Friday, June 26, 2015

Workin' hard or hardly workin'?

Ok first...I have kind of a confession. Not really anything bad, just a little old lady-ish. So here it is: I am a closet cross stitcher. Yes. I cross stitch. I really like it. No, I love it. In fact, I think about it all the time. I look up funny things to cross stitch on Pinterest. Every time I hear an inspiring quote, I think about putting it into a cross stitch. HELP ME!!!!! I can't stop. So anyway. I finally did a cross stitch of Ike and I. I have been wanting to do one forever to put on the mantel and I finally did.
Aren't we cute?!?!?!? I am really into doing couple and family pictures recently. I am working on a few for Christmas.
This is one I did for my sister and her husband for last Christmas:

 On a side note, this is another project I have been working on. I have had this old dresser in my garage for a while and was even, at one point, thinking about throwing it away. But I had a vision and I decided to go for it!

 It was in pretty bad shape. Especially the top.
 But now it is  beautiful!!!! I painted it with some sky blue paint the previous owners left. I also spray painted the hardware a nice shiny black. I absolutely love it.
Right now it lives at the bottom of the stairs in our entryway but it might movie it to a new spot eventually. I will take some more pictures in the next day or two when I have some good lighting. The entryway has bad lighting most of the day so even in this picture it is kind of grainy.

Anyway, between insane amounts of yard work (that is another post) and taking care of all my boys (Ike included) I have had a very busy summer so far.

PS: Pretty sure I am making this at some point.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Father Son Time

Ike is a great dad. Like really great.  He is a better dad than I am a mom. In fact, Ike is pretty much the most amazing husband and father ever. Here is why is he so awesome. In the summer, when I want to do the yard work and go do things by myself, Ike transfers into mom mode. He makes breakfast for the kids, gets them dressed, helps them do their chores and pretty much does everything around the house for me. I was gone from 6:50am to 5pm on Saturday.  I was helping my friend with her yard sale then drove to Fullerton to help a girl sew her own homecoming dress. When I got home Ike was making dinner and had done all the laundry.  He is just really amazing at letting me do my own thing and he is completely willing to step up and do (all) the housework for me. He is awesome.

Anyway, this post is actually about the Father Son Camp-out but I got side tracked there for a minute. Anyway, about two weeks ago Ike and the boys went on the father son camp out together and had a blast.  Warning. These pics are not great and some may have actually been taken by Jackson.

 I don't know if these next few were taken with a self timer or what but obviously, one of my children did not want to stand still for a photo...

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Brady!

 Brady had an awesome birthday today! We celebrated with a dinner of Mac and Cheese and hot dogs. He specifically asked for a Thomas Cake and luckily, we had enough random Thomas toys laying around that I didn't need to try and draw one or anything.

I really can't believe how fast time has gone by with these kids.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hair Cut!

Does anything feel better than a new haircut?!?! Probably...but a new haircut is still really nice. I have only had my haircut professionally maybe four times in my whole life and the last two times have been especially nice. (The first two were at really cheap places in Provo and I didn't really love either cut...) Yesterday Ike sent me out of the house for some alone time and suggested I  get a haircut! I have been talking about getting one for about 5 months but never doing it because I didn't want to spend the money.  So I really didn't need much pushing!

Here is sort of a before, this was actually taken a long time ago but you get the idea for how I wore it...boring!!!!

And the after!!! So much cuter right?!??!??

Thank you Regis Salon for doing such a great job!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Wedding Vacation

I got an awesome oppertunity to take a trip ALL BY MYSELF (That has pretty much never happened since my single days.) to go to my sister Rachel's wedding in Ohio. It was a beautiful wedding and I got to spend four days with my sisters and family! I did miss my kids, don't get my wrong. But it was amazing to be able to stay up as late as I wanted and get up when I wanted and not worry about two little dependant people who depend on me for everything to survive. I got to spend all day (and lots of the night) working on wedding stuff and it was amazing!

The happy couple!!! Rachel looked more beautiful than I had ever seen her. It was a really happy day :)
Grandma Judy was the master flower maker and she showed me how to make little bows for corsages.

 Jessica was kind enough to open up her house to all of us. Which was incredible considering we ate all her food and trashed her home.
 Look at us lovely sisters at the Bridal Shower!!!
 Me and my amazing Grandpa Rich.
 Doing the Bride's hair for some bridal shots.

 STEAMING, STEAMING, STEAMING....RAWHIDE!!!! (That is what I thought while I steamed the dress.)
 Look at my awesome dad!!!!
Overall it was an awesome trip and I kind of think I need a four day trip by myself every year. Also, a very special thank you goes out to Ike. Without his support, I never could have done this trip with out him. I love my husband!!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

For Katherine.

I always feel bad when people tell me they check my blog regularly. I should probably feel cool that people actually do check it, but instead I am filled with shame because I have been TERRIBLE AT POSTING lately!!!! So now, after my sister Katherine told me she checks my blog every week, I have made a goal to update, AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK!!!! I can do it. I know I can. Confidence is key.

So what have the Carrs been up to lately ( and by lately I mean everything since mid March...)?

Jackson has been playing on a 3-4 year old soccer team. They play 3 on 3 with no goalies. It is adorable. He just finished the season with a winning record. And by winning I mean he had a good time at each game.

Jackson and Brady showed their style on Easter with matching suits. Unfortunately, I was stressed and busy that weekend and forgot to get anything for Easter baskets...I figured they were too young to know what they were missing. Jackson mentioned that maybe the Easter bunny lives in Ireland with the leprechaun from St. Patrick's day (who also didn't visit our house...) and that is why he didn't come. I did not correct. him. Mother of the year goes to me.

 Ike is co-chair of the Prom committee at school which means I also get to help with prom and this year's theme was Winter Wonderland. I really do look forward to prom season which is funny because Ike dreads it.

Jackson turned 5!!!!! I can't believe this. It still makes me sad to think about. I need another baby or I might go crazy. I don't like my kids getting older. He specifically requested a basketball cake with strawberries on it. I think I delivered on his request.

Jackson has finished Pre-School!!!!!!! Once again...I don't like this whole growing up thing. 

And finally...the kids have just been up to being themselves. Jackson is really into teenage mutant ninja turtles right now and Brady is potty training. It is going a lot better than with Jackson because I I have lowered my expectations to the point of just not wanting the furniture ruined.
 Don't worry... that isn't urine on Brady's shirt. It is just water. Although, to be honest, I can't remember why he isn't wearing pants in this picture.

 I know this is a bad picture of Ike, but it is such a nice picture of me it just seemed a shame to waste it!!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Busy busy busy.

It has been a very busy past few months. The trick is to enjoy the busy!!! If anyone has figured out how to do that, please let me know. Anyway, here are some highlights from the past couple of weeks.

The boys and I celebrated Valentine's Day with some cookie decorating!

 True Masterpieces! Spiderman wishes he could have one. Speaking of Spiderman, we have been all about the costumes lately. With the weather getting warmer, we have been spending a lot of in the yard. Dressed in full super hero garb.
 Brady really really really wants to learn to ride Jackson's bike but all he can do right now is sit on it and look cool.
 We had a visit from one of our favorite Elders on his way home. We saw Elder Painter and his parents. It was a great visit!
 I did a little home improvement project this week. Under our sink was pretty disgusting (This picture was taken after I had cleaned it.) so I decided to do something about it. Here is the before!

 And here is the after! I used left over tile from our kitchen floor to tile the inside of the sink cupboard. I think it looks pretty good! Not bad for my first attempt at laying tile (even if it was sticky back) on anything.

Finally I think once prom is done I will be doing a little more of this: