Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday Sweet Six!

Little Miss Olivia recently turned six (right before the flu hit again, thankfully!)  I didn't want to leave her birthday month without posting pictures and celebrating her amazing little self here. :)  We had our friends Wendy and Aspen drive down for NorCal to be here, and had friends over to help celebrate.  Livie had decided a while before her birthday a few things: 1.  She wanted a picnic.  2. She wanted to give an art lesson.   The only problem was that the weather had no idea of her picnicy plans, and was not going to oblige her request.  So we planned an indoor picnic, complete with a pot-painting party for some spring seeds. :)

First, we had music:

And art:

Of course, fun and games:

Some bar-b-que bonding moments!

And a spread for an indoor picnic that makes me hungry even now!

How about a picnic with a roaring fire?!

Presents before cake, really?!

NOW can we have cake??!!

She actually asked for two cakes- this pink pony cake, and mom's lemon cake-mmm, happy to oblige!

Make a Wish!!!
After cake, little Miss Six also asked if we could sing some worship songs, and if she could pick them.  How could you say no to that????!

Wendy helped her pick her favorite songs

And we all got to singin'!

And drummin'

And playin'
Some played checkers and just listened...

Meanwhile, Gabe was in the garage with his helpers, trying to finish his gift to Livie:

As the night wound down, Livie found she still had two more presents!  One from Wendy- she brought the girls her set of Fisher Price dolls and dollhouse toys that she had when she was little- so cool!


Then Gabe gave her his gift: a handmade wooden rocking horse (where does he get this stuff?!)

All and all, I think six is turning out to be pretty spectacular!

We love you Olivia!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Extra Fun!

Gabe, Sophia and Isabel recently had the opportunity to be extras in a commercial being filmed right here in town.  Santa Paula is very busy as far as filming goes, and it is part of the city's history and heritage- so this was a great way to be a part of that.  Not to mention the thrill of being in a commercial! :)  The week before filming, ANOTHER wave of the flu hit us hard, and one by one, the kids got sick.  By the end of the week, Sophia and Isabel were both still sick. :(  I felt horrible for them, that they had to miss it- but they didn't even feel good enough to be sad about it.

So in the end, Gabe got to go.  For as long as I can remember, Gabe has wanted to act.  I know God has blessed him with all the right giftings to be able to do really well in that arena, so it will be fun to see where that takes him.   They were filming a "parade", so we got to see a lot of fun stuff! 

Look at that FABULOUS beehive!  I want one!!!

Santa Paula cheerleaders and band got in the action...

Love all the behind the scenes techie stuff!!!

After a very long day of shooting (and reshooting, and reshooting!), I asked him what he thought about the whole process, and he said, "Well, it's a start!"  Ha- love that kid!

"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Remember the Sun?!

Going on it's maiden run
I can't believe these were taken at the beginning of the month! It feels like it's been storming for a while now...our power actually went out for almost 2 hours last week!  So I had to post some sunshine until it decides to come out again on its own...

Gabe thought up and completed his very first go-cart this month!  His papa helped a bit, and Ava donated the wheels from her old stroller in exchange for a ride or two on the new "car". 
Let's try it this way...

It was a "mostly" successful run!!!

We were all very proud of him and his creativity- he did a great job! While the sun was out, we also enjoyed a good game of Duck, Duck, GOOSE!


I know- total trip hazard, right?!!! :[
I'm gonna GET you!!!
I LOVE this Face!! :)
Hope you find some sunshine in your weekend!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Found a Pot of GOLD (and some lucky green, too!)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  This last weekend, my Mister and I went on a thrifty date day, and I saw this dutch oven.  I snagged it right away and opened the lid very slowly.  Most of the time, when you do find dutch ovens, the enamel is in poor condition on the bottom.  What I saw was glorious:

TA-DAAA!  It was perfect!  I couldn't believe it.  It said "Belgium" on the lid, but I didn't know much else, except that the graphics were just SOOOO cool.  I carried my treasure around the store for the remainder of our trip...but then my old thrift store mentality started to kick in.  It was $29.95, and this particular thrift does NOT mark down.  They even have signs that say "Don't Ask"!  I know what you're thinking- $29.95 is a great price for something like this, and- you're right!  But I still felt like it was too much...and so I put it down.  That was Saturday.  Sunday morning, after staying up way too late, and factoring in the time change (and that we had to be at church at 9:00am (REAAALLY feeling like 8am!), I woke up and the first thing out of my mouth was "That was STUPID!!"  Ha.  Am I the only one that does this??!!  It's like buyer's remorse, but backwards.  And it happens to me frequently.  This thrift is closed on Sundays.  Monday, I didn't go.  But Tuesday, I ventured in, and- against all odds- there it was, in all it's glory, sitting on the shelf waiting for me!!!  I did some looking up when I got home, and saw that it is Descoware, made in Belgium.   It is what Julia Childs not only cooked with but highly endorsed- even over Le Creuset!!  I love it for it's cute little graphic-y figures of foodie substance:

 I love the handles, too- that they are textured.  It's a fun and functional detail.  I need to find something I can safely clean the outside with- I washed it, but it has some grimy stains.  Any ideas?

And this was just the beginning of the jackpot we found that day.  As we were walking up to the second thrift store with our bags from the first, I spotted in the window flashes of the Spring Blossom Pyrex pattern!  We had to check our bags first, so Sophia gave me her bags, and while I was waiting to check the bags, she started the roundup.  Are you ready for this????

Can't pinch me today!!
I couldn't even believe it!  This is one of the patterns I collect (my mom had some when I was little), and there was a whole set of fridgies- with lids!! Plus the cassaroles! I can tell you there was some serious excited shaking going on! :)  Also, at the same store, I found Mr. Beetree a Body Glove wetsuit (for the surfboard he just scored) for- check this out- $18!  Fun for all, and a very Luck o' the Irish tribute it was. :)