Thursday, February 24, 2011


I'm not quite sure if it's the age of my kids right now, or the power of positive thinking, or maybe a little bit of both.  But I am quite sure that I have been completely smitten by these two boys.

They have been playing so well together.  Lately I find myself grinning from ear to ear while sitting back watching them interact.  They love each other.  They have a special bond.  They melt my heart.

We have been staying in our jammies a little longer to enjoy each other at our best hours.  We have been playing lots of trucks, taking lots of pictures, inventing things, imagining places, and loving on each other a little more.

I have noticed a big difference in my kids behavior.  Funny how things have come full circle for me.  I have more patience, they have more patience, I'm happier, they are happier.  Things have been running rather smooth.  Yes we have our melt downs, and tantrums, and full on boxing matches, but life wouldn't be complete without those.

Today I'm grateful for these two boys and the love that fills our home because of them!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Cure

I always get a case of the homesickness blues after being around my family.  I knew they were bound to hit after my sisters left and I needed a cure quickly.  Seeing how Dan was heading off to Mexico for his annual golf trip I knew I would have plenty of alone time, and I needed to make it good.

Something that reminds me of home is fabric.  It calls to me, it always has.  I spent days looking online at every different color, texture, and craft having to do with fabric.  I knew I needed to make a quilt as soon as I saw this bayou quilt online.

I grabbed my kids, made a quick trip to the fabric store(that was an accomplishment in and of itself) and I was ready for 3 days of nothing but quilting.
This was my very first attempt at machine quilting an entire blanket.  Let me just tell you it is mind numbing, and way more difficult to make straight lines then I ever imagined.  But the end product is priceless to me.  My lines are more wavy than straight, my binding has seen better days, but this was just what the doctor ordered. 

3 days during naps and after my boys were in bed.  187 safety pins, 2 spools of thread, very sore shoulders(I really need to get a lower table when I sew), too much math and measuring, and one bright and cheerful quilt!
I was so proud when I finished last night I had to show it off to Dan right away.  Of course the first thing he said was, "some of those lines are crooked", and threw it over his legs to enjoy it's imperfections. 
I have had it out all day today and can't stop smiling.  I have been the recipient of many handmade quilts, and I'm positive you can never fully appreciate the love that is put into one until you have done it yourself.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Our Friends"

Before leaving to pick up Aunt Kristi and Aunt Charlie we stopped at the store.  Camden took it upon himself to let the cashier know we were on our way to the airport to pick up "our sisters". 

They spoiled all of us the second they walked in the door.  We stayed up late, talked each others ears off, and laughed until our insides fell out. 

After they went home yesterday Camden asked me when "our friends" were coming back.  We miss you guys!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Favorite Things

I'm not the party throwing type, but this one I couldn't pass up.  I had seen this idea of a "favorite things" party floating around and had to try it while my sisters were in town(just in case nobody showed up I wouldn't be alone).  A couple hours before the party I started to get nervous and have flashbacks of junior high.  What if people didn't show?  What if my party was lame?  Did I need to have a back up plan in case of awkward silence?

But I calmed myself down knowing I invited my favorite people, to come eat our favorite foods, and share our favorite things.  How could it go wrong?
Everyone was asked to pick their favorite item(under $6) and bring 5 of them.  After explaining our favorite item we then drew names and gave them to those people.  There were some fun favorites and I think everyone walked away with good stuff.
I'm kicking myself for not taking more picture of the night, but I was a little preoccupied. 

This is definitely something I wanna do again, that is if people will show up?!?!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Feeling Guilty

My word for this year is POSITIVE.  Let me make up for that last post before the guilt rips into me anymore.  Because really, life is good and I have much to be grateful for.

1. My Dr. Pepper tasted de.licious(the half bag of cinnamon bears were pretty good too).  Yum.
2. Jace has made a turn around and is off pain medication.  He is sleeping through the night and eating again.
3. My sisters are coming to visit and I'm throwing a "favorite things party".
4. Thanks to a talented mother and grandmother we have lots of handmade quilts to keep us warm.
5. My husband loves what he does for a living.
6. Dinner for tonight is already made thanks to my freezer full of meals.
7. Some cute free slippers for my boys showed up in the mail.
8. Jace finally said thank you using words, not sign language.
9. My Christmas dishes are all put away.
10. My gray hair is hidden behind a beautiful new brown color.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Real Deal

I fooled myself into thinking I was ready to start getting serious about my weight loss.  So I gave up Dr. Pepper and have been drinking diet here and there when I needed a fix.  Unfortunately I need to dig a little deeper for some motivation about weight loss(that is another story) but, for the most part, I have stuck with diet soda.

Today I'm falling off the deep end.  Even the maintenance guy made a crack about me needing to be heavily medicated.

I think an ice cold Dr. Pepper will do the trick.  But just to make myself feel better about it, I need to list some of the reasons for my justification.

1.This is the 3rd time in the last month our heat has gone out.  Today is the second day in a row I've called a repair man to fix it, every time it costs me more money than I have.  They charged me for a part which should get me by but if it gets cold enough tonight it will break again.
2. I just received my first quote on a new heating and air conditioning unit.  Ouch.
3. Our car was in the shop twice last week.  More blasted money.
4. I've been congested for almost 5 weeks.  I've waited in the doctors office for over 1.5hrs 2 different times because of it.  I can't sleep, Dan can't sleep with me snoring and gagging all night, it's annoying.  The allergist can get me in for my 3hour appointment but only during the week my sisters are here to visit.  Lame.
5. My boss scheduled me 3 out of the 5 days my sisters are here even though I asked for it off.
6. Both boys were barfing Tuesday night.  My favorite blanket got barf on it and because it didn't get washed right away it is stained.  Sick.
7. I spent a lot of time preparing for a craft day at church and after it was over someone basically told me my craft sucked.
8. My Christmas dishes are all over my kitchen table because the boxes are outside and it's too cold to get them.  So I'm living in a mess.

The more I list, the more Dr. Pepper I'm gonna want.  It's almost like I need justification to drink everything I've missed out on over the last month or so.  I thought this post would make me feel better, but its' making me think of all the crappy things in life, so I better be done.

Life will be good again after I get my hands on that Dr. Pepper, stay tuned for a gratitude list.  I feel the need for one.