30 January 2012

a real character

Two weeks later, I am finally getting around to posting about our trip to Walt Disney World.  Can I just say the whole lack of time management and/or a routine is totally kicking my butt??  I hope you enjoy this week as I share photos and stories from the trip.

When we decided to go to Disney one of the first things I did was create an autograph book for Mabes to take around to the parks with her.  I used some scrapbook paper and extra ribbon that I had lying around and my sewing machine to put it all together.  It wasn't the cutest thing in the world but would serve its purpose except for one thing...I underestimated the magical power of the autograph.

The book I made had 20 pages.  Once Mabes understood what getting an autograph meant she was a machine.  She asked every Disney employee she came in contact with to sign her book.  Needless to say we had to upgrade to one they sold in the park.
Characters 3
One of the great things about Disney is they are totally OK with you using your own camera to take photos.  They have staff (or cast members as they call them) with cameras to take photos all over the park.  However, if you have your camera out they will happily step aside let you take as many pictures as you want and then step in to take theirs.  I can't even begin to tell you how much I appreciated their willingness to let me do my own photo taking.

Over the course of four days Mabes managed to see everyone that she had hoped for and even a few she wasn't expecting.
Characters 2
Characters with Mabes 1
Characters 4
I have more photos that I could post, but I think you all get the idea.  The only character she was afraid to go near was Stitch.  She still wanted his autograph so Dan and I were brave and got it for her.
Stitch
Sidebar: How much fun would it be to work in the park, especially as one of the characters?  If I had my way I would be one of the stepsisters from Cinderella.  They really got into their roles and sneered and looked ugly in the photos they took.  They were hysterical to listen to as well.
Mabes and the Steps
I am so glad that we picked now to take Mabes to Disney.  While I wish that she had made the height requirement for more rides (she missed it by a mere two inches, more on that another day); she was the perfect age.  Everyone she met, everything she saw, everything she touched, everything she did was real. There were no cast members in her eyes; there were only real people like Ariel, Mr. Incredible (who caused her to literally shake with excitement over meeting), Lightning McQueen, Cinderella, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, etc.  If you asked her, the castle in the middle of Magic Kingdom was a real castle where royal balls were held.

For Dan and I to watch her get so excited was magical in its own right.

a real character

Two weeks later, I am finally getting around to posting about our trip to Walt Disney World.  Can I just say the whole lack of time management and/or a routine is totally kicking my butt??  I hope you enjoy this week as I share photos and stories from the trip.

When we decided to go to Disney one of the first things I did was create an autograph book for Mabes to take around to the parks with her.  I used some scrapbook paper and extra ribbon that I had lying around and my sewing machine to put it all together.  It wasn't the cutest thing in the world but would serve its purpose except for one thing...I underestimated the magical power of the autograph.

The book I made had 20 pages.  Once Mabes understood what getting an autograph meant she was a machine.  She asked every Disney employee she came in contact with to sign her book.  Needless to say we had to upgrade to one they sold in the park.
Characters 3
One of the great things about Disney is they are totally OK with you using your own camera to take photos.  They have staff (or cast members as they call them) with cameras to take photos all over the park.  However, if you have your camera out they will happily step aside let you take as many pictures as you want and then step in to take theirs.  I can't even begin to tell you how much I appreciated their willingness to let me do my own photo taking.

Over the course of four days Mabes managed to see everyone that she had hoped for and even a few she wasn't expecting.
Characters 2
Characters with Mabes 1
Characters 4
I have more photos that I could post, but I think you all get the idea.  The only character she was afraid to go near was Stitch.  She still wanted his autograph so Dan and I were brave and got it for her.
Stitch
Sidebar: How much fun would it be to work in the park, especially as one of the characters?  If I had my way I would be one of the stepsisters from Cinderella.  They really got into their roles and sneered and looked ugly in the photos they took.  They were hysterical to listen to as well.
Mabes and the Steps
I am so glad that we picked now to take Mabes to Disney.  While I wish that she had made the height requirement for more rides (she missed it by a mere two inches, more on that another day); she was the perfect age.  Everyone she met, everything she saw, everything she touched, everything she did was real. There were no cast members in her eyes; there were only real people like Ariel, Mr. Incredible (who caused her to literally shake with excitement over meeting), Lightning McQueen, Cinderella, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, etc.  If you asked her, the castle in the middle of Magic Kingdom was a real castle where royal balls were held.

For Dan and I to watch her get so excited was magical in its own right.

27 January 2012

the most boring post ever: starring elmo

Today was one of those days where about an hour into it I wanted to crawl back into bed, throw the covers over my head and demand a do over.  While some things were able to be accomplished, most were not.  Mainly because I spent roughly four hours of my afternoon on hold and/or working with a certain tax company trying to figure out why I couldn't submit our federal return.  As it turns out there is a glitch in their system that will take a few days to fix.

I had high hopes of finishing up a big project I have been working on.  (While very close, I am not quite there yet.)  I also wanted to do some editing of our Disney photos to start sharing.  I may have had two or three other things on my list as well to get done today.  Instead here I sit at almost midnight feeling exhausted and wondering what the heck I did all day.

There isn't even anything to share about our day.  I didn't take a single photo.  Mabes played most of the day.  Koa slept.  Dan worked.  I argued with a tax company, did a load of laundry, and worked on a few things on the computer.  The highlight of the day were $1 Coke icees at lunch that were mainly an excuse to get out of the house.

Sorry this is by far the most boring post ever written in the history of the Internet.

In an effort to spice it up might I suggest watching this video?


A friend posted it on Facebook the other day and it has made me laugh every time I have watched it.  Mabes loves it which means at our house we have watched it roughly one billion times.

Enjoy your weekend.  Here is to hoping it is a productive one.

the most boring post ever: starring elmo

Today was one of those days where about an hour into it I wanted to crawl back into bed, throw the covers over my head and demand a do over.  While some things were able to be accomplished, most were not.  Mainly because I spent roughly four hours of my afternoon on hold and/or working with a certain tax company trying to figure out why I couldn't submit our federal return.  As it turns out there is a glitch in their system that will take a few days to fix.

I had high hopes of finishing up a big project I have been working on.  (While very close, I am not quite there yet.)  I also wanted to do some editing of our Disney photos to start sharing.  I may have had two or three other things on my list as well to get done today.  Instead here I sit at almost midnight feeling exhausted and wondering what the heck I did all day.

There isn't even anything to share about our day.  I didn't take a single photo.  Mabes played most of the day.  Koa slept.  Dan worked.  I argued with a tax company, did a load of laundry, and worked on a few things on the computer.  The highlight of the day were $1 Coke icees at lunch that were mainly an excuse to get out of the house.

Sorry this is by far the most boring post ever written in the history of the Internet.

In an effort to spice it up might I suggest watching this video?


A friend posted it on Facebook the other day and it has made me laugh every time I have watched it.  Mabes loves it which means at our house we have watched it roughly one billion times.

Enjoy your weekend.  Here is to hoping it is a productive one.

26 January 2012

well howdy, stranger

Y'all, things have been way out of control around here lately.  I apologize if it seems like forever since I last wrote a legitimate post.  When you factor in things like a nine day vacation to Florida, a weekend trip to Charlotte, a $300 vet bill for a dog with a man cold (yes, you read that right), sinus infections for the whole family, two photo shoots with new clients, and then general things like cleaning the house and grocery shopping it is a wonder I haven't lost my mind in the last two and a half weeks.

It doesn't help that I have a little person who likes to talk at me with a machine-gun-pace All. Day. Long.  Thus, ensuring that my brain is nothing but a pile of mush curled in the fetal position, rocking back and forth in the darkest corner of my head by 7:00pm.  Mushy brain doesn't function well to stay up late and type posts on the computer.

I think that things are finally starting to slow down and settle down.  At least I sure hope so.

Anyhow, all of that is the very Reader's Digest version of the happenings around here lately.  For the rest of the post I thought I would brag on my baby.  Mainly I want to document some things before she grows up and I forget all about it.

1.  Lately Mabes has taken to pointing out pinatas; which are strangely everywhere it seems.  I didn't even know she knew what one was let along what they are called.  She pronounces them pea-yah-ta and finding them makes her day.

2.  When she wants to call Koa she usually does the same thing she does to me: talks at him at rapid machine gun pace, "KoaComeKoaComeKoaCome!"  We told her she needed to slow down if she wanted him to respond to her.  She has done as instructed and when I pointed out how good she was at getting Koa to listen to her now she informed me she was being smooth.

3.  This girlie can rock a dentist appointment.  I took her at the beginning of the week and they love her there.  She opens her mouth, never cries or flinches, and does what they tell her to.  This time they were also able to take x-rays of her mouth.  They also let her pick out the flavors for both the toothpaste and the fluoride that they used.  Mabes later told me that she couldn't believe how big [she] was getting because she was able to make the flavor choices herself.  Isn't that something the parent is supposed to remark on?
Mabes at the Dentist 1.23.2012
Mabes at the Dentist #2
Mabes at the Dentist #3
4.  Her favorite game to play is "Maid."  That would be Old Maid for all of you not in the know.  She plays several rounds of it each night with us before bed.

5.  Mabes tells us all the time she wants to be a baker.  She has picked out a name and when we are out and about she is constantly scouting out locations as I often hear, "This would be a good spot for my store."  She even requested that I make her cards (meaning business cards) and a logo.  Her plan is to make cakes; not cupcakes, just cakes.   She is very adamant about the menu.  She has a list of different flavors she has come up with to offer the public.  Strawberry with lemons is at the top of the list.

6.  As a reward for a job well done at the dentist they let her pick two prizes from the treasure drawer.  One of the items she picked was a small, plastic slinky.  Aside from her tiny humans (which still rank #1) she loves playing with this toy.  She calls it her springy.  Dan and I have been searching for the real official slinky everywhere to surprise her.  Anyone know where we might have some luck?

I know that there are more cute things that she has said or done lately.  However I can't seem to think of any of them at the moment.  Mushy brain invasion.

For now I will leave you with one last random thing:  Mustache stickers on your nails are great for entertaining yourself in the doctor's waiting room at 8:00 in the morning.

I call this look Doctor Evil:
Being silly with my mustache nails 1.23.2012 
And Mini Me:
Being silly with Mama's mustache nails 1.23.2012

well howdy, stranger

Y'all, things have been way out of control around here lately.  I apologize if it seems like forever since I last wrote a legitimate post.  When you factor in things like a nine day vacation to Florida, a weekend trip to Charlotte, a $300 vet bill for a dog with a man cold (yes, you read that right), sinus infections for the whole family, two photo shoots with new clients, and then general things like cleaning the house and grocery shopping it is a wonder I haven't lost my mind in the last two and a half weeks.

It doesn't help that I have a little person who likes to talk at me with a machine-gun-pace All. Day. Long.  Thus, ensuring that my brain is nothing but a pile of mush curled in the fetal position, rocking back and forth in the darkest corner of my head by 7:00pm.  Mushy brain doesn't function well to stay up late and type posts on the computer.

I think that things are finally starting to slow down and settle down.  At least I sure hope so.

Anyhow, all of that is the very Reader's Digest version of the happenings around here lately.  For the rest of the post I thought I would brag on my baby.  Mainly I want to document some things before she grows up and I forget all about it.

1.  Lately Mabes has taken to pointing out pinatas; which are strangely everywhere it seems.  I didn't even know she knew what one was let along what they are called.  She pronounces them pea-yah-ta and finding them makes her day.

2.  When she wants to call Koa she usually does the same thing she does to me: talks at him at rapid machine gun pace, "KoaComeKoaComeKoaCome!"  We told her she needed to slow down if she wanted him to respond to her.  She has done as instructed and when I pointed out how good she was at getting Koa to listen to her now she informed me she was being smooth.

3.  This girlie can rock a dentist appointment.  I took her at the beginning of the week and they love her there.  She opens her mouth, never cries or flinches, and does what they tell her to.  This time they were also able to take x-rays of her mouth.  They also let her pick out the flavors for both the toothpaste and the fluoride that they used.  Mabes later told me that she couldn't believe how big [she] was getting because she was able to make the flavor choices herself.  Isn't that something the parent is supposed to remark on?
Mabes at the Dentist 1.23.2012
Mabes at the Dentist #2
Mabes at the Dentist #3
4.  Her favorite game to play is "Maid."  That would be Old Maid for all of you not in the know.  She plays several rounds of it each night with us before bed.

5.  Mabes tells us all the time she wants to be a baker.  She has picked out a name and when we are out and about she is constantly scouting out locations as I often hear, "This would be a good spot for my store."  She even requested that I make her cards (meaning business cards) and a logo.  Her plan is to make cakes; not cupcakes, just cakes.   She is very adamant about the menu.  She has a list of different flavors she has come up with to offer the public.  Strawberry with lemons is at the top of the list.

6.  As a reward for a job well done at the dentist they let her pick two prizes from the treasure drawer.  One of the items she picked was a small, plastic slinky.  Aside from her tiny humans (which still rank #1) she loves playing with this toy.  She calls it her springy.  Dan and I have been searching for the real official slinky everywhere to surprise her.  Anyone know where we might have some luck?

I know that there are more cute things that she has said or done lately.  However I can't seem to think of any of them at the moment.  Mushy brain invasion.

For now I will leave you with one last random thing:  Mustache stickers on your nails are great for entertaining yourself in the doctor's waiting room at 8:00 in the morning.

I call this look Doctor Evil:
Being silly with my mustache nails 1.23.2012 
And Mini Me:
Being silly with Mama's mustache nails 1.23.2012

23 January 2012

make an impact he did

Joe Pa Tribute Blog

We are in mourning here at the house today.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue, her children and then entire Paterno family right now.  

"With great sadness we mourn the passing of Coach Joe Paterno...Few have done more."

make an impact he did

Joe Pa Tribute Blog

We are in mourning here at the house today.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue, her children and then entire Paterno family right now.  

"With great sadness we mourn the passing of Coach Joe Paterno...Few have done more."

20 January 2012

click the oklahoma link...trust me

Wow.  It hardly seems like a week has almost gone by since I last posted.  Things have been crazy around here and time is apparently flying by at warp speed.  Dan, Mabes and I all fully appreciate the whole needing a vacation from your vacation saying.  Hopefully next week I will be back into the swing of things and posting like normal.  I have lots of photos and stories to share with you all.  Please bear with me while I get my life in order, OK?

In the meantime, I give you some awesomeness and incredibly random things I have found while surfing the Internet from my iPhone during our travels.  You are welcome.



If Celebrities Moved to Oklahoma




And lastly because no post should go without at least cute picture or three I'll leave you with this:
Madame Mabes

click the oklahoma link...trust me

Wow.  It hardly seems like a week has almost gone by since I last posted.  Things have been crazy around here and time is apparently flying by at warp speed.  Dan, Mabes and I all fully appreciate the whole needing a vacation from your vacation saying.  Hopefully next week I will be back into the swing of things and posting like normal.  I have lots of photos and stories to share with you all.  Please bear with me while I get my life in order, OK?

In the meantime, I give you some awesomeness and incredibly random things I have found while surfing the Internet from my iPhone during our travels.  You are welcome.



If Celebrities Moved to Oklahoma




And lastly because no post should go without at least cute picture or three I'll leave you with this:
Madame Mabes

16 January 2012

tag!

Aubrey over at Those Darn Eckersons tagged me in this fun post.  What perfect timing, since I would rather being spending time playing on the computer than unpacking from Florida.  Not to mention some of you are new to this blog and it might be fun for you to get to know me a little better.  

First Things First, The Rules:

  • You must post the rules.
  • Post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
  • Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you've tagged.
  • Tag eleven people and link them on your post
  • Let them know you've tagged them!

Eleven Fun Facts About Me:
  1. I collect quotes.  I have kept a journal of quotes since high school, now I mainly collect them on a board on Pinterest.
  2. I recently had knee surgery and the two scars both look like the letter "I."  I like to tell my husband I have a set of eyes on my knee cap just like Ozzy Osbourne.  
  3. My nose is flat on the end.  The only other person who has a profile like this that I have seen is Bruce WIllis.  
  4. My sister and I are CONSTANTLY asked if we are twins.  When we were younger it would really make us mad because we weren't exactly the best of friends growing up, making it a big insult.  However, now we like to tell people that ask we are, in fact, twins born 937 days apart.  Yes, we did the math.
  5. I can read books or magazines while taking a shower.  My shower is the only quiet time I get most days and I have learned to make the most of it.
  6. I am forever getting songs stuck in my head.  Instead of letting it drive me crazy I usually turn it into my soundtrack for the day and find myself humming and singing along with my internal radio.  Many times I do this loudly and in public without thinking.
  7. I have lived in seven different states.  I feel most at home in the south or near large bodies of water.  
  8. I love to rearrange the furniture.  When I was younger I switched my room around all the time and when that got boring I would bug my sisters to trade rooms with me.  The house we live in now doesn't allow for different furniture arrangements and sometimes (like today) it drives me nuts.  Instead I tend to rearrange the cupboards driving Dan nuts.
  9. I don't like to be talked to when I first wake up.  Usually I need about five minutes of silence and just laying there.  Otherwise it sets the whole day off wrong.  Sometimes I play dead in my bed when I hear Mabes coming to get those 5 minutes.  Luckily in the last few weeks she has started to be good about climbing into bed and quietly snuggling or going into her playroom and keeping herself entertained.
  10. I have the tattoo 17:36 on my wrist.  Most people assume it has to do with a Bible verse.  Actually it is the time Mabes was born.  
  11. I make up voices and personas to entertain my daughter.  Sometimes she even requests a specific person give her a bath, brush her hair or make her lunch.

Aubrey's Questions For Me:

  • What's your favorite color?  Purple in any shade, but especially dark.
  • What's your favorite thing about your husband / significant other?  His patience.  I have virtually none and he balances me out well.
  • Do you have / want children? How many?  We have one little girl who is amazing.  Hoping someday (maybe this is our year!!) to have another one.
  • What would you choose as your last meal? A big Mexican feast.  I can't get enough of any and all Mexican food.  
  • What's your favorite bible verse, if you read the bible?  Hebrews 13:2
  • Where is one place you'd like to visit before you die?  London.  Or Ireland.  I honestly can't decide and would probably end up visiting both since they are so close together.  Of course I would also really like to visit Australia and Italy before I die too.  So hard to pick just one place!
  • Which room of your house is your favorite and why? The kitchen/dining room.  Mabes has decided she wants to be a baker and even named her future bakery.  We spend lots of time in the kitchen baking and learning and hanging out.
  • What's your favorite day of the week and why?  Thursdays.  We almost always have nothing going on so we can just spend the evening relaxing.  It is nice to know that the weekend is almost here and it helps that there are great TV shows on that night.
  • Which store can you never go in without buying something? Both IKEA and World Market.
  • What is your favorite physical quality about yourself? Emotional quality? Physically I would say that I am ok with being short.  Emotionally I like that I am fiercely loyal.
  • If you could be any animal, what would you choose? This was the toughest question.  I guess I would have to say that if I had to be an animal I would like to be one of my parents' dogs.  They get to eat people food, they lay around all day, the TV is even turned to their channels when my parents leave the house, they get comfy beds, really they live like kings.  I could handle having a life with that kind of pampering.

  • Who's Next?

    My Questions For You:
    1. What is the quirkiest thing about yourself?
    2. What was the last movie that made you laugh out loud?  What one made you cry?
    3. What is your favorite book?
    4. If you could spend a day with someone (living or dead) who would it be and what would you talk about?
    5. What word do you use most often?
    6. Where is one thing on your bucket list to see or do?
    7. What one possession would you save if your house was on fire?
    8. Would you be willing to eat a bowl of live crickets for $40,000?  If no, what would you be willing to eat for $40,000?
    9. What is your favorite church hymn?
    10. Which toe is longer on your feet the big toe or the pointer toe next to it?  
    11. What was your best subject in high school and why?
    Note: I tried to add photos, but blogger is not acting very friendly at the moment.  I will update if I am able to later on.

    tag!

    Aubrey over at Those Darn Eckersons tagged me in this fun post.  What perfect timing, since I would rather being spending time playing on the computer than unpacking from Florida.  Not to mention some of you are new to this blog and it might be fun for you to get to know me a little better.  

    First Things First, The Rules:

    • You must post the rules.
    • Post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
    • Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you've tagged.
    • Tag eleven people and link them on your post
    • Let them know you've tagged them!

    Eleven Fun Facts About Me:
    1. I collect quotes.  I have kept a journal of quotes since high school, now I mainly collect them on a board on Pinterest.
    2. I recently had knee surgery and the two scars both look like the letter "I."  I like to tell my husband I have a set of eyes on my knee cap just like Ozzy Osbourne.  
    3. My nose is flat on the end.  The only other person who has a profile like this that I have seen is Bruce WIllis.  
    4. My sister and I are CONSTANTLY asked if we are twins.  When we were younger it would really make us mad because we weren't exactly the best of friends growing up, making it a big insult.  However, now we like to tell people that ask we are, in fact, twins born 937 days apart.  Yes, we did the math.
    5. I can read books or magazines while taking a shower.  My shower is the only quiet time I get most days and I have learned to make the most of it.
    6. I am forever getting songs stuck in my head.  Instead of letting it drive me crazy I usually turn it into my soundtrack for the day and find myself humming and singing along with my internal radio.  Many times I do this loudly and in public without thinking.
    7. I have lived in seven different states.  I feel most at home in the south or near large bodies of water.  
    8. I love to rearrange the furniture.  When I was younger I switched my room around all the time and when that got boring I would bug my sisters to trade rooms with me.  The house we live in now doesn't allow for different furniture arrangements and sometimes (like today) it drives me nuts.  Instead I tend to rearrange the cupboards driving Dan nuts.
    9. I don't like to be talked to when I first wake up.  Usually I need about five minutes of silence and just laying there.  Otherwise it sets the whole day off wrong.  Sometimes I play dead in my bed when I hear Mabes coming to get those 5 minutes.  Luckily in the last few weeks she has started to be good about climbing into bed and quietly snuggling or going into her playroom and keeping herself entertained.
    10. I have the tattoo 17:36 on my wrist.  Most people assume it has to do with a Bible verse.  Actually it is the time Mabes was born.  
    11. I make up voices and personas to entertain my daughter.  Sometimes she even requests a specific person give her a bath, brush her hair or make her lunch.

    Aubrey's Questions For Me:

  • What's your favorite color?  Purple in any shade, but especially dark.
  • What's your favorite thing about your husband / significant other?  His patience.  I have virtually none and he balances me out well.
  • Do you have / want children? How many?  We have one little girl who is amazing.  Hoping someday (maybe this is our year!!) to have another one.
  • What would you choose as your last meal? A big Mexican feast.  I can't get enough of any and all Mexican food.  
  • What's your favorite bible verse, if you read the bible?  Hebrews 13:2
  • Where is one place you'd like to visit before you die?  London.  Or Ireland.  I honestly can't decide and would probably end up visiting both since they are so close together.  Of course I would also really like to visit Australia and Italy before I die too.  So hard to pick just one place!
  • Which room of your house is your favorite and why? The kitchen/dining room.  Mabes has decided she wants to be a baker and even named her future bakery.  We spend lots of time in the kitchen baking and learning and hanging out.
  • What's your favorite day of the week and why?  Thursdays.  We almost always have nothing going on so we can just spend the evening relaxing.  It is nice to know that the weekend is almost here and it helps that there are great TV shows on that night.
  • Which store can you never go in without buying something? Both IKEA and World Market.
  • What is your favorite physical quality about yourself? Emotional quality? Physically I would say that I am ok with being short.  Emotionally I like that I am fiercely loyal.
  • If you could be any animal, what would you choose? This was the toughest question.  I guess I would have to say that if I had to be an animal I would like to be one of my parents' dogs.  They get to eat people food, they lay around all day, the TV is even turned to their channels when my parents leave the house, they get comfy beds, really they live like kings.  I could handle having a life with that kind of pampering.

  • Who's Next?

    My Questions For You:
    1. What is the quirkiest thing about yourself?
    2. What was the last movie that made you laugh out loud?  What one made you cry?
    3. What is your favorite book?
    4. If you could spend a day with someone (living or dead) who would it be and what would you talk about?
    5. What word do you use most often?
    6. Where is one thing on your bucket list to see or do?
    7. What one possession would you save if your house was on fire?
    8. Would you be willing to eat a bowl of live crickets for $40,000?  If no, what would you be willing to eat for $40,000?
    9. What is your favorite church hymn?
    10. Which toe is longer on your feet the big toe or the pointer toe next to it?  
    11. What was your best subject in high school and why?
    Note: I tried to add photos, but blogger is not acting very friendly at the moment.  I will update if I am able to later on.

    12 January 2012

    my picasso

    I have seen this particular post many times over the last year or so.  From the minute I laid eyes on that awesome framed filled with artwork I was inspired.  My biggest obstacle was Mabes spent much of 2011 not all that interested in art.

    Finally as the holidays came around she channeled her inner Picasso and got busy.

    These are some of my favorites:

    An ornament made during Dan's company Christmas party.  You can almost make out the Christmas tree she painted.  Also, note the liberal (really this photo doesn't do it justice) use of glitter.  Dan hates glitter.  He calls it the herpes of the craft world.  We have been finding specs of green glitter all over the place since this piece came home.
    Mabes artwork #2
     She traced her foot and hands and made the reindeer.  I helped her use scissors (I'm trying to teach her this skill for you, Gloria!) to cut out of the Christmas tree.  Then using the scissors all by herself she created this brown-eyed "river."  It creeps me out more than a little.
    Mabes artwork
    I picked up this scratch kit after Christmas for $2 at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  The kit contains black pieces of paper, stencils and a long wooded stick.  Using the stick you can scratch at the paper revealing the colors underneath.  First Mabes used a stencil and then decided to branch out on her own.  She has a thing for tracing her hand.
    Mabes artwork #4

    This last one is my favorite.  This was a card she made me.  On the outside she wrote her name (unassisted!) and inside she drew a picture of the two of us.  So sweet, it made my day.
    Mabes artwork #3
    I can't wait for her to make more.  I have the perfect spot in the playroom already picked out for the frame I hope to make to display everything.

    Have any of you done something similar and instead of keeping all of your child's artwork, taken pictures instead?  Did you frame the pictures?  Turn it into a book?  How did you decide what to keep, what to take photos of and what to trash?

    my picasso

    I have seen this particular post many times over the last year or so.  From the minute I laid eyes on that awesome framed filled with artwork I was inspired.  My biggest obstacle was Mabes spent much of 2011 not all that interested in art.

    Finally as the holidays came around she channeled her inner Picasso and got busy.

    These are some of my favorites:

    An ornament made during Dan's company Christmas party.  You can almost make out the Christmas tree she painted.  Also, note the liberal (really this photo doesn't do it justice) use of glitter.  Dan hates glitter.  He calls it the herpes of the craft world.  We have been finding specs of green glitter all over the place since this piece came home.
    Mabes artwork #2
     She traced her foot and hands and made the reindeer.  I helped her use scissors (I'm trying to teach her this skill for you, Gloria!) to cut out of the Christmas tree.  Then using the scissors all by herself she created this brown-eyed "river."  It creeps me out more than a little.
    Mabes artwork
    I picked up this scratch kit after Christmas for $2 at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  The kit contains black pieces of paper, stencils and a long wooded stick.  Using the stick you can scratch at the paper revealing the colors underneath.  First Mabes used a stencil and then decided to branch out on her own.  She has a thing for tracing her hand.
    Mabes artwork #4

    This last one is my favorite.  This was a card she made me.  On the outside she wrote her name (unassisted!) and inside she drew a picture of the two of us.  So sweet, it made my day.
    Mabes artwork #3
    I can't wait for her to make more.  I have the perfect spot in the playroom already picked out for the frame I hope to make to display everything.

    Have any of you done something similar and instead of keeping all of your child's artwork, taken pictures instead?  Did you frame the pictures?  Turn it into a book?  How did you decide what to keep, what to take photos of and what to trash?

    11 January 2012

    mostly wordless wednesday: story time

    Story Time at Barnes and Noble 12.13.2011
    Did you know that Barnes and Noble does a weekly book reading and craft?  Neither did I.  Mabes and I went with our Mommy and Me group and it was a lot of fun.  Not to mention that after story time and coloring Mabes was able to play and keep entertained with the train table in the children's section.  


    mostly wordless wednesday: story time

    Story Time at Barnes and Noble 12.13.2011
    Did you know that Barnes and Noble does a weekly book reading and craft?  Neither did I.  Mabes and I went with our Mommy and Me group and it was a lot of fun.  Not to mention that after story time and coloring Mabes was able to play and keep entertained with the train table in the children's section.  


    09 January 2012

    i have a confession

    Koa Charles #6
    It has been a little more than a month since Koa first came to live with us.  If I am being totally honest, and why wouldn't I be, having him around has only solidified my knowledge that I am not a good pet owner.

    Do I like animals?  Yes.  Would I ever want to see an animal hurt?  No.  Would I let your pet come over to my house and stay for a week?  Sure.  Well as long as it isn't anything like a snake; or a cat, because a cat could literally kill Dan.  Should I own a pet full time?  Probably not.

    The problem is Dan and Mabes both want a dog and have for a long time.  They love having Koa around.  I, on the other hand, don't view him as a great addition to our family.  I view him as frustration, work and more frustration.  Truthfully, I am a little bit more than miserable with him.  
    Koa Charles #5
    My house is in a constant state of being cleaned.  Seriously, who knew that there could be so much dog hair?  Or drool/water puddles all over the floor.  Y'all, I am sick of having to vacuum every day.  I am sick of having to mop every day.  I am sick of having to scrub dried up drool marks off my couch every day.  I am sick of having to wipe down the window from all the dripped water he leaves after he takes a drink and then smooshes his face against the back door.  My OCD is in some sort of hyper overdrive I didn't even know existed.

    Then there is the training issue.  I am the one who spends the most time at home and naturally it would fall to me to train him.  Except I don't have the patience.  Especially when I know he is smart and that he knows certain commands but chooses not to obey.  How many mornings am I going to have to chase him around and around the couch narrowly missing grabbing him by the collar until I am in tears because he won't come when called?  How many times am I going to have correct him for tearing up the pillows on the couch?  How many times is he going to have to be reprimanded for begging when we eat at the table?

    It also frustrates me to no end when I finally get him calmed down and laying at my feet and Mabes walks in the room and gets him going again.  
    Koa Charles #2
    There are also superficial things like missing my living room being the way it was.  Having a large cage and dog bed taking up a great deal of floor space is kind of hard to work into the decor if you know what I'm saying.    

    Sometimes I think about loading him up into the car and taking him to the first boxer rescue I can find.  Other times I think I might put an add on Craigslist and implore his original owners to come and get him.  

    Then I see things like Mabes laughing hysterically as he runs laps around the house to burn energy.  Or when she kisses and hugs Koa and calls him her best friend.  Or listening to how much Dan cares when he worried that Koa would miss us while we had him in the kennel over Christmas.  It makes me happy to see them so happy and to love the dog so much.  It tears me in two because I don't want to take their dog away from them but at the same time I want him far away from me.

    I guess what I am saying is that I am having a hard time adjusting to life with a 50+ pound animal living in my house.
    Koa Charles #4
    It has to get better, right?  

    i have a confession

    Koa Charles #6
    It has been a little more than a month since Koa first came to live with us.  If I am being totally honest, and why wouldn't I be, having him around has only solidified my knowledge that I am not a good pet owner.

    Do I like animals?  Yes.  Would I ever want to see an animal hurt?  No.  Would I let your pet come over to my house and stay for a week?  Sure.  Well as long as it isn't anything like a snake; or a cat, because a cat could literally kill Dan.  Should I own a pet full time?  Probably not.

    The problem is Dan and Mabes both want a dog and have for a long time.  They love having Koa around.  I, on the other hand, don't view him as a great addition to our family.  I view him as frustration, work and more frustration.  Truthfully, I am a little bit more than miserable with him.  
    Koa Charles #5
    My house is in a constant state of being cleaned.  Seriously, who knew that there could be so much dog hair?  Or drool/water puddles all over the floor.  Y'all, I am sick of having to vacuum every day.  I am sick of having to mop every day.  I am sick of having to scrub dried up drool marks off my couch every day.  I am sick of having to wipe down the window from all the dripped water he leaves after he takes a drink and then smooshes his face against the back door.  My OCD is in some sort of hyper overdrive I didn't even know existed.

    Then there is the training issue.  I am the one who spends the most time at home and naturally it would fall to me to train him.  Except I don't have the patience.  Especially when I know he is smart and that he knows certain commands but chooses not to obey.  How many mornings am I going to have to chase him around and around the couch narrowly missing grabbing him by the collar until I am in tears because he won't come when called?  How many times am I going to have correct him for tearing up the pillows on the couch?  How many times is he going to have to be reprimanded for begging when we eat at the table?

    It also frustrates me to no end when I finally get him calmed down and laying at my feet and Mabes walks in the room and gets him going again.  
    Koa Charles #2
    There are also superficial things like missing my living room being the way it was.  Having a large cage and dog bed taking up a great deal of floor space is kind of hard to work into the decor if you know what I'm saying.    

    Sometimes I think about loading him up into the car and taking him to the first boxer rescue I can find.  Other times I think I might put an add on Craigslist and implore his original owners to come and get him.  

    Then I see things like Mabes laughing hysterically as he runs laps around the house to burn energy.  Or when she kisses and hugs Koa and calls him her best friend.  Or listening to how much Dan cares when he worried that Koa would miss us while we had him in the kennel over Christmas.  It makes me happy to see them so happy and to love the dog so much.  It tears me in two because I don't want to take their dog away from them but at the same time I want him far away from me.

    I guess what I am saying is that I am having a hard time adjusting to life with a 50+ pound animal living in my house.
    Koa Charles #4
    It has to get better, right?  
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