Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valentines Day pictures

I decided to make a valentines card this year for my family.  I normally only do Christmas and that is just on good years. lol  I am by all means NOT good at the whole card thing.  In fact, i still have written out christmas cards (addressed and all) from 5 years ago still sitting in a closet.  i dont know why this is so hard for me to do but it always has been.  Since this was a year with no Christmas cards i thought it would be the perfect time to do Valentines cards.  I can't wait till they come in so i can send them out cause i personally think they turned out cute.  Here is the final pics, just a little reminder to the fam of how much we love them. =)

BTW i never realized how hard it would be for a 2 year old to point to his eye and a 3 year old to make a heart shape.  She could not figure it out for the life of her and really i just straight lucked out that i got a shot with it actually looking like one! lol

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lap Desks (my kids favorite Christmas gift)

I made my two oldest kids lap desks this year for Christmas and they LOVE them.  The lap desks and the eye spy bags are definitely their favorite gifts (or at least the ones they have used the most thus far).  I also made one for my niece who is a little older then my two and she loved it as well and her mom says she not only uses it to read and work on but she turns it over and uses it as a pillow!  I used chalkboard paint for my two little ones and my youngest son wanted to know where his was.  I felt so guilty but since he is not as into coloring as the other two are i did not think he would want one.  So i guess i will be making another one very soon!  So far they have mainly used them as chalkboards but my oldest son, who is 5, has used it to do his homework on and loved that he could now do it on his "lap". 

This one was made for my Niece Jalyn who is almost 7.
The next two were for my two oldest, Dalten 5 and Kayden 3.

And here are my cuties using them for the first time.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2011 Resolutions

I normally do not do resolutions other then the normal i need to lose weight, but that sentence comes out of my mouth every month not just on new years!  I have decided to join the flock of bloggers who are making their lists in hopes that really thinking about what i want this year and writing it down will help emplore me to accomplish them. So here it goes;

1. Lose weight (haha i had too)
2. Every month change one thing about my diet plan to get it on a healthier track. If i can do more then 1 a month great but my goal is just for one thing. These things inlcude things from a list of advise from my friend Elizabeth, she is very knowledgable in this area and i trust her assesments on food.  Not sure where i will start but i better figure it out soon!
3. drink more water, which goes hand in hand with drinking less diet soda!  I love water and i am not sure why i tend to forgo it for diet coke? Hopefully i can change that this year.
4. Be less critical of my craft projects so that i can start selling them for extra money.  Selling things has been a goal of mine for quite some time but i see a flaw in everything i make and feel guilty charging people when i dont think it is perfect.  I also feel really guilty charging people more then it cost me to make it.
5. Get better at woodworking.  This kind of goes hand in hand with number 4 but i would really like to get better at woodworking skills.  I would love to make things i could sell to people and i am talking about decor for the house, the yard and possibly one day even furniture!  I am slowly building up my tool collection and hopefully will be able to master each one of them!
6. Start looking into buying a home.  We want to own a home so badly but have been waiting till i am either working again or really close to it.  I have told Darren though i want to go ahead and start looking into a loan so that we can get an estimate on whether he could get approved or not, how much we could get approved for and then advise on what we could do to up that price, example build more credit, pay off certain things etc.  It is hard knowing what you should do to fix things when you are not sure what is on your credit or even what your credit score is.  They may tell us we need to wait till his truck is closer to being paid off or all the way paid off.  But at least we can start forming a plan and working toward that goal!
7. Reach my 5K goal!! My first 5K was supposed to be in Oct but of course i slacked off and was not ready and have not really gotten back on the wagon.  This is something i truly want to accomplish as i have always wanted to be a runner and i think this would be a HUGE stap toward a healthy life style for me.
8. Cook more home made meals, though if i start changing our eating habits i will have to anyway.  Dont get me wrong, we dont eat out very often as we do not have the money for it but i tend to make a lot of easy things that can go in a microwave or lots of pasta dishes, you know super easy things.  I tend not to make a protein, carb and vegetable like you are supposed to and i really want my kids learning to eat the right way now so they do not have the same weight issues as i do and the possible health issues i could eventually get.
9. Start back to church!! This should actually be my number 1 and i have been saying this for way to long now.  I always seem to think of an accuse as to why i cannot go but i am really doing my kids a serious injustice by not introducing them to God now.  I do talk about him but not nearly like i should or like they would learn in church.
10. Spend more quality time with each of my children. I have had one date night with Dalten so far but i would like to switch off doing that with each of them.  I think they all need their mommy to themselves every once in a while.  And this next story i am going to tell you is a big part of why i dont want to put that quality time off!

That is the end of my list and hopefully at the end of the year i will be able to say i checked off all these things!  On a sadder note, much much sadder.  A girl i went to highschool with died, along with her husband, on Christmas Eve night.  Their 8 month old daughter survived but is in the hospital with many fractures, bruises and two broken legs. I cannot seem to get this story out of my mind.  She was not a friend of mine but i know exactly who she is. She was the all american girl that you wished you could be like.  Super cute, smart, pom squad.  Her husband just graduated from texas A&M with his PHD and was on his why to being an up and coming scientist.  I can't help but think about where they were going or coming from, did they just have their babies first Christmas? or maybe just finish getting those last minute gifts?  I also keep thinking about how that poor baby will never completely know her parents or have brothers and sisters or will never be able to celebrate chrismtas without thinking about the tragedy that took place.  I am really trying to get over this story but it haunts me and i think it is because my worst fear is that i will die and not see my kids grow up or vise versa.  i could not live without my children and the thought of someone else raising them devestates me.  Anyway please pray for the Steigler and Goodpasture family and then love on your family because you truly never know when it is your time to go.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Finally posting some of my Christmas projects

I am so excited about some of my projects, i still have more to go but i wanted to post some pictures of a few of the things i have made this year.  I really hope my family likes the things i give them, personally i find homemade things the best kind of gift but that could just be me. =)  First up is this nativity set.  This is my absolute favorite. I saw it at Under my Umbrella, which is such a fun blog! She is very creative. http://undermypolkadotumbrella.blogspot.com/2009/09/nativity-patterns.html  She was nice enough to give us the templates and everything.  I of course had to do it the hard way since i am out of ink and i could not get them to enlarge so i free handed them by looking at her pictures. ha  She also does not have the stable or anything so i made that and attached it to the board with a piece of dowel. (i just drilled holes in a board i cut for buttom and then holes in the bottom of stable so that it comes apart). I also attached the angel with a dowel and attached the North star to the angel with some wire.  I was pretty happy with how it turned out! I am making myself and my mother in law one as well. (yes still lots to do before Christmas!!)

These next 3 things i made for Darren's boss, our friends the Nalleys and my brother and sister in law the Halls.  I really hope they like it.  I wish i new the colors of everyones decor so i could personalize them a little better but i am hoping i picked fairly neutral colors. 

I made this sign for My step sister Kimberly and her husband, I need to make one more for my sister in law Debbie Ann as well.  this particular project i saw at Mine for The Making..http://mineforthemaking.blogspot.com/2010/02/name-blocks.html  I of course just used paint and not vinyl, one of these days i will win a sillouette! lol
This next sign i made for my step sister Kori and her family.

The next pic is what i made Daltens teacher. 

This last picture i am posting i made for our guys handmade gift for our adult dirty santa.  It took me forever to figure out what to take but i like how it turned out. In fact i am making one that says HOGS football for my sisters fellow as he is a huge Hogs fan and has his own mancave to hang it in. =)                    

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Finals are done!!

Well i can FINALLY get back to my crafting as i took my last final last night. Sometimes i could just kick myself for not finishing school before i got married and had kids. =) Live and learn!! Anyway here are just a couple of the things i did in between homework and studying. I am working on LOTS of great things but i cannot really post them until after Christmas since they are presents. =)

I found a tutorial for these cute trees at Shanty 2 Chic.....http://shanty2chic.blogspot.com/2010/11/ruffle-christmas-trees.html I however do not have a ruffler foot so i did it the super long way and "ruffled" them by hand. I still love the way they turned out and the colors match my home beautifully. I wish i could leave them up year round!!

This next post i saw an idea for somewhere and i cannot remember where. I hate it too because she has a link to a really cute kissing sillouette you can use. I however am a big dork and wanted to personalize it with my husband and I. We did our pics seperate lol and he had no idea what i was doing. He was wondering why i made him look down for a side view picture. ha Poor guy, he must hate having a wife who is always doing something to embarrass him. lol

 Here is what it looks like on my book shelf.

I really want to add some of these super cute tissue paper trees i found at Mine for the Making. http://mineforthemaking.blogspot.com/2010/11/tissue-paper-trees-tutorial.html  I want to make one the same height as the picture and then smaller and smaller. I think a gold, red and green tree would look pretty next to it and make it not look so lonely up there!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gamestop contest

Anyone who actually knows me, knows i havew a gamer husband.  So i am entering this contest for him.  He would sh*t a brick if i gave him this on christmas morning! lol

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

TodaysMama (link to: http://bit.ly/tmwishlist) and GameStop (link to: http://bit.ly/gamestop10) are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What is your holiday wish for your family? My wish for my family would be that we are heatlhy and happy and that my children understand the full meaning of the holiday and know that, though the gifts are a great bonus, they are just that a bonus!

2. What is your Christmas morning / Hanukkah Nightly tradition? Christmas Eve night we go look at christmas lights at our big display places.  Then we come home and open one gift (pj's), leave milk and cookies for santa, and put reindeer food down outside.  Christmas morning we wake up and have some great family time while opening the remainder of our gifts and then head out to the in laws for a full day of family fun.

3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?  I know this sounds a little odd as it is not material but i would wish for the power to finally overcome my food addictions so i could get to a healthy weight for myself and my family.

4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?  We listen to alot of christmas music and dance around the house.  We also spend more time together driving around looking at lights.  My kids love it as much as me this year so it has been even funner. =)

5. What games did you play with your family growing up?  When my sister and i were little we got an atari.  We had so much fun playing with that untill we got a little older and finally got a nintendo.  I will always heart mario brothers. =)

6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?  Looking at lights before celebrating Christmas.  Unfortunatley my family did not really have any traditions, which i think is why i have so many now that i have my own kids.  i really want them to have things they can carry on to there families one day.

7. Where would you go for a Christmas/Hanukkah-away-from-home trip? I know most people say somewhere warm but i would love to be in the snowy mountains with plenty of food and drinks and firewood snuggled up nice and cozy with my family.

8. Check out GameStop (link to: http://bit.ly/gamestop10) and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year?  My husband already has about 20 games picked out lol but i cannot remember them.  i would want an x-box and the new x-box excercising games.  I love the idea of not having to hold a remote while doing it!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Christmas Wish List

So i thought i would put a little Christmas wish list together.  Things i really want, will never get (at least as a present ha) and that are out of a price range someone other then my husband would get me anyway.  This list will more then likely serve as a reminder for me so i can know exactly what i want to get myself when i have spare money.

First up is this juicer. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000050FB5/ref=s9_wishx_gw_p79_d85_i1?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3536K9OWIOQUD&colid=KJWTAX3GFRM&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-5&pf_rd_r=1T3MCDEF6ABCQWK0Y8AW&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470939291&pf_rd_i=507846  such a great price and i have heard it works really well.  I would love to start jicing as my family does not get near enough vegatables and i would love for us to get better at it.  I am thinking with "juice" i could make this happen. =)

Next up are tools.  I love doing wood projects and it is kind of hard when all you have is a borrowed jig saw and a borrowed circular saw.  These are just a few of the tools i really want!!

I of course need new things for the kitchen as well.  These should probably go at the top of my list but since i like crafting more than cooking it's not. haha

You can never go wrong with craft things for me.  I would take scrap fabric, bottons, plastic containers you have saved, glass jars, paint, wood, pretty much anything because you never know when you can use it!  In fact the more i look at craft blogs the more i kick myself for some of the things i have thrown away. =) here are just a couple of the 1000 things i am wanting.  First up is punchs, scallop punches and circular punches. I want some in all sizes. this would make life so much easier when crafting!                                                     

Pinking shears!!