I've been feeling the stress of life the last couple of weeks. Trying to balance, or rather juggle, being mommy, my job, the Mr.'s job, and things not really working out with where we are trying to build a house is... well... making me feel a little crazy. I am so grateful for my family, the work and everything but man, I sometimes feel like I can't keep my brain straight. Any relate? On top of it all, this week my parents and sister went to New York and I am watching my brother Matty (which is actually really fun, I love my brother), my husband went to France on business, and I was called to Jury Duty. Luckily the judge could see that I was a little capped off on the stress o meter and let me out of this one (don't know how I would have juggled that on with a two year old). Any ways, I have been making some fun little lovely's for Halloween, my sisters little one coming soon:), and a couple little things for myself. My latest project involves a really cute pencil made from a dollars worth of material I thrifted, the picture is above.
And yes, this skirt used to be a pillow case, but that will be our little secret;)
Hello wonderful world of blogging. Oh how I have missed you. Life has been, well, CRAZY!!! Between two job changes, building a house(or rather getting things ready to start the build), and the little one growing mad fast, I feel like I hardly have time to breath. Few... need a minute to catch my breath. But can I just say, I am in love with the weather right now. Seriously, if I could just pause time and keep nature in all it's pretty reds, oranges, and yellows... I would. :) I just want to swim in all of this lovely color. This is really when I wish I was a kid again outside raking all the leaves into a huge red heap just so I could jump in it. Oh wait, I did that yesterday... ha ha just kidding. But really this is one of the things I love most about fall. What are some of your fav's for this time of year?
Okay on to a very important topic. Pumpkins, the little one has been going bananas for them. It's been pumpkin this and pumpkin that always followed by the cutest little squeal. Seriously, I think this one has a little obsessive bone in her (thanks to her mamma). As soon as we starting pulling out the Halloween decor and her eyes took their first glance on that bright orange gourd, she has been ecstatic over the things. You can imagine how overwhelmed she was when we took her to pick out her very own... The poor little one finally plopped down to do some thinking. After all said and done she settled on a nice big one! I have come to realize that with my little muffin we can't do anything small... she it just to enthusiastic and excited to do things small:) But I have to admit it's one of the things I love most about her.
With music that is... That's right, I have been working on music and learning the guitar while I'm at it. This video doesn't show me playing the guitar(hey, I'm not good enough for that yet :) Any who, I've always wanted to record this song, it's one of my favorites by Roberta Flack. If you want to hear some more visit my Youtube page here
Hope you enjoyed this one... oh, I also have some fun things coming your way soon:)
I've been thinking a lot lately about the woman's mind, and how it works. We are the definition of multitask. We think about the well being of children while trying to not burn the chicken for dinner. We calculate the bills while folding laundry. We think about our man while filling out expense reports. We think about romantic stories when we go for walks. We wonder how to be better parents as we tie ribbons in our little girls hair. Our thoughts never cease. We always have something brewing in our brain and most of the time we have a thing or two to say about it. Sometimes, however, us women need to be quite. We need to ponder, to think, to pray, to just let our thoughts run their course until we finally have found the conclusion that we have been searching for. With no desire to divulge the quite battle of thought going on in our head, we say nothing. We simply smile and keep moving, and then sooner or later on no particular afternoon we come to our conclusion, whatever it may be. It might take some time, but the answers will and do come.
Why hello there.... thought you lost me for a while, didn't you???? Nope, I'm still here. Been a bit of a busy bee lately, hence my absents from the blogging world. I was kind of going into burn out over load, so I knew something had to give for a bit. I feel like I have been on a whirl wind since Thanksgiving. But seriously, I have had so much fun over the past month and half with all of the Holiday festivities, especially considering that Ash and I have a little one to share it with:) What a wonderful time of year.
Here are some of the things I have loved about this winter so far...
the change of the weather
decorating the house for parties and let's face it, for me too;)
reading on a rainy/snowy day
extra time with family
re-learning the piano
teaching myself guitar
watching the hubby cuddle with our little lady
singing/listening to Christmas music
working on projects
remembering what Christmas is really about
What do you love about this time of year?
Here are a couple photos of my casa's decor, hope you enjoy;)
I love how my stairway turned out this year:)
Wasn't super happy with the tree we got this year, or rather how I decorated it... I think my decor is better suited for a full tree. Oh well, you live and learn right.
This was some fun innovation... sprayed the bottom of the candle holder silver (was gold), then sprayed all of the Christmas greenery nickle and silver.
And let's just say there is a reason I didn't post any pictures of the outside of our humble abode... was definitely not my best work outside... yikes.
Okay guys... sorry if I have been a little here and a little there but it has been a crazy couple of days. Anyways, hope everyone is doing great on this late Wednesday night. I was checking through some of my old video's and found this little guy in a dusty corner of an old picture folder. Thought I would share it with you. It's live and uncut, so don't judge too harshly:)
Okay... I am obsessed!!!! I saw Breaking Dawn last night and it was AMAZING. Pretty sure I need to see this movie a bazillion times to get my fix (and yes I am aspiring to be a teenager, he he he). Seriously, if you have not see this movie... then get your booty on over to the theater ASAP. Another bonus of last night was I got to see Breaking Dawn with my awesome sisters, mother, cousin, and friend. I'll tell you what, a ladies night can't get much better than sushi and breaking dawn with your favorite people.
On another good note, I just uploaded my latest home recorded song (ha ha do you like the double meaning... oh I am so cleaver). I went acapella with this one, and did it while the babe was sleeping. Hope you enjoy it:)
What to hear some more??? Look up and click the Megs Music tab.
Guys the little one is on the move... and usually likes to find her way into small spaces she knows she shouldn't be in. I am going to have a mommy heart attack, I just know it. She is a little clumsy, but oh so determined. If there is something she wants she WILL get it by her standards. Lets just say, it's a good thing I am bigger and stronger, and have the ability to distract her;) Playing with cleaner is not negotiable it is just a big NO! But I am oh so thankful for my little munchkin. I just love this little lady so dang much. My life would not be complete without that little potbelly tummy, and those Rosie red cheeks. Pure love I tell you. What are you thankful for???
I sure do love this time of year, really makes you remember what's most important in life. If you have a hard time remembering you will love this next project... I call it the Thankful Tree.
Most people put little tree's on there table, counter, or other surfaces. However, with my small living space this really wasn't an option. Even though I don't have oodles and oodles of surface space, I do have wall space, and this little creation is perfect for that:)
Hang little home made leaves on the branches to remember what's most important to you. Another great aspect of this project is it can change with the seasons: hang bats, ghosts, and witches during Halloween, ornaments during Christmas, and eggs around Easter. It's a great project to do with your kiddos. I acquired my branch/twig on a nice fall walk and added a little metallic paint to it just to fancy it up a bit, and the frame was an old thrifted brown one that I painted and glazed. I used little good old super glue gel to attach the branch to the frame. Love that stuff and it only took a little bit because the branch was so lite weight. Don't you think it looks fab on the wall too:):):) I love how it turned out.
Guys I am so excited for Thanksgiving week. My sister and her family are coming for an entire week. Heaven. Seriously, I am so lucky to have such an awesome family that I love to be around, we have such a good time together. Not to sound cocky, be we are pretty fun people to hang with;) What are your plans for this week? Hmm???
My stairway filled with white frames on a gray back splash is almost a reality... Well sort of. I am currently livin' in a place that doesn't allow wall's to be painted:(:(:( This is hard for me. So try to imagine it when I am in my future house and can actually throw a little color on the wall. Oh... and when all the frames have pictures in them. I don't know if you guys do this, but I like to bring home old frames with character and then stash them in the closet until I find a use for them. This would seem like a good idea, but what it really leads to is me forgetting about my stash and never doing anything with the frames. By having the frames up on the wall I have a visual reminder.
I glazed some of the frames with a gray glaze and left some just pure white.
To be continued...
Do you see that framed branch, I call it the Giving Tree, I'll tell you why and what you can do with it tomorrow:)
Oh what did I do before Pinterest???? If you are not on Pinterest, then you need to be:) You will be introduced to a world of ideas that you didn't know existed. It is inspiring, uplifting, funny, and motivating. For instance, I have recently been inspired to by this picture:
I WILL make my stairway look like this:)
What inspires you on Pinterest??? Hmmm??? I am really curious to know. So leave a link and I can check it out.
Well hello blog world. How are you doing today. How was your Monday? Mine comprised of two doctors appointments (one for Bella, and one for me), cleaning, emails, working out, making dinner, and to be perfectly honest, a little bit of mindless TV to send me off to bed. Regarding my doctors appointment, I found out that the pain in my knee is in fact legitimate. Oh great! Luckily it can be fixed with extra strength workouts to my booty, and little brace:( when needed. You'd think that being a runner and workout goer that my booty is strong enough right? Well apparently my side muscles are not strong enough for my quads to keep my legs stabilized correctly. So my quads are pulling out my knee caps when I bend, run, walk up and down the stairs, etc. blah, blah, blah. This was actually a BIG relief for me. I had a horrible feeling that it was something more serious, and the doctor would march out of his office with his finger pointed at me and say, "NO MORE RUNNING." Oh happy day, I can still run!!! My hubby will like that too.... cause I don't know about you guys, but running keeps me sane and happy, and that equals happy wife and mom.
So this year my hubby drew out a very desirable tag in the bow hunt for any bull elk. After hiking for just about 2 weeks straight he was able to get a good clean kill shot at one. Sadly the animal seemed to bleed internally leaving no blood trail. This was the Elk that he will always remember as 'the one that got away.' After so much hard work to see him so disappointed, well, it made me pretty sad for him. So I thought it only fitting that he and I dress up as hunters for Halloween and the little one as a little bull elk.
'The One That Didn't Get Away'
Made this one just using two colors of felt and a zipper. Was easy peasy.
On another note... the other day I walked into Bella's room and saw this
Just hangin' out together, yeah her daddy really loves her.