Archive for April, 2010

Another beautiful day…another trip to the ER…

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Sounds like the same tune we sang last spring…Sophie went to the ER twice…once in April for hitting her forehead on the Power Wheels Jeep windshield, and another in June for running in her room and jumping on her bed and knocking the corner of her forehead into the corner of the sidetable. Ouch! Makes me cringe just thinking about it…big, huge, open gash…Matt has taken them everytime. And so today was Niko’s turn…his second time, as well. When he was 3 years old, the old window in his bedroom came crashing down on his hand and we thought he had broken some fingers (which he didn’t)…but Matt took him to the ER. And today, Niko decided to jump off the swing, y’know…like we all used to do back in the day, except he landed face down on his forearm/elbow.

Oh, man…he came running to the back door crying, saying he fell on his arm. I didn’t understand why he was crying because there was no blood, no bruise, no swelling, no sign of anything! So we iced it, I asked him to wave to me and life his elbow, which he did, so i thought he’d be fine once the initial shock wore off. He took a short nap and I asked him how his arm was and he said it was better. Although, I didn’t ask him to show me to move it again. So when Matt showed up from work this evening, he tried to move his arm and Niko screamed!!! Oh, man, I felt so bad for the little guy : (

It was off to the ER for Niko and daddy…and I got frequent text updates from the ER…we’re in the room and the doctor will see us in a few minutes…okay, we’re waiting to have x-rays taken because the doc thinks he broke a bone…then I got a call…”Yup, he broke the ulna and there’s still a little swelling so they can’t cast him today. He’ll get a splint and sling and then have to go back on Monday to get a cast”. My heart hurt for him…poor guy. And even hurt worse when Matt sent me these pics from the ER…

What a trooper! I couldn’t wait for him to get home. Daddy made a special trip to get Slurpees!! Every little boy who breaks his arm needs a Slurpee to make everything better. He also had me and the girls waiting for him when he arrived. Sophie was near tears just thinking about his broken arm. She said, “I don’t want Niko to have a broken arm!!” and Olivia said, “I feel bad for Niko”. They’re definitely sweet when they wanna be! When it matters, anyway, right?? : )

Well, daddy has already given him the talk on how if he plays this right, he’ll have 4 girls waiting on him for the next 6 to 8 weeks…I already had to put the kabosh on the 3rd Airheads candy of the night (AFTER bedtime!)….

Now he’s settled in bed watching Batman…oh boy…I have a feeling this kid isn’t gonna mind his cast so much after a few more days of this special treatment ; )

Garden Glam Winners!!

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Thanks everyone for sending me your messages about what you’re looking forward to this summer!

These ladies will be receiving a Garden Glam Apron skirt before they’re available online!!

Tina F. from LaGrange, IL

Susan S. from Dongola, IL

and Whitney C. from Zachary, LA

Please send me the size you’d like and a shipping address.

Thanks everyone! Be sure to visit and check the blog soon for another giveaway!!

Did somebody say…”Summer”???…

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Okay, we’re not there QUITE yet, but the sunshine and beautiful weather sure has me dreamin’ about it. Picked up some fabrics and have been sewing away…take a peek….

Pretty, summery, bright and girly! I love the blue and the silver gray…a night light and airy feel but not blah. And of course, we need a splash of pink. Here is the Garden Glam Apron Skirt…

And if you just thought your little one needed this in her wardrobe, you just might have one before everyone else!!

We’re giving away three of these skirts. Just let us know what you’re looking forward to this summer…anything, be creative…tell us a story, send us a pic…you’ve got until April 25th!! We’ll pick 3 winners.

Hungry Hungry…

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Hippo!! Remember this game?? One of my favorites…and now my kids are enjoying it, too!

Love it!

Day at the park…

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

I know, I know…I need to post a few things on HBD and I SWEAR…I’m working on stuff. Just have to take pics and post them…but for now, taking pics of my kiddos at the park is much more fun…

and yes, it was about 80 degrees out today and Madi INSIST she keep the ba da man (Spiderman) hat on…

This is Livi telling us she’s hot…yep…so soon after, we left and grabbed some yummy frosties from Wendys!

oh, and the marks on her arms and legs are just markers…Madi’s way of accessorizing!

Okay…back to work…REALLY!!

apple iPad…I need one…

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Sure I do…I need an apple i Pad because who doesn’t need one to shove in this mini icade??

holy schmoly…maybe for the kids…for their 1/2 birthdays??


Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

I LOVE PAPER…but I left one love for another…PRETTY FABRICS!! A pretty wonderful love triangle. well, when I was making stationery back in the day, I used to visit this store pretty frequently. I haven’t been in a while but as I was shopping online, I came across some pretty neat things…look at what yummy stuff is at Paper Source these days…

Who doesn’t need a pair of towels with pom-poms??

And as you spin around your kitchen, happy as can be from drying your finger tips on these sweet hand towels…you’ll pass by and see the overwhelming clutter of kid’s notes, grocery lists, t-ball wallet pics, and reminders tacked up to your fridge with these bling bling magnets….

Then you’ll make your way over to the counter where you have yet to unload your massive load of groceries from your beautiful chocolate kimono tote,

which contains total non-sense and everything from Nutter Butter, cottage cheese, vitamin water and frozen lean cuisines (because you did your shopping instead of eating lunch)…PLUS, all the yummy ingredients to make…

Wow…and that was my PSA for a sweet paper store that I used to visit…back in the day…while making stationery.

Brown girls love pink…

Monday, April 5th, 2010

I’m taking a stab at redecorating the kids’ rooms. It’s a fun “side” project for me. I watch a lot of HGTV so my inner home designer is trying to break through. What I really wanted to do was create a design board, like Candice Olsen…but really…with 5 kids, who has the time for “that” kind of non-sense??

I started off by repainting the room Coastal Beige by Behr. The girls wanted pink but I reassured them there would be plenty of pink…enough to gag a poodle…throughout the room. My thought going into this was, I hate painting and it’s easier for me to sew curtains and pillows and swap out fabrics than to repaint a room. So, they lose, mom wins.

Anyway, those HGTV designers are always doing away with the ceiling fans. Have you noticed that? They are pretty ugly…so I thought I’d jump on board and have my husband take down the fan to replace it with this cute pink chandelier. I think they’d call it the “inspiration” piece. We bought it from Lowes (Portfolio 5-Light Black Bronze Crystal Chandelier) and spray painted it a ballet pink…but not before I removed all 30 crystals!! The girls LOVE it!!

You can catch a little glimpse of the fabrics that will be throughout the room on the window valance…I thought a pretty palette of robin’s egg blue, raspberry and yellow would be perfect for my little big girls and it would last much longer than a pink Hello Kitty room.

Anyway, still lots more to be done! I’ll keep you posted!

OH! and btw…a night or so after my husband took down the ceiling fan it was a crazy 80 degrees out that day and Sophie says, “Man…it’s hot in our room. Can we get a fan!?” So my husband gave them a temporary fan and I’m now searching for a little clip on fan for their bunks! ahhhh!!

April Fools!…

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Okay, so I think the joke is on me…it’s past midnight and my machines don’t want to work right and I’ve got orders to fill!! ahhh!! so instead, I’m blogging. how does none of this make sense??