Wednesday, August 27, 2008



this is nie and her sweet family. i have already mentioned their horrible plane crash. they will be recovering for months and months, so designmom has created a nIE silent auction. there will be a plethura of fantastic things to purchase to help this beautiful family out. a couple of my wipee cases will be included:

teal/ brown polka dot

mocha flower

How this silent auction works:

1) Please place your bid by leaving a comment with your Bid
Amount in the comments section.
Bid starts at $10 for each. Check the comments
to see the most recent High Bid.

2) Following the close of the auction, I will contact the winner
(make sure your comment bid includes an email address or link
to your blog or some way to contact you). The winner will pay
the amount of their winning bid to the Stephanie and Christian PayPal account. The winner will then forward the PayPal receipt to and I will send the item.

3) Please bid in increments of whole dollars. The auction will
end at Midnight PST on Sunday, August 31, 2008.

4) Thank you for participating!

check out:

design mom for the thursday auction
nIE nIE dialogues for nie's inspiring life
c jane run for updates through her sister's fun blog

a mother's email

this is my momma's latest email to me.

don't you wish you had my mom?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

a letter to sweden

dearest aunt kelly,
as your first unofficial niece,
i feel obliged to tell you how spoiled you are.
my mum has been sharing your adventures as an au pair
in sweden with me, and i just fill with envy
thinking of your experiences.
i often think of your visit to missouri and long
for you to come back. will you visit me when
you come home and spoil ME like you did last time?
i had so much fun with you!

do you like my new jeweled hair flower that mum
made, or do you think it is too big?
mum adores it's size, while dad is just sick
about it.
i looked so pretty for church on sunday,
just like a lady should.

i have to tell you that my mum has copied
your jewelry fashion. she has found
THE earrings and wears them constantly.
how silly is she?

last night, brother would not stop screaming
in his crib, so dad brought him into our room
late at night. we decided to all snuggle in bed and watch a movie at 11 pm.
typical of brother to steal my mum and dad time.
can you spot me in the corner of this photograph?

i hope you continue to love your time in sweden. i want to continue to hear about your swedish life. tell me about the food, the people,the fashion, and the design. i'd love to hear it all! you are the best!

with love,

paisley noel

kelly ann:

the best friend

Sunday, August 24, 2008


welcome to lazytown.
population: 4
mayor: Mr. Pruett


we finally had an ideal saturday for Mr. Pruett.
it consisted of:

*pajamas till 4:00
*lots of blankets & pillows on the living room floor
*olympics, including: table tennis, 
sychronized swimming, and running
*top ramen for lunch made by the mayor himself
* and finally, the park & gardening at 5 pm

the only thing i accomplished that was worth while, 
was preparing my lovely salad for lunch. after top ramen, 
i needed some real food, so i made my favorite salad.

kelly's salad:
romaine lettuce, carrots, celery, cucumbers, red onion, 
gorgonzola cheese, craisens, sunflower seeds, 
and strawberries.

i found a picture of kate holmes with the jeans.
thank goodness she is not wearing the ugly sweater this time.
cute aye?

Friday, August 22, 2008

the boyfriend jean

i have a confession. 
i flip through tabloids while i'm in line at the grocery store. 
sometimes i even purposely get in a longer line, just so i have more time to 
see hollywood fashion. and every once in a while, i might even buy one. 
i know, i'm bad. i can't help it, and it drives Mr. Pruett nuts. 
BUT, i saw a new fad, that i just couldn't pass up. 
katie holmes was wearing her husband's jeans (with an atrocious sweater might i add.) nonetheless, i LOVED the look and tried it with Mr. Pruett's jeans. 
can you believe i actually pulled it off? or at least i think i did. 
i wore them to class today and felt so sexy in my hubby's jeans.
 i thought about him the whole time of course:)

hey, at least i have one more pair of jeans that fit my non-pre-pregnancy weight yet body.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

potty training and other adventures

my latest adventure in creating:

the perfect model for my felt hair accessories:

miss paisley noel

the nephew:
reade wilson
hugging the boy

we have officially started 
the dreadful process of potty training.
wish me luck.

close, but no cigar.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

packages and such

dearest jennifer,
you better be checking out my blog daily.
if you are not, you are a skank.
i received your packages today full of darling children's clothes.
i had fond memories as i sifted through each piece, thinking of my dearest niece, Cora Bella.
then there were Perry clothes. i couldn't help but imagine that cute chubby behind of hers filling out those pants.
i am so elated to have more clothes for the girl. 
i cannot believe you are actually done having children.
you have done well my sister, and i appreciate the hand-me-downs.
i miss you more than words can say...

you know school has begun when:

1. there are backpacks hanging on doorknobs

2. your husband's laptop is not anywhere to be found

3. you actually have to set an alarm for the morning

4. your husband walks through the door with a 
backpack on his shoulders


5. your nephew has on his new kicks


today was mr. cole's first day of kindergarten.
he asked me every half hour, if his bus was here yet.
happy first day cole!



the big brother:
    brandon reade    
brandon came home from work in the middle 
of the day to see cole off to school.
he is a great dad and probably the hardest working man i know.
       i am so glad that we moved next to him and his family.                       


* my thoughts have been distracted by a recent tragedy. 
my blogger idol, NIE was in a plane crash this last weekend with her husband. 
they are severely burned and have a long recovery ahead of them. 
she has been an inspiration to me as a wife, mother, and woman. 
she and her family are in my prayers. 
check out her AmAzInG blog here

i'm out.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

our weekend outside

my sunday morning

looking out at the lake.

miss paisley killing me with her cuteness

this is how we spent friday and saturday.
it may have been one of my favorite weekends ever.
i adore spending time in my mom's backyard.

                                               the boy and his dad            my feet in the freshly                                                                                   swinging from the tree.                  mowed lawn.             

        the girl relaxing on the picnic blanket.
the vegetable garden

mr. cole with nana's cucumber

                            pumpkins           tomatoes         cucumbers

the boy and his cousins played very well
 while we had a picnic and did yard work. 
on the menu: grilled mozzarella sandwiches 
with home-grown basil and tomatoes. 

for some unknown reason, kavi 
wanted one sock on with his crocs.
fashion statement maybe?

good ole' fashion fun

Thursday, August 14, 2008

hooray for cloth diapers

our cloth diapers are finally here!
i've been thinking about cloth diapers for a while now and have decided to make the switch due to our new financial situation...aka... we poor.
i'm also starting to feel a little more "green" due to my BFF kelly (who i will introduce soon.)

the boy was really excited and kept pointing and
saying, "new diapers."
we'll see how they far, so good.
keeping my fingers crossed for my budget and the environment.

hooray for soft cloth diapers in fun colors.
aka... nana/nanie
happy birthday to a brave woman, a magnificant mother, a hilarious lady, and a fun friend.
i love you mom.

i love living with my mom now. she is so non-intrusive and an amazing nanie.
for her birthday, we had her favorite: brownies and ice cream with hot fudge. tomorrow we will have another birthday dinner: homemade burgers and milkshakes.

the amazing sister-in-law
annette renee
annette is a great mom of 2 fabulous boys.
she is also an over achieving school teacher.
we live right down the street from her
and brandon now.
oh, how i enjoy their cute little family.

i leave tonight with a good night story

Once upon a time, Mr. & Mrs. Pruett noticed it was a little too quiet in their living room.
Mrs. Pruett suspiciously went to check on their curious little boy.
He was found under the covers of his bog boy bed reading a book all by himself.
Mrs. Pruett decided to join him for a little story time.
They slept happily ever after.
The end.