outdoor wednesday

Photos I took this spring while visiting Golden Gate park in San Francisco California.

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my wedding dress

This week Kelly's "Show us where you live" has turned into "show us your life" the show and tell for this Friday is wedding gowns.

You may have noticed a theme here...poofy dress, poofy sleeves, poofy hair, but give me a break people, this was 1993! Bigger was better!

Evan my poor sister got stuck with big, poofy sleeves. It was what I wanted.

Look at this sweet picture of my husband and I gazing at each other. Notice the romantic restroom sign the photographer captured, nice.

harry potter

This Friday the theme for Kelly's "Show Us Where You Live" is children's birthday parties. Last weekend I took my oldest son Grant to a Harry Potter event at the public library and I thought that a lot of the things they did would be great ideas for a Harry Potter themed birthday party.
Here's my guy in his homemade Harry Potter costume. There is a griffin on his shirt and Harry is in the Gryffindor house so it seemed appropriate. The cape is from an old ninja costume. For some reason Grant felt it was very important that he wear a belt (he usually doesn't). I used an eye makeup pencil to apply the "scar" to his forehead. We did buy the glasses from a party supply store.

First the kids each picked which house they were in, notice the evil Slytherin house was not an option.

Grant got Gryffindor, yeah!
There were three stations set up and each house went to a different station and then they switched stations when they completed the one they were at.
The first station for Grant was potions. I think the librarian is dressed as professor Trelawney, she looked great.

She mixed up some slime for the kids.

The Gryffindors got red slime. The Hufflepuffs got yellow and the Ravenclaws got blue.

The next station was history of magic.

There was a Harry Potter word search and a coloring sheet.

The last station for Grant was herbology, where the kids planted a basil seed.

There was a costume contest.

I think my Harry Potter was the cutest. I'm sure the other mothers there felt the same about their child..........but they're wrong! ;)
BTW: I'm having my first ever GIVEAWAY on Saturday!


I made this mirror before I ever knew there was such a thing as blogging, so I don't have a before photo. It was an ugly mirror I got at a garage sale that had blue ducks stenciled on it. I painted the mirror cream, decoupaged on the roses using wrapping paper that had Pierre-Joseph Redoute roses on it. Applied a crackle finish and then went over the whole thing with an antiquing glaze.

You can see the crackle finish in these two photos.

I made this clock for my Mom in a very similar way. I used a wood plate from Michael's, painted it white. Decoupaged the roses this time they came from drawer liners that had Pierre-Joseph Redoute roses on it. I applied the crackle glaze and then the antique medium. I was afraid it was to dark and my mom likes white things so I then watered down some white paint and white washed the whole thing. I then attached the clock kit from Michael's and decided I will never make a clock again, to much work!

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I took these pictures when we were visiting Oatman Arizona early this spring.

A wild burro.
To read about us feeding the burros click here.

Below are two pictures of a cactus in my Dad's backyard in Mesa Arizona. Aren't the flowers amazing!

4th of july fun

Levi's first 4th of July!

It was very hot out which made Levi sleepy.

Grant had fun in our friends awesome pool!

Boys love their fireworks!

In Las Vegas you don't need to go anywhere to watch fireworks. You can stay home and see fireworks going off all over the valley.