Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Life Made Lovely Monday...

I love my new Paula Dean pan set!!

I love that they are deep, non stick and robbins egg blue!!!


Monday, April 11, 2011

31 Day Challenge-Day 24: A picture of something you wish you could change

If I could change anything it would be how hard Dan has to work!
Even when he has punched the time clock his work still
doesn't end, because his phone rings off the hook all hours of the night
and several times through out the months during the night he gets woken up by alarm calls and
has to get up out of bed and go fix whatever is wrong at the barn.
I am proud of Dan for the hard worker he is but I just wish he could find time to relax

31 Day Challenge..Day 23: A picture of your favorite book

I don't have just ONE favorite book,
but I do have a few books that are special to me...
I've mentioned these before..
I'm in love with my 1950's cookbook..I love the vintage farm house look of it..
and get this...I haven't cooked not ONE recipe out of it!!
I should do something about that!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday.....

This is one of my favorite photos!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What's on Shawna's Phone Tuesdays

Not a whole heck of alot!

 My nephews birthday gift..yes you are seeing that right..
I wrapped it in butcher paper and duct tape!
So what...don't judge me!

Carter with his cousin Trent went out exploring today
and found the ultimate treasure of all.
A birds egg!!
Their excitement of their special find was infectious and brought me back
to when I was a child and how cool and lucky I felt when I too
would find an egg on the ground!
This stuff doesn't just happen every day man!!!

I came across this idea while looking thru a blog hop and drooling over everyone's projects..!!

This is not MY idea..I totally copied it! And I love it :)

I got this idea off of "Keeping It Simple"

You won't beleive how easy this was..and ah hem..MESSY :)

She made up a tutorial on how to make this VERY SIMPLE and CHEAP wreath..you should all go check it out. It only cost me like $3 bucks to make it and I still had supplies left when I was done!

It's nice and bright and even the hubs says it makes the door look "cheery"..and he's color blind lol..

Thursday, March 31, 2011

31 Day Challenge -Day 22: A picture of something you wish you were better at.

I am telling you I am such a mess with this topic in life!!!
I dream of everything having a place and everything being put in a place...
To come home to this..would be so dreamy...
But instead I've got this...
(Ignore the dirty mat, it's saw dust from renovating the kitchen)
A pantry ah..to be so ORGANIZED..every woman's dream..Is this really how people LIVE?..
because this is MY pantry...

Love my 70's shelf paper???....

Now I gotta know for sure...is THIS REALLY what it looks like under YOUR bathroom sink?
Mine might look like this for a day..the SAME day that I organized it but by evening it'd be a wreck!

Infact..this is a typical day in our bathrooms...
My bathroom looks like this..
And under Dan and the boys' bathroom sink it looks like this...
Gasp! You see I TRY to bring organization...see the empty toilet roll paper holder there in the back..yea..
it's not functional if you don't use it right...then the baskets...well..that defeated the purpose..(same as the basket on my sink to what is suppose to hold my "make up"..not "and some"...
and look at that 1900's game boy! Now that's poopin in style folks!

....So as you can see....I wish I was better at organization...Im pretty sure it goes hand in hand with my procrastination :)

31 Day Challenge-Day 21: A picture of something you wish you could forget

March 5, 2008
The day my brother Brad died..in a horriable car accident no less (ah hem..my car phobia!)
Not that I want to forget my brother, but the pain I experienced with his loss has been nothing like I've ever experienced before. We all expect that someday we will lose our parents, but I never gave it a thought as to losing a sibling.
I miss him all the time. Especially around Easter time when we are all at "Grammy and Poppy's" dying eggs with the grandkids. I can still see him manuvering around the table trying to video tape and photograph whoever would stand still long enough..His piercing blue eyes and big smile is something I will never forget.

31 day challenge-Day 20: A picture of somewhere you want to travel to.

There are two places I dream of going!
To some people it may not seem that dreamy..but to me
it's on my bucket list without a doubt!

I would love to travel to Maine!
I don't know what it is that has attracted me to the seaside of Maine but I beleive it
started with the movie "Sarah Plain and Tall"......
Another place I would love to go to is
Rockafeller Center to watch the ice skaters.
Another thing Im not sure so much as to "WHY"...
It just has a nostalgic sense to me..every year when I set
my ice skating pond up for my villiage I always think of Rockafeller!
I don't know as "I" would actually skate (perhaps just to say I did!) but I think
it would be lovely to just sit and watch the other skaters for a little bit. (And by little bit..I mean
not very long lol..I hate cold..lol)

As for Mr. Handsome, he has said he would love to go somewhere tropical or extravagant, some place
that you absoultly have to fly to get there..like out of this country..or Hawaii..

Thing One and Thing Two..well they will just settle for taking them to Dave and Busters in Chicago lol..

31 Day Challenge-Day 19: A picture and a letter

These are some of my favorite photos that I have seen from Dan's childhood.
He was (is) so adorable!!
So today is share a photo and a letter..today I have chosen to write a letter to my In laws...
Dear Danny and Lou Anne,
Seventeen years ago I met a boy who I thought was such a pain in the butt!
He picked on me, always made jokes that he thought were funny, and at worst...would
fart!! Who raised this boy??!!!
As time went on he became a boy that was funny...his jokes were corny but yet I found myself laughing at them..the farting..well..I never got on board with that!
Soon I saw a young man, one that I admired, respected and was quickly falling swooney over..AND he liked me enough that he was embarrassed to fart around me (yay!)

Before I even knew what was happening I was in love with this young man and I knew that he was without a doubt the man I wanted to marry, the man I wanted share children with, the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

I am proud of this man and I am proud to call him my husband.
His morals are strong, he knows how to treat a lady, he is a great father, a hard worker, and strong family provider, and anyone who is lucky enough to call him a friend is truely blessed.
He did not learn this all on his own, he was taught this by two parents that raised him to be the awesome man that he is today.

I thank you for that!
My one hope is that we are raising our own sons with these same values.

Dan is very lucky that he has you both for parents and has expressed that to me several times.
There is nothing that you two wouldn't do for your kids, grandkids or in-laws.
In a sense we are all truely blessed to have you both as "our parents".
So today I thank you for Dan and all that he is, without your influence, love and support he would not be the most awesome man I know!

I know that I am truely blessed to have Dan as my husband and I try every day to not take him for granted!
Thank you to you both!
I love you!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday.....

Wordless Wednesday..

31 Day Challenge-Day 18 A picture of your biggest insecurity

I can't speak for the rest of my family on what their
insecurities are but for me, if you are reading this and you know me
you will not find this surprising...

My insecurity is DRIVING!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Super Moon...!!

 Did you all see the SUPER MOON?
Im not sure if I seen it while it was in super mode or not.
I didn't notice it was large like people were saying, but
I did notice it was alot brighter then usual tho!
I feel lucky that I was able to witness this in my lifetime.
"They" say it won't happen again for another 20 years!
So if the God Lord allows I may just have the chance to see it again!!
These aren't the best photos, I've seen other people's photos and they are alot
better then mine and I read that the best time to see the moon at it's largest was at sunset, me on the other hand I went out and looked after midnight :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Flash Back Friday..

Friday Photo Flashback

Carter at his 3rd birthday. I loved his chubby butt in that speedo-he'll prolly kill me for that lol..

  Carter's first ride in the tractor with Daddy. Click on this pic to see it bigger sooo cute!
Dan and Caleb 2008

 Caleb 2008 first year playing on minors
 Carter's first year of tball 2008

Product Reveiw-Glade Sparkle of Spring Candle

 As part of being a Bzz Agent, I got the opportunity to
sample the new Glade spring line.
I was sent this candle "Sparkle of Spring".
I first used it as my table setting for St. Patty's Day dinner because
it was GREEN!!
At first I didn't notice much of a scent from it.
After dinner I cleaned up the kitchen and realized, I may not have
much noticed the scent because the aroma of the food I had cooked may have still been in the air.
So I moved the candle into the living room and  IT DID IT'S JOB!!
My living room is by no means a small room and Im telling you the candle filled the room with scent!
It was a very fresh and clean scent. Very pleasant!
I will be buying this line of candles again!
It is long lasting as far as the burn time. I've had it burning for 5 hours now and it's
not even close to half burned!
There is another candle in this line called "Bring on the blossoms". Im anxious to give that one a try!
So stay tuned for an update on what I think of that candle!

2 thumbs up, I would buy this product!
Other items in their spring line include
Premium Room Sprays
Scented Oil Candle refills
Plug Ins Scented oils
and the 4oz jar Candles I mentioned above

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day (2011)

For the "small" holidays, I always like doing simple things for the boys,
but this year with the house being in such a disaray I wasn't sure what I was going to do.
So I quickly threw something together...
I went to the store and bought "gold" candies..

Found 2 similiar containers..put a sheet of green paper into the jar
and stuffed them with the candies...
It made for a nice "goodie surprise" for the boys...
I made a quick pasta dish and added some precooked chicken and cooked it in the electric pan
(the joys of not having a stove ha ha)
Added some green food coloring..
Bought some green punch..
added a green candle to the table and green table cloth and called it
St. Patty's Day!

 The pasta dish came out yum-o!

(ignore the background mess, with everything going on these types of messes are everywhere in our home!)
To end the dinner we made our own
"shamrock shakes"
Carter mentioned that we didn't have whip cream to top it off..
well as luck would have it...I had heavy cream in the fridge!
Yay for recipes that don't use the whole carton :)

So our St. Patty's day was a little fun and a little special..I hope yours was
full of lots of green and maybe even some gold if you were lucky :)