made my day.

(via pinterest)
  • seeing dillon asleep in his bed like such a big boy!!!
  • the funny texts and emails i got after i posted BIG NEWS on my blog. no no and no there is not another baby barker on the way.!!! ooops...nope just miss preslee taking some steps!
  • a text from my husband telling me the meatballs i made last night were AWESOME. thank goodness i have been working on getting them right for years! i am on the right track.
  • the coffee from the gas station this morning. since we were all out of coffee.
  • my new glue gun. it really is amazing!
  • getting to talk to my one my besties 3 times today already!!!
  • the excitement i get when i think of new projects for pLum!!!
  • the sweet messages from a friend that made my day!
  • that crewcuts started a baby line. see HERE.


changes... and big news!

Being happy is in our on control.
we decide who we will be each morning. how we will act and how we will treat others! so do not blame others on your actions. YOU are the only one that make those decisions.
and it is so TRUE. when we are happy we are the prettiest. inside and out.
The best people u can have in your life are the ones that love your flaws and allow u to be yourself.
True friends stay around through the hard times; never leaving your side or walking away.
Style is a voice, not a prop or an action. If you can buy it, borrow it, download it, or steal it, it is not a style. Don't look outward for your style; look inward.
Be BOLD!- Accept critique, but don't apply it blindly. Just because someone said it does not make it so. Critiques are opinions, nothing more. Consider the advice, consider the perspective of the advice giver, consider your style and what you want to convey in your work. Implement only what makes sense to implement. That doesn't make you ungrateful, it makes you independent.

- Never apologize for your own sense of beauty. Nobody can tell you what you should love. Do what you do brazenly and unapologetically. You cannot build your sense of aesthetics on a concensus.

((images via pinterest))

this wall hanging needs to be on my wall!!!
it speaks the truth. and what we should all live by.
sometime as parents. we need to put down the everyday things, the computer, the vacuum, phone, rag, dishes or anything that CAN WAIT. to just be. to listen, read and to play!
one of my favorite things is when dillon says "mom will you play tractors with me?". there is nothing that makes him happier right now!

changes. it is what we are going through.
big news is what i have to share!

dillon has moved into a big boy bed.
so far not so good!!! lets be honest. at time i am wishing the crib was still set up b.c i might cave and put him in it! he misses it and wants it back. but tonight he was so tired from two days without a nap that he crashed!!! thank goodness. i left the house to go see a friend and when i got home it was a nice surprise to hear that he went down w.o a problem!!!
YEAH Dillon!!!
now i just need to finish decorating his room. what to do.. what to do...
i have some ideas... but where to start?

and little PJ took two steps yesterday!!!
so funny how things can change. there has not been much trying since. but it was so fun! I screamed and i think i scared her and she did not want to do it much after that!!! it will not be long now until we see her running across the room! I am oh so EXCITED!

we got our family pictures taken at the end of sept in Minneapolis by MANDY BIRDWELL photography of course! b.c she is the BEST and my sweet sister! i could not have been happier! the pictures are OH SO AMAZING!!! here is a small sneak of them. we are a bit spoiled by her and get so many and i wish i could share them all with you! it takes a special person to be a photographer. not just anyone with a good camera can take amazing pictures!!! it is one hard job and she has the gift! if you were at this shoot with us. or both of the shoots i should say. (actually 3-pres got one all to herself day 3) you would have thought how will she ever get a good picture?!?!? well i was proven wrong again by her! she is amazing! thank you thank you thank you!!!!

we had such a fun weekend. friday afternoon we headed to Warren MN to see some good friends! kids played, ate a yummie super, played cards and WOULD YOU RATHER. and Saturday we headed to GF for UND homecoming. we visited our old stomping grounds. SIG EP, DG. parade and tailgating. has so much fun but the kids were anything but ready to watch a football game so we headed home with two snoring kids in the backseat!

i have had some time lately for some projects.

did some chevron pumpkins that i saw on pinterest! oh how i love them!
this summer made a fun memory game with a friend. we did pictures on one side and if i would have been thinking i would have done the memory game on the back with the paper too. but i thought of that a little late! such a fun game to have in a jar on the shelf out on display.
can not wait to add to it soon.

made my first mosaic project. a friend asked if i wanted to join her and some friends to go to "the glass lady" for a mosiac project. i said yes b.c i love time with friends but i was thinking what am i going to do with this when we are done? but when we got to the class. i was so excited. i love the project and we can not wait to go back for another class soon!

the firestation fieldtrip! the kids loved it.

visiting gramma leona.

look at this picture!!! can you seriously tell me you think they do not look alike?!?!?!
i know i know... black hair, red hair... but look at those features!

the kids and i got to spend some time @ my parents farm!
dillon loves to be at the farm so much! he loved helping in the garden, riding in the bobcat, 4-wheeler and going to gramma GG's for cookies!!!

thursday we head away for a girls weekend.
i am so EXCITED and admit i am counting the hours for some real SLEEP, girl talk and some wine... and oh yeah some scrapbooking!!!



give me patience and a smile to get my through!!! (or a bottle of wine)
we all have days like this! (this as in my day today. yikes)
skipping, laughing, tickling, dancing or
playing peek a boo a million times is sometimes all that will get us through!

((bloopers from our recent photo shoot with miss mandy birdwell photography))

i sure hope it is just new teeth for my little pj. she does only have 4 and is almot 15 months old! so we are due for some rough days and maybe a growth spurt for D.
lets just hope it passes soon!
or just remembering that tomorrow will be like this!
full of laughter and fun!


welcome fall.

if you can call 85 and sunny fall weather.

can you say overload. i have been MIA for almost 2 months. i am back and plan to get back in it!!

it feels like summer has not left us yet! this has been the best fall that i can remember.
we have had a crazy last couple of months! park, gymnastics, library, MOPS, walks, girls weekends, mnpls trips, vikings game, tamarac, pool, backyard, walks and so much more!

dillon and drew are on their way home from the farm. they went for the afternoon to ride with grandpa in the combine!!! dillon was so EXCITED! never lived on a farm.. but a farm boiy at heart!!! pres and i got some girl time.
a long walk and a yummie supper @ Zorbaz with friends!!! and then a stop @ grammas too!
and now it is mommy's time!!!
i am not sewing, cleaning or doing anything..... wow and this feels so good!

We got a little sneak peak of our family photo shoot from sept! and yes drew was at the shoor just not in these couple of shots! so so so EXCITED to see the rest of them! thanks
mandy birdwell photoography!!! i love you!

i wish i could find all of the notes that i write down during the week. i love writing down the funny things that dillon and preslee do or say. but the problem with this is that i lose them. oh they will be found again but i do not have them now!

miss preslee is so funny and has such an attitude. and such a perfect little dimple. my girl is still not walking but oh so fast crawling!! up and down the stairs, ladders or up on the table she goes. when she gets bigger she might be in charge!!! she does not let him push her around. if she does not fight back she just throws a fit!!! (drew says she has my temper.... i think not)

this proves she does not let him take control.
1. pres has a toy and is getting up to the table. (dillon eyeing the train)
2. dillon takes it.
3. pres not a fan of that and grabs it back and gets away fast!!!

Dillon is as funny as ever. loves to play band. love to play catch, football, tackle, caillou (his best friend) loves to push around his sister (she does not take it well) loves tractors, trains and anything with wheels! finally getting the hang of time outs! he should be he is in there a lot lately!!! boy he knows how to push buttons!!! but that is what i love about kids!!! they keep you on your toes!
"mommy i need to wash the dishes... because i need too." and he did. and i can not believe it but he did a good job. (but do not worry i washed them over just to be sure)

here is a little peak of what we have been up too.
two of our wonderful friends had baby's in august! clara and chase!
love you both.
and we are blesses to be the godparents to mr. chase! so excited to be a part of his life!!!!
lots of time @ the lakes.
playing in the sand. on the swingset!
wefest. a wonderful girls weekend!!! xoxoxox
the wiggles.
just playing @ home!
vikings game. even got to be on the field with ms ANNE! so fun.
all dillon could talk about how big the players were for days!!!
pontoon rides with friends.
cousins birthday party!

i have been back in my scrap room a lot lately. mostly cleaning .. but also got a fun mini album done all about pres and a couple of pages atleast started!!!
girls weekend scrapping is in a couple of weeks and i am oh so EXCITED! a girls weekend away, wine and crafts. there is nothing i need more!

its late and time for bed!


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