Pay it Forward Exchange is based on the concept of the movie "Pay it Forward."

I will send a hand made gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join the PIF exchange.

All the gifts will be made and posted out "sometime within the next year." How exciting to not know when your surprise package will arrive!

What you do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

This Exchange is only open to those with active websites or blogs.


P.S. I waited until I got my package to post this (mostly because I forgot), but I think you can do it either way!!!

Thanks Courtney!!!



I wish I had more pictures of VALENTINE'S DAY, but I was sick. So I took a picture of Kam's door today. (Some of the streamers are missing..)

Brandon and I decorated each of the kids' doors after they went to sleep. We put streamers up so they had to walk through them when they woke up and taped hearts on their door. On each of the hearts we wrote things about the kids that we LOVED!

The kids had a little gift waiting for them on their placemat at the table, along with red heart shaped pancakes for breakfast. And I was sick. Did I mention that? All for the LOVE of my kids! :)


The kids' teacher gifts turned out so cute this year. We made lollipop flower bouquets. I used different paper for each teacher.

My sister made these also, but instead of using RED HOTS in the vase, she used CONVERSATION HEARTS. I'll have to remember that for next year!


MORE hair. I know. But, Kam loves to have HEARTS in her hair.

My favorite is the heart with ribbon.
BIG heart with clips. Kam wanted this, I didn't love it. But she did. And that's all that matters, right?



Here is Ry's Valentine's Box for this year:

The theme this year was "LOVE BUGS". We had a lot of fun doing it together. Although, I think Ryder ate 1 piece of candy for every 1 he glued on the box.

I burnt my finger with the hot glue while we were doing his box. I started freaking out because it hurt so bad and Ry said to me: "Don't worry mom. It will hurt for a little bit today, but by tomorrow you will be just fine." LOL What a funny kid!



I've been waiting for February to come so I could do Kam's hair in hearts! (Not that I couldn't do it at other times throughout the year....but you catch my drift. Right?)

My little princess:

Clip Hearts:

It's hard to see both hearts from this view...but so dang cute! ;)

THIS is where I go to get some of my ideas for Kam's hair.


My friend Emily and I signed our girls up to do a Karate class together. They LOVED it. Here is Kam getting ready to go to her second lesson.

Malee and Kambree. At their first lesson everyone thought they were twins!!!

I love Kam's facial expressions here:
And here:
And then the time came to break a board. With her BARE hand...

I would post the video, but for some reason blogger won't let me.

She did it and was so proud of herself. In fact, when we got home she broke the board again. Twice. With her bare hand. So now, she has a whole stack of broken boards!


**SIDE NOTE** In case you were wondering why I have a billion pics of Kam, and not so many of Ry...it's because he is at school most of the day! ;) It's not because I favor Kam over him! Trust me..Ry and I get along WAY better than Kam and I. Girls and their attitudes...

At school, Ryder had to pick a country and do a presentation on it in front of the whole class. He chose ITALY. We did some research. Visited with my cousin Nicky. Made some pizzelle's. And then came the presentation...

Ryder showed them some $$ from Italy:

Told them everything he was suppose to:

Made the class giggle by purposely clearing his throat as loud as he could into the microphone:
And then IT happened. He burped. Into the microphone. And the class thought it was hilarious. Really? WHY?

Because that's Ry for you. I guess. Aside from belching, he did great. Apparently a lot of kids in his class are scared to get up in front of the room and talk. Ryder is not. Which is a good thing. I think. He is the class clown. For sure.

A few things I have learned about Ryder being in school {by his classmates}:

They call him "the President".

The class plant is named after him. It's name. French FRY. Classic.

He loves to make everyone laugh. And sometimes embarrass me. By belching. In front of the whole class. Right into the microphone.

Love that kid! ;)


What she's up to these days:

2 words...MESSY BUNS. She makes me do a messy bun in her hair almost EVERY SINGLE DAY.... On this day, she was super excited because she had TWO of them! Ahh....the joys of being little. And I can't forget 2 more words: FREE WILLY. Remember this movie? It's old. I watched it when I was a kid. And now Kam streams it from Netflix AT LEAST 8 times a day. At least. I think I have the whole movie memorized....

Self Portraits. And lots of them. EVERY SINGLE TIME I got to take the pictures of my memory card it is filled with pictures like this:

And this: (this is her leg)

I was a little taken back by this picture she took. In case you don't know, Kam has a LARGE birthmark on the back of her right leg. It grows with her, so it will always cover the same portion of her leg. It's big and splotchy, but I don't even notice it anymore. I forget it's there. Most of the time. When she was little I considered having it removed, by laser. But, her doc told me it was unnecessary. It would hurt and with her being so little they would use anesthesia, which has it's own risks. So I decided to leave it and let her choose when she got older. She points out her "bruise", as she calls it, every so often. When she does I ask her if she likes it or wants it gone. She always tells me she doesn't care. So when she took this picture I wondered if she took it because:
1. She likes it and think it's cool, even picture-worthy.
2. Or did she take it because it bothers her?