Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Year One

This year will bring a first birthday, a 10 year wedding anniversary and drum roll please!!!!
A Blogaversary! A year ago today I ventured to start a journey that truthfully I didn't think I'd follow through with. A whole lot has changed and stayed the same throughout this year, like the birth of our third and FINAL child, our dear friends and Pastor moved away and in an ironic twist of fate my husband is on a business trip just as he was a year ago today :( miss you babe!

It may not be one of the most viewed blogs out there or have all the fancy bells and whistles that most do, but you know what, it's the most precious and valuable one to me because it's saved our family memories, shared them with loved ones not near to us and birthed a creativity in me I never thought I had.

So, in keeping this short but sweet (like my very first post) I'd like to encourage and challenge any of you reading this today that would love to start "blogging" but think they just don't have the time or it wouldn't be interesting enough. He's my answer to you... You do and it will be!



Monday, February 14, 2011

My best friend

I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. Now on the other hand nothing says I love you like Evil Knievel that dude was tough

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.

For the one I love.............. Sincerely your husband.

My road dog wanted to give a special shout out, I wuv you mama........ dang that boy has skills!

Leslie, I love you, and wanted to express it in a special way that would speak to your heart. Thank you for choosing me, I love you forever.


Without her would be impossible.........

um, OK, so I'm taking a shot here, please humor people. My beautiful wife is crazy with crafts, blogs, and all this arts jazz. After 10 great years of marriage and today being a day filled with - I love yous, Hallmark making a killing, and Kay jewelers making me sick I thought (with some good advise E.S.) I would break from the urge of chocolate, flowers and "no hun I got the dishes" and experience doing what my high school honey loves. Now she's on to me because like a meat head I had no "smooth" way of asking for screen names password etc. So gonna make this fast sweet and to the point plus the floor in this bathroom is pretty uncomfortable.

"Pop yo Blue Collar, Valentine Day Flowa"

I found these empty cans in the back yard hmmmm....must have been jazzbone our friendly hobo that uses my shed, anyway make sure they are nice and empty (Pabst just looks cool).

Next I had Gio run to the dinning room and "borrow" another item for our presentation I think Les might have used these in her last craft.

Now Gabi's turn hmm what can we use? then I hear a yell and Gio is attacking Gabi with the heart balloon and it breaks off the stick awesome baby!!!!
Just add some nice ribbon and voila!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Week filled with laughter and tears and lots of love!

These last few days before Valentine's Day have been filled with laughter and tears, and lots of love!
It was time to say goodbye to one of dearest and closest friends who have moved to the West Coast, a long ways from here.

Though we know we'll always be friends it's never easy saying goodbye. I'm praying for them because I personally know how they feel. Six years ago we moved away from everything and everyone we knew, but were blessed to find a wonderful pastor and family who treated us like their own. So my prayer for them is that God bless them even more than they blessed us for the last six years.

Now I think what is really going to make me cry right now is talking about "the kids". You see I don't know exactly when, how or why it even happened but our kids became best friends, and so we had to have one last play date this past week. They had a blast even though the mommies were annoying them taking their pictures and crying.

Isn't he a cutie! I use to change his diapers(although I'm sure he wouldn't like me talking about that).

They are so beautiful.

You can't see it in the pic but they're all sitting on top of a very special car bed they gave my son.

So it's not goodbye, it's see you soon!

Thankfully to distract my daughter from this sad time, she was also excited to attend her very first Father Daughter Banquet.

I could tell he was holding back from crying, cause I was!

Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Cute Valentine on a dime!

If you pay attention to my blog at all this craft may look familiar to you, however I amped it up a bit.

It's super cute, easy and cheap.

Here's what you need:
*empty paper towel roll
*Elmer's glue
*glitter (woohoo)
(depending on what you decide to make
last 2 are optional)
*curling ribbon
*hole punch

Simply cut the paper towel roll into rings I made mine about half an inch to maybe an inch wide.
I was able to get about 11 out of these.

Next, just pinch the roll in the center, go ahead and give it a good squeeze. After making a few of them I realized I needed to really fold them in good so that they would keep their shape.

Make a little "dipping station" for yourself of glue and glitter. Dip in Glue

Dip in glitter, roll it around good so it's all coated.
And once you let it go you should have a sweet little glitter trim heart shape.

So I decided to use them as decorative tags, and attached to hole punched mini fruit roll ups
with ribbon for my daughter's class.

**Here's a tip: don't bother buying the made for Valentine's day kind fruit roll ups because they're more expensive.**

Although it's a bit small you can write on these however, I suggest writing on them before you glue and glitter.

Here are some ideas:


handmade cards

in floral bouquets

napkin rings

place cards

I'd love to see what you can do these.

handmade projects

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Thomas Saves the Day!

We had a really good midweek family fun day! I totally recommend you catching this show with the little engine enthusiasts in your home. We all loved it, and more than anything else I love watching the joy in my children's faces, irreplaceable memories.

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