After being away from the blog for a few days… I am back with a helpful tip for ribbon storage! I was taking care of some serious spring cleaning (I tend to get very messy when I’m crafting) when I realized how entangled my ribbons were! This is not all of my ribbons but just the ones that would fit in this basket. I am beyond thankful that I remembered this little storage tip on Pinterest and finally put it to use.
Simply arrange your various ribbons in your plastic basket (with slots or holes) and pull a small amount of your ribbon through different holes! SO EASY!
Browsing through other blogs today, I came across this and thought it was great. Obviously I am compelled to share it with everyone :)
The Mommy Test
I was out walking with my then 4 year old daughter. She picked up
something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth.
I asked her not to do that.
“Because it’s been laying outside and is dirty and probably has
At this point, she looked at me with total admiration and
asked, “Wow! How do you know all this stuff?”
“Uh,” I was thinking quickly, “…everyone knows this stuff. Um,
it’s on the Mommy test. You have to know it, or they don’t let you
be a Mommy.”
“Oh.” We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was
evidently pondering this new information.
“I get it!” she beamed. “Then if you flunk, you have to be the
….Hahaha, I need to post this somewhere in the house where my husband will HAVE to see it ;)
Today I received a call from my grandmother, who I am incredibly close to. She tried asking me about how my Easter was since we didn’t get to speak to each other on the actual holiday– but I could hear in her voice that she was sad about something. My grandma ended up telling me that her aunt, my great great aunt, Ruth had passed away today. While this news was painful and sad enough on its own, hearing the pain in my grandmother’s voice was heartbreaking. This was her last Aunt and she was almost 90 years old. My Aunt Ruth was the sweetest woman and always had a smile on her face :) The last time I saw her was when I graduated high school and she came to the ceremony, almost 10 years ago. That is her on the left of the photo along with me and my Aunt Gale.
We reconnected over the past few years and I remember her writing in one of my Christmas cards how much she loved that the Christmas cards I always sent her were pictures of my kids <3 I will make sure that my Christmas cards always stay that way :)
I haven’t experienced a death in my family in quite a while and it had scared me for a few years. I felt as though since I hadn’t had to suffer the loss of anyone in so long that I would start to lose everybody all at once. This fear may be childish and irrational but it’s very real for me and I worry that I am not going to get to say things to people that I really need to say. I hope my Aunt Ruth knew how much she was loved and how much she will be missed. I also hope that my grandma and my aunts find peace and strength in their bond with her and that their sadness can be lifted through all of the great memories that they shared together.
Rest in Peace Aunt Ruth, we love you and will miss you always.
This year I didn’t get any shots of the kids waking up to their baskets and I really wish that I had. This was the first Easter that the kids were excited to wake up knowing that the Easter bunny had come and their little faces were priceless! It is also worth mentioning that I have a problem limiting the kids candy intake on holidays so needless to say they were on a constant sugar high since 8am… I did manage to squeeze in a picture with all 3 kids before we left the house, since I am always the one behind the camera– it’s nice to actually be in a picture with my kids.
Yesterday we made the 2 hour drive to my FIL’s house to celebrate Easter. Of course, we were running late (I’d really like to meet the mother who can arrive on time with 3 children under four years old in tow, she’s my hero) But after the morning craziness we all had a great day :) Amazing food, great company, and the traveling-comedy-show that is my children. My MIL placed a cute little quilt out on the grass for Jacob and it resulted in one of the cutest Easter pictures of the day…
As I grow up and “mature” (those who really know me are laughing right now. The LAST thing I am is mature) I realize just how stressful it can be to host a holiday or other event, so I have started to bring little hostess-gifts with me whenever I attend something at someone else’s home. This Easter I went with a little spring flower arrangement for my MIL– isn’t it adorable?
The kids were especially cute today, and I take pictures of them even when they are screaming/crying/throwing tantrums… so you know I went overboard with the pictures today while they were well behaved and happy :P
Is it strange that even though my husband had an unexpected day off and was home to help out today… I felt more stressed than normal? He helps a lot and I want to be sure that I am giving him credit for that but, it seems as though it’s one more person to take care of despite the fact that he is a fully capable adult. Anyway– I made this wine-cup a week or two ago and tonight was the first time I actually used it :) It is a little rough around the edges but I figure after a few glasses of wine that I wont be able to notice… or simply wont care lol.
There are some instructions on how to paint a wine glass and here is the run down:
-clean your wine glass with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry completely
-Trace your design using a fine tip sharpee (or free hand it if your art skills are good enough)
-Use enamel paint to apply your design
-Allow it to dry overnight
-Place the glass upside down on a foil lined cookie sheet and place in an unheated oven. Once the glass is inside, THEN begin to heat the oven to 325°
-Leave the glass in the oven for 10 minutes (while the oven is in the process of heating) and then turn the oven off once the 10 minutes are up. Allow the glass to remain inside for another 25 minutes while the oven is off and cooling down.
-Remove glass from oven… using oven mitts (I shouldn’t have to state this, but you would be surprised…)
-Again allow the glass to stay on the counter overnight before washing and using it
We randomly had two yellow balloons floating around the house and it just so happens that MJ and Kaydence are obsessed with ANGRY BIRDS. They pretty much believe that the only reason that my husband and I have phones is so that they can play ANGRY BIRDS on it. Tonight, my husband decided to draw one of the birds on each of their yellow balloons– which prompted me to get a little creative and make the kids some PIG masks so we could act out our own version of the game here at home.
Here is a little video of how that went down. If you listen closely you can hear the kids ‘oinking’ behind their masks :)
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I am a mess. It’s ridiculous and it’s reaching new levels.
I came to this conclusion at 2am when I was searching my dark living room for my remote control with this Thomas the Train flashlight…
I am a 27 year old, mother of 3 and this is how I try to find things in the dark. I don’t know what is worse– the fact that I was using this particular flashlight, that I was up at 2am knowing my 10 month old will be up in 5 hours, or the fact that I spent all day looking for a remote control so that I didn’t have to walk over to the television to turn the channel.
1) I was only 6 feet away from my living room light switch, but the train-flashlight was closer.
2) Yes, the baby will be up in just a few hours…but that’s how desperate I am for alone time. With enough silence so that I can think, or not think, but at least just have some part of my day where I am not the juice-fetcher, butt-wiper, booboo kisser, referee, encyclopedia, chef, actress, and one-woman-show.
3) I am that spoiled. Watch live tv that includes COMMERCIALS?! No thank you. Walk 7 or 8 feet everytime I want to change the channel or adjust the volume? No thank you.
…I’m a mess. But at least I make myself laugh :P Good news though! I found the remote ;) Thanks, Thomas!
Today, as I woke up at 7am with my (almost) 10 month old and was watching him through foggy, sleepy eyes as he was playing… I began thinking about how much my life has changed and how different I am as a person now. This reflection led me to realize that I have been influenced and inspired by so many people– actually, every single person that I have ever met. While I was thinking about this I came across an awesome quote:
“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I’ve ever known.”
Doesn’t that sum it up perfectly? I’m not just talking about the people who have left great impressions on me and inspired me to be a better person, I am also talking about the less than great people who I have met, at the very least these people have shown me who I do not want to be.
One of my cousins posted a quote on Facebook a few years ago that really made me think… It said, “Live in such a way that those who know you, but don’t know God, will come to know God, because they know you.” Before seeing my cousin post this quote I hadn’t made the connection between her and my renewed relationship with God. There was a period of a few years when I didn’t take care of my relationship with God. I only remembered to pray if something tragic was happening instead of giving thanks to him everyday, it is no coincidence that during the time when I had neglected to care for my relationship with God… I was going through the darkest parts of my life. Upon reconnecting with my family (during the prime of Myspace and the beginning of Facebook) I was inspired to regain my relationship with God and my life has been so much better because of it.
This was just one example of how someone changed my life without knowing it. Another example occurred on a few days when I would get frustrated with my children. On these days I would often run across one of my “mommy” friends posting a story of something they were doing with their children that day. In that moment, I felt like a failure… why was I getting frustrated with my amazing kids when I could be doing something to strengthen our bond? In these moments of failure I learned patience and that being frustrated by life happens to everyone, but it is how you respond to these trials that determines who you are as a person. I have altered my entire parenting style because of these inspiring friends of mine.
Drawing inspiration from negative people is less obvious, but equally important. Have you ever had someone in your life who talked about someone as soon as they left the room? …. I have. They would talk negatively about whoever wasn’t there at the time and then smile and lie to their face when they were present. It takes a lot to not get pulled into this type of behavior, and I’m not saying that I haven’t engaged in this negativity–because I have. I’m not proud of it, but it has led me to realize that whoever has negative things to say about everyone else when they aren’t around… are saying the same negative things about you when you aren’t around too. But why? Why waste time focusing on the negative in people? Wouldn’t it be more productive and rewarding to focus on the good in people? Why is it so much harder to do that? I am still working on this, but I have made such great strides in this area that I refuse to turn back now :)
…I haven’t told most people about the impact that they have had on my life, but I hope that when someone sees something good in me– they are able to attribute a portion of it to their own character and realize the impact they have had on me.