Friday, February 27, 2009

A Smocked Baby Bonnet

So a friend of mine is having her first, a little girl, and I thought I would try my hand at a smocked bonnet. So we got out mom's new machine and christened it with pleating this bonnet as it's first project. I took a bunch of shots just cause I couldn't tell what would turn out. I tried getting some up close shots of the detail work. Mom suggested doing the white on white design so I did. Since I wasn't doing a dress for her making it mainly white would help it go with more outfits. I used the baby doll as my model, lol. :) And I still had some of those lavender ribbon roses that I got back when Charis was born so I used those in place of a ribbon rosette at the neck ribbons. My friend's favorite color is green so I made the drawstring ribbon in the back green and she absolutely loved it!

Well, I hope you all have a lovely weekend! And if you're in FL I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous weather as much as we are! :)

Monday, February 23, 2009


So I didn't do to great with my multi-tasking Friday night. I was making dinner and doing a couple other things at the same time (of course!). Well, it was tacos and I cooked the hard shells in the oven and then turned the oven off...but I did not remove the shells from the oven. Oops! :) They were not burnt beyond eating, in fact, they weren't black just a nice brown color. So Caleb at the dinner table pipes up and says, "Why do these things change color?" :) Well, it gave me and Charles a good laugh then and then later that night as we were going to bed Charles just starts dying laughing over the incident all over again and told me I had to post it on the blog. You would have had to have been there to have gotten the full effect but I'm sure we all have moments like these around our homes. Have a nice Monday...I'm off to clean my dirty house!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Success! My First Video Upload....LOL :)

Yay! For the computer illiterate me this is a big deal. I actually got a movie to upload!!!

I happened to have my camera with me on Sunday night when Emily was letting Mercy play with Titus. I love her giving him a kiss and then when they said good-bye she was like, I'll take him with me and looks like she's gonna pull his arms off! :)

Oh, and I started taking the movie with the camera vertical and realized what I was doing since we haven't figured out how to rotate a movie. So sorry you have to see part of it sideways but at least I realized what I was doing and corrected it!

Enjoy ~ :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Oh, it's just Charis...she got a hold of the camera again. ;) I guess I should try and give her a little more direction. :)

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Monday, February 16, 2009

The Letter "J"

Okay, so I am a sucker for these silly things! But I thought I could at least use it as an easy post for when I didn't have any news pics to share. :) "J" definitely made me get to thinking and I kind of had to be creative. Enjoy ~

The Letter "J":


It's harder than it looks!

Copy to your own note, erase my answers, enter yours, and tag 10 people.

Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions.

They have to be real. . .nothing made up!

If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers.

You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.

Have Fun!!

1. What is your name: Jenifer

2. A four Letter Word: joke

3. A boy's Name: Joseph

4. A girl's Name: Jessica

5. An occupation: Jewelry Salesperson

6. A color: jade (does that count?)

7. Something you wear: jumper

8. A food: jello

9. Something found in the bathroom: Jasmine perfume oil (I had to go look in my bathroom to find something!)

10. A place: Jacksonville

11. A reason for being late: juicing grapefruits

12. Something you shout: Jiminy Cricket! ( I could think of 2 other things but they weren't appropriate)

13. A movie title: Journey to the Center of the Earth

14. Something you drink: juice

15. A musical group: Jars of Clay (I had to google to find one since I don't listen to much!)

16. An animal: jaguar

17. A street name: Jammes Road

18. A type of car: Jeep

19. A song title: Jesus Lover of My Soul

20. A verb: jump

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fun Puppy Pics

So my brother Will, all alone by himself while my family is in SD, has really been enjoying giving the puppies some "Daddy time" as he calls it. ;)

Here is the runt, a little girl named Iris and the pig of the litter, a boy named Beric. He is almost double her size!

Look at his head size!

Emy put Ivy in a shoe...

and put Briton in a boot. :)

All the sweet girl puppies...

Who were much better behaved and cooperative than their brothers...

who wouldn't hold still for nothing...

...although they were still cute...

...Emy couldn't get them to quit moving.

They finally decided they liked sleeping on top big brother best. :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Little Boys and Frogs

You would think that I would be used to it by now but it still made me jump when my 5 year old brought a frog he found outside when he was playing inside the house and it jumped into my lap!

Yeah, let's go take him back outside! ;)

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Caleb is 5!

I am still in disbelief that my little boy has turned 5! With my parents being out of town we thought about having the Crane's over for dinner but Travis has a hard time with our cat and I have to disinfect the house from top to bottom...not fun. So since we needed to take care of the new puppies and do some prep work for a funeral we were having Saturday we decided to crash my parents house and have a birthday party dinner there where we could do everything! It was great. :)
I only have a few pics as we were busy doing stuff but this little guy was anticipating cake and he was looking forward to blowing "off" the candles. ;)

He started blowing them out before we could get a picture...

Smoke, that's really neat...

My big, little guy. I love you Caleb!

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

My Sister's Puppies

So life around here has been really busy lately and interesting. It is partially because of the below 2 doggies. :P You see my sister has been trying to breed them for 2 years and to no avail. They thought about going on vacation but her dog was in heat so they waited to see if she might get pregnant. When she showed no symptoms half-way through they decided to finalize their plans for their trip to SD. So, about a week or two before they were to leave Jasmine (or Jazzy as she goes by) got enormous and we realized that finally the long awaited event would probably take place while my sister was gone!

Here are the parents a couple days before the birth, Jasmine & Kenric aka Jazzy & Rikki.

On Tuesday, February 3rd she had a litter of 10 puppies! Which is relatively unheard of for a Shih Tzu. We kept her at mom & dad's house since it would have disturbed her too much to move her to a strange place to give birth. So Emily and I took turns checking on her. Well, Will and Emily went to Tom's worksite around 2pm that afternoon and then I stopped by to check on her a little after 3:30pm. I walked in and there were puppies everywhere and she was still giving birth! She had a total of 10, 5 girls and 5 boys (isn't that a hoot?!) but the first one didn't make it as she didn't take it's sack off and we couldn't revive him. :( But below if the very tired mommy with her new brood. :)

Since the mommy is named Jasmine, Emily and I gave all the girls flower names and we used G.A. Henty names for the boys to go with their daddy's name, Kenric. We just did it to have fun telling them apart instead of just A, B, C etc. but Mandie says she likes the names. :)

Puppy pile, we have to weigh them every day to make sure they are gaining weight and we are actually giving 3 of them a supplement as well.

Too cute!

Jazzy making sure Caleb is taking good care of her baby. :)

Charis loves holding the puppies. :)



We are, of course, taking lots of pics so I'll probably post more soon. :)