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not lost! & club heidi update!

not lost! & club heidi update!

Don’t worry, I didn’t drop off the face of the earth… just trying to get things figured out! I think that I spent 9 months worrying about how it was going to be to juggle everything. I am happy to report that it is every bit as difficult and overwhelming as I suspected! LOL! actually, I think that I am adjusting! Connor couldn’t be any more easy going and angelic… and Capri is not quite as violent with him as she was in the beginning! I think that protecting him from her was one of my biggest challenges. That, and the thought of needing to go to the grocery store. (frightening)… so I decided to go the on-line grocery shopping route! man, that was awesome. The kids were totally getting a kick out of me ‘grocery shopping’ on-line… and just like they do at the store, they sat and begged for me to order cookies and chips and candy etc. the best part, was that when the  groceries arrived, the guy totally brought them right into my kitchen counter. TOTALLY worth that $10 delivery charge!  I guess that I just have to be really creative . My sister, Katie has been in town this week with my niece Aspen who is just a few months older than Capri. The little girls were just too cute for words toddling around. Katie and I went and saw “Hairspray” at the late movie Monday night.  I LOVED it! so cute. I have never seen the play, so I wasn’t totally sure what to expect…I highly recommend it! it was so fun to have my sister here so someone would go with me!



So our yard is DONE! it looks sooooo fabulous! I know that I mentioned that we were doing some work out there… and I am so LOVING IT!  where we live, we don’t have access to city water, so we have a well. it’s not prolific enough that we can water grass, so after much deliberation, we decided to put in artificial grass. I know… sounds like a miniature golf course! But this stuff is fantastic! I looks GORGEOUS. And it will ALWAYS look gorgeous! No water, no mowing, no dead spots from the dog, no weeds… no prob! And we have been having so much fun playing on it. it’s been years since we could be out in the back kicking a soccer ball or throwing a Frisbee! Amazing what a bonding, family thing grass is! I have to show you a photo! between the new coat of paint, the stone veneer on the front and the grass, it looks like a new place!

OH… I almost forgot! The NEW August ‘Club Heidi” kit is UP and will be available for purchase on August 1st. Check out the fun ideas for sure!

  • Dana

    26 July, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Your yard looks GORGEOUS!! Looks like you have lots of FUN stuff for the kids too – ENJOY!!

  • amanda

    26 July, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Your backyard looks amazing!!! OH and I didnt get last months club kit but I am going to try hard to get this months…I love pink and brown!! That picture with you and your babies is adorable. now go out and enjoy your back yard, you deserve every bit of it!

  • Marnet

    26 July, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    You, your babies AND your yard look beautiful. Hang in there – my babies were close too, and days when you feel like you wont make it , guess what? YOU MAKE IT ….Enjoy your babies – they’ll be grown before you know it…..

  • Brandi Ginn

    26 July, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    WOW it looks fabulous! We had friends with fake grass here in CO…every fall he was out with a vaccuum to clean it up..lol

  • Lynn

    26 July, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    you look WONDERFUL for a woman who just gave birth – and with the two little ones – how totally cute is that! Glad you’re getting a bit of “me” time in there with a movie with your sister.
    The yard is amazing – looks terrific. My son is going to be so jealous of the boarding ramps 🙂

  • Alexis R

    26 July, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    You look great and so does your backyard. Can I bring my kids over and play?

  • jen

    26 July, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    do you have scorpions?

  • susan

    26 July, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    LOVE me some grocery delivery!!! and….if yours is set up similar to mine, you can go back to previous orders and order from there. makes it quicker and easier if you get similar things constantly (like cereals the kids like…the same kind of milk, etc)
    you guys all look great! and congrats on the lawn!

  • kim Loewen

    26 July, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Your yard looks amazing!!! And look how adorable your kids are! Glad you’re finding some time to do things for yourself…it is very much needed I’m sure. And I love that you did the on-line grocery shopping and laughed when you said your kids were still begging for the treats! hehe!

  • Holly Child

    26 July, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    That is one FABULOUS backyard! Wow!!!! And those babies of yours…gorgeous!! :o)

  • Vee

    26 July, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    your yard looks fabulous!! i know you are enjoying it 🙂
    i love the pics too, your children are gorgeous 🙂

  • ~Heather W~

    26 July, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Wow, are those real pictures of your yard?? It looks so perfect, almost like it’s computer generated. Y’all are looking great. 🙂

  • Kathy C.

    26 July, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    HOLY COW! You & and the kiddoes look great, the yard is AWESOME and the August Kit…I’ll be getting in on that one this month….I snoozed and missed out on the July kit — my bad! Thanks for the tips on the on-line grocery shopping…I’ll have to give it a go!

  • fran heupel

    26 July, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    You look wonderful and your little ones couldn’t be any cuter. Your yard looks great and your kids must really love it.
    Lots of room for great entertaining.
    looks like a wonderful kit for August.
    Get some rest and enjoy your family.

  • Chris from Va. Bch.

    26 July, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Dang girl, that’s SOME house AND yard!! It looks beautiful and so are your little ones! I can imagine how crazy it is, but you’ll never have this same time again, ya know?! ENJOY IT!! 😉

  • Molly

    26 July, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    what a beautiful family you have grown!

  • Jessi

    26 July, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    I don’t know what I’m more in awe of…you, your kids, the skate ramp, the built in at ground level trampoline, the fake grass, the pool, or the pink and brown August Kit! You’re KILLING ME! LOL! Thanks for making me drool, now I’m off to make dinner in my tiny little townhouse kitchen….dreaming of a backyard….heck, I’ll take grass I have to mow! LOL! So good to “see you” but totally understand why you aren’t around as much right now….my boys are 20 mo. apart and that was such a numbing first year! You rock!

  • Talia

    26 July, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    you have TWO babies, Heidi!! Gabby is sooooo busy these days, I can’t imagine having a newborn on top of that! Your yard is fabulous…*sigh*…so beautiful!
    I can’t wait for Creative Escape, just over a month away. Yay!!!

  • gabbe

    26 July, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    how WONDERFUL your new yard is!
    We’re moving into a new house with fake grass out front and for our dog run- gotta love it- but it does get hot! (we’re in Vegas)
    You & the kids look beautiful!
    Super psyched for the Aug. kit! Hope I can get one!
    CE sold out before I could get a spot- hoping to get in on the ScrapEtc even in April!
    Anyway- I couldn’t be happier for you on all your wonderful successes- personal & professional-you so ROCK!

  • Mandy

    26 July, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Your house and yard are gorgeous and the kids are absolutely adorable!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can register for one of the spots at the Scrap Etc event, too!

  • paula

    26 July, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    However did you get those pictures? It looks like you were on the roof in one shot and in a plane in another! How fabulous it all looks! And care to share where to can order online groceries? What a time and stress saver!

  • Tammy

    26 July, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    hi heidi!
    all of you–including your yard look amazing!! i LOVE the size of your yard–we have like no backyard–zilch! the houses all crammed together here in the bay area! if my son saw your yard he’d say it was the park–he says that of my cousin’s yard and she only has a play structure!! LOL! thanks for sharing, and can’t wait for the august kit! 🙂

  • paige

    26 July, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    you & those sweet babies are entirely too cute!
    people might think you’re the nanny!

  • Amanda Fuentes

    26 July, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Your babies are so beautiful! And Holy Moly I didn’t realize you lived in the desert/desert! I know AZ is desert but goodness! Awesome yard too!

  • Amanda Fuentes

    26 July, 2007 at 6:17 pm
  • chanel

    26 July, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    how cute is capri’s hair its growing so much … she is too cute. the yard looks great!

  • Murdie

    26 July, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    I have always thought that you were Wonder Woman now I know that it is TRUE! You are dressed with your hair done and so are your CUTE babies! I think it took me at least a year when my boys were little to accomplish that! 🙂
    Enjoy the babies and the new yard!Looks AWESOME

  • Amy

    26 July, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    Your yard looks awesome! Is the trampoline sunk?? What a great idea!

  • Caroline

    26 July, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    my son wants to know if i can put our trampoline at groung level, and he loves the mini skate park!!!
    Hope I can order one of these August kits,looks awesome.
    Saw all your new stuff on a few different sites,great new products!!!
    peace love and scrapbooking

  • Erika

    26 July, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    Good to have you back!!! Best wishes with your sweet “Irish twins” (that’s what they call it when your babies are less than 12 mo. apart). If you’re feeling frazzled, the photo sure doesn’t show it. All of the kids are adorable and what a fun yard you’ve got. By the way, love the August kit. Count me in on that one!!!!

  • kristen hansen

    26 July, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    OMGN! I hope you have an extra bedroom, I am moving in!
    Is that an underground trampoline I see? And a pool? And a skating ramp? And an outside kitchen? And…
    Whew! Seriously, move over, here I come!

  • Tessa Ann Watte`

    26 July, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Heidi, your sweet lil ones are precious!!!
    What a gorgeous yard you have created!
    It’s just perfect and you deserve every bit of it.
    –Tessa Ann 🙂

  • Ellen Patton

    26 July, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Now that is a back yard!

  • alison

    26 July, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    1) okay so i feel totally the same way about grocery delivery as you. mind you, it was only my second child and they weren’t as close as you two little cuties, but i was petrified at the thought of going to the store. i think i had groceries delivered for the first three months.
    2) your backyard looks great! what a dream come true for kids. i wish i had a skateboarding ramp.
    3) club heidi is going to be the financial death of me. i bought last month’s kit and loved it and thought i might take a break next month. oh no! again, i love it!
    great work! hope you’re doing well.

  • Ramona

    26 July, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    I LOVE ‘Hairspray’. And you garden looks very inviting..lol..

  • Rebecca

    27 July, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Just curious…did they put in those funny little ground up black rubber bead thingies and rake them into your grass to make it stand up. I watched them do my MIL’s neighbor’s turf and thought it was fascinating!

  • Starr Mercer

    27 July, 2007 at 1:15 am

    Good to hear you are juggling life well with a newborn…and all the rest. I’d like to request more Swapp home photos…the ones you showed of the new backyard are amazing and the same probably goes for the rest of the house. My husband & I are starting to design our dreamhome and I need all the help I can get!

  • Krisje

    27 July, 2007 at 5:39 am

    Hey Heidi,
    The babes our looking really cute! Don’t worry, after a little while everything will work out just fine. It’s like you said, it’s all about adjusting 🙂 Love your new lawn, looks like fun in the making!

  • Michelle Gauthier

    27 July, 2007 at 6:36 am

    LOVIN’ your yard! Fabulous job and just a great flow! The kids look so happy and healthy… 🙂

  • Jessica

    27 July, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Wow! It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing pics of your kids and yard! Connor is adorable!

  • Dana

    27 July, 2007 at 8:31 am

    You, your children, your yard, and your house…ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!!

  • diane mcvey

    27 July, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Awesome new yard, and landscaping! I can’t imagine living where you do (I grew up in the East TN hills), but you surely did make it pretty there! The kids are adorable, and love the pic of Capri and Aspen! They are SO cute! Thank goodness the baby is a laid back one, that surely does help! Thanks for sharing all the great pictures with us! 🙂

  • Jennifer Kirk

    27 July, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Wow – your backyard is like every kid’s fantasy! LOL!
    You look great with the two little ones! Congratulations! And enjoy! 🙂

  • Melanie

    27 July, 2007 at 9:59 am

    I love getting your newsletter with all the great pictures and ideas on it. Gets me excited to get going!! I am expecting my 3rd child (after a 7 year break!), and just found out it’s a girl! After seeing your August kit, I think that would be perfect for her baby book. I just hope I get to order it before they’re all gone!
    Seeing the pictures of your cute children I was wondering how your baby rooms are decorated. I can just imagine how darling they are and creative! I am also thinking pink and brown in my new baby’s room. Any suggestions I would greatly appreciate! Keep the great products coming!!

  • Tiffany

    27 July, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Dude…your kit looks awesome!!!!! I am going to have to check that out! I am loving me some Heidi Swapp. Oh and that online grocery shopping?? Saved my life….my little angel will not sit still in a shopping cart, so I say…so worth paying $10 to go grocery shopping and have them deliver! LOVE That! Glad you are adjusting well. Those children are just adorable, so I am sure it makes it all worth it!

  • Giddy

    27 July, 2007 at 10:46 am

    You have the cutest husband (mine would have put that shirt on for me…really he would have!)! I have a fetish for pink too…..I love the fun in you!
    God Bless!

  • Hannah

    27 July, 2007 at 11:17 am

    wow your back yard is AMAZING! And you and you 2 little ones are adorable! Well done on the online shopping, definately the best way to go!!!

  • Paul-ene

    27 July, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    oh Online shopping is the best thing one could ever do for themselves with a new baby. I did the online shopping when my son was born. It was so GREAT! Nothing like groceries right to your front door.
    Your Yard is super COOL!!! Look at that cactus…..ha….you really do live in the desert area. I wouldn’t blame you for getting the fake grass. It would be hard to keep grass green in desert area. We are under a drought and alot of lawns are brownish here in MN. Only ones with water sprinklers have green and it still hard to keep up with the green lawn. We live on well set up too and we can water whenever we like. No restrictions. That helps! My Dh is “obsessed” man with the green lawn. We have green grass BUT no water pressure in the house because he always watering every square inch of the yard. Ha(MEN)!!!
    PS-Super cute mommy pix with the babies. You look wonderful and your new baby is growing big already. WOW! They grow so fast!

  • Melissa H

    27 July, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    wow your yard looks amazing, i had to pull dh off his computer to have a look! it’s like a resort! i guess with 5 kids you have to have stuff for them to do! my boys would *love* that skateboard ramp… it caught my eye straight away!
    by the looks of it you are doing such a great job being a mummy of 5, that pic of you with capri and connor is gorgeous, you look refreshed and most of all – happy!
    good on you heidi, you are such an inspiration to so many!

  • LenaS

    28 July, 2007 at 6:10 am

    How funny!! I’ve been begging my husband for artificial turf in our backyard for a year. He thinks it won’t last, but I’m not going to mow a real lawn and I don’t like using that much water either. I’m so tired of dirt and weeds–can you tell me your secret HS–how do you convince a husband to do what you want? Thx. It looks fantastic!

  • Lori

    28 July, 2007 at 6:20 am

    Heidi you constantly AMAZE me! You have such a wonderful family and you are doing such a great job balancing five kids and work! You can do this!
    I can’t wait for the August kit! I love the new products and have been harassing a few stores to quickly get them on their shelves!
    Enjoy your beautiful yard and the rest of the summer!

  • Nat Mardon

    28 July, 2007 at 6:22 am

    I feele your pain with the two little ones Heidi – I have exactly the same thing – I remember being pregnant with you with both of mine!! Elijah is 14 months, and Lani is 1 month now…. and yep its tough hey!! Now I have to really decide if I *need* to go to the shops for things coz its just not worth the effort to get babes out of the car and into the pram (even though I have a kick-arse Phil & Teds double buggy!) jsut for a few items…..
    But God doesn’t give us what we can’t handle, so I’m sure you’re doing a fabulous job – and they’ll be great friends when they grow up!
    Kit looks yummy and yard looks fab!!
    Take care, Nat Mardon from Oz xx

  • Amber M

    28 July, 2007 at 9:06 am

    Heidi, I can see my mountain in the picture of your house! LOL! Have you ever noticed that the largest mountain in the San Tan string looks like a face gazing up at the sky? Pretty cool. I love what you’ve done with your house (my hubby and I are wanting to put a half pipe in for our boys too) and I have to agree, the grass looks great!

  • Michelle

    28 July, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Way cute you three!! I lived with one child in a Baby Bjorn and one on my hip for many months. People couldn’t figure how they balanced but it all just works out…such is life.
    Best wishes!

  • Shana

    28 July, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Wow I feel you on adjusting with children , it is a very hard adjustment but God has given us the most amazing abilities as mom’s to handle it! Your home is amazing and your yard is awesome, I love your scrap kits and hope to jump on bored!

  • Jolene George

    29 July, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Heidi…your house and yard are simply amazing! How cool to have fake grass…no muss no fuss. My boys would love the ramps you have back there.
    My daughter in law is due to have her baby in a week, so her boys will be 11 months apart. She’ll be really busy, but not as busy as you are.
    Can’t wait for that kit to come out. It looks wonderful!

  • Heidi

    29 July, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    WOW your house and yard looks fabulous!!!!

  • Kendra

    30 July, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    When you have a minute, could you tell me who you used for your grass? We have been wanting to do the same thing for months. We live in Arizona as well. Your backyard looks fab!

  • Kendra

    30 July, 2007 at 1:33 pm
  • PROLIX from la Normandie

    30 July, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    wehad some of your gorgeous stuffs on SIS tv kits (on where I hope you’ll be able to join us for saying a hello one day!!! ;oD)
    and I’m very happy!
    stuffs are so crazy cool!!!
    {ThE fReNcH tOuCh}

  • Laurie

    1 August, 2007 at 1:26 am

    Your yard looks amazing! I’m right with you about artifical things. I have a couple baskets of silk flowers on my front porch. From the road you can’t tell and all my friends know I have a black thumb. Hang in there and enjoy your family bonding yard.

  • Jen

    1 August, 2007 at 2:00 am

    Oh Heidi, Heidi, Heidi – you will never cease to amaze me LOL What a gorgeous garden you have created. As for online shopping: is there any other way??? (and I only have one teenager!). Thank you for sharing!

  • Brigitte

    6 August, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    Bonjour Heidi !!
    Your kids are soooo cute and you look just FABULOUS !!
    looooove your kit it’s sooo yummy !!
    MUST go to register !!