Friday Fun ~ Oct. 14th 2011

We are prepping for Ms. E’s 2nd b-day that is happening on Sunday.  She is getting just a ‘few’ good things, LOL!  Here is to hoping that she doesn’t get to bent out of shape when Ms. V wants to play with some of them to.

I can’t wait!!!!  I think I am worse than her.  Which isn’t hard at this point, because she has no idea what a b-day is or that Sunday is going to be a big, happy day for her.

Last Sunday she received her gift from Mr. SD’s mom since she is headed up to Nebraska to visit the newest addition, Ms. P.  The ‘spiralin’ water park’ was a hit… and we haven’t even added the water yet, LOL.  Ms. E and Ms. V have been playing with it at Grandma’s during the week in the kitchen.  Ms. E is obsessed with the spiral that the balls ride down.  She is also very sure there are five balls, and keeps track of them at all times.  Ms. V may play with a red ball, but never a blue one, LOL!

On a mommy note ~ This is a fantastic toy if your little one likes any kind of ball toy.  You can see the balls as they go down the spiral which adds to the fun.  It is a good size for both the 9-month-old and the 2-year-old.  Of course both of my kiddos are on the tall size for their age so keep that in mind.  It has turned out to be a great indoor toy since the balls stay in the ‘moat’ that the water would be in.  Putting it together was easy and quick for the most part.  However, the spiral has eight screws that hold the two halves together {we only used five screws}. 

Next week I will share the scoop on the party and the rest of the gifts Ms. E receives.  Plus, I will share how we created her thank you cards.  She will wear her new bandanna top for her party.

Onto Five Question Friday with My Little Life:

1. Do you prefer your ice cream in a boal or on a cone?  I am a bowl kinda gal.  You probably eat less if it is in a cone, but what is the fun in that?

2. What are three things you love the smell of?  Freshly bathed babies, fresh baked cookies, and fresh laundry dried outside.   Guess the theme here is ‘fresh’ smells, LOL.

3. Giftcards, yes/no {In regards to gift giving…}  Definite yes in my book.  I love getting that perfect gift for someone, but if I don’t find it or am not sure what to get I would much rather get them a gift card than a ‘bad’ gift.  No sweaters from me.

4. What sports did you play in highschool if any, and do you still play them?  I didn’t play any highschool sports.  I did compete in three day eventing, which I don’t currently do.  But, I still have horses, but no time to ride with both girls being so small.  Hoping that will change as this year goes by.

5. Were you in band in highschool?  What instrument did you play?  I was in the orchestra… actually I made the cut to be in the ‘philharmonic’ {strings and band instruments}.  I played the violin, and still do at church.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

 

5QF ~ Aug. 26th, 2011

Welcome to the last Friday of August 2011.

Welcome to the 71st day of 100+ degree weather in Central Texas.

This heat has been crazy.  No rain and crazy hot.  Our 33 acres of hay fields have no hay.  We haven’t seen the hay grow more than an inch or two all year.  I did find some really nice, horse quality hay to buy up in Waco.  The hay itself is from Missouri.  Haven’t started feeding it yet, as we have one more round bale from our hay crop last year still to feed.

Definition of crazy: living on 33 acres of hay fields and having to buy hay for the horses that comes all the way from Missouri.  That is crazy.

Ms. V {the youngest terror} is now crawling like crazy, has two bottom front teeth, and is pulling herself up to stand on everything {stable or not, LOL}.  Her favorite chew toy is my shoes.  Yuck!  Both of my kiddos have chewed on more of my shoes than any puppy I have raised.  Double yuck!!

Ms. E {the older, more experienced terror} has decided that being at least four feet of the ground should be the norm at all times.  We have found her on the changing table, on top of the bookcase {which is why you anchor them to the wall}, and on the back of the couch.  Needless to say… Ms. E is currently not allowed out of eyesight, and not left in any room by herself right now.

She has also decided after the blue toes experience that she would like to be a toe nail polisher…

Five Question Friday ~

1) Did you make any fun purchases this week?

I bought diapers.  Does that count?

2) If you could go to any musical concert, what would it be?

The Fresh Beat Band ~ Ms. E would get such a kick out of it, that it would be worth it.  Plus if everyone in the crowd is below 3′, I could see the stage, LOL!

3) What is your least fav/most fav house chore?

Cooking is my least fav.  I hate trying to figure out recipes, but don’t mind baking deserts.

My most fav is when all the chores are done, and I can get some sewing or reading in.

4) Would you prefer new appliances or clothes?

I would love new appliances.  I have been drooling over those super, cool washer/dryers that are front loading, have a steam cycle, and make PB&J for you too.

5) Miracle Whip or Mayo? This question makes me laugh.  I grew up in a mayo only household.  Mr. SD is a Miracle Whip only kinda guy.  So, I get caught in the middle between Mr. SD and my mom on which is best.  I will say that on a sandwich I prefer Mayo.  If it is in something {i.e. chicken salad or egg salad} I don’t notice it enough to prefer one over the other, and tend to use what I have in the refrigerator.

Now if we were talking Peanut Butter, I would have to say Smooth and Creamy is the way to go.  Definitely.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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The harsh weather and 5QF rolled into one.

Welcome to the 52nd day of 100+ degree heat here in Central Texas!  Whew… boy is it hot around here.  What is really worse, is that ‘they’ are saying that next year may be just as dry and hot as this one has been.  Not something to look forward too. 

At this point the hay ‘crop’ is laughable.  The hay hasn’t grown any since the last cutting of last year.  Normally we could turn our three horses out on the 33 acres after cuttings for some fresh grass.  This summer they are sequestered in their pens to make sure we don’t damage what hay/grass is still living.  What a world!

We all have our fingers crossed for some rain, any rain would be helpful.  What is really hard to hear about is the people that are having issues because they have to much rain.  It just seems really messed up that one area is experience severe hardship because of drought, and another is so soaking wet they are having issues.

Even with this crazy weather {maybe the end of the world is near?}, I can’t imagine being short of food, as those experiencing famine in Africa are.  We may be extremely short of food, but the grocery store is still full of food.  I wonder what next year will bring?

Five Question Friday hosted by My Little Life

1) Do you have siblings, and are you close to them?

I have one sibling, and we are much closer now that we live so far apart, LOL!  Nothing like distance to make a relationship better.  Part of the issue is that growing up we were both super competitive, and that included competing for our parent’s attention.  Growing up took a lot of that tension out of the equation, thankfully.

2)  Would you rather be slightly underweight or slightly overweight?

Slightly underweight. 

That would mean that I was eating responsibly, and that I could gain the average 10 pounds during the holidays and not have to worry about it.  I am still working on that 30 pounds I picked up while being preggars.  The hardest part for me is getting my exercise time in.  I don’t think it is having the baby that makes you fat, it is the fact that you are stuck with them and can’t get any exercise time in after they are born, LOL!

3) What is your favorite State Fair food to splurge on?

This question is not helping my with that weight loss I mentioned.  Now I am craving Elephant Ears!

Elephant Ears are a large piece of dough shaped like a pizza or ‘elephant ear’ that is covered in butter, sugar, and cinnamon.  Often times you can add or change up what you have on your ‘ear’.  They are super, super, amazingly delicious.

4) What are your thoughts on your kid(s) going to school in a few weeks?

It is hard to believe that summer is already over.  I still have a few years before my girls start school so I am off the hook for that emotional day this year.

5) Pool or Ocean?

Pool.  Love the ocean, but the ocean has sand.  End of story.

I you have a wonderful weekend, and that you sleep like a baby… through anything in any position.

 

It might not look comfortable, but she sure looks peaceful.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

 

Five Question Friday ~ July 29th, 2011

Here we are at the last Friday of July…

… Christmas is only 148 days away {less than 5 months!}

But who’s counting????

I am!  I have several hand-made items to make still.  This weekend I am planing on figuring out my plan of attack.  Mainly figuring out which ones I will most likely get done, and which ones need to go on the back burner for next years b-days.

So that is my plan for the weekend, that and getting started on my Farmer’s Wife Quilt. 

I posted pictures of Ms. E’s and my blue toes from our pedicures last week here.  Ms. E is still ‘finding’ her toes.  It is sooooo stinking cute!

Now onto Five Question Friday with My Little Life;

 

 

1) Vow renewal ceremonies – yay or nay?

I think they can be a beautiful thing.  Depending on the couple and the trials they have faced the ceremony can help add strength and reaffirmation to their relationship. 

Now… will Mr. SD and I renew our vows?  I don’t think so, but we also don’t know what the future holds.

2) What sound(s) annoy you the most?

Whining!  That one is at the top of my list.  I don’t care if you are a kiddo or an adult.  I don’t want to hear your whining.  I something is bothering you that you feel the need to mention it more than twice…. change something.

That has to be my biggest pet peeve.  Not that I am ever guilty of whining, but I sincerely try not to inflict my complaints on others…. to often.

3) If you had to pick, would you have only all boys all girls for kids?

Well… at this point we are an all girl team.  I don’t know that I would pick one over the other.  But I have to say I love my girls.  The neat thing about having all one or the other is that the hand me downs work all the way down the line.  No little boys wearing the ‘least girly’ clothes, or vs versa.

4) Do you believe in alternative medicine?

The question should be… do you believe in modern medicine?  I think to many people go to the doctor for little stuff, and end up over medicated.  Then there are times I completely love modern medicine… hello! I have two c-sections. Thank you Lord for modern medicine and great pain meds.

Alternative medicines can help a lot, because many ‘alternatives’ lead you to live a healthier life style.  I have been checking out Crunchy Betty, and have been finding many ‘easy’ ways to lead a greener, toxic-free life.  Very interesting stuff to read.

My first step to greenness is using vinegar and essential oils in the dryer instead of dryer sheets or fabric softener.  I will report back in a week with my findings. 

5) Would you take a family member’s children and raise them if they needed it?

Yes.

That is what families are for, and I don’t care what the reason is the children need care.  Whether their parent(s) are dead, unable to care for them (mental illness or prison).  Children are meant to be protected, not sent off to a foster home.

Nothing against foster homes here, I think the people that offer their homes {and a lot of time their hearts} are amazing people.  But… just like the welfare system… it should be used by those that have no other options.  Families should support their own.  In my ‘humble’ opinion.

However, it is hard in today’s streached out society to always be there to lend a hand.  With families spread from one end of this country to the other, sometimes there is no one there to lend that much needed hand.  I am very thankful to have my family close and available.  It makes it so much easier to lend them a hand and for them to lend a hand as well.

What are your thoughts on these questions/answers?  Want to join the fun?  Head over to My Little Life and link-up your thoughts and ideas on these ‘world-changing’ topics.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

5QF ~ July 22nd, 2011

Hip, Hip, Hooray it’s FRIDAY!


Ms. E and I got pedis and haircuts yesterday night {check back on Scrappy Sunday for pictures}.  Ms. E had fun picking out scads of different nail polishes, but the one that went on the toes {both hers and mine} is this fun blue/aqua color.  Nice and summery! 


I was informed that my Knotty Flip-Flops were not so great for pedis, since the fabric had all kinds of stray dog hairs {say it isn’t so!} and other fuzzy lint.  Either way I have very ‘fresh’ feet and toes, and my hair feels much smoother.  Amazing what having a haircut after 5 7 months will do for your split ends, LOL!


Onto Five Question Friday {hosted by My Little Life…}


1) If your husband had the BIG V and you got pregnant what would your first reaction be?  Honestly?  What the @#$%!  I mean… seriously, if you dealt with him having ‘the operation’ {kinda like ‘the pill’} it means you were serious about not ‘planning’ on having more kiddos wandering around.


2) Best memory about this summer so far?  Ms. E and Ms. V.  There will never be another summer like this one.


Ms. V loves to ‘walk’ around the house, and Ms. E being the ultra-helpful older sister has to ‘help’ with these walks by holding a hand.  Luckily… Ms. E feels that holding my hand is okay, and doesn’t try to actually hold Ms. V’s hand.  It sure makes a sight to see the three of us parading around the house like this.


Ms. V does the baby big-step, and Ms. E marches right along with over large steps to match little sis’.  It is so friggin cute!  Definitly need to get this memory on tape before it disappears forever.


The other awesome memory is how much Ms. E has grown as a confidant swimmer {with her new floaty}.  She loves the water and trucking around the pool.  Ms. V just lounges around in her ‘lounge chair’ and sunglasses. 



Do we have time for one more favorite memory?


It has been so much fun to have Big Bro here.  He and the girls have been having lots of fun, and it is fun to see the love a little sister can have for her Big Bro.



3) How often do you change your sheets?  Your kids’ sheets?  My sheets get changed every Saturday.  I love fresh sheets, so that is a big one with me.  If it is a crazy Saturday, I may skip a week, depending on how much other laundry there is.  Maybe…


Ms. E’s sheets get changed a couple times a week, because she wets through her diaper.  Ms. V’s get changed on Saturday’s like ours.


4) Having just gone through TSA, would you rather have a full-body scan or a pat-down?  How about I skip the flying, and I don’t have to choose?


I honestly don’t know what/how I feel about this, and am glad I don’t have any flying planned in the near or far future at this point.


5) Since it is fair time…what’s your favorite fair memory?  I have a couple… is that a surprise, LOL?


As a teenager; it was doing well enough with my 4-H presentation at the county level to get to do it at the State level.  Which included fair tickets.  So our whole family went for a day at the fair.  People stopped to listen to me, and it was a ‘horrifying’ experience, but we got to enjoy the fair afterwards.


My other favorite memory, was listening the radio and hearing that there were still Brooks & Dunn tickets available for that nights show.  Got the ok from my mom, and drove on down to the fair.  Got a great seat {always easier when it is just one person}, and then enjoyed the fair until the show started.  And it was an Awesome show.  I think that is one of my favorites just because it was a time when I did something I wanted rather than hemming and hawing until the opportunity passed me by.


Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Some more Friday Fun ~ 7/1/2011

Friday Fill-Ins from Janet {6/24 questions}

1. Getting away with murder.

Ms. E is now 20 months, and she definitely is trying to murder the kitty.  Despite her attempts on his life, ‘Boots’, still thinks she is the best thing ever, and keeps coming back for more.  Ms. E is getting better about not holding him around the neck, but… it is still a close call sometimes.

2. Definitely need coffee to start your day off right.

Does this one need any further explanation?  Coffee to start the day, and a nice relaxing cup of tea after the kiddos go to bed.

3. Coffee, tea or ????. I would say water, but I am not sure if that really goes there or not.

4. I use honey in place of sugar.  It’s ‘supposed’ to be healthier.  Not sure if it truly is or not, but it makes me feel better.

5. “The lights from the  Ferris wheel look like fireflies from a distance.  Dancing through the night.”  Line from Disaster Status by Candace Calvert {my current book}

6. Being a child is all about happiness.

Ms. E and Ms. V are constantly reminding me of what happiness truly is.  They have so much wonder in how they view the world around them.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to Mr. SD and I are going to a fancy, schmancy place to eat dinner for our anniversary, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in {thank you mom for keeping the kiddos at your house} sewing in my newly rearranged and cleaned sewing space and Sunday, I want to sew some more!  And Monday… I want to sleep in!  Hooray for a three day weekend.

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Five Question Friday from My Little Life

1)  If you had the opportunity to bungee jump, would you?

Nope.  Had the opportunity to in Africa, and there wasn’t a chance in you-know-where that I was going to take that offer up, LOL!

2) Would you rather go to the movie theater or to the drive-in?

Movie theater.  I like my ac, and here in Texas it would be rather warm to watch a movie with the car windows down.

3) Do you have your groceries delivered?

They deliver groceries???  That would be really neat.  But how do they pick out the produce?  I tend to be really picky about my fruits and veggies.

4) Eyebrows; Do you wax, thread, pluck, or stay ‘au natural’?

I love the look of having waxed eyebrows.  But… I can’t remember the last time I got them waxed.  The ‘au natural’ look is what this mommy tends to sport.

5) Would the people you went to high school with be surprised by your life today?

Honestly?  I am not sure.  I am surprised where my life is today.  I am incredibly happy where I am, but never in a million years would have thought that being a mommy and not activly pursuing a career in horses would give me the happiness I have today.

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Here are the first 2 of 12 blocks for my ‘Lovely’ quilt.  This is one of the proejcts I want to work on this weekend.

I hope you have a fantastic holiday weekend, and if you can do fireworks {can’t here because of the draught} please remember “Safety First”.  Emergency rooms are no fun on holidays.  Trust me, I know, LOL!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Check out the quilt I finished last weekend; Quilt for Baby ‘R’

Wordless Wednesday was Ms. V playing Peek-A-Boo

Friday Fun with Photos ~ 6/24/2011

Before we get to the Friday Fun I wanted to make sure you know about SwagBucks.  I am sure most of you have heard of them, since they are very popular, but do you know what/how they work?  Swagbucks.com is a search page that pulls results from Google and Yahoo when you ‘ask’ a question {search the web}.  Because of the amount of advertising on the site {all easily avoidable in my opinion} they offer you Swagbucks that you can trade in for prizes.

You receive Swagbucks sporadically during the day for your searches.  Sometimes earning 7 SBs, sometimes 11SBs or even more.  If you make Swagbucks your home screen, it makes it very quick and easy to run your web searches through them.

My favorite prize is the $5 Amazon Giftcards.  I have gotten six since Jan of this year, that is $30 of money from running searches I would normally run through Google!  I also traded in Swagbucks for a $15 iTunes gift card, making the total ‘money’ I have received from Swagbucks {again just for this year} to be $45!

In addition to running your searches through Swagbucks, you can earn 4 Swagbucks everyday quickly and easily.  Here is how;

4 SBs everyday for a 30 day month {say June} equals 120 SBs.  Add to those the SBs you are earning from your daily searches and you may earn 450 SBs a month!  450 SBs is the number you need to trade in for the $5 Amazon Giftcard.  I highly recommend Swagbucks to everyone!

We all search the web… why not get ‘money’ for doing it?

 

And… off my soapbox and onto Five Question Friday from My Little Life;

1. What is your current favorite tv show? Okay… this is the question I suggested, and though I do have a favorite show right now, So You Think You Can Dance, I HAVEN”T GOTTEN TO WATCH IT!!!!

 

I have watched up through the audtions, skipped Las Vegas week {still on the DVR so I can go back and watch those episodes}, and we are now in the process of watching the Top 20 Selection episode.  UGH!  I am having major withdrawels.  I guess it is to be expected with the two little ‘Divas’ though.  And I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  Ms. Diva isn’t quite sure what to make of SYTYCD yet, LOL!  She is so busy watching, she hasn’t figured out if she can dance at the same time or not.

 

2. What’s the worst haircut you ever got? My mom got me an afro.  Think pre-teen with super curly hair and a mullet.  What do you think that looked like???
And no, I am not posting any pictures from that part of my life.

 

3. What was something that you did as a child that you thought you were so cool for doing? Definitly not the mullet/fro thing.  I don’t know that I did anything really ‘cool’ as a kid.  I always seemed to be the misfit.  If I tried to do something ‘cool’ it usually backfired on me.  So I stuck with my horses.

 

I don’t know that I thought I was cool for the horses, but definitly good at it.  I am pretty sure that I thought I was better at it than I actually was until about 12, when I got my first horse {after having ponies} and found out how much I didn’t know, LOL!  Talk about a lesson in humilty.

 

4. Do you have any GREAT frugal family fun tips? If I did, we wouldn’t be working on the debt thing, LOL!

 

My biggest tip is the Dave Ramsey quote: Life like no one else now, so You can live like no one else later.

 

Don’t get caught up in having the latest clothes, daily coffee from the coffee shop, fast food that isn’t good for you anyways.  That kind of stuff.

 

But… don’t ask me about fabric and sewing stuff.  That is trully my downfall in the frugality area.  I just try to make up for it by getting stuff using my Swagbucks {see above}.

 

5. Would you drive across country if you had the money to fly? Yes.  No better way to see the countryside.  If I had the time.  I can’t wait to take the girls camping, and that normally envolves a road trip.

 

Friday Fill-Ins from Janet; arn’t up yet.  I will add them later once they are up.  Here are a few fun pictures of Ms. Diva Playing with her new magnetic numbers from Hoohobber’s.

 

Have a great Friday and a super-duper weekend!

 

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!

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