Saturday, May 31, 2008

Dance Recital

Spring Dance Recital day

Last night I went through the painful process (Sloan hates when I do this) of twisting her hair so it would be curly for her recital. I am sad to say that there were tears involved. It is thankfully only twice a year that I have to do this.

My little breakfast girls!

Auntie Cathe came over and painted Sloan's face like the Cowardly Lion. She is amazing at face painting. Sloan looked grrrrrrrrrreat!

All the dances were done to Beatles music and the recital was called "Beatles Mania". The first dance was done to "Dance Tonight".

These little guys danced to "Mary had a little lamb".

"Dizzy Miss Lizzy"

"When I'm 64"

"Here Comes the Sun"

"Octopus's Garden"

"Two of Us"

"Honey Pie"

"English Tea"

"Drive my car".

"In my Life"

"Any Road"

The girls with Mrs Kathrine.

Sloan and Daddy.

Sloan with Miss Nancy.

Sloan did such an awesome job! This has been such a fun day. After the recital we took Sloan to eat at Jack in the Box. It was where she wanted to go. We munched down our food and then came home so her and Brendan could play while Jen and Jason went to the movies. We were able to leave the girls with Jen while we took Sloan to the recital. I think it is important for Sloan to have some one on one time when ever we are able. She worked so hard on this dance and every year she gets better at dance. Kathrine said Zoe could start classes in the fall if we would like. Dean and I are talking about it.

New Guitar part #2

This cracked me up. Zoe is so much fun. Just to let you know this was filmed at 6:45 Am. I wish I had this much energy in the morning.

Zoe' New Guitar

Dean bought Zoe a new guitar. She was so excited.


Here is a little clip of Aris looking at a book about babies, and then saying the word baby. Zoe loves her little sister sooo much. It is fun to watch Aris get excited when Zoe starts goofing around.

Reading Time

You are never too young to read. My girls love their books!

The girls during a little reading time together.


I am so blessed that I can stay home with my little ones. I am also fortunate enough to be able to watch other little ones as well. Here are my little Aris and little Haylie competing with their "Dada's". It is so fun to watch them grow.

Dog Fight (by the way enough with all the fighting)

It has already proven to be a busy weekend before Saturday even arrived. Last night Abby (our dog not Sloan's friend) and Anna (the dog) got into another horrible fight. Leaving Abby quite hurt. We wanted to give Anna the benefit of the doubt and another chance to keep her here so she doesn't have to go to the pound....but we also can't afford doggy hospital bills at the moment. So Anna will have to go. Abby is the one who started the first fight, and probably started this one too. If anyone knows of a good home for a very sweet (just doesn't like yappy dog attacking her) dog. We need to find her a good home to try and keep the pound as a last resort. We are watching Anna for a friend who can't keep her anymore. She is an older German Shepard. We have watched Anna many times and trust her around all of our kids. Abby doesn't like Anna at all. So she picks on her again and again until Anna has had enough and finally defends herself. I wouldn't consider Anna an aggressive dog, just sticking up for herself. Soooooooooooo if anyone knows of a home for a very gentle, good with kids, dog. Please e-mail me and I will send you my #. Thanks for your help.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Future felons? Nope just a bunch of rowdys.

I just got home from my last day of aftercare at the school. Let me tell you it couldn't have ended with more drama than it did today. One little boy kicked Zoe in the face, she will have a nice bruise for the next little while. Then a few minutes later this same little boy, I looked up to check on the upper playground and low and behold he is playing with himself and then peed on the playground. Yes I will admit it took me a little by surprise also. I will tell you his only saving grace is that he has downs. I am sure he knows better, but I don't know for sure. Then another little boy turned on the hose and proceeded to spray down one of the other students, while another little boy proceeded to come up to the boy who had just been hosed down and punched him square in the chest. Then I had to chase the little stinker around the playground, down the slide (almost to small for me) until I finally caught him where he proceeded to kick, slap and try to bite me and two other teachers. Wait it gets better. As we are lining up for snack, two other little boys get in a knock down drag out fist fight. I mean full blows to the face. I had to break it up. I kind of felt like I was in a season finally of MSNBC's Inside the pin series. Seriously. We were watching the kids and we just couldn't keep up with the mayhem. Once we got one thing under control another thing would happen. So that is my last day at after school care story. It is all true. All names have been withheld to protect the innocent, or should I say not so innocent.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Don't you wish your sisters were hot like mine (to be sung to the tune of that one song)

I have to say that my two little sisters are the hottiest hotties around! It is too bad that I got hit with the ugly stick when I was but a small girl. I think I got the mutant genes when it came to the reproductive gene pool. Mom and Dad, are you sure I'm not adopted? I have never ever been able to pull off the I am cutie look, but you two come by it naturally. I love you both sooooooo much!

P.S. Where are the drawings you promised me? I am waiting, and waiting, and

Just a moment.....

Just a quick post before I get to work. Today nothing exciting happened. I am however going to sew. I have an idea for the blankets I am making for the girls. Off to create. goodbye for now.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

56 miles

I woke up this morning feeling like a ton of bricks had been unloaded on me. I had such a hard time getting motivated to walk. I wasn't going to go because the weather has been so rainy. It was sprinkling outside and I was tired but for some reason I went anyway. After I was done with my walk I felt a lot better. So far I have walked 56 miles. Not very many but 56 closer to my goal. No one showed up to walk today, I think it was because of the yucky weather. Melanie and I will be stepping up the walk workouts with some training for the upcoming 5k we will be doing in July. So starting Monday I will be a little more focused on the whole get in shape, eat healthier, and exercise routine goal.

Monday, May 26, 2008

An Afternoon in Pictures

Sloan reading to Zoe.

Dozzers right after her nap.

Sloan and Popeye.

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend. Although Dean was camping and we weren't together for the weekend I still had a good time with the girls. On our way home from Kirsten's last night I had one of those "clear" moments when we were all in the car singing and talking. I am always in awe at how fun my girls are and how the dynamics of our family change from day to day. It is sometimes overwhelming how each little one has their own special personality. I sometimes wonder if I can keep up with all of them. I do know however, that I love these girls more than anything in this whole world.

Dean is home and he had a great weekend riding in Winnimucca. I am so glad he had a chance to go. He even made it home in time for our neighbor's BBQ. After the BBQ I went out for an hour with little Air Bear and it was nice to have some time to just kind of unwind. Dean was able to spend some time with Sloan and Zoe while I was gone. I had to return some pj's I bought for Aris, they had a hole in them. I am glad I did because while I was wandering through the store I found a twin sized bed skirt for the girls bed for $3. I was going to make one, but this was such a good deal I couldn't pass it up. It looks great and it hides all the toy bins stored under the bed. The house is sort of coming together. It has been a great weekend. I hope you all have had a great weekend also.

Gourmet Mudpies

I came out to check on the girls when I got out of the shower and this is what I found. Sloan knows she isn't supposed to play on Daddy's tool box, so she promised not to get any dirt on it. I love the dirt creations that they made. They really almost look good enough to eat.

This is a wedding cake.

This is a birthday cake.

Sloan mixing the batter.

In the blue dish Hershey kisses, a fancy soup, and I think the last one was a dinner meal.

These are sleeves, a new invention.

The two cooker girls, Sloan & Abby.

Peek-a-boo Aris

This week Aris has really started to talk. She can say baby, bye-bye, Abby, and bye-bye daddy. She has also started mimicking the sounds of the words we say. It is so much fun to hear her say these words in her little munchkin voice. One of her favorite things to play at the moment is peek-a -boo. I know she isn't facing the camera the whole time, but I love how she is walking along furniture and trying to turn herself around while standing. Plus there is nothing sweeter and full of sugar than the back of a baby's neck.

Good Morning Mrs. Hen

Sloan learned this in music class at school.

The Scene of the Crime

Oh, My!

Just as I suspected! They always hide the head in the trunk.

Thankfully Ken has made a full recovery.

I had to giggle about this one.

Mission Accomplished

I have wanted to work on my art wall for quite a while now. I have so many wonderful paintings and drawings that I have collected over the years. Dean and I came up with the idea for an art wall when we got our new furniture and TV a while back. Although I have some lovely pieces, frames can add up quickly. So I buy a frame from time to time when I find them on sale hoping that I will have something to fit the bargain buy. I don't know why it takes me so long to do some projects. Anyhow here is the wall thus far. The crazy thing is that this isn't even half of what I have to hang. I have managed to hang most of the small things (easier to find small frames on sale) Now I will be on the lookout for the larger sized frames. I think its time to go to bed. It's hard for me to sleep when my Dean isn't home. He will be back tomorrow. We had a nice chat tonight. He has had a lot of fun riding and the weather has been perfect. Not to hot, not to cold. Perfect for all the gear that he wears when on his dirt bike. I am glad he was able to go, Dean works so hard and doesn't get to ride dirt bikes like he used to when we first met. Plus I like all of the friends he went camping with. They all watch out for each other on the rides and they are good guys. Super mellow and a few of them have kids. I got lucky with Dean. All his friends are super mellow and nice. Well it's time for me to go to sleep. Goodnight!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Busy Week

Sloan showing Zoe how to use her journal.

It has been a very busy week. Sorry my posts have been a little lackluster lately. I have some fun projects I am working on, and oh so many pictures to post.........but that will all have to wait until tomorrow. Goodnight all.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Support group

Tonight Sloan and I were able to attend the last juvenile diabetes support group of the season before summer break. It was very informative as always. They do a really nice job of these meetings and always have fun crafts for the kids to do.
Today in the car Zoe and I had a discussion about how Sloan has diabetes, but she doesn't. Zoe is constantly saying she feels shaky, or she needs her shots. When Sloan takes her shots, Zoe will take the lid off the insulin pen and pretend to give herself a shot in the belly "Just like Sissy". When she tells us "I'm shaky" Dean and I kind of laugh but it is fascinating, as little as Zoe is she is very in tune to Sloan and her Diabetes. I have tested Zoe' sugar two different times because I just wanted to make sure she had normal levels, and her pediatrician suggested it. Her sugar was normal both times. Zoe was so excited to test her sugar, and didn't cry or flinch when we pricked her finger. I actually caught her two different times in the process of testing her sugar with Sloan's kit.I had to talk to Zoe about how she didn't need to test her sugar, she assured me I was wrong. I had to talk to Sloan about putting her tester up so Zoe or Aris wouldn't get hurt. Zoe looks up to her sister soooo much. I love my girls. I hope some day Sloan won't have to worry about shot's and tests and highs and lows. Someday they will find a cure. I hope it is sooner than later.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mr. Y!

Mr. Y this ones for you! Happy birthday star wars! Oh by the way, its 31 years this year.

Oh my! How awesome! My favorite art teacher Mr. Y just posted a comment on my blog. Mr. Y is the reason I went into art. He was my high school art teacher. One of those teachers they make movies about because they inspire students to think outside the box and in a gentle way encourage you to dream a little bigger, and believe in yourself. I come from a long line of "Sloan kids" to take art from Mr. Y. My brother Isaac, sister Cristin and I all took his art classes. Brennan will start art with him next year and she can't wait.

Mr. Y has an amazing wife and I think 5 amazing kids. Oh did I mention he is an avid Star Wars fan? Mr. Y I still have that giant Yoda cut out I need to send your way. There are so many friends that I went to art classes with and they went on to go to art schools and pursue fields in the arts. I know all would agree that Mr. Y was an intricate part of their learning process, and without his encouragement they might have chosen a different field.

I look forward to getting those links for the art sites from you and thanks for your encouragement on the new stuff I have been working on. Mr. Y thanks for being such an inspiration to me and my family and to all the other students that you have inspired along the way. The world could use more teachers like you.

Monday, May 19, 2008

A Sneek Peek

This was my first attempt at making doll clothes. I went to Joann's fabric store and purchased some vintage reprint patterns for doll clothes. The pattern I chose to use was for a romper but I thought it was to plain and modified it into a swimsuit complete with ruffle on the bum. The first on I did was smaller than the other three. It is for Zoe' soft bodied Madam Alexander doll. The other three are for American Girl dolls. The first one took me almost 4 hours to make. The other three I finished in almost 3 hours. So how do I feel about the whole process? Well, it was fun and I will do it again. However it is very time consuming to make these tiny little outfits. Hopefully the little girls will all have a blast playing with these for years to come. I would do another doll clothes swap again. I will take a picture of all the finished swimsuits tonight and post it tomorrow. I am off to watch a movie. Goodnight all!

Weekend in Pictures

This is my favorite photo of the girls.

The girls ran around and around the front yard. Then they would jump through the sprinkler and run around the yard a few more times. They did this for over an hour until I had them come in the house and...........................................................................................................................

Take a warm and toasty bath. It was a super fun day. I couldn't have asked for a better day or a better weekend. We had so much fun at the pig roast, birthday party and at Carla and Davids reception. The warm and toasty bath was a perfect ending to a perfect day.