Archive | December, 2010

A little peak!

24 Dec

At some of the awesome gifts we got for Christmas Eve!! Thank you Nana, Dodo, and S&J!!

A bookcase for E! She is going to loooove this thing! This girl has a TON of books, and she will be getting a TON more! You can never have too many books 😉

A NEW SEWING MACHINE FOR ME!! Holy heck this was a surprise! Never in a million years did I think I was ever going to get one of these babies! I figured I would be pinching pennies for a lifetime just to get it! This is going to create some seriously crafty things 😉 and I already have a list of things to do 😛

And the best thing that ever happened to B 🙂 He has been playing it since we got home! hahaha. I love him and his addiction to video games! It’s funny how a lot of people complain and don’t understand the world of video games but I picture it to be a lot like my addiction to crafty things, my sister’s love for recipes & books, and my mom’s love for christmas. We all have our little world we like to be in and I guess it helps that when I was in middle school I spent my entire Saturday’s playing Mario Party, Tetris, Sims, and much more 😛 I totally get him!

Well that’s just a sneak peek! We got a TON of other amazing stuff, and a ton more to come!

Hope everyone else is enjoying Christmas as much as we are!

Love Always,

J

I heart Bamboo

22 Dec

Progress! Although I have still not wrapped a single thing yet 😛 I have dont some serious crocheting! I needed a little break from E’s jacket so I started working on a blanket I promised for one of my best friends T. I loooove the colors she picked out!!

This is going to be the softest blanket I have EVER felt! I love this yarn. It’s by Caron but it’s called Naturally Spa (A silky soft bamboo blend). B and I went to Key West for our honeymoon. This was the view outside of our balcony:

GORGEOUS! But there was this store there that sold everything made out of bamboo. Shirts, sheets, towels, rugs, you name it – made out of bamboo!! It was so soft, so silky, so cool but comfortable, so light but you’d never want to take it off! Now that I have found this yarn that is just that amazing, I highly doubt I will ever go back to any other kind of yarn!!! EVER!!

Then I did a little more work on E’s jacket. Making a hood isn’t as easy as I thought and it might not look like anything to you but a couple more rows and when I connect it at the top it’ll actually look like a hood instead of flaps 😛

Obviously all these little annoying loose ends are going to disappear but hopefully you can see the picture 😉

Tomorrow I might not be posting much just because I HAVE to get my wrapping done and I am going to make another round of candy & cookies! YUMM.

Love Always,

J

It’s only 9:00!

22 Dec

It’s only 9:00 and I am done with all my chores!! I woke up this morning at 5:00 a.m. and I couldn’t go back to sleep. I can’t even remember the last time I woke up this early and not only was I awake but I was seriously energetic! I had so many cool crafty ideas floating through my head that I thought, maybe if I write them down I’ll go back to sleep. Oh I made lists, and than I realized that I was even more awake and excited to get the day started then before hand! So at 6:00 I hopped out of bed, took a shower, cleaned my room, made my bed, cleaned off my desk (it was a huge mess), cleaned the living room, hallway, kitchen, did the leftover dishes from last night, cleaned out and reloaded the dishwasher, crocheted a little, ate some breakfast, and THEN at 8:15 E finally woke up! I fed her breakfast and here I am, with all my cores done, E playing, and the only thing left on my list that I really need to get done is wrap presents! HOLY COW! I should do this every morning!

I am sure when it comes down to E’s nap time I will be joining her 😉 but right now I am still pumped and ready to go! Today my mom is spending part of the day with me, she is going to help me learn how to crochet a different way, and help me figure out how to make all my crafty ideas come true! She said she didn’t know where I came from because she doesn’t have a crafty bone in her body but I agree to disagree there. She is the one that taught me how to cross stitch, crochet, color, and bought me all the crafty things I could desire when I was a kid. As much as she thinks that she doesn’t have the craftiness in her, I swear she does!!! My addiction to rearranging furniture and having a nack for interior design – yeah that come from her too. Silly mom!

Well what am I doing sitting here chatting away! It’s time to get crafty!!!

Love Always,

J

The little things in life

21 Dec

Today was a day of doing anything and everything NOT on my list to do!! Haha. This morning I woke up planning on wrapping the last of my presents (what I thought was the last of my presents). All my orders had come in and I was ecstatic that I was done .. but little did I  know I was wrong! B had a gift that came out today so to Target I went! Then my mother-in-law called to see if she could drop off some stuff for E at the house and we ended up meeting for lunch! That turned out to be an awesome  surprise. I always love spending time with her. She is the kind of person that you always have something interesting to talk about and it’s always a good time! Time flies by when I spend it with her and always end up wishing we had more time then we did!! After we came back from lunch E and I were completely exhausted. She napped and I watched a little TV then got some serious motivation at of nowhere.

Instead of wrapping, I rearranged AGAIN! It’s a habit I just can’t seem to get rid of..

I moved the loveseat around and made the living room more of a little nook and finally managed to put in a little table!! YAYYY! I have wanted a table in here for quite some time for multiple reasons. Eating and watching TV without having to eat food out of my lap on the couch and crafts!!! Hooorayyyy! I have had this little table and chairs since college. My Great Aunt moved out of her house and into an apartment style place and was giving away a whole bunch of furniture and that’s one of the things I snatched. I decided to recover it with some awesome fabric I found on sale at JoAnn‘s because it has been in the family for quite some time and needed some TLC. I think I am going to recover the (bright yellow) cushions eventually but I actually love them! They just don’t really go with the rest of our house.

It’s funny how the little things in life excite me the most.

Well it’s time for a drink, E teething is wearing me out!!!

Love Always,

J

One week away..

19 Dec

Only one more week until Christmas!! This year it is going to be a little bit chaotic but we’ll make it work somehow. We are booked for events from Christmas Eve to Monday night! I guess I should say that E is booked for events because everyone really just wants to see her 😉 It’s nice having so much family live so close by but it makes for one busy holiday season! I’ve been picking on B the whole time because almost his entire Christmas list was video games and DVD‘s and I keep telling him he’s not going to get a chance to play or watch any of them until the weekend after and he keeps ignoring me 😛 Poor guy.. he’s been in a kind of slump too because there are so many new games that I know he is dying to play and his old ones are getting .. well old. Only one more week B!!!!

I am excited to see how E reacts this Christmas since last year she had no idea what was going on! She probably still won’t know whats going on but she will know how to rip open boxes and play with toys! Silly little girl. She gets more adorable each day.. and it’s just amazing how fast she learns things! We have been trying to get past the Eh Eh Eh stage where they stand there, point to the sky, and expect you to know what Eh means and get it for me now!! We have been telling her what things are and trying to get her to say anything back. Even if it is no where close to the word it would make my day! She is somewhat getting it but she often refers to dat and ezzz. (That and Please). I realize that she is not at the age to start talking but why not go ahead and get started in that direction!?

Speaking of children and words .. you know that commercial that comes on TV (specifically the Sprout Channel) all day long!? The Your Baby Can Read commercial? I am curious to see if anyone has actually tried and, and if it worked!? I don’t know if I could keep E’s attention long enough to do this and I sure as heck don’t want to pay for it. I wonder if I could make these on my own at home? I mean all it is, is flash cards, pictures, and showing them the action.. If anyone has any feedback on this leave me a comment or send me an email!!

Well since it is the last week if Christmas it’s about time I start making my last-minute list of things I need to do! Yes I have been putting off everything and procrastinating .. time to get creative 😉

Love Always,

J

Payback!

17 Dec

Okay so my last post about being successfully positive totally came back and bit me in the butt!! After thinking I had everything down pat to a science I woke up in a funk today. I am not going to sit here and list all the things that were driving me crazy because I know that would just be completely boring for you to read but it felt like everything was crumbling around me and I was having a minor meltdown!! I don’t know why I didn’t turn on music or try hot chocolate. I guess I just figured I would snap out of it in no time and be back on track! Not the case this time..

It took me until about 2:00 to realize that I need to read my own blog posts and actually do what I am telling myself to do! So I turned on some Taylor Swift and this song just seriously made me stop folding laundry and just stare into space thinking, “Holy Crud! She is a genius!” Here are the lyrics to the song Innocent:

Wasn’t it easier in your lunchbox days?
Always a bigger bed to crawl into.
Wasn’t it beautiful when you believed in everything?
Everybody believed in you.

It was so much easier when everyone stood behind you knowing you could do it. When you were the kid in school that everyone always wanted to hang out! Gosh those were the days…

In the end she goes on to say:

Lives change like the weather
I hope you remember
Today is never to late to
Be brand new

And all I could do was sit there and smile. Thank you Taylor Swift for making my day again and again and again!

So here I am still in a funky kind of mood but at least I am smiling and hopeful this weekend is only going to bring more creativity and surprises! This is the time of the week that I love the most. I get so much time to be with B, an extra hand around the house to help me with E, and little reminders of how much he loves me.. Those are my favorite!!! This weekend may be just what I need to get back to where I want to be 🙂

Hope everyone else’s weekend turns out great too!

Love Always,

J

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

16 Dec

It starting snowing today! So of course, it’s a photo opp!! I have always loved taking pictures. I guess my love started around highschool with all my friends. I also had this crazy desire to be a model even though I am 4’11 .. silly me! So photo’s were one of my favorite things to do that I can’t seem to get rid of. Once E was born I was determind to get some good quality photo’s instead of my usual half hearted ones and luckily my Uncle & Aunt went in together and bought B and I this amazing camera for our wedding! I can’t seem to put this thing down!

I love this cute little face in the snow! We had a blast!

I was hoping that today I would be finished crocheting the hood of the jacket I am making but the shoulders have been very time consuming! If tonight goes well I might be able to push through and get halfway there!! But now it’s back to work for me 🙂

I’ll update with pictures of the jacket soon.

Love Always,

J

My life is like a rollercoaster!

15 Dec

It seriously has some major ups and downs .. but who’s life doesn’t!? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like it’s taken me until E was born to realize that I may not control the ups and downs but I can make it worthwhile. For the past year it seems like I have gone back to my roots (aka highschool / beginning of college days) where I ignore all those mean people who like to bring me down, and instead I keep track of all the amazing stuff. It’s about dang time! Right?

Instead of dwelling over all the crazy, uncontrollable, stressful things that happen, I have been making note of the things that I love the most about my life. I have successfully managed to let the bad go and bring in the good. This wasn’t an easy process and I feel like at times I am still learning it but it’s totally amazing! After lots of practice and complaining to my husband when I am hitting the down times, I have managed to keep this blog and my facebook almost completely positive! I have been tracking all the things that have made me laugh, and remember to make the effort to go out of my way to make hot chocolate on a cold dreary day! Who doesn’t love that!?

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to make my life a living happy bubble but come on! Doesn’t it feel good to feel good! Especially in this cold yucky season?

The main steps that I have been teaching myself to take is to recognize when I am in that nasty, horrible, no good mood. I find out what is really bugging me and then decide to just “let it go”. Because honestly, it doesn’t matter what you do. If you are negative about something, it’s only going to come out with more ugly negative news. I kept track of the things that are mood-lifters to me. Like hot chocolate, some good music, doing something productive (even if it means that the cleaning is not going to get done!), or just doing something you love like reading maybe!?

Then after the mood lift happens and your back in your “happy place” do something FUN! For me it’s obviously crafting, and when your negative nancy, let me just tell you.. your crafts come out dreadful! Sometimes it takes all day to get back out of my funk, and some days it just takes a few seconds but lately it has seemed to work out wonderfully!

Then after your relaxing from your uplifting mood, write it down! Remember it, take a picture, change your facebook status! Whatever it takes so that when you go back to look at all the things you have done the past couple of days, your realize that your life totally rocks!

Maybe it will work for you? Maybe it wont. You might be surprised…

Love Always,

J

My Happy Place:

Almost There!

14 Dec

Since B and I have set a date I have seriously been pumping this crocheting out! I am so close! After taking it apart a zillion times a redoing it, I have finally gotten to a point where it seriously looks like a sweater!!!!!!!

I have the shoulders, hood, and trimming to do and of course touching up all the loose ends! I am so proud of myself! It’s obviously not perfect because it’s my first time ever crocheting but I love the way it’s turning out! YAY ME! Part of the sad news is that it fits E “perfectly” as in she isn’t going to be able to wear it when I finish .. so I have decided to give it away to an old friend who has a daughter a little younger than E. If she doesn’t want it then I might just sell it on etsy but I wanted to give her first dibs!

Ohhh it feels good to have it so close to being accomplished. I have a feeling i’ll be making another one the second I am done with this one though! It’s just too addicting! 🙂 So for all of you etsy followers out there, keep an eye out! Crocheting might just be my thing!

Love Always,

J

Loving these memories

12 Dec

Between the memories of how B and I met and fell in love, the friends who were there through it all, the places we spent so much time together, the wedding, and the night of the wedding, it was truly an amazing weekend. We spent the first night in our old stomping grounds and checked out all the things that they had changed while we were gone. It’s fun to see all the new additions they’ve made but it really makes you miss the time that you spent there. I am not sure that if we had stayed there we would be doing as well as we are now but you always wonder what it would be like.

So I bet you’re wondering how much crocheting I got done with all this fun I was having. Guilty as charged! I hadn’t planned on not being able to see to even crochet the on the way there so that cut out about 3 hours of serious working time and then we didn’t have much down time all weekend so that resulted in only have the trip back here! Luckily I finished one sleeve, deconstructed the other so I can remake it how it’s supposed to look. I am about two out of seven rows done and I am hoping between grocery shopping tomorrow and working on getting E back on schedule that I can at least get halfway done. That leaves me with 52 days left to get all my projects done! I still think I can do it 😉

I probably should be crocheting right now and then maybe I would finish it tomorrow but instead I am laying here next to B relaxing and enjoying his and E’s company. Right now he is holding E in his arms while picking out music on his Playstation and she is playing with his cell phone and acting like she is talking to someone 🙂 It’s moments like these that I love the most!

Well somebody is starting to rub her little eyes. Looks like it’s Mommys time to make her a bottle and put her in bed.

Love Always,

J

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