Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry, Merry!

So, I wish I could report that I've had the best Christmas day ever, but unfortunately that is not the case because I've come down with STREP-YUCK!! I've been in bed for the last 24 hours, which I've decided is not my thing at all. Oh, I did get up long enough this morning to go down stairs to watch the kids open their goodies from Santa~always fun and a true joy. OMGosh, I'm bored out of my mind like you wouldn't believe! We even had to miss church which made me so sad. I so love to go and sing Christmas carols. The good news: I was quite prepared for the big day with all of the shopping done (except for just a few small items which I was able to pick up yesterday morning before I was down for the count). Let me just add that I have the most fantastic elf, yes, Brian. Poor guy. He had to prepare for Santa all by himself. We all know that it is such fun to do so, but a ton of work at the same time. So....instead of gabbing about my woes, here are a handful of pics of our preparations starting the week before Christmas. Much anticipation and joy as you will see.Letters to Santa!

Build a Bear: compliments of Grandma and, have these ever been a big hit!!

Fresh haircuts and new Christmas dresses, all ready to....stay home, as it turns out.
Wishing you all love and joy. Merry, Merry!

Hugs to you all!
Spring sneak peeks coming soon!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Drum Roll, Please! We have a Lucky Winner!

This post will be short, but very sweet for one lucky gal.
The "Magic Hat" makes an appearance and is filled with names.
Now for the "stirring up" as Isabella dubbed this detail. The anticipation is building! Just look at the excitement on Charlotte's little face.
......and the lucky winner of the Holiday Hostess Apron is...

Yippee! Oh, you're going to look sooo cute in this. You must send me a pic! Email me, Stephanie L., and we'll make arrangements to get the apron to you. I hope you enJOY wearing one of my aprons as much as I do. Congrats!
Thank you to all of you who humored me by playing along and sharing. Your stories were so fun, entertaining, touching and warm. I'm sure we all enjoyed reading them. Looks like I'll just have to do another giveaway!

Whew! What a busy, busy day!

I may not blog like this for a while, we'll see. I have so much work to do, it's not even funny. The girls were sick again this last week-yuck. Of course, they come first and my work and social life are the first things to be put on hold. Now I'm behind on the schedule I've mapped out for myself. I have lots of prep for Spring 2011 that I need to get to, get done, and then relax for this Holiday break. Will that actually happen? Probably not. Anyway, today was super, super busy. I was just on fire this morning and so effecient with my time. I even bathed the girls, got them all dolled up in clothing of their choice-happy, happy Loomis Ladies, let me tell you! Isabella really appreciates "uniform free Fridays". Lots and lots on my morning to do list: like baking cupcakes. I have never baked and iced (homemade) a batch of cupcakes so fast in all my life. Now granted, they certainly aren't my prettiest ones, but the 4 year olds they were served to didn't seem to notice-whew, that was a close call-lol! I actually almost impressed myself, almost...That is until I accidentally locked my keys in the house-ouch! So yeah, Me, the baby, and the cupcakes were all outside ready to go and feeling fine just sitting in my car with no keys for the car or the house. I was actually on time-miracle! I won't lie. As soon as I figured out what had happened, it got a bit ugly there for a minute. I realized that when I went back into the house to get Lili some milk my keys must have fallen out of my pocket. I unknowingly skipped merrily out the locked door (still so proud of myself for baking at such high speed and actually being on time). So during my "ugly moment" I analyzed the pockets of this super cute jacket that I broke out of the closet just for today. Guess what I discovered: very shallow pockets, certainly not big enough for my big and stylish keychain. MENTAL NOTE TAKEN. So, this little snaffoo not only caused me great stress, but caused a painful unproductive loss of time for me. I was actually late getting cupcakes to Charlotte's nursery school. I felt so bad because I know her teachers had their moring mapped out as well. OOOPS! What's a girl to do? It all turned out just fine, other than my wasted time waiting and waiting for my house to be unlocked. Anyhoo, the show went on as it must as you can see. How familiar does all of this look to you all? Very, I'm assuming, but we love these crazy, full, busy lives with our kiddos, don't we? Yep, I'm sure of it!

So on tomorrow's to do list: get a spare house key made!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My Most Romantic Holiday Memory

For those of you who don't exactly know me yet, probably don't know that one of my very, very favorite things in life is a surprise, the good kind...the really good kind! Well my hubby, aka: Mr. Loomis (I actually call him that a lot, not in a formal kind of way, but with affection and he likes it--just another little tidbit for you. Too personal? Hope not!) surprises me once in a while with the best things ever. I'm not talking about the ones money can'll see. Follow along on this picture story. Oh, first things first: the blond puffy face girl you're going to see is me just a few days after giving birth to my 5th sweet, sweet baby. Little did I know at that time in my life that I'd be kissing away my former "skinny life", but priorities change as we go along, ie: I'm not interested in being hungry at this point in my life--LOL! but it is true. Anyway, her name is Charlotte Rose. She was our Holiday blessing in late December of 2005. We had a house full of company and we were loving it! Our home was full of family, love, excitement, and warmth.
Both my parents and Brian's parents had made the trip to Michigan (that's where we lived until just a few years ago) for Christmas and Charlotte's arrival.
I knew Brian was up to something because I was under strict orders to stay inside and no peeking out of the windows! Brian, Marge (my mother-in-law, you'll see her in just a minute), and my only son, Kyle, were scurrying around doing "something" outside in the front yard. For me the SUSPENSE was building!
We had brought Charlotte home earlier that day and I couldn't imagine what they were up to. I decided to stay inside where I was nice and cozy in my fleecy pj's (you'll see those lovely things, too, sorry! but I was all about comfort at that point) and nurse my beautiful newborn baby in our parlor.
We had just bought the most comfortable rocking chair ever, which looked like it just belonged in that old parlor. I still use that very same rocking chair for our little Liliana. Oh, sorry, I digress! So by the time Miss Charlotte was finished up with her "nursey, nursey", I was beckoned outside, with a blind fold over my eyes! I couldn't imagine what was going out I went with my trusty guide, Brian.
Just look at the gift that was revealed to me!

Is that the sweetest surprise EVER!

He had even snuck (is that a real word--Marge will know!) into my paints for his little project. To this day we still have Charlotte's sign that Brian painted which we will one day give to her. The snowman did not last, but the memory sure has and we have this beautiful painting (that would be the sign-it's beautiful to me!) to remind us of what a joyous and special occasion our Charlotte's Holiday homecoming was--ahhhhhh!

And so now you might be wondering exactly where is the romance in all of this? Well, just look at the expression on my husband's face as he sees my pure delight in the surprise he made for me!!! Need I say more?
So now, below is the LOVELY MARGE. She's the one who documents everything, every happening, just every -everything for the family. I'm so glad she did, too, because now I'm able to share my little romantic memory with you all. Let's here it for Marge: YAY, Marge!

And in this last picture are two partners in crime, so to speak, Brian and Kyle, standing with me and Mr. Snowman. Do you love my garb or what? I had forgotten all about my snow boots! Yep, now that's a goooood look -yikes!

Blessings, Love, and Romance abound!

The End.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Yippeee! It's HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY time!!

Okay, lady friends, here it is: this Fabulous Holiday Arpon could be yours!

All you need to do is answer this burning question:

What is your most romantic Holiday memory with your sweetheart?

Just leave your answer in the comments below and Good Luck to all!

All official blog followers will automatically get their name put in the hat once just for being a "follower". So to up your chances of winning this FABULOUS and FLIRTY piece, please join if you haven't already. For those of you who are already with me on my blog, PLEASE leave a comment so you have better odds of winning (this means that your name will be put in the hat TWICE). I promise this is a super fun piece to wear and your Sweetheart will definitely notice how extra cute you're looking!!! (It never fails me on this, girls-wink, wink :o)

Oh, you Sweethearts (our men) are welcome to enter also by leaving a comment if you'd like a chance of winning this Fabulous apron for your favorite girl.

The super sophisticated hat drawing will take place on Friday, December 17th.

Please tell your friends and help me spread the word about how FABULOUS

Finds of the Fabulous Kind! is.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

True Magic and Delight!

I had to post this picture of Charlotte. She came back into the kitchen to do "magic tricks" with the hat, maagic wand (aka, play wooden spoon), and her pink bunny (if you guessed that she is under the big hat, you're right on!). I couldn't resist sharing this moment with you. Seeing the sheer delight on her face and twinkle in her eyes is truly magic for me as her mama! I love capturing these priceless moments~she's so tickled with herself here that it just cracks me up. And get a load of this...she stayed home sick today from nursery school. I think she's alllllll better :o).
Ahhhhh. It's so gooood to 4 years old, isn't it?

Tickled Pink!

I'm tickled pink, ya'll! I'm so happy that I now have a good handful of followers. What a great surprise to get up this morning to find that I not only hit my very modest target of talking 20 of you fabulous ladies into "following Finds!", but I managed to get 21 followers. Happy, Happy Me! Thank you all for humoring me, really!! My wish is that you all enJOY my journey as much as I do. I'm glad to be able to share it with others! Won't you please help me spread the word about Finds!? I'd love more fans on FB and more blog followers. I can make it worth your while for sure. I would really, really love enough gals gathered around my efforts and business to justify more giveaways! I now feel like I'm definetely off to a FABULOUS start!

Thank you!!!

Now I can get organized with my Holiday Giveaway that I've promised for you. I'm excited! To be honest, I really don't know the best way to do it other than revert back to my "old shcool ways". Do you know what that means? Well, for me that means that I'm going to literally write each of your names on a piece of paper, put them in this "magician hat" (as my Charlotte likes to call it), and draw out the lucky winner's name. Yep, that's right, I'm super sophisticated! We'll see how that giveaway goes and maybe I'll do another one, hmmmmm...
First things first, though: I think this old hat needs a good dusting!
**I must tell you that this lovely old (and very dusty) hat was my husband's Grandpa's hat. His name was Laddy and apparently he had an extensive hat collection that Brian always admired and found very amusing as a child. He was lucky enough to receive a few of the hats that were passed down through his dad a few years back. Now you can see that our girls are amused with it as well. A little silly tidbit for you, but pretty neat at the same time :o).

Monday, December 6, 2010


Whew! Sorry, it's taken me so long to get back to my blog. I have been one busy girl! Lots going on for us all, I know, at this time of year. Tonight I thought I'd just post a handful of fun pics of the latest happenings and festivities around here. I hope you enjoy our moments as much as we did having them!
Here is our sweet Gracie girl (Isabella, Grace is her middle name) making her stage debut in the play by the name of "Nuts". It was the cutest production I've seen in a long, long time. I was so proud of all the kids and staff at Riverview. Their performance actually brought tears to my eyes. They were all so courageous, sweet, innocent, and of course, entertaining.
Cute! Cute! Cute!
Can you guess what she might be????
Yes, that is me standing next to her after the show. Can you guess what I am? Yep, her proud mama! Is the suspense killing you? Okay, you give? Isabella is a fabulous and fluffy cloud!
How cute is this?

And who do we have here in the pic above? My babies: my youngest, Liliana, and my Grandbaby boy, Owen (aka: Charles, per me). It's been a few months since we've had both of their car seats in my bug and I missed taking their pic the last time, so this time I was sure to capture them having a good time with the top down.
Now this cute guy would be my husband, Brian, for those of you who might not know him yet. Can you guess what he has in those lovely pink bags? I think I'll see if anyone is acutally reading my blog and have a little contest here. Okay: leave your guess in the comments below. If you guess correctly what the blue stuff/thing is in the bag then you'll win a FREE pair of Holiday Diva Dish gloves. Here are a few hints:
1. they were purchased in downtown Beaufort
2. they are party favor gifts for our little Charlotte's 5th Birthday party that is soon approaching

And last but not least, is the happy~schmappy couple. You can see that I'm just tickled pink at my "find" for Charlotte's party (now I don't have to sew a whole bunch of ****'s) and Mr. Loomis....well, I think he is astonished that he not only just spent about a million bucks on a few bags of goodies, but he probably can't believe that he actually posed with pink bags for a quick pic for me and is now realizing in this very moment that it will definitely be posted on my BLOG! Oh, yes! he is right alright:o) What a good, good daddy he is!!!
Happy Schmappy!

Oh, just one last quick pic of me and my Beaufort girlfriends. We were celebrating Kate's bday at dinner downtown a bit earlier this evening. Starting on the left: Kate, aka the special birthday girl, in the tan jacket, Joanna is next to her and then there is Miss Jen with her precious newborn baby boy, next is Cynthia and then here I am again in the hat. Have I shared with you all yet that I love hats (wish I'd wear them more often) and also houndstooth?
Fun pieces, fun friends, fun festivities!

Friday, November 26, 2010

All My Chickens are home and in a row!

I'm just as happy as a lark! All my chickens (children) are home and I just couldn't be any happier!! This doesn't happen too often. My Mom and Dad are here visiting with us for Thanksgiving weekend, too. This has been a weekend filled with family, feasting, and fun times! We have so many blessings in our lives to be ever so thankful for. Thank you, Jesus! My parents and son all were granted safe travel, may they be as fortunate on their return trips home as well!
We started off the long family weekend by celebrating my Dad's birthday. It has been a long tradition that I bake him an apple pie, completely from scratch. He loves my apple pies and even brags about them. Even my extended family in the hills of Missouri know all about my apple pies, which is the funniest thing because it all happened quite by accident almost 20 years ago. Let me add that my Mom and her older sisters are great country cooks like you wouldn't even believe!!! I was so nervous that they'd want my to bake them one and then perhaps suffer terribly by comarison~yikes! Sidenote: they're very sweet, of course, and it turns out that I have baked an apple pie for them and I passed the test with flying colors...Uncle Howard approved! So.... I honestly can't remember the very first apple pie I ever made, but I do remember making one when my parents came up to Michigan for a Holiday visit and I happened to whip one up....the rest is history and a bit of a mystery. Well, it used to be a mystery how Iwas able to apparently make a delicious apple pie, including yummy flaky crust. My goodness, when I was learning how to cook years ago it was just scary sometimes! Can anyone relate to this?
Above I'm rolling out homemade egg noodles. Again, a long time tradition with my Mom's family~gotta have homemade noodles. I make them just three times a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

So, below are some pics of me and my family preparing for our big feast. I truly believe that I must spent no less than 10 hours cooking and baking! Wow, that is a long time to spend on my feet and in the kitchen, but I have to admit that I LOVED every minute of! I truly love to cook for my children, makes me feel so good!
Fast forward 20 years: my three little ones are all but completely grown up, I've been blessed with a wonderful husband & three more beautiful babies, my parents are in good health and continue to visit and believe it or not...I can actually "hold my own" in the kitchen! If I want my kids to come running home, all I have to do is tell them that I'm cooking and here they come...all gathered around our kitchen table feasting, safe and sound, and all in a row~
My babies: Lauren (21), Whitney (20), Kyle (17), Isabella (6), Charlotte (4), and Liliana (2)

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