Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oh My Gosh. I Cut Her Hair!

Everytime we go out, someone makes a comment about Sweet Pea's hair. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

"It's so cute." "I love her hair." "Who does her hair?" "Can I touch her hair?" "What products do you use?" "How do you get her hair to grow?" "You need to use "fill in the blank" product on her hair." "How do you fix her hair?"

You name it, I have probably heard it regarding Sweet Pea's hair :o)  Of course, I think it's pretty, but it does surprise me she gets soooo many comments.

As long as one of the kids isn't throwing a fit and as long as I am not in a super hurry, I don't mind talking to complete strangers about her hair :o)  And I am sure it is no surprise, but Sweet Pea LOVES the attention :o) Her sisters on the other hand often ask why no one asks about their hair :o)

So, I am sure many people will probably think I'm nuts, but I got a wild hair and decided to give in to Sweet Pea's requests and I cut her hair. Eeek!

I was sectioning it off to twist after her bath and instead I decided it was time for a haircut. It's kinda hard to see in the picture, but I cut five and a half inches. 


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I was going for an afro, but I chickened out and left the top part a little longer. She LOVES her sassy new 'do!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Home of Wal-Mart...

Finishing up our fun trip to the Northwest...Northwest Arkansas that is :o) You can see the first part here.

Bentonville is the home of Wal-Mart so we couldn't leave town with visiting the original Wal-Mart!

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The original store, Walton's 5-10, is now a visitor's center...a shrine to Wal-Mart and Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. Of course the bathroom is usually the first stop at any place we visit :o)

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How cute are the old ads as wallpaper?

Sam Walton's office was located at the Wal-Mart headquarters down the road, but after his death his office was photographed and everything was carefully moved to the visitor's center. It was SO COOL to see everything just as he left it! Including a rifle in the corner!

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As you know, Sam Walton was one of the richest people on the planet. And he drove an old pick-up truck :o) When people asked him why he drove an old pick up truck, he said, "Am I suppose to put my dogs in the back of a Rolls Royce?" Haha!

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He carried a rifle in the seat of the truck too!

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I just love how "normal" he seemed to live his life! We can't wait to go back!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fun Little Trip to Northwest Arkansas...

There is nothing we love more than a trip to the beach or DisneyWorld, but sometimes staying close to home can be just as fun :o)

Case in point...NorthWest Arkansas :o)  A mere three hour drive...huge bonus points for proximity when traveling with four small kiddos!

We told the kids that we were going out of town for a mini vacation and told them to each choose a baby to take with them in the car.  I think they grab as many babies as you can carry! Ha! My kids do not like to travel light!



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The Razorbacks were playing their first home game the weekend we were in town. We didn't have tickets, but we thought it would be fun to go to the campus to walk around and let the kid feel the excitement in the air :o)


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They loved seeing the huge stadium...

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We even got to watch a little bit of the first quarter from these great {FREE} seats...until the kids got bored and wanted to leave. It's much easier leaving a game you didn't buy tickets for than a game you bought six tickets for! Another SUPER fun place we visited is Crystal Bridges. If you are ever in NWA, you HAVE to go! It is soooooo fun! "Crystal Bridges has a permanent collection that spans five centuries of American masterworks! There were many famous works of art such as Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol's Dolly Parton, several pieces by Georgia O'Keeffe and much more! There are also tons of very beautifully landscaped trails to enjoy, a children's museum and an arts and craft area! And the awesome thing is that Wal-Mart built the facility and admission is FREE! Whoo hoo! The kids LOVED all the sculptures!

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This budding artist was in heaven!

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The little girls loved playing in the dress up area! IMG_5633

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I LOVE my little bookworm!

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There is a really cool area in the kid's center called "listen." The kids put on headphones and listen to specific instructions about a famous piece of art. 

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As they listen, they draw what they hear. At the end, the can compare their masterpiece to the famous one the narrator described.

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This room was hands down the kids favorite! They LOVE, LOVE, LOVE arts and crafts :o)

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I am pretty sure they could have spent all day creating!
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Look at that sweet baby!

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Peg people!

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Baby Boy LOVES to line things up!

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Their peg family :o)

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Mommy, Daddy and Sunshine :o)

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After craft time, we headed to outside to check out the trails.

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L.O.V.E!

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Such a cool place! We can't wait to go back!

Next up...Bentonville Square!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Gifts...

I don't know about you, but I am constantly keeping my eye out for possible gift ideas.  Not just them time of the year, but all year long!  Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas...it seems like I am always looking for a gift for some occasion. Kids are super easy to shop for (WAY too easy!), but adults are tough! 

One way to make sure you don't buy them something they already have is to make them something!  If you have someone on your list that entertains a lot, how about a personalized drink dispenser?

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All you need is a glass drink dispenser (I got mine from Target), contact paper, tape, foam brush, letter template and the star of the show...Armour Etch.

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I got the Armour Etch from Hobby Lobby, but I think I've seen it at Wal-Mart too.

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I used my (SUPER AWESOME) cricut to cut out a "fancy" letter A, the recipient's last name :o) You could use a snowman for Christmas, bunny for Easter, the possibilities are endless!

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Once you have your letter cut out, put the negative space on the jar. Make sure you have it where you want it because once you apply the etching creme, there is no going back!

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Next, apply the etching cream. I have two pieces of advise...be careful and be generous! It is a good idea to wear rubber gloves :o) Be sure to get the creme in all the little corners too :o) I left the creme on the glass for an extra fifteen minutes in addition to the time called for on the bottle just to make sure.

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Completely rinse the creme off...

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...remove the template and you're done!!!

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Yay! Easy Gift!

What kinds of gifts are you making this Christmas?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Orphans...


...No More!!
 
God already planned to have us as His own children. This was done by Jesus Christ.
In His plan God wanted this done.  We thank God for His loving-favor to us.
He gave this loving-favor to us through His much-loved Son.
Ephesians 1:5-6