Friday, November 30, 2012

some november pics.

hate coming here and seeing that pic at the top of the page (which btw does not violate effbooks community standards) so i'll leave you with some ziza joy!

mama made thanksgiving shirt. that she has to tell everyone "see my leaves, and my tree and my one eye!"  (there is a leaf in the middle towards the right that looks like it has an eye on it)

 she loves to help daddy work.
but also loves helping me in the kitchen or with orders. here she was putting maggs food back. who btw better live forever because james took him with to work yesterday and eliza gave us the saddest face that maggs was leaving for the day. she is crazy about him!
 family game night. had to play the squirrel game, which she now calls "my chip and dale game!"
modeling another nana steph dress. this one has buttons on the bottom that she loves almost as much as pockets. she had to stand there and count them before she'd finish getting ready. then she insisted that nana steph made her leggings too. sorry girl, nana steph doesn't make EVERYTHING!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

let them be little!

so, it doesn't take long to find a pic of a chick in her underwear on fb.

guessing one like this won't get removed if reported.

i mean, honestly, it's the same as that video. taken from behind, no boobs showing.

oh, but wait, she's not 3!

so for some reason, that's ok.

and may i just say i love my husband. he posted this status the other day without my knowing...

"I have been asked by many people why I never post to facebook (I believe this might be my third). Well, apparently it’s because I’ve been too busy as a manager of a child pornography star (my wife apparently serves as the camera and crew).
No, seriously… for those of you out there who do not know, Shel has been blocked from facebook for three days (background: first offense was 24 hours, now we a

re doing three days) for posting a video of our daughter doing the funniest thing I think I may have ever seen in my entire life. “Check out her blog ( if you want to see it. It’s a couple of posts down, and beware, as her “friends” have considered this child pornography!)
Even though there’s obviously a lot of other complaining I could do here, and I’m normally the kind to just stay out of it, there is one thing about this that I can’t let go. When did we become a society where we rely on a governing body to do everything? I’m going to try to leave our nation’s current political state out of this rant, but please feel free to apply this concept to it.
Short story… When we lived in Korea, we (Shel, Eliza, and me) were once riding a bus on Camp Casey. Some younger soldiers were using profanity in what I would have considered excess even at work, let alone on a bus full of women and small children. I politely confronted them about this issue. They responded by saying that they didn’t even realize what they were doing and quit doing it right away.
These were people I had never met before in my life. I didn’t report them to their chain-of-command. I didn’t go talk to the bus driver and have them thrown off. There was no need for that kind of response. However, a FRIEND, someone my wife cares enough about to share an extremely happy moment in our lives with (as the video privacy settings were very limited), decided to use an authority to address their issues. And everyone wonders why I would ever consider running away to the mountains and get away from it all. Come on people!"
your comments on here, and that status have been awesome. thanks for confirming that i'm not the freak here! 

i just want to live in a world where kids can be kids.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

meant to share this pic here last night.

and at least we can laugh...

james saw a pic of her modeling in front of the paper lullaby garland and said "hey! i know that chick."

i replied "yea, she's always naked all over the internet."

if you get a girl blocked from fb...

she's just going to find another way to share.

those that are friends with me on fb may know that awhile ago i had some pics of eliza removed and was banned for 24 hours.

i was pretty annoyed, mostly because that prevents me from being able to keep up my business page.

these were pics of her swimming topless, being held upside with her shirt coming up and other innocent childhood things.

apparently one of my "friends" doesn't think it's innocent. that's fine, what annoys me is people taking the coward way out and reporting it. just tell me you don't appreciate those pics. i'll block you from seeing them!

yes, i post a lot to fb. being in korea for a year, it was our way to keep family updated.

i never thought, this probably shouldn't be up. because if you know us, and come to our house, guess what? you are probably going to see a half naked child running around. especially in the summertime.

at what age does that become "inappropriate" and why is it okay to see ads plastered everywhere of much worse? also, i'm pretty sure if she was a boy it wouldn't have been reported. why? because men can have their shirts off anywhere and it's totally fine.

but again...SHE'S 3!

and if this video (the one that got removed, the one that only shows her backside) doesn't make you laugh...well then i'm not sure we should be "friends"

i posted it to a limited audience last night, thinking i had weeded out enough people, and kept it to those that wouldn't be so uptight, but i guess not.

so now? now it's here. and according to vimeo "non-sexual nudity is allowed" so it should stay.

have a laugh...and relax!

dancing painter. from michele rockhill on Vimeo.

and if you're wondering why my fb is bare bones, it's because i changed a ton of settings. i'll share more pics and video here. get back to the blog way and save fb for random musings and to keep up with paper lullaby.

all of this just really makes me want to take up james' offer of running to the mountains when he's out of the army. off the grid of this crazy world filled with crazy people. :)

i'm really not old enough to say i miss the simple times am i?

Monday, November 19, 2012

their she grows.

and as my belly grows.

eliza has been talking about delia at random a lot more lately.

it's always happened at random, but it was few and far between, brought up on her own accord.

now that's she is getting older, understanding (as well as a 3 year old can) and seeing my belly (and fawn!) grow it's happening often.


hand on my belly.

eliza - delia kissed my hand!

me - fawn.

eliza - fawn just kissed my hand!

so not correcting her that it's kicked, not kissed.


today when we walked in i told eliza "we get to see dr. reed today!" and she replied "we going to find delia?!"

oh eliza.

but then when we heard the hb she said "it's the new baby! that's fawn"


playing at home.

"delia is coming to my house to play?"

"no, she's in heaven remember?"

"but she coming to play?!"


walking into hobby lobby.

"you have your pack pack mama?"

"well, this is a purse. mama's carry purses...or diaper bags."

"a diaper bag?"

"yep, i carried one when you were little, and when fawn comes i probably will too!"

"but delia can wear my diapers? they fit her?"

"delia doesn't need diapers. she's in heaven remember?"


i know it has to be so confusing for her. she'll say that delia is in heaven, and i remind her that we already got to hold delia, but it's still hard.

hard for her...hard for me to answer on the spot.

one day the questions will stop. she'll just know. even when that happens i hope she still talks about her.

her baby sister.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

mermaid birthday!

yea, guess i should get on posting about her 3rd birthday party! it only happened almost 2 months ago. quicker than last year!

over the summer i asked her what kind of party she wanted. i listed off some ideas that i thought

1. she would like.
2. wouldn't be a commercial theme.
3. i could handle.

of course she shot down all of air balloons? rainbows? flowers? ballerinas? birds? bunnies? tea party? and so on.

randomly i said mermaids and she exclaimed "yes!"

funny since her only encounter with mermaids at that time was me clipping a fitted crib sheet around her waist and telling her she was a mermaid. this was when there was only one tutu and enola was over, and wearing it.

thus began her love of mermaids though. and just this last week her favorite librarian said "think you can get her interested in something else? we are running out of mermaid books!"

she also loves watching jake, and since there would be a few boys there i decided to incorporate a bit of a pirate theme too.

her first birthday was spent in korea, so it was on the small scale. i did a few things, but most of the party was over webcam, and her party at night had 3 guests!

her second birthday was just a few weeks after we lost delia. there were a lot of things i did get to do for her, but a lot i missed out on doing because i just couldn't pull it together that soon. we had a lot of help setting up for the party by all the guests! we also weren't in our home yet so it was just a little scattered. fun, but scattered.

so this year i wanted to do it right!

it was filled with a treasure hunt, many treasures, a build your own kabob dinner, saltwater taffy, seaweed, and of course mermaids and pirates!

her invites. i stamped on watercolor paper, then used watercolor pencils. a labor of love, but once i spaced it out over the span of a few weeks, it wasn't so bad. nice sit in front of the tv project!

another fun project was this treasure map. i wrote down landmarks in our yard and my super artsy sister-in-law drew it out for me, then i traced over it and tea stained it.

eliza just so happened to be getting a sandbox from my parents so it was the perfect spot for some buried treasure!
the kids had a lot of fun. it was a little bit of an obstacle course (hopping over, circling around, crawling under) thankfully we had some older kids that helped out with reading the map. we lost a few of the younger ones that got distracted crawling under the table, but it was fun to watch!
the favors were another thing that i spent a lot of time on. i blamed it on the fact that we only have one kid, and i have way too much time on my hands. crazy mama crafts! i just love homemade gifts and toys, and wanted to share a bit with her friends!

the treasure chest before being picked over! found the golden chocolate coins on sale at walgreens, and ma picked up the saltwater taffy from a local candy shop. 
favors for the little pirates.
 and for the mermaids.
 peg people line up!
 all the crazy mama made pieces. felt eye patch, pearl bracelet, felt starfish hair barrette, peg people, and pixie dust necklaces.
the buckets for the favors were from the dollar spot at target.

and of course, i had to put together some decorations. i said i started paper lullaby after making garland for her 1st birthday and yet, she's never had a mama made banner!

once again, no banner, but she did get some other fun things!

cake topper and cracked cake with graham cracker sand.
a blanket i found in an antique shop years ago fit the theme (and table!) perfectly!

the book in front is her 20 questions. one for each year until she's 18. thanks aunt alyssa! her answers were pretty funny this year!
also found these directions on pinterest for seaweed. loved the simplicity of it!
 i added some sequins and had just those hanging in her doorway when she woke up. she loves sparkles!
and the last mama made thing, to go with her peg people was this felt play mat.
flip side.
 her family.
and a few random shots.

love the one of the twins chowing down on the kabobs!

wearing my shirt from when i was three!
"all my friends!" in front of her new daddy built clubhouse.
it was such a great time. beautiful, relaxing night with good company!

so thankful to be in our home and making new memories! not sure how extravagant her next birthday will be. the joy of being the only child! :) hope you enjoyed it eliza!

Friday, November 9, 2012

from my desk...

been wanting to start featuring some of my favorite orders from the shop. especially since fb changed the way things post and not everyone is seeing everything. it's sad to see a pic only reaching a few people.

i'll have to do a catch up post, but for now here is my little model with some garland.

thought these would be fun for Christmas cards if i got her dressed up!

or a great birthday shoot backdrop!
her feelings on me making her model...again.
so many circles!

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