Wednesday, January 18, 2012

HaPpY Birthday Dawson!!!

HaPpY HAPpY Birthday Dawson!!!

My # two son Dawson turns 11 today!!! He is a happy, sensitive, smart, creative, funny, BOUNCY, loving boy! I am SO grateful that we have him in our family!

This is SUCH a crazy week, that birthday has no choice but to happen on Sunday... 4 whole days from now!!! AUGH!!! So, while we were all here this morning, we gave Dawson his birthday gifts. We decided to have his friends over on Saturday, and do the family party on Sunday. So Dawson will be "King" for the week!!

I made this Birthday Crown for "King Dawson" today.... I thought it turned out nice! I found the templates here. Here are the directions to make:

Cut 2~ crown template (one or two colors)
Sew together around the top & bottom edges.
Embellish with embroidery or decorative stitches on your sewing machine.
Cut different size circles, and age of child out of felt.
Embellish away!!!
I was able to sew Dawson's name onto the felt, and add that as well.
Measure elastic, and sew at the ends of the crown.

Hint: I just tacked on the name & age so I can change them out for another year/child! :O)


Saturday, January 14, 2012


Oil Painting 101

I don't know why, but I have been SO nervous to put brush to canvas! Worried I would ruin the canvas, do it wrong, mess up the sketch, and a million other reasons! So finally today, I dove in head first. I squeezed the paint onto the palette, and began to mix. EEK! Hopefully, I did at least SOMETHING right! I felt like I was faking it the whole time!

Well, after an hour or so, this is what I came up with:

Not bad, I guess....

Then I started having fun with the camera! Hahaha! ADD strikes again! :O)

Playin' Around

This last week, London & Darby went to the local opera house, and tried out for the play "Dear Edwina". They both did GREAT! I was SO proud of them!! Then we had to wait for the dreaded phone call...


The director called the next day and said that Darby would have a part! YaY!!! London was just a bit too young... :( We went to our first practice, and Darby was given her part. She desperately wanted a SOLO, and she would have ROCKED IT!!! {little diva!}

But alas... she, being young & small of stature, got a small roll with a one line solo. There were tears.... OH, there were tears!!! But this morning is a new day! She is memorizing her lines, and annoying all of us by playing the soundtrack over and over! Apparently our little pep~talk last night worked! Thank heavens!

That's her... The sassy little one on the front row! {striking a pose!}

Yea, I'm in the photo too... My singing group, "The Mixed Nuts" (don't ask!), has been asked to help with some of the back~up/chorus vocals. So I guess we're in this together!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pulling on my Artist pants!

About a million years ago... {Before the Mister & kids} ...I used to fancy myself as an artist. I was pretty good at drawing, and loved to paint. However, the painting thing I never really "got". I tried acrylics, and didn't really love it. I tried watercolors, and REALLY didn't like it! Hahaha! {Not Forgiving!} But I never tried oil... I have been feeling the urge to brush off my drawing skills, and dive into oils... EEK! So here is my first project:
This photo was taken by the wonderful Amy Nielson.

Here is my sketch:

I will keep you posted as to how this project goes!

Oh! I also took this photo last night... Did I mention how much I LOVE this baby!!!???

Friday, January 6, 2012

So I think I want to actually {DO} a blog..... Yeah, I think I can! Haha!

My life is ALWAYS Crazy! Hence the {Krazy 8}. Our little family is full of energy! Hubby and I have 6 children... (ALL of which take after their father!)... They are Loud, Bouncy, Creative, Sensitive, CrAzY, Musical, Artistic, Genius, (naughty), and WONDERFUL!

Family Photo by my AMAZING sister photog! Check her out here.

Here is our Newest addition:Photography by my good friend Amy.

I am SO very grateful for my family! What a crazy bunch we are! I am thankful for the beliefs that we have... That we will be an eternal family! Amazing...