Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Conversations with a 3 year old...

A few recent gems from the ballerina herself...

(With milk dripping from her spoon... )

Sophie: “Look mommy, my cereal is peeing, but it’s not really pee, it’s just mewk.”


Sophie: (out of nowhere) “Do you have sumpin to tell me?”

Me: “um... (thinking)... yes!”

Sophie: “wha is it?”

Me: “I love you!”

Sophie: “Oh. Thanks!”

Me: “Do you have something to tell me?”

Sophie: “nope.”

Me: “oh..... ok.”



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mother's Day, Daughter's Birthday, Children's program, etc...

Oh geez.

Life has definitely been getting in the way of my blogging lately.

My father (who can barely make or receive a cell phone call, yet can and does surf youtube like a champ, covering the widest, most random variety of search terms including such searches as: JFK conspiracy theory video, Amy Whinehouse Rehab, Acapella National Anthem, Kanye West Gold Digger, and, Texas Hippie Coalition) so kindly pointed out that I have been delinquent.

"You know, you haven't been writin' much on that smelty blogger thingie lately. You should write more so there's something there for me to read when I go check it".

Here you go dad - something for you to read the next time you check that smelty blogger thingie...

I realized all too late that I didn't even take time to acknowledge a few major happenings around here as of late, one of which was Mother's Day. Whether it's actually Mother's Day or not, I know I need to make a point of giving a shout out to the best mama on the whole planet: mine.

As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I have almost NO photos of my mom, much less any pics of her and I together since either one or both of us are usually the ones behind the camera. I had to resort to cropping one of the photos taken at Christmas time. I vow from now on to make a point of snapping pics of mama more often :)

I love you so very much and in addition to the amazing mother you've always been to me, I am so thankful to the close friend you've become.
You are my biggest fan and a solid rock and at the risk of gettin' all mushy, I think I'll just leave it at that (maybe just re-read the card I gave you) ;) I love you Mama :)

Another big day that I skipped over blog-wise, was the 8th birthday of my eldest little woman. Yes, you heard me right. Miss Lillie Jane is 8 YEARS OLD. She has taken much pleasure in reminding me repeatedly that in only 2 short years she'll be 10, requiring the use of all of her fingers to show people her age. Also, she's exactly half way to that magic age where she'll be d-d-driiiving!!! (stuttering and voice shaking for emphasis).

Lillie with her birthday haul at her family party
Party with friends at the YMCA
Mr. G and I discussed it, and, since she was all excited about her birthday this year, we went ahead and let her turn 8, but, after this, no more. She will be remaining 8 years old forever, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LILLIE BUG! Hope you enjoyed it since you won't be allowed to get any older. :)

Yet another event worth mentioning was Miss Isabel's Kindergarden Graduation as well as the spring program for the little women's school that my mom, sister, and I organized (Preschool thru 12th grade).

"Isabel the toothless" lookin all grown up, and makin' me proud :)

The show went off nearly without a hitch last night and the kids all did such a good job! It was so much fun but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't glad its over :)

Other things keeping me busy, including but not limited to: planting bushes, smithing silver (hard at work on custom order), hanging out with the hubby any chance I get (he too has been CRAZY busy as of late), dealing with stuff (the use of the word "stuff" being sufficient to cover a whole CRAP TON of things that I shall not delve into at the moment), etc.

Still waiting to hear back about the art festival I applied for. I was supposed to have heard back last Wednesday. When I heard nothing, I hopped on the website to confirm my unacceptance, only to see that the notification date was actually the 15th (last Saturday) and not the 12th like I had originally thought. I waited all day Saturday and yet again, when I heard nothing, I assumed I hadn't made the cut. This afternoon I received an email stating that jurying had to be extended by a week due to one of the judges having to go out of town and that they'd have it all squared away by the end of this week.

Apparently they don't realize the power they hold over the hopes and emotions of this little silver smith as I had wondered if I had made it, then adjusted my thinking to the idea that I hadn't made it, only to then hold out hope that maybe I still would make it, to then assume I actually hadn't made it, and then now, wondering yet again and waiting till the end of this week to see if I actually will make it.


I'll be sure to notify you once I actually hear for sure either way.

Ok. Gotta go figure out some grub for the fam and do some dishes. My favorite. NOT. Well grub really is my favorite but I was actually referring to the dishes. But I suppose to actually qualify as "favorite" it would have to be some very specific grub... like pasta with pesto, or chicken fajitas.

Hey EM! Ramble much??!!?

Oh geez.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Peek at my Pad Thursday...

So it's official. Mr. G and I are officially GROWN UPS!

What qualifies one to finally become an adult you ask?

Well, apparently all it takes is the acquisition of a decent, hefty, solid-wood dining room table complete with additional leaf for extension to be used someday when we have 3 more children (or host family farkle night).

Sitting down for the first meal the 5 of us shared around this table was so great! Everyone had their own seat and no one was crowded, or sitting in the highchair (poor Sophie) since we have been down to 4 chairs for some time now.

We had actually purchased this table at least a year or so ago from the discount section of a fancy furniture store. The reason it was banished to the clearance section was not that it was defective, but only that the people that had originally ordered it (for whom the furniture store had already put it together) decided at the last minute that they didn't want it. Lucky day for us though since apparently they were on the verge of GIVING the giant hunk of wood away as we ended up getting this table at what I think was close to a 74% discount - no joke.

They removed the legs and wrapped it in bubble wrap and away we went. Got home, put it in the back of the storage closet, and waited for the day when we'd be done with a kitchen renovation and actually have room to set it up.

Fast forward to just a few weeks ago. We had been going back and forth for a while about getting a new, interim kitchen table as our current set-up is a sad sight, chewed from top to bottom, corner to corner by a much younger, separation anxiety-ridden Rex while we were away for just a little too long. We had looked around and finally decided on the table we wanted. We were going to go back the next day to buy it after going home and measuring just to make sure. After measuring, we realized that this new table would stick almost TWICE as far out into the kitchen as our current table did. Rats. We considered our options and basically came to the conclusion that if were were gonna be getting a bigger table anyway, we may as well find a way to make the one work that we already had.

The infamous "chair that no one ever sat in" headed upstairs to our cavernous bedroom, 6 wooden folding chairs were purchased from Wal-Mart, and the table was set up smack in the middle of the "too small to use for anything else but just big enough for a make-shift dining room" room.

It sounds funny to me now that I type it out and read it back but it was almost a bit of a bittersweet moment. Our original kitchen table was really the first "major purchase" (if you can call it "major") that Mr. G and I made together as newlyweds almost 10 years ago. We went to ikea and bought a table, 6 chairs, a big wall mirror, and several dishes. We spent $220 and got it all back to our apartment in the back of our black and red Chevy Camaro iroc z. We put it all together ourselves, including sanding and varnishing each of the 6 chairs. It was the first piece of furniture that had not either been mine or his from before we got married, but was OURS from the start. However sad it was to "say goodbye", Mr. G and I were talking the other night about all the memories and things that will happen between now and 10 years from now when we think back on the night we put this table together, together.

(The heart hanging on the wall to the left is one of 2 I picked up from an
old eccentric welder artist guy, and it was cut from the side of an old John Deer tractor.
The other one is on our room and was cut from an old discarded boiler.)

In case you don't know this about me, once I get in "rearranging mode" it's hard for me to stop. This next pic is of just another little space I changed up a bit. The lamp is one I bought recently that was black and silver (not super attractive) that I spray painted red (MUCH betta') to match with the candle holders on the wall... that originally had ugly smiling Santa Clauses on them...

Happy peeking!
Happy Thursday!

Wordless Wednesday...


Monday, May 3, 2010

What I got and what I made...

Just wanted to show off a couple pics...

Something I got (and have been wanting, nay, OBSESSING over for, like, FOREVER... and WAITING FOREVER to receive...or maybe just waiting 5 days)...

And something I made...

"God Bless America... but more specifically, Iowa..."
(Custom order for a dear Iowan, transplanted in Canada)

It is once again the end of the school year (ALREADY) and this year, as I have been put in co-charge of the end-of-the-year program at my kiddos school, and they decided to move the program up a week and a half (leaving us with FAR fewer practices than originally planned), I am going only a LITTLE crazy. Truth be told, it really doesn't feel as crazy to me this year as I remember it feeling at this same time last year so that's a good thing right??? Right.

Unfortunately, smithing has taken a bit of a backseat as of late, but, as I should be hearing back soon and very soon about a certain show that I had applied for a couple months ago, I am intending and planning on it hopping into the front seat VERY soon.

If I have been in contact with you regarding a custom order, fear not. I AM still working and I would love to humbly offer the above photos as proof :) Your patience is worth more than gold!!!

Happy Tuesday to you all!!!