Tuesday, April 18, 2017


I love Easter!  I'm not really talking about the secular side of Easter, although I do love the Easter baskets, the egg-hunts and the cute decorations!  I love the real meaning of Easter.  The part about celebrating the atonement and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Easter is a holiday that is full of hope and joy.  And I love celebrating with my family (and extended/adopted family!)
This year I did not do Easter dresses for my daughters.  They went to prom the night before so I let them use those dresses for Church....  But the Easter Bunny did make baskets full of special Easter goodies for them....  (And the Easter Bunny even mailed one to Colorado!)
The Easter Bunny made these two girls close their eyes
as it put the baskets, books and shoes in their laps!
English versions of Fig Newton's favorite books!
Kotten Kandy is excited to read the Leven Thumps series.
And Key Lime Pie is excited to own her very own set of Gregor the Overlander series.
Stuffed bunnies, candy, shoes... Who could ask for anything more?
Colorado Kid agrees!
Scott loved his basket too!  YUM!
And the Easter Bunny remembered me too!
I got a new game - and I LOVE it!
And my favorite:  Cadbury Creme Eggs!
Amy had her annual Easter Egg Hunt for FHE.
Kotten Kandy and Taffy helped Jelly Bean hunt for his eggs....
And Marmalade loves looking for eggs....
Raisin could hardly contain her excitement!
Apple Pie, Jelly Bean and my sweet daughter!
Best Friends helping little boys!

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Kotten Kandy and Taffy
Soooooo my baby girl went to prom.  She looked angelic!  And her date was just the right handsome to her loveliness!  I sure love these two, great kids!  Check it out:
This beautiful dress was perfect for Kotten Kandy.
Teresa Pina helped her add sleeves and ruffles and a belt.
It was perfect!
And thank goodness for Taffy's sister, Maple!
She is amazing at hair styles!
Maple rocks!
She did all of these ladies hair!  Wow!  What talent!
Fig Newton and Kotten Kandy = Sisters Forever!
Sweet Tarts and Kotten Kandy always have each other's backs!
Best Friends - For Sure!
Taffy is beyond talented.
He MADE her corsage out of white leather!
AMAZING!  Kotten Kandy  LOVED it!
Aren't they an adorable couple?!
This mom approves!
Not sure about dad though....
They don't seem to mind.
Getting these two to be serious was quite a challenge.
They love to laugh!
And they really are best friends!
Fig Newton and Chex
My Thai daughter is gorgeous!
She looks just like me.  Don't you agree?!  (Just Kidding!)
These two are too young for Prom.
But I LOVE their enthusiasm!
They make me laugh!
Almond Joy and Maple
Beautiful Girls!
Totally Cool Boys!
Having Fun!
I took 110 pictures of the whole group... then left.  My awesome boss let me use all my equipment to take the pictures.  I'm still learning and wish I had used a bit more light.  But I think most of the pics turned out pretty good.  
Anyways, I'm sure the kids had a blast!  I can't wait to hear all about it in a few hours.

Friday, April 14, 2017


Soooo - FIELD TRIP!  We went to Newton's Attic and learned all about F=MA and inertia and how to build rockets and mechanics, etc.  Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time!
They learned inertia on this roller-coaster machine thingy.
They had so much fun!
They built and shot their own rockets.
And they LOVED  riding the spintron... like the astronauts....
Katia's has always been a bit "upside down!"
After the Field Trip we got to celebrate my friend, Maeva's birthday!  We got pedicures.  And our daughters did their nails!
Lovin' Maeva and my selfie!  ;-)
These two girls are too cute!  I really love Kotten Kandy and Maple!
Earlier in the week, Taffy "officially" asked Kotten Kandy to prom.  (He wanted to "do it right.")  My sweet daughter told me later that she was impressed that he knew her so well. - books, chocolate, codes and The Way of Kings -
I LOVE creating!  And I LOVE seeing the kids I love creating!  Check out these talented kids:
Nuts made this stuffed dragon without a pattern.
The details are amazing!
Avocado taught Marmalade to crochet.
I love it when our sweet teenagers help our upcoming teens learn and grow!
Kotten Kandy spent 4+ hours making a tie for Taffy....
She started at midnight and finished a 4ish AM
Crazy girl!

Kiara got a hair cut:
I love her haircut too!
It's cute with working hair too!
And then she also got to go to a convention for work.  She said she learned a lot that could transfer into "real life!"  This girl is amazing!
Kiara and Shanae at the conference.
Apparently it was super cold at the conference...
luckily cousin Gary's coat was handy.
Scott got me roses:
Scott loves me!
And for everyone's enjoyment:
I tried to convince Taffy to wear this to prom....