Room redo...

So since we moved here in April, we have done something major and fun to each of the rooms in our home. Except our bedroom. I have been looking for months for THE color or THE pattern that would lead to inspiring me to redo the whole room. Well today we meandered into a fabric store and what do you know...I fell in love with these fabrics:
In my plan...the floral one will be used to make a duvet (remember I can sew straight lines), the chocolate one will be a valance, the white a curtain that hangs behind it and the fourth fabric will be pillows for the bed (along with some from the other fabrics as well). I FINALLY feel motivated to do something in that room. I will have to take a photo of the before to show you.

Also in our outings, I stumbled on these beauties for the 10th time...

It says birds AND nests...might as well have my name on them. They are perfect and I love them. Here is Moses, enjoying some freedom outside in the 70+ degree weather we had today. :) Today he learned the words Amen and shoes. :)

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Where's my baby ya'll?

Seriously, almost every time I looked over at Moses today I was amazed at how BIG he is and how much of little man he looks like. How cute is he all kicked back like that? Today was a good day for Moses. I think he is finally back to normal. He was pleasant all day, played alone, patient and very sweet. Today he learned the words "nigh nigh" (night night) and bus. :) He has begun to use his sign language against us. Recently he learned "help" in sign language and he will ask for help to do things he isn't supposed to be doing...like climbing into drawers, opening cabinets, etc. Thats what we get for teaching him things.

As a side note to my last post about bananas...we think he may have a thing for them because I ate them daily when I was pregnant...out of fear. Seriously, I called them my fear fruit because more times than not, on the days I didn't eat a banana, I would get the mother of all leg cramps in my calf, in the middle of the night. Of course I would shoot straight up in bed, wailing on Doug to do something. He was worthless-giving me a leg massage that had less pressure than a 90 year old woman could do (granted I was waking him up from a dead sleep). I soon realized that he wouldn't help during these late night invasions but I kept waking him up anyway...why should he get to sleep through it?
Here are some more sweet photos for you to enjoy...


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Two things...

One is-is it possible for a child to OD on bananas? Moses has used every opportunity he could to ask for a "nana" today. I think he likes that he can say something out loud and get it. He has eaten over two bananas today. At least he didn't learn espresso.

Two is-why is it so hard as humans to admit when we are discouraged? For whatever reason.
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Good things...

So yesterday while trying to get dinner started, I had an epiphany and brought Moses' high chair into the kitchen where he could both eat and watch me cook dinner. Usually I am trying to hold him while doing all of these preparations and that just doesn't work because one hand can't do much to food. He loved munching away from a safe distance and I got dinner done just as Doug got home! YAY! I also made these yummy oatmeal bars...I added a cup of chocolate chips to make them extra yummy...You should try them:Moses also started asking for bananas by name today (nana) and in minutes I taught him to throw his hands in the air (touchdown style) when I said "Go Giants"...Doug will love that. :)
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Go Giants...

Though I must say that if I were a single person I wouldn't care less about football or sports in general, I am pretty sure that somewhere in my marriage license I am obligated to say "Go Giants!". After all, things in my household are a lot happier when they win. :) So here is to the Giants!
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Surprises, sweet things and thoughts...

First, I got a super sweet surprise in the mail from one of my favorite people... How sweet is that? It was a totally unexpected surprise...my favorite! I am not sure why she sent it to me but it makes me happy that she did. My day has been a little fogged, not bad but fogged and this was a wonderful thing to find in my mailbox! Thank you wonderful friend!! :)

Also, before I left on vacation I ordered another (yes another) box of scraps from a great seller on Etsy...see HERE.
It is an amazing deal and there are lots of really great scraps in there...most of them a pretty good size and from great designers...Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, etc. I used some of them already to make my new little critters, which don't seem to be going over as well as I had thought they would...hmmm.
I have still, for the most part, been completely worthless today. I did run out to get some errands done and it was good to get out of the house a little. I had to reinstall Moses car seat in my car and I feel a little guilty about installing him forward facing. Statistically speaking he is 4X safer in the rear position until he weighs over 35lbs (per the weight limit for rear facing on the seat) but it is so nice to have him forward facing and he seems to like it better...I'm still not sure if I am convinced enough to keep it the way it is.
Moses has had a little difficulty transitioning back to real life from vacation. He had a fever for a couple of days and was a little cranky but he seems to be normalizing. I think he got a little used to us sleeping in the same room as him so there is that too. I am still amazed at how well he traveled. While we were in Florida he learned some new words including -bye bye, bop bop (bop-o aka grandpa), hiss, keys, fish and he will try to wiggle his nose like a bunny. :) He is precious and wonderful!
I had some more thoughts to share but they have escaped me for the moment...so for now I am off to get some coffee and wander around looking for my creative juices. :)
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So here we are...

at the moment I am feeling completely uninspired to do anything creative. I am not sure what is going on but it does happen from time to time so I just try to ride the wave and wait for the creative juices to return. In the meantime, I have had several people ask me in the past how I find the time to put so much effort into my Etsy shop.

The answer mostly lies in Moses and Doug. Since we started the sleep system we use, Moses' sleeping patterns have been wonderful. If you haven't read Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child you should. It changed our lives and brought me back from the edge of crazy. It is a "cry it out" method but for us, cry it out only meant one night for about 30minutes. Since then he almost always goes to bed/nap, on his own, without so much as a peep. We went from him waking 8-12 times a night to 1-2, OVERNIGHT (though he has slept through the night for months now but at the time of starting this system 1-2times was age appropriate)!! He now naps for about 2-3hours and sleeps from around 7pm to 7:30am. That right there gives me a lot of creative indulgence time.
For those who do not know, I am a full time stay at home mom. I am also pretty traditional in that, with that role I take on almost all of the household duties and don't really expect my husband to do much around the house. In my opinion, his job lies outside the home, mine is in it. This doesn't mean that he doesn't help, or isn't willing to do anything I ask him, but generally, I take care of all the household duties so that he doesn't have to worry about them. And I do it gladly, with only the occasional grievance. :) All of this to say that I try to get as many of the household things done while Moses is awake and we can do them together...you would be amazed at how fascinated he is with unloading the dishwasher or loading washing machine. He even does his best to help---(saying "he" (sound like the he in hey and means "here" in Moses speak) as he hands me laundry to put in the washer or fold.) By doing these things together, I am free to do what I want with my "free time" during his nap.
Doug is a big part of my success because he supports me in this Etsy effort. I don't think he cares if I make a dime, as long as it is making me happy. Without his support I wouldn't be a stay at home mom and without his support I am sure my Etsy adventure would be long over by now.
So, basically, the short answer to "How I find the time?" can be summed up with "time management and support". Does that make any sense to anyone? Thoughts?
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What life is supposed to be like...

We learned this in Florida...Feed Geckos...

Run around in grass so thick that you lose sight of your feet...

End each night playing cards and being entertained by random comments...

Marvel over amazing creations by God...look at all those roots on that FICUS...

Play at amazing free playgrounds...

Take your first ride on a carousel...

Slide down a slide...then see a fox...

More huge tree marveling...

Go on long walks...
Eat...
Swim...repeat. :)
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Some photos and words...





As you can see, we are back from our wonderful vacation...more refreshed and relaxed than we have been in a while! I can't remember ever having a tan in January!! Boca Raton is wonderful and we can't wait to go back again and again! We are so thankful to Doug's grandma and grandpa and parents for keeping up such a lovely condo there for us to use! The whole area is relaxed and just amazing! Moses ate twice as much as normal and slept really well! He did SO well on the plane!!! He slept on the two longer flights and would get so excited for take off!! We were able to spend some good time with Doug's family and have a few heart to hearts about what was going on with our life and things we have been dealing with. It was like every earthly worry was lifted and God could speak clearly to us. I have a new and refreshed look at many things, including some changes I want to make. :) I'll share more later...off to unpack...it is good to be home. :)
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Wish you were...

...here. See you in a few...we are off to sunny and warm places. :)

Here is a cute story to make you smile while I am away. We took Moses to his well baby Dr visit this morning. He has to be naked to be measured and weighed and he really doesn't like it. After that we go back to the room and they do more routine checks on him. Well like one or two steps into the checklist, Moses starts to give the nurse the sign for "all done"...as in "I am all done with you poking around on me". He then did the same thing to the Dr when she tried to examine him. At least we can be assured that he knows what "all done" really means. :)

We LOVE our doctor here, she is so great and seems to be in step with the kind of parents we are. She is encouraging in areas that we find many are not such as the fact that we never give Moses juice, fast food of any type, candy, junk, etc. He only eats whole foods and organic when possible. We are working on not having anything in the house that he can't have, which forces us to eat better too. We aren't the type of parents to force him to eat either, we really want to teach him to listen to his body and know when he is full (this is where is usually does the "all done" sign. A visit to the doctor always assures me that I am on the right track as a mom in so many areas. We are so blessed to have a doctor that fits our family like she does.

Alrighty folks, miss me while I am gone. :)
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Cute things...

Just some cute things that Moses has been doing...first he has started to say Jesus (pronounced gzzzt)...he will already reach for my and Doug's hands to pray at meals. :) He has also recently added cheese (chiz), hot, moo, baa, arr(the sound a lion makes...duh!) and he will do a certain sound for all motorized vehicles, especially trucks and motorcycles. He will shake his booty aka dance on command. The boy lives for music and insists on hearing it at all meal times, my kind of kid. He will also mimic me if I make certain random noises. : ) and just when I put him down for his nap he learned how to stick out his tounge...so he did so...repeatedly.

I am busy packing for Florida. Moses has a ped appt in the AM tomorrow then we have a mad dash around town to get things done. :)
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Ahhhhh.....

God is too good to me. :) FINALLY we all seem to be on the mend, even I feel 85% better than I did yesterday. Moses is back to normal and to top it off God has been showing me lessons from the last week. Most of it has to do with patience. I am not the most patient person but I am so growing and stretching in that area. The song above has been in my head and playing on my iPod a lot today. I LOVE the lyrics...sweet and with an awesome reminder..."I will know my Savior by the mark, where the nails have been, by the sign upon His Precious skin". When I really stop to think about it it really takes my breath away and brings tears to my eyes...I will know Jesus when I see him by the mark...

The video below that is just a mellow song that I love. It is so peaceful,romantic and calming. And yes, my music taste does range from blue grass gospel to Damien Rice and beyond. :)

I even managed to come out ahead of the sicknesses in the house. I have most of Moses' items piled up and ready to pack and have started making list of things to pack and do the day before we leave. I have my custom orders ready and listed also. :)

It feels good to be back to normal. :)
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Ambition...POTD


So, here is my latest crush...this Amy Butler book/kit I bought a couple of weeks ago. I promised myself that I would not buy ANY(more) fabric until I completed the project that they provide the materials for...a hip little tissue box cover...bet you never thought you would hear those words together. :) I have somehow found myself buying fabric when I don't really sew...do I have a sewing machine?...yes but it has never seen more than a straight line. So as if I needed one more project to take up time with, I am throwing sewing onto the pile.
On the home front...I am once again optimistic that Moses is on the mend, even though he did throw up twice during his dinner last night...a couple of things are making me hopeful-he made it through the night without throwing up or exploding his diaper, he is asking for snacks again AND his poop has resumed "normal" color and smell (can you believe I am typing that??? I am such a mom...typing about poop). So keep praying that he is on the mend. :) We fly out to Florida next Wednesday morning and I really need a well baby. :)
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Look what we got...

Yay!! We got some snow today! :) In a couple of these pics you can see my resident cardinal, who happens to be a bully. :)

Also, Moses has eaten two FULL meals today and has not thrown up yet!!!!!! This is the most he has eaten and days and the longest he has gone without puking. I am hopeful that despite the rough night and morning, we are on our way to recovery. :)




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Thoughts and things...

So Moses is still making himself puke and still has diarehea. Today I plan on not offering him any foods with texture (which seems to make him gag) and to get through the day with NO VOMIT, which will hopefully help the pooing problem. Last night I went in to check on him before I went to bed at 10 and found him snoring away....in a pile of his own vomit (we had heard him cough and gag minutes before) and his diaper filled with poo. Please pray for this boy to get better!

I am also reading an amazing book called "This Beautiful Mess". It's all about how to experience the kingdom of God here and now. It also talks about how there are NO levels in Christianity, and how our pursuing of levels is actually toxic...you become more concerned about reaching the next level as if "you will get a gold star at the end". God has been doing amazing things in my life these last few months, growing and stretching me in ways that I never would have volunteered for. Some people talk about becoming a "student of life" and I just want to be a student of God. Part of what made me so defensive with my stalker is that she assumed to know just what kind of life I was living and what my relationship with Christ is like, stating how much better hers was, regularly doling out her prescription for my life...a real "holier than thou" type. I never want to appear that way. Each persons journey is their own and no path is created the same. If non-Christians are reading my blog, I want my words to be edifying to Christ and I want them to wonder where that joy and light come from, you know? I don't want to be another one of those Christians who try to squeeze you into a predefined path towards Christ or makes you feel less than worthy because I am so busy bragging on myself and how perfect I have it. My sister in law said it well when she said "my life is just as hard and blessed as the next guy's".

Coming later on today...my first "wonderful people: Etsy edition". :)
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I have a problem...

and that problem is that I can't seem to stop buying paper!! Or stamps or crafty things in general!! So many cute things out there...I have yet to meet a bird or polka dot that I don't love. Got some cute things when I was out with my honey today. :) You will see them soon. :)

As a side note...I am completely and nerdily stoked for American Idol tonight. I am also excited to watch our DVRd Prison Break.





I am also counting the minutes until LOST comes back. Did I mention before that when I was pregnant with Moses, he was due right around the season premiere was to air, I prayed that he wouldn't come until after the premiere? Wouldn't you know it that I had contractions all through the show (though I thought there were faux) and he was born 6:20am the next morning. God is funny. :)
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How to cut a toddlers hair...



First. Do not attempt alone. At least two adults are required. :) My husband held Moses the entire time, despite back breaking aches. Last time we sat Moses in the high chair but for some reason he was not having it this time.
Second. Insert lollipop. Moses NEVER gets candy so this is indeed a very special treat. The one photo with the close up is basically how he stayed the whole time, virtually still and cooperative. Occasionally Doug would switch arms and take the lollipop out so Moses could catch his breath. Note drool all down the front of Doug(from Moses not Doug). Also shown is a shot of the floor. Those wet circles are the pools of slobber that Moses would drop each time Doug would remove the lollipop from Moses mouth. All in all it was a good haircut. I can't believe how many of them he has had since birth. Everyone tried to convince me that all his hair would fall out but I knew better.






Here is a before and after from his first hair cut at 6 months.


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Ooooo... I like this...

I found this quote today and love it.

"The Bible is not a book for the faint of heart--it is a book full of all the greed and glory and violence and tenderness and sex and betrayal that befits mankind. It is not the collection of pretty little anecdotes mouthed by pious little church mice--it does not so much nibble at our shoe leather as it cuts to the heart and splits the marrow from the bone. It does not give us answers fitted to our small-minded questions, but truth that goes beyond what we even know to ask." Rich Mullins

And

Dear Internet Stalker,

I thought your New Years resolution was to stay away from my site?

Busted.

Love, Me


Coming soon, how to cut a toddlers hair. :)
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I'm thinking...

a lot of random things...One is why in the world do people read my blog. I am dumbfounded that so many people come here just to see what is on my mind. Why does anyone care so much? Hmmm...

Another thing I am thinking about is how to travel on a plane with a 15 month old? We are going to spend a week in Florida soon and are flying down there, which I am convinced will be better than any sort of road trip we tried to take. We bought Moses some new books for the plane and I have my eyes open for good travel toys but other than that I have no idea what I am doing. We have a portable DVD player but Moses doesn't like TV (which I think is wonderful)...we are thinking of letting him have juice for the first time but not sure about that either. Ideas?

Another thing is taxes. We bought our first home this year and have been told what a nice tax return we should get but what does that mean? I am dying to find out but we have to wait on all of the paper work...ugh...

Yet another thing I am wondering about is why is Etsy so slow on the weekends?

Why do people insist on using the term "baby Christian"? I think it only serves to make people feel like lesser Christians.

Oh and I have new felt critters to list during my next batch! I have been listing new things in the shop in batches as a way to find a rhythm to my Etsy life. It has worked well so far.

So that's it...my brains dumped out on blogger. :) Thoughts, feelings, ideas? I would love to hear them.
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Love songs and Milestones...

First, this is the song that I currently listening to on repeat. I LOVE it! I think it is my all time favorite love song. Listen to it all the way through and listen to the words. AMAZING. The female is Schuyler Fisk...Sissy Spacek's(who Doug has spotted at our local deli!) daughter...the guy is Josh Radin...I enjoy his music. :)

Secondly, today has been a beautiful day! Doug was off this morning and those days are always better. Moses is in heaven when we are both here. We ran to Old Navy, as I am search of new "favorite jeans" as my current ones are on the way out. :( I did find some great jeans and some great deals on shirts that are perfect for me. I mean perfect because finding shirts that I love is not an easy task. I love 3/4 sleeves, scoop or v-neck and they have to be long...at least 4-6 inches below the waist of my pants. Finding those is even harder because I am pretty tall (5' 10'') and fairly slim...so I can't get a larger size for length or it's too big. I also got some great cami's that were so perfect and cheap that I bought one in four different colors. We also got some great items for Doug and Moses too. :)

Then this evening as Moses and I are playing...

Moses is doing laps around the downstairs with a bag on his shoulder carrying stuff in it...occasionally coming to me to put the bag back on his shoulder or to look at what he put in the bag...which was pretty cute in itself. Then, as he is leaving on another lap I say to him "Hi baby." and he SAYS BACK TO ME "Hi mama!) My heart melted into a pool right then and there and all previous tantrums and crying or cranky spells were immediately forgiven. Who knew two words could have such an effect?
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Moses hearts music...




Here is Diesel checking out the tunes on daddy's new iPod touch.
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Fun and Wonderful Things...

The last couple days have been spent in celebration of many things. First and foremost my honey and I have been celebrating our anniversary! On top of that, the weather here has be AAAAmazing!! I'm talking 70's in January! It has been heavenly!! The last couple of days we went out to dinner one night, I made dinner for us another night(a favorite Doug meal), piddled around town and just enjoyed some family time. :) We also exchanged gifts (of course). I had searched high and low for the perfect gift for Doug when I finally found it...the iPod touch. We are a family that hearts Apple so this was icing on the cake. I wanted to give him something, besides my daily devotion, to show him that I appreciate and love him and that he is the best. :)
He was thrilled. :)






I also told him to not go crazy on me but he did get me some fun goodies...a camera bag, some funky socks, a fun embellishment center for my studio area and this sweet dessert stand that I am using in the studio as well. :) Fun fun fun times. :)
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The Day I Married My Best Friend!


"I'm thinking it's a sign that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images and when we kiss they're perfectly aligned, and I have to speculate that God himself did make us into corresponding shapes like puzzle pieces from the clay". A quote from our song "Such Great Heights".

Sorry for the photo overload but I couldn't pick just one to share. We had such a beautiful, TRUE southern wedding. :) To this day we still get compliments on how original it was and how great the worship service was during our ceremony. :)

As I have told you before, Doug is a man among boys. He is wonderful in every way and I know that many a gal look back at their chance with him with regret. :) I'm the lucky one...actually just blessed beyond what I ever could have imagined. Happy Anniversary to my best friend!!Our Norwegian wedding cake! :)
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