Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Go Dolphins!!!!

Hannah and Trace had their "first" game the other night!!  They WON!!  I say first because one was completely rained out and the other mid game.

Hannah and my mom

My flag football players!!

Hannah and my niece Brooklyn

I made these

Hannah also cheered in the football game last Friday night and I made her hair ties for that.  She looked adorable and those pictures will coming soon.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Projects and Painting ..oh my

I know I have said it before but.....I Love Pinterest!!!!!!

Ideas just swirl around in my head constantly...I am loving the time I have to do some projects and plan new ones.

Plus we have gotten some painting done and accomplished a few little projects.

The first Pinterest project was to make coasters using 4 x 4 white tiles, scrap book paper, modge podge and    glossy spray lacquer.

I made the modge podge. 1/2 parts elmers glue and water.
Clean tiles and cover with a layer of modge podge. Place cut squares of paper. then cover with a few more coats of modge podge every few minutes.

Let dry completely 24 hours before applying lacquer and follow directions on the can. Do a couple coats then let dry.

My sister in law and I made about 100 different ones and we are going to bundle them and give out at Christmas to family and teacher gifts.

Here is the link for this great idea...


Next we painted Hannah's room. # walls light pink and one hot pink.  She loves it!!  We surprised her and she cried.  It was so cute!!

I have so many awesome plans for her room and she is going to love everything she opens at Christmas.  I cannot wait to start working on this one...

We also painted out bedroom and Barry hung my TV!!  It makes for so much more room.
 I also have a projects in mind and in the works.... a Pinterest inspired headboard and these things made into something special..

Pictures to come upon completion!!

Happy Pinning and then doing!!


Friday, October 12, 2012


Ben oh Ben oh Ben....So Trace my little animal whisperer was jumping on the trampoline a few weeks ago and a baby squirrel about 7 weeks old just crawled into his arms...

Oh brother...

I went on line trying to figure out what to do with it...what to feed it..and when would it possible to let him go.

So I learned we would have to feed it until it was weaned at about 12 weeks old and then it would be ready to go.  It didn't tell me that when it was hungry it would squeak and wake the dead!!  He sure is cute though and we have had fun, but I can't wait until this weekend when we can let him go.  He is ready and we wish him well in his life!!

His own personal tree...
Milk Moustache
What an experience.  We learned that Ben liked to hold his bottle, their feet and toes are extremely strong, they are funny and he would follow us around the yard like a dog.  He is cute but again it is time for him to be free!!

Trace will be sad but he knows its time.  I am sure he will whisper something else for us take care of!!  I love that boy...he is my shining star along with his sister!!

I think for Christmas he definitely needs something like a lizard or something he can keep and take care of.

Happy Weekend!!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Where oh where has my time went to...

The last few months have been up and down in this girls life for sure.  Not many people know but in the beginning of September my yearly contract with UF was not renewed so I am currently unemployed.  What a blow.  I can say that I was very upset and I felt lost.  One thing I am grateful for is they paid me through December so that helped tremendously.

  The first few weeks were kind of rough adjusting, but I have since gotten into the swing of things and I am loving being home with the kids in the afternoons, getting homework done early, cooking dinner and relaxing.  I have always worked 1 or 2 jobs and I never quite realized how rushed our evenings have always been when we don't get in the door until 6.

However, I am no less busy.  My days start when I get the kids off to school.  Then sometimes its cleaning, projects, taking care of our animals and sometimes its reading, computer time, shopping or mommy time!!

A few weeks back my friend Cassie and I went to Cody's for lunch...I love their chicken wings and onion rings..

We have made a few different things lately.  The kids, and I made pizza and I made a spinach artichoke dip for game day Saturday.
I am not sure if I mentioned but game day Saturdays are sacred in this house.  Lots of finger food...wings, homemade mozarella sticks, tex mex dip, cream cheese wontons and whatever else my family requests.  I love cooking for them!!
spinach and artichoke dip

Everyone had fallen back into a great pattern.  Our weekends are our favorite time.  They cleaned out and weeded the fish pond the other day.

Trace of course spends his time collecting wild animals and then I end up taking care of them...like...

FROGS!!  Thankfully after a few weeks he let them go.

Hannah went to Cheerleading camp the other weekend and this Friday she gets to cheer at the varsity game and she is so excited!!  I am going to work on her hair bows today.

We went to AJ's  JV football game last week and Hannah caught a shirt the Cheerleaders throw out.  She was so excited!!  It is a smidge to big though.. :)

Both Trace and Hannah are playing flag football this year.  We thought when they had signups for flag later they would offer Cheerleading but they didn't so they are both playing.  Its cute watching Hannah hike the ball!!  I just love the pictures.  I am working on her hair bows for that too today.  I figured she might be playing a boy sport but she can still rock it with ribbons and bows!!

Go Dolphins!!

I am all over with this post but I am totally loving instagram....I love how it changes my pictures

I can't get enough of them!!

That's it for now....


Friday, August 31, 2012

Go Gators!!!

It is that time of the year again...Thank Goodness!!!  College football is the best in the world...I personally feel the players have more passion and fun then professional.  However there is no team better than the Florida Gators!!!

Over the years the Gators have had some great players but course I could not do a post about them and not talk about #15 Tim Tebow!!  He is #1 in my book and I have followed him to Denver and now the Jets.  He is not only an awesome player but an amazing man!!!  And for all those out there that live under a rock here he is!!!!!!!

Now that I have barely done him justice I am gonna move onto what shames me the most in life and being the parent I am... (who has threatened a bed outside, no TV, no food) just kidding....

I live in a.....

yep....yep... I can't believe but my poor does not know any better beautiful baby girl likes the seminoles....

It's terrible...I always tell her the Gator's put food on our table and a roof over our head (I work for UF) and its the funniest thing when Trace tells her the same.

She is misguided...must be confused...She doesn't waver not matter how much grief we give her...we threaten to cut up her many shirts that she sports while we are in Gator gear...I'm not sure she is mine...kidding again

And I am so proud of her for loving what she loves and not wavering!!!  For threatening to cut up our shirts if we cut up hers and for telling us its against the law for making her sleep outside unless she is camping!!

I love her for being standing firm and being independent...and a as a parent I will not always agree with their decisions and choices, but I will support them in everything...no matter how much it hurts!! So with that and while hiding my face in shame and hoping nobody I know sees me I have purchased my baby seminole gear.

One thing is for sure we are looking forward to this weekend and you will hear all of us cheering for miles!!!  Its opening weekend!!!  Pinterest inspired and tried and true recipes will be brought forth again this weekend because baby in Gator Country that is how we roll!!!  Chomp Chomp!!!!

SN: The kids and I went to Tallahassee for the weekend before school started and let me tell you it was not a fun visually appealing trip...Hannah loved it..Trace hated it... Happy Football!!!


Thursday, August 30, 2012


My friend Jessee just recently welcomed a new baby girl into her family.  Her and her husband have two boys under the age 4 so it has been exciting.  I personally love anything pink and girly and baby girls so I had tons of fun shopping and putting together her coed PINK PARTY!!!!  I must say I am pretty proud of myself and thankful for the help of many friends who helped with food, setting up and making it a great evening full of fun, laughter, karoake and celebrating the upcoming arrival of Baby Irelynne!!

The banner was my first project of its kind.  I got the idea from my amazingly crafty cousin Jenna.  She was like its sooooo easy...puhleese!!  Those foldy bow things were crazy to get the hang of..now I can do them in my sleep!!  Go team Me!!  But all in all I think it turned out beautifully!!

Next came the pom pom balls...I watched a tutorial on you tube and decided theses would be easy as pie to make and cheap..they were.   However you can buy them at Michael's but I dont know know why you would I think they are like $5 a piece and mine cost about a dollar to make.

 You can never have enough pretty glass so I have been spent the past few months collecting different shape glasses dishes with and without lids and different size vases to fill with flowers and different candys and treats... We had finger foods, a watermelon cut like a baby carriage, cupcakes, pretzels and cake ball pops...Those were a nightmare....way beyond my scope of expertise.  They were UGLY...I don't think I took a picture...I did but I would never shame myself by posting it.

I loved shopping for Little Irelynne and as obsessed as I am about buying hair bows and headbands for Hannah it was extra fun shopping for the baby... My favorite was a tiara headband which was adorable!!  I love love love shopping on etsy!!

This is not baby Irelynne....but how can you not love either!!
To purchase your own check out ImaginationCouture on Etsy and this link http://www.etsy.com/listing/99536118/ready-to-ship-fairytale-princess-tiara

I love shopping!!  Look at the likke gloves!!  who can resist even if we live in Florida!!!
 Oh did I say I dyed rice green for this party to look like grass for the cake balls that came out like pink piles of yuck!!  LOL what a sight....OK onto more pictures

Jessee and I

And on 8/14 weighing 7lbs 13oz Irelynne Aliyiah was born to two very proud parents and a bunch of honorary Aunts and Uncles!!!

Irelynne and Auntie Anita