Thursday, September 29, 2011

Halloween How To: For the Boy I Don't Have!

I have been looking online for costume ideas for little kids and came across this idea - and wished for the 1,025,158th time that I had a little boy to do fun things for (like this). Sadly, I am resigned to princesses and ponies, but I still think this is a fabulous deal I had to share. I think every little boy has an innate desire to be a superhero - and what a better way to put him one step closer to that dream! POW! BAM! SMACK!

Check out the link below for more information - but it is only $11.50 shipped - pretty great deal for something you could make for him or he could make for himself! (I am considering ordering one for Ellis in Pink. Hey - even superheros wear pink!)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Part Time Models

The other day we had our family pictures with Zombie Crush Photography and it was amazing! They were so great with the girls, easy going with dealing with us and picked a great location - overall it was a fantastic photo shoot. Here are just a couple of pictures. Loni and I were so uncomfortable being photographed, but the pictures turned out amazing.

If you are looking for any kind of pictures, check them out:

Just a note: look how handsome my husband is! <3!

Monday, September 26, 2011

What's For Dinner Tonight? Brinner!

Why, those are Rapunzel-hair pancakes! Purple colored and everything. The things we do to keep dinner interesting. BUT the girls loved it, both of them ate it all and we had a very pleasant meal at our house. Hope everyone had a great Monday!

As a side note, I have to say we love brinner in our house. We have it at least once a week. Breakfast for dinner - what could be better?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

It's making our feet dizzy!

Today we continued the long standing Weaver tradition and 'did the Puyallup'. It was the perfect fair day: a little cloudy, a little muggy but no rain. The only downside to going the last Saturday of the Fair is ALL THE FREAKIN PEOPLE! There were sooo many people - but at least that means good business for the fair.

Anyways- it was a blast and the girls had fun. Ellis wore her fair shirt (for all you Up All Night fans - it was ironic) and chose to get a toy instead of riding all the rides (she is still a scaredy cat). We walked and looked and ate and walked and looked and ate some more. Totally typical of what you would do at the fair. We had burgers, fries, ice cream, cotton candy, caramel apples - you name it we probably tried it. But what is a fair for if not only for eating...haha. Great day - looking forward to next years fair already!

Stella Forchella!

I just wanted to share some pics of my little angel/devil child. These were taken yesterday during a game where Loni would throw a pillow at Ellis and Stella to see if it would hit them, while they were hiding behind the couch. They thought it was hilarious and Loni and I thought watching them crack up was hilarious. I have a video which I will try to post later.

Happy Saturday!

*please ignore my empty living room. We are taking our time and SLOWLY buying things for the house.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New 'Do!

With losing all of this weight, my hair had turned very unhealthy and frankly, I was just tired of it, so I had a hair appt yesterday and decided to chop it off! Actually, I talked with my two sister in laws who are in the beauty industry and they were in full support of it, so it was definitely encouraging. Chantelle even helped me find some pics to take in. Anyways - I am slowly getting adjusted to it. I love the cut and color (I went a little darker for the fall), but it is SO short. So here's some pics from that day I got it cut and today. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

201 Post! Time to Celebrate!

Wa-Hoo! This post signifies my 201st post on this blog. While that may not seem like many to some of you other avid, regular bloggers, this is a big feat for me! To celebrate, I will make my fabulous Oatmeal Raisin cookies (found here) and send them to the first three people who leave a comment on my blog with a crafty idea to do with kids for the Holidays. (yes - I am gearing up for the holidays right now). :) I am celebrating today!

Happy Blogging!

Blast Those Germs Away!

I came across this product the other day and I am VERY interested in this. Loni, being the neat freak he is, has always been disgusted by the fact that toothbrushes sit out in the open air in the same room where we go to the 'potty'. So when I found these little gems, I am really wanted to get them and now they are on sale - so it is a win-win for me! The Weaver household is one more step closer to becoming germ free! (Its a long, uphill battle....haha).

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Feeling Old

This morning my little angel turned to me and said, "Mommy - you are going to die soon because you are SO old...... and I am going to miss you". Thanks Ellis - I guess I need to apply my Mary Kay night cream a little more regularly to look younger for my daughter so I will not die soon. :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Hungry Child Can't Wait: Ask 5 for 5

Guest Blogger: Sarah Lenssen from #Ask5for5
Family photos by Mike Fiechtner Photography

Thank you Kristy and nearly 150 other bloggers from around the world for allowing me to share a story with you today, during Social Media Week.

A hungry child in East Africa can't wait. Her hunger consumes her while we decide if we'll respond and save her life. In Somalia, children are stumbling along for days, even weeks, on dangerous roads and with empty stomachs in search of food and water. Their crops failed for the third year in a row. All their animals died. They lost everything. Thousands are dying along the road before they find help in refugee camps. 

At my house, when my three children are hungry, they wait minutes for food, maybe an hour if dinner is approaching. Children affected by the food crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia aren't so lucky. Did you know that the worst drought in 60 years is ravaging whole countries right now, as you read this? Famine, a term not used lightly, has been declared in Somalia. This is the world's first famine in 20 years.12.4 million people are in need of emergency assistance and over 29,000 children have died in the last three months alone. A child is dying every 5 minutes. It it estimated that 750,000 people could die before this famine is over. Take a moment and let that settle in.

The media plays a major role in disasters. They have the power to draw the attention of society to respond--or not. Unfortunately, this horrific disaster has become merely a footnote in most national media outlets. News of the U.S. national debt squabble and the latest celebrity's baby bump dominate headlines. That is why I am thrilled that nearly 150 bloggers from all over the world are joining together today to use the power of social media to make their own headlines; to share the urgent need of the almost forgotten with their blog readers. Humans have the capacity to care deeply for those who are suffering, but in a situation like this when the numbers are too huge to grasp and the people so far away, we often feel like the little we can do will be a drop in the ocean, and don't do anything at all.

When news of the famine first hit the news in late July, I selfishly avoided it. I didn't want to read about it or hear about it because I knew I would feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. I wanted to protect myself. I knew I would need to do something if I knew what was really happening. You see, this food crisis is personal. I have a 4-year-old son and a 1 yr-old daughter who were adopted from Ethiopia and born in regions now affected by the drought. If my children still lived in their home villages, they would be two of the 12.4 million. My children: extremely hungry and malnourished? Gulp. I think any one of us would do anything we could for our hungry child. But would you do something for another mother's hungry child?

My friend and World Vision staffer, Jon Warren, was recently in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya--the largest refugee camp in the world with over 400,000 people. He told me the story of Isnino Siyat, 22, a mother who walked for 10 days and nights with her husband, 1 yr-old-baby, Suleiman, and 4 yr.-old son Adan Hussein, fleeing the drought in Somalia. When she arrived at Dadaab, she built the family a shelter with borrowed materials while carrying her baby on her back. Even her dress is borrowed. As she sat in the shelter on her second night in camp she told Jon, "I left because of hunger. It is a very horrible drought which finished both our livestock and our farm." The family lost their 5 cows and 10 goats one by one over 3 months, as grazing lands dried up. "We don't have enough food now...our food is finished. I am really worried about the future of my children and myself if the situation continues."

Will you help a child like Baby Suleiman? Ask5for5 is a dream built upon the belief that you will.

That something I knew I would need to do became a campaign called #Ask5for5 to raise awareness and funds for famine and drought victims. The concept is simple, give $5 and ask five of your friends to give $5, and then they each ask five of their friends to give $5 and so on--in nine generations of 5x5x5...we could raise $2.4 Million! In one month, over 750 people have donated over $25,000! I set up a fundraiser at See Your Impact and 100% of the funds will go to World Vision, an organization that has been fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa for decades and will continue long after this famine has ended. Donations can multiply up to 5 times in impact by government grants to help provide emergency food, clean water, agricultural support, healthcare, and other vital assistance to children and families suffering in the Horn.

I need you to help me save lives. It's so so simple; here's what you need to do:
  1. Donate $5 or more on this page (
  2. Send an email to your friends and ask them to join us.
  3. Share #Ask5for5 on Facebook and Twitter!
I'm looking for another 100 bloggers to share this post on their blogs throughout Social Media Week. Email me at if you're interested in participating this week.

A hungry child doesn't wait. She doesn't wait for us to finish the other things on our to-do list, or get to it next month when we might have a little more money to give. She doesn't wait for us to decide if she's important enough to deserve a response. She will only wait as long as her weakened little body will hold on...please respond now and help save her life. Ask 5 for 5.

Thank you on behalf of all of those who will be helped--you are saving lives and changing history.

p.s. Please don't move on to the next website before you donate and email your friends right now. It only takes 5 minutes and just $5, and if you're life is busy like mine, you probably won't get back to it later. Let's not be a generation that ignores hundreds of thousands of starving people, instead let's leave a legacy of compassion. You have the opportunity to save a life today!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Chugga-chugga Choo Choo!

Today we headed down to Chehalis to take a ride on an old fashioned Steam Train. It was a lot of fun. I thought it was going to be cold, but it was actually quite pleasant. The kids loved it - every time the train would come to a crossroads, it would Choo Choo the "horn", so of course Ellis rode the train with her ears plugged, but Stella and Donni loved it. A conductor even came through the stagecoach and took our tickets. There were even some adults who dressed up like they were from the '30's ;not my thing, but they seemed like they had fun! It was especially neat to see the steam waft through the trees and countryside after blowing the horn. Would definitely recommend this to anyone, especially with little boys. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Let the Festivities Begin!

I know I have said it before, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this time of year. And I feel like we are finally far enough into September to start celebrating the fall. So we bought our first window clings for Halloween! The girls both loved them and Stella loved them so much she kept pulling them on and off, hence the reason they are up so high. I am so excited to start celebrating!!

(please disregard the backyard - that is our project for next year)

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Oh! The Places You'll Go!

Today was my baby's first day of school. She is officially an elementary school student attending her Pre-K class Mondays - Thursdays from 9:15 to 3:15 at South Shore Elementary School in Seattle. She was super excited and could hardly calm down enough to go to sleep last night. Everytime I went in to sternly tell her she needed to go to sleep for school, she would insist "I CAN'T!". You would have thought it was Christmas Eve. I think I may have fallen asleep before she did.

We did her hair in her special "Hannah-Montana" hair (braids taken out in the morning so it is wavy) and she wore her new shoes and new back pack. She is now ready to conquer the world - or at least the playground for now. My dad made a comment the other day about how once your children start school, every step they take from now on is a step away from me. At the time it made me melancholy, but after taking her to school today and seeing her excitement, I am really happy for her and this opportunity to learn. As Dr. Suess would say,


Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the [gal]who’ll decide where to go.

And will you succeed?

Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea,
You’re off to Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!


The traditional first day of school pose

Now with her Tinkerbell backpack and matching lunch bag

Side view in case you were wondering how big the backpack really is on a little 4-year old.

Standing next to her cubby - note her name!

Every morning she has to put her popsicle stick into the cup to show she is HERE.

Playing with the quiet time toys waiting for everyone else to get there.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

A Chance for Charity: Ask 5 for 5

As with many of you, I often need chances to earn pennies in heaven to make up for my wandering ways. So when I heard about Sarah and her story, I knew I wanted to participate. If you could please take a moment to read her story and donate - or even just pass along the information - it would greatly help. It really is a great cause and the fact that she has two children who could have been a statistic makes it all the more personal. Also, if any of you are open to having her guest blog on your blog, please let myself or Sarah know.

guest blogger: Sarah Lenssen from Ask5for5

photos courtesy of Cate Turton / Dept. for International Development

First, thanks to Kristy for allowing me to post on her blog today! Today, many bloggers, including this one, are standing with me to Ask 5 for 5 for Africa. Here's why....

I began pursuing a BIG dream two weeks ago. After deciding I could no longer avoid the news about the famine in the horn of Africa, I had that gut feeling that I couldn't sit this one out. I HAD to do something because I could. Something bigger than I could do alone.

A malnourished child in an MSF treatment tent in Dolo Ado

Two of my children, Ashen and Bereket, were adopted and are from the region affected by the drought in Ethiopia. They would be two of the statistics if they still lived there. I see my son’s and daughter’s faces in the photos of those suffering in the refugee camps. It could have been him. It could have been her. The thought haunts me.

And moms just like us are watching their children go hungry day after day. I can't imagine what it's like, but I have to –I have to be there to help them, because it could have been my children. These families have lost their livestock, their crops, food prices are inflated at the market if there any food there, and don’t have any more lifelines to tap into. Many are traveling hundreds of miles through parched land in hope of finding help. Many are dying along the way. It is estimated that 29,000 children have died in the last 90 days in the famine in Somalia alone.

Malnourished children, weakened by hunger

But I KNOW we can do something about it. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed, we can rally ourselves and our friends to respond! I set up a fundraiser through See Your Impact. 100% of your gift will go to the relief and development organization World Vision, where it will be combined with government grants to multiply up to 5 times in impact!

You’ll receive updates on just how your funding is being used to help save lives affected by famine in East Africa. I'm amazed at how much we've raised already -- over $7,000 in just four days! We blew through our first 3 goals in just 3 days and are well on our way to $10,000 and beyond!

I need you to help me save lives. It's so so simple; here's what you need to do:
  1. Donate $5 or more on this page (
  2. Send an email to your friends and ask them to join us.
  3. Share Ask5for5 on Facebook to stay updated too!
I'm also looking for 100 bloggers to stand with Ask5for5 to spread the word during Social Media week, September 19th - 23rd. If you're interested, email me,

Extra food for every child under five

Thanks! Please donate and email your friends right now--don't wait for a calmer moment, because if you're like me, other demands inevitably crop up and you won't get to it. A child's life hangs in the balance, but you can help save her!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Whidbey Island : Never Again

The first Sunday of our Staycation we took an impromptu trip to Whidbey Island for a little Sunday Getaway. The drive to Mukulteo (sp?) went great, the ferry ride was fun (we got Hot Chocolate), and we decided to head to Coupeville. Upon entering the ONE street that was Coupeville, we decided we had made a mistake going to Whidbey. Fortunately we ran into some people we new were as impressed as we were with Coupeville and who suggested we check out Langley. Since it was back the way we came, we went there and had an enjoyable time. We ate at a little bakery went into some fun shops and just walked around the two streets that are Langely. Promising the girls we would go to the beach, we headed back towards the Ferry Terminal to play at the beach. Much to our surprise and horror there was a HUGE line of cars waiting to get on the ferry. We saw a sign from where we got in line that the typical wait time from that point is an hour and a half! Yikes! This would be hard for any adult let alone a 21-month old and an antsy 4-year old. Luckily we are rule breakers and just let the girls play around in the back seat, unbuckled, while we SLOWLY crept forward. Two-and-a-half hours later we made it on the 20-minute ferry to head to a birthday party. By the time we got home that night we were all exhausted. Who knew sitting in a car could be so tiresome. Haha. So no, I don't think I will visit Whidbey on my own accord again.

Below are some pics of the day (on the ferry over, at the bakery and on the ferry on the way back <can you see the relief on our faces>)