I can think back and remember framed photos my mom hung in different homes from my childhood. I remember cross stitched quotes and family portraits. My dad even had a quote about fear hanging in his office that I’ve recited in my mind at certain times when I’ve found myself fearful. That’s why I didn’t just throw anything on their wall. Everything hung has a memory, meaning and a story. Except the teal painted horse head/hook and the disco ball… those are just plain awesome.
Yesterday we picked up the clothes and shoved some in the corner for picture-time so we don’t forget this pinky pink pink time of their lives.
Repainted that dresser white this weekend. It was black and in a different room. It’s a little too big for what I need in here. Something taller and compact would be better. (Collin was right, of course.) But the girls are having fun with it for now.
The diy DRESS UP RACK still in action from a couple months ago.
Myles giving fashion advice for Miss Lo.
DIY clothes rack
Feather wings: Fairy Birds
Quincey’s dress/yellow striped shirt: Jacardi
Last week we watched Mr. Peabody & Sherman for the first time. It’s a darling movie for kids. I love the message. In the movie you’ll hear a song by John Lennon called ‘Beautiful Boy.’ I adore this song and somehow I’d never heard it before. My dad was a huge Beatles fan, especially Paul McCartney and John Lennon. I mean, he made sure I knew what good music was. So it surprised me that I’d never heard Beautiful Boy before. One night, Quincey asked if I’d sing it to her while she fell asleep. Then when everyone was asleep I wanted to see if there was a slower version, like a lullaby maybe. That’s when I found the Ben Harper version. Ben Harper ‘Forever’ is one of my favorite songs so I was excited to hear his version of Lennon’s classic. I literally couldn’t go to sleep and listened to it over and over as images and moments of our days with Myles flickered through my mind. As soon as I woke up the next morning, and the next couple days, I followed him around to capture him at this fleeting age. Then I put together this little video so I have something to curl up in a ball with a box of tissues and watch while I ball my eyes out someday when he’s all grown up. Kidding. Kind of.
I was debating whether to post this video or not… but decided that his smile begs to be shared.
View below or click here
BEAUTIFUL BOY video here xo, Lizzy
That one time when Collin and I showed up for the Carnival with no cash. And seeing that they don’t accept debit cards or… checks (not that I have any of those anyway) we were officially in trouble. You can imagine the terror of a 3 year old hearing this news. I mean, I was pretty scared. All the other parents were throwing ping ping balls into cups of water and darts at balloons–winning their kids gigantic stuffed animals. While Collin and I emptied out our pockets and had enough for a few rides… even somehow squeezed in some cotton candy.
Put together a mini album of our carni adventures i.e. Operation Get Photos Off My Computer.
It all came together when I figured out the cover. I Printed a photo on watercolor paper. The best setting I have found for this is to set the paper setting to matte photo paper. Next I watercolored on the photo. I use Simply Art Watercolors because I love all the range of shades. Then soak your brush and work swirl over colors. Even add a touch more water to your brush depending on the look you want. Wait for it to dry and add a title.
You can view the entire album here
Diecut words out of watercolor paper and then add watercolors.
VIEW the entire album here
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This past month, after playing with this Studio Calico digital download, We Are Made Of Stories. I have been thinking about the stories that are filling me up and spilling out for my children to read. Yesterday might have been titled something along the lines.
Chapter 6: When Mom Found The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups And Wouldn’t Share
Yep, I found the treats I hid so the kids wouldn’t eat them before I even unloaded the groceries. They were for s’mores for when we go camping. (Have you had a s’more with Reese’s instead of plain chocolate? Genius. You can thank me later.) Well, yesterday was a doozy. It has been an eventful, fun week and having four kids relying on me at all times is… well, exhausting. ha! Weird at the same time I can enjoy such a daunting task.
But I was also feeling bad for myself that there’s so much I could be doing with my life, but here I am cleaning, taking care of kids and, well, doing whatever the heck we want. The biggest perk of being a housewife. Housewife–some people think of negatively, some people hold it with high honor. Some dream of the day and others run far away from it. I find it my purpose. There are days that I fail at being a mom though and I swear I have no patience.
So, I find the hidden treats, hide in my closet and eat them. And that was my story yesterday.
What story are you writing today? How do you tell it? How do you get through it even? The challenging parts that you want to skim through and get to the end but can’t. The comical whims that make you laugh until your cheeks hurt that you want to read again and again.
Yesterday ended better for us at least.
Chapter 7: When Mom Left The Grocery Store and Ran Around In The Rain With Us Until We Were Soaking Wet
One of the goals from my Summer Checklist was to BE FREE… and running in the rain is quite freeing. One of my neighbors was there with two packed carts for Girl’s Camp so I ran and got her van for her since I was already soaked. Then I saw an older lady standing at the exit, eyeing the rain. She had to have JUST gotten her hair done because it was very… fluffy. Well, as I approached her I thought, this is so fun! I’ll be that awesome person who was running around the parking lot and pulling up peoples’ cars for them. This will be great for my story. A modern day hero. When I nicely asked if she would like me to pull her car up since I did the same for another lady. She looked at me like I was nuts and then it seemed like she was nearly insulted at the thought. It was a typhoon-crazy storm, you guys. I wasn’t secretly trying to steal cars. So I ran to our warm car with our little family and headed home. I didn’t become a local-newspaper hero… to my girls I already am.
So here I am, working on living and writing our stories the best we can. xo, Lizzy
Check out my pages at Studio Calico. I die cut the Title with my Silhouette. I added the gold stars then watercolored on top. Added the triangles and some other details. View the page here>>>
Another page about Quincey’s Cotton Candy Curls. I die cut the title and the clouds with my Silhouette. Then had fun with different layering. Added the crepe flowers with the crepe fringe included in the kit. View the page here>>>
In case you were wondering if mermaids actually exist…!
For Quincey’s birthday last month I was so excited to surprise her with a mermaid tail!! Since we were planning on celebrating her birthday with our family at the pool-it was perfect.
I searched around a bunch of different sites online and wanted to share the one I found that I liked the most:
Fin Fun Mermaid
I chose them because of the good reviews I found. Also, there are other tails out there that are made out of foam for the tail which confused me because I didn’t know how they would hold up when wet or if they’d get soaked and heavy.
You can purchase just the tail (like I did) or add a Monofin to go inside the end of the tail. A Monofin looks just like a swimming flipper in the shape of a mermaid tail that sits inside the tail. I noticed it helps them swim easier and faster so now I wish I would’ve got the monofin with my first purchase. Especially since she’s more comfortable and it keeps the shape of the mermaid fin. In the picture my Quincey is only wearing the tail without the fin.
Make sure that your child is a good swimmer before she goes in the water with a tail on since you are not able to doggie paddle or kick your legs like usual. Also, I love the material because it’s perfect for swimming and doesn’t get heavy when wet.
Fin Fun also sells matching tankinis, bikini tops and even a version of a tail for a toddler that I want to get my little Lola. Little girls are so imaginative and love to dress up and play pretend… and being a mermaid is straight up dreamy!
First a mermaid tail, then pink hair… this girl knows how to live it up at six years old!
I was kind of surprised yesterday, as this sweet girl with her cotton candy hair blew away the dandelion seeds, and out of any wish she chose, “Bless that the bird in our garage will be ok and fly away to his home.”
Yes, at this moment there is a bird in our garage. I think Collin called it a morning dove to be exact when he was researching what it was and what to feed it. He found in the grass in our backyard then set it up on the fence post with some bird seed and headed off to work. The entire day the girls kept their eye on it and reported-it didn’t move one bit. Then the sky started pouring rain and I forgot about it. Collin came home after it rained for hours and rescued it, put it in a box in the garage with a warm light and a paper towel ground. Up high so the kids can’t touch it. It’s much more chipper today and is eating and walking around. But one eye is blind and it seems like one wing isn’t working very well. This is typical Dr. Collin Doolittle. Once he recused a stray dog in an industrial park when we were in a cool building for an event. Brought the pup home, nursed it to health and found a loving home for it. The bird will probably die but Collin didn’t like the idea of the bird ending its life in the cold, pouring rain. Sweet, right?! And I’m so helpful, just only there to remind him to wash his hands anytime he’s near it.
So, yesterday when Quincey and I were taking pictures in her pink hair. (Because how often do you have pink hair in your life-we better document this!) And out of any wish in the world, she wished that the bird will be ok! Taking a fast breath between each word and blowing each flying seed off its stem. I love how Collin shows these girls how to love and care for others, even creatures of this earth. Telling them the bird might have to go to heaven… Which also teaches them how bad it sucks when someone you love flies away to God.
Yep, so my sweet Q in her cotton candy locks, praying for a hurt bird and living any little girl’s dream to have mermaid hair for the day.
These are the things that fill my day and I kind of love it. Lots and lots.
To dye her hair pink I used hair chalk from here: Sexy Hair Chalk.
It works best with light colored hair. I got her hair wet at the room and more dry to the bottom because it was a bit easier to put on when it was dry. At least with her hairs consistency
Step 1: Dampen the hair because it will last longer if you apply when it’s wet
Step 2: Work the chalk from the roots to the ends with a small portion of hair. Twisting the hair as you go to get all sides.
Step 3: Blow dry or air dry
Step 4: Use a curling iron or style as you wish
Step 5: Hair spray to seal the color
Step 6: Wash with water and soap to remove easily
It was a sad day today to say goodbye to the party-in-the-back Myles had going on.
His hair was seriously not only a mullet but approaching an 80s rock band length. I mean it deserved some sort of award for its awesomeness.
But seeing that my darling, rambunctious, trying-to-keep-up-with-the-big-kids Lola Marie cut both sides of her hair and bangs into a mullet by herself. It was time. I only allot for one mullet at a time in this family. (See Rule #36.)
He wasn’t having it at first though…
“Oh no you di-int!!”
Myles: “No more party in the back?”
I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Vincent Van Gogh
The list of things I want and, most importantly, need to teach my kids can be lengthy. But at the top is to love and care for people. Collin would joke about the quote above, “Did Vincent ever meet “people?” Ha! Sure there’s some that are less than favorable but that’s beside the point. There’s plenty to love.
The thing is, how do I teach my kids something I’m still trying to do better at myself?
This reminds me of the other day when I was leaving the grocery store. Often there is someone on the corner holding a sign and asking for money or food. Collin and I both vividly remember the times when we were younger and our family stopped to help a person in need so we want to do the same for our kids. This particular day I was running late and noticed there was a man on the corner as we headed in the opposite direction. Suddenly I hear Avery yell, “Wait mom that man needs help! Mom turn around. Where are you going?!”
“Oh sorry Ave we are going this way. We will come back later.” She was so completely upset that I didn’t swerve across three lanes of traffic.
“Didn’t you see his sign? It says ‘Needs help!’” I love her giving heart. At the same time I was wishing that her giving heart wasn’t going to explode when I was already running late for something. But I turned around.
Then Quincey pops the thumb out of her mouth and chimes in, “He might just need some more money for Disneyland.”
“Yeah maybe. And his clothes did look fancy.” Avery adds. (Which they looked nothing even close to that category.)
I was trying not to laugh. As you can see, we still need some work here. : )
Knowing that their first instinct was to help is a good start. We gave him some apples and were on our way.
Life is busy. It’s so easy for me to hurry about the chaos of life and not see who I can reach out to… and I doubt Jesus likes the excuse–I was too busy. Crap, I need to do better.
I’m glad Vincent Van Gogh and Avery know what’s up.
Happy Sabbath friends! xo, Lizzy
Print above from oh my deer etsy shop
Today is the first Monday that we are out of school… YAY SUMMER! That means we stayed in our pjs way too long, ate french toast, watered the plants in pots outside and… homework?
Yep, I had the girls fill out their GO SEE DO EAT MAKE BE’s of this summer. Thanks to Ann Marie for the free download!
Reading the girls’ lists was a relief because they didn’t write anything too crazy. A front flip off the diving board-I can handle.
PS That strawberry is from our garden. I planted and grew it. I know, I was surprised too!! #blackthumb
I might have cheated on my homework because we started one of my goals already when we took our camper out for a spin on Memorial Weekend.
GO in the mountains with Sweet Pea.
SEE a play in Sundance under the stars
DO a kind deed for a friend & stranger
EAT funnel fries at the carnival
MAKE a video of our summer adventures
MAKE another Dear Summer journal/mini
Post your list and link to it in the comments… love to see what your Summer list. xo, Lizzy
Oh, my Avery doll. She turned eight last week. Eight! I know I’m about to say the most cliche sentence in mommy blogger history but… I can’t believe how fast she is growing up! And the second: Why can’t she just stop getting so big? Phew, okay, now that I got that out of my system. Our tradition we started last year, so I am not sure if that has fit the strict requirements of when something can officially be called-tradition. But we don’t take that term around here lightly… we take each of our kids out by themselves on their birthday with mom & dad. It’s pretty much a blast and you can tell that they are loving it too. Since Avery has been sneaking in my office and sticking enamel dots, rhinestones and other small stickers to her ears for months we decided to surprise her and get her ears pierced on our birthday date. Collin filled out a few clues and riddles to open through out the night. It was funny though, the second we got in the car to head out she says, “I really want to get my ears pierced!” We looked at each other… “Maybe when you’re 12.” When we got to the mall she read the clue and was so excited! “Really! Thank you!” Only when we were steps away from Claire’s Boutique did she think that this might hurt. Which we said it will sting and pinch for a second. But she was so brave! Her eyes welled up for a second when they finished and showed her the mirror. Then we walked through the mall holding hands and picking out cupcake, unicorn and other cutsey earrings to wear in a couple months.
One of the other clues was to get new shoes “with bumps on them” i.e.: heels. I about died laughing when she called them that at Christmas time. Which she’s pretty much worn those bumps down to nothing. I know that’s so dorky but I love that about Avery. I strive to keep my girls innocent as long as I can. Like barbies and roller skates until they can drive. You might see her carrying around a clarinet case when she doesn’t even play and taped glasses. Nerdy is the new cool. A new movement I am hoping to catch on… join me. ; )
But here we are, my Avery girl traded in all those stuffed kitties and dog toys she carried around all these years for Barbies, earrings and pink glitter shoes with “bumps,” of course.)
For those of you who don’t know, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am so proud of Avery for choosing to be baptized as a member of this great church. When someone turns eight they can choose for themselves to be baptized… my brother was a few years older and my mom found the church through missionaries then was baptized when she was eighteen. Saturday is Avery’s baptism date so we took her out to take photos & celebrate the occasion. This is the same temple where Collin and I got married and it was a bit surreal to be there with all our kids and thinking how crazy–where has the time gone? Looking around I was overwhelmed with gratitude for my family. Crap, I am getting all cliche on you again. But these people are everything to me! Thanks for letting me share. xo, Lizzy
FLORAL CROWN: Made by me after learning from Bleu Wednesday
DRESS: Chasing Fireflies
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