Thursday, June 28, 2018

Has it been 3 years?! 🤔

There’s way too much to catch up on i think?!
I homeschooled Kupcake all last year with two amazing friends and their kids.
DBall is a Sr at Har-Ber HS this year and is on the debate team and in Camerata choir. He makes amazing grades and it’s super bittersweet for me that he’s graduating next Spring.
We just got back from Coleman Family Reunion in Bear Lake, UT. The week prior DBall went to EFY at BYU, while Kupcake and I spent the week with friends who now live in West Jordan. I was able to go to the Provo City Center Temple (w/Susie) and the Jordan River Temple.
Bryson is still heat treating and is currently working and living in Ardmore, OK, M-F. Yay.
My mom was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in March. She’s having a small reunion next weekend that the kids and I will drive out to. Bryson will drive down after work on Friday night.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

It's Rhea Lana's time again, friends! :)

Oh, happy day! It's been a mild Winter... until these last couple weeks. I stood in line with a couple hundred of my new best friends fellow Rhea Lana supporters to drop off my clothing for the big sale this weekend. They had to close the database early because it had already reached 110,000+ items! That's a bit overwhelming to think about. At first I figured there were so many people dropping off because of the cool (hah!) Winter storm that was coming in last night, but it could have also been because there are MORE THAN 110,000 ITEMS that need to be dropped off I suppose?!

I actually only dropped off 26 items, but the database will open tomorrow for RESTOCK friends-- so don't give up hope yet if you didn't get your items entered! You can enter online, or by mobile app, or by VOICE RECOGNITION this season! (how awesome is that?!).

Of course I checked out all the goods while I was there.  There's clothes galore, and the cutest (look almost brand new?!) shoes (shoes!!!) in men's and women's sizes too! Also FURNITURE- oh my, the furniture. I was mentally making room for new furniture while taking stock ;) .  Also there are toys, baby equipment (you're not allowed to list anything unsafe or recalled- or in poor condition. So you don't have to worry about a thing).  AND I was delighted to see BOOKS- from homeschool books, to kid's board books, to reading/chapter books-- it's all there!

Y'all should check it out and hit me up for passes to the pre-sale Saturday. Rhea Lana's of NWA is on Facebook too; don't forget to like and follow for special deals, contests and early shopping passes!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Over at the Sassy Firefly Boutique....

we have a buy-in going on for Icy Princess Snow Queen Sisters apparel... Check it out HERE

And we also have some beautiful Ice Queen Sisters GOWNS we're ordering for also.  Just check those out HERE  and HERE

One Day Only ~ Elite Designer Day Auction!

This is going to be so fabulous!! 40 Boutiques. 400 items. Halloween themed! Add yourself to the group. It's for ONE DAY ONLY!!!

The Sassy Firefly Boutique will be there, and many of our other boutique friends as well! We've got leg warmers, necklaces, bows, headbands- loads of fun Halloween pretties!!  

Be sure to join the group so you won't miss out on a moment- it will be one day only! :D


Oh friends, you mustn't miss today and tomorrow at Rhea Lana's.... everything without a red dot on the price tag is HALF PRICE!  I secretly went last night, and there's loads of fabulous things left including:

ZaZa Couture (well, there was at least one size 6 skirt left when I *bought*it* last night!)
Oriental Express
Kelly's Kids

^^^ (those are all just clothes I saw in both little and big girls, little and teen boys)

There are also:

Tom's shoes
Homeschool Curriculum (okay, I might've bought some of this, but I LEFT SOME FOR YOU TOO!)
Gorgeous furniture (including a twin sleigh bed I almost had to take home with me)
Super Fun COSTUMES!!!
Leotards for BALLET :)
Princess Tupperware plates/cups/bowls ( <<-- bought="" have="" i="" might="" of="" okay="" p="" some="" this="">Jackets & Coats (Northface, Corky's Kids, Gap, etc....)
Cute maternity clothes

That's not all- your really should at least stop in and take a peak!  It is open to the public from 9am-7pm at 1080 W. Henri de Tonti Blvd in Springdale today and tomorrow.

Monday, September 15, 2014

It's Rhea Lana's Time!!!

 Clearly one of my favorite events- every time :)
I get to sell all my kid's outgrown clothes-- and replenish they're entire wardrobe on the CHEAP! It's such fab stuff too- not cheap-O brands, but Hannah Andersson, Gap, Northface, Matilda Jane, Mini Boden- lots of quality beautiful items.  Here's some of the MANY quality clothes and toys and such already there:

I went on Saturday and stocked up- but there's still plenty for you!! It's in Tontitown at the old  "Oops" building on 412 across from the Sonic.  There's plenty of parking, so much to see, and it was all restocked this morning.  There will be even MORE restock tonight, so whether you go today or tomorrow there will be plenty of fresh, new clothing, accessories, toys.... you name it!  I saw Tom's, Stride Rite, and several boutique brand shoes for my little darling (today she is going by "Princess", though last week it was "Just Pirate").  This is one of her VERY FAVORITE Gymbo "comfy dresses" we picked up on Saturday:

What is hilarious is that all these pics are sideways?! I'll try to get them straightened out!!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The last Rhea Lana's of the season for this area!

There are thousands and thousands of gently used clothes, shoes, equipment, toys- just waiting for new homes!  On opening day I was able to find over $160 worth of items for Miss Kupcake as well as Dball- so impressed with the Teen's size 18+ and Men's Small items that were available.  I even got him a swimsuit that fits!  

Miss Kupcake needed play clothes, which for us includes Gymboree sets (some with tags still on them!) and fun boutique items.  Love that they're all so affordable and in such great condition.  They accept cash, of course, but I use my credit card for the points and then just pay it off every month, which is a little added blessing for us. 

My very favorite purchase this time has to be this tankini/rash guard for my little Miss.  I wanted a rash guard suit, but wanted ruffles or something so it wasn't just plain like all the ones I keep seeing.  Look what I found!

squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ! ! !

In addition to clothing there's lots of equipment, toys, brand new purses and bags, boutique chunky jewelry, hair bows....  *ALL* in amazing condition!  I'm heading back tomorrow for HALF PRICE DAYS-- might find something else we "need" :)

Oh, the 25% off sale starts today, and then tomorrow many things will be 50% off! I just wanted to encourage anyone who needs any clothing items or baby equipment to CHECK IT OUT before it's gone!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Chunky Necklaces and Living Lockets (similar to Origami with the Owl)

All of these are also available on my Facebook page- just stop by and comment on the ones you want or private message me and I'll get it right out to you :)

 Colorful Pastel Pearls Chunky Necklace- approximately 18" long (child sized) brand new, 1st quality! $15 (shipped)

*Wild* Turquoise Diamond Bling Chunky Necklace- approximately 18" long (child sized) brand new, 1st quality! $15 (shipped)

 Classic Rhinestone Encrusted Circle opens smoothly like a book with 20" chain included
$17 shipped

Silver Heart Encrusted with crystals adjustable 7-8.5" chain
$15 shipped

Some fun things I have available right now :)

 Brand new fabulous messenger hipster bag- only 1 available! $13 with free shipping

 Brand new fabulous turquoise aqua insulated lunch! $15 with free shipping

 Brand new fabulous messenger hipster bag- only 1 available! $13 with free shipping

Large shopping tote - only 1 available! $14 with free shipping

All of these are available on my Facebook Page

Oh, no! The last one til FALL?!

(I know some of my friends participate in Rhea Lana's, but there are still many who know nothing about it.  *I* sell my quality and boutique pre-loved kid's clothes and equipment (bikes! play kitchens! furniture!!) and get to restock Kupcake's wardrobe for the current season) 

Rhea Lana's of Fayetteville will be here April 27- May 3, 2014.  This one will be at the same location as the Sale last Fall, which is : 1395 E Henri de Tonti Blvd, Springdale, Arkansas.  It's super easy to consign, and even easier to SHOP of course. ;)

I've gathered *most* of my gently used clothes and equipment and started inputting them at the website.  All clothing is on plastic hangers, including safety pins and appropriate hangtags (all listed on their handy website above^^^), and I've got a lengthy list!  You could have hundreds of things just sitting in your drawers and closets that people would PAY YOU FOR and take them off your hands!

This sale the last day to enter your items online is 4/22 (Tuesday), and you can drop off starting Tuesday all the way through Thursday.  You can either print off your own labels and put them on your hang tags, or just show up on a check-in day and they will even print them out for you and show you how to do it.  I run by and pick mine up, bring them home, put them on all my items and then go back later to drop off.

SO EXCITED for the sale to start so I can watch my items sell in real time!  I check it throughout the day (every day).  You will make 70% of your sale price, so the more money you make, the more you have to spend on CLOTHES AND SHOES AND STUFF for your kids.  It's a win-win.  Also don't forget if you volunteer (can include bringing in food for the workers, actually working at the sale, setting up, or checking out customers, stocking the floor) you can SHOP EARLY.  You also can earn a pass to shop the half price sale early- woot!

There's still time to gather up your Spring and Summer outfits that your kids grew out of and list them on the Rhea Lana's of Fayetteville site.  There are friendly videos and tutorials if you need any help at all- also if you "like" The Rhea Lana's of NW Arkansas facebook page you can ask questions there as well!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fun Movie Night Giveaway!

Along with several other Boutique and business owners on Facebook I'm sponsoring a GIVEAWAY!  I'm excited because it's free to enter, and because I was able to enter as well and I LOVE movie nights! 

I sponsored as my facebook business page The Sassy Firefly, where I hand make beautiful boutique quality chunky beads for girls of all ages.  I also offer memory floating charm lockets and recently chevron bags! 

Just STOP IN HERE to enter the giveaway- it includes 6 redbox movie rentals and all the move night goodies in the box!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

I went, I saw, I conquered!

Rhea Lana's, that is.  There are thousands and thousands of clothes, shoes, equipment, toys. . .  IT. IS. HUGE.

I was there for at least 3 hours, and managed to look through 6 tubs of shoes in the appropriate size for my 3 y/o (we got cool (sparkly) flip flops, sparkly pink toms, little rain bug shoes....) and a WHOLE ROW of size 6 clothes.    There was more at this sale than ever before- SO MUCH STUFF!!!

We got Hanna Andersson dresses, Matilda Jane sets, naartjie outfits, Ralph Lauren sets, Gymboree sets and dresses.... All super affordable and fabulous condition.  I know there were MANY people shopping, but it is such a HUGE space that it totally didn't seem overcrowded- I'll attach pics of my favorite outfits and the venue!  Y'all need to come on down- you don't want to miss it.  Perfect time to restock for Spring and Summer.  I even got a sweet knit Easter Bunny dress for Kupcake to wear at her egg hunt this year!  It was only $4 and looks new!
And here's the shoes.... Miss Kupcake couldn't believe I tried to post without including a picture of her new shoes!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

26 February 2014 . . . 50° yesterday, 25° with snow flurries today

It's been a long Winter.  Seems like we've had more snow and ice this year than we've had in a while.  I am positive there snow flurries flying when I looked out the window at 8:00am this morning.

It's also been horrible for allergies, for Dball and myself.  A couple days ago D was itching and his eyes were swollen and red, and he had welts coming up on his arms, back and hands.  Last night his dyshidrotic eczema (we both get on hands and fingers) was flaring up as well.

So I figured I need to document what is working for this.  At first when it was just the eczema, I was using helichrysum hydrosol, and then when it dried I had him use a lotion bar I make from coconut oil, frankincense an lavender.  This protocol cleared it up very quickly, and we were able to avoid steroids and antibiotics from the allergist (last year we ended up going that route).

The elm and cedar pollen are causing us both allergy problems right now, and since he was itchy all over his back, arms and hands as well I decided to try the chamomile hydrosol I just received in the mail this week.  FABULOUS!!! It helped the itching, hives and eczema.  I still had him use the lotion bar after it dried, and he took a benadryl just in case since he was going to bed and I didn't want to risk him to go into anaphylaxis while we were asleep.

Weekend before last Aball came home with some plague he picked up at work, and had to be treated with colloidal silver spray (in his throat), Quantum elderberry syrup (with mullein), hot milk with honey (local honey, fresh ginger, cloves, whole lemon slices in mason jar in fridge) and Dr Christopher's sinus plus.  Dball also got it (in addition to the allergy issues he was already having) and had to be treated similarly.   Both of them have mostly recovered from that.

Okay I think that's all I needed to document before forgetting for now.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

It's coming! It's coming!

About twice a year, though some years it's FOUR TIMES, Rhea Lana's Consignment Sale rolls around and we all jump into action! 

I know some of my friends participate in Rhea Lana's, but surprisingly there are SO MANY who know nothing about it.  No only do I sell my quality and boutique pre-loved kid's clothes and equipment (bikes! play kitchens! furniture!!) but I also restock Kupcake's wardrobe for the Spring an Summer seasons.

Rhea Lana's of NW Arkansas will be here March 2-8.  It's super easy to consign, and even easier to SHOP of course. ;)

You just gather all your clothes and stuff that you no longer need, make sure it's in fabulous condition, and go to their website and set up an account.  You put all your clothing on plastic hangers, make sure you have safety pins and appropriate hangtags (all listed on their handy website above^^^), and then sit down and enter them into the system.  You could have hundreds of things just sitting in your drawers and closets that people would PAY YOU FOR and take them off your hands!

When it's time to take your things to the venue, you can either print off your own labels and put them on your hang tags, or just show up on a check-in day and they will even print them out for you and show you how to do it.  They're so friendly and helpful- you'll love it.  Well, I love it, so I'm just thinking everyone else will too.

One of the most fabulous things of all is that their computer system that you entered all your items into keeps track in real time of all the things you're selling.  EEEEEEEKK!!!!  I secretly check it all day long.  Every day.  You will make 70% of your sale price, so the more money you make, the more you have to spend on CLOTHES AND SHOES AND STUFF for your kids.  It's a win-win. 

There's still time to gather up your Spring and Summer outfits that your kids grew out of and list them on the Rhea Lana NWA site.  There's videos and tutorials there also so you won't be left wondering what to do.  Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cold and blustery 21 January 2014

My sweetest Kupcake seems to be growing up a little more every day.  I'm guessing she could've gone without pull ups at night before now, but I was afraid she'd wet.  Sunday night we talked about how her good (favorite) friend Ava sleeps in panties.  She was leary to try it, but has woken dry for the second morning in a row.  There, now I've jinxed it.
Saturday, Sunday and yesterday it was 60° or more, and today it is 16° (feels like 0°, my weather app says).  The weather is crazy this whole week.  Just hoping we don't get pneumonia, really.
We had some fun family pictures taken in November.  I had one printed huge (20"x30") but when I looked into framing it, it was going to cost WAY TOO MUCH.   Fortunately, either by some fluke or divine intervention, Bryson won a picture frame that fits and matches a few months ago.  I am so grateful!
My as yet  unimplemented plan is to have "circle time" (I don't think that's the word I want to use, but can't figure out what to call it instead) every school morning.  I want to say the pledge of allegiance, sing a Primary song or two, and recite our Articles of Faith (one per week maybe?).  Dball has been eating breakfast for almost an hour, but here shortly I think we will start.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beautiful day- first day of Church in this new year...

After the weather being cold, icy or just too much snow, we were able to go to church today.  We're studying the Old Testament in Gospel Doctrine (not my favorite, I loved Doctrine & Covenants) but Rick seems excited and optimistic so that's definitely a big plus.

My sweet Kupcake is stuck in nursery again this year, even though we'd previously all agreed she would move up since her birthday is January 3, and she's definitely not behind in any way.  We had already talked to her about going to Sunbeams and how she was such a big girl now, and all her friends were moving up to Sunbeams too.... We're trying to be positive and encouraging about another year in nursery, even though we still feel it's completely the wrong decision for Kupcake.  Since she reacts to my feelings and anxiety, and since I have an extremely difficult time hiding those things, it's been a little stressful for me here lately.  We just found out last Thursday that she wouldn't be allowed to move up as previously agreed, so there was only a short time to re-prepare her (2 days) for Sunday.   I think she's doing okay with it for the most part though.

Also today it was 66° and super windy today.  After record lows and wind chills of -25° last Monday.  Unbelievable!  The winds were a little much at times, but still fabulous, warm and sunny.   Kupcake and Dball needed strawberry smoothies after dinner tonight, almost like summertime.  We're hoping it stays warm for a few more days.

Dball is still doing easy peasy for school, and it seems to be going well.  He's even learning Spanish!  Kupcake and I will start the alphabet for her next week.  She's very interested in letters lately so I figured we'd start with 'A', doing coloring pages, talking about lots of animals and things that start with'A', eat apples and whatever else we think of that starts with 'A', and then the next day we'll move to 'B'.  And so on.  In thinking we'll make an alphabet notebook out of all our projects for her to look back over.

This Wednesday is Dball's  appointment at ACH.  All I know is he will go to the EE allergy clinic and the EE gastrointestinal clinic.  In hopeful we'll figure out what foods are causing his troubles and be able to solve some issues.  Also I'm almost add excited to spend the night with Alice, Emma and Anna ☺.  Dball is looking forward to spending three night with his cousins Nick and Troy.  And Kupcake and I might get to see Jana too! Definitely going the weather holds for that trip.

We're sitting here watching the Lone Ranger, and obviously I am having a hard time focusing. I'll be done now and try the movie again.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

is it weekend yet?

Today wasn't so bad. We had Cman visiting for a few hours earlier this afternoon. Dragged the boys (and the girl, of course) to Sam's with me. Picked up the new Harry Potter movie while we were out, of course.

When we got home the boys decided to play outside. I don't think it ever got much above 50° outside, and they were both wearing shorts, long soccer socks and jackets. They were pretty cute! Sadly I didn't get pics. Very sad indeed.

At one point they came in to warm up and worked on a craft. It was THIS ONE, only we had the styro egg crates, so not quite the same to me? It's what D wanted to do, so they did.

24 ½ Weeks

and still going strong. We had our (now every two weeks) appointment with the OB. He was 45+ minutes late- which is just obnoxious. Kenzie did not appreciate him pressing down on her space when measuring fundus height- she started flipping around and her heart rate went up over 150 bpm.


This week is sort of dragging on for me.  Not sure why.
General Conference was on Easter Sunday this year, so  we pretty much stayed in jammies all day long.   We enjoyed listening to all of Conference, and had brisket (FABULOUS!) for Easter Dinner.  I also made homemade wheat rolls and strawberry cake.  The rolls were great, but the loaf I made at the same time didn't fare so well because I forgot to grease the bread pan before I put the dough in it =(.  I *lurved* the Strawberry Cake, but D said it "tasted like pumpkin cake only with strawberries.  And not very many strawberries at that."  Also that he "thought it was making [him] sick to his stomach" when he ate it.  B said it wasn't the most fantastic cake I had ever made, but it was okay....

Loved Easter

and the brisket we ate for dinner =)

It's going to be a busy week

at least it looks so on paper.

B was off work today because mail doesn't run on holidays (hallelujah, pass the gravy!) and he did spend some time watching the olympics. I really wish I enjoyed the olympics more than I do, but I do not. Sometimes I can sit there and watch the snowboardersor speed skaters or whatever, but I definitely don't get all excited about it and set aside time in my day for the olympics. In addition to that though, B also put the Christmas boxes back up in the attic (can I get another HALLELUJAH!!!) and finished removing the wallpaper from the master bathroom walls. I somehow did not realize that I couldn't just go in there and paint it now. First it has to have textured, and then primed. Oh, the tediousness of it all. I just want it painted already!! I am *SO* convinced it's going to look less flaming pink once the walls are a more neutral color.

I have given up on catching up-

and figure I ought to just start from the here & now.
It's been snowing the last couple days, and for the first time in what seems like a really long time, B was off yesterday and we all got to laze around all day long. B & D did take C-man and go sledding, and then they built a fort/tunnel in the front yard. I have pics, but once again cannot figure out how to download them from my camera. Stupid thing. Mind you I remember how I downloaded them before, but that way isn't working now. Probably for the same reason B can't seem to get Word installed on my computer. Either way- it drives me CrAzY!!
B had to work today- and after he made it to work he called home to say the roads were pretty decent, and he would come get me so I could take him back to work and keep the truck. Only when he got here, he couldn't get back up the driveway, so I declined the invitation. I can just see me hiking up the snowy/icy driveway in my pajamas and pink fuzzy slippers.
Speaking of pink fuzzy slippers, when we went up to the Church last Wednesday for Scouts, I totally forgot to remove my house shoes (fuzzy pink slippers) and put my real shoes back on. As I was walking up the front steps to the Stake Center I saw my reflection in the front glass, and realized I had the pink slippers on. Ahhh, well.... the Cub Scouts didn't seem overly traumatized by it.

Coming up on 3 months

Tuesday the 17th will be my 3 mo surgery anniversary. I *should* be able to start on a regular diet, but my 3-mo follow-up isn't until the first week of March. I do eat a fairly regular diet now, I'm just not supposed to be eating fiber, pasta/rice/peanut butter, etc. Certainly no whole grains, which is driving me crazy.

Monday, January 6, 2014


Our Christmas Vacation was a little more extensive than usual, because frankly I was a little more tired and usual, for the entire month of December.  We had a high of 9° today, and the windchill was -20°f, or some such.  Public schools were out today, but luckily we're homeschoolers so we were able to get back-to-school :) .

Dball has started Easy Peasy All-in-One for homeschool this semester- and so far I really like it.  He's going to learn Spanish, and it includes Math, Science, History.... yippee!  We're going to add additional History because D an I enjoy History.  D completed a full day's work within an hour this morning.

Kupcake played with her fridge whacker or whatever it is from leapfrog that she puts letters in and it tells her names and sounds.  Kept her occupied for about half an hour.  She also colored for half an hour, and she strung beads while I was sorting though beads to sell.  Unfortunately she's like me, and loves aaaaaaaaalllllllllll the beads and wants to keep them all, and goes on and on about "how beautiful they are in her bowl".  So fun!  She also played a zoo animal game and a number game on her tablet for quite some time.

Her BFF wasn't able to come to her Birthday tea party last night because of the weather and road conditions, but we went ahead and ate pizza, sang happy birthday, blew out candles and had cake.  Her favorite party was opening presents :) .  Her tea party included not-so-hot chocolate with rainbow marshmallows in it. 

Thankfully I've run the dishwasher, and the kitchen is mostly clean.  Kupcake is asleep, and Dball is about to be on his way.  When I get the pictures edited from the Happy Birthday Tea Party, I will add some.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Whole New Year

I've spent the last couple months trying to get my hormones balanced.  I don't think I'll be able to lose the rest of this weight, or do the 10 million things I need to do, if I can't get the androgens down, the estrogen un-dominant and the progesterone up.  I realize un-dominant is not a word, I just don't know what goes there.

When I get those settled, I need to work on my thyroid.  I'm taking a huge amount of synthroid every day, and it seems like there should be a better way.  I'm hoping to find it.  I'm dying to get back to water jogging.

In the last week or so, since Christmas (which was FABULOUS, even with just the 4 of us) several hopefully-income-generating opportunities have just been handed to us.  I've prayed and thought and prayed about them, and still feel positive about them, so we're going to do it.  Aball will continue to work of course, mostly I will be pursuing the other opportunities.  It's nice to feel so potimistic- all the time. :)

Dball will be doing "Easy Peasy Homeschool" starting next week.  We're still going to finish the 4th installment of Story of the World (History) because we both enjoy it, but the lovely woman who set up EP seems to have a pretty full curriculum lined out for the whole 7th grade year.  FABULOUS!

I did throw away many of the kid's toys several months ago.  The rest of their toys I have containers for, and tried to separate them into their own bins, and put them "away" and just get them down when specifically requested.  The plan was to pack them back up and return them to their allotted shelf when finished, or before getting another set of toys down.  That part hasn't gone so well.  But I shall start again, and make sure I include Dball in the planning, so that Kupcake doesn't convince him to get her blocks, dress-up stuff, paints and colors down all at the same time. 

Not next week, but Jan 15th we will be going back down to Children's for Dball's EE/allergies, and hopefully will determine what all else he's allergic to, so we can get him off the inhaled steroid every day.  His finger broke out with the dyshidrotic eczema again recently (we're both blessed with that), and I tried a helichrysum hydrosol on it, then a lotion bar I made with essential oils, and it was 50% better over night! HALLELUJAH because the last really bad outbreak he had to take an antibiotic and a steroid to clear it up. 

My littlest Kupcake will be 3 in 2 days- unbelievable!  She is a firecracker.  Smarter than her poor old mother, and very sweet, fun, BUSY and helpful.  She's going to be a Sunbeam (at Church) this year, and I think she's excited about it.  Dball is in Young Men's now, and passes the sacrament and acts like a teenage boy :).  I do love them!!

I am thankful for this past year, and feeling very optimistic about this new one.  If we can continue to clean out all our junk, keep our family as a priority and work hard to live simply and joyfully- having gratitude for the many blessings that we take for granted; I think it will be a fabulous year!

Friday, November 15, 2013

It's a new dawn...

and a sunny brand new day over here!

While we were all sleeping, somewhat, last night- apparently my littlest Kupcake was having fabulous adventures.

Miss Kupcake awoke this morning so excited to tell me how she went to the beach where there was sand, the sea, the ocean and her friends.  Her family was there, everyone made sand castles and she can hear the ocean in her ears.  She loves the beach!  She loves swimming!  It is one of her most favorite things.  "Did you love the beach Mommy?"

"Oh the beach is Mommy's happiest place ever, only thing better might be Disneyland"

Kupcake thinks we should all go back to the beach today.  Herself, her family, her friends and Ava and Abbey and someone who might be named "Tinkle"?!  EVERYONE needs to go, because Kupcake loves swimming and the beach.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

And finally

 Sweet little thing found a tiny bottle on my dresser, and BECAUSE HER TINY TOE ON HER RIGHT FOOT HURTS she opened it to fix her toe.  She was really "just only watching Kipper the Dog", but her toe *was* hurting, and the bottle did smell beauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutiful.  It's now all over the dresser and her, and I'm not sure where else but I can smell it wherever I stand in my house. 


And it gets better every day, sometimes every hour!

Sweet Sugar Darlin' pointed out to me today (not for the first time this week) that she "has two hands. you see?"
"You see I have two hands, Mommy?"
"I do."
"Mommy, I have two hands"
"So I need two trick-or-treats for my two hands!"

She gets two trick-or-treats when she poops in the potty (for over a month now!!) and it only stands to reason that she should get two whenever she notices that she has two hands?!  Seems logical, I suppose, when you're 2 years old, going on 17.  But I am ever so thankful that she's peeing and pooping in the potty almost exclusively all day now.  

Ahhhh we're living the life over here!

My sweet Kupcake has been wrapping up blocks and assorted small toys from her stash. She wraps them in (used) napkins and (colored on crinkled up) computer paper- the old school kind that's attached together. We use it for coloring.  She presents them to me throughout the day and says, "Happy BIRTHday, Mommy!" and then I have to unwrap, proclaim "Thank you SO MUCH!" and kiss and hug her. I tell her it's not my Birthday anymore, and she assures me that, in fact, it is.

Friday, October 18, 2013

When I wasn't looking

it would seem that someone taught Kupcake the letters "A", "B" and "C".  We have magnetic letters on the fridge, and she frequently plays with them and assigns them random letter names.  I taught her that "Kupcake starts with K" (showed her the K), "Poppy starts with P" and so on for DBall and Mommy as well.  She remembers those easily and can show you which one goes with which person's name.  But she doesn't always remember the name of the letter, as near as I can tell.

Today Dball had his teeth cleaned (NO CAVITIES!! Hallelujah!), and Kupcake and I played with a basket of toys in the room where the cleaning happened.  Then we had to leave for xrays.  In the waiting room there was an ABC puzzle (literally, only had those three letters).  She brought it to me to help her put it together.  I picked up the "A", and she said "A for .... apple!"  We placed those in the puzzle.  Then, "B for...... ball!".   Finally, this one was a little trickier, "C for kitty!".  We talked about how Kitty starts with K, just like Kupcake.  But CAT starts with C, and that's what this puzzle was asking for.  By then, however, her 2 y/o attention span was spent and she took the puzzle away from me and put it on the table.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Essential Oil Recipes I found online:

PTSD blend

(I put in roller bottle)
30 drops Balance (doTERRA blend)
30 drops Elevation
(doTERRA blend))
20 drops Vetiver
1" Fractionated Coconut Oil

"Morphine Blend"
6 drops of Frankincense
6 drops of Marjoram or Oregano oil
add Lemongrass for an extra boost

I put this in a roller  bottle and fill up with fractionated coconut oil, as the oregano oil BURNS BAD IF YOU USE IT NEAT.  I cut most of my essential oils, I feel "less is better" for me and my family.  I even dilute the blends I get from doTERRA and they seem to work just as well.

Friday, September 20, 2013

With back-2-school and all it's been a long month I guess

Also Aball has been working 12-13 hours days on new projects at work, so my day starts when Kupcake drags me out of bed, and then after dinner I have to take Dball to karate, Scouts, etc.... good times!

Sometimes I have other, more interesting experiences though.  Like this one:

So after my husband left for work this morning, and left the bedroom door wide open so sun was shining on me and Kupcake's eyes, I got up to close the door and laid back down next to Napoleon Kupcake and waited for her to fall back to sleep.
Since I did not fall back to sleep during that time, I decided to bathe.  As soon as I filed the tub up with fabulous hot water and epsom salts, got my shampoo and magazine and book in there, sat down in the water and turned off the faucet- Napoleon Precious Kupcake awoke and despite my calling to her from the bathroom she pitter pattered around the house crying (loudly) for me.  She finally "found" me, and decided to "watch" me until I finished washing my hair and face.  She wouldn't go away, declared me "all clean" after my hair was done, and started pulling out towels for me to dry off (I already had towels near the tub, but she declared those "old and dirty" and got me some new ones).  So bathtime was, sadly, OVER.  Napoleon Darling 2 y/o daughter waited and "watched" me get dressed, pulled out some clean clothes from the drawers for me.  We went to the living room.  We had to get her changed and dressed, and talk about how furious she was that Daniel Tiger is, in fact, NOT ON TV AT 8AM.  Horrors.
So eventually she let me get up, and I went to the kitchen to make eggs.  While putting the defrosted strawberries into the fridge, I dropped them.  ALL of them.  There were strawberries all over ME, the floor, the refrigerator door, the pantry door, the cabinets.... and then Napoleon Sweet Daughter insisted on helping me clean up the mess.  She thinks I mustn't feel very good, and I need some medicine and to go see Dr. Mark (the Chiropractor, who can apparently fix anything in her eyes).

All of this, before 9am!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

before I forget....

I was thinking to myself that I need to write down some of the cute things Kupcake says before I forget them.  Today she was wanting to lie down on her bed and watch a movie, but first she needed her tea set.  So she runs past me saying, "Where oh where is my tea set? Where is the sugar bowl?"

A few minutes later, tea set in hand, she runs by saying, "Scary monster, roar!  Run now, come, come!"

I'm just including a collage picture from May-July of this year that makes me happy-- I love all her looks :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Dr says

After Tuesday's endoscopy and biopsies of tissues in Dball's esophagus, the Dr at ACH has determined that Dball definitely has eosinophilic esophagitis
"Eosinophilic esophagitis
Eosinophils (e-oh-SIN-oh-phils) are white blood cells that regulate inflammation and play a key role in allergic reactions. Eosinophilic esophagitis occurs with a high concentration of these white blood cells in the esophagus, most likely in response to an allergy-causing agent (allergen).

In many cases, people who have this kind of esophagitis are allergic to one or more foods. Some foods that may cause eosinophilic esophagitis include milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, beans, rye and beef. People with eosinophilic esophagitis may have other nonfood allergies. For example, inhaled allergens, such as pollen, may be the cause in some cases."

So the Dr wants to treat the symptoms first with flovent, which fortunately we already have quite a bit on hand.  We will do this twice a day for 12 weeks.  Then he has an EE clinic at ACH in Little Rock, and Dball will have another endoscopy and attend the clinic.  Then if the 12-week treatment was successful and there's much fewer white blood cells in his esophagus, we can start removing one food at a time to determine which he is allergic to.  Dr says it's usually wheat, milk, eggs, or something basic like that.  In addition to the peanuts, trees, grass, mold and other environmental allergies we're already aware of.

Dball doesn't seem optimistic, and would like to avoid another scope.  However I am very optimistic, glad to know what's going on with him, and anxious to get it cleared up.  Interestingly, the Dr didn't see any obstructions or narrowing when he did the scope, "which is GOOD" but he was a little confused.  When he told me the treatment (the other option was to use pulmocort), I remembered that D had been using flovent for the month of May because his allergies were so bad.  Dr agrees this might have lessened his symptoms.

So I gather near the end of October we'll be heading back down to Little Rock...

Monday, July 1, 2013

The "roll store"

My precious 2 year old thinks that whatever she needs, can be purchased at a store specific to that item.  She refers to the "ice cream store", the "cookie store" and the "chocolate milk store".

Most of these places are either the local grocery store, walmart or Braum's.  Nevertheless, she persists in asking if we can go to the "whatever she's hungry for" store most days.

I used to make bread for my family on a fairly regular basis, seems like.  It's been a while though.  But today Kupcake came and asked when we could go to the "roll store".  For rolls? I asked her.  Yep, the soft bread kind (I think Caillou was making bread on her show).  So I told her we weren't going to the store- but I would make her some, and she could help.

And  help she did.  She left halfway through the mixing up process, but came back for the part where you shape into rolls and loaves.  She make a couple rolls for me, then started eating the third roll she was forming.  The raw dough.  Was FURIOUS when I suggested that her stomach was going to hurt if she ate too much and it started to rise inside her.

 Now that it's all done baking, she seems to like it.  Hoping she doesn't ask to go to the "roll store" again today though.

Earlier this month, Dball brought home a box turtle they picked up on their way home from Scout Camp.  I call it "critter", he calls it "torterra".

When we were in the backyard last week, I noticed some debris (??) hanging out of our apricot tree.  Was actually wondering if the littlest Kupcake somehow stuffed it up there.  Turns out it's a robin's nest, and they just weren't to precise with their building efforts.  But they did place some beautiful blue eggs there:

Thursday, June 13, 2013

different kind of week

With out boys at Scout Camp this week it's been somewhat different for Kupcake and me.  I am SO glad that D and B were able to go to the camp, and D went down the zipline and everything.  I wondered beforehand what exactly K and I would all week with just the two of us.

I'm thinking she had a plan all along. :) We've fed and watered the dog every day, watered the garden plants, played in the water hose, swung on the swings, swam in the pool, went to library day, cooked things, read books over and over for hours, went shopping.... we have not been bored.  K has slept through the night every night, wakes around 6:30 and I get her and put her in bed with me.  We generally get up around 9am.  Thanks to Nana we've learned that Daniel Tiger IS now available on PBS Kids through roku- hallelujah!

K has learned that while she is scared of the vacuum, it's much quicker if you can convince someone else (me, usually) to vacuum your messes off the floor instead of picking them up yourself.  Today, in particular, she put animal crackers on her floor and then asked me to vacuum them up.  I informed that I was NOT going to vacuum, and she could either vacuum them up herself or pick them up and put them back in the bowl.  After an hour or so she picked them up herself and brought me the bowl.

A little later she ate the first little bowl of popcorn just fine, but the second bowl wound up on the floor.  Where she feels I should vacuum it up from.  I still disagree with this plan where I clean up her mess, so she decided to wait it out.  She is now asleep on the chair in her room, with the popcorn still on the floor.  I'm thankful she's napping, because she hasn't napped for the last month or so.  Dinner will be much later though if she doesn't get the popcorn picked up soon after she wakes. 

This evening Kupcake feels like we should either go to "the cookie store", or make some cookies.  The chocolate kind! I do love her.  She definitely keeps me on my toes, but I wouldn't want her any other way. :)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

It's looking like surgery for Dball...

This morning I received a call from the radiology nurse (I swear that's what she said) at the pediatric clinic.  She said D has both an esophageal ring and a hiatal hernia.  Joy!  This Thursday we have a "surgical consult" with a Pediatric General Surgeon who travels from Arkansas Children's Hospital to NWA every month to see patients here.  I'm guessing that means there is to be a surgery, we just need to go over the xrays/upper GI that are on CD (that I have to remember to pick up from WRMC beforehand) and decide when and where, and what specifically he's going to surge. 

Dball is stressed out for a person anyway, and he's additionally so now thinking about the IV's and needles.  I'm hoping he'll like the Dr and maybe it will put him at ease some. 

Unfortunately, having some experience with both conditions, I know that ring didn't just show up one day.  It was built up, probably in part because of the hernia.  I'm wondering how long the poor boy has been suffering. :( I can't tell if he just thought whatever was going on was normal, or he just didn't want to tell me something was going on for fear of having to see a Dr to have it checked out.  And he's not talking.  I am REALLY glad we homeschool, and he's here with me most of the time.  I'm thankful he isn't being bullied all the time like he was in public school (which I didn't know about until way too late), and I wonder if that contributed to any of it.  I keep thinking back to how he refuses to eat at most other people's houses, and how he wouldn't eat lunch at public school AT ALL the entire first semester of kindergarten. 

All of which starts to depress me pretty quick.  I just hope the surgery is smooth and easy, and that he feels a great deal better afterward. 

Friday, May 31, 2013

This week's update.....

I say that as though I actually update every single week.  Or, even every single month! :)

Since my Dball only eats very few foods, outside of fruits, breads and desserts; I've found some vegetarian vitamins that got great reviews I've been trying to make him take every day.  He says they're too big to swallow, and they are pretty large, so often I cut them into 4 pieces.  Other days I mix them in his smoothie :).

One day last week I told him "just go ahead and take it, I don't have time to cut it right now, it'll go down fine!".  It didn't.  He choked and gagged, and burped and spit up fluids, and it took a really long time for it to finally go down.  This reaction reminded me of when he was 3-4 years old or so, and I kept getting bacon and other meats "stuck" in my throat.  They wouldn't go down, I couldn't get them back up.  Each episode would last for HOURS.  I would just keep telling myself that as long as I was breathing, I was going to be fine. 

Finally I went to the Dr about it and they ran an upper GI and found I had a Schatzki's Ring.  While I was under anesthesia for something else, they also took care of the ring.  I guess they blew a balloon up in there, now that I read about treatment for it.  It stretched it out, and I've been mostly fine since then.  Mine was caused by GERD/reflux.

So I took Dball to the Dr this week.  D is now 5'2" tall, and weighs 108#  (Kupcake is 35.5" tall, and weighed 32#).  The Dr, D and I discussed his issues, and Dr felt like it was most likely just a texture issue we could do OT for, but signed us up for an upper GI "just to rule out anything anatomical".  He figured since the child is in the 85-90th percentile, he is clearly getting enough nutrition.

Today was Upper GI day.  D is very nervous about anything medical, and today was no different.  He didn't seem surprised though when the radiologist pointed out the Schatzki's ring in his esophagus though.  Now he's nauseous from the barium and nervous about the results and what/when we will have it repaired/removed.  :(

Friday, May 24, 2013

Finally Friday

This week has dragged on so, I never thought it would end.

Kupcake slept through the night for a few nights, then Tues & Weds nights she got up around 4am, got in bed with me, and never went back to sleep for real as near as I can tell.  I have been tired and cranky! Of course she has too, but my crankiness is harder on everyone than her's is. 

Last night she slept in her bed til 5:30am, got in my bed, and stayed asleep until just after 9am.  THANK YOU. 

Kupcake took us on a walk in the stroller this morning, and fabulous DBall mowed the front yard.  He doesn't feel he should have to weed-eat or edge.  And, furthermore, he feels he should wait until tomorrow (and cross his fingers that it rains all day) to mow the back yard.

For several weeks there it was looking like the 11 y/o Scouts wouldn't be able to go to Scout Camp this year, because they made it a combined Aaronic Priesthood activity and you have to be 12 to get the Priesthood. :(  We were sad.  Bryson found out last night that the 11 y/o Scouts WILL be able to attend- just their fathers have to be with them on all High Adventure activities and the entire time they're at camp.  YAY!!! SO EXCITED!  Dball isn't so excited yet- but the zip-line, horseback riding and climbing (and swimming!) sound FAB to me.  I think he'll love it.  So mid-June Kupcake and I will . . . . . . . ? ? ?  No idea!  But It'll just be me and her for almost a whole week?!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

So what do you do all day anyway?

I have, at times, been under the distinct impression that the lack of visible accomplishment in my home could make it look as though I sit around eating bonbons all day.  I saw this story somewhere a few years ago, and it still cracks me up today.  Pretty much every time I read the last line, and when I see this picture- kinda drives it home.  I know the Lord wants me home with my children.  And I adore my children and love being able to be home with them every day.  But sometimes I'd like to sit around and actually eat bonbons all day.  Or read a good book, sip crystal lite, and not clean up after the kiddos all day, every day. :)

"A man came home from work and found his 5 children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn around garden, The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and no sign of the dog.

Walking in the door, he found even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, the throw rug was against one wall. In the front room the TV was on loudly with the cartoon channel, the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls. As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel...

She looked up at him, smiled and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, 'What happened here today?' She again smiled and answered, 'You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world do I do all day?...

' 'Yes," was his incredulous reply..

She answered, 'Well, today I didn't do it.'"

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cinco de Mayo

That is another excuse for me to eat Mexican food. I made pinto beans (Kupcake's favorite!) in the crockpot over night, chicken quesadillas in the crockpot during Church.  CANNOT WAIT!

It's been an interesting week I guess.  Wednesday it was 80° outside, we had to water our TOMATOES THAT WE PLANTED WHEN THE FARMER's ALMANAC SAID IT WOULD BE SAFE,  then it snowed on Friday and Saturday.  Even stayed on the ground for a good bit of the day on Friday.  I'm cold, and not terribly impressed.  I don't believe it has anything to do with global warming or the like, I think the Lord just likes to keep us on our toes and let us know who's in charge every now and again.

So Kupcake has had some teething issues the past week, and allergies as well.  Dball stayed home from Church today with allergies and asthma issues- he's had them for 3 days or so.  I'm SO THANKFUL it looks like it may warm up and stay that way this week.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Was SO hoping to avoid night terrors with this one...

but alas, it wasn't meant to be.  Poor Dball had them for months (years?) and I thought he handled them poorly...

However he was not as bad as Miss Kupcake- wow! She arches her back, screams random things ("No! Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine!", "Mommy NOOOOOWW!", "Purple blanket!" "I no LIKE!"), sounds frighteningly like the girl on exorcist whose head spins around.... it's very stressful for me.  I'm pretty sure she doesn't remember it in the mornings.

It's happened a few times over the last year, but I was hoping it was more random and isolated.  It seems to be brought on by stress, mostly.  Last year she was bitten by a girl in the nursery at Church, then bitten again by the same girl at park day, and she suffered for a week or two.  This past Sunday at Church she wandered out of the nursery while parents were leaving doors open while dropping off their kids, and found herself "lost" in the lobby.  Poor thing was traumatized.  Refused to stay in the nursery without a parent.  And she's woken up EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT. since then screaming and inconsolable.  Last night it went on for 30 minutes or so, then she went back down and it started again.

Blast it all! I thought it was Friday- apparently it's only Thursday.  I read on someone's blog the other day that they challenged themselves (and whomever else wanted to participate) to keep from complaining for 1 month.  It sounds like a good idea on the surface, along with not yelling at your kids for a month.... just wondering if it's truly doable. I mean for me, personally.  Surely I don't have any more to gripe about that anyone else?  And while things sometimes go not-quite-right in my life, if you consider third world countries and homeless, hungry people right here at home, my life is extremely blessed.

There I've almost talked myself into trying....