Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011

In honor of this great holiday, I thought I would share a few blessings in my life. So without further ado, in no particular order:

I am thankful . . .
  • for my family
  • for my children and all that they teach ME
  • for my husband and how wonderful he is to me and our kids
  • my 22-month-old daughter is FINALLY sleeping through the night (at least most nights)
  • for my friends
  • for my furbabies - our kitties and our dog
  • for my health and my family's health
  • each day we have food on our table
  • we have everything we could possibly need
  • for this blog and having a place to share my creativity
  • for ice cream (in particular, Chubby Hubby)
  • to have hot chocolate on a cold night
  • for snuggles on the couch in the morning with my two kiddos
  • for date night (even though they can be few and far between, sometimes)
  • I get to be a stay at home mom
  • for the first snow of the season
  • for a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning
  • enjoying holidays surrounded by my family and wonderful things to eat
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Out of Commission, For Now


I wish I could say I hurt myself doing something cool, like scuba diving or a ninja fight. But, alas, no.

On Thursday night I was running races in the backyard with my son (and the rest of my family) and I landed completely wrong on my ankle. I wasn't very smart and I was wearing flip flops and not tennis shoes. I either sprained it badly or possibly broke it. I am waiting out the weekend to see how and if it starts to heal. Needless to say, I am going to be out of commission for a while.

There may not be too many blog posts on here for the next week or so. Possibly because I am laid up on the couch, I might actually get a few little crafty things done. And then you will all be overwhelmed with the posts once I am up and around. We will see. I do have a 4 and 1-year-old that need lots of attention. And a one-legged mommy doesn't go very fast!

And just because I am an over-sharer, I thought I would post some pictures of the ankle.

**WARNING**

If you get queasy easily, now is the time to click out of this post and get on with your day!
Oh, and these are not the best. They were taken with my cell phone.





Hopefully, I will be back soon!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Remembering 9/11/2001


Source: ABC News

I don't think any of us who lived through that terrible day will ever forget it. If you were old enough you remembered where you were, who you were with and what you were doing.

I was driving in my car on the way to work when the radio station I was listening to interrupted the song playing to say that the first twin tower had been crashed into by a plane. By the time more information was known about what was happening I was already at work. I was working as a daycare teacher and as I arrived at work I went straight to the break room to see if I could find out any more about what was happening.

Over the next several days as the mystery of what happened that day unfolded, I often found myself in tears as I watched the devastation on the news.

Source: Yahoo News

I will never forget that day. And I will never forget the days and weeks that followed. At that time I was incredibly proud and humbled to be an American.

In light of all of the current economic situation, it is easy to forget. It is easy to get so wrapped up in my own problems and start to doubt this great country we are in. No country is perfect, including America, but I am proud to be an American.

My thoughts go out to all of those who lost their lives that day. My heart breaks for the families that lost loved ones that day. And I would like to give an extra special thank you to all the people that were there to help pick up the pieces after that fateful tragedy.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Lake Mary, Arizona

This last weekend we went camping and fishing at Lake Mary, Arizona with some great friends of ours. It was beautiful up there! I feel so blessed to live in an area where we can get to so many beautiful places in less than a two-hour car drive.

Lake Mary, Arizona

The boat really wore out my littlest one. (I am just grateful she took a nap, or it would have been a REALLY long day for the rest of us!) It is hard to sleep with the life vest on, but we managed to get her to go down.



Up from her nap and ready for boating!


My hubby caught the first fish of the day! 


Meet Mr. Pike - he had scary teeth.


The grand total of fish caught was 2 (and my hubby caught them both). Not the best day for fishing, but the best day for fun!

My little guy was super excited about fishing!


The weather threatened rain all weekend, but we ended up with only a few sprinkles. We were blessed by this beautiful rainbow. (We did, however, get poured on as we made our way out of camp).


Can you say, dirty? This is what camping is all about.


We love to be outdoors as a family and we are trying to squeeze in some fun before the end of summer. (Although I am secretly looking forward to the fall, my favorite time of year).

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Monsoon Season is Here!

Is there anything more fun than being a kid in the rain?


We live in Arizona and are usually blessed by monsoon rains this time of year. We had our first one over Fourth of July weekend. The kids had so much fun playing in the rain.

They each took a bucket (and a dog bowl) to catch rain out from under the porch roof.


My littlest one wanted to go down with the "big" boys. I was worried she would get upset once the rain hit her, but she loved splashing around in the puddles.


The boys had fun racing from the porch to the fence and back.


Poor little baby got caught when the rain started to really come down. She was yelling for someone to come and get her. The awesome mom that I am, I didn't really want to get soaked, so I tried to coax her back up on the porch by herself. It wasn't going to happen (I did eventually go down and grab her, but not before I took a picture of it!)


Friday, July 8, 2011

Garden Beauty

I wanted to share some of the beauties I have growing in my gardens right now. My thumb is looking greener every day! All of these flowers are perennials I planted this year.

Hibiscus

Dianthus


Butterfly Bush


Blue Salvia


Cooper's Ice Plant


No idea what this one is called - if you know, could you tell me?

It is very low growing to the ground and is starting to spread out.


English Lavender


Pineapple Sage


Spearmint

Baby Zucchinis


Blackberry Bush


Tomatoes


Vegetable Garden

(Green beans - purple and green, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, peas)

Friday, June 10, 2011

What I Have Been Up To . . .

I have had these lofty goals of getting one to two blog posts done each week. After all, I want people to read my craft blog, but lately, there has not been much to read! So, instead of waiting until I have some perfectly composed crafty post, I figured I would show you what I have been doing!

First, I have been preparing to throw one of my friends a baby shower. I am super excited about this. It has inspired me to work on so many fun projects to make her day special. Lately, I seem to do better when I have an actual purpose for crafting, rather than my usual scrapbooking I love to do. The creative juices have not been flowing in that department, but I think all of this party crafting will definitely help get me re-inspired!

We finally have completed the kitchen - at least for now. We have put redoing the countertops on hold until later in the summer. I am spending so much time outdoors with the kids that our un-landscaped yard has been screaming at me and that is where our money attention has gone to!

I have been on a plant buying spree for the front yard. We finally put some more plants in and mulched the front roundabout. I think I have planted at least 15 new potted perennials in the front yard.


Looks sort of sad with those small plants, but by the end of the summer, it is going to look beautiful!

California Poppy

Mouse Ear Tickseed

So happy to finally have some color other than just purple in our front yard!

I got a few more plants planted around the front fence. (Weeding is a never ending battle here where it is windy. I don't use spray weed killers, so pulling takes up a lot of time! Hence, the major mulching projects I have planned for the summer.) Our oak tree we bought two years ago died on the top half, so now we have more of an oak "bush". I am hoping it will get a little taller, but who knows?


We laid down bricks and sand to prepare the area for our above ground pool. We still need to level it out and repair the small holes we got in the pool last summer. Then, we will be ready for business, and a pool party, of course!



We planted our garden.


We got our first harvest a few days ago of some delicious radishes. These are a definite must if planting with kids. They grow so fast. The seedlings come up in a few days and the plants are ready to harvest within about a month. Not much in the garden that I know of that grows faster!


Still to come in the next few days/weeks:

  • finishing up baby shower projects
  • make the cake for a baby shower
  • lay bricks and mulch around the kid's play area
  • finishing up the railroad ties by the front of the house
  • building a horseshoe pit in the back yard - maybe
  • yard sale!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Blog Makeover

This little ol' blog of mine is moving! I have been working hard the past week or two to completely "redo" my blog. I have been sharing more and more craft projects on this blog. I want to separate my personal blog from my craft blog and see where it takes me!

I am trying to enter into the world of craft blogging and so I thought this seemed appropriate. To read more about my new blog, please see this post.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Terra Cotta Christmas Candy Dishes

I am finally posting pictures of how my terra cotta candy dishes turned out. Both of these were Christmas gifts.

The first one, shown below, is a Hershey's kisses theme. I used paper with the words 'Merry Kisses' printed on it. I covered all of the red paint with red glitter as well.


Here are the details:


The second dish I made, using poinsettia stickers. Again, I covered all the paint with glitter as well.



Details:



P.S. Be sure to check out my new blog: Laura's Crafty Life for more crafty inspiration!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Felt Tissue Case

I made a super cute felt tissue case for a birthday gift. It holds one small travel pack of tissues.


What you will need:
Felt - cut to 6 3/4" x 5 7/8"
Embroidery floss
Small scrap of fusible interfacing (optional)
Sewing machine with coordinating thread (optional)

Cut the felt to size. I then freehand embroidered all the flowers and butterflies onto the felt. I just added flowers and butterflies until I felt like the design was complete. You could add embroidery to the bottom half of the opening if you wanted as well. Since you would be pulling tissues in and out of this, I used a piece of fusible interfacing on the back of my embroidery so no stitches would come loose.



Fold the short ends to meet in the middle with your embroidery facing out. Sew the edges using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Cut your raw edges with pinking shears.

I got the basic design from Martha Stewart.

I have linked this craft here: So You Think You're Crafty - Party #7

P.S. Be sure to check out my new blog: Laura's Crafty Life for more crafty inspiration!