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"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

sorry for the delay

Its been hectic around here.  My oldest was sick most of last week, meaning alot more laundry!  Now my baby has RSV, which is somewhat terrifying, watching him struggle to breathe clearly.  We are going back in a little while for a recheck.  Definitely thankful for my husband's job, which means free medical care. 

In other news, my pies are done, with one more in the oven, my honey is on the way home from work, Nana will be here tonight, and our friends will be here tomorrow morning.  All blessings, much appreciated, and people we are dying to see.  Lots to be thankful for!  Off to straighten up, since I'm reduced to typing with one hand while I nurse the little man.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Head on over to see lots of amazing crafts!

I linked up the seasonal board, and autumn blessings frame to both of these pages.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

well, it begins...

My kiddo is sick.  He said he had a headache at quiet time today, so Jon gave him some Tylenol.  This evening, he came upstairs, and I took one look at him and went for the thermometer.  I remember my mom saying once that she could always tell when I had a fever by looking at my eyes.  And whaddaya know, she's right!  Not quite 102.  He went downstairs to watch cartoons while I made dinner, and promptly fell asleep.  Definitely a sign of a sick kiddo.  At least for him. 
And about ten minutes ago, I heard him whining in the bathroom.  He said he had to throw up, but nothing happened.  He attempted to go to the bathroom, and proceeded to ask me if I thought he would have any bones.  Seriously, he is freaking me out right now.  He hit his head earlier on the coffee table (no bump or bruise evident, and he hasn't really complained- this was after he said he had a headache anyhow), but now I'm a little worried. 
Anyhow, all of a sudden he was getting sick.  He said that he felt a little better, but not all the way better.  So here's hoping that its just a bug. 

Saturday, November 14, 2009

weekend musings

We've been puttering around alot this weekend.  One chalkboard is almost finished.. I made a scrapbook page, for whenever I actually get some pictures developed.  I also cleaned up the craft room, and managed to finish a couple of other projects.  The kids have been having a blast with their friends this week- and I had alot of fun getting some pictures of them playing.  Cait has been loving her dance class- but this will be the last month that she gets to go.  We will be pretty busy in December, then going on leave for most of January.  Then its back for only the month of February, and getting ready to move.  I am determined to have a good time this holiday season, because it will be the last one we have stateside for awhile. 

Thursday, November 12, 2009

late Veteran's day post

Veteran's day didn't used to hold much meaning to me.  Honestly.  My dad retired from the Army before I was even born, and I didn't grow up truly thinking about what it means to be a veteran.

I have had the most humbling experience recently.

Hubby and I were in Hobby Lobby picking up a couple of random scrapbook papers I needed.  He had seen a cool looking page in an older lady's hands, and pointed it out to me.  I asked her if she could show me where she found it, and she did.  Then she looked at me and said, "While I'm talking, let me say thank you."  And she shook my hand, and then his.  ACU uniforms are so normal to me, that I don't even really notice when my husband is wearing his uniform.  But he was wearing it that day, and it is the first time that I have even had my hand shaken, and been told "Thank you for all that you do, and everything you sacrifice." 

Definitely made me stop and think, though. Alot of people ask us how we do it.  Its honestly not anything that we stop and think about.  We just do it.  That could be the Army wife slogan! :P 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tile coasters, an art caddy and more name letters.

I had to let my stamped coasters dry overnight.  I decoupaged some Christmasy paper onto another set of coasters, and will mod podge them in the morning.  Then I will cover both sets with spray varnish (assuming its not too windy outside again).  And then I will have two gifts!  Yay!  Now to figure out who gets what.  I guess I should make a list one of these days... I also found a great recipe for mocha sugar body scrub.  Plan to try that soon, once I can get my hands on some cocoa and olive oil. 

I am currently waiting for HL to have some of the wooden letters I need to complete a couple of projects.  As it stands, I need an S and an O.  One for a friend's daughter, and the other for my christmas JOY hanging. 

One more kid friendly DIY project- lazy susan art caddy.  I will come back with the link where I found it, once I can find it again.  I think it was part of Just a Girl's I can Make That party.  Anyhow, I'm excited to get started on all of these ideas.. I should probably put up a to do list on my sidebar, so I can cross it off when I get it done!  :P

What's your favorite Christmas tradition? 

new look!

I love the new look my blog has!  It didn't take me too long to do it, unless you count the several times I stopped to nurse or to help the kiddos out.  The Cutest blog on the block is where I found the free banner and background, then I photoshopped the pictures into the banner.  Worked out pretty well!  Let me know what you think!

Monday, November 9, 2009

what a day... :)

Well, I am feeling ok.  I thought it would be much worse.  I had a root canal and a wisdom tooth extraction.  And I am a self-declared wussy when it comes to having a dental procedure.  I had anti-anxiety meds last night and again this morning, and laughing gas while I was there.  Plus all the numbing shots.  So all in all, a funky morning.  Luckily I am not feeling a whole lot of pain.   So off I go to make some more name letters for another friend's daughter.  :)  I am anxiously awaiting payday, so that I can go buy chalkboard paint and some wood- the kiddos are getting their own chalkboards for Christmas this year, courtesy of Shanty 2 Chic.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

I did it!

The family rules canvas is finished!  While I am not entirely happy with the way it turned out (I ended up having to hand write alot of it, and I really don't like some of my writing!), I love the fact that it is done, and I am searching for the perfect place to put it. 

Since this is a really crappy picture (sorry for the glare, was in a hurry)- my rules are below:
Have a positive attitude.  Never give up.
Be strong in the Lord- take your time and pray.
Hands are for hugging, not hitting.
Always use your manners- yes, please and no, thank you.
Choose to be a blessing- take joy in serving others.
Never leave angry.
Be kind, ask first, no whining, clean up after yourself.
Keep your promises.
Thank God for your blessings- pray for our family.
Let all that you do be done in love.
Act responsibly, be respectful, choose wisely.
Always tell the truth.
Encourage your siblings... share in their joy.
Have fun and be silly!
Love the Lord your God.

I also am mostly finished with a couple of other projects.  I made name letters for my friend's daughter (thick foam board cut into letter shapes and scrapbook paper mod podged on.  Painted the sides of the letters brown, and just have to get to Hobby Lobby to get some coordinating ribbon to hang them with). 
And all that is left on my mother-in-law's Christmas gift is the sides need to be painted, and a picture needs to be put in.  I am also thinking of a small embellishment for the side..). 

I painted one letter of my FALL banner last night, and am hoping the baby sleeps long enough for me to go get 2 more finished.  After that, we will eat lunch, and then walk to our friend's house for a double birthday party. 

Anyone have any cool ideas for homemade Christmas gifts?  I would love to share your ideas!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Finally home.

Home, sweet, home.  I say that especially today, because we have been locked out of our house for the last 7 hours, due to the horrific incident on Fort Hood this afternoon.  I had gone to the doctor and the dentist this morning, and had left post to go pick up my kids.  As I got to my friend's house, apparently they locked down the post.  We are not allowed to pass any information due to OpSec, but if you turned your TV on at all today, I'm sure you know what happened. 

So, we spent the afternoon at a friends, and then another hour and a half waiting outside the gate to get in so we could go home.  Jon made it home before we did, seeing as how he was already on base at work.  We are all fine, just tired.  Thank you to all my wonderful friends and family that called, texted or emailed to check on us.  And thank you to those who passed the word on to others for us. 

Tomorrow, post will be closed.  It will be a day of silence for those who lost their lives.  Hug your family tight tonight, and thank God that you have them safe in your arms.  This could so easily have happened to anyone.  Say an extra prayer for the lives that have been shattered, and all of the families involved. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

12 Days of Handmade Christmas

Edie from Life In Grace is hosting 12 Days of Handmade Christmas- head on over for some ideas.  I think I'm going to try the dish mat- if I have some coordinating fabric and a towel!  :) 

What are your ideas for Christmas gifts this year?  What is your favorite tradition for Christmas?

how to decoupage a fake pumpkin

I did this a couple of weeks ago, but am just now getting around to showing it.  :) 

All I did was take a 12x12 sheet of autumn colored paper, tear pieces off, and mod podge'd them to the mini pumpkin from Walmart.  I put a coat of mod podge over the top to seal it.  It turned out pretty nicely.  I went a little crazy and mod podged a flat wooden jack o lantern, too. :P 

sheet of autumn paper
mod podge
mini pumpkin

I'm linking to Today's Creative Blog for Get Your Craft On Tuesdays!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Now, on to Thanksgiving!

Well, another Halloween has come and gone.  This one was better than the last two have been. Last year, we were just getting settled into our new house at Fort Hood.  And the year before that, we were in Hawaii, and it didn't feel much like Halloween- we were still getting used to the year-round temperature.  Plus, Daddy was gone. 

This year we trick-or-treated with a couple of friends from church, while Daddy stayed home to pass out candy.  Caitlynn was a ballerina bunny, and Jacob was a Transformer. I'm posting a couple of the shots I took on Halloween. 

Yesterday, we moved parts of the house around again.  Those of you who know me, know that I do this on a semi-regular basis.  I get tired of looking at the same old, same old.  Anyhow, this was prompted by the fact that the baby has almost grown out of his bassinette.  We moved the playpen upstairs and the bassinette down.  Which meant I had to move some of the bedroom furniture around, too.  :) 
We also moved the air hockey table into the other part of the living room, and moved the shelves in front of it so that it is somewhat blocked from the rest of the room.  I bet that sounds clear as mud, huh?  :)  It basically helps the puck stay on the table.  Now the dining room feels much bigger, and is not so cluttered up.  We had a bad tendency to pile things on the air hockey table when unloading the dining room table, and now have eliminated that.  In the afternoon, we walked around the block and went to a friend's house- got to stay and chat and play for several hours.  Came home, had dinner, kids took baths and went to bed.  I got some more crafty stuff done, and Jon got some of his hobby stuff done.

 All in all, it was a very good day.  Relaxing, just as it should be.  I'm looking forward to making some Thanksgiving items for around the house (I'm looking for ideas today), so look for some pictures in the next few days.