Sunday, May 31, 2009

Success and Failure, or Living Room Redo Reveal

Well, my month is up! It's time for the big reveal in Shortmama's Living Room Redo Challenge. Did I get everything done that I wanted to? Nope. Did I accomplish anything? Actually I did. And my procrastination isn't really what's to blame for what I didn't get finished. I just ran out of budget!

So I'll share what I've done so far, and hope to come back with more updates at the end of June! "Before" pictures on the left, "afters" on the right. Some are labeled, but I got lazy!

First was the west wall, where our piano is. It was cluttered up with boutique supplies, and I wanted to replace the end tables with different ones from our bedroom that I wanted to make over. I also wanted to add to the wall display.

Successes: Got all the Ribbon Blossoms clutter out of there! I finished my end tables. Please visit Mod Podge Mania to see what I did, and also see some great projects from other bloggers!

Failures: Was not able to add to my wall display. I know exactly what I want though, and plan to have it done soon!

Next was my treadmill corner. I need to have my treadmill in this room, but even folded up it was not pleasing to the eye! Several of you suggested a room divider screen. I scored this baby for $20 from our local online classifieds. I wanted to paint it brown, and replace the fabric. I never found the perfect fabric, so decided I would tea stain the fabric. We don't drink tea, but I had some tea bags left over from another craft, so I filled the tub with hot water, tea bags and the fabric!

I painted the wood dark brown. Can you see the difference the tea staining made on the fabric? Me neither. All I got for my effort was a stinky bathroom, a stained bathtub and an irritated husband.

Success: The treadmill is nicely you think the screen looks okay? Or just like I'm trying to hide something?
For the wall that has my video rack, I wanted to paint the rack black. I also replaced the pictures a little befor the challenge started with a plaque that Tanielle made for me that has our family's last name (I've blotted it out...that's why it looks weird!) with "Established 1995" running through the middle. Beneath our name plaque is a copy of The Family: A Proclamation to the World that I mod podged into an old frame that matched my living room.

Success: I love how the rack looks painted black. I would love it better if I had an "out of sight" place to store the c.d.'s and videos! You can also see that I still need to accessorize the other "new" end table!
For our South wall I was planning to paint the entertainment center black. I also wanted to complete a project to hang on the wall to the left of the shelves. Failure all around.
I did replace the picture to the right with this project that I completed a while back:

For the corner that has the rocker, I needed to get the clutter put away, and I wanted to replace the rocker.

Success: Clutter's gone!
Failure: Rocker's not gone!

I moved a little wicker chest to the spot between the rocker and entertainment center that hides all the cords for our modem, TV, and VCR. I also hid the modem inside! I'll keep my laptop in here as well, when not in use.

Overall, I'm happy with my lack of clutter and the look of some of my changes. However I will never be completely satisfied as long as I have pink carpet!

Go visit Shortmama to see the other reveals!

Mod Podge Mania!!!

Welcome friends! I hope you're all having a beautiful weekend! Mine has been jam packed with cramming to get my mod podge projects kind of snuck up on me this month!

Let's recap the rules. Link up any mod podge project you'd like to share. It can be an old post or a new one. It can be your own idea, or one you saw somewhere else you'd like to share...just remember to give credit where credit is due!

Please include a link back to my blog in your post so that others will know where to come check out some more great projects! Then make sure to go visit as many other mod podge maniacs as you can! Can't wait to see what you've all come up with this month!!

For me, I wanted to make over some end tables for my Living Room Redo project with Shortmama that I'll be posting about later on. I wanted them to match the chest I did for last month's Mod Podge Mania. To see the chest go here.

I started out with these end tables that we got for FREE from a work associate of my husband's who got new furniture. I knew they would be great for a future project. We've had them in the bedroom as nightstands, but I swapped them out with the ones from the living room.

I mod podged brown paper onto the tops and spray painted the bottoms black. I also darkened both the table tops and the trunk with brown shoe polish per The Masked Mommy's suggestion last month.

I love how they turned out and how they coordinate with the trunk.

Next up I have these little chairs that went with desk sets my older kids got for Christmas years ago that they have long since outgrown. Monkey LOVES little chairs that are just her size, so I decided to "cute" one up for her!

I used some colorful scrapbook paper, along with the help of my trusty cricut and came up with this:

I took these pictures while it was still drying, so you can still see some white where the glue hasn't totally dried, and some ripples that haven't settled yet.

It's not perfect, but she ADORES it. It has been a nightmare trying to keep her off of it until it dries completely!

Now I turn it over to you ladies! Let's see all your fabulousness!

My Final Bucket Filler...

Presiden Gordon B. Hinckley spoke of the sequence of events set forth in the scriptures pertaining to the creation of the earth, and all the living things and animals. He said:

"Having looked over all of this, he declared it to be good. He then created man in His own likeness and image. Then as His final creation, the crowning of His glorious work, He created woman. I like to regard Eve as His masterpiece after all that had gone before, the final work before He rested from His labors."

President Hinckley also said to us:

"I feel to invite women everywhere to rise to the great potential within you. I do not ask that you reach beyond your capacity to achieve. I hope you will simply do what you can do in the best way you know. If you do so, you will witness miracles come to pass."

I love this. I have met so many wonderful women these past few months and see such devotion to being good women. As my final bucket filler I wanted to let you all know what you have come to mean to me, and I hope that we can be all that we are able to be, but also not try to go beyond our capabilities, and set ourselves up for failure. I know we can accomplish great things if we do our best and be happy with who we are, and what we are able to do.

I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday! And don' forget that starting tomorrow our buckets will be filled by the wonderful Carissa!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tossing the Bucket

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.
- John Maxwell

Tomorrow will be my final bucket filler. I have so enjoyed the opportunity to share encouraging and uplifting words with all who are kind enough to visit me. I truly believe everything I have shared.

It is time for me to toss the bucket on to another fellow blogger. I wanted to let you know about her today, because tomorrow is Mod Podge Mania, as well as my living room redo reveal (I hope!) for Short Mama's Home Redo Challenge .

I am tossing the bucket to a wonderful, sweet blogger named Carissa. If you haven't read her blog Sugar, Boogers, & Tantrums, now is your chance to get to know her! I thought she was the perfect one to toss the bucket to, because everytime I visit her blog, I leave feeling uplifted. She is warm, and caring, and has such a wonderful attitude. I can't wait to see all she has to share with us!

And now, I will continue to cram (you know my style), so I can have my project and livingroom finished in time for tomorrow's post! My procrastination on these projects is the reason I haven't been able to do many visits the past few be patient with me!

If you have a mod podge project to share please come back tomorrow and link up!!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

New Friday Feature!

In 6 weeks from today, July 10th, I will be hopping in (a hopefully feeling better) Tanielle's car and we will be goin' on a road trip to Vegas! We're headin' down to see our boys in concert. If you're new here that would be New Kids On The Block! I'm so excited!

In honor of this momentous occasion, I have decided to do a fun (for me!) new Friday Feature. I stole this idea from my good friend Amanda at Serenity Now. She counted down the weeks to the premier of the awesome t.v. show So You Think You Can Dance by sharing a favorite video from the show each week!

So I'm totally doing that! Each Friday I'm going to share a favorite New Kids video for your viewing pleasure! Just humor me and watch it okay? You can make fun of me in the comments if you want afterward!

For my first video, I want to share the song that brought them all back to us. It was their first single from their new album The Block. I'm going to show a sound check they did, because I actually don't love the official music video. But I love, love, LOVE this song. It's called Summertime. It's about summertime romance, and is a throw back to the summer of '88 when they exploded onto the scene and we all (well most of us) fell in love with them. It takes me back to the summers of my youth when I was SKINNY, carefree and a little crazy (in a good way)! Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I had no part in making this video, own no rights and totally just snagged off of YouTube!

The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.

- Socrates

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I Believe

I saw this over at one of my favorite blogs, It's a Fine Life, and just knew I had to use it as a bucket filler!

I Believe... that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do love each other.

I Believe... that we don't have to change friends. If we understand that friends change.

I Believe... that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe... that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I Believe... that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I Believe... that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I Believe... that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I Believe... that you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I Believe... that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I Believe... that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe... that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe... that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

I Believe... that it isn't always enough, to be forgiven by others. Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe... that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I Believe... that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe... two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I Believe... that your life can be changed in a matter of seconds by people who don't even know you.

I Believe... that the happiest people in life don't have everything but they make the most out of what they've been given.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Extreme Makeover:Me Edition

Well, here it is Wednesday again and I barely made it in under-weight! I didn't eat or exercise the best over memorial day, so I'm only down a little over 1/2 pound...but I'll take it over a gain which is what I was worried about!

Poor Amber's having a rough time recovering from her wisdom teeth surgery, so head on over and give her some love!

The times I DID exercise this past week, I have been able to increase my "jogging interval" that I do at the end of my workout to a pace of 4 mph. Not very fast, but it's definitely helping me get conditioned to be able to up the speed and increase the amount of time I spend jogging. And I can totally feel a difference.

When I've been in the school (kids' school) these past couple of weeks, I have gotten several comments on the fact that I look like I'm losing weight. HALLELUJAH! I love when it' get's to the point that people actually start to notice, it's like your effort is finally starting to pay off! And it keeps you motivated to lose more!

Since there is no question from Amber this week, I thought I'd share a humerous workout story! Warning...some people, particularly animal lovers may not find this story as funny as I do...if not I apologize in advance!

Before I got pregnant with Monkey, I used to go running every morning with some ladies in my neighborhood. Our route took us along a back road that ran behind some townhomes and apartments. One morning we had to run into the road a little bit to avoid stepping on a poor dead cat that had been hit by a car, and was on the side of the road.

The next morning as we ran past that same spot, we noticed that the cat had not been removed, but someone had taken the time to put up a spray painted sign that said "Free Cat" with an arrow pointing down.

Now I know that the person who did this is slightly morbid and has way too much time on their hands...but is it bad that I laughed hysterically?

This week I plan on exercising 6 times, and am hoping to increase the amount of time I jog on the treadmill instead of walk. I also need to get back to drinking TONS of water. I'd like to start working on my abdominals as well.

How are YOU doing?

"May laughter fill your home, relieve your stress, and strengthen your friendships. Do not let a day go by without laughing; it is good for your health."
~Catherine Pulsifer, from Seven Gifts To Give To A Friend

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

When odds are one in a million, be that one.

Doesn't everyone keep underwear in their purse?

So my long distance bloggy bosom buddy Amanda at Serenity Now tagged me with the fun Purse Tag.

Here she is in all her glory. My $12.00 Walmart find. She's seen better days and will probably soon be replaced with something more colorful, but it kind of falls at the bottom of the priority heap as far as spending money goes.

I'm glad that I got this tag after my daughter dumped the entire contents of my purse out while looking for something. When I put stuff back in, I left the huge pile of receipts, garbage, permission slips, etc. out so I could sort through them. I still managed to compile some extra junk in the past couple of days though!

So starting from the top left, we have: my cute covered contact case that I just had to have, a piece of garbage I stuffed in there during church, a sticky note with a phone number on it (no not a guy's phone number, a mom at school whom I need to call), 2 spools of ribbon, 2 check books, a black hair bow, my blue jeans wallet, a stack of flyers, tax info and cards I picked up from a boutique where Ribbon Blossoms had a booth on Saturday, lipgloss and pens, lotion, an extra pair of clean underwear for Monkey in case of emergency, some cash and a "business tie onsie" from Ribbon Blossoms that I snagged from our booth to give to a friend for a baby present.

What's in your purse?

Next up in the tag: 6 Unimportant Things that Make Me Happy

1. Pink or red toenails. A must have accessory for summer.

2. Cute watches. I only have one, but I wish I had 10!

3. You all know I love shoes!

4. Online TV. I don't have TiVo, so it's nice to be able to catch some of my favorite shows online if I miss an episode!

5. Cute scrapbook paper. It's been a while since I've actually scrapbooked, but I have been enjoying some fabulous other uses for the stuff!

6. When we go to my mom's for dinner or a bbq, and my mom sends home a bunch of leftovers. It's great to have lunch and even sometimes dinner for the kids the next day and not have to cook!

I tag:
Cadance at Our Life in Perfect Cadence
JennyKate at JennyKate's Spot
Carrie at Carrie's Little World
Amanda at Family of Shorts
Amanda at Sturgmom, in General
Small House at In This Small House

I know this tag has been floating around for a while, so if you've already been tagged - sorry!

In other news...I've been released from my church calling as Nursery Leader.

I'm really excited about my new calling. I've been called as the Young Women's Secretary, and Personal Progress Leader. I will be working with a really neat group of ladies (that sounds old, I think they're mostly younger than me!) in the Young Women's Presidency. I really look up to them and look forward to serving with them. I hope I can be the kind of example that will help influence the young women in our ward to try to be young women of virtue and faith. The strength of young people in this world is so vital to building the Kingdom of God. I ache for my children when I think about what they are up against as they grow up in a world filled with evil. I know there is much good in the world as well, and hope to surround my children, as well as the young women in our ward with this goodness. Keep me in your prayers, that I might be able to fulfill and magnify this calling in a way that will be pleasing to my Heavenly Father, and that I may grow and learn and become a better person.

I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend and said a prayer for all those who sacrifice so much for the cause of freedom. And I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Monday, May 25, 2009

In Gratitude and Remembrance

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
~Thomas Jefferson

Thank You.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Hair Has Left The Building!

They did it! It was wonderful! We really just had a beautiful morning. First I need to clarify a few mistakes I made in my post yesterday. Although the 9th grade was in charge of Pedals for Hope, the entire middle school actually did the bike ride. And it was a 4 day ride, not 3 like I thought. The entire ride was 100 miles, and they were able to commit to 10 miles, 20 miles, 30 miles or 40 miles. We had so many proud students! About 1/3 of the kids committed to the 40 miles...that's 40 miles in one day!

Pixie's grade (K) won the Penny Wars. One of the students' grandparents started saving pennies when their daughter was born 31 years ago, in order to send her to Hawaii when she graduated. She ended up going on that trip, but they never cashed the pennies in, they just kept collecting them. When they heard about Pedals for Hope, they donated all of them to Kindergarten! There were over $400 in pennies from Kindergarten!

The students wanted to pass last year's total of $5400 total raised, and the 9th graders wanted to set a goal of $9,500! The teachers were in a tough spot, not wanting to discourage the students, but also wanting them to be realistic. We are such a small school after all.

I don't think there was a dry eye in the house when one of the 9th graders presented a check to the Cancer Institute for over $10,000! There was so much screaming and jumping around by the 9th graders, they hadn't been told what the final total was, and the last they had heard they were still really short of their goal.
The Riders
The Hair Donors
My girls are on the far right end.
Note the student on the left end. This is not a girl. This is "Z". Last year he thought the Locks of Love concept was so cool that he decided to grow his hair out for the whole year so he could donate it today!
2 short videos of the locks being chopped!



One more shot of before...



They of course just chopped the ponytail and cleaned it up a bit, no styling or product, so I'm excited to play around with it this weekend and see what fun things we can do!

Cancer has probably touched every one of us in some way. Some of us more than once in our lives. There is something every one of us can do. Small or big we can all make a difference. You can do something as simple as leaving a single comment on my friend JennyKate's blog. Go here to check it out!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Hair" today, gone tomorrow...

Tomorrow at our school will be the culmination of our annual Pedals for Hope service. Our 9th graders have been studying our state (part of our state's core curriculum) and it's people through the lense of cancer. We have one of the highest skin cancer rates in the nation, and also one of the leading cancer research institutes.

The whole school gets involved in this expedition. For the past several weeks all the grades have been participating in Penny Wars. There is a big jug for each grade that the students fill with as many pennies as they's a competition between the grades. You can increase your grade's chance of winning by donating money bigger than pennies to the other grades' jugs. Whenever any currency bigger than pennies (bills, quarters, nickles, etc.) is put into your jar, that counts against your total! At the end of the "war" all the money is donated to the cancer institute.

The 9th graders are participating in a 3 day bike-tour across the valley. They have been collecting sponsorship donations from local businesses and corporations. All this money goes to the institute as well. Tomorrow at the culmination assembly, the students will present a check for all the money earned to the cancer institute. As part of the assembly students and faculty will also be getting their hair chopped for Locks of Love. The hair donated is made into hair pieces for children who have lost their hair to cancer treatment. Cowgirl and Pixie are so excited to be participating this year. This is a picture of their last day of long locks! Tomorrow they're getting it chopped off! I was planning on participating also, but apparently they won't accept your hair if it has been bleached. I have some highlights that had to be bleached first because my hair's so dark. I'm super bummed that I can't donate!


Last year we raised over $5,400. Not too shabby for a small school (we have less than 500 students, and we are a K-9 school). So far this year the kids have already raised over $6,000.

I'll have some good video and pictures of the assembly come back if you want to see the new "do's"!
I'm so proud of these two!
Someone else doing something wonderful for this cause is my good friend Jenny Kate. Go check out her blogiversary post and see what she's up to!

A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Let's start our own Pandemic

Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin
When he smiled I realized I'd passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile then I realized its worth,
A single smile, just like mine could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected
Let's start an epidemic quick,and get the world infected!

Extreme Makeover: Me Edition!

Hello ladies! Welcome to another edition of EM:ME hosted by Amber! If you'd like to join us in giving each other healthy support head over to Amber's and link up!

I have not had the best week, and was very discouraged by the end of the weekend. I wasn't sure I wanted to link up, but I knew that I had to share the bad with the good...otherwise what's the point?

So I have some bad news and some good news. First the bad. You'll remember (if you visit Tanielle or I regularly) that Tanielle asked me to come stay with her kids on Wednesday night while she and Hunter Dan took Ashie to the ER. She had a severe bout of croup. She's okay now. Anyway, I was just getting ready to exercise, but of course this was more important! By the time I got home at 3:15 a.m. I really didn't feel like exercising! Then I missed Friday and Saturday as well! I felt like I let myself down and Amber who I committed to do Every Weekday in May with. What a loser! (and NOT the good kind!)

To make it worse I ate horribly over the weekend. I'm talkin' soda, pizza, eclairs, boston cream pie. I was so disgusted with myself by the time Sunday rolled around. I couldn't believe I had had several good weeks in a row, then let myself do this!

I'm not giving up though. I didn't weigh myself on Monday, but after eating very low calories on Monday and Tuesday, and exercising both nights, I still managed to lose 1.5 lbs from this time last week.

Also...the really cool thing... I've been at a kind of plateau for these past 5 lbs and I have finally hit the 30 lb mark of weight lost since January. Yes now you all know how fat I was to start with! Especially since I still have a lot to lose! Also...I bought some new clothes on Monday, because mine were fitting so poorly, and I wanted some summer clothes. I was able to buy a smaller shirt and pant size than I've been wearing for the past 2 years! Yay!

Here's a picture of the cute blingy watch I got in January. This thing fit snug around my wrist.

Here's a picture from today, Pixie helped me pull it out to show how loose it's getting.

I also figured out what my problem was for increasing my walking pace to 3.4. When I tried it again this week the same legs were dyin'. I did it for a few minutes, then just for kicks I increased it to 3.7...a very slow jog for me. This was so much better! I realized that 3.4 is too slow for me to jog it, but too fast for me to keep up with when I'm just walking fast. So instead of increasing to a constant 3.4, I have kept my pace at 3.3, then increased to a slow jog for part of the time. I'm hoping to gradually increase the jogging intervals, then eventually increase the jogging speed as well. Wish me luck!

Failed again on the going to bed early! What can I do to make myself go to bed on time? Any suggestions?

This week's question:

Name your guilty pleasure. Think of a healthier choice you could use as a substitute.

Wow...there are so many!

I love anything greasy and fattening! One of my favorite's are Nachos and almost anything Mexican.

One thing I've found to help me get my Mexican fix is this:

They're full of healthy stuff like chicken, beans, rice, green chiles - yum! Although they're not smothered in cheese and sour cream like I would prefer...they're still pretty tasty!

Everything in them is all natrual. They do have 400 calories, but they are big and very filling, so I usually have one of these for dinner! I get them at Costco.

I love Dr. Pepper, and there's just no substitute, so for now, I am just doing without. I allow myself one occasionally for a special occasion...but no more sending hubby to the gas station on his way home from work to bring me a big gulp!

That's my report for this week...sorry so lengthy. What's your guilty pleasure, and do you have a healthy alternative when you have that craving?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Gonna Be A Bear

Gonna be a Bear
In this life I’m a woman.
In my next life, I’d like to come back as a bear.
When you’re a bear, you get to hibernate.
You do nothing but sleep for 6 months.
I could deal with that.
Before you hibernate,
you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid.
I could deal with that too.
When you’re a girl bear,
you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts)
while you’re sleeping,
and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs.
I could definitely deal with that.
If you’re mama bear everyone knows you mean business.
You swat anyone who bothers your cubs.
If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too.
I could deal with that.
If you’re a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling.
He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.
Yup, gonna be a bear!

Friend Makin' Monday!

It's time for Friend Makin' Monday hosted by Kasey. If you'd like to join...go check it out!

Today's task is to answer the following questions:

You wouldn't be caught dead where? a strip club.

Do you have any hidden talents?I can pick stuff up, anything, and operate things like c.d. players (that are on the floor), using only my toes!

Name two things you consider yourself to be very good at: debating an issue, cooking.

Name two things you consider yourself to be very bad at: singing, organization

Have you ever won a trophy? I think I may have received a participation trophy for softball. Also I won 3rd place in our all school (7th-9th graders) spelling bee in 7th grade - I got a ribbon.

Name one thing not many people know about you: I'm pretty open...I don't know of anything very secret about me.

Name your earliest memory: Living in some brown apartment buildings when I was 5. My mom was a single mom and it was just us and my 3 year old brother. We went to the babysitter's when she was at work, then came home and played around the apartment with the other kids. Looking back it was pretty ghetto, but that's what she had to do at the time.

What was your favorite musical group in jr. high?: You're kidding right?

What was something the worst roommate you ever had did?: The only roommates I've had have been my sister (she lived with her mom, so it was only on weekends!) and my husband! As far as roommates go I think I've been lucky!

When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? A lawyer

What was your worst dating experience? My dad was really strict, and had a strict curfew for me. We were on a group date for a school dance...I was with the boy I was madly in love with (Boy Of My Dreams) for most of high school, and we were running late. Nate, a mutual good friend of both myself, and Boy Of My Dreams Offered to call my dad and explain the situation as he was the driver. He called and said "Mr. B, this is Nate, a friend of Xazmin's, I'm driving tonight and wanted to let you know we're running behind, so she'll be a little late." My dad responded "No she won't, whatever you're doing ends now and you bring her home".

We were at a restaurant and had just ordered dessert to finish the evening off. Our entire group had to get up and leave before our food came so they could bring me home. I was mortified.

If you were about to die what would your last meal be? Either some Mexican food, OR some spicy seafood, depending on my mood on the day of my death!

Who is the most important person in you life? My Savior

If your house was on fire what 3 things would you grab on your way out? Assuming they have to be things and not people (the people got out safely, right?), I would say...My laptop (all my pictures are on it), my camera (more pictures), and my container of important documents (the one that exists in my dream-world where I'm organized and have said container filled with birth cirtificates, deed to my home and other important documents).

There! Everything you never knew you always wanted to know about me!

What about you?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Friday, May 15, 2009

What do YOU do when you're bored?

If you're Monkey, and you're bored while sittin' on the toilet, you clip a bunch of little claw clips on the last little bit of toilet paper left on the roll.

If you're Monkey, and you're bored at Costco, you make a finger puppet out of your hot dog.

So what do YOU do when you're bored?

Children are one-third of our population and all of our future.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Don't you wish Tanielle was YOUR FIRL (friend in real life)?

Tanielle's the kind of girl that just likes to do sweet things for people. Here's what I mean: A little while back I did this post. You'll have to go read it to understand this gift.

About a week later Tanielle brought this over to me. She made it for me as a "reminder" to have in my home always! I love it!

As many of you know we are not only friends, but business partners as well. We make lots of darling things to sell, while our girls ooh and ahh and wonder when we'll get around to making some for them! My girls especially love the bow holders, which happen to be Tanielle's specialty. Last week she showed up with these. Forgive the editing to protect my children's privacy...I think you can still get the idea of how adorable they are!

It's hard to see in this picture, but the pattern on this is actually red bandana! It's for Cowgirl's new room we're working on. It has a red bandana and denim theme.

They have a lot more bows than this, but I have a hard time getting them to leave them put! They think their dolls and horses need to wear them too!

I feel blessed to have such a sweet and thoughtful friend who is so creative and talented too! Send good thoughts her way, as she is suffering extreme morning sickness as well as her little one-year-old suffering with croup!

I hope all of you are lucky enough to have good friends in your life who uplift and inspire you!

Friendship is a chain of gold
shaped in God's all perfect mold.

Each link a smile, a laugh, a tear,
A touch of the hand, a world of cheer.