No really, It's Okay & TT

It's okay that...
  • I splurged on myself  at the mall this week (b/c it's been forever since I've done that)...
  • I've been watching the hamper in the laundry room fill up & still haven't washed the growing pile...
  • I've only cooked dinner one day this week...and I won't be cooking again tonight either. It's been a busy week - Friday we'll be eating another home cooked meal, though!
  • I had one of the M&M cookies that Michael brought home for the kids last night - it was super yummy!

I'm also linking up for Thankful Thursday this week...b/c really I have so much to be thankful for...

I'm, as always, thankful for my babies & my hubby - they are what rocks my world! And love all the fun times we have together - and the awesome snowcones we stop to get at Mista Macks!
I'm thankful to the weather man for the cool snap he said is on its way here - it's been a little nicer outside lately & I really hope he is right!

I'm thankful that my hubby took Aaron & did our grocery shopping last night while Emma & I were at gymnastics - saves me so much time! Thank you baby!

I'm thankful for the new Kim Son that's been built out here - I had a yummy lunch with a CW there yesterday...and am sure there will be more to come!

I am also thankful that Criminal Minds & all my other favorite shows are back on!

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WILW...Wordless Wednesday (Video Edition)

I love the sound of Aaron's laughter & especially when it's b/c his sister is making him laugh - something she can do better than anyone else!!





Monday, Monday...Wish it was Sunday

Yeah - I know, I know - I mixing the Mommas & the Papas with the Bangles! But that's alright...the two songs together do a better job of describing a Monday than just one on its own!! :)

Last week when I was playing around with my Macro Mushrooms I also had a few kiddo pictures I played with, but didn't want to mix them in with my mushrooms...so I thought I'd share them today!

I was playing with some low light actions shots & what better subject than my babies playing - in particular Emma swinging. I love her hair all wild & flowing everywhere while she is swinging. Now, of course, the first two aren't action, but I just thought they were beautiful!
Swangin'

"Watch out Mommy!" - she thought she was going to hit me b/c I was standing right in front of the swing!

Aaron wasn't interested in swinging, though - he just wanted to slide & play in the garden!
Aaron Playing on the Slide
I am so ready for cooler weather to get here for good so we can have more days where it's comfortable to play outside! This weekend, though we played in doors, but had a blast at a bounce house. There is a new one near the house & we finally got to go play in it this weekend. It was a hit & some place we'll definitely frequent! Afterwards we hit up Mista Macks for some yummy snowcones - Emma had Rainbow, Aaron had Wedding Cake (b/c it's white - hey, this mommy thinks about stains) and I had Mojito. We also took a Cherry one home to daddy!
We're frequent buyers now - we have a punch card & everything so we'll be visiting Mista Mack a lot more often! LOL!


I hope you had a fantastic weekend...hopefully they'll all be a lot cooler very, very soon!

Macro Mushrooms

When we went outside to play last night we found these had popped up...I took a few macro shots & spent some time playing with them in PS.

Thursday nights are my quiet nights. Michael is gone on Thursdays & after the kids go to bed I have a few hours all to myself.. I have really come to enjoy this time to be perfectly honest. I am NEVER alone anymore. And while I love my babies & Michael dearly when the time comes & you don't even get to go to the potty on your own, then this alone time is really needed!!!

So this Thursday I spent some of that quiet time playing with pictures!
This one didn't get a version two, though...

WILW & Wordless Wednesday

Bumper Cars


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The Missing Lake...and Pics of my Babies!

Saturday we went to the park for a picnic - my mother, my sister & my babies - and the lake was gone. The swimming area is surrounded by a floating barrier & for the most part it was just sitting on dry land. I hate to see the lake this way. The beaches are a lot bigger now, that's for sure, but no one really wants to swim b/c the water is so low.
I grew up on this lake - it was literally my back yard. I hope this drought is over soon - we did get some rain, but it wasn't enough by any means. One of the smaller bridges we drove over has no water under it whatsoever! It was just dry ground. I have never seen the lake this low.

Well, enough of the dreary - here are a few of the pictures of my babies playing from this weekend.
Collage
They have such a fun time up in East Texas. They discovered a new game, too - Bumper Cars! We have one Flintstone car at home, but with two they discovered it's much more fun to bump into one another! Ha! And Aaron is proud of his muscles these days, too. If you ask him if he is strong or to show you his muscles he displays them proudly! He's such a boy! Emma had to show her strength, too - she has so much upper body strength. That is her strong point in gymnastics - pulling up and doing flips on the bars. I hope this is something she sticks with b/c for now she seems to really enjoy it so much & she is good!

Something else I realized this weekend - my daughter didn't know what Big Red was!!!
Big Red
We were at the store to get a drink and she pulled that out & asked, "Mommy, what is this?" Now typically I don't buy cokes (I'm from Texas - they are all cokes) for Emma, but I figured for educational purposes this one time would be alright - she had to know about Big Red, right? And need I tell you she enjoyed it...and the red mustache!
Red Mustache

So thankful for the rain!

First I have to say I'm so happy we finally got some rain!

We took off last Friday to give us a three day weekend & it still wasn't long enough. We had planned to go out of town for the weekend, but weren't planning to leave until Friday - then last minute we changed our minds so Thursday I rushed home to get us all packed up & on the road at a reasonable hour. We still didn't make it up to East Texas until around 10:00.

Aaron didn't fall asleep until the last 45 minutes or so & it was just long enough to give him a burst of energy - let's just say it was very hard to get up the next morning b/c he kept us up a while!

The weekend was low key for the most part, but very relaxing. Michael & my brother worked all weekend on their deers stands & feeders to get them ready for the season this fall & then they did a little dove hunting, too. My sister, my mom & I took the kids to one of the parks nearby on the lake & had a picnic - the kids loved that (I didn't get any of my pics off my camera from the weekend b/c it was so late when we got home Sunday - hopefully I'll have them all by tomorrow)!

Other than that we just rode around on the mule (the motorized kind), played with the horses & had great family time. The kids found out how much fun hay bails are, too & we got some cute pictures of them playing on them...and of Aaron being my little daredevil & sliding off - without looking to see if anyone was there to catch him!! Luckily my sister was, but then it was a game - put him back on top & he immediately sat down & slid off for you to catch him - so ya better be ready to catch him!!
Broaddus

We had already planned to be in East Texas for the weekend, but last Thursday I also found out that my niece's mother (my former SIL), Pam,  had passed away so we realized we would also be going to a funeral while we were there. She had been battling pancreatic cancer.

The funeral was yesterday afternoon. I think my niece & her kids handled it alright - they had been preparing for this since she was diagnosed - but it's still never easy to say goodbye. That side of my niece's family has especially had a hard time in the past 10 months. Last November they also lost Pam's sister & within 6 months of that the daughter of another sister both to tragic car accidents. Pam's passing made the third family member they have had to say goodbye to - I think they are due for a break. It's hard to watch a family suffer such. Saturday evening & Sunday we started to get a little rain - I think it was a sign about life going on b/c with the rain God sends new life.

The funeral wasn't until 3:00 Sunday and after the church services & the graveside & then visiting with family a while it was after 10:00 when we finally made it home.

I thought I would leave you with this picture of me & Michael - we were swinging on my sister's front porch enjoying the breeze that was coming up the hill - it is so nice and peaceful to just sit & enjoy being with the people you love & that love you back. There is no greater comfort.
On the front porch in a swing, Just a swingin!
"So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice and no one will take your joy from you..."

John 16:22

Post-It & Pinterest: My Birthday Edition



Here are a few of my latest Pins!

I cry every time I read this book...

I just learned how to make these! Aren't they cute??
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I think these are too cute...wouldn't they be adorable party favors!?!?
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I love this idea - and REALLY need to do this for Emma. Her room is overflowing with too many books & not enough bookshelves!
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And one of these would be pretty awesome, too! I could wrangle all their animals together in one neat place - this will be great when we finally move their play room upstairs & I get my dining room back!

For my birthday I wish you all a blessed, blessed day!!!!
Have a Terrific Tuesday!

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A stitch in time...

My mother is an amazing seamstress. She can make anything...seriously! She made almost all the formal dresses I ever wore. She makes the most adorable dresses for Emma now. She does applique and embroidery. She quilts. She sews purses and other accessories. And she crochets. She has made beautiful baby blankets, booties, caps, afghans, bags...well, you get the idea and I could go on and on and on...

Well, I can't sew. I've tried a few times. It isn't my forte! I made on shirt in HS...mother actually wore it to work in the yard. I think she was just being nice! LOL

I have tried my hand a few times at crochet over the years. I've stopped & started several times. I've picked it up again, though and have been working on some small cute projects. A few years ago I started doing little clutch purses and amigurumi (I need pics of those). I made a cute little mushroom guy!!
Rainbow ClutchProduct of my Insomnia
(These are terrible pics - I took these with my Razr - that's how long it's been since I made these clutches. I need to find that pattern & make some more. I thought they were cute)

I made cute little fingerless gloves for Emma - made a pair for myself, too!
And several scarves & hats - doesn't get much easier than scarves & hats! :) (Eww...terrible pic of me in the hat!)
Cup Koozies - extremely quick & easy project!
These dishrags are my favorite. They work better than anything I have bought in the stores, too. They aren't abrasive so they don't do any damage to my nonstick skillets, but are strong enough they will scour off anything cooked on. And I can throw them in the dishwasher b/c I used cotton yarn - they hold up great!
Recently, I found the pattern for this little scrubbie, too. I added a loop so I could hang it to dry. It also works just as great as the dishrag and I like the swirl design! This pattern took a bit to learn, though b/c the directions weren't great. I had to get mother to help me figure it out. I actually ended up googling it to see if anyone else had instructions online for it & sure enough I found a better video tutorial that showed just how easy it really is to make. I love these!
Learned a new scrubby pattern! Added a loop so I could hang it to dry!!
Another little project I've started (and I'm still practicing these) are little swirls and flowers! I want to make smaller ones (these are about softball size in diameter) and put them on alligator clips. I think they would be so cute in Emma's hair & and I also want to get some plain headbands that I can secure a small piece of ribbon to so we'll have the option to put the clip directly in her hair or on the hairband. Of course, these colors won't be suitable...LOL...we'll have to get some fresher colors, but for practice these worked great!

These larger ones I think I'll secure a pin to - Elaine said she wanted one of these bright, vibrant flowers for the lapel of her grey wool coat! I think as a broach like that these will look great!
Progress!
I added buttons to the center and little balls (like below - sorry for the blurry pic) to finish them off. Adds a cute little detail!

Practicing! Need to go buy some new colors now!

I haven't taken time to make good pictures of any of my projects, b/c I hadn't planned on blogging them. I've just snapped pictures with my phone b/c I usually send one to mother to critique when I'm finished! Ha ha!

I love keeping my hands busy like this. I usually do these in the evening after the kids have gone to bed & Michael & I are sitting in our bedroom watching TV, playing on the computer...just relaxing. Being on the computer all the time my hands have started hurting over the years. I don't know if I'm developing carpal tunnel or what, but the exercise of crocheting is very therapeutic not only to my mind (so relaxing), but also physically to my hands. I honestly believe it really helps to work out the soreness. 

I don't know if I'll ever get as good as my mother, but I am proud of these little projects!

How we spent our 4 day weekend...via iPhone Pics!

Nothing exciting, but lots of great family time & playing with my babies!!!
Friday we ran around all day - we had tons of errands to go & my babies were such good sports the whole time!
We actually wore them out, poor things! 
We made up for it that evening, though b/c we took them out to play with their cousins! And I hit the jackpot on a game to win a bunch of tickets for Emma to cash in on some cheap cool prizes!
Jackpot
They played cosmic putt putt - or at least ran around the course! LOL
Family game of putt putt!
And Aaron tried his hand as a train conductor!
Train Conductor
They also bowled & rode go carts & filled up on yummy pizza - it was a fun evening!!
Saturday my niece & her boyfriend came over to watch the OU game - so we had a nice evening in. Emma loves when Jessica comes to visit b/c she wrangles her into playing all her games!!
Sunday after church Michael went with a friend so the kids & I hung out at home - my parents came over for lunch & spent the day playing with us & after Michael got home we all headed out for frozen yogurt! I thought the kids would be worn out, but we ended up playing outside for a while longer after they left!
Monday morning Emma & I snuck out while the guys were still sleeping & met Jessica for b'fast! Then after we came in to check on Michael & Aaron, we left again for a mani/pedi!
Emma got rainbow colors with glitter & flowers! It was a great girlie morning!
And she didn't mind the massage chair one bit either!!
That's my girl!!!

Monday evening we grilled out with the neighbors & had a nice relaxing time outside enjoying the cooler weather - albeit, there was also a bit of haze and the smell of smoke from all the wildfires here in Texas. They aren't far north of us at all. Please be sure to keep all the families affected in your prayers...and please keep us in your prayers that they don't move the few more miles south that would include hour homes. I heard of two coworkers today that lost their homes over the weekend to the fires. Luckily, though both families are safe as far as I know...

I hope you had a good holiday weekend! 
I'm thankful for this short week I'll have now, too!

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