Wednesday, December 10, 2014


For Thanksgiving, we had my parents come visit from out of town.  It was a nice relaxed affair with a lot of baking involved!  I do love Thanksgiving leftovers though, so it's okay.  On Saturday, we took my parents to one of our favorite places: Boyce Thompson Arboretum.  And this year we were able to go during the Fall Festival, which was awesome because we saw colors!  We don't get much fall foliage here in the desert so it was a treat.  Speaking of treats, they had some beautiful music playing under a glorious tree and were selling donuts for $.50.  It was a dream.  And Q didn't want to kiss the statue this time...they're just friends now apparently. :)

Q learned how to make Thanksgiving pies with Grammy.  They made five pies and he did all the pie crust edges.  He LOVED every bit of it and was so proud of his work.  They made pecan, chocolate, peach, coconut cream and pumpkin.  

All four kids wanted a turkey leg and we were in a bit of a pickle because turkeys typically only come with two legs (in my experience).  Q and Mr. C graciously traded theirs for wings.  Sheesh.  On Black Friday, I had an NST at the hospital, so Miss B and my mom came with me and then we hit up a couple of stores for fun and got lunch at a fabulous Greek place.  I had the best gyro I've had in years.  It was seriously tasty business.

Friday, December 5, 2014

My Little Models: Boys Fashion

I have so much fun dressing up the boys and taking pictures for Fly Little Guy.  Ha!  Here are some of the latest.  They seem to grow every time I take pictures.  Sheesh.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Getting Ready for Baby

I had a cute friend take some maternity photos for me a couple weeks ago (at around 35-36 weeks).  I have really wanted to document this pregnancy and my baby bump more than with any other pregnancy.  We didn't think it would be possible for me to carry another child, so I have felt very blessed to be able to do it one more time.  I have really enjoyed every second of feeling the baby move and anticipating his arrival.  That's not to say it hasn't been hard, but boy I wouldn't trade it for the world.  In fact, the whole family is super excited.  The kids LOVE to feel him move and see my belly change shape as he wiggles around.  Q has been super sweet and told me he was sorry I had to go through all this pain AND make dinner too.  :)  We cannot wait to get him here and see who he looks like and snuggle him endlessly.  I think it will be a very special Christmas indeed.

The last few days/week, I have been very anxious to get ready for not only the baby, but Christmas as well.  I feel like we need to have all the gifts bought and the decorations up ASAP.  I have been scrambling to wash baby clothes and get everything ready and waiting.  So far we have painted a dresser, put up the crib and cradle, rearranged rooms and furniture and bought and assembled a car seat and stroller.  I have my hospital bag packed and ready to go and I think we have enough clothes, diapers and accessories to last a bit. I may be short on baby socks though!  We got Christmas decorations out and mostly up last night and now I would love to deep clean absolutely everything in sight! Ha! We shall see how that goes. :)

I'm also trying to get prepared to take a few newborn shots and decide what I'm going to do for Christmas cards this will be tricky for sure.  Wish me luck!

I've been having NST's (non-stress tests) to check in with the baby and make sure he is healthy and happy.  I have been going in twice a week for the past month or so.  I love being able to check in on him and know that he is doing great. And I get to kick back, read magazines and sip apple juice.  It's a pretty sweet deal!  

Some fabulous friends threw me a baby shower in October and one sweet friend surprised us with the cutest nautical cupcakes.  I seriously cried (pregnancy hormones at work people) because it was so thoughtful and they were so, so beautiful.  The food was outrageous too, I didn't get a good photo, but we had goat cheese bruschetta, mint brownies, mini quiche, chocolate-dipped strawberries, hummus and more...AND I was even able to eat it...which was awesome.

These last two are from my phone and show the belly at 30 and 38 weeks respectively.  Now all we need to do is put up lights outside, finish cleaning, buy the last of the gifts, make cookies for neighbors and pick a baby name!  He should arrive sometime next week. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Boy Learns to Read

This sweet guy of mine is learning to read and I LOVE watching it all unfold!  It's magical when the words start making sense to budding readers.  

To commemorate this occasion, we decided we needed to take some reading and Fly Little Guy photos.  We took some of our favorite books including, Go, Dog Go! and Green Eggs and Ham and I  dressed him in some scholarly duds complete with a bow tie and nice shirt.  I found this awesome tree in a park and was so in love and I am suuuuper glad we took pictures when we did, because it has since been chopped down...which always seems to happen when I find a cool new spot. *sigh*

It's such a bittersweet thing watching your babies grow up.  I sure am proud of Q and his accomplishments in Kindergarten this year.  And man, he sure has grown tall lately. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lord of The Rings Costumes

For Halloween 2014, we chose to be characters from The Lord of The Rings.  Only the older two have seen the movies, but the three boys love to play the Lego Wii game, so they were very familiar with the characters and excited to dress as them.  I was a little apprehensive about the costume-making, but it came together in the end...especially with a lot of help and inspiration from Miss B.  Phew, so glad I have her genius mind.  Thanks to dear Dad for the photographs to document. :)

Miss B decided to be Tauriel from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  We loosely based her costume off of Tauriel's from the movie, including a green tunic, brown leggings, leather bodice, leather arm guards and a bow (that she hand-made and is super proud of).  We also added ear tips and pulled her hair back in Tauriel style.  She wore the awesome moccasins she just got for her birthday for a woodsy look.

 Mr. C was our own Gandalf the Grey.  I found an awesome beard for a great price, spray painted a witch's hat (that I had in my collection) grey, and used grey temporary hair spray for a blond wig we already had.  I made him a simple grey robe, a cape and a satchel (that is hidden in his cape) from two white sheets that I dyed grey.  We cut a branch from the back yard, added newspaper and masking tape "branches" and spray painted the whole thing brown for his staff. He said his staff came in handy at the trunk-or-treat. :)

Dennis chose to be Gimli the dwarf.  I had a great red beard from last year's Halloween clearance and we bought a leather vest off of eBay.  Miss B constructed the rest of his costume with duct tape, some of her armor re-purposed from last year's costume and metallic burlap ribbon for the chain mail around his arms.  She also cut out designs in her ax from last year that are similar to Gimli's.  I added silver cardboard accents to an existing viking helmet to recreate the battle helmet.

I was Galadriel the elf...mostly because I already had a white dress with long, bell sleeves. :) I made a hooded cape for me as well as for everyone else.  I found a great, quick tutorial and busted five of them out in one afternoon (actually six because I made one for a friend).  I made mine out of an old, shimmery shower curtain, Dennis and Q's out of a brown curtain that I bleached and then dyed grey, and Miss B's and Mr. C's from old sheets.  I also bought myself and Miss B elf ear tips from eBay and we "painted" them to match our skin with foundation and dusted them with my face powder to hopefully make it last the night.  It ended up working great and they looked fabulous!  They definitely made our costumes.  I also bought a few Fellowship leaf pins from eBay...and although Galadriel doesn't technically wear one, I added one to my costume anyway.  I finished off with a crazy blond wig and a crown I twisted together with some jeweled wire I had in my stash.

Q was Frodo, which he was delighted about because he was just the right size!  His costume came together the easiest.  I found a quilted vest and pants (that I trimmed) at Goodwill and we just added a white button up shirt, his cape and leaf pin, a ring on a chain, a belt and a suede satchel I whipped up from leftover Tauriel material.  It ended up looking amazing for how quick it was!  He used the satchel for his four most prized Twix. :)  And then he just wore flip flops and he was done! (PS I added pointy ears in Photoshop because I couldn't help myself. )

We had a fabulous night trick-or-treating around the neighborhood.  The two oldest went with friends, so it was just the two littles with Dad and I.  People loved their costumes and some even gave them extra candy. :) I did end up with a nice wig indent on my forehead and a headache to match, and poor Dennis was soo sweaty with all of his armor and beard and helmet...but they had a blast and got waaaaay too much candy!  Another successful year.  
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