Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Raw Talent?

I let my son go nuts with the camera feature on my phone today. He actually got a few cute shots! Think he's born with some natural photography mad skills? lol Well for barely being two, just the fact that he knows how to operate a camera is pretty awesome.
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Monday, March 21, 2011

When Coupon Binders Attack!

I was able to get all my floating shelves put up before Isaac's 2nd birthday party on Saturday. The house looked a little more put together. But when I got home tonight after my weekly couponing adventure, I placed my coupon binder on the new catch all floating shelf in my kitchen and BANG! Down the shelf came! I must not have hit a stud when I screwed the shelf in. My husband heard the crash and came running to my rescue. I looked at him and said, "my coupon binder did it". He might have been thinking I need to cut back on all the coupons...I was thinking I haven't been using enough coupons lately! lol. *big sigh* I'll fix it tomorrow... for now I sleep.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

One of Those Days...

Ever had one of those days where you feel like you are taking two steps forward and three steps backwards? I'm having one of those days.... And to top it all of I having an almost two-year-old monkey attached at my hip. Every time I turn around I knock him down because I didnt realize he was right behind me. So then he started to just cling onto my leg, literally. He just went down for a nap so I have an hour before worship practice to bust this house out! Then hopefully after he wakes up we can have some fun time. But I thought I would procrastinate just a little bit longer by blogging about it with you first :)

How's your day?
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sneak Peak

I know! I keep saying my craft room is almost done but I promise it is! I need to hang one more shelf unit, paint my new sewing table and then it's ready to rock! But I did find the finishing art piece that every girl needs.
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Quote of the day

Funny quote my husband shared with me while reading Rob Bell's new book, Love Wins: "I as well have a hard time believing that somewhere down below the earth's crust is a really crafty figure in red tights holding a three pointed spear playing Pink Floyd records bacwards and enjoying the hidden messages" Rob Bell
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Time Out!

As some of you may know my son turns 2 on Thursday. Well along with the joys of getting to see him grow up are also the pains of discipline... it seems he's been receiving more and more time outs lately :( Well more than one is painful for mom.

Isaac wakes up at 7 am usually every morning. He likes to hang out in his crib for a while. But when he hears either mommy or daddy walk by his room he'll start to yell at us, "MOMMY! DADDY! OUT!!! WANT OUT NOW!!!" Well this morning I heard daddy walk past his room. Daddy opened up the door to say good morning and Isaac says, "Daddy! Time out (points to time out chair). Sit down!" Then daddy sat, asked if could get up now. Isaac said, "No. Two minutes Daddy."

Laugh my little white booty off! it was so hillarious to witness this. I'm glad Isaac is starting to communicate a little better however I wish he'd learn to repeat the less disciplinary language. he makes it sound as if that's all we do all day is time outs! lol.
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Such a big boy!

I love how my little man sits all big boyish with his legs crossed.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011


I just won some wonderful candy over at Mel's Craft Room! Thanks Melly! I look forward to getting some new stuff to create with!

Brownie Points!

My DTster over at Dream Valley Challenges, Carole, sent me my very first blog award! How sweet :) I have to say 7 things about myself and pass it onto 15 other blogs. I don't know 15 other blogs! So I will pass it on to my hubby and my bff. Have fun you two!

K, here it goes:

7. If you knew me you'd know that I don't like peanut butter cookies unless it's a chocolate chip cookie with peanut butter chunks in it, not peanut butter cooked all the way through.

6. If you knew me you'd know that I sucked my thumb until I was 12 (and can still be caught today sucking my thumb every once in a while)

5. If you knew me you'd know that I love to play Rock Band and Dance Dance revolution. Like LOVE LOVE LOVE!

4. If you knew me you'd know that I hate bowling and I once bowled a 14.

3. If you knew me you'd know that I have been playing the guitar since I was 13, the organ since I was 9 and the flute since I was 11. The flute I am best at but the guitar is what I love and the organ is just too darn big to fit in our house so I play the keyboard now.

2. If you knew me you'd know my favorite color is orange.

1. If you knew me you'd know that I love me some Jesus!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Burning Down the House

Although I wouldn't ever really burn my house down, mainly because we live in the church parsonage, as I was cleaning today this song came on and it made me consider it beings as my house looked like this and it was spotless two days ago. Does it ever seem like you are always take two steps forward and one step backwards? I have felt like that with our house. We still have boxes to unpack! But it's getting close. I tackle one annoying thing a day and feel better. I keep a list of all the "areas" of my home that annoy me and scratch them off as I get them to a not annoying state. My goal right now is to make everything have a home by Easter. Then it will be easy to maintain. Wish me luck!


P.S.! I downloaded a new Blogger App and my post worked yayaayayaywoohooyaaayayaaayaaaaaaay! (that's my written out version of the happy dance) I can't believe Google's app is so bad! Thank you unknown app writer person for making my life a tiny bit simpler.
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Blogs I couldn't post last week because my smart phone was dumb Part 2: Sweet Moments

See the previous post for dumb phone explanation lol. This was supposed to have posted on the 4th:

As my little man approaches his second birthday (he was born on St. Patty's day), I often catch myself cherishing the "baby" moments that are still left in him. Although they are few and far between these days. He's growing so fast and so smart that I also find myself subconsciously having higher expectations for him than a two year old should have. I tell myself, "He's not even 2 yet! It totally makes sense why I still have to change his butt" lol. You get the picture. But as I walked into his room tonight to make sure he was covered up and his heater was at the right temp, I found him laying in the classic baby fetal position: Arms tucked up under his chest, legs crossed up under his belly and laying face down. He is still my baby. Every time I find that sweet "baby" moment in him I wonder if it's the last.


Blogs I couldn't post last week because my smart phone was dumb: Today's Lunch

So this was supposed to have been posted on the 1st but for some reason I can't publish from my Blogger App on my Droid. Anybody have the same problem? The app gives me an error and then continues to attempt to still publish the post until I finally kill the app. Gah! So here you go:

I though I'd make a lunch today that showcased how my little man has been acting. He's been a little monster for sure today! But he ate up his lunch real well. The monster is made up of cucumbers, sliced string cheese and crasins for eyeballs, and carrots for the horns, all dipped in a savory blue cheese which is the only way he'll eat cukes. I gave him the rest of the string cheese cut up, some mulit-grain wheat thins, leftover chicken from last night's roasting and a bushel of grapes. I think he'd die if he didn't get grapes every day. The kid LOVES him some grapes.

Pray I make it through today! It's nap time now so I get a with my Jesus for a while. He'll calm me down...always does!



That's what my grandma always called shopping at the thrift store. She got me hooked at a very young age for shopping at thrift stores. Now that I'm a mom of my own I know there's more important things in life than spending full price on everything. Not that it's not okay to go ahead and splurge every now and then. It's not just about the frugility of purchasing used items, I love the thrill of good finds (my grandma called a good find at a great price "gonga's" which I still use the term and still have no clue where it came from...I think some used car salesman from Arizona used to say it in his commercials, "COME ON DOWN TO MY LOT! I've got a GONGA of a car for you!" lol). I love the fact that I'm also recycling by purchasing used. And I usually give it right back to the thrift store when I'm done with it. (I've always wondered how many people an item will pass through before it winds up in the dump.) Anywayzzzz this week I went junkin' with my momma and I've got some gonga's to show you:

I found some old editions of "Heidi" and "Abraham Lincoln's World" in hardback. Here's a close up of the cover to "Heidi":

I just loved the colors of these books! I got them for $2 a piece. The poppy stamp was 49 cents. And I think the green tin with the orange poppy on it is an old film reel that someone altered. I love it! I'm using the bottom as a tray for my art supplies in the craft room and the lid will go up on the wall as art. I think I paid $1.49 for it! So cute!!

I even found some gonga's for Isaac:

Because we were so blessed when Isaac was born by all the hand-me-downs from friends we had enough clothes to last him three years! Seriously I've maybe spent $50 in his whole almost two years of life on clothes for him. So I'm starting to purchase clothes for when he's bigger while I can get them at good prices. Right now is the best time to buy winter clothes because the stores are trying to clear their shelves for spring. So I'm thinking ahead and looking at the 3T's because that's what he'll be in come winter. This cute little zip up sweater was $1.49. I also found some cute little stamps for his scrapbooks (25 cents each). And my mom picked up the boy doll for him. We're thinking about letting God decide when we should have our next kiddo (a.k.a. we'll stop NOT trying to have another baby soon). So we thought a good way to gear our little man for a real baby to take care of (we figure he's big enough now to raise the next kid...haha), was to do practice runs on a fake baby. Let me tell you something, he LOVES this baby. He tucks him in at night, holds him, snuggles him, gives him a passy (pacifier). Isaac is so gentle with this fake baby I can't wait to see what he's like with a real sibling. Hubs didn't quite know what to think about his son and a "baby doll" but he plays along with the game. It's cute to see daddy and Isaac with the new baby. I couldn't believe the most expensive item out of all was the doll at $3.49 but compared to brand new, it was still a gonga :).

Do you go junkin? What good finds have you come across lately?

So I mentioned my craft room and no...it's not quite done yet. But I've accomplished a lot this week. NEXT week! I PROMISE! It's so close I can taste it! I did have a good excuse. I would have had it done this week if it weren't for the fact that I got a cold...again! I'm so done with winter.


Dream Valley Challenge #2: New Beginnings

Our friends just had their first baby so it only seemed appropriate that I make them a card for this weeks challenge around the theme of New Beginnings over at Dream Valley Challenges. Here's what I did to congratulate their brand new baby girl:

"A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities."

Isn't that the perfect quote for this weeks challenge?! I used all scraps I had laying around. The flowers are pulled from a silk hydrangea bush. I try to be frugal in everything I do so I buy pretty hydrangea flowers and pull the pedals off. It costs me a fraction of what Prima flowers would. I've had the little heart brads forever so I thought they would be cute little additions to their centers. The hemp string was purchased at the dollar store and the pink fiber border was leftover from a new sweater I got years ago. You know how blouses come with buttons - well this one came with buttons and fiber just in case I ever needed it. Thanks cute pink sweater maker! I did need it! :) The pink cardstock was inked up all around the edges with the same ink pad I used for the stamp for extra added oomph. And the vellum sticker I've had for as long as I've had the brads for. I found this cute stamp at the thrift store this week for 49 cents! (WHAT?! Yeah! I know!!! What a steal!):

So I made my own printed paper by stamping the image on a piece of soft pink cardstock scrap. And just for extra added flavor I carried the theme to the inside of the card too:

Sorry, my camera wasn't doing the card justice tonight so the colors are a little muted.

Feel up for the challenge? Visit Dream Valley Challenges and enter in your craft for a possibility to win some pretty awesome goodies.

Thanks for popping in!