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2012, whaaat?!?!

21 Jan

The title pretty much sums up how I felt when I realized I haven’t posted since August.  Whaaat?!?!  I’m so bad!  Well, I thought I would just pop in to say it was a great year, and I am really happy to say I crossed a lot off my insane resolution list and I am actually happy I did that.  However, I tried to write a new list and fell short.  I guess I just don’t need too much improvement after all my hard work last year! lala!  Totally kidding.

Here’s my list and I’ll try to match some pictures and be suave like that, but no guarantees.

1 – Obviously, lose 20 lbs.

  • Failed.  But not miserably… happily failed.  I baked and ate as much as I pleased and still managed to lose a solid 9 lbs that stayed off even through the holidays!  I didn’t actually think I lost weight either, it wasn’t until I whipped out this list in January that I realized I DID, in fact, weigh less than last January!  Woo-hoo for the anti-diet!

2 -Paint the wall in LVRM behind the bookcases that I don’t want to move.

  • Crap. Did I seriously put that on my list?  Did I seriously go a whole year without painting that wall?  Oh well – I’ll just roll that one over to the 2012 list! :)

3 – Read my book list

  • Double crap.  Apparently I  no longer read.

4 – Finish this granny square blanket already!

  • Hmmm.  This list has a depressing start.  No, it’s not finished…. but I did work on it!  It’s bigger this year than last, and it has all it’s ends woven in.  It sits pretty on my chair in the living room.  Folded.  So no one can see the un-finishedness of it all.  And for kicks, you can see me laying on it as I seamed it together (photo by a small boy) –

5 – Get new doorknobs

  • Blurg.  Didn’t do.

6 – Organize my linens and laundry room

  • Ah ha!  I did it!!  DIIIIDDDDD ITTTTTT!!!!!! Don’t believe me?  Check out this post of yore.

7 – Actually decorate my office nook shelves and paint the shelves.

see it for reals here.

8 – Get a hair-do

Done, and not done.  I need to actually up-keep said hair-do.  But I think I’ll call it my Anna Wintour bob.  You know, the one you might always have because it just feels right….

I don’t take pictures of myself.  You’ll have to deal with Anna and her crossed arms.

9 – Learn to do make-up (not joking.)

  • I made a valiant effort, and I can officially say I am the wearer of lipstick now.  (I wear eye make-up, but still don’t understand foundation/powder or any “fancy” eye shadow techniques!)

10 – Get glasses

  • Done and done.

11 – Get all my art framed properly

  • Not done.  But started.  I think I have 2 more small etchings to be framed.

12 – Teach my dog some agility tricks

  • Oh, ya right.  Of course I did that.  Top priority!  Tip-top!

13 – Jazz up the master suite with some new bedding/lighting/side tables (Like this minus the poster bed.)

  • Kinda in the middle of that still.  I did change my vision for the decor.  Going with Navy, greens and white.  Grey walls, dark brown furniture.  Check out my pinterest board for my bedroom here.  Love this vibe

14 – Install wood floors!!!

  • Oh baby!  I love them!  Lumber Liquidators Praline birch pre-finished engineered wood.  I worried about how they’d hold up because lots of people are snobs about pre-finished, and others are snobs about the engineered, but it’s been a dream!  It’s in the kitchen, and I spill all the time on it – no prolls!  Dogs wildly running and fighting on them? check.  Three insane boys running, shooting, pushing furniture all over it? check.  Still awesome looking?  check!  There is my review in a nutshell.  I can’t remember exactly what we paid per sq. ft. but it was something stupid cheap like $2/sq. ft. What’s not to love?!

15 – Redo the bathroom

  • Done!  We kinda had to do this sooner than planned, and I’m so glad because it’s done and tiled.  Our first time tiling.  We used white octagon and dot tile from Home Depot and charcoal grout.  New vanity, new toilet, new tile = LOVE!

Here’s an install shot for ya:

16 – Grow grass in the backyard

  • There’s always next year!

17 – Get or make some dang throw pillows for the couch

  • Done, but strangely still need new ones.  Mine have made a few too many forts and fought a few too many battles.  :)

18  – Re-finish the dining room table (liking this style – found here.)

  • DID IT!!  However, I don’t love it and am scheming how to be back in fellowship with my table, but the fact remains that I did it.  So There!

19 – Try a fish recipe (maybe Tilapia?)

  • I did eat fish this year.  Surely that counts for something, right?

20 – Get a good family photo

  • You be the judge –

21 – Sew myself a skirt

  • I did!  And I hated it and never wore it.  :)

22 – Organize my computer photos and files

  • Husband did! score!

23 – Go on more dressy dates with the hubs of my youth

  • Well, we did actually go on some dressy dates, but we need to step it up a notch in the fun category – dressy is fun, but fun is funner.

24 – Be able to do the Tracy Anderson Mat DVD all the way through (I’m just gonna say that is one wicked hard workout!)

  • I am the champion!  I so totally did it!!! *cough-once-cough*

25 – Take each of my boys to dinner and a movie.

  • Nope.  Didn’t.  I’m lame.  But don’t worry too much for their souls, their daddy takes one every week on a night date.

Well, there you have it – In addition to these things, my favorite accomplishment  this year has been painting my boys bunk bed orange.  It’s hilarious and awesome.  We spruced up their room, moved Seth to a twin bed, and I finished the first of the three quilts I have planned for them.  I felt crazy painting with such a wild color, but I’ve grown to love it, and they certainly think it’s the shizz.  Maybe that’s for another post though!  Hopefully it won’t take me 5 months!

Check out the things I knit this year over on ravelry – I finished that teal sweater, and made everyone slippers to name a few!

Happy New Year Everyone!!


Too many projects at once

18 Aug

I need to focus and execute.  Ever have that problem?  I’m getting very close to my birthday which means I ought to be focusing on my resolution list of things to do before I’m 27.  Which I kind of am, but kind of not ….

I am sewing this duvet cover:

#13 – Jazz up the Master suite… on its way!

Also sewing this quilt (times 3) for my boy’s room:

#16 Grow grass in the backyard = not going to happen!  So I fixed up my boy’s room instead.  These quilts are a part of that, and a much-needed part I might add!

And I’m still knitting this.  Pattern here.

…Started a new knitted throw inspired by this one:

but wait – I haven’t finished this one and #4 on my list!!

  I started to re-finish my dining room table (which is on my list at #18) and I am really forced to finish that one quickly, seeing as it’s difficult to feed my family around our coffee table.  Really difficult.

So that’s basically what I’ve been up to.  School starts on Monday and now I’m busy with haircuts (mine too!  Hurray for #8 being checked off!), finishing up T-Ball, labeling school supplies and last-minute doctor appointments for shots.  Fun, but crazy.

Here’s my friend’s post that seems applicable.  It’s titled, “A Wind Storm?”  And like all of her posts, it is a must-read!



I’m a bad blogger…

3 Aug

… sorry about that!  We’ve been busy this summer with house projects (mostly) and road-tripping (to San Diego!) and sports and family visits and bug catching (not the sickness kind, the creepy, crawly kind) and baking and knitting (because Idaho really doesn’t have a summer!).  Yup.  A lot of stuff.  All very, very fun, and I am totally loving our mild summer!

Here are some pictures of what I’ve been up to while I’ve been busy NOT blogging.

Our best Easter picture…. (ya, it’s been that long!)

It’s a road trip!  Complete with antler sling shot and marine buzz cuts!

We hit up Lake Tahoe on our way down…

And a Padre’s game to get a sneak peek at the new Marine, my bro-in-law, AKA Uncle Drew.

The Petco Park in San Diego is so rad!  It’s built right into the downtown, check it out!

Then we got to hang out with Grambo and RoRo at the Hotel Del Coronado.  This isn’t the best picture, but you get an idea of how gorgeous this place is!  And the beaches are sparkly gold!  We had so much fun!

Micah spent most of his time collecting snails, and carrying them with us everywhere!  We went to the fantastic San Diego Zoo and if you asked him his favorite part? … THE SNAILS!!

A picture of us hanging on the beautiful beaches of Coronado…

We also got to spend time with my brother and his adorable girlfriend, April, who came all the way from Brooklyn, NY!  We haven’t all been together in a really long time, so it was fun to be able to spend Mother’s day and my mom’s birthday together.  Here’s my favorite picture of the trip… my brother pouncing on some weird seaweed creature out in the La Jolla area.

Family Picture!!!  (A Summer Miracle!)  Taken in La Jolla.And now on to the real reason for our trip… Drew’s Graduation!  Here are all 13 cousins on Family Day, sporting their family tees!

And here’s the company honor man himself….

We did a little sight-seeing in San Diego, and here’s Lars and I with the kissing statue in the distance behind us.  It was a great trip, and I have waaay to many pictures that still need to be sorted and posted.

BUT!  At least I’ve broken the blog silence!  I have bunches more to post on, but right now, my messy kitchen is calling me.  :)
How has your summer been?  Has anywhere else had a MILD summer so far?  It has sounded like heat-wave after heat-wave EVERYWHERE… except here!  My hot tip for enjoying the heat if you have it… Margaritas and Misters… that’s right, you heard it here.  They make the heat oooh soo nice!  So go install those mist-masters on your patio this weekend, and you’re welcome.


22 Mar

My post titles are great.  I’m quite distracted today by a particular dress I’m trying to get my hands on.  This morning I went on a wild goose hunt to make a similar skirt just in case I can’t get the awesome dress in time for Easter.  Oh, the joys of living in the boonies!

So now I’m writing a post to distract myself from my dress distraction.

Here are some of my favorite things I have on my “want to make” Pinterest board right now.  I love Pinterest, BTW.  And I want to make all of these things….

Just crazy cool.  My friend has already constructed crazy knitting needles to make something like this.  (Found here).

Fabric Worm quilt – here.

I want to make some of these for my boys room – and we already have some crates! (image via door sixteen)

Skirt tutorial found here.

And thanks to this lovely, I need to brush up my embroidery skills.  What would not look better with some embroidered flowers on it?!  I guess maybe a men’s shirt… or pants (!!!).  But that’s about it.  Found here.


I gotta run to pick up a child from Pre-school!  Thanks for helping me get my head out of the cute-dress-cloud!


New Years’ Resolutions

11 Jan

At the beginning of each new year I usually come up with a resolution or two that I don’t believe I have ever kept.  I was tempted to not even bother this year, but then I realized I have  A LOT of room for improvement and so I made a ginormous list of resolutions instead.  Horrible idea? or the best idea… only time will tell!

I thought I would share a few and maybe it’ll help me feel the pressure to actually accomplish it!

I broke down my massive list by resolutions, books to read, and things to do before I turn 27 (in September).

Resolutions – Be a prayer warrior, remember my family’s birthdays and actually call them on the day (harder than it sounds people – this was mine last year!), and Christmas shop in the summer.

Books to read (or re-read!) this yearThe Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Future Men, Chronicles of Narnia (all of them!), Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl (really great book I plan to read a million times over!), King Arthur (with my oldest son), and any Jane Austen novel I feel like.

And now to the more daunting to-do list before I turn 27.  I was inspired by Making it Lovely’s list of 30 things before 30 list, and thought it was actually a great way to look back on your year and feel accomplished… that is, if you accomplish something! ha!  It could certainly turn the other way, but I’m determined not to take these lists too seriously and make sure my family and my life are put before my list.  You know?!

Here it goes (or at least the ones I’m willing to share on the interweb!)

1 – Obviously, lose 20 lbs.  (and seriously, this is the most necessary and hardest goal on my list!)

2 -Paint the wall in LVRM behind the bookcases that I don’t want to move.

3 – Read my book list

4 – Finish this granny square blanket already!

5 – Get new doorknobs

6 – Organize my linens and laundry room (I have already done the linens side of this, now on to the laundry side of the room!)

7 – Actually decorate my office nook shelves and paint them

8 – Get a hair-do

9 – Learn to do make-up (not joking.)

10 – Get glasses (appointment has been made!)

11 – Get all my art framed properly

12 – Teach my dog some agility tricks

13 – Jazz up the master suite with some new bedding/lighting/side tables (Like this minus the poster bed.)

14 – Install wood floors!!!

15 – Redo the bathroom

16 – Grow grass in the backyard

17 – Get or make some dang throw pillows for the couch

18  – Re-finish the dining room table (liking this style – found here.)

19 – Try a fish recipe (maybe Tilapia?)

20 – Get a good family photo

21 – Sew myself a skirt (will do after I lose a few lbs.  you know, to conserve fabric.)

22 – Organize my computer photos and files (they are a big hot mess)

23 – Go on more dressy dates with the hubs of my youth

24 – Be able to do the Tracy Anderson Mat DVD all the way through (I’m just gonna say that is one wicked hard workout!)

25 – Take each of my boys to dinner and a movie.

What about you?  Any perpetual resolutions?  Any new ones?

Happy New Year everyone!

2010 in review

6 Jan

I got e-mailed these stats from WordPress and thought they were super interesting!  Thought I would share!  Happy New Year!!


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,000 times in 2010. That’s about 17 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 49 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 116 posts. There were 254 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 351mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 23rd with 160 views. The most popular post that day was Mother’s Day Loot.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for babette blanket, bean bag, bag, babette blanket free pattern, and “babette blanket”.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Mother’s Day Loot May 2010


Crocheted Babette Blanket April 2007


well, hello there! May 2009
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retro kitchen curtain fabric May 2008


I hate Anthropologie September 2010

What I’ve been up to…

20 Aug

Yup.  I went on an epic family vacation.  This shot is from the gorgeous beach of Port Aransas, Texas.

I’ll be back on Monday with my usual shenanigans.

I’ll leave you with this food shot from the rehearsal dinner we attended while in Texas.  You know, to really rub it in!

(seriously – mouth is watering – so good – want margarita despite being 7:15 in the morning – it’s Friday! – dinner plan resolved – must pick up margarita materials)

Have a fabulous weekend!!