I’ve been doing stuff…

The kids are on Summer Break and the every-day schedules are out the window!

Did I say how much I love ♥LOVE♥ loooove staying home with them?!?! Yeah, they can get on my nerves. They’re kids! But, I’m sooo happy I can spend time with them and not have to worry about leaving them with someone because I have to go someplace else to work. Not having a steady 2nd income is challenging (to say the least), but it’s worth it!

Let’s see, we have been…

  • sleeping in late,
  • watching lots of TV (I’ll need to get that under control before they get used to it),
  • making ATC’s together,
  • cleaning out closets,
  • moving furniture around,
  • playing,
  • eating junk food,
  • going to the movies,
  • and just enjoying each other!

My husband and I have signed up at a gym and we’ve started working out! The exercise classes are a lot of fun and get me sweating a little. I took a STEP class the other day and felt so uncoordinated! I tripped over myself several times and had to stop to get on the correct foot. I was all over the place. I’m sure the ladies behind me were getting a good laugh! The FREESTYLE DANCE class was a little better. I stayed way in the back and did fine!

Great news!!! We got a new fridge! Best Buy had a great deal on a display model and because it was a display unit we were buying they gave us a $150 gift card, which I used to purchase a new camera and some DVD’s for the kids!!! Yey!!!

I’m super excited to go from a 3.2 megapixel camera (Fuji FinePix – AWESOME camera, by the way!!!) to a 6.2 megapixel (HP Photosmart R727) with lots more features AND a rechargeable battery (looking forward to saving money on batteries)!

Back to the fridge.  Here’s our OLD one…

That doesn’t LOOK bad, except when you open it and see how HORRIBLE the door is on the inside. The seal was falling apart and I’ve had to crazy glue it a couple of times…

Now, here’s the NEW fridge! It has through-the-door water and ice…regular AND crushed!!! We’re all so excited to have a working freezer too!  Our old one kept melting our ice cream!

We love our freezer so much we’re having an ICE CREAM PARTY this weekend to celebrate! We decided we’re going to eat as much ice cream and frozen stuff as we can until we’re get SICK!!! HAHA OK, so that probably won’t happen, but it was a fun thought! I’ll have to share the party pics afterwards!

Anyway, I’ve also made a little time to make ATC’s. Here are some I should have already sent out to my swap partners on swap-bot, but for one reason or another they haven’t made it to their destination…

I think I did pretty good for a “newbie!”  I got some GREAT information from a website:

http://www.cedarseed.com/air/atc.html

These are some I did recently for another swap – the challenge was to use JUNK MAIL!!!

The daysies quote for today is…

“FRIENDSHIP IS LIKE A RAINBOW BETWEEN TWO HEARTS.”

I feel so blessed to have rainbows connected to the few true friends that are in my life!

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Top Momma no more…

I'm a Top Mommma!I became a Top Momma 4/30 @ 4:41am!!!

Fast forward to 10 :55pm. I get the e-mail: You just got booted from TopMomma.com. Geez Louise! I didn’t even get a chance to add their official button to my blog and *POOF* my 15 minutes of fame were up!

Isn’t it crazy how little things can get us so excited?!? Women.

So, what’s TopMomma? Well, it’s a pretty cool concept for bloggers (preferably moms or moms-to-be) who want more traffic to their blog sites. You register your blog on the site by uploading a picture to link to your blog, then several hours/days/weeks later get the approval e-mail that makes you feel like you just won the lottery. Your picture gets placed on the main page and the more clicks you get via your pic, the longer you stay on. I’m sure there are mommas out there developing some serious carpal tunnel sydrome from clicking on their own pictures!!!

Well, technically, I didn’t even last one day! I had a really cool picture too…”Bad Hair Day” I thought it was different and it represented me so well.

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I took a picture of this pajama shirt I have. It’s one of my favorites. So much so, that I’ve worn it out with jeans or capris. Nobody can tell it’s a pajama top – except when my kids out me in public! We laugh about it so it’s cool! =)

This weekend…

I had a huuuuge yard sale! It was hot both days and I’m now proud to say I have two shades of tan: regular and flip-flop straps! Ugghhh! But, the good thing is we made $113.50 on Saturday and $127.25 on Sunday! WOW!

Well, sorry to burst your bubble – we don’t get to keep all of it. Most of the items were my mother-in-law’s who has Alzheimer’s and is now in an assisted living home. We had to clear out her apartment and turn it back in to the lanlord. We’ll put the money away and use it to make her stay at the home more comfortable.

She’s doing well and in all honesty with regards to her belongings – things are just things. Now she’ll be getting all she TRULY NEEDS: consistent care, quality family time, and some peace.

Today’s Daysie quote:

“GOD’S HAND IS ALWAYS THERE, AND ONCE YOU GRASP IT, YOU’LL NEVER LET GO.”

When everyone else fails you – He’s always got your back!!!

Roller coaster weekend!

I wanted it to be Sunday still, but it’s already tomorrow – so it’s Monday! Where does the time go?!?! This weekend felt like a roller-coaster ride. Friday was the most amazing, though…

Friday…

Since one of our cars in down (transmission problems), my husband had to leave his jobsite and pick me up so we could run some errands. We went to the post office to get stamps, mail out some bills and a package. In the parking lot of the post office, our “good” car decided to give my husband a headache and not start (starter problems). Fortunately, he didn’t loose his cool, said a prayer and *poof* it started. It was about 4pm so I had plenty of time to drop him back off at work and finish my errands, then run back to pick him (AND his crew of 4) and make it back home by at least 6:50pm. It’s a good thing the guys in his crew are short, and we have a spacious car! LOL

I was to meet up with a girlfriend for Bible study. So, I was all stressed out because the traffic was heavy, my husband was grumpy, and everyone was complaining about the heat and each other. I was running late and finally met up with my girlfriend at a shopping center close to where we were going. So, my husband and the sardine van went one way and I went the other. We finally made it – LATE!!! However, I was relieved to find out that everyone was running late so we were actually one of the early ones…WHEW!! Our Bible study hosts had a great dinner spread out, so everyone ate before getting started.

I have had the book The Purpose Driven Life for a long time. I was planning to read it “one day” since I’d heard so many positive things about it. I knew that attending this Bible study group would no only give me the opportunity to read the book, but it would also, and more importantly, be a step in the right direction towards growing a relationship with God – something I had not focused on for as long as I can remember. I felt it’s what’s needed in my home.

It was a small group, which actually worked because it allowed each person to share their stories, views, and thoughts easier than if we had been more. When I left, I felt a sense of hope. I knew that I couldn’t wait for our next meeting. I knew that this group of special individuals are going to play an important role in my life and in helping me become the person God wants me to be – and what he wants every person to be.

If YOU ever wanted to get a group together and do something positive, do it! Get this book, read it as a group and see where it takes you!

Saturday…

What DID I do Saturday? Oh yeah, everyone opted to stay home instead of going out. I was glad, because it meant we could sleep in and my husband wouldn’t have to go all over town dropping us off, picking us up, dropping his crew off, pick…you get the picture. It ended up being the best choice for many reasons.

I had forgotten, though, that 2 weeks prior I had RSVP’d for a friend’s Craft Workshops. Yikes! When I caught it on the calendar it was close to start-time and had to call her to cancel. She was nice enough to offer to pick us up so I could attend…so we went.

We made coasters from tumbled tiles. We took stamps and decorated the tile, then baked in the oven to set the colors. After cooking for I don’t know how long (I should’ve asked for when I want to do it again!), they were sprayed with a clear topcoat and felt was glued to the bottom to protect whatever surface they’re placed on. Check out how nice they came out…

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Saturday evening after dinner, we went on a family walk. It was nice that we were all together, in a good mood, with absolutely nothing to do but enjoy each other’s company. After walking, I suggested to my husband that we go get some ice cream!! HAHA! Hey, we needed to replenish all those calories we lost!

I tell you what…

BRUSTER’S (http://www.brustersicecream.com) has some really goooooooooood ice cream!

Fast forward to 4am Sunday…

My husband gets a call from the brother of work buddy. Apparently, the brother was in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up in the hospital as a result. They have no family in the area and need help translating since they speak very little English. So, my husband, having the good heart that he has, goes to the rescue. Here I think I’m going back to bed after he leaves when he comes back to our bedroom and asks if I can babysit his buddy’s baby. Geez, Louise! I couldn’t say no.

Luckily the little one slept ’til 10:30. I think I scared her when she 1st saw me – she started to cry when I said hi. Do I look THAT bad when I get out of bed?! LOL I prefer to think she just didn’t expect me and missed her mommy! Yeah, I think I like that answer better! So, I changed a poopy diaper and fed her the bottle. She was no fuss all day.

The roller coaster comes to a stop – thank God! The good news is everything will be OK. The car’s transmission will get fixed eventually. My husband’s buddy will be back to work in a few weeks. And I don’t have to worry about poopy diapers or growing an extra limb to get breakfast on the table ANYTIME SOON!

Now, I’m going to take a warm shower, read my book and snuggle next to my snoring hubby…until one the kids decides to squeeeeeeze between us sometime during the night. =)

The Daysies quote for the weekend…

“THERE IS A GOD WITHIN US, AND WE GLOW WHEN HE STIRS US”

Ahhhh!

You are beautiful…and more

I came across this site today: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. (www.youarebeautiful.com) What an amazing project! I got my SASE ready, ordered free stickers and plan to go to town when they come in! You should check it out! I was having a “bad hair day” and this brought a smile to my face. My hair’s still outta whack, but at least there’s hope!!

Yesterday was interesting. For one, I now feel confident that my boys will never go hungry so long as there’s cake mix in the house.

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They made a *yummy* funfetti cake with white whipped frosting – ALL BY THEMSELVES! It was all gone by bedtime! Our family loves to bake! Aaaggghhh! Then we wonder why we have a little extra “cushion” around the waist!

I also had a good time at school with my daughter! It was “P” day. We wore our pajamas, put pennies in playdough, ate pizzas for snack, and stuffed pillows. Oh, and we also planted some marigolds in pots!

Waiting for my husband to pick us up, we admired the wildflowers on the other side of the fence. For all I know, they could have been weeds, but growing together out of one large patch of grass – they looked so amazing!

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OH, and I finally finished my pieces for the 4×4 Chunky Book Swap I’m in – my very 1st AB SWAP! Each participant was to make 26 original or color copies of their creations (26 because there are that many participants), based on the theme – Things that go bump in the night.

I immediately had a vision of this tooth fairy flying around enroute to her next destination. I imagined her getting disoriented and crashing into the side of a house. I know that sound horrible, but in my vision she didn’t get hurt, she just had a little BUMP. Then, of course – like in the cartoons, the rotating stars start going round her head from the impact. I thought it would be comical! If only I could portray that image on paper. Well, I can’t draw to save my life and all my image searches came up with ugly tooth fairies. My husband gave it a try and drew up a very cute fairy, but I decided to use it for something else (it didn’t look disoriented enough – LOL). Instead I took an old picture and altered it on the computer. Here’s the finished product…

dscf5304.JPGI had so much fun working on it and can’t wait to join another swap!

One of my resolutions this year was to make time for myself to work on little projects that allow me to express my creative side. I’m always starting things and not finishing because they require time – uninterrupted, no children around – time! Swaps, for me, seem to fit right in with my style – they are structured, theme-oriented, yet simple enough to do anytime.

I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated at first, but once I got going, I was in a different world…can’t wait for the next one! Now I just have to put them in the mail and wait for the put-together chunky book that I’ll get back from our hostess. It’ll be fun to see what everyone else did. I’m sure it’ll give me all sorts of inspiration!

Today’s quote from my Daysies calendar is:

“IF YOU WOULD BE LOVED, LOVE AND BE LOVABLE.”
~Franklin

Ya gotta love it!!! =)

MY FIRST BLOG ENTRY!

My first blog entry…WOOHOO! I don’t know why I’m excited, but I am! For a while now, I’ve been reading random blogs and have been entertained by the experiences others share. Way back when, I used to keep a journal, but my pen could never quite keep up with the thoughts in my brain. Blogging, I hope, will give me the much needed opportunity to vent. We’ll see where it goes. I hope anyone reading enjoys the journey…

Last night, I spent WAY more time than I should have on Photo Express altering a pic of myself…I LOVE digital photos and one day hope to learn PhotoShop and/or some other “advanced” photo-editing software. I take my camera everywhere I go! There aren’t too many pictures of myself in my photo folders so when I find one I like, my creative side kicks in and I can’t help but embellish it. One day maybe, I can look back on my pics and see improvement as I learn new techniques.

My DAYSIES calendar (from which I read a quote every day) reads today:

“IN YOUTH WE LEARN; IN AGE WE UNDERSTAND.”
~Marie Ebner-Eschenback

HOW TRUE THAT IS!!! If we all knew then what we know now…HA!

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