28 February 2010

59~365: sicilian pepperoni rolls knock off

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2.28.2010 @ 6:31 pm

One of our very favorite restaurants is Old Chicago. Unfortunately, the first one we ever went to was built near Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It opened about two months before we moved to Fort Lewis, Washington where the closest one was in Oregon.

Yes, we did travel several hours to Oregon just to eat there...on more than one occasion.

One of the very first things we did (no joke) when we found out we were moving to North Carolina was to look up the closest Old Chicago location. Sadly we are still two hours away.


If you have ever been to an Old Chicago you probably know all about their Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls. They are amazing. They are a must order.

You can imagine my excitement when I came across this knock off recipe the other day. Yum!!

Old Chicago Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls Knock Off

Ingredients:
Pizza dough (I used the Betty Crocker mix that you just add water to)
1 package of pepperoni
1/2 bag of shredded mozzarella
3 slices pepper jack cheese, shredded
4 green onions, chopped
small bottle of ranch dressing

1. Mix the pizza dough according to the package directions
2. Once the dough is ready, roll it out into a thin rectangle and slice it into 6-8 strips about 1.5" wide
3. Top each slice with pepperoni, cheese, green onions and then pour a generous amount of ranch dressing down the middle of each slice
4. Grab one end of the first strip and roll it up just like you would do a cinnamon roll
5. Continue to do this with each strip until you have 6-8 rolls
6. Put a piece of pepperoni on the bottom of each roll and set onto a greased cookie sheet
7. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes
8. Once done, place on plate and sprinkle a small amount of garlic salt and mozzarella cheese on top of each roll
9. Serve with either ranch dressing or pizza sauce to dip in

**The next time I am going to also add some chopped jalapeno into the rolls for a little more flavor.

Oh, it also helps when you have this cutie helping you in the kitchen:

27 February 2010

58~365: zuppa toscana

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2.27.2010 @ 7:30 pm

This weekend I am dedicating the 365 project to photos and recipes of some of our meals. Tonight we tried to make our own zuppa toscana soup from the Olive Garden.

This is one of Dan's favorite meals. My hope was that if I could recreate the soup I would save my thighs from the sinfully good bread sticks I ingest like it is my job when we go to Olive Garden.

Half way through his first bowl Dan turned to me and said, "This is EXACTLY like the one at Olive Garden."

Thighs, hips and middle, you are welcome.

Zuppa Toscana Knock Off

Ingredients:
1/2 lb of ground sausage (we used Jimmy Dean hot)
1 large russet baking potato (cut in half and then cut into quarters)
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 of a jar of Hormel Real Bacon Pieces
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup kale
1 can chicken broth
2 cups of water
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream (half of a half pint)

1. In a small pan brown the sausage and crumble. Once cooked, drain and then set aside.
2. In a large pot put the potato, onion, chicken broth, water, and garlic and cook on high heat until the potatoes are cooked and soft
3. Turn the heat down to medium
4. Add the sausage and bacon into the large pot
5. Let cook for about 8-10 minutes
6. Turn the heat down to low
7. Add kale and cream
8. Heat until it is all warm and then serve

26 February 2010

57~365: catching up

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2.26.2010 @ 6:18 pm

Mabry is quite the little social butterfly. She loves to talk on the phone and Skype whenever possible. It has been a little while since she talked to her Gamma, so we called her up tonight. Mabry wowed her with stories of how good she has been and how potty training is going and other toddler ramblings (some of which wasn't in English).

In case you were wondering, this was Gamma's view for most of the conversation:

I hope everyone is preparing for a fun and relaxing weekend. I for one am looking forward to it. The house is cleaned and my office is almost completely organized. I have a couple of crochet projects I am hoping to finish by Sunday evening, but other than that it is all about having fun for the next two days. Maybe Mabry will have a little mercy and it can also be about sleeping in as well.

One can dream anyhow.

25 February 2010

56~365: love, love, love

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1.25.2010 @ 11:10 pm

I bought this awesome frame from Hobby Lobby the other day. It will go perfect in our bedroom. Lately I have been on a frame kick. I bought 10 Clips frames from IKEA for a total of less than $4 the last time I was in Charlotte. Then I bought two more frames at Michael's which I transformed. Now this newest Hobby Lobby one. I need to start getting some of my pictures printed so that I don't just have a bunch of empty frames up everywhere.

review: voices of the faithful book 2

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I have struggled about writing a review for the book Voices of the Faithful Book 2 by Kim P. Davis and Beth Moore almost since the moment it arrived in the mail.

How do you write a review for a book that is supposed to be read over the course of an entire year? In the end I decided to read some of the devotionals at random and base my review on that.

Each devotional comes from someone who is in a situation many of us will never have to be in. This is because these are stories written by missionaries from all over the world.

In addition to the daily reading there are also a daily scripture and prayer. Each month is broken down further into a common theme.

Anyone who picks up a copy of Voices of the Faithful Book 2 will walk away with a sense of encouragement and inspiration. These are amazing stories told by amazing people with missionary hearts and minds.

24 February 2010

55~365: i'm a princess mama

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2.24.2010 @ 7:52 am

This morning I had a to be at the office I am doing some marketing freelance work for very early. Mabry was coming with me and since there was an actual time I needed to be some place she felt it was only right to be as difficult as possible.

I started to get her dressed into clothes I had set out the night before only to have her throw a fit. Trying to hurry things along, I let her pick out her outfit only to realize I had made the mistake of letting her look inside her closet. She immediately saw the tutu, declared herself a princess and demanded that I put it on her. Also, the "princess hat" aka headband with flower was to crown her head.

Dressing her like this would have been fine, except when she is a princess Mabry likes to spend a certain number of minutes staring at herself in a full length mirror. Usually the staring is followed up with a little self pep talk on how she is "so pretty" and "so princess" and "wow." Sometimes when she is feeling exceptionally great there will even be a "HOORAY!" declared upon seeing herself.

Again, I was working on a time crunch and was not in the mood to feed into her narcissism. In the end she got to wear her tutu and princess hat but had to settle for taking Mama's word for it that she was so cute, hooray!

I did, however, decide to embrace the delay and grab my camera for a quick picture. (You are welcome, Mom and Betsy and anyone else who comes for the Mabry photos and stays for my rambling.)

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Sorry that there has been such a delay with uploading all my photos from the last few days onto the blog. I have been taking photos everyday. I just had a whole bunch of crazy things happen that prevented me from spending any time on the computer. I knew it was bad when a friend called tonight to make sure everything was OK since I hadn't posted in almost four days.

All the pictures from days 52 until now are all up. Scroll down to check them all out.

I'm off to finish catching up on all the other computer things I have let fall behind. Hope you all have had an awesome week so far!

22 February 2010

53~365: grey

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2.22.2010 @ 10:14 am

Today was pretty dreary and my mood has been too. The dark wall in the newly painted master bathroom proved a good backdrop and subject for today's photo.

21 February 2010

52~365: veronica

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2.21.2010@ 9:53 pm

I found this lamb in a shop recently and couldn't resist bringing her home which pleased Mabry just fine. What can I say, the girlie loves her sheep.

I have named her Veronica and have given her a home on my desk for now. Soon she will make her way to our mantle as an Easter decoration. Can you believe Easter is just over a month away?!

20 February 2010

51~365: chicks in a row

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2.20.2010 @ 12:04pm

Yesterday I did a little antique shopping. I saw these cute chicks all lined up in one shop and had to take a photo. Spring is just around the corner and I am excited. Time for some fresh air and taking walks and not being so cold all the time.

18 February 2010

49~365: pjs and rain boots

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2.18.2010 @ 7:03 PM

Thanks for your patience with my lack of posting for the last few days. In an effort to keep my 365 photos in order, I did post the photos I took under the actual dates I took them on. So be sure to look at days 47 and 48 too.

Tonight was the family reading program at the library. The program ends around 7:30pm, prime bedtime routine time. One Mom thought ahead and dressed her children in their pajamas before she came. I thought it was the cutest thing in the world that one of her sons was wearing rain boots with his PJs. (It was a crystal clear night weather wise.)

I wonder what this little boy would think 10 years from now if he saw this picture. Sometimes I wish grown ups were able to dress anyway they pleased. Do you know how many mornings I long to put on rainbow knee socks, a pink tutu and rain boots? Ok, well not really that many mornings. It would just be nice to know if I wanted to wear something like that I could without getting all kinds of funny looks from the people at Target.

she's alive!

I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, I swear!

I know I am currently behind on posting two days worth of 365 photos. They are coming. Cross my heart. You will just have to be a little patient for at least a few more hours.

Yesterday (or should I say today since technically I have yet to go to sleep?) was spent out of town in Charlotte, driving several hours in the car and then attempting to put together a baby gate I bought at IKEA. This task should have taken 15 minutes. Instead it took almost two solid hours.

For the record I totally blame IKEA.

Moving on, there is much more to say, to do and to share. For now a quick shower and sleep.

16 February 2010

47~365: the ice cream diet

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2.16.2010 @ 11:58 PM

Anyone have a guess as to what Dan was doing here? If you guessed playing on his PS3 you would be right. When isn't he anymore?

As for the title of this photo, well you can thank Dan for that too. He was explaining this new diet he heard about on the radio called the Paleolithic diet. Which lead to a discussion about how just about anything can be turned into a diet these days, but only if it can be found on the diet (per Dan's rules). So in hopes that it catches on, I present to you the ice cream diet.

I'm sure it will only be a matter of time before I am featured on Oprah.

the whale fear pays off

I know I have been lagging greatly for at least a month now on sharing some of the day to day happenings around here.

Hopefully, all of the lagging is quickly become a thing of the past. Hopefully.

I thought I would share a few photos and some happenings with you now.

First, the reason for this post's strange title.

I recently found out about this great blogger, Kayla Aimee, and this awesome site her and a friend started, Little Light Studio. While looking around the two sites I decided to sign up for a giveaway they were hosting. The winner would receive a space in their Kicking It Out of Automatic online photography class. The only thing you had to do was tell them an interesting fact about yourself. So I talked about how I have a fear of being crushed to death by a whale (who's laughing now?!) and how that one scene in Free Willy gives me sweaty palms.

Not once have I ever claimed to be normal.

Today I was checking my Twitter and saw this:


I was shocked to see my name and whale story when I clicked the link!!


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Now for a few pictures...

The first two were actually just taken last night. I really like the photo of Mabry and Dan. She kept hugging his legs all night long. My friend Tracey once wrote on her blog about how toddlers hug with their whole bodies. Every time I get a Mabry hug I try to savor it because I know it won't always be this way.


In case you were wondering, Dan got one of those toddler-whole-body hugs the moment I lowered the camera and Mabry knew she didn't have to stay still for me.

The second photo from last night was just a cute one of her in her PJs and her crazy-just-been-washed-Daddy-combed-it hair.


Don't you just love the way the bottoms pool around her ankles. Seriously, this kid needs to grow!

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My friend Amber and I went a little crazy with chalkboard paint last week. Not only did we paint huge chalkboards on each of our kitchen walls, a chalkboard race track all the way around her son's bedroom, chalkboard squares on all of the glass jars in my pantry and covered Mabry's play table top...but we also did Amber's kitchen table top as well.

The table was one her grandmother had given her. It had big tiles on it and Amber kept saying how much she hated them. So with the help of her father over Christmas break she had two pieces of wood cut in the exact size circle she needed. Then she and I set about the task of dismantling the whole table, removing the old tiled top and creating our own, which we then painted with chalkboard paint.

Talk about the perfect Pictionary table!

Anyhow, when we first set the second square on the table to make sure it fit before gluing it, we realized that there was a slight gap been the top piece and the bottom pieces of wood. So to fill in the gap we used recycled paper:


Believe it or not it worked perfect and the kids love playing on the new table. I will take a picture of the finished product the next time I am over to visit and will share it with you.

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Lastly, while visiting my mom last month, we went to several antique stores. I can't tell you how sad it made me to see this sitting on one of the shelves:


Boy do I feel old.

sing, sing a song

While I was going through the photos I had taken in the month of January to upload to share with our family I came across a video that I had forgotten all about.

Mabry has started singing. Usually in the car and usually when no one else but myself is around. Thus making it extremely hard to capture on camera. Thankfully the joy of library books was enough to get her to open up and start singing away while we were in Alabama. Mom was driving and it was the perfect opportunity.



Now if only I could figure out what the girl is singing...

15 February 2010

46~365: cuddle up time

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2.15.2010 @ 7:46pm

I feel like a million dollars right now. For the first time in a month my whole house is not only picked up, but it is also clean. At. The. Same. Time. This is a miracle. To say I have been in a funk for the last couple of weeks would be a major understatement. Finally, I am starting to feel caught up and like I can breathe again. Let's see how long it lasts.

After her bath tonight I put Mabry in her new feetie (I know...I know...I'm just making up words) pajamas. I am a sucker for feetie's. I just knew I had to use these cute PJs as today's photo subject. So after taking a few different pictures I came up with the idea of all of our pajama clad feet being in a photo. If you look close a little hand made an appearance as well.

Not too bad for straight out of the camera with no editing. Tonight just doesn't afford the time to edit. At least not if I want to catch up on a few more things to really end the day on an accomplished note.

With that I am going to wish you all a goodnight.

14 February 2010

45~365: practice pt test

Taken with iPhone Best Camera app

After church today Mabry and I went with Dan on post to give him a PT test. He has a real one coming up on Thursday and he wanted the practice. Being in school is not at all conducive to keeping anything resembling a fit and trim figure, not only for the solider but also for the spouse. So says the 10 pounds that added themselves to my scale since we moved here.

I'm sure it didn't help me any when Dan took us out for Valentine's Day and I ate an entire basket of rolls like it was my job.

I digress...

For the PT test I had to keep track of time, count number of push ups and sit ups and count laps around the track as he ran two miles. Mabry was there to look cute and try and keep up with her Daddy as much as possible for support.

They stretched (top left and bottom right photos), did push ups (top middle photo), sit ups (top right and bottom middle photos) and ran two miles (bottom left photo).

By that I mean Mabry wildly swung her arms and legs around, tried to touch her toes, body slammed the track, sat with her arms behind her head and wiggled around, and then ran in the opposite direction when I yelled go on the start of the run.

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I am feeling much better than I was yesterday but still not even close to my old self. I don't do sick very well and it shows. I'm praying that by tomorrow my glands won't be swollen and the sore throat will be gone.

Mabry is also sick. She has a stuffed up nose that is in a constant state of drip. I'm pretty sure her throat is a little sore too by the sounds of it. Of course this doesn't stop her from running around, dancing, singing and general energy overload. In a way I wish she would slow down a little and give her body a chance to rest and catch up to her.

Prayers for both our health would be appreciated and also that Dan continues to stay healthy.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!!

13 February 2010

44~365: southern snowstorm

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2.13.2010 @ 12:22 am

Last night North Carolina saw some snow. It was the really fluffy wet kind of snow that you knew would all be melted with the sunrise in the morning. It started snowing while I was over at a friend's house enjoying a girls' night. I am kicking myself for not having brought the camera with me as she lives in a neighborhood with all kinds of old trees that looked magical with the snow clinging to them.

Instead I had to settle for setting up the camera on the front porch and taking a photo of the only tree we have once I got home. I liked the way the street lamp cast a warm glow over everything. It was pretty late at night and everything was quiet except for the click of my camera.

I decided to stay up to just after midnight to take some photos to use for today's 365. I could feel a sore throat coming on and wasn't sure how I would feel as the day progressed or just how creative I would be. Let me tell you, for the last 15 hours I have wanted to do nothing but sleep or possibly cut my head off. My throat is sore, glands are swollen, both ears hurt and I have a constant throbbing headache. Not fun.

Mabry has a stuffy nose and a sore throat (you can tell by the way she talks) but somehow manages to find the energy to run around and use me as a human jungle gym as I lay on the couch. That girl is amazing.

I am hoping that by morning things will be improving. Otherwise it is going to be a pretty lazy Valentine's Day.

What about you? Any special and romantic plans?

12 February 2010

43~365: a history

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2.12.2010 @ 10:44 am

The photo for today is the inside of one of the drawers of my desk. I found this solid wood desk in great condition at the Habitat for Humanity Home store that is about 20 miles from my house. For $40 it was practically a steal.

It was an even better bargain because the cheapish desk that I had been using was sold the very next day on Craigslist for $40, canceling out any money that I had paid for the new desk.

I love that it has all kinds of different doodles and carvings and a history.

The only problem with the desk was that it looked like this when I brought it home:



Kind of ugly, right?

With a little bit of leftover paint from another project, some sandpaper for distressing and two knobs from Hobby Lobby (for a total of $2.99) I ended up with this:


For even more fun color I took some scrapbook paper that I could never figure out what to do with and lined the drawers.


What is hard to really tell in the photos is just how deep this desk really is. Perfect for what I was looking for, but not so perfect for getting it into the office. No matter how hard we tried, which way we flipped it, etc. the desk was not fitting into the doorway. It was about an inch or so too wide.

Just as I was getting ready to pull out the circular saw for a desk-leg-makeover Dan pointed out the top was screwed on. It wasn't too hard to remove the top and then there was barely a hair's width of breathing room to get the main body through the door frame, but it worked.

All of the dragging and flipping and trying to cram it added a little more distressing in places than what I had done with sandpaper already, especially along the top of the desk. Oh how I love this desk.

11 February 2010

42~365: monkeyin' around

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2.11.2010 @ 1:19 pm

Have I really been posting photos for the last 42 days? Are we really 42 days into 2010?? Could someone please tell me where all the time is going?

This has been a busy, busy week. Poor Mabry has been dragged from one boring grown up place to the next and it hasn't been much fun for her. So today in an effort to let her blow off a little steam I took her to Monkey Joe's to play for a little while.

We had gone here twice before. The first time Mabry just screamed and cried and carried on and refused to put a single toe on anything inflatable. The second time was a lot of screaming and crying followed by about 20 minutes of hey this isn't nearly as bad as I made it out to be. This time as soon as I told her she could play she was off and running.

Once we were done at Monkey Joe's Amber came over for a little while to help me bring the newly redone desk into the office. What was only supposed to take 15 minutes at most turned into a much longer and bigger ordeal. An ordeal I am planning to share with you tomorrow.

Needless to say there is still much work to be done around the house, but things are really starting to come together and I am really excited about the projects I am working on and what the results are going to be!

10 February 2010

finally the circus

The following are all photos I took at the end of January when my parents took Mabry and I to the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Alabama.

We had so much fun and some of the acts were amazing. I don't know if it would be better to categorize the performers as brave, talented, fearless or made of rubber.

Hope you enjoy the photos.

09 February 2010

40~365: story time with dada

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2.9.2010 @ 8:11 pm

08 February 2010

39~365: Sneak Peak


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2.8.2010 @ 9:20 pm
(right) AV Mode, ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/10 sec
2.8.2010 @ 9:21 pm

Today was another painting day for A and I. She came up with the cutest idea for her son's room and now we are trying to bring the idea to life. I can't wait to share the big reveal when it is all finally done and put together. It is going to be a little while, so for now I will leave you with just a small sneak peak.

Tomorrow I have an interview about some possible freelance design work. Keep your fingers crossed that it all works out. I also booked a wedding and a party/family reunion to photograph for this summer. I am starting to get more excited and also a little bit scared as the time passes and this photography business starts to take shape.

We are keeping busy and I promise that this week I will find the time to put together all the photos from the circus to share. I also took some really cute photos of Mabry and A's son, L, last week that I want to share. Please just be patient with me. Time just seems to be something that slips away faster and faster and I am working on getting a grasp on it.

07 February 2010

38~365: lessons

Taken with my iPhone using the Best Camera app

Every time we get in the car Mabry begs for a driving lesson. Where the girlie picked up that phrase is beyond me. Most of the time we tell her "later" or "no" or "show me your learner's permit." Once in awhile we actually let her sit on our lap and pretend to drive. She is so happy to turn on the turn signals and windshield wipers. Oh and don't forget about working the radio button!

After we got home from church today Mabry was asking for another lesson. So we decided to go ahead and let her have her fun. Dan was making all kinds of funny faces pretending to be terrified. I took this photo in hopes of capturing some of the fun.

That and so 14 years from now when Mabry asks for some real lessons I can pull this out. Then I can tell her, "Look kid, we let you have your time behind the wheel operating windshield wipers and the radio like a pro. Too bad you used up all your drive time then." After which I will happily hand her a bus pass.

06 February 2010

37~365: new hair

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2.6.2010 @ 9:38 pm

Last month I had tried out a salon just for a trim and the lady decided to put layers in my hair. I hate layers. Today I finally broke down and had it fixed. The guy who cut my hair spent three hours working on me. I think that this has to be the most through and well done cut and style I have ever had. He also informed me that parting my hair down the middle (as it naturally does) makes me look like I am in my mid-thirties rather than the young-almost-28 that I am. Awesome. Needless to say my hair now parts way, way, WAY off to the side.

I knew the haircut was a success when I saw Mabry for the first time and she threw her hands in the air and yelled, "Hooray!"

saturday morning link love fest

Retakes: As someone who had terrible wedding photos I love the idea of having something like this. What do you think, is it stupid to retake wedding photos? What about to renew your vows?

Spring Has Sprung (Indoors): After looking at these photos it is hard to keep enough self control to not race through the snow to Lowes to start picking up flowers and other pretties to add a little spring to the house. Of course it would help not to be the kiss of death to all plants.

Fuzzy Pillows: These are just too cool. I plan on checking out our Kohl's ASAP to hopefully find mats like these ones on sale to make pillows for our living room couch. You can never have too many pillows.

Poken: What a great little invention. Only more people would need to have them to make it worthwhile. Think that they will catch on?

Sheet Music Side Table: I am in love with this table. Isn't it just beautiful? Makes you want to go and find some sheet music and modge podge, doesn't it?

Balance: I just really enjoyed this article. I have thought about many of the points brought up in this post and there is a lot of truth to be found there.

Printed Twitter: If you printed twitter...enough said.

Best Computer Cover Ever: Fantastic and creative!

Make Your Business Card Stand Out: Since I am trying to start my own photography business I have been busy trying to think of creative, out of the box ways to promote myself and my business. This was great for inspiration.


Thank You Notes: Sweet little daily blog of gratitude.

Curious Faces: I dare you to go out and find a face, take a picture and then send it to me.

Formspring: Ask me anything. No really.

I have also added a whole bunch of tutorials to the crafting section. Included are a burlap wreath, a bean bag chair and a bed skirt tutorial. Make sure to check those out as well.

05 February 2010

36~365: rainy day blues

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2.5.2010 @ 4:42 pm

Like I said in my post earlier, it is a really rainy cold and generally gross day today. I saw Mabry looking out the window as I ran to get the mail. So I ordered her to stay put when I came back in the front door a moment later so I could grab my camera and run out to the porch. I tried to be fast about taking the photo because it was cold outside.

I am looking forward to tomorrow. They keep saying we might see snow again. I am leaning more towards the idea of everything being covered in a big sheet of ice. Either way, I am planning to stay home and relax with my two favorite people and do a little cleaning and maybe work out this whole office situation.

04 February 2010

35~365: things they are a changin'

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2.4.2010 @ 6:00pm

Things have been STRESSFUL in the last 24 hours. Which is why I am just now getting around to posting the only photo I took all day yesterday. So interesting, isn't it?

It started in the morning when Mabry got into my camera case and decided to toss the contents all over the room. Several things resulted from this. First was not one of my finer parenting moments. Second, the realization that having a tiny corner of a room to cram all of my photography, computer and crafting was not working by any stretch of the imagination.

In the end ideas were tossed around, a few phone calls happened between Dan and I, and a willing friend resulted in the demise of the man cave.

Now, I have a whole new set of problems.

I feel really bad not having a man cave for Dan any longer. He seems fine with it. Especially since he didn't use it for anything other than watching a little TV before work in the morning, which he can still totally do up there. Still, I have guilt.

Then there are the full flight of steps Mabry must climb up and down to go and play with her toys. Steps are a dangerous and unsteady territory for her, as I have found out several times in the last 24-hours, and it doesn't help when she is trying to drag a toy downstairs to play with.

Even though there isn't a baby on the way, I like the idea of the old toy room/new office having an easy transition into a nursery if we ever needed it. The old toy room provided that. The new office, not so much.

I am not happy with the way things were, I am not happy with the way that they are now. I feel like there is a good solution out there and I am just missing it.

I have thought about putting the office together again upstairs and just changing around the set up of the furniture. Which would be fine, except for I think a lot of what we have now would be sold for things that would be more functional. Anyone know how to make built in bookcases?

I'm curious to know: where do you all keep your computers? What about crafting things?

valentine's link love

Coffee Cup Sugar Cookies: These coffee sugar cookies are a great twist on the recipe and the fact that you can put them on your coffee cup is just very cool. I can't wait to make some of these.

Heart Cake: I think that the photos of this cake alone are worth checking out. I am very seriously considering making this for my two Valentine's this February 14th.

Kiss In Your Pocket: What a sweet gift to make for someone you love.

Paper Heart Garland: This is going to be a project Mabry and I tackle over the weekend. Should be sweet and simple and yet help pass the time as it rains and ices up outside.

Love Train: These photos were all simply something that put me more in the Valentine's Day mood. I really loved the last one with the scrabble pillows. I might have to figure out a way to make those some day.

Catalog of Love: Such a cute Valentine's Day gift idea!

03 February 2010

34~365: kitty, you're so kitty


TV Mode, ISO 200, f/10, 1/50 sec
2.3.2010 @ 4:58pm

Today was actually a really nice day weather wise. So after naps my friend, A, and I took her son, L, and Mabry on a walk. I was so glad I brought the camera along. There were a lot of really cute photo op moments. I'll be sharing them with you soon! This was one of my favorites. They both sat so good on the bench at the bus stop while I captured their little feet swinging back and forth.

I am sure you have to be wondering about the title to the photo. I did it more for my benefit than anything. Lately Mabry has taken to using the word "so" to emphasize things. For instance most of the time food is "so good," I am "so cute" or "so funny," etc. While out on the walk the kids found a cat to chase after and pet. At one point in her excitement Mabry yelled out, "Kitty! You're SO kitty!"

It's moments like that I never want to forget.

in which i look-a like-a man

Sometimes I think the universe is just looking to find random things to entertain me and waste my time. Take for instance this morning. What was supposed to be five minutes spent checking my email turned into thirty five minutes of playing around with what celebrities Mabry and I look like.

It started off innocent enough. I took my current favorite Mabry picture and plugged it into their face analyzer and this is what it came back with:

WHAT?! My baby girl does NOT look like Liza Minnelli!! Ok, well maybe she does a little in this photo...but we won't dwell.

Let's try this again with another photo:
Um...huh? Could you have picked a more random grouping of people, Heritage.com?

One more time:

That's better.

Then I had to try me and figured to be on the safe side I would use one of my professional pictures. I just knew the results were going to be good:
OR MAYBE I JUST LOOK LIKE A MAN! I will just focus on the Dannii Minogue portion of these results and move on.

So I gave the program the crazy eye:


Which helped immensely, if you don't count Mike Myers.

One more time. Going with my favorite picture of me:

I guess you could call me the third Minogue sister. Not really, but a girl can dream.

Want to waste some time? Check out the Celebrity Collage here.

02 February 2010

33~365: New Love

New Love 2.2.2010

Taken with my iPhone using the Best Camera app

01 February 2010

32~365: you have a little something...


AV Mode, ISO 3200, f/5, 1/20 sec
2.1.2010 @ 9:38pm

My house still has not been cleaned since I got back last week from Alabama. I am hoping that by putting that out there for all of blogger world to read I will somehow be so shamed that I will finally accomplish the dusting and vacuuming that this house so badly needs.

Sometimes I can't believe how much I have changed since Mabry came on the scene. I used to be so on top of things and so full of energy. Now it feels like I am running a marathon at a sprinter's pace and no matter how hard I try the finish line is just never in sight. Does it ever get better??

Tonight Dan, Mabry and I ended up hanging out with our friends, A and L. There was much fun to be had with the Wii. Turns out there is actually a gaming system I really enjoy and am not totally bad at. During one particularly bad game of Wii bowling on my part I decided to pull out the camera and start capturing some of the fun. The intention was to get either a photo of the game playing or maybe one of the table A and I had butchered earlier in the afternoon. This was to serve as the photo of the day for the 365 project. That was still the intent as I downloaded the photos on the computer tonight once we were home. Until I saw this photo I had snapped of myself in a mirror wearing the clown nose I had brought L from the circus.

I was holding the camera and knew I was taking the picture, but still somehow managed to catch myself by surprise.

Pretty sure I am losing my mind. Also pretty sure I am doing a whole lot of rambling when I should probably be sleeping.
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