Let's Ketchup

As a blogger it's always been really hard not to share
all our special moments as foster parents,
but now that this "small Fry" is ALL MINE
it's time to dish out the sweet stuff.

Pete's 1st party was pretty much pulled together at the very last minute. 
It was hard to face celebrating an entire year of this sweet baby boys life
knowing he could be taken away from us at any time.
But although he wasn't ours legally, 
he was MY baby boy.
So we went forward with throwing a over-the-top 
1st birthday party, so that my husband and I
along with our friends and family could celebrate
this special little man who had brought us all
so much joy and fun the last past year.

Pete LOVES french fries, and especially Ketchup
so it just seemed so fitting to run with the theme.

I could not believe my luck 
when I spotted these mustard and ketchup bottles
at the dollar store. The packaging said they were paint bottles
but the entire pack all red and yellow!!!

I love the idea of smash cakes,
but we were on a pretty tight budget
so I thought we would try a bowl full of ketchup instead

and boy was it fun!!!

It took a bit before he really got into it...
but once he got the idea
boy did he go for it!

I'm so glad we decided to make Pete's birthday just as special
as if he had been our baby boy all along.
I would have forever regretted it,
and felt pretty crummy about going all out for baby girl's birthday
which will be here in just one short month. 

After throwing Pete's party I was kinda stuck on the idea
of ketchup and mustard, 
and so began a series of sketches of anthropomorphic fast food friends.
It took 7 months but I finally turned those rough ideas
into a series of 7 embroidery patterns
which is now available in my 

I'm a novice at embroidery but I'm pretty happy with how 
these two tops turned out
and must confess that I think I caught the embroidery bug
it's kinda relaxing... and a great road trip activity.

Photo-shoot with two charming young men
is in the forecast for these two tops.
Can't hardly wait!! 

P.S. You can now follow silly ol' me on instagram 
for "behind the scenes" of current projects
and life at home with my kiddos. 

My Sweet Petey Pie

My goodness is my heart just pounding
with joy and excitement
in sharing that our little family is in every way complete.
As of the the 13th of March
our little boy is officially ours
and we are his!

Our Peter came to us through Health and Welfare when he was just 5 days old.
When we received the call we were NOT on the list to take
any new foster placements.
We were also at that moment in the car driving to the IVF clinic 
to find out whether or not I was pregnant. 
Panic and confusion quickly surfaced
I couldn't help but think
"Great, this is God giving me a baby but not the one I want."
I know that sounds terrible, but I was already in a terrible state
wanting so badly for this round of IVF to bring us 
the miracle we so desperately wanted to come to fruition.  
With no time to process what this placement would mean,
we said "yes", knowing all to well that H&W 
would have no trouble placing a newborn baby. 

While waiting for results of my blood work,
we picked up this tiny 5 lb. cutie
and headed to K-mart for diapers and such.
And that is where we were when we got the call,
the call that changed our lives forever.
Little did we know then that the call just hours earlier
was just as much a life changer!!!

If you've followed my blog these last 18 months
you know that my pregnancy was a nightmare from
start to finish. Not exactly an ideal situation for caring 
for a newborn baby (and two other foster kiddos!).
I was SO sick, and I can't even say just how many times
I asked my husband to let us send our Peter to another home.
There was little possibility of the case going to adoption,
that it didn't always seem logical to me to keep him.
I just wanted to sleep, and not toss my cookies 
every time he soiled his britches. 

But hubby just kept insisting that we make it work.
He even stepped up to the "changing table"
 and took care of all the stinky britches
whenever he was home! 
Then again after the birth of our daughter I was so ill from
the ordeal my body endured during my delivery 
that I questioned why we weren't sending him to another home.
I was unable to even pick him up for over a month,
how could I not think he would be better cared for by another foster momma?
H&W was still very adamant that his case
 would not result in an outside adoption. 

Again my husband was the one that stepped up and took care of Pete
when I could not and thank goodness he did!
At 14 months we were preparing for our little guy to be sent to his new home
when we got the call that was most unexpected -
we were chosen to be Peter's adopted family!
I think I had them repeat themselves two or three times
just to make sure I understood them right.

My babies are just over 7 months apart.
They are quickly becoming the best of friends,
and I can't hardly wait to watch the two of them grow up together.
Peter is such a little fellow that I call him
Annalea's big "little" brother. 
Baby girl already outweighs him by 4lbs.

On March 13th we legally became a family. 
But the way I see it
we came to be a family back in 2012
in a K-mart checkout line. 

Pretty in Purple

Loving my new cut and color.
I know my hubby would love it long
but I'm a short hair kinda gal.
always have been, always will be.
I'm also pretty sure he's not too keen
on the purple either
but he is such a good sport about these things.
We don't really celebrate Valentines 
but I would like to send out 
a very enthusiastic
to my dreamboat.
Thank you for always loving me just as I am!!!

A "Tiny" Shoe Fetish

I've recently rediscovered the blogging bug.
I forgot what an amazing outlet sharing all the silly things 
that make me happy can be. 
My ever growing collection of childrens shoes
is one such thing that is absolutely ridiculous
but such a "big happy" thing for me.
It all started about 10 years ago,
when I snagged these cool kicks by PONY
at Famous Footwear for FREE!
I had $10 in credit that was about to expire
and well long story short
I couldn't pass them up.
Even though I was still in my teens (eeck)! 
I know I'm nuts, but then again
gosh they sure are awesome!
Obviously I would have got them in my size
 had that been an option.

but I did just discover that my size 8 feet
fit into girls size 6 shoes. Sweet!
yupp, I'm totally rocking these - Glittery Pink Converse. 

So like I said the PONY shoes were just the start.
Well okay, it wasn't until I was married
that I started "the box".
Seriously, why are kids shoe's so awesome?!
I've pretty much found all my shoes
at local second hand, and "trade in" baby stores.
Typically I pay between $3-$6. 

I can totally picture my hubby rolling his eyes 
when I grabbed these Snow White pumps 
with over the top enthusiasm and maybe a bit of a funky
"oh, yeah I found an AMAZING
 item at an AMAZING price" dance.

Love these red patent leather pumps! 

With 3 horse loving aunts,
 and a momma who loves a good ol' fashioned rodeo
a girl's got to have herself some cowboy boots. 

Oldies but goodies :)

Swoon - Need I say anything more?

These are fancy - someone spent a good penny on them I'm sure of it.

These "oh my gosh are they not the cutest things ever"
Aster shoes are just like new. I couldn't believe my eyes,
or the $5 price tag. 

Just love the bow on these. Perfect for easter. 

Last but not least -
Loved my OshKosh B'gosh as a kid, love it even more now. 
These pretty puppies are not used,
and were not on sale.
But I COULD NOT pass them up. 
So thank you Mom for my Target holiday gift card! 

Let's give some love to MiniToko's French Valentine digi-kit
available at Kitschy Digitals.

Project Life - Getting Organized

I'm preparing to start my baby books for my two little monsters.
I've know for quite some time that I wanted to use the 
Project life syste
So I've spent the last year organizing my supplies
so that when I do find the time
it will be easy to find what I want relatively quickly.

We were given some puzzles a few years back for Christmas.
The boxes were clever but super impractical for storing the puzzle pieces.
Not only would the pieces get mixed up, 
but if you didn't have them all laying horizontal
you couldn't shut the lid. It was frustrating to say the least. 
So the puzzles found a new home,
and the boxes came to my rescue in the form of the "perfect"
organizing system for my Project Life supplies.
Here is an example of what type of boxes I'm talking about
in case you haven't seen them before.
But I'd keep an eye out at thrift store... 'cuz they're a little pricey.

I'm sure the boxes come in a variety of sizes but mine are the exact perfect
dimensions for the 3x4 and 4x6 standard Project Life cards. 
Couldn't be more perfect in fact! 
I could probably use a couple more boxes 
so that my system would be even easier.
But for now I have a section for words, letters and numbers, 
people, animals, and inadament objects.
You could have your paper organized by colors, and your objects by themes,
the possibilities are endless. 
I'm not exactly a world-class organizer so this system is sufficient enough for me. 

I save everything! 
I even find myself cutting up words from junk mail, 
or patches off my kiddos clothing, and of coarse old well loved books.
I also have purchased a handful of digital files just ready to print. 
(in fact you can snag a free set of 4 from my Springtime collection - here)

Anytime the camera comes out in this house
Bill dog is right there. I mean literally right in the middle of the action. 
It's pretty comical really although it drives me absolutely mad at the moment. 

Here are a few groupings I put together just playing around
with colors and such.

Then I played around with different concepts using some of the same elements.
Just like children playing with a puzzle
I could loose myself for hours just arranging different groupings. 
It's kind of therapeutic - at least for me. 
design without the sticky glue and clean up.

But of coarse the glue will find it's way out of the drawer
just as soon as I get some pictures printed,
and if I'm lucky get a little someone to start taking naps.

Do you have a Project Life scrapbook?
If so, have you come up with any clever storage/organizing solutions?