thanks to you. :)

thanks to all you lovely people who have encouraged my 30 day shred challenge.  i'm happy to report that i did day two this morning...and i plan on getting day three done before church in the morning.  if you are thinking of trying it...start now!  we can encourage each other!  i got a little extra motivation (on top of all of you) from googling "30 day shred results" and scanning the pages for body types similar to mine...enough motivation for me!  and really, if i can do it, anyone can.  i promise that i hate exercise more than you and i plan on pushing through twice over before going to Florida in may. 

i currently can't raise my arms to wash my hair...but i'm sure that's a temporary condition.

join me? 
if you follow my facebook page you have seen this cute shirt...i have gotten lots of emails asking for one but at the moment i am not taking orders for them, this was for a family member, BUT...i am willing to put together a few DIY kits for you to do them...the kit would contain no-sew iron on backing with letters pre-traced on, squares of fabric, two buttons and embroidery floss.  
you just iron the backing onto the fabric, cut out the letters, peel the paper, iron onto your shirt. 
the only sewing you would have to do is to sew on the buttons.  the kit will be $5 with $1.50 shipping.  you can put it on any shirt, tote, pillow, etc. 

email me at ricracandpompoms @ gmail.com if you would like a kit...can also be made for big brother, little brother, little sister, etc. 
i've also been having a lot of fun with a couple of these orders...i never get tired of these happy, happy pieces of art. :)

hope your weekend is a happy one!
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omg. who am i?

um...so, i hate exercise.  
like really hate.  
mostly because i have zero coordination.
i took a class once at a local rec center...kept to the back of the class and still managed to be the center of the instructors attention.  he seemed to enjoy my dysfunction.
that was at least six years ago.  since then the only exercise i get is long walks in nice weather and bending over to fetch the things that have fallen under the couch.

but somehow i have managed to talk myself into this.  30 day shred. 

cause lately something has stirred in me.  i can't get the thought of turning 32 this year OUT of my head.  how in the world am i turning thirty two? 

so there is that part.  and the other part is stress.  i need somewhere to channel it. 

and i am counting the days to our Florida trip. 

and i don't want to look good "for having two kids"...i'm not overweight...just eh.  
i'd prefer wow.  just saying.  is that lame?

and the stress.  yeah.  there is that.  
i treated myself to new swim suits as motivation. 
(from Lime Ricki). 

i just finished my first day.  oh. my. word.  killmenow. 
i thought my heart was going to stop.  
and i kind of hate jillian right now. 
but i'm trying not to take it personally.  

have you done it?  are you awesome now? please feel free to cheer me on. :) 

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20 minute crafter: fabric covered photo mat

i had this adorable print from modmemento and just knew it needed a frame and mat with a little spunk...i bought the frame ($5 from micheals) and it came with a BLAND off white mat...i thought for a minute and came up with this fun and funky alternative...and the the best part is that i had everything on hand...you just may too...
you will need:
a mat
a piece of fabric a couple inches taller and wider than your mat
heat and bond no-sew variety.
iron
cut your piece of fabric a bit bigger than your mat...i used about an inch on each side...do the same thing with your heat and bond...iron the heat and bond onto the back of your fabric and peel off the paper backing...
center your mat under the fabric and cery carefully use your iron to tack the fabric in place...be sure to not go crazy or you will iron your fabric onto your ironing board...at this point you are just trying to hold it in place...
flip over...cut a triangle off of each corner...fold in and iron in place...like wrapping a gift...
once you get the outside finished...cut out the center rectangle of your fabric...be sure to stay an inch or so away from the edge...cut from the corner of the fabric to the corner of your mat...fold in each as before and iron down...
this photo shows a little better what i meant by cutting to the corner.  fold each side in and iron flat...when done with that you can turn it over and iron the front flat down...
add your print and pop it in a frame...unique and colorful cuteness. :) 

sorry the photos aren't super...we are having a dreary wet day here with minimal sun...i'll answer any questions in the comments. :) 


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roller coasters.


a few weeks ago we took a little road trip to a nearby city.  we ended up in one of those little amazingly, overpriced arcade type of places.  inside was a little version of a roller coaster.  possibly one of the most tame ones that i have ever been on...and back in the day there was none that i wouldn't go on.  

growing up we lived near kings dominion and there was always some new and daring rollercoaster to try...backwards ones, upside down ones, ones where you dangled and dipped and went straight up in the air.  i could take them all.  i enjoyed them.  i waited in line for them.  it was fun.  

fast forward to this tiny little roller coaster.  a roller coaster that went around in a small oval and up and down in the most tame of ways.  a roller coaster that moses was excited to ride.  that he couldn't ride alone.  someone had to go with him and doug was not going to do it.  so i did.  i didn't think anything of it because i have been on countless roller coasters 1000's of times more crazy than this little rinky dink thing.  and let me tell you what...it kicked my butt.  i went from complete roller coaster tolerance to zero roller coaster tolerance.  i was dizzy.  i was sick.  i was ill.  i did not like it. 

it's the same for me now with the roller coaster known as life.  back in the day i seemed much more equipped for the crazy ups and downs that came with life.  maybe it was because i was just focused on survival and not really learning...and now learning is the most important to me.  

i'm on the verge of losing track of the ups and downs we have gone through in the last few months...we'd have a dream then have it dashed...mourn, breathe, recoup...dream, dash, mourn, recoup, dream, dash, mourn, recoup...it's a cycle we are in at the moment...this last weekend was no exception.  
in the midst of a celebration, surrounded by family we had more dreams dashed.  we pushed through.  i had my cry and the party went on.  

hope has never been so hard.  i never knew it to be such a painful thing to endure.  but it is.  it's wonderful and cutting all at the same time.  

all the while these things are happening, we know that we know that God's plan is best, that He knows our path and route and has it all planned out.  we are both very ready to accept His choices for us.  but figuring them out has been tough.  

the valleys and peaks have been not so drastic as they once were.  i'd like to think that is part of our growth...that when you are hanging on to Him, He keeps you from the depths and manic highs that the world throws at you and keeps you on a more even path instead.   

He keeps us dreaming at the slightest sign of hope.  even though i am so wearied by the hands of hope.  and even though i promised to give it up to save heartache.  here we are again at it's door.  
and the cycle begins again.
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party uno.

 we had a mini party for aaron on his birthday...
 ...with many VIP's...
 and special guests...
 ...there were cupcakes...
 ...and singing...and blowing out candles...
 ...a happy two year old...
 ...and a surprise at the bottom of each cupcake...
 ...that the birthday boy enjoyed...
to the best of his ability.  :) 

xo
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new!

the first bunny hoho!

this one is in the shop with more to come!
contact me if you want a custom order! :) 

xo
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he made us do it.

someone made it impossible to allow him to sleep in his crib any longer and he ended his birthday in his happy new toddler bed.  getting him to stay there tonight may or may not have required me holding the door closed from the other side until he gave up and finally went to bed.   
and here is moses at the same stage (four months older than hoho is now).  getting this one to stay in his new bed took all of me saying "stay in your bed". 
thus proving that two kids, 
parented the same way, 
by the same parents, 
can be completely different.
but equally wonderful. 

:)
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we HAVE a two year old!

happy birthday hoho!!
today you are two!!
i know every mom says this but really...didn't we just come home from the hospital with you? 

you are the naughtiest baby i have ever known.  you prowl around looking for things to get into like a predator hunting his prey.  and you are dynamic at it.  your best move is something we call the "bait and switch".  to successfully pull of this maneuver you start by doing naughty thing A...while we are dealing with the havoc of naughty thing A...you run to naughty thing B while we are busy cleaning up A.  we believe that naughty item B is what you really wanted to do in the first place anyway. 

your favorite word is "no". and you will sometimes sing it to us in response to a request like a choir boy practicing scales "no, no, nooooooooooooooo".  

you have to sleep with a onesie on because otherwise you will strip naked.  this has resulted in legendary messes that we didn't know where to start cleaning up. 

you regularly stick things up your nose.  you did this once and we didn't even know it was up there until you sneezed. 
your favorite shows include yo gabba gabba, little bill and olivia.  yes, olivia. 

you are going through a biting phase.  no one is safe.  
you are also the sweetest baby i've ever known.  

as shown above, you are excellent at relaxing...we're pretty sure this is one of your gifted areas.  

you love a good cuddle in the morning...or any time of day really.  you are always good for a hug and a sloppy kiss.  

you adore your daddy.  

we hardly ever get a bad report on you from sunday school or any childcare setting...usually people can't believe how sweet you are.  and you really are.  
you love to color and play play-doh.  you also love legos and any kind of ball.  

you love anything soft or cuddly...also known in our home as "giggles". 

you are our sweet baby boy and we love you so much.  you bring a lot of fun and sunshine into our family and we are so very blessed to be your parents. 

we want you to know that you are loved and that we think you are wonderful.  your sassy sweet personality brings a lot of goodness into our lives.  we want you to know that we pray for you daily...that your walk with Jesus would always bring you closer to Him and never farther away. 

we pray that you grow up as a great friend to your brother and that you always love and enjoy your family who love you and support you.

happy birthday sweet boy!!

love, your mommy
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a good day.

 i'm sorry you have already seen these photos...but the story behind the day that these were taken was a fun one that i wanted to document.  winter has been loooooong.  and cold.  we've watched more TV than we are proud of...but with no basement or playroom or ability to go outside it kinda limits what we can do in a day to occupy ourselves.  plus we have had sickness on top of sickness.  each member of the family being kind enough to get well JUST before the next one falls ill. 
 so last week...we had one glorious day of 72 degree weather.  it was heaven sent.  no really.  we celebrated by having chocolate milkshakes for dinner and going to the playground at a school nearby.  we were out there for a long time...a good time...where the boys played hard and ran and ran...that good kind of fun..the kind where both boys were quiet on the ride home because they were so worn out.  it was a really good afternoon.    
 doug and moses played a game that they made up that involved this pine cone.
 i bribed moses with a gumball to do this.  because i thought it was funny.  and it is.
 aaron was a huge fan of the milkshake.  his first ever.  he ran from thing to thing on the playground carrying his little shake, putting it down while he did what he wanted...picking it up and running it to the next thing.  this shirt cracks me up...why does a short sleeved shirt make him look so much bigger? 
 aaron is fearless on the playground.  he will try anything he see's.  he fell through one of those metal bar arch ladder things...bonked his head, looked annoyed, got back up and kept going.  
he's always been a tough kid.  i can't believe he will be two in two days. 
he needs a haircut in this photo...we took care of that tonight.  moses has been a bit of a crazy child lately.  not crazy really, i guess...it's just sometimes i really wonder if all of the hearing screenings have been right.  how can this child really have perfect hearing?   please tell me that it is normal to lose count of how many times you have to tell a four year old to do something? 

lucky for him he comes with a good share of funny.  tonight at dinner he informed us that his imaginary friend clark, also goes by garg.  that garg has a baby named happer.  and that his mom is a cat fairy.  

and every single time he (moses not garg)goes to the bathroom...he feels the need to shout.  or sing.  loudly.  it happens often enough that we have dubbed it "bathroom turrets"...

so even though he makes us crazy sometimes...he is pretty wonderful.  please feel free to reassure me that he is a perfectly normal four year old boy. :) 

xo
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another version.

 we've been watching a lot of movies lately...and this is what i do. 
 i have some neurological problem that won't just let me sit there and watch a movie. 
i HAVE to feel like i am getting something done.
 so this week it was a boy version of my rainbow blanket.  it's made from super soft yarns...a mix of cotton, wool and bamboo.  all soft and all awesome.
i'm going to put it in the shop right now.  it's a tad bigger than the last one...less ruffled but still perfect for wrapping a sweet bundled baby in...or using as a lap blanket...or being a lovey.  

and my home is pet and smoke free.

and right now, in case you don't follow little bit funky on facebook,...you can enter coupon code:
HEYPRES20 to get 20% off of your order of anything in the shop. 
the coupon code will be good until friday.
and i''m off...to get aaron off of the kitchen counter for the nth time today.  
:)
and p.s.  my good friends jeremy and aaron over at Enigma photography are giving away an iPad when they reach 2,000 fans on face book.  Click HERE to get to their page and enter for your chance to win. 
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will = peace

 i don't mean to keep disappearing for days at a time...i've just been 
preoccupied with life...with trying to figure out God's will for my life...and what that means.  
And how to get information from my head to my heart.
 i can tell you that i know that i know, that i want HIS will for my life.  i want HIS path.  i want to make the choices that HE would have me make.  i want to do what HE wants me to do.  whatever that is.  the trouble i am having, is finding that will.  i seek and do all i can.  i pray.  and read my Bible.  and seek wise council.  i know that i want HIS will.  i am learning how to find it.
 i have had many interactions with people about this very topic.  and have learned that you either get someone who will listen and offer prayer...OR you get someone who offers you "justs"...you know...just believe, just pray, just read, just know.  just.  just.  just.  well, let me tell you...if i could "just" i would have by now.  and i don't think that JUST is the answer.  as i fell asleep last night, thinking about the choices and decisions to make in my life right now...i wondered...why can it all JUST happen at once...and i got this word picture in my head. 

imagine you are at a beautiful banquet.  you are wearing your best good clothes.  your kids are at a good, free sitter.  your honey is with you.  you have taken your time to get ready and be present at the meal you are about to have.  the only catch is that you get ONE bite at a time.  you are given wonderful delicious, mouth watering food.  one.  bite.  at a time.  and you only get one bite every couple of minutes.  in between bites you are expected to study that bite...to savor it...to study it...to get to know it well...so that you can really enjoy it.  you cannot rush it.  the bites come when they do...you have no control over when they do.  all you can control is how react to the bite...how much to pay attention to it...how much you learn from it and enjoy it.   you leave happy, content and at peace...closing your eyes every so often to remember a particular bite like an old friend.

now imagine the same banquet.  only you are wearing a t-shirt and sweatpants.  you haven't taken a shower or washed your hair.  you were hurried out the door...unsure of your sitter but you HAD to leave.  you get the same mouth watering, glorious food.  only you have to eat it AS FAST as you can.  no time to drink or taste or enjoy.  you have to eat quickly before it is taken away.  hurry, hurry hurry.  you choke a little, you are messy and frazzled.  you leave feeling fat and bloated and you just want to throw up to relieve your uncomfortable stomach.
i have had both of the meals.  less of the former lately.  but there are days when i can remember a certain meal with my husband...at the house of blues in NC...I think there was some teeny bopper concert going on there(justin beiber??)...we had to wait forever but it didn't matter because we didn't have kids yet...we enjoyed the moments we spent waiting for our table to be ready...looking at the artwork...talking...enjoying each moment together.  and we had a shrimp dish that night that i can still taste to this day.  

i don't have many memories of the hurry up and eat meals.  when i do remember them, i usually cringe from the stress that i can remember from them but the good ones always bring me peace.

today, don't make fun of me, for fun i googled "how to follow God's will for my life".  and i read through some of the links...mostly Bible study types but one thing struck me.  peace. 

God's will for you is always accompanied by His peace.  His way is peaceful.  His path is peaceful.  He does not want stress for me...or you...He wants us to slow down...to take small bites of His will and learn from them...to memorize them.  we aren't built to handle life all at once.  if we try it that way we are not asking for peace...we are kicking and screaming for our way.  we want it all and we want it now.  and "all, now" means stress, pressure, sadness, problems.  His way leads to peace and goodness.  
and i want peace and goodness.  

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declared the Lord,
‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, 
plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11). 
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what i wish num 19.

Welcome to "What I wish I could tell you"...an anonymous platform for bloggers to share what they don't feel free to share on their own blogs.  If you have a story/thought/ache/hurt/feeling/secret/prayer request you want to get out, feel free to email me at ricracandpompoms @ gmail.com.  You will remain anonymous to all but me unless you choose otherwise. 
The author of this entry has chosen to stay anonymous.  Say hello to anon #19 (holly): 

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I wish I could write this story on my own blog because I feel it is important, however the pain for my family is too fresh so I will openly share it here, but for now details won't be discussed on my own blog.  I want to tell you all that I have 4 wonderful, amazing, and loving children.  However one of them I did not give birth to.  In fact she has only been living with us for a little over a year.  However I am related to her.  She is 11 years old and she is my half-sister.  I am her legal guardian.  I want to tell you that her story is not pretty.  It is one of intense pain.  My baby sister was the victim of sexual abuse.  Her abuser was her own step father.  I know that doesn't sound like a uncommon story, but her story is a little different than most.  You see, she told someone.  She told her best friend and that brave little girl told her mommy and her mommy called my sister's dad.  After that the police got involved right away and within 24 hours my sister was removed from the home and sent to her dads house.  The next day we were trying to get all of our kids to their games and parties and such when I got a phone call.  It was also Halloween.  I was in shock.  We found friends to watch our own kids and we drove 2 towns over to the department of children's services to be with her.  When we got there we found out that her stepfather had just been arrested as he confessed to his crime and they had it on recording.  I haven't even gotten to the worse part of our story.  Our mother was there.  She was in another room.  The case worker pulled me aside and informed me that our mother was in complete denial and she had decided to support her husband even after his confession.  She still supports him today having almost no contact with us.  The case worker also informed me that she needed to find a safe place for my sister and that her dad was not suitable because he is not in the best health so we may be the only option.  Of course we said yes.  I want to tell you that as soon as she was out of that bad place that everything was great, but I can't.  I will fast forward to the present.  It has been over a year since that horrible day.  My sisters step father opted to a jury trial that involved getting my sister on the stand within 2 feet of him to testify to what he had done to her.  Several of the jury members were in tears.  I want to tell you how brave she was and how my heart broke for her while she was curled up on the floor of the witness room sick at her stomach from the thought of being anywhere near him.  I want to tell you that he was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of his crime with no chance of parole.  I want you to know that does NOT erase the pain of what he has done to our family.  If you think that my sweet sister was the only victim here, you are wrong.  Myself, my husband, and my own children are also victims.  I want you to understand that this has been a VERY hard year on my family and at times I wanted to give up.  I would be lying if I said I didn't.  I am sure that some might wonder why I would want to tell my story.  I tell it because I want you to know that one of the best ways to prevent child abuse is to educate our children.  If you think that this can't happen to your family then you are wrong.  It can happen to anyone no matter where you live or how much money you have.  It doesn't have to involve a step parent either.  The statistics for children of abuse are not good.  I pray every day that we are doing the right things for my sister to keep her from continuing to be a statistic.  Girls who are sexually abused are 25% more likely to become pregnant as teenagers.  About 30% of abused children will continue the cycle by abusing their own children.  You can read these and more statistic here .   I want to you to know that you can play a huge role in protecting your own children from abuse.  Last I want to tell you that I am not this great and wonderful person for taking my sister in.  I have lost count of how many of our friends and family have told us that, but we didn't take her in so that people would say nice things about us.  We did it out of love.  We love my sister as we love our own children.  I hate what she has been through, but it happened and I have to believe that God sent us all through this storm for a reason and my hope is in Him.

  She was OK with not being anonymous. :) Go say hi and encourage her. :)
~*~

Want a turn to share?  Email me at ricracandpompoms @ gmail.com. 
Feel free to comment and encourage or just relate and assure.
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i'll take one please.

i just ADORE this print from modmemento.  it serves as a great reminder for me during this crazy waiting period we are going through.  because really, wherever my honey is, is where i want to be. 

you can get the print in the modmemento shop HERE.   
she will customize it to any colors of your choice...i am thinking i want want similar to the example here...with just a kick more brightness. :) 

xo
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true love.

(you can pull it and print it). :)
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