Thursday, November 19, 2009

Holiday Open House!!!

So this weekend I will be doing an open house with all my ‘stuff’ … bows, barrettes, charms, etc. …

I normally keep this blog strictly for my kids but I couldn’t seem to figure out my picture ‘problems’ on facebook and wanted those girls that might be interested to see a little of what I will have in the show.

Soooo, here’s a small sample of what I’ll have there. 

If you’re in the Wichita area ….

come to:

102 Catalpa 

Derby, KS

It starts at 10am. 

Come on over and take a look, have a couple of beverages, and get some shopping done.

Hope I see you there:-)

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Yes, that’s me and my sister when I was around 2 or 3 …. Yes, I can put ANY picture on a tiny 1” x 1” piece of glass … Aren’t we just the cutest?  My mom used to think so:-)



Yep, I’ve been up to my same bad habits … an uncontrollable addiction to ribbon … bows, and bows, and bows oh my! …


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Look who’s…..


TODAY!  Yep, this sweet cheeked little man…


I can’t even believe that one year ago today I gave birth to an 8lb. 14oz. bundle of cuddles and today he is a 30lb. gentle giant who has completed this family.  I can’t imagine life without him and his siblings.

We, of course, started all traditions on Friday.  My near and dear friend, Kara has made all my kids’ tablecloths.  We have known each other for over 8 years now.  We were part of the ‘Fine Arts’ department at Wilbur Middle School together.  She being the true artist, the art teacher and me, the band teacher.  She now stays at home raising her 2, yes, I said 2 sets of twins … who just couldn’t be any cuter …  She’s such a great mom and so so talented and creative.  These tablecloths are so cherished in our house.  The impact truly hit me when doing Tucker’s 5 year old hand prints on his.  Every year when we get them out, we all love seeing each hand grow.  Thank you, Kara for these memories you have given me and my kids:-)  They will be cherished forever.

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We actually celebrated Porter’s birthday on Saturday at my parent’s house…

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Today is the actual day so of course and we got to wake up to this news breaking broadcast… 

(people have always told me I have a distinctive laugh … let’s just say annoying, people! … uuugggghh, my laugh is HORRENDOUS!)

Then we continued with smiley face pancakes on HIS special plate…


When I ordered the plate, the lady knew me and the fact that I have ordered each birthday plate from her and have had it specially made to fit each of my kids.  She knew that they would be eating from these ONLY on their birthdays from now until they are 90!  She thought I was absolutely crazy to put the word ‘Sweet’ on a BOY’S plate!  “Don’t you think he’ll think it’s a little ‘girly’ when he gets older?”.  In my head of course, “Don’t you think you ought to just let me order the plate myself and put what I want on it being that I know my child better than anyone??? – AND I’M PAYING FOR IT!”  … Sorry, I was a little miffed at this.  Anyway, the word ‘SWEET’ describes this little man PERFECTLY!  It’s a word that comes out daily in reference to Porter.  Besides, I’m sure there’s going to be a day when the word ‘sweet’ won’t exactly be the first word that comes to mind (…he IS a Ross, you know) when trying to comprehend his actions.  I might need to be reminded every year of how this little boy used to be:-).


We bought his tree this weekend.  I was so excited at the beginning of November … watching all the beautiful trees around town turn into such vibrant spectrums of color.  Porter was born in the MOST beautiful month.  Unfortunately, it was VERY hard to find a tree with it’s leaves still on … I didn’t think about that*.  Soooo….Porter might always take his picture next to a bare tree :-( … I may need to break the rules a little and take his ‘Birthday’ picture a week or so early:-)


*Sorry Buddy, that we took your first tree picture beside an unplanted, leafless tree.*



We love you more than you will ever know:-)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween ‘09

I am finally getting around to posting our Halloween ‘09 festivities.  What a great year this was!  The weather was perfect,  the kids were the cutest COWBOY, INDIAN, and COW that you ever did see, and we had family in town this year to celebrate with.  My sister and her kids, Zak and Emmy came for a visit and to spend their Halloween ‘09 trick-or-treating with us.  Zak was a swamp monster (isn’t it scary how he just sort of blends into every background?) and Emmy was an adorable sock monkey…


… gettin’ ready ta round up some candy, Pardner…


She prefers Pocahontas (..or Pocatontas, as she says it) over Indian – pc you know…


…”hey, ya’ll, grab me some m&m’s while you’re at it”…


Trey and Nichole went trick-or-treating with us too.  Trey brought Jasper the amazing canine doctor with him.  The kids LOVE Jasper…


…Running up to our FAVORITE house in the neighborhood.  This house is sooo my Grandma Willey’s style which is sooo exactly my style.  If my grandma lived down the street from me, I just know that this is where she would live. 

Ever since we moved into our house, I purposely take the route via the Mohr’s street just so I can look at her magazine cover front yard and dream of someday owning it … even though I know they have children who will probably get it, but a girl can dream can’t she?…



Isn’t their front porch picture perfect?  She told me once that her house was actually featured in Country Living magazine many years ago…


We went out at 5:30pm and by 6:30pm they were pooped…




… and one last house to go to… (yes, it’s our’s.  Tucker insists on doing this every year)…


…the best part of the evening – DUMPING THE BUCKET AND CHECKING OUT THE LOOT!!!…


I’m sorry but I just had to get one more picture in of this delicious little Holstein….


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