Sunday, April 29, 2012

24 weeks

Two things I am craving....berries and TV
Scarlett took a picture for me at 24 weeks.  It was so funny, see picture below as she wants a belly so bad.  I am feeling pretty good.  I should have known I was having a boy.  I am craving things like taco's, chips, hamburgers and candy.  Yes, occasionally I like the berries but the junk food is hitting the spot.  I usually don't eat as unhealthy as I sorta am.  I am attempting to watch the junk food more as I am pretty sure when this pregnancy is over, I won't crave those high calorie items.  I am trying to soak up my sleep as I know the sleepless nights are around the corner again.  We met our new doctor here in Ohio and love the practice.  I love when a practice has a bunch of doctors (8 to be exact).  Well, I am over half way to meeting this little guy.  Names for junior Butler....mmmm, I won't let the cat out of the bag yet!
My sweet little pea who wants a belly like her momma....ha (i apologize in advance if she ask you about being pregnant, she thinks everyone is)
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Girls really are girly girls

Love watching my girls be girly girls
I hope someday when they look back at their memory books and this blog they will see these precious pictures of high heels, babies and strollers.
We can't forget about the barbies either.  They usually carry this little box of barbies around. Take note of the weird play spider in the box....ha, not sure what that has to do with Barbie.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pink Lemonade

So the girls have been "eyein" our pink lemonade cupcake mix with pink lemonade frosting.  (take note, Willow thinks we need to pray before we bake)
Well, here it is...of course I let Scarlett put her fingers in her mouth as she helps bake.
We made cupcakes and a pink lemonade cookie bake.  Needless to say, not sure what it sounds like to you but the three of us could barely take a bite of any of the baking items.  However, when Daddy got home he said that he loved them, um, ok.  Smuckers has marketed this item and I guess its a big hit, I guess just not in this house.  Maybe you can try it and see what you think.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Trades of Hope

I am linking up with Kelly's Blog today.  I have never linked up but have been a follower of her blog for some time now.  The "link up" this week was to show what you make or sell.  Well, I don't make what you are about to see.  I just sell it.  I am a compassion entrepreneur for Trades of Hope.

After I came back from Cambodia, I wanted to find a way to impact others across the globe.  Just months after I returned, Trades of Hope came across my plate.

 It was actually founded in Palm Coast, Florida where I lived.  The four incredible woman started it to impact and help women all over the world.  Some women have been rescued from the sex slave trade.  Others are raising special needs children.  Some are in war torn countries living with aids and leprosy.  All of the artisans love their families and dream of a better life for them.
In the picture you will see what Trades of Hope has to offer like the Capiz Feather Earrings: These earrings were made by artisans in the Philippines.  A girl in the Philippines is discriminated against early in life due to culture and customary gender biases. Girls are usually allotted less food than their fathers and brothers, despite their nutritional needs. When money is hard to come by, the boys in the family are given an education and the girls do not attend school. They usually take on an abused and submissive role. The public sees these women as sex objects and stereotypes them as such.

But Fair Trade groups are changing that by helping women develop skills to sell their products to the world! Make a difference in their lives by purchasing a pair of earrings!  These earrings are only $16.00 

I actually have two different necklaces hanging in this display.
The Blue Glass Bead Necklace is only $18.00 and one of my favorite pieces.   The sex trade swallows up so many young, unmarried women who try to make a life for themselves outside their impoverished villages.  A purchase of these items benefits woman like this. 

 The other necklace is the Multi-Strand Brown Necklace for $20.00. 
This Striped Straw Tote is made in VietnamIt is $32.00.  The artisans are now able to support themselves and the community by providing clean water projects, vocational training, and social and health insurance!

If you are interested in any of these products or to learn more about Trades of Hope, you can email me at, click into the website to check out all the products that Trades of Hope has to offer or leave a comment!  Thank you!!
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Play time

Moving has consumed us.  From Florida to Ohio, what a change.  However, now the kids have a playroom instead of it being in our main family room.  This is really suppose to be like a "front office" of the house but we have turned it into a play rooom.  I will take some pictures of the finished room later but had to take a quick pic of this train track.  For Christmas, my parents gave Willow a starter kit of Thomas the Train. (yes, we sorta asked for it too, because she loves trains) and I went to a consignment store the other day and found the jackpot of tracks and trains for $30.00.  I can't even explain how many trains and tracks we got that were all Thomas the Train.  This picture doesn't even do it justice. 
Of course, the kids love to play in the room where we have no furniture, no toys and no life yet...go figure!
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Just toooo funny

I am not sure if Scarlett is going to be a photographer or not.
I found out through the camera that pretzels were spilled all over the floor!!
and that Daddy can make some silly faces.....ha
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mr. Fix-It Man Cooper

My parents came into town to fix up a few things.  They brought a surprise with them.  Cooper, their cousin!!  The kids have never played with their "tools."
But Cooper changed all that.  They had so much fun with their little cousin.  So thankful that we only live a few hours away.
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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Family, Family

I know we have only been in Ohio for a week but I needed to get the kids wiggles out.  So we joined the local "Little Gym" in our township.
My sister Joy came into town to help out with the move but the kids loved the cart at the grocery store.
And while she was in town, we took little Kora to the Little Gym too!
The girls had a ball...literally.
Oh yes, don't forget about the quiet 10 minutes that Joy and I were having....we should have known they were upstairs in my bathroom putting on makeup.
Adorable Cray was so good for the duration that they were here.  I continue to be amazed at other peoples babies and how quiet they are.  I guess wishful thinking on our 3rd.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Visiting Daddy

One of the most hit ya in the face, reality kinda days during our move was visiting Daddy at his new office.  It is for real.  He will be working in downtown Cincinnati.  We can't wait for this new adventure.  He has done so well at his job and we are so proud of him.  His travel will not be as heavy and we will be able to eat dinner more often together.  We love you Daddy and we are so proud of you!
Of course, we had to embarrass him and take pictures of his "first day of school"...oops, I mean his first day at his new office.  (which by the way needs some Jill Butler decorating goin' on in there)  The J.M. Smucker Company has treated us well and we are so thankful for such a great company!
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Monday, April 09, 2012

Pappaw and Nana

Living only three hours away from family is quite nice.  We were busy while Nana and Pappaw were here.  Nana doing arts and crafts with the girls.
Scarlett loves her some artwork!
While mommy and daddy were out for the day, the gang got into some coloring.
They loved coloring eggs, especially Willow.
It was fun to come home and see all of this done.  Eggs, coloring and clean-up.  Thanks Nana!
We have a park right around the corner from us.  You can walk through a neighbors yard, through the little woods and to the wonderful park.
Uncle Alex was loving on the girls at the park.
Willow loves the swing and found someone to push her!
Our sweet Scarlett!
Fun, fun!!
Thanks Pappaw and Nana for coming for the weekend.
Oh, and thank you so much for the yummy dip, my favorite chip dip ever!! 
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