Happy Leap Year!!!!

Doggle Family Portrait

Forgive if I don't write much today I'll be keeping a close eye on my kiddos who have some crazy idea that if you cry on Quaedrennial Day/Leap year you'll be showered with candy so their plan is getting hurt today, ugh!

Yes those are really my kids dressed in bathing suits in February.

Lucky for me they decided to be showered with water instead.


Whole lot of Bull...

Riding going on around here, that is!

First we got to get our drink on while staring down the competition.

 Luna was a very focused rider.

 I think Zen might have laughed himself off the bull.
 And that's what fear looks like on a five year old, she lasted 5 seconds before Mommy had to jump in and recue her.

Finally Stream saddled up and stayed on the longest, we thought she was going down but this cowgirl's got spunk and she held on for a second go around!

Picked Off

We headed to the local flea market to get a glimpse of them filming the new series Picked Off, a spin off of Picker's, even better was that all the vendors had their best wares out for the show so we scored an awesome 1950's desk for the kiddos to do schoolwork at and he even left some cool supplies inside.

 I wonder if that guy's thinking how'd half my body get over there.

Wish we were in LA but that's Lower Alabama around these parts.

Must own a Hummer to fit the rest of China in her car, to funny to pass up and you know the economy's bad when they're selling a whole country for $150 OBO. 
The lady got a kick out of us poking fun at her sign, we weren't the first.

MoonPie Madness

Is officially over! 

Well Mardi Gras at least. The finally count was 13 parades, 4 giant mounds of beads, stuffed animals and throws, 3 naps, 21 miles walked, a lifetime supply of MoonPies and......

a puppy named Pepper!

I guess it's time to say goodbye to our Christmas Mardi Gras tree too. I'll definitely miss it and the wonderful smell that has greeted me at our door since the first week of December but it's time to get my crafting on and make some new decorations I found on Pinterest, after all it's 73 degrees out today. 

Even though I'm not really a "dog person" sometime a pet just picks you and our pretty little Pepper seems very content at our home and playing in the neighbors fallen Camellia flowers, we are so happy she came.

The Paper Mama link up Wordless(ish) Wednesday

Instagram Moment of Love

I love this photo, I snapped it with Instagram on the ipod touch while our sweet Eco was reading the Valentine's card from my Mom and Dad. I could stare at her big eyes all day and many days I have especially when she was a baby, her sibling would say they looked like giant marbles, they are so shiny and blue, she's so funny and full of life we all love her so much!

I did decided to re-shooting this with my Canon 5D mark II, but sometime recapturing a moment even with an expensive camera doesn't always have the same feeling as the original, I love it just as it is, but was hoping to get something I can enlarge bigger than the original 2"x2" format, in the end I'll stick with the Instagram one, it just has a sweetness about it the other didn't.

To me the answer wasn't inside the card but in my heart.

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Pampered Pets

Snowball with her favorite mouse

Snowball certainly has it made being top kitty on the street with all the attention a cat could ever want and I think food too. So when we invited Piper to come visit I can't say I wasn't worried about Snowball's reaction, so far so good and Piper seems to be enjoying herself and by the looks of it I think we might be pampering them a bit too much but there's no complaints just love!

Piper's visit day 1

Rocking the Town

 We left our house with a jar full of rocks, special rocks hand decorated with hearts and inspirational thoughts by my girls, we walked the streets placing them in cracks and crevices all over Fairhope. I really hope they bring some joy or a smile to whoever finds them. On our way home after all the rocks were gone the kids talked about how much fun they had and how they can't wait to do it again next year.

So next time you're out walking around the streets in your town take a look around for you may just find something unexpected and beautiful you've never seen before.

You Rock !!!

We're heading out the door with pockets full of rocks!

To spread love and joy all over our town.

More of our You Rock adventure project coming tomorrow.

Instagram Moment

I love my kids they're cute, funny and all have beautiful blue eyes but if something else grabs my attention on the playground I might walk away with a photo of chipping paint on the merry-go-round instead of them.

DIY: Candy Cane Heart Lollipops

I love skimming through Pinterest for fun ideas and when I saw these candy cane heart lollipops around Christmas time, so when I saw a box of 60 mini candy canes on clearance for 25 cents I grabbed them!

DIY: Candy Cane Heart Lollipops

Started out with white chocolate chips on the stove top using a double boiler. 

Since I don't actually own one I just used one of my visionware pots and a pyrex bowl, it worked perfect and when I ran out of white chocolate I used the red Candy Maker wafers.

On wax paper take two candy canes and make a heart and leave a space wide enough at the bottom of the heart for the stick, be sure to keep an eye on the chocolate stirring until completely melted. 

Once melted pour into a piping bag or ziploc and cut a whole in the corner, I used a tip on the end of my bag to have more control as the the chocolate was coming out but it was still messy.

Take the lollipop stick and place it in the chocolate while it's still soft, I rotated the stick so it was covered in the chocolate. 

The stick can also be used to smooth out the chocolate if needed.

Add sprinkles while the chocolate is warm. Let them sit on the wax paper until completely cool.

Then I wrapped each lollipop in plastic wrap and used vintage thread to tie it off.
I've also seem ribbon used.

This was also a Pinterest idea, usually it's one child but since we homeschool and the kids have many mutual friends we just need a group shot. I add words with Photoshop using the Action Jackson font and made to slits with an x-acto knife above and below the hand to insert the lollipop.

All and all it turned out cute but was a bit of an effort on my part, I recommend making the  lollipops ahead of time.

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