Monday, April 25, 2011

Long Time No See!

Wow, has it really been a week since I've posted?? Time really does fly! I've been very busy with work, being sick, Easter, and lots of time with family and friends the last week, so I just haven't been on the computer much. I suppose that's a healthy thing really. ;o)

 I will be back soon with posts and pictures of my latest adventures, stories, pictures, recipes and art projects! I certainly have packed a lot of hands-on activities into the past week. I've recently become addicted to my first-time attempt at cross-stitch, and although it can be quite maddening at times, I really love it!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter weekend together, and that your Monday started the week off on a good note. Please come back soon! :o)

With much love,

Monday, April 18, 2011

A little smile will do....

Today as I was out walking in the beautiful sunshine with the twins, the district school-bus drove by full of small children. Now, the school-bus is the ultimate attraction, distraction and day-maker for the twins. Once that big yellow bus rolls around the corner, screams of "Skoo bus! Skoo bus!" are heard, and wild jumping up-and-down occurs. :o) I think this is absolutely cute, so I look forward to seeing the "skoo-bus" as well!


Today when that bus rounded the turn, a small hand was seen waving happily from within. The twins and I all noticed, and they waved excitedly back, with giant grins across their little chubby faces! I couldn't help but think of how funny it is that almost every little child is typically happy to wave and smile at another child or complete stranger no matter how hard or sad their day might have been, but we as adults can rarely put a smile on our faces to make another stranger's day.

I like to think of how children view the world, in such a hopeful and curious way, and I try to remember that if we all waved and smiled at each other, a lot of people would feel a lot more loved. So whenever I am walking with little b and little g, I try to put on a nice, eye-crinkling smile for anyone walking or driving past, even if they don't make eye contact, and even if I'm just not in the mood to smile. Because you never know, you might just save someone's day!



Think about it, and even on those really rough days, smile for someone, you just might get a nice smile back! ;o)


Friday, April 15, 2011

What Am I Doing Tonight?


Watching this:

{Hooray! We've been patiently waiting for this to release!!}


Eating This:


{except it will of course be baked and topped with lovely Dill and Butter}



And then hopefully lots of this:


{I love my sleep!}


I hope you are enjoying your Friday wherever you are; It is the weekend at last! I am very happy to have some time to get our piles (yikes) of laundry folded and put away, among other things. I am off to do that, so TTFN!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Friday, Friday, Friday is my favorite Day!

Tomorrow is indeed Friday, hooray! I am very much looking forward to getting our apartment clean, laundry folded, good food cooked, etc. etc.....there just seems to be no time during the week. I get home from work at 4:00 (I work a nine-hour day), and I just don't feel like doing anything. I know that sounds so pathetic---I don't even have any kids to feed or care for once I get home! But by the time I am here, all I want to do is plop down onto the couch with some tea and have someone else make my dinner. ;o) Ah well, I have it very good, and I am very thankful for my great job that I truly do  enjoy.

I just wanted to share a few pictures of a crochet project that I am often playing with when I have spare time. It's really a very simple pattern, but so much can be done with it if chosen! You can find the pattern for your own use here on the Lion Brand website. I've tweaked it to my own liking, and each time it turns out a little bit differently!


These are crocheted Rosettes! They are very simple to make, and turn out beautifully! I like to make pins and hair pretties out of these, and they make great gifts. One flower is easily finished in 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your crochet speed.


I use wool sock yarn to make my rosettes, and the colors always turn out differently and are so gorgeous! You can do so much with the variety of shades, and every flower is unique. I don't have any pictures of the felt and pin backing that I use right now (I was nice and gave all those finished brooches away, lol), but it is very simple to put together. Here is a close-up of two finished flowers. They are each about two inches in diameter.


And as you can see, I have sewn three little pearls within each of these two lovelies, they glam them up a little bit. ;o)

Once I am done making each flower, I cut out a small round-edged square of brown felt and stitch it to the back, then I use a hot glue-gun to attach a metal pin (to wear as a brooch of sorts), or even to a large-sized bobby-pin (to wear in one's hair). These flowers could be attached to hats, pillows, rugs, blankets, scarves, you name it! I will be attempting to sell off some of my stash this next winter at several local bazaars.

Anyway, just thought I'd share! These are addicting to make, and require little money and really very little crocheting experience. If you do make some, I'd love to see your pictures! 

Have a happy Thursday night! 
Until tomorrow,

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sugar Fiend


I was so excited to find the orange creme kind!


Ever since I was little, chocolate-covered marshmallows have been a favorite of mine!


I like to eat these chickies stale. ;o)


Dark chocolate, of course.


And a lil' something fruity to contrast with all that chocolate! ;o)


It's funny; up until I moved out of my parents' house (at the age of 20!), I received an Easter-basket full of goodies each Easter morning. I think it might have had something to do with the fact that I had much younger sisters and my Mom didn't want to leave me out of the fun, but I still felt spoiled by this treat! We'd get up before church and go find our baskets, often getting each other's mixed up amidst the excitement of finding one at a time! One of my little sisters always ended up rather upset that they didn't get my basket. ;P

Now it isn't quite so exciting, I have to take myself to the store to pick out my goodies, and it's often well before Easter morning that I eat them all up. But what can I say, I still get excited over those little yellow Peeps and chocolate eggs/bunnies every year!

Easter is among my top three favorite holidays, not just for the candy, but also (and most importantly) for the knowledge that my Savior is Risen, and lives on!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday Monday

Whew! Today was definitely Monday, and I am exhausted! Our downstairs neighbor kept us awake most of the night doing laundry and setting up new furniture. My husband and I are about ready to totally lose our patience, I need more sleep to do my job properly and not be a grump! We've had even worse neighbors before, so this really is nothing, but it's still frustrating. Ah, apartment life! ;o)

On another note, we've had lots of schizophrenic sunny/rainy/hailing weather today, but I am so glad for the small bit of sun we have been given! I wanted to snap some shots of all the cute little puffed-up birdies I saw outside today, but was too busy with the babies to take the time to snag a good picture.

Instead, I took a quick and rather boring picture out my back window just to show you that we actually have blue (and still slightly sunny) skies right now! ;D
Amazing, isn't it?? ;o) I'm sure a lot of you live in very sunny places, so to you this might be a silly picture, but it certainly helps to boost my mood!

4/11/11

Where are you right now?: Home, at last!

What do you wish you were doing right now?: Lounging on a warm sunny beach!

What shirt are you wearing right now?: A sleep-shirt, I guess I'm ready for an early bedtime.

What are you eating right now?: A Vanilla Poppyseed Muffin, yum!

What are you drinking right now?: A 16 oz. Butterscotch White Mocha, so very good.

What room are you in?: My living room.

What are you listening to right now?: The sounds of naughty children screaming on the playground outside. :o(

What pants are you wearing right now?: A pair of  black yoga leggings.

Who do you wish you were with right now?: Well, the love of my life is just a room away, so I'm fine! 

What time is it?: 5:22 pm

What will you do next?: I will probably just chill here on the couch for a while longer before making dinner.


Have a joyous evening, wherever you may be!

Blessings,

Friday, April 8, 2011

Something exciting (to me)

Do you remember being a little girl and being very, very excited about something to the point that you squealed and jumped up and down? Well, I do. I did that a lot, I must have been easily pleased! ;o) For me the most exciting thing ever was being told that I would be able to spend the night at another friend's house. We'd play dress-up, watch Disney movies, play outside (especially in summer-time), and sometimes we'd even get to help bake something yummy! Those experiences were so thrillingly fun, and the whole day seemed to last forever.


Now as most of you know, once you grow up and all the magic fades a little (or a lot), things just aren't quite as exciting as when you were a little girl! Going to the movies is fun, and being with friends is fun, but you definitely don't get that "jump-up-and-down-and-squeal" feeling. I suppose that's a good thing, because if we did feel that way, we'd look pretty stupid, and I think men would really run the other way. XD

I do have one thing I am always very excited about though, and that would be PBS/BBC's Masterpiece Theater!  I love period-piece shows and movies, they are so imaginative and beautiful, and I love to think of what it might have been like to be born a long time ago. I don't know what it is about these shows, but they make so happy!

I wasn't alive in the '70s, so I missed out on this show, but "Upstairs Downstairs" was apparently a huge BBC hit, and lasted five seasons! I am very excited to share with you that this Sunday (4/10/11), PBS will be airing the newest installment and continuation of the old show on television!

2010 Upstairs Downstairs

The show takes place in 1936 Britain, at 165 Eaton Place, and circles around everyone inhabiting the walls of the old house, servants and residents alike. If you are interested in watching the show, you can go to this page for further details. I know I will be in front of my television Sunday night! ;o)

Until Later,

Simply Fabulous

It's Fabulous Friday everyone!! I don't know about all of you, but I have had a wonderful, sunny day (it hit 60 degrees, yay!), and am so thrilled that it's the weekend! :) I recently made a new friend who is near to my age, and after I got off work for the day we went out for lunch and a lot of encouraging and fun conversation, it was so refreshing to meet another girl I "click" with. Then I went to the craft store (JoAnn Fabric) with my darling sis and made some lovely purchases:



I found this funky 7"- tall candleholder for just $3.97, originally $17.00! The 4" tall candle inside was $4.99, and is Gardenia scented; our apartment smells amazing right now. :)



I found this "Genie Bottle Vase" for only $5.99, isn't it bright and cheerful? Don't mind the mess in the background. ;P




I found this sparkly little papillon to go in my hair! It was $1.79 and came with a small alligator clip pre-attached to the back, so I'm going to give it a try later on this weekend. It's not quite so enormous as it might appear.



I purchase this happy bunch of fake Gerbera Daisies (I know, fake, how corny right?) for only $1.79.....


.....to go into the Genie vase in my kitchen or living room (haven't decided which yet)! It looks much prettier when the sun is streaming through, this isn't the greatest picture.



I also discovered this nice little package of fray-resistant "craft thread," {not embroidery thread mind you!} for and have decided to revisit my junior-high days (for what reason I really can't say...ugh) and make some nifty friendship bracelets! :) I was originally going to buy a really cool cross-stitch kit, but didn't relish the idea of dropping another $15.00 on something that I can buy another time.

So all in all, after submitting a 20% off coupon, I spent $20.00 on everything, which is a pretty good deal if you ask me!  I am now back at home, with an aching head and two aching feet, sipping on a mug of coffee and trying to decide if I want to spend the time to make Biscuits and Gravy for dinner. In case you can't tell, I did get paid today, so these items were a little treat for myself, and I probably won't be heading back to the craft-store for quite some time. That place is a death-trap for women's wallets everywhere!! ;) 

I am off to make something filling and tasty for dinner, but I hope your Friday was as enjoyable as mine! May your evening be restful and blessed!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

~A {not so quick} Quote~

I am somewhat of a worrywart. Okay, no, I am a big worrywart, just ask my husband. ;o) Worrying really is pointless, because it doesn't solve anything. Worrying is also sinful in God's eyes, because we need to remember that He already knows our hearts, lives and futures, and He always has a great plan for us, even when things seem incredibly hard and cruel. It really is a terrible insult to our Creator to worry about anything, even when worrying seems like the best thing to do. (Go read Matthew 6:25-27)


This evening, I am actually not worried about anything at all. At this point in my life/marriage, my wonderful man and I pretty much live paycheck-to-paycheck and, barring any emergencies coming up, sometimes we manage to put some money away. He is in school, and works about two hours every day after class, and sometimes not even that much.

 I work 40+ hpw, and am the main provider in our family right now. Sometimes this is hard for me to gracefully accept because most of my friends/acquaintances are stay-at-home-Moms right now, and I have to wait at least two more years (probably more) to start my own family, as I want to be at home with my kids. But I also cherish the fact that right now my hubby and I can go see a movie or grab a beer (yes, yes I prefer beer) on a whim, among other fun things. I have to be patient and remind myself of these fun things constantly so that I'm not inwardly grumbling and griping. :o)

Anyway, this was meant to be a quick post, but has turned into an a near-essay. I just wanted to say that I think it's rather hilarious that my man and I went to the minute-mart yesterday and our cards were denied due to lack of funds (how embarrassing), and I'm still not worried! I do get paid tomorrow, and we'll be back on high ground again, but it's rather an odd thing to sometimes exhaust our funds to almost nothing without feeling terribly concerned about it. It isn't because we've spent our cash unwisely, but rather that my husband has had very little work in the past few months, and the bills/groceries/GAS just ate everything up. I guess that's just part of being young and married!


I just wanted to post a quick encouraging quote that I discovered recently. I think of this quote anytime I start to worry, and it's sort of become a little mantra of mine! ;o)


Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.  ~Glenn Turner


Have a happy "almost-Friday" night! :)

Blessings,


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Intruder Alert!


Last night around 9:30 PM my husband and I were serenely sitting together on our couch enjoying a movie and some peace and quiet. About half-way through our film however, I began to hear very loud and scary bumping and scrambling sounds coming from our roof! We live in an apartment in a medium-sized city, and I might add that unfortunately for us, we don't live in the greatest part of town. So my immediate thought was: "Someone's on the roof! A big man is on the roof, and he's either trying to break into the apartment next door (especially now that he isn't making any sound), or he's fallen on the ground (we're two stories up), or he's on our balcony! Eeeeeep!" 

My husband and I both became frantic, our imaginations immediately took flight, and after we both looked outside, I told my beloved to call 911 just in case! He instead chose to call our apartment manager (who happens to be one of his relatives), and shout excitedly "There's &*%$#@#$*! somebody on my %$##@*&%! roof! They are either on my roof, or in my attic!!!" No, his language was not the nicest I'm sorry to say, but he was quite unnerved. The manager laughed and said "No there's not anyone on your roof, you're hearing things." So my dear husband took it upon himself to go outside (leaving me quite nervous inside, watching the attic access boards anxiously) with a giant flashlight to peer up onto the roof in search of the perpetrator.

(he took one of these bad boys with him, they make nice weapons!)

After maybe fifteen minutes of watching our roof, he called my phone to say that an animal of some sort was on the roof, watching him from above. He could see a pair of red eyes staring back at him, and had no idea what the animal could be, as it couldn't possibly be a cat! Well, after living in the Pacific NW for almost 25 years, I knew better, and laughed out loud at him. Hmmm, something big and heavy climbing from the tree outside onto the roof, I wonder what that possibly could be? ;o) My guess was right, and even though we weren't visited by a human bandit, we were being watched by a bandit of another kind!

What a naughty raccoon!
Phew! We went to bed much overstimulated but very relieved. No burglars, no scary people in the attic, just wild imaginations and giant clumsy critters! :oD

I am off to enjoy my dark and stormy evening; I just heard thunder outside, which is a rarity for our area. I just love thunderstorms in the evenings, especially when I'm snug and warm indoors!

Much Love,


Monday, April 4, 2011

Lundi

Well everyone, Monday is almost done (and for some of you, it already is)! I don't know about you, but I have such a hard time returning to "the daily grind" each week, and then once the day is finished, I usually realize that I had quite a nice day and need to stop being so sour about Mondays! ;o)

I spent my day (7:00-4:00) at work, then attended my every-other-Monday ladies' Bible study tonight. We meet at 5:30, share dinner and conversation, then sit down to read scripture in application to the book we've been reading (which right now is "The Micah Mandate: Balancing the Christian Life" by Dr. George Grant which I love and highly recommend). We engage in a lot of honest, serious (okay, sometimes a bit of giggling is involved) and heartfelt conversation about how we feel God is leading us in our daily lives, and how we may improve our walks with Him, our representation of Him, and any other encouraging and admonishing thoughts we come up with. We also pray, and then enjoy coffee with dessert once we are done (I skipped dessert to come home early this time).


 It is so encouraging to meet with a medium-sized (about 8-15) group of women from all different paths of life, and I always feel so refreshed afterward. The group was originally put together for older women, moms who can leave their children at home with their husbands (or anyone else willing to help) for the evening, and young women. Unfortunately, there are no mothers, as it seems that none of them can get away for one evening. I fall in a rather different place from most of the ladies present; I am a young, married and (so far) childless girl, while everyone else is an elderly woman or a young single girl. I rather like my "in-between" phase, it is great to hear the thoughts of other women who have seen and experienced so much more than me, and often have very helpful and encouraging advice for life. And once I do have my own babies, I'm lucky enough to have a husband who has already promised to take over the evening routine with them so that I can "getaway" to Bible study if I want to. Isn't he so sweet? ;oD

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello, I hope you had a delightful Monday, and I hope you have some sort of encouraging group of friends in your life with whom you may fellowship in laughter and friendship. Friends from all different places in life are food for the soul, and everyone feels happier when they can share their thoughts and hopes with others. I am off to enjoy a  bowl of ice cream and a nice spot of tea while watching one of my favorite shows with my wonderful man! He won't watch any other "girly" shows with me (which is okay with me, it makes him more manly anyway), but we both like this one! I know, we're weird. ;oP


Goodnight,

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ah, Sundays!

I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for the absence of any good posts today, I spent my day at church worshiping my wonderful Lord, and then in the fellowship of some very beloved family and friends. :) I hope you had a joyous and restful weekend, and that your week begins with a smile! I will most likely not be posting on Sundays, as today is dedicated to my God and family. Thanks for reading, I love my followers and their delightful blogs!

Much Love,

Saturday, April 2, 2011

On the Hunt....

For a fun, modest and affordable swim-suit!

I have purchased many styles of swimming-suits over the years. My entire childhood I wore a modest one piece, often with a pair of shorts (my own choice). As I reached my early teen years, I wanted to wear a bikini, but still wasn't the most comfortable in one since they do show a lot of skin, and sometimes don't stay on the greatest. By the time I was 19 or so, I was comfortable in a bikini, and still liked to wear board shorts over the bottom (there's just something so unnerving about feeling like you're wearing a pair of undies in public!).

 Now that I am married and in my mid-twenties, I do own a few pairs of bikini-style suits, but have come to the conclusion after several annoying trips to the pool or park that I'd really rather not have other men watching me when I'm just wanting to spend a nice day at the river with my husband or friends! And let's face it, that's just what most men do, I suppose they can't help themselves (even though they really ought to), and it is our job as women to keep ourselves covered up to the degree we wish. 

Now, I'm not bashing bikinis, I actually love them! They are so cute, and comfortable, and just plain fun. But personally, I just feel more comfortable knowing that the girls won't be making any surprise appearances while I am skim-boarding (not a pic of me) or swimming, and that I won't be causing any other nice lady's husband's eyes to stray where they shouldn't.  :)



I went to the mall this afternoon with my husband and sister after several long but fruitless searches online, and still cannot seem to find the suit I like. I am searching for a tankini-top to wear with a normal bikini bottom or a pair of board shorts, and everything I find is either very loose-fitting (we're talking maternity), or super expensive. I suppose all the extra fabric and modesty just costs more. :o/

So far, these sites have my favorite choices: 

Athleta brand clothing is meant for women who like to run around outdoors, chasing kids, surfing, running, whatever, and it also seems that their suits offer a lot more lining and support for anyone who needs it. They are cute, trendy, and funky, and I really want one! Here is one that I really like:
The India Border Tank

Another site is: 

Lime Ricki has a few choices of suits, and I've never heard of or seen them anywhere but online, so I can't vouch for quality or fit. They do offer a lot of cute, trendy suits though, and even carry a small maternity line! I think this suit is really cute.

Hapari.com also carries really attractive yet modest women's (and girl's) suits. Again, prices are high, but they are another good option! You can view their tankinis here
I really think this suit is nice:




 These sites are all still quite expensive, but I might just have to settle for a larger price-tag and hopefully get high quality in return. :)

I don't know about you, but I am so much looking forward to the warmth of summer, it has been raining-nonstop for weeks here (except for yesterday!), and I need some more sun! I suppose that is why I am already in swimwear-shopping mode. :P

Adieu for now!