Friday, March 30, 2012

Finished Project #9, Two Painted Doors.

 The door was dark brown.
I like it lightened up.
That cute chair
(the one I got at a vintage shop for $20
or was it $25
or was it $30?)
we had to throw away because of the flood in our basement.
 Cute chair by Pier 1.
Phone by Hello Kitty!
 This is only part of my mosaic wall.
I like this little door lightened up, as well.
I'm still not finished with the wall
but it'll happen, eventually.
I really want to work on more projects,
make things,
finish things
and be more creative
but it's been a tough couple of months
and this is all I could muster this week.
It'll do.

Here are some other things I loved this week:
Delicate and intricate paper cutting times infinity.
I wish I had an Aunt Peaches.
April Fool shenanigans.
Something about lots of white
appeals to me.

New Recipe #9, #10, #11, #12 and #13

Dream Dinners
This is cheating a little.
But that's the whole point.
I actually put together 5 dinners in ziploc bags,
brought them home,
put them in the freezer
 and later
I actually cooked them.
It's brilliant!
It's called Dream Dinners
and you can find it here.
 My blog.
My rules.

Thursday, March 29, 2012


No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

If by the end of the day you only have one pigtail, it's a good day.

We babysat Little Miss Sunshine today.
She is a fun handful.
She was so hard to capture in a photo.
So busy and so fast.
I asked Davis to get her to smile.
So he did.

My Dad and his favorite child.

My Dad and his favorite child, Pippen.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Yin And Yang Or Something Like It.

Love the warmer weather
and how it makes me feel.
Frustrated with not knowing what to do with a certain kid
(well really, more than one certain kid)
and not knowing exactly how much to push 
and how much to hold back
because yes, somethings are beyond his control
and he is struggling so much
but somethings he is capable of doing so much more.
Excited to be able to go see Hunger Games tomorrow!
Frustrated in not being able to go work out 
and needing the energy and will to do something more
(although I am up to 40 sit ups and push ups).
Heartbroken to see him struggle to even order his food
with a panicked look and confused silence, 
pleading for help.
So very grateful that I am home to "take care of things"
and that I don't have to work outside the home.
Wanting and needing to go out on a date with just the two of us. 
Happy to see little hand prints on a window
and thinking of never washing that window again.
Feeling overwhelmed at times
and knowing it could be worse
(and being grateful that it isn't).
Feeling more than fine at times
and knowing it's all just a part of my life
(and knowing that is how life goes sometimes).

What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to
what lies within us.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hoping what lies within me is enough.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Spring.

 I took these photos yesterday.
We had a skiff of snow in the morning.
I saw that shiny red shovel,
that white top of the mountains,
that ever green of those towering trees,
that scuffed yellow bench 
and that deep blue sky
and it seemed like magic to me.

I wanted that little red outbuilding
 to show up more in the picture
because it looked a lot bigger to me
in real life.

I love LOVE Spring.
I love the longer days.
I love the green as it gets bolder and brighter.
I love finding new blossoms around the garden
(no blossoms yet
 but I found a clump of green leaves from a daffodil plant).
I love all the color
or at least knowing there soon will be color.
I love that it gets warmer
and the sun teases us to take off our jackets.
I love seeing little baby animals in fields 
and I especially love when they kick up their heels,
joyfully run and try to play tag.
I love everything about Spring,
even the snow
because I know it will soon melt
and I can once again see earth,
 new grass and budding plants.

LOVED this too. 
Gah! Love that first picture.
Must. Paint. Walls. White.
Just kidding.
I've only recently fallen in love
with the word and passion of
Double Gah!
Okay. Enough of that!
A is also for Adorable and Awesome.
If you look at only one thing.
Look at THIS!
But wait! There's more!
LOVED this. And this. And this too.
This was so beautiful, touching, and poignant
that it almost brought tears to my eyes.
Carry on.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Fun with Rian!

We got to babysit again last night.
We had so much fun!
We took our 2/4 kids and Rian to get frozen yogurt.
She LOVED it!

Finished Project #8. Painted Free Stuff.

My friend gave me a bunch of stuff her daughter didn't want anymore.
One of which is a rhinoceros head.
I've seen animal heads all over the place.
I was excited to get my hands on it.
Both items were black with gold specks.
I am planning on using these in my near future craft room.
I think they will be much cuter when I get everything put together.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Two of a kind.

 Just because.

I saw this car in the grocery store parking lot
and just couldn't resist taking pictures.

So, I did.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

It's almost Spring...

"The horizon is out there somewhere, 
and you just keep chasing it, 
looking for it, and working for it." 
~Bob Dole

"...the race is not [always] to the swift,
nor the battle to the strong..."
~Ecclesiastes 9:11

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight--
it's the size of the fight in the dog."
~General Dwight Eisenhower

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed 
is always to try just one more time."
~Thomas A. Edison

"The harder the conflict, 
the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheap,
we esteem too lightly;
it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, 
that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.
'Tis the business of little minds to shrink;
but he whose heart is firm,
and whose conscience approves his conduct, 
will pursue his principles unto death."
~Thomas Paine

"The miracle, or the power,
that elevates the few is to be found in their industry,
application, and perseverance 
under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit."
~Mark Twain

"Press on! A better fate awaits thee."
~Victor Hugo


Monday, March 12, 2012

Thank Goodness!

We got to see Little Miss Sunshine on Saturday AND Sunday!
Love that girl!

Trying to get back in the swing of things.

Davis went back to school today.
He called me no less than four times before 1 pm.
We took him out of his last period classes
(since he has A and B days).
We are hoping that will help him
 make it through the rest of the year.
Night's are still the hardest.
"What do I do?"
He asks because the voices are loud and scary
and it's hard for his mind to settle down.
"What do I do?"
He repeats over and over.
Tonight he added, 
"I wish I could die."
I'm so sorry, Davis.
It will be ok .
I try to comfort that 6 foot 3 inch
 youngest son of mine.

Please, let it be ok.

Friday, March 9, 2012

It's almost over.

Jeff rented a Harley Davidson motorcycle on Wednesday.
He took Davis on a short ride 
and then rode by himself and loved every minute of it
(while I worried the whole entire time).
Davis and I played in the ocean just outside our hotel.
Today we went to a sweet tiny Zoo.
It's called Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens.
It was free and beautiful.
I forgot my phone.
We then went to a really really neat place.
It's called Ahalanui Beach Park.
Also free and beautiful.
An amazing natural lava swimming pool.
It is right next to the ocean and it is quite protected
but enough water gets in to keep it fresh
and enough water is heated via lava
to keep it warm.
It was a little freaky for me
(it's heated by lava! Where is that lava!)
but not enough to keep me out.
It was so amazing!
Davis had a rough day today.
We will be home soon.
He will be happy to be back.
I will miss this beautiful place.

I haven't had tons of time to check out the computer
but here are a few things I found that I love:
Something intrigues me about this and this.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Finding Treasures.

Davis has been wanting to try this boat/bike thing he saw on the beach
almost from the moment we arrived.
Yesterday Davis and Jeff rented the contraption
and Davis was done in five minutes.
He tries so hard to be brave and try new things.
Jeff pedaled and pedaled that thing around 
to get our moneys worth.
He said it wasn't as hard as it looks.
We tried to find a bbq restaurant we read about in a travel book
and found a cute (in an old vintage style building),
funky (old tables-cool lanterns),
amazing restaurant
called Allen's Table in it's place.
In Waimea, Hawaii.
The food was a work of art
and a culinary-gastrological masterpiece!
I can't get that place out of my head
(Jeff says we can go back for dinner tonight 
and lunch on Friday
because I said we HAVE to go back twice
before we leave).
We found an amazing beach called 
Hapuna Beach
(Davis also talked with a guy using a metal detector
which is his new found obsession).
We are going back there too.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Happy Birthday, Jeff!

Jeff's Birthday was yesterday.
We decided we would drive to the most southern tip of the island.
It so happens to be called South Point.
It's spectacular with its expanse of fields and meadows.
Wind blown bent over trees dot the landscape.
Giant windmills line up in three rows.
The first row is rusted and not moving.
The last row is blowing in the wind 
like little colorful plastic pinwheels.
We explored the cliffs near the ocean
and marveled at the power of the ocean as it
shot sprays of crystal clear water high in the air
and watched the level of the water change nearly 10 feet
against the sides of the massive black rock.
We learned that this place likely 
was the site of the first Hawaiian arrival on the island.
We talked about the many rock walls that crisscross the area
that were made hundreds of years ago.

We had an adventure for Jeff's birthday
and ended up at Bubba Gumps Restaurant for dinner
with the best views possible.
Loved it all!