Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hitting the Mother-load...

Today was a good treasure hunting day
...very good.
I found 12
you heard me correctly...
12 boxes of Shiny Brite vintage ornaments

and they were ALL full!
Never ever have I found even ONE
completely full box of these at a thrift store.
But to find 12, wow!!!!

Then I found a whole bag chock full of these faces...
(and one very weird singing alien baby???)

 Then I found this string of plastic poinsettia lights in the original box...

and they actually work!'

AND ...

Then I found a big bag full of red thread wrapped ornaments
which I don't come by very often around here either...

when, what to my wondering eyes should appear...
But a miniature sleigh, and 3 tiny elf-deer!!!!
(I know, doesn't make tons of sense, but I was trying to make the rhyme work!)

Finding just the bag of ornaments 
would have made me happy enough,
but to find these
 three crocheted elves
the deer
the sled 
hidding inside...
made me even happier, elated actually!!!!

Talk about hitting the thrift store mother-load....
Look for all this vintage goodness
 soon to show up in a future
"call IT courtney" creation...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I Have a Small Crush...

I've always liked 
Bruno Mars.
After I saw
I now
really like
Bruno Mars...

There's just something about a boy that
can sing and dance...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Little League Football...

Smith and Christian
both had their first football games
of the season today.
Will is the head coach of Christian's team 
the O coordinator of Smith's. Needless to say
our weeks are dominated by 

Christians team was victorious...

Smith's little team of rag taggers, not so much...

Smith doesn't really know what's going on...
Quite frankly
none of them do.
 (they're in 1st and 2nd grade)
During practice they like to
pick and throw grass
and chat with each other...
Some of them are like bobble heads out on the field,
trying to keep upright with that huge helmet
on their heads.
it's their first year
it's hilarious 
it's pretty darn cute...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Off they go...

Today was bittersweet.
It has been a loooong summer
and I have grown weary of entertaining my children.
I have literally been counting down the days
until school starts.
But today was a little sad...
our kids are getting old

Dre started his last year of high school...
wet head..oh well

Christian started junior high...

Sibley started 6th grade...

Blythe started 4th...


our baby Smith started 1st grade...

Here is where my bittersweet issue lay...
I dropped all my kids off at school.
First time in 17 years that I haven't 
had at least one baby home with me.
I thought I was good until 
I walked out of the school
Got into the car without having to buckle up
Drove quietly home without a million questions being asked 
Walked into a completely
there is where I had a teenie melt down.
I spent the rest of the day in a fog of being "lost."
At 3:30 when the school bell rang,
all the kids jumped into the car
within 6 seconds flat 
the whining and the "she's sitting to close to me" began...
 the fog miraculously lifted and I remembered
having a WHOLE day to yourself 
is a GOOD THING...

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Even though school doesn't start 
until next week...
Dre had his first football game last night.

Little cheerleaders

They won :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Back to school shopping...

I love Harajuku style.
Not that I could easily pull it off 
as a thirty something year old momma
back in the day...
I would've totally rocked it.
(now that I think of it, I may of had this skirt. It was the 80's remember)

sans furry surgical masks perhaps...

and in the fall....

Pretty costume-ie for everyday wear
but super artistic, creative and funky!
when I took the girls to Target
to do some back to school shopping
imagine my elation when I saw these...

We soooo got them...

Monday, August 8, 2011

I Made it Monday...

I made this pillow 
for Smith's bed. 
Sewing squares together is pretty easy
 right up my alley.
(as sewing is not my forte...I have good ideas...executing them...not so much)
How darling is this fabric?

You can't really go wrong with
She is a children's illustrator
who has now branched out 
everything she does is 
beyond precious!

I could just eat it up....

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


We spent an awesome weekend
up at Grammie and Grampie's
Close to home
(so the kids don't go stir crazy on a road trip)
and yet...
far enough away 
(that you still feel like you've GONE somewhere)
This was actually the first time we took the chair lift
while there wasn't snow on the ground...
We took it up,
went on a hike,
took it back down.

Why doesn't "business" care if you're on  vacation?

We LOVE Sundance....