Monday Mingle 10.31.11

>> Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!
1. What are your Top 3 Pet Peeves?
2. Do you lose your temper easily?
3. What is the biggest cooking disaster that has happened to you?

Link up with Eighty MPH Mom and her Monday Mingles!

I also have a fun little giveaway going on right now with a bunch of great blogs. Enter to win a $200 Toys R Us giftcard!!


"Last Minute Santa" $200 Toys R Us Giveaway

I love entering giveaways and to have a big one like this on my little old blog well I am beyond thrilled! A $200 gift card to Toys R Us would allow you to check a lot of things off your list (and mine too). That is big right?


To enter is simple- follow all the steps on the rafflecopter below and your in! Easy peasy! Now go forth and enter! I want to say a big thank you to the other amazing blogs for allowing the Zoo to join in! ♥ Giveaway will run from October 31- November 11 at midnight.


52 Weeks of Me - Humor (43/52) & Mask (44/52)

>> Sunday, October 30, 2011

Catch up city! Here is my Humor shot from last week. I didn't like the original shot that I took and, well, it took me a week to get a replacement *blushing*. Please, don't whisper it just shout it out loud because I know I am a complete slacker.


This week is all about the masks. Take it how you want but I find that b/w is one of my masks. Mask my pain and hide my flaws - works for me right now.


The images resemble each other and I had no intention of that. Sure they were taken within 15 minutes of each other (remember I admitted to being a slacker) but for them to be so the same but opposite wasn't my intent. Happy and sorrow. Hiding behind something because you aren't ready to really face what you need to. I guess it sort of fits with my life right now.

Please add your selfie to our flickr pool so we can all check them out in 1 place. Let's do Vintage next week shall we? Snapity snap snap of myself and I will call it a day. Vintage shot of a vintage mama lol :)


Insta-Friday 10.28.11

>> Friday, October 28, 2011

Hard to believe that it is another Friday already. No school here today for our Piper so girls and I are headed to the mall. To find me a dress. Or maybe pick out some boots. We'll see what strikes my fancy when we get there. I might even hop in the shower for the occasion so I smell all purdy for the sales clerk I will give my money to. I am super cheap when it comes to clothes or the like so this is a big deal for me. Anyway on to our week!

Sunday we ate at a fabulous Mexican restaurant that have the best margaritas. If I go there I want one. Did it matter that it was before 1pm?

Liquid Lunch

Sunday night while the girls were at Awana I went and got a new tattoo. I have been wanting this for a long time now but had to wait until I was done being pregnant and/or nursing before I could do it. Then I had to wait until I had some help with the girls because lets face it they have come a long way but tattoo parlors (are they still called that?) are not the best place for 3 littles under 6. This was right after I took off the bandage. My wrist isn't normally that wrinkly. Yet. 3 little birds for our 3 little birds.

New wrist tat for my 3 little birds <3

Riding her scooter in flip flops our Ruby is the poster child for safety. Not. Heck, at least she decided on a helmet.

Keeping up

Finally my girlfriend gave our girls this super fun jeep. My kids have not really had anything that goes this fast and all of them are in heaven with it. They can't stop smiling when they are driving around. Thank you Rachael and family ♥

New jeep

life rearranged


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Pear Tree Greetings!

>> Thursday, October 27, 2011

As I sit here and type this post about Christmas cards it is 80 degrees outside. The thing is though for any of us who want to get out and take a picture specifically for a Christmas card we have to start thinking now. What to wear? Where should we have the "photoshoot"? Finally the most important decision. What card design do I want this year?

The quality of the card is as important to an amateur photog, like myself, as the picture itself. A perfect shot printed on cheap paper still looks bad. I will admit that I used to go to the big name stores and order 100 of the "photo cards" and sent them out proudly with sun in my kids eyes and them barely looking at the camera. As I started grasping photography more I spent a few years creating my own cards in photoshop, having them printed, bought envelopes separately, and sending them out. And then we had Ruby. If you read my blog you know this child keeps us all on our toes. Nowadays I still want the originality of a home made card but the quality from a professional printer but I just don't have the time to do it myself. I have found happiness with Pear Tree Greetings.

You don't have to love photography to love a nice card though. Maybe you would choose to be a little different with an ornament shaped card or the modern christmas letter might be more your thing. Finding that perfect card is easy at Pear Tree Greetings with so many choices. I have been attempting to be more "green" so I chose a recycled card. It shares the fun times our family had this year with everyone we don't get to talk to everyday.

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So, pick out that outfit, take that picture, and then relax because Pear Tree Greetings makes choosing, designing, and ordering a breeze.

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Wordful Wednesday - Halloween 2011

>> Wednesday, October 26, 2011

They are sisters. While they do enjoy the same games and many of the same playtime activities they couldn't be more different. Halloween this year is an example of just how different our girls are.

I would have made Piper a different costume but she embraced her "gothic bride". The eyeliner underneath her eyes bugs her and the white face paint itches a little but she loves this costume. Never in a million years would I have guessed that our Piperoni would choose this. Never. I am entering this haunting shot of P in our lovely WW hostesses "Something Spooky" contest. Seriously I can't believe this is my kid!

Halloween 2011

If I thought anyone in our house would be a goth bride it would be Violet. Nope. She got to choose her costume this year and you know what she picked? Mary Had a Little Lamb. I couldn't believe it and let her think about it for a day but that is what she wanted. When in the costume our Violetta exudes sweetness. She is a sweet girl other times too but come on girls got sass!

Halloween 2011

Finally baby Ruby who really can't be called a baby anymore. *sniff* I gave her the choice of 2 costumes and she picked the pink pony. It arrived while she was napping and when she got up and saw it squealed "Woo Hoo!" Ask her what she is for Halloween and she will tell you "Woo Hoo!" I love it! Rubarb surprised me by keeping her little pony hat on. Normally she doesn't like anything on her head. I guess in her head it sort of goes with the "Woo Hoo!" package.

Halloween 2011

There is Halloween this year at the zoo. I will try and get pics of them on Monday but it is difficult to get them to cooperate these days. They are mini bullheads. Obviously inherited from their daddy.


I heart faces - Let Them Be Little

>> Monday, October 24, 2011

I was talking to someone about my kids yesterday and she asked me what has been my favorite age so far. That is hard to answer because I love my girls and while some ages are more trying than others they have all been cool for one reason or another. Some ages things just click and life is easy. Other ages you get to see miracles like walking, talking, understanding. My favorite though? Newborn. Give me a little tiny baby. I will take those all night nursing sessions. Cuddling that baby in a wrap and feeling new baby squishiness all day long next to you - bliss. I miss it. So much.

This is my favorite shot that I took of our little Rubarb when she was brand spankin new. It's on my wall and I look at it everyday and it makes my heart swell. Oh to have just that day back would be heaven to me.

sleeping ruby and Matt (1 of 1)

The above shot has a texture applied to it I think. My computer crashed and all of my old stuff is on a hard drive downstairs - good place right? It looks pixelly to me but I think it is the weird texture I chose lol :)



>> Friday, October 21, 2011

Soooo one of the first things I did after getting my new iPhone (oh thank you Sprint for finally getting it in our network and a big THANK YOU to hubs for buying it for me ♥) was download Instagram. Still getting used to it but I love that I have a handy little pocket camera that takes really nice pics (don't judge from mine because I am new to smartphones in general). So here we go and I am linking up with Jeannette for my very first Insta-Friday.

Only in NC would our Ruby wear a tank top one day and then have to wear hat, coat, and be covered in a blanket 2 days later. Crazy week of weather here! This was obviously the tank top day.

I had lunch on Tuesday with my favorite 1st grader. She said "Let's have lunch every Tuesday mama" Don't have to twist my arm!

My husband was tired and did not want to carve this pumpkin but the girls wanted one done so bad so in a moment of awesomeness he obliged. Notice the concentration.

The result.

life rearranged


Wordful Wednesday

>> Wednesday, October 19, 2011

She asks for "Boom Boom Boom" (Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas) every time we get in the van to go anywhere. Her current obsession is strapping any baby or stuffed animal into a carseat before we get out of the van which takes forevah and really tries my patience. But then she runs up to me and says "Love you" and gives me a kiss (brown noser) and makes me smile again.

Oh Ruby

With her it is blood pressure up then down. Then up and then down.! I know I say it a lot on here but that baby of mine has me wrapped around her finger.


I heart faces - Pink

>> Tuesday, October 18, 2011

We dance at our house. A lot. When it is just her and I most of the time we are ballerinas. We dance until she is tired. Then we watch Elmo and have crackers. It is a beautiful life we have.



Monday Mingle 10.17.11

>> Monday, October 17, 2011

Where has October gone? Half way through already! I have got to get going on my Halloween decorations :) Here are the questions for this weeks mingle!

1. What is your favorite food?
2. What food do you hate?
3. What other blog hops or weekly memes do you do?

Link up with Eighty MPH Mom and her Monday Mingles!


52 Weeks of Me - Props (42/52)

>> Sunday, October 16, 2011

I had ideas but it is hard to accomplish them when you don't actually get your camera out. Here are a few of the 6 pumpkins we have this year. I had to buy one more because it was HUGE and Ruby wants both Elmo and Cookie Monster. She's my weakness.


Please add your selfie to our flickr pool so we can all check them out in 1 place. Next week is Humor.


Wordful Wednesday - Goth

>> Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My cousin from California was a sort of Goth girl in high school. She wore dark makeup and had a mohawk. If you aren't into the Goth scene it isn't probably a stage you dream your child will go through. Did you see the Raising Hope episode when Jimmy would only answer to Drakkar Noir? OMG that was hilarious (as is almost every episode but...)!

This year I asked Piper what she wanted to be for Halloween and gave me her normal "Let me think about it" answer she always does. I remembered a costume I got for $2 at Target a few years back when all Halloween went 90% off. The girls still love playing dress up so I scooped it up. When I showed the costume to Piper she said she would wear it trick or treating - such an easy going little girl.

She was invited to a classmate's Halloween themed birthday party this past weekend. I looked at it as dress rehearsal for the big day. Saturday afternoon I applied the makeup, fixed her hair so it was off her face, and helped her to get dressed. She rocked this costume!

Halloween 2011Halloween 2011

So we all pile in the car and head to the birthday party. We are driving through the neighborhood and since Piper had the invitation I asked her what the address was. She told me and I continued to hunt for it but couldn't find the house. I pulled over and asked her for the paper. As I was looking at it something clicked. It said 10/9/11 and I immediately realized it was the wrong day! It was the 8th! I am normally late for everything but for this party I was early. A whole day early! So we went home and I took a few more pictures of her :)

Gothic Bride

Baby girl had Awana on Sunday night right after the real party so Violet was sweet enough to lend her the Mary Had a Little Lamb costume she will be wearing this year. Goth girls (and guys) must use some heavy duty makeup remover because it was tough getting that off Piper on Saturday. I was for sure not going to attempt it on Sunday.

Halloween 2011

We have 2 more occasions to wear this and she can't wait! The last 2 shots in this set were processed with free Ghost Stories Photoshop Actions.


I heart faces - Raise Your Hands

I love that they were trying so hard to make the "heart" work.



Monday Mingle 10.10.11

>> Monday, October 10, 2011

Here we go...

1. Are you in the Fall/Autumn cooking mood yet?
2. Do you like Pinterest?
3. What do you think of the Facebook changes?

Link up with Eighty MPH Mom and her Monday Mingles!



>> Saturday, October 8, 2011


I was waiting for him to hop on me :) Thankfully that didn't happen. Our neighbors would have enjoyed it though.


My little baby

>> Tuesday, October 4, 2011

She is sitting next to me while I write this post and I will probably lean over and kiss her a dozen times. She is eating a very cold pancake because she didn't eat it when it was hot this morning after I made it. It was the breakfast that she asked for. Sort of.


Our Ruby isn't much of a talker. I guess I haven't mentioned that much on my blog. She gets what she wants most of the time with a single word or grunt. The doctor said at her 2 year old appointment to just wait a few more months to see if she would start but she hasn't. We will start her in speech in a few weeks. All other tests that they did on her came back at age level or above so it is just her talking.


I can't help but think that a lot of it is my fault. Maybe I talk for her too much. The girls know what she wants and we all can understand most of the words she does have enough for her to get by. Maybe it didn't concern me because she is my baby. I have no idea but hopefully this will help her so that when school age comes she won't have to struggle as much.


But girlfriend can scream. The "oh my gosh I think I am deaf now" kind of scream. That's our Ruby!


The Orchard

>> Monday, October 3, 2011

I thought it would be fun if the girls and I went apple picking this past weekend. Thought. I had visions of us walking up to trees and picking beautiful apples and getting gorgeous pictures all the while munching on a few red delicious along the way. It didn't really work out that way.

Saturday's weather was cool and sunny. Just a beautiful fall day. We slept in until 7:30 am which is quite late for us but we had a busy Friday with play dates and a late bed time. Ruby insisted on wearing a short sleeved shirt. Like threw a temper tantrum when I tried to coax her to wear something else. I knew she was going to be cold wearing that but finally just gave up. The orchard is about an hour away so I wanted to get going but had to keep telling myself "It's ok. There is no timeline that you have to follow today. Take your time. Don't stress." Before we finally got out of the house at 10:15 I had told myself that about 4 times.

We arrived at the orchard and it was windy. And cold. Oh dear, I thought, how long will it take our Ruby to get cold? The nice gentleman who ran the place told us where there were apples left. This particular orchard mainly has earlier apples. I always thought we picked in the fall back home but at this orchard the best picking was August and early September. He assured me that we would still find some apples though and to have a great time. As we were walking away he stopped me to give us our apple picker. It was like 12 feet long. So off we went. Mama who was holding her camera bag & 12' apple picker, Piper who was in charge of the bucket, and Violet who was in charge of Ruby. What a site we must have been. City folk coming up to pick apples. I can just hear them "Did you see the mama? She was wearing flip flops." *insert hearty laugh here*

It wasn't nearly as windy in the orchard, thankfully the trees sort of shielded us. We started walking and saw what the man was talking about, the apples were spent. There were tons of old apples on the ground and the ones on the trees didn't look very good. We walked around and around finally finding a decent section of trees to pick from. That would be when Ruby slipped on apple mush. It was over. Over. She cried and I tried my best to clean it up but I didn't have my wipes with me and it was difficult. Then she wanted to be held. Why did I think this was a good idea again? Our big bucket was filled with apples (I have absolutely NO idea what kind they are but they are good) and we started back. Now I am carrying my camera bag, the apple bucket (very heavy 5 gal bucket of apples), and Ruby. Piper and Violet are in charge of that apple picker that we didn't even use! That was comical to watch because one had the front and one had the back but it forced them to work together and they did a great job and only fell once :) As far as the gorgeous pictures go well there are none. The apple mush incident sort of squashed that idea. Red eyes and all. But I cheered everyone up at the very end after we paid and put the apples in the car. With a promise of a granola bar I got them to at least look at me and give me their best "Cheese" pose.


But we created a family memory. Much like the other memories we have created. Mama takes girls to *wherever* by herself. Ruby throws tantrum before leaving. Mama is stressed. Older girls fight. Mama gets more stressed. Do fun family event in which Ruby will at some point throw a fit and cry.
Mama needs a drink.
The girls and I laughed about it later that day. At least the older two find the same humor in our days as I do. It's all about the memories though. And on Saturday the apples.

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