dreamer

older posts By February 7, 2007 3 Comments


we all dream about things–realistic or unrealistic. it’s so exciting to think about what ‘could’ happen! it’s fun to be impractical and to let your self dream. for a long time i dreamed of owning a business. i had lots of ideas. after david was born i decided to go for it. i had gotten such a good response to my jewelry, i thought ‘why not get a license and make it an offical business?’ i was so nervous when i went to the city office to apply for a license! the night i had my first open house i remeber thinking, ‘this is the craziest thing i have ever done!’ and wondering if it would totally flop! when i started the business i just wanted to make a couple hundred dollars a month as fun money. i am so excited that the business has grown to a point where i could quit my job and be with my boys more. what a blessing! it’s easy to get too busy with the jewelry and i am constantly trying to set boundries and make good decisions about what opportunities to take advantage of. thanks to all of you who support my business and model my creations. you are a blessing to us!

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Matthias’ big day…

older posts By February 6, 2007 5 Comments


So Matty started school today. He was screaming when I left him, and I’m not sure who had a harder time–him or me! It is so hard to see your child transition to the next stage and separate from you. I know this is going to be a great thing for Matthias (and for me!). I know he needs time away from me and time with typical peers. Since he has an older brother with a disability, it is important for him to have his own, structured, playful place where he can be himself. I know all that–but it’s still so hard!

David meanwhile is feeling a bit better but not quite himself. He has been pulling to a stand all over the place! Last night he had a bit of a spill and bonked his head on the floor. OUCH! We felt so bad–but I guess that’s all part of the learning and growing process. Lots of painful growing going on in the Leonard home right now! It’s exciting, though!

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So hard to say good-bye…

older posts By February 5, 2007 2 Comments


This was Matty’s face today when he said good-bye to Chrissie (We were just going out for lunch, but he was bummed!) I felt the same way when she left this evening! We had a great time–sitting around talking, out for lunch, a little shopping, hanging out with sick boys, a lot of laughing and being silly…can’t wait until our next sister time!

Also–CONGRATULATIONS to the Cheneys! Yea!! boys ROCK!

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Chrissie is here!

older posts By February 4, 2007 4 Comments




Chrissie is here-Yeah! Rachel, our sweet, sweet sitter watched the boys last night even though they were still a bit sick. We took Chrissie to a fancy restaurant in Morro Bay (Foster’s Freeze) and then caught a movie. I NEEDED to get out!!! Today we skipped church (toddler room doesn’t welcome sniffly, sneezing, runny-nosed kiddos) and we took a hike around the state park. I brought the backpack for David, unfortunately Matty wanted to be carried, too. He’s pretty big–so Chrissie got a workout! We had fun. Then came home and took a long nap. Hope you are all having a good Sunday!

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let’s celebrate!!!

older posts By February 3, 2007 4 Comments



these are the over-joyed parents of a little boy who just went pee-pee in the potty for the first time! and this is the train the little boy earned when he accomplished this very important task! it took a couple of hours of running around naked and lots of juice, but he did it! it’s all down hill from here, right?! we’ve got pictures of Matty on the potty and the pee-pee, but you probably don’t want to see those!

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sick boys, sad mommy…

older posts By February 1, 2007 5 Comments


both these little guys are sick–argh! (this photo was taken last weekend, not today) this is matty’s first real cold of the winter–where he had a fever and a cough. he didn’t start preschool today because of it. i was praying david wouldn’t get it–but, this morning he is congested and FUSSY! he’s had more colds this winter than any kid should have in their whole childhood! so he’s home from school today, too. i’m feeling sorry for myself. and a little discouraged. boo hoo! hopefully they’ll spring back quickly!

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c’mon mcdonald’s!!

older posts By January 31, 2007 5 Comments



we drove through mcdonald’s yesterday (i had to get my cinnamon melt–i’m addicted ya know!) and i got a happy meal for Matthias and I to share (the cinnamon melt was my main dish 🙂 so we get home and unwrap the the toy and it is this little monster guy. maybe he’s from spongebob or something?! guess what he does when you pull down his arm? yep, he makes farting noises! how innappropriate is that?! I mean come on mcdonald’s is this the best you can do? don’t you have a multi-million dollar advertising budget?! the best part–Matty is afraid of it! nice.

on a brighter note, David decided to brave the tunnel yesterday (we have this blue tunnel for the boys to play in). I came out from the back of the house and he was inside–go David. Nothing is going to hold that kid back!

Have a great day!

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challenge for a tuesday

older posts By January 30, 2007 5 Comments



I cleaned out the pantry and the fridge this morning (didn’t I just do this a couple months ago?) I got rid of two large trash bags full of stuff–sorry landfill! now I can actually find what I need. My challenge to you is this–set aside 5-10 minutes to organize something–your jewelry, the coat closet or a junk drawer. It feels good! and yes, we do keep candy in the crisper!!

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craft/gift idea

older posts By January 29, 2007 3 Comments


these are some gift tag favors from a baby shower I helped with recently–hi Brianna!! They are so easy and fun (Lindsey coached me through). Here’s the step by step–1. Buy various gift tags from Staples 2. Dip them in a strong tea (I used four tea bags with 1.5 cups of water) 3. Let them dry overnight 4. Stamp them with some cute stamps–use a brown stamp pad (very important!) 5. rub a lttle glitter glue over the top 5. Place in a cellophane bag 6. Amaze your friends and family!
Isn’t this a great idea for teachers or when you have to buy mutiple small gifts? It would be cute to find a nice box and get some fun ribbon, paper, scotch tape and scissors. I love a “theme” gift. Brianna’s shower was a blast–I’m sure the favors are what really brought everyone together 🙂 Or it could have been the ice cream sundaes!

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iCANNOTwait!!!

older posts By January 28, 2007 3 Comments


Well in less than a week my sister Chrissie (who Matty affectionately calles “sissies”) will be traveling up from the OC to spend a few days with us. I cannot wait!! She is so much fun–so real, and silly and she totally “gets” me. Steve laughs because we go into “twin mode” and start finishing each other sentences while we jump around from topic to topic. I’ve got at least one babysitter lined up so we can have some concentrated sister time–without those pesky kids interrupting us 🙂 YAYY! I am so excited!

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