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Snow, Basketball and all that jazz…

Ok, so maybe I don’t have any jazz for you but I do have the others!

Yep, it does snow in my neck of the desert about once a year, twice if we are lucky. And this past time it stuck around until…are you ready for this????? NOON!!! LOL It is gorgeous. All the way to school the kids kept saying, “Aw, look at ________! It’s so pretty!” Fill that blank in with everything from the school, a car, a house, a mailbox, literally everything! But I didn’t stop them, because they were right. It was a stunning 5 minute drive.

From our house in Cottonwood:



The drive to work, took my breath away! I actually played a tourist and took pictures from the van.

Snow in Sedona:


For those of you who know the rock formations, Bell Rock is in this picture:


On to basketball. Yes, I know, compltetly out of context and has nothing to do with snow but it does have to do with my life so you are subjected to it as well! hehe

We pulled up to the elementary school last night for Ben’s basketball practice and a fire truck was there. Ben was a little concerned that something may have happened. But all was fine, except for the fact that they had to practice with the Cottonwood Fire Department! He was so excited and talked about it all night! Our coach is a fireman and his buddies came over to help the team out! How cool is that???



Can you find my kiddo in the bunch?

The chicken pox, pneumonia, broncialitis and ear infections are gone….though Noah is cutting another tooth, but I should be able to get updates done a bit more consistent with healthy kids and actual sleep!


I am tired

The baby is cutting his first tooth and fighting his first ear infection. I am getting no sleep!

I did manage over the weekend to snap some pics. Today, I was able to find time to edit them while holding a fussy baby.

For your entertainment:
Floral pendant


pink bicone


peach floral pendant



pink floral pendant

stormy beach

I am resolute!

So another year has passed and a new one is blooming.

Boy, it’s been a bit since I have posted. What have I been up to? Well, we own our own business and between October thru December, life is chaos. Trying to juggle raising our crew, school scedules, therapies, appointments, then adding long lines of people waiting to ship their items to loved onces across the country adds a whole new aspect to life. I don’t think I have ever been so exhausted in my life. I went from working part time (2 days a week) to more than full time, then coming home making supper and checking homework and running baths and…and…and…the kids were off for 2 weeks for winter break.

During this time, my family lost a loved one. It was shocking and tragic. It has been very hard to overcome. It is hard to have closure but I do feel at peace knowing my dear uncle has no more pain. My sister and I did fly up to be with our family during that time. While the weather was absolutely FREEZING the warmth from family was a great comfort. I do miss them all dearly, especially my uncle who passed away, I miss him soooo terribly!

Yeah, uh, that is where I have been!

Amid the chaos, I have managed to get a bit of torching in! Managed to get a few sales from the co-op! Somehow managed to read a book or two. but never did get those Christmas cards out! Shhhhh….they still may come…ok, maybe I’ll just pack them away for next year! They were really great cards too! We had a nice mellow Christmas with wonderful food and pleasant company. ๐Ÿ™‚ Life felt all warm and cozy!

In our crazy, adventerous days, hubby and I managed to get ourselves on track with healthy eating. And yes we made in through the holidays fairly unscathed! And with the new year starting we are kicking it up a notch and digging our heels in. Since we didn’t get much time to workout in December, we plan to take full advantage of its use now. We set “winter hours” at work so that we can have supper earlier and get up to the gym and still have time with the munchkins before dropping into bed only to start it all over again.

I am feeling good and down over 23 pounds now! I have already had to buy some new jeans and will need to do so very soon again because I can pull these ones up and down without unbuttoning them!!! *dances* I feel so good! Did I already say that? And you know what I find the neatest thing? We are eating wonderfully yummy meals! We are pinching pennies like everyone else (moreso with our large family) but by shopping the sales and eating before we head to the store has helped immensely.

So what if we are only 5 days into 2009? We had some good “practice” leading up to it and it’s only going to get better!!

2009 is going to be a life changing year. And I looking forward to embracing every minute of it!

Ans a few photos:

and finally a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my family to yours!

Another preview!

I haven’t even added these to Flickr yet! I had them soaking in water for 3 days and finally cleaned them up late last night and grabbed pics this morning! I am really sad that I broke my favorite leaf, but I will make more! Also, made some beads into earrings! I plan on selling those not only on etsy but also in our store and the other 2 places you can find my jewelry and beads IRL! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So here they are!





And some closer pics of the leaves that are sellable:





So that is all for me today! The kids have a half day of school and I have two home sick with sinus infections and ear infections. I am clorox-ing EVERYTHING today! Gotta get the germies out of here!!!


One may ask how I spend my days. And well, most would boggle at my answers. Today, boggled my mind.

Wanna hear??? tuff toodles, you get to anyways ๐Ÿ˜‰

A bit of background before I start the day.
Our oldest turned 17 last week. We bought him ticket’s to a Phoenix Coyote’s NHL game. A “boy’s night out”; game is tonight. Hubby went, my BIL went and my sister’s boyfriend went along with said son. And another tidbit of info (you will understand where this fits in when you are reading) about 2 days ago my dryer quit, I even tried to take it apart to fix it, thought I had it but nope, it’s definately dead! Oh and on Thursday nights, our oldest dd babysits for a friends little boy.

now just a bit of my day (leaving out little “minor” things LOL ugh)

~wake up
~get kids ready for school
~bus run and drop kids off at school
~come home get sammy, noah and joey dressed
~mess around with dryer
~get call from todd to bring the pick up truck to home depot
~load 3 littles into truck
~pick up new dryer
~run home with the 3 youngest help unload dryer
~clean up good and get dryer installed (by myself cause hubby had to work our store)
~run jojo up to therapy
~get call from todd that i am needed at work asap
~grab lunch for me and 3 youngest
~pick up joey from therapy
~drop joey off at preschool (after he eats in the car on the way)
~run to work get some things done
~run home with about 5 minutes before bus comes
~get kids off bus
~inform kids that are home of my schedule of hurried events for the rest of the day
~had to run back to the store to help with one thing since todd was coming home early
~get a call at work from our therapist (who had jojo and auggie)
jojo cracked his head open at the park, she stopped the bleeding but she thought he needed to be seen
~call my sister while speeding home
~she comes and watches the kids and makes them supper and makes them do homework LOL since todd had already left and ashley was about to
~get home
~rush jojo to the er
~sit for 2.5 freaking hours while he is dripping blood and crying
~get him back to a room
~they get him cleaned up while he is screaming bloody murder (i have mentioned before that Josiah has autism and global developmental delays, he functinos on about a 2 year old level, yet he is a very large 5 year old)
~he gets 5 staples, no numbing stuff
~go home exhausted (and btw had baby with for ALL of this)
~sister helps me get jojo settled and then leaves

I didn’t eat until about 8:45 pm. After I made calls to Todd and our oldest dd. And our therapist called very worried about him.
jojo is out of it, he did get some motrin, he’s not throwing up but we are watching for signs of head trauma/concussion

the rest of the night is kinda a blur. the other kids are obviously upset. Auggie is freaked out. He doesn’t understand why they had to use staples. He was crying for Josiah, which is unusual for him. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Broke my heart.

The boys are on their way back from Phoenix and I am snuggled into bed with my nice warm blankie and slowly drifting into slumberland.

Pics to come tomorrow. I got the saddest pic of Joey at the hospital, head all bandaged up. I sent it to my email and am just waiting for the thing to go from phone to computer! LOL technology, isn’t it grand???

Where have I been?

It’s officially fall here in AZ. Yep, we finally turned off the a/c, though it looks like its gonna heat up again later this week! School is in full swing, along with all the “extras” that the kids are involved in. Josiah got some new therapy added to our schedule. Two more things to schedule into our already busy weeks. Our hope is that all the extra work he is doing will pay off! It is certainly wearing him out! And it’s busy season for the business. That means late nights, early mornings and lots of exhaustion….but we are not complaining!!! All of this has left me little time to create and play. I am going to make sure that I get some of that done this week.

The baby turned 5 months old last week so I amย gonna leave you with a pic of him! (ignore the unmade bed, we try to let him crawl around up there since Josiah trips over him if he is on the floor, owie)


A New Adventure

Is it a gift or a curse? I love keeping myself busy (in all my spare time LOL) with arts and crafts. My girls have definately inheirited that gene from me. One adores drawing and painting, another loves to create ANYTHING out of EVERYTHING! And the other two dabble in whatever it is everyone else is working on.

Recently, the girls approached me with wanting to earn some extra money by making “stuff.” Okay? What kind of stuff did they have in mind? The four of them, well mostly the three oldest, got together, talked and researched and then finally decided. They wanted to make candles, soy candles. They wanted to sell them in our store and online at

We sat together and made a list of what we needed to buy and picked out scents together. The supplies all arrived at the same time as an epidemic of strep throat. This past weekend, with the sickies behind us, we melted some wax.

And here is where you can find their results:

Grand Candles


They did good, didn’t they?