At the Autism walk in Orange County Ella sang the National Anthem again for the 3rd year. She did so well, looked great and had fun. Any mother, father, grandparent, loved one out there with a little one with Autism please know there is HOPE. Ella is proof of early intervention. Proof of hard work (both her and us). Proof of never giving up the fight.
Quinn is 105 (with pads), center of his team, only 9, plays HARD, learning a ton, wants to WIN and best of all LOVES football. I always say "I am a fan of Quinn what ever he chooses to play I will be there to root him on."
You are learning a ton about life and football right now little one. I am so happy you have found passion for something. I am so happy your attitude and work ethic are something your coaches always coment about. I am so happy your my little line man.
If you ever get a chance to meet this little (well HUGE) guy, you will see why everyone calls him "Happy" not Holden. Last week in the store a lady walked by and said "that baby is sure happy", Ella quickly responded "well that IS his name, Happy". I would like to think all my children are happy but this one has a smile that will light up any room...
I used this pattern and made way too many of these skirts out of left over fabric from pervious projects.I am not much of a clothing maker, I do love to sew but I always say I can only sew a straight line.So when I do something you know anyone can do it.I followed the pattern and it worked!!!I added some covered button hair ties for a little girl’s matchy matchy complete outfit.And let me tell you at 8 Ella is being so kind and saying she loves them and wants to wear one on the first day of school.I scored a point here…
The facts of having a large family (I really do not think it is large but most people do)… We buy 6 gallons of milk at a time (that is all we can fit in our fridge), they can eat 14 waffles at one sitting (the kids alone), I need to drink a ton of coffee to get thru the day (3 cups at a time), I sometimes wake up the baby in the middle of the night just to get some alone time with him, you always have someone to play with, we now drive a 12 passenger van, having a girl to do nails with just makes my everyday, watching Quinn play football is the highlight of my week, every family has a clown (and by these photos you can clearly see who our family clown is), seeing curls on Davis makes me happy, out of all the library books we borrow we have only lost 1 (pretty good odds) and finally to share this life with Jerry has made every diaper change and vomit cleanup much much much more enjoyable.
Davis’s birthday party was a blast…and easy.Having friends and family meet at the beach for a day of fun was on the plan.And a day of fun was had.Davis loved having his family and friends around him and I loved the celebration.Happy birthday my big boy.You have brought so much joy into our lives.You are a special little boy that is smart, funny and charming.In 2 years you have made this world a better place by just being in it,
With 4 brothers you are truly the princess not only on your birthday but everyday.Happy 8th birthday princess Ella.
You plan your own parties, make all the decisions and run the show.I love that about you.You wanted an all sweets party this year.Paper invites attached to large lollipops hand delivered to your friends was the beginning of a sweet day.
I made small pink cakes frosted in white for all the girls to decorate, aprons with candy fabric and a table full of your favorite sweets. Happy Birthday, I love the person you are.
If you are local or plan on coming to OrangeCounty anytime with children we found a new treasure… The GreatPark is a must see.Tips: go early (if the wind picks up they close the balloon ride).Bring snacks and maybe even a board game (we had 1 ½ hour wait).And do not forget your camera!Everything is free and let me tell you it is worth the wait!
Braeden took a while to warm up to being 400 feet up in the air. But the other 4 kiddos loved it. Davis held onto Jerry and would not let go for anything. Ella's face had an endless smile. Quinn wanted to go higher. And Holden woke up from a nap high in the sky!
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Quinn wanted a football party... so you know when your kids are little and you rent a clown (or other party fav) at 9 I guess the thing to do is rent a coach! Let me tell you Quinn's football coach took off work, ran the entire party, and even brought a gift! What more could a 9 year old want? After the party he even told me "this was the best party ever". SCORE! That is all I want to hear... Here are the details and the invite.
Made these on elements and printed 2 on 5x7 photo paper. Cut down the center to get 2 invites out of 1 print. Also made a flyer with "tailgate party info". All additional info that would not fit on fun ticket!
Making a pillow case with a pocket on the front is fun for the kids to add some goodies… flashlight, batteries, book, journal, pen, slippers what ever!This has been a birthday party gift for a few little ones.Could not be easer!
273 blankets in 2 weeks... countless e-mails to coordinate all of it... 91 volunteers...728 hours of service...273 babies will feel comfort because of your generous donations of time and materials. 91 people celebrate at disney for a day! Way to go! Binky Patrol is going to deliver in So Cal...
I am expecting a ton more this is only the beginning... stay tuned.
I am more then swamped right now… please excuse my absence for blog world for a while.The “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.” program has kept me so busy with the Binky Patrol.If you want to visit Disneyland or Disney world this year and would like to donate your time to the Binky Patrol please look into it!There is more then likely a Binky Patrol near you.
I do have a couple of fun sewing projects (a quilt for baby Holden and a valentines skirt for Ella) to post about.As well as baby updated photos (I know you all love that) and our home made valentines.I will be back soon!
Quinn’s valentines were fun to make… I saw them somewhere and remembered I had to do them when he was big enough.We took a book of Mad libz and cut out each page rolled them up and tied them off with a note that reads, “You have mad skilz!Happy Valentines Day Quinn"
How fun these would be with coloring pages or word searches too?
Ella grew out her hair and donated it!She has a head full of hair that grows so fast.Last year she donated 10 inches to locks of love in the spring and now in the winter she has cut and sent off another 8 inches to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.She loves her new haircut and so do I.Jerry on the other hand is getting use to it and was very shocked when she came home from the salon.It reminds me of when she was younger.When ponytails and braids where difficult to keep in.In hopes for someday it to be long enough to style etc.But knowing what I know now, she has got enough hair for several people.And she is willing to share it.Thank you little Ella for being so kind and being so you.
Getting ready for Christmas around here includes party planning, Santa’s lists, and crafting, shopping, card making along side the every day jobs.Having a new baby in the mix too!This year I am going to find 1 thing to make and hopefully it will work for a number of gifts.Teachers, nieces, friends, sisters etc.While I am searching I wanted to share some of years past handmade holiday ideas… Hopefully I will get on schedule soon, running behind this year!
This year again we planted our own pumpkin patch and we were successful! 8 large ones and several small baby pumpkins… This is my kind of plant water and watch grow.It was fun to see them take over our front yard and for the kids to pick their favorites. I hope we can continue this for years to come.
With a couple of visits to the triage this week regarding the baby and my health I better pack my bags.We are doing great and just waiting, but spending 9 hours being monitored with no interruptions and schedules to follow I realized I am NOT ready to bring home our new baby.Today I am set to pack our bags and get ready.I found some wonderful checklists on a site called The Cradle.If you know anyone that is expecting no matter how far along they are printing off these 2 lists, what to stock up on and what to pack for the hospital, will be helpful for when it comes time to pack their bags.If you like checklists like I do you will love all the options they have for every trimester, before and after checklists…everything.