Sunday, January 31, 2010

My First Attempt at Decoupage

So I got this "great" idea to make a picture frame for my boss for her upcoming baby shower, using Amy Butler paper to match the material she used for her baby bedding. Today I purchased the supplies so that I could try it out myself before trying it on her's. I did learn online AFTER making mine that most actually paint the inside ridge (that goes to the glass) and the edges. Instead, I tried to cut and glue the paper to wrap around, which worked for the outside edges but not so well for the inside.


Anyway...for her's I will use the painting idea, and I'm actually really excited about it! I might even do two separate frames, different sizes, with two of the different patterns she had. Now, if I could find the car stamp and punch that I need for my son's birthday party invitation and cupcake picks, I'd be very happy!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

There She Is...

I've never really been a pagent watcher, and definitely have never sat through an entire show. I paid more attention if I knew that Miss Nebraska (or Miss Missouri, after moving to KC) was doing well, but if she was out, I usually was, too. This year, though, I sat through the whole Miss America pagent, and was actually entertained. They were trying to shake it up a bit, including having a few viewer picks in the top 15, 11 picked by the judges, and the final spot picked by the remaining contestants. There were a couple other things they did that made it a little more interesting, so I was actually getting into it.

But I have to say my biggest reason for watching was Miss Nebraska, Miss Nevada, and Miss Idaho's hair! You see, a friend of mine, who I went to high school with is a hairdresser. Not JUST a hairdresser, but a FABULOUS hairdresser. She actually did my hair for my wedding, along with my two flower girls, and now co-owns her own shop. She spent all week in Las Vegas doing the hair of Miss Nebraska,Idaho and Nevada. While Idaho and Nevada did not make it past the first round, Miss Nebraska made it all the way to the top 10, competing in swimsuit, evening gown, and talent, but just missing the interview portion. And all the while, her hair was GORGEOUS!

Congratulations, Fawnia, on doing such a fabulous job and helping Miss Nebraska make it that far! And that's why I drive to Lincoln to get my hair cut!! :)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Hooray for Friday!

I am very happy it's Friday. It's not like it's been a particularly busy week, but I'm tired and ready for it to be over. I only worked two hours on Tuesday and not at all on Thursday, due to a sick little boy. A low grade fever and a VERY runny yet congested nose kept him out of daycare, so I used yet more PTO time to care for him. Not that he isn't worth it, but I'm running VERY low. The way this winter has been going -- both weather-wise and family health-wise -- I'm in trouble! For that reason, April can't get here soon enough!

It's supposed to be cold this weekend, but that's ok. It's not like I had big plans anyway. Tonight Emily has dance from 5:30-6:30. After dance we may run to Michael's so that I can pick up some paper that I plan on using for a lot of projects for my boss's baby shower. I had dreamed of doing SO much more, but I've had to back off some of my plans, thanks to car repair bills. I still have some ideas that I think may turn out very cute, so I'm very excited to get started. The shower is Wednesday, February 24th, so I really need to get cracking on some of my paper crafts.

She is doing all her bedding with Amy Butler fabric, so I want to use the Amy Butler paper at Michael's to cover the cupcake stand, make the banner, and make the cupcake toppers. I'm also thinking of making a frame, inspired by the ones I've seen on the TomKat Studios website, with the paper to match some of the fabric she used. The fun part might be trying to find a plain, wood craft frame to cover.

Once I get the baby shower stuff done, it will then be time to work on my little boy's first birthday party, which is scheduled for March 20th. I have a lot more work to do on that one, and I still haven't 100% decided what the theme will be. I'm thinking cars, as he likes things with wheels. I just want it to be something special, so I am scouring websites and blogs daily for ideas.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"One Car Family" is NOT for the Weak...

There is a commercial on television these days, State Farm I think, where the opening couple says, "We've decided to be a one car family." For the last week, everytime I see that commercial I want to throw something at the TV. For the last nearly two weeks we have been FORCED to be a one car family after the wiring into and the fuse panel broke. Two tow bills, five days at our mechanic, seven days at the dealership service department, and several hundred dollars later, we finally have our car back! This means no more bumming rides to work from friends, no more packing the kids up at 7:30 to pick Kevin up by 8:00...it's a wonderful thing!

It's so wierd how anything that deviates from the routine makes life feel so abnormal. I am such a creature of habit and really dislike change, so it's been a difficult 12 days for me. The even wierder thing is that there is a part of me -- a very small part -- that feels like I might actually miss it. I kind of enjoyed the extra "family time," even though it was just driving in the car to and from downtown. The weather, with the exception of the fog in the early days, has been pretty good, the traffic has been good, and it's just kind of been nice. But overall, I am happy to have it over and done with so "normal" life can resume.

Now that the car drama is over, I'm hoping to be able to focus more time on the list of Want-to-do's, like finishing the purse, planning my boss's baby shower, and planning my baby's first birthday party! So this post OFFICIALLY ends the car drama portion of my blog, so now on to the FUN THINGS!! I promise :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Enough Already!

My thoughts have been consumed recently with all this car drama. Are they going to be able to figure it out? Will they be able to fix it? Will it be expensive? Will we ever get it back? That, along with the pretty miserable weather we've been having, and I've been very melancholy. And today, for some reason, was probably one of my most "unhappy" days. After I picked up the kids from daycare, I started feeling even more down about feeling so bad around the kids. It wasn't until after I got the kids to bed and got on the computer that I realized what a bum I'm being.

Yes, the car thing is a mess, an inconvenience, and very possibly a bigger expense than we can really take right now (already spent $150 on two tows), but really...life aint so bad.

Just when I needed something to put it all into perspective and knock me out of my fog, I logged into my blog and there it was, plain and simple -- Love and the Little Things. I need to remember that I have more love from my family and friends then I deserve, and its the little things that really make life special, and that's what it's all about.

And it's FRIDAY!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Car drama...

So after 5 days with our mechanic (who didn't charge us a dime for all of the work he did) he could not figure out what the heck is going on with the car, so it has now been towed to the dealer. Great thing about that is that the dealer is two days behind and MAY be able to get to it by Monday. Yay. So it looks like more wonderful evening drives to downtown KC are in our future!

Hopefully once they get into it they will be able to diagnose it quickly and get us back on the road. I pray it's not something terribly difficult and expensive. I am so ready to move on from this and on to happier times!! I expect that it's much like the inconvenience we had in June, when we were rear ended very hard while the whole family was in my Hyundai Sonata. Dealing with insurance, and rental cars, and car dealerships was a pain in the bottom, but within a few months we barely remembered the inconvenience and the few sleepless nights.

Once all of this done and I have my evenings back again, I hope to get this blog back to what it was supposed to be about...FUN! I am still working on the purse, I want to create cute Valentines cards for my daughters daycare, I need to start working on my boss' baby shower, and it's only about eight weeks until my baby boy's first birthday party! So...once the car drama is over, look for more fun on this blog!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What is going on?

I'm really starting to think 2010 is not my year. I am lucky and very thankful that nothing BIG has really happened, but I continue to be annoyed by all the little things.

With all the other things that have happened, we are currently a one car family, and with our work schedules, it really doesn't work too well. Last Thursday, my husband's car decided to just die for no reason, and would not restart. We had it towed to our mechanic who has had it for three days now and cannot figure out what's wrong. He has a few more ideas, but more than likely we will be driving it to the dealership tonight to have them work on it. Yay. That sounds like a cheap plan! I just hope they can figure it out, and quick. I'm having to load the kids in the car around 7:30, drive all the way back downtown to pick up my husband by 8:00, and we dont get home until after 8:30. Evenings are short enough the way it is, the extra hour out of the night is not good. And we are just lucky that, although we've had fog, the weather has been pretty good, because if it were snowing and icing, I'd be too freaked to pick him up and he'd be living at work.

And that's another thing. This weather! The last five or six days/nights, it has been so foggy that I'm almost too scared to drive. I have rarely seen my neighbor's house down the street in almost a week. I think it's finally going to get better, but now we'll have rain and drizzle moving in. I saw the sun for a few hours on Sunday, but I think it's now gone for good. So it's either been snowy, or below freezing, or foggy, or drizzly for about a month now. I am SO ready for Spring.

I really don't want to seem like all I do is complain. If I ever do get blog visitors, I don't want you all to run and never look back because I'm such a downer. I have a great life -- a wondeful supportive family and group of friends, two healthy, adorable kids, and a job. However, the stress of the last month or so is really starting to rain on my usual sunny, happy attitude!

So here is hoping that the car issues are the last of my problems. At least for awhile anyway.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cupcakes!

I love little surprises -- especially when they come during an ordinary day at work! Today, one of the attorneys that I work for, who is also a mommmy-to-be, brought me homemade cupcakes as a thank you for the baby clothes and things that I've recently given to her. I shared a few with some friends at lunch, but will be taking the rest home for the family to enjoy! Aren't they lovely?



Not only are they very pretty, but they are VERY good, too! I may be borrowing the receipe for the cupcakes I'm making for her baby shower!!

Yummy!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Happy New Year -- Again!

Since the first week of 2010 wasn’t too great (family stomach flu, snow and cold, and a job offer not made), I decided to start it all over again on Sunday. I celebrated my New-New Years Eve with two glasses of wine, then celebrated Sunday by leaving the kids with the hubby and catching a movie – by myself.

I never would have thought I’d go to movies by myself. I don’t even like going to lunch by myself (just ask my co-workers) so a movie was just crazy talk. However, last year I decided that since (1) my husband and I don’t usually agree on movies, and (2) we don’t really have anyone to babysit for us, if I wanted to see a movie, I would just have to go by myself. The first time was sometime last year. First, I took the day off of work, took the kids to daycare, and came back home to “sleep in.” When I finally woke up sometime around noon, I got dressed, and went for lunch. On the menu was KFC’s grilled chicken! And the bonus – I had a coupon for a free meal. Score! Then I hit up Target for a little bit of shopping, but I don’t think I bought much if anything. Then I headed to AMC to see “My Sister’s Keeper” – and I had a gift certificate for a free movie courtesy of the law firm I work for (a gift for Secretary’s Day). Score again!

Of course, I cried like a baby during the movie. But what’s more important is that I walked out of there with a little sense of empowerment! Ok, maybe empowered is too strong, but at least I knew that I could do a movie by myself, and that was really exciting!

So back to Sunday night…my movie of choice was “The Blind Side,” a movie I’ve been wanting to see. Let me say I did not regret my decision. Usually, somewhere close to the end of a movie, I’m just kind of ready for it to be over. I’m just not a HUGE movie person. But this was so different. I didn’t want it to end. Sandra Bullock (who I love anyway) was AMAZING! Tim McGraw was also very good, even though he was in a limited role. Quinton Aaron, who plays Michael Oher, was also amazing. This movie left me completely inspired and motivated, and I can’t even really tell you what it was about it that accomplished that. All I know is I laughed a lot more than I cried in this movie, and I may even cheer for the Ravens to make the Super Bowl (even if they did beat the Patriots – sorry, honey).

I have many 2010 Goals (I’m trying not to call them “Resolutions”). One is to get to bed at a decent time, and wake up early enough to get everything done that I need to, and out the door by 7:10 at the latest. Sunday night I went to bed at 10:30, asleep around 11:00, up at 5:45, got dressed ready, kids up, dressed, and ready, out the door and on the road by approximately 7:20, and clocked into work at 8:04. Not on time, but early enough to make the 7 minute leeway we are given. Monday night – not quite as good at the going to bed thing. I was busy cutting material for the purse I’m trying to make, so I was actually getting ready for bed around 11:10 – 40 minutes after my “bedtime.” Instead of going straight to bed, I decided to read a chapter in a book I’ve had for five years. It’s been so long since I’ve sat and read, and I also decided this was going to be one of my 2010 Goals – to read more. I actually starting reading this book about five years ago, but then I think once I had my daughter I put it up. Not surprisingly, I can’t remember much about the book, so I have decided to read it from the beginning.

This morning was another good morning. I didn’t have to fight my daughter much on the whole getting dressed, brush your hair thing, so we were out the door in good time and I clocked into work at 8:02. Would have been early had traffic not been pretty backed up on the highway to work. But anyway, I’m happy with the way that Goal is panning out – but it has been only two days.

Another one of my goals is less internet play. MUCH less internet play. I’m addicted, I admit it. And it’s not like I do anything really important when I’m on. I find myself sitting there, lap top on lap (duh), going to Facebook, then my Gmail, then say…People.com, or USMagazine.com, or TMZ.com, then to Facebook (I have to see if anyone has updated their status in the last three minutes), then to CNN.com, then to Twitter, then back to Facebook, then to our local stations, then to PerezHilton.com, then to one of the many blogs or other fun websites I frequent, then to my Gmail again, then to Facebook, back to Twitter… Before I know it, its 10:30, I’ve accomplished nothing and plain wasted my entire evening. And it hits me even more when, at the end of the night I think back to my daughter coming up to me and saying “I wanna sit on your lap” and I remember telling her, “Not right now.” And every time I tell myself that the next time, I will put the computer down and hold her. But when the next time comes, I do the same thing. It’s the addiction, I tell you. But no more! Last night, after dinner, I jumped on the computer to check a couple of things, but then remembered how much of my evening I’m wasting by sitting there doing nothing. So I put the computer down, went into my room, grabbed the material and the pattern I bought over a year ago, and started cutting on the patterns pieces and the material to make my very first bag.

It’s going to be a mess – that’s one thing I can pretty much guarantee. I can tell that just by looking at the very uneven pattern pieces I cut. How in the world do you cut even pieces of folded over material? I got about half of the pieces cut before it was time to turn in, so tonight I hope to finish cutting. And if I actually get that thing sewn into something that resembles the bag in the picture, I will carry it with pride!!



I have so much I want to change or do in 2010. I want to be a better wife. I want to be a more patient mother. I want to be a cleaner person so I don’t spend so much of my free time cleaning up (although I do have a 4 year old and a 9 month old, so I suppose that goes with it). I want to spend more time learning and practicing things like sewing, paper craft, knitting, crocheting, baking/decorating, cooking… I want to spend LESS time on the internet and MORE time doing things that really matter to me and my family. I want to stop being late for everything, all the time.

And of course there is the standard lose weight, exercise more, eat better…and I really do want to and plan to do those things to. And also the yearly getting out of debt and STAYING out of debt thing. I’ll be working on that, too.

I’m pretty sure writing a two page blog entry might also constitute spending too much time on the internet, especially when I really should be working (although I’m waiting for my bosses to give me something) so I’ll end this now. But I will be back…

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year, Blog More

I swore to myself that when the new year came, I would make a very concious effort to blog more. I had every intention of making good on that "resolution" beginning on January 1, however, life had other plans. The kids and I traveled up to Lincoln for our Christmas with my mom, brother, and his family, but Friday night both my 4 year old daughter and I came down with the stomach flu. We spent most of the weekend laying around groaning, while my wonderful mother took care of my 9 month old son. So unfortunately, we weren't able to celebrate Christmas with my nieces and nephews, but Emily loved the presents she received from Gramma.

And the fun wasn't saved for just Emily and I. Saturday night, while we were on the mend, my husband became the third victim of the stomach flu and spent most of Sunday asleep on the couch. The kids and I avoided him and stayed in Lincoln on Monday, and I've spent most of the evening washing all the sheets, wiping the toys and remotes down with Lysol wipes, and spraying the furniture with Lysol. Now that's how you spend an evening!

And now I sit here, about ready to head to bed. Unfortunately, all I can do is stare at the Christmas tree and dread putting it all away. I hate the process, but I'm SO ready to reclaim my living room and get the tree outta here. Maybe I'll wait and do it on Wednesday. I hope to be working, but we are expecting yet another snow event, so depending on the timing of the snow I will either take a day off or leave early. So maybe the tree will come down Wednesday. Or maybe this weekend. Whatever.

So here is the exciting first blog of 2010. Don't let the excitement scare you away from coming back for the next blog! And by you I mean...um... Well. I guess me. Or are there more of you????