One of the dolls

This morning I fed Kole and propped him up on the couch while I fixed breakfast for the girls. I told Ellie to keep an eye on him. Five minutes later I went to pick him up and found this…

She told me she was getting the babies ready for a movie. I’ll have to save this one for Kole’s future wife. :)

At my mom’s again (wish Kenny could have come). I’m having a great time so far and and it goes without saying that so are my girls. Aside from dragging out all of my old Cabbage Patch Dolls they are spending lots of time with family and in the pool. Love being in Utah for the 4th. Love this picture.

Summer organizing

Last week I mentioned being in a funk and going on an organizing rampage. Since my mom was here to help with the kids I was able to get so much done! (thanks mom!) Here are some of the before and after pics.

I’ve been wanting to use my bedroom hutch to house all of the educational workbooks, flashcards, etc. for the girls. Beginning of summer seemed like the perfect time to get this mess in order.

Everything is categorized – bottom shelf is stuff on Addison’s level, middle shelf for Ellie, and the top shelf for educational stuff that they aren’t quite ready for. Now when we have down time over the summer it will be so easy to pull out something to work on with them.

Love being able to close the cupboards and have it put away so the girls aren’t getting into it without me.

Next I attacked the games. Our games were spread out all over my house. Some were in the girls’ closet, some were in the hutch, some were in a cupboard downstairs – none of them were getting played with much.

I rounded them all up and put them in this big drawer below the girls’ bunk beds (these big storage drawers were the reason I fell in love with their bunk beds in the first place). Now they are all together and in a location that the girls can get to easily. Ready for summer afternoons when we need a little down time.

On to closets! Here’s another mid-mess picture. Kole loves to stare at the light coming through the window almost as much as I love to stare at him.

I went through all of the girls’ clothes (I do this every six months) and got rid of the stuff they aren’t wearing and organized all of their summer clothes.

Warmer clothes that will still fit them next year are on the other side of the closet.

Then I organized all of their drawers. One for ballet clothes/shoes, one for summer nightgowns, one for swimsuits, etc.

Since I had so many bags already going to Goodwill I decided it was a good time to go through the baby toys and get rid of stuff I didn’t think I’d use for Kole.

Fun to see all of these toys out again. :)

Since the girls’ closet and games were organized I decided to complete their room by going through all of their books. Kole is an organizing maniac!

I got rid of A LOT of books. We had too many and there were quite a few the girls weren’t reading anymore.

Love it! Now we have room for new books. I put all of the leveled books for Ellie to read this summer on the bottom shelf (along with a few for Kole) and then just straightened the rest.

Done! Everything on my to-do list checked off. Such a good feeling! Did I cure my funk? I don’t know, but I’m definitely feeling more ready for summer. :)

BPS Giveaway Winner!

So instead of using the ‘Random Integer Generator’ to pick a winner, I decided to do things the old fashioned way. I wrote all of your names down on slips of paper and had Ellie draw a winner. We did a drum roll and everything. It was just more fun that way. :)

The winner of Jessica’s “Don’t Blink: Scrapbooking Your Baby’s First Year” class is –

lettersfromsouthbeach who said:

“I would love the opportunity to win! I have a 5 and 3 year old and have yet to make their baby books! Thanks!”

Congrats! E-mail me at so I can send you the class code.

For those of you who were interested in the class and didn’t win, remember to use the coupon code and you can take the class for about the price of lunch. Happy Scrapping!

A giveaway!

Jessica Turner contacted me and asked if I was interested in doing a giveaway on my blog. Fun! This is my first. :) Her timing was perfect because I had just been thinking about how this fall when my girls go back to school I need to make Kole’s baby book a priority. If I don’t make it happen while he is still a baby, chances are it won’t happen at all! Jessica is offering 20% off of her self paced class called “Don’t Blink: Scrapbooking Your Baby’s First Year.” I’m excited to take her class and get some new ideas and a little motivation to do Kole’s book. Who knows…maybe I’ll get motivated to do Addison’s too. That would be my four year old. Nice.

Class Description:
Finding time to scrapbook amidst milestones and diaper changes can be a challenge, but it is possible! In the self-paced class Don’t Blink: Scrapbooking Your Baby’s First Year, you will receive tips, tricks and inspiration to complete your baby’s first year album – while he or she is still a baby. And don’t despair, if your baby is walking and talking, Don’t Blink will still inspire you to complete his album before he graduates high school.

As a new mommy who works full-time, writes The Mom Creative blog and loves to scrapbook, Jessica Turner’s life is a constant juggling act. After not finding any baby scrapbooking resources she loved and with a commitment to completing her son’s first year album while he was still a baby, she developed Don’t Blink: Scrapbooking Your Baby’s First Year.

After taking Don’t Blink, you will be inspired to create dozens of layouts for your baby’s scrapbook. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the amount of pictures you have taken and the layouts you could make, you will have the tools needed to create a scrapbook that will be cherished for generations by your child. AND, you will be able to get it done during naptimes, at night and whenever else you can squeeze in fifteen to thirty minutes to scrapbook!

Class link:

Coupon code for my readers:

Jessica is giving all of my blog readers 20% off Don’t Blink!
(link to: at At checkout use the code: blogblink to redeem your discount. (This makes the class only $8 instead of the normal $10!)

*Disclaimer: This coupon only applies to the Don’t Blink Self-Paced class; coupon does not apply towards other Self-Paced Projects, Workshops or Gift Certificates. Good for one time use, per student. Expires December 20th, 2010 at 10pm PST. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Coupon must be entered in the “Promo Code” box during checkout and press “apply” button; discount will be applied immediately. Not applicable towards previous purchases. Other terms and restrictions may apply.

Aside from the coupon Jessica is giving away one free spot in her class! If you would like to win a spot, leave me a comment on this post before Monday, June 28th and I’ll draw a winner.

{This is fun} :)

A quick page

Just sharing a page I put together for Addison’s Project Life book –

It was a quick one. I did it while Kole was sleeping and the girls were watching High School Musical for the first time. Opened a whole new can of worms with that movie!

Felt good to be scrapbooking again.
Happy Wednesday!