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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Because I Love You Most....

     After all the teeth have been brushed and everyone has mad one last potty stop, we say prayers with all the kids, and then usually I sing them song. But, we have one more  little bedtime ritual, it all starts when someone says "I Love You MOST!" That statement is answered with: "I Love you MORE!" Then the reply is given, "Love you to the moon and back!" And, finally the ritual is completed with, "I love you till the stars don't shine." Only then will my children, especially my daughter, resign themselves to the idea of falling asleep.
     So when I was thinking of a little meaningful Valentine decoration, the first phrase that popped into my head was, "Love you MOST". Soon thereafter a new free printable was born. Just for you for Valentine's Day.

     Just right click on the "Love you MOST" printable and then "save image as" to your computer.
     Yours is a little prettier than mine because I gave it a lovely pink border. Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Wickedest Halloween Party of them all!


Our niece Brittany passed away 2 weeks prior to our family Halloween party. Because she loved Halloween, we continued with our plans of having the party and did so in her honor.
This is the beautiful Belle dress she would have worn.
We miss you Brittany; the fairest of them all.

For year's I have dreamed of dressing up as the wicked Queen from Snow White. Who wants to be the fairest of them all when you can be wicked!? And why not center our whole Halloween party theme around me?......the wicked Queen, that is.

Our first stop, the vain queen's Mirror Room(living room)

"Each day the vain queen 
consulted her magic mirror, 
"Magic Mirror on the wall, 
who is the fairest one of all?"
Simply gather all the mirrors from your house, buy a few extras from dollar tree, and
you will have a room perfect for a vain Evil Queen.

Some green colored water, red apples, and a little dry ice and viola.....
bubbling poison apples!

I spy an evil queen and an old hag.

Next on our tour the Spell Room(kitchen)
 "Now, make a Wish and take a Bite" 
 poison apple brew.
Apples, apples, and more apples!

Last stop on our tour, the Enchanted Forest (family room)
 "Take her far into the forest.....
 And there, my faithful huntsman, 

you will kill her!
And bring back her heart...."

Slave in the Mirror!

Instead of cutting out tree silhouettes, as I have done in years past,(remember Breann?)
 I decided to tape up some black butcher paper
 and then draw my heart out with a fat white paint pen.

Eat your heart out evil queen

Let the parade of costumes begin!

L to R: Magic Mirror, Evil Queen, Snow White, Screamer, Steve from Mine Craft ,
Luke Skywalker (from the Degoba system), and a Harry Potter Death Eater.

L to R: Walt from Breaking Bad, Cruella Devil, Cute Nerd,
Cute Boy Nerd, and a Cute Pirate
L to R: Super Girl, Sheldon Cooper (unzipping his brain), Amy Farah Fowler,
Bat Girl, Purple guy, and Zombie Dancer

L to R: Davy Crockett, Maleficent, and Elsa
Holt from the Ranger's Apprentice book series, or Robin Hood, if you don't know who Holt is.

 May your Halloween be Wicked good fun!
Love, The Crockett Gang.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Before" and "8 years After"

Sometimes it's nice to look back and see how far we have come......We live in a world of before and after pictures. Don't get me wrong, I love a good after shot. But, it's easy to loose a sense of reality and begin to think all "after" pictures happen overnight. When in reality budget, time, and energy constraints ARE the reality.
 I, like most people want to make my world more beautiful to live in. A desire to improve upon what I've been given is just who I am. But, there are times when the cost of groceries to feed my kids override the option of spending money on new built ins in the living room. We can't afford to pay a professional landscaper (which is fine I have more fun doing it myself anyway) so bit by bit we put our green thumbs to work. It has taken us 8 years before we could finally stand back and say look what we did/are doing. So while the transformation of our yard didn't happen overnight, like on TV or pinterest. It is an ongoing labor I love! Bring on the before and 8-years-after pictures!
That sad tree in the middle of the picture died.

The tan pavers I got for free from a neighbor up the street.


I think I need to  plant more hostas around the black planter.
I want them to get big and bushy!