Thursday, November 20, 2014


my thoughts exactly Lydia.
my thoughts exactly.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

and then they were EIGHT.

sooooo weird.
so so weird.

I have twins.
And they are eight.

I'm still not over the news that I'm pregnant with twins.
And yet, they are eight.

How did they get to be eight?

Did I mention they were eight?

And so full of spunk it isn't funny.
Actually, it is.
Like, all the time.

Sophie left, Lenora right.

they requested something remote control, they didn't care what, just remote control.

Lenora gets to blow out first because by a whole 7 min's, she's older.

 Sophie.  And no, we do not wait 7 min for her to blow out her candles.  We love cake too much for that silly business.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A little bit of 'Fall 2014' catch up...ok, a LOT of catch up, whatever...

Fall Party at some friend's house....

yes, yes we did this.
no one got sick.
no one drowned.
no one died.
it was awesome.

Fall Festival at our church....
Cowgirls and Indians baby!

I was "Prom Baby 1978".
You just had to be there.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

someone stop me.

I cut my own hair.
It takes me like a year to make an appointment and get my hair cut.
I either have to find someone to watch the kids or take them with me, either way it's a huge process and then I have to make small talk (WHICH I ABHOR!) with someone I barely know for over an hour.
I leave with a trim, I just do.
I refuse to go to places like Great Clips.
Which means I pay a bazillion dollars to make small talk and get a hair cut I just kinda like.
I rarely LOVE it.

(In all fairness, I do love the gal I have found here, she is adorable and does a great job....but add up the $$ and the time and the childcare situation and I'm still in the hole on benefits...)

So....someone (hi Carolanne!) made the suggestion to just teach myself.

Do some YouTube searches.
Buy some scissors.
And do it.

With no further ado.....

10pm at night.
After yoga.
After a shower.
Kids tucked neatly (well, ok, just tucked) in bed.

The Before:

SOOOO SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!! (did I just post this on the world wide web!?)
I needed a bad.
I wanted layers.

I used this gals approach for the trim:

and when I got my underneath layer the length I wanted, I skipped over to doing the layers like this:

(this was stupid easy!  like, even if you're stupid, you could do this.)

the After
(ok, it's a crappy phone picture and it's like 7 am the next day, but there it is!)

There are photo bombers and then there are photo enhancers.
Sophie would be the latter.

For reals.
I love it.
It was easy easy easy!!!!!
And it was 45 min's.
And it was free'ish.

So then I just started lining people up.....



I cut everyone's hair.

Samantha had a layer that just wasn't working for me, so I blended it.
I totally DID.
Lydia needed a trim and I framed some layers around her face.

Lenora and Sophie just wanted a trim.
Their hair was SOOOOO long that I put it in a pony tail, chopped and then realized that that maybe isn't the safest way to cut a child's hair. was like 6 inches shorter than I was going for.
Now that their hair is short, we love it and it fits them!

The morning after:

(I made like 4,000 mistakes on their hair cuts but I can see what to do different next time! I'm so not 'good', I just did it! I'll keep doing it and get better and better!)

Here are the scissors I ordered.
They are good...I think?
I don't know enough about scissors to say anything other than: they cut.
We all have majorly thick hair and I did find myself constantly having to make smaller sections but that may not have been the scissors, just my lack of knowledge on hair.

And yes, Jake eventually lined up too!!!
No picture but I have cut his three times now.
I used to cut his hair (like  but never liked the way it turned out.
After watching this tutorial I realized a 1,000 things I was doing wrong and now we both love the way it turns out.


Get this...

$46 for Jake's clippers
$15 for the scissors


Less than ONE of my hair cuts.

Jake was spending $25 every two weeks.
$50 a month.

If we'd have all gotten our hair cuts:
$70 for me
$50 for Jake
$40 total for the girls.
= $160 in one month.

Savings: $99 so far!
Scissors and clippers, the gift that just keeps on givin' baby!


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Living Well Gala!

Our local women's pregnancy clinic has a gala every year.
If you've known me for like 2 seconds you know I LOVE a good excuse to dress up!!!

Jake has been volunteering at the clinic for a while now. 
(well, he's on a break due to long hours at his 'real' job, but he'll get back there soon!).

We had a blast dressing up and inviting some friends along to dress up and party for a good cause!

We love our local clinic.
They are TOP NOTCH.

And, we love our people.
They are even TOP NOTCHER.

I love it when I hear someone say, "let's do a funny picture!" and then I'm the ONLY one who hears it.
I hear voices in my head sometimes...

It was an awesome night!!!
Thank you to all our amazing friends for saying YES to coming!

I love ya for it.

(not pictured are the Collins family!! cause they ran away!!!)