Love that quote. I do have to say that I am getting prettttty dang good at this dance lately. CHA-CHA-CHA!!
As women, I think we are naturally hard on ourselves so be kind to you! I’m sure you are trying the best and striving to grow each day through difficulties but sometimes we take a step back. It’s ok. Keep at it! Plus, picture me trying to do the cha-cha and that will lift your sprits.
Just wanted to pop in and say HI!
Yesterday was such a mom day. Dentist. Then a trip to Costco with all four kids. I knew I wouldn’t have time to go to the gym so it was Costco in heels for a workout. Seriously that better have been worth it because this is what I was pushing around. I did get some fun stares.
Oh, and this morning I noticed that I forgot diapers… chachacha!
You guys, this boy… cutest I can’t stand it.
Lola loves to help me in the kitchen, whether it’s baking or putting away dishes, she’s right there wanting to do something. And we all know how much help a three year old is.
Some days we don’t have enough time, or momma doesn’t have enough energy, to make a cookie smorgasbord–start to finish & clean it up. Like this morning. Which is tragic news to a three year old. But I am trying to get her from asking to play with the iPad as soon as her sisters leave to school and she has no one to play with. I purposely tried the wrong password enough that it locked all our kids out of it because I was so tired of them asking for it. Then I couldn’t figure out how to unlock it… haha but that’s a different story.
An easy solution for not having a lot of time to bake is to make pancakes. And it’s the perfect alternative for Lola wanting to get her Betty Crocker on. She get’s to stir, pour in ingredients and if we make whipped cream she gets to turn the mixer on weeeeowwwy fast. Plus, there’s a spoon to lick clean. Which we all know is one of the best parts of cooking.
Make mini cakes, invite some tiny friends, raid the party drawer and you’ve got yourself a pancake party… as well as some serious mommy brownie points… pancake points.
For Valentine’s Day Collin and I took the kids to a McDonald’s playland & snuck our own food in my purse. It was very romantic. ha! But the next night we did get out on a hot date… with Myles in tote. We hoped to redeem ourselves and prove we are not old and boring. ; ) But then we ended up walking around the mall so dang it I guess we are boring. I stumbled into one of my favorite stores Cotton On because they have a section called TYPO in their store. Office supply heaven. I picked up some letters to hang Be Brave in our home. I want to add… “& WILD AT HEART” so I need to stop by and get some more letters. After I hung them up with some 3-M sticky common strips Lola asked what it said then replies… “like when bad guys are twying to get you?”
Lola was Annie for Halloween, because in case you didn’t know, she’s obsessed and sings the record at the top of her lungs. For the track “Dumb Dog” she volunteers Tuque to join her charade. He obliges, of course. Thank goodness I didn’t box up that dress in the Halloween storage container to be lost forever with Collin and my couples’ figure skating costumes.
Oh, Myles. I can’t stand the cuteness! I take a lot of pride in how much he loves his momma. Today I couldn’t bear to put his leggings on so I could enjoy his squishy baby leggies.
The other day someone said something about Myles and how he’s my fourth- implying that things must not be as fun or important or enjoyed. Are you kidding me?!! This baby is turning out to be the most spoiled out of all of them. Is that how it goes with momma and their boys? Or my caboose of the bunch…? xoxo
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Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you celebrate those you love with candy and kisses! xoxo, Lizzy
So yesterday I thought I’d be a really cute wife and tie a dozen balloons Collin’s car and tape paper hearts all over it. I did the same thing the day after we got engaged 13 years ago and Collin drove around town in his car covered in hearts and thought it was pretty hilarious. Well, little did I know it would start raining and soaked all the hearts by the time Collin made it outside after work. Not to mention it was windy too so a few of the balloons popped. The treats survived though and that’s all that mattered. ha! #cutewifefail
Our Valentine boxes via Pinterest inspiration. Ruffled owls x 3!
and a very subtle valentine message to my mister…!
Last week I hosted a craft night with Alix at Waffle Love’s new restaurant in Provo! That’s right guys, we are talking a box full of crafty stuff in one hand and a delectable waffle in the other! Sounds like a fun girls’ night out to me! We invited some of our local friends and bloggers to join us. Being a mom or working girl it is beyond needed to have a night out to visit and refresh. So we put our kids to bed and that’s what we did. I don’t do this enough it was perfect timing after a busy week.
Big thanks to my good friend Heather for the photos and Collin for putting together this awesome video of the event. He was the only boy invited to the party. I remember hearing over hearing a conversation and asking… ”wait… watching something emotional can put you into labor?” haha!
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During the day I lose count of the number of costume changes for little miss Lola. While I was at CHA my mom watched my girls and got to experience it first hand. I kept apologizing because she I know she ransacks the dresser drawers every twenty minutes.
Well, as much as I wanted to cuss (in my head and I never want to cuss…) after picking her dresses up for the millionth time I realized that as tedious as it is… there is an end in sight. That’s a relief and sad at the same time. Seriously? She’s not going to be 14 and changing in and out of Honey BooBoo ensembles all day long? So I am embracing and enjoying this stage because it is pretty freaking cute… but with one solution. All of her dresses were crammed into one basket thing in her closet. So if she wanted to look for her favorite she pulled every item out-flinging tulle and glitter over her shoulders.
I needed a rack. I remember seeing a darling dress-up rack on someone’s blog years ago. But can’t remember where I saw it. I searched and found an adult clothing rack at Bed Bath & Beyond… that’s adjustable. It was perfect because it can be made for munchkins like Lo and it’s on wheels so I can wheel it to the room we are playing in when Myles is napping in the play room. But it was all black and silver which doesn’t fly for her.
-20 bucks for adjustable rack
-Gold and White Spray paint. I was going to do a color but knew there’d be enough pink hanging around.
-I hung a mirror with some vintage lace. I bought the mirror for Avery’s nursery before she was born.
-Hung a bag on a hanger to hold bows, purses and hats.
-Made some fringe tassels to hang on the side. Added some honeycomb balls. Because clearly I am obsessed with those right now. As you’ve noticed by seeing my cha booth, studio, Christmas Tree etc
-Pretty easy and fast. The best part is she loves being able to hang them up and take them off herself. Don’t you dare even try to help her!
Playing dress up is exhausting!
This quote is something that can resinate with us all. Sometimes it is only after overcoming a trial in my life that I can look back and think wow I am stronger than I thought. This quote, I die-cut from a picture printed of Avery, is something I really want to teach my daughters. That A. A. Milne is such a genius.
Avery’s at a Barbie loving, awkward dancing, always talking about someone having a “crush” on someone else stage. I love it. I hope she likes barbies until it’s embarrassing and always dances no matter what.
This Christmas Ave asked for “Shoes with bumps on them.” Ummm, what is that exactly? Then she held up one of her shoes… “Ya know, with bumps on them.” Pointing to where the heel is. Haha oh, heels. So we got her a sparkly pink pair of heels from H&M which she wears right when she gets home from school, riding her scooter around the sidewalk and anywhere else she gets the chance. Last week we were getting ready for a trip to Costco and a night at the circus with our family and I looked down at our shoe choice. Twins. But honestly wearing heels to Costco and Target is about the only workout my legs are getting lately. My favorite Averism lately too: “Mom, did you know holy mammoths are actually elephants from the 1960′s?”
Check out this month’s kit at Studio Calico. I am loving it. There is a great mix for girls and boys colors. View the rest of my layouts here.
Such a big boy!! Killing me. My favorite thing right now is when I am holding him and ask, “Can I have a kiss?” He turns his head all coy so I can give him a smooch. I mean. Really? Cutest.
Literally spent the entire Saturday cleaning up my work space. I am kicking myself that I did not take a before picture… because then you literally would all be standing up right now cheering and clapping for my success. Yes, it was that bad. But I am pretty good at messing up my studio so don’t worry we can have our clean-office-bond moment in a couple weeks… or days.
I will post more detailed shots about my organization, or lack of, in the next couple days.
This upcoming May I will be teaching in Barcelona!! How amazing is that?! I am thrilled and cannot wait to meet new friends, craft together and explore such a gorgeous city.
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The Pantone team that determines the color of the year every year, would be pleased to know that Lola fully supports their decision of Radiant Orchid for 2014. Considering that she is usually head to toe in it, drinks from a sippy that color and even her pillow is a unicorn that definitely radiates orchids.
Me, on the other hand, not so much. In the words of Buddy The Elf– It’s very purpley.
The other day I laid down for a minute while Myles was sleeping because I wasn’t feeling good and Lola laid down next to me. She kissed my face and stroked my cheeks. It was the sweetest. I literally fell asleep for a minute. She’s got one of those hearts of gold, love and all other mushy gushy stuff she can fit in there. But don’t worry she can still meltdown with the best of them.
Tuque, our Newfoundland dog, and Lo are quite the duo. She gets him if he barks. Opens his drawer and gives him a treat everyday. (She even listens when I said he can only have one or his tummy will hurt.) She says, “That’s my doggie” through out the day. If you remember this video I filmed of them you get the idea.
Newfoundlands are gentle giants. Patient yet playful. Loyal and Loveable. They just want to be near the fun. We used to laugh when we’d see Lola at two years old grab his jowls and start walking. Right away he learned to obey and respect her.
Here they are one afternoon. He is right there waiting for Lola to make her next move… so he can follow.
Posting the Little Girl and Her Bear vid again… just for fun.
Photos & Video Shot with Canon Mark II & Sigma 50mm lens
The start of the new year is usually really exciting and fresh and something about the feeling of a clean slate excites me to start writing new resolutions. Typically I will pick up a new journal from Target and can’t wait to start listing my spiritual, family, health and work related goals. This year I just kinda felt smug about it all. I wanted to fold my arms and pout like my Quincey does… because I sucked this year at accomplishing what I wanted to do. The only thing I did amazingly well was kissing Myles’s cheeks, being there for my girls and planning date nights. I know I know, those are more important than anything. It’s just the fact that I could’ve done better. I am not typically a regretful person. I run far and fast from that “r” word. But it is annoying to sit down and write the same goals and wishes that I did last year. Ya know?
So I figured out something that lifted my spirits.
I wrote the things I accomplished in 2013 that I am proud of. It could be anything simple or grand. We didn’t travel anywhere exotic. We didn’t make any huge changes. But we laughed our butts off & explored the mountains & loved to the fullest.
Having Myles in our lives/
Learning to make videos/
Buying our camper and redoing it/
Went to the beach/
Went to Disneyland/
Awesome job designing Dear Lizzy products/
Fundraiser for my niece Zuzu/
Momma Bear to Four/
I am still figuring out my “word” for 2014. Sometimes I keep it personal but most years I share it. The past two years I focused on the same word- L I G H T. It literally applies to all areas of my life. And I couldn’t find a word to live up to its glory last year so I continued it. : ) There’s no rules for this stuff, right? ; ) Now I feel like I am at the next chapter and am ready for a new word. Something playful yet strong.
Our Christmas card was the perfect way to share my word, Let Your Heart Be Light.
photos by Heather Telford
This year I want to FOCUS my time better so when then I’m done with doing the stuff I need to do I will feel more free.
I was being a bum the other night just getting frustrated at the house being messy and I felt like I was always picking up the kids’ stuff. Then I looked at Collin and he said, “Liz, this year it’s about…” as he tilted his head and pushed the sides of his mouth up with his pointer fingers to a cheesy wide-eyed smile. That is exactly what I want this year. To not worry about all the fussiness. Then I went to the kitchen because my eyes were tearing up… passing the girls who were dancing to a record I got for Christmas–Mumford And Sons. The song Not With Haste was playing. Great song. Just what I wanted to hear:
We will run and scream
You will dance with me
Fulfill our dreams and we’ll be free
We will be who we are
And they’ll heal our scars
Sadness will be far away
Do not let my fickle flesh go to waste
As it keeps my heart and soul in its place
And I will love with urgency but not with haste
Maybe that’s my word. Free. Hears to Twenty Fourteen. xo, Lizzy