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<3 Pattern Love <3



While we are packing and packing and packing, I have nothing new on the horizon. :/ It’s been sooooo long since I did any kind of sewing!! I am starting to go through withdrawals now!!! LOL To tide me over, I have been looking at and Pinning patterns. I thought I would share some of them with you! 🙂 You know, I am SUCH an enabler!! LOL



Isn’t that DARLING????? Butterick B5901

It’s under things but I’m thinking it would be cute as an outfit if the bodice was lined!




McCall’s M6689

I love this silhouette!!




McCall’s M6735

That looks perfect for summer!!


Now for the grown ups! 😉


Butterick B5881

Not crazy about the color but I love the silhouette!! I would probably pair it with leggings. 😉




McCall’s M6758

I LOVE THIS!! It has a definite 60’s Megan Draper vibe, don’t you think???




Butterick B5895

There is absolutely NO WAY that I could ever pull that look off BUT I love it!!!!!  And I reallllllly want those shoes!! LOL




Simplicity 1609

This is a remake from the 60s…. Yeah, I’m going to have to get this one!! LOL



Here is a link to my sewing board on Pinterest where you can find tons of patterns and sewing inspiration! 😉





Packing, Packing and More Packing


It’s been a week since my last post. I have been packing and packing and packing….. ARGH!!!! Anyone want to come help me with this????  I am sooooo worn out and I still have TONS of packing to do!!!! The master bedroom is almost done. My sewing room is almost done. The books are about 1/2 way done. We are getting there but now we are out of boxes. I had a feeling that I should have kept all the boxes from the last move. I did have some still in the garage, thank goodness!  We are  going to have to find the U-Haul place and BUY boxes now, the stores around here just don’t keep them.


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We took a break on Monday and went to the beach for the last time. That’s about the only part I am sad about! LOL I am going to miss being this close to the beach!! But at least I will have the mountains to make up for that. I really ought to move to mountains that are BY the beach! LOL

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They made 2 castles with a moat between them. Actually, Cailey says hers was an evil tower and Colin’s was the good castle. LOL


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Joshua managed to get away without a picture on this day, but I got The Hubby, Deanna, Cailey and Colin! 🙂

I want to go back to the beach. Where are the packing fairies??? They can come and finish it up for me, right????





Secret Subject Swap – April Take 1


YIPPPEEEE!!! It’s Secret Subject Swap time!!!! 😀



Welcome to Take One of April’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:           



Your “Secret Subject” is:


What’s your favorite book? Why? If you could have the author write one more book about those characters, what do you wish he/she would write about?

It was submitted by:   





OK, you know this was an easy one for me!! LOL My favorite books of ALLLLLLL time have to be the Harry Potter books!!! That series, to me, is the most magical (no pun intended) (OK, maybe the pun was intended) series that I have ever read. You are transported to a fantastical place where anything is possible. That is why I read! I read to be transported from my daily life to someplace else and no other series does it better.

I just recently reread the series for the I don’t know what time. 10th maybe?? Something like that anyway. SIGH… I wish it could go on forever!!!!!




HP is more than just a children’s series. It is actually very deep, very moving, very thought provoking!



Now, that being said, I did quite mad at JK Rowling over the last book…. I won’t say anything more specific just in case someone out there hasn’t read them and plans on it in the future. BUT, if you have read them you know what I mean! ARGH!!!!!!!




So, if I could make JK Rowling write more HPs, I would want to know more about Dumbledore! You just can’t write all that stuff about him and not elaborate!! LOL I want DETAILS!!!!




AND I would not be adverse to books about James and Lily! Tell us EVERYTHING!!! PLEASE!!!!!




Or how about Harry’s kids?? There’s a lot that can be told there, too!



I just want MORE!!! More Harry Potter!! More of that world!!!!









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Now, be sure to check out the other swappers and their secret subjects!!!!





We Are Moving…. AGAIN!!!!


Yep. You read that correctly. We are moving, AGAIN!!!! But I can say that I am much happier about this move than I was the previous one. We are moving to the MOUNTAINS!!! YIPPPEEE!!! The Hubby is happy because we will be back in Tennessee. I am happy because we will be in the MOUNTAINS. Not to mention 3 hours closer to Jacob! We will only be 4 hours from my dad and my mother-in-law!

This time provides a different challenge, though. The job is set BUT we have no house!! We will be staying in a hotel until we can find a place. Now, I have been there and done that…. When we moved from Tennessee to Virginia (almost 7 years ago) we also had to stay in a hotel. OH MY GOSH!! 4 kids (this was before Colin was born) in 2 rooms (adjoining) for a month… I was going starkers by the end of it. The company there gave us 2 months to find a place… Yeah, there was NO WAY I was staying in a hotel with 4 kids for 2 months… The same goes today!! LOL

Not only will we have 4 kids in 2 rooms but 1 puppy, 3 cats and 10 kittens. Yes, you read that correctly. Pray for me, people! I’m obviously going to need it!!! LOL

A lot of people are shocked that we are moving again so soon. Well, if you check out the About Me button at the top, you will see that moving is NOTHING new to me! LOL I went to 11 different schools (not counting bouncing back and forth between the same schools)! I have lived in 6 different states! And I cannot possibly tell you how many times I have moved or how many houses I have lived in. LOL Yeah, I think I might have a bit of Gypsy in me. 😉

There’s a story that my dad’s family tells about how my grandpa came home one day to find the rest of the family had moved while he was work. Apparently a house that my grandma had been wanting came open that day. She didn’t wait around and moved everyone while grandpa was at work! LOL My grandparents had 9 children…. No clue how many were at home at that time. LOL

Now the WHY of the move. This job here was not what we were lead to believe it would be… The Hubby has had one issue after another there.  The working hours were different than was he was told (they said 4/10s and he has been working 5 to 6/10s). His job description changed… He wasn’t able to do the job he was hired for due to the hiring of a new manager than really had no experience with a millwork. :/ It’s just been a nightmare for him to see what needs to be done but not be able to do it because of poor management.

Anyway, WISH US LUCK!!! 🙂





The Wilderness

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Isn’t that GORGEOUS??? That is the beautiful view from The Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, TN.  Such beautiful snow capped mountains. SIGH…. I wish we were still there! LOL


Anyway, The Hubby got a call about a job offer in the Knoxville area and we went to check it all out. The owner of the company was staying at The Wilderness for a few days and put us up there as well. It was FANTASTIC!! The kids had an absolute BLAST!!!!


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Cailey and Colin LOVED the indoor water park! Deanna loved doing some lifeguard watching (insert eye roll here). Joshua spent most of his time in the arcade!!!! LOL To each his own…. I also enjoyed the water park! The wave pool was awesome. Cailey didn’t love that part of it… LOL The waves were a little too much for her, but she enjoyed splashing around the playground.



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My favorite part of the whole trip had to be the mountains. I have missed them SOOOOO much. The kids really enjoyed the drive. Cailey was too young to remember our last trip through the mountains and Colin wasn’t even born! He had never been to Tennessee!! He is the only one of our 5 kids that wasn’t born there. He and I are the only two in the family not born there…. LOL

I wish the trip had lasted longer. We left Thursday morning and got home late Friday night. The drive was a nightmare with the fibromyalgia!

So, anyway, we are entertaining the idea of moving to the Knoxville area…. It all depends on the money. If the money is right, we go. If not, we stay. It’s as simple as that.

Wish us luck!!!! 🙂





Colin’s 6th Birthday!

Yesterday was my baby’s 6th Birthday!! We celebrated it with Cailey’s the weekend before so that Easter would be more for Easter. 😉

Here is a picture timeline for Colin!!!


Colin was born 5 weeks early. He was such a tiny little thing. He weighed 5 Lbs 10 oz and was 18″ long. The nurses all called him Little Peanut. 🙂 Thankfully, even though he was so early, there were no problems other than a tiny bit of jaundice.  We were so blessed.





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I’ll be posting more about this last picture tomorrow! 😉







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