Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I might even be a rock star. . .

Today was the girl's first day of school. Did you know I had rock stars for daughters?

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My oldest daughter couldn't stop talking about her new look and if her friends would recognize her. My younger one loved "dressing up" for real.

I just loved how they felt beautiful today because I think they are beautiful everyday!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The best reason to shoot. . .

My grandmother passed away Sunday, the day after Mia's birthday. She had been my only grandparent living since I was a sophmore in highschool. I wasn't very close to my grandmother but have memories of her being at many important events in my life. Graduation party, at the airport when I was leaving for college, my wedding reception and baby shower. She was a very sweet and kind woman.

I was very sad that I wasn't able to make it back to her funeral. Even though I wasn't close to her, I wanted SO much to be there for my Dad. I can't imagine losing a parent. My Dad lost his father many years ago, even before I was born. It just makes me think about how precious life is. How important it is to LIVE each day.

I was thinking about my grandmother the other day and how she is in a better place, free of pain and suffering. Amongst other problems, she was also diagnosed with cancer. I had such a "happy" feeling come about me when I pictured what it would be like to move on from this life. It brings me such comfort to know that their is life after death and that we will be able to see our loved ones again.

My Mom called me the other day and asked for a picture of all of my kids, so she could have it at the funeral home. You would think that all the pictures that I take, I would have one handy. The most recent one I had was taken in February and I thought, "That won't do." I'm so picky and kids grow so fast.

I quickly got the kids ready for a shoot and it was pushing 10:00 a.m. Not a good time "light wise", but I just had to.

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I'm glad I was able to represent our family in some way at the funeral.

Look at this goofball! She is a hoot!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Haring Family

We got to visit with the Harings while we were at Disneyland this past week. Dan and Ben went to BYU together and worked on Pajama Gladiator. Dan and Kori live in Corona with their 3 cute kids. I was lucky to snap a few while I was there.

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Dan kicked our hineys in Tripoly, we ate some delicious pie, played with kids and "movie talked". Thanks again! Hope to see you soon!

Monday, August 9, 2010

La Pinata

For my daughter's birthday party, I made my first pinata. I wasn't going to do a pinata, because they are kinda expensive and I was trying to stay within a budget. Then my husband suggested that I make one.

Duh! Why didn't I think about that?

Ben made one last year for my son's birthday party. Go here to see how it did it. It was awesome!

Here is how I made the star pinata. . .

First, make the skeleton of the pinata. We used cardboard.
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Next, I glued dry pieces of newspapers on the large gaps so the wet pieces that I would put on next would not droop down.
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Then, paper mache it. Here is what my husband says on his blog on how to make the paste:
"For best results, I mix 1 cup of flour with enough water to make it about the consistency of white glue - then I add about half a bottle of white glue for added rigidity. I cover it with 3 full layers of newspaper. Let it dry for 24 hours -."

*On the third layer take some yarn or string and wrap it from the bottom and bring it up to the top. Paper mache over the string to secure it.

Here's what mine looked like after 3 layers. . .
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You'll want to make a hole somewhere near the top.
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Fill it with candy! I also like to put other things like fruit snacks, balloons, stickers, little toys etc.
Close the hole and place a strip of newspaper over top. You don't have to paper mache it, just glue it down.

Now it's time to paint it. I like to use spray paint for this job. While the paint was still wet, I added some glitter.

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I hot glued some streamers on for the finishing touches!
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It was so much fun to make and the kid's loved it!
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