Celebrating Halloween

Scary! It’s Dres’ year to design Rose’s Halloween costume.

Rose’s First Halloween
Right after her first surgery
3 months – My year = Fairy Wings added to my moby-wrap
1 year – Dre year = Purple Unicorn
2 years – M’s year = Lion
3 years – Dre year = ?
His stipulations – NO princess. NO fairy. NO Dora. NO anything that looks like anyone else. He’s been in deliverance for months. Finally the verdict arrives ….
I thought she’d end up as a Hobbit with huge hairy feet. He threw around the idea of Harley Quinn.
Can I tell you how excited when he made the BIG REVEAL: A White Swan from the the ballet Swan Lake!
How delightful!
He told me what he wanted – white leotard and tights, white feather tutu, white feather hair bow, and pink ballet shoes.
His job is over – mine begins. Searching Google Image and Pinterest for inspiration. (I won’t post any because that would be breaking #77 goal – no plagiarizing)
I began scouring  stores to find cheep stuff I can up-style. Goal – Head to Toe costume under $20.
Half of Half – $3 (clearance rack- everything up to $75 = $3)
Size 6 Juniors Prom Dress = $3
Once Upon a Child = $6.49
Size 6 Children’s – leotard = $4.50
Size 2T – 4T tights = $1.99
White Feather Hairpiece = $12.50 – ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?

Hobby Lobby = $5.09 ( Just give me an excuse to support the awesome Christian CEOs)

Scrapbook Stickers = $2.60 with 40% off coupon
Buttons = $.50
White Feather Hair Clip = $1.99

Things I had on hand:

  • Elastic
  • White Thread
  • Material Glue
What I did (maybe 3 hours work – max)
  1. Cut skirt off dress
  2. Ripped 2 rows of feather ribbon off dress
  3. Glued rhinestone stickers to leotard
  4. Hand sewed feather ribbon (taken from skirt) onto leotard
  5. Hand sewed top hem onto skirt
  6. Thread elastic through my newly sown hem to make a tutu.
  7. Glued button onto feather hair clip
Size 3T White Swan Costume
Total Cost = $14.58
BUT … I’m on the look out for size 8 toddler ballet slippers – I’ve got $5.42 left to spend
Thanks Dre! I am super psyched!

The Perfect Party – Just for Me

How to Make Sure You Have a Perfect Party
Advise from a one year old expert
1) Always eat before going to party!
And during, and after

2) Helping Mommy with party prep is almost as fun as the party itself
More for me than Mommy

3) Ducky Decorations
Which are all about me!

4) Got to have perfect party attire
Complete with tutu and Rapunzel hat

5) What would a birthday be without Fairy Godparents?
I’ve got mine: Uncle Mark & Auntie Kim

6) Ducky Food!
I could eat all day – oh, yea, I did!

7) Lots of Good Friends
Tip: Invite families with lots of kids – and you’re sure to have a full house
8) Opening Presents
With a little help from my friends

9) After the perfect party –
for dramatic effect –
Ride away into the sunset
10) Thank all those who love you
chose to spend their day
making you feel special
Grandma & Grandpa
Here’s a smile for grandpa!
Emylee & Stephan
Thanks Em for all the help you gave Mommy
for weeks before my party &
thanx Bubu for taking off work
I know you love me
who always makes me laugh
Mandy & her peps
who knows how to liven up a party
Uncle Mark & Auntie Kim
my other favoritest people
Brauns & Teters
11 kids and 2 Mommies
who forgot to bring her kids
Emily Clara
who remembered to bring
her Mommy and Daddy
And most of all to the best Mommy & Daddy Ever!

Kymee’s Turning One

Kymee’s Turning One! June 25, 2011

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted what I asked of Him. So now I give her to the Lord. For her whole life she will be given over to the Lord.
1 Sam 1: 27-28


1 Month
For You created my inner most being, You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

2 Months
I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Ps. 139: 13-14

3 Months

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offsprings a reward for him. Ps. 127: 3

4 Months
As you do not know the path of the wind,or how the body is formed in the mother’s womb,so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Ecc. 11:5


5 MonthsBefore I formed you in the womb, I knew you
before you were born – I set you apart. Jer. 1:5

6 Months


This is what the Lord says, your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb


“I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens,


who spreads out the earth by myself. Is. 44:

7 Months

From the lips of children and infants

you, Lord, have called forth your praise

Matt 21:16

8 Months

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.

Matt 18:10

9 Months


He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart.


Is. 40:11

10 MonthsEvery good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

11 months


Sweet Image in thy face,


Holy image I can trace.


William Blake