Thursday, November 25, 2010


"I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union."
--  Abraham Lincoln October 3, 1863 - Proclamation of Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's Tuesday

Paris is at school for a few more hours
Pumpkin is at school for a few more hours than the other one.
The doc is sleeping off a nasty call shift.
Train is watching baby Einstein's
and me........
sitting on the couch debating on if I should take a nap or not with Train.

the dishes are done.....the bathrooms are not
dinner is in prep state
no reading (of value) has been done
vacuuming needs to be done
(but can't be done due to sleeping beauty)
chore charts and daily schedules have been printed
volunteered at the school

hmmmm......I think it's nap time.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Urn you love it?

I'm in love....with urns!
I get these crazy notions sometimes.
I get fixated on things and I think of nothing else.
My last fixation was the armoire
and now it's urns!

How cute are these?

I'm thinking one on each side of the front door, in the living room and the master bedroom.

The start of the dining room

painted an accent wall
added a different chandelier
newer dining set
added a faux buffet

dining room to-do list:
hang up plate rack
add plates to said plate rack
purchase rust colored drapes (one's that match the kitchen in Phx)
hang said drapes
purchase decorative curtain rod
fix Merrell clock
hang said clock

Then the dining room will represent me.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Everyone's crafty

Since the move I've been blog hopping a ton. There are SO many crafty ladies in syber-space and boy are they talented!

I've been inspired and I'm ready to craft......except my house isn't finished yet. Today was a huge jump forward in the "getting the house put together" pursuit. Husband did an outstanding job making the family room cozy and sporty. I'm loving it! I'm also loving that we are in a true rental, an investment property so we can do whatever we want. Love it!

As I'm dreaming of all the fun crafts I want to do, I'm looking around the downstairs and really wishing I could just throw stuff in a bin, bucket, box or stash it somewhere and get started. The area is looking 70% better but the 30% is holding me back.

I love the setup and know it will facilitate getting more soon as it's all together.

As I type and look over my computer screen, I realize now that the pennants are up and I won't be painting a wall down here. There's no way I'm removing 30 pennants that have been measures and perfectly spaced to paint. (sigh) but the family room looks better than I had anticipated.

Well it's off to bed for a blissful night of sleep minus a toddler taking up the bed.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Long & short of it

The girls started growing their hair out two years ago. They wanted to donate it to locks of love. I thought it was great, certainly a charitable thing to do. This way I got what I wanted too, long hair.

Over the past two years, there has been tears, screams of dread and fits over "stupid hair". Finally the day arrived for the locks to disappear. It was easy to cut Paris' hair but I found myself hesitating on cuting Pumpkins.

 The smiles have returned!

Frivolous Friday Confessions

I must confess.
I LOVE to shop.

I must confess.
never  rarely pay full price for ANYTHING.

I've been known as the coupon queen for years.
I've also been known to make my poor husband wait for weeks or months for something he's asked me to purchase because it isn't on sale.
I'll talk couponing with anyone.
Since moving to Ut. a year ago I discovered a terribly expensive grocery store.
I've talked everyone I know out of shopping there and have forced some to trim their food budget. If not by persuasion then by telling them what my grocery budget is.

I've worked hard on keeping as much money out of the grocery stores or any store for that matter and  price matching. I have made Wal-Mart my one stop shop with the sale prices of every other store.....until now.

Previously mentioned terribly expensive grocery store snuck into my heart. I went shopping at wal-mart on Saturday and purchased some lettuce. After about a day it looked like this:

I thought for sure it would have a few good leaves for a luncheon I was having with a girlfriend the following day.

It didn't and I had to make a mad dash to the nearest....terribly expensive grocery store to buy some.

This is what I found!
 Beautiful, crisp heads with  white stumps or what ever you call it. Until that day, I'd never seen a head of lettuce that didn't have a brown stump. I'd heard about and read about it BUT had never seen one myself.

So in short. I confess. I paid full price for a beautiful, crisp head of lettuce. I'll do it again too, along with all their OTHER produce. 
To you Taryn, Sadie, Minnie, Codi . I'm SO SORRY I tried or did steer you away from that
beautiful, terribly expensive grocery store.

I'm now allocating more money to the food budget