Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Project Harper

As of a few months ago, this was Harper's room. Her closet looked like it PUKED THREE CHRISTMASES!!! It was the worst. It always looked horrible, even when the toys were picked up.

What a joke. I hated it! I mentioned this to my good friend Jenn. She IMMEDIATELY got to work! That is a true friend, one who will help you clean up your daughter's vomiting closet. I am so lucky she lets me benefit from her OCD! ;) but really, she is super, SUPER organized, and good at EVERYTHING she does, and I hate to admit it, but she is always right! She even drew up schematics and emailed a multi-page plan to me!

Well, on Monday, it was finally THE day. Jenn and her daughter Liz came over with a gigantic bag o' bins from Ikea, and we got to work. I was really dreading this, I thought it would be a big pain, and a lot of work getting this mess contained. I was WRONG! The "Bin-And-Purge" only took about half an hour. That's it! And it is beautiful! And it is functional!

And the best part? It's still clean and organized, three days later. It's like magic! Thank you, thank you, Jenn Gray. We love it! xoxo

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

An Evening With the Thackerays...

Sunday SUNDAY!! We went to Stacy's house to make Pumpkin Roll and Pumpkin Pie Cake. 'Tis the season!!!

The kids got to mixin' with Michal.

Always something new to learn at Aunt Stacy's.... cooking, baking, games... you name it, the kids are allllll over it!

And Harper LOVES her Uncle Jay! (I think he likes her too. Just a little!)

Cute Uncle Jason taught Cannon how to play Chess.

And you've got to try out some of the final product!
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Yesterday was a bad day. I was a YELLING Mom. I was an IMPATIENT Mom. I was a CRANKY Mom. Yuck. It was Yucky. For everybody.

Today, I was done feeling sorry for myself. Today, I focused on the good. Today, I focused on what was right in my world, rather than what's wrong.

I decided today would be a good day to take them out and snap some pictures of them. Snap. Snap. Snap. I snapped over 200 pictures and I SNAPPED right out of my funk.

Looking through that camera, I was removed just enough to realize some things:

:That they always listen to, talk to, and confide in each other.

:That they always like to be silly together. The sillier the better. Life is just that simple.

:They always giggle and laugh together. They make each other happy. They are siblings, and they will always have a history and a life to share.

:..... and one day, a day that will come sooner than I think, they will grow up, and move away, and our lives will change. Change is good, but for the time being, I learned I need to get over myself and enjoy the little moments in life more often.

xoxo Cannon and Harper. Mamma loves you.
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Sunday, November 6, 2011


On Friday, Cannon checked this book out from the library at school. He actually walked off the bus reading it, and read it as he walked home from school. Yes, he is a wonderful reader, yes, he LOVES books, but, I have never seen him THIS entranced by a book before!

I quickly discovered why he was so interested in it. It's a Star Wars book, and it's a comic book format. (Or, Graphic Novel, if you will)

Today is Sunday, and he has read it TEN TIMES. Really. I love it! So naturally, the Momma said, "Let's get some MORE!" I will always say YES to books. I will always say, YES, leave your light on and stay up late if you're reading!!!!

So, we went to Barnes & Noble, and they had 3, count them THREE books from the series!!! WAHOOOO!!!

They are so good, he couldn't even wait till we got home!!

Harper's book was so relaxing she fell asleep! ;)

So, was it worth it to stop and buy 3 books for my Cannon Boy? YES.

Is there anything better than curling up with a book and your favorite blanket on a cold day? NOPE. Nothing that I can think of!!!

Happy Reading, Cannon!!!
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Best Halloween EVER!

Oh what a wonderful night we had last night! We asked some family and friends to join us for Halloween. We ate chili and baked potatoes, then all the kids got ready to Trick or Treat.

Funny how many things Harper, Qiana, and Elsie have in common! They all dressed as Disney characters, and we didn't even plan it!! All the kids looked so wonderful in their costumes! And Cannon was such a great "big brother" to all the girls!

We lucked out in the weather area this year. It was warm, and nice. The kids didn't even need coats, and I was wearing flip flops!

Our neighborhood was busy! Lots of candy and Trick or Treaters, I loved it! And I heard lots of "Trick or Treat!", "Please!", "Thank You!", and "Happy Halloween"'s from the kids, and that made me happy too. They all got LOADS of candy, and came home with tired feet and sagging Trick or Treat bags. SCORE!

We came home, and let the kids decorate cookies, and watched the sugar rush happen. HAHA!

We all had a fabulous time, with grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends, how can you go wrong?

Happy Halloween!!!
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