Idea Room Silhouette Giveaway...

i know, another one! the Idea Room is giving on away, i really love this blog and i would really love that machine! yikes, i'm crossing my eyes now!

Colies Kitchen Silhouette giveaway...

there are tons of blogs giving away silhouette's and i SO want to win one...so Colie's Kitchen is giving one away and that blog looks awesome! i'll have to check it out when the hoopla of the giveaway is over! cross your fingers!



i am thankful...it isn't the ACTUAL day of thanksgiving as i write this, but i figure gratitude is always a good thing.

i really feel very blessed. we have kendall's family very close and my family just a short plane ride away.

i have really amazing friends that help me feel loved and supported. i am glad to have these people in my life. they definitely inspire me.

i have a wonderful family, my children are well and happy (99.9% of the time).

we have (dare i say it?) almost made it to the finish line of potty training avery....that deserves another post...which i will do. i haven't talked about it before because i am a little superstitious when it comes to talking about things that could bring me bad karma!

i have an amazing husband who is snoozing on the couch at the moment who works so hard and helps so much...and i love him.

i have the gospel in my life and i love it.

i just can't stop thinking that i have been so blessed with so many things. i need to just soak it up!

i am excited for Christmas...and to try to keep blaker from pulling the tree over on himself (which i am quite sure he will try!) yahoo!



how i wish i could win a silhouette...that would be make my year...seriously!!! send some good karma my way, because HOUSE OF HEPWORTHS...is giving one away! the giveaway is amazing and i am crossing my fingers..toes and eyes!




i loved it! such a good movie, i really liked how close to the book they stayed and the acting was MUCH better, and the special effects were fabulous...really enjoyed it! i want to see it again!



for some reason i was in a bit of a book funk...weird huh? but then i jumped back in with this book:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

and although it is THE silliest name ever, i loved the book! really, such a good book. and i didn't read it for a while because i was put off by the name! yep! but i did read it and it was engrossing and interesting and i liked the style it was written in. the voice of the characters pull you in and you feel you know them...it's post WW2 era...i learned a lot as well! read it, it's good!

Then i read Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky

i remember seeing commercials for this movie thinking,"it's about owls? really?" but my sister said she really liked it so i put myself on the list at the library and then i read it in about a day and half...quick read for sure! it's good, i learned a ton about owls, and the story is interesting...there are about 18 of these books (yes, that's right...18) so i get the feeling the author doesn't feel any hurry to tell her story...hmmm...Sounds like Robert Jordan huh dad? (rest his soul, Robert Jordan, not my dad!)

and now i am reading this...
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

SO INTERESTING! i am really enjoying it! it has quite a bit of scientific "jargon" if you will, but i don't have too much trouble with it...i'll let you know when i'm done, but the story is very engaging and it's TRUE! which makes me incensed...why? you'll have to read it...i so want to suggest this one for book club (as well as the other two) but i wonder if the scientific-ness of it would be off-putting? it's not overwhelming, but it is definitely a part of it. i think that sort of thing is interesting...but we'll see how i feel when i finish it...it's due back next week so i gotta get a move on!


christmas lists...

we started a christmas list a while ago for ethan...and yesterday he made an addition to it...

i just think that it is so awesome that he tried! he was completely unaided by us, and he did it all on his own....

he's obsessed with Super Mario Bros. and so he was trying to add Super Mario Kart for DS (or something along those lines...


more than one way to skin a cat...

where did that saying come from? who wants to skin a cat? really?

i digress...

we have REALLY wide stairs at the bottom and there is nothing that blake loves more than to cruise over there and start going up them with avery yelling, "he's going up the stairs, he's going up the stairs..." i have her trained well to be the alarm.

there is no gate in my imagination or at a store that will fit these stairs, that i have discovered yet, so today i decided we would make do with what we had....

good thing the gigantic bench has more than one purpose!

i am not deluded enough to think that this will keep him out indefinitely but perhaps it will for today...and today is enough for now:)



so...i am opening an etsy...right now there are only slings listed (amelia, that's for you!) but over the next few days i hope to list more items and get everything on there by the end of this next week...whew! and i made a button! see it over there on the right? it's cute and you too can have one for your blog! yahoo! grab it if you wanna!



here we are in our Seuss glory this year..it was a lot of fun to do and the kids loved having blue hair like the "things"

we had a great halloween this year, especially celebrating blake's birthday with family! we had some yummy food, we dressed up and he got to open presents! what's better than that!

aunt elise drew "seuss" themed drawings on the kids' faces (one fish, two fish, red fish,blue fish, green eggs and ham etc.)

we had lots of yummy food...most of which i didn't get a picture of before it got eaten...we baked dinner in a pumpkin (inside is a rice/mushroom/ground beef mixture...very tasty!). we also had "mummy dogs" hot dogs wrapped in cut up crescent rolls like a mummy and baked, "devil" eggs, slivered snakes (green beans), slug sections (sections of baked sweet potatoes) and i labeled all the food with halloween font signs...lots of fun!

opening presents!

nana kara!

our table got dressed up as well! yahoo for halloween!


Blaker's Birthday!!!

happy birthday to our halloween baby! full halloween pictures later...but this one's just for our monster baby!

what a nice boy blake is and always has been! he is such a joy, he is smiley and he laughs a lot...he sleeps real well and love his big sister and big brother! he is currently fascinated with stairs, he can up really fast, but doesn't know how to get down...he has 6 teeth and is moving toward a 12 month size...he's never worn shoes, he cruises the furniture, he likes to drink out of cups, he likes to play with his shape sorters...he was a very cute Thing 3 (even though that doesn't really exist in the Seuss world) and today at the doctor he weighed 19 lbs and 11 oz and was 29.5 inches long. that puts him #1 for weight for wilson babies at a year old...ethan was 19lbs and 8oz...so he only beat him out by a bit:) we just love him tons and having a halloween birthday is tons of fun...at least for mom! look for more pictures of our halloween celebration soon!!!

happy birthday my lovey baby, i can't believe how fast this year has gone! here's to the next one and many more!