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Aly & her loot


Opening Gifts

My sister Jamie and her family live in California, they came out during the 2nd week of Christmas Break this year. It worked out for Aly’s dad and I to switch weeks so that she would be able to see her cousins while they were out here.

They came over on Christmas Day right before she came home and we were able to enjoy everyone’s company. Aly then spent the night with her cousins on Sunday and Monday night. I went over to my sister’s in-laws house on Monday to make earrings and hang out. Tuesday was a quiet day and Wednesday my sister’s oldest daughter spent the night at my place.

We dropped Jo off Thursday morning and hung out for a little bit before returning home. We always enjoy getting together with family even though time seems to go by much to fast when we are together. I was also fortunate enough to have this week off of work to catch up on some housework and sleep.

Back to school and work we go on Monday.



Waiting for instructions

Looking for the right bead

Final Product


Last year my friend Elisa taught me how to make earrings, it actually isn’t too bad if you can get past that each set and each earring will have its own character to them and they will NOT be perfect. On the other hand, you can make earrings just how you like them and nobody else will have the same earrings as you.

I haven’t made any in a while but have thought about it on and off. My sister and her family were coming to Utah for Christmas this year and so I had the idea that it would be a fun activity for those who have pierced ears and to also have them be presents. I enjoyed seeing the creativity that each person had and what they were able to come up with on their own.

Aly and I were able to make some to send home for my mom and other sister. I have never had anywhere “safe” to put my earrings and so I decided to make a display for them. I went to Lowe’s and got some chicken wire or gardening wire along with a can of textured spray paint. I took a frame that I had from home and sanded it just to rough up the wood. I spray painted it with 2 layers and let it fully dry, then I cut a piece of the wire to fit the internal part of the frame; basically the size of what the glass was. I then put the wire inside the frame and put in the cardboard for the backing. I hung it up in my bathroom along with the earrings and TADA, I have a place to display all my earrings. The top half is for me and the bottom is for Aly until I get hers made.

Thanks Elisa for teaching me how to make earrings.

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My baby turned 8 last Sunday. YES 8!!! I am not sure I feel old enough to have an 8 year old. She is so big and I know she really isn’t cause when she is twice this age I will be saying that too, but for now she is too big for me. We have celebrated her birthday ALL month long, literally! The first weekend we went to Red Robin for lunch and then we were going to go to the Circus but after waiting in a lengthy line they told us it was cash or check only! What the heck, who knew. It didn’t say that on the tickets. 😦 I felt bad but we made up for it and still had a good time. She got packages from Grandma, Aunt Lindy, and Aunt Jamie. It was so fun for her to get them all at different times and open them up. Nothing like getting something in the mail. (besides bills). I loved the cards her cousins wrote to her and to see them writing! Thanks everyone!

On her actual Birthday she wanted to have a special dinner with Mike,Elisa,Calli and Family. I love how tender her heart is and how she is so sentimental. She is appreciative of the time that is put into a gift or an outing. Her laugh is awesome! I love to hear it and don’t think it comes out often enough. She is a loyal friend and cares for everyone. She has a huge spirit in such a young body. I feel honored to be her Mom and privileged to raise her. It is overwhelming sometimes to love a child.
The CAKE, Thanks a MILLION Elisa. As always , it was oh so delicious. We had chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, spinach/artichoke dip ( homemade ), homemade roles compliments of Elisa’s Mom. Thank you EVERYONE for making this such a SPECIAL day.

When these two get together they can LAUGH the WHOLE entire time. It is the most beautiful sound! This is when Aly is truly herself, this is when she lets it all out.

Here is the bag I made her with assistance from Elisa. This was made from a pair of jeans that she would wear EVERY day if I let her. They were almost capris and the knees had holes the size of craters. I figured this was the only way she would accept me getting “ride” of them. It worked. She LOVED it.

I felt like Aly aged about 10 years when I bought her, her scriptures. She was and is so proud of them. Check out the outfit she wore to church, I LOVE my kid!

This last weekend almost felt like a vacation, time seemed to extend itself. It was so nice and exactly what I needed. I felt like I had not been to work for awhile when I got back on Monday. I worked on my quilt top and finished that portion. Did Elisa’s hair, cut Aly’s, played some serious Rockband, ate delicious food and got my laundry done. I’m glad I can keep up on my hairskills by doing Elisa’s hair. It was pretty funny, after I cut Aly’s hair she was sitting on the ground and Miss Calli walked over to her hair and was putting her hands in it and playing with it. She is too cute. These girls were so dang cute this weekend. They laughed so much, they were belly rolling. It was making us all laugh. There is no better sound in the world then the laughter of a child. Calli can say Aly now and was saying it all weekend long. I have to agree with her mom and say she is so smart. All the words that she knows and how much she understands when you talk to her. She is like a windup toy and is nonstop. On Saturday she wanted nothing to do with a nap and was screaming like a chicken being choked. I was laughing cause it was so dramatic. The minute she got up she was fine. Hey who wants to miss a party. I love these girls so much. I am so grateful to be a part of their lives and to watch them grow and learn. To watch them with life’s discoveries.

Thank you for a perfect weekend and ALL that you do!!!!