Monday, January 30, 2012

Weekly goals-Week 3

So, I'm apparently a real slacker. I only got half the closet done last week.
My half of course.

A quick reminder of how it looked before.....

And here's this morning's after shot....

 I want to figure out how to make this area look even better. There's a lot of wasted space right up there ^, above my scrapbooking supplies. But, it is better than it was.

Thanks Khourt for your helpful suggestion! I tackled half of my side at a time, but I did remove everything from each half as I tackled it. I will put that idea into use on the other side as well.

This side still remains....

So, I guess for week 3, I'm going to concentrate on Jon's side of the closet.
And, I'm going to put out my Valentines decor.

What's on your to do list this week?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cell Phone Saturday #4

Yay for Cell Phone Saturday. Thanks Gigi for such an awesome idea!

I have a bunch today.....

 More incognito. Didn't know we were such celebrities around these parts did ya'?
I think he looks like an angry bird.

 Haley's birthday cake. My regular camera died, naturally a few hours before cake time. So had to use the backup cell phone camera.

 A recent project. This is for my sisters' friend. I'm not crazy about the color combination, but whatever floats your boat right?

And now, I'm trying to make a cute little applique' owl purse....

This is so handy, cause I can use your help!
Which one do you like more? there's four different sets of buttons in use for eyes, but I can't decide which I like the most.

What do you think?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Weekly goals-Week 2

So, it's Monday, and I'm due to report in about last weeks first goal.

I was supposed to clean out my fridge. I just got around to it this morning.

Here are the before shots...

 There was still turkey and cheese balls in there from Christmas!

this was my sink before.....
and after. 

 Much better. Now I just need to hit the grocery store!

On to this weeks project.

Meet my closet.
my side->

 It's really a wonderfully big closet!! That was definitely one of the selling features of our new place. There's also another walk in closet in our bathroom.  I love the storage space!!

<-Jon's side

But, I'm not loving this mess. This is pretty much the remaining spot where I still have to finish unpacking boxes and figuring out the set-up for my junk.

I need my side to not only house my clothing and shoes, but also most of my craft supplies. I have pictures, and scrapbooking stuff, beads and of course fabric and sewing stuff to stash in here. I'd like it to look nice when I'm done. So, I guess I'll work at it the same way you eat an elephant. A bite at a time. I think if I spend an hour in there (at least) every day this week, then come Monday morning it'll look fabulous!

Hope I don't get lost in there!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cell Phone Saturday #3---BROTHERS

(Thanks for the sweet Birthday wishes for Haley from yesterday everybody!)

some days, these two just melt my heart.


Happy Saturday!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Birthday da house!

Haley is ten years old today!!!

Ten things about Haley:

1. She's smart!

2. She's sweet!

3. She tried karate last year, but decided it wasn't for her.
4. She wants to try out softball.

5. She's such a tomboy that she didn't want to take my boys to the bathroom at the store last month. She thought people would think she was a boy going into the ladies room.
6. She likes Star Wars.
7. She likes to play video games with her dad.
8. She loves cheese. True story: when she was like two years old, I found her eating right off the block of cheese that she'd found in the fridge.
9. She's a great friend to everyone.
10. She's SO helpful. Her teachers just love her, they say she's a little leader in her classroom, always helping the other kids keep on track. She's helpful at home too. She really takes responsibility for our puppies, feeding them most nights and taking them for their walks.

Love this sweet girl.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Weekly goals

I've still got resolutions on my mind. What about you?
The them in church on Sunday was Resolutions and goals, and some really great points were made. One thought was that a goal not written down is just a wish. Another thing I took from the talks is that it's ok to make a ton of resolutions, even if they don't all get accomplished. Maybe it won't happen over the course of one year, but over the course of your lifetime instead.
I kind of came away from the meeting thinking that I haven't resolved to do enough this year. crazy!

There IS a mile-long list in my head of things I need/want to do better. I think I'll start writing those down and checking in frequently to help myself remember them and check my progress.

An idea I had though is to make one little project-goal each week. Just one thing, maybe something around the house that I've been putting off, or perhaps something to do with my kids to improve our relationships.
Off the top of my head, several things pop up:
  • organize my closet
  • create/organize my craft space
  • clean out the fridge
  • create some inventory for my etsy shop
  • get my laundry ALL CAUGHT UP
  • spend some one on one time with each of my kids
  • create a budget
  • get the family photos organized/work on scrapbooks
So many things I need to take care of. Those are just a few. If I can pick and accomplish one thing each week, then by the end of the year I'll really feel like I've accomplished something.

I think I'll start posting about these things on Monday's.

So what should I do this week? Honest to goodness, I'm feeling kind of crappy right now (caught a head cold) and don't feel like doing anything, so this week's needs to be super easy.

The fridge. That'll be it for this week. I'm going to get that fridge cleaned out and cleaned up.
This one will probably be a recurring goal each month. Funny how the fridge gets so messy so fast.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cell Phone Saturday #2

These two first pics are brought to you by Target. sorry, I forgot to turn them the right way, but it doesn't really make a difference. 

These are being sold as artwork, I think the price was $19.99 each.

 Reminds me very much of the grid thingy that goes on the front of a fan that they've just painted a design on.
If I really liked it enough, I could save myself the $20 and create my own.
But, I don't really like it enough.

The next two were in my cell phone for a while now. But here is one of Haley's big accomplishments from last year.

She finally learned how to ride her bike. Yay Haley!!

What pics are still in your cell phone?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thoughtfully Random

In church Sunday, a gentleman bore his testimony and mentioned a scriptural reference from
Mosiah 2: 6  "And they pitched their tents round about the temple, every man having his tent with the door thereof towards the temple, that thereby they might remain in their tents and hear the words which king Benjamin should speak unto them;"
Of course I forget exactly what he said, but the point was essentially that we need to face the Lord. That we should symbolically turn our houses to face the Lord.  He was so much more eloquent in his thoughts than I am being, but; the reason I mention it is that I've been trying to figure out why I was so stunted last year and I really feel like it had a lot to do with the apartment we were living in. I don't usually give much thought to Fung Shui, and you know, if there's a certain way things should be laid out. But here's something interesting to me. Our apartment faced away from the temple, and it faced away from our wardhouse. Our new place faces both. Our old house, which I do miss, and where I was really pretty happy also faced both the temple and our wardhouse. It happens to be a north east direction we're facing at the moment. Don't really know if that's supposed to be good or not in all that fung shui mumbo jumbo, but I do know I'm much happier in our new place which faces the Lord's house.

Another random thought/epiphany I had a while back had to do with our Father's love for us. I was just kind of wondering how on earth He can possibly know and love every single person on this planet, both living now and since creation and who will yet live. I mean, that's a lot of people! How can one love that much? And then of course, I thought to how I felt when I was pregnant with my second baby, and then with my third and fourth. I remember wondering how I could ever love this little stranger as much as I loved the child I already had. How is it even possible? But then when they're born, your heart just expands to take them in. It's amazing, and yet so natural. Your love just grows with each new addition. It must be the same with God. Each child He has created has just expanded His love that much more. And when your heart expands billions and billions of times----well, is there anything bigger than that?

last, but not least.
This one is also from church on Sunday.
An analogy shared by the mother of a missionary in our ward (hopefully I don't wreck it, trying to remember it all):

Imagine that there is a terrible, terrible virus that is spreading around the world, and literally killing every person on the planet. Scientists are testing everyone's blood to try to find a cure. It's your families' turn and they find that your son has pure blood. He is the answer they've been looking for.
Imagine that he is asked to please donate his blood so they can create a cure for this virus.
You are there in the room with him where they are to draw the blood and they ask you to sign a form authorizing them to do the procedure. On the line where it says how much blood they are going to draw, it is blank. You ask how much blood they are going to take and they tell you they need all of it. You look at your son and of course he agrees to sacrifice his life to save the world.
Now imagine that there's a yearly memorial for your son. Would you be angry as you look around the room and see people behaving with very little regard for the great sacrifice he had made for them, or would you be so happy to those who behaved with gratitude and reverence for his gift?

This was so touching, and I think I'll be thinking about it Sunday when I partake of the Sacrament.