Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My 2 Goofballs

Both of my crazy children are doing so many new things each day.

Lydia is starting to talk, and she just has the cutest little voice. I love it when she says "Thank you". She is very smart and independant. She loves when it is time to brush her teeth and loves being in the bathroom with me while I am getting ready.

Joey has hit a whole new energy level, but is good at just sitting with me on the couch, watching a show, and being quiet. He enjoys dressing himself and helping me cook and cleaning the dishes with Daddy. He wrestles now, which makes his dad very happy.

They both love to play outside and they love to wear their star hats. The hats cover their eyes, so we play lots of peek-a-boo. Two totally different and cute personalities. They keep me laughing.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Labor Day Week *September 1 - 7*

September 1st-Joey decided he wanted to go swimming with his clothes on.

September 2nd-At the Zabriskie Swimming Pool. Grandma Z got in the Pool TOO!

September 4th-Nat Soo Pah Hot Springs

There was a water slide the Skye, Joey, and Lydia all went down with assorted Aunts and Uncles and of course Grandpa. Joey's favorite to go down with was Josh because they would go really fast! Joey also wanted to go off the diving board and would scream right before jumping off. Skye was scared of the diving board but did go off once. Lydia and Maddox loved hanging in the hottub and splashing.

September 5th-The Fair

Lots of animals to see and yummy food to eat. Danny and Lydia stayed home for the first few hours so that Danny could get some homework done and Lydia could sleep (she was up crying all night the night before with an upset tummy). Both Skye and Joey even rode the little ponies.

September 6th-Bye Brit and Maddox! Playing at the Park

The kids had so much fun sliding and swinging and just enjoying playing together. Lydia wanted to explore all the playground on her own, but when she got to the top....she couldn't quite figure out how and if she wanted to go down. Skye saved the day; when he saw her hesitation and just picked her up and they went down together. After that they were frequent sliders together. Cyrie and Lydia both loved swinging and Skye had fun pushing them. Joey hung out at the bottom of the slides...filling them with wood chips each time someone slide down and pushed them off. Everyone else played games and chatted. We had so much fun!

September 7th-We always hate to say good-bye.

Everyone met up at the Falls for Lunch and our final goodbyes. There was lots of oohs and ahhs or the falls...and sure enough; a grape fight between Lindz and Buck. Joey and Skye scaled the little rock wall and Lydia followed them around as they explored.

Recent Projects

Laundry Soap
Here's the recipe I used:

Homemade liquid laundry soap
4 cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 cup washing soda
½ cup Borax
-Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continuallyover medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.Fill a five-gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap,washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each
use. (Itwill gel.)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per two gallons.Add once soap has cooled.
-Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
(or 5 more concentrated...Emma's note)
-Top-load machine: 5/8 cupper load (approximately 180 loads).
-Front-load machine: ¼ cup per load(approx. 640 loads).

Emmalie's Side Note:
-When I made the soap I didn't have a 5-gallon tub so I just used 5, 1 Gallon containers...in this case Hawiian Punch containers. First split the melted soap between 2 containers (since it gels so fast in such a concentrated state) and filled with water and shook-up REALLY well. The kids had alot of fun helping roll them across the floor.
-I then split it up between the other 3 and filled all to the top with water. I just left the soap in these containers since they are easy enough to lift. The stuff works GREAT and it is so, so much cheaper!
-Also I added essential oils until the smell was strong enough for me. Some took more than 15 drops. I did each container a different scent so I could see what I like best.
-I have been using the soap for almost 2 months and just started my second scent...and I probablly put in more than I need.

Ribbon Picture Frame....the new craze to have for your little girls.

I think this is a brillant idea! The first time I saw it on another blog, I just had to do it right away. I absolutly LOVE how it turned out and Lydia's hair flowers and bows are FINALLY all in one place. This will be hung in Lydia's area of the bedroom when I am finished redecorating!

Purse Notebook

I made this for Laura for her 20th Birthday. It turned out so, so cute! I learned how to make them at Lindz's house last time we were in Idaho. Our husbands were gaming it up and we were crafting....what a perfect combo!