Saturday, March 24, 2012

My quotable kid

This book is great

for writing down all the funny things our kids say.

Here are our three latest entries:

"Mama - it was so cool that it just blew my mind!"

"Mama - I speak English and a little bit of Porkagese"

When he is served Cheerios for breakfast: "Hey Mama? Some people call these lower cholesterol".


Thursday, March 22, 2012

1000 Gfits Thursday

Extra early arrival of Spring.
Days of sunshine, 
warm on our winter pale skin.
Fresh breezes through the house....
curtains flapping against the window
Flowers bravely poking up 
around the yard...around town.
Buds swelling on limbs of dormant trees.
Forsythia on the verge of 
bursting forth in cheerful yellow.
Neighbors, townsfolk emerging from hibernation.
Life renewing.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dare I say it?

A friend of mine recently remarked "I don't know how you do it all - read, knit, blog, photos, craft"....

First and foremost - I don't do it all!!  I am not one of those annoying "Martha Stewart, super woman types" - really.  


I've made a major change in my life that I'm darn proud of and because of this change, I can seemingly accomplish so much more!

Noooo - I have not become an early bird and get up with the rooster.  THAT my friends, will never happen.  My grampy used to say never say never, but really Grampy, it will n.e.v.e.r. happen.

Anyhoo - I'm going off track.  This change is something I've set as a goal for years now.  Its one that I keep saying I want to do but don't actually make any forward moving progress on.  And one that I believe is imperative to my life, and the quality of my life.

They say its takes 30 days to set a new habit.  Well I'm well into my 4th month so I thinks its stuck. 

Okay - enough dramatic build-up....get on with it already.

I've cut out TV!

Now - before any of you get mad at me and say "but I really like tv":
1 - I'm not judging you and your tv time
2 - we have not gone tv free here at casa brasil (c'mon now - we're still in reality)
3 - to cut my tv, you have to understand that I was watching waaaaaaaay too much - I mean ridiculously too much.

I will also say that this achievement was much eaiser than all the other times I've attempted, simply because....

There is NOTHING DECENT to watch!!!  Seriously!

And of course, with the DVR, I can record the 3 shows I actually choose to follow, and even when I watch those, I'm watching less tv because I skip all the commercials.

After making all these sweeping statements, you're dying to know which 3 shows I watch:
1 - Rachael Ray
2 - How I met your mother
3 - Revenge.

I know - 2 out of 3 aren't real quality, but hey, we all have our guilty pleasures.

I don't like to tot my own horn, but this one is worth tooting about, dontcha think?  So in place of my endless, mindless hours of tv each week, I am:
- indulging in lots of reading
- building my photography business
- working on my photos
- knitting
- reading my bible and keeping current in my bible study (the latter of which is also a new achievement after 7 years attending a bible study!)
- keeping my house in order
- listening to music - I've swapped my white noise of choice from the television to quality music (as previously posted here)

So, in the year that I did not make any resolutions, I've actually accomplished two long desired goals - cutting my tv and knitting. 

Hmmmmm - maybe the key to accomplishing resolutions is to not set any - haha!

Monday, March 12, 2012

I'm in stitches....literally

For a few years now I've been wanting to learn how to knit.  I looked into taking a class, but then thought of something even better.  There is a very talented woman in our church who knits beautifully so I asked her if she would give lessons.  She agreed, and so a friend and I took our first private lesson Mid January.  It was AWESOME!!  In 3 short hours I learned more than I ever imagined and since then this is what I have accomplished....

First project...

Second project....

Thomas actually requested I make him this scarf -even thought he doesn't wear them.  I indulged of course because I was so tickled that someone asked me to make them something....forget that the someone is 4 years old. 

Third project....

Okay, Okay - so I've only made scarves thus far, but I thought they would be a great projects to practice my technique while feeling accomplished by actually completing something rather quickly.  I've already begun a blanket, and another project that I'm keeping top secret at the moment because I'm not really sure how it will turn out.  I'm also going to be scheduling my next lesson so I can learn how to make hats.  From there I'd like to learn mittens, socks, maybe even sweaters.

Wow....goal set.....goal accomplished.

Now a whole new list of goals....knitting goals.

Friday, March 9, 2012


and spin....

then eat a blue lollipop

It doesn't get any better than this.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

When was the last time?

You got to just relax for a weekend?

No to do list.

No chores.

No schedule.

Time to indulge in something sinful.....excessive.....

like a good book.....

or a craft project....

I had one of those weekends recently.

And the best part, the BEST part was that the house was clean from top to bottom, the laundry was done, and the pantry and fridge were stocked.

How?  How did I manage all this?

Well - it came about quite sadly.  Our friends were coming for the weekend - a visit we've not had with them...well, ever!!  We'd been planning for weeks.  But the inevitable happened - one of the three kids of our combined families got sick.

One guess on which kid it was.  Yup - mine!  So we had to cancel.  Which was incredibly disappointing. 

Of course, it will be 2014 before all stars and schedules will align and we can reschedule, of that that I am sure.

So I had to soothe myself...with a book
...and then another. 
(talk about two opposite ends of the spectrum!!)

I cooked for my boys.

And we watched a movie (or 3). 

It was wonderful. 

I highly recommend it.