Thursday, November 7, 2013

Day #7- "All the Better to See You With My Dear..."

I am thankful for my 


These orbs are amazing little things. 
And I am so glad they work and help me create memories

My Dad has green eyes and my Mom has blue 
I have the happy combination of the two 
It reminds me of the different characteristics I see mirrored in myself from my lovely parents. 
Sometimes I am more like my Mom and other times more like my Dad. 
Regardless I am so happy for the things I see. 
Family, friends, good, bad... I'm so thankful these lenses work

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day #5- Education


I am so thankful I get to go to school 
and I graduate in December!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Day #4: Parents...

...Mine specifically

I love this picture. 
It's a little old and I am suuuuuper fat in it 

(35 weeks pregnant with the Bird... don't judge my pregnant-face too harshly!)

My parents are the most fantabulistic people on this here planet Earth. 

And I love them so much. 
They show me what love and work really mean
Especially the amazing results you get when both are combined.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Day 3: Faith

Thankful November Continues...

I am thankful for my Faith

I am a Christian. A believer and follower of Christ. 
I love Jesus Christ and work daily to increase my understanding and relationship with Him. I love the Savior and know He suffered and died for me, allowing me to be saved through the Atonement. Jesus knows me and my fears and my struggles and my happiness. 

My favorite quote about the Atonement:
(it is long but worth the time to read)
"Well, my dear sisters, the gospel is the good news that can free us from guilt. We know that Jesus experienced the totality of mortal existence in Gethsemane. It's our faith that he experienced everything- absolutely everything. Sometimes we don't think through the implications of that belief. We talk in great generalities about the sins of all humankind, about the suffering of the entire human family. But we don't experience pain in generalities. We experience it individually. That means he knows what it felt like when your mother died of cancer- how it was for your mother, how it still is for you. He knows what it felt like to lose the student body election. He knows that moment when the brakes locked and the car started to skid. He experienced the slave ship sailing from Ghana toward Virginia. He experienced the gas chambers at Dachau. He experienced Napalm in Vietnam. He knows about drug addiction and alcoholism.
Let me go further. There is nothing you have experienced as a woman that he does not also know and recognize. On a profound level, he understands the hunger to hold your baby that sustains you through pregnancy. He understands both the physical pain of giving birth and the immense joy. He knows about PMS and cramps and menopause. He understands about rape and infertility and abortion. His last recorded words to his disciples were, "And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." (Matthew 28:20) He understands your mother-pain when your five-year-old leaves for kindergarten, when a bully picks on your fifth-grader, when your daughter calls to say that the new baby has Down syndrome. He knows your mother-rage when a trusted babysitter sexually abuses your two-year-old, when someone gives your thirteen-year-old drugs, when someone seduces your seventeen-year-old. He knows the pain you live with when you come home to a quiet apartment where the only children are visitors, when you hear that your former husband and his new wife were sealed in the temple last week, when your fiftieth wedding anniversary rolls around and your husband has been dead for two years. He knows all that. He's been there. He's been lower than all that. He's not waiting for us to be perfect. Perfect people don't need a Savior. He came to save his people in their imperfections. He is the Lord of the living, and the living make mistakes. He's not embarrassed by us, angry at us, or shocked. He wants us in our brokenness, in our unhappiness, in our guilt and our grief.
You know that people who live above a certain latitude and experience very long winter nights can become depressed and even suicidal, because something in our bodies requires whole spectrum light for a certain number of hours a day. Our spiritual requirement for light is just as desperate and as deep as our physical need for light. Jesus is the light of the world. We know that this world is a dark place sometimes, but we need not walk in darkness. The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, and the people who walk in darkness can have a bright companion. We need him, and He is ready to come to us, if we'll open the door and let him."
 Chieko N. Okazaki, Lighten Up, Preface, p. 174

 My Heavenly Father has a plan for me. 
Through His son, Jesus Christ, I will be able to reach that potential. 
One of my favorite documents from the LDS church is the
I have found so many answers in this short, one paged document. 
I have learned who I am, where I am going and how God wants me to get there. 
"All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose."

 The Holy Ghost can be my constant companion:
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
John 14:26

I am never perfect. 
At the end of each day I go to bed knowing I could have done better, I could have done more. But I know what matters is that God knows I am trying. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to wake up each morning and try again. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Two by Two

November continues... 
and so does my list

Click here for the rest of the list

My children-
Sunshine and the Bird

Friday, November 1, 2013

Counting, One by One

It's November

I am going to join the masses and document things I am thankful for this month. 

Click here to read the rest of the month
Day #1

the Mister

the Mister
This guy is my number 1 and I love him, like a whole lot of lots. 
Joey loves me 
Joey loves our kids 
and most importantly he loves Jesus 

I'm so blessed to share my life together with Joey
I love him. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"You're My Everything"

We celebrated  
SIX years
 as a married couple this past weekend.

 Aw... Love :-)

 I always think we looked "so hot right now" in the picture above.

 That is more like it... We agreed on a certain spin move before.. which we both messed up on during the real thing. Oh brother...

And here we are the other night, celebrating our love
Don't judge... camera pictures...FUZZY!

It took me a long time to decide how to celebrate our lives together and show my appreciation. I have given the Mister all kinds of gifts but rarely feel like it really shows how I feel. 
Then one day it hit me....

Six Pies for Six Years 

the Mister basically passed out on the kitchen floor when he saw this. 

Chocolate coconut cream-
This is was probably the easiest. 
Nilla wafer crust
Instant chocolate pudding (from a box)
Coconut whipped cream via

 Oreo crust with homemade sweet cream ice cream 
3c. heavy whipping cream
1c. whole milk
Mix in bowl until dissolved. 
Pour into ice cream maker and process according to your machine

the Mister loves pecans and pumpkin
I got this recipe out of the red plaid cook book, I think it's called Better Homes?

HAH!! Yeah right! I'm not giving this recipe up! This is my one secret recipe I don't share.

YUM!!! This one came from the red plaid cook book too. 

Wondering how we will eat them before they go bad? 
Pies freeze like a dream :-) 
He plans to defrost them one at a time. 
I just had a slice of the chocolate coconut cream and OOOoooh. 
Heaven in a slice. 

How have you celebrated your anniversaries?

"Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
   If this be error and upon me proved,
   I never writ, nor no man ever loved."

TMI Tuesday #36-"Picky Eater"

TMI Tuesday: "Things kids say"-edition

It is a submit, ya'll!!
Love a good submit :) 

Friend my good friend, Sarah 

Take it away!!


So I have a TMI for ya. 
I made the kids egg salad sandwiches for lunch because Journey loves them. Well Jaxon isn't such a big fan but that's what I made so that's what you eat. We all sat down at the table to eat and like most meals the protest began. Journey like always just ate and was a good girl but Jaxon needed some convincing. I gave him the normal this is good for you and will make you big and strong. He continued to protest so I informed him that because sissy is eating well she will be big and strong and you won't. Well this got him to take a few bites and he soon learned he liked it. After eating a little more he looks at me flexes he arm muscles and says 
"Mommy, this is making my penis bigger!"
..... umm yeah.... 
I had to get up and walk away. The things kids say. 
Thanks for the TMI Jaxon!

 OH! MY! GOSH! I think every mom of sons can agree... this has happened to all of us!

Thanks again, Sarah!!

Don't forget my friends, I am always accepting TMI stories
Email, text, message on facebook, tell me in person, anything! 
Just let me know if you want to remain anonymous or to change names etc. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

TMI Tuesday #35- I used to be brave sometimes

After I graduated from high school, I had some months before I went off to college

I needed a project 

So my mom let me paint and redecorate 

2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms 

Amazing right? 

That was 7 years ago and she still has a few things left over. 
This one bathroom cracks me up because I didn't even stencil this or use a pencil first
I just did it. 
I wouldn't be able to do that anymore! 

Oh the brave personality of an 18 year old!! 
Here is a picture for you to enjoy.
Please laugh, I always do!!!

Spooky Halloween Dragon

So... this is what my house looks like this year. 
My neighbor, Besty and me, are having quite the spooky time getting our Halloween on. 


That is all. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Bird as a Hockney

I'm taking several photography classes this semester.
It is really challenging and rewarding. 
Most people in my classes are already really good. 
I am the type who is taking the class to learn something I don't already know. 
It can be pretty discouraging because I feel really behind everyone else. 

But, put that aside, 
I am loving it! 

I especially love these two photos by Hockney...
This one

This is my most recent project.
A Hockney inspired piece. 

(Click on the picture if you want a better view and better quality)

When a thousand words isn't enough.

What I love about my developing photography knowledge is that I am able to take pictures of things I love 
it doesn't matter if anyone else likes it. 

But I still wanted to share with all my friends and family who keep up with this blog. 
I love you all. 
Thanks for your support and views and comments and pins and likes. 
(the Mister says I use too many "!!!" and I totally agree so I am working in it...)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

TMI Tuesday #34-"Whaaaa???"

TMI Tuesday:

"What does that say???"-edition

Some months ago I was driving when I saw a car with a sticker that made no sense to me at first...
The reference was pretty obscure, 
I think
and did not merit an entire back window car sticker of its own. 

I'd be interested in what you think:

"I drive like a Cullen" 
(Sorry, poor quality)


It took me a looooong time to process what it meant
 I was hardly able to capture this picture.

I've read Twilight. 
Tried to like it. 
Pretending to love it 
(so I could participate when women at church and my sisters gushed about it)

But I have come to terms with it and am totally okay with saying the following:

"Twilight is laaaaaaaaaame" 
(I won't even get into how terrible I think it is for young impressionable girls to read because I think the message it teaches is damaging)

And I am all about being a fanatic...

Have you seen my phone case?

Or my Pinterest board?

Fandoms I nurture:
Doctor Who
Harry Potter
Phineas and Ferb (I know, it is Disney but deserves its own line)
Anything Disney really
The IT Crowd (that is a new one!!)
Mad Men
Etc. Etc. Etc. 

I am a book worm and a Netflix-Nerd and a DisneyDork

and a proud Twilight-despiser


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thrift Shop Refashion Tips: "The Sassy Purple Pencil" and "Mommy and Me Matching Skirts"

  And the snug bum of a pencil skirt????
Every big booty girl out there needs a pencil skirt. 
Needs one
And then....

I have been wrestling with how to present these because every project is so different when you are changing a...

Thrift Shop Ruffian 
into a 

So I decided instead of giving a tutorial I would share some of the criteria I follow when picking an item to be refashioned. 

Pick a thrift shop of your choice. 
Browse the aisles
Look for quality fabrics
Are there missing buttons?
Does the zipper work?
Are there any unforgivable stains?

Does this garment have potential?

If all the stars align and you find something good and the price is reasonable....

Snatch it up!

This skirt was $3 I think? 
And the dress $2??

Happy Sewing!!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

TMI Tuesday #33- "Awkward!" (It's a reader submit!)

 A TMI story from out in the WILD


"Hey Lady!!

I am so proud to announce that I have my very own TMI Tuesday that I want to submit! Here goes.....

On Saturday I went to Davids Bridal with my daughter Kenzie and my friend Becca because I needed not 1 but 2 bridesmaid dresses! SO the three of us cram into a dressing room and I start taking my pants off when all the sudden I hear a very timid/confused/scared voice coming from behind me....

Kenzie: Uhmmmmm Mommy?

Me: Yes Kenzie...what's up?

Kenzie: Uhmmm I think you need to like uhmmm ask Daddy if you can buy some new panties.

Me: (Confused) Why? Whats wrong with my panties? 

Kenzie:  Well it's just that they are uhmmmm I think a little bit too small....they are like in your BUTT CHEEKS!

Me:  (Horrified...because I just realized that I am wearing a thong and how do you explain that to a four year old?) You know what baby...your right, I promise I will buy some panties that fit me very soon!

Becca:  (Literally in the fetal position on the dressing room floor trying not to pee her pants or let my tiny human know that she is laughing)

Kenzie:  Mommy it's just a big wedgie and I don't like wedgies!




Thursday, September 12, 2013

New scarf? DIY? $.75!!??! YES!

YAY! I am really excited to show you this easy-peasey project that is...



Step 1: 
Always, always, alwaysssss check the remnant bin at any and all locations that sell fabric. I picked this beauty up at Walmart for $.74. I love the print and fluid feel of this. It is 7/8 of a yard. I don't recommend going less than that. As it is, I can only loop the scarf once but it is still perfect.

Pictured below: 

7/8yard remnant of some kind of flowy floaty fabric, perfect for a scarf of whimsy.

Step 2:
Pin the selvage edges together and throw in a seam. 
(Selvage edge means the sides that are NOT fraying. They are the edges of the fabric that any words and/or copyrights will be printed.)
I think my seam was 3/8inch or something. It doesn't really matter. 
My fabric was so slippery I decided to pin parallel to the edge. It held better. Generally I like to pin perpendicular but do whatever works for you.  

At the end of this step you should have a tube of fabric.

Step 3:
Hem the raw edges! (Raw edges are the sides that are fraying.)
You can fold and press, fold and press, and then sew to hide the raw edges. 
You can use a hemming foot on the sewing machine. That is my preferred method. This is a two-state process. 

Stage 1: Feed the fabric into the twirly part of the foot

Stage 2: Continue to sew while feeding the raw edge into the twirl. This is creating a narrow-rolled hem.

See? It isn't perfect but those last few strays will disappear over time. No worries!

Now repeat on the other side and then......



Thanks to Jessica for snapping these.