While I was Away

Again I’ve not taken time to write. I always tell myself “Oh I’ll do it before bed or tomorrow first thing in the morning.” And here I am again a month gone by and no post. I need to get work on a weekly schedule. I did so well for a while but now it seems days fly by before I actually sit down and type. It’s not like I’m never on here either. I still check and read other blogs (although its usually a quick glimpse). I look over other post but never take the time to catch up on mine. My goal is to post once a week!

Since I’ve been gone I’ve been keeping busy. My mom came to visit for a week and we had our first baseball practice. I’ve tried new recipes and did some spring cleaning. We’ve been able to do yard work and start seeds. So at least my neglect has been for productive reasons. Haha!

My mom’s visit was great. She hasn’t been here for a few years and hadn’t seen the kid for almost a year. He was so excited Nana was staying with us! They got to have a night together and the man and I got a night out with friends. She was able to see his first baseball practice. It’s his first year of T-ball and dad is coaching. Over all it was a great visit. Sometimes it’s a little sad that he doesn’t get to have that special bond with her and see her often. But it makes these visits all the more special.

Now that the baseball season has started the weekends are going to be busy. All our games and practices are on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s so cute to watch the kids out on the field. They are so excited! I can’t wait to see them all dressed in their uniforms (which I hope to pick up tomorrow). I’m not entirely happy with the set up of the league but watching the kids have so much fun makes up for the rest.

With the warm weather sticking around we’ve been able to start cleaning up the yard and getting it ready for cook outs and a garden. I decided to start seed for the garden last week. I have a few that are already sprouting. I’m hoping they all do! This year I’m trying watermelon. The kid really wanted it so we’re giving it a shot. I hope it does well. Fingers crossed! It looks like my beans are sprouting and either my lettuce or spinach. I’m not really sure which. I took photos or my starters and on the 1st I had places a piece of paper so I knew which direction it faced, whoever, on my 2nd I didn’t.

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20130508-231801.jpg My basil and rosemary are doing great. I’m so happy to have the fresh herbs in my kitchen window. It’s so nice to walk over and grab from them while cooking.

The first recipe I used them in was one I saw on Food Network. It was on Giada At Home. It’s Baked Potato with Sausage and Arugula Sauce It was so good. The recipe doesn’t call for basil but I love it so I added a little.

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I also tried a dessert, it’s not pretty but it was yummy!

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With all this nice weather and mom’s visit and baseball I’ve been struggling to go upstairs and craft. I’ve finished a few pairs of leg warmers today. And I got a pair of bloomers finished for my friends daughter E, but I’ve not made anything else. The bloomers are a little difficult, I need A LOT of work on my sewing technique. I just can’t master the leg openings. E needs a few more bloomers so I’m hoping that practice makes perfect.

And to add to all my fun, today I signed up to sale Paparazzi Jewelry. Not sure exactly how well I’ll do with parties or events, I get a little nervous around people i don’t know, but I love jewelry. I can’t wait to see what all is in my kit! Next week will be like Christmas.

Yay! Sun! Good-bye Winter!

I hoping that the last few days are a definite good bye to winter. It’s been so nice out the last few days and its making me hopeful.

Over the last few weeks we’ve had a lot of fun. Had another great Easter Egg Hunt, a happy Easter, the circus, the local ice cream shop reopened for the season and a trip to Scooby-Doo Live. The egg hunt was the day before Easter and it was a nice sunny day. The kids had a blast and got yummy treats and the adults had a great time hanging out.

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The Easter Bunny was very nice.

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A few weeks ago the kid started asking if it was time for the circus and a few days later we saw that it was indeed coming to town. It’s become an annual trip for us and friends. They love it! It is always so much fun to watch them stare with amazement and laugh and gasp at all the acts.

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The ice cream shop opening for the season started the hopeful feeling that spring was here. It’s the cutest little shop and has many flavors of hand scooped Hershey’s ice cream. The kids favorite is Superman. I like to try a different one every trip. I can’t wait until baseball games start and we can take the team for a treat there after a game.

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And lastly, this past weekend we surprised the kid with a trip to Scooby-Doo Live. It was super cute and so much fun. He had a blast. We made a whole day of the trip. Lunch at Red Robbin, Ice cream at Sweet Frog and then the show. I love sweet frog type frozen yogurt shops but the combinations my kid get is a little much for me. Haha

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The show was fun, we had great seats and the kid was in awe

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Overall the last few weeks have been a blast! This warm sunny weather is just adding to the excitement of the next months. I can’t wait for summer break and all the fun to come with friends. Hope everyone is having an excellent week and gets to enjoy time with family and friends!

Another Snow Day?

Yes, the title is correct. We are indeed having another snow day. Boooo!!!

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I think the groundhog and Mother Nature got their messages crossed. It’s Spring! Where’s the warmer weather and the spring showers and the sun? I wish the temperature would start staying closer to 50+. I want to wear flip flops and t-shirts without a coat.
This is the 2nd snow cancelation in the last few weeks where the ridges have gotten fun sled riding, snowman building, snowball fighting snow and I, well I barely have any. But because many children live on the hills and the busses have to drive the roads we are canceled. At least this time it looks like my backyard may still have enough of this quickly melting snow that the kid may get to play a little before its gone. And since they’ve already taken spring break (3/26-4/1) away and now we only get Friday and Monday off, I guess an extra day off this week isn’t horrible.

I wish that we were getting more days like last Saturday. It wasn’t super warm but close to 50 and sunny. A great day for an Easter Egg Hunt. It was a fun time. New friends invited us up to their house for their annual hunt and the kids had a blast. There were roughly 13 children ages 1-5 and they loved it. Even the little ones had fun looking at all the candy filled eggs that littered the yard. And afterwards they munched on hotdogs, dirt cake cups and candy.

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It was a very fun time!

I hadn’t really had time to try new craft projects the last few weeks mostly just worked on more of the same items. It’s been a little busy but I’m hoping to try some new things the next few weeks. Hopefully, I can get a few things finished before my mom comes for a visit. That will keep me busy for a while and maybe I’ll have a few things she can take back to my niece! I can’t wait!

Hope everyone has a great week!

It’s been a while

Wow! I just realized its been almost a month since I last posted!
I’ve been a little busy I guess. During the last few weeks I’ve seen friends, crafted and went on vacation.

Oh how that vacation made me realize how ready I am for summer. I can’t wait for the sun to shine and the weather be above 60. I’m tired of these dreary cold and snowy days. We recently were able to take a trip to Aruba. It was my first trip out of the country and I loved it there. The sun, surf, and warmth were incredible. It was 85 everyday with a 15mph breeze. href=”https://infinitelovecrafts.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/20130312-105457.jpg”>20130312-105457.jpg
Mornings were so relaxing. Up and to the beach for coffee, reading and a beautiful view.

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And the rest of the day relaxing with new friends and lovely dinners. We shopped, ate and took a Jeep tour of the island to see more wonderful views. I wish I had more pictures to share but most are still on my cam

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One of my favorite dinners was at a restaurant called Marandi. There were 16 in our party and we had a huge table on the deck over looking the ocean and a fabulous view of the sunset. It was wonderful.

But what a rude awakening it was upon our return to the north. Haha. We left sunny skies and returned to gloom

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But getting home was great. I missed the kid and it was nice to hug him. So much so that I kept him home from school the next day for mommy time.

Since being home I’ve tried to get back into the crafting groove. I’ve tried my hand at more tutus and flowers. I like trying new things and was excited when I figured out how to make a flower. I’m still working on not burning the edges to much but I’ve been happy with my results so far

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A little more practice and I think I’ll get it.

I have also decided to take piano lessons. Every Tuesday I will be learning away. I’m pretty excited but very nervous. I haven’t played an instrument in almost 20 yrs. And that was the trumpet in 7th grade. Wish me luck!

Hope everyone has a great week!

What a week!

It’s been a crazy week!

Last weekend was fun. We had a dinner with friends, basketball, went to a new bar, watched a movie multiple times and prepared for the week.

Dinner was great! There’s a large group of us with kids who have been trying to get together once a month. We call it our “Adults Only No Highchairs Fun Friends Dinner”. All of our kids are under 5 and foursome it’s been the first “date night” with adults. They are great. We all still spend the 3 hrs talking about the kids but it gives us time to do just that. Compare stories and help new parents and let us all see we are dealing with the same stuff. There’s always new friends at each dinner and sometimes old ones can’t come but still a great time. Most are teachers so not only do they work with their own kids daily but also a school full weekly. And I know they greatly appreciate the down time. We then had a wonderful Saturday morning basketball game. Kid is new to basketball but seems to like it. Neither of us ever played in school or really watch at home so it’s a new experience for us too. It’s been fun. I love watching the kids try to learn the rules. Dribbling is a hard concept. They all just want to get it to the hoop. It’s so cute. Later that night my husband got a call from a friend to go out. I thought he was gonna go but then was informed that the MIL was gonna watch the kid for a bit and I was invited. I was pleasantly surprised. They had more beer then any bar around our area. Most stick to the basics and the bartender was super nice and knew a lot about each bottle. It was a great lesson in beer. And by Sunday we were ready for family down time. We watched Hotel Transylvania 1000 times and just vegged. He loves that movie so it was the perfect Valentines gift. What we weren’t expecting was the high temp Monday night and the trip to Med Express Tues morning. Luckily we caught the beginnings of a double ear infection and strep throat early and after a few days of meds the little one was able to make it to school for Valentines festivities. Which brings us to today. It was so cute. PTC had a carnation sale and when the kids got their flowers they were so excited! I love being able to be at the school to help with these activities.

Over the next few days we will be enjoying a 4 day weekend from school, a family fun day, and the mister and I will be preparing for our first out of country trip and first week long stay at grandmas. Wish me luck. I’m not sure if I’m more nervous or excited. I’ve never left my baby, or big boy as he says, with this amount of distance between us.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Weekend is here again!

It’s the weekend!

This should be an exciting weekend. Kid starts basketball at the YMCA tomorrow, date night with the hubby and baby shower Sunday! All kinda of fun. I’m excited about the basketball. I’ve never really been a fan of watching it ,I’m more football, but he’s finally old enought on start playing sports. We’ve played spring and fall soccer last year but this year we get to try basketball and baseball. It’s all his choice on which we play but I love seeing out there with the other kids having fun. He chose to try baseball this spring over soccer but he can do that in the fall also if he wants. But so far he seems to like trying the different sports. And then after the basketball game the hubby and I get a date night. We don’t have set plans yet but I’m sure we can find something to do kid free.

This week has been crazy. Are furnace went kaput so we are in the process of getting a new one. Hopefully before the really cold weather next week. My car battery died on me yesterday so that was just the icing on the cake. Haha. But it has motivated me to take my frustrations out on my crafts. This week I finished another ton of leg warmers, quite a few bows and felt pins. Which was fun since I dove into the buttons I gathered from my Nanny’s over Thanksgiving.

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Another result of my frustrations has been cooking. I made yummy spaghetti squash with onion, garlic and a little nutmeg. It was great. And last night I chopped up grilled chicken breast and added bits of fresh mozzarella chunks to melt, fresh basil, tomatoes, and drizzled with garlic infused red wine vinegar and evoo. It was a great dinner!

Hopefully this weekend makes up for the week! Hope y’all have a great fun weekend!

Christmas is over

Hope everyone had a great weekend and first half of the week!

Now that the holidays are over, I’m expected to take down all my Christmas decorations. I really wish I could just leave them up all year but the hubby thinks they need packed away. I hate taking them down. I love putting them out but dread the clean up. First, I love to have them up, I think it makes everything so pretty with the twinkling lights and snowmen and glitter and other shiny objects. Second, there are just so many of them. I have managed to convince him to let me keep one tree up year round which I decorate for all holidays. I guess I just got to take it one tree at a time until all decorations start making a year round appearance. Hahaha

A good thing about the holidays being over is that I have time to craft again! I’ve spent the last few days setting up my craft room and finishing a few projects. The room is still a work in progress but hopefully not much longer and ill have is almost the way I want it. The few projects I’ve accomplished are about 2 dozen leg warmers 2 pillow case dresses and my first tutu.

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And 2 felt pins.

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The last I sent to my Nanny. She loves all the crafty stuff too, so I thought it would be a fun little I Love You gift.
Tomorrow I’m busy with the PTC but I hope to get to make more items the next few days.

Hope the rest of the week goes well for all!

Award!

What a great way to start a new year! I am happy to accept The Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks gentlestitches for the nomination!

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Here are the rules for accepting this award:

1. Display the award certificate on your website.
2. Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.
3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers. Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.
4. Post 7 facts about yourself.

I have very proudly displayed the award! Announced my win and linked to the very nice lady who kindly nominated me. And now on to the last two steps. First, 7 facts about myself:

1) I have really enjoyed my venture into blogging.

2) I love to read historical romance novels.

3) I would love to learn to play the violin and piano.

4) I rarely wear matching socks because I hate putting socks together and after matching my husband and kids I don’t want to bother with my own.

5) I could spend hours in craft stores just looking and planning projects I would like to make.

6) Coffee and Mt. Dew are my favorite beverages.

7) I would love to visit another country.

Now for my nominees.

making my home happy
Pillows A-LA-Mode
littlepoppits
Le Zoe musings
What’s that, Sally?
J. E. Creations
Canadian Hiking Photagraphy
Craft Apple
a little Claire-ification
Jama’s Alphabet Soup
glitteronmyface
Frugal Feeding
Handmade High Street
Watch out, world
Krafty Kreations

Hope everyone had a great beginning to a new year!

Happy New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year’s Eve!!!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! It was a lot of fun for us. We finally got good snow. It was nice to wake up and see the snow falling instead of the slush we got the other day. And it was the good snow. The snow that’s perfect for snow balls and snowmen. I happened to get up early and notice that the white stuff was falling and got a few minutes of just enjoying it in its perfect whiteness before it got tracked up.

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And then once it was time to play we got to enjoy a snowball fight and a snowman

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It was so pretty. I love the look of it on the trees

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It was wonderful!

And now it’s time to get ready for tonight! I hope that everyone stays healthy and gets to come to the party. We have been staying home and inviting friends over for the last few years. It’s a fun time. All the kids are invited and get to run and play and the adults get to hang out as well. I try to have the fun party stuff for the kiddos. Hats and blowers and necklaces and even decorate one room with streamers so they feel like they have their own little party. I think the food may be my favorite part tho. We always have way too many dips but they seem to be a hit and its the perfect party food. This year we have taco, blt, spinach artichoke, and buffalo chicken dip along with pepperoni rolls on the menu. I can’t wait to ring in the new year!

Another fun part of tonight will be exchanging Christmas gifts for the final time with some friends and kiddos. I finally finished the last no sew blanket gift and I can’t wait to give them out. After making 15 over the last few weeks I think I’m a pro and that I’m going to take a break from them for a while.

Hope everyone has a fun, safe and happy New Years Eve and a great new year!

Snowy Shopping Day

Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

I know my house had an excellent few days. The kid was very pleased with Santa and his gifts. The hubby and I didn’t do too bad either. I do believe that we will be building with Legos for the next few months. The kid got Legos and Legos and more Legos this year. We were up at 7am and began the opening process. With a 5 yr old it doesn’t take to long to rip open the paper so it was over way to soon but luckily I got a few pictures. As soon as the paper was cleaned up it was time to start playing. Legos and video games! I’m not sure who enjoys the Legos more the kid or hubby or myself. And while we worked to build the monster train and bat mobile and ninjago vehicles we were also cooking.
Christmas dinner was very yummy this year. Top two dishes: Hubby’s Stuffing and my Brussels Sprouts. Other notables potatoes from a Pinterest recipe and black eyed peas from a Food Network Magazine recipe. The food was great, we had a great visit with family and the kid got gifts he loved. Over all it was a 5 star holiday.

I would have loved to have a white Christmas but that didn’t happen. However, today we have snow and rain and ice. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying after Christmas sale shopping! Every year I get up early and take a few hours of on my own, stress free, kid free, spouse free shopping. I buy some pretty Christmas items, grab a few presents for next year and replenish my gift wrapping supplies. This year I got a few pretties but was a little disappointed at the lack of Christmas lights on the shelves. And now we have decided to brave the snow and head to Ikea. I would like to change up the kids room a little. When we left the house I didn’t quite realize what the roads were gonna be like once we were out and about. And so after some slush and only one lane cleared we have made it close to our destination and have hit snow covered

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Hope everyone has a great day shopping, playing, cleaning or whatever you do on the day after Christmas!!

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