Monday, September 27, 2010

Birthday in Polaroids...

40 has been good to me so far...I got to celebrate the whole week, at school and at home.  William left me 40 hearts on the bathroom mirror Tuesday morning, and I became a "fossil" with the cutest dinosaur cake and black balloons at school, and Melissa made sure the kids knew their teacher was a little bit older on Tuesday.  She could hear them singing in her room next door, and I grinned beamed my way through the singing for two days.  Then, on Saturday, my sweetest friends 
and family met for dinner 
(girls only...no boys allowed..haha!) 
 ...at an awesome little Italian restaurant (canneloni...yum...then Godiva cheesecake brought over from the Cheesecake Factory...thanks, mom) and then shopping at some fun stores just for us.  I took along my Polaroid since I found some film at the thrift shop (it was expired, but who cares...) and we played with it a bit.  I took the "big" camera too, but I think these are super fun.  I wish I had a few more boxes of film to waste...
 and another party to waste it at...
Forty isn't fabulous...
it is absolutely spectacular!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Listen....

My sweet friend Jenny posted about sounds she loves today and I decided I wanted to play along.  (I think the Oreo crunch IS her favorite sound, even if she says not...ha!) So, here is the music...to my ears...
  1. The pure quiet in the morning before anyone else is up but me.
  2. The sound of the coffee pot finishing up for the first cup.
  3. The kids saying "I love you, Kate." and "I love you too, Buddy."
  4. Belly laughs from the little girl in the house.
  5. My cat's purr.  
  6. Puppies that talk. If I were you, I would watch all of Oscar the Boxer's YouTube videos...*giggles*
  7. The peaceful quiet of snow falling.
  8. The vacuum cleaner...wait, wha????...yes, that means the floors are clean.
  9. Christmas music (do you see a theme here?)
  10. and....above all....laughter....from my friends, my family, and people that pass...that means there is joy. 
What sounds do you love?  

Monday, September 20, 2010

Well, owl be....

 
Aren't these cute?  Mom and I went to an estate sale on Saturday, and the house was packed!  We were digging around in the garage and mom found the first owl cookie cutter (the red one) and I'm pretty sure I squealed a little bit.  Then we dug some more.  And found the yellow guy.  Oh, Halloween will be awfully cute this year! 

We also found this owl creweling kit (need YouTube lessons, I guess) and this owl wrapping paper.  Now how in the world will I convince myself to open it and use it? I don't know. What have you found lately?



I'll be back....

 
...just had a busy week and weekend.  For now, I've been thinking about all things pumpkin...so here is the newest recipe I tried this weekend, and it did not let me down!  Very moist and yummy.  Enjoy. Here's the link:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy Grandparents' Day!

...to all of you who molded, shaped, trained, taught, listened, scolded, mended, refereed, fed, clothed, laughed, cried, sang, sweated, feared, missed, and LOVED...(and sat through countless grandkid events in the scorching Texas heat these past few years *grins*), HAPPY GRANDPARENT'S DAY!  
We love you. To the moon and back.

PAPA
 

GRAM (Mimi)


GRANDMA ALICE (B'MA)


PAPA DEE(B'PA) and GRANDMA WILMA(G'MA)


and GRANDMA BETTY
Hugs and kisses.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Dining experience...

Come have dinner with us.  We finished hanging our "new" Danish Modern chandelier today.  
Isn't it pretty? 
 It was found in a barn with the globe lights a few weeks ago.  Gosh, we found a gold mine if you ask us.  I never realized how changing a few light fixtures can change the whole look of a room, in just the direction we wanted it to.  It looks so much more like the mid century modern room we want now. 
Our table looks really sleek with it, no? 
Here is a closer picture...
And one more, that is a little dark, 
but you can see more detail...
I love the sleek wood pieces.
It was so nice to gather at the dinner table for dinner tonight, even if it was for sloppy joes and french fries.  And we didn't have to scoot over the piles of laundry.  Yay!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The zoo is better...

 ...if you take Grandma with you.  
We headed there this weekend to 
talk to the animals and 
enjoy the pretty nice weather 
minus about 20 degrees.
Happy kids.
Sleepy kitty.
I want to climb in there with her 
and just snuggle all over her.
What a pretty boy.  
He stayed right by the glass 
while we were there.
 
I bet you can't guess what animals are my favorite?  Well, really it's a toss up between the big cats and the owls.  But I have no pictures of the owls, sadly.
 
The meerkats drove a hard bargain for the cute award.  We watched this little guy let his friend dig and dig and dig a burrow while he supervised.   Grandma said she needed him to come help in the yard. Ha!

Coming up...
Part II of Grandma's House.  
It's breakfast.
You won't want to miss it, 
so don't be late.
(Oh, and this weekend coming up is Grandparent's Day...so I am planning a special post for that too.)

Ho-Hum Lights to Fab 60s Globes...

We were meandering through an estate sale, particularly in a barn, a few weeks ago, sifting through tons of CB equipment and old china (weird).  The boxes crumbled when you touched them, and there was lots of dust.  Then...we found them.  Tons of vintage light fixtures...new in the box.  NEW.  A little more information from the estate revealed an owner of a few diners in the 1960s in Indiana.  I guess he kept them for spares all this time?  We loaded up a few, including a Danish Modern chandelier (I'll show you that after we hang it tomorrow), and some globes, and a few single pendant lamps.  Then we decided to go back the next day.  And we looked for the rest, and got all of them.  So much for cheap light fixtures that the builders hung in our house...they are out.  We started taking them down today and replacing them with these cool finds.  
Here is the supervisor of the entire process.  
He thinks you have to monkey around on the top of the ladder a bit.  
 Yes, we really must do something 
about this light, mom.
Ick.
So we put Mr. Miata to work, using 
the drill on something besides a car part. 
And a few wire nuts (no, he wasn't the nut this time), some electrical tape, and NO injuries later (haha!) we had this. 
Much better, don't you think?  We liked it so much, that we replaced the one in the hall too.  So now we have this.  
 OK...I am off to go catch up on Mad Men, and see what else I can do to renovate 
my home in 1960s glam. 
 I so should have been Mrs. Draper.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sharing Saturday...


(Ahhhh...the cooler weather makes me look forward to pictures like this.  I need weather like this all the time.)

I like Sharing Saturday...from  
so I'm playing again.  :) 
  1. Where can I get good coupons?   Specifically, birthday perks...I have signed up with some of my favorite companies and also "liked" them on facebook.  My birthday is this month, and so far I have money to spend at Vera Bradley, Victoria's Secret, and Starbucks.  FREE MONEY.  Yay for that! I also have received a few coupons from Michael's and also from Aerie that are a percentage off purchase. These get me my most favorite things at a much cheaper price, and I am all about that. 
  2. How can I make the Holiday season special this year with little or no money? Well, this one, I have to say...start early.  I bought all of the decor I wanted for this year, during last year's clearance at 75 and 90% off.  Also, I watch the toy clearance at Target throughout the year and stock pile if we find good deals.  I almost never buy right before the holiday...unless it is electronics for the kiddos.  Also HANDMADE is the way to go!  There are all kinds of super cute gifts you can MAKE.  Even if you don't consider yourself creative, here are a few of my favorite sites with simple tutorials:
    1. Made (check out her pillowcase tutorial...love.
    2. Eighteen25 they are having their Halloween party with some great ideas!
    3. Moda Bake Shop  for quilters...this site is awesome.
    4. And you can't forget about Martha. She always has some great, easy crafts for every season.  Click on her Crafts tab on the home page.
And the last question:  Not just for the Mama's, but for those of you who have undergone a body shape change similar to a pre-baby body vs post-baby body scenario, how do you reconcile the body you had with the body you have? I had my second child 5 months ago and I'm not bouncing back into shape as quickly as I did and I'm having a hard time with it. My body is so different, it doesn't even seem like "me". How am I supposed to feel like me, when I don't look like me?   
Oh, so glad you asked!  See my post below...and please be my healthy lifestyle buddy!  I am not the old me...but a new girl with much more energy and health.  Let's go!






Friday, September 3, 2010

What 11 pounds looks like...

Remember this picture?


Now look at this one.
(minus the dirty mirror, haha!)
and this one...

Whoa, sisters.  I mean, really, whoa.  I had no idea what a difference losing 11 pounds could make.  Smaller butt, smaller waist, smaller clothes, feeling healthy, much more energy, a lot less grouchy (I think...ha!) and overall improved image.  I am continuing my healthier eating plan, and I can't get enough:  strawberries, grapes, peanut butter, and whole wheat bread (in moderation).  I also eat lots of lean protein and fill most of my plate with vegetables at night.  Now I don't run away from all things bad...don't get me wrong...there are still Sonic Diet Cokes and my cup of coffee with International Delight creamer (Skinny Vanilla Latte), and I have had a few chocolate chip cookies.  But the key here has been moderation, and healthier foods about 80% of the time, instead of the crap I was eating before.  So, I am keeping up with my strength training at physical therapy, my running twice per week, and walking at least once per week...and keeping really busy all the other times.  One good change at work is that I stand at a computer station now, instead of sitting, which is not only good for my neck, but good for burning more calories too.  Yay!  
Now I am not near as embarrassed to show you that previous picture, either. *wink*
So, you know...we can be healthy lifestyle buddies...want to?

How Feed the Birdies flew in....

Once upon a time two little boys ate Happy Meals in the middle seat of a Ford minivan. Not quite willing to eat the last few fries, they launched them out the door screaming, "feed the birdies!!" And so my journal of a road through motherhood and wifedom, with a little bit of crafting on the side...where everybirdy gets a french fry. And we're all happy about it.