November 20, 2010

Best Buds

Ford and Connor are best buds.  They both started Kindergarten this past fall and are in the same class.  They play with each other almost every day after school.  And what do they play you may ask?
They play ‘Super Hero Dress Up’, Batman and Captain Rex, Legos, Super Mario Bros., Star Wars Wii, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, Cars and Trucks, Knights protecting fair maidens, Good Guys and Bad Guys, Cops, Nerf Guns.  They play with light sabers, guns, swords, legos, dinosaurs, dragons, cars, trucks, planes, trains, stuffed animals, action figures, boats, sleds, scooters, bikes, wagons, motorized jeeps, hangers, roller skates, skate boards, capes, super hero costumes, masks, hats, etc. 
I am so glad that we live right across the street from Connor.  What would we do without him!

November 18, 2010

SURPRIZE birthday say what!

We really like Hannah Montana in our house.

My friends and I have a new tradition...well ever since last year.  Whenever it's someone's birthday...we go to the Cracker Box in Carson City for breakfast.  They're only open from 6am-2pm.  And they have the best 'spuds' I have ever tasted.  So when it was my birthday we all headed out to Cracker Box!  I love this tradition.  Me, Emily, Jenni, Paula, and Bridgette!  Thanks girls!  And thanks, Bridgette, for my breakfast present.  It sure was tasty!

For my birthday this year, Brandon surprised me with a small party of friends!  He came home about 3 o'clock with grocery bags of food.  I asked him what was going on and he said...I told you I was throwing you a surprise birthday party! (He told me on Sunday.  I told him we needed to go to the O'Barr's going away party and he said we couldn't.  I asked why and he said because we're having a party for your birthday.  I thought he was     

We had a yummy BBQ, presents, and FABULOUS company.  I had a great time.  Thank you everyone for coming to my party.  Thanks, Brandon for thinking of me and showing me how much you love me.  Kisses and Hugs!

November 15, 2010

Best Friends Separated

Emma and Kennidy have been best friends for almost 3 years.  Since we moved to Dayton pretty much.  And now Emma and her family are moving to Ohio.  It is very sad for us.  Emma is such a good example and her family is so wonderful.  They have the kind of kids you hope your kids make friends with because they are good, know right from wrong, and are still normal kids.  
I got to take pictures of Kennidy and Emma before they left town.  Connie, Emma's mom, got the girl's 'BF' necklaces.  One had a hole wear a star fits and the other has a raised star that fits in a hole.  They are so cute.  Thanks, Connie.  You think of everything cute and fun!
I love these girls.

Kendra and Aubrey are super good friends, BFFs if you will.  I got to take their pictures, too.  They have the greatest personalities.  They giggled the entire photo shoot!  I wish I could have captured the sound of their giggles.  It was very contagious.
We will miss the entire O'Barr family!

November 12, 2010

Happy Birthday, Adam!

Adam had a great birthday.  I think his favorite gift was tickets to 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1'.  He was given 2 tickets.  One for him and one for a friend.  
He also got a Harry Potter Calendar, real football, scouting shirt, book, and neckerchief and 2 Lego Quiddich Sets.  He also got a Target Gift card he is dying to use but can't decide what to buy.  There are so many things he wants!  Decisions, decisions.

Happy Birthday, Adam!  We love you so much and are so grateful that you're part of our eternal family.

November 08, 2010

Etsy Store

For the last month I have been learning how to crochet flowers, ear warmers, and spiral scarves.  Now that I have a handle of them...I have joined Etsy!  Etsy is an online store for everything homemade.  
I currently have 2 items listed but have high hopes for other items if they do well.  And will do a bit of advertisement here on my blog.  

I absolutely love my ear warmers.  There are so many options.  The ear warmers come in a variety of colors and have a crochet flower attached to them unless you'd like them to be interchangeable.  The flowers that come off the hat have a hair clip attached to them and the ones that stay with the hat are sewn on so they don't come off.  The flowers can be the same color as the ear warmer or a different color.  The ear warmers are also adjustable with 2 buttons in the back.
Measurements: 4" wide x 20" long
Custom: Yes.  
Colors: Mustard Yellow, Pumpkin Orange, Purply Grape, Crisp White, Midnight Black, Chocaholic Brown, Seafoam Blue, Navy Blue, Avocado Green, Canary Yellow, Cherry Red, Red Brick, Hot Pink, Bright Lavendar,  Green Apple, Bright Orange...and any other color that you might like.
Etsy Price: $15.00 
Friends/Family Price: $10.00 (Call or email
Visit my Etsy shop at!  

Fall in Tahoe

The kids had a day off last week so I thought I'd take the opportunity to take their pictures in Tahoe.  Little did I know that my loving husband had made his own plans to take Adam golfing.  Hasn't he learned that after 14 years of marriage that he needs to clear it with me because I'm the one who actually stays home with the kids and plans to do things on their days off?  Apparently not!  

So I took Kennidy, Makinley, and Ford.  I wish Adam had been there so I could have gotten some group photos.  It was really pretty in Tahoe.  We went to Taylor's Creek.  There are lots of great places for pictures.  The sun was a bit harsh and so I only got a few.   I think I took too many of Makinley.  Oh well.

November 01, 2010

Happy Haunting!

This weekend was a long one for us Nevadans.  Nevada Day falls on the last Saturday of every October.  Which means NO SCHOOL the Friday before.  So we took the opportunity to go to the Idaho Cabin.
We spent our time with lots of family.  Grandma & Grandpa Creswell, Melissa, Asher,  & Tatiana, Maren, Dallin, Noah, & James.  For Halloween Tatiana & Asher were Nerd & Zombie Nerd.  Noah & James were both Elmo.  And Adam, Makinley, Ford, & Kennidy were Camp Half-Bloods from Percy Jackson and the Olympians!
For lunch on Saturday, Grandma Creswell had a special treat for the kids.  But they had to eat their lunch blindfolded.  Grandma had fun games, 

Maren had fun crafts, 

and we all pulled together for a Halloween dinner complete with cut off fingers wrapped in bandages (aka pigs in a blanket), albino witch's fingers (aka string cheese with green bell peppers), dragons blood (aka red juice), blended mummies brains (aka cranberry ambrosia), and tasty monster bites (aka sliced apples with almond slivers for teeth).  Everything was so yummy.

We had planned to take the kids Trick or Treating in Boise but when we got one was to be seen.  There were no trick or treaters anywhere!  So Plan B was put into effect.  We took all the kids to Albertsons to buy their favorite candy!  And 15 bags of candy later...we walked out of Albertsons and headed back to the cabin for some Trick or Treating Cabin style.
On our way back to the cabin we came to a stop for a deer that was sitting in the middle of the road.  Why would a deer be sitting in the middle of the road?  Well, a man got out of his car to get the deer out of the way and as soon as the deer got up our question was answered. The deer had been hit by a car and his hind leg was broke.  He tried to stand up only to fall down again.  Once he got his balance, a hunter got out of his car with his rifle and shot the deer on the side of the road.  The kids were shocked and saddened by this but Brandon explained that this was a good thing several reasons.  And he told all the kids why.  
Finally after finding no trick or treaters and seeing a deer murdered on the side of the road, we got back to the cabin for some fun of our own.  All the adult divided up the candy and sat behind a door and waited for our Trick or Treaters.  Brandon decided to go into one of the sheds and be the 'SCARY house'.  I was the 'SWEET OLD LADY house'.  Dallin was the 'NICE OLD MAN house' and I don't know what the others were because I was in the other shed.  The kids had so much fun and got TONS of candy.  And all the good kinds.  Chocolate!  Yum.  I made sure all the kids knew that if any of them didn't want the Almond Joys I would take them.  And boy did they deliver.  I was in Almond Joy heaven!
Sunday, we got dressed and headed down to the Idaho City Branch.  We were saddened again by an empty parking lot.  Apparently Idaho goes Trick or Treating on Sunday instead of attending church.  We really can't live in this state.