Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Toot Your Horn Tuesday - 41 years ago

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107.:1

My 40th birthday was a rather hard one for me, but I started my 41st year watching the sun rise with my loved ones. I am blessed beyond words!
A little too windy to light the candle on my doughnut, so God lit it for me.

Toot Your Horn Tuesday Participants
1. J.Crew crepe myrtle cardigan
2. Gorgeous Homemade Soap
3. Frugal Watermelon Pops
4. Scrappy Flower Pin/Pillow
5. The Caffeinated Globe ~ I FOLLOW BACK!
6. Googly (Ghost?) Stones, New Blog Red Ted Art
7. Teddy Tutorial, New Blog Red Ted
8. Perfect Chicken Fried Steak
9. Bird Feeder
12. 40 Rocks Birthday Gift
13. Sparrow Canvas
14. Hooray for Baskets!
15. how-to-pillowcase dress and free patten
16. A is for Apple
17. USA Chalkboard
18. It's Raining Men
19. Autumn Tablescape
20. DIY Patio Furniture
21. Confessions of a Modern Christian Girl
23. Always Here by Jingle
24. Plastic Bottle to Cute Cuff
25. How To Use Essential Oils For Cleaning
27. Simple DIY Raven
28. No Sew Burlap Table Runner
29. Rootin-Tootin Good!
30. List Plan It Review
31. HAND TOWEL Apron
32. Blueberry Cookie
33. Shake the Glitter
34. Raggy Flowers
35. Peach Smoothies
36. family game night
37. hemmed flowers shirt
38. Tassel Rooster
39. Coat Closet Turned Storage Closet
40. Fall Weather...revamp your outdoor spaces!
41. Building A Daybed
42. Love Your Neighbor
43. Top 5 Hits
44. eBay : What I Sell
45. A tiered glass platter
47. Clutch from Old Coat and Rosettes
48. Fall Scrapbook Kit!
49. Michelle Johnston
50. Creative Decor~laundry
52. Quatrefoil iPad Case
53. Preschool Activities
54. More Basket Organizing
55. JCrew Inspired Toddler Dress
56. mustache dress and pouch
57. Fantastic Find-- Floating Foam Fish
58. the new wall
59. Poptarts with the BruCrew
60. Lee the "me" in Madness
61. Super Thrifty Curtains
62. {aka} | design
63. Football Subway Art
64. Cute Hand Sanitizer
65. Hot Pink and Black Birthday Party
68. Flower Bendy Bracelet
69. Upscaled Coke Bottle~Gift
70. Freckles and Fudge
71. LOFT Inspired Shoes
72. Car Seat Covers @ While He Was Napping
73. Room Definitions Printable
74. Turning Tuna Cans & Wood into Candle Holders
75. Ham & Cheese Sliders @ Domestic Dame
76. Burlap Bag Tutorial
77. The Croc Clock
78. Triple Rosette Frames
79. Seasonal Change
80. Numbers board :)
81. Inspiring You To Save!
82. Sister Sister Linky Party
83. Slow Cooker Chili
84. Repurposing an Antique Crate as a Shelf
85. Pink Coconut Punch
86. Leggings Galore
87. Bauble nnecklace
88. Birthday scrapbook
89. Necklace Knock Off
90. Hostess Gift
91. Italian Pizza
92. Fall Fabric Rosettes
93. Slow Cooker French Dip
94. cabinet makevoer
95. Mason Jars!
96. Simple Side Table
97. Initial Nursery Artwork @ DA
98. Cleaning Tip of the Day
99. Healthier Mac and Cheese

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Toot Your Horn Tuesday - 30 Chest Compressions

Happy Tuesday Everyone! For newcomers, I chose Tuesday to give us all the opportunity to do a little bragging. Many of you here link up your amazing craft projects and I read through the blogs dreaming that someday I can be as creative, but I'm a busy busy mom who's usually content just having finished my "to do list!"

On occasion I do a little something extra special though.

This week, I completed a CPR/First Aid/AED class! All the staff at my preschool had the opportunity, thanks to my husband! He's a wonderful teacher! And it is a great feeling having confidence that now I'm prepared if an emergency arises! Check with The American Red Cross if you think you'd like to learn too! That's it this week. I hope you share your Toot too!

Toot Your Horn Tuesday Participants
1. Picture Frame Memo Board
2. Water Bottle Revamp
3. Baked Scotch Eggs
4. Guest Bathroom and Bedroom
5. Tick Tock Halloween Clock
6. Tween Girl's Room
7. Healthy Homemade Fruit Rollups
8. Shaping Up the Shop & a GIVEAWAY
9. Glamorous Fashion
10. Shabby Carport Turned Breezy Patio
11. A Great Giveaway
12. Vintage Hankie scarf
13. Vintage Flashcard Banner
15. Twist-Top Tutorial
16. Pretty Bulletin Board Makeover!
17. Paper Wreath
18. Thread Trinket
19. DIY Bookshelf Drawers
20. Weekly Menu Print - Dry Erase
21. Weekly Menu Print - Binder Version
22. Graphic Design by Tara
23. it's come 2 this - Cake Icing Tips
24. halycon green
25. How I Organized My Crafts
26. How I Organized my Junk Drawers
27. Master Bedroom Before/After
28. Dollar Store Decor
29. Hair Cut for Cancer
30. Name Appliqued Backpack
31. DIY Custom Decal Knobs
32. Frenchy's Fall cookies
33. Homemade Mac-n-Cheese
34. Super CHEWY Donuts
35. The Caffeinated Globe ~ I FOLLOW BACK!
36. SandBox Lunches
37. School Pencil Cookies
38. circus birthday invite
39. Peach Cobbler Cupcakes
40. Sap to It!
41. Camping Dough Boys
42. white wood and blue mason jars at raggygirlvintage
43. Photo Collage
44. Dizzy in Pink
45. Keepsake Gift
46. Monogram Board
47. Jewelry Tutorial
48. Easy Coasters, Red Ted
49. Kids Craft, fun Drums, Red Ted
50. HUGE kids birthday party
51. Garland Pack
52. Finally ! First sponsored gift giveaway!!!
53. Baby Cake Shower Gift
54. Mama to 3 Blessings
55. Scrappy NotePad Stand PRINTABLE PATTERN
56. EZ Digital Scrapbook Lesson for Beginners
57. Inspiring You To Save!
58. funmy momma to be gift!
59. Paint Party
60. Watering Can Re-do @ LTC
61. Plate Wall - My Way
62. Walmart Wellies
63. Boy Boxes!
64. Shoe Shelves
65. Closet Frame Redo
66. Baby Bibs
67. Washing Clothes By Loading Washer Properly
68. Removing Curry Stains
69. Altered Beer Carton
70. Faux Leather baby Shoes
71. Garage Sale Office Chairs
72. Creative Decor
73. Burp Cloths&Blanket
74. Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch
75. Mini-skirt Makeover
76. Crayon Rubbings
77. Fall Topiaries
78. maternity jeans
79. crafty days..
80. Using Wallpaper for Crafts
81. 1st Day Teacher Gift
82. Pleated PillowCase Shirt
83. Craft fail to craft save
84. Burlap Bag Tut
85. Peek-a-boo Dress pattern and tutorial
86. Dilly Dip
87. High Chair Makeover
88. Bride Groom Strawberries
89. Heather @ Modern Family Magazine
90. Iron-on Hot Dog Shirt
91. Lemonade Pie @ Domestic Dame
92. Handmade Sparkly Shoes
93. Business Card Holder
94. Elmo Pinata
95. M is for Monogram
96. Painted Pumpkin
97. Anthro Inspired Vintage Necklace Redo
98. Blast from the Past Treats
99. Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken
100. Jellybean Junkyard
101. Jumping Jack
102. Free Finds from a Friend
103. Dice & Blocks out of Milk Boxes
104. A painted up bedroom sidetable...girls room!
105. Laundry Room Sign @ Love Stitched
106. Lovely Little Watering Can
107. Sneak Peek
108. Cupcake bling DIY :)
109. Cornbread Casserole
110. Super Cute Dress!!
111. Menu Board
112. Billie Monster
113. Harvesting Cilantro & Coriander Seeds
114. Running Subway Art
115. Baby Quilt
116. Country Papers
117. Preschool Activities
118. Bird Wall Art
119. Anne from She Loves Life
120. Quick and easy cookies
121. School Flower Headband
122. Starburst Mirror @ Made By Stephie
123. Homemade boy bday card
124. vintage rhinestone hair comb
125. ruched pillow & tutorial
126. Garage Wall
127. Lynn Reno
128. Southern Belle University
129. My First Giveaway!!!
130. A Pair of Pears by Patrice @ LTC
131. Victorian Lace Headband TUTORIAL
132. Baby Wall Letters
133. Mirror Make Over

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tootless Tuesday - for me

As usual, I've been busy as a bee. Just normal summer stuff. Nothing exciting. Last week though, was able to take a quick trip up to Richmond to see a couple of my cousins. A wonderful visit! Here's Tia and I when we were little. She's a few years younger then me and I use to treat her like my little life size baby doll. I loved her so.And here we are last week at her house. She still means the world to me!!!

So, anyway, the other thing I thought I'd share is a post from last year. Exactly one year ago. August and September were some of the hardest months I have ever lived through. My Step-Dad's battle with cancer. He was diagnosed in July and he flew to Jesus in September. Here's a link to my September posts.

It's nice to have this blog and be able to go back in time....

Saturday, August 16th 2009

Wondering if I’ll be on my blog very often over the next
“however long.”

As I write this, I am sitting in a hospital room next to my Step-Dad, Tom. He has stage 4 lung cancer. He went for his first chemo treatment on Aug. 4th and on Aug. 9th was admitted into the hospital having had severe reactions. We weren’t prepared for this. We didn’t consider that within just a few weeks of learning of his cancer that he’d be here, as sick as I’ve ever seen anyone. Sure, I’ve had skin cancer. Just the pesky basal cell. Not life threatening. Not serious. This is stage 4, Incurable. We were told that he would never be healed. We were told that without treatment he would have just months to live. But there is no way that we could have grasped the reality of it all. I’ve never watched anyone die.

Tom is not dying today. He is “fragile” they say. He’s developed an infection. His kidneys are struggling. He is lethargic. He opens his eyes, but I wonder what he sees. His stare is completely blank. He wouldn’t take his medicine tonight. He clinched his teeth as I tried to feed him the crushed pills mixed with applesauce. The machine next to him signaled that his fluid bag was low. Tom reacted to the beeping. He was alarmed. He groaned, he opened his eyes! He reacted… He’s in there!!

Day by day we wait. The doctors can’t give any prognosis right now. He may recover from this “bad reaction.” He may not. We may get him back for a bit, but eventually we will lose him.

Less then 2 weeks ago I was sitting in paradise. I saw rainbows every day. I know God is watching over all of us. I understand that I'm not suppose to understand. I only know to acknowledge Him in all my ways and in return He will direct my path.

More Hawaii pictures... Aren't I blessed?! Hard times will come, but it makes the good times that much sweeter!

Here we are under the banyan tree in maui. It's one of the oldest banyans in the US and it takes up an entire city block. It's amazing!

You're welcome to still play along with Toot Your Horn Tuesday. Wouldn't want to keep you hanging again!! Believe it or not, I check out your blogs every week and dream about all the things I'd love to try. Remember to keep your "titles" short so that they will fit well within my borders! Kisses!
Toot Your Horn Tuesday Participants
1. DIY Giveaway
2. A Bushel Full of Laundry @Paisley Passions
3. Karen@LadybugCreek
4. Menu Board
5. Easy as Pie Pie
6. PB knockoff shelves for $3!
7. How I Organized my Junk Drawers
8. Folded Fabric Hair Flower
9. The Caffeinated Globe ~ I FOLLOW BACK!
10. How to make a bra
11. Rockin' Deals
12. Lucky Teacher Frame Gift
13. Carrot-Zucchini Bread
14. Magnet Game Board
15. 1 Year Blogiversary! Blogging for 1 year!
16. Krista
17. While He Was Napping
18. Folded Ribbon JCrew Inspired T-shirt
19. Scalloped Petals JCrew Inspired T-shirt
20. Sister Sister Linky Party
21. Western Round-Up
22. Kids Craft, Penguin
23. Top 5 Hits
24. No Sew Tee Rescue, Red Ted
25. Great Grill Rub
26. Patio Tour & a $100 GIVEAWAY
27. future fashion designers
28. An Old Milk Can
29. Three Sided Doily
30. Pretty Necklace Display!
31. My Favorite Things
32. Fluttering By
33. Dictionary Lamp Shade
34. DogsMom:Thrifting
35. Suite Little Guest Bedroom
36. Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper
37. Purse GIVEAWAY!
38. Roaring 20s Party and cake!
39. Safe Raw Cookie Dough Recipe
40. Back 2 School Binder for Moms
41. Paint Sprayer Tips-Chairs
42. ginny
43. Anthro Inspired Cupcake Stand
44. French Bench
45. Earring Photo Clips
46. Ruffled Petal T
47. Bird Cross
49. it's come 2 this -Party Backdrop
50. Pretty Pantry Makeover
51. $50 Bathroom Makeover
52. Woven Washer Bracelet & Martha Stewart Visit
53. Kids Clifford Kazoo
54. School Pencil Cookies
55. S'More Dessert Buffet
56. Bathroom Makeover
57. FREEBIES: Back to School Printables!!!!!
58. Mod Podge Necklaces
59. Pesto with cauliflower n peas
60. hemming your jeans
61. Workout Shorts Pattern
62. Sea Shell Shadowboxes
63. Quick and Easy Layered Skirt
64. Rose Petal Dress Giveaway
65. Drawers to shelves redo
67. Grilled Avocado @ Domestic Dame
68. Easy Tomatoe & Goat Cheese Appetizer!
69. C.R.A.F.T.
70. Ladybug Party Crafts
73. Summer Reading Makes Me Feel Fine
74. Barbecue Stain Removal
75. Coupon Blog Directory
76. How To Clean Coffee Maker
78. Buffet into Dresser
79. 2 Shirt Refashions
80. Anthro Shirt
81. Butterfly Soap
82. School Supply Box
84. Grow Your Own Sprouts
85. Odd Crafting Dilemma
86. Sicilian Style Pizza
87. Oreo Cookie Ladybugs
88. Easy Fruit Growing
89. Sidetacked Jewelry
90. Repurposed Cabinet Door
91. Slow Cooker Ham with Pineapple Sauce.
92. memory wire bracelets
93. Geometry in School Dress
94. Sassy Fresh & Easy Salad
95. Gold Clay Deer Antlers
96. Butterfly Garden Wall Art
97. super mario goodies
98. Cute Thank You Card
99. Trash to Treasure Lap Boards
100. On a Pink Cloud
101. oops - the real salad link!
102. Ear Flap Beanie
103. Grilled Pizza Dough
104. My Painted House!
105. My 1st Giveaway!
106. Brandy
107. DoodleBug Designs! Yippee!
108. black damsk table
109. Theresa
110. Cousin Carolyn's Courtyard
111. Gatto999 =^.^=
112. Inspiring You To Save!
113. Moon River Stained Glass Pendants

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Toot Your Horn Tuesday - Pinkalicious

NOTE: If you're playing along today, when you sign Mister Linky, please keep your name/blog title/project name...SHORT! Mister Linky is getting overloaded. Also, I had a couple readers complain that my button isn't working, but it seems to be working fine for others. So if you're having a problem, just forget the button and place a little ol' link. And please don't forget that link. Many of you fail to link back to this fun party. What a bummer! :(

So anyway, I've never been a fan of PINK, but when my daughter was born, after having 3 sons, I was happy to embrace this "girlie" color. There's no way to avoid it actually (retailers make sure of that.) It just seems like this week especially, PINK has been everywhere!! For one, Glynis got a book for her birthday called Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann. In one week, we've probably read it about 20 times! (Thank you Aunt Megan!) It's an adorable book and I really enjoy listening to my daughter shout "PINK" over and over. She wants to dress in pink every day. One day, Daddy brought home some pink jello for her and because she still likes to eat much of her food with her fingers, she ended up with pink hands!
So, what does PINK have to do with my "Toot" for the week? It's rather fitting...

My Mom is away visiting family this week so I thought I'd surprise her by painting her office with the can of paint that my Dad had purchased a few months before he passed away. It'd had been in the closet, along with the new flooring that he purchased for the room. This "office" is completely packed with stuff!! (Mom's a former doll collector and has an enormous collection of family photos) I hope she's not going to be mad that I boxed it all up! Finally got that all done and went back over last night along with two of my boys. We grabbed the can from the closet and guess what color it is!!!!..... YEP, PINK!!

But we did it! And I've also contacted her contractor neighbor to come have the floor installed while the room is boxed up. I'm so excited for my Mom's reaction. Along with this surprise, my husband completely cleaned up her yard, pressure washed her deck and will be staining it today. That's a lot of Tooting I think!! (lucky for me, she only reads my blog about once a month so keep this secret for me!)

Toot Your Horn Tuesday Participants
1. malia
2. Fabric Covered Notebooks
3. Easy Decor Balls
4. Vintage Pyrex
5. Blueberry Coffee Cake
6. Just Jingle
7. Jackie
8. Fondant cake tutorial
9. The Nifty Nest
10. Diy dry erase board
11. Pink Flower Sofa
12. Yellow Jewelry Holders
13. Re-doing old door hardware
14. Rabbit Hutch
15. crazy cat lady?
16. Vintage Chair Rescue!
17. Easy Pillow Form
18. Anniversary Album
19. Snickers Cupcakes
20. HELLO Snickers
21. Spaghetti & Meatballs
22. Cheap Magnet Board
23. Homemade Summer Pizza
24. Family Name Sign
25. Tactile Felt Donuts, Red Ted
26. Kids Craft, Monster Cards
27. Over 25 Summer Crafty ideas for you! Red Ted Art
28. gluten free dessert & GIVEAWAY!
29. Bunches of Fun!
31. Painted Plant Stems
32. Ribbons!
33. Paisley Passions ~ Creative Lap Tray
34. Easy Crown Molding
35. $5 Thrift Store Bench
36. Dino Toddler Pajamas
37. My eBay Closet
38. Faux Plaques
39. Recycled Wood Art
40. FREE ABC/123 Wall Art
41. ABC's and 123's Mosaic
42. Wedding Block
43. Vintage Pillows
44. Anthro Knock-off and Giveaway!!
45. birthday shirt
46. Summer Frock
47. Family History Album
50. Oh Boy!
51. boy CAMPOUT party
52. chocolate moouse
53. SelfSagacity
54. girly elephant baby set
55. Island Spice Pork Tenderloin
56. A painted wedding gift
57. Happier Than a Pig in Mud
58. Cardboard Truck
59. If you give a boy a hose...
61. Couch Makeover!
63. Frosted Glass Jar Lanterns
64. Pasta in Pink Sauce @ Domestic Dame
65. wine cork buffet @ decorating obsessed
66. Key Leash
67. ToMayTo ToMahTo
68. DIY Photo Box
69. Pillow Case Tank Top
70. The Caffeinated Globe ~ I FOLLOW BACK!
71. Free beach fun
72. What I Did Today - Made Cookies
73. Shopping Bag Holder
74. ldh ~ Foyer re-do
75. Rubies and Pearls
76. Family Movie Reviews-The Storykeepers
77. Freeze Your Herbs
78. Where there's a WILL
79. Children's Subway Art
80. Pocket Quiet Book
81. Hawaiian Straw Leis
82. Girly Scarecrow
83. Fun Summer Cocktails
84. Thift Store Mirrors
85. Chair rehab
86. Daydream
87. homemade relish
89. Renewed Garden
90. Fabric Postcards
91. Fun Brownies
92. Centerpiece Wednesday!
93. Refinish a PIANO!
94. Covered Notebook with Flower
95. Ode to Roosters
96. My New Family Room
97. Thrifty and Fabuless
98. Bowling Ball LAdyBug
99. Cute No Soliciting Sign
102. whats for dinner
103. Honey-Balsamic Peas & Carrots
104. decorating diva
105. The Promise of Plants
106. Bedroom B and A
107. Pucker Up!
108. A Big Splash!
109. Blessing Reflections
110. Monogram Table Setting by Patrice @ LTC
111. Bathroom Brighten Up
112. Girly Guest Room/Office Makeover
113. Happy Birthday Cherry Card
114. Crown Molding- You CAN do it!!
115. Recipe Flip Stand
116. Barn Wood Dining Table
117. 1930's Kitchen Reno
118. Cute Font Collection
119. Chat at Dinner with Conversation Coasters
120. Jungle Theme Baby Gifts
121. New DIY baby booties :)
122. School Scrabble Pendants
123. chalkboard dresser
124. ribbon board
125. Repurposed Shirt to Dress!
126. DIY Mail Holder
127. old keys
128. New Dress for Baby
129. ApRoN SeNoRiTa
130. birthday crown
131. wall dots
132. Ballet Shoes Shadown Box Redo
133. jessie invite
134. A pretty guest towel
136. Slow Melt Popsicles
137. Batman Mask
138. Sandwich Loaf
139. Space Bedroom
140. Medicine Storage
141. Kids Buckle Toy
142. Ruffle T-Shirt
143. Polka dot Dress
144. Krista
145. From Shoe Box to Recipe Box
146. Stay Put Bookmark
147. Baby Booties
148. DIY Shower Caddy
149. Waffle Knit Dishcloths
150. farm junk
151. Art in Paris
152. Free Market Bag Pattern Linky
153. Knotted Tee
154. Ben and Carrie Tracks
155. Easy Fabric Decoupage
156. Gestational Diabetes Diet
157. Cat@BudgetBlonde
158. Pink Zebra Desk
159. Bow Tie Necklace
161. Rockin' Deals
162. Quilt - Muddy Prairie
163. Blue Ocean Frame
164. Cookie Sheet Calendar
165. Girls towels and hair towels
166. Rocky Road Cupcakes
168. Nancy's Daily Dish & a $100 GIVEAWAY
169. Project School Clothes
170. Pretty Necklace Display!

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