laying around the house like Superman, Batman, and Buzz light year.  I think he's decided to go as Buzz Light Year of all costumes.  Oh well.  We'll see what tomorrow brings.