Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Why is the Thermometer Out? (And Other Curveballs Life Throws)



I had just returned home from a lovely afternoon of practicing my new
found crochet chain making skill, when upon walking in the front door, I see the thermometer out on the table.  The first words out of my mouth were not a "Hello" or "Hi," but a, "What is the thermometer doing out?"

Our little bird was running a fever, of course.  Why wouldn't he? We were supposed to go out for a belated Valentine's Day date that very evening.  This almost happens every time we plan a date.  We have had to cancel last minute due to a feverish boy that wakes from a nap burning up.  My own surprise baby shower was not so much a surprise when my middle bird became very ill the morning of.

Many times I have returned from an errand or what have you and walked in the door to instantly see the eyes of a child that has a fever or something else brewing in their little body. We Mama's just KNOW when we see our little one. We don't need a thermometer or WebMD to tell us, we are experts already.  In fact, I knew minutes before my oldest bird was going to have a febrile seziure that I should keep my eyes fixed on him!

Of course I feel horrible when my kids are sick, but it's also tough because our time as just a couple is very limited.  I have told my husband, it  must be the devil intervening (or trying to)- he doesn't want us to keep working in our marriage and sharing these important times together.  Our children's health and comfort always come first though.

We were able to go our for a couple hours, thanks to Tylenol and that the fever wasn't much to be overly concerned about.  It has been an ongoing virus that he has battled for over a week or so, even while on antibiotics for an ear infection. A very high fever even had us hanging out at the ER last week, our visit long enough to watch most of the Grammy awards show.

So, the week has gone without incident, but now the thermometer is back out again...but not for the kids...

Achoo!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Wave Your Flag

Happy Valentine's Day, Friends!

I hope you can find something in this day to make your heart happy.  Whether it be spending it with a special person, doing something crafty or eating chocolate (my plan- chocolate covered strawberries!), Enjoy!

I made this flag to celebrate Valentine's Day at our home.  It is completely Pinterest inspired, but my hands made it (Right?!?).  It was fun and quick- a couple hours total.

http://www.thevspotblog.com/2013/02/a-cute-diy-garden-flag-just-in-time-for.html

Grumpy model on the way to the preschool Valentine party

Happy model photo bombing my shot.

Proud of my curves!

I used a zig-zag stitch on the side, straight stitch on the top.


The two obstacles I faced while working on this project were my bobbin being difficult and the burlap type.  My bobbin was getting stuck over and over again.  I'm not sure what was happening, but it definitely increased my time spent on this project.  I plan on looking into this and I'm thinking the machine needs a good ol' fashioned cleaning and oiling up.

As far as the burlap goes, I am always trying to save money with my crafting projects.   A roll of burlap at Michaels was about $10, but a roll of burlap with laminated backing was only about $3.  I couldn't iron the burlap with the backing on it, so I had to wait for it to flatten under a pile of books before I worked with it due to the fact it was rolling up.  Once that was fixed, it was fine to work with. Lesson learned!

I may create another flag soon with a baseball theme, since it's almost that time again!

Monday, October 27, 2014

My Fall List

Fall is in full swing with Halloween at the end of the week.  I was thinking of what I like about this season because it is my second favorite (after summer!). Being in Southern California, we have to work a little harder to imagine an actual changing of the seasons.  So just for fun, I made a little list to use on a future layout...

Fall Favorites
Scarves
Pumpkin Treats
Halloween
Crunchy, Colorful Leaves
Boots
Getting Back to Routine
Scary Movies
Soup
Chili
Decor and Colors
Thanksgiving/Thanksgiving Foods
Cider
Comfy Jeans

Not So Favorite Parts of Fall
Too Many Pumpkin Treat choices
Candy Overload
Christmas is Already in Stores
Cold and Flu Season
Football
Daylight Savings
Rodents
Santa Ana Winds
Dry Skin


I would love to know what you DON'T like about Fall, just for fun.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Sweet Little Top for a Sweet Little Girl

One of the goals I was most excited about reaching for my 40 Before 40 quest (http://mamabirdy-happinessishomemade.blogspot.com/2014/07/40-before-40.html), was sewing a dress for my adorable neice, Scarlett.  Mind you, I haven't sewn a piece of clothing in several years!  I was a little intimidated by it all, but I was ready to accept my own challenge.
B caught me sewing away

What I Learned:

  • I went for a top instead of a dress.  I didn't originally plan this, but I liked this pattern so I decided to go with it.
  • How to use bias tape on the arm holes
  • How to add a pocket and top stitching
  • How much sewing challenges me and I like it!
  • How to ask for help!  I was completely stuck on the yoke of the top.  I needed an extra set of eyes to look at the directions for me.  I am not one to ask for help, but I gave in to my need.  My wonderful Aunt M was just the person to help.  She was able to help me translate the directions and get me past my roadblock.





I am so happy with how it turned out and I have definitely been re-bitten by the sewing bug!
The Perfect Model
Those curls!
Time to play


Friday, October 3, 2014

Return to Facebook...Sort of

This week I completed my personal one month Facebook hiatus.  It has been a very eye opening experience!  I am so happy I did it and it was all in perfect timing.  It was hard at first- not so much about the fear of missing out, but I realized why I used it so much to begin with.  The times I did use it seemed to be the times I was bored, avoiding tasks or just wanting to not really be present.  I would catch myself through the day feeling the tug to log on, but I couldn't do it. The feeling lasted about a week or so, then I began comfortably adjusting to my new routine.  I found that the time I wanted to log on the most was when I was in the kitchen- cooking or cleaning or waiting for water to boil.
I did miss out on big life events during the break:  birth, death, marriage, giveaways (I kid)... But, I survived.  I would hear about such things from friends or I did keep up on Instagram, but I don't follow many people, so I didn't feel the FB overwhelm.  I did "have" to hop on twice during my time, but I warned my usual accountability people. I needed to join a group that I belong to in real life to keep up on events and also to speak to a friend who lost her father.  I couldn't let that slip through the cracks!
Facebook was not happy that I deserted them!  I would get emails everyday telling me I missed a post or a picture.  I had 99+ notifications and so and so uses Facebook, so maybe I should get back on and friend them.  It was kind of creepy!
I was asked by some WHY?!?!  Has someone said something?  Did something happen?  No, just me trying something out.
A bonus was when a friend texted me saying she was joining in with me.  She has loved it so much, she has deactivated her account!
So what have I learned from this experience?

  • I know I get bored sometimes and that's okay
  • FB really does affect me, even though I didn't want to admit it, emotionally
  • I know who I really miss not keeping up-to-date about and who I can live without
  • I don't really like the drama people post
  • I DO like seeing photos and hearing funny and uplifting stories
  • I kind of like being out of the loop
  • I feel like I am having more face to face/phone conversations with people
  • I have better focus when I need to check emails or do anything online   
  • I am happy to be away from the negative news stories and crazy conspiracy theory posts
  • I feel like FB puts the weight of everyones hurts and worries on my shoulders
  • Less eye-rolling (Ha!) 

I have been asked if I will go back and I feel at this time I will continue to log on. Facebook is the main communication I have with some family and friends.  It's how I share pictures and little stories about my family.  Since logging back in on the 1st to change my profile photo and fulfill some friend requests, I have been on a couple times to check a group message, respond to some events and catch up on some walls of my closest circle.  I haven't been on for any extended length of time and I don't want to be.  I felt when my time off was dwindling down that I couldn't trust myself to go back on part-time, but I am seeing that I can trust myself.  I don't really have the desire to spend much time on it.  In the time I was off, I did an online parenting/self-care course, sewed, followed a couple Bible reading plans and read a book.  My family, of course, had more of me.  We made some big changes in our home and it has been awesome!

My head feels so much clearer and my shoulders feel so much lighter!  I challenge anyone to try it, if only for a weekend or week and see how you feel. If you do, I'd love to hear about it!  But not on Facebook...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Scarlett's First Birthday Album

I put this little album together over the course of a couple days. I really just wanted to showcase my favorite pictures from my sweet niece's first birthday. I mostly used Dear Lizzy product on this project (I'm a big fan!).  Enjoy!




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Just a Mama and Her Minivan



All of my men are off to school.  For the first time ever, I am alone.
It's so quiet.  I miss them.