Thursday, January 31, 2013

Michigan is Drunk- Theme Thursday {phfr}

f/10, 1/30s, ISO 1600
hit with a little cross processing in Picasa

Yesterday morning, a little mist hung over the woods outside the back gate.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fuzzi Bunz Winners and 2 Other Things

"Where the heck is dweej?  The dang Fuzzi Bunz giveaway ended more than, like, 14 hours ago.  WHEN ARE WE GOING TO KNOW WHO WON????"

Well, you can stop breathing into that paper bag because I'm here and I've got yer winners.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Oh, you mean DAILY bread...

I should be showering right now (what?  hadn't you heard that 2 p.m. is the new 7 a.m.?) but I can't because God is clever and funny and just a little bit of a pill sometimes, because He knows I have a soft spot for people who can be a pill but are also clever and funny.

My son is 5.  What a complicated, amazing, difficult, challenging, beautiful person he is.  Today his mission to make me crazy  a better person involved demanding MORE noodles in his bowl even though there were still many delicious noodles in there.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Life is Good

Some of you already know this, but just in case you don't I'm going to tell you. My mom was 16 years old when she got pregnant with me. She was 17 when I was born.  When I was little, 17 didn't seem so young to me.  I mean, when you're nine, 17 is practically ancient.  AARP and stuff.  I mean, you can even have your driver's license!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fuzzi Bunz cloth diaper review and giveaway!

Did you hear the one about the girl with no dryer and no hot water in her laundry room who still managed to use cloth diapers?  It's true!

If you've been reading for a while (and if you haven't and you're just here to snag you some free Fuzzi Bunz...git it, girl!) you already know this, but I don't like to pass up a chance to complain discuss our laundry room "situation".  Anyway, someday we will overhaul that room, at which point we will acquire one of them fancy, new-fangled, electricalish dryers and a hot water bib that functions but until then, Imma work it pioneer style.

What?  Pioneers totally had front loading washers and running water.

Okay, where am I going with this............?  Oh yes!  Fuzzi Bunz!

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Meal Plan and the Slow Cooker

Oh my gosh. You guys.  See, I was going to post a sweet FuzziBunz review and giveaway but then I looked at a calendar and realized it was MONDAY and so no.  I just couldn't make it happen.  (Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow....cloth diaper giveaway only a day awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!).  You know what I did make happen for the first time ever?

Meal planning.

I know!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mama's Got a System {wiws}

You know what's apparently super-de-duper hard?  Harder than riding horses or doing gymnastics or dividing fractions in your head?  Holding a camera still.

"Tuck your elbows in!"
"Smash the camera against your face!"
"Wait until it focuses on the right place before you take the shot!"

On deaf ears, I tell you.  On. Deaf. Ears.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Video of Paul at 3. Talking is hard!

Oh.  What a cutie.  This video was taken almost exactly two years ago- Paul was a tiny 3 years old.  A little fun for your Saturday night...

Friday, January 18, 2013

7 Tips for New Bloggers

Hey y'all!  Thanks for coming to my 2 year bloggiversary party!  Oh, what?  You didn't know it was party day?  Well surprise!  Hope you're wearing something fancy.

Anyway, in honor of this here blog becoming a toddler and probably getting ready to start a lot of trouble and maybe flush some socks down the toilet or something, I thought I'd share a couple of tips for anyone who juuuuuuuuuuuuust started a blog or has been thinking about starting one but hasn't yet.  (pre-tip: do it.  So. FUN.).

Thursday, January 17, 2013

This Old House + Crazy Kids {phfr}

not {pretty}
Being two is really hard work, you know?  I mean, you have to be so sneaky and quiet while mom is feeding the baby.  But if you're determined and practice daily, you too will be able to sport a make-up face this glorious!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Why Homeschooling? And other questions

 Here's a comment full of questions about homeschooling that someone left a while ago on an old post:

Hi there!!! I have one stupid question...why homeschooling? And for how long? Will your kids have "the highschool-experience"(am writing from europe and over here- thx to the movies- american highschool is all about cheerleaders, american football players and the lengendary far as clich├ęs go, that should be it...-I suppose reality is a tad different?) How do you get a diploma with homeschooling and will your kids be able to go to college? Do your kids have friends outside of the family? Very curious about the subject!! Loved the title btw!! A big HELLO from Europe!

Hello Anonymous!

First of all, Anonymous is a really long word and kind of difficult to type for some reason, so I'm going to give you a name. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Alter a Shirt With Just One Seam

I love, love, love me a bargain.

 Woo! I kinda get the chills just thinking about some of the amazing things I've found at Goodwill and the Salvation Army over the years. I mean, there’s just something about finding a great bag or pristine pair of jeans for less than a venti latte at Starbucks that truly sets my heart aflutter. I am what some may call obsessed....

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wherein I do not know how to shut up {wiws}

Let's call this "Installment 2 of  a good camera does not a good photo make."

See, I force my children to photograph me for this link-up because I am mean there's always something they can learn from these kinds of projects.  Today I set the aperture and shutter speed and then handed the camera to my 11 year old.  You know what I forgot to do?  Take the lens off of manual.  If the lens were on auto, I may have gotten some shots that were both clear AND featured me looking like at the camera AND not acting like a goon.  But since it wasn' dice.

Friday, January 11, 2013

7 Quick Takes- A Novena Isn't Like Fight Club

I've been keeping a little list in my super sweet planner of things I might want to talk about in my Quick Takes.  Right at the top of the list it says "A novena is isn't like Fight Club".  Yep.  Pretty sure I should start there.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ten on Ten

Linking up for the very first time with the lovely Rebekah at A Bit of Sunshine for Ten on Ten: a pic every hour for 10 hours on the 10th of the month.  I. Loved. This. PROJECT!  There are so many gorgeous blogs who link up with incredible photography.  If you need some inspiration, go there.  Click.  Enjoy.

7 a.m.- suitable substitute for bathimg

8 a.m.- survival

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

List Maker, List Maker, Make me a List...

My husband and I are super romantic. We leave notes and buy flowers and go on date nights...

Hah! Opposite day! 

No, we don't do any of that stuff. In fact, we each bought our own Christmas present this year and then thanked the other on Christmas morning as if the one just magically knew what kind of pipe tobacco the other was interested in receiving.  As if.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Wanted: One New Kitchen Ceiling

Seeing as you are a productive member of society and have things to do and people to care for and stuff to cleanse, you have probably not been following this facebook discussion with rapt attention.  Go skim it first.

So.  Here is why we need to completely redo our kitchen ceiling and can't just change the fixture.  But now is not a good time so instead we must, for the moment, buy replacement bulbs for the atrocious light of disgustingness:

Monday, January 07, 2013

A Morning in the Life

Brace yourself for the world's most exciting blog post.

Just kidding.

The other day Grace did one of those moment-by-moment recaps of her morning and I swore up and down that I could never do it because I would look like a lazy loser compared to a woman with THREE BABIES IN DIAPERS.  But it turns out I'm a big fat liar because I did it anyway.

You know what's more tiring than doing the stuff?  Writing it down while you do it.  I swear that added 25% more time to every single dadgum task!  You guys?  I am never doing this again.  No.

But I friggin' wrote all this stuff down, so you're gonna read it.  Wow, I am magnanimous

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Big Girl Camera! Wut Wut! {wiws}

Oh boy, you guys are going to hate me. I mean, soon. Not his second. Because soon you'll be all "wow, if that girl posts one more stupid picture of a cup or an apple or her eyeballs I am seriously never speaking at her again."

you thought I was joking about the apple, didn't you?

You know why?

Thursday, January 03, 2013

7 Quick Takes- kitchen fire. frizzy hair. screaming toddler.

 Oh my gosh. I'm sure you know and are praying already, but I gotta say it- please pray for Jen Fulwiler of Conversion Diary. 24 weeks pregnant and has been in the hospital with pulmonary embolisms in BOTH lungs.  Ugh!  It just sucks.  She's on her way home as I write this (Thursday night) but Hallie Lord is tweeting updates if you want to follow along with her continued recovery.  St. Michael the Archangel, pray for Jen and the whole Fulwiler family!

Anyway, in honor of Jen and lung things and the fact that laughter is the best medicine (okay, fine.  It's not.  She totally needs real, actual medicine.  Jen, if you're reading this, take your meds and don't watch this because it's really funny and maybe you need to save your oxygen and stuff.  Because I know nothing about medicine, okay? Okay.)

Cheap Organic Cleaner- did you know there was such a thing?

As you can see, I am a graphic design genius.

But let's back it up, shall we?

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

2012 in 12 Photos: a link-up

Last night while I was insert-something-that-really-cool-people-do-on-New-Year's-Eve, I saw this post from Laura and somehow, while still doing that super cool thing mentioned above, I managed to warn her that I was going to steal her genius idea.

I make good on my threats, folks.

Presenting for your enjoyment (like, you know, if you don't have a brand spankin' new baby to ogle or something) a picture a month for 12 months to wrap up 2012.  Opan Borobia Style!
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