Friday, April 11, 2014

Dancing Queen

The other day we had Madison's final dance class of the year.  Insane how cute this is.  It's similar to watching little league ball.  You know where you find yourself yelling "run!  you hit the ball!  You run to the base!  Don't stop!"  Just the simple things except here, you're thinking "um, not one person is skipping".  It's awesome.

But, they're learning the basics.  Positions, pointing and flexing toes, raising arms, leaping, following others, it's all necessary and good to practice now in the hopes it'll just be part of the future dancer they'll become.  That is if they stick with it.

 Madison is an individual, let me tell you.  I'm discovering so much.  I think because I have actor, dancer, film, stage on my resume, everyone assumes that Madison gets her unique personality from me.  She might, but it's not like I'm a stage mom pushing her on to entertain.  AND, so far there are some huge differences.  The biggest is what I see in dance.  I was (and still am) a people pleaser.  I've always approached my live performance stuff as performing.  Meaning I do what I'm supposed to do to the best of my ability to impress or take this chance to show what I can do.  If I'm supposed to be "on", I'm on.  100%.  Madison sees the camera (or audience) and takes the chance to make a joke.  "oops!  I fell!"  That sort of thing.  That sadly would've devastated a 4 year old me.  She wants to make sure in all things that she is getting a laugh.  I was a performer.  She seems to think she's a comedienne.

Another difference is her individuality.  Like in the picture below.  She refuses to dance with a scarf.  She used to love it.  I think she had some trouble getting the color she wanted, maybe doesn't like the manual labor of folding it before returning, I don't know.  Either way, she chooses not to use one.  For over a year now.  She refuses.  Doesn't care.  Has no reason except "because I don't want to" and she moves on with her life.  We are blessed that her teacher doesn't care.  Somewhere inside I'm mortified.  But, I'm learning to just go with it.  It's her world.

Heaven help us.  We will need it.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lazy Saturday (um, not really)

So how do your weekends look?  Mine anymore look like this, BUSY!  It's crazy how much I seem  to pile on but there is a lot I can get done.  I'll be honest with you, I do this most any day because we really aren't on a "work week" schedule around here.  We are free to do whatever we choose most days.  I honestly think it's just that we don't usually run around on Saturdays.  Most weekends we are at home except for church.

 This week, I made bread, granola and hummus.  I stocked up on a lot of Sam's food.  This of course happens usually every few days anyway.  When we are low, we are low.  He's a big eater.  Madi and I cleaned up her room.  This was really a mess (closets, boxes, toys everywhere).  Mostly just organize her stuff.  It's amazing what can be in the box where the My Little Ponies go.  Then she wonders why she can't find these little items she's looking for, right?

I did a bunch of laundry which is pretty much an every day occurrence.  I think I did so much that I just couldn't take a nap either.  This would've been nice on a Saturday but no.  I kept working.  I've got stuff to do, make and research.  I keep making dishcloths right now.  I've been bored with mine.  I've had them for a few years now and they're looking rough.  So, I'm making more.

It was actually nice to feel like I did a lot.  Nice way to sleep too.  Ended with a movie night with Madison.  The Little Mermaid and some popcorn even.

What do you usually spend your Saturdays doing?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Flea Market Saturday

Finally!  It's Flea Market Season.  Well, technically it's always flea market season.  BUT, in order for me to go with the kids the weather needs to be nice.  So, flea market season has begun!!!

It was so nice today and there were tons of great vendors.  Which is good because I've gotta tell you, I have a huge list right now.  I didn't find some of the bigger more important things this time around but I'm always saying my walls are bare so these mirrors will be great somewhere.  I'll post later where I put them but for now, they'll stay the color they are.  I have ideas of a few rooms that haven't been painted so I may or may not change the color.  We shall see.  I don't love the round loop things on the small one so I'll probably remove it.  Just can't decide if a hook would be fun or nothing.  Again, we will see.

The chairs are gonna be awesome.  You can always use chairs, right?  So, I'm gonna use it for something.  I'm going to paint them and replace the seats.  I'll probably put one in Madi's room which is lacking furniture and has no seating.  OR, the dining room (which will soon be my "sitting room").  Again, we shall see but that's the joy of looking and buying.

Altogether for $30.  Not too bad.

I have other projects sitting around the house so stay tuned.  As the weather gets warmer, I'll be heading out to repair and paint.  I have a pretty big list right now though so bear with me.

Hey, if you went out digging this weekend too, share some pics of your finds below.  I'd love to see them.  It's always inspiring.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Crawl much?

We have passed another milestone around here. Sam has started crawling. First to me. Then to Sis. Then to toys. Then everywhere. It's amazing how far he can get in a short time.

He has also started saying "Dada". It's a bit broken and we aren't real sure he means it. But I know he's saying it because sometimes when I ask him to say it he will. He's been making sounds like it for a bit but you'd ask him to say it and he'd look at you like "what?"  

This came about after he started clapping. He finished nursing one day sat up and clapped. I said "yay!" and clapped along. He repeated. Well he doesn't really say "yay" but he sings a sound while clapping. Sounds about the same. Awesome. Since then he did it every time we did it to him. His first bit of communicating. Suddenly he seems to completely understand everything that is being said and what we are asking. I asked where Grandpa was the other night and he picked up his photo album (where he is on the front page) opened the book and started hitting it on the table. Now I'm not sure he meant any ill will to Grandpa. But I know he knows what I'm saying. 

Oh!  He's siting in high chairs and carts too. Ugh. 

I thought of this this morning. So proud of him for crawling. So glad he can move and won't get so angry so fast on the floor all the time. So proud that he figured it out. And that he's moving on. So sad that this is the beginning of the end of baby. Ugh. Poor baby. They grow up so fast and I was truly hoping to treasure this one. Bam!  Better get going. Ha. It's amazing how proud we can be of our kids even when it means they will leave or not need us anymore. Life is a buster. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Handmade Love

I love getting the chance to make folks gifts whenever I can. My problem is that most of the time I think to do it too late. I'm still new to sewing but before knitting was my only option for that. You can imagine thinking at the last minute "oh I should've made a blanket". See those things take a while. That's what I'm learning to love about sewing.

It seems that I can get the few things done pretty quick that I'm wanting to make for folks. So I can still knit something when I have time but if I run out I can always sew. 

I'll be honest I don't know if the folks want or need these things but they are things that I wanted and made so I'm making them for others as well. Hopefully they find them as useful as I do. 

I made some burp cloths with Sam and they are still my favorites. I've barely used any of the stacks I had left from Madi. Man!  With her reflux I truly wish I had these forever ago. I would have gone through all of them with Madi. She was always in need and these are much more absorbent then all the ones I had for her. Poor thing. So for a baby girl coming soon I decided to make some. It was fun to actually look at girl fabrics. Ha. 

I think they turned out great. I'm still new to this and I fell in love with the flannel. That was that. It was perfect for the room, the friend. Perfect. Of course I almost killed someone trying to find a cotton for the blanket. It still isn't perfect but I think it works ok. I love the fabrics alone just wasn't sure about combining them. Oh well. I will keep trying. 

Then I have a wedding. Today actually. I wanted to give them some dishcloths. There are several reasons. 
1- I think they are a great wedding gift. 
2- The couple have been living on their own for a bit and the registry wasn't super exciting to me. 
3- These dishcloths are awesome. They work amazing and last forever. 
4- The couple are artists and I know would appreciate such things. 
5-  Why not?

Don't panic. We already gave them a gift card at the shower. This is in addition to that. And how do you do that?  Used to you brought gifts to the wedding. Now they seem to arrive at the reception (this coming from years of me taking them to the wedding and carrying them around until the reception. Ugh.). When did this happen?  Oh well. 

I am also using a handmade card. Granted I didn't actually make this for them. But I have so many around from my store and events that I'm always grabbing one for whatever party we are attending. 
It's cute too. 

Anyway, it's been fun and I'm proud of how everything turned out. Now to get ready. As Madi says "Bring on the cake!"

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

When Cupcakes Go Wrong


I hate to toot my own horn.  Especially when you're looking at this.

But, I'm pretty good at baking.  Madison helps and we are a pretty good team.

I made these before.  Dark chocolate with my famous Strawberry icing.  And, today they went a little awry.  

I needed some for a friend's birthday.  A guy even which only makes this more scary.  And, less impressive.  BUT, stick with me.

When making the cakes I realized two things.  One, I am almost out of cupcake wrappers.  (Quel Dommage!!)  Two, I think they should rise more than last time.  So, I found a box that Madi received as a gift of cupcake stuff to make ladybugs, it had wrappers.  They were pink with green spots and had smiles on them, but oh well.  These would work but I still wasn't sure that there would be enough so I didn't double cup knowing what that would do, but there was NO TIME!!

Then, the first batch I filled higher than I should thinking I'd get the fluffier cupcake I wanted.  Well, I did.  The "muffin top" kind that all stick together and flake off.  So, I didn't make anymore that way, but oh well.  Some crumbled and had to be cut off, resulting in the ragged mess up top.  Then, near the end, I ran out of frosting (I have icing application issues right now due to some damaged appliances that need to be replaced.  I know, excuses, excuses).  So, I started just spreading it on the super moist cupcakes which then of course did things that would make Martha Stewart sit straight up at night about, CRUMBS IN THE FROSTING!  Are you kidding me????

Needless to say, I HAD to let Madi decorate and make the ladybugs though they were barely covered, cut and rugged and you could definitely not see a smiley face.  But, this is what we do.

Now, in all fairness to me, the reality of my story is that these "ugly" ones are for us and I kinda like them.  I'd like to say Madison made them alone since that is the quality you see but she did not.  She did not.

These don't look too bad, right?
Never know they were the same batch, eh?

Things I needed YESTERDAY:

Offset spatula
New icing press
Cupcake wrappers

I'll get right on that.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Happy Chattafridgeversary!

That's right. That's what we just had. However you wanna say it, we did it. We try to be creative for our Anniversary. It gets a bit old to just do dinner and a movie. And now that kids are here sometimes we are like "why can't they celebrate us too?"  It makes sense doesn't it?  We are a family because of them. But also because of that commitment we have.

Anyway, you're still saying "that's nice and all but what the what?"  

We called it many things this year. Refrigeversary, Fridgaquariversary, Aquarifridgeversary, whatever. In case you don't even know what we are referring to (or just to clear up any copyright infringement or you thinking we are smarter than we are) it's from "Friends". Remember that quirky sitcom a few years ago that was kind of a big deal. (We are probably in trouble again). Anyway, Chandler and Monica had an "Annivegaversary".   Among other things. 

Basically we went to Chattanooga for the day. Love that city. It's really a fun place to get away. It's a good enough drive to feel like you go somewhere. And technically you leave the state and return. Ha. So it's nice. We went to the aquarium which we did a few years ago. Madi was 1 1/2 years old and she loved it but didn't make it through everything. Can you believe how little?

Even since that time (now at 4) she still loved it and learned some stuff. She made it most of the way. Well we saw everything just rushed the end a bit. There are two buildings now. Glad that we started with the ocean first. Very cool. Downtown is always fun to hang out too. We love to eat there too. Got some favorite spots and found a new one this year. 

On the way down we went straight to Champy's Famous Fried Chicken. Yum and yum. Would love one of these here. But we will settle for the 2 1/2 hour drive. Ha. So good. This year we got a family meal which fed us all. Madi loved her chicken legs. Ha. And for dinner we went downtown to Lupi's pizza. Yum. We got a pepperoni and sausage which was yummy. A medium style hand tossed pizza crust. Tangy sauce and amazing chunks of sausage. So good. Hot and crispy on the bottom. 

 Oh!  And the refrigerator?  Yep.  Ours died about a week ago.  Well, raised a few flags at least.  We knew it was only a matter of time so we headed out in search of a new one.  I can't tell you the world of difference this has made.  Wow.  From your basic white freezer on top, fridge below to this.  It is heaven.

Not a bad year.  We've actually done a lot this year.  From adding a new member to our family, fostering a kitten, building Madi's dream room and going on our first vacation as a 4 person family.  Not too shabby.  And a new fridge and fun family day trip wasn't a bad way to start year 15.  Crazy.  But I like it.

Oh!  And here's what happens when you're eating at the studio instead of the house.  That's what happened for the week we waited for the fridge.  Kids seemed to have fun.
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