Category Archives: Princess2T


So many things are going on, my mind is in a spin.  Mostly just the normal hecticness of our lives, but it seems like things are really hitting me hard lately.

1. The fact that my oldest daughter had her first school dance last night totally blows my mind.  She is growing up too fast, and has really become a beautiful young lady in what seems like a blink of an eye.  She has a wonderful heart, and I am so proud of her and all that she does.

2. The fact that we are going on vacation in a little over a month…to the beach…for Spring Break…and I started a serious diet (which I will blog about in the near future)…right before Valentine’s Day…and I didn’t get to eat ANY chocolate…has driven me partially mad. ;)


3. The fact that each day I look at my sweet little boy and know that it is one day closer to him going to school…and me being home all by myself…and it may not happen because I may not be able to let go…and I’ll home school him…and then I feel a little better.

Scary dinosaur face while wearing his 'dinosaur hat'

4. The fact that I often feel so busy that I barely have time to breathe…much less do all the ‘jobs’ I’ve signed up for.  Here lately feel like I’m not doing anything well, just mediocre.  I pray that my mediocrity is just in my head and not bleeding through to my being a Mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, etc.

Ahhhh…that little vent made me feel better…time to take a breath & strive for excellence.  Wish me luck! :)

Snow Day Prank

Last night after 3/4 of our kids had gone to bed, we got the automated call…no school again tomorrow due to snow.  Princess2T & I devised a not-so-evil plan to prank the other 2 school age kids.  Since Princess2T is the ‘manager’ of the other kids, she makes sure they get all their morning duties done & that they’re ready to leave for school at the right time.  She was to get up & get ready just like any other school day, and make sure Pickle & Chubbs did the same.  This is what went down when they were ready to leave…

Snow Day

When the snow is good, I love everything about a snow day.  I’m probably just as excited as the kids when school is called off.  I absolutely LOVE snow.  Of course, since I don’t have a typical job, I don’t have to get out in it, which as I remember is a total bummer.  Aside from that, snow is wonderful.  From the first beautiful snowflake floating down from the heavens, to packing billions of snowflakes together for forts, snowballs, or a snowman, to making snow angels while cold wet flakes land and melt on your face, to the hot cocoa after coming into a warm house & peeling wet clothes off the kids…I love it all.  Most of all, I love sharing the experience with my kids.  I hope these are the kind of things they remember forever.

Today, we bundled up – 3 shirts, 2 pants, soccer socks, hats, gloves, coats…we quite resembled Randy Parker from A Christmas Story. (I wear my snowboarding gear, so I can stay out longer…and the snowboarding boots are heavy & give me quite a workout!)

Decked out in all my layers & crazy heavy boots!

Outside, we started building a snowman, but ball #2 fell apart so it turned into a snowblob that they just climbed on.

Chubbs standing on the 'Snow Tower' aka snowman fail.

Princess2T lookin' pretty!

The kids made snow angels, attacked Pickle while she was posing for a close-up, and ran around flinging snowballs.

Froggy making a snow angel.

Pickle being attacked!

Snowball Fight!

After a little over an hour, I came in & started the 3 different versions of cocoa…gotta love having kids with conflicting allergies!  They stayed out about 15 more minutes and then were ready for cocoa.  They thoroughly enjoyed the cocoa, especially the adorable gingerbread man & snowman marshmallows!

Mmmmm...Hot Cocoa, Hot Vanilla, & Hot Cocoa w/ Soy!

Gingerbread Man & Snowman Marshmallows

Here’s the recipes for the cocoa’s I made:

Mexican Hot Cocoa – (for me and the ‘normal’ children)

3 Tbsp. granulated sugar

3 Tbsp. baking cocoa powder

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 1/3 C milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, & cinnamon.
  2. Over medium heat, gradually stir in milk & stir constantly until hot, do NOT boil.
  3. Remove from heat & stir in vanilla extract.  Beat w/ wire whisk until frothy.
  4. Pour into mugs, garnish w/ marshmallows, serve immediately & enjoy!


Hot Vanilla – (for Chubbs who’s allergic to chocolate & soy)

3/4 C milk

1 1/2 tsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

  1. Heat milk to just below boiling point, approx. 1 1/2 min. in microwave safe measuring cup.
  2. Stir in sugar, vanilla, & cinnamon.
  3. Garnish w/ marshmallows & extra cinnamon if desired.
  4. Serve immediately.


Hot Cocoa w/ Soy Milk – (For Pickle who’s allergic to milk)

1 C soy milk

1 1/2 tsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. baking cocoa powder

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

  1. Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe mug.
  2. Heat to just below boiling point, approx. 1 1/2 min.
  3. Garnish w/ marshmallows, serve immediately, & enjoy!

First Day of School 2010-11

No matter what age you are, it seems like the first day of school is exciting. Whether you are a Pre-K, off to your first day away from Mommy & Daddy, or are a 30-something beginning your first day of college, there’s just something about going back to school. The excitement is contagious. I don’t know if it’s the newness, or just a change in routine that ignites that spark, but it was all my kids talked about for almost the last 2 weeks of summer. I am an over preparer, so all school supplies were purchased, labeled, and ready for school weeks ahead of time. New shoes were bought & hidden away to surprise the girls with, backpacks were personalized & packed full of supplies. As the day drew nearer, open houses were attended, new haircuts were scheduled, and the anticipation grew. We adopted a new ‘back to school’ schedule to help us with what could only be described as partially organized chaos. (The kids were excited about this new routine, it is the Flylady Student Control Journal…I would highly advise you check it out if you have school age kids.) The first day of school went off fairly smoothly, kids were up and ready, looking beautiful with their new haircuts, clothes, and shoes.

Ready for 1st day of 2nd grade!

Ready for 1st day of 3rd grade!

Ready for 1st day of 5th grade!

Traffic was ridiculous as expected. We dropped Kara off first at her school which is in the process of being remodeled, so there was mass confusion as to where to pull in to drop her off. The first week is always insane because everyone thinks they need to drive their kids to school. There are parents who’s kids are not typically car riders, so they have no clue as to what to do. The construction zone did not help matters.    The kids started getting a little crazy waiting in line.

Insisting on a silly pic while waiting in line.

The other half of silliness...

After dropping her off at her school & snapping a few pictures while pulling away, as to not cause any more delay in the line for the other parents, we headed across town to take Trinity & Kylie to their school.

Happy to finally be out of the car & @ school!

Trinity & Kylie’s school is brand new. They are the first 3rd & 5th graders to attend the new school. It is an fantastic campus with all kinds of amenities. They arrived right on time, and eagerly ran up to the building.

Heading in to the new school for the 1st time!

And that was it. All the planning, and anticipation for such an anticlimactic moment. Grayson & I drove home feeling a little lonely, but satisfied at the same time. Grayson asked about their day, and we played ‘school’ so he wouldn’t feel too left out. We fell right back into our typical school-day routine from the previous year, and anxiously awaited for time to pick them up so we could hear all about their first day.

2:30 rolled around and we left the house to go pick up the girls. Grayson was very impatient with the pick up line, and there was good reason. The way it is supposed to work, is there is only one in and one out to pick up 1st & 2nd graders at Kara’s school. Once the line gets backed up to the street, the people turning left into the school use the turning lane on the road, and people turning right into the school just stay in the right lane. Anyone needing to get by coming from the right, go around in the turning lane. It is not a difficult thing. The problem began when someone coming from the right decided to use the turning lane as to not block the through traffic…evidently this parent had not done this before.

And the cavalry has been called in...

Less than 1/3 of the line for 1st & 2nd graders.

Traffic began to pile up in the turning lane & the right hand lane…both thinking they were in line. The cops eventually showed up, and attempted unsuccessfully to unclog the street. Once the line began to move, I noticed that the traffic for the left turning people had stretched back through the intersection and had once again drawn the attention of the cop. It was a total mess…I was really glad I had arrived early and wasn’t a part of this mass confusion. Picking up the other 2 was not nearly as bad…it seems as though the school staff had thought out the traffic flow a little better. After picking them up, the girls excitedly chattered all the way home about their teachers, new classrooms, new and old friends, and all the events of the day. I drove home smiling and thanking God for my kids, and that they had a great day & were looking forward to a new school year.

Wordless Wednesday

I know this is ‘Wordless Wednesday’ but this pic NEEDS an explaination. During a much needed nap a couple weeks ago, I told her she was not allowed to play because her and her sister were being loud & giggly and keeping the others awake. After some silence, this is what I found when I went to check on her…

Littlest Pet Shop toys resting on her face…and yes, she’s asleep.

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It’s Off To Camp She Goes…

Well, my baby girl is off to camp today. This is the first time she will really be away from family. She gathered most everything she needed, and I finally got her all packed up yesterday. She’s a bit nervous, but excited at the same time. She’s used to being away from one of us for a week at a time, but not both. I packed a few little surprises in her bag…hopefully they will make her happy rather than make her cry. What am I thinking? This is Trinity, the Drama Queen, it will most likely make her cry. Maybe since she will be around friends she will refrain.

This is what she looked like this morning, all packed up and excited, and asking me a million questions. (Her dad said she cried a bit when he dropped her off…) A couple weeks ago, I had a talk with her telling her what it was like when I went to camp when I was a kid. I was also a Drama Queen, and didn’t want to be away. Then when I got there I had so much fun that I didn’t have time to miss my family. This seemed to make her feel a bit better, but she was still skeptical.
I am praying that she will come home on Friday with a fresh outlook on her walk with Jesus. That she will have learned things that I can’t teach her. That she can share what she learned at camp with her step-sisters and make a difference in their lives. God has great things in store for her, and am excited to watch her grow and see where her path leads.

Party All Night Long! (or not)

Trinity’s birthday party was a huge success! We began actually prepping for the party the week before by making the invitations and planning the evening out a bit. The invitations were simple to make, turned out very cute, and Trinity was quite proud of them. The plan was for her to bring the invitations to school on Monday and give them to her friends. We were only inviting a few girls because of the birthday party being a slumber party, and I wanted to survive the weekend with my sanity intact. There was to be a total of 8 girls (including my 3), one didn’t go to her school, and 2 were sisters, so she really only had 3 invitations to deliver. The last day of school being 2 days before the party wouldn’t pose a problem since she was handing the invitations out on Monday, right? WRONG! First, she ‘forgot’ to bring the invitations to school on Monday…then on Tuesday she informs me that the school won’t let her hand them out. What?! Evidently it is against school policy to hand out invitations…not sure why, but whatever. So, I then had her call her friends to invite them…none of which answered, so I now had a very discouraged birthday girl leaving party invitation messages on voicemail.

Fast forward to Friday…Party Day. I had purchased pizza, pre-made Banana Punch, and was putting the finishing touches on the Ice Cream Sandwich Cake. Kids were set to arrive after 4, with my girls coming at noon. Trinity completed her pre-party preparations, and I sent the girls outside to play. 3/5 girls had RSVP’d, so everything was going smoothly. The 2 sisters that were coming live in our neighborhood, so when they saw our girls outside at 2pm, they came over early…not a problem. I began setting up for the party. Nothing fancy, just getting the craft ready, setting the punch out, bringing out the presents, etc.
Our third and final guest arrived at 4pm as planned, and we began the craft. They decorated tote bags to take home, and had a great time. They also made a special one for Trinity that they all added something to for her birthday.
Greg got home around 5:15, and I put the pizza’s in. We got a phone call about 5:30 that one of the girls that was invited would be coming sometime after 6:30, so our count was up to 4/5 guests. I let the girls go ahead and eat pizza and cake and then we waited on our final guest to begin opening presents and finally start the movie.
Trinity got some great stuff for her birthday, and was glowing when she read cards saying how good of a friend she was and how much her friends loved her. It was really wonderful to see how this affected her.
Trinity chose ‘Hotel For Dog’s’ as the movie. We laid out some blankets and had them bring in their pillows and small blankets for what began as a quiet time.
Several of the girls had already seen it, so it was a bit wild in the game room during the movie. After the movie was over, I gave them all glow sticks to play with in the game room…we’ve never had a problem with them before, but of course we would at a slumber party with sugared up kids. A glow stick burst on Trinity as she cracked it and sprayed her in the face. Thankfully it didn’t get in her eyes, just on her forehead, chin, and her blanket. We cleaned up the glowing mess and continued on with the evening. Our late arrival announced she was not having any fun and wanted to go home around 10:30. Since she lives in our neighborhood, I let her call her mom and she came to pick her up. I told the girls they could stay up as late as they wanted as long as they were quiet and stayed in the room. I fell asleep on the couch around 11:30, and when Greg woke me up to go to bed at almost 1am, they were all asleep.
The plan was for the kids to be picked up by 2pm on Saturday, but they were all gone by noon.
Trinity had a great time with her friends, and overall had a wonderful birthday. I was very pleasantly surprised that there was hardly any fighting the entire time. Since I did survive the weekend with my sanity intact, I think we will do this again. I will most likely plan a few more specific things for them do next time, but the party really was a success.

Trinity’s 8th Birthday…Part 1

I have been stressing & working my behind off over Trinity’s birthday. The original plan was to have a big party at our house with all her friends from school on June 7th. She wanted an “Arctic” Webkinz Party, and I had most of the details planned out. We then get a call from Amy saying she had to have the girls (Kylie & Kara) for a family reunion that day, so we changed the party date to the 8th after church. About a week later, we received another call from her stating she would need to keep the girls until Sunday night. So, after talking to Trinity, we decided to have a small family party on May 29th, then take her to Branson on the 7th for a day all about her. (I was very frustrated that I had to change my daughter’s birthday plans repeatedly to accomodate her plans – even though it was our weekend – but we finally got it all worked out.) Trinity was happy with the change…she got her Arctic Party that her sisters were able to attend, and she will get a day all about her.

The cake took me 2 days total to bake, make the fondant, and create the finished product…which I was very pleased with. (Plus, it was delicious!)

She LOVED the gifts she received, and she really enjoyed spending time with her family. She is growing up so fast…I am astounded at how she has grown. She is an amazing kid – I couldn’t imagine a better daughter.

Part 2 (Trinity’s Day in Branson) will be posted sometime after June 7th.