Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas plans???

What are your Christmas plans this year?  
Doug has Friday - Monday off so we are heading to my parents house tonight and spending a few days there.  My brother and sister in law from Buffalo area will be there, along with my sister and her boyfriend, and my sister in law and nephew.  I'm anxious to see everyone!  We are taking up a project to do with the family - a gingerbread barn kit!  I couldn't resist!  

Saturday, sometime during the afternoon, we will head for home and as long as things go as planned, we will head to our Christmas Eve service at church.  Sunday morning, we will wake up a little early and do stockings, head to church, then come back to do the rest of Christmas.  
I can't wait till tonight - 4 whole days with my husband!  

What do you have planned???

I hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
I look forward to all the Christmas pictures later :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Random post and pictures of the kiddos :)

We are doing well here in the North Country.  The cold has held off much longer this year than it has ever before (since I have lived here that is).  I'm not complaining, since I will be the one in charge of keeping the driveway clean during the week this year as Doug is gone.  It would be nice to have a white Christmas and the kids are dying to go sledding!  :)  
No real news on the house front.  We have had someone come and see it and were very interested in the place and then we had an open house following.  No real bites yet though.  His timing is perfect and I rest in that truth!   
A few days ago I was getting the girls ready for the day and I got specific instructions from Madalyn to do her hair like this.  I don't know where she got the idea from as I have never put her hair up like this.  It was cute though, so I had to nab a picture!

Then I had to take one of Marissa at her desk, doing her school work.  I can't believe how grown up she is!

While Doug is gone during the week I try to fill up my days best I can.  I have started babysitting during the day.  I had a two year old here for a while but his Mom got laid off so that ended.  Now I have a 3 month old baby boy named Josiah.  Sooo cute!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Way over due!

November 10th was Doug's birthday.  He took a personal day on Friday so he was actually home for his birthday in the evening.  Plans however didn't go as we desired.  Doug called me around 3 or 4 telling me that he was in the hospital with kidney stones.  Thankfully my brother and sister in law were already on their way to our house and had to pass through the town where he was at.  Once he was released they headed for home but it was late by that point in time so all birthday plans went out the window.  Besides the fact that he wasn't feeling the greatest :(  Poor guy!  I did have our Pastor's wife make him a cake and remembered to take a picture of it.  It was perfect!  

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

We are skipping out on actually sending out Christmas cards this year.  However, thanks to Blogger, you can still get yours! :)  Merry Christmas!!!!

Pictures of our decorations will be going up soon I promise. 
 I loaned out my camera and the pictures are on there!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Homemade laundry soap

Ok, so I know what you are all thinking - "This lady has really gone off her rocker now!"
I had my reservations when I first heard of it to.  That being said, I did some research and found out that I would be saving a ton of money!  It costs me .71 cents to make 2 gallons worth of soap and that calculates out to about .01 cents per load!  Awesome right?  Wait, there is more!  It's soooo easy to make too!  Ready to find out how to make your own?  Here goes ~

You will need - 

1/2 cup of Washing Soda (not to be confused with Baking Soda)

1/2 cup of Borax powder

1/3 of a bar of Fels-Naptha

All of the ingredients can be found right at Walmart, all together in the laundry isle in between the bleach and the fabric softener.

You will also need a 2 gallon bucket.

First grate your Fels Naptha soap and put it in a sauce pan.  Add 6 cups of water and heat until the soap melts.  Add the Washing Soda and Borax and stir until it is dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Poor 4 cups of hot water into your bucket.  Now add your soap mixture and stir.  Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir.  Let the soap sit for 24 hours and it will gel.  Use 1/2 cup per load.

***The finished soap will not be a solid gel.
***This soap is low sudsing so if you are someone who checks your laundry while its washing, don't freak if you don't see bubbles.  Trust me, your laundry is still getting clean!
***This soap has a natural clean smell but for those of you that may prefer scent to your laundry you can add 1/2 to 1 oz of essential oil to scent.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


It's time for Christmas shopping and we all have those people that are just tough to buy for!  Every thought about a Scentsy warmer?  They really do make the perfect gift!  This is November's warmer of the month....
and the scent of the month is Midnight Fig - 
(Tread softly across the threshold of a forbidden garden-an eden of infinite beauty and pleasure.  Earthly, ripened figs and golden berries tempered by mushy woods will open your eyes and captivate your senses.)

This is December's warmer of the month - available December 1st
Comfort & Joy is the scent of the month for December-  
(The best gifts combine the anticipated with the unexpected—just 
like Comfort & Joy. Spicy, familiar woods marry with surprising 
white florals, pure citrus, and just a nibble of gingerbread for a 
winter fragrance that’s anything but ordinary.)

Scentsy is a wick-less system that uses a night light bulb to melt wax at a low temperature.  It's a safe alternative to candles.  

We have so many other products to...Buddies for kids with a scent pak zipped inside for a great smelling stuffed animal, room sprays, fragrance foam (hand sanitizer), travel tins (for the car), as well as  80 different scents for melting, and a ton of burners in 3 different sizes.  

Visit my website to take a peak at all of our available products for everyday or the holiday season!

Monday, October 31, 2011

A perfect excuse to dress up!

We were asked this year to go around to a few houses with one of the girls' cousins.  Gabby, dressed up as Mario was supposed to have her little brother Lucas with her.  He was going to be Luigi, but he was too sick to come along...poor little man!  I can't wait to see pictures of him dressed up though!  The girls had a blast even though the three of them went screaming off one porch!  LOL

Monday, October 24, 2011

Marissa reading again....

We still need to practice some more. She hasn't really been working on reading sentences in school...just words. So when she reads a book, they all kind of get jumbled. She still gets b and d mixed up once in a while to. I'm super impressed :) Love my big girl ;)

Marissa is Reading!!!

My Mom sent Marissa some 1st level reading books. This is her first time reading them. We still have some practicing to do, but I'm super impressed with her reading ability after just a few weeks of reading. (The curriculum I'm using doesn't start reading or writing until 1st Grade.)

Marissa lost her first tooth!

Marissa lost her 1st tooth on 10/22/2011 in the morning.  I'm so proud of her!  
She did so good!  My baby girl is getting so big!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Random Cuteness!

I can't figure out if she is in love, or if she doesn't know what to do with him!  LOL 

Madalyn didn't want to hold the baby, but she did want some camera time! :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Taughannock Falls State Park!

Last weekend Friday, the girls and I took off and headed for the Ithaca area to spend the weekend with Doug.  We had some friends coming in from Virginia that were going to be staying in a cabin at Taughannock Falls State Park.  We pulled the camper over there and stayed too!  It was so much fun.  The park was beautiful!!!  God blessed us with an amazing weekend.  It was warm, but not to hot, sunny and just gorgeous!!!  It has been so rainy down there, the poor camper hadn't had a chance to dry out in a while.  This was the last weekend to camp so it was nice to close it up dry.  On Sunday, my parents joined us, along with Uncle AJ and Aunt Sharon.  The kids took right to them, even though they haven't seen Uncle AJ and Aunt Sharon in a couple years.  

We found these stairs early in the morning and thought it would be fun to climb them and see where they led...only it was a really big hike and they just led back to the campsites!  LOL  Oh well, they were beautiful!   

They had a couple little benches along the way up the stairs.  Grandpa and Madalyn stopped for a picture on the way back down.

Grandma and Marissa joined in...
(I couldn't choose which one I liked better so I posted them both for you Mom!)

Then we headed to a walk on the Gorge Trail

 The changing of the leaves just added to the beauty!

The cliffs were so amazing.  I've never seen anything quite like it before!

The falls has an incredible drop of 215 feet and is one of the highest east of the Rocky Mountains.  Apparently depending on the time and type of year they are having, the falls can either be dry, or rushing, or just perfect like it was the day we were there.  It is high, but the water fell so slowly it looked like!

The girls with Aunt Sharon, or Grandma Sharon...they can't decide what to call her :)

We had a blast...the only bad thing is, it only intensified my want/need to have our house sold so that we can be down there with Doug!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Just for you Dads!

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters {by Michael Mitchell}

***Warning, may bring tears to your eyes!***

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.

2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she add years to her… add life to her years.

3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.
4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.

5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.

7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.

8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.

9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.

10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.

11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.

13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.

14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.

16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.

17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.

20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.

21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.

22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.

23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.

24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.

25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.

27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.

28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.

29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.

30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.

31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.

32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.

33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.

34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.

35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.

36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.

37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.

38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.

39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.

40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.

41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.

42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.

43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.

44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.

45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.

47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.

49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.

50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.

(Original post can be found here.)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

My crazy kids!

I think I have shared more sleeping pictures of my kids on this blog than I have anything why should today be any different ;)

This would just bug the snot out of me...Sleeping or not, I would have to move that hair!

Marissa and her village, playing so nice while her sister slept!

And I had to share my newest bag creation!  This one is mine!  
It reminds me of my mom ;)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 New York State Fair!

We continued our annual tradition and met my parents at the state fair.  This year they had a lama walking at the ring in the goat/pig/lama area.  I don't think the girls have ever touched a lama let alone walked one.  They had fun.  My mom found this first and Marissa was finished walking before I got over there.  Mom hasn't posted her pictures yet so all I have is Madalyn for right now.  Madalyn's lama looks really peeved, but he/she walked really well!  LOL

Grandma and Grandpa bought the girls wristbands this year so they rode pretty much all day! 
It was their favorite part of course!  

I think this was their favorite ride, or at least it would have been mine!
The guy running the ride was really good with the kids and the ride lasted for a while.  The boats were motorized and all the kids had to do was steer.  

This was all Grandpa's doing! :)  I think he really wanted to go in one!!!  No really, the girls asked to ride this last year I think and we skipped it but this year they got the chance.  They loved was a fairly warm day and I can only imagine how hot it must have been inside them!  They didn't seem to mind though!