Wednesday, March 31, 2010

DIY Day!

I love the {idea} of do-it-yourself but I'm not such a great do-it-yourself-er when it comes down to it. The stuff I make usually gets thrown out sooner (or later) and I'm horrible at finishing things. But here are some wonderful do-it-yourself projects on other people's wonderful blogs that I thought y'all might enjoy so check them out!





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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Guest Blogger: Heather

Knowing that this week of moving is going to be crazy and I'm not going to have much time to blog, I've asked some awesome friends and Internet acquaintances if they would be willing to do some guest blogging/interviews for me. The first of these guest posts/interviews is my sister in-law Heather. She's a great friend and she has really completed the extended family circle. Thank you so much Heather for agreeing to do this!

So Heather, you moved around quite a lot before you moved here to marry my brother in-law. Where was your favorite place to live? Do you have a photo from that place you could share?
So many of the places I've lived have different great things about them! It's hard to narrow it down to just one. I'd have to say my two favorites have been Asheville, NC and New Orleans, LA.
Asheville is a sort of second home to me. I have friends who have become like family that are still in that area, and I love going up there anytime I can. What I love the most about that area is how easy it is to find a place to 'get away' there. There are trails and parks with the most spectacular views that offer serenity like no other place I've lived. The downtown area also has a folksy, homespun feel to it. It's definitely a unique area!

In many ways, New Orleans and Asheville are like night and day. New Orleans always has something going on, someone celebrating something somewhere. It's a louder city both visually and auditorially. New Orleans definitely is a funky kind of city! I loved going down to the French Quarter and just watching performers and tourists, photographing the different architectural colors, designs and textures, sampling all the unique flavors of Creole Cajun food, and hearing the Zydeco music blasting from every corner. One of my favorite photos from my point-and-shoot camera is this one from New Orleans
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You got married a little bit later in life and had a while to be single what was your favorite part of being single and do you see benefits to staying single?
The wording of this question makes me laugh. I think most girls who have a desire to be married some day feel that they got married later in life than they hoped or expected. I was 26 when Mark and I met, 27 when we got married, and I must say... before meeting Mark, I really was one of those girls. I always thought I would be married by 24 or 25 at the latest. In those years of wondering and waiting, I definitely had moments where I would break down, wonder when (or if) I would ever get married. Along with those times, though, I learned a lot about myself, the kind of guy I did (and did NOT) want to marry, watched and learned from a lot of successful and unsuccessful marriages, and just tried to enjoy the season of life I was in.
I know some of these things were beneficial for me, but they are not things that I would necessarily call a benefit for everyone. Some people grow up knowing the type of person they want to marry and learn these other things as they develop in their relationship with their spouse. In my opinion, if you are single longer than you hope/expect, make the most of that time. Learn to become the wife you someday hope to be. If you are married young, be the best wife and committed spouse you can be and learn who you are as two individuals who have become a couple.

What is your favorite thing about married life?
My favorite thing has been learning how much I still have to work on and seeing my shortcomings so much more clearly, but in the context of a loving, committed relationship. Knowing and regularly seeing that Mark is committed to God first allows me to rest secure in his commitment to me and also know that he cares about helping me become the woman I am created to be.

Have you always been interested in photography? How did you get started? What was your favorite thing to photograph? Do you have a photograph from your "early days" you'd like to share?
No, I have not always been interested in photography. The way I got started was by seeing some things another friend had photographed. He had apparently been making regular trips to the French Quarter in New Orleans, just to practice. He invited me to come along, and I used the inspiration of some of his photos that I had really liked as well as a few angles and moods I wanted to capture. At the time all I owned was a little Kodak Easyshare camera, but at the time, that did the trick for me. Those trips around New Orleans developed in me a love of line, texture, and light. One of my favorite pictures from the very first day out is this one.
What has changed about your photography style since then? In what ways do you feel you've improved? Do you have things you want to work on? Do you have a favorite recent photo you'd like to share?
I feel like my basic style of photography is still the same. My best inspiration still comes from line, texture and light. I like it when I am able to use those things to evoke a feeling or mood. I think the biggest source of improvement for me has come from the generosity of my husband in buying me a DSLR and in a friend (another of your brothers-in-law!) teaching me the technical parts of how to use it. I am currently trying to work on mastering the technical side of photography, both in my use of my camera and in learning how to creatively process the digital images. I feel like if I master those, it will allow me to capture the vision I have for each photograph.
I would also like to work on having the courage to photograph complete strangers candidly. To me, there is something beautiful about the simplicity of everyday life. I would really like to be bold enough to capture more of these no-frills moments that make up a life.
This photo is one of my current favorites. It was a result of my beginning stages of playing with my camera to manipulate what I saw with my eyes into what I envisioned in my mind.
As an artist, what inspires you?
In a few words, the uniqueness of life. Sometimes that means interesting architecture. Sometimes that means the way the light moves across a scene at a particular time of day. Sometimes that means catching people just living life.

Monday, March 29, 2010

It's NOT Monday

Welcome to this weeks edition of Not Me Monday hosted by the ever-popular MckMama
It's NOT Monday again is it? Already? Can't we just go back to Friday and start it all over again?This weekend we are MOVING so I'm going to be uber-busy and my husband is going to be uber-stressed out!

And of course this is NOT how my couch looked this weekend!! I did NOT stay up until 11pm watching Flash Forward and folding all this!
Have a great "Not Me" Monday - can't wait to see what y'all are NOT doing.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

DIY disaster!

My spray-painting job has hit a turn for the worse. At the worst possible moment! I went to add a second coat of paint and THIS is what happened!!!
Apparently I did the worst possible thing you can do when dealing with spray paint I touched it. I don't know what I was thinking! Yes, I can fix these sort of mistakes when I'm frosting a cake but that technique does NOT work when trying to spray paint a laminate dresser. So I started peeling spray paint to start over. ugh. NOT the easiest or most pleasant thing in the world. My quick fix-er up-er has now turned into a very frustrating pain in the... ahem you know what.
I obviously don't know what I'm doing. I am getting so frustrated with this dang dresser that I have half a mind to leave it beside the trashcan when we move. I honestly don't have a clue why the paint keeps bubbling up! Do you?

Friday, March 26, 2010

A few of my favorite things

My little man has a fever. He sat in my lap screaming for chocolate milk for like ten minutes, it's pitiful. He usually has chocolate milk every morning, it's his reward for being weaned, or something like that, but I'm the sugar-police in our house and refuse to give my kids anything sweet while they are sick, which drives my husband crazy. So Josiah is eating/playing with some strawberries and is finally happy. I'm so thankful I didn't tape up the box of kids DVDs yet! I think we're gonna' need it today.
Josiah was up screaming at 4:30am this morning, I got him to fall back asleep just after 5:30am laying on my chest with my phone playing music in his hand. It was so sweet. But I missed my alarm (which is on my phone) so I woke up like ten minutes before the bus would come. I was like "I'm so sorry, let's try to make it, but if not I'll take you to school" Emma just stood there sleepily as I dressed her, I felt like such a bad mommy, but at least I wasn't yelling, so that's always a good thing. My kids got ready in time! They got in the bus with their snacks in their hands. They are so awesome. I'm exhausted!
Thankfully Katie-Abigail is a sleepy angel, laying in my bed playing with a puzzle app on my phone. I'm so thankful that both of my little ones arnen't screaming at me this morning.
I wanted to link up to this awesome, encouraging blog today called Under Grace and Over Coffee isn't that a clever title? I found Andrea at the (in)courage and have loved reading her blog this month. She does these awesome "Caffinated Randomness" posts every Friday, which I love! So I wanted to do this {totally random} post for ages, I'm so happy to post it today!!

My favorite colors these days

PURPLE - is my all time, always and forever favorite color. Sometimes I think of it as my aura (not that I believe in that but it makes for a fun online test!)

I love wearing purple. I love purple flowers, like violets and pansies and hyacinths. I love my purple bathroom.



TEAL - my new favorite color.


I love my new teal mug!

And the rug for the new house with teal in it.

And this pillow that I bought for Katie-Abigail's bed at the new house.

YELLOW - the color of daffodils

Yellow is my mom's favorite color! It is also the color that I painted my girly's tonails over the weekend.
and this awesome pillow at Target that I keep blogging about but not buying.

It is also the color of that amazing dresser makeover that I adore.

SPRING GREEN - I've always loved green but this season I'm really loving that bright spring green. It's so cheerful! It's in this towel I bought at Target a few weeks ago.

PINK - loving it these days. I guess my girls are finally wearing off on me! It's been so muh fun gathering and painting things pink for the "pink room" at the new house.

And by the way we picked up four bar stools for $50 last night off an ad on craigslist - score! They are not exactly what I wanted (the ones I wanted were more like fifty bucks a peice) but it will at least do for now.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Your Weekend Movie Pick: Brothers

There are some movies that, when they are done, I think to myself "well that's two hours of my life I'll never get back" others I shake off easily, it was fun but it didn't affect me. Not so with the movie Brothers starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman & Tobey Maguire which was recently released on DVD. I hadn't seen any of the promotional material for the movie, only a poster by the RedBox kiosk that showed Jake Gyllenhaal & Toby Maguire sitting on a park bench. I was really curious about a movie with those actors paired together. I really enjoyed Tobey Maguire's performance in the Spider Man movies and have always had a soft spot for both Jake and Maggie Gyllenhall, so needless to say when Daniel said he was bringing home "Brothers" for us to watch I was excited and I was not disappointed at all that I stayed up until 11pm to watch it! It was worth it. I even tried to think of a way to be able to watch it again by myself before I had to return it. It really is that good.


Unfortunately the plot is completely predictable. Yes, what you suspect is going to happen in the first, oh let's say ten minutes of the movie, is what happens. Big brother (Toby Maguire) is deployed leaving a little brother who just got out of jail and has no life (Jake Gyllenhall), a wife (Natalie Portman) and two little girls. His chopper goes down, they have his funeral, they all think he is dead but he is not. Little brother starts hanging out with his "dead" brother's wife and kids and starts to fall in love with them. He is rescued and comes back home. He is severely traumatized and makes everyone around him miserable. Conflict ensues. That's the movie in a nutshell. Not terribly original but it's brilliant.

I cried, I laughed, I sighed, I was in complete suspense, I cried some more. It is very emotional and I thought very well done. No one is made out to be "the bad guy" not the looser little brother, not the scarred war-hero big brother, not the hard to get along with father, not the wife torn between two brothers. Everything about the relationships was just right for me. The chemistry between Jake Gyllenhall and Natalie Portman was perfect. The subtlety of their relationship as it grew was captivating.

I was a bit dissapointed with Tobey Maguire's performance. He seemed too quiet, wide-eyed and silent throughout most of the movie, so it felt flat and disconnected. Also it was surprising to see such young actors playing parents of such old children. However the kids were brilliant and added so much to the movie. Their constant presence in the film made it feel more firmly rooted in reality.

All in all "Bothers" is a brilliant, touching movie and one of the few that I would want to watch again.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

wishful wednesday continued aka I fell in love with the couch at Big Lots

I've had a terrible day. I'm tired. It's hot. I've had a horrible headache. I'm hormonal. I've done none of the laundry that I was so sure I was going to finish today. {insert exasperated sigh here}


I spent all morning out running small pointless errands. Daniel and I are on the hunt for bar stools for the new house. Because of the little kids I have my heart set on getting stools with backs on them so that {hopefully} we will have less accidents with children falling off of bar stools.


Once Daniel gets on the warpath for something he is relentless until he has whatever it is he was shopping for. I am totally appaled at how much stores charge for new ones, so I hit up a few stores checking prices. The last store I chased Josiah around was Big Lots where I made the mistake of letting Josiah sit on all the couches. In the meantime I totally fell in love with this one:
For {just} $299 this is perfect! I sank down into it and fell in love with the most perfect couch ever. So I thought I'd blog about it. silly mommy.

Check out some of the other Wishful Wednesday posts over at Seatle Smiths! The are SO cute!!

Happy Wishful Wednesday

Today I thought I'd take a little break from the insanity of packing and moving (in 9 days!!!!!!) and I thought I'd link up with Kelsey at the Seatle Smiths. The theme is 'I wish' .... I could afford this ______ handbag without putting a dent in my pocketbook!

Today's post is brought to you by Emma, our resident Fashion Queen and "Super Model".

I was checking on the topic for Wishful Wednesday when she came in from playing outside to say the usual "Mommy I have nothing to do" little whine and I said, well come here then and help me find something for tomorrow's blog post. She sat at the computer browsing through pages and pages of purses at different sites I brought up. This is the one she choose:


You can find it here. It reminds me of the shirt Selena Gomez wore in her music video for "Naturally". Personally I'm not much of a purse & shoes kind of girl, I prefer a nice comfy hobo bag, but I thought her pick was just too cute and had to post it :)

Last night Daniel and I stayed up {too} late watching Brothers so look for a review of it and your weekend movie picks tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Beautiful


This morning I'm linking up with Sam at the amazing, inspiring blog Sailor & Company. This week the theme is beauty.

What is beautiful to me?

Beauty is a worship song - right now I'm listening to Adie Camp's new worship CD and loving it - that draws me in and makes me feel closer to God.

Beauty is the hug from my little boy. A smile from one of my girls. The laughter of a happy family. Dreams for their bright future.

Beauty is my husband forgiving me when I've been stuborn and stupid and over-sensitive and blown up about nothing.

Beauty is sisters sitting together and talking all night.
Beauty is drawing near to God, no matter how long it's been, and feeling His embrace. Knowing I never want to leave this place of closeness with Him, in His transcendent love.

Beauty is a new season of life. Moving and changing and growing. Leaving behind fear and sadness, grief and bitterness and embracing hope. Choosing to walk in peace. Holding onto joy.

(it's so hard to pick JUST ONE photo for this post! This was my #2 pick)

Beauty is letting go of the expectation that things should be perfect, embracing life just the way that it is, with all it's messyness and unscripted moments of laughter and pain and insanity.

Monday, March 22, 2010

oh! and an announcement

I just wanted to let y'all know some very exciting news about this blog - I've got some guest bloggers contributing to my blog over the move. Yay!!!! I'm totally thrilled about this (in case you couldn't tell). Heather, Katie, Jamie & Michael have all agreed to come and hang out with y'all during the next few weeks so it should be fun!!

Good "not me" Monday Morning

Welcome to this week's edition of Not Me Monday brought to you by MckMama so be sure to head over there and check out what everyone else is not doing!

Yeah so I would never leave the two year old boy with the eight and six year olds to play so I could get a little packing done because I know better, right? Because that two year old will probably sneak outside and go over to the neighbor's house - who we don't know. Then he'll come home screaming and crying and the neighbor will be completely freaked out that there is a beautiful two year old boy in her driveway and I'll be just about ready to cry and I'll sit on the steps holding my sweet boy and thanking God that he is okay. So of course I would never do that.

I also did not almost cry at Steak and Shake when my kids all wanted to order PB&J! I was like why did we even go out?! But kids eat free on the weekends there, (not including milk shakes) I also did not "help" my kids change their minds about what they wanted (ouch) and they got these uber-cute little corn-dog thingys.

I would also never take the kids to see my sister, who lives an hour away for dinner on a Sunday night because I would know that I'd stay way too long. I would also not then stay until nearly eleven, getting home at 12:30AM!! I most certainly wouldn't let the kids sleep in and stay home from school because well who does that?!

I also do not have like a month's worth of clean laundry on the couch screaming to be folded!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Thinking...

When I wrote my post a few weeks ago about children I got a comment that has been thought provoking. She mentioned that this part of our lives is a season, it has a begining and it has an end. This is a truth I reminded myself of often during the chaos, messyness and exhaustion after Josiah was born, but not so much now.

So now I've been thinking about seasons coming to an end. The baby season is nearly over for me, Josiah is getting to be less and less of a baby every day and will be in pre-school before I know it. Our season in this house is nearly over too. I've LOVED having my gold-star girl, Katie-Abigail & Josiah home during the day while the big girls are at school. It gave me a MUCH needed rest. I wish that this season would never end but after we move I'll be homeschooling the big girls and K-A will be ready for Kindergarten next year, which will leave me at home with just one - a very new season for me!

As sure as anything seasons change and life changes too. One day all my kids will be at school, one day all my kids will be adults living on their own, one day they'll have kids of their own, and one day I'll exchange these trials and struggles for new ones. Joys too.
I had to trade the joys of a sweet nursing baby for the joys of a talking, playing toddler who gives the most wonderful hugs and kisses. And my toddler has become a wonderful preschooler who has learned to behave herself most of the time, and who is fun to talk to and has a wonderful laugh. My preschoolers went to school and I got to watch them flourish and succeed in a way I never imagined! I miss something from every season, but there has also been something wonderful in each new season too. I'm going to miss this time but I can see that it's time to move on.
Sometimes I think that this desire to stay in one season of life is rooted in fear. It's hard for me to imagine what my life could be like without a baby to take up nearly all of my time. It's also difficult for me to imagine stepping outside of that mommy persona that I have come to identify myself by and just be me. I think that in all the stress and exhaustion of life it's sometimes difficult to look past the present and look forward with hope and in joyful anticipation of all the new wonderful experiences we may have. It's also easy to just push things off into that far-off time when life will somehow be better. Things like getting organized, staying fit, learning some self-control and working at patience. But also following our dreams and investing in our passions. I remember when I was pregnant with Katie-Abigail mentally putting off all the things I wanted to do NOW onto the greying older lady future me. Things like writing, photography, gardening... I think she got overwhelmed and went into hiding because I really don't think of her much anymore. I also realize now that I don't have to put those things away completely. I may not be able to pursue my hobbies and interests with the intensity that I desire but I can and should incorporate them into my life now one way or another.
I may desire for life to be comfortably placid, but the reality is that I'm living in the crazy rushing river of life and I am going to choose to embrace it.

Friday, March 19, 2010

too tired

I am so doggone tired. Daniel spent the day in Augusta doing stuff for work so he has been gone from 5am. It's 10pm now and he's still not home. So I've been at home with all the kiddos plus a neighbor who is spending the nigh (she's very well behaved, thank God!) by myself all day long. Not a new thing, but still, so tiring.
I had a catastrophe with my dresser re-do. I took pictures of it but I'm too tired take all the steps that are required to get them from my camera to my blog - so I guess I'll save it for another day.
I also have a new book Lovely Bones no it's not a BONES novelization (though wouldn't that be lovely?) It was recently made into a movie. I've heard they are both really good. I don't know if I should watch the movie first or read the book, one always spoils the other. I'd love to snuggle down on the couch with a cup of decaf coffee and my new book but 1) I accidentally packed up all my decaf coffee today when I was packing "extra" pantry stuff. 2) I know I'd be asleep in five minutes flat.
We had some absolutely crazy moments - like things have never been so crazy before in my life! But then we had this perfectly wonderful moment this afternoon. Josiah had fallen asleep on me (after he got up from his nap) Katie-Abigail was putting together virtual puzzles on my phone (because her favorite ones are packed and it's just so much more fun to do them on mom's phone) Emma was playing on PixieHollow.com and Beth was sitting in the sunshine drawing and petting the dog. It was a perfect moment. I know life can't be that calm and peaceful every moment of the day, and I {loved} the tickle-fight that Jojo, K-K & I had before bedtime. But that moment at nap time was a moment of perfection, for me, and I didn't feel quite so scared-to-death about having the kids home all the time after the move. I imagined things going well and cherishing those months with my children. I hang onto those moments because to be honest I'm pretty nervous about how the kids and I are going to handle the move, and homeschooling. It seems like it's going to be so exhausting and require a higher level of organization and I also feel like I'm going to have to keep my act together otherwise everything will fall apart, which is something I haven't done well at lately. But you know, writing that I realize that I don't have to hold myself to that crazy-high standard. Just because we move into this little {cute} house and I start home schooling again doesn't mean that I have to suddenly be perfect. That would come in awfully handy, but that's an unrealistic expectation.
Anyway... I'm rambling.
I stumbled across two amazing blogs that I wanted to mention here: The first is a family of six (like ours!) SO sweet and the photography on her blog is so awesome. Then there is an uber-cool site/blog called Rookie Moms - it so totally rocks! (which reminds me of the sea turtles in Finding Nemo, is that lame?) The link is for an AWESOME, quick read that offers a perspective-shifting moment for us moms (and dads).
Check back on Monday for news about guest bloggers!!
Only 14 more days until we move!

First Ever Weekend Movie Pick

I thought it would be fun to post some thoughts about movies on my blog every Friday. My family loves to watch movies together but we usually only have time for it on the weekends, maybe yours does too and so maybe this will be as helpful for you as it is fun for me! I decided to limit myself to what you can rent on redbox.com. I only go to the movie theatre three or four times in a year, it's just so much easier to rent a $1 movie! I also didn't want to open myself up to reviewing everything that has come out ever in the history of movies, because that makes me feel rather overwhelmed. So while every now and then I might stick in a golden-oldie or something that pulled me out to the theaters my regular posts will be about stuff you can rent at the dvd kiosk.
I LOVE to get your comments! Let me know if there is a movie you'd like for me to review, or feel free to share your contrary opinion :) And if you have an idea for a better name than "weekend movie picks" let me know.

This being my very first edition of Weekend Movie Picks I thought I would sift through all of the pretty good movies I've seen in the last month or so and just give you a few really good movies.

Where the Wild Things Are how do I begin to put into words how much I love this movie? It's the most original children's movie I've ever seen, yet it communicates a depth of emotion most movies don't even come close to delivering. The raw emotions of hurt and anger but also joy and love leap off the screen. It's artful and beautiful and endearing.
The first time I saw a trailer for Where the Wild Thing Are I thought it would be much too scary for my kids, however Josiah saw an ad for it on my Facebook page and wanted to watch it. And then he wanted to watch it over and over again every single day. I read the book to him every day, usually two or three times a day. We took all of the kids to the discount theater and they all really enjoyed it, even two year old Josiah. We own it now and like to watch it during quiet times.
It's not a movie I would let my kids just sit and watch by themselves for the first time, it gets really emotional and sometimes a little scary. However it is a great family film and I highly recommend it. Visit the Where the Wild Things Are website here.
Ice Castles is a wonderful family film about a figure skater who falls on the ice and becomes blind only to return to skating better and stronger than ever. Reminiscent of Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken it's a story of love conquering all, and hard work paying off. The acting is good, the cinematography is okay. It's not quite as well done as Ice Princess but more dramatic and less fluffy. Taylor Firth carried the movie and was perfect for the role. It's another good movie that our whole family enjoyed.

Bright Star is a romantic period drama about the poet John Keats and his relationship with Fanny Brawne. View my page about it here! It is a beautiful movie skillfully acted, wonderfully written and directed, beautifully photographed. A cinematic beauty. If you like movies like Pride & Prejudice etc. I am confident you will adore Bright Star as much as I do. Visit the Bright Star website here.
The Stepfather is a thriller that Daniel and I enjoyed quite a bit. It's not the best movie ever but it is one of the few that Daniel and I have seen lately that we both enjoyed. We don't do horror movies and we only watch the occasional thriller but this was one that we actually enjoyed. It reminded me of Disturbia and has a similar plot line. It also has a similar tone to Obsessed. It's creepy and suspenseful and I loved the emotional performance by Penn Badgley as the teen aged son who is looking into the identity of mom's fiance. He showed the deep sadness of a boy who is abandoned by his father and misunderstood by his mother in a scene that was really moving.
Movies I didn't care for: The Princess and the Frog too much voodoo, scary shadows and "friends on the other side", ick. Everybody's Fine not terrible, but not good either. Love Happens depressing and not really very romantic. Did You Hear Abut the Morgans? painful to watch. The Box totally creepy. Law Abiding Citizen a gory, ugly, awful movie. The Informant about as entertaining as watching water drip.
Well, I hope you enjoyed these weekend movie picks! Let me know if you want to see anything on here next week!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring is coming!

I'm SO busy today, so I thought I'd post some photos I took a couple days ago. (btw - they're 100% unprocessed - no time for that these days!)

Happy Thursday!
Check back tomorrow - I'm planing a weekend movie review! :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Welome to What the Heck? Wednesday


I've been looking forward to What the Heck? Wednesday all week - is that messed up? It is brought to you from the never-to-be-out-done mother of all what-the-heck-amanians the rockin' Mommyologist. Her last post really rocks - I actually have to remind myself often that I'm not a garbage disposal and it's not my obligation to eat my kid's leftovers. Also weight gain during pregnancy is the last thing that super-models should be talking about. During my first pregnancy I cried after every appointment because of the weight I'd gained and I really hated being weighed and hearing the remarks of the nurses. It was horrible. Anyway, open the Mommyologist blog in a new window leave me a comment!
I've collected several little tidbits to share with you:
First of all, have you tried Late Night Doritos? Daniel brought home a bag of the Cheeseburger flavored kind and man, let me tell you, that will have you saying what the heck? even if you are not a whattheheckamanian. Beth said they tasted like Burger King burgers. I picked up a bag of Midnight Tacos and in my opinion they are slightly better but my tastebuds were wasted for anything else after I tried them for the first time. I thought they tasted exactly like the taco mix that I used to buy to put in ground beef or chicken on mexican night (before we had a bunch of kids who only like cheese quesadillas).
Secondly, my husband went out on Sunday to pick up a some moving boxes and he came back with about fifty WARDROBE moving boxes (without the metal bar, of course), and nearly a hundred beer boxes. He also brought home a bunch of really great box moving boxes, but what the heck? What am I going to do with wardrobe boxes that have no bar?!! I told Daniel that I had half a mind to just skip the organization/purge step in packing the kids rooms and just stuff it all in the wardrobe boxes, I could sort through it all after we move. Daniel just gave me a look like that was the worst idea I'd ever come up with, so I guess I'll have to sideline that thought.
Also, our adorable little dog has taken to, um, humping our stuffed animals all the time. It's getting to the point where it's uncomfortable. What the heck is up with that?
Moving on, we now come to Disney Movies. What is up with these people?!! I watched the Princess and the Frog for the first time with the little kids today and all the voodoo and black magic stuff was creepy! None of that stuff is in Pixar movies or Dreamworks movies, I don't know why Disney feels compelled to include creepy black magic stuff in nearly all of their animated "classic" movies.
Oh and Josiah's newest thing is to get into the refrigerator to get himself something to eat!! It was kind of funny the first time he came into the room with a cold hot dog in his mouth, leftover from another night's dinner. Now it's super-annoying. You know how "they" talk about a boy's immense appetite? It's started people. At two. And it's CRAZY.
Winding down today's rant I give you Spray Paint. What the heck is up with it not washing off of your skin? I've never used paint that is so damn difficult to wash off! I don't get it.
Finally, the cost of nobs. I'm refinishing one of the dressers and so I went to Target to get some new nobs, I thought they'd be like $2 a piece, but instead the ones I want are nearly $5! What the heck?! Daniel said I should just go with a contrasting color like white. White for the nobs on that dresser were pretty near the top of my "don't want" list but it's looking like my best option. It's that or pink. Hmmm. Do y'all know of a better place to buy nobs? I was thinking maybe Home Depot or Lowes? Or would they be even more expensive? Should I buy both white and light pink and just return whichever one I don't like?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

DIY - Tuesday

It is a perfect spring day in Atlanta. The sun is shining the daffodils are blooming and it has just been a great day. I took the littlest two to Wal-Mart and they were SO good. I gave them some chocolate milk before we left and I gave them more on the way home (the mayfield chocolate chug is just the bomb!) and reminded myself that it never works the same way twice. This time they were happy, next time they'll be hyper. But I got some spray paint and got busy!!

So this is pretty much what I've been doing the last two days, in between packing. It started with the lamp (inspired by this photo) which I spray painted so that I could sell it at the consignment shop however I like it so well that I just might keep it. I also enjoyed having something that I like doing while the kids are playing outside plus I was so inspired by this post that I really wanted to try my hand at re-painting one of the girls dressers. I nearly bought the same bright yellow in the picture, it would go perfectly with this pillow from Target that I really love, but I simply don't have a room that features bright yellow so I had to pass and go for a bright pink for "the pink room" at the new house. I'm excited about how well it's turning out, I may put some pink crystal nobs on it, we'll see.
Another Do-it-yourself project that I finished up last week was transforming this comforter into something more cozy. It was really just a trial run before I (maybe) re-do my comforter. I used the flat sheet from a $7 sheet set that I bought at Target the reverse side is from a sheet set that we don't use any more. It was the first time I'd used my sewing machine in years and you can kinda tell. It turned out pretty heavy but very warm and snuggly, and K-A loves it! I did it in just one day - only a couple hours because I used the big sheets. I am looking forward to trying it again... after we move ;p

If you'd like to see the pics of the Augusta house that I took over the weekend click here! :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Not Me Monday


Welcome to this week's edition of "Not Me" Monday, hosted by the uber-awesome MckMama a MyCharmingKids.net

I most certainly do NOT feel totally overwhelmed!! My house is a complete disaster, every inch of it, except for about the six that I cleaned yesterday which only make the rest of the house look messier. I've got to PACK, which I can now do more full-force since my husband picked up some boxes from a friend (I've got more to say about that but I'm saving it for What the Heck? Wednesday).
And I totally do NOT feel depressed about the move. Moving away from friends and church and school is an opportunity to make NEW friends at a new church and eventually a new school.
NO WAY. NOT ME! I'm always full of faith, I'm always confident in my choices, I never get down or need a hug. I am a trooper. Chin up! Buckle Down.
Yeah, right. I'm a mess! I've been snappy with my kids, (because telling a 2 year old the same thing for the 100th time is such a delight - not!) I'd rather just go back to bed. I've got a gazillion things and I can't figure out which one to do right now. So I'm blogging :) Like none of us has ever done that before ;p
Well, I feel a little better getting that out. And ha! I'm number EIGHT on the MckLinky - sweet!

P.S. I just heard this song by Adie - WOW!


also check this one out!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

random inspiration

It's SUNDAY! We're home again, the kids had a BLAST they played hide and go seek for hours at the new house and were sad to leave. Daniel and I talked about where we'd place furniture and electronics and I took LOTS of photos, most of which are embarrassingly crappy but better than what I had before. I wish I could say that on the long drive home I had all kids on wonderful time to think, but honestly all I could manage was listening to Mat Kearny, eat Twizzlers and try to keep my eyes open - I'm EXHAUSTED today. So I've been sitting at the computer, browsing blogs and trying to get my thoughts together to do a REAL "favorites" post. Which isn't working out so great.I have got SO many thoughts and ideas buzzing around in my head. It's difficult to get them organized into coherent sentences plus my blogger is being moody and is giving me grief about adding photos

Last night I stumbled upon Jeremy Camp's wife Adie Camp and I have been blown away! When I was listening to her music on the myspace page it literally gave me goosebumps. Her voice is beautiful, the song choices are humble and worshipful. Check out this interview on this blog, watch a view interview here, or buy it from Amazon.com for only $6.99! Listen to it first on Adie Camp's website!


Favorite Flickr Photos

(photo by my sister)









Favorite Etsy Finds



Saturday, March 13, 2010

i'm bored so i'm blogging

We got up at 4am today so that we could drive to Augusta for the day. Daniel wanted to take the trip and I had the crazy idea that we could drive over there in time for breakfast at KrispyKreme. Have I mentioned that I LOVE KrispyKreme doughnuts?! I do, I think they are the best doughnuts ever and doughnuts are on my top five list of favorite foods, especially Kreme filled chocolate glazed. There isn't one near our house in Atlanta but there is one very near our house in Augusta. So the plan was that the kids would sleep in the car, we even dressed them for today and let them sleep in their clothes so that there would be minimal stimulation. I honestly thought that was a good idea at the time. We used to do that when I was a kid all the time. My parents would leave crazy-early in the morning and my sisters and I would sleep with our heads on each other's shoulders until we stopped for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Apparently I missed an important element to my parent's genius because the only one who has slept is Josiah. This could make for an interesting day. Maybe they'll sleep on the way home?
I'm really excited to be seeing the house again. I haven't spent much time at our new house and I'd like to take some better photographs and plan out what furniture we'll have room for.
Right now our house kind of looks like a second hand furniture store. Before I started listing stuff on craigslist last week we had duplicates of almost everything - two kitchen tables, two couches, two washing machines, three dryers, an extra stove, an extra dresser, too many chairs, too many book cases. When I look around at all the crap we have managed to accumulate I have a WTF moment. I would love to just leave it all and start over. We did buy some bunk beds from Target.com (I heart Target) and new comforters for the kids rooms. Which has been a nightmare. Did I mention that it takes me FOREVER to make decisions? I am definitely in the top ten of the most indecisive people I know. We went to Target two or three times and we finally ended up buying Beth & Josiah's at Wal-Mart, and I'm not crazy about them, but Beth picked hers, so she at least is happy.
We are all pretty eager to be moving, a month has felt like a long time to wait. It's been a month of goodbyes, which just sucks, period. We are all ready to just get it over with.
On Sunday it's Day Light Saving time, right now I'm listening to a podcast about about it, talking to the author of a book about it called "Spring Forward" and he said all the reasons why we're told it's a good idea are total bunk. This author said that it increases some forms of spending, and that's about all. I HATE time changes, with a vengance. It makes bed times more difficult, it makes mornings more stressful. It doesn't matter to me which way the time changes I just hate it. I know I'm not alone in this. I'd be happy if we just stay on Daylight Savings Time year-round. Oh well. How can the argument "it sinks for mothers with small children" go up against everything else?
anyway... the sun is up now and it's really beautiful (when it's not shining right into my eyes) we're driving past fields filled with fog and surrounded by bare trees. I see the sunlight is reflecting off the fog then we come around the corner into the sunshine, it's nearly magical. And despite the fact that I'm crazy tired and a bit sick of being cooped up with the whole family in the van, listening to the kids chatter and bicker, I really am happy. And I'm glad I got to see the sun rise this morning.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Favorites Friday

All the sunshine recently (THANK YOU God!)
Play group - we went today and the kids and I were SO happy when we left!
Where the Wild Things Are on DVD and the nap I took with KA & Jojo this afternoon while they were watching it.
A nice hot cup of decaf Starbucks Coffee brewed at home in the afternoon.
Coke Zero
The amazing hand treatment from the awesome Mary Kay chick at play group - seriously thinking about buying that, it's like having a spa in your bathroom! Plus it smells amazing!
The wonderful comments y'all have left on my blog this week - Thanks!
I'm looking forward to a weekend with my husband! Who isn't working for the first time in a while.
Only 21 days until we move!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Children

Kids, and family sizes. I've been thinking about this lately. Then I read the wonderful post by Kate at Savy Little Women and knew I had to blog about it. (MckMama also did a post about family sizes.) How do you know when you have "enough" kids?!
Anyway, you know I couldn't do a post that without lots of pictures so here we go on a whirlwind photo tour of my babies!
Daniel and I got married way too young. We got engaged on my seventeenth birthday. What was I thinking?!! I was SO in love, and didn't know that I didn't much about what real life would be like. Two months after we were married the pregnancy test showed up positive and we welcomed {beth} into our lives. I was 18 and Daniel was just 22. Happy parents for sure! But clueless.

After Beth we knew we wanted more children, to keep her company and to share attention from grandparents. My second pregnancy was a CRAZY time in our lives but we survived it and little {emma} was born 18 months after Beth. I had the most WONDERFUL birth ever and her sweet cuddles kept me sane and helped bring me out of my depression.

with my little sister before (or after, I can't remember) the birth.

click on the photo to see more baby photos
After Emma was born I was really happy, though sometimes a little bored and sometimes completely overwhelmed. I knew we wanted more children but my prayer was please God, just not yet but then Emma nursed a good long while and as my hormones did crazy things I thought I was pregnant several times and each time as relief gave way to disappointment my prayer changed to okay God, I'm ready.
Beth & Emma with our dog Lucy, a rescue and a wonderful pet!
Daniel was starting to get overwhelmed with the noise and the toys everywhere and the tired all the time wife that came along with being the parents of two. But then we were thrilled to welcome into our lives our little surprise {katie-abigail} 26 months after Emma.

While I was pregnant with K-A I started thinking about if this would be our last child. I was terrified at the prospect of being completely outnumbered and seriously wondered if I'd be able to handle the added pressure of taking care of three little ones. The first day Daniel went back to work I was seriously worried. Of course, it all worked out and the months after she was born were some of the happiest months of my life.
Beth, Emma & K-A - they look so little!
My big helper. This photo was taken after she held Katie-A while I quickly ate dinner, which is a big deal when your baby is this little! I knitted the afghan for her. It's a shredded mess now :)
Three...
and then there were four!
click on the photo for lots more photos on my Flickr site
A little while after Katie-Abigail turned one I started praying that God would give me a son and in September 2007 {josiah} was born! During that pregnancy Daniel started talking about getting a vasectomy, I wasn't for it, but after I pushed Josiah out my first though was "I think that could be the last time I do that." While I was pregnant it seemed like everyone even total strangers would ask me "are all these kids yours?!" "are you going to have more?!" I would say "yes" and "I don't know." It got really old. I mean, what is up with complete strangers asking questions like that?
So here we are a happy "big" family.
Life has been hard. I've learned so much about myself in this journey called motherhood. I've learned that I'm a lot stronger then I ever thought I'd be. I have also learned that I'm a lot meaner and selfish then I ever realized I am.
Sometimes I wonder, if I could do it over again, would I change anything? I mean, come on, life can be SO overwhelming!! Would it have been better if we'd stopped at just two? Would it have been easier for Beth and Emma to not have the "big sister" shoes to fill? Would it have been better if we'd spaced them out more? But then I think about the special friendships that each of the kids have with each other. Would Emma and Katie-Abigail still pretend to be "twins" if they were four or five years apart?
Sometimes I wonder if I've bitten off more than I can chew, but I can not imagine life without each of my amazing children. The joy that they have brought to our family cannot be measured. Sometimes I wonder too if we are really and forever done having kids. I know that Daniel doesn't want more, so I say we're "done, for now."
But as I put away baby clothes I think of our maybe future babies and they almost feel real. I don't know what do with those feelings. I just think "I wonder if we'll ever have a Jane who will wear this dress one day" and "I wonder if Josiah will ever get to experience what it's like to have a brother." Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever get to nurse a baby again. Sometimes I feel gas and digestion rumbles and it reminds me of what it was like when my babies were very small inside me and I feel a little twinge of sadness that I might not ever experience that again. It's such a weird feeling.
I have so much to be grateful for. I am so thankful for the children that I have and I am confident that now is really not time to even think about getting pregnant again.
But I still wonder...

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