Friday, August 20, 2010

Eating Cereal

I swear it doesn't matter what this kid does, it's the dang cutest thing any kid, anywhere, has ever done.

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pox, of the Chicken Variety

For the next week or two, this little guy is no longer a baby thug, but will be a chicken thug, due to the minor outbreak of Chicken Pox.
Clearly, he's distraught by all 5 of his little blisters (there's one on his elbow you can't see). I can't remember the last time I even heard of someone with Chicken Pox, but I must say, if you have to get them, this is the way to do it!

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Monday, August 16, 2010

Israel and Kindergarten

Israel's first day of kindergarten was last week. He is going to the same elementary school that I went to for 2nd through 5th grades... AND I went to high school with his teacher! Crazy.
The first day, he came home and everyone asked him how his day was and he told everyone, but the second day he didn't want to say what he did. I asked him if he had a good day or a bad day. He said he had a good day, but "sometimes people just don't like to talk about their day." O-kaay.
The next day was the same thing. So I went through all the questions; "Did you get in trouble today?"
"Was somebody mean to you today?"
"Did you have fun?"
"Then why won't you tell me about your day?"
"Sometimes people just don't want to."
So I started to think, maybe he just doesn't like it when everyone keeps asking him...
"What if you tell me and then I'll tell everyone else so you only have to say it all once."
"No. Sometimes people just don't like to talk about their day."
So funny, right? So I had to get more creative.
"How about you tell me and I'll keep it a secret?"
"Hmmm... OK!"
Score! So he tells me about his day every afternoon and I keep it a secret. Sorry, all I can tell you is that he's had good days so far.
Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Barefoot Boys

Blessings on thee, little man,
Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan!
With thy turned-up pantaloons,
And thy merry whistled tunes;
With thy red lip, redder still
Kissed by strawberries on the hill;
With the sunshine on thy face,
Through thy torn brim’s jaunty grace;
Ah! that thou couldst know thy joy,
Ere it passes, barefoot boy!
Blessings on the barefoot boys!

by John Greenleaf Whittier

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Friday, July 23, 2010

My Best Good Friends

Today is my little sisssy's 27th birthday! She's a freakin' rad sister. And July 6th was my BFF's 29th birthday. Here's a little confession though, I forget to call her every single year. I'm terrible. Seriously. I suck. So, I'm trying to make up for it by public apology (I'm sorry!).
Anyhow, this is a picture of all of us ready to go to the Eclpise premiere. It was awesome. So...

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Baby Shower for Triplets!

Last Saturday, my mom and sisters and I threw a baby shower for one of our cousins who is pregnant with triplets. It all started with an invitation that we found with birds on it. So, I recreated it with the modifications we needed and our bird brains just wouldn't stop!
At our onesie station, we had a nest of stuffed birds that my mom made. (They're even cuter in person!)
We made bird nest clips for our hair.
My sister, Jenny, spent hours making these beautiful flower balls to match the colors. They hung above our onesie table. (In fact, they're still there! I think my mom is hoping she forgets about them.)
We had a lot of fun coming up with food to follow our bird theme.
The chicken salad didn't exactly match, but we seriously love this salad so we made an exception. I don't have an exact recipe for this, but I'll tell you everything I put in it.
Baby Shower Chicken Salad
Canned chicken
Farafelle (bowtie) pasta
chopped onions
chopped celery
salt and pepper
cinnamon and sugar
Our no bake cookies with Jordan Almonds as eggs made perfect little nests. They were a big hit.
The tabouli was chosen because it looks like bird seed. It was another big hit. The recipe for this one involves a box that said "Tabouli Salad" on it and some fresh vegetables. We also add some lemon juice, olive oil, and oregano. Mmmmm.... You can also get a little glimpse of the carnival glass luncheon sets we used. They were gorgeous!
And our big treat were these cakes. Words cannot describe how good they were. I got the recipe from Deborah. Since it's her special treat I won't tell you exactly how to make it but I will tell you involves fresh fruit, angelfood cake, whip cream, cream cheese, and pie filling. All of these got eaten.
For party favors, Jenny made some beautiful charms. Most of them had birds on them, but there were also flowers and designs.

Anyhow, the whole party was a huge hit and we had so much fun getting ready for it!
Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Blonde Cousins

Last night my mom had her sisters and their husbands over for a Father's Day dinner with their dad. So she told me to get lost suggested that me and my kids might be happier if we found someway to occupy ourselves during that time. So we went to Chantal's house for dinner. Israel calls her kids "the blonde girls." It's pretty cute. Everyone played together quite nicely and Chantal and I even got to craft a little. That's pretty much what happens every single time any of us get together for any amount of time - we find some project to work on. So enjoy the pictures and here's the link to learn to make headbands yourself! Braided headband found via Rachel @ No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane.
Katie and Israel didn't use to play well together, but they were GREAT last night!
It's hard to get him to give me a straight face.
Katie, on the other hand, is a total poser. She makes super cute faces in every single picture!
Do you think Israel looks a little like Harrison Ford in this picture? Randal thought so. Which is pretty funny, because Israel talks all day long about Dr. Jones (Indian Jones).
This Susan. And she's wearing one of the head bands we made. She's pretty cute too. I think I need a little girl. Maybe I'll just steal one of my nieces!
Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Friday, June 11, 2010

Arizona... Finally!

So after we got the new truck and well rested, we took off from Gallup, New Mexico for the last leg of our journey. My mom and brother left with the moving van about an hour earlier than Randal and I did. Just before we drove into Heber, AZ (about 3 hours from my mom and dad's house) we got a call from my mom and brother. The SECOND Budget van had broken down. Yup, that's right, another breakdown and another day spent waiting. Five hours sitting on the side of the road, nearly 2 hours of being on hold, 1 diesel mechanic, 2 cops, and a sunburn later we were finally on our way again. And luckily, we finally made it home - AND without anymore problems!
My brother did try to work on the van himself, but even the mechanic had a hard time figuring out what needed to be done. It turned out to be a group effort and it still took them nearly an hour to get it running again.
Just outside of Payson, AZ. The mountains of northern Arizona are just beautiful! Randal and I honeymooned around here.
The Phoenix side of Payson, on the way down into The Valley of the Sun.
Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine