Sunday, September 30, 2012


 noun, verb,chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing, adjective
a call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill,strength, etc.

I am going to hold myself accountable during this project by doing a 31 day challenge on my blog.  Oh poor Dan--what a rough month this could be for us all.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Week....

1) I'm going through a lot of emotions when thinking about my Granddad and his cancer.  I HATE CANCER!  I was brought up to not say the word "hate"--but I do HATE CANCER!  He has been my Granddad my entire 30 years--but been like a  dad for the past 17.   I love him more than he will ever know.  I get body aches and nausea just thinking about his illness and that one day I will not have him in my life.  However--I get to see my Granddad whenever I want to. I just hope in the car--babies in tow--and drive downtown to see him---that is my blessing.  I see him every week---I AM BLESSED.

I love this shot--because my Grandmother is behind him hugging him even tighter than I am!
2) Dan said he wants to eat better! YAY!  Healthy eating here we come.  Best thing he has said this week is "this is healthy?"--that's a compliment! Neither of us have ever "dieted" or looked at calories.  But he wants to lose 20lbs and I would like to lose 10.  I laugh because he doesn't even weight himself--and I didn't until this week!  We aren't dieting--nor counting calories--I'm still not going to do that--it's too rigid--I feel badly for those that always think about calories--that's no way to live!   We LOVE to eat in my family--so now we are just eating healthier.  yay!!

Today's snack: Chocolate kale chips and "my mix" (1/2 avacado/1 boiled egg/1 beanito chip crumbled/hot sauce)
This might make you NOT want to eat it-but it's good--trust me! I think the Chocokale looks like fried frog leggs HA!

Below are the salmon burger tacos: 

4 ezekiel-49/whole-grain-flourless-tortil
2 salmon burgers (cut into 4 pieces) avacado
sweet and spicy carrots (no oil)
brown rice
1 sprinkle of organic cheese (to make him think it's full of it!)
2 beanito chips crumbled ( love these!!!)
spicy mayo=2 scoops of unsweetened greek yogurt/scoop of red sauce (spicy!) and a little Wholly guac.
I know this looks gross--but it was so good!

3) I finally let Daniel eat cheerios and puffs alone---you know from the high chair tray---(btw do not judge this high chair--we wash it ALL the time--however this boy is a MESSY eater!!)-----without me giving him one crushed up---I know I know---don't judge me.  He should have been doing this 4 weeks ago--I couldn't let go of the control----I was afraid for him to choke--but in only 3 days he learned how to get the food from the try to his mouth! Oh--AND--he took 1 step 3 times this week. Yay-for Daniel!!!

cute chubby baby legs--the best! 

4) We took pictures in the Bluebonnets--as cheesy as it is--I love it. We have never had a family picture in them (except when we had our puppy--super duper cheesy!).  I have tried to get Dan's entire family to do this--but it never worked out.  I don't know why I've never asked mine?!?  However-this year I decided I could control one thing--my crew.  So I decided on Monday that we would get the kids ready and do this on Thursday.  On Tuesday I thought I should see if our friends wanted us to take their family picture--then we could trade off the camera.  This was short notice--but they agreed.  They turned out great because it was fast, easy (because of snacks), and cheap (free!).

5) Easter shopping is completed!  No purchase for me, Jae has a cheap but cute dress from Old Navy.  Dan and Daniel will be tie/bowtie twins! Who doesn't LOVE seeing all the little people dressed up for Easter--I know I do!

THETIEBAR.COM-thanks to my cousin Jerica!! Love this site!
6) When we first moved in I had so many projects on my list--and we started many of them--but really didn't complete most of them.  I quit --didn't care much about it after I found out Granddad had cancer.  Pinterest helps me to feel the urge to complete them--then I quit again.  There are SO many things I NEED --seriously need to complete.  I have fabric to still sew 5 pillows/finish our un-finished upstairs bathroom/paint over my patterned wall/paint Jae's room/hang curtains/paint kitchen cabinets/paint bathroom cabinets/start our bedroom redo-i've put this off since June.   I still have unpacked boxes---from June! I NEED to finish Jae and Daniel's rooms before we put this baby on the market!

(no way am I posting pictures of half done projects)

7) I finally read the paper that came home in Jae's bag from MDO.  Oh great--it's teacher appreciation month at her MDO.  At 10pm had nothing!  So I went and got their specific drink choices (love that it's personal!) and then put these snacks together. Whew! It didn't take long---and I think I liked how they turned out--thank goodness for Jae Beth's left over birthday party stuff! Now I only have 6 more days of this to plan--I need to get started earlier!

came up with this in like 1 minute!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Making stuff.....

I stay at home --full time.  I have more time to make "junk" than ever before.  So I do!

Below: Valentine's presents for MDO teachers.  Paper flower bouquets.

Below: Bathroom decor for Daniel and Jae's shared bathroom.

Below: I needed something to hold my bobby pins.  I wear them everyday and I am always finding them all over the house. With an crawling 8 month old and a curious 2 year old--I needed to be more responsible with them once I removed them--but I never could find anything I liked--so I made it. Using and old frame,  fabric paper and remnant fabric, magnetic strips, and some glue.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Jae Beth's 2nd Birthday

Happy 2nd Birthday Jae Beth.  Jae doesn't have a normal birthday.  She was born on Christmas day 2009.  Every year we try to find a day where her little friends are able to attend--however 5 of us had babies around the same time--so finding a date to celebrate has become a bit of a  challenge.  We may end up doing the half-birthday starting this summer.  Either way we will always love that Jae Beth was born on a special day!  During Jae Beth's sweet little 2 years on this earth she has moved 3 times, welcomed a little brother ( 17 months apart), and I quit job to be a stay at home mama. She has had to deal with a lot of change--and she has come through all of it with a funny, spunky, sensitive, and very sweet disposition. I love her so much! We share a few passions: family (she spends a LOT of time with my family), make up (which I no longer have time to put on ), sports, and she loves being outdoors.  She is like her daddy when it comes to details, reading books, and crowds.  However shortly after being overwhelmed by a crowd she becomes everyone's best friend!  We had such a good time making all the decorations/eating all the cake and cupcakes/ and getting to see friends and family. We loved every minute of this birthday party!

*Copied and made for about $3.00  the
*Bought my chevron bags and milk bottles from (love this site!!!)
*Already had the stamp of silhouette
*Already had the poms
*Made the chalkboard place mats (already had chalkboard paint and then bought place mats at the $1 store--painted--wrap chalk with jute)
*Cake/cupcakes from A Piece of Cake
*Already had paper straws (i have A LOT of papers straws--a bit addicted)
*Made the flags/pom toothpicks with the left over paper from the glitter garland
*Made all the paper hats and paper flowers from tutorial
*Water Bottle labels
*Already had Grey Bakers twine
*Printed all the free printables for the moms to take home and frame