Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

1.  I have a really good excuse for missing last week.  A stomach virus hit our house last weekend, so I was hunkered down.  It came back Sunday night to hit another kid, too.  I'm the last one standing at this point.  Yes, I'm paranoid that I'm next.

2.  Despite Reagan starting to be pretty unhappy, Kim Greenfield still got some very cute family pictures a week ago.  You can see some of them here.

3.  Did everyone have a fun Halloween?  My boys decided that they wanted to be Mario and Luigi this year, so I decided they needed a Princess Peach as well.  We bought the boys' costumes, and for Princess Peach, I bought a pink dress on Amazon and followed this tutorial for the crown and pendant.  I think it's a win this year.  They're adorable.

4.  Any other Black List fans out there?  I just discovered it a few weeks ago, and I'm obsessed.  It reminds me a lot of Alias, another favorite.

5.  Home is on constant repeat in our house.  Both of the younger kids love it.  When she was sick last week, it was one of the few sure-fire ways to calm Reagan down for a few minutes.  I think we can all pretty much quote it.

6.  I admit that I'm excited Inside Out comes out today.  I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard good things, and I'm glad to get something else into regular rotation.

7.   You know I love a good printable, right?  I just got a few printed to put up in Reagan's room.

(I changed the original color)

8.  Speaking of our house.  This is what it looked like when we bought it.  We've made a few changes so far, but we have bigger plans I'm hoping to make happen in the next year, including black shutters and awnings. 

 9.  I painted the boys' room the first month we lived here, and I STILL haven't finished the city wall.  But here it is.  Eventually there will be yellow windows.

 10.  And here is the only before and after pictures I've done.  We painted all the trim and the mantle and whitewashed the brick, and I love it.  Please ignore the off-center tv and cords.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

1.       It’s been over a year since my last post.  That’s just ridiculous.  But it doesn't have to be awkward.

2.       I’m going to start blogging again.  Once a week to start, though.  Let’s not go crazy.

3.       I got burned out on posting all my Project Life spreads, and apparently blogging died entirely when I decided not to post so much PL anymore.

4.       I’m doing Project Life monthly this year.  I just print out all my pictures for the month and then figure out how best to arrange them into 2, 3, or 4 spreads.  I think some months even ended up being 5 spreads.  It’s VERY different from my structured, planned approach in years past, but given that I stalled out in the middle of January and didn’t pick up again until August, I think it’s turning out pretty well so far.

5.       Since I wrote last, I had a baby.  Her name is Reagan, and she might be the cutest girl-baby ever.  She's 6 months old.

6.       I also never mentioned that we bought a new house in April 2014.  It’s a project house.  We’re still in the process of painting all the walls and trim.  But the bones are wonderful, and we love the location.  It’s much better for 3 kids than the old house.

7.       I still haven’t finished the kids’ rooms, though.  Maybe I’ll share pictures when I do?  I need a direction for what to do with this blog.  Maybe I’ll try to find a better balance between crafts and PL?

8.    And I really enjoy making printables, so I might make that a more regular thing.  Any requests or suggestions?

9.       And maybe I'll include some about my other big interest: books. 

10.   Speaking of which, have you heard about Life and Death, Stephanie Meyer’s reimagining of Twilight?  I listened to it.  I loved it.  I liked the intellectual exercise of the gender bending, and listening to it reminded me how much I liked Twilight when I first read it 10 years ago.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Random Facts Post #3

Note: My first five random facts are here, and my second five are here.

I'm sharing TEN this time because I've been silent all year. 

11.  I love to read. This year I've taken it to the extreme.  I'm not proud of it (though, admittedly, I am a little smug), but I've read over 300 books this year.  Not quality literature, either.  I've admitted I have a problem, though, and I'm scaling back.

12.  I get violently angry at the misuse of the term "brownie." If there's no chocolate, it's not a brownie, it's a blondie. End of story.

13.  When we got married, I started averaging Tyler's and my ages. So since I was 27 and he was 29, we were 28. And I still do; we turn 35 soon.  ;)

14.  I like to listen to audiobooks while I'm driving, and I think men generally make better narrators than women.  (Not always, but on average.  I actually have other opinions like this that would drive feminazis wild!  Since I call them feminazis, I think you can imagine how that worries me.)

15.  I refuse to "like" posts/pictures on facebook that tell me to like them. If I could dislike or spit on the ones that tell me that ignoring them means I'm a hateful commie puppy-hater, I would do that, too.

16.  I think spit-takes are hilarious.

17.  I don't like Seinfeld or Everybody Loves Raymond. They make me uncomfortable.  More current ones that fall into a similar category are Modern Family and The Middle.

18.  I once memorized the algorithms to solve a Rubik's cube. My best time was (I think) 1 min 3 sec.

19.  I have cataracts in both eyes. They are small and off-center, and my optometrist advised a multivitamin, a healthy diet, and sunglasses as the difference between cataract surgery at 35 vs. 65.

20.  I like a handful of foods cooked on the crispy side of well done, and I also like food seasoned on the mild side of bland.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Project Life | Weeks 51 & 52 and Final Page (of 2013! Finally!)

Friends, this draft has been sitting here untouched since March.  I had the photos edited and uploaded, and I just haven't taken the time to say Hi and hit Publish.  So here's the last of my 2013 spreads.  I (clearly) don't plan to post weekly spreads for 2014, but I'm also not intending to resume in 2015. 

I do intend to resume blogging, though.  That's right, my unplanned, unscheduled, and unannounced hiatus is coming to an end.  I plan to still post PL spreads occassionally, but just my favorites.  I've written a few book reviews for my sister's blog, and I plan to share those (and any future reviews) here as well.  I'd like to resume posting some crafts as well, but probably I won't take the time to create tutorials.  This is going to be totally unstructured, but hopefully I'll share some things y'all are interested in.

So look for some new posts in the next week or so, and in the meantime, check out some LATE holiday spreads.  ;)

Week 51.

Week 52.


Final Page.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Line-A-Day Five-Year Journal - Free Download!

I started keeping a Line-A-Day journal in 2012.  The idea is to use a book like this and write just one line (or a few sentences) each day.  With five years on each page, at the end it's fun to look back and see how things have changed.  At first, I just started an email draft and wrote a sentence about each day.  Initially my plan was to buy a book and write in what I had recorded so far.  But I put it off and put it off and eventually realized that I actually prefer to keep it digital.  It's handy for me to be able to search the document to find where I mentioned something or (I confess) correct spelling errors etc as I reread.  But since I really liked the format of the books, I created a word document for me to keep track of my journaling and then print out at the end of 5 years.

I shared a document last year that spanned 2013 - 2017, but I didn't get it posted on my blog until the end of February, so this year I wanted to share the 2014 - 2018 version with plenty of time to psych yourselves up for it and get started promptly on January 1.  Of course that didn't happen either, but 2 1/2 weeks in isn't too terrible.  :)

download here
There are a few things you need to do to use the document.  First, you need to download the fonts that I used.  They are afta serif and duality.  If you're not sure how to install fonts, there's a great tutorial right here at The Shabby Creek Cottage.  The word document is locked for editing except for adding your name and your daily entries.  But I didn't password protect it, so if you're Word savvy and want to change the fonts, you're more than welcome.  I will warn you that the way I formatted the dates might cause a headache if you try to make changes, so attempt that at your own risk.  

Thanks for reading!  I'm so excited to share this with you, and I hope some of you get a lot of use out of it.  If you download and use this, I'd love to hear from you!

NOTE:  This document is for personal use only!  
And if you'd like to mention this on your blog, 
please link directly to this post rather than to the 
download link. Thanks!