Friday, October 19, 2012

Planning is Easy. Implementing is Hard.

So browsing Pinterest and other places have given me a TON of ideas and things I want to do. How do I implement them!? I have been trying for weeks to write in my journal and I just can't seem to sit down and do it! But, I thought I would share with you some of the things I would like to do....then maybe.....YOU might want to do them too. That might motivate me.....maybe.

#1 - Make the Christmas Gifts this Year!!!

I have tried really hard to do this. This year, I'm pretty ahead of the game, but still....Here's my plan.

 Honey's Present - A framed needlework of these adorable star trek you recognize them?

For Little Miss...I'm making her a quilt. A crazy quilt. Literally. I have no pattern and a bunch of material. I did make some individual crazy squares. Plus, I have some scrap strip blocks and some applique house blocks I embroidered on. I will post more about this later. I also thought about doing these adorable princess peg dolls.
From Lil' Blue Boo

 For Karate Kid....I am making cloth Yu-Gi-Oh dueling mats. Like this...sort of. I wanted to make them semi-stiff but still be able to fold them up. I also wanted to put a pocket on the back so he can put his cards in them. Other than that....I'm totally stumped.

Chickie, of course, is "easy" since she is ONE and doesn't really get it, right? Wrong. I have no idea. My niece is slightly younger and I thought about these cute owl things since her mommy is into owls.
Petals to Picots

 For my parents!? I usually get them a calendar for the next year with our pictures in it, and I will be giving them that....which turned out awesome by the way. But what else?! Here's some of my ideas. Of course, they are geared toward my MOTHER...what to get a grandpa?!
Make: Craft - Embroidered Kid Art
Sarah Ortega

 #2 - Things for my home!

I have been wanting to do this faux cross stitching on the wall....just haven't had the time.
Home Heart Craft

We've been needing to implement something better for chores and other things... I think this gal from this blog "Our Story" has a great idea writing detailed instructions on cards. I had a similar idea, but I like this idea better.
How do I stay Organized!?
The Holidays are favorite time of the year, but apparently I'm more likely to be crabby. lol I love this give thanks board where you put what you're thankful for on cards in each envelope. A good tradition, no?
Give Thanks

I'm obsessed with my garden....namely my flower garden. I am PRAYING that all of my flowers live through the winter. And it would the AWESOME to make this sign - or something like unto it - and have it in my flower garden. LOVE IT!

#3 - I want to do REALLY great things for my ONLY Young Woman. 
I just got a new young woman and I want to make her glad she's in Young Women's. I am working on it... but planning and doing? Hard things.
Survival Kit Tidy Mom

#4 - Activities to Participate in.

I am NO photographer. I do not have a super spiffy camera, but I do love it. AND I love interesting pictures. So, I thought these looked like a lot of fun...but when?! The drawing one is a no brainer. Love that too. Maybe I'll start Monday. Who says you have to start on the first, right?

So you see? There are tons of things I would love to do and accomplish. I have tons more on my Pinterest boards. But HOW!? How do you implement them? How do you keep yourself motivated? 

If Only I knew!!!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Autumn Sunrise!

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
George Eliot

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pimp My Porch!

Well, this year we had decided that we needed to repaint the porch. It's a long story but I'll try to make it short. When we bought the house, we saw that the previous owner had painted it. A sad but true story. 
Before Honey got drill happy.
 Honey had thought it would be easier to take off the bottom boards to sand and paint, and I agreed. Then, he suggested taking off all of the boards....and then the top rail...and then all of the railing. So, when we went to Sherwin Williams, the guy gave us a stain remover. Needless to say, halfway through applying it and noticing that it did no !@($*&!(@$* good, we realized the mistake. NICE! So, we ended up putting on some other stuff to neutralize it and power washed the deck like crazy! 
 A lot of the paint came up, but then we were informed that it was going to snow. Yeah, snow. WHAT!? We can't paint a porch in the SNOW! That made us stress and make a mad dash to paint the deck as fast as possible. We made it, but now honey just read that we should put the top coat on within 14 days.......well that ain't gonna happen.
Looks like we're missing half of the deck!

Monday, October 8, 2012

So Ashamed!

I didn't realize that I hadn't written for SOOOO long. I just wrote last week, I swear!

So.... I guess I should update you on the month of September so beware of the onslaught of photos!

Early on, we went camping in the porkies with some friends of ours. The kids were ecstatic! They LOOOOVE camping, even though we have only been a few times. Honey and I love camping too, it's just not as AWESOME to do with a baby. Really. But, we decided to forge on ahead. The kids loved the visitor's center because they had a bunch of stuffed animals - literally stuffed, real animals - and they thought that was awesome. Not the wolf so much as it didn't have any glass and looked a little too real that the girls turned the corner and screamed! Notice Chickie is not too happy.
We ended up in a campground that was by a beach and the first night we got some awesome shots.
 My children were pretty much "Married to dirt" as my honey would say. They were CONSTANTLY filthy. I think they liked it.

 Later on, we went to another beach where Karate Kid and I searched for Agates. We found a few awesome ones.... yes, I realize I look dorky in my snorkel.
 At last, we went and spent some time at a place called The Lake of the Clouds. It was beautiful!
 That's the best you get as far as a pic of me. I looked TERRIBLE. But that's ok.

Next on our agenda was Karate Kid's baptism! In our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we believe that children under eight are pure and innocent and have no need of baptism. Once they turn eight they are at an age where they understand right and wrong and can be accountable for their mistakes. Karate Kid chose to be baptized!
We also had my sister and my nieces to pieces visit so we HAD to have some family pics done! Thanks to my friend Lara at Overstuffed. She does such great work.

 We have such a great family! I am truly blessed.