Saturday evening

It has been such a great day. I’m very much a stay at home person and that’s exactly what I’m doing on a Saturday night. Today Isabella and I got up and had breakfast. Then headed right out to Simply Cupcakes for our Bella Nutella cupcakes. They were delish!

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After cupcakes we went to the library and looked at the books. We each picked one. I never make it upstairs to check out the more adult books, and I love children’s books so I picked Clair-de-Lune by Cassandra Golds so far very good. I love that it is about ballet, has beautiful French words, and has a graceful feel to it. I didn’t read what it was about, just picked it up and started reading. (I’m someone who totally picks a book based on its cover, I can’t help it) but I am not too sure about the addition of a talking mouse… Guess that’s what I get for picking a children’s book. Isabella had a hard time picking, but settled on Ten miles past normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell after we each read our books, we are going to switch and read each others books.
We went to my parents house for a bit and then headed back in to town to get some lunch. We went to the GT Pie Company wish is always yummy! And then went to the bookstore next door and wandered around looking at more books. So tonight we are just hanging out, reading and relaxing. Perfect since we are supposed to be expecting a big snowstorm tonight.

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We also *finally* got the Christmas tree out of here.

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Children’s Books

I just love children’s books. I really wish my kids would get into reading more for pleasure. Goodness knows we have a TON of books. For Isabella, it feels like she always has a book to read for school, so when she actually reads before bed, it’s usually her current book that needs to be read for some assignment. Last week, her group was reading a book about Eleanor Roosevelt and she waited til the last 2 days of the week to actually start it and had to fit in many pages to not fall behind. She did it though, finishing her chapters and writing her paragraphs. So this week, she did what I usually tell her every week… She started on the first day and had it done two days early, and has written her paragraphs. Come to find out, though, it isn’t due until next Friday, so she was A WEEK and two days early.
It’s just her and I today and tomorrow. Well, it is after midnight… Anyways, since it was just her and I, it was a very quiet night. We chose to pick a book and read. I read most of it to her. The deal was I read, she got to sort and fold socks. When she tired of doing that, we switched. It was nice to have her read to me. It got me thinking… A while ago I pinned a list that was of the top 100 books for children to read. So we looked it up and I made her a challenge that we should read through all 100 books. No time limit. And no pressure. If she wants to read a non-top 100 book, not a problem. As long as she is making an effort to actually read some books, I think it’s great!
So our plan for Saturday is to be up and ready early (I do realize its almost 2am, but oh well, and my early is whatever it takes to be dressed and out the door by 9:30). We are going to do a drive past on a house for sale and hit our favorite (and I think only one here) cupcake shop, and get their newest cupcake, the Bella Nutella. And then we are going to hit the library and see how many of these books they have. My fines may currently be too large to check out books, but we plan to see. At least we can have a look-see and maybe make our own list of what we’d like to read. With getting myself an iPad for Christmas and the girls getting nooks, i feel that we need to spend more unplugged time, and what better way to do it than the library!
Here’s a screen shot of part of our list to read….

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One Little Word

My one little word for the year is STRENGTHEN. I think for me, it has lots of meaning to it. There are many things that need the added strength to them. My body, my family, my business, the bond with each of my kids, my friendships, my faith, my community, my spirit. I think this year is a major year of growth and I need to use it to really buckle down and focus on strengthening every part of my life.

New Year Eve

Happy New Years Eve to you all! I prefer a quiet start to the new year. We usually hang out at my parents house and feast on some yummy food. We always have a cheese fondue and a chocolate fondue. We watch movies and play games. Everyone stays up to watch the ball drop and we ring in the new year nice and quiet. My brother will call at midnight. This year my sister decided to stay home which meant her kids also stayed home. So with just my kids, it’s pretty quiet. I usually like to clean and organize, get a fresh start for the new year. I have been doing it, though not with so much push to get it done. Since I am home everyday, I haven’t really been pushing myself to organize. But I have made some major improvements especially cleaning and organizing my bedroom which seems to be the catch-all for everything that doesn’t have a place. I have been cleaning it and getting rid of a lot of random things, or making each item have its space. I hate when I have to move things to get to other things. My room also houses my work space, so I have been clearing that up to make room to finish some important scrapbooks for a friend and for my cousin. I am also going to actually do my Project Life book this year. I bought it the first year it came out, and haven’t really touched it. So, I have been pinning ideas to make it a great book. This will be the year!

It has been a great year. It has been full and eventful.

February 2012, we moved out of my parents and in to our own home. It has been great and hard. To be in our own space, to control our own lives. It has really been a growing experience. This year my son, Brandon, was diagnosed Bipolar. In addition to already being diagnosed with learning disabilities, adhd, depressive disorder, and oppositional defiance disorder, it feels never-ending. He has many difficulties in his life, and we honestly take each day as it comes. Some are harder than others. Some are absolutely great. Recently, it’s become too difficult to be in school with other kids, so he is being home schooled. It’s only been a few weeks, so we can’t really say it’s good or bad yet. But so far, he has learned more in the few weeks than he has in the last few years. I see great potential in him, and I just so love him.

Brandon

This year my oldest, Ashley, became a high schooler. It fits her well. She is doing great in her classes. Has some good friends and many great memories that she has made so far, including her first homecoming dance where she learned why I don’t allow high heels!

Ashley Homecoming

Isabella is a fifth grader this year. She is so full of personality (to put it nicely). I love the days we get to spend together snuggling and watching movies. It’s my favorite. She’s always been so snuggly and just fits in my arms. She’s still pretty tiny, but not for much longer. She has actually grown this year which is amazing. She is 10 (and a half!) and has grown from a size 6 in jeans in August to a size 10 this week. Just in height though, you still have to pull the waist bands as tight as they will go.

Isabella Halloween 2012

In September, my brother {FINALLY} married his very long time girlfriend. He is 28 this year and they have been dating since the ninth grade. It was a beautiful wedding. The weather was typical Northern Michigan weather. I think in that day alone it rained, and hailed, and was sunny. It was an outdoor wedding, but they had a tent to cover the ceremony and when Katie started walking down the aisle, you could just see the sun start to shine like crazy. It was great. We all love them!

I think that as much as I have struggled this year, I can’t complain. I love learning and growing and it has definitely been a year for that. I hope 2013 brings in less struggles, but just as much joy and learning. I don’t have too much planned for the next year. Actually I think my only planned event is to go to Mackinac Island¬†with Isabella over Mothers Day Weekend which also happens to be her birthday weekend. We are going with another girl and her mom for a Girl Scout Event. We went this year and it was so much fun, but our whole troop won’t be able to go this coming year, so we decided on just the four of us. So excited. My parents also planned to rent a cottage near there for at least a week in the summer, and for all of us to come visit at some point and go to the island together. It’ll be great. I am also looking to buy my own house in the next year. That is, only if the right one comes along. I am a little too picky as far as the location and size. But I am sure it will come along. I would like to spend the year just enjoying my kids, making many memories, recording those memories, and just being a family making the most of our every day.

My kids at the wedding

What are you looking forward to in the new year? What was your favorite memories of 2012?

Snow Day!

Today is our first snow day of the school year, which happened to fall on what would be the last day before Christmas break. It’s almost 10am, and I’m still hanging out in bed. Just listening to my favorite holiday soundtrack. And reading all of my favorite blogs.

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Brandon made me some cookies and brought them to me. Isabella just woke up and came to hang out with me. I think today will be just a day of hanging out and relaxing. I have my Christmas shopping done and need to finish up some wrapping. I’d like to head to the grocery store later if the roads clear up.
I am happy they decided to call of school for the day because I hate driving on icy roads, but I worked really hard yesterday to make a bunch of little hot cocoas on a stick and homemade marshmallows. I usually make little gifts every holiday for each of the kids in Isabella’s class. And we made up some cute Christmas boxes to put the hot cocoa and some snowflake shaped marshmallows in. Oh we’ll, I’m going to finish them up and hand them out to friends and family as I see them. Then I’ll make a new batch in the new year.

new beginning::fresh start

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Welcome to Twinkle Twinkle Little Blog. I am so glad that you have found me! I have had a couple blogs in the past but am looking for a new beginning and a fresh start, hence the title. You can learn about me on my about page, which I will add to as needed. I love crafty things and photography. I like to scrapbook. I love my family, and am looking forward to sharing and showcasing my passions here.