Weekend of Family Fun

Dec 23, 2014

This past week­end, my sis­ter and her fam­i­ly came up for the week­end. Her Christ­mas gift to Brit­tain was a tick­et to see the Cow­boys play the Colts, Sun­day. It was­n’t the game Brit­tain was hop­ing for but it was a fun time spent with his mom. Since he isn’t able to go to Beau­mont for Christ­mas I decid­ed to have a fam­i­ly Christ­mas par­ty for him at our house. Sat­ur­day morn­ing, Made­lyn and Bel­lie made snow­men out of donuts for break­fast. These were a big hit with the girls. All you need are pow­dered donuts, orange jel­ly beans for the nose and mini choco­late morsels for the mouth and eyes. A cup of hot choco­late is a great drink to go with the snow­man donuts too. Sat­ur­day evening, we had our fam­i­ly par­ty....

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Fun Getting To Know You Christmas Questions

Dec 19, 2014

Here are some fun get­ting to know you Christ­mas ques­tions you can share with friends and fam­i­ly at a fam­i­ly gath­er­ing or par­ty. I always find it inter­est­ing in how oth­ers cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son. If you don’t cel­e­brate Christ­mas you can eas­i­ly change the ques­tions to fit your hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion. My sis­ter and her fam­i­ly arrive late tonight and I can­not wait to have some fun with every­one. You know I’m on “best week­end ever” notice for Made­lyn and Isabel­la. I LOVE being their aunt. I have a week­end of fun all planned out that includes lots of hot choco­late, s’mores, cook­ie bak­ing, hol­i­day light look­ing and presents. It’s going to be a fab­u­lous week­end. 1. Wrap­ping paper or gift bags? This year it’s all about Gift Bags.  2. Real tree or arti­fi­cial? We...

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I believe…

Dec 17, 2014

Orig­i­nal­ly Post­ed Decem­ber 12, 2011 and to this day it’s still one of my favorites. Just recent­ly my 8 year old niece was ask­ing if San­ta was real. My mom asked Made­lyn what she thought to which she replied, I think he is real. Mom left it at that and Made­lyn went on her mer­ry way. I remem­ber when I found out about San­ta and for a moment I was sad but then dis­cov­ered since I had younger sib­lings I was in a spe­cial secret club… I got to be a secret elf and help with wrap­ping and shop­ping which I just loved. I found this part just as reward­ing if not more on Christ­mas morn­ing. Watch­ing my broth­er and sis­ter run down the stairs, through the hall­way and into the liv­ing room star­ing in amaze­ment...

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Road Trip with Madelyn Day 3

Jul 4, 2014

What a great time we had tour­ing the Dr. Pep­per Muse­um in Waco. This three sto­ry muse­um is quaint but fun. Made­lyn absolute­ly loved look­ing at every square inch of this muse­um. They have a nice scav­enger hunt for kids that real­ly helps them learn about the exhibits shown on each lev­el of the muse­um. After the kids fill in all the blanks for the scav­enger hunt they return the sheet to the tick­et area and get a lit­tle gift which is a Dr. Pep­per bot­tle cap. As soon as we got back to Frisco, I turned her bot­tle cap into a charm for a sou­venir neck­lace. Alan and I enjoyed watch­ing some of the old com­mer­cials and remem­bered sev­er­al we saw grow­ing up. We all had the jin­gle “I’m a Pep­per, He’s a Pep­per, She’s a Pep­per, We’re a Pep­per, Would­n’t...

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Road Trip with Madelyn Day 2

Jul 2, 2014

Wednes­day morn­ing, we got up ear­ly and head­ed down for a won­der­ful break­fast in the Crock­ett Hotel. As soon as Made­lyn found out she was going on a road trip with us she start­ed look­ing through the gallery of pho­tos on the Crock­ett Hotel web­site. She stum­bled upon a pho­to of a Texas shaped waf­fle and this waf­fle has been on her mind the entire month. Need­less to say we hit the waf­fle mak­er first thing and it did not dis­ap­point. She gave it a two thumbs up. While we were eat­ing, San Anto­nio was hav­ing a much need­ed thun­der­storm. We tried to wait out the storm to look around down­town a bit more but the fore­cast had rain pre­dict­ed into the after­noon, so after break­fast we checked out of the hotel and head­ed for Austin. We saw every­thing...

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Road Trip with Madelyn Day 1

Jul 1, 2014

Last week, my niece Made­lyn was vis­it­ing. Tues­day, start­ed our insane­ly fun road trip. We left Frisco bright and ear­ly (7AM) to head to San Anto­nio. On our way we saw bill­boards for the Inner Space Cav­ern and decid­ed that once we got to George­town we would stop and tour this cav­ern. We loved the tour and high­ly rec­om­mend it. It does get a bit humid and warm inside but we all felt it was worth the sweat. If you decide to take a tour make sure you are wear­ing run­ning shoes. Flip flops would be a real chal­lenge when walk­ing into the cav­ern. You are walk­ing at a slant for quite a bit, it is wet and in some areas a bit slip­pery. We were all glad we were wear­ing run­ning shoes. Hav­ing some cold water bot­tles wait­ing for...

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Being an Aunt…

May 29, 2014

Means you can sur­prise your nieces before bed for a sur­prise adven­ture in their jam­mies. Means you can load your nieces up on a Son­ic Shake sug­ar high right before bed, take them home and let your sis­ter deal with their sug­ar high. Means you will crawl out of bed bright and ear­ly to take them to school for Muffins with Mom & their Book Fair. Means the only pay­ment you want for get­ting up super ear­ly to attend Muffins with Mom and the Book Fair is a sweet self­ie with your nieces plus one best friend. Means you get to throw a sur­prise mini birth­day par­ty for a very spe­cial 7 year old when she comes home from school. Being an aunt is the next best thing to being a mom. Aman­da, Brit­tain, Made­lyn and...

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Home For Christmas

Dec 27, 2013

This year, we seemed to cel­e­brat­ed Christ­mas a lit­tle bit at a time. We had a fam­i­ly get togeth­er with Ter­ri and Laren at their loft on the 23rd then a small Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion at our house Christ­mas Eve.  Christ­mas morn­ing, my nephew Brit­tain and I head­ed down to Beau­mont to see fam­i­ly and cel­e­brate Christ­mas with my par­ents. Alan and Ans­ley both had to work on the 26th so they could­n’t come along but when I return home they’ll have a small Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion with the gifts I bring back. We arrived at mom and dad’s house in the late after­noon and every­one was ready to exchange gifts. It’s always a flur­ry of excite­ment dur­ing Christ­mas at mom and dad’s. I’ve been very blessed to always have an amaz­ing Christ­mas. Mom and Dad...

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Cyber Monday Etsy Sale

Dec 2, 2013

I hope you and your fam­i­ly had a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing. I know I have a few added pounds from mom’s awe­some turkey, stuff­ing and desserts. After din­ner every­one was stuffed and all us adults need­ed naps except Made­lyn and Bel­lie, they were run­ning around like the ener­giz­er bun­ny and were glued to Ans­ley’s hip. Made­lyn and Bel­lie LOVE Ans­ley. After 50 years, mom and dad final­ly have a table to sit the entire fam­i­ly. This has been one of mom’s wish­es for years and I’m so glad it final­ly came true. Thanks­giv­ing din­ner was a won­der­ful way to break it in too.  From left to right are Mom, Laren (son-in-law), Ter­ri (daugh­ter), Aman­da (niece), Steve (Aman­da’s boyfriend), Dad (San­ta), Brit­tain (nephew), Bel­lie (niece), Ans­ley (daugh­ter), Me and Made­lyn (niece). Today, through Dec. 16th I’m...

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Strands of Strength

Nov 12, 2013

Today, I have to tell you about my super sweet 10 year old niece, Made­lyn. This is a self­ie I took of us soon after I arrived in Beau­mont, last Thurs­day. I want­ed to cap­ture a pho­to that por­trayed how proud I am of her and how adorable she looks with her new hair cut. After learn­ing about “Stands of Strength” in an adver­tise­ment through Altus Can­cer Cen­ter Made­lyn dis­cov­ered there was going to be a local event held for those who wished to, could donate their hair. Well Made­lyn being the super sweet, giv­ing and thought­ful lit­tle girl start­ed grow­ing out her hair so she could donate it to “Strands of Strength”. “Estab­lished in 2011 by a can­cer sur­vivor, Strands of Strength (SOS) is a non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to pro­vide wigs...

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Nominate a Kid ~ Winner

Jul 29, 2013

I tell ya this aun­tie is one tired aun­tie. I enjoyed every sin­gle minute spent with those two sweet nieces of mine. Bel­lie went home Sat­ur­day, and all day Sun­day I was drag­ging. That is after noon because I slept until NOON! Total­ly crazy. I had a won­der­ful time with them doing crafts and mak­ing fun snacks and if you have kids, grand­kids, nieces, nephews, kids of fam­i­ly friends or heck even neigh­bor­hood kids you have got to make Rain­bow Spaghet­ti. Both Made­lyn and Bel­lie thought it was the great­est thing ever, every kid should have at least one meal in their life be Rain­bow Spaghet­ti. I also enjoyed shar­ing with you all the fun things we did dur­ing their stay. I have all the fun crafts and food fun snacks we cre­at­ed pinned...

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Kids Week 2 Day 4

Jul 25, 2013

Here is a real­ly fun snack to make with your kids. Bel­lie named it her “Gra­ham Crack­er Bear Snack”. I got this idea from Pin­ter­est so don’t think I’m that orig­i­nal. To make your very own “Gra­ham Crack­er Bear Snack” you will need Hon­ey Gra­ham Crack­ers, Peanut But­ter, Marsh­mal­lows, Milk Choco­late Morsels and a knife. Break one gra­ham crack­er in half. Spread peanut but­ter onto each gra­ham crack­er half, cut one marsh­mal­low in half and place one half onto each of the peanut but­ter topped gra­ham crack­ers. This will be the bear’s muz­zle. Place two milk choco­late morsels to make the bear’s eyes and one milk choco­late morsel in the cen­ter of the marsh­mal­low to make the bear’s nose. Bel­lie loved her snack and can’t wait to go home to show Made­lyn how to make...

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Kids Week 2 Day 3

Jul 24, 2013

These past few days real­ly have been some of the lazi­est days of my sum­mer. Bel­lie loves watch­ing movies and hang­ing out in her jam­mies all day. I must say, I have enjoyed watch­ing Cora­line, Fox in the Hound and My Lit­tle Pony over and over and over again. Now her broth­er and uncle well not so much but they are being good sports about it. After all this week is all about Bel­lie. When it comes to cre­at­ing things Bel­lie prefers mak­ing fun food cre­ations rather than actu­al crafts. Her favorite thing to do is draw which she will do for hours but crafts, well she likes them but they need to be fast. So since I had some wood­en clothes pins left over from Made­lyn alter­ing her clothes pins I thought it...

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Send Your Kid to Art Camp

Jul 18, 2013

This week my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie are attend­ing “Art Camp”, at the Beau­mont Art League. Each day is split into two ses­sions, Paper Mache and Draw­ing. Made­lyn has always loved to col­or and paint and Bel­lie has loved draw­ing since she was old enough to hold a pen­cil. I guess you can say my fam­i­ly is cer­tain­ly of the artis­tic side. Real­ly we are, if we had to walk into a cal­cu­lus or physics class we would all look at each oth­er and the pro­fes­sor with the blank­est set of eyes he/she has ever seen. But if you are talk­ing paint­ing, carv­ing, cro­chet­ing, sewing, papercrafts,mixed media, assem­blage, cross stitch, pas­tel draw­ing, sketch­ing and so on… we could instruct our own col­lege cours­es about any of these. This we know well. Mom can draw...

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Kids Week Day 5

Jul 13, 2013

Through­out this week, Made­lyn has been very fas­ci­nat­ed with some plas­ter faces I had on my work table so today I decid­ed to pull out some paints and let her use them to cre­ate. Once she fin­ished paint­ing the faces she then attached silk flower petals all around the edge cre­at­ing flower faces. I love watch­ing kids work through their cre­ative process. It’s fun see­ing which col­ors they pre­fer, their artis­tic style and the medi­ums they like. I enjoy it so much that I’m seri­ous­ly think­ing about how to go about teach­ing art to kids. This is some­thing that is going to be swirling around in the back of my mind for a bit. After Made­lyn cre­at­ed her flower faces I thought she need­ed to learn the art of decoupage and col­lage. This was...

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Kids Week Day 4

Jul 12, 2013

We are still going strong from dawn to dusk and beyond. Our first craft today was cre­at­ing a cup­cake stand for Made­lyn’s faux cup­cake she made yes­ter­day. We used Eileen Hul­l’s Cup­cake Stand and Pen­nant Die she designed for Sizzix, some pat­terned paper, ink, pink acrylic paint and glit­ter paint. Once she fin­ished the stand and sat her cup­cake on top she real­ized this would be a cute table for her Amer­i­can Girl Doll. So this is a very mul­ti-pur­pose stand in Made­lyn’s eyes. So cute! While wait­ing for the paint to dry on her cup­cake stand Made­lyn dec­o­rat­ed a few pen­cils using washi tape. This is such a sim­ple kids craft. I just gave her a few plain #2 pen­cils, some Doo­dle­Bug Design and Martha Stew­art washi tape and let her go. She...

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Kids Week Day 3

Jul 11, 2013

We are still going strong in the Pace house­hold. Each night before falling asleep, Made­lyn and I talk about all the things we will do the next day then dur­ing the day we talk about all the things we will do tomor­row… can you tell we are always talk­ing about what we are going to do each wak­ing moment of the day. So today, we made Hap­py Face cook­ies, made anoth­er Bead Bud­dy for a tuto­r­i­al, cre­at­ed a Faux Cup­cake and drank Fish Bowl Punch. Mak­ing these Hap­py Face sug­ar cook­ies is super easy and fun kids food to make. The only clean up is wash­ing the cook­ie sheet which is awe­some for moms or aunts that have a niece won­der­ing what they will be mak­ing after they fin­ish mak­ing cook­ies. To make Made­lyn’s...

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Kids Week Day 2

Jul 10, 2013

Today, Made­lyn decid­ed we should do her nails again this time using Martha Stew­art Vin­tage Leaf Glit­ter in Turquoise and Charoite. So we applied a clear top coat to her nails then alter­nat­ed the two Vin­tage Leaf Glit­ter col­ors onto her nails. Once each nail was cov­ered with glit­ter I applied a clear top coat to seal the glit­ter. After a fun few hours of bowl­ing with Ans­ley and Brit­tain we decid­ed for a quick after­noon snack Made­lyn should make “Flip Flop Cook­ies”. I found the idea on Pin­ter­est and have it post­ed in my “Things to Do with my Nieces” board. Dec­o­rat­ing each cook­ie is real­ly sim­ple. All you need is a pack­age of Nut­ter But­ter Cook­ies and two dif­fer­ent kinds of icing col­ors. When Made­lyn saw the Wilton Sparkling Gel which includ­ed...

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Kids Week Day 1

Jul 9, 2013

Day one has been a whirl­wind of fun. As soon as Made­lyn’s feet hit the floor she was ready to go. Thank­ful­ly, I planned ahead the night before and had chip­board pieces, Stick­les and Liq­uid Pearls for her to use while I was try­ing to get my first cup of cof­fee in me. This was a life­saver, she cre­at­ed and I woke up. Then she decid­ed she would like to make a video of how she alters her chip­board pieces using Stick­les and Liq­uid Pearls. I was real­ly impressed with how well she did since we did­n’t talk about what she would say or any­thing. I basi­cal­ly just got my cam­era and start­ed film­ing her very first unedit­ed on-the-fly 10 min. instruc­tion­al video. Not bad for a first time video. I love her. While...

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Kids Week 1

Jul 8, 2013

This week my super sweet amaz­ing­ly awe­some 10 year old niece Made­lyn is vis­it­ing. We have so many fun things planned to do each day that we decid­ed we would share them all week long. We will be doing things like Paint­ing with Can­dy, mak­ing Flip Flop & Sun­dae Cook­ies, Dec­o­rat­ing Jum­bo Marsh­mal­lows, mak­ing Rain­bow Col­ored Spaghet­ti, drink­ing Fish Bowl Punch, cre­at­ing Plas­ter Cup­cakes, design­ing a Fairy Doll, mak­ing our own Cus­tom Nail Pol­ish, mak­ing Bracelets and Charms and any­thing else we can think up or find on Pin­ter­est. I’m telling you it’s going to be an awe­some week I have a Pin­ter­est Board titled “Things to do with my nieces” if you want to check out the board. I pinned things I thought both Made­lyn (10) and Bel­lie (6) might like to do...

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Stained Glass Boiled Eggs

Apr 1, 2013

Ans­ley and I had so much fun mak­ing these eggs, last night. She heard about this stained glass tech­nique for boiled eggs and want­ed to give it a try. After she explained it to me I had to see if it real­ly worked so off to the store we went to get some eggs and neon col­ored food col­or­ing because well that is how Ans­ley rolls. No vin­tage col­ors for this girl. It’s bright neon or noth­ing for her. I can’t believe I birthed two daugh­ters that want noth­ing to do with any­thing vin­tage. How did this hap­pen? To make your stained glass eggs you will need the fol­low­ing: boiled eggs, food col­or­ing, vine­gar & Ziploc sand­wich bags First boil as many eggs as you want to make and let them cool. We ran cold...

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