I Know I'd Be Tired If I Let Myself Sit Down

So, my exam went well... I think.  It is so hard to tell with English exams...  but, I was able to keep all my ideas organized and I even had time to go over my work.  I wrote 2 essays (11 pages) in just under 2 hours.  My hand still hurts!

After my exam I came home to get ready for work.  Then, I went to work....  Then I came home and watched part 2 of a 6 part documentary about Auschwitz with Taylor.  (But that is for another post).  Needless to say, I needed something to relax my mind.  (And since my next exam isn't for another week and I don't sleep anyways, I decided to be productive).  It is almost Easter (yay long weekend!!) and I decided to make something to go into the girls' Easter baskets.  I tried Dana's simple skirt tutorial.  It is seriously the easiest thing I have ever made.  The first one took an hour, but the second one took half that because I was able to tweak some things.
Here is Lexi's simple skirt:

It ended up being "fluffier" than I thought it would, but I love the polka dots and I know she will too!

So, after tweaking the tutorial a little, here is Lily's version of the simple skirt...

I am getting much better at sewing.  Just look at this seam...
(Anyone who has witnessed me sewing, knows that seam is progress).

Well, anyways...  Here is one final picture of the skirts together.  They match without being "matchy"... which is just my style.  :)

Oh... and I thought I was handling my stress this week REALLY well... apparently not. 

Yes... that fat lip will be a HUGE, HONKIN' cold sore in the morning.  


Somos Novios

I have an exam tomorrow....  So, you are wondering why I am blogging, right?  Well, it is an English exam, which really cannot be studied for.  Don't get me wrong, I have gone over my notes and have written outlines for my essays I have to write, but beyond that, it all depends on whether you have gone to classes all semester.  And I have...  So, I decided to focus on NOT STRESSING before my exam.  I started by  reading some blogs I love. Then I decided that instead of reading about what someone else made, I would make something myself.  For me, sewing is not necessarily stress-free, but it is a better stress than sitting around worrying about my exam tomorrow.  As long as I am patient, sewing really does get my mind off other things and helps me to relax.  So I took Lily to school, put Lexi down for a nap, turned on my iron and itunes, and got to work.

I decided to make something simple.  Because I am really just beginning to sew again, the simple, fast projects are more rewarding.  For one, they actually turn out the way they were intended.  This is always a boost to the "sewing confidence".  Second, I am not known for my patience, and these simple projects can be done in under 1 hour (maybe two).  Anyways, are you d-y-i-n-g to see what I made???

I used some of my fabric stash to make a ruffled table runner!!  They are all over the blogosphere so I can't even say where I first got the idea...   My version is really simple... (as mentioned earlier)....

Now I am feeling kind of stage shy....  I almost don't want to show you.  Haha!

The fabric is a really pretty bright mustard color...  It is some kind of linen/cotton blend I think.  I don't know for sure because I got it in the bargain area of the fabric store for $1 a meter!  :)

This was a fun afternoon project.  (I even made the white table cloth underneath the table runner...  I used old Ikea curtains.  I just cut off the rings and hemmed it to match the other side. I think I will leave this one white, but I have a few more I am going to try dying...  stay tuned).

I really love the finished product.  And I think the rooster does too!!

(Song-of-the-dayish is Somos Novios by Andrea Bocelli and Katharine McPhee...  I don't know what they are singing, but I love it anyway).


Tii-ii-iiime is On My Side, Yes It Is

Have you ever seen that movie with Denzel Washington with the evil spirit who keeps possessing people and you know where "it" is because the person always sings that song.... "Time is on my side, yes it is".  I don't remember what it is called, but the word Shadows is in the title somewhere....  Cool movie.... the ending kind of stunk... but you will know why if you have seen it...

Anyways, that is not what this is about.  I just thought of it when I wrote the title to this post.


Because I have not started studying for finals yet, I have had time to catch up on blogs...  And I have caught that creative DIY bug BIG TIME...  I have not refinished anything myself yet, but I have big plans as soon as the snow goes away for good.
We have this table.  It is light wood and white...  It is beat up, scratched up, painted up, and wiggly in spots.  So, after I add some wood glue to those wiggly spots, I am going to sand the heck out of it and then paint it so that it can look shiny and new!!  Yay.  Here are my inspirations for the project...  Which one do you like better?  (And, yes, I do really want to know.  I am not "just asking").

Option One come from Amanda M...  (here).
Here is her table "before"...  she has a cooler pedestal table then I do, but such is life...

And here is the before of her chairs:

(They are identical to mine)...

And here is her "after"....

(I LOVE it!!)

Here is option two... which I love just as much....  Hence, the dilemma...
(You can find it at k.f.d designs... here)

Aaaand... After:

I am kind of leaning toward option number 2...  only because our table has two leafs and it might be too much color if it is all blue....
And yet....  I love, love, love those chocolate brown chairs with the distressing....

Weigh in....  Tell me what you think...  (I can't wait until the snow melts and I can get started!!  And I might even get a tan...  well, that would probably be TOO much to ask for).  :)


Real Comfort

Yesterday was my last day of classes!  Woohoo!  I am not sure why this last semester was so difficult, but it really was a struggle and I am glad it is almost over.  I have two exams next week and one at the end of the month.
Going back to school really has been a blessing.  I have learned a great deal in and out of the classroom.  I will only get a 2-year certificate of General Studies, but I hope to use the courses I have taken toward a Bachelor of Science degree.  But, for now, I just need to take a break.  I keep thinking how nice it will be to just focus on being a mom again.
And then I found this...

I even printed it onto photo paper and I am going to put it up somewhere in my house for the days when I forget how wonderful it is to be home with my girls.  :)
Even now, I am sitting in a clean home - which yesterday was a wreck because I had an exam, a paper, and a book project due these past 3 days.  I love the smells and sounds of a clean home.  I really love the sound of the dryer going and the hum of the vacuum.  They are comforting, somehow.  And I love the satisfied feeling you get after the work is done.  So, now I get to drink herbal tea and catch up on my blog reading while Alexis naps.

I do have dreams and aspirations.  I know I will have days when I get the "itch" to BE someone/something.  But, I also know there is no more rewarding job than what I am doing right now.  I know my girls have given up a lot for me to go to school.  Often times I was too tired to play or joke. I had a hard time juggling them, work, school, homework, housework and time for myself.  So, for now I'm happy to focus on my family.  I know it is one decision I will never regret.  I do hope to work on my own aspirations and goals, but at less expense to my family.  At this point in my life, I want to shape, guide, and love those little spirits that I have the privilege to know.  And I am excited to vacuum everyday!


Give the Cat a Name

Let's face it, I am pretty emotional.  :)  I like to think it's because I am passionate...  I cry when I'm sad, yell when I'm mad, scream when I'm scared, and sing when I'm happy.  Well, yesterday was no exception.  I cried at the strangest things and just wanted to get swallowed up in my blankets until the day was over.  Nothing was right.  My toes still hurt from stubbing them twice and dropping a really heavy chair right on them.  :(

Today was different.  I didn't cry once.  I laughed and sang.  

First, I did a craft with my sister-in-law (sister-in-heart), Tasha.  It was fun, easy, and so nice to start the day doing something creative.  Then a bunch of us went to the zoo, which is always a good time... :) But the part I will remember the most?  Anthropologie with Cheryl.  :)  *I laughed until I cried!*  Just looking at the beautiful things made my heart flutter with happiness.  And the fact that Cheryl loves it just as much as I do... Well, I knew there was a reason we were sisters.  haha!  While there, I spotted this...
(Except it was the most beautiful royal blue you have ever seen.  The leather was soft as silk.  It gave me butterflies. ... So did the $350 price tag.  Ha!  Well, add that to my list of favorites.)  Speaking of favorites, here are a few more of mine...  (my "someday" purchases)...

Saddle "Running" Shoes

Happy Face Ping-pong Paddle

"Camera" Camera Case

Nerd Shirt
NERD Bowtie and Glasses Pocket Ladies T-Shirt - Sizes S, M, L, XL
(Etsy: theboldbanana)

Breakfast at Tiffany's Pillow
Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffanys Pillow NEW COLOR
(Etsy: regansbrain)

The Cutest Little Girl's Easter Dress Ever

"Tree of Life" Necklace
TREE OF LIFE Sterling Silver Necklace
(Etsy: burnish)

Wish Bone Necklace
Silver Wish Bone Necklace
(Esty: Popsicledrum)

That is definitely not "it", but that's it for now.  :)  It's like Tiffany's... 
Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds?
Paul Varjak: The mean reds, you mean like the blues?
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you're getting fat and maybe it's been raining too long, you're just sad that's all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?
Paul Varjak: Sure.
Holly Golightly: Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany's. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that'd make me feel like Tiffany's, then - then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name! 

It's like Tiffany's.  :)


Not If, But When?

Why do we have to treat each other so poorly?  As human beings, why can't we accept each other... differences included?  Maybe it's because I have stubbed my toe one too many times today or because, even though my house is really clean, Lily said it smells funny (she doesn't like Pinesol apparently), but after today's episode at Dollarama, I have had enough!  Lily, Lexi, and I went out looking for some craft supplies (which we ended up not finding) and headed over to the dollar store afterward.  Man, was it busy!  Lily found what she wanted and so did Lexi, so we headed to the check-out.  The lines were monstrous, but we tried to pick the one that looked like it would go the fastest.  We really weren't in any rush, but as many of you know, having a 2 year old (who doesn't listen very well lately) in a dollar store is like... well, it's not pleasant.  (This story is getting way toooo long)...
There we were, excited about our bow and arrow purchase and there was a cute older couple in front of us.
By the way they were dressed, I guessed they were Hutterites or Mennonites.  They had a basket full of boxes of mints.  It ended up being about 100 single packages of mints.  I knew it was going to take some time to ring it all through and I wasn't excited about it, but I just tried to keep the girls' minds busy so they didn't go crazy waiting in line.  The man and woman were very friendly and chatted with us a little.  They both had such sweet countenances.  I almost wanted to invite them to go to lunch with me, but... you know.  Anyways, the cash clerk started ringing in their purchases and realized that the boxes didn't have bar codes on them and that she would have to scan every one.  Well, the line behind me did not like that at all.  They kept saying things about how long this was taking and why in the world was she scanning each one.  Working in retail myself, I knew that each flavour of mints probably had a different code and this was needed for inventory purposes.  And since each box had different amounts of each flavour, they had to be opened and counted.  Anyways, the other customers became quite loud in their comments and they became more rude each passing minute.  Soon they were making fun of how many mints were being bought and ridiculing the clerk for scanning each one.  The poor older couple were so embarrassed.  The clerk was embarrassed.  And I was getting madder by the minute.  I wish this story would turn into one where I am the heroine, but I am ashamed to say it does not.
Anyone who knows me well, knows I hate confrontation.  I end up getting flustered and saying things I shouldn't.  Sometimes I even cry, so I try to avoid it at all costs.  Even when the woman bought baby powder (after the mint transaction) and the others in line started commenting on how her husband only pays for his own stuff, I didn't say a word.  I was thinking that since the couple were probably from a community of people, they were buying the mints for everyone, and the baby powder was for personal use, so obviously they wouldn't pay for it with the same money that bought the mints.  But, still I didn't say anything.  I just gave dirty looks.
I was shocked and upset and hurt.  The poor woman was so flustered that she left without her change and the clerk had to call her back to give it to her.

I am most disappointed in myself.  How could I not protect this couple, who made me feel so good by being so kind and friendly to me.  In reality, I know I would have said something I would regret, but I regret saying nothing more.  I try to be better everyday.  I set goals and work on things I know I am not good at.  I try to develop patience and talents to bless the lives of others, but when it really counts, I let myself down.  In this case, I let everyone down.  I could have taken the opportunity to swim against the current and show what it means to have Christ-like love.  This experience has taught me a lot.  Hopefully, next time (because I know there will be a next time) I will have the courage to be the person I expect of myself.  The road seems really long...  The question isn't If  I will become that person, it's WHEN?  (And now I have to go "work" on patience).


I Spy, With My Little Eye....

This past week was spring break!  Yay!  We got to do a lot of fun things together, but the highlight of the week was the Glenbow Museum.  There are so many things to look at, touch, hear, and even smell!

There was so much to do and see.  We haven't even skimmed the surface!  

PS> Sorry about the array of pictures...  (I was having way too much fun using Picnik today!)