Monday, November 17, 2014

"I let him wear the pants in the family....but I was the belt that held them up!"

Funny lady.  Watching Rich Bride, Poor Bride.  And man am I grateful for all those who made my very low cost wedding happen!  9 years late, but thank you oh so much to my brother for DJing, to my mom for making cute outfits for the nieces and nephews, to my sister-in-law for loaning me her dress, to the Morphis family for letting us use their back yard.  To all those who baked and frosted cupcakes and baked potatoes and to various family members, especially brother in law Peter and Aunt Dee, for taking pictures.  I quite happily say my wedding cost just over $1,000.  I still love it and wish I could live it over again.  I feel like I was a bit of a space case and didn't satisfactorily interact with all my old friends who so kindly came out for the reception.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I'm doing a terrible job at blogging these days! Mainly we're just here at home, the girls going to school, Mr. Man going to work, me doing the feeding and cleaning of all.  I've also been stuffing in lots of sewing time.  And growing a baby - just about 10 more weeks to go!

 One of Sunshine's new outfits.  I altered two patterns to create it.  GYCT's Holly & Ivy Dress pattern and I don't remember the other but it's the Simple & Sweet Bloomers pattern I think it's called.  Of course about 4 days after it got made the temperature dropped 20 degrees, so I don't know if it'll get worn again until the baby fits it....

 Some mustache fun because this mama doesn't push school fundraiser participation...but rather with provide equivalent prizes for not trying to get people to buy over priced candy.

 Not quite a case of who wore it best, but this mama sure loves sometimes that these two can share clothes!  The top is another of my latest sewing projects.  They have the same chest measurement, so they can share's nice snuggly flannel.

A friend of a friend was raising money for their son to go to Europe with Utah Music Ambassadors (or something like that) and to do so were selling Filipino food.  So we of course ordered some! Had to try out some of what Grandma and Grandpa have been eating while on their church mission in Cebu Philippines!
 Drama Queen was not impressed by the noodles.  The rest of us liked them.  Mischief of course missed out on eating any of it since I didn't know the ingredients.  The pork was delicious, Drama Queen did like the adobo chicken and we all loved the lumpia.  Not pictured are our frozen mango floats which were yummy too.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I've been doing a lot of sewing the last two weeks.  One test dress, followed by DQ's Halloween costume, followed by the dress DQ is wearing in these pictures, and now that it is done I'm testing a dress up glove pattern.  Then I'll be getting around to Christmas present sewing. Doll clothes and purses and an ironing board cover for me....

The dress DQ is wearing in these pictures is a test dress as well, pattern to be released on Thursday.  It's a quick sew upon which I'll elaborate more once I get a blog post written on it on the Ilaria Eve blog.

We headed over to The Shops at Riverwoods to do pictures, we made use of the Provo River trail running past it as well.  I was thrilled to get TWO cute pictures of all three girls together.  Only had to do one head transplant to make that happen.  All their poses are totally done by them, I posed no one.  I'm quite impressed with them :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Learning to adjust....story of my life.

When we moved here I said 5 years.  3 years was my ideal, but 5 years was my realistic plan, since I knew Mr. Man would take longer to get through school because he had to get up to college level in Math and English. 5 years and then we'd be out and would be adults with a house and I'd get the girls enrolled in one of the numerous local charter schools (or homeschool depending on where we moved).  We'd have a dog and a swingset and perhaps a tree house, fruit trees and a big garden, eventually some chickens...

I've been struggling this year.

This past August we hit 5 years.

There's no end in sight.  I've been working on changing my life plan because nothing will be changing any time soon.
It has been even harder what with having our things outside (slide, sandbox, bikes) being moved around and used by new neighbors, our yard used as a walk way and bike path, our bathroom window opened repeatedly, and last week the trailer park manager and her boyfriend were arrested for selling meth out of the trailer park office/apartment.
Thankfully the bathroom window has been left alone for a month now ever since I caught the person on video and the cops came to look around within half an hour of the person doing it.

Is it cheap to live here?  Yes.  Very affordable thanks to the trailer being owned by my brother who lets us live here rent free.  We pay the lot fee and any repairs the trailer needs.  My parents have spoiled us with a new kitchen floor this year, and they replaced the roof a few years ago.  The extra plus to those is it'll help sell this trailer for my brother if we are ever able to move out.

But I'm still struggling.  You can tell me all the pluses of living here, but it doesn't change that this was never my vision of life.

I finally realized in the last few months since we hit the 5 year mark and Mr. Man is still years from being done with school that we will be here at least another 5 years.  Possibly forever.  So I'm trying hard to reset my mindset.  It's not easy.  But I keep trying and deciding it's too much work and trying again.

So already I'm setting my goals for next year (not that I've met any that I made this year).  Next year I plan to do lots of painting inside. Stalk yard sales and thrift stores for furniture.  I need to cut down on stuff again.  Some more.  Never ending story.  Need to sew to sell stuff and save up for a fence to go around our "yard".  I need to learn to buy enough produce for canning since I won't be able to grow it...

Monday, October 27, 2014


Watching The Neverending Story and folding clothes counts as Family Home Evening right?  

Oh, the girls painted their pumpkins too

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Three (and 3 months)

She loves to dress up.  She randomly dances. Her own lyrics to that Disney song crack me up. 

 Sparkles.  Ruffles, Lace.  She loves pretty girly things. But she also likes to climb and is rather fearless. She's happy to stay home with me while her sisters head outside or to the neighbor's to play.  She loves watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood AND Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.  She learns quickly and loves to help. She can be demanding and stubborn and selfish.  She yells and cries to try and get her way.  

 She likes to have mommy or daddy in her sight as she falls asleep.  Cheese is her favorite food.  She doesn't like eating cold things - including ice cream and ice pops. She hates having her hair brushed, but loves the end results of it being styled.  Her favorite color is blue.  And now silver as well.  She loves to say that our car is silver. She likes being read to, but doesn't like books that have pages that take longer than others.  She's a cuddler.

  She loves drawing and writing and painting. She can sing "You are my sunshine", "The ABC song", "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", some of "I am a Child of God", and parts of "When I grow up, I want to be a mother". She loves chocolate. LOVES chocolate.

She doesn't like crayons to have wrappers and you can tell where she has been due to the trail of tiny paper strips strewn across the house leading to a pile of naked crayons.  She also uses those crayons as people and the wrappers as their clothes.  She can turn anything into a toy to play with, ending her days with her hands dancing on herself or the bed rail and having conversations with them.  

She's a joy and a pest.  And I love spending my mornings with just her.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Really, someday I will use my camera again. But for now, enjoy some funny face phone pictures. 

And a tired Sunshine crying about something I dont remember, but it was about something random and irrational so I took pictures. 

I think it may have been regarding her wanting to go to a store after we picked up Mischief and my pointing out she was not wearing pants...