Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Gullible Mommy

My kid doesn't need any more toys or stuffed animals. So tell me why I broke down and bought him a stuffed dog at Kroger during our run to get more Pringles?  Because he knows just what to say. 

All we had to do was quickly cart past a wire tower of stuffed animals on the edge of the flower section. "Hey!  Mommy, go back!  There is a sad doggie over there!"  

Two isles later, we had what we came for and he was still begging to go back to the puppy. So I caved and took him over. "That one right there."  He pointed to a white and brown dog with gigantic eyes. "See how sad he looks?  He is sad because he doesn't have a home. We need to adopt him. Can we please adopt that puppy so that he can have a home where I can love him?"

That's all it took. Off the rack came the puppy and into the cart with Daven it went. I asked him when we were getting in the car if his puppy was happy yet and he said, "No, he's still sad because he hasn't seem his new home yet. " 

Now (another) Baby Puppy is hanging out with him, Deedee and Momo outside with his new family. 

I hope Baby Puppy is happy now. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Cover Reveal for Stacey Rourke's Crane

Here it is!  Today is the official cover release for Crane. ::jumps up and down:: 

What do you all think?  Stay tuned for my review. 

Book Info -

Title: Crane

Series: Legends Saga Book 1

Author: Stacey Rourke

Genre: NA paranormal 

Audience: Older teens and up 

Formats: eBook and print 

Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing 

Cover By: Najla Qamber Designs 

Editor: There for You Editing 

Expected Date of Publishing: May 26, 2014




The Horseman is unending,

his presence shan’t lessen.

If you break the curse,

you become the legend.


Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.


What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?


Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.


But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?


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About The Author-



The Gryphon Series is written by Stacey Rourke. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this series as well as other literary projects. The Gryphon Series is available wherever fine books are sold.



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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Surprise! 30th Birthday Harry Potter Party

The idea had been in my head since last October, when the Rayborn clan went to Florida and I saw the excitement in my husband's eyes as we walked through Harry Potter land at Universal Sudios. He loved everything about it there and I wanted to try to recreate it as much as possible. 

It just so happens that my hubby turns 30 this Thursday. He had demanded a while back that I had better do something special for his 30th. So I took that, the Harry Potter idea, and did my best. 

Since the start of the year I've been scrolling and searching Pinterest for ideas. It's truly overwhelming. Add in a 4 year old who can't keep a secret, and you can see how sneaky I had to be with all of this. 

I want to thank everyone who had a part in making this happen - I couldn't have done it on my own!

So here it is - some photos of the Harry Potter party. 

Here's Daven, trying some of the homemade pumpkin juice I made.  I also made butterbeer, but neglected to snap a picture of it. 

I worked for hours on these butterbeer cupcakes. They were a pain, but worth it in the end.  SO good!

The kitchen, where my mother in law worked her magic. 

Potty decorations. 


The sorting hat and house badges.   These were right inside the front door. Guests placed the hat on their head and picked a badge to determine which house of Hogwarts they belonged to. Daven got "Pufflepuff". 

Front door. 

Articles of clothing for the local house elves. 

Pin the nose on Voldemort 

Corn hole with Umbridge proclamations.  (Get her right in the pie hole!)

Book of Monsters

Choose a wand. 

Find the golden snitch. 


A toast to each house - mixers for students and "mommy drinks" for prefects and professors. 

Trelawney and Snape, ready to party!

My nephew, Matthew. 

I dressed as Luna Lovegood. 

Daven casting spells on Uncle Todd.  I made his robe by simply cutting an old black shirt down the middle and liquid fabric stitching the edges. 

My sister as Professor Trelawney. 

Posing with my little wizard. 

Cousin Morgan getting sorted into her house. 

karlyn was next. 

And Momma Christie, showing her fun personality by giving me a great pose. Love you, lady!

"Why are all these people here?"
"It's a party for your birthday, daddy!"

Who knew that Trelawney had a thing with Professor Snape?

Some friends came out to give birthday wishes. 

Daven with the sorting hat, ready to play some quidditch. 

We had a wonderful time!  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Daven Says: On Getting Old

We were in the car this morning on the way to preschool. I was talking to him about how he could have a great day and what he was looking forward. Instead, I got this :

"Mrs. Moss has lots of lines on her face, just like Emperor Palpatine. That's one reason I don't like her. "

Well, then. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Daven Says

"Mommy, why do you pee out of your tushie?"

Daven appears to be scratching his, ahem, "hole":

"Daven, what the matter with your tushie?"

"Oh, nothing. It's just ticklish so I'm tickling my tushie hole. "

After he had bit the inside of his cheek earlier in the day:

"Mommy, I have a sore nipple in my mouth. "

Friday, April 4, 2014

Daven Says

"Does aunt Lacey have a baby in her belly?"

"No, I don't think she does. "

"I think she does. "

"Why do you think that?"

"Because she's married and when you and daddy got married then I was in your belly. "