Saturday, May 30, 2009

Little Dresses for Africa Project

So I'm starting a service project that will involve several organizations. Please participate!

Little Dresses For Africa


“We are not just sending dresses, we are sending hope.”


-Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit

organization organized to help send relief

to the children of Central Africa.  Simple

dresses are made out of pillow cases and

distributed through the orphanages in 

Central Africa to plant in the hearts of

little girls that they are worthy.


You can help by donating gently used pillow cases, fabric scraps for binding or elastic. The goal is to collect enough to make 100 dresses, create the dresses, then send them on over.

Often Walmart has great fabric for $1.50 a yard. All that is needed is 1/2 yard for a full dress. That would be a .75 cent purchase. Although I'm not encouraging buying things for the project, it's a great option


Visit the website

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I also have fliers you can post at work or community boards. Everyone is invited to participate. 

 I will have a pillow case counter on my sidebar.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mom, I wanna do a crap.

This is Nate after he asked to use A crayon.
At least he colored for a long time, giving me a break.

Grant: Mom, I wanna do a crap.
Mom: You wanna go crap?
Grant: NO! I wanna crap!
Mom: Then go sit on the toilet & go poo. You probably shouldn't say the word "crap."
Mom: Then go.
Grant: OK. I'll go get my scissors & some paper.

Aah. You wanna CRAFT.

So we melted down some old broken crayons into a tray. They didn't turn out very pretty. I was going for the red white n blue theme for memorial day. 

Alas, there is a reason paper goes around crayons. I now have colored wax prints all through the house.

Mom, do you remember forgetting to make me some "ring cuffs?"
Grant had been asking me for 2 days to make him some hand cuffs.
I think I was purposefully "forgetting" to make them.

BBQ w/ the Bongioanni fam

Nate loves to run around w/o a shirt. He says it's because he's a man. 
Mommy can't, cause she a girl & she has boops for Charlotte.
This is Tessa's idea of fun. I'm sure she's a gold plus member at the library. 
If you are her friend on Goodreads, you know what I mean!
Grandma is sooo happy she's finally got a granddaughter.
The happy couple.
The preggers. Before she knew she was having twins. So jealous.
All the HOT stuff. 
Gross, I meant the ribs fresh from the BBQ.
Little Italo. That kid can clear a rib bone.
Grant was VERY proud of himself this day. 
He went swimming all by himself with just a pair of floaties! 
My hairy man.........
And another hairy man.

All in all we had a fun time. Swimming in a heated pool is the best! 
Especially with good friends & some OK family.
Just joking! We love you all.

Charly @ 4 months

13 lbs
24 1/2"
Head 16"
Has rolled over 3 times, loves to eat, nap (thank goodness), watch her brothers play, blow spit bubbles, be held & talked to.
Charlotte, you always get comments from strangers that you're super cute & well behaved.
We love you very much!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Hasleton Quote

Jared: I got so tired during my workout, I had to finish my push ups girl style.

Robert: Knee pushups are not girl pushups.  Girl pushups are knee pushups with a sob or complaint at the top.

Reading time

My boys reading the "Everybody Poops" book to each other. They spent a good 20 minutes discussing how each animal poops & how. I wish I could have recorded the conversation. Jared would have been proud, since this is his favorite book.

What Hasleton's do best

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Spending my time crafting

Meet my new favorite toy. The binding maker. I had no idea these things existed. Many of my previous projects would look much nicer if I had had one of these bad boys. %40 off coupon at Joann. Plus, it's SHINY!

Above & below is my gift from a craft it forward. It spells "celebrate" & I can't wait to use it at our next party. Super cute, thanks Jessica!

And this is mine. I adore the colors & prance around while cooking & doing chores because I feel pretty.

And yes, I finally did it. I started a craft blog to keep track of the things I want to do & have done. This way I can keep my family blog about my family & not my sewing addiction. 
You can see it here. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Snobs with sticks up their bums

So I go to the perio today to see if I need YET another surgery in my problematic mouth. This group is new to me. There's no way I'm going to the same Doc who took my thousand dollars, cut up my gums, implanted some dead guy's gums (excuse the insensitivity), then sent me on my way only to have the dentist 3 years later ask if I brushed my new gums away. I head over to a posh area where my van is the crappiest car in the parking lot (my poor vehicle does need some paint work, but it's still a nice looking car!). This was my first clue. 

I drag my 3 darlings into a big building made of glass (didn't try too hard to get a sitter). Was "welcomed" by a receptionist who gave a beautiful smile till she saw who I brought with me. She was nice enough, but I could tell it was all fake. She was just waiting for me to be out of ear shot to gab about the trashy looking mom who brought her kids. (I know I'm judging her, but you should have seen her face)

The assistant was nice enough, but then comes the doctor. WHEW. Let me tell you. It's not that he's totally hot, but he had that atmosphere of one of THOSE doctors who on TV who get all the ladies & doesn't care about how much money he spends. Once again, I know I'm judging, but you weren't there! He takes a look at my kids, says hi. Someday he'll get married & GET AROUND to having one. We talk about my situation. He doesn't think I should have another graft with everything on my plate. Maybe in a few years when the kids get bigger & are in school. HELLOOOO! It's only 3 kids. You don't think I can handle it??? Besides, in a few years I'll probably have some more. I didn't mention that part to him. 

We figure out a plan for my teeth to not fall out any time soon. He's super nice, but at the same time acts like he has much better things to do. What, my money isn't as good as any one else's? Your time is too good for me? You don't think I can handle your surgery? Whatever. If you weren't so highly recommended, I wouldn't be coming back. 

We go out to the receptionist who wants to set an appointment for me to come back for a procedure my dentist can do for half the price. I say I'm not sure of my schedule, I want to make sure I can get a sitter. She looks at my cupcakes & says, "That's a good idea." Nothing wrong with that. Just the tone & look on her sweet face. She's perfect for this office. I overheard her talking on the phone to an insurance company who wasn't up to her standards. She was sweet as pie (I don't like pie), but still demanding that someone deal with this particular issue & fast before she started threatening them. I don't know what a dentist threatens about. 

So I walk out feeling a little overwhelmed. My children were very well behaved except for a couple of hitting sessions. They were quiet & read their books most of the time we spent there. I'm not quite sure if I'm just over reacting. But why do people need to think they're better just because they're wearing a $300 pair of shoes, drive a M6 BMW, don't have kids throwing up on them or causing stress related mouth injuries. So what if I have kids & feel comfortable bringing them everywhere I go. They are good kids & I'm doing the Lord's work with them. 

To those who have giant gold plated sticks up your bum.... bend over so I can pull it out & beat you over the head with it. 

Thank you for letting me vent.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Beautiful Girl

This beauty is all girl. Except for the master burping and farting. That's pure Hasleton. 

She is able to pull herself into sitting position (then proceeds to fall over). Smiles are always on her face unless she is hungry. 

Socks can't stay on her feet for more than 5 minutes, & she is GREAT at hiding her socks from Mommy. 

Charly loves to watch her big brothers play around. And doesn't mind when they fall on her.

She enjoys being held, talked to, danced with and blowing lots & lots of spit bubbles. Therefore her nickname is "Bubbles."

We love her dearly & are glad she has so much fun with us.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Rocking out

This last Christmas we bought Guitar Hero for our WII. We had lots of family in town & it was lots of fun. We play every once in awhile, but usually only when people are over. As a treat, Grant asked to play the drums, so we indulged. 

Nate doing his thing on the mike.

Unfortunately, I think Charly likes watching TV. The colors or what not. Why are my words underlined??

Saturday, May 2, 2009

What we've been up to.......

The boys rough housing.

While us girls get some much needed beauty sleep.