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Thursday, May 31, 2012


Better late than never.  I know I originally said I would post the winner yesterday (Wednesday), but sometimes life gets in the way of things.

The winner of my AML Beads giveaway is Katy Mulachy-Line.

katy mulcahy-line said...
Happy Birthday!! It is so nice that you are giving away beautiful gifts on a day you will be receiving them (hopefully!!) Homemade gifts are Always the best! Katy
Congrats Katy!  I will be emailing you to get your mailing address.  Thank you to all who entered!  I love doing giveaways so if you know of anyone who sells any handmade items, let me know!  I can't wait to do it again!!

 A winner was chosen at random by random.org.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Goodbye Kindergarten....

Don't forget there's still time to enter my giveaway.  It ends at midnight tonight!  All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address to be entered to win two bracelets!!!

Friday was the last day of school and the last day of Kindergarten for B.
She loved Kindergarten and I owe her teachers a huge thanks for making her (and my) transition to the real school so easy.  

Every day she woke up excited to bring on the new day.  I can't believe how much she learned in the first year.  She is also quite the chatter bug so I was surprised when the teachers complimented her on how well behaved she was.

They had a bee hive in the classroom and each student had a bee in the hive.  If the students misbehaved, they had to move their bee out of the hive.  B brought her bee home on Friday and was happy to report that she "never moved her bee."

Thursday was the awards program and she got the "Excellent Attendance Award" for only missing a day and a half of school as well as the "AR award" for all four semesters!!!  AR stands for accelerated reading.  In Kindergarten they are required to complete nine Reader's Rules each nine weeks.  They have to read a story and draw a picture from their favorite part of the book.  She loves to draw so these were easy to complete. 
I'll admit, I cried when she got on the bus on the first day of school and the last day of school.  I don't handle the fact well that my kids are growing up. 

Mel couldn't wait for her sister to get home. (Sorry for the crazy hair.  B was outside at school all day and Mel's is a result of a restless nap time waiting from B to get home.)

So for now we will enjoy our summer and I will try to forget the fact that she is growing up.

Friday, May 25, 2012


Saturday is my birthday.  Happy Birthday to me!

To celebrate my special day with all of you, I am giving away TWO  bracelets to ONE lucky reader.  All you have to do is leave a comment!!!

Here are the goods...
They are made by my talented sister. 
I'm horrible at describing jewelry and clothing, so I'm going to keep it short and sweet.

The first bracelet has a simple heart clasp and a dangley charm as well as some detail on a few of the beads... 

The second bracelet is turquoise which is in style right now (or so I've been told!).. 
It also has a heart clasp... 

Simple and cute.  These will look great with all of your short sleeves and tank tops that you will be sporting this summer!

To view my sister's Etsy site, simply click on this picture.  You can also find her button on my side bar! 
Now for the nitty gritty because every giveaway has to have rules.

1) One entry per person, please.

2) Include your email address in the comment section.  I will contact the winner via email.

3) Giveaway ends at midnight on Tuesday, May 29th.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday May 30th.

Good luck and have a great Memorial Day weekend!!!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Good Ole Garden...

Two weeks ago we planted our entire garden!!!  That's a lot of work!  Luckily, Brad wasn't able to be in the fields so he was able to help.  He runs the tiller because I usually do more damage then good...
Mel loves anything that grows and anything that involves dirt.... 

Planting sweet corn... 
Brad pointed out that we had strawberries that were ready to pick.  The girls didn't think twice about checking out the situation!  I didn't realize when I snapped this picture that they are both doing the same thing to keep the hair out of their face.... 

Mmm!  Delicious!!.. 
They get Mel's seal of approval! 
It seems everything in our garden is cooperating and growing like it should except for our sweet corn and a few tomato plants.  We have to replant the sweet corn because it didn't come up.  It was seed that we had left over from last year, but one of our friend's planted year old seed last year and all of it came up.  Just the luck of the draw I guess!

Keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway in the next few days!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

6 Days...

That is all that separates us from the beginning of summer!  It's hard to believe that B is going to be a 1st grader.  Here she is in her cap and gown.  When I told her about these pictures she did NOT want to wear the cap, so I wasn't sure how her smile would look.  I was surprised.  Love them!...
I'm sure she'll miss kindergarten and all the fun stuff they do.  I know she is going to miss her fabulous teachers, but she is definitely ready for a break.  This is how I found her this morning... 
Her alarm went off, she crawled out of bed and fell back asleep.

Oh how we love our summers!  They are busy but fun!

Hopefully we can spend a lot of time with family and friends... 

I'm sure there will be a lot of swimming... 

And of course, the Steam Engine Show!!!! 
We anxiously await all year for this to come around! 

Add our county fair, Vacation Bible School, Summer Reading, family reunions, swim lessons, weddings galore and gymnastics and that is our crazy, but fun summer schedule!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Frosty the Snowman In May...

Probably one of my earliest memories from my childhood was watching Frosty the Snowman.  I would watch my brother and sister get on the school bus, wishing that I old enough for school...then it was Frosty time.
I didn't just watch it during Christmas.  I watched it every.single.day.  Even when it was 90 degrees in August, I was probably watching Frosty.  To this day, it is still my favorite holiday movie.

Mel usually wakes up about 15 minutes before B gets on the bus.  She always asks if she can watch a movie.  I always tell her, "When B gets on the bus you can watch it."  (B has a morning routine that involves Arthur and that is not to be disrupted, or it could be bad.)  For about a week straight, Mel's pick of the day was Frosty the Snowman.  It brought me back to that moment that I remember vividly.

I'm in a bit of a blogging rut right now.  Maybe it's because I have so much other stuff going on right now.  So, I'm asking you...what would you like to see more of on this little blog?  Maybe this will help me step out of this rut.  Leave a comment and let me know!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Wittle Worms...

Mel loves worms.
She isn't afraid to pick them up and hold them.
They are usually all "wittle," so she usually names the find of the day, Baby Worm.

They don't last more than a day.
She has told me before that she wants a pet snake.  I haven't told her, but this is as close as it is going to get! 
She will find one and keep it in a jar until it dies.
Then she'll hug it close and throw it back outside and find another one.   She tries to find a proper resting spot for them.  She took one to gymnastics the other night (I don't think B's instructor was too impressed.  She asked what was in the jar and when B told her it was a worm, she got a little grossed out.  She is pregnant and I wanted to tell her that she better get used to gross things, but decided that I will let her find out the hard way!) and realized that it had died so we took it outside.  She started to lay it on the sidewalk, but then she was worried someone might step on it so she laid it to rest in the flower bed.  A suitable spot, I thought.
 At first the home was just a jar filled with some grass.  We tried to explain to her what earth worms do and how they need dirt to survive, but she wasn't buying it.  After about two fatalities, she decided to put some dirt in the jar along with the grass.
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