Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mod Podge Mania...the neverending project is complete!

Welcome Mod Podge Maniacs! So glad you are here, I'm excited for the party!!! Mostly I'm excited because the project I started MONTHS ago is finally complete. Now I haven't been working on it for months, it has been sitting waiting for me to get back to it since I started it months ago, and ran into some problems.

But first things first...let's review the rules. You may link up any post new or old that shows us something fabulous to do with Mod Podge. It doesn't even have to be a project you did can be something you ran across that you just think is really cool and want to share! Just make sure to give credit where credit is due.

Please remember to link back to me in your post. Also, please take the time to visit as many other party guests as you can...the idea is to share and receive great new ideas for Mod Podge!

NOW...down to business! I first saw this idea over at Sarah's. She snagged it from Ballard Designs, I snagged it from her. Sarah is not a fan of the Mod Podge, however I'm not a fan of the spray we both did it our own way! Here's the lowdown on how I did it:

1. Start out with 1/2 inch medium density fiber board (MDF), cut into 12"x12" squares. Home Depot will cut it for you...Lowe's won't. Just a little FYI. I used 9 squares.

2. Spray paint the edges of your MDF board. I used Rustoleum Espresso Brown.

3. Select a variety of scrapbook papers and adhere to your squares with Mod Podge. I have generally been able to be relatively wrinkle free with my projects, but this large surface proved to be a challenge...the first few squares I did months ago looked terrible! But I snooped around and snagged some tips from other bloggers, and I had much better luck this time! Put MP on the back of the paper and on your hard surface, then use a straight edge (like an old credit card - thanks for the tip Jen) to smooth out all the bubbles. Let dry before adding MP over the top of the paper.

4. Place your boards out to dry on every available surface in your work area, causing your kids to complain that there is nowhere to sit or eat.

5. Once dry, flip your boards over and use an X-acto knife to trim any paper edges that are overlapping.

6. Beg your close family friend James to come hang them for you. I grew up with James, and his wife Kimberlee, who also happens to be my cousin and one of my very best friends (she knows all my secrets). Now sure, Hubby and I could have managed this...but James has like this supernatural ability to quickly do anything architectural with skill and perfection...he's like this architectural freak or something. So for the sake of my sanity, and my marriage...I chose him!

7. Snap cute picture of James and Kimberlee's baby while you're waiting for James and hubby to quit goofing around and get the things hung.
I'm not sure how this step helped accomplish the goal but...whatever.

I. am. so. in. love. with. it. What do ya think?

The best part? I got to hang out and catch up with Kimberlee while our husbands played handymen!

Now I cannot WAIT to see what you all have to what are you waiting for? Start linking!!!

MOD PODGE MANIA TOMORROW... I hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Did you miss me?

Sorry I've been MIA for a few days! Life has been a little crazy! But now you get to have a whole bunch of stuff you may or may not care about shoved at you all in one blog post!

Treasures from Grandma's

My paternal grandmother passed away a while back. She had a good life and left behind a large family and a lot of accomplishments. All of her children of course received their inheritances and the different things that were left to them. But there was a lot of stuff left over in the house that has just been sitting.

Recently my uncle decided it was time to sell the house and the task to clean it out was under way. Basically my mom and a couple of my dad's sisters worked to go through stuff and get the place clean. Everybody was notified that if there was anything they'd like to keep, that they needed to come pick it up and the rest of the stuff would be donated.

I went over one of the days to help my mom clean, and brought home some things that I thought had great repurposing potential...I'd love your ideas on what I could do with some of this stuff!

I think I have a good plan for the canisters, the plate and the frame...but I'd still love your suggestions!

I don't have a clue what to do with all of this fun, colorful fabric, but it was too bright and happy to pass up! It's the sheer, silky feeling stuff. Any suggestions?

This fishbowl/vase looking thingy is seriously bigger than a basketball. Also the brandy snifter (I think that's what you would call it ...we don't drink so I'm not up on all the terminology!) Is really big. The opening is probably 6 inches across! I'm way excited to do something fun with both!

Now these are really a treasure. I saw these and asked my mom who's they were, I figured one of the daughters would get them, and that they just hadn't picked them up yet. My mom asked if I wanted them, and I told her that I would feel uncomfortable taking them before everyone else had come by to pick up their stuff. So I waited until the last day, when everything was finished and locked up, and what was left was being taken to the DI. These still hadn't been spoken for! Can you believe it? So I brought them home!
All in all, I collected a few great treasures that I'm excited to repurpose!

Stuff that happened to me this week:

Monday morning I came out when Hubby took the kids to school. I was planning on meeting the ladies I've been walking/jogging with lately. Now last week I didn't go with them all week due to a sick daughter, instead I went with my dog after Hubby would get home from taking the other kids to school. So I don't know if they assumed I wasn't coming or what...but I walked to friend #1's house, No friend. Next I headed back around to friend #2's house. No friend. I was secretly a little relieved because you know, I can't keep up with them very well! Until I got back to my house and remembered that I didn't have my keys, ya know, because I was supposed to not be back for an hour.

Now you might wonder why I didn't just go ahead and go by myself. The thing is - my dog and my ipod were locked in my house. I cannot go walking by myself without music to motivate me, and a companion to make me feel safe. So instead I sat on my front porch for half an hour in 20 degree weather and waited for my husband to get home. That night when I crawled into bed, my bum cheeks were STILL cold!

Yesterday my car broke down. If you were around last summer you know the car drama we had to deal with. So we just bought this car last summer and I was not happy. The repair ended up being about $250 - which stinks, but so far, the "fix" has held up and I'm really happy about that, because if this didn't work, that would mean it was the transmission. And we all know that "transmission" is a word you just never wanna hear when dealing with auto troubles.

Funny stuff I heard this week:

Monkey to me while I was combing my hair: "mom, I have a hypothesis."(This girl is THREE, remember!)

Monkey under her breath after getting in trouble: "I'm never having a mother, EVER again."

While I was on the phone, Tanielle to Ashie:" Eww, Ashie! Don't eat your boogies! Boogies are SATAN'S candy!"

Are you freaking kidding me?

You know I couldn't finish up here before filling you in on the latest Olympic drama, right?

So now Plushi has posted the following picture on his website:

It shows him wearing the gold he won in 2006, then below has pictures representing his medals from the past 3 Olympics, with a caption under each. Here's how they read : "Silver of Salt Lake, Gold of Torino, Platinum of Vancouver.

He awarded himself a freakin' platinum medal for his performance this time! Because, as we all know, platinum is worth more that gold. I seriously might punch this guy if I ever saw him in real life.

In other Olympics news, the U.S. still leads the medals count...Yay! The Canadian figure skater who lost her mom suddenly to a heart attack on Sunday and decided to compete in her honor skated a beautiful, and emotional program last night and seriously had me bawling my eyes out. And the speed skater who finished 1st in the 10,000 meter was disqualified because he switched lanes when he wasn't supposed to because his coach was YELLING at him to switch, so confused he made the switch very awkwardly, but still finished first. the coach was mistaken and the win was taken away. How seriously sad is that? I felt so bad for him!

PHEW! All done...aren't you relieved? Now I'm off to see what you've all been up to while I was away!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Call me obsessed....

Okay, I know I should get over this...but I'm a little fixated.

I kinda feel like JennyKate and her Twilight!

NOW, not only is Evgeni Plushenko a big fat cry-baby, but so is his country and Prime Minister! Apparently the Russian people are up in arms over him taking the silver rather than the gold, and even Vladimir Putin had to get in a cheap shot saying to Plushi (new nickname courtesy of my friend Rachael) that his silver was as good as gold, and that he skated the most accomplished program on the Vancouver ice. Boooo! Poor sports!

However, Evan is proving to be much more gracious than myself, and this interview has endeared him to me even more. There is no way to embed this video, so you'll just have to follow the link. But trust me, if you take the time to watch this, you won't be disappointed. Here Evan proves that not only is he a champion, but a true role model as well. The grace and dignity with which he is handling this situation is inspiring, and to me is the true spirit of an Olympian. I am so proud to have him representing our country! I hope you take the time to enjoy! Hurry...go watch it! Right now!

Inspiring interview

Isn't he seriously adorable? I definitely heart him!

Thanks everyone for putting up with my Olympics fixation these past few you!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Know what makes me wanna say bad words?

A poor sport.

I'm sorry for those of you who aren't into the Olympics. I wasn't planning on doing an Olympic post today. But THEN last night happened.

Did y'all watch the Men's Free Skate last night? Did you see American, Evan Lysacek skate the program of his life...and take the gold!?! He is the first American to take the gold in Men's Figure Skating since Brian Boitano did in 1988.

Evan's victory lap...Woot Woot!!!

And did you see this cry-baby go on and on about how he (Evgeni Plushenko) should have won the gold?
He pulled rude faces like this during the whole medal's ceremony.

He first tried to blame it on the new scoring system, which ironically was adopted to make the scoring more fair, and make it harder for judges to sway the outcome toward their own bias.

Then he had the nerve to say that basically he didn't believe Evan deserved the gold, and that he was certain that his own performance was the gold winning one.

Now, of course I'm no expert - but I have been watching figure skating pretty much my entire life. The big controversy is that Plushenko put a quad jump into his routine, and Evan didn't. Well the quad jump is worth 9.8 points, and the triple done by Evan is worth 9.5. Not a huge difference, but the judges take deductions for other things as well. Evan landed every jump, and executed all of his footwork elements flawlessly. Plushenko on the other hand was off during much of his routine. Although he landed the quad, and all his jumps...there were some wobbles. And quite frankly his footwork sequence, and other passing wasn't nearly as nice as Evan's. Just sayin'. It is my non-professional opinion that Evan skated a better program than Pleshenko, and he deserves every ounce of that gold medal hanging around his neck. Go did America proud!!!

Plushenko's attitude during the National Anthem annoyed me, his post-interview on NBC annoyed me a little more, but when I got up this morning and read more of the comments he has been making, well I just got really ticked off. Grow up, be a man - SHUT IT, oh, and get a freakin' haircut!

Want to hear more venting? Head over to MiMi's!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dear Someone

Dear Messy House,

Why haven't you taken care of yourself yet? Each morning I awake, and expect you to be cleaned up, yet you are still in the pathetic state of disarray that I left you in when I retired the night before. What is your problem?

Don't you know that I have much more important things like blogging budgeting, school governance, church calling, and grocery shopping to attend to? I don't have time to worry about you too.

Please, get your act together and straighten up.

Too busy to pay attention to you,
Over-scheduled mom.

Dear lady at the shoe store,

Thank you for recommending the Nike running shoes. I have never had such comfortable running shoes in my life!

The foot pain I experienced after running is completely gone...and the shoes are so light and they really breathe! No more sweaty feet! I really appreciate your expertise, and Kudos to your employer for hiring someone who actually knows what they're talking about! That's good business sense!

The lady whose feet appreciate you!

Dear Olympics Commercials,

Just thought I'd let you know that even though the Super Bowl commercials are the ones who got all the attention, I honestly like you better!

I like you so much that I'm going to share my favorite 2 with all my readers! Thanks for the commercial break enjoyment!

~Olympic lovin' mama.

I LOVE this commercial...I just think it is so cool!

This commercial seriously choked me up the first time I saw there something wrong with me?

For more Dear Someone's head on over to Shortmama's!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Vinyl Name Frame tutorial

I spent this morning with a couple of my friends in the Young Women's presidency. We're trying to get birthday gifts made for each of the girls for the year. We are making "Daughter of God" name frames for them.

This was an idea I got from the gifts my sweet friend Tanielle gave to my kids for Christmas a few years ago. Their name frames said "I am a child of God" and "Choose the Right". There are so many different things you can do with this project.

You will need: picture frame (got these from the Dollar Tree),
paint (if you want to change the color of your frame) - we used tole paint because we already had some, but spray paint is fine,
Vinyl - 2 contrasting colors, and Cricut (or order already cut vinyl if you don't have the supplies to do it yourself)
Tulle or ribbon

First discard the back from you frame, keeping only the frame and the glass, then paint your frame whatever color you've chosen.

Cut your vinyl for the name in a large, boxy font. The size will depend on how long your name is, you just have to kind of eye-ball it.

Cut your vinyl for the phrase (we chose Daughter of God) in a smaller font, something scrolly works nice.
Place the name vinyl on the glass first, making sure to center it horizontally and vertically. Then apply the phrase vinyl across the top of the name, making sure it is well centered also.

Secure the glass face down into the frame with some hot glue, and attach tulle for hanging either with some hot glue or a staple gun.

If we werent' having to mass produce these in a short amount of time, I would also take some sandpaper to the frame and distress it a bit, as well as do a bow at the top point of the tulle for hanging it with. I still think they turned out pretty cute though! I hope the girls like them!
I know they look kinda crooked in my sloppy pictures...but trust me - they aren't!

I hope you're all having a fabulous week so far!

Don't forget Mod Podge Mania on February 28th!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

And I'm still glowing...

Did y'all have a good weekend? Wanna hear about MY weekend? Well, you get to!

First let me ask you...if you could meet anyone, who would it be? I don't have a specific list of who would be my first choice, second choice, etc. But I have to tell you, Movie actors, T.V. actors, musicians - these guys actually aren't high on my list. But if you asked me would I like to meet one of my all time FAVORITE contestants from So You Think You Can Dance...I would shout a big, loud, "HECK YEAH!"

So here's how it went down: A few days ago our good friends asked us if we'd be interested in bringing our family and going with their family to see a play. The tickets had been given to them by a relative who lives out of town and had purchased the tickets with the intent of coming into town to see the show. Unfortunately they weren't able to make it and didn't want the tickets to go to waste. We thought,"Sure! That will be a great way to have a little 'Valentine's weekend outing' with the fam." So that's where we headed Saturday evening.

It was actually a musical, and was FABULOUS. Wonderful singing, great musical numbers and dancing. The main character was played by David Osmond - if you're familiar with the Osmonds!

There was some fabulous hip-hop choreography, and it was just seriously a fantastic show!

All of a sudden as I'm watching one of the hip hop numbers, and I'm studying each of the dancers, I recognize a face. A face that became VERY familiar to me during Season 4 of SYTYCD. Meet Gev:

I was SOOOO cheering for Gev during season 4. He's this uber-talented B-boy from Kazakhstan (originally), who made Utah his home when he came to the U.S. - so of course we claimed him as one of our own!

Check out his fabulousness:

2 really short (like 30 seconds) clips of his solos

He also proved really versatile in adapting to other styles. Here's his first time dancing contemporary...LOVE! Cue video to 2:24 to skip all the intro.

ANYWAY...I was so excited to see him live! But what made the night perfect? That's right...I totally got to meet him, and get my picture taken with him (I look like an idiot in it...don't even ask!), and get his autograph!!! He was really sweet, and friendly and his smile is even more adorable in person!

So THAT, my friends, was my completely awesome Saturday night! And I'm thankful for a Valentine who totally didn't mind me posing for a picture with another guy's arm around my waist!

Here's another adorable picture from when Gev was a special guest instuctor at a studio here in SLC.

So who did YOU meet this weekend?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Olympics, 2010

So, did you watch? What did everybody think?

I thought I'd give you a little rundown on my thoughts.

Of course there was a shadow cast across the opening ceremonies by the tragic death of Gorgian luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili. The footage shown of the accident was difficult to watch for sure. Just a baby really, at 21 years of age. The sight of his 7 remaining teammates marching stoically into the stadium in the Parade of Nations to a standing ovation and thunderous applause brought tears to my eyes. My heart truly goes out to them, and to his family as well.

There has been much criticism since the accident. Is the track truly too dangerous? I'm generally one that sides in defense of those criticized when a sporting type accident occurs. I mean, after all, they knew what the risks were, right? But this time, I'm not so sure.

These athletes are the best in the world at what they do. Thousands of hours of training and perfecting their craft, with relatively minimal accidents or injury. Yet, on this track during practice runs over a dozen crashes occurred. One leaving one of the athletes unconscious for a time. And 15 months ago when the worlds elite came to familiarize themselves with the track, there were 73 crashes during training runs. SEVENTY THREE! Add this to the fact that Canada refused to let athletes from other countries start practicing on the track until this past week kinda moves me out of the corner of "Team Canada" on this one. I mean, even other racers had been talking about how dangerous the track is, and how they were fearful even before this accident. Did I mention, the sleds have been clocked reaching speeds up to 95 mph? It all seems a little insane to me.

So what do you think? Do you think there should be something done before competition starts on this track? Try to make it safer? Slower? Should the events be postponed? Cancelled?

The games have also been criticized for moving forward with the Opening Ceremonies last night. I really disagree with this. I feel that a postponement would have been unfair to the hundreds of other competitors, as well as everyone who had purchased tickets for the event, all the people who had coordinated to be there for this night. I know one U.S. hockey team member had an NHL game then flew in for the Ceremonies then immediately flew back out for another NHL game tonight. He wanted so badly to experience last night that he was willing to do this, and I'm sure he's not the only athlete that made these types of arrangements. So I think that the decision made to move forward was a good one. And using the night to honor the fallen athlete was particularly appropriate.

As for the ceremony itself...I quite enjoyed myself. The Parade of Nations is always interesting to me. Athletes just amaze me, and I see these young people who are realizing the dream of their lifetime and it just makes me feel all glowy inside!

I thought the presentation was spectacular. The special effects, the dancing, the singing, I loved it all. Almost. I didn't really care for the Slam Poetry. I can't really stand Slam Poetry as it is, but it seemed a little out of place in the majesty of the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. Just me, but I could have done without that! Also, although I love K.D. Lang's voice, and I thought she did an amazing job last night, I didn't care for the message of the song. I've never really listened to the lyrics of this song, but listening last night, they seemed to kind of have an undertone of anti-faith, anti-putting your trust in God kind of a message, so I didn't love that. It's supposed to be a message of peace, but - whatever.

Other than those 2 things, I was thoroughly entertained and awed by the whole show. Some of my favorite moments: The tap dancing fiddlers with flames coming from the soles of their shoes, The Bryan Adams/Nelly Furtado performance - LOVED the song written by Bryan Adams. I'm going to see if it's available for download. The way they transformed the stage with all the projectors was beyond cool. Especially when the "floor" broke apart into all these little ice bergs, and pieces of floating ice that carried the performers away - that was awesome!

I remember always watching the Olympics here and there growing up, particularly figure skating. But since the games came to Salt Lake in 2002, I have been a true fan. Those 2 weeks were some of the most fun days and nights I've ever had! I went up town several times, and visited all the fun venues. We had tickets to Award Ceremony dress rehearsals, which were awesome, and just the whole spirit and atmosphere during the games was magical. Plus, those of you who know of my crush on Mitt Romney know that the 2002 Olympics was when I first became aware of his existence. I am keeping my fingers crossed for another Winter Olympics in SLC.

So, if you watched last night, what did you think? Go team U.S.A!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

The 3 year old who may not live to see 4....

You would think this was a picture of a little hand that got pressed down on an ink pad. Nope. It's colored. With glittery gel pen. That's right. Monkey sat under the table and literally colored her hand so much that it was covered in gel pen ink.

That's not to say she didn't get into trouble with an actual ink pad as well. Permanent ink.

Things that she ruined that day BEFORE coloring her hand with the gel pen: The carpet. Her purple ruffly shirt. Oh yeah, the best...the valentines her sisters spent all Tuesday evening making...I showed them to you here.

What she did with chapstick a little while later: colored all over the front of one of our copies of the Book of Mormon. Colored chapstick all over herself. Colored chapstick all over the TV screen.

She also snuck into her big sister's dresser drawer, where Cowgirl had put her "favortie candy" that she got at her class Valentines party. Monkey ate every last piece. We realized when we saw all the wrappers hidden in the bathroom.

I've spent a lot of time praying for the willpower not to resort to violence this week. Please bless that today goes better!

I'm linking up to my seriously so much like me (only way funnier) friend MiMi. Go check it out!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dear Someone

Dear Cousin Cowboy,

I just wanted to let you know what your friendship has come to mean to me.

Also I wanted to say sorry for all the times your older brothers and I tried to ditch you when we were growing up and I would come up for family reunions. But, well, c' ARE 4-5 years younger than us, and back then that was A LOT! We were these cool teenagers, and you were this annoying little kid (in our minds). So anyways...sorry for being a jerk back then.

But seriously, as adults, you have become one of my best friends. Thanks for the kind words when I am hurting, the putting me in my place when I am whining, the political arguments, the smiles and the laughs. Your testimony uplifts me, your "tough guy" act doesn't fool me, and your country-boy heart endears you to me. Truly you have become one of my favorite people ever!

I can't wait until April when we all get to come up and visit you in good ole Idaho! Cowgirl is TOTALLY looking forward to getting some riding lessons from you! And please don't try to get back at me by ditching ME...because remember you promised to take me shooting? K...thanks!

Love your guts!
Xazmin - your City Girl cousin.

Dear New Kids,

Seriously? You wait until I purchase my Daughtry tickets to announce you are going on a tour again, and that the one and only Western city you will be visiting is VEGAS? You know, the city where I was supposed to see you this past summer but then my world came crashing down and I had to SELL my tickets to some chick who then sent me pictures of how up close and personal she was able to get with MY tickets?

Now what the heck am I supposed to do? I can't really justify (or afford!) going to the Daughtry show, then 2 weeks later taking a road trip to Vegas to see you guys. Why didn't you tell me SOONER?

Heartbroken (still) and missing you,
Joey's girl.

Dear Belly Fat,

Just die already. I loath you beyond description and can't stand looking at you.

Your Mortal Enemy

For more letters or to link up a letter of your own head on over and visit the always hilarious Shortmama!

I decided that I should probably make some sort of an effort at being a wife and mother today, so I may not be by to visit until later tonight...but I WILL be by!

Last, but absolutely NOT least! Don't forget that Mod Podge Mania is coming up in just a couple of weeks! I hope you're all working on a project to share!!

Awkwardness, craftiness and a party!

Very first I need to get a small, uncomfortable item of business out of the way. I'm a little nervous about handling it appropriately, and hope I do not offend or hurt anybody.

Yesterday I linked up (for the first time) to a popular blog party I had seen floating around, without actually reading the blog first. I unintentionally linked to a post that had a number of profanities in it. Although I believe that everyone has a right to say whatever they want on their blog, I wouldn't intentionally direct any of my readers to a post with this content. I try to keep my blog clean, and try hard to represent well the things I believe in. I have girls in my Young Women organization at church who have access to my blog, as well as family and friends whom I know wouldn't appreciate such content, and I really want to apologize if my blog led anyone to a post they might not appreciate reading.

In no way am I trying to insult this blog author, or any of my blog friends who link up to this party. Please don't take it that way. I just really felt a responsibility to apologize for my negligence in making sure the content I directed my readers to was appropriate for each of my different readers.

Whew! Now that that's out of the way...on to the fun stuff! Yesterday I went shopping with my mom to score some supplies for an adorable Valentine project I saw from Michelle. Hobby Lobby has all their 12x12 papers and paper packs 50% off! SCORE! So I got an adorable Valentine's paper pack so we could make THESE!

These are for Cowgirl's and Pixies's classmates at school. Aren't they Ca-UTE!?! Go here for detailed insturctions! They were not very time-consuming, and my girls really could practically do them all on their own.
The hardest part for them was picking out the papers they wanted to use out of the fabulous paper pack!

Monkey's contribution was to eat the suckers.

Pixie was very intent on folding her papers as evenly as possible!

Here Cowgirl is inking the edges of the paper.

Next they glued on their hearts...
And after securing them to the suckers with some ribbon...VOILA!!!

Pretty adorable, right? They just signed their names on the back, and now their classmates will know that they appreciate them enough to make their Valentines by hand!

Now if you're here for the fabulous Amanda's Decorating Dilemmas may have noticed the, shall we call it "vintage" table my girls were working at.

This is the dining set from my parent's cabin that was built in the 70's. We inherited it when they sold the cabin. And don't get me wrong, we're VERY grateful. But I would LOVE some ideas on what I could do to update the look of this thing.

Here's a closer look. The top is that hard, formica? I think. And the legs are aluminum.

The chairs also have aluminum legs and back, and then this berber type upholstering. These may also be from the early 80's. I'm not sure.

So c'mon all you furniture make-over experts! Start suggesting already!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Random Thoughts

Is it just me, or does it seem like the sunnier it gets, the COLDER it gets here in Utah?

But the clear air has sure made the view enjoyable. Here's a few shots I got of the mountains while Hubby and I were out and about running errands yesterday.

The 2 ladies I have attempted to start running with in the mornings are both 6 inches taller than me. I think it's mostly in their legs because I sure have a hard time keeping up with them! But being 5 paces behind is okay, since they manage to carry on a conversation while they're running, and I can barely keep from falling over dead into the gutter.

Okay, I have a random question for y'all. You know how jeans come in sizes like 10, 12, 14? So is between a 10 and a 12, one size, or two? Because there's also sizes 9, 7, 5. So if you go down from a size 8 to a size 7, did you go down a size, or did you go down half a size? I just really want to know. Give me your opinions everyone!

I was the ultimate white trash yesterday. I went to the post office to mail a package, but the box I had wasn't big enough. So when I got there, I picked up the next size up priority mail box, and transferred the stuff into it. Well it had space left over, and I needed a filler to keep everything from clanking around. So I scanned around the post office and what do I see? Oh, the rack of free Thrifty Nickel ads. Yep, I grabbed me a couple and wadded them up and used them to pack my package. To top it off, I got up to the counter and had to have the cashier tape it all up for me. I am so ghetto.

My mom came over to go shopping today...It should be a good time. We're getting supplies for my girls to make valentines for their classmates. I found the cutest idea on a blog - I'll post about it tomorrow and link up to hers!

Hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday.

Monday, February 8, 2010

And the winner is....

Drumroll please!

I know you've all been waiting on the edge of your seats to see who will win my Blogiversary giveaway of Tanielle's favorite things!

Well, wait no longer!

Using winner selected was....Renee (private blog)!

Congratulations Renee, I just need your shipping info and your prize will be on the way!

Thank you so much to everyone who celebrated with us! It's truly been an awesome year with all of you!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Thank you for my drunk neighbor....

Let me tell you how my Friday night went last week. And let me link it up to one of my favorite girl MiMi's Friday feature of things that make you go "bleep" !

So my kids are asleep, my husband's at work, and it's pretty near right smack in the middle of the night. I hear a loud thump from the outside. Being alone nights has bothered me over the years, and I've had to learn to ignore most every little bump and thump I hear in the neighborhood, in order to hold onto my sanity. I was conscious of the noise, but quickly filed it away under "some idiot went too fast through the stop sign and bottomed out in the dip." Happens a lot.

By this time I have ditched the clothes (clothes are so annoying!) and am in my favorite purple fluffy robe. I decide to snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie. Fools Rush In - it's a gem! ANYWAY...a few minutes into my show I get a call from Hubby. Here's how it went:

Hubby: Hey, just got a call from Mike (we'll introduce him later on in the story).

Me: Oh, did he call because I texted him? (turns out one of Cowgirl's friend's mothers used to date Mike and I texted him cuz I thought it was funny).

Hubby: Nope...wait, why did you text him?

Brief explanation of the girlfriend/mother coincidence.

Hubby: Someone just hit our trailer and took off. Mike called the cops, they'll probably be wanting to talk to should get your clothes back on.

Cuss Words! I'm gonna have to interrupt my movie, get my clothes on, and try to make my living room look half-way presentable, in the 3 or 4 minutes it will take for the police to arrive.

Mike is our across the street neighbor. He is a 33 year old bachelor that is part party boy, with a family man hidden inside who was never really taught any responsibility, but has grown remarkably over the years since we've moved into this neighborhood. He's a good guy, but without necessarily the highest moral standards when it comes to women and booze, ya know? But I've loved having him across the street, partying and all. You see, I know when he's out in his front yard in the summer, smokin' and drinkin' with his buddies all night, no one's gonna mess with my house, while I'm home alone with the kids. And although he doesn't practice our faith (YET!), he is very respectful of the things that might offend us. He tries hard to use clean language around us, and even took down the girlie posters in his garage that were in plain sight to my kids since he has his garage open roughly 98% of the time between March and September. We just love Mike.

Our neighborhood is located directly across a 6 lane highway from a huge shopping/ restaurant/movie theatre complex. The county decided that the skywalk that crosses the highway should have an opening into our neighborhood so that kids walking to school could cut through our neighborhood to get to the elementary school instead of using the sidewalk that's next to the busier road. This has been a nightmare for us. We have a pretty good neighborhood community. But there is an element of people that cut through our neighborhood from the shopping plaza that have no respect whatsoever. And these kids/young adults think it's hilarious to throw garbage into our yards, kick off our sprinkler heads, pull the tops off our get the idea. Another common occurence is people stealing shopping carts from the stores, then ditching them in people's yards. This was the root of Friday's events.

According to the "eye witness" (Mike) there were some kids in a car driving through the neighborhood, hanging out the window and dragging a shopping cart alongside their car. Apparently they thought it would be awesome to speed past our house and ram the cart into our brand new cargo trailer (seriously less than 2 months old). The speed caused the cart to totally smash the driver side fender into the wheel. Then they sped off.

Lucky for me I have a neighbor that was up drinkin with his buddy, who saw out the window and came roaring out of his house and chased them down! Mike's a "tough guy" like that. He got in their face, and took their license plate info, and called the cops.

I got to spend the wee hours of the morning talking to the police and freezing my butt off outside while they took all our insurance info. It was 3 a.m. by the time we turned in for the night. But at least I got to be entertained by Mike, who was bragging about how he was about to pound the guys and had to be talked down by his buddy. He informed me of how lucky I am to have a neighbor who stays up drinking, and then he proceeded to ask the officer if he had a breathalizer in his car, because he wanted to try it out and see how drunk he was! That Mike is a character...

I guess I'm thankful for my drunk neighbor!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

5 Reasons Why My Blog Rocks Party

Today I'm linking up with one of my favorite bloggy friends, Amanda. She's hosting a "5 Reasons Why My Blog Rocks Party"!

So I'm supposed to tell you all why my blog is great, why you should want to read me! To tell you the truth, I feel like I've been a REALLY boring blogger lately! But I'm trying to get my life under control so I can get back in the groove!

So here goes!

1. You can find some great craft ideas! Not only do I like to share ideas I have come up with, but I host a fun, monthly party called Mod Podge Mania, where everyone is invited to link up their Mod Podge projects to share with each other! We've had some really great parties in the's held the last day of each month if you're interested!

2. I love to make new friends. I do my best to visit everyone who visits me, and take the time to get to know you. I have made some great friends, whom I consider "real life" friends, outside of the blogging world. Including our hostess Amanda!

3. You can find me linking up with some great "linky parties" that my friends host, Amanda's Decoratind Dilemmas party, Dear Someone with Shortmama (for today's entry, go here), and MiMi's Friday party, the name of which I can't reveal on my blog because of the nature of some of my readers - go here to check it out!

4. I'm open with my faith, it's who I am and I want you to know the real me. I share my goals and the progress (or lack thereof) that I'm making. If you have things you are working on, or struggling with, I can probably relate, and it might be nice for you to read about the things I'm working on, and realize that you're not the only one trying to achieve some goals, and sometimes struggling in the process. This is probably my favorite thing about blogging!

5. The silliness. Yes, I can be rather silly, and I like to blog about it. Whether it be my celebrity crushes, my obsession with NKOTB, or SYTYCD...I love to share my silliness on my blog. I like to think that it brings a smile to my readers' faces. Or maybe it's just annoying. Either way it's here!

So there's your 5 reasons...if they seem like good reasons to you, I hope you'll stick around and get to know me, I know I'd love to get to know you!

Head over to Amanda's to check out more blogs that rock!

Dear Someone

Dear Appetite,

Would you get lost already? I've been trying to ditch you forever...but just when I think I've given you the slip, you show right back up again!

Don't you know how hard you are for me to ignore? And you're not a nice little appetite that just craves enough to give me the nourishment I need, and then you're satisfied.

Nooooo, you have to be this raging monster that never quits! And you are not satisfied with whole grains and fruits and veggies. Nope, you demand nachos and pizza and salty, greasy foods of every variety. No, you are not a good companion to have.

So, please, I'll ask you again, could you just get lost?

The one who can't get you under control

Dear Responsibilities,

You are seriously overhelming me this week. You've had me commited to multiple things every. single. day. The Board meeting you had me commited to last night last until 12:30 a.m.! And now I have slush to make for Saturday's baby shower, piano and violin lessons for the kids this afternoon, a Young Women's event to attend this evening (which I have to help prepare a display for), a birthday dinner to host tomorrow evening, and Soup to make for Saturday's shower, and a shower to help throw!

Could you lay off already?

The woman who may be bald before Sunday!

Okay, thanks for listening to my whining! For more letters head over to Short Mama's!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Birthday to my sweet Pixie

7 years ago today, our sweet Pixie came into this world. And she's been a whirlwind ever since!

She is so smart and spunky. Always asking questions, always wanting to learn. She definitely has an attitude that has caused more than one ruckus in our home, but I know her strong spirit will serve her well as she continues to grow.

She has such a kind heart. She is always making cards and writing notes to everyone who she can think of. Teachers, friends, family members. I have one hanging on my fridge that reads, "Dear Mom and Dad, I love you. thank you for bieeng my perents. I love you so much. Love, Pixie.

At the bottom is a picture with each member of our family that she drew, with the caption "I love my family".

Her contagious smile, and sparkling eyes can win anybody over, and she's always full of laughter (and tantrums!). I couldn't imagine our family without her, and am wishing her the best birthday ever!

I love you Pixie!