Things Are About to Get Crazier…

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Hi guys! I’ve missed y’all! Been thinkin’ about ya. Really I have.

I’ve come up with so many posts in my head, but, alas, this mom’s life has been a little busy. Usually by the end of the days, I’m falling asleep on the couch snuggled up to my wonderful husband by 8:45pm. No joke. I’ll be honest, it does take a little longer if I’m not warm and cozy with Hubby. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I remember thinking back in July that my days would be filled with only cleaning house, laundry, and meal prep. Ha. Hahaha That’s kind of funny now. While I am sitting still at the moment,before I jump up to head to the carpool line, most days lately I don’t make it back home after dropping my babies off at school. We all get home together around 4pm….just in time for homework and dinner. But hey, it’s the life of a mom.

And I love it.

I love it so much, in fact, that Hubby and I decided we would love for it to be a little crazier. And, most thankfully, that was also in the good Lord’s plan….because we are expecting baby #3 in May!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t tell you how happy we are. Probably more so after losing a baby earlier this year. (I mentioned this in my anniversary post at the end of June/beginning of July.)

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So given that I am growing a little person, that may also explain why I’m ready to conk out before 9pm most nights.

Can you believe that Christmas is next week?!?!! Yeah, me neither. And what’s crazier still is that I haven’t done any holiday baking!! (Why aren’t there more hours in the day?? I could really use a couple more…and probably a couple more arms. Ya know what, a whole other me would be even more helpful…) But I am helping another mom put together a fun ornament-making activity for Freckles’s class. We are doing the activity tomorrow and I’ve spent the week getting my stuff together…along with trying to finish up my Christmas shopping.

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So what am I contributing to this activity? Oooh, I’m so glad you asked! Because I’m really excited about it! For my part, I’m having the kiddos make puzzle-piece ornaments! I think it’s going to be so cute.DSC01567

I picked up some 48-piece puzzles from the dollar store, spray paint and ribbon from Wal-Mart, and from AC Moore I picked up a few bottles of fast-grab craft glue, glitter, pom-poms, googly eyes, sequins…yea…I may have gotten a touch carried away but I was really getting into it! I also grabbed some large giftboxes from Wal-Mart to spray the pieces in. (Gotta give credit where it’s due: Spraying the pieces inside some sort of box was my wonderful husband’s idea, to protect them from wind and such.)

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Nate’s brilliant idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

I started spraying them last night….because I didn’t get home until after picking the girls up from school.ย And this morning and early afternoon I’ve given them their ::hopefully:: last coats of paint….because I’m running out of time for anymore coats plus dry time.ย 

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Alright, dinner is done and both of my girlies are in bed. And thanks to this awesome pain in my lower back, I’ve been told to rest until bed. So I get to finish my post. ๐Ÿ˜€ {Right after I wrote this I got hit with a major dizzy spell followed by a wave of nausea…I went to bed after that.}

Once the pieces were dry, I did a test run of the 3 ornaments I wanted to do with the kids. I think they turned out alright. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thankfully, today went well with the class of third graders. The other mom did yarn ball ornaments with the kids and those were super cute! (I wish I had gotten a picture of the ones she brought to show the kids…only because the ones the kids did were…creative. ๐Ÿ™‚ ) We had some quiet setting up (the kids weren’t in the classroom) and then ::whoosh:: in flew the kids and it was a whirlwind until they left to get their lunches. Then we both took our first breath since we started. ๐Ÿ™‚ The kids seemed to really enjoy the ornament crafts and they had a lot of fun with them.

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ย ย ย ย ย ย Success! ๐Ÿ™‚

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We survived the Frozen party! All good things, all good things. ;)

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*Whew* I made it through the weekend.
And now I’m sitting here with both of my girls home with me. They are tracked out for the next three weeks!! So excited!! There is so much we want to do while they are home, but today we relax. The kids are catching up on some Disney channel while playing with Ladybug’s new gifts and I’m enjoying some snuggles and just having my girls home. ๐Ÿ™‚

But let’s back up and talk about the big ‘Frozen’ party that happened this weekend. (Quick side note: This was the first-ever birthday party, with kids, in my own house. This will probably be the last. haha)

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The basement ready to be decorated.

As you know, I spent last week getting our large basement room ready for the party. I had also been hunting through three local Party Cities for any ‘Frozen’ decor I could get my hands on. ย Stop #3 was the goldmine…and also the furthest drive. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Everything I had planned on putting up…

I may have a gone a little overboard and now have to return a few things…but better to have too much rather than not enough. Continue reading

Whatcha Makin’? — Let’s Do A T-Shirt Quilt!

I have to have something to do. A project of some sort. If I don’t have a project to look forward to, I find that I have a lot of trouble focusing on anything else. I find it’s easier to keep the tv off and keep everyone moving if I know I get to do something for myself later. (I doubt this makes any sense, but it seems that’s how I work. lol)

But as of the end of March, all of my stuff has been in boxes. My sewing table has been under boxes. Boxes filled with my paints and brushes, my pencils and pastels and pads, my fabrics and scissors and rulers, my scrapbooks and papers, even all of my notebooks! But I haven’t noticed it too much since I first was busy unpacking the rest of the house. Then I got to work in the yard and busy myself with flowers and growing veggies and herbs.

Now we are in mid-June here in central NC and the heat index for the rest of the week is 100 degrees. Yard work? With Code Orange air quality warnings? Nah, I’m good thanks. The boxes left in the basement? I can’t do anything with those until I get more shelving (because it’s mostly books left….Hubby and I are major book lovers). The boxes left in the spare basement room? Those are all of my boxes. Which I can’t unpack until I get more shelving for that too. So I’m at a standstill with just about everything. I even have plenty of freezer meal recipes on hand to stock my freezer up with after I go grocery shopping.

So what’s a girl to do? I know. How about we cut up shirts? Nothing crazy, it’ll be for a quilt. ๐Ÿ™‚ Want to join me? We’ll make it a weekly thing! This week we’ll get started and next week, we’ll move on to the next step, and so on. Let’s do this!DSC08340

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A Place to Call Home (DIY Birdbaths too!)

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Today is only the fourth of June, but the heat of today lets us here in central NC know that summer is on its way. And it’s going to be brutal. ย Luckily though, when the serious heat of the day hit, I was working in my backyard. And my backyard is completely shaded. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’m a little ahead of myself.

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Present-day backyard

In April, Hubby and
I moved our family from apartment living to living in a house. Since we both moved out of our parents’ houses, we’ve only ever lived in apartments. And then when Hubby and I moved in together, we have also only ever lived in apartments. So this move was pretty big for us. [Side note: I have a whole list of things that I have learned since moving from an apartment that I plan on sharing.]

One of the things I most looked forward to, was having a yard for my kids to run around and play in and having the space to have a garden. That was one of my criteria for whichever house we chose. Another criteria should have been no pet stains/smells left in the carpets, but that comedy will have to wait. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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