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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Joann's just opened. You know I had to take a peek.

The fabric! The beads! The trim! The classes!

Inspiration hit.

Seize the Day! Bracelet- $18.99

Blue Jean Weekend Bracelet- $18.99

Endless Summer Bracelet- $18.99

***Free Shipping until Friday.:)***

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Good, Clean, FUN

Summer is over. Except for the heat. YUCK.

Time to get back to work.
No Nintendo.
No TV.

Time to break out the shaving cream.:)
Maybe there is still a bit of summer fun to be had?


So glad other blogging Moms thought of this!

Good, clean, FUN

No batteries required!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Birthday, Robin!

Today is my beautiful, talented, fabulous, thoughtful,
creative, big sister's birthday! Please stop by
and wish Robin a Happy Birthday!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

And the Winners Are...

It's one of my favorite times of the year. You see, I
have a "thing" for books. And, yes, it even includes
curriculum. After much research I have chosen this year's

Writing with Ease came highly recommended. It helps
ease your child into writing. You read sections of literature
and your child repeats them (in their words) back to you.
This helps them to process how to write. There are also
questions that you go over and the reviews are amazing!

Apologia is amazing in many ways. Fabulously written
(with a focus on how and why we believe the Bible), colorful
pictures, fun activities, etc. I just need to order the
Notebooking journal and we will be on our way!

My first year using Horizons. I have high hopes.
I wanted to try Saxon sooooo badly, but I heard it was
extremely repetitious and expensive. Any thoughts on it?

Loved this series this year so we are sticking with it.
This year we are diving into cursive writing. I'm not sure
how often it will be used in the future what with the
popularity of computers, but I am going to teach it anyway.
Susan Wise Bauer is fabulous. She also wrote
Writing with Ease (top). The Story of the World is
exceptionally written. If I had been taught history
with this series I may have majored in it. Even if you
don't homeschool it is fascinating and entertaining!

Katie is not very happy with the book below. She
thinks everyone will think she is a baby. sigh.. The
lessons are wonderful, though! The book
covers almost everything and in short, simple lessons,
too. Sorry, Toots, this one is a keeper. (Mandy told her
to be glad that it was not called Language Lessons for
the Elderly.)
A Reason for Spelling. LOVE. There is a story at the
beginning of each week that has to do with God. It's
almost like Sunday School.:) The activities are fun and
educational and Katie really enjoys them. Winner!

I am using Accelerated Christian Education
(School of Tomorrow) with Mandy this year. I am really excited
about it! I had never heard of it before but was really
impressed with what I saw. Fingers crossed!:)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Happy Day

Everything in my shop is 30% off today (Wed.). Love you.

*Purchase as usual and I will refund through Paypal.*

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Taggie Blankets and Huby Hats

This, my friends, is a Huby (rhymes with Ruby) hat.
Really, it's a taggie blanket with the letter "H" on it. Ruby
is "wearing" it (much to her dismay) and so we called it her
"Huby".:) See how nicely the ribbons stayed on the right?
Then take a little peekie on the left. Not so pretty...

Not to be discouraged, I tried again! The other side is
yellow fleece. I think it turned out nicely and then I added
a little toy for the baby with a baby link (Wal Mart). The
Sonic gift card is so his siblings can go to Sonic for ice
cream. Everyone is happy!

This is for a little baby girl.... The other side is flannel.
I adore flannel and Fall is just around the corner.... right?

What have you been creating? Is anyone making
Christmas presents yet?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Snuggle Night with the Flumpalumpas

Friday night is Snuggle Night. I look forward to it as
much as Katie does. "Tell me a story about when you
were little," she asks. I have run out of memories! So,
I had to get creative.
Meet Thumper...

and Tinkalinka.
They are Flumpalumpas, which look
a lot like bunnies.

They share adventures with Toolaroola, the

Last Friday night, Thumper and Toolaroola threw
Tinkalinka a Surprise Party in a tree. I wonder
what adventure will happen tonight...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Guard Cats, Silly Bandz and Etiquette Class

Just me and Ruby here. It's amazing how that little nugget can
soothe me. I got into a little "debate"this week with some members of our homeschool group over shooting dogs. But that's another story...

Loving my new iPhone. Absolutely. She has a lovely new
Seaglass Blue Candyshell case and my, my, does she feel
pretty. I am finally get the knack of all the goodness
iPhones have! Below is a picture I took while we were
PF Chang's yesterday:

While I write this, Snookie is guarding our front door.
Attacking birds, perhaps? So good to have a Guard Cat.

We went to went to Borders yesterday for a Silly
Bandz Swap. Have I told you how much I LOVE Borders?
They offer a wonderful teacher's discount, are extremely
friendly and helpful, will let you host FREE birthday parties
there (complete with a hostess that will read stories and do
games with the children + a nice party room), and have
fabulously fun activities for kids.

I think I could live there. Nice cafe, clean bathrooms, cushy
chairs and all the books I could ever read.

They even served refreshments at the swap!

The etiquette class was wonderful. Once upon a time
the teacher was Miss Arkansas! She is an absolute sweetheart
and truly cared about the girls. Not only that, she loves the
Lord- and it showed. The girls left with the ability to set the
table for casual and formal occasions, polite phone,
conversation and texting skills. They also learned personal
care, how to act during a job interview, how to sit and walk
properly and more.

Watched The Big Lebowski last night. Weird.
My newest adventure is teaching an American Girl
class in my home! I am so excited! I have a full class
already- and even a waiting list. Now I have to start
planning the magic!:)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I Like Being a Girl...

My girls started an etiquette class today.

Table settings, polite conversation, and how to be a good
hostess were all covered.

Then, we came home and practiced with friends!

The girls also pampered their toes and faces.
Tomorrow the older girls will learn how to apply
make-up. sigh...

They are to come dressed in something that shows "who
they are". Mandy's friend is going to wear a red formal dress
and Mandy wants to wear her Gengar Pokemon shirt. Double
sigh.... Am I wrong to discourage her?

These two are still whispering. So sweet.

Girls are so fun.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Anne Book Review

Anne of Green Gables Book Review

In this book you will see an imaginative,

red-headed orphan girl named Anne Shirley

who could never find an eternally loving family.

You will also meet two older siblings named

Matthew and Marilla. They are trying to adopt an

orphan boy that is not French, that is young

enough to be taught but old enough to work with

Matthew. Then a mistake happens that ends them

up with a whole new problem.

This book is for people who are kindred spirits.

It is very cheerful but it does have a little bit of

sorrow close to the end, though. I would not

recommend this book to people that love action and

nothing more nor little kids that are super hyper.

They will not be able to sit through the reading. It has

adventure in it but mostly it shows a girl and the

emotions of growing up.

This book was written by L.M Montgomery.

**Mandy wrote this book review and I thought

she did a wonderful job.:)**

Sunday, August 1, 2010

19 Hours....

Heather and her sweet family arrived yesterday!
18 hours in the car. WOW.
Before they got here, Mandy and I put together
goodie bags while Katie and Jeff ran errands. We
wanted everything to be perfect, but we all know
"perfect is boring", right?;)

Heather and I were partners in my Polka Dot Swap. This
wreath was part of her package. I wish I could take credit for
designing this, but I got the idea here. Genius.

Look at these smiling faces! Cousins by way of blogger.

Katie and Lindsey are so cute together. Fast friends.

The manly men posing by the Big Green Egg. ;)

Lindsey just had a birthday! Katie had the best time
creating this sign for her. Thanks for the idea, Nancy!

Brownie Trifle and birthday wishes.

Lots of games were played. Scooby Doo, Mario Cart
Wii, etc. Heather and I played Smarty Pants at 2 AM.
Who knew she knew about Sports?? I won two rounds,
but in the end Heather stole the title of Smarty Pants.
Until we meet again- mwa hahaha!

They actually fell asleep!

Michael was a good sport and camped on the floor.

Yes, the really did go to sleep!

Jeff made pancakes "with bugs" for breakfast. The kids
enjoyed the mini chocolate chips! (Love Michael's morning
hair- so cute!)

Crazy straws make everything fun! Oh, and see the table
runner? One of my polka dot goodies from Heather! LOVE it!

It was sticky and HOT. The kids braved the heat and
broke out their polka dot (of course) chalk. There was no
breeze. YUCK.

Mandy and Tyler have the same sense of humor and
had the best time together! Something about Cheerios and
the Lord of the Rings had them cracking up!.:)

Michael, Natalie (and Charles!) fell in love with Ruby.
Heather, you need to get them a Pug.:)

Our Girls' Night Out consisted of a trip to Walgreens and
Hobby Lobby. It was awesome. Heather makes me laugh (so
hard!) and she really "gets" me. We are so much alike and I
love that.

Come back soon, Sister. Or even better- be my neighbor.:)
Miss you.