Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
3 Names I Go By: Marie, Mommy-Marey, Babe
3 Restaurants That I Love: Cafe Rio, Bajios, Olive Garden
3 Trips to Plan on This Year: Germany for Christmas, and that's it for this year. No trips planned yet for next year, but I'm really hoping to get down to UT to see my sisters and other family and friends.
3 Things I Want Badly: Money would definitely quench all my material wants, and I have to agree with Court--I would love better hair, and more time in a day.
3 People Who Will Do This: I have no clue.
3 Pets I Have Had: Skippy, a Cocker Spaniel; Fluffy, a white rabbit; and a turtle...can't remember his name. I'm really not a pet person.
3 Things I Did Yesterday: I can't remember! No, what did I do...I went to Goodwill and got some props for pictures, I finished my poem, ate Randi's yummy pumpkin pie, wished my sister a happy birthday and pouted because my kids wouldn't nap!
3 Things I Ate Today: Spaghetti with whole grain pasta--it was actually really yummy! I ate lots of toffee, also very yummy, and I ate two bowls of cereal-- pretty typical for me.
3 Things I Plan on Doing Tomorrow: take pictures of the Thorley kids--so nervous and excited about that! Take pictures of corsages and boutonnieres for Flowers to Go, also exciting stuff!
3 Favorite Holidays: Christmas, my birthday (my holiday), and all the holidays where Magnet doesn't have to work
3 Favorite Drinks: OJ, water, and hot chocolate
K, I tag Melissa P., Anna and Suzie!!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
And doesn't this lollipop look like a pinwheel? I just want to push it 'round with my tongue. Mmmmm, yummy!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I didn't plan for this craziness, it just happened, which isn't hard when you have a three-year-old--my three-year-old--involved. My big idea was for her to look through the frame without her jacket on (she's got a really cute shirt on under there), but she wasn't having any of that. Magson's hat, the glasses (upside down) and the shoes (backwards, but I guess you can't see those) were all her doing. Crazy cat, she is. She can get away with about anything if it means I get to take her picture.
Another crazy thing about this shoot was that I came back to our car and my keys were in the door! I guess a little crazy-crazy runs in the family.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
and make-beliving found in Grandma's Secret Garden.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I heard that line this past weekend from Jill, my new friend who totally went out of her way to teach me how to make bows. And yep, that line definitely holds true for me! She taught me how to make the bows on Friday morning and I stayed up until 2am cranking out bows that night, and then I doubly copied her by making this little sign thingy (I have no idea what to call it!) for Isabella to hang her bows from. I need to find a good spot on her bedroom or bathroom wall for it. Anyway, it felt really good to get away from my normal creative outlets and get crafty. Thanks so much, Jill!
Also, I've come across a few blogs that are great copy-cat resources:
Three cheers for my fellow copy-catters out there! And by the way, I'd love to pass on the love and teach anyone interested how to make cutesy hair bows. :)
Saturday, October 18, 2008
A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
Its loveliness increases;
It will never pass into nothingness
Friday, October 17, 2008
Maggie: I've got an appetite, Mommy!
Me: Oooh, really?? You want the other half of your sandwich?
Maggie: I already got it.
Me: So, what does appetite mean?
Maggie: When you eat a lot of bread.
Me: Where did you learn that?
Maggie: High school.
I keep telling her she's in preschool, but it's not sticking...
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Next, why is it that when your house is clean, nobody spontaneously shows up to see it, but when it is dirty you get all kinds of unexpected visitors. Last week I had the lovely experience of showing the upstairs half of my house to friends who'd never seen it before, and it was seriously you-could-hardly-walk-down-the-hall messy and seriously embarrassing. I don't know why I agreed to let them see it! I definitely learned my lesson, and have since had the upstairs decently clean, but I've had nobody to show it to. I almost want to call someone--anyone--"Hi, it's MAG. The upstairs of my house is clean. Can you please come look at it? Please!?"
I've got a long list of things that I'm stumped about, and I'm going to share them in hopes that somebody out there might have some answers for me!
First, and this isn't that big of a deal, but why do I like the below picture? It's random and kind of weird, but I like it! But I would love it if it meant something. Any creative ideas how this picture could be meaningful? Do any of you have a story about kid feet and a vase that you'd like to share with me?
And how do I say no to dough? Cookie dough, that is, and not eat cookies all day long if I know they're just sitting there lonely in the bread drawer? It doesn't help that they're the best cookies EVER. I thought I was missing something when for years I didn't know how to bake yummy cookies. Now that I know how, I'm wishing I didn't. It takes all my will power not to make them at least once a week. Here's the recipe for Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies: (Thanks, Kandis!)
3/4 c. butter-flavored shortening
11/4 c. packed dark brown sugar
2 TBS milk
1 TB vanilla
13/4 c. wheat flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 c. chocolate chips
(can add oatmeal, pb and toffee chips for fun)
Combine shortening, sugar, milk and vanilla--mix. Beat in egg until well mixed and lighter in color. Add flour, salt and baking soda, then chocolate chips and other add-ins if desired. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes (chewy) or 11-13 minutes (crisp). Don't over bake! Remove cookies to foil to cool.
And on to the next thing I'm stumped about. I'm working on cleaning out my laptop in hopes of selling it. But it has an atrocious number of pictures saved to it. Today I started uploading them to photobucket, wanting to have backups of my snapshots on the Internet. Yeah, that'll pretty much take forever. Where do you guys back up your pictures? Any secrets? Whisper over here.
Finally, I'm still trying to figure out how to do everything--everything I want to do and everything I feel like I should do. It seems like right when I get one thing going, another thing falls off the map. Right now exercising and reading are remote villages on my map and photography and writing are capital cities. And I love reading and I love exercising! How could they fall off? Can't I do every last thing I want to do?
But the last thing I want to say, and if you read nothing I just wrote, I do hope you at least see this:
Thank you! I truly love reading all of your blogs. They lift me up and inspire me to be better. And thank you for the kind and encouraging comments you've sent my way. They are so sweet and uplifting. I really love you all!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
On a Sunday afternoon we left our cozy chalet just after a startling summer thunderstorm and went for a walk. We followed a curvy path out of town and into a thickly forested area where all we could hear were the moos of grazing cows mixed with the bobble of their bells clanging. The air was wet and the clouds were low and misty in our path. If it had been a normal walk we'd have talked, but the stillness of nature hushed and spoke to us, instead.
As I listened, I felt like I'd entered a heavenly place, surrounded by vibrancy--the colors, the smells, the feelings--everything radiant. It felt familiar, this place, and reminded me of something I can't remember--my life before now, my home before Earth.
In those days, did I know Magnet? Were we friends? Did we vow to help each other through mortality? Did we choose our children? Did they choose us? Sometimes it sure feels like it. Somewhere in the cornerstones of my memory, my spirit remembers those days. Not the details, but the feelings. And every once in awhile a something--a smile, a look, a place-- triggers my soul's recollection of my far-reaching history. It's something hard to explain, yet so widely felt.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
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