Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Apparently I'm doing the right thing!!
I've taken my daughter to Chick-fil-a several times recently so that we could eat and she could play on the play equipment. She now calls it the "Eat & Play." It's a great place to let your preschooler release some energy when the weather is cruddy, right? Everything goes smoothly for the most part. We share a kids meal, then she pops off her shoes and runs over to play. She interacts wonderfully with the other kids. She plays, she laughs. It's just great seeing her happy.
THEN...it's time to leave. I give her a little notice, let her get her few last runs around the place and then start calling her to get her shoes. The fun begins. First I have to catch her, then I have to hold down my screaming child while I try to get her shoes back on and possibly even try to get on her coat. The battle gets too intense, so I just forget the clothes and get her out of the building as quickly as possible. The whole while, my face is turning red with embarrassment. I'm sure that every person in the place is staring at us. I try not to make contact with any of them. It's a stressful scene to say the least!

But something different happened on our last visit. She threw her typical tantrum, yes, and I had to carry her screaming out of the building. I got in the car, turned on the radio to drown her out and there was a child expert on K-love. A parent was telling a story about how she had just taken her son to Chick-fil-a and was having the same experience as me. I had to laugh out loud. It was almost as if that expert had come on the radio and said "Leah, you're ok! You're handling your child just right. You're a good Mommy!"

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Toot Your Horn Tuesday Participants
1. Calamity Anne's Adventures
2. Yoga Gal
3. raggy flops part 1
4. Good Luck Picture (Red Heads Craft More Fun)
5. lacing cards
6. CUTE AS A BUTTON coconut cupcakes & party FAVORS!
7. Erin K-Vintage Welcome Blockss
8. Epic Fail Turned Miracle:Lamp Remake - Grace @ RMD
9. President Hinckley Busy Book
10. Minnesota Boys Bedroom Makeover
11. Glass Stone Frame @ BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com
12. Cookie Sheet Calendar
13. Trash to Treasure Bulletin Board
14. $1 t-shirt refashion @ Second Street
15. Kimberly @ Attempting Creative {St. Patrick's Day Pillows}
16. Bon @ Drab to FAB..photog chair
17. Laundry Room Remodel @ Remodelaholic
18. Lucky by make It Sparkly Mama
19. kathryn gilbert
20. NOT SO LAZY, Lazy-Susan PB Inspired by Bird Crafts!!!
21. cub/boy scout mothers pin necklace
22. NEW WAY to tie fleece blanket
23. NO-SEW Fabric Flower TUTORIAL
24. Asian style Shelf @ junkblossoms
25. Recipe Box Makover @HowDoesShe
26. Childs Art 18 into 2 @HowDoesShe
27. My Cabinet Door Makeover - Jen @ Noting Grace
28. Condo Blues Framed Tin Ceiling Tile
29. Cupcake Birthday Outfit
30. Pomeranian Pet Portrait @Murals&More
31. From The Trenches Of Motherhood
32. LadyBug Clippie: Tutorial and GIVEAWAY!
33. skirt refashioned to adorable dress
34. Antique Chairs n' Modern Fabric (Jane @ Finding Fabulous)
36. Huge Tree Mural @ Made By Stephie
37. The Color Yellow!
38. Burlap Bunnines from the little green bean
39. A Slob Comes Clean (Painted a Dollhouse/Bookcase)
40. Amy @ All Things Home (Basket of Bottles)
41. No Slip Dish Towel-Nikki @ KreativeKnack
42. Single Nester Picture Frame Necklace Organizer
43. My Frugal Lifestyle {Cereal Box to Magazine Organizer}
44. Kitchen Organization @ Everything Design
45. Tara @ Feels Like Home (homemade geoboard)
46. Organize & Decorate (fast & cheap centerpiece)
47. Organize & Decorate (mantel makeover)
48. Card Club cards (thinking of you)
49. Greenearth : Created Moments
50. Saving Money & Living Life (DIY Stationary)
51. Crocheting For The Pets!
52. Reid Girls Handmade
53. **A SpRiNg in your step***
54. picture block (pt.2)~jennifer
55. Dollar Store Glass Projects @ Design-Aholic
56. Drab to Fab Wall Decor @One Crafty Mommy
57. Stuffed Animals are THE DEVIL. Storage that WORKS!
58. JunkFest-Easy Peasy Makeovers
59. Jenny (Easter Wreath)
60. Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity
61. Spring Terrarium
62. Lynettes Front Door Makeover
63. Homemade flower garland (Feels Like Home)
64. FRAMIN' UP TEE TOWELS...Jane @ Finding Fabulous
65. Can you put an entertainment center in the dining room?
66. Lia - Petite Little Bee's Chocolate Souffle Cake
67. Fabulous $5 lamp!
68. The Saved Quarter (Amazing Dining Room Transformation)
69. Little Lizard King - Skull & Crossbows

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dinner Fairy

It's already 3:30 and I have yet to decide what we're having for dinner. AND, just a few minutes ago, I invited my Mom over to eat too. Please Dinner Fairy, Make A Stop At My House!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Toot Your Horn Tuesday - For Your Convenience

Always have time to add a picture, but I haven't had time to write today. My son Cole, tried out and was selected for District Chorus. We just learned that he also made the All State Chorus as 1st delegate! I'm a proud Mommy!
I wouldn't want you to miss your opportunity to TOOT. So here's your link-up. Have fun and I'll be by to read your blogs soon.

Toot Your Horn Tuesday Participants
1. Kristina @ 3 under 4
2. Tier Plate Stand
3. Valentines Kids Craft @ Yoga Gal
4. The Gaines Gang {GIANT Goodwill frame redo}
5. The Gaines Gang{ PEACE sign goodie bag gift}
6. Making personal stamps
7. Jackie @Life in the Fishbowl
8. Glamming up your Overhead lighting!
9. Organize & Decorate (Coat Closet to DVD Closet)
10. Organize & Decorate (book pages ball)
11. Kelly From MakeItSparklyMama
12. All Things Heart and Home
13. Little Lizard King - Dino Duo DIY Applique
14. Shabby Chic Birdies...Jane @ Finding Fabulous
15. Classy Silhouettes @ Craft-Werk
16. Tara @ Feels Like Home (Repurposing Valentine cards)
17. Hearts and Cookies
18. Red Heads Craft More Fun (Pedestal Birdhouses)
19. Trish @TheOldPostRoad (my art)
20. A Mod Podge Weekend of Crafts
21. Talented Tuesday @ My Frugal Family
22. Building a Crafting Table; FREE @ Remodelaholic
23. PB Teen Redo @ Cheap Chic Home
24. BEST{{ever}}Banana Muffins@HowDOesShe
25. Erin K-Darling Refurbished Owl Stool
26. Beautiful washer necklace
27. Sneak Peek at the Cottage Shabby Makeover
28. bleached stencil t shirt tutorial from the homemaker
29. Pink Box Makover @ junkblossoms
30. CD Case Cube Frame @ BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com
31. 3 Toddler Fleece Projects!
32. Deatils make a difference
33. The Welcome Home (Decoarate away the winter blahs)
34. SUPER easy purse hair tie AND earrings!
35. On the Go Activity Book @ 2nd St
36. 3D butterflies
37. Drab to Fab makeover & announcement
38. EASY Sugared EASTER eggs
39. Abbey @ Practically Perfect - Gift wrapped Bookcases
40. Recycled Box becomes Heart Shaped Basket
41. The Pampered Mom's Valentine's Day Treat
42. Like Candy in a Jar {Ribbon Storage} - Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs
43. PB Knock-Off--Recycle Center
44. Laura @ Frugal Follies (Sweet Bagel Chips)
45. Garlic Cheese Beer Biscuits @ Made By Stephie
46. Condo Blues - Free Framed Art
47. Real Housewife in MN: Easy Rice heating pads
48. Baby Angel Paintings @Murals&More
49. Two Sisters An A Cake!
50. Fabric Flower with beaded flower avisiontoremember
51. Nikki @ KreativeKnack
52. Car Seat Cover / Canopy
53. The Weather Outside is Frightful
54. Saving Money & Living Life (Tooting my horn about my hubby)
55. Kimberly @ Attempting Creative {Mardi Gras Cupcakes}
56. Ashley's Craft Corner (t-shirt skirt)
57. Healthy Dip!
58. Joan@anythinggoeshere~ Easy DIY pedestal for a cloche
59. Cheri Quite Contrary - From Placemats to Pillows!
62. resizing pajama bottoms - easy! @ Our Daily Obsessions
63. Becca's Kitchen Updates
64. A tweet, a tute, & a giveaway
65. cindy
66. Jennifer ~ magnet board
67. Sunny Yellow Spring Wreath @ Design-Aholic
68. Delcious Rice Krispies Treats @ Casa Haus
69. DeBbiedoos
70. ♥♥♥You did what with a book?♥♥♥
72. Circle Dance Quilt @ Color Chic
73. Tawney
74. Jenn
75. 10 Minute Toddler Leg Warmers
76. bon @ Drab to FAB..wretched bear
77. $2.50 Lamp REVamp - Jen @ Noting Grace
78. Give Us This Day
79. Elegant Knock Off Orchid Tutorial
80. To-Go Book
81. A Crafty Escape: Fruit Knit Baby Hats
82. St. Patty's Day Wreath@ My Frugal Family
83. Twilight Inspired Crafty Box@ Talented Tuesday

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Emergency Chili

I can't believe it snowed again today! Here, where we usually only see snow every 10 years. This calls for some

(Sorry Ladies, I don't follow a recipe for chili. This time I browned ground beef, added diced yellow pepper, an onion, a jar of salsa, can of diced tomatoes, can of kidney beans, can of shoepeg corn and a half cup of water or so, then added some spices - garlic salt, chili pepper, black and red pepper, and a few hearty squirts of Texas Pete, it's almost like a goulash, you could throw in some cooked pasta or rice and top it with some cheese. Anything goes, so easy and so yummy!)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Toot Your Horn Tuesday - LOVE

The purpose of Toot Your Horn Tuesday, is to give us all an opportunity to share some of our accomplishments. No matter how big or how small.

Today, I'm sharing a big one! My Family!
Can "family" be an accomplishment? I think so! Through many crazy times, we've managed to hold it together. Sure there's the *DAILY* bickering and irritation. Sure, 6 people living under one roof can be rough. Sure, the guys around here forget to put the toilet seat down. Sure, I've probably embarrassed my teenagers more then once. BUT, we know how to pull together when needed.

Since Valentine's Day is this weekend, I'm sharing my 2nd Annual Love Day Video! Family and Friends and Wonderful Memories (set to music) Last year's video is right here.
Can you feel the love?!

To participate in Toot Your Horn Tuesday, all you have to do is leave a comment below about something wonderful you've done. Or better yet,if you have a blog, write your own Toot Your Horn Tuesday post and come back to link up using the Mister Linky.
I hope you all have a
LOVEly Valentine's Day.

P.S. When Using Mister Linky, Please Use Your Name Or Blog Title and place a Toot Your Horn Tuesday link or button on your blog. Thanks!

Toot Your Horn Tuesday Participants
1. Valentine Soap Dispenser
2. New and Improved Wrapping Paper Closet & An Anthro Giveaway @ Yoga Gal
3. $10 Vanity Makeover @ junkblossoms
4. Red Heads Craft More Fun (Jute Monogram)
5. Jane @ Finding Fabulous...Preppy no-sew Aprons!
6. Lori's 2 topiaries that didn't cost a lot of $$$
7. Kristina @ 3 under 4
8. valentine refashion
9. Monogram Door Hangers @ Made By Stephie
10. Fabric Covered Monogram Canvas @ Made By Stephie
11. Karla @ It's The Little Things - Owen's "New" Room - The Big Reveal
12. Valentine Door Hanging How To @ Remodelaholic
13. Lollipop Topiary Tutorial @ Remodelaholic
14. Book wreath and coffee filter wreaths@ Abode
15. So SIMPLE Girl's V-day Outfit
16. Flower Blossom Valentine's
17. Brown Paper Packages
18. Refashion: Toddler Ruffle Skirt Tutorial
19. Our Life as a Military Family - Elm Creek Quilt
20. Not-so-spicy Spicy Dice - Husband Gift)
21. Most Adorable Plush Flowers in a Pot EVER!
22. Cute topiaries @ Casa Haus
23. Easy Bake Recipe @ Casa Haus
24. Button Heart Frame @ childmade
25. Burger Chore Chart @ childmade
26. All Things Heart and Home~Having some fun with my kitchen wall!
27. All Things Heart and Home~Hearts & Buttons & Paint...oh my!
28. Little Lizard King - DIY Pillowcase Dresses
29. Becca's Jungle Mudroom Madness
30. Thifty Before and Afters and GIVEAWAY!!
31. Toile Spheres @ Cheap Chic Home
32. DIY Curtains @RealhousewifeinMN
33. Peppermint Hearts
34. Erin K-Gorgeous Long Necklace Holder
35. Fringed Burp Cloths
36. Yvonne@StoneGable
37. Magnetic Frame Tutorial
38. Old Garden tool decorating
39. Valentine's Tin Can
40. Liz @ IGTBH (DIY puzzle art)
41. 2 Dollar Tree Tutorials for Valenintines Day
42. EAT Custom Letters @ Everything Design
43. How to hot glue gun a pillow & not swear!
44. Baby Girl Castle @Murals&More
45. NO SEW PILLOWS @{All Things Thrifty}
46. Condo Blues - Make Granola Cereal
47. Creamy White & Roses @ No Minimalist Here
48. Dollar Tree Cloche & Talented Tuesday@My Frugal Family
49. Upcycled Wool Flower Pin @ BlackKatsDesign
50. The Little Brown House - Death by Chocolate
51. Saving Money & Living Life (Throwing a shower on a budget)
52. No-Sew Fringed Fleece Blanket @ Design-Aholic
53. Red Milk Jug Lamp @ Design-Aholic
55. Bricks & Maps from the little green bean
56. Letting Go with some Retail Therapy from Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs
57. Laurmela
58. Cute and Easy Valentines
59. A Man's Valentine Gift
60. applique jeans tutorial
61. New Kitchen Sink & Faucet @ DIY Newlyweds
62. Tara @ Feels Like Home (heart-shaped omelets or pancakes)
63. Cindy Conner
64. Flower Arrangement
65. I Heart this Dessert
66. Help and a GIVEAWAY!
67. Free Stuff
68. oven fried chicken yum

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Thinking Spring

Craving some Sunshine and Warm Temps!
At least tomorrow is Toot Your Horn Tuesday.
It'll be my Valentine's Edition, so start your posting!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wow, It's Snowing!

Wow, just as the snow had melted away, we got more! Just a little this time, but it's another weekend stuck inside!

We'll probably skip church in the morning (again.) But not just because the roads will be frozen. We're also expecting someone to look at the house and we've got some cleaning to do! Yeah! This will be the second showing in the last 5 days. That's good since we'd been about 2 weeks without anything! One of the headlines in today's local newspaper was that home sales were quite slow around here. We're looking forward to a contract by the Spring though.

It's not like me to write on my blog on a Saturday night, but I'm trying to keep myself awake. I have to pick up my son from his job in a bit. He works at a grocery store. I'll be interested to hear how his night went, since so many people flock to the store when there's any kind of "weather." We're such wimps here on the East Coast!

Since I'm here, I may as well add a cute little video clip of Glynis' first reaction to the snow. It's only 12 seconds. And she's soooo darn cute!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Snow Days

The snow is melting away, but my memories are frozen in time....

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Toot Your Horn Tuesday - Paint & Snow

It's time to TOOT!! How has your week been? Do you need a little pat on the back? Because this is the place to get one!!
Another crazy week in my little nest! As you know, we're trying to sell our house. Unfortunately, we're not getting much traffic. My real estate agent recommended that I tone down my kitchen to make it a little more neutral. I suppose that the black chalk board paint and my geometric hand painted back-splash might not appeal to everyone. This is the before picture.

The family really hated to see our kitchen changed, but it's what you've got to do! So....I ran to Lowe's and picked up some paint. What's more neutral than white? Right? Well, the paint went up pretty quickly. I have a small kitchen. But it looked horrible! Back to Lowe's I went and up went another color. Toasted Almond. Sounds nice, but once it was up, I HATED it! In the meantime, we had a snow storm!!

The biggest snow event we've had in 20 years! We rarely even get a dusting, but we ended up with over 8 inches. It was Saturday and the painting had to wait! There was fun to be had!! We built a snowman, made snow angels and ate snow cream. Although it hasn't snowed since Saturday, the temperature has been cold enough that the snow and ice are still here. School was canceled for Monday and Tuesday, because this part of the country is not equipped for this type of weather.

I did get back to the painting though. Today, I painted a 3rd time!! Back to white, but it's an off white and much less stark. I like my geometric design better, but this will have to do. Now it's NEUTRAL! And my entire body is sore!! Who paints a room 3 times, 3 different colors within 5 days?! ...me

This explains why I have not been on my blog since last Tuesday! What have you been up to? Please leave a comment if you're playing along! Don't forget to link back to this blog with either a button or a hyperlink in your post.

Toot Your Horn Tuesday Participants
1. Lollipop Boutonnieres for the Kids!
2. Ballard Inspired Bee Bulletin Board @ Design-Aholic
3. Milk Glass, Grey Bird, & Moss @ Design-Aholic
4. Romantic Red@COASTAL CHARM
5. Adventure Mom Janna- Trash to Toys EASY, FUN, CHEAP
6. Simple (but the best ever) Burp Cloth Tutorial
7. Prudent & Practical {DIY Geico Money Figure}
8. Monogram Magnets @ Made By Stephie
9. Newspaper Flowers @ Made By Stephie
10. Valentine Easter Bunny @ childmade
11. Flower Decorations from Bottle Bottoms @ Craft-Werk
12. All Things Heart and Home~Button & Burlap Heart
13. Memory Board Tutorial and GIVEAWAY!!
14. Little Lizard King - Before & After Dining to Living Room
15. Book Adventures @ Lakewood
16. Tara @ Feels Like Home (Valentine Love Notes for Your Kids)
17. Becca's Breakfast Room Addition
18. "A" Is for Alex- Wall Hanging
19. LOVE is in the Air Wreath
20. Coaster Memos (Red Heads Craft More Fun)
21. Super Easy Primitive Heart Wall Hanging
22. Pottery Barn Inspired Roman Numeral Decor
23. Spray paint Dead Plants To Give Them New Life
24. Magnetic Frame
25. Valentine's Day Art Purse
26. From The Trenches Of Motherhood
27. Gorgeous Packages from Cereal Boxes
28. Old, beat up filing cabinet turned wonderful storage bench...
29. Condo Blues (Insulated Roman Shade)
30. Check Yes or No Valentine's Booklet
31. Painted Lilac Suitcases @ Murals&More
32. Utensil Holder @ Keeping It Simple
33. Valentine Angel made to look old
34. Make a $500 screen for $30 EASY! @ Remodelaholic
35. Family Time Capsule @ somewhat simple
36. Crystal Heart Valentine’s Tutorial @ Remodelaholic
37. Liz @ IGTBH (funky recovered dining chairs)
38. Cozy Bedroom from Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs
39. Erin K-Subtle Valentine Decor
40. Favorites and Things- Valentines Tree
41. Handmade valentines @ Second Street
42. HowDoesShe - "Bee" my Valentine
43. Jane@FindingFabulous...A Fun Lamp Revamp!
44. Molly @ The Snyder 5
45. $3 Memo Board (Gail @ Black Copper DIY)
46. Valentine Mantle & Giveaway @ Yoga Gal
48. Our Ugly Duckling Kitchen@ la maison LaFortune
49. 24$ redo
50. Melissa (tablecloth and chair covers)
51. Amber: Coffee Table Redo
52. Candle sticks and vases turned Monogram Candles Life As Lori
53. Painted Kitchen Cabinets@Cheaplikeabirdie
54. love-ly valentines day decor @ homesweet homebodies
55. My free table renovation
56. Valentine Tree
57. Valentine Placemats
58. Amanda @ Mom of Two Boys
59. Stinkin Cute Lovebirds!
60. Karli
61. Auction Find
62. Saving Money & Living Life (Weddings tips on a budget)

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