Eli's Room Remodel!!!

>> Monday, March 23, 2015

 Be warned...the "before" pictures are pretty frightening!!! This was taken in real time in real life! LOL!!! No editing here my friends!

Eli was pretty embarrassed when he saw me take out the camera taking pics of his room. He kept trying to pick things up, and I kept telling him to put it down!!! LOL! I said this way we can see the true transformation! :D 

 In his defense. Alayna has been sharing his room with him for the past 2 months or so. She's been getting scared at night. We threw a mattress down on the floor for her. Eli was very sweet letting her be his roomy. :) And all three kids have their computers in his room too. It's just a little crowded!

When Walker turned 12 we let him re-do his room. His room was covered in airplanes. It used to be the nursery. Eli's room as you can see wasn't so baby-ish. But it wasn't really colors he loved. So with the 12 year old birthday tradition. We began the transformation. 

We spent HOURS in the paint section at Lowe's.....He was dead set on getting the brightest neon green and purple. We tried to tell him he might want to tone the colors down some. He agreed to drop the purple and go to white, but he only came down a few notches on the green. I began painting and asked him how he liked it? He HATED it! LOL!!!

So...back to Lowe's we went! 

Several hours later we picked the color on the left. This picture actually doesn't do the paint color justice. Cell phone cameras....

So here is the BIG reveal!!!!!! 

We realize the cube shelf doesn't match. We are trying to find one he likes to match the other furniture. :) I just thought it was best to take advantage of the clean room while it lasts! :P When we get the new shelves I'll update you! :D
We are THRILLED with how it turned out. He's much happier with the paint colors and now we can walk in his room! He says he sleeps so well in there now and he feels so grown up!

It's fun being able to do these projects with the kids. We give them a budget and it's up to them to figure out how to come in or under the target dollar amount. Eli did a great job being a savvy shopper!

Happy Birthday Eli! 
Mom & Dad

Now we have to go lay down and rest for 3 days to recover....LOL! :P


Harris' Spring Break Visit!

>> Monday, March 16, 2015

Jonita and Allen came to visit for Spring Break! It was so good to see them and to have the family get together. :)

We took a few group pictures before they had to head home on Sunday. 

Yes, my crazy kids were swimming in 70 degree water!!!! Brrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!


It's always good to see Jared's family. We had the chance to talk about the upcoming wedding for Jeff and Bea in October, as well as the family reunion in November 2016! 

Can't wait to be back on The Farm! Not to mention Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday! :D



>> Saturday, March 14, 2015

We took the family to see the new live action movie, "Cinderella". I have been anxiously waiting for it to be released. I was uncertain of what to expect since I didn't really care for "Maleficent". 

However, "Cinderella" did NOT disappoint! It was excellent! One of the best movies Disney has put out in a while! :D

We tried to get some pics before the show started. That plan didn't work out so well..LOL! Oh well! :P

The Wicked Step-Mother (Cate Blanchett) was perfect. All of the costumes in the movie were gorgeous! When the Step-Mother got out of the carriage and walked into the house, Alayna said..."She's beautiful!" 

She was every bit as beautiful as she was wicked! She played the role so well! 

The Fairy Godmother wasn't the classic elderly woman portrayed in the animated feature, but she was great! She brought some light hearted humor to the movie, which was needed after the horrible scene between Cinderella, her Step Sisters and Mother. Her dress I read had thousands of  LED lights on it powered with battery packs underneath. It was perfect!

They did such an outstanding job with the transformation scene and the Ball. Alayna was blown away....so was I! She said, ""Oh, she's beautiful!", "I have to have that dress!", "Those shoes are amazing!" LOL!! It was awesome! :P

I'll admit I choked back tears several times through out the movie. Some of the scenes were so heart felt and gave a great message about family, kindness, and courage. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it by giving too many details. :)

Jared loved the movie too. In fact, he loved the wedding dress. :P It was quite stunning I must agree! :)

We had a great time as a family. It's so nice to take the whole family to a film and not have to worry about covering anyone's eyes, or worrying about the language. Good job Disney for doing a well loved Classic justice!!!! 


Erika's Sr. Photoshoot

>> Thursday, March 12, 2015

My very dear friend's daughter is graduating this year and she asked me if I would take her Senior Pictures. I was more than happy to! :)

She's such a beautiful girl. We had so much fun taking pics! :D Here are a few from that day! 




This last one is my favorite!!!

Congratulations Erika!


Happy 65th Birthday Mom!

>> Friday, March 6, 2015

We took my Mom and Dad out for dinner. Mom's bday is on the 9th.

She was craving bbq ribs so we took her to Waldo's in Mesa. We had a nice dinner and at the end of the meal I let the waitress know we were there celebrating. 

She brought out some peach cobbler and announced to everyone it was her bday and everyone started singing Happy Birthday!!! It was awesome!!! :D

You know you did it right when she starts to cry...lol!!! 

Except, then she wouldn't smile for me cuz she was "mad" at me...LOL!!!

And then she couldn't stop crying!!! Hahaha!!! I'm an awesome daughter ....lol!!! 

Happy Birthday Mom! Love you!

I had to snap this last pic. Alayna was busy drawing on the paper table cloth. She draws all the time. These characters were so cute! :)


Invention Fair & Fancy Day!

Today was "Fancy Day" at school. The kids looked mighty 'fancy'! :P

 It was also the 6th Graders' Invention Fair!

He always makes this face when I ask for a smile. It cracks me up! It's his...."I'm so cool and handsome face!" LOL!!

 Eli made "The MechaDrawer". He did all of the work himself. It turned out great! I love that he is so independent. He enjoys the planning, creativity, and execution of his ideas. And I love watching the process! :D

Here is the flyer that explains what it can do. :) 

Disclaimer: Jared did help him a tiny bit putting the flyer together in photoshop. But photoshop is hard...lol!!
He got 100% for his grade and he was so proud of himself. It was fun going into the class and hearing him give his presentation. 

With all of his independence, he also doesn't like Mom hanging around too long. As soon as he was done, he didn't acknowledge us again......stinker! We went through the rest of the classrooms and checked out the rest of the ideas the other kids came up with. There are some pretty creative kids! :)

Great job Eli!


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