Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I've been following Grosgrain, a blog by Kathleen Dougherty, for a while now. She's an amazing seamstress and makes the most adorable little girl's clothing. Right now she's giving away another one of her beautiful creations to one lucky person...perhaps it will be me this time? I would love to win - I think Em would look lovely in this...
My friend LL gave me this blog award! Thanks so much! I haven't won anything in such a long, long, time! How fun!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I'm thinking a lot about whether or not I can have it all, do it all, be it all. Can I be the best mother, perfect hostest, blog writter, twitterer, myspacer, facebooker, wife, kids church leader, cook, business owner, house cleaner, and child of God? There are so many things that fall under my job description right now. I'm a creative person and I love that. But at times because of the creative thoughts that run through my head, I find myself adding on more and more projects to my list because of this thought: "why in the world would I buy that when I can make it!"
The answer I've come to is that I CAN do it all, but something is going to suffer. I can probably do all of these things, but chances are that I won't be able to do all of them very well. So this brings me to the realization that I HAVE to make a list of priorities and plan out my week...almost down to the minute.
That doesn't really match my natural thought process. It isn't going to be easy for me to have such a structured day. While I love organization and structure, I don't enjoy it so much when it affects my time. I like staying up ridiculously late and sleeping in. I like wandering around the house during the day doing only the projects that I feel like I'm in the "mood" for. I'm constantly telling myself that I don't need a structured day right now because Emma isn't in school.
But I really do need it and I don't like it. I can't run a business, keep my house clean and do all of the other things mentioned above and keep my sanity if I don't organize my time. I realize this is going to be a process for me. I know most things don't change overnight and that it will take a while for me to turn this forced structure into a habit. So I'm starting here and now...with a list of priorities and things I need to change to get on the right path...
There's so much more...but for now I think this is enough to comment on. It's exhausting doing so much self-evaluating!! :) ~ Andrea
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Who doesn't like free stuff? I like free stuff so much that I cut coupons weekly and run out to CVS like a mad woman just to pick up stuff that I probably (definately) don't need!
Anyway, my blogger friend, Sue, asked me to join her Thanksgiving Giveaway and offer something FREE from my shop to her blog readers. How could I resist? So, starting today you can go to her blog, leave a comment and be entered in the running for one of my boxed personalized notecard, luggage tag, confetti sets! I'm even throwing in the gift wrap if you'd like to have it sent to someone else :)
Run, don't walk, on over to Sue's Blog, Confessions of a Tired Super Girl, and enter to win. Oh, and tell a friend to enter too! Good luck and have a happy weekend :) ~ Andrea
P.S. She'll be giving away other goodies too...so if you don't want my stationery I'm sure she'll have something you want to win :)
Here are some more pics...
Friday, November 14, 2008
As much as I hate being home alone - I really have enjoyed my special time with Emma. She is so precious! I hate that so often I go from one moment to the next without actually enjoying and appreciating the moment that I'm in. I was so focused on wishing Vance would come home that I was losing the joy of being in the moment with my wonderful two year old. Even being in Walgreens with her, watching her delight over all of the Christmas trees and the blow-up snowmen is a moment to remember and enjoy. I guess God uses our kids to remind us to slow down and take joy in even the little parts of our day...which is what I'm going to focus on doing more of!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Gorgeous Weather + Family Day at the Zoo = Perfection!
Perfect end to the day...movie together at the drive-in theater. It was so awesome and the weather was perfect. This was definately one of our favorite days!
Friday, November 7, 2008
On a completely unrelated note...I'm in love with the packaging for these brownie/cookie bars! Sometimes something like this will catch my eye and make me kind of happy everytime I look at it. Wierd, I know, but that goes along with my lifelong love of paper!
I only wish the actual cookie bar was as good to eat as it is to look at! I just can't get over the texture...too much like coconut - I don't do coconut! Anyway, Emma loves it and it's good for her. Can't go wrong there! Just thought I'd share a few pics!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
I like the idea that it isn't just a picture, but something I can write on and actually use! Sometimes the practical side of me takes over the creative side! Each month features a different list and/or project that goes along with holidays in that month. They're 5" x 8.5" and printed on super thick cardstock. I should have these in my shop in a few days!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
We actually didn't leave Dallas. We stayed at home and did a bunch of local stuff that we haven't had time to do since we moved here. It actually was a lot of fun. I made a schedule for the week that we took with us everywhere - it had our itinerary and maps of where we needed to go.
One of the bonuses to staying at home for your vacation...you don't come home with a ton of laundry to do!
I took so many pictures...it's hard for me to choose just a few to show out of the HUNDREDS on my computer! So, I think I'm going to spread out pictures from the vaca over the next few days!
These pictures are from our day at the mall! Doesn't sound like much, but this mall was amazing! It's the Galleria Mall in Dallas, which is just beautiful, clean, has a great playscape for kids and an ice skating rink. Not only that, but we haven't been to the mall since LAST Christmas! I know, I know, that sounds ridiculous, but everything here is so far away and I just hadn't gotten up the nerve to drive through Dallas to a mall I wasn't sure how to get to. But we did it and it was totally worth it. I'll definately be going back again soon. Enjoy...
Emma BEFORE she knew what was about to happen...
Emma AFTER her ears were pierced...
These days lollipops fix everything!
We went to this kids toy store and in the back they had these strange mechanical animals that kids could ride. They were so adorable...I had never seen anything like that before. Emma rode the elephant...and then cried because she couldn't ride the zebra too...this was only the start of all the crying she did that day! Poor thing turns out she had an ear infection. Can you believe I would have her ears pierced on top of that? What a terrible mom :)
I couldn't resist taking this picture of Emma on the playscape! Somehow butt cleavage is cute when you're two!
To quote Emma "woohoo". That girl loves to play!
More pictures coming later! Happy Saturday!! ~ Andrea