Thursday, March 29, 2012

{On this day I married my best friend}



Four years ago today I married my best friend!

The past 4 years have been quite an adventure.

And if I had to, I would do it all over again...like they, love makes you crazy.

Here's a little recap of the last 4 years!


First Aniversary

Second Aniversary

Third Anniversary


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

{blog positivity week: why i started blogging}



I am a very shy person by nature--always have been and probably always will be.

when i first began blogging, almost 2 years ago gasp!, many of my friends were kind of surprised when i told them. probably because they couldn't believe that a shy person like me would "talk" so freely to the entire world via the internet. and i must admit that when i first started blogging i was very guarded. i tried to write in a very non-detailed, general way when it came to things about my personal life and such.

and then i remembered the reason i started blogging--i felt alone. not physically alone, but alone in the everday up and downs of life. i felt like i was the only who had a kid who rubbed snot on the walls or the only one who struggled with the pressures at work. there were certain aspects of my life that i felt no one fully understood. and i began to think...maybe i'm not the only one out there who feels this way. i felt i had a lot to say and that what i had to say needed to be heard and so i started this blog.

it has changed a bit since that day, almost 2 years ago, but no matter what it looks like, it will always be me.

this is my promise to you, dear friend. i will always be open and honest--most importantly i will always be me.

 i started this blog to help others, to let them know they are not alone, to be a friend when a friend was needed...but the funny thing is through this blog i ended meeting new people who helped me. i ended up making friends, i would have otherwise probably never met. 

i have met women, who, when i tweet about my bad day, send me a tweet letting me know they are praying for me. i have also met women who will email me and offer words of encouragement when i need them the most.

it's funny how i started this blog in hopes to help and bless other and in turn, i was the one who ended up being helped an blessed. and to think if i had never started this blog on a whim, that day, almost 2 years ago...

i am linking up with Ashley from Nine to Five for Blog Positivity Week. 


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

{shop update: birds of a feather}

I spent a good part of the weekend working some new pieces for the shop. I have added a new item to the shop...retro inspired hair facinators! I am really excited about these new pieces.

Take a look and let me know what you think.











To celebrate the new pieces in the shop I have a little discount for you, dear friends. Use coupon code BLOGFRIEND to save 15% off anything in the shop!


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Friday, March 16, 2012

{coffee date: a tough week}



Coffee!



grab a cup of coffee and let's sit and chat for a bit.

this week has been a tough week. i had had big plans for this week...you know what they say about having plans.

it all started monday....oh, monday, monday...it was not good to me. it lived up to it's reputation of being horrible. and just when i was about to give up, i received some encouraging words from two precious blog/twitter friends... and when my husband came home he took over and told me to go take a break...knowing i wouldn't leave willingly, he esentially had to push me out of the house--and i'm so glad he did. i went out, ran some errands, enjoyed the freedom to regroup, and after about an hour went back home.

the rest of the week was not so bad, just a bit hectic.

i am in my second week of school and try as i might, to get and stay ahead, this week was a total fail.  i am taking 2 classes, which is considered full time and though it may be challenging but i do enjoy it because i can finally see the end in sight. I am hoping to catch up tonight so that come sunday I am not frantically trying to finish and post my work by the stroke of midnight.

i was able to make some new hair facinators and headbands for the shop and i am so excited about them...i can't wait to show you. I hoping to have them listed in the shop this weekend, just waiting for my sister to come over and be my model.

i am so excited because it is supposed to rain this weekend. and that means staying we get to stay in with a cozy fire and comfy clothes and once the kids are in bed, maybe an old movie or two. i just love the rain.

so what about you? how was your week?

oh, don't forget, i am linking up with alissa over at rags to stiches...make sure you check her out!
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

{a ding dong and milk kind of day}

ever had one of those days where you feel like every hour gets progessively worse; and you begin to wonder what else can possibly happen now?  and when the day is finally over, all you want to do is be alone, watch a gushy movie so you have a reason to cry and  sink your teeth into some chocolately goodness...well today was one of those days. and so when i went grocery shopping and i saw the ding dongs i couldn't resist.

ding dongs were a crucial part of my childhood. when I was little, my mom would always put a ding dong in my lunch...basically my lunch was not complete unless it had a ding dong in it. and on those specials, when i was being good, my mom would throw a couple of ding dongs in the freezer for an extra special treat. I would always savor my ding dong, it would be the last i would eat. it was the highlight of my lunch time. i can still remember the feeling, as i would carefully peel back the foil as to not rip it because after i was done eating my precious ding dong, i would smooth it and fold it over and over again until it could no longer be folded.

well, after today,  i needed that kind of feeling so i bought a box of ding dongs. and after the kids were in bed, i popped in "because I said so", grabbed a ding dong and a glass of milk and curled up on the couch, and relished in the quiet simplicity. 

what do you do when you have a not so good day?



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Friday, March 9, 2012

{let's sit and have some coffee}



211/365

I have been inspired by Alissa over at Rags to Stiches to have a weekly coffee date.

I already feel like we're friends, so why not, sit have some coffee together? Sometimes I have stuff I just wanna share with you, but write it in post just doesn't make sense...probably it's because it's stuff you talk about over coffee with a friend. And so, let's sit and have some coffee, i've got some things to tell you.

On Monday, I started a new session of school. This session I am taking Victorian Lit and math for humanities. the math class scares me and i might drop it. I was talking to my advisor this week and she informed me that i only have 7 classes left (that is if i don't drop the math class) till i graduate...I can't believe it. the fact that i'm so close to graduating has been floating around in my mind all week. tonight i was watchting gilmore girls (i know, surprise, surprise), it was the episode when rory graduates from yale and it hit me. that's gonna be me next year. i just couldn't believe it. i mean i still can't believe right now as i type this. I have been working so hard to get here and to finally see the end in sight, all i can say is "Wow"!

this week has been a little hard for me...as you know the little princess is sick again and it's been hard having a sick baby and a horrible headache. yesterday was really hard for both us. I think we've just had enough of being at home...we miss our friends and our playdates. thankfully, my little one is on the mend and next week will be business as usual.

einstein started baseball this week. i'm so glad, basketball was beginning to be a little stressful to watch. he also won the 3rd place trophy in honor's scrabble...we so proud of him. he was so excited, he didn't even know he was close to winning a trophy.

saturday my little sister turns 21! i know, i can't believe it! and i get to bake the cake! she asked me too and i'm so honored to do it for her. it's so wierd to think that 21 years ago i was changing her diapers...oh how time flies, sniff, sniff.

now that i've finished watching gilmore girls (the husband is secretly happy) i am thinking of moving on to mad men in preparation of the season premier later this month.

well, that's all for now. make sure you hop on over to alissa's, i know she has lots to tell you too!

is there anything you have to share? i would love to know what's going on with you, please share in the comments below.



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Thursday, March 8, 2012

{i must be doing something right}

I have had a horrible headache since Sunday. It's one of those headaches that is a constant pain in the back of your head. and at  certain times it roars it's ugly head and becomes increasinly worse (at the worst possible times, of course).

Well, anyways, this headache of mine, kept me up last night. the pain was so bad i couldn't sleep. and, like always, my little princess decided this morning would be the perfect time to wake up a wee bit early. which meant i only got 2 whooping hours of sleep. yes, I said 2 hours of sleep. I was able to get in a little a nap while at my mom's house in the early afternon why she watched the little princess, but was still tired and so was the little princess. So, after I pickup Einstein from school, I decided to lay down the with little princess for a bit, hoping she would take a long nap to catch up on some much need sleep. When I woke from my nap i was handed this:







Einstein couldn't wait for me to read it before, I started telling what he wrote. In case you can't read (sorry, cell phone camera)this is what it says, word for word:


Clean at Last

Dear Mom,
I cleaned out your straw so now you can drink water out of it again! I cleaned it by putting the cap on one and the other side that is open I put sope & water. Then I put my finger on the other side, so the sope water would not spill out. Then I shook it back and fourth. When I was done I took off the cap and rinced it out. and that was all and now it's cleaned! It's just drying on the window seal! By dinnertime it should be dry. Hope you get a good sleep!

Love,
Einstein

Sorry, first let me give a little background about the whole straw thing, so that the letter makes a little more sense. Ok, so a few weeks ago the husband bought us all water bottles to make sure we get our 8 glasses of water a day. Well, being the rebel that I am I made fruit punch crystal light in my bottle and thus ruined my straw. so now whenever I use it to drink water, it has a slight, watered down fruit punch taste to it. i was little bummed about it and a few nights ago, i was telling Einstein how i wished i could drink water in my bottle again.

fast forward to today. i guess Einstein was feeling a little bad for me because of headache, so he decided to do something nice for me. he's very sweet like that. and thus, the reason for the letter. he was so excited to have solved my problem for me.  I wish you could have seen the smile on his face.

it was kinda like this:



aww...isn't he handsome.

When Einstein does sweet little things like this for me, it makes me think i must be doing something right.  

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

{feeling stuck in a rut}



I love this cute little face.


I spend most of my days chasing her around the house. She is crawling little menace.

But for the last few days, she has not been her crazy herself. She has transformed into a whiny, clingy baby who wants to be held all the time. At first I thought she was teething, because I would see the faint glimmer of her top 4 teeth. However, today, it became quite clear that she is sick...again!

I hate seeing my kids sick...especially when they're babies and there is nothing you can do.

It's been a rough couple of days--full of lots of snot, whining (by the both of us) and very little sleep (neither of us is getting much).

I had a lot of big plans for this week, for the whole month actually. On Monday, I was supposed to start meal planning, working out, adding more stock to my shop, going to bed a decent time, and the list just goes on and on. I was thinking about all the things I was falling behind on and starting to complain about it to the husband. I was complaining that I wasn't getting anything done during the day, because I had to carry the little princess all day, and that Einstein was being a little testy and difficult. And to top it off, I have had a horrible headache for the last few days and today it got a whole lot worse. And then if things couldn't get any worse, we were hit with another money issue. 

The husband could see that I was about to loose it. He grabbed my arms and looked me square in the eyes and said "It's going to be ok. God's gonna work it all out." I stood there in a stunned silence. In my head, I am screaming, how could you say that! don't you see how everyting is falling apart? I wanted to grab him by the arms, shake him and ask him if he could see what was going on here.

But then it hit me. My worrying is not going to make the money issue go away. It's not going to make my baby not sick. It's only going to make my headache worse. And then I remembered this verse:

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you-1 Peter 5:7

And I remembered I don't have to do this alone.  I give all this anxiety and worry over to God and He will take care of it. Now I am not saying that I am perfectly fine and skippy, but for the moment I am calm and not worried. And when I feel that anxiety creep up,  I just say this verse to myself and for the time being the worries melt away.

And so now, I am going to enjoy these yoga pants and baby pajama wearing days. And relish in these moments with my baby girl, because she is only going to be a baby for just a little bit longer.

How are you doing? Have you been stuck in a rut?


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

{my boy: a mama bear's story}



see this boy. this is my boy, my first born.


Sometimes he drive my crazy...and I mean real crazy. to the point where i start yelling and i want to pull my hair out. but in the end he is mine and I will always love him no matter how crazy he drives me.


third grade has not been particularly easy for this boy of mine. in many ways he has had to learn things the hard and grow a thicker skin. and this week has been especially difficult for him. he has had some issues with kids at school and it has been very hard on this heart. today, his little heart was grieved and he started to cry as i was talking to him about it. hearing him so distraught burden my heart and made me so mad at those that were causing him such undue pain and grief.

it is so hard to see your kids hurting, especially when there is nothing you can do about it. i wish i had some magically power to stop all his hurt and pain. 

it is times like these, that i remember, after i've calmed down, in essence he is not really mine, he is God's. and i am just borrowing him for the time being. and it times like these when there only thing i can do is pray for him and give him over to God. and it is so hard to do sometimes, because all i want to do is be that mama bear and protect my cub. but sometimes the only way that can be done is giving him over to God and trusting that He is protecting him each and every minute of every day.

and it times like these, when i sit and think how hard it must be for God to see us, His children, hurting and in pain. and how much it grieves His heart when we are distraught and sad. and i think of how He is just waiting for us to call to Him for help and when we do, He will be there to carry all our hurt and pain and to fill us with comfort and love.

and so i am comforted knowing that my boy is in the best hands. and his sadness and grief will last, but a moment. tomorrow is another day.

and soon that frown of his will be turned upside down and he will be like this once again.



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