Monday, December 22, 2008

Dog Play

My two doggies: Sunny and Moose



Anyone with dogs and kids knows that when your kids are young they go through a phase where they act like the family dog. At least, I hope other kids do this! lol! Sunny barks and licks. She even barks at and licks Moose. Moose doesn't like this. She looks at Sunny like she's nuts.

Moose has her own story. When she was a young Moose she was tied to a satellite dish in someone's backyard all day long. They kept her tied up even in winter, which is really hard on a Boxer since they have very little hair. Luckily, one day Moose's owners decided she was too much hassle and decided to take her to the dog pound. That's where we found her. Now she has good food, a warm bed, and three little kids who love her to death. She was work in the beginning, though. We rescued her before we had kids; I don't think we could have kept her if we had kids then because she had issues. She almost completely ripped Buddy's ear off...twice (Buddy is our other Boxer). Luckily we already had a really good relationship with our vet and he didn't report us for dog fighting or something. After months and months of work with Moose she blossomed and decided to trust that we loved her and wouldn't ever tie her to a satellite dish in our backyard. She also learned that other dogs aren't necessarily a threat (poor Bud! She's glad her ears are safe now!). Moose turned into such a great, loving dog. When they end up in the pound, dogs know something is rotten in Denmark and things don't look good (I think the tag that states the euthanasia date is a clue...they can read, you know...). Conversely, they know when you rescue them and they know when they are loved. The only thing that never changed about Moose is: she's camera shy!! We love you Moose!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fun With Stickers

Elle loves stickers and Band-Aids and since I have nothing crafty to show, I thought I'd post Elle's craftiness.


This one is my favorite. Nothing like stickers on your butt...


A while ago I was posting about my sewing center dilemma. This is how I've solved it for now. This was my desk. It used to have shelving in it, but I took it out and put a bulletin board and some peg board in it for my sewing notions. That leaves the table top free for my sewing machine. If I had more space I'd buy a really nice sewing table, but I don't. So this is it for now. I really like it. For now.


I'm hoping to finish up some things this weekend. I was working diligently on a quilt for my mom, but I accidentally sewed two long strips together that weren't supposed to go together and it bummed me out. So, I'm still working on ripping the stitches out. ARGH! Plus, I've got a scarf and three hats on the needles. I've also decided to rip Sunny's hat back to the decreases to add an inch. I think it needs it. The good thing is that Luke is going to a birthday party tomorrow afternoon. Now if I can get my MIL to watch the girls while he's gone I'll have some time all to myself. Wouldn't that be something?! I'd probably take a nap. Ha!

Happy Weekend to All!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Did You Know....?

That there is an online library with vintage sewing books you can read for free? Its at Vintage Sewing Info. I love this site. The photos are not always good, but its a great resource to check out when trying to do a sewing technique you are not quite sure of and don't have a book on hand.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Sunny Bunny Is So Darn Cute!

I love that Sunny likes to have pictures taken of herself. When I point the camera at Elle she makes horrible faces and yells at me!! Yikes! So if you see pictures of only Sunny in things I make it isn't because I prefer her. Its because Elle rips hats off her head and throws them on the floor before I can take a photo and she practically growls at the camera. Sunny is a little ham and loves to model. Actually, she loves to see herself on my computer. Anyway, here's a hat I knitted for Elle, but Sunny is modeling it for her:


Its the Rib-A-Roni hat; a free pattern on Ravelry.com. I love this hat and am making two more, one for Luke and one for Sunny. The one Sunny is wearing now is great, but I think I'm going to rip it back to before the decreases and add half an inch or an inch. I'd like it to be a little lower so it covers her ears better. I used Red Heart Kids yarn on 16" size 7 Addi Turbo circulars. The yarn felt really scratchy to me at first, but after I washed it it softened up a bit. Sunny wore this hat almost all day long, so it must not be itchy.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My Fugg Uggs



Uggs are Fug if you ask me. But, I can't deny their warmth so I gave in and bought a pair. I do a lot of walking here in the city, so I really need warm boots and among all the boots I tried on at Erehwon, REI and Moosejaw, these are the warmest and most comfortable. I don't like that the photo makes it look like I have cankles, but whatever. Cankles Shmankles. At least now when I walk from Luke's preschool to yoga class or to my bootcamp workout class I'll be warm!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Felicity, the Hat.

I finished this on Saturday...

A fellow knitter, Ellie, who blogs at Elliebelle finished one of these and I liked it so much I thought I'd cast it on. I love it. The style is different, so I wasn't sure I'd like it on me or be able to pull it off (being the old dog I am), but its a great hat. Warm. Very warm. If you're a Ravelry freak, do a search for "Felicity" and the pattern will come up. Its free and its cute!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I Love the Library...



I'm trying to find some quick knits for gifts..... the library is such a great place to look!

PS: I messed around with my blog today...if something looks bad, let me know...please! Thanks!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Vintage.....

Well, I didn't pick up the sewing machine in the cabinet. It was a Singer 201-2 and it was in good shape, but the cabinet was beat up. I really wanted it for the cabinet because I planned to put my 301 in it. I considered buying it simply because the machine was in good shape, but I didn't feel like loading the whole thing into my van just to take the machine out at home and leave the cabinet in the alley. I didn't come home empty-handed though. I got this one for decoration:




I know...decoration? It was too pretty to pass up and it was only $11.00. Its missing a piece (the slide plate...or is it the throat plate?), but it does work. Once its cleaned up it should look great. Hopefully I can find a replacement for the missing piece.

I'm off to do some sewing. I was on a massive cleaning spree all weekend, so now I can sew and feel good about it. There's nothing worse than trying to sew when there's a messy house on your mind.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday

I'm off to pick up yet another vintage sewing machine. This one is in a cabinet...yay! Problem is: its snowing!! I guess I'll just have to bring a few moving blankets. Pics when I get back!!

Also, a belated Happy Birthday to my dog, Sophie. She's a long haired Chihuahua and she is now 16 years old!!!!! She can't hear and she can't see very well, but she is well loved.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wow, Thanksgiving already?? This year has flown by. How do you make time slow down? I suppose by moving someplace slower. Time didn't seem to move so quickly when we lived in the country. Here in the city it just flies by. Or maybe its because I have children now. Kids do tend to move things along at a frenetic pace. Who knows. All I know is there is only one month until Christmas and I have done no Christmas shopping!

On Sunday I bought the DVD Wall-E for Luke. We love this movie, but its kinda strange to hear my 4 year old singing, "Out there...there's a world outside of Yonkers. Way out there beyond this hick town, Barnaby. There's a slick town Barnaby!" Thanks to Wall-E there's a new generation of kids who are familiar with the musical Hello Dolly, but they don't know its Hello Dolly; they think its Wall-E. The funniest thing is there's a line that goes, "We'll see the shows at Delmonicos", but Luke thinks they sing "Barnacles" and every time he watches Wall-E and that line comes up he yells, "BARNACLES!!" and then giggles and says, "That's Spongebob, Mama."

And on the knitting front...this:

A hat for Sunny. The pattern is from Last Minute Knitted Gifts from Joelle Hoverson. I like it a lot, but had to add an inch to the height of the hat. I don't know if that means Sunny has a big head or if it means the pattern maker doesn't have kids. ;) I used Peaches & Cream cotton yarn from Joann's and my brand-spankin'-new Addi Turbo needles (16" size 7 circulars). I love the Addi Turbos. Very nice.

I'm also almost finished with 2 quilts. The quilt I was working on last week turned into 2 quilts because half way through the first one I got an idea for another one. I also need to finish my mom's quilt and a quilt for my dad for his lake house. Hopefully I'll get everything finished. The good thing is I am getting rid of my huge, useless desk and am replacing it with a sewing center. I'm not sure which table to get yet.....I'll keep you updated!

Happy Thanksgiving! I'll leave you with a photo Luke took of himself using Photobooth...

Great photo, huh???

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Happy Birthday To LUKE!


OH MY GOSH! I'm 4 ??!! Yep, you sure are. My little guy. My first born. The one I waited seven years for. You were worth the wait. I am thankful every day for you.

Look at this cake:

Is that horrible or what? All that blue frosting....yuck! Everyone had blue teeth, blue tongues, and blue lips. Ewww! I tried to talk Luke into getting a different cake, but he wanted Spongebob. Okee dokee.

Blowing out the candle...that makes it official. You're 4 !!

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Friday Funny...

My greek MIL watches my twins every morning so I can take Luke to preschool. I started working out again, so now she has the twins from 9 to noon. Well, today I got home and she was telling me what they ate and she says, with her Greek accent, "They didn't eat too well today, you know, they had some juicy and some feces." "HUH? What?" I said. She replied, "Yes, you know, the gode-feces" Oh. Gotcha. GOLD FISHIES. Gold fish crackers. Dear lord, I almost had a heart attack with that one!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Return Of The MOJO


I've been out of sorts for a few weeks, so I haven't blogged much. But, hey baby, my mojo is back! lol! I had so much to do the past few weeks and was running around like crazy. For now things have quieted down and I've been getting some sewing done.

I'm not going to buy the Horn of America sewing table I blogged about because it costs $1,300.00! And besides, I went to the thrift store yesterday and got a 3 shelf organizer for my yarn for $10. Cleaning up my yarn stash has created some room in my sewing room for another plain 'ol table. Now if I can de-stash my fabrics a little it might actually be comfortable in there!

I've been working on 2 quilts. Here's a preview of one of them:

I'm not usually so bold when it comes to color, but I love the bright blue. I bought both of the fabrics in the photo at the thrift store for $4.00. Not bad. The second quilt I'm working on is almost done, so I'll show it to you when I finish. Actually, the top is almost done; not the quilting part. I'm going to try my hand at free-motion quilting with it. Maybe. I'm scared. But, there's no better time to start learning to free-motion quilt than now, right? If not now, when? There's nothing to fear, but fear itself. Ok, someone STOP ME! You want to know the sad thing? I'm not using my Viking Sapphire 870Q to piece either quilt. That machine makes me nuts. I've been using my Singer 301; the one I paid $25 for at an estate sale in October. It sews beautifully; much better than my Sapphire. Sad, huh? My Sapphire pushes the fabric off to the left at the end of a seam and it doesn't feed the fabric evenly, so the points of my stars and even my 4 squares are rarely even. I thought it was just me and that I must be WAY out of practice with quilting. I had taken a few years off of sewing since I was busy being pregnant and raising kids (lol!), so it seemed logical to think it was me. But my seams have been beautiful with the Singer 301. Makes me want to put my Sapphire on Ebay. I have taken my machine to my dealer and she says its fine. Hmmmm.

Oh, and here's a link to a great website...it has all kinds of sewing links. Check it out: Lily Abello's Sewing Resources.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Its Been A HECK Of A Week!

Can you believe I STILL have not unpacked my Designer Diamond embroidery/sewing machine? Part of the reason is that I don't have anywhere to put it. I had NO idea it was as big as it is, so I'm destashing some fabrics and patterns and trying to make room for this:

Its made by Horn of America and probably costs more than I can afford right now, but it would be a major space saver. If I got this table I could then use my current sewing table for my Designer Diamond (which will take up the entire table!). The sewing machine isn't the part that is so big, its the embroidery arm. Its huge. And for me, totally unnecessary! lol! But, like I said, I HAD to have the machine. I'm more into small embroideries right now. Perhaps in a few years when my kids are in school during the day I'll have time to do large embroideries. I hope so. Anyway, I'm off to play with the kiddies today. Its going to be in the 60's so it would be a crime to stay indoors. Hope everyone has a GREAT weekend and DON"T FORGET TO VOTE ON TUESDAY!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend


Oh yea. The Designer Diamond. I can't wait to unpack it and set it up. This was my other big purchase besides the Huskylock 936. I had a Designer SE Limited Edition and decided to upgrade to the Diamond. Truth be told, this is more machine than I'm ready for (as was the Designer SE), but I HAD to have it. Especially since my dealer gave me the purchase price of my Designer SE to put towards the price of the Diamond. I'm working on a few embroideries...hopefully I'll get to them before Christmas.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Costume Patterns? I'm SET!

Its safe to say I'll never need another kid's costume pattern.

Thanks to Kris at Quilted Simple, I am the proud owner of 11 new-to-me kid's costume patterns. She was also kind enough to include some fabrics. THANKS KRIS!!

While we're on the subject of costumes, I'll give you a peek at Luke's Super Why! costume. I'm loving my coverstitch machine. Nice waistband, huh?

Too bad this is the only section that turned out well. lol! I had it looking really good but had to rip out a section because somehow I didn't measure Luke's waist accurately and it was too big. Or the elastic stretched WAY more than I had allowed for. When I went to re-stitch the section I ripped out it all went to heck. But the nasty looking part is on the inside, so I'm not going to worry about it!

Here's the leg hem. Looks pretty nice, doesn't it? It isn't perfect, but I'm not very experienced with knits yet. I'm starting to get the hang of them, though. They're kind of fun to work with.


I also cut out and traced out the next piece of the costume:

Its a girl's shirt pattern, but kid's t-shirts are interchangeable sometimes. Instead of making a one-piece costume I'm making separates because he's going to a costume party this weekend and there's a party at school and then there's trick-or-treating....and potty time can be tricky with a one-piece costume. So its separates for Luke. I don't want any accidents!

I need to get this done by Sunday because that's when Luke has a costume party to go to. Oh, the pressure! This is what Super Why! looks like for those of you who don't know who he is...

Super Why! is the guy on the right in the green and blue superman costume. Luke is so excited about his costume and I have a feeling he's going to want to wear the costume to school throughout November. He still doesn't quite get that Halloween is only one day a year!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wordful Wednesday

This may seem like an inconsequential photo, but for me it isn't.



Its Elle with a barrette in her hair. The funny thing is she wanted it in her hair. She likes girly things. Hallelujah. I've been known to bitch about mention the fact that I grew up with 4 brothers and all boy cousins. Not a girl in the bunch. Needless to say I didn't wear barrettes or cute dresses or anything girly. If I did, all it did was give my brothers ammunition. Its tough being different sometimes, so I was a tomboy. Now that I have daughters I realize I was a tomboy only because it made my life easier at the time. So this photo was eye opening to me and taught me something about myself. It may be a small, insignificant thing, but its still something that made me say, "Hmmmm." So, with this photo I embrace everything girly. Every single thing: barrettes, nail polish, dolls, dress-up, and cute little pink toy doggies that fit in the palm of your hand. Amen.

More Wordful Wednesdays at Seven CLown CIrcus:

The 5 Minutes That Changed The World

Ok, maybe not the world, but it changed my vocabulary. Yesterday morning I left Sunny alone in the kitchen for 5 minutes to finish her pancake...5 short minutes...while I went to get Luke dressed for school. When I got back to the kitchen I found her sitting ON the table. She had opened the bottle of maple syrup, dumped half the bottle onto her pancake and was eating it like she was a doggie (a behavior she learned from her goofy brother). So she had sticky maple syrup all over her shirt, her legs, her face, and her hair. And I had to leave in 10 minutes to take Luke to school. She looked up at me with a huge grin. At that moment I exclaimed, "Oh you are totally getting blogged for this one!" And at that moment the word blog made the jump from noun to verb in my vocabulary. So there you have it. The 5 minutes that changed my world vocabulary.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Huskylock 936

Here's one of the purchases that I tried to get my husband to talk me out of. Not that I didn't want it because I've been wanting one of these for a L O N G time.


Its set up for coverstitching right now (and Robin, it only took me 15 minutes! Not too bad!). It does a nice coverstitch, too.


The woman I bought it from lives nearby so I didn't have to have it shipped. That's always a plus! She's a great sewist and an awesome knitter. She has a blog, Yarncrawl, where she blogs all her creations. Check her out! As for me, I'm off to make a Super Why! costume for Luke and two cowgirl costumes. I hope my OTHER BIG PURCHASE comes in soon because I need it to finish the cowgirl costumes. As soon as its here I'll show y'all what it is. How'd you like that cowgirl speak? Y'all...that's a word I could get used to. Maybe.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Oops, I Did It Again.

Bought something else I shouldn't have. Its my husband's fault. He says we're doing our part to save the economy....

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nuts

I just bought something I shouldn't have. But I love it. I asked my husband to talk me out of it, but he encouraged me to buy it. Darn him! Photo soon.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

About That Husband Of Mine....

Proof that my husband is not in the corporate world...

We were at a Preschool Parents meeting at my kid's preschool and on the way home my husband says, "What's with the parents tonight? They were all on their Blueberries."

Uh, babe, that's Blackberry.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday Tidbits

I've got sick twins. That sounds like a great name for a band, doesn't it? The Sick Twins. Sounds like a punk band. Anyway, lots of puke here and not much else. Both are on the mend and I'm hoping to get some sleep tonight. I went to the eye doctor today to get a new pair of glasses (since the twins broke BOTH pairs of glasses I had) and the doctor was concerned about how red my eyes are...that is, until I told her I've been up for two days. lol!

Here's the progress on my fluffy-pink-matted-dog-yarn vest I'm making for Elle. It isn't horrible for an almost two year old, I suppose.


And gifts in the mail...I love them. It isn't really a gift since I paid for the darn thing, but it feels like a gift. And that's what counts, right?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A New-To-Me Old Singer

I went to an estate sale last weekend and couldn't resist buying this old lady:

I certainly don't need another sewing machine and our apartment is really limited on space, but something about this machine said, "Buy me!" So I did. For $25.

Luckily, its a lot like my mom's first Singer so I knew that this thing is the bobbin winder.


This is awesome. A guide for seam allowances. My machine has lines, but it doesn't have the measurements printed on the plate. This is nice.

And it came with a briefcase full of attachments. Bonus. If only I knew how to use them.

Lots of feet, too. There are a few I have no idea what they do.

I sewed a few seams with it and it has an awesome straight stitch. In fact, I could see myself sewing all my quilts with it. It'd make me feel so....vintage.

I love that all the attachments came with instruction manuals. If only the machine did! I know I have to oil it, but I have no idea where and don't know how to take the cover off. Anyone have an owner's manual for a Singer 3101A???

Edited to add: I have since purchased another 301A (this one for $40, but it came with a table). To see it, click here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

On The Needles...

A vest for Luke. This is the back piece. I'm at the point where I need to start shaping the arm holes.

I'm using Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool doubled up on size 10.5 needles. Its knitting up pretty quickly. I'm nervous about the size, but my mom says blocking will make a big difference. I suppose if I'd knit a little looser it would be a bit bigger, too. But I'm a tight knitter. I'm trying to loosen up, but I guess I'm a type A.

I also have a vest in progress for Elle. I'm using yarn from my stash. Its fluffy yarn that I must've liked at one point. I look at it now and wonder what was I thinking?! I'll post a photo soon because it is also knitting up quickly. I'm all about quick when it comes to knitting because I get bored too quickly. When the knitting becomes monotonous it becomes a UFO (an unfinished object). The vest is on 24" circular size 10.5 needles. The yarn is pink and fluffy. And when its knitted or crocheted, the feel of it reminds me of a matted dog. Ugh. But I think it'll look cute on the girls. They'll look like fluffy, pink, matted dogs. Real cute. I may actually make two so each girl has one. The pattern is a free pattern from Berroco. Its the Mavis vest for toddlers. I'm not using the Berroco yarn specified, though. I should because the yarn they suggest is really cute and I love the pattern on the front of the vest. But I've got my matted dog yarn and darn it, I'm gonna use it. Berroco has some very cute free patterns for children's knits. There are a few crochet patterns, too, but I haven't had time to look at them in detail.

Wordful Wednesday

Don't you love when this happens? Click on the photo if you can't read it.

Looks like I'll be checking my credit report every few months to make sure I don't become a victim of identity theft. Although, I have no idea why anyone would want to be me. I haven't had a steady job in 4 years so I doubt my credit will get them far!
You can read more WW's at Seven Clown Circus.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Moo Pants Revisited.

You might remember I made a pair of Moo pants for my niece back in June. I finally got around to making a pair for Sunny.

The only problem is I misplaced the fabric, so I can't put a pocket on the pants until I find it. I hate when that happens! It'll show up once I finish the Mariposa quilt for Elle. I've got fabric all over my sewing room (aka: the hole in the wall) and I'm sure its in there somewhere.

I love this photo...it looks like a model pose. If only she would have looked up at me!

As soon as I find the fabric and put the pocket on I'll post another photo...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wordless Wednesday (sort of)


I love bees, especially the big fat bumbly ones that look like they have no business trying to fly. So when I saw this guy buzzing around I thought I'd try to take a good photo. I am not (repeat, not) a good photographer, but this one is kind of interesting, I think.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Birthday To ME!

Yep, Its my birthday! Exactly 39 years ago I made my entrance to the world. Butt first, too. Does that make me a rebel or just back assward? I'm excited to be 39. I've got 3 great kids, a great marriage to a wonderful man, and I'm healthy. What else could a girl want? A few million bucks perhaps, but hey, it ain't over yet. It could happen. ;) For my birthday I registered for 3 classes at the Sewing and Quilt Expo, but all three of my classes were already filled. DARN! I had registered for 2 serging classes and one class called "Coverstitch 101". I want a coverstitch machine and that class would have been very useful. No worries. I'm going to the expo anyway and I'll just have to interrogate the Babylock and Viking salespeople and make them show me what their machines can do and how they work. Ok, maybe "interrogate" is a bit harsh, but they're going to have to work for this sale. I hope they know their stuff.

I also got myself a subscription to Ottobre

I love this magazine. So many cute kid's clothes to sew! I only wish I had more time. If I didn't have to sleep I could get more done. Sleep is kinda important though. ;) I'm kind of nervous about sewing these patterns because the instructions are literally half a paragraph long. I'm used to a little more info on how to put the garment together. Of course, I barely have time to finish the quilts I'm making, so I don't know when I'll have time to sew clothing. Patience, patience...I have to keep reminding myself that there's a time for everything in its season (or something like that). And right now its the season for raising kids.

That said, stay tuned for the Mariposa Quilt Block tutorial. I know I said I'd have it up last week...I'm late! Oh, and Carissa, Mariposa is spanish for "butterfly" !!

Monday, September 22, 2008

The New Year's Challenge

I've joined The New Year's Challenge @ Pieces From My Scrapbag. Its a challenge to finish your UFOs* by New Year's (pretty straight forward, ay?! lol!). Wanna join in the fun? Visit Pieces From My Scrapbag to join. Tell Finn that Arizona sent you! ;)

To see my UFO list, see the sidebar at the right. There are 8 projects I'll be attempting to finish...


*UFO means "unfinished object". I think it should be UFP, for "unfinished project", but UFO is more catchy, isn't it?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fun And Games At The Zoo

Ah, a nice relaxing day at the zoo with the darling children. Ha! Sunny and Elle took a liking to this little alligator...

Sunny climbed onto it first. She looks darling, right? Well, when Elle tried to climb on with her, Sunny tried to scratch Elle's eyes out and a twin-fight ensued.

I guess you can say Sunny won this one. I wish I had gotten pictures of them going at one another because its really quite a sight to see, but I had to drop the camera and separate them. Poor Elle.

Luke had to jump on the alligator, too, which really infuriated Sunny. She screamed and pulled Luke's hair. Ugh.

So, we moved on. The kids wanted to walk on this path...

...until Sunny pointed out this sign. "Hey, can't you guys READ???!!!"

After a hike through the Salt Creek Wilderness we went on the carousel. It was the only time there was no fighting.

Boy, my teeth sure are straight, aren't they? I never had braces either. I could use a whitening, though. Nice nostrils, too....

Before we left Luke wanted a photo on the buffalo; or, more accurately, the Bison. Whatever. I always call them tatanka because it stuck with me from the movie Dances With Wolves.

Sunny wanted to sit on it, too, but I was too afraid to let her sit there without holding her, so I could only get a close up. No tatanka in the photo with her.

Time to go home. The day wouldn't have been complete without one last good cry!

I love going out with my kids even though there's always whining, crying and fighting. I used to get a bit flustered when hell would break loose, but now I almost find it amusing. I love when my husband asks how the day went and I get to tell him about all the screaming and fighting. We have a good laugh. We mom's listen to a lot of fighting and whining and screaming. Its a part of raising kids and we all go through it, so why get upset about it? Every trip there are a few moments of bliss where the kids are getting along or Luke will help one of the girls do something and all is right in the world. Those are the moments that warm my heart. I love being a mom. I love it so much, I bought this for myself today:

Totally cheesy, but I had to do it!

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