Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Although, I'm feeling better I'm still having a rough time bouncing back into the spirit of the season though. I like to put the blame on the dreary weather, but it's not even at it's worse yet. Trying to stay upbeat and positive at this time of the year is always a challenge. I want to hibernate instead. I don't do well in cold weather and with each passing year, I wonder how hard would it be to swap houses with someone this time of year? It happens in the movies. :)
On top of lack of inspiration, we have a lot of obligations to attend in the next 2 weeks which doesn't exactly help my outlook. Just one year I want to blow off all of the celebrations and do whatever I'm feeling at the moment this time of year. Although, my house is decorated for Xmas, I'm just not feeling it this year. I did manage to take 3 Christmas's down to 2 instead. Whatever happened to the days of celebrating just one time?
Whenever, I feel the cold season is getting the best of me, I decide to either let it take me down or to try and take it on. This year, I'm torn. As I'm writing this now on another gray day, a ray of sunshine just snuck in through my window. Okay. I get it. Perhaps, she is trying to tell me something. I like how she works. Maybe I should just take a step back and not try so hard to stay inspired and festive this time of year. Let the day just take me on its course. The fact, that I'm about finished with my Christmas shopping just helped me a lot. Just look what a little sunshine does for me!
On a more positive note, I did find some time last week to bake some cookies. Hey, that's festive, right?! Here is a photo of my baking assistant. Mid project he gave up and started messing with everything in the kitchen drawers. It's so hard to find good help!
Hope you're feeling more festive than I am this holiday season!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
As I was sitting on my porch in the 60 degree weather on this Thanksgiving Day, I became so overwhelmed with gratefulness I thought I would burst. My family was on it's way to eat up the deliciousness that my husband was busily preparing. I had a moment with my son to gather my thoughts and send my daily thank yous out to the world. I am thankful for so much I don't know where to begin. I say my thanks to all that is every day, but today I felt especially blessed.
For the big things... the roof over our heads, our health, our business. The important things...our son, my husband, who hit the floor running bright and early this morning and prepared the majority of our Thanksgiving meal...he is amazing! He does so much for me by just being in my life. For the little things...the sunshine today, the smells of the house, the music of the wind chimes. It was a perfect day. Everyone got along (!!) and Josh's cooking was amazing. That's all we needed. Great weather, delicious food and each other's company. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope you had a moment to be filled with happiness and good company.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Two days a week I have become part of rush hour. It's a mini rush hour in this little town of mine, but rush hour all the same. I don't like the traffic, the noise or the disgruntled faces that pass, but on Monday all I could see and feel was the sun set. It drowned out the rest of the chaos. Then, I remembered that it happens every day.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Then, there was the time I just hacked it off after getting into an argument with my husband. I was just annoyed and wanted something to change, so I just cut about 1/2 of my hair off. It was sort of a movie moment...you know, when a woman just chops her hair off in a stubborn "I'll show him" movement. What the hell was I showing him? That I'm an idiot? It was a choppy, hasty, "Girl, your hair does NOT look good" kind of a hair cut.
So, when it comes to my hair...I kind of just jump into it and then thank my genes for having fast growing hair to make up for the disaster.
Yesterday's experiment was a different tune. It turned out quite good, I have to say. I cut out a lot of the thickness, reshaped the style and added a lot of layers. Thank god for You Tube! I just got on there and searched for a few tutorial videos and then scurried off to the bathroom with a few weary looks from my husband behind me in the dust. 30 minutes later...ta da! New hair. Saved me $50! Now, if only the hubby will let me cut his hair. I've been dying to do so for years. Mainly for the pure fact he trusts me enough to really do it. I'm quite excited about this new found skill!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Today is Oliver Gadisa's birthday. 2 years old. He is still asleep and I was going to sneak his present in his room so he would wake up to it, but creaking floor boards were giving me away so I aborted the mission. His birthday is bittersweet for me. I'm happy for him. I'm happy for us, but across the ocean I can only wonder what the emotions are on this day. He is growing so fast, they wouldn't even recognize him. Happy Birthday to my favorite person that I've ever met!
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
We painted our cabinets. Finally! We've lived in this house for 6 years and have hated the out dated kitchen the entire time. Painting cabinets is a ton of work, but well worth it. The project started on Wednesday when I started taking handles off and we had to deep clean the cabinets in 2 rounds to get all the gunk off. Thursday was for sanding them down. Might I add, that I LOVED the sanding part! Yep. Hand sanders are awesome! On Friday Josh took off work and we got to painting. We had to prime them and then paint 2 coats of the base color and then all day Saturday finished that part. Once the paint was dry we rehung the doors and I started glazing them to give them a weathered, distressed look. Handles went back on and and TA DA...new cabinets!