Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethic over convenience, and truth over popularity ... these are choices that measure your life. Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More Valentine's Pretties!

Ok as I was uploading new bowsie pics I found this...We took this pics one night in Vegas last year waiting for the water show. Man it makes me sad to realize another year has flown by. Gosh I love these babies! They are growing too fast.
Here you go! I love how they turned out! :0) I am uploading the pics right now & will be listing in a few, If I can't get them finished beofre I get the kiddos, I will list them in the am. Tab

Monday, January 26, 2009

Finally...Some Valentine's Bowsies!!

Here is the 1st set, I finally got them up and listed! YEAH! I am working on some more right now, so stay tuned! I love them! I hope you do too! HUGS!

PS~ I also made the cutest Valentine's Day tutu for a sweet customer & I LOVE it so much, I decided to offer it as a custom. You can choose one similar to the picture or a totally custom all your own! I will post a picture of it below the bows!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A great weekend!

We just got back from church & I have tons to do! I sat down to start bows, but I decided I had the best weekend I had to write about it really quick first! My parents (well 1 set of my parents) and my nephew came up on Thursday to visit & we were so happy to see them! You never have enough time to visit it seems and I think we made the most of it! :)

I CAN'T BELIEVE I DIDN'T TAKE PICTURES, UGH...BUT...we had so much fun! When I was a kid, I have so many fun memories of family time the great, the bad, and the ugly, but one of the great was making salt water taffy! As I remembered it, we were so excited until that hot candy hit our hands and we were trying to play hot potato instead of pulling, lol!

I wanted my kiddos to experience this too, so I asked Hal for a little pantry inventory so I didn't have to stand on a chair, lol. He soon discovered I had about 2 gallons of corn syrup, why, I have no idea, but...I am sure I had a great idea for it at some point which obviously never came to fruition, but hey, it came in handy this time! Haliee & Grandma went shopping for the other ingredients we needed and a candy thermometer! Well, they were out of thermometer's but Grandma thought we could manage as we never used one when we were little.

Well, it turns out, we kind of did need one, but I am glad it worked out this way as the kids have the best memories and it was even more fun for them...

Round 1: Grandpa is making caramel for Hal, and Grandma is on the taffy...the caramel comes out almost right, just a bit too soft, but YUM!!! Grandma is suddenly yelling, "GET READY, GET READY NOW!!!" We successfully made several flavors of Hard Candy!! LOL!!

Round 2: We decided to make sure we monitored the time a little closer this time, everyone is in place, hands buttered, ready to pull, I am yelling the time every 2 minutes, Grandma & Grandpa are bickering back and forth about whose candy checking method is most efficient the water method or...the Grandpa method, I whom have deemed myself candy making expert since I made it once or twice as a child decide it was finished and ready to pull, by the way without even entering the kitchen, yes, I am that great, so maybe not...

We have outstanding tasting, colored, GOOO!!!! The kids are in LOVE they are stringing this stuff up with both hands over their plates, and I am trying really trying to be calm and not freak I can see it on my walls, carpet, ceiling, couch, table, but really it is just on their hands and they didn't make a mess, my OCD was over the top and my head was ready to parents are thoroughly enjoying watching me try and remain calm so my kids could play, lol~ Ok, we decide after about 45 minutes, I wouldn't set no matter how hard my Stubborn self & Dad tried to prove Mom wrong, lol~!

We go get a candy thermometer at a different store and remake the caramel and some taffy! YEAH! It is so yummy and the kids had a blast! We were also wanting to make Root Beer, we couldn't get any dry ice so we opted for the other method until we get together again this summer, but the kids LOVED it too! We had so much fun with many laughs and several other funny moments but as a novelist, I believe bows are waiting, lol!

I will just end with saying Thanks to my family for a great weekend! Drew also played so great in his basketball game on Saturday, I was so proud of him!
Here's to a great week, and some Valentine's bows if it kills me!
HUGS, Tabitha :0)

Monday, January 19, 2009

We are back! :0)

Well, we have been back since the 15th, but...our life is so crazy I have been running til' now! It was so fun! The kids had a blast! It was 80's all week, so I was definitely soaking it up! The kids & Daddy were baking, I LOVED it! I miss the heat. Anyway, it was so dead. We never waiting more than 15 minutes for anything (with the exception of fantasmic, to get the perfect seat, lol.) We had a special early entry into Toon Town to meet the characters and I swear there were only about 20 people total in there with us. The kids had no lines to meet any characters, they walked right up and no lines for their houses or the rides. SO CRAZY! When Haliee was 2 1/2 we waited 3 hours for her to meet Minnie! Here are a few pics of the kids. Haliee took so many more pics than me as she got a new digital camera for xmas and was snapping away! She took a really cute one of Drew & Daddy I will have to upload it later!

They have a Libby Lu in downtown Disney's shopping area so she got this Fabulous Sharpay tank there! She had high hopes of having perfect hair on the trip as she also got her own flat iron and she thinks she is Miss. Independent, but at 6 am, she was over being cute, lol! This is what you all have to look forward to after hair bows & customs *sniff* It was so very cute to see her snapping pics though. It really put her age into perspective this trip as she is not mesmerized by the magic anymore just ready for the roller coasters!

Drew was still into it. He had a blast. He is so into Indiana Jones and so we rode it like 10 times! I will be singing the dang theme song for weeks. He got his Indy hat, scorpion necklace and tried for the whip, but we opted for Indy Mickey instead, Dad could see him beating his sister! His goal was to ride everything in both parks and he remained true to his goal! Even the big roller coasters which I never would've ridden at 7, NO WAY! He was scared out of his mind on the Tower of Terror I felt so bad, but he insisted on riding it. Afterwords, he decided he "needed" the I survived the tower shirt as "He barely SURVIVED Mom!!!" I swear he suffered from PTSD though because he refused to ride in any elevator at the hotel and kept asking where the service elevator's are in the hotel, lol! Poor Baby boy.

The best show ever was a Broadway performance of Aladdin. It was so awesome! We ate dinner in the Pirates of the Caribbean and it was really yummy! Drew is totally an adult in diet, he was so excited to see Salmon on the kids menu! Haliee, not so much, she was expressing her extreme preteen angst for no chicken strips, she recovered with a steak. It was a nice break to the hustle with excellent service, good food, and quiet ambiance!

And of course no "perfect" trip can be finalized without a little Drama right!?! So let me fill you in on our travel day home, lol...Ok 6 am last day, man it was tuff to get up for the 6th day in a row with little sleep and no mice to greet us. I drug them out, we decided to take the Disney Resort Travel Airport bus instead of renting a car this time so Daddy could relax instead of driving in crazy traffic to which we so don't miss and are honestly out of touch with now. I can't believe I drove like that with my children in the car, lol! I am definitely used to the slower Idaho pace now. Anyway, we were to be outside curbside at 7:35 for the return to LAX, we were there at 7:20 which btw NEVER happens for us NEVER, lol! At 7:35 the bus zooms right by us!!!!! EXCUSE ME! I am a little CRABBY, I call to let them know I am not the happiest customer and can envision us missing our flight, etc. they send another bus to take us to a different hotel to catch the original bus. Phew, it worked. We are now at the airport...I am checking us in at the kiosk and I accidentally push YES we have hazardous materials, lol! AHHHHHHHHH! So thankfully, the ticket agent who checked our bags decided I wasn't a terrorist without too much trouble. Ok, we are to security, let me back up a bit to explain... from the day of arrival Drew wanted this clear Mylar balloon with a blue latex mickey balloon inside. Ok, I promised him on the last day, he could get it and bring it home to show his friends at school. On the last night after fantasmic as they announced the park closure over the loud speaker he remembers his balloon. So Hal runs to the balloon lady and phew. Ok, so we have this HUGE balloon which is clear is making me put it through the xray machine...are you serious, you can see through it, I ask, "Are you going to hold it so it doesn't float up into the machine and get stuck?", NO...the lady behind me shoves a guitar in just after the balloon, ugh, I glare at her and YES, it gets stuck, so now they are trying to get it out as the dang conveyor belt sways back and forth trying to move forward, I try and go through the security to help, but Hal who is in another line, I thought I would change lines to speed up the process, has my boarding pass, and they won't let me through the line without it, he is quite impressed by me by now as he leaves his line to get me my pass, lol! Ok we finally get it out, and get to our terminal, phew. We sit there for a few minutes and I realize our connection flight is only a 25 minute layover so even in a perfect world, I won't have time to feed the kids in the next airport, so I run to the available restaurants in our terminal which btw are burger king or starbucks, YUK! So, I stand in line at BK, I get up to order and it is 10:22 so no lunch until 10:30 grrrr....ok, I am not eating a fast food breakfast sandwich and getting on an airplane, so I wait. Of course they now are calling our plane to board. I hurry with our food and Haliee and I get to the line to see my son bawling hysterically, I look up and his beloved balloon is at the top of the ceiling in LAX. Of course it is right?! OMG poor baby. He was devastated. My husband is DONE!! So we are waiting in line to board and the arrival flight walks in...My brother and his wife come walking in lol! They were on their way to Hawaii and their flight through San Fransisco was cancelled, so they were diverted through LA! So weird! It was great to see them even if only for a sec.! Ok, so another slight problem, part of the food is spilled all over the ground, sigh, we clean it up and board the plane! The flight was a little late so thankfully I fed them even if it was an act of god! We land in Boise just long enough to refuel and as we are ready to taxi, the ground crew come on to let us know Spokane is fogged in and they are probably going to close. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? They are going to try and get there, but if they close while we are in route, we will be spending the night in Portland. Of course we will...

But...thankfully we were able to land unscathed! All I can say is..."Makin' Memories right!?"

Ok, sorry for the novel! I am going to get my booty to work now. I have a few customs & will be putting on some Valentine Pretties this week! Stay tuned! I am so excited to be making some new designs! Tab :0)

Friday, January 9, 2009

We are off to Disney!!!!!!

We leave early early in the am! It is supposed to be 70's & 80's YIPPEEEEEE! Woohoo! We will atleast have to go to the beach once in this weather! The kids are So excited! I am still needing to pack, so this set of Valentine's Pretties I cut out may not make it until we return! I will try, but no guarantees LOL! Ok, I am off to get the kids in gear!

Tabitha :0)