winner winner...

chicken dinner!
not really, but i did win a this super cute scrapbook kit.
i found the contest on one of my fave blogs
the pleated poppy
(she has adorable handmade goodies for sale, you should really take a looksie)
and the whimsical kit comes from
the scrapbook circle !
if you are a scrapbooker (i am so not), check 'em out!
i'm excited i actually won something legit online
and that i can make some cutie cards!!!

what a fun and unexpected blessing! :)


gleek here

glee is back and my tuesday nights are a lil' happier



i am not good at keeping up with my blog.
i blog, and then i take a break from it. sometimes a long break.
when i finally take the time to download pics from my camera to the computer again,
then i blog again. alot.
so thanks for hanging in there and always checkin' up on me.
here's what we've been up to:

we had a free saturday which is rare around these parts.
so we got up and decided to take a drive through the desert.

we took j. camp along for the ride.
great worship album!

a wall in barstow. we stopped at the light so i took a pic.

we ate lunch at the original del taco in barstow.
we were excited to get out of the car and grub.
this del taco blows every other del outta the water.
notice the number, they bring you your food!

got an original taco. soooo yummy. simple and packed fullll of goodness.
why don't the other del taco's have food this good.

my handsome was super impressed with their food.
(what a cute guy!)

packed out!

nono thoroughly enjoying his original combo burrito.
the thing was huge!

we ventured off to the outlets in barstow to see what kind of deals they had.
they had a visitor center there too.

thinking these turtles were real. haha! they were. once upon a time.

nono and daddy after shopping.
best deal of the day was at children's place.
all of the toddler summer shirts were a buck!
let's just say, brody is covered for next year.

drove through boron. no offense to those who call this place home,
but yuck! definitely a scary looking desert town.
one you don't want your car to break down in at night.

a bit better than boron,
just a little.
we ate at the pizza factory here for dinner, not too bad.

made pioneer woman's cinnamon bread. it turned out so yummy!
i got her first cookbook for mother's day, it is a must have if you like good ol' comfort food.
the before

the after


ciara came home from new york one weekend to visit and to be in a friend's wedding.
it happened to be dad's b-day too!
lax is renovating.
if it was my first time there, i would be scared. it looked like a war zone.

shorty and tall-ey waiting for shash :)

nono showing his auntie where he got her flowers,
right next to the parking structure. haha

at marina del rey for dinner
nono convincing auntie cerisa to stick a quarter in the "telescope"
so he can look at the ocean

bro and auntie ciara

probably should have read this before they stuck the quarter in!
it was indeed "broken"

lolo and bro waiting to be seated at shangai red's
happy birthday lolo!!!!

lolo and ma

the kiddos always do this when the napkins are actual fabric

pirate noah and i

coconut shrimp. not bad, not bad.

my goofy husband and goofier seester

we went to a pretty wedding one sunday in moorpark
purrrty ciara as a bridesmaid

nono had to get shots for school on this particular day
noah showing off his war wounds after 4 shots. :(
he cried, i laughed.
not cause he cried, what kinda mother do you think i am!?
but because when the doc offered him stickers after,
he asked him if they had ice cream instead.

immunizations are no fun for anyone.

bro and i went thrifting one day when noah was at school.
it was a succesful trip!
found these teal jars for 2 bucks. i was so excited when i saw them.
they are exactly like the ones i was wanting! you can see in a previous post.

found these wire baskets for 50 cents each. score!
gonna use 'em to put stuff in. naturally right!
either will help me to organize my desk or the laundry room.

look at this mirror! gorgeous!
after i found the jars, i turned around and saw this.
10 bucks!
it's gonna be painted white. or black. or pink. or teal. or purple.
and it's gonna end up in my bathroom. or over my computer desk. or the guest bedroom.
haven't really thought this one through yet.

lastly, i found this awesome 1950's-ish chair.
it is still original, and it is super sturdy. not one wobble or creak!
5 dollars! holla!
i am gonna re-cover the cushion and possibly paint this bad boy.
it's new home will be at our computer desk. it is just the right size. :)

whewwww...that's all!
for now.



to get this...

i must have one or both of these this weekend when we are out of town.
i heart my little country town, but i also really miss these l.a. staples.


in the mood...

to revamp my entire house!
in my dreams...
diggin' the big empty frames

really like this ruffly white shower curtain
this one is really fun too, a lil' crazy for a house full of boys, but i like

i would like this pillow on my bed, so purrrty
i bet it would be so easy to make too

obsessed with jars lately

yes please!

and i would like my bathroom to look like this :)
look at that tub and chandelier

and lastly, i would like my boys bedroom to look like this.
this L shaped system would be perfect for their room,
but the cubs gear would be replaced by dodgers gear of course.


a woman's work

some days i feel like a crazy woman scrambling to get things done around the house.
the list of things to do is endless, and when i think i'm done, i'm really not.
this random mess (haha)...

...and even this...

...is all worth it to see smiles on these lil' monkeys.
so why complain when i'm blessed beyond measure

bless his heart

love this man for working so hard so i can stay home and invest in our children.
getting up at 3am is no easy feat, but he does it with joy and never complains.
he is such a trooper and i thank the good Lord for such a good hubby.