Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I'm kind of cheating on my 30 days of truth today because the question is kind of lame.

Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. Gee, I don't know. I don't really have a favorite band really, and most music nowadays sucks, so skiiiiiiiip.

I am still SO tired after having surgery. I had another follow up appointment today, this time with my primary doctor, and then I had to go grocery shopping with Lily. It was my first time going anywhere besides a doctor's office in the last 2 weeks and I couldn't get out of there fast enough!  By the time I got home I went straight to my room, took my jeans off, put my pjs back on, put the food away, and then collapsed on the couch for a while. The surgeon said my energy level should get better in the next few weeks but for now I'm just so incredibly tired even doing the tiniest of chores. It's insane. I'm looking forward to getting my energy back so I can do the fun things that I love to do!

By the way, have you ever wondered how much back surgery costs?!

After getting some rest I did manage to make a yummy tortellini & chicken dinner with homemade sauce, though it was just for me and the kids because Shayne worked late tonight. It was delicious and the kids both ate every bite!

Well sorry today's blog is so boring but I'm beat! I need to get some sleep. Nighty night!

I'm way behind!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

To all of my loyal blog readers, I'm sorry! It's been a crazy last few days with everyone being sick & all. When I posted on Saturday I thought the worst of it was pretty much over, but Sunday sucked pretty bad too. So I'm going to try to quickly catch up and do my 30 days of truth, Must-Have Monday, and all of my regular blogging crap here. Oh who am I kidding?! This one is going to be long...I can feel it. So if you read the whole thing, thank you in advance. It makes me feel better knowing I'm not missing a re-run of Teen Mom 2 for nothing! :)

Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know. Honestly, I can't think of anyone to fill this one. That's a good thing, right? Next!

Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on. Ok, I know this might be hard to believe, but I get complimented a lot. Like I mean, a lot. (I'm totally kidding). Kind of. Ok, I get complimented on mostly physical stuff, which is nice I suppose. It's never a bad thing when people tell you you're pretty, right?! LOL. I get a lot of compliments on my blue eyes...people always ask if they are contacts. (They aren't!) Or I will get compliments on my hair (yes!) or makeup (double yes!) or nails (yes yes yes!) or my shoes or some jewelry or something that I'm wearing, which is funny because I usually hate most of my clothes (I don't shop a lot). And one of the biggest things I get is "Omg, you are sooooo skinny" or "How do you have 2 kids?" I'm not sure if that's always a compliment, because sometimes I feel like a freak show or like maybe people think I'm anorexic or something, which I'm not! I eat a lot people! And I have a pretty unhealthy diet usually...dining out, picking up fast food, candy, sweets, etc. I overindulge frequently. If there's something I'm craving I have to have it, there's no way around it. Even if that means asking Shayne to go to Jack in the Box or McDonalds at 1am...and trust me, he'll do it. He's just that great of a husband :) I am just blessed with a high metabolism and skinny mom is skinny too! And she didn't get stretch marks either, which I've heard is genetic too, because I sure didn't get them (thanks mom!) Ok I'll stop now so you don't start hating me even more. Please continue reading my blog! haha

Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on. I wish I got more compliments on non physical stuff. I mean, people tell me I'm a good mom, or a good wife, or that I have a really really freakishly clean house or whatever. But I don't get complimented on things like my brain much. I'm smart! I am. I just don't really have anywhere to show it off at or anything. I don't work, I'm not in school, and I'm home all day with a 3 & 6 year old (Ok, they tell me I'm smart all the time). But who else is going to compliment me on it? The cashier at the grocery store? No, she's too busy telling me she loves my hair or nails! Oh well, I can live with being pretty I suppose.


Must-Have Monday!!! (on a Tuesday)

This weeks must-have is a product that was sent to me by a friend last week. Remember my really pretty, awesome friend Anna? She's the one who got me started on quilting and we also went to beauty school together. Oh, and our daugthers look like twins and are BFFs :)


Aren't they both stunning?

Anyway, Anna works at a Bumble & Bumble salon and she sent me two new products (isn't she the best? I know you really hate me now) and I've decided that one of them is definitely a must-have if you have dry, damaged hair like me. I have naturally curly hair that I hate, so I spend hours every week blow drying, flat ironing, and curling to avoid my frizzy, naturally curly gross hair (nothing against naturally curly's just that mine isn't very cute. I see it look cute on plenty of other people, but mine never turns out right).

Bumble & Bumble's Deeep (deep conditioner!)

Here's the description for this stuff: "A once-a-week protein feast to repair, soften, smooth, revitalize, add shine & increase elasticity - a must for the chemically treated, sun-damaged & undernourished." Well, yep, that's me! It says to leave in for 20 minutes but I only left it in for 10 because I was in a hurry, and just in doing that my hair felt ahh-mazing afterwards! My hair never feels soft...and it was like silky smooth. It didn't feel all fried and crispy anymore, and after I curled it all nicely it was so shiny and had way less frizz. I'm in love with this stuff! It's going to be a must-have in my shower now at all times! Thank you Anna. Everyone should try this stuff! Your hair will love you for it! $12 for a 2 oz tube...the perfect way to try it out without investing a ton of money.

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So, now that I'm caught up on all of that stuff, I just wanted to update & let everyone know that I had my 2 week post-op appointment this morning and I'm feeling pretty good. I'm still sore from the surgery and I have zero energy, but the nerve pain is about 90% gone, thankfully! I can only feel it when I bend a certain way or get up quickly, and the doctor said that should improve in a few more weeks as I continue to heal. I'm so happy to be almost done with all of this crap. It's been an ongoing thing for the last 7 months and I'm happy to be pretty much done with doctor's offices and medication and stuff. Yay!

The last two nights we did something really movie night! Ok, well we've done this before, obviously. But we made it super fun. Shayne took the top mattress off of our bed & dragged it out into the living room and we all snuggled up on it together and watched a kids movie. He & Ayden also went to the store and bought a ton of junk food and treats to enjoy while watching our movie, so that along with our big flat screen we felt just like we were at the movies, only comfortable! And warm! (why are movie theaters always so cold? Someone should turn up the heat!) Anyway, it was so much fun that we did it two nights in a row & we decided to make it a weekly thing every Sunday night. Hooray...I absolutely love starting traditions with my family. It's little things like this that they will remember forever and tell their children about. <3

Here's a few pictures from my blackberry from the last week or so. I hardly ever use my real camera anymore so I figured every once in awhile I'll upload all the good ones onto my photobucket so you all can see my gorgeous little family :) hehe

First off, my baby brother was officially announced as valedictorian of his graduating class this year! We are all so proud.

And I finally took my acrylics off so I could use my black shatter polish! Isn't it cool? This picture doesn't really do it justice...

Here's all the junkfood for family movie night!

So comfy! We watched Megamind.

Daddy and Lily got a little silly and dressed up kitty in a fancy sweater.

Speaking of kitty, she's taken to sleeping in Ayden's bed lately :)

That is, when Lily isn't forcing her to sleep in her bed...

Spring has officially arrived in Washington & we have our first daffodils!

And the kids have been playing outside a lot and give me anxiety when they come inside with their dirty faces.

So we take lots of baths and pretend that our green washcloth is a mermaid tail!

Crazy hair! 

Gee, I wonder where she gets it from.

Remember when I said Shayne gets us whatever we want? Dairy Queen :)

Lily loves to stand by the door with Ayden every day and wait for his school bus. They love each other!

Oh, and have you ever seen my beautiful sleeve my husband recently finished on me? This is my 2nd one by him, but this one is the best one. He's amazing at Japanese style stuff. I'm so lucky to have this on me forever.(click on it to enlarge!)

Missing some people

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit. Hmm, well I can think of plenty of people who have treated me like shit here and there, but no one really has ever made my life a living hell, thankfully. I don't think I need to make a list of every single asshole I've met either! ha

Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted. Pretty much most of my friends I'd say. We've all drifted apart...had kids, moved away,  or just have other things going on in our lives now. My handful of close friends stay in contact with me via phone calls, texting, & Facebook, but we rarely see each other face to face anymore & it sucks. Here's a few of my friends I miss a lot.
Jodi, Breann, & me

My 2 oldest friends, Breann & Annie on my wedding day

Me & Breann...Halloween in beauty school

 Me & Anna...on someone's scooter parked outside of my house! We just sat on it & took some pics

All beauty school gals at a friend's wedding

Me & Breann when we both had black hair & looked like twins

Breann, Jodi, & school Halloween. Jodi won 1st place for her construction worker costume!

Me & Breann...sharing a deviled egg I think? Who knows...

Me, Jodi, & Breann doing a bathroom pic at the wedding

 Getting ready for a night out on the town (a very long time ago!)

 Me & Jodi...doing I don't know what!

Anna & I at school

ALL beauty school gals here! Can't you tell?! We all have great hair!

Miss you gals! Hope to see you again soon.

Getting back to normal

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do. This one is easy. I hope I never have to bury my children...simple as that. I hope to die before either of them does, and while I know it will be hard for them to lose me or their father, that's how it's supposed to be. Children should outlive their parents.

Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for. This one is easy husband and my children. If it weren't for them I don't know where I'd be, whether it was some career driven single woman or far worse (and like a lot of people I know)...a bar fly or party girl (vomit). Thank GOD for my husband and the children we have. I'm so happy with them and the life we have together.

So yesterday and today I've been sick, along with everyone else in our house. We all have sore throats, coughing, and drippy noses (runny/stuffy noses are my least favorite of all). I've also been dealing with adjusting to feeling normal without all the medication I've been on. I've been taking a cocktail of meds multiple times  a day for about 6 months, including some very strong pain medication for this back problem. Now that I've had the surgery I don't have to take them anymore (thankfully!) But even though I was taking the medication for a legitimate problem my body still became somewhat addicted to the narcotics (something I knew would happen. I've been talking to all of my doctors about it for months). I had one last refill after surgery to help with the pain from the surgery and I was told to try to taper down from them  after the pain started to decrease. It was pretty hard, since I was still in some physical pain from the incision and everything else, so my body would trick me into thinking I was in more pain so that I would take the dose of medication. I weaned down a little and then my refill ran out and I just didn't refill it or take any more and I was feeling pretty crappy for a couple of days. Yesterday was the worst day, but I'm feeling much better today besides this bug we all have in our house. I've been completely pain medication free for about 5 days now! Yay! The only thing I'm still taking is a nerve medication and I have an appointment next week to meet with my surgeon for a follow up and then we'll get me on a schedule to taper off of them. It'll be a long taper...about 3 weeks I think. I had to taper onto them when I started the medication, increasing my doses every week for 3 weeks.

So now the  only thing I have to do now is get my energy and strength back after sitting on my rear for the last 11 days or so recovering. My house is TRASHED. Well, trashed by my definition of it. I've stated before that I'm a clean freak so I think a little clutter in the living room, full hampers in a few of the bedrooms, and a sink full of dishes equals something close to a panic attack for me. I got up today and cleaned the kitchen...emptied the dishwasher, loaded it again, scrubbed every counter top, swept, emptied the garbage (which I'm technically not supposed to do because it's still considered heavy lifting...oopsies) and now once again my kitchen is sparkling and clean like it's supposed to be. Ahhh... However, by the time I was done, I was sweating, sniffling my brains out, and so out of breath I had to go and lay down and write this blog. I have a load of of laundry to fold now and I think that's about all the work I can handle for today. Tomorrow I'm going to clean the bathroom (I despise dirty bathrooms and I have to pretend not to see the grime every time I go into mine now!) It hasn't been cleaned since the day before my surgery, about 12 days ago, and I usually give it a good scrub down every 3-4 days, so to me it's horrifying! I think that will be a task in itself for me tomorrow and I'm hoping I'm not overdoing it, but I can't sit around and look at this mess any longer. It's giving me anxiety...more anxiety than I already have!

I also forgot to mention that I need to feel better soon so I can get started on my vegetable garden & clean out the flower beds! 

My 1 week hiatus from the kitchen

Monday, March 21, 2011

I haven't cooked a meal for my family for about 8 days now because I've been bed/couch ridden and healing. My kids have been having cold cereal for breakfast (normally they get scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, etc like almost every morning). And we've been either doing fast food, take out from sit down restaurants, or quick stuff like grilled cheese and tomato soup for the last week or so, and I think everyone is pretty much sick of it. So today I was feeling better and I knew I had a whole chicken in my fridge that I needed to cook like soon or it would go to waste (and I can't stand that!) so I decided to be ambitious and make a good home cooked meal for my husband and kids. I decided on roasted chicken with red potatoes and carrots, homemade stuffing, and gravy from scratch. I had a craving for stuffing...oh how I love stuffing. But I've never made it 100% from scratch. I usually buy some kind of boxed stuffing and jazz it up. But tonight I had no boxed stuffing, so I had to be inventive. I even took pictures to document my miraculous dinner experience tonight. (I'm totally joking...I normally cook all the time!).

First I slathered my chicken in a mixture of olive oil, rosemary, garlic, kosher salt, pepper, and a few other spices I think but I can't remember. I let this sit in the fridge for a few hours.

Then I cut up the potatoes & threw the baby carrots in a bowl with some olive oil and about 1/3 of a packet of french onion soup mix (the stuff you mix with sour cream to make dip for chips)

I tossed the veggie concoction & then put it in the roasting pan with the chicken & put it in the oven at 450 degrees for about an hour and a half

So in this pan I melted about 3 tbsp butter & a half of a diced onion and some chopped celery and sauteed these until they were just getting a little soft (I like my celery a little crunchy). Oh, and salt and pepper too of course.

Then I added my breadcrumbs. I made these with hamburger buns! I literally took a cheese grater and grated the buns. I used like 1 whole bun because I didn't need a ton and I knew the kids probably wouldn't eat it. I just kind of toasted the breadcrumbs in the pan for a few minutes until they were golden brown.

Then I slowly started adding a little chicken stock about 1-2 tbsp at a time and tossed the breadcrumb mixture around. I think I probably used about a 1/2 a cup of chicken stock until my stuffing was to the right consistency that I like mine. (not mushy) Then I put it in a casserole dish, covered it with foil, and popped it in the oven with the chicken for about 30 minutes.

Here's what the chicken looked like when it was done! YUM! I took a little bit of the drippings from the pan to make some gravy too and it turned out so good!

YUMMY! Ayden said it was like Thanksgiving and both kids (and Shayne) at everything on their plates. They asked if we could have it again tomorrow and we have leftovers so we probably will! Oh, and the stuffing was SO good! I'll be making homemade stuffing for Thanksgiving this year for sure! I'll have to think of some ways to add to it too.

The kids even asked if they could help me clean up the kitchen! What a perfect night. Love them.

Must-have Monday 3/21/11

Ok, I'm a cheater and I skipped last week's must-have because of my I promised this week's would be a good one. Now I'm kind of kicking myself that I said that because I'm having a serious case of writer's block. I think because I've been recuperating on the couch for the last week and not caring about my hair or makeup I'm going to pick a children's item rather of a beauty item. So this week's Must-Have Monday is....

The Nintendo DS!!!

I'm telling you, these babies have been lifesavers!!! I hate to sound like the mom who plops her kids in front of the tv or videogame, but sometimes when you have a major illness or surgical procedure and two crazy kids you kind of need to do just that! My kids are 6 1/2 & 3 and they each have their on DS Lite (the Lite is the not as fancy, more moderately priced one at $129 instead of like $189). We decided on the DS for Ayden this year for Christmas and he absolutely loves it! Well, Lily soon discovered the DS and she decided to steal her brother's all the time. At not even 3 years old she was playing Mario on it and was actually pretty good! So her birthday came around in March and we decided to get her one as well (go ahead and judge me all you want for giving my 3 year old a video game, but when she idolizes her brother she wants what he has, so I got her what she really wanted for her birthday). Best thing was, we got it used from GameStop for $100 and it looked pretty much brand new. They have about 8 games between the two of them, which we also buy used at GS and trade them in there as well. These things are great for car rides, grocery shopping trips, quiet time, and having to force 2 children to sit in a waiting room with daddy while mommy gets prepped for surgery. Shayne said there was a kid in the waiting room who was a nightmare...screaming, jumping, crying, etc, and our kids were sitting quietly playing their games waiting for me. They've also helped out a lot because Shayne had to go back to work 2 days after my surgery and I pretty much couldn't do anything. I laid on the couch for about 5 days and could only get up to go to the bathroom and get myself and the kids something to eat or drink. So when they got exceptionally crazy it was nice being able to say "Ok guys, you're being a little too loud and crazy so you each go and get your games and go in your own rooms for a bit and have some quiet time" and it totally worked! Awesome! So yeah, if you have children and they like video games you should seriously consider one for them when you feel they are at the appropriate age. You might even steal it a few times to play some Mario! hehe

Ayden with his DS on Christmas morning

And Lily in the car right after we took her to GameStop for her DS

Wow I'm behind!

Oh dear oh dear, we all had a lazy Sunday yesterday and now I'm behind in the blogging world. I'll try to make this brief (yeah right!)

Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for. There's plenty of things I could think of to put for this one, but I'll stick with the obvious. I need to forgive myself for not being perfect. I am a perfectionist, in every sense of the word, and it's a constant struggle for me to tell myself that not everything has to be perfect and that I need to learn to let some things go. I can't do everything. I can't be everywhere. I can't be the best, nicest, prettiest, perfect mom, wife, or person in general. I think I have these very high standards that I set for myself and I feel like I'm failing if I don't do each and everything exactly how I wanted to. Shayne tells me all the time that I don't need to make these huge lists of things to do or get done and that when I don't do something perfectly that I shouldn't beat myself up over it. Maybe I should listen to him.

Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for. I need to forgive someone for creating this huge family mess. However, I'm not feeling super forgiving at the moment and this person has not done anything to deserve forgiveness, so call me cruel, but I guess I'm skipping this one a little.

Ok, so now I'm caught up on that. We had a very lazy weekend and it was great, but now I need to get out of this lazy slump. Shayne worked Saturday as usual and remember how I blogged here about my migraine from hell? Well we got kind of worried and thought it might be something having to do with my back surgery and it could possibly be spinal fluid leakage. Freaky huh? A friend of mine texted me about her boyfriend having that happen after a car accident and he had a brutal headache and was puking his guts out and stuff. That scared me so I looked on my discharge sheet and read the symptoms to look for. I had 2 of them, but I didn't have a fever with it. So I figured if I still had the migraine the next day (it was like 1am when my friend was texting me) that I'd call my doctor. Well the next day I was fine, so I figured it was just a migraine that I get about once every month or so. Sometimes I'll wake up with a bad one and it won't go away all day. I think that's all it was because I feel fine (headache wise) now. I still have some incision pain though and I'm not sure but I think I was still feeling a little nerve pain in my but and leg yesterday. I'm trying not to get bummed out but the doctor said it could take up to 8 weeks after surgery for this to go away. I hope it goes away forever finally!

Day 2 of 30 days of truth & the migraine from hell!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 02 → Something you love about yourself- One thing I love about myself is that I still like to get dressed up & look good for my husband. And not only that, I just like looking my best most of the time in general. I pride myself on not being the typical frumpy stay at home mom who wears holey sweats and has a ratty bun and doesn't ever wear makeup or do her nails. (And please, this isn't meant to make anyone reading this feel bad about themselves or anything, this is just my personal opinion). From a young age I remember thinking to myself that I never wanted to be that mom. Sure I have my days where I'm extremely tired or I'm PMSing or something and I just want to have a lazy day in my pjs. But for me, those days are few and far between. Part of it is a self esteem thing for myself. I found that when I was a young mom at home by myself with a newborn I felt better when I put makeup on and got dressed. The days where I didn't do this I usually felt like crap and had a bad day. Admit it...we all enjoy looking in the mirror and actually liking what we see, right? And doesn't your husband/boyfriend/significant other love it when he comes home and sees you all dolled up with your hair curled and a cute little outfit on or something? Mine sure does, and he's always telling me how much he appreciates that I care about that kind of stuff. I like looking good for him and for myself. Some women use the excuse that they don't have enough time to put much effort into how they look. Ok, I get that. We're all busy. Maybe I'm not the busiest mom in the world and I'm sure a lot of moms have their hands a lot fuller than mine. But I have 2 kids and a husband who does not lift a finger around the house, and somehow I still find the 30 minutes or less that it takes for me to do my makeup (foundation, concealer, brows, shadow, liner, mascara, blush, etc...I wear a lot of makeup, ok? haha). I usually do something with my hair, whether it's flat ironing it really quicly or throwing some curls in with my flat iron, and then I slip into some jeans or leggings and a cute tee or blouse. Some days (when my kids are behaving exceptionally well) I spend more time on this just for fun to look extra glamorous, and some days (when I'm in a hurry) I spend less time on my face to run out and pick up some eggs and bread. Either way I can pretty much guarantee that you will never see me out and about completely makeup free and without real clothes on. (and my rant on wearing pjs in public will have to be saved for another blog!) Hello...this is the woman who put on concealer, bronzer, brows, and mascara before going in for back surgery at 7am!
So yeah, I guess what I'm trying to say is I love that I enjoy looking good for myself & for the sake of everyone else's eyes! hehe. Call me shallow or vain, but that's how I feel. I can't help it!

So, on to the migraine thing. I had one for most of the day yesterday and I woke up with one today as well. Nothing has worked to get rid of it and about 10 minutes ago I was puking my guts out in the toilet because I'd been fighting off a horrible wave of nausea for the last 3 hours. I feel a little better now and I'm snacking on some pretzels (which actually taste delicious...I'm starving!) I need to feel better because tonight is family night and we are ordering the UFC fight on PPV and my Shayne is picking up some delicious barbecue food for dinner from Famous Dave's. I haven't had a "real" meal all week since my surgery and if I could just get over this migraine and nausea I would love to devour one of their famous trashcan lids full of delicious barbecued meats. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can participate in this feast! Also, I don't know who we are rooting for in the big fight. My husband loves UFC and I just like watching it with him, so whoever he likes, I hope he wins! 

30 days of truth...Day 1

Friday, March 18, 2011

I've seen quite a few people in the blogs that I follow do this thing called "30 days of truth" and I really like reading them. I think it's an interesting way to learn little things here and there about the person, but some of the questions really make you think, so I think it's also a good way to really reflect on myself as well as entertain my readers. I'm not expecting to have this crazy life changing moment where I "find myself" (I hate when people use that term!) but I think it will be interesting nonetheless. So here's the list, and I will try to do each day consecutively (hopefully!) along with my regular blogging.

Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.

Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 → A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 → Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 → Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 → (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 → Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 → Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 → Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 → Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 → A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

Sounds easy enough, right? Here goes nothing...

Day 1- Something you hate about yourself. Wow, what a great way to start! Haha. Ok, something I hate about myself is my sensitivity to sound. I don't know if it's like an OCD thing or what, but I can't stand loud noises and it's a constant battle for me. It's extremely hard to deal with especially when I have two small children who like to make a lot of noise! Like right now for instance, as I type this Lily is in her room singing at the top of her lungs. Sounds like a pretty normal thing for a 3 year old to do, right? And while it's adorable, it's so distracting for me and I can't think about anything other than how loud she is! I also have a hard time talking on the phone because I have to have it completely silent while I do it...I mute the TV, have to tell the kids repeatedly to be quiet, and I usually hang up very frustrated because any noise whatsoever is extremely distracting when I'm trying to have a phone conversation. I don't know how to get over this, but it's something I just have to deal with I guess. 

Well that was easy! Stay tuned for day 2 tomorrow.

I'm recovering from surgery just fine. I'm still super sore but it's getting easier to move and get up from laying down. I have to take it easy for a while still and the doctor said no housework for awhile and no lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk. I guess laundry baskets are off limits then. I'm having an extremely hard time with this whole "not doing anything" thing. I'm not a lazy person and I'm usually cleaning constantly. Last night the kitchen mess was getting to me. Just think of the horror...dishes stacked up in the sink for days! No no no! I can't handle that. I got up and cleaned the entire kitchen and did all the dishes. I think I overdid it because I definitely felt it when I was laying down later. I was shaking and I just felt weird. Shayne pointed out that not only did I break the rules and clean the kitchen, but I also didn't eat much yesterday either. I think all I had was coffee, cadbury eggs, a pepsi, and eggrolls. Not a healthy diet, right? So I forced myself to eat some yogurt with strawberries, a glass of juice, and a fruity popsicle and I felt much better. Today I'm taking it easy again and I'm laid up on the couch with the laptop and remote. I got Ayden off to school and besides that I'm not doing anything, even though I cringe every time I see the laundry baskets getting full. I need to just breathe and let things go and remember I should be back to my normal self in another week or so and I can do all the cleaning I want after that! Right now I just need to focus on resting and healing...and plenty of blogging. 

Crafting extravaganza before back surgery

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This weekend I had a visitor from out of town. My good friend Jodi (who lives about 2 hours away) came to hang out and we made some super cute stuff for her new house that she's moving into next month. We both came up with the ideas from a few of our favorite crafting blogs, she helped cut and pin everything, and I sewed it all together.We had a great little system going and sewed for pretty much 24 hours straight to get everything done before she had to head back home. So here's how it went down!

We started by making some basic pillow cases. Sounds simple enough, right? It took us while to measure, cut, fold, and re-fold to figure out exactly what we had to do to make the pillow case work. You'd think a basic rectangle sewn together would be a no-brainer, but we had to rethink things a few times before actually sewing it (and then I started sewing on the folded side instead of the cut side of course! haha) Ok, ok, I only had to use the seam ripper once! But we finally figured it out and made some super cute polka dot pillow cases for Jodi's bedroom.

Success! We did it! We were SO proud of ourselves for making these. 

Then we moved on to the curtains. These were pretty easy to make, but they just required a lot of careful measuring and cutting  because we had to repeat it six times for three windows in Jodi's new house.

We started with some basic curtains we found at Ross for $6.99 each...what a steal!

Then we added some plain brown and a floral print fabric to the bottoms that we cut shorter

 Pinning the fabric on to the bottom of the curtains

 These turned out better than we had imagined!

 And the finished product! They turned out so cute. Not bad for some plain $7 curtains, huh?

After the success of the curtains we headed to bed at about 2am, slept in the next day, and then got started on day two of our craft making. Our next project was to make some throw pillows for Jodi's bedroom. We got some great pillow ideas from our favorite blog Make it and Love It. Ashley has some amazing ideas on there and I had been wanting to make some of her pillows for a long time, so I was so happy that Jodi helped me fulfill a crafting dream! We started off with the fabric flower pillows.

 Here are the finished fabric flowers! Cute

 Jodi had the brilliant idea of adding buttons to them!

 Super cute right? Good call on the buttons!

More buttons on these? But of course!

The damask button on the big red flower is the best one! These turned out so beautifully

 Our first two throw proud of ourselves!

After that we moved on to the pillows with ties that we found here on her blog

Trying to figure out how to tie the bow...tricky little bugger

Jodi made up the red pillow with the button in the front...she was definitely in her creative groove

And here's the entire bed set after we finished. We made the red pillow cases in the back, added the red stripe to the plain white pillow cases in front of the red ones, and we hand made all of the throw pillows on here. The only thing we didn't make was the comforter. (which, by the way, is adorable and matches everything perfectly!)

Cute right? I only wish this stuff was all mine to keep! I guess I'll just have to make my own :)

After the bed set was finished we still had the wall hangings to make, which I talked about before here in one of my previous blogs. These were super easy to make and matched the curtains we made for Jodi's living room. She's going to cluster the wall hangings to make a collage. It's going to be so pretty.

I can't wait for my friend to get all moved in to her new house and decorate with her new stuff we made! I should also add that she's pregnant and expecting her first little boy, Cooper, in May, so we've also got a baby room to decorate as well later on. Look for that in another blog, because I've got a lot of ideas in my head for little Cooper's bedroom! Maybe some handmade baby shower gifts? We shall see.

So that was my busy (but fun!) weekend and I'm so glad that I got to spend it with my good friend and got to share some ideas with her and she learned a little about sewing at the same time. I'm so glad I got to get some of that creative energy out of my system when I did, because now as I type this I'm on bed rest.

 I finally had my back surgery yesterday, which is also why there was no Must-Have Monday yesterday. Back surgery at the age of 26 is not fun, but I'm hoping this is going to fix me. Like I stated in my blog before, I've had a herniated disc in my lower back for about 6 months now. Yesterday I had surgical procedure called a microdiscectomy, where they basically go in, drill through the bone, and cut out the part of the disc in my spine that is bulging out and pressing on my sciatic nerve. Sounds scary, right? It was. I had never had stitches or a broken bone before, and the only time I'd ever been hospitalized was for childbirth. The idea of the anesthesia is what freaked me out the most, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I'm home now, typing up this blog on my laptop in the peaceful quietness in my bedroom while my husband wrangles my kids and tries to get them into bed. He's going back to work tomorrow, so this is my last chance to fully rest before I have to get back to my daily mommy routine (though I've been ordered to do no cleaning or lifting of any kind, so all household chores are off limits at least for a week). Basically I can lay on the couch and only get up to go to the bathroom or get myself or my kids something to eat. So I'll end this blog here so that I can get a few more hours of rest and hopefully I make it through tomorrow on my own with the kids. Hopefully next week I'll be back to my regular blogging routine too and have a really great Must-Have Monday ready for you! Thanks :)
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