Friday, May 31, 2013

31 Thing: Day 31: Bucket List

I've never actually made a bucket list before. I mean there are things I'd like to do but I never sat and wrote it down. So this was a cool exercise for me.

And with this 31 Things I Want My Kids to Know About Me is done. I'm sad to see it over. I'm proud of myself for keeping up with it and I plan on getting it printed soon. I loved doing these pages. It was so fun and I learned a lot about doing digital scrap booking. Thanks again to Erica for putting up the prompts and to Jen for thinking it up in the first place.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

31 Things: Day 30: 10 things to be remembered for

I had to think on this too. The great thing about this project is how much I had to think and examine the ideas I have about my life and myself. I hope my kids and grandchildren remember me fondly and lovingly. But I hope they remember both the good and the bad things about me. People are the same in death as they were in life and I hate it when people pretend otherwise. I want to own who I am, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

31 Things: Day 29: Hopes and dreams

What are your hopes and dreams for your prosperity?

I want for us to get to a good place financially. I hope we both are happy with our careers and settle down into the places we will hopefully retire. I hope my kids grow up to be caring, sensible people who love their parents and want to visit them all the time. I hope they grow up to be happy and find their place in the world without too much trouble. I hope they each find someone to love who loves them too.
I dream of grandchildren and a comfortable house and good food on the table. I dream of hanging out on the beach and sipping margaritas and enjoying our time together. I dream of togetherness and love and happiness.


 Design elements from Persnickety Prints

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

31 Things: Day 27 and Day 28

With yesterday being a holiday I didn't get around to doing the 31 Things for that day. So here is the makeup for that plus today's.

Day 27: What is your favorite part of your body?
I hope hair counts because it is my hair. Even though right at this second it looks funky. Today is not a good hair day. But by and large it is the thing I am most proud of about me physically.

Day 28: What is your favorite quality in your spouse?
There is a lot to like about my husband but he is a hard worker and is very good at when he puts his mind to something.

Design elements from
Just Jaime Sunny Days Kit
Shabby Princess Moody Blues

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

It's just me and Button today for the most part. BT ended up opening at work so he will be home tonight for a change. And Bub had school today which is weird but it's their last week so I guess that is why. So far I've done the kids' laundry and made Rice Krispie Treats and made Button take a nap in her own room. I wanted a quiet lazy day for a change. Later after I pick Bub up from school I think we will go get a snowball and sit outside for a while. Then we will all go over to my parent's house for dinner.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

31 Things: Day 26: World Notion

I read an article once that clearly stuck with me about how people think that happiness is a right, not a privilege much like spandex. I couldn't think of a world notion. Honestly nothing comes to mind.

Paper from Just Jaime Sunny Days Kit

Saturday, May 25, 2013

31 Things: Day 25: Dinner with anyone in history

I feel like there are so many answers to this question. And, of course, I pick an actress but that's just who I'd like to spend a dinner with.

And I know that it is a dinner but I loved the whole picnic idea so I went with that.

Paper from Shery K Designs

Friday, May 24, 2013

31 Things: Day 24: Favorite/Least Favorite Thing about Parenthood

I had to think on this one for a while especially the least favorite one. Not that I think being a parent has no least favorite but one is the thing that bothers me the most. I almost said being ignored and having to repeat myself but, while that is one thing that bugs me most, I would say the stress and worry are my least thing. It would be nice to just enjoy my kids without the constant worry that everything is damaging them somehow. I blame our current "perfect mother" society for that one.

I do love talking to them though. It really does amaze me every time Bub and I have a conversation. Learning to walk thrills a lot of parents and I love that too, but learning words is what gets me excited.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

31 Things: Day 23: Favorite holiday

Christmas is my favorite holiday mostly because birthdays don't count. No, but really I do love the holiday. My next favorite would be Easter, I suppose. I love the traditions of holidays and the excitement behind them.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

31 Things: Day 22: The Future

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?

The truth is I don't know. At 25 I could have never predicted I would be an academic librarian. I was in the middle of library school at that age and had just gotten engaged to my husband. So in 5 years at the age of 40 where do I hope to be, hmmm. I hope to be debt-free. I hope to be working in a job that I find fulfilling and not just something that gives me a paycheck. I hope my husband is in the same kind of job. At the age of 45 and 50, I can't even contemplate that. My kids will be on their way to college by then and I hope that we are somewhere we love doing things that we love. I hope that we are happy. That is the most important thing.


P.S. I will make this pretty as soon as the prompts are put up.

Design elements from StarSunflower Studio Design

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Where the wind comes sweeping down the plains

To say that I've spent a lot of time in the state of Oklahoma is an understatement. Both of my parents are from there and we spent two weeks each summer, not to mention other visits for special occasions. I have a lot of relatives that live there. Thank God none of them were effected by the recent tornado, but it's always a worry. The thing about tornado is that you never see them coming and they are incredibly unpredictable. That's why I prefer hurricanes. I like to see my natural disasters coming for days. I like to be able to get out of the way. I am so sad about the loss of life in Oklahoma especially those poor children. It is just so sad. Mother Nature is the most destructive force. This is one of the reason I'll never live in the Midwest. Blizzards and tornadoes, just not my thing. But it is beautiful there and it's so terrible to see the destruction that has occurred.

If you've never heard of it, ShelterBox provides temporary housing for people displaced by disaster. They will be going to Oklahoma soon. One of my favorite authors Maureen Johnson has set up a donation page to help out ShelterBox. If you are interested in donating click here. It is a worthy cause.

31 Things: Day 21: Relationship with your parents

I feel very blessed to have the parents that I do. They are good people and I wouldn't trade them for any other parents. I also feel blessed to have the parents-in-law that I do. They are very generous people who have made me part of the family even before BT and I were married. Not everyone is as lucky as I am to have such great parental figures in their life.

Design elements from Shabby Princess

Monday, May 20, 2013

31 Things: Day 19 and Day 20

Day 19: How did you feel the moment you became a parent?

Day 20: Describe 3 Significant Memories

Design elements from
Digital Design Essentials
Persnickety Prints

Sunday, May 19, 2013

My Birthday!

So today is my birthday! Yep, I am now the big 3-5 which scares me a little. I am now mid-thirties and moving too far away from my twenties and too close to my forties. I can already tell that this age is going to be harder for me to take then 30 was. I had no problems turning 30 but 35 seems like such a mature age. Anyway, not much is going to change probably.

I'm skipping 31 Things today and I'll post day 19 and 20 tomorrow. Today I am going to enjoy spending time with my family. Saturday night we took the kids to a drive-in movie. So that was our family celebration. Today BT has to work so me and the kids are going to my parent's house to celebrate with them.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

31 Things: Day 18: Thing my spouse loves the most about me

This was easy and then I asked BT and he confirmed my guess. Nice to know I'm right and that he thinks I'm funny.

Design elements from Shabby Princess

Friday, May 17, 2013

31 Things: Day 17: Wishing for Greatness

This one was easier when I gave it some real thought. Like I say, I can be great at the things I am already good at if I put more effort into them but I think cooking is an art and a talent for it is hard to come by at least for me.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

31 Things: Day 16: 5 Accomplishments

This was another hard one.  Well, going for 5 was anyway. I've never climbed a mountain or ran more than a mile (well, maybe 2) or learned to fly a plane or anything. So what have I accomplished? A normal, boring life. But that's all I've every wished for so I can't say I didn't at least accomplished that.

Design elements from citrus and mint

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

31 Things: Day 15: The One

The answer to this was really easy. Some memories just stick with you. It was deciding on how to style it that took the longest.
We were 20 when we meet as I've mentioned quite a bit on this blog. Really much too young to decide that kind of thing but when it works, it works.


Design elements from Digital Design Essentials

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

This is my 7th Mother's Day and my 2nd as a mother of two. My first was pretty exciting as was my first one with Button. Both are milestones. Not that I don't enjoy the other ones but, as with everything, the first time is the most exciting.

This year we are doing our usual thing of church but we are having a crab and shrimp boil at my parent's house afterward. So that should be fun.

So to all the mothers and mother-like people,

Design elements from Shabby Princess

31 Things: Day 12: Typical Day

My days are pretty much the same week to week. That's okay. My kids enjoy routine and I do too. Every time a major change happens in our family like Bub starting school or when Button starts daycare, then we just make a new routine.

Design elements from Shabby Princess

Saturday, May 11, 2013

31 Things: Day 11: 10 pet peeves

I got some of these from a previous post I did last month on the same topic and just added to it. I'm including the full list with explanations because it was too much to fit on one panel.

When people stop the microwave a few seconds before it is supposed to go off and then just leave the time on there. Just hit clear and set it back to normal. What am I going to do with your leftover 2 seconds?

When people turn off the automatic lights at work. Last year they upgraded us to automatic lights to try and save electricity or something and they are nice but some people have not made the adjustment and will turn the light off with the button. Which is fine until I walk into the room and the lights don't come on automatically and I have fumble around in the dark for the lights.

When anyone touches my face or tries to turn my head for me. My son does this a lot and it drives me crazy. I don't know why but it just sets me off. I am always asking him to stop touching or turning my face.

When a driver passes me up by speeding and then turns about a mile down the road forcing me to come to a complete stop or slow down significantly. Really? REALLY!? This person honestly could not wait for another mile. Just don't do that. I don't want to have to stop because you got impatient.

When I am reading a book but someone decides to talk to me anyway. Seriously I am doing something here. I am too polite to say something but rest assure that I am thinking bad things about the interrupting person.

When I have to repeat myself multiple times. I hate that so much. Once or twice again but don't make me say it more than that because it shows that you are not paying attention in the first place.

When someone prolongs class or the workshop you are in with inane questions. Everyone else is starting to pack up, the teacher asks “Any questions?”  Clearly that is just cursory and we are all ready to go but there is always one person who has to be a jerk and ask a question. Maybe ask after class so everyone else can leave.

Being stuck behind couponers. Look I get that you are saving so much money and I applaud you for it but I just want to buy my chips and go. Some couponers are gracious knowing they will be a while; others are jerks who don’t care about anyone else. I am always stuck behind the latter.

People who don't know the difference between its/it’s and they’re /their/there and to/too/two. That drives me crazy. In the same vein, people who use too many ellipses when they are writing especially on Facebook.

The phrases “Not to be mean” or “No offense” but clearly everything that comes after is meant to be either mean or offensive.

Design elements from Pixel Stix Graphics 

Friday, May 10, 2013

31 Things: Day 10: Embarrassing Moments

I think I may have coped out on this one but honestly I could not think of one singular embarrassing moment.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

31 Things: Day 9: 10 Influences

This one took a while. I got to 8 pretty easily and then I had to think on it for a while. Then the program I was using to make these crashed in the middle and I gave up for a while. I had to make two slides since I couldn't fit all the text onto one panel.

Design elements from Shabby Princess

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

31 Things: Day 8: 5 Passions

I had a hard time with this one. Mostly because I feel like I am truly passionate about very few things. I have no "art" so to speak other than making digital "things" on the computer. I enjoy doing that. Do I feel passionate about it? I don't know. I do hate seeing people mess up the beautiful things I have made for them. At any rate, I had trouble coming up with 5.

Design elements from Shabby Princess

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

That's just for girls

I took Button to the doctor yesterday and while we were waiting I saw something that made me sad and a little angry. A lady was there with her 4 kids. She had two bigger boys maybe 7 and 4, a little girl around 2 or 3 and a newborn baby. The baby and the girl were in a double stroller while the bigger boys sat in the chairs. The little girl had a doll with a bottle. I was people watching as we sat and waited while Button amused herself with a Cheerio snack. The 7 year old boy had picked up the doll and was pretending to feed it. I thought it was cute. He settled the doll in and got the bottle ready when his mom noticed him. "Don't do that," she said. "That is for girls." He tried to explained that he was pretending he was the daddy. She told him no. He tried 3 different ways to justify to her why he should be allowed to play caregiver to this doll. She keep telling him no, that boys don't do that. Meanwhile she was bottle feeding her baby and I think the little boy was just trying to emulate her in  a way. Bub went through a brief phase after Button was born of trying to care for a doll that he has because it was all we were doing at the time.

I wanted to ask her then how she felt about my husband being Button's primary caregiver. That he, in fact, changes her diapers and gives her a bottle and puts her down for a nap every single day. That he bottle feed Bub when needed and changed his diaper. In other words, he acts like a parent. So I wondered how much of the "work" these children's father did. Is he one of those guys whose sons only do "boy things?" Are they never allowed to put on their mom's shoes when they are 2 and gender stereotyping is not really a thing that you should do at that age? Bub use to try out my shoes and the only thing I ever worried about is him breaking a leg. I felt no need to hem him into his gender at the age of 2 or 3 or 4. I don't even do it now at the age of 6. Society takes care of that for him and it is a little sad. So I was sad for this boy and angry at his mother. I wonder if she knows the lesson that she just taught him. I wonder if this boy is going to grow up to be one of those dads who never does anything for the baby, who doesn't do diapers, and whose wife complains that she is stuck doing everything. Maybe I am generalizing too far. But I watched that little boy try his best to just pretend to feed a baby doll and be shut down by his mother again and again and it just wasn't right.

31 Things: Day 7: Dream Job

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

31 Things My Kids Should Know About Me: Day 1: 20 Random Facts About Me

It all started with Baby Making Machine's Jennifer and her idea to post 30 days of things she wanted her kids to know about her. Then Erica at Crashnotes decided to take the idea and make some neat graphics to go with it. I love this idea. I read a post once somewhere (I wished I'd saved it) about being present in photographs with your kids because one day they will want those pictures of you. So I'm going to embark on another month long blogging project, one that I hope I can turn into a keepsake for my kids.

Day 1: 20 Random Facts About Me

 Design elements from Shabby Princess