Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Alaska Flight

I'm going to Alaska Tomorrow!  Well actually my flight leaves tonight and I'll get there really late tonight.  Bob took a week off work to stay home with the kids and I'm going to fly out with my parents and sister to visit my brother, site see, and go to my cousins wedding.  It is going to be fun and I can't wait!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

18 Inch Doll Clothes Tutorial

A while back we bought Penelope an 18 inch Our Generation doll from Target.  For those not familiar they are pretty much the same as the American girl dolls but cheaper.  The only problem is that they clothes are about $10-$15 for an outfit!  That is too much for me to spend on a doll so I figured out how to make my own.  This tutorial explains how to turn a baby onesie into doll clothes.

Materials Needed:
Premie Onsie
Sewing Machine and supplies

1) The first step is to get your onsie.  I found that the premie size works best and they are in new condition at thrift stores all the time.  I got this one for 50 cents.  I love the onsies because they have a wide enough neck that you can put them on the dolls (and babies) with no buttons.

You can also do this with newborn size and other types of clothes, but for the tutorial lets stick with a premie size onsie.  Look how big it is compared to the doll.  Way too long.
2)  Measure where you want to cut it.  Make sure to leave room for folding and sewing.  I've found I like them to be cut just above where the leg seams are.

3)  Fold the end over two times and Iron it down.

4)  Sew along the fold.
That's it!  Now you have a new shirt for your daughter's doll.  This doll is named Lana by the way.
Below is another shirt I did.  It isn't a onsie and it is size newborn so it was a little bit different but I wanted to show that you really can do it to most baby clothes.  

All I did was put the shirt on the doll inside out.  Then I pinned it down the front and sides and sewed it smaller.  I also shorted the hem like I did for the onsie.  This shirt has buttons on the back and is still a little tight to put on the doll, so make sure you have enough room in the neck to get the arms in and out.  
I also made an adorable newborn sized swimsuit and a few other things this way.  I spent one nap time on it and about $5 and got a few different outfits for my girls to play around with.  A great investment!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Watch What I'm Wearing

I love my new palazzo pants!  I haven't really seen people wearing them around town where I live so I'm sure some people probably think I'm just wearing my pajamas around.  I tried to dress it up a bit with a necklace, just sort of my way to say, "Hey I'm wearing a necklace so these can't be pjs because no one wears jewelry with pjs."  Who am I kidding though, they really do look like pajamas.  They are so comfy and cute I don't even care!
Shirt: H&M    Pants: JC Pennys    Shoes: Payless

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Friday, May 15, 2015

4-year-old Scarlett

Scarlett is such a crazy little girl, it is amazing to me how big she looks in these pictures!
The time just flys by with her.  Probably because I am so busy taking care of her that I don't have time to realize what is going on.  When kids turn about one and a half or two they start getting into everything, then after 3 thats supposed to phase out, but that didn't happen with Scarlett.  She is still into everything but now she is louder, faster, smarter, and more capable of getting stuff.

For example, I just posted how I thought she was ready for a more grown up doll but I was wrong!  I went into her room yesterday and found her hiding her doll behind her back.  With further inspection I found red hair all over the floor!  Thankfully it was the dolls and not hers for the 10th time (It's finally grown back) but I was still not pleased.  She said that they hair was in her face so she had to cut it off.  She also had to cut a big whole in her leggings and favorite swimsuit.
Scarlett is usually a very happy girl, and when she isn't she is very upset.  She lives in the extremes and it is so cute to watch.  I love this age and all the funny things they say.  She is so curious and is always up for playing or doing anything.  She gets excited very easily and when I say something she likes she shouts "woot woot."  I really need to get a video of that.

Scarlett is not scared of my punishments and she will not clean her room for anything.  I can threaten anything to get her to clean her room and she just will not do it.  She has stayed in there for hours because she wont clean up.  I've offered popsicles or ice cream or playing outside and nothing works.  Actually I've had the most success telling her she can't eat dinner until she cleans, but I feel bad about that so I don't really do it.  I usually end up going in and doing it with her, but I get frustrated because she gets it ridiculously messes within hours.  She just tells me that "its so boring."

The main reason it gets so messy is because she loves clothes.  She changes multiple times a day and always puts on skirts or princess clothes.  She has about 7 pairs of jeans that she never wears and three skirts that she wears every day.  I put a child lock on her dresser but she figured out how to open it.  I even doubled it up and she can get through it no problem.

Scarlett gets along great with her siblings and plays well with all of them.  Of course they argue and get mad at each other too but all within the realm of normal.

Scarlett is very adventurous and a lot of the time we can get her to do stuff she doesn't want to because she doesn't think it through.  Or I'll tell Penelope to do something but she won't want to do it alone so Scarlett goes along with her.  She is a good sport about things like that and I think she would go alone if I didn't already ask Penelope to.

As far as I know she does great in her Sunbeam class at church and she never had a problem going without me.  I think she will be just fine when she starts preschool in the fall.
Scarlett weighs 38lbs which puts her in the 73% and one pound less than Penelope.  She is 40 inches tall which is the 57% and I'm not sure exactly but she is about an inch or two shorter than Penelope.  She has a nice size belly and it always sticks out of her shirts.  She needs to be in the same size as Penelope but we haven't figured out how to do that yet.

At the doctor she got shots and she was so brave and she didn't even cry.  It was amazing.  They told her what was going to happen and she was just fine about it.  After the shots she said it hurt and whined a bit but it wasn't bad.  

I'm happy I get to be her mom!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Scarlett's Birthday

For the kids birthdays this year I didn't want to do any big parties or things with friends.  I think i wore myself out last year and the idea of doing it every other year is sounding pretty good.  So this year on Scarlett's birthday we just kind of did our regular thing with a few exceptions.  The main ones being that we made a special breakfast and tried to make her extra happy all day. 

Then for dinner we went to Red Robin like she requested.
Then we came home and opened presents.  I was pretty excited about her presents this year and had a hard time waiting myself.
I love the look of pure joy in this next picture.  She is ecstatic to get her own giant candy bar.
We got her a doll so now her and Penelope both have one more grown up doll.  And you can't see very well in the picture but she is wearing her new Anna apron (more on that later).
For the cake Scarlett requested a pink cake.  I surprised myself at how quickly I was able to whip this up.  Usually I spend a lot longer.  Maybe I should start having my kids just choose a color instead of a whole cake theme.

She had a fun day and is excited to now be 4.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mother's Day

I love my kids and feel truly blessed to have four amazing children!  Yes they make my life hard and messy and busy but they are also so sweet and fun and bring so much joy.  They have changed me in so many ways and I just couldn't be happier to be their mom!
In the morning they made cinnamon rolls and brought me breakfast in bread along with all their cards.
 I could tell they worked really hard on them and Bob even said that he was going to take them to the store to get stuff once they finished but they just kept working they ran out of time.  It is nice to think about them making these for me and how hard they worked.  Scarlett hers is a picture of me when I was a baby.  Penelope lost her picture and was so upset she worked really hard to quickly make me a new one.  Leon couldn't wait until mothers day and he gave it to me with a big smile on Saturday after he finished making it.
 Tucker made me several cards including a few pop ups.  And he wrote me a letter.  It says,

Dear Mom,

you are very special to me.  You tought me how to walk.  You took me to Lago Land.  You read me the belly book,  You comforted me when I was scard.  You showed me how to ride my bike.  Thank you for lating me to go birthday partes.  Thank you for playing with me.  I love you so much.  You are the bast.  you look buootuf when you stad up tall and smill. you are really good mom I love you.

Love tucker
Bob was really sweet too and special ordered me 8 bags of mint m&ms, they usually only make them at Christmas time.  He also took care of the kids and cleaned the house all day giving me a nice break.  

And that was pretty much my day.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Watch What I'm Wearing

Happy Mothers Day! I'm blessed with a great mother who is a great example to me and who was and is always there for me.  I wish I had a recent picture of us together but I couldn't find one.  I'm also lucky enough to have a great mother-in-law.  Have a nice day ladies!

Dress: Ross   Necklace: Paparazzi  Belt and Leggings: Thrifted   Shoes:  Sears

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