Tuesday, June 30, 2009

good night 3 year old girl

so, tonight i put my 3 year old daughter Anna to bed for the last time. (tear) i am seriously sad. she has turned into such a big girl these days. we are definitely into a new stage and saying goodbye to our baby/toddler days. she is so excited for the morning, and being (choking back the tears) 4. we took some pictures to commemorate the occassion. goodnight my sweet 3 year old girl!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

girls camp!!!!

so, i'm lucky enough to have spent the last (nearly) 2 years serving in young women's. the only downer has been my disproportionate amount of time spent at camp. last year, i was at Corbynn's graduation, and this year i'm nursing Avery so i could only go up one night. and it was a great night! i seriously vow to do whatever it takes to spend the whole week at camp next year. it's not okay for the girls to have all that fun without me! i know some of you are blog readers so i just want you to know that this was the most fun 24 hours (spent camping) i've had since my own girls' camp days! you are all awesome and i feel remarkably blessed to be associated with you! here's a few pics from the day!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

why i planted a garden

i finally ate the dinner which was the whole point of planting a garden. (okay that's an overstatement) but seriously, tomato, basil pizza with fresh grilled corn! this was awesome. (and ps: the corn is not mine, but i do have some corn to enjoy in a few days!)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

thank you aunt Autumn

my dear sweet sister in law made these for my daughters:

are you kidding me. they are beyond awesome. the girls haven't let these little dollies out of their sight. thank you aunt Autumn! we love you!

(she got the tutorial here.)

Monday, June 22, 2009

road trip

on our way back from California, Anna showed us what she had accomplished with her dinner. such creativity. i decided to snap pics of us all. (Avery was behind me.)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

happy father's day!

(so, i stole this idea off someone else's blog. i can't remember who, so i can't give appropriate credit. but, thanks for the idea, i love it.)

happy father's day to Jason, the best man i could have ever chosen to help raise my little rascals. and happy father's day to my dad, the best man for the task of raising this little rascal. i love you both!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tashy's shower

so, we went to California this weekend for my sister Ashlyn's bridal shower. it was so much fun! (was it because Jason had the girls?) okay, maybe a little. but, i got to hang with the woman folk and watch Ash open some beautiful gifts, most of which should not be featured on this family blog! but here are the highlights:
the apron i made for "Mrs. F."
the apron made by my inspiration in all things sewing: Aunt Shirl.
the bridesmaids:
the Beardsley women:

we had so much fun playing and talking. then some of us girls had a late night shopping! who could ask for anything more! congrats to Ashlyn and Ian, we're looking forward to more fun at the wedding!

Friday, June 19, 2009

new from the garden!

guess what we picked in the garden today!

the girls were a little tentative on eating them, until i took a bite. then, they were all over it!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

we did it!

Anna got these blocks for her b'day last year. ever since that day, she has been determined to build a castle "just like the one one the box....by myself." it's that last part that has given her some trouble. until now:
she was so proud, and so was i.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

packin' heat in the heat

our little neighbor Conner got a new toy. Anna came running in the house yelling, "Conner has a gun!" this is is what i came out to see:

apparently Madeline had disarmed him. Jason couldn't have been more proud!

Monday, June 15, 2009

ittyBritty announcement!

i loved, loved, loved the giveaway!!!!! thanks for all the interest and positive feedback. i am so excited for Kendra, please send pics of little Keia when you can!!!!

now, for those of you who missed the giveaway, or don't feel lucky because you're not Kendra, today's your lucky day. visit the shoppe to see 2 new listings, and a SALE. a special blogger sale just for you. the first 5(scratch that) SOLD OUTto convo me in Etsy and request a special dress for a special girl, will get to purchase it for only $20!

so much fun!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

and the winner is.....

who flattered me by saying, "Seriously, you amaze me. How does a mother of 3- have time to make these things. You are so talented! Good luck with your new endeavor- you will do awesome. Coming to Cali anytime soon??"
congrats Kendra! the dress is in the mail! (ok, on Monday)
thanks to all who participated. don't be sad if you didn't win. this was so much fun, there will be more where that came from, check back on Monday for another fun announcement!!!! and if you don't see something you like in the shop, please convo me in Etsy. thanks again!!!

it's the final countdown.....

(do, do, da, do, do-do, do, da, do-do-do...something like that right arrested development fans)

ok, i'm making an official ending time: today, 8pm AZ time. tell your friends!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

giveaway!!!!........to support my habit.

it's official, i'm addicted to buying fabric and making dresses. i fought it as long as i could, but now i must admit i have a problem. now, it's true i have 3 daughters, so making dresses could be useful, but let's be honest, they only need so many.
so, in order to try and make my habit a win/win, i have opened an Etsy shoppe. and in honor of my grand opening, i'm doing a giveaway! hurray! it really excites me, because i love blog giveaways and have always wanted to do one, but felt like i had nothing to give away. but here it goes i'm giving away this:

a beautiful shirred dress for your little girl, or almost any little girl really. what a great gift it would make! i am showing it on Maddie and Anna, so you can see it would fit a 3T (Madeline) to a 5 (Anna).

just leave a comment below, and on Saturday June 13th, i'll randomly choose a winner!!!! so exciting!

Friday, June 5, 2009

how does your garden grow?

okay, so i picked my first zucchini a little soon. but, i stayed patient this time, and it paid off: i sauteed these suckers and they were delicious. there was enough for us and our guests! so, here's a glimpse at the Earl family garden lately:

these tiny peppers are my favorite, they are so cute!

here's a couple of baby zucchinis making there way to my dinner plate soon!

future cucumber.

did you know it takes 85 days to harvest a beefsteak tomato? i didn't, or i would have gone with Roma. but i am just dreaming of a hamburger with a big, think slice of these on there. yum! it'll be worth the wait.

we kind of ended up with a lot of squash and zucchini because i thought i planted them wrong and went for a second try a few weeks later, what do you know, we've got double growing strong. oh well, more to share!

these pictures will come in handy when my kids are older and say, "i don't remember ever having a garden," (if i don't keep it up, i'll have proof).