Saturday, January 30, 2010

Nap Buddy

I took Mason to school last week, it was super cold, so I left Miles with Curt. When I came home, this is what I found... My heart melted, so I whipped out my camera and snapped away...

This is what it is all about my friends, this is it!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Mason Phillips, Boom Boom Jam

Our city park has a "skate area".
Mason prefers to bike instead.
Check out that sick wheelie!

It is fenced in and if you go at a certain time, there is no older kids.

There is all different types of ramps there.

I felt like the paparazzi, chasing him all over taking his picture, asking him to do tricks and entertain me...

He even smiled for the camera.

Then he decided to pull out his mad acting skills...

Don't be fooled, I did NOT take his picture after he fell down. I took his picture after he decided to throw himself on the ground and pitch a fit... Poor guy did not want to leave... If he would have kept his cool, we might have been able to stay 5 more minutes...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Important Missions

All the Indians, Police and Cowboys all work together!

Seriously, very important...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes....

I am making some "changes" over at my jewelry blog.

Nothing too drastic.

Name change (that I promised would happen in the fall- I guess having a baby got in the way)

Addition of new stuff. I am branching out from only jewelry- exciting!!!! Still making jewelry, just feel like adding some new stuff to the mix.

So far I only have the banner changed, but I will start adding new stuff soon. After all the changes are made, I am having a give-a-way over at a friends blog...

Check me out HERE!

I Dyed.....

My Hair, of course...

Then, I came home and ran into the bathroom, locked the door....

and took some pictures of myself...

you know, to make sure it looked okay....

I am a happy customer!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

He Speaks

It is profound!

It is glorious!

I will never get tired of hearing a baby say his first words!!!!

He speaks and he says,


We are so proud, especially his Dada!

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Meet Granny Hanger
She has 3 kids,
2 foster kids,
lots of grand kids,
tons of great grand kids...
She's 92 years old.

There is 5 generations, just not everyone was present.
Granny Hanger, Pa Bill, My Mom, Me and Mason and Miles
*** There is also 5 generations on Curt's side as well. I have got to get a picture and get it on here...

Monday, January 25, 2010

No Title Cute Enough

Thinking of plots to get me to hold him all the time...
I love this picture, this is such a Miles face.

Lost in those eyes.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Of Hats & Things

My new thing is knitting, on a loom of course.
Like I needed a new "thing"...
Fun, addicting and rewarding.
You should try.
This one is for a sweet girl I know... Her brother is having a birthday party soon. I am going to give her this because she loves hats...
The tiny baby hat is for my new nephew, Liam...

The big hat was made for Miles, he is adorable in it.

Matching brother hats for Mason and Miles...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Someone Has To Save The Day!

Iron Man runs as fast as he can all around the house... I am on the look out for a new Iron Man costume... This one is a 4-6 if you know anyone who has the size bigger, i would gladly buy it off of them. If you look closely, this one is getting a bit small...
I just know his girl friends are going to love these pictures when he is 16....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wheels On The Bus

This picture is of Mason listening to some children's songs I have on my iPod. He would not let me fix this head phones, he is so strong willed...
Tuesday, I was putting Mason to bed. He really wanted to watch a movie and not go to bed. I told him that he had to go to bed and he got a bit upset. You know, throwing a 3 year old tantrum... I had already turned out the lights and he started crying. He said, "Mom, Mason has a problem!!!" I said, "what problem?" He said, " I am very sad and you cannot see how sad I am. Please turn on the light so you can see how sad I am..." Silly kid, where does he get this stuff.... I do not know where he gets his dramatic side from, really I don't!!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Crafty Birthday

My birthday was so different this year. I felt so blessed and overwhelmed with happiness. Not that I have not been happy on my birthdays before, I have been. This year, I just feel extra happy... Having two boys and a husband to share my life with make each and every birthday that much better!

First off, Curt's Mammie made me this long scarf. I absolutely love it and I have warn it several times already. It was so sweet that she gave it to me, I thought she was making it for herself...
I made this scarf on a knitting loom. I am obsessed with knitting looms right now, they are easy to operate and fun too. This scarf is very warm, I am not crazy about the green, but it adds a pop of color to my black coat.

I also decided to make myself some jewelry. That never happens anymore. I always start making myself something and think, "ohhh, so and so would like this, I will give it to them..." Crazy, I know, but I hardly own any of my jewelry. I either sell it or give it away...

I wanted some chunky bracelets that did not match any one particular thing. You know, so I could wear them with different things. I picked up a bag of random stones and rocks that was just perfect for what I wanted to make... Curt's Mom and Mammie watched the kiddos while I crafted away... It was bliss!

Some of my finished product. I got a bit carried away and made 5 bracelets, so I might put a few of them in my shop... Not sure yet!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Me- Edited

I had not fixed my hair.

I had no make up on.

Just threw on a cap & coat.

Went out to take a picture of the ducks on the lake.

Took one of myself too.

Thought I might edit my scary, real life picture (that I am not showing) with Pic Nik.

You should try it.

So easy.

So affordable.

So fun.

I just turned 28 and I have a little wear on me.
Pic Nik makes me look like a new Momma and you would never know if I didn't tell you.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Best Birthday Ever!!!

I had an awesome birthday!!! It was filled with wonderful people, good food and fun!!! I will have pictures to follow sometime this week. For now, I am going to bed early- just a little present to myself!!!

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dear Martha,

Tomorrow is my birthday... Here is what I would like...

After I sleep in, I am going to get a shower while you cook these in my kitchen and then get my hubbs to bring them to me in bed... Please, heavy on the syrup & butter; after all, it is my birthday!
Then after clean up, I will help you set up all the fun crafts we will make. I love to make jewelry! Does this necklace not look fun?

Then I want to make some of these with pictures of my boys in them... I already have most of the supplies!

And of course, if we have time, we can maybe make a necklace and some ear rings.
I need to be finished around 2pm.... I plan of spending the rest of the day getting ready for dinner and a movie with my man.
*all pictures were taken from
** Fictional post taken straight from my day-dreams....

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Mason just went to the fruit bowl and said, " Mason like to eat healthy.... I fink I like a banana... You would like one too, Mom? Sure! Ok, Mason got you one right here. First you open yours and then please mind to open mine too!"

He is so funny. He answers his own questions sometimes and he is trying to learn how to put together correct sentences.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Where does he get them???

Miles has beautiful blue eyes.

Nonnie, Mammie and Nana also have beautiful blue eyes.

I could just stare at them all day long...

Couldn't you?

Dearest Angie (host of WW) I cannot get your new fabulous button to post on here... Maybe I am slow, I will work on that and see if I cannot get it fixed!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


It is amazing to me that when tragedy strikes the people I love, I would drive across the country (if I had to) to be with them.

But when I have a chance to go home for a family dinner or someones birthday, I complain about the distance or the fact that the kids act crazy in the car or that I have to stop 3 times on a 1.5 hour trip to nurse and for potty breaks...

It is quite pitiful of me really. My family is the most important thing to me on this earth, they always have been. That is how I was raised. When I was growing up we had 2 family dinners a month... Yes, 2. Sometimes we made it to both, sometimes we didn't. But I got to see my very close extended family on a very regular basis. My Mom has a gaggle of brothers and sisters. She was raised in a big family and they are always so fun to be around. So I know why it was always important for us to make as many family dinners as we could.

Everyone is grown now, all starting their own families and moving away. Most of us live in the Eastern US, and a few of us travel all over with jobs. So it makes it very hard to get together with people in college and other states. The new normal for us is mostly holidays. Oh, how I wish things could be as simple as they were when I was a kid. They are not, I have my own brood and most of my family members are busy with their own as well.
I hope in this next year that I make for sure to make surprise visits home and remember not to complain about little things. You never know when that visit with someone you love might be the last.

This is my SIL and my sweet niece, Ella Gracin. I got a ton of time with them and it was AWESOME!

Here is the mystery man, my Dad. He is ALWAYS behind the camera. There are very few pictures of him and this one is special to me because he is holding my sweet boy, Miles.

Miles got to attend the service, but Mason got to spend the day with Nana- they had a blast.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for your prayers for my family during this very painful time. Saturday was emotionally taxing on everyone. Also a BIG thank you to Curt's Mammie. She has been an awesome support outlet for me since we have moved here. She dropped everything and brought me some stuff to try on to wear to the funeral, she offered to watch the boys all weekend while I spent time with my family. She really is a super woman and she deserves a post of her own- I am sure she will get one soon.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Who He Is- Miles

Mr. Jackson Miles Phillips is now 4 months old. I am afraid that the time is escaping me. Here are a few fun facts about my sweet baby boy.
You are such a great snuggler.
You are starting to sit up on your own.
You slobber like crazy.
You love to nurse.
You are not in a hurry to do anything, I am sure you are going to be the laid back kid.

You love to talk and babble.
You will put anything in your mouth.
You love your Johnny Jumper.
You love to be tossed in the air by Daddy.

You are loosing your hair at rapid speeds.
Your eyes are still blue.

You love tummy time.
You are starting to reach for people.

You are doing much better at riding in the car.
You are a decent sleeper, only waking to eat once or twice
You only want to be held one certain way.

You are very special to me and your Dad, we are always telling each other how much we love you.

You are such an easy baby.
You only cry when you are hungry or sleepy.

You are really cute.
You love to smile, we call you Mr. Smiles

You love your brother, Mason, very much


You are baby number 2 in this family and you fit just perfect. I do not know a ton about you yet because you are only 4 months old. I am excited to learn the little boy that you will become. I love being your Mom!


Sunday, January 3, 2010


of this...

* Boy, how I could take some amazing photos of the boys with this thing... This is where my rainy day fund is going- for sure!

Stuff for 2010

I am going to focus on being the best mother I can be.
I am going to find more time for "me"... Where? I have no clue, when I find it I will let you know...
I am going to kiss the hubbs more often...
I am going to remember to be thankful for the small blessings in life, for the small blessings make it all worth it.
I am going to give more of myself to others.
I am going to try and fold the laundry when it comes out of the dryer and not pile it up for days.... Digging through baskets of laundry really sucks.
I am going to slow down.
I am going to learn something new, maybe a new craft- knitting, maybe.
I am going to worry less.
I am committing to 30 minutes of some type of exercise 5 days a week.
I am going to call my friends more often.
Try to get my business a bit more organized.
Try and cook dinner more often.
I am going to stash some cash for the camera I am dreaming of.
Last, but not least, I am going to take one picture of each of the boys every day this year... 365 pictures of Mason & Miles. I think it will be fun to look back at the end of 2010 and see how much they have grown in a year.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Miss Mary Money

Today, we will remember my sweet cousin Mary at her Memorial service. She was only 13 and a big hole has been left in all of our hearts. I pulled these pictures from a facebook group in her memory.
I remember when she was born.
She was always such a sweet presence at all of our family gatherings.
I hate that I missed our family Christmas, because I would have loved to just see her again one more time.
She has a younger sister, Anna, and she was always so motherly to her. It was really sweet to watch.
She has an older sister, Lydia, and they always got along so well.

Mary, Lauren (cousin) and Aunt Karin (her mother)

Please take a moment to pray for her parents and sisters. Pray that they can find peace and be able to process the loss that has hit them in such an untimely manner.