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Crafty cakes

Birthday cake for my mother-in-law--she loves to sew
teacher at school whose preschool class is the green frogs

I loved making these!

Its been a while...

I sit here at 12 am alone in my living room watching quality cable programming and I find myself in awe of myself. Strange, I know but so much of what has come to define me as of late, itsnt even physically a part of me.

I remembered something today. Something that I had been too tired and frustrated to even try to remember. I am pretty. Yes, for the first time in 2 years I looked in the mirror and smiled. Even big, even, exhausted, even stretched so far...Iam still Rachel. Rachel is still beautiful.

As a stay at home mom of two who also moonlights 10 hours a week as preschool teacher extroidinairre to 10 4 year olds it is hard to find a piece of wardrobe unstained, without hole, in the right size, and without an eleastic waist band.

I place so much energy into making my girls look nice and dress cute that somewhere in the process I turned into a frump-a-lump. BUT NOT TODAY.

And not from here on out!
Granted, some lazy days at home do call for sweats in unbrushed hair in a ponytail…

Halloween 09--The Stolle Pumpkin Patch


My poor strange children...

So I took the girls to the allergist per my gps orders and go figure....
Basically, they shouldnt ever eat or go outside.
See for your self

Stolle Girls Food Allergy List

Foods to completely avoid
Fish stix
Sweet potatoes

Foods only once a week

Foods only once a day

*Reese is getting more testing in 3 weeks
They are definately their mother's children.

Crossing an emotional valley...
Sometimes it would be so much simplier if God could just 'beam me up'. I have had so many minor frustrations as of late that everything has started to feel MAJOR rather than minor.
First, our home has been on the market for 5 weeks now and has had only 1 viewing--that couple actually wanted something more rural ao nothing came of it. this is such a huge frustration because of the immense amount of work I have to invest in keeping the house 'show ready' with 2 children and 3 dogs. Praise God that our contingent offer was accepted for another 30 days but there is no certainty that the market will turn in our favor within the next time allowance either. I would feel better if some people would just come look--and give some feed back! Is it the school district? the neighborhood? The price? or is it just a bad time in the market! Grrrrrr
I started a part-time job which is such a blessing and really not bad stress but at the same time it requires my att…

1608 sq ft home for sale in Robinson Texas $99900

Robinson Texas home for sale. Located at 114 Meadowbrook Street 76706. Completely updated property built in 1960s but fully equipped for 2009. New metal roof, plumbing, sewer line, ac and heat plus 2 recently renovated baths and fresh paint throughout. Home includes 3 bedroom 1 and 1/2 bath, game room and large laundry room plus indoor storage room. Fridge, stove, dishwasher and microwave included in sale. Hardwood, laminate, ceramic and carpet floors. Lot is larger and beautifully landscaped and sale includes playground, dog run and new shed. A MUST SEE!
Connie Feight 5

Life Changing Decision

Jason and I have been toying with the idea of selling our home for about six months now. There are so many pros...but also cons.
We love our neighbors, we have invested ALOT of money into this home to get it just the way we want it, and did I mention that we love our neighbors?
However, Reese will be headed to school in 2 years and as of now we are in Waco ISD. Not somewhere I would choose to send her. They are builing the new University High campus at the end of my street! We had decided to home school her for 2 years and stay here...but I came to a place where I felt like it sure would be nice to send her to school in the mornings and be done with it (well sort of).
Also we have a big lump of equity in our home. I wont give details here but lets just say that selling would get us credit debt free in 2 years and total debt free in 10. That sounds awfully good to me.
We have wanted land for sometimes now as well...
So Needless to say--
We listed our home yesterday and are putting in a …

birdhouse creations

Two of these are gifts for some close friends and one is wholly mine to keep. Check em out.

This is the one I am keeping made out of last years easter basket.

Birthday Gift for good friend who collects penguins!

This one is a moving gift for a good friend whose family is relocating to a different town to start another church-plant.

Coupon diva returns

I beat my all time total coupon savings best of $69 with this weeks shopping trip. Are you ready "drumroll please"...I saved a whopping $75.89!

Raeleigh's first birthday Luau



I go in with a plan.
We are a one income family with 2 small children and one BIG appetite. I first sit down and plan every meal for a 2 week period (that is our pay period) and I only shop twice a month.
First comes the meal plan.
I start by listing day of the week and the date for that day. I am also sure to note any special ocassions like going out of town, hosting someone for dinner or eating over at someones house. Then I go through my pantry and see what I have that I can make into a meal for those 2 weeks. Usually I can scrounge up 3-4 meals this way...leaving me with 10 dinners instead of 14. I plan for leftover lunches and cheap lunches for me and the girls. Then I go through the HEB ad.
I look at the...
combo locos
meal deals
sale items etc.

[ps. I usually get my sodas at Brookshires because they more than usually run the 4 for $10 deal]

I can usually fill in a few meals from the ad and then comes the fun part--THE COUPON BOOK!

I have a 3 ring binder full of baseball card protectors. …

I made these for my dad for father's day this year...

Oil rig birdhouse with Dad's consulting buisness name
Copenhagen logo covered with snuff lids

Front of Copenhagen logo birdhouse MAN! I LOVE MAKING THESE THINGS!

For the Birds

This week I have had a creative urge and I have filled it with...MAKING BIRDHOUSES! I love it sooo very much. Not only are they cute, once they are done I get to watch the birds live in is like a double whammy for me.
I have made a few this week that I really just adore and I had to share them with the blogging world.
For your enjoyment--
Rachel's Birdhouse Creations! This is a quick view of the front of my shed which I refer to as bird manor. I made all the houses pictured here. This 'old lady in shoe' birdhouse is my newest creation and I must say my all time fav.
This is one I made a few years ago but still noteworthy.
Few years old with bear trap as perch

Oldie but goodie

Crazy ash tray birdhouse...hehehe

ummmmmm...coke anyone?

Made this week...MEOW!

Made this week...bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH Sic 'Em Bears! Made this week.


HEHEHE. This isnt a bird house. THIS IS A BIRD PALACE. Old jew…