Tuesday, December 21, 2010

BFF's?? Sure thing!

Ashley at Little Miss Momma wants to be BFF's~and since I have a blog crush on her (or maybe I am stalking)....I thought, sure thing!  So, here are a few things she should know about me!

I truly think my children are my finest creation!

I will do just about anything for a fountain Coke from McDonalds.  Has to be McDonald's-and cannot be diet.  I swear it tastes better!

We've been married for over 10 years, he has been there for every birth of our 4 children--but I can't pee in front of my hubby....can't.  Girlfriends can parade through while I am going...but not him.  He has gotten out of the shower so I can "go"...and yes...I can go in front of the kids.

I have problems starting and finishing projects.  Lots of ideas...lots of sidetracking.  It took me a year to knit a simple hat for someone that I promised them.

If you are missing a Snickers candy bar, it is most certain that I am the one who ate it.  Same can be said for Coffee Haagen daz ice cream.

I love animals....I could be a hoarder.  I'm not...but I totally understand the inclination.

My goal is to totally simplify my life of posessions--but it makes me confused as to how to pare down my crafting ideas.

The last one also confuses me because I love to shop.....

I learn one craft, become obsessed with it to the point of perfection sometimes-then put it away and never do it again.

***edit***  because this one was just BAAADDD of me!  tee hee!
There.  It's a start.  Maybe Ashley won't go running for the hills!!  LOL

Monday, December 20, 2010

SNOW DAY!!!!!

Ok--well-it's been snowing FOREVER.  The kids have never been so excited to find out yet AGAIN, that school has been let out early.  Popcorn and drinks, they are ready to be STUCK in the house (until I kick them out).
--no, I didn't edit to add snowflakes...they are huge! What a contrast to a few months ago...(same view)

~but isn't it pretty now??  All "Christmasy" (is that a word????)

It's part of my lovely snow covered pot that we made earlier!!  Christmasy!!

...and I am off now to spend some quality time with my other love.....The one I simply can't live without.


SNOW DAY!!!!!

Ok--well-it's been snowing FOREVER.  The kids have never been so excited to find out yet AGAIN, that school has been let out early.  Popcorn and drinks, they are ready to be STUCK in the house (until I kick them out).
--no, I didn't edit to add snowflakes...they are huge! What a contrast to a few months ago...(same view)

~but isn't it pretty now??  All "Christmasy" (is that a word????)

It's part of my lovely snow covered pot that we made earlier!!  Christmasy!!

...and I am off now to spend some quality time with my other love.....The one I simply can't live without.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ohhh poor neglected blog...

What was I thinking trying to declutter around the holidays??  Ok, Ok...I did get the drawers and some cupboards in my kitchen cleared out--but then holiday festivities began and all goes awry. 

It's all good though.  Some really great memories were made amidst the clutter~like N~who spent twice as long as his brothers carefully perfecting his cookie before devouring it.  It's all in the details for N. 
Or how about a small girl in a pink dress?  She grins when being told by her brothers that she is PRETTY...mommy also likes to tell her that she is SMART!

and the tree....late is better than never-right?
In the middle of all this-I managed to bake 10 loaves of English thyme artisan bread yesterday-(teacher gifts), made the rosemary sea salt butter-I finished off the treats for a cookie exchange on Friday, nearly finished this dishcloth

and made another little taggie minky for Miss M~

so...I've been been busy--but a good busy  Lots of homemade gifts going out this year~consumable things for others.  I feel better about that.  I hate the accumulation of "stuff" which is why I am mildly nervous about the holidays...
Peace~

Ohhh poor neglected blog...

What was I thinking trying to declutter around the holidays??  Ok, Ok...I did get the drawers and some cupboards in my kitchen cleared out--but then holiday festivities began and all goes awry. 

It's all good though.  Some really great memories were made amidst the clutter~like N~who spent twice as long as his brothers carefully perfecting his cookie before devouring it.  It's all in the details for N. 
Or how about a small girl in a pink dress?  She grins when being told by her brothers that she is PRETTY...mommy also likes to tell her that she is SMART!

and the tree....late is better than never-right?
In the middle of all this-I managed to bake 10 loaves of English thyme artisan bread yesterday-(teacher gifts), made the rosemary sea salt butter-I finished off the treats for a cookie exchange on Friday, nearly finished this dishcloth

and made another little taggie minky for Miss M~

so...I've been been busy--but a good busy  Lots of homemade gifts going out this year~consumable things for others.  I feel better about that.  I hate the accumulation of "stuff" which is why I am mildly nervous about the holidays with the in laws-who tend to gift us with lots of "stuff".  Even when we are careful to ask for what we may NEED--they tend to ignore that request and fill us up with misc. "stuff".....be looking for said stuff at a local thrift store near you!!  :)

Peace~

Monday, November 1, 2010

How many spoons....

We just recently returned from vacation where we rented a townhome that had what they called a "fully stocked" kitchen.  It had 8 plates, bowls and cups...8 forks, spoons, knives...that kind of thing-basic can opener, one slotted spoon, one regular...you get my drift.  Well, I found myself using and washing and putting away...it was marvelous-it was peaceful and I didn't once feel overwhelmed.  Calm.  I had what I "needed."  Now-if I were to be having a dinner party there, it would have been trouble-but how often do I have dinner parties?  ummmm--hardly.  Seriously--this kitchen was darn near perfect.  Containing only what was needed (other than the ugly chicken in the corner of the counter)-and only HIGH QUALITY stuff! (I LOOOVE the plates above the sink-wish I had a plate holder like that!)



For the last few months I have felt chaotic.  I wondered if it was the addition of our daughter (who just turned one and is toddling about) or it was the older kids getting adjusted to school starting again, or the fact that we probably have too many animals and well...just too much STUFF.

I think it is a combination of things-but mostly the STUFF that I feel is out of control.

I have been on a minimalist journey for a while now-and while I have made some great strides in certain areas, other areas REALLY have been neglected....LIKE MY OWN KITCHEN!  ohhh baby-check out those cabinets!-and in case you were wondering....yes that is my Mod Podge in my cabinet with my dishes...OMG.
The plus is that the crystal drinkware in there used to go unused.  I finally decided "saving it for a special occasion" was dumb. Everyday is a special occasion! :)


Random?



So, I get home and my cupboards are spilling over with dishes, tupperware...stuff.

I will proceed with photos of progress as I am culling my clutter and things we don't need. 
-so...........how many spoons/knives/forks does a family of 6 NEED???????????  Certianly not TWO sets like I have here.   (oh and this is just one drawer of my stuff.  I complain that I don't have enough SPACE in my kitchen.  MY kitchen is TWICE the size of the one at the rented townhome. Somethings not right.


All this being said-the kitchen is one of my most difficult areas to declutter because I was raised by my mother who is a SAVER.  She saves EVERYTHING...Lots of positive self talk going on here-I can do this.

How many spoons....

We just recently returned from vacation where we rented a townhome that had what they called a "fully stocked" kitchen.  It had 8 plates, bowls and cups...8 forks, spoons, knives...that kind of thing-basic can opener, one slotted spoon, one regular...you get my drift.  Well, I found myself using and washing and putting away...it was marvelous-it was peaceful and I didn't once feel overwhelmed.  Calm.  I had what I "needed."  Now-if I were to be having a dinner party there, it would have been trouble-but how often do I have dinner parties?  ummmm--hardly.  Seriously--this kitchen was darn near perfect.  Containing only what was needed (other than the ugly chicken in the corner of the counter)-and only HIGH QUALITY stuff! (I LOOOVE the plates above the sink-wish I had a plate holder like that!)



For the last few months I have felt chaotic.  I wondered if it was the addition of our daughter (who just turned one and is toddling about) or it was the older kids getting adjusted to school starting again, or the fact that we probably have too many animals and well...just too much STUFF.

I think it is a combination of things-but mostly the STUFF that I feel is out of control.

I have been on a minimalist journey for a while now-and while I have made some great strides in certain areas, other areas REALLY have been neglected....LIKE MY OWN KITCHEN!  ohhh baby-check out those cabinets!-and in case you were wondering....yes that is my Mod Podge in my cabinet with my dishes...OMG.
The plus is that the crystal drinkware in there used to go unused.  I finally decided "saving it for a special occasion" was dumb. Everyday is a special occasion! :)


Random?



So, I get home and my cupboards are spilling over with dishes, tupperware...stuff.

I will proceed with photos of progress as I am culling my clutter and things we don't need. 
-so...........how many spoons/knives/forks does a family of 6 NEED???????????  Certianly not TWO sets like I have here.   (oh and this is just one drawer of my stuff.  I complain that I don't have enough SPACE in my kitchen.  MY kitchen is TWICE the size of the one at the rented townhome. Somethings not right.


All this being said-the kitchen is one of my most difficult areas to declutter because I was raised by my mother who is a SAVER.  She saves EVERYTHING...Lots of positive self talk going on here-I can do this.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Princess Pink's first birthday~

A year in the making.  A sweet girl turns ONE~and a big party ensues!!  My mother cooked up a storm, my sister and I crafted away...and the Dol table (traditional Korean 1st b-day party) was a success!  Happy birthday baby!
Now we move on to our oldest son J who will be 9 in November.  Having his "friend" birthday this coming weekend-so we can take the kiddos to the haunted corn maze!!!!  (there is a plus for celebrating in Oct rather than in November!!)

This week's agenda will be to ready myself for this with Halloween decor!!  I started with the guilded pumpkin display in the dining room....my camera didn't take great photos...made the dessert stands with a little spraypaint, candlesticks and plates from the thrift store! 

And am putting finishing touches on the ribbon wreath.....with a little help from R
....and I bought my BOO letters to become a doorhanger...mod podge--oh where did I put you???

The Princess Pink's first birthday~

A year in the making.  A sweet girl turns ONE~and a big party ensues!!  My mother cooked up a storm, my sister and I crafted away...and the Dol table (traditional Korean 1st b-day party) was a success!  Happy birthday baby!
Now we move on to our oldest son J who will be 9 in November.  Having his "friend" birthday this coming weekend-so we can take the kiddos to the haunted corn maze!!!!  (there is a plus for celebrating in Oct rather than in November!!)

This week's agenda will be to ready myself for this with Halloween decor!!  I started with the guilded pumpkin display in the dining room....my camera didn't take great photos...made the dessert stands with a little spraypaint, candlesticks and plates from the thrift store! 

And am putting finishing touches on the ribbon wreath.....with a little help from R
....and I bought my BOO letters to become a doorhanger...mod podge--oh where did I put you???

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sweet Baby girl.....are you really one and 1??

As a mom of boys...three wonderfully active smart and funny boys....I was shockd to find out that growing in my tummy, was a baby GIRL.  Ummm....Yeah.  Girl.  I didn't know we could "make" a GIRL!!  I actually didn't believe the ultrasound tech when she said, "I don't SEE any boy parts...."  so I quick made that 4D ultrasound appointment! 
(no this isn't a pic of the girl parts...I thought that was better left alone LOL)  She was sucking her thumb!

Then I gave myself permission to knit something GIRL SPECIFIC!!!

Sweater and hat--feather and fan pattern--for baby's "coming home"
Then our little pink package arrived--just in time for Halloween!

and a SHORT year later-and now taking a few steps on her own...we will be celebrating a first birthday this coming weekend!!!  Happy Birthday my sweet daughter...we are all so completely in love.


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Sweet Baby girl.....are you really one and 1??

As a mom of boys...three wonderfully active smart and funny boys....I was shockd to find out that growing in my tummy, was a baby GIRL.  Ummm....Yeah.  Girl.  I didn't know we could "make" a GIRL!!  I actually didn't believe the ultrasound tech when she said, "I don't SEE any boy parts...."  so I quick made that 4D ultrasound appointment! 
(no this isn't a pic of the girl parts...I thought that was better left alone LOL)  She was sucking her thumb!

Then I gave myself permission to knit something GIRL SPECIFIC!!!

Sweater and hat--feather and fan pattern--for baby's "coming home"
Then our little pink package arrived--just in time for Halloween!

and a SHORT year later-and now taking a few steps on her own...we will be celebrating a first birthday this coming weekend!!!  Happy Birthday my sweet daughter...we are all so completely in love.


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