Thursday, December 23, 2010

Such A Slacker... Merry Christmas, BTW.

I must admit that I have been neglecting this already hardly-ever-posted-in blog. I have a good excuse, I promise.

And here it is:

This little baby has made it hard to even just do the regular household chores and the almost-3-year-old has me tired out by 8pm. Add that to working full time and you get no blog posts for a few months. The baby is due July 23rd. Hopefully I can squeeze in a few blog posts before then. :-)

As for the here and now, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wall Hangings - A Preview

If you have been following the whole remodeling of Elijah's room, you'll know how I wanted to buy some scrapbook paper to frame instead of buying posters. A few weeks ago I found some at JoAnn Fabrics, it's from DCWV, a stack called "The Grade School Stack".

It was perfect AND 50% off, so I had to get it. It has a "Sesame Street" feel to it with the colors and ABCs and 123s. A few of the pages even have open spots for pictures and journaling, so we could make a simple scrapbook page with the pictures of him with the characters from Sesame Place, if we wanted to.

I think my favorite paper out of the stack is this one though:

It's so fun and colorful. I also love how each picture corresponds with the letter next to it. I actually have already framed the ones I am going to use and Elijah loves this one the best too. He sits there for 20 minutes at a time saying the letters and the corresponding picture. And as much as I hope these will stay up on the wall, after I hang them, I have a feeling little hands will find a way to get them down. But oh well, I guess that's why I thought ahead and bought frames with the glass that is almost like plastic. :-)

I hope to have another entry soon about his finished room. The main thing holding up the "finishness" of it, is that I can't find curtains that I like for a decent price to save my life. So once that is done and I buy the things to hang up his art work, the room will be ready for showing off. So until then...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Just be patient, I'm a work in progress...

Alan Jackson said it best and it certainly applied to Elijah's room a month ago... When I started this blog entry (oops). First we had to clear out his bedroom, so it could be painted. Joe had to move furniture to other rooms, we had to move Elijah into our room and then the rest of the stuff got piled in the middle of the floor and covered with a drop cloth. This is what the room looked like the day after Joe and his dad finished painting.

They did a wonderful job! (That long thin white thing that is resting against the wall with the closet is the molding that is on top of the blackboard portion of the wall.) That next Friday and Saturday (it needed two coats), Joe and I painted the blackboard paint. This is what that looked like before the molding was put on.

Oh my, what a sight! No carpet, painters tape around the edges and uneven paint job on the top of the blackboard, nothing on the walls, no curtains, no plate covers, no light switch cover. What a mess! Fortunately, everything was falling into place and even though it looks a mess, it's just a work in progress and we could finally see it taking shape.

That Sunday we put the molding on... with my dad's help. Then Monday the carpet people came bright and early to install that. Once the carpet was installed it really started to look like a bedroom. We moved his toy box up there a few days after and soon the other furniture followed. Plate covers and light switch covers were "installed", his dresser was fixed and moved in there and his bed was moved in there that next week. So now he's sleeping in there and he loves it, but I think when it's really completely done he'll love it even more.

We ended up buying one other thing for his wall. It's a wall plaque with his name on it. We are going to do that instead of putting up the train letters. However, you could say this wall plaque is special because of what's on it... BUT Joe has sworn me to secrecy... Even Elijah hasn't seen it yet. I guess everyone will have to wait and see it when I post the pictures of how his room looks when it's all finished. Hopefully that won't take another month. :-)

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Letter to Elijah

A few days ago I was looking for something in my personal folder, on my work computer, and I found this scrapbook page. I had actually forgotten all about it until that moment. Now that I look back, it was a good idea to write those things down. We often forget about what kids do and like at certain ages and this is a great way to remember.

The journaling reads:


Where do I begin? I have loved you even before I knew who "you" were. I was so happy the day I found out I was pregnant. I prayed for you for months before that (and ever since) and you have certainly been a blessing. I loved feeling you kick inside me and move around. Although it hurt sometimes, I even loved feeling your little foot pushing outward in my side. I won't say it was all wonderful being pregnant with you. You didn't like Mac & Cheese, one of my favorite things to eat before I got pregnant and I gave up eating my favorite thing in the world... An Italian cold cut sub. But you were worth every minute of it. You are the best thing that's happened since I met your daddy. I love watching you grow. I swear, every time I get home from work you've grown more and more. You seem to love to learn new things... studying them with your eyes and grabbing onto things like mommy's hair and Azalea's nose. And of course as soon as you get ahold of it, it goes right into your mouth. You love playing with daddy a lot too, he could make you giggle all day. You two are so much alike, it's scary. As you grow it's hard not to think about what you'll be like when you're older. What things you'll like... who you'll hang out with... what kind of personality you'll have. Sometimes I sit and think about what it will be like when you're a teenager, but I quickly jump back to reality, because you'll be a teenager before I know it. I want to enjoy these moments now before they're gone. I love spending time with you and listening to you "talk" on and on and on. I'm so glad the Lord blessed me with you. He certainly knew what he was doing.

Love, Mommy


I talked to Joe about finding this and he suggested I do one for every year. By default, I missed last year, but from now going forward, I plan on doing one every year. Then when he turns either 18 or 21 I'm going to print them out, put them in a scrapbook and give them to him. If we end up having more children, I hope to do one each year for them also. We'll see how it goes, but I love to journal and write letters, so it should be fairly easy. :-)

BTW, I'm sorry I've been AWOL from the blogging world for a while. With Elijah's room project going on, my sister getting married in Oct and working full time I have barely enough time to breathe. However lots has been developing with his room and I hope to be updating about that very soon. Have a great week, if I don't post again before then.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Transformation of a Bedroom - Part 3 - What Should I Put on the Wall?

We're almost done the planning portion, which is exciting, because the next portion is the doing portion. After all the research and decisions it'll be nice to finally see the finished product.

A few weeks ago we were all ready to order the carpet at Lowes, so it could be on it's way while we were working on prepping the room. So we go there and established quite quickly that we will not be getting the carpet I wrote about in the last entry. First, I had the wrong measurement for the room. It's actually 10x11, not 9x10. Second, instead of being able to get 10x11 like we needed, we would have to get 10x12 because they come in 12' rolls. So that bumped up the price to about $270. I couldn't bring myself to pay that much money... I just couldn't, not unless I looked at every other option before doing it... And that we did.

We looked at the "in stock" carpet at Lowes. Better prices per square foot, however it was about the same price because they came in 15' rolls. After basically chalking Lowes up as a last resort, we headed to Home Depot the next day. This is why I love Home Depot more than Lowes. There "in stock" carpet comes in 12' rolls and we found carpet we like for $.85 per square foot. It's a little darker than I would have liked... it's more of a sand color than an off-white color, but it still goes with the paint color. His room will just have an "oceany" feel to it. If we end up going with this newly found carpet it will be $181 for carpet and premium padding. We shall see what happens when we go to get it.

Now onto "What Should I Put on the Walls?":

This was my original idea... Hanging his art work on a clothes line with clothes pins. however when I was searching the internet I found all sorts of different ideas stemming from that one.

This is one of the favorite ones that I found. I was going to hang it along one little wall, three tiers high, like this and use the binder clips instead of clothes pins. They will probably look nicer and hold better.

I also like this idea, but it's on a wall with a window, so I feel like it would be too much curtain rod for one wall. However when we move I might do this instead of the clothes line, depending on how the room is laid out.

To go along with that, there will also be a clock that we already have.

We also bought these little train letters years ago that spell Elijah. We just need to paint them.

I also was thinking about getting him a growth chart. I wanted a big bird one, but there were none to be found, so I googled Sesame Street Growth Chart and up popped this from Wal-mart (my home away from home). We can even personalize it. It's a resonable price, but not cheap, so Elijah might be getting it for his birthday, since we are probably doing a Sesame Street theme for his room.

We're not changing the colors of the room or anything, but while we were at Sesame Place (a post about the trip will be coming soon) we saw these cute posters, however I was cheap and didn't get them. So, instead, I'm gonna see, if I can find some brightly colored alphabet or Sesame Street scrapbook paper and frame it to hang on the wall above the chalkboard.

Right now I'm thinking this sounds like a lot of stuff, so I guess when we start getting everything put in there we'll start with the stuff we already have and go from there. I hope you enjoyed hearing about the planning stage of this project. Hopefully in the next few weeks we will be able to start putting things together, so I can update with the progress. Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Blues Clues Anyone?

About a month ago Elijah and I started watching Blues Clues, since I like it and I felt that he was old enough to understand the concept. Some things he's still too young for, but he loves finding the clues. So one evening he was sitting in the living room alone, while I went upstairs to do something. When I came back down the stairs he said, "Monnie (mommy)" stretching out his arms and hands, showing me his palms, "I have clues!". It was apparently some sort of revelation to him. I, of course, praised him for his observation and told him, yes, he in fact has "clues".
How long was he was sitting down there thinking about that? And what 2-year-old makes that connection? Who knows... Sometimes I think he is a 4-year-old trapped in a 2-year-old's body.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Transformation of a Bedroom - Part 2 - Furniture and Accessories

It's been a been a busy few weeks and we are just getting around to actually making some decisions about what is going on with Elijah's room. It was partly because we were trying to decide which room to redo. It was either the room he is currently in or the bigger second bedroom. We thought about it for a week or so and decided since there are dogs who bark early in the morning, next door, it would be best to keep him where he is, so he wouldn't be disturbed while he was sleeping.

But anyway, we went to Lowes and Home Depot the other night to look at some things and check out prices. First we looked at paint colors because I was still kind of undecided about the exact color. With the help of that nifty little contraption that let's you see what the color looks like in sunlight and under florencent lighting, we chose Behr's "Winsome Hue".

This color goes great with the carpet we found last night that was only about $2.30 a square foot w/ padding. So to carpet his room it would be about $210. Not too shabby. It's Stainmaster carpet and is an off white/cream color. The two look really nice together. But onto the main reason for this post.... Furniture and accessories... here goes nothing:

We are toying with the idea of putting a ceiling fan in his room. If we do, this is the one we would get. It's from Lowes and is the dirt cheap price of $24. The only thing we would have to worry about is someone to install it. If we don't go that route we'll probably get a floor lamp.

If we do get one this will probably be the one that we'll get. It looks much more fun in person. I also didn't notice it had pink in it, so either I was too distracted at the store or the pink looks red, in person. But what can I say, it's a $19 lamp...

He already has this bed that we bought at Buy Buy Baby (awesome baby store). And I don't have a picture of the dresser that we got, but it's long and relatively short, which is good because I want to put a TV in his room too.

I want to get a little night stand for his bed, so he can put his books, or whatever, on it and store his secret things in the drawer. I searched for days and days and found this one at The $60 price tag, in my opinion, was ridiculous for a night stand. I just couldn't bring myself to pay it, but I really liked it. By chance I happened to look at to see what I could find and I found the exact same table for $33.54. Score!

The only problem with that table is that it's 22" tall and I'm not sure if it will look right next to his toddler bed. I figure if it's too tall I'll just use it to hold the chalk and eraser for his chalk board. Then when he gets older and into a twin size bed we'll use it as a night stand then. If that is the case, we'll be getting this night stand I saw at Ikea.

Either way, we're getting a little lamp for on top of the table. I saw this lamp at Ikea that would be a nice "reading at night" lamp. The best part of this lamp is the easy way to turn it on and off. You see the white dot on the bottom of the lamp? It's silicone and all you have to do is push it down to turn it on and again to turn it off. Totally toddler safe. I love it.

For the windows I want to get Navy colored curtains. I found these at JCPenney... they are a bit pricey, but they are also thick and have some special thing on the back to help keep out the cold and heat, so I guess if I want to spend the money it would be money well spent. Plus when we move this is actually something that can come with us.

For a toy box we are moving the one we have in the living room, upstairs. Since it has a bookshelf on top that saves us from having to buy a separate bookshelf, until he gets older.

I think that's it. Hopefully it'll all fit... Haha.
The last installment of this little project will be coming soon. It's entitled "What should I put on the walls?" I already have some ideas, so make sure you come back and check them out.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cards... I forgot

After recuperating from the dance show madness and making three cards, I forgot to post about them. So here they are:

As I've mentioned before, my MIL
loves fat birds, so when I saw this wood stamp at ACMoore I knew I had to get it. It's a simple card, but I love the dark brown (Colorbok - Chestnut) and the light brown of the Kraft paper (from Stampin Up).

I would love to do more of this type of card in the future. I'll have to look through my stamps to see if any do the justice of this one.

This year I ended up making my FIL and Joe the same card. I used the wallet album by Shabby Princess (my all-time favorite digital scrapbooking designer) . It can be a few different things.

It's actual purpose is to hold album pages that fit in the slats on the right side. I took liberties with this though and found that it can either hold a gift card or money, also. I ended up folding up money and putting it in there and writing a greeting on the left side for my FIL.

I ended up doing the album thing for Joe, since I bought him a gift. So I used the version where the left side has an opening for a picture. By the time I had cut out the pieces, assembled them and promptly ran out of adhesive, it was 3am. So I gave Joe his without the picture and the album pages inside. (Maybe I'll show off the album pages in a few days)

The best part about wallet album is that it has a way of being sealed shut. It has a flat and you just apply some velcro with adhesive on the back and you're done.

So all you need to make this card/album is a printer, a pair of scissors, adhesive, glue dots (I used them for the pockets) or glue, velcro and a light colored gel pen to write a sentiment. Easy Peasy.

That's all from me today. I'm out... til next time.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I Will Follow Him...

... wherever he may go. There isn't an ocean so deep. A mountain so high it can't keep... keep me away...

So after listening to that song and the song "Heatwave" about 900,000 times between listening in my car (while going over the moves in my head) and practicing in the studio, the dance show finally came... and went. It was bitter sweet because we spent hours of hard work to perfect moves and learn how to tap together to get to the show, but after is kind of a let down. I don't get to see my tap buddies for MONTHS when for months I would see them every week or so.

The only thing getting me through is knowing that it starts all over again in September. Yay! So without further ado - Here's the tap number I was in, for all who are interested:

My wonderful husband taped it for me... and sat through the entire dress rehearsal. He's such a trooper. My MIL (Marie) and SILs (Katie and Mandy) all came to the show. For which I appreciate and hope they enjoyed themselves.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Movie Tuesday

It's been a while since I've had one of these, but here it is... Elijah being a ham for the camera.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Transformation of a Bedroom - Part 1 - Planning

We have lived in our current residence for 5 years, this month, and there's tons of things I would love to do to the house to make it more homey. Unfortunately, we only rent, so I feel like anything we do to the house will be throwing money away, because we won't be able to get any money back from our investment.

That being said, we still feel the need to fix things up and change things to make a house, a home. But instead of investing hundreds of dollars on remodeling, we try to do it as cheap as possible. So comes the next series of blog postings... We are going to re-do Elijah's bedroom.

This is what it looks like now. White walls, gold(?) shag carpet, empty walls... for the most part, a few necessities and that's it.

Before now, a nice bedroom wasn't needed because he only slept in the room. I mean, who needs decorations and a nice color pallet to sleep? But since he's getting older (he's just about 2 and a half) and can go up and down the steps as he pleases, Joe thought having a nice bedroom for Elijah would be good.

After much discussion, friendly (and not so friendly) debates and looking at Home Depot, Lowes and pictures online, we decided on the following things:

We are painting this room in Behr Disney color "Blue Balloon",
or something close to it, and doing white trim.

We are installing a chair rail along the one wall where his bed is now and painting below it with chalk board paint. Kind of like this picture, but upside down.

We are also planning on re-carpeting. When we remodeled (if you want to call it that) our bedroom we got a really good deal at Lowes for carpet that was only like $1.50 a square foot, with installation and a free padding upgrade. We ended up getting our whole master bedroom (20x17) and closets carpeted for about $500... with carpeting left over. We plan on trying to get the same deal with Elijah's carpeting.

Even though they did a wonderful job installing it, we decided since his room is square, that we would buy the padding and carpeting and do it ourselves... to save a bit of dough. The carpet is probably going to be a light beige color, but I'm not sure. Right now, money is more important than color... to a point. If it's not exactly light beige, I could deal, as long as it looks good with the walls.

Of course things could change, cause this -is- just the planning portion. I will update as things go along. Also, make sure to stay tuned for the next installment: Furniture and Accessories.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Charlotte is 2...

My neice turned 2 on May 14th, but they didn't have her birthday party until last Sunday. Being the procrastinator I am, I couldn't have her card done way ahead of time (even though I had an idea of what I wanted to do since January). That ruins the fun of the adrenaline pumping at 12:30am the day of the party, freaking out cause the card doesn't look right. It doesn't look... finished.

This is, what I decided was, the finished card:

I sketched a backwards 2 on some colored cardstock from StampinUp (this is probably the only time in my life I wished I had a cricut, cause it would have been TONS faster) and surprisingly it doesn't look like a 5-year-old did it. I cut it out as neatly as possible and glued it straight onto the card... to hide the evidence. Then I applied the puffy flower stickers and the giraffe by Crayola. You can't tell by the pic, but the eyes on the giraffe move. Originally that was the whole card. I was going to write "Happy Birthday Charlotte" underneath, but it didn't look right, so I looked through my stuff and found this yellow, metal clip thing by Making Memories.

Even with that addition, it still didn't look done, so I rummaged around a little more, found my mat pack from StampinUp (it's a paper piercer and stitching template together) and white gel pen. Added faux stitching to the outside and it finally looked complete.

Thanks for taking a look. I shall be posting more cards soon. As you know Father's Day is fast approaching and I am at a loss for what to do for cards. Masculine cards are the hardest thing for me to create, so we'll see how it goes. Off to search the "interwebs" for inspiration...

Friday, May 28, 2010

More Cards

There will probably be a few more of these posts coming soon. This time of year is always full of celebrations. Mother's Day, Father's Day, four birthdays and this year a graduation and our friends moving into their first house. So to start off the parade of cards this month is a birthday card, a birthday "card" and a graduation card.

This is my SIL Jacqi's birthday card. The flowers are BoBunny. The green behind the flowers is chipboard from the dollar section of JoAnn Fabrics that I used green Colorbok chalk ink to color, by just pressing the ink pad directly on the chipboard. I used a darker green chalk ink for the Happy Birthday greeting. The button is from Bag O Buttons.

This is the box I made (using a template) for my BIL Kevin. I was stupid and didn't stamp on the top lid until after it was already glued together, so I had to cut an additional piece of paper and stamp on that. I used my blender pen to color in the stars and it was finished.

My sister graduated from college last Saturday, so I made her this card. Personally, I don't like it, but she did and I guess that's all that matters. I couldn't find black cardstock, so I bought a pack of black cards and cut it out. The tassle and bling alpha I got at ACMoore.

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mother's Day Cards

Happy belated Mother's Day to everyone who is a mom. Hope it was a good one. Mine was wonderful. Joe made me breakfast, got me lunch and dinner and also had a fun idea for something we could do as a family. We dipped oranges and strawberries in chocolate, then put them in the fridge to harden, to have for dessert. It was a lot of fun and super yummy. I can't wait to do it again soon. For a present he told me I can spend $50 at Michaels AND Joann Fabrics. He wanted me to go there that day, but (I can't believe I'm gonna say this) I didn't need or want anything then, so I took a rain check for when I do. :-)

Elijah also did something for me. He drew me a picture and explained it to me...

Unfortunately, I don't speak "2-year-old", so what it is, is still a mystery to me. All I know is he said "monie" (which is me) while he was explaining it, so maybe one of those blobs is me... I dunno, but I watched him do it and he picked the colors he wanted to use, very carefully, so I know he was making sure I liked it, which I do. I love it.

Now, onto what I made my mom and mother-in-law. I was apparently feeling the 'hanging" type cards this year, so that's what I made.

This card is for my mother-in-law. She likes fat birds, so I try to find different ones to put on her cards. The card stock is Stampin Up. I have no idea what the bird stamp is. I thought I could just look on the card entry from last Mother's Day and find it, but I didn't say what it was. The silver string stuff I found in ACMoore in the ribbon section. The purple ribbon at the top I bought in the dollar section of Target. I colored the bird with purple Colorbox Chalk Ink and a blender pen. Cut the hole with my circle cutter and put a "transparency" behind it. I actually didn't have to buy a whole box of transparencies. They sell clear sheets of paper in ACMoore in the loose paper section. And I think that's it.

This is the card I made my mom. It's from this entry: Dawn's Purse Gift Card Holder

Originally I went through like the video said, but apparently the top part was bigger than it was suppose to be, because I don't have the die, so I got a bracket shape online and sized it to the size I looked up online that it was suppose to be. Well, I'm guessing the measurements were wrong, but anyway, after my not-so-mini crisis (because I was making this at like 2pm on Mother's Day). I came up with a plan, with my sister's help. I had already shaped the bottom, so I took the demensions of the top of it and resized my bracket to fit. It worked! Thankfully. The rest was super easy and took me about 15 minutes to do.

I used the same Stampin Up paper as my bottom for the card. The top is a random sheet of loose paper from ACMoore. The ribbon, again, was from the Target dollar section. I used my crop-a-dile to punch the holes for the ribbon. Little, sticky back, velcro squares to hold it together and a cute big button to make it look like that's what's holding it together. The bag inside is just a cut up sammich bag.

Slip the gift card in and you're all done. The only thing I will do differently when I make another one, is get thicker card stock for the bracket part, so it won't feel like I'm going to rip the paper when I try to open it.

That's all for now. One of these days I'll upload a new video, since Elijah is talking up a storm now. Til next time...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Laminated List

After much thought and searching thousands of pictures on the Internet my laminated list is finally done and ready for your viewing pleasure. Basically the definition of a laminated list is "a list of five people, usually celebrities, whom you would be free to pursue, if the opportunity arose, regardless of whether you were in a relationship or not." Basically it's just a bunch of hot guys who fit various categories.

My sister-in-law, Mandy, and her friends expanded on the list to not only include the top five, but also additional categories. You can find the list and rules at her blog. So without further ado I present my laminated list.

1. Zachary Quinto

You might have seen him on: Heroes and Star Trek

2. Dominic Monaghan

You might have seen him on: LOST and Flash Forward

3. Shia LaBeouf

You might have seen him on: Transformers

4. Joshua Jackson

You might have seen him on: Fringe

5. Johnny Depp

You might have seen him on: Pirate of the Caribbean

The Special Categories:

Barely Legal - Zac Efron

You might have seen him on: High School Musical, Hairspray and 17 Again

Older Men - Cal Ripken Jr.

Played for the Baltimore Orioles

Bad Boy - Joel Madden

A member of the band "Good Charlotte"

Good Guy - Matt Damon

You might have seen him on: Oceans 11 and Saving Private Ryan

Token Ethnic Guy - Will Smith

You might have seen him on: Fresh Prince of Belair, Independence Day and Men In Black

Nerd - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

You might have seen him on: 3rd Rock from the Sun, GI Joe and 500 Days of Summer

Goofball - Adam Sandler

You might have seen him on: The Waterboy, Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer

Athlete - Matt Stover

Played for the Baltimore Ravens (I refuse to acknowledge that he plays for another team)

Musician - Brad Paisley

Country music superstar

No one else gets it - Noah Wyle

You might have seen him on: ER

First Love - Joey McIntire

Used to be in the band New Kids on the Block (and still is? I don't keep track)

Singing Voice - Christian Bale

You might have seen him on: Newsies(haha), American Psycho, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight

Speaking Voice - Charles Shaughnessy

You might have seen him on: The Nanny

Fictional Character - Laurie from Little Women

Action Hero - Sam Witwicky from Transformers

Tough Guy - Tobey Maguire

You might have seen him on: Spider-Man

Tortured Soul - Milo Ventimiglia

You might have seen him on: Heroes

Brainiac - Charlie Eppes

You might have seen him on: Numb3ers

But his face - Josh Holloway

You might have seen him on: LOST

Chubby Hubby - Greg Grunberg

You might have seen him on: Heroes

Scruffy - Jake Gyllenhaal

You might have seen him on: Donnie Darko and The Day After Tomorrow

Gay - Elijah Wood

You might have seen him on: Lord of the Rings

Dapper Dan - No clue

Villain - Sylar from Heroes

I hope you enjoyed. If you do or did your own, please post a link, so I can take a look. :-) Until next time...