November 18, 2011


   I could kiss the maker of Pinterest and I know I am not alone. I have enough future recipe ideas and craft projects jammed into my little brain to last a life time. And Im lovin it.
     Here are a few goodies I have tried and wanted to share...

                                                                    Source: via Chelsie on Pinterest
                                           Sort of half brownie, half cookie and totally yummie. 
                       Its perfect if you are craving chocolate but don't want to make a big mess, 
                                                        or in my case do a lot of dishes.  
                         This one made its little way into my recipe binder. Yep. Its that good. 
                                   Just don't over stir the flour and it'll be perfect every time.

 I made this with my grandmas' butter rich homemade rolls recipe and they tasted as good as they look. Perfection. And total low cal.  Muahaa. ;)

                                                    Source: via Chelsie on Pinterest.
                        I wont tell if you sneak a spoonful when the kids aren't looking. Promise. 

                  The kids and I did with river rock vase filler that I had in an old, you guessed it- vase.  They picked the rock and I glued. Turned out awesome and took, meh... about 30 minutes, maybe 13 minutes if your kids don't fight over the rocks.


        Source: via Chelsie on Pinterest
I am so in love with these.  I ended up doing three of the four, the fire truck, pick up truck and car. I changed up the colors to match my sons room and hung them up separately. They are so cute! Totally worth doing if your boy is into the whole cars and trucks thing like mine is.

We did this the other day for a little fall project. But instead of painting the branches I painted their little hand brown and used the print as the branches (yes, another pinterest idea, of course). They turned out super cute and look darling hanging up in the playroom for Thanksgiving!

      Thank you Pinterest for inspiring me for a life time!

What about you?

 Got any Pinterest favs?

November 6, 2011


Jessie and Woody.

Jessie's got her pose down.

Not sure what kind of pose that is, Woody. Tough guy eh?  :)

November 3, 2011

Hardest thing ever.

It's time. I need to do this. 

I have done this twice before, so I know it's possible and more importantly, it doesn't hurt her and will help her in the long run. Its just hard on this here mama that's all.

I need to let her cry it out and I know its going to be painful. 
Just bite the bullet and do it, I tell myself.

She is fed, changed, burped and super tired. No time like the present they say. Right?

 I rock her for a bit till I see those sweet tired eyes. I lay her in her crib still awake, and she starts in immediately. I talk softly to her and go stand in the door way where she cant see me. 

She cries and cries and cries and cries. (and cries)

Did I mention how hard this is on mamas?

I stand in the door way, thoughts a racing---
 Am I doing the right thing? Should I just wait a couple more days? Ill just rock her to sleep like I usually do, It would be easier for both of us. 

NO! I'm doing this.

She needs to learn to go to sleep on her own and my back hurts from her falling asleep on me every day (although holding a sleeping baby is so sweet) I know this is the right thing to do.  

So there I stand, pace, pray, sit, chew my fingernails, pace, pray, hope, pray.

I go in every 5-7 minutes to soothe her, and sit her up to make sure she doesn't have any burps, which she did from all that crying. Lay her back down, kiss her little face and go back to the door way and pray and pace, ect.... 

I finally lay her down on her tummy just for kicks and boom! -She's out in 3 minutes. 


Total time: 53 hours minutes. 

That was so. stinking. hard. 

This mama is exhausted and needs chocolate asap. 

 Whats the hardest thing that you have done lately?

October 28, 2011

Name change

 Well I guess now is as good of a time as any to dive back into blog land. And with that being said, we are no longer "Fireflies and Sapphire Eyes". It just didn't fit with us anymore. As much as we enjoyed living in Tennessee and catching the funny little creatures (fireflies- that is) I just had to change it up a bit. We now live in the dreary, grey, but beautiful Northwest. Hence the name "Grey Skies and Sapphire Eyes". Welcome, or welcome back! I have a lot to get you caught up on. :)

June 30, 2011

Our little honey girl and crazy new life with 3.

Its been a bit crazy around here. Especially gearing up for another move in the midst of it all. Finding a schedule that works for all of us has been the hardest part, and finding time to do 57 loads of laundry a day has been the most 'interesting' part of it. Ha! Wholly smokes I have never been this behind on my laundry in my life...

Speaking of the looming tour of laundry it's funny how you forget how much laundry such a teeny tiny person can make, or how many times you change your clothes in one hour, oooor how many times you get puked on, pooped on, or peed on during the day. And funny that when she smiles it makes it all worth while.

Most days I find myself still in my pajamas by 4pm. Ya, you totally think I'm kidding. I'm. So. Not. Kidding. I do scramble to put on some mascara, fix my hair, and look in the mirror before my hubby comes home though.  A girls gotta look good for her boyfriend right? 

And what a handsome boyfriend he is...especially with a baby on his shoulder.
It's no wonder why I keep having his babies. :)

The most amazing part of all of this is that yes, there have been hard times, yes, it's super tiring and yes, I get worn out and frazzled and sometimes yell.  But this little honey girl has brought this family that much closer. She is loved by all of us so so much. And her little smile is enough to melt your heart to pieces. Believe me, I tear up every time she does. So. Not. Kidding. Again. 
I blame the hormones.

May 11, 2011

So here we are, a family of 5.

Miss Leah decided she had enough of her cramped studio apartment. So at 36 weeks, 6 days and all 6 pounds 9 ounces and 19 3/4 inches of her, she went ahead and made her way into this big bad world. Welcome to our family, sweet little Leah. 
We have been waiting for you.

Never in a million years did I think that this picture, taken by your big sister, would be my last pregnant picture of you and me. But I'm glad I have one! This picture was taken on April 28th, and you were born on April 29th at 5:58 pm. Talk about a surprise!

And It was love at first sight...
Smiles all around.

April 20, 2011

Baby #3 35ish weeks

 We are on the home stretch and I am finally feeling great! A bit out of breath at times, but that's just how it goes right about now. I totally have the pregnant lady walk too which is always so funny to me. I have finally got my second wind and trying my darndest to get my batty list -Ill spare you by not posting it here- of things done (yes, super nesting at its finest) before Leah comes in just a few weeks! We can't wait to meet her! And Big Sis cant wait to see what color her hair is going to be. I'm pretty curious too. :)

April 19, 2011

Jean skirt tutorial. Sorta...

Grab an old summer dress, preferably one with ruffles on the bottom- makes for a way cuter skirt in my opinion- in our case the dress had a few stains on it so it was easier to cut up. Depending on how short you want your skirt, start cutting off the bottom of it.

Next dig out an old pair of jeans, we put these away about 5 months ago. They fit her around the waist, but were too short. Girl's got the case of the long legs. I thought these were perfect because they already had a cute butterfly on them!

I didn't take a picture of this step, but cut off the legs right above the crotch seam. Try to cut as straight as possible if you can. Then take your piece of cut off dress and pin (you will need a good amount of pins for this) all the way around to the jeans, right sides together, with the seams matching on the sides if you can. Then carefully stitch around at about a 1/2 inch seam.

Finally, grab your cute girl (one that wears socks with her flip flops) and have her model her new skirt. :)

See how fun, cute, easy and cheap is that!

April 8, 2011

Baby #3 - 33ish weeks

Oh goodness me.
The belly is taking over.
Doc wasn't kidding when she said Id be gaining a pound a week now.
Food of choice this pregnancy: thai food, slaw dogs, smoothies
and anything baked and chocolatey- I will totally be gaining a pound a week. 
Cause I can that's why.
 The kids love to feel their baby sissy move around and re-arrange her bedroom furniture. :)
I did Leahs first load of laundry with the kids help which was super fun and exciting but so strange.
I am having TONS of braxton hicks contractions.
I feel like it was just yesterday when I could still see my feet. 
I have wonderful memories of seeing my feet...
Speaking of feet, its gonna be a great day when flip flop weather is here and socks are no longer needed- for obvious reasons...

Its been a super busy couple months for us: 
We sold our car and got a splendid new Toyota Sienna.  
My husband passed his EPPP test and is finally getting licensed. (YAY!!) 
The awesome San Antonio trip.
The day-to-day momma duties of dentist and doc appointments, swimming and ballet lessons. 
 Our littlest lady making her appearance known- both with my obnoxious outie and obviously enjoyable trampoline of a bladder.
My husband job searching and interviewing for a few jobs -thank goodness- which means that there is a 99.9% chance we are going to be moving north again (Eeek!) this summer. This time with one 3 month old baby girl, a very energetic 3 year old little boy, and a almost 5 year old princess.  Deeeeep breeeeeaaath.
Prayers are totally welcome. 
Thank ya kindly. :)

March 28, 2011

I do zaaaa zoo

Translation: I do love you. 
I love the way my kids have said "I love you" over the years.  Big sis said "Umm Umm" for the longest time, then that finally turned into "Te Heee Nuuu" (don't ask me how). I wanted her to say it right so bad for the longest time and was so happy when she finally could. I didn't realize that I would miss her funny little language so much when she out grew it. They are only itty bitty once and a part of me wishes she would still say it like that. For now Bub says "I zaaaa zoo" and I'm not planning on correcting him anytime soon. Its just way to cute.

I do zaaaaa them.

March 26, 2011

Remembering the Alamo

The hubby and I got to take a quasi vacation to San Antonio in early March. It was fabulous and we really needed it. It was really nice to get in some quality one on one time together before Leah comes. My husband was attending a conference for work which meant that I had a few hours of the day to roam the streets of Texas....ALONE. Being kid-less was super weird, (a thankful shout out to my awesome In-laws who watched them for 3 days!!) but I enjoyed myself very much. I actually got to get dressed and do my hair and make-up, go to Starbucks whenever I wanted, go shopping, sit and read a book on the Riverwalk in the 80 degree sunshiny weather for however long I wanted, and people-watch. For those of you that know me, you know this is something I love to do. My favorite was all the older men with huge cowboy hats and belt buckles with way over-sized mustaches- they really do exist!

Here are a few (ok a ton) of my favorite pictures taken of the trip:

 I haven't traveled that much, but San Antonio definitely takes the cake for the coolest city I have ever visited. The Riverwalk? Awesome. The Alamo? Historic. The food? Loooooovely. I hope my husband has to attend a conference here again sometime soon. :)


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