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Monday, January 25, 2010

Pinecone Birdfeeders

The girls made pinecone birdfeeders at storyhour today. Here's how to make them if you're interested in a fun, easy craft! You need:
1 small pinecone
1 tbs peanut butter
5 crushed crackers
1 piece of string about 12 in. long
Cover the pinecone in peanut butter. Place crackers in ziplock bag to crush then coat the peanut butter covered pinecone in the ziplock bag and shake until the pinecone is covered. Remove from bag and tie string around the top of the pinecone. Make a small knot at the top end of the string and hang from a tree branch!

When we got home from the library the girls wanted to hang their birdfeeders, and of course, we couldn't go in without swinging for a few minutes. I just love being able to spend my day with my sweet girls!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday Makenzie!!!

Better late than never, right? Makenzie's actual birthday was Wednesday so we had cake and icecream with the family after church. Of course, Makenzie wanted a Hannah Montana party...

The cake was made by Sweet Temptations in Ackerman, and it was wonderful!

She loved her cake and couldn't wait to eat it!

Blowing out the candles...

Such a pretty smile... I can't believe my baby is 4 years old!!!

Makenzie with Hillaree and Presley...when these three are together, they are!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Tea Party Fit For a Princess!

My big girl will be four (yes, four!) on Wednesday so we celebrated today with a tea party! We started the party with make-overs that included hair, make-up, and nails. Katie and Marlie worked their magic on 12 little girls, and they all looked beautiful!

Next, the girls went over to make Tussie Mussies (little bouquets). My Mom is explaining what the bouquets represent (friendship), and how to make them.
After everyone finished getting all dolled up, we had a fashion show! Each little girl (or her Mom lol) filled out a sheet about their favorites beforehand, and each took their turn walking the red carpet to Hannah Montana's "Party in the USA" They were all so cute! We even had judges that awarded each little girl a certificate afterward. Presley got "Miss Life of the Party" and Makenzie got "Miss Dressed to the "T"

After the fashion show, all the girls sat down to have "tea" which really consisted of pink lemonade or hot chocolate with marshmallows. We sang "Happy Birthday" to Makenzie and dug into the wonderful chocolate petit fours.

We even had a little karaoke afterward! The girls sang away to Hannah Montana, and Presley even danced for us!

I think this party has to be one of my favorites that we've had so far. The girls had so much fun, and none of them wanted to take off their little dresses to leave. We took so many cute pictures, but of course, didn't have room to post them all. I'll try to load an album on Facebook though! Thanks to everyone who helped make Makenzie's special day great. She had a great time!

I can't believe how quickly the time flies! I feel like Makenzie should still be a baby and not a big four-year old about to start kindergarten! She never ceases to amaze me with the things that she says, understands, or asks. She is truely an amazing child, and I am so blessed to be her Mommy!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Starting 2010 Off Right!

Mary emailed this to me today, and I thought it was too good not to share....
2010 Handbook

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2009 .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...
25. Call your family often.26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
Last but not the least:
40. Please Forward this to everyone you care about, I just did.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year's Eve

Kimberlin, Trystun, and Shay kept all four kids while Angie, Bryan, Wayne, and I went out to eat on New Year's Eve. When we got back from dinner, we let the girls do some sparklers and roman candles despite the rain. Oh well, the girls enjoyed it anyway!

We had a great time, guys! Hope to do it again soon.

Having Fun With Carlee

Aunt Christie (Mommy's college roomate) and Carlee came to visit last week. We met for lunch at Umi's then ran in Wal-Mart for a few things together. The kids had a great time playing throughout the store!

Silly girls!
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