Tuesday, January 18, 2011

extra cash

I have been trying to think of ways I can earn extra cash without having to leave my kids more than I am doing now (working my two jobs).

We have found a place we would LOVE to move to. It is down the street from the kids' school. They can walk! Yeah!! They have been dreaming of walking to school ever since Taliana started Kindergarten in 2007. They will be close to their friends, but best of all it will cut out our 30 minute commute (round trip) 2 times a day (somethings 3 times a day - during soccer season) and 5 times a week. I may be the most excited about this part. However, since we will be moving to the "east" side, that means rent is much more expensive. It will be double of what we are paying now. I don't know if we will be able to afford it, but I'd really like it to work out. So... the point of my post today... I need to earn some EXTRA CASH!!

I've been brainstorming and I've always dreamed of selling homemade crafts. (ie. bows, headbands, hair clips, skirts, quilts, etc.). I know it will take a while to get things up and running, but this is what I want to do. I am just worried that no one will buy my stuff - since there is SO much out there (like on etsy.com). But I'm willing to give it a try. Wish me luck!

Valentine's Day Decor

Have you been feeling a little empty since the holdiays have passed? Well, I have! So... I have been looking for some new V-day decor. I have been surfing the net looking for inspiration. There is SO much out there. I have come up with a few ideas. Hopefully I will get at least ONE done. Here is what I have found....

I like to make a wreath for my wall.

click here for the tutorial

I'd like to add a splash of color to my boring couches. I think this would do the trick!

click here for the tutorial

I don't know if I will do this exactly as pictured. Maybe I will just stitch something.

LOVE LOVE LOVE this skirt. I know Malia will want one, and maybe Taliana.

I also have a few ideas in mind for framed artwork and table runners. I'll keep you posted!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Where are they now?

Jason is still coaching at Weber State. They didn't finish as high in their conference as they had hoped, but they had a great year. It was a young team and they all fought to the end. Jason LOVES to be back in the coaching scene and we love supporting him!

I am still working at Pottery Barn Kids and Gap and the Hospital during the off-season. It it hard at times, but I do enjoy adult interaction! When i am not working I am busy with the kids and their school work, or transporting them between school and soccer and flag football practice/games. I am serving as the Second Counselor in our Ward's Primary Presidency. It is a lot of work, but we have seen so many blessing come from it and I am truly grateful to serve the children in our ward. Our Primary President is moving (BOO!), so it looks like we will be getting released. I have LOVED working with these girls and will miss them so much.

Taliana is excelling in school, as ususal. She played soccer this past fall and also participated in Tanner Dance. She has danced with Tanner Dance for the past 2.5 years, and has decided it is time for her to move on. She would rather focus on soccer and hopefully Polynesian dancing or HipHop dancing. She is definitely our dancing queen.

Ammon is loving school as well. However, his favorite part is recess. There isn't a day where he comes home covered in MUD! I always ask him why he is so dirty and he says because he plays soccer or football at recess. Boys will be BOYS! He participated in soccer (with Taliana) and flag football this past fall. He is such a great athlete! I wish I could say it was a gift from me, but we all know where he gets it from! hahahah! Ammon is such a great brother and is always helping his sisters. He is so patient with Malia - She bosses him around and he doesn't even complain.

Malia is wishing she were in school! She keeps me busy. She loves to play pretend! She will cook in her kitchen, play with her dolls, do our hair, play dress ups. She is 100% girl, and I LOVE it! I'm not going lie.. she is the boss at our house. She went and stayed in St. George for 10 days last October and my sister gave me some advice, "she has to be the boss!" I didn't want to give in, but it truly makes my life easier but just letting her run things. Don't get me wrong, I don't allow her to throw tantrums to get her way, but she knows how to ask nicely. It works!

Meesha has found a new friend. He lives across the street and his name is Max. She goes over to his house about 2-3 times a day. Most of the time we have to go and get her or she won't come home. I don't know why we are not good enough for her to stay with us all the time, but the neighbors are so nice to her that it's okay. She is still a cuddler and I love it.

So... that's it! Consider yourself offically updated!

New Year – New Goals

I have decided that one of my new goals for 2011 is to blog more. I used to feel like it was a waste of my time to blog because no one ever reads my blog. But as I looked back through all my old posts, I realized this will be a great journal for my kids when they are older. I am not into scrapbooking – it’s just too over whelming. I would love to publish my blog into a book for our family. I have always been stressed about what to write about and what pictures to post, but this year… it’s all about ME and MY FAMILY! So, I will be writing about our lives and adventures. I am writing this for me! So, if any of you would like to follow along, you are more than welcome! But I am not going to stress about my topics, my pictures, or how perfect or how entertaining my blog will be. Thank you! Wish me luck!

All good things must come to an end.

Jason went back to work this morning and I took the kids to school. Don't get me wrong, I will miss them all terribly, but I am ready to get back on my daily schedule.

Malia was really bummed that she didn't get to go to school today. I told her a while ago that she could go to school after Christmas, and this morning she woke up, got dressed, and got her backpack on and said, "okay, I'm ready for school." So... it looks like I need to find a preschool for Malia. I know she is ready for preschool, but I don't think I am ready for her to go just yet. I can't believe my baby is 3 years old!

December Celebrations

December went by too quickly this year. I put up our Christmas decor the second week in November (the earliest I have ever put it up). But since I knew I was going to be busy working, that was the only time I had to give it 100%. It is always magical to have all the decorations up, but since I work retail (pbk), I had been looking at Christmas decor since the middle of October. So... it was such a relief to have it all put away by 1pm Christmas afternoon. It was a great Christmas! My friend gave our family an xbox 360 Kinect. Wow! That thing is TIGHT! Malia can even do it on her own. The kids get money from my mom and dad every year, so they decided to put their money together and buy a new game for the Kinect and one for the Wii. We have had so much fun this past Christmas break playing and hanging out as a family!
This is the before picture. I wish I would have taken an after picture (about 10 minutes later). hahaha
My parents used to make us line up when we walked into the family room for Christmas morning - so I make my kids do the same thing. They were so excited! (well.. Malia was almost excited) Malia got another itty bitty twin from American Girl. I LOVE that she LOVES dolls. It's so fun!
It's hard to tell through all the plastic - But Taliana got a new jewelry stand. She loves jewelry, but it gets everywhere. So hopefully this will help her get organized.
Ammon got Fuzzoodles from Malia. He loves to build things!

He also got a helmet for his skateboard and scooter. He LOVES to go to the nearby skatepart and ride his skateboard. I've always been nervous about his crashing - so I guess he can crash as much as he wants now that he has this sweet new helmet. :)
I got a new lense for my camera. A 5omm portrait lense. So, of course, everyone had to model for the new lense. These kids are too funny.

yes, this is all malia cared about - sucking her thumb.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Football Life

So, this is my first year as a "football-wife". I'd love to say it was a breeze, but honestly it wasn't as bad as I had dreaded it to be. It was fun going up to the games and the kids had a blast. I didn't travel with the team to any away games, maybe next year!

Peter's #1 fan! Malia loved "Waldo" and refused to let anyone near him.

its not football without kettle corn. mmmm!

But let's be honest... all good things must come to an end so I can regain my sanity and get ready for the next season. I am excited to have a husband/father home. I can't do this single-parent thing for too long. :)

Malia turned 3!

I can't believe Malia is already 3! Where has the time gone? I threw her a party and it was a ton of fun. A LOT of work, but totally worth it. Jason was out of town for a football game. I did make a note that I will NEVER do a party without him again. We work really well together. I plan it all and he entertains. I am NOT an entertainer, but luckily 3 year olds only need balloons to keep them busy. Here are some pictures from the day....

We took her to Nicklecade for her special day.

Malia was SO excited that Brittny came to the party.

I had the kids decorate their own cupcakes and take the plates home as their party favor. It turned out great!

Where do I start?

I know! It has been like FoReVeR since I have blogged. Life has been super crazy. Here is a quick update....

Jason is still coaching the defensive line up at Weber State University. He is LOVING it (and I am learning to love it). They haven't had as good as season as we have hoped, but the Defense had done a GREAT job. Jason is still working at United Airlines, so he is extra busy. When he has a little time off from Weber, he is at the airport catching up on his hours. But I'm NOT complaining... I love the flight benefits!

I am still working at Potterybarn Kids and Gap. I have taken time off from the hospital during the football season. I was called to be the second counselor in our ward's primary this past May. I was really worried about all the added time it would take, but I have been really blessed these past few months and have noticed that my work schedule and church schedule have worked out great with one another.

Taliana just finished fall soccer and is totally bummed that it is over! She was a great forward! She is working hard in school and is top in her class. We are SO proud of her. Taliana is still dancing for Tanner Dance, but I think this is end in December as she would rather focus on soccer. What can I say? I tried! She also started playing piano again after taking some time off.

Ammon finished fall soccer and flag football. Ammon was a great goalie for the soccer team and an all-around awesome player for the flag football team. He was great at running back, quarterback, and a few other positions (that i am still learning the name of). Ammon just started piano this past month and is really enjoying it. However, he doesn't like the fact that he has to get up earlier in the morning now to practice.

Malia is enjoying her alone time with me! She wishes she were in school, so hopefully we can find her somewhere to go in January. Until then... I really do enjoy spending my days with her and listening to her talk. Which most of her sentences begin with... "Oh my gosh...". hahahaha

Meesha has found a new friend (Max). She visits him every morning for a few hours - then I have to go and get her because she refuses to come home.

okay.... now for the moment I'm sure you've all been waiting for.... updated pictures.....

We took the kids to Hawaii during the summer. A much needed family trip!
Malia finally had her chance to meet the princesses at Disneyland.

And Taliana and Ammon rode all the "fun" rides with Jason while I waited in lines to see all the princesses. Totally worth it.!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Blogging Habbits

Are there certain routines in your life you just can't live without? Well... I have a few, but I am only going to admit one today. I used to be an internet junkie. I would spend countless hours surfing the net, and honestly... wasting time. However, I have been much better about spending countless hours online, I have cut my daily time down to 30-minutes (on a good day - maybe an hour on other days). hahaha. Anyways... here are just a few sites I cannot live without. I check them the first chance I get everyday (which is around noon).

make it do - this is Jason's sister inlaw's sister (still with me?) website. I LOVE to see what she comes up with every day. I secretly want to be JUST like her. But, let's face it - I'm not and I can deal with it.

our best bites - this is a fabulous website for cooking/baking ideas. I have found SO many new recipes that I have LOVED making and also my family has LOVED eating (what can I say... it's a win-win). The girls only post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but I do visit them on their "days off" just to browse their site looking for new ideas.

the sisters cafe - a friend referred me to this site and I am SO grateful! I use this site as well for recipes. Their amazing buttermilk rolls are HEAVEN! (some of you have already received an email from me with this recipe - your welcome!).

etsy - have you ever seen this site? What a great place to buy great homemade items. (or in my case - what a great place to get ideas on what I can craft/make myself). I'd secretly LOVE to sell on this site. But creativity plays a HUGE roll in that - and I'm just not that confident. But it doesn't hurt to dream, does it?

heather bailey - this gal is amazingly creative - I LOVE it! (I'd secretly like to be her too). She shows a picture of her studio - and that is only what I can DREAM of what I'd like my "studio" to look like. She is everything I wish I could be.

the polka dot chair - I visit this site often to get my creative juices flowing. I found this idea for Taliana's skirt pattern for her birthday skirt. Great ideas! And I also like to go onto some of her links on the side. (only if time permits, of course).

Well... there you have it.

What are some of your favorite sites?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Taliana's baptism

Taliana was baptized by Jason and confirmed by her Grandpa Taylor (Papa T). It was such a special day. I'm happy to say that I'm so happy it is finally over and done with. I prepped for it for 3 months. I made a quilt for her (pictures will be posted later - when I actually take some). It was the hardest quilt I have ever done, but loved every minute of it. I wish I had taken more photos of her special day, but we all know how hectic things get when we have get togethers, so... here are a few of the photos that document her special day.

Taliana's turns 8!

Where has the time gone? My sweet Taliana turned 8 years old on March 5th. (yes, I am finally getting around to posting it).

I surprised Taliana and took her to California for the day. I woke her up bright and early at 4:30am and told her to get dressed. I had her outfit laid out - a skirt a made special just for her. And a matching skirt for her American Girl Doll. I told her we were going someplace special just her and I. Jason dropped us off at the airport and we boarded the plane to Los Angeles.

Once we arrived we got our rental car and headed towards The Grove. I told her we were looking for someplace to eat breakfast. However, I forgot that it takes about an hour to travel 10 miles in LA traffic. Once I found our destination spot (American Girl Place), I drove in front of the store and asked her if she would like to go in that store after breakfast. She was drawing in her notebook and just said, "okay". Then she looked up and read "American Girl Place" and started screaming! Just the reaction I was looking for. hahahah! She begged, "can we go in there, please, please, please?" The store didn't open for another hour. Thankfully it is next to Farmer's Market (yummy), so we found our parking spot and headed over to Farmer's Market for breakfast.

Then it was off the American Girl Place. We were the first ones in the store. I have to admit, I think I was a little more excited than Taliana. I wanted to buy everything I saw! I thought to myself... "why didn't I bring more money??" hahah. But then I remembered we were there for TALIANA'S special day. We walked around the store and looked at everything before Taliana started making decisions of what she wanted.

They had a little cafe in the store (this was the waiting area), but we both thought it was a bit pricey and Taliana would rather use her money to buy clothes and accesories for her doll. Is that decor so cute? I would LOVE to decorate Taliana's room like that. I know.. kind of over powering, but I still love it!

After about 3 hours in the store, we finally made our purchases and walked out. (honestly... it was hard for me to leave without buying more stuff). The store was located in an outdoor mall (similar to Gateway) so we walked around for a little bit. It was nice to just spend time with Taliana. We had great conversations and picked out stuff we would LOVE to buy when we were both rich and had ALL the money in the world. hahaha.

We couldn't leave Cali without a quick trip to the beach. We headed over to Santa Monica Pier. It was my first time, and definitely not my last. Taliana rode the rollercoaster and we both rode the Ferris Wheel. It was so beautiful to look out at the ocean high on the Ferris Wheel. We also had a great view of Malibu. Hmmm... it would be nice to have a beach house over there. hahaha.

Then we headed over to CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) for late lunch/early dinner. Yes, I know we have a CPK here, but Taliana wanted pizza and that was the easiest thing to look for. It worked out perfectly because it was at another outdoor mall. PERFECT! So, after eating we went shopping again. (window shopping, that is).

It was a perfect day! I loved spending alone time with Taliana. I think I will make this a tradition on all my kids' 8th birthday. I loved it!