31 March 2010

90~365: easter lily


Taken with my iPhone using the Histamatic app

90 days down only 275 more to go. Can I get a Woot from the crowd??

Dan and I have been busy, busy, busy around the house for the last couple of days. Yesterday I watched L and Mabry all day so L's parents could take care of some things in town. Watching the two of them can be liken to wrestling jello or monkeys. Somehow I was able to keep it together enough to scrub the house from top to bottom and get through washing, drying and putting away four loads of laundry.

Today was all about raking up every square inch of mulch from around our house and then covering everything back up with crushed brick. Dan and I are both tired and sore. As if that wasn't enough, we also managed to get rid of all the mini-blinds (except for our room---I have big plans for that) in the house and put up new 2" plantation shutters. Love them.

I think it is safe to say that tomorrow is going to be all about relaxing and hopefully having control over the muscle movement in our arms. This evening when Mabry asked me to pick her up I almost dropped her my arms were so weak.

The Easter lily was an impulse buy at Lowes. I plan to give it to my parent's as an Easter gift. (If you happen to be reading this right now, Mom--surprise!) I just thought it was so pretty and the smell was heavenly.

Hope your week has been as productive as ours.

better basket blog hop

Renee, over at My Special K's passed a virtual Easter basket on to me this afternoon. This isn't like most memes and blog awards though, this is actually for a great cause.

So please, don't stop reading.

The Hershey's Better Basket Blog Hop is being used to raise $7,000 for the Children's Miracle Network. $10 for every blog that participates in the Better Basket Blog Hop will be donated. Which means this post right here on this blog...$10 more for children's hospitals all over North America.


So now to pass along my virtual basket. (Which if this were a real basket would be filled with lots and lots of different versions of Reese's Peanut butter cups, rabbits, Reese's pieces, etc. Because as of late I have really had a thing for peanut butter and chocolate mixed together.)

1. Gloria at The Mabry's
2. Candice at Our Family Adventures
3. AMB at Musings
4. Tracey at Nine Acres
5. Mom at Chez Cheri
7. Lindsay at York Family
9. Betsy at Twenty Somethings

Just think if everyone did it, plus my blog we will have raised $100!



Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop Rules
Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.
Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want.
Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.
Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.
Leave your link at
BetterBasket.info/BlogHop comment section. You can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop, and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.
Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).
Please note that only one blog post by each blog URL will count towards the donation.

30 March 2010

89~365: regular hair

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3.30.2010 @ 7:58pm

It doesn't happen often, but once in awhile we are able to tame the craziness that are the curls on Mabry's head and she has a "regular" hair day. Since this happens once or twice a year it seems I thought I had better capture it.

She didn't want to stand still for me to take the photo. She was wearing her favorite "very princess" dress and couldn't seem to calm her excitement long enough to stay really still. Hence, the not so great photo. This was literally the only one where she wasn't a total blur.

29 March 2010

88~365: dramatic b/w photo challenge

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3.29.2010 @ 8:09pm

I have decided to try and get back into entering the weekly challenge presented by iheartfaces. This week is all about the dramatic black and white photograph. I was excited to take part in this challenge because not only would it give me a chance to use some of my photography skills, but also my editing skills.

Mabry was the perfect subject tonight. Right before her bath she started making all of these really funny and dramatic faces. So I grabbed my camera and started snapping away.

If you are interested to see what other amazing photos people took, please check out this week's iheartfaces challenge by clicking the image below.

i finally posted

I just posted days 86 and 87. This week's goal is to post a photo every day on time. Cross your fingers that it happens!

28 March 2010

87~365: you spin me right round

Taken with my iPhone camera, edited with the TiltShiftGen app

Over the weekend we were on a hunt for a very specific pair of shoes for Dan. I will be posting all about them later on today. They are unlike any shoe I have ever seen before.

Anyhow, this meant at least one trip into our mall. We don't have the best mall and when at all possible, I prefer the hour long drive Raleigh to do my shopping rather than going here. But when you are looking for an odd shoe in an even odder size, you leave no stone unturned.

One of the biggest reasons I dislike our mall is because of the huge merry-go-round right in the middle of the building. Mabry loves the merry-go-round. She will scream and cry and pitch the biggest fit to ride. Of course this makes shopping with a two-year-old an even more enjoyable experience, not. It also doesn't help that they only take cash and I rarely carry cash, so more often than not she is told "no." I was prepared today. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot Dan and I informed Mabry that if she was really good and didn't cry or whine and held our hand the whole time we would let her ride on the way out.

She earned her ride. I think it was a little tough for her, but she did it.

I have been doing a lot of research with regards to iPhone photography lately. I bet I have something like 15-20 apps just for photography and editing alone. Do any of you use your iPhone for basic point and shoot photos? I am planning on doing a post about the various apps that I have and what they do and what I think of them very soon.

27 March 2010

86~365: meatball cupcakes


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3.27.2010 @ 5:32pm

Saturday we went to L's house to celebrate his birthday with a real party. Complete with a cookout, balloons, streamers, and meatball cupcakes.

The kids have been obsessed with the "Meatball Movie" aka Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs for about a month now. So when I saw this post on my friend Dana's blog, I just knew A would love it for L's birthday cake.

The cupcakes are just cupcakes. Then you use a little food coloring and a tsp. of cocoa powder to tint the frosting into a more pasta-like color. Using some decorator bottles or a baggie with a hole cut in the bottom, you go crazy making spaghetti noodles everywhere. The meatballs are Ferrero Rocher and the sauce is a strawberry jam. For a final touch she added Parmesan cheese in the form of grated white chocolate bark.

Yum!!

saturdays are for sharing the love

Oh.My.Goodness. Marriage Proposal: The time and creativity that went into this, wow!! Seriously, just wow. I know how much time it took Dan and I to figure out light writing being in a dark room in our house, I can't imagine what it was like for this guy.

Good Entertainment for Kids: Need a quick way to keep little kiddos happy? Can't remember all the words to some of the songs you sang growing up? This site has over 2,000 songs for children. It is a great resource that has come in very handy over the last few weeks.

Cute!!!: I just love these little felt cameras. I am actually thinking about trying to make a bigger version along these same lines to hang up on the wall of my office. Look what else this Etsy seller is making, camera shaped purses for little girls. Mabry would die if I got her one of these.

Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes: Need I say more? Too bad it is my ten-year high school reunion (Ack! Gag! I'm so old!) this summer and I am putting myself on a pretty strict diet to make sure I look good.

Underground House: If my house was as cute as this one, you could totally sign me up to live underground. Seriously, is this not an awesome house?

I also added a few new tutorials on my crafts page. They would include this and this.

25 March 2010

84~365: in which the princess throws a royal tantrum



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3.25.2010 @ 12:19pm

Mabry has been into princesses now for a few weeks. I have no idea what started her on this kick. I do know if something is frilly or pink it is a "princess [whatever]." For instance she sleeps in a princess room because her walls are pink. Heaven forbid something is both pink and frilly, like her tutu, because then that is "SO princess." Also, anything she wants that we won't let her have (candy, my iPhone, etc.) she will try and tell us that it is a princess _____ and therefore we have to give it to her.

If that really worked I'd be sending this kid into every bank in the tristate area to pick up her princess dollars.

Anyhow, she wanted me to take her photo while she was so princess in her princess hat (the headband). As soon as we went outside she changed her mind and refused to look at the camera. After much persuasion, many tears and some screaming (all Mabry) I did the only reasonable thing I could think of. I went back in the house and left her sitting in the yard alone.

Don't worry, I sat by the front window and watched her. It was amazing how quick those tears could be turned off once I was out of sight. Not even 30 seconds after I came in the house she picked herself up, marched up to the front door and pounded on it demanding to be let in.

The above photo was my favorite from what I did take. I like it more for the way the grass looks around her more than anything. Especially since this is a completely unedited photo.

24 March 2010

83~365: button up notes


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3.24.2010 @ 10:54pm

Mabry and I never left the house today other than to take a short walk around the neighborhood and it felt great. I was able to work on a marketing project this afternoon, pay some bills and just get that much more organized.

I was also able to wrap up a little project I have been working on for the last few days. I saw this great tutorial awhile back (found here and also on my crafting tutorial page here) and just finally got around to making it.

The hardest parts of the whole process were narrowing down exactly which fun print to use on the inside of the envelope and backside of the card and picking out which words and symbols I wanted to use.

I am hoping to use it to leave little notes around for both Dan and Mabry in the years to come. They will never know when or where it will pop up, but every time they find it, hopefully they will know they are loved.

I made a message just for you as well:


The weekend is almost here. Hooray!

23 March 2010

82~365: back in bloom


These cherry blossoms are killing me. I just want to cover every square inch of our yard in cherry and magnolia trees (my absolute favorite flowers are magnolias). Since that really won't work I'll have to settle for taking all kinds of photos.

Including this one today which I shot from the side of a four lane road near the house. Thank goodness I had my camera with me. I don't know what I like more, the pink blossoms on this tree or the old farm house whose yard the tree is in.

Today was a lazy kind of day. I'm so glad to be caught up on my sleep. I am also caught up on all of my blog reading (finally), the rest of the photography class I was taking this month and posting days 78, 79, 80, 81 and today of the 365 project. The toy room, my office and two closets were also taken cleaned out and organized a bit as well. Maybe it wasn't as lazy of a day as I had originally thought.

Now to find the time to work on the layout of this blog and to get a few of the design projects I have been working on finished.

Until tomorrow...

21 March 2010

80~365: retro buttons

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3.21.2010 @ 10:36pm

20 March 2010

79~365: cherry blossoms


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3.20.2010 @4:03pm

The cherry trees are in full bloom around here and it is just gorgeous. I can't wait to find a way to hang up some of the photos I have taken around the house. They will serve as a good reminder of springtime once winter rears it's ugly head again in eight months or so.

just one of those days

Today was one of those days when no matter what you did nothing was going to turn out right.

I had found several different tutorials for some really awesome looking things and I wanted to try and make them all. I had a plan as far as going to the store and buying the supplies went. I had even made a list of everything I would need and measurements (something I always seem to forget) the night before in preparation.

Then I woke up late.

Somehow the quick trip to the store ended up taking several hours.

Then the dress I tried to make didn't fit together right. The best way to describe it would be lumpy. This was also the results in attempts 2, 3, 4 and 5 to sew the dress after taking it apart again and again. I blame the stretchy fabric of the tank top I had bought and cut apart to use for half of it.

Then there was the cute top with the ruffle sleeves I finally got around to trying to make myself.

I am wearing the top right now. I followed all of the instructions to the letter. It turned out really cute... except the person who wrote the tutorial didn't take into consideration if someone was a little bit bigger in the chest area. Which means my arms and shoulders are numb from the circulation that is being cut off from a too tight band going around the top half of the shirt. Also, it would appear to anyone who looked at me while wearing this that I have a uni-boob. Use this information in whatever way you wish.

Oh and our deck. Dan decided to stain it and while I appreciate him very much for his effort, it really needs some help.

I'm not sure how I am going to fix any of this. I just know that at 1:16 in the morning I am ready to go to bed and hit the reset button for tomorrow (or I guess later today?), which is when I will also post a photo from today.

18 March 2010

77~365: the 77th day

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3.19.2010 @ 10:39pm

Today I am pretty much phoning it in. I went to Target this afternoon to pick up some sheets for Mabry. I came out with several bags of things that I wasn't planning on. For starters they have this great new line called Liberty of London.

I. Love. This. Line.

I bought an acrylic box (pictured above) for my dresser and a couple of tumblers for the kitchen. I thought that they would be a cheery way to drink all of my frappes. I also bought the awesome mouse pad you see pictured. It is actually a pad of paper which is actually made from bananas.

I know, you must be on the edge of your seat with this post. It is basically one big shopping list and well, who wouldn't be riveted?

You'll have to forgive me. Things have been kind of crazy (what else is new?) around here and I have been staying up until at least 2am every day for the last week just trying to keep up. This makes for a slap happy Jess and not that best posts. Forgive me?

Also, this weekend I am hoping to give the blog a little makeover. So stay tuned.

17 March 2010

76~365: made with love

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3.17.2010 @ 5:37pm

Yesterday when we went to the mailbox there was a little package waiting for Mabry. Inside were these adorable house shoes made by her Auntie and EV. Are these not the cutest little shoes ever? Mabry loves them and has pretty much insisted on wearing them since they came out of the package.

Thank you Auntie and EV! We love you and miss you too.

Ps. Interested in making a pair of these shoes yourself? According the Glo they are really easy. I also bet if you stop over to her blog and ask her, she will email you the link to the shoe pattern.

16 March 2010

75~365: one of these is not like the other

Taken with iPhone using the Best Camera app

This morning Mabry had her first trip to the salon. It was a local place that only does children. They have all kinds of toys to play with while you wait your turn. Each haircut seat is a fun toy (like a tractor or airplane or car) to sit in. There are TVs playing all kinds of kid friendly movies and TV shows. Plus the stylists deal with children all the time, making the whole process so much easier and less stressful.


Mabry was a champ. She happily climbed in the seat and did everything that the stylist told her to do. While the haircut really wasn't all that drastic, she does look much better. The back of her hair is just a bunch of ringlets. Go ahead and be jealous, I am. Only all the friction from rubbing her head on the back of the couch, car seat and while playing in bed and NOT NAPPING has caused it to be one ratty birds nest of broken hair and split ends. Yuck.

The stylist trimmed everything up which in turn made her curls so much bouncier. She also put some leave in conditioner balm in her hair, which seemed to help a lot.


Mabry did such a great job that she earned a sucker and a plastic pink bracelet. Woo hoo!!


In case you were wondering, all of these photos were taken with my iPhone. I brought my camera, but left all the camera cards sitting on my desk at home. I used three different apps to edit the photos: Best Camera, TiltShift Generator and Retro Camera.

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Now for the second half of this post, which is nothing like the first half.

I am really happy with our house. The colors of the walls, the furniture, the use of each of the rooms, the large chalkboard on the wall in the kitchen, I love it all. It has taken the better part of a year to get to this point. Yes, there are still little projects here and there that I would like to do with the house...but for the most part I feel really good about where we live.

We have a great church that we have recently become members of. We are all learning and meeting all kinds of new people.

I have a great job working part time from home doing marketing and design. This is the perfect job because I love what I do and it allows me to still be Mabry's mama full time. I am even thinking about ways to expand what I do.

In other words I am happy here in North Carolina.

Please say a prayer that we get to keep living here. I really don't want to move and Dan came home tonight with news that a move to another state might be possible. Hopefully this is all just talk and won't have any bearing on us whatsoever. That's really all I want to say about it right now. Other than to once again ask for prayers that we stay here, where we belong.

15 March 2010

74~365: be counted

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3.15.2010 @ 4:43pm

Today we received our 2010 census in the mail. There was a question as to if Dan should be counted as he is in the military. When you get your census you will see what I am talking about. I was fairly certain that we did, Dan however had his doubts. So I called the 800 number listed on the back of the paper.

First of all the menu is an endless loop of non-important information. So after going in circles for several minutes I finally just said the word, "representative" and magically found myself talking to a real live person. I explained my question to the guy who then typed said question into his computer. The computer spit back out a response which the man read word for word. When I repeated it back to clarify I was met with silence. So I repeated myself and then waited. Finally the guy said, "Miss I can only read you this statement."

Suppose I interpreted the answer incorrectly? Or was confused? What kind of help line is this??

Government dollars at work people. Clearly money well spent.

14 March 2010

73~365: the 'stache

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3.14.2010 @ 7:55pm

In preparation for some weddings (and silly photo shoots) I spent the better part of my evening making all kinds of different mustaches on sticks. We have blonde mustaches, dark brown and black mustaches and even some grey ones if you are feeling kind of old.

Mabry thought that they were a riot and kept trying to figure out what to do with them. It took her a few tries, but she finally started to get the hang of it after a bit.

13 March 2010

72~365: jewels

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3.13.2010 @ 9:38pm

hello, old friends

Hi there.

I know I have missed a few postings again. I have been taking photos everyday. The problem has been trying to find time to upload them to the computer, edit them and then put them on the blog. If you scroll down you will find photos for days 70 and 71 and read all about what we have been up to. Later today I will post day 72.

For now I thought I would leave you with just a few links and a fun video or two to check out.

A Soldier's Homecoming: These photos are so sweet and tell such a cool story. If you don't have time to click on any other link today, please take a few minutes to check this one out.

Inspiration: I really like this decorator's style. I also really like the idea (4th photo down) for how to display children's artwork. Really thinking that Dan and I might do this for Mabry.

Fabric Pom Poms: These make me happy and put me into a springtime frame of mind. I may just have to make a bunch to put around the house and in Mabry's room. I am sure that will make Dan so happy.



My Gramma Wanda is going to be having a pacemaker put in at the beginning of the week and Mabry wanted to send her some special love and well wishes:

12 March 2010

71~365: leverage

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3.12.2010 @ 2:15 pm

Mabry has no interest whatsoever in going on her potty anymore. It is all about the big potty now. I'm ok with this because it means less I have to clean up, plus there is no stress or hassle when we are out running errands. The only trick is balancing her just right. So far we have only had one accident where she actually fell in.

Honestly, potty training has been going really well. She is even starting to have dry diapers at nap time (and once when she woke up from a full night of sleep). I am just not quite brave enough to start the nap time potty training just yet.

Yesterday while she was on the potty she asked for some privacy. Which was quickly followed by, "Take my picture Mama!" So much for privacy. So being the good parent I am I happily took a couple of photos of her just hanging out. She was too cute not to. Plus, I figure these will make great leverage later on when her boyfriends start coming to visit.

You know, when she is 40.

Since we are sort of in bathroom mode right now, let me tell you about another fun thing we just learned about here at our house. Crayola Bathtub Crayons. (This is just a product a friend recommended to me and this is all just my opinion and information I thought I would pass along. Crayola has nothing to do with this post.) You can find them at Target for less than $5 and it comes in a whole set of about 8-10 crayons. They are so much fun to use while taking a bath or for leaving little love notes or well wishes for a good day on the shower wall.


Last night Mabry took a bath in our shower. She colored up a storm. Apparently she drew photos of her, me, Dan, and signed her name a lot. I'm glad she had so much fun and that she was so busy drawing that she didn't have time to scream when I washed her hair.


Like I said, even if you don't have kids these are kind of fun to have for writing love notes or to do lists while in the shower.

11 March 2010

70~365: when bad mamas shop

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3.11.2010 @ 2:53 pm

Sometimes a Mama has to make a return.

Sometimes to get to this store requires a car trip that is almost 180 miles round trip.

That long of a trip always means that the Mamas who go are going to make the most of it and stop into stores that they don't otherwise get to see.

Sometimes this means that the babies have to take naps in their strollers.

I have a great Jeep jogging stroller for Mabry, it is just a pain to try and fit it in the trunk of my car and navigate through the mall with it, especially since 90% of the time she insists on walking and won't ride in a stroller at all.

Ah, the independent two-year-old. Let's have a moment of silence for my sanity, shall we?


Anyhow, we picked up this little umbrella stroller one time as an alternative to the nice stroller. It is so small that we can have it on hand at all times. Except the wheels are constantly turning in and making it impossible to push, there is no place to store bags or purses or anything else and if she does fall asleep it isn't at all comfortable and I end up pushing her around on just the back two wheels so she can at least be tilted back.

Anyone have a suggestion for a stroller that isn't as dinky as this umbrella one but not as mammoth or expensive as a regular jogging/travel system stroller?

10 March 2010

69~365: two-ee's wild ride


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3.10.2010 @ 11:36 AM

I have been doing the 30 Day Shred everyday for about the last two weeks with my friend, A. I know my body hurts, but so far my clothing and the scale have shown little results. I am not giving up. There are 10 pounds just floating around my mid section that are being given an eviction notice. Like it or not.

After shredding this morning I pulled out one of A's son's library books and a toy truck. The perfect props for Two-ee's photo today. I didn't have to do much to the photo, just a little Photoshopping of the words on the page.

Thanks L for sharing your toys with me today!

09 March 2010

68~365: the loss

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3.9.2010 @ 3:57 PM

I interrupt the week of Two-ee photos to bring you something a little different. And yes, a little morbid.

In all of the places that I have lived, I have never seen anything like these signs. Most of which have all been seen on the same road. Kinda of gives me the creeps.

I can't decide if I think it is a good idea to put out signs stating that someone has died (and even a large sign with an arrow pointing out which house has suffered the loss) or not. My mom has always talked about how she doesn't like the idea that anyone can read the obituaries and know that someone has died and when their funeral will be, leaving their home ripe for the breaking in and stealing of things. Wouldn't this sign just make it all that easier??

On a much happier note, the weather this past week has been nothing short of fantastic! I am loving it. I am ready for winter to be done and for spring to be here. Anyone else feel the same way?

08 March 2010

67~365: not a creature was stirring

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3.8.2010 @ 10:59 pm

This evening I found Two-ee hiding by my cactus plants when I walked out to the kitchen. I think Dan may have left him there for me as Mabry can't reach that high. Needless to say he looked so cute just sitting there I scrapped the photo I had planned to share and opted for this one instead.

I admit it, tonight I watched the wedding of Jason and Molly. Just because they are from the only season I ever watched...thanks Mom. Trust me, I am not a fan of the show in any way shape or form. Is it just me, or did anyone else get really upset that no one gave up their umbrella to cover the poor bride when it started pouring rain during their vows? Just another reason I hate the Bachelor.

Anyhow, I am hoping this is not going to be another late night for me. Never in a million years would I have thought it would be this big of a hassle to transfer information and programs from one computer to another. I know there has to be an easier way. Actually I know there is, I just apparently enjoy doing things the hard way.

You can stop nodding your heads now, Mom and Dad.

As for me, it is back to data transfer and trying to remember where I put some of these programs to reinstall them. Gag.

07 March 2010

66~365: two-ee takes a nap while i freak out about my hair


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3.7.2010 @ 11:54 pm

Today was a long day. We didn't really do anything all that special or productive and yet it felt like a long, heavy kind of day. Sigh. I don't like those kind of days at all.

So tonight when Mabry went to sleep I thought it would be fitting to lay Two-ee down with her. Of course, I had to wait for her to fall asleep first. While she is very attached to playing with several of her stuffed animals and insists on carting them all around with her during the day, it is totally different when it comes time for bed. She only wants her Sheebus. Nothing else can stand in and nothing else is allowed on the bed. The girl knows what she wants.

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Did anyone else stay up way too late to watch the Academy Awards? I was so happy to see Sandra Bullock win. Well worth the lack of sleep I am now paying the price with.

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After my shower tonight I was combing my hair when I noticed this:



About a month ago I went and had my haircut. The stylist was a nice enough guy I suppose. He did freak me out a little with all the stars shaved into his head. Also, how he used a book with step by step photos to cut my hair was a little unsettling. In the end the only major beef I really had with the guy (or so I thought) was that he told me I looked like I was 35 when I parted my hair down the middle.

As someone rapidly approaching the end of my twenties this was not something I wanted to hear.

He then went on to show me how to part it off to the side, commented on how my hair didn't lay quite the way he wanted it to and pulled out some sheers to thin my hair some.

Only what he actually did was to cut LARGE SECTIONS OF MY HAIR AT THE BASE OF MY SCALP. This means I know how tuffs of spiky hair poking off the top of my head.

Come to think of it, this guy actually sucked. Bad.

I seriously thought I was going to cry tonight when I looked in the mirror. These tuffs are all over my head, but thankfully if I part it in the exact right place most of them are covered by the rest of my hair.

this is mabry. she eats fruit poops.

Here she sings Jesus Loves Me. Only she just rocks back and forth singing, "Bible, Bible."






one last thing

I stumbled across this post today and I really liked what it had to say.

If you have a minute, please read.

06 March 2010

65~365: a model friend

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3.6.2010 @ 4:58 pm

This afternoon Two-ee spent some quality time with Mabry modeling as she drew pictures of him. He also hung out while they watched Muppets in Space. Two-ee is a good model and a good friend.

Speaking of being a good model, Mabry has been hamming it up for me anytime I have a camera in hand.


Loving it!

link love for your saturday

No reason: There really isn't a big reason for this link other than the fact that I want you to see the first photo. I love that wall of frames.

News Lite: A way to pass the time.

You Have To See This: It starts out a little funny with an old song...stick with it to the end. I was speechless.

Creative Houses: These are really bizarre. I don't know that I would want to live in any of them. Several would be awesome to stay at for a weekend though.

Damask Corkboard: I just added this tutorial to the creative page.

Plates: Anyone happen to know where I can find some pink polka dot plates? Feeling inspired and like I really need to take a trip to a paint your own pottery place.

Oscar bingo: I am thinking about inviting a bunch of friends over to watch the Oscars. The boys have football in the fall. We girls have things like this. I thought that this would be a fun game to play.

Northern Lights: Anyone else want to head north with me?

Umbrellas: Thinking about having this one printed for in my office.

05 March 2010

64~365: hello world

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3.5.2010 @ 11:50 pm

With only 33 minutes left until the day is officially over, I posted a plea for ideas on Facebook. The only problem, most everyone was either out or asleep. Which meant no help.

It may have been the caffeine high I was riding on (thanks Mr. Coffee Cafe Frappe and Folgers) or the total sleep deprivation, but my solution was a rat.

This is Mabry's rat. I bought him for $1.27 at IKEA. Quite possibly one of the best investments in the dollar ever made. I can't tell you how much time is spent playing with him every day, but I can tell you when he is around things are more productive around here for me.

Anyhow, this little guy is going to be my subject for the next week. I'm hoping to find some inspiration and creativity lurking around somewhere. For tonight, I thought a portrait and introduction would be a good start.

So Internets, I would like you to meet Two-ee (named by Mabry in honor of Ratatouille). Two-ee, meet Internets.

04 March 2010

63~365: creepy wake up

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3.4.2010 @ 8:12 am

Every morning (around 7am) Mabry comes into my room, walks over to my side of the bed and pokes me while demanding, "Mama, wake up!" It is an early morning ritual that I can't wait to resurrect when she is 15.

Payback is a comin' kiddo. Payback is a comin'.

This morning was a little different. Instead of waking up to the sounds of little feet jumping out of bed and running into my room I heard nothing. I never had the chance to pull the covers up over my head and pretend I was still sleeping in hopes that someone might get the hint and go back to sleep themselves.

Nope, instead I woke up to the creepiest little whisper, "Mama. Mama." I turned over and opened my eyes and was blinded by all sorts of color. It took a minute to fully wake up and orient myself before I realized someone didn't want the birthday festivities to stop. Apparently Mabry had found the balloons from the table at dinner last night and brought them right up to my bed.

What a cheerful and also creepy wake up call.

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Speaking of balloons, Dan bought Mabry one for $1 from Walmart on Valentine's Day. This is the balloon that won't die. It is still almost totally inflated and it shows up in the strangest places.

It is a big pink heart-shaped mylar balloon. I try and do my best to keep it up in the playroom. Though it has been known to find its way into Mabry's closet (don't know how since she doesn't know how to work a doorknob yet) and scare me half to death when I open the door and it smacks me in the face.

I would normally have just popped it by now, but have found myself really curious just how long this thing is going to last.

Anyone care to place a guess??

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I feel like I need to apologize once again for the lack of posts. Yesterday I spent literally almost the entire day up in Raleigh just shopping and hanging out. Today was spent somewhat the same as I had to go back up to Raleigh to pick up the new iMac Dan and Mabry bought me for my birthday.

Can I just say how excited I am about all the photo editing and design I will be able to do now?!

Only this also means that I need to transfer over several programs from the laptop to the new computer. This is going to take a little bit of time. So please bear with me for at least a few more days.

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One good thing about all the time in Raleigh was visiting the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Makes your mouth water, doesn't it??

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How cool is it that Jim and Pam finally had their baby on the Office tonight? Ok, I know that talking about a TV show on my blog probably classifies me as some sort of lame weirdo...but I just love that show and this was a pretty cool episode.

Hope you all have wonderful, relaxing and fun weekend plans ahead.

03 March 2010

62~365: birthday mater


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3.3.2010 @ 8:15 pm

Today was my 28th birthday. It was fantastic and I have Dan, A, Chris, Shenan, Jessie, John, Mabry and L to thank in large part for that.

Let's just say I am an extremely hard person to surprise in any way shape or form and they managed to pull off a few great surprises.

Dan put together a great birthday surprise dinner with all of our friends at a local restaurant we had never been to before. It was really fun. Even though I had to make a total fool of myself by wearing a "Birthday Girl" crown while sitting in the middle of the restaurant having everyone sing to me.

Thanks John and Chris for shopping at Spencers for all my birthday needs.

I didn't take many photos, that job was left up to Dan. Oddly the only two photos taken by me all day were of Mabry napping in a cart at the mall and this one of L's Mater sitting on the table at dinner.

Thank goodness for Mater and Dug. They were the first purchases A and I made on our little shopping trip and they helped keep the kids calm and quiet almost the entire day.

At the end of the day I found myself both totally exhausted and feeling overwhelmingly lucky to have the loving and generous friends and family that I have.

02 March 2010

61~365: a little inspiration

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3.2.2010 @ 10:42 am

My friend Amber has been wanting a headboard for her bed to help with a big wall of empty space she has been dealing with. Unfortunately the perfect headboard has eluded her. One afternoon we were talking about it and I suggested finding an old door that we could paint and maybe customize it with some song lyrics.

She thought it was a great idea and we immediately made plans to check out the local ReStore.

Amber found the perfect one and we brought it back to my garage (thanks to all the rain) and gave the door a couple coats of green paint. A little distressing, a great song, and a half-price candle holder from Hobby Lobby later and she had an awesome headboard.


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Thanks for hanging in there with my sporadic posting. The Internet has been giving us lots of problems as of late. Hopefully after an hour long phone call with a less than stellar tech support person the situation has been resolved.

Fingers crossed.

I posted yesterday's photo earlier this evening. Make sure you check it out.

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Mabry is doing really good with her potty training. While there are a few accidents here and there, she has been getting much better about letting us know she has to go. Woo hoo! I'm going to start working on no diapers during nap time. Scintillating, I know.

Dan is doing well with his language training, but is becoming more and more burnt out. It is probably time to start looking into a weekend trip.

As for me, my birthday is tomorrow. Woo hoo. I had a mini midlife crisis in the shower this evening. I started thinking about the fact that after tomorrow I had two years left in my 20s. Some basic math concluded that Mabry will be 5 the year I turn 30. This means she is almost in school. If she is almost in school then she is almost ready to graduate and go to college. And did I mention this means very soon she will get married? Which can only mean I am going to be a grandmother...

I'm crazy. I know this.

Hyperventilating about having one foot in the grave on the eve of my 28th birthday pretty much seals the deal on crazy.

Happy almost hump day everyone.



01 March 2010

60~365: Daddy's Hand

AV Mode, ISO 3200, f/1.8, 1/100 sec
3.1.2010@ 7:36 pm

Quite possibly my favorite photo of the whole project so far. Enough said.
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