Wednesday, December 29, 2010

who am I? (the longest and last post of 2010)

that's a big question isn't it. and the truth is...

i actually don't know.

it's coming on new years and everyone starts talking about resolutions. making changes. improving themselves thru fitness, diet, religion etc... i was thinking about my resolutions and realized i can't start to change myself yet, because i barely know who i am.

my whole teen/adult life has been one where I've wrestled with my personality, and learned eventually to pull in the reins and control that spit-fire temper and my quick-to-wound tongue.

there are moments in the past that have started to mold me. and there are sure to be moments in the future that will continue to help melt my heart & shape me into the person God designed me to be. but for now this much I know:

this boy had me at hello.
no joke.
i saw him thru the window of my math class the first day of school.
i was done for.
i could eat mexican food everyday of the week.
meg ryan movies are by far my favorite. i could do a whole post using quotes from just her movies.
i can not handle crowds. Period. i hate them. i get hot and feel like i can't breathe.
i desperately want to go to France. i will go some day and quote "French Kiss" the whole time.
i can't live with out Starbucks.
i am a choleric/melancholic personality and their descriptions of each should just have a picture of me next to them. it's scary how right on those tests are.
when i see a pretty bolt of fabric i can't help but touch it! amy butler's new line here is YUMMY.
i am obsessed with crafting and creativity.
i love to be in control. guess that's why i was called a bossy-gilles all the time.
i am learning to be a titus 2 woman. this lady rocks my world every tuesday. you should listen.
she speaks truth.
i am so not girly at all. i hate tears & emotions.
BUT, you show me a movie with the loss of a spouse or child, or a child is sick or has no family. I can't stop the tears.
i have a love/hate relationship with shoes.
i have a hate/hate relationship with my body.
i beyond envy the style my friends have. check out this lady and you'll understand why.
her style is so great it makes me sick.
i would own every bedding set from pottery barn if i could.
my mother's life verse for me is:
Eph 4:32 "be kind to one another tender-hearted, forgiving one another just as God in Christ has forgiven you."
i have it posted on my stove, i need to read it and remind myself daily. my mom just knew.

this boy changed me.
he is still changing me.
he showed me that i hadn't fully dealt with my anger.
he showed me that i need rest. like, it gets bad when i don't sleep. b.a.d.
i hate to ask for help. he helped me realize that i need to ask for help.
he showed me i really didn't have it as together as i thought. and, that it was okay that i didn't.
he showed me a love that is unexplainable.
he showed me that i CAN change, even when i thought i couldn't.
he helped me realize that messes are okay and no one is judging me but me.
i've often stated how strong of a woman i am and he is helping me realize i want to be a woman of strength.
there is a difference. and a great one at that.

there is a lot more to me. but i'll save it for later. i want to be more real and intend on it. i want to use this blog as a place for creativity, love, pictures, fun, and honesty.

we don't have to hide who we are. i don't want to hide who i am. i am tired of doing that. i've done that long enough.

this is me. a mess. but a good mess i think.

thanks for reading. and as always i appreciate all the comment love!

hope you all have a good and safe new years.

Monday, December 27, 2010

the day after

I love Christmas. Let me repeat that, I LOVE Christmas. I love the decorations, the gifts, the chaos. I love the events that surround Christmas. Picking out the tree, driving around to look at lights, the annual parties with friends. All of it.

For Christmas my big boy got a kawasaki 4-wheel drive car. My husband picked it out. Which you probably could have guessed.

He was so excited to see it. Which, my son's excitement levels are typically thru the roof normally, but on Christmas they were record breaking.

I've always loved one day more than Christmas though. I am a huge fan of December 26th, the day after. When I was a kid, that was the day when we didn't get out of our pj's and my sister & I turned our living room into Barbie land! I think with all the craziness of driving to and from, what felt like, a million parties on Christmas day, the day after became about home and fun. And I love home and fun.

I intend on carrying on that tradition. This is my living room yesterday and this morning:
That's not even all his toys.

And another one:
Like the three legged table ontop of the table.

I love having a messy house and hate having a messy house all at the same time. Messes mean someone was just playing here. I love that my boy gets to get all his toys out and have a great time. We'll clean them up soon and re-organize them, till tomorrow when we do it all over again.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Gift Bag Tutorial

I had to wrap a few Christmas presents the other day for an early Christmas party. I went to my wrapping box to find all my bag were the wrong size one way or another, and plus,I just wasn't feeling the shinny "commercially" look to the ones I had. So, I decide to make my own!!

I looked around my craft room and found bits and pieces of former projects and put together these SUPER cute (or at least in my opinion SUPER cute) bags.

Then I thought.... A lot of my friends, like us, are on a budget and these are so cheap to make, they look adorable & they have a personal touch... maybe I should do a tutorial.

So... here it is. My very first tutorial. I hope you all like it!

Supplies Needed:
  1. a brown paper bag (any size will do). I got mine awhile ago at Sam's club for $8 I got 500 (that's a lot of gift bags!)
  2. Coordinating scraps of Christmas paper
  3. Scraps of fabric
  4. twine (optional. I'll explain in a min.)
  5. hole punch, & paper cutter
  6. Some sort of paper glue. I use Zip Dry Paper Glue (Be careful w/ this stuff it smells so strong! Keep the cap on if you don't want a major headache.)
Step One:
Take your paper scraps & lay them flush against your bag. Line up on side w/ the bag, and then mark on your paper where the bag ends.

Step Two:
Use your paper cutter to cut the paper where your two lines are.

Step Three:
Rip your paper. Yep. I said to rip it. It's one of my favorite scrapbooking techniques. Just tear ever so gently along the TOP edge of your paper. Both pieces.

**Note: You could use some ink, or chalk to further decorate your pages. That would be super cute, but I didn't do it.**

Step Four: Gluing.
Glue your bottom piece first. I glued mine about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way up the bag. Then glue your next piece over it. Make sure you line it up with the bottom so it isn't too short & shows the bag, or too long and won't stand upright. You could also at this point embellish the bag with jewels, brads, etc...

Step Five: Open it up and fill it! The paper glue is fast drying so you should be able to do this after a few moments. At this point fold the top over and hole punch two holes.

Step Six: Cut your fabric into strips. You only need one strip per bag approx 18" long & 1/2" to 1" wide. The thinner the strip the better it will go thru the holes.

Step Seven:
Feed your strips front to back through the holes, then cross them and feed them back through the opposite holes so it looks like this. Having the middle strip of fabric allows you to tie on an ornament or cookie cutter like I did and not have it be on the bow. So, tie your item to it (if you want) with the twine, I used a quilters knot so they wouldn't fall off. Make sure to trim the twine moderately close to the knot and then maneuver it behind the fabric (so you don't see the knot).

Step Eight: Tie a bow. I used a square knot on the ones that had ornaments & the ones that were plain I tied a bow.
Step Nine: Enjoy your adorable, hand made bags!!

Well, That's it. Thanks for joining me! I hope you like the idea & you had fun. I love comments so let me know what you thought!! I read each one & exclaim to the hubster, "I GOT A COMMENT!" (yep, that loud too.) Have a great week & Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

You are my "I Love You"

I am your parent; you are my child.

I am your quiet place; you are my wild.

I am your calm face; you are my giggle.

I am your wait; you are my wiggle.

I am your carriage ride; you are my king.

I am your push; you are my swing.

I am your audience; you are my clown.

I am your London Bridge; you are my falling down.

I am your carrot sticks; you are my licorice.

I am your dandelion; you are my first wish.

I am your water wings; you are my deep.

I am your open arms; you are my running leap.

I am your way home; you are my new path.

I am your dry towel; you are my wet bath.

I am your dinner; you are my chocolate cake.

I am your bedtime; you are my wide awake.

I am your finish line; you are my race.

I am your praying hands; you are my saying grace.

I am your favorite book; you are my new lines.

I am your night light; you are my starshine.

I am your lullaby; you are my peekaboo.

I am your good night kiss; you are my I love you.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Giving Thanks and A Little More...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
Daddy worked on Thursday so we drove down to do dinner with him and the guys. Thankfully we had zero pooping incidents at the fire station! (You know that would have been my luck too!) And we were able to enjoy a wonderful feast including pumpkin cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory! (I died! Delish!) Laine had a great time looking at the fire trucks and playing with a little friend who was there to be with his daddy too. The best part of the evening though was when Brent gave him the p.a. system. My boy loves to talk, so to talk and hear it amplified is just the icing on top. There was lots of unrecognizable gibberish, but lots of mama and dada and laughing.

I am so thankful for my husband and his job. So many people think that fire fighters don't work hard, they just watch t.v. and take naps... this may be true in some stations and in some situations, but my husband has worked his cute little tushy off this year to become a paramedic so that I can stay home with our boy. I'm so grateful for his desire to put his family first and provide! I don't know how I got so lucky!

I'm also very thankful for a few really great family days together! It's been good for our souls. My heart is very full with love for my family this time of year and that's such a nice feeling!

I've been getting kinda excited for Christmas so I made a few wreaths to place in and outside of our home this year! Okay, I'll be honest... I'm SUPER excited for Christmas and I lOVE my new wreaths!

This one I saw on here. And it wasn't too hard to do... took me about 5 hours (or in mommy time two naps). :) So fun!!
This one I did all on my own & used items from the dollar tree! So it only cost me $4 to make!! And took me 2 hours (or one nap). I think this one is the general favorite, but I like them both a lot!

I'm super excited for this Christmas and our chance to really enjoy it with our son this year. I can not wait to let him play with his little people nativity set, and show him the advent calendar. There are so many great traditions and new traditions we want to continue and start in our little family! I really want to teach him about the spirit of giving this year. My family was very adamant about us girls giving to other that don't have as much, and I want that to be a key theme in our home during the holidays! Whether it's angel tree, shoebox gifts, donating toys, toys for tots, or another good program I can't wait to help teach Laine to give.

Speaking of giving... Tatertots & jello are hosting a giveaway for a floor cleaner and I'm jonesing for it! Here are the details:

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Where did it go?

I think I must have had a black out.

I don't remember transitioning from this:

To this:

Today he is ONE & A HALF!!!

How did he become a talking, running, interactive, imagination playing, sound-effect-making little boy?! I am madly in love with him more each day, even though it doesn't seem like I could because my heart might burst.

He wants to be with us at all times. Well, that is unless he's sticking his hand in the toilet, taking out all the contents of our drawers, unraveling the toilet paper roll, jumping from the dining room chair to the living room chair and doing everything possible to get into daddies guitar case.

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said something very simple and yet very important for us to remember: Love Life

I was having a bad day the day I saw that. And it struck me right in the heart. I have an amazing life. I am blessed beyond reason and have nothing in my life that I deserve. I need to not care as much what my house looks like, and care more about the people I fill it with. I need to spend more time loving my boys and less time getting frustrated by them. I know that won't happen over night, but every day I'm going to try and "love life" a little more. I need to pursue the things I love, like crafting and cooking and my hubby.

My new creation

I also need to love the things I have, not wanting the things and situations of others. I am not someone who desires "things", as much as I desire their life situation. Their older wiser life stage, with their older kids (who I dream whine a lot less than mine, even though I'm pretty sure that's a common problem with all ages) and their nice houses, which are probably their second homes, and everything that seems to be so simple.

And yet, I know it's not that simple. Because, when you are looking at someone envying what they have, more likely than not, someone else is doing the same thing to you! We are all lucky. Every single one of us. And I am going to try harder to act that way more often. I know that even on my worst day I need to start loving that day, because before I know it I'll be doing another "Where did it go?" post and he'll be 3!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Camping & Crafting

I haven't posted in a while due to the fact that I've been crazy busy. My girlfriends and I hosted a baby shower for a dear friend who ishaving a girl in two months!! I was honored to get to put to use some of my ideas and make the decorations. And to make her some adorable gifts for her baby girl! But more on that later.

We went camping last weekend. And by we I mean the three of us, Mr. B, myself and Mr. Mischief. It wasn't my idea to bring my son, but we were headed up north for a funeral and thought the little mischief maker would bring some joy to a sad situation. Anyways, to save on cost we chose camped on his parents property and used a double tent that had a big tent for mom & dad, and then a little tent for the little one, but they were connected by zippers.

His pack n' play fit in the little tent, but we had to bend the boy like silly putty to get him in it! I physically couldn't do it, and had headed up to the tent alone so Brent could spend time with his family. So, I had an overly tired toddler in an unfamiliar environment in a tent, in the dark, by myself. It had disaster written all over it. I tried to make a little bed for him in my sleeping
bag and hoped with all my heart that he might sleep next to me, but knew it wouldn't really work because he's never slept next to us in bed. When he finally got settled everyone else came home and for a split second I thought they might drive through our tent the lights were so bright. At that point my son became possessed by the energizer bunnies spirit. The entire situation became a game. At midnight I didn't think it was a fun game at all. I started fighting back tears of fatigue and had the hubbster put him in the pack n' play and then we all passed out! He slept for 5hours. BING! Wide awake with the sun. Then we took an overly tired toddler to a funeral. You can imagine how that went.

In the end my little love learned to sleep outside, and we learned that even though it was super hard to have a toddler (let alone an active one like mine), it was worth it to everyone else who enjoyed his sweet face and silly giggles.

Now, on to the adorable gifts and things for my friend. I was super motivated by the response I recieved with the items I made for the baby shower, and for other friends. So, I have decided to start selling some of my hand made items. Here are the examples (all can be made custom):

Flower Posey Pins: $4 or 3 for $10

Handmade Diaper wipes case: $15

Baby bonnets with coordinating flower poesy pin: $6 or 2 for $10

More to come! Email me if you are interested in any of the items.
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