first day again

First day is back again! 
I feel like that mom on the staples commercial jumping around singing 
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" :) 

 I have to admit...I was sad to see them go. 

Bo is in kindergarten this year. Full day. 
So good.
I cried...a little. 
My baby is growing up.
So stinking cute.

Slone is in second grade. 
He's a good kid.
I don't worry about him much.
Second day on the bus though, I get a phone call that he gave a kid a bloody nose.
It was an accident.
Thank goodness.

First day in though and Slone says "I miss summer." Oh, buddy, you got a long ways to go!
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resolutions and a new year

So I know that every blogger in the blogosphere is posting on resolutions. It's the new year, it's what you do. I like making resolutions. That is, until the end of the year rolls around and I'm still fatter and lazier than I wanted to be.

So my thought for this year is "one month at a time". That's right, I'm not going to drive my self crazy with the year thing. Because we all know we say to ourselves, "oh, I already failed and it's only January 25. There goes that resolution. Guess I'll start again next year."

I'm through with that. I know that I can make it for one month. I've done it. Remember back last summer, I went a whole month without buying new clothes for myself. And a whole month without soda (I'm sure I blogged about it, can't find the link).


So for this month, I'm only going to make a few resolutions. Something I know I can handle/do. Plus I can change them next month if I need to. But I'll know that I can follow through on what I say I'm going to do.

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cowls...thinking I'm going to do a tutorial for you!

January Resolutions 2012

  1. Read my Bible everyday. Do it with me? Please?
  2. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week (even if I have to go without my gym buddy).
  3. No fast food.
  4. Get the new moreygirl site up and running with lots of new items.
  5. No new clothes for myself.
That all is doable and not impossible. If I stated #5 as a year resolution, I know it would be killing me by January 15 to get a new sweater, and you know what? I'd go buy it.  But I know I can handle that for 30 days. Numbers 1 & 2 will probably be an every month resolution. But if I fail on it, I have the rest of the year to work on it. 

What do you say? Think this is cheating on resolutions? It's the best solution I can come up with! :) What are you doing for your resolutions this year?
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handmade Christmas

I wanted to show you the little village that I made for my mom for Christmas! It was a very addicting craft! My desk was a mess for about two weeks straight.

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I had to set them up on my mantle before I gave them to her, you know, just to make sure that they looked good! She got six of them all together. I used cereal boxes and lots of hot glue to construct them. I followed the directions that I found here:

That site also gives you the background on them and tons of printable patterns.

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This little house was my favorite. All of the houses eventually got wreaths. They were made by wrapping a green pipe cleaner around a pencil and hot gluing three tiny red balls to them. I found all of the supplies I used at Joann, except of course the cereal boxes. Even these little fences are from Joanns. If I had been looking for something like that though, I would have never found them! They are with all the wooden items that you can paint and decorate.

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The little plaques that they are glued to were a happy accident. I had originally planned to glue them to 5x7 canvases. But my Joann's didn't have any small canvases anymore. When I turned around though, there were lots of these little wooden plaques. They had the notches cut out on the corners already. All I had to do was paint them with a little white craft paint. 

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I also used a gray sharpie and drew the little stepping stones on the plaque. The "bushes" are that spanish moss. It came on a roll and I just cut little pieces off and hot glued them on. Then everything got covered with that "snow" - remember that stuff from when we were little? It dries hard and clumpy just like snow. Then I used a mix of school glue and water and painted the base with it. I used that really huge glitter to cover the ground.

bleached tree

I knew I didn't want plain old green trees to go with this village, so I went searching on the internet for something better. I found a girl who had bleached hers. I just literally dipped them in bleach til they were white. That worked out pretty well! I added a little more snow and some glitter to them too!

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All in all, it was a really fun craft to make. I will probably make my own next year. There really wasn't anything I didn't like about this craft. It does make a huge mess though, considering the glitter, the moss, the bleach, and tons of little cardboard window cutouts!
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A Christmas Quiz

And just for fun, a little Christmas Quiz. I stole this from Heather @ We are the Holdens. You should go read her quiz too!

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? 
 Hot chocolate, Michelle's hot chocolate to be exact.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Wrap them
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?  
I like both, but this year it's colored lights.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? 

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Right after Slone's birthday on Novemeber 30.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish? 
Mom's whole meal. This year we are having ribs. But chili is a tradition too.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
It seems like we always opened gifts on Christmas eve. I remember thinking we always got a lot that night and Christmas morning wouldn't be any fun because there wouldn't be that much. But we'd wake up to a whole bunch more. Mom is good at making a little look like a lot!

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? 
 I don't remember. I was never huge into Santa. I was probably frightened by the thought of someone getting in our house while we were asleep.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
I got the boys pajamas, so they will open those.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
It just has huge colored lights on it and some wide green garland. The boys have put their handmade ones from school on it too.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it?  
I like it. But I wish it could snow without getting on the roads. Maybe we need heated roads?!

12. Can you ice skate?  
I have never been ice skating in my life.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I can't remember a specific one. We never really made lists. But whatever Mom did get me was always way better than what I did ask for. 

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?  
Remembering the greatest gift, Jesus. Giving. Happiness.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? 
 Do I have to pick? I seriously don't have a problem picking at the dessert table, except if I can fit them all on my plate.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?  
That my family waits to open gifts until everyone can be there. And we get gifts for everyone! And there's a lot of us now!

17. What tops your tree
 a glittery white star.

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? 
 giving, especially giving something I made for them.

19. Candy canes: Yuck or Yummy?
yum, but just the originals.

20. Saddest Christmas song?
I'll be home for Christmas

 The boys have a SpongeBob movie that has a great Christmas song. Turns out Matt does have a little bit of holiday cheer, this is his new catch phrase for the season!

Have a great Christmas!
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A Christmas tour

I wanted this post to be a vlog, but do you know how hard it is to get even the littlest things done while your kids are on Christmas vacation?!

I thought I would take you on a little Christmas tour of my house. Well, actually, it's just my living room, because I really don't have that many decorations. It's not that I don't want a ton, it's just I have no where to store them when it's not Christmas. And Matt is a bit bah humbug on any seasonal decorations.

The new thing this year is the ball ornament wreath I made. If you're on Pinterest, you've seen it. It's out of an old wire hanger (that I had to get from Michelle, because I had no hangers!). I bought some no shatter balls at Target and strung them on. You can see the wire a little bit, so if I did another one I would buy a pack of smaller ornaments too and add them here and there. I also thought about hot gluing the little ones in it too, but I have never bought any smaller ones.

The trick here is to hang it on a mirror so it looks really big!

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And the tree...

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There aren't very many ornaments on it. Just the one the boys made this year. We're trying to build up our handmade supply:) 

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This is the only Santa I have in the house. I don't really like Santa. He never got me what I wanted as a kid and this year I'm going to have an extremely disappointed 7 year old that's not going to get what he asked for. Slone even got a letter from Santa at school, basically (in a 7 year old's mind) promising him a ds. Thanks a lot.

But this Santa was painted by sweet Ruth from our church. I got it at a white elephant exchange a couple of years ago.

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And here's our "mantle". My littleputz houses sit on it with a few additions like the tractor Slone just got for his birthday (but cant play with. Don't get me started.) The houses were my Grandma Morey's. They have "Japan" stamped on the bottom of them. Mom says she always had them on top of her tv. But I don't remember that. They were always in Texas during Christmas when I was little.

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A cute little snowman with a candy cane.

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And just a snowflake that I have hanging in a frame.

With all the hustle and bustle, I hope you have a Merry Christmas!
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10 years and a choice

Ten years! Can you believe it? Matt and I made it. Today is our 10 year anniversary. 

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I am here to tell you that it was not always easy. We fought. a. lot. The first 3-4 years of our marriage were the hardest of my life. Hands down. We are two of the most stubborn people you will ever meet and that did not jive so well those first few years.

Here's a copy of our vows. Even then I knew I didn't want to recite the same old vows everyone else does. Pastor Mike had these from a previous wedding he had done. I knew then that I couldn't have written anything more eloquent than this.


Can you read it? Here's what it says: 

When I become your wife today, I enter into a new phase of life and I do so with joy and with anticipation of the life we will share together.
Making God our first priority, I commit to building a life with you where we acknowledge God's presence everyday, helping you grow in your Christian walk as you help me with mine.
I know that love is a choice that is made and not just an emotion, so I will make the decision to love you every day.
May we share in the changes of life with flexibility, faithfulness and respect for each other.
I promise today to share with you all that I am and all that I will become until we are parted by death.

We actually read those words ten years ago. I cried when I read mine. They give me goosebumps today.

I know a lot of people think that if you love someone it should be easy.  I wish I could give you an actual formula to make it easier. But the truth is: it's not easy.
Nothing that you really care about is...ever.
Having kids = work. Raising kids = work. Successful business = work. Skinny body = work.
See where I'm going with this?

Now, things are easier. We still have our issues, we still fight, but it is easier. Maybe we've gone soft in our old age. Maybe we've realized that love will choose to take the back seat for someone else, if it means they'll be happy. 

It won't work without work.  I have to remind myself of this a lot of times. Matt can drive me insane but I choose him. He truly is the man that I want to be with. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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This week I wasn't quite as dedicated in taking my picture. But I would like to show you what I look like for the most part if I stay home all day.

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It's usually a tank top and either yoga pants or sweat pants. No makeup, except for maybe what I slept in.

I went to a party last week too. I wore this little dress I got from Old Navy. I bought it at the beginning of summer in a medium. I thought I'd be super skinny right away after running (I wasn't) but at least I got to wear it this summer.

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I also want to draw your attention to the background in that photo! I do clean my house every now and then! It's just the living room ends up being the playroom when the boys are home. Hopefully this improves since they are both in school now!

Last week it went from 100 degrees on Thursday and Friday to a cool 70 degrees on Sunday! The weather has done some serious havoc on my sinuses!

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This was Sunday's outfit. The boys all went four wheeling, I went out to lunch with Mom & Dad.

I wanted to tell you this too! I did really well on my goals for this last month! No buying clothes and no pop. I did cheat a little though, but both times it was by accident (kindof)! I went into SalVal one day and ended up with a Banana Rep black sweater vest for $2. I couldn't resist! and one night we were over at some friends having supper. Jen had some pepsi's out and I grabbed one. I had drank about half of it when I thought "this tastes horrible". Then I looked at the calories and couldn't believe I was wasting 150 of my allotted amount on that! Then I remembered I wasn't drinking pop for the month!! So I did drink a half a can:(

But other than those two times, I stuck with it! Last Friday though, I got a coupon in the mail for 40% off of the gap. Well, I went in and found some great jeans! I thought I deserved a reward! Watch for them next week on wiww;)

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This week isn't too exciting. I'm sorry to say that none of these pictures are really that good. I don't know what the deal was with my settings. I obviously never looked at them and just snapped away!

Are you sick of seeing these pics yet? haha. The dress is from Anthropologie. I bought it on sale at the end of last summer. (That's the only way I can afford anything there - on sale.) But since I've been running it's kinda big on me! I was really excited about that!

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This dress is from Kohls. I l.o.v.e it. It's just a knit fabric so it's not too dressy. I wore it to church on Sunday with that little white sweater. It's always freezing in church. I even got to go out for pizza after church. You think it was the dress? ;)

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Wore this shopping one day. The shirt is Old Navy. It's really thin so it was perfect for the 80 degree weather we were having. The shorts are JC Penney. The have the pleats and are puffy. I didn't think I'd like them. But I really do!

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This is what I wore on Saturday at home. The shirt is actually a dress from the gap. I bought it at a yard sale. It's a small and when who ever washed it, it ended up really short. So I just chopped it off and stretched out the ends so they would roll.

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All in all, I'm excited about how my body is changing since I've been running. I haven't really lost a ton of weight though (I mean the 15 pounds that I want to lose). Matt says to quit obsessing over it. He's right but it's hard not to think about that, especially when you've been doing so much work and that's your main goal. But I'm looking so much better in my clothes that I am starting to get over it!

linking up:
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The more I do these the more I realize I'm not quite as fashion forward as I thought I was:) Fall and winter make for cuter outfits I think. I'm not into the whole layering thing, especially when it's hot out. But I do love me some cute dresses.

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It's from Target and I wore it to church on Sunday. I wouldn't wear this dress this spring because I thought it made me look fat. I'm thinking that it wasn't the dress, I was just fat.

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These are the shorts that started the whole running thing. I'm so proud that they fit now! No rolls hanging over the waist band!! No having to look for flowy shirts to hide the muffin top!

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Date night with Mattie and the boys. We just went to Avanti's so we didn't dress up. But I did wear my huge wedges with the skinny pants. I love that look!

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This is today. We are just chillin at home. Wrink-l-y! But who cares. I'm sporting my new bag:) Here it is:

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I'll post it in the shop later! I bought the pattern from Noodlehead. She's awesome!

Here's a pic I wished would've not been blurry.

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Sloney Baloney, you make your mama's heart melt.

While all of this is fun and I love checking out what everyone wears, let's not forget this:
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first day, first grade

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How did this happen? When did first grade get here?

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He wasn't super excited about school, but he was happy to get to see his friends. He's like his mama and gets nervous, until he figures everything out.

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He can tie his own shoes now. I asked him if he needed help. He didn't.

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I get nervous for him. I hope he finds his class ok. I hope he likes his teacher. I hope some of his friends are in his class. I hope...See, I told you he was just like me.

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How many pictures do you think Marty the bus driver was in today? :)

This is the third first day he's had. And every year, I become more aware of how life slips so quickly by. He'll be seven in just a few months. He says "summer took too fast." I agree, Buddy. So did the last seven years.
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Do you like this little series, or is it dumb? I can't really decide. I like looking at other people's wiww, but mine seem kinda stupid.

I really need a full length mirror or set the time on my camera...but then what would I do with my hands?

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Church outfit : shirt is Calvin Klein and cropped skinnies are target

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Old Settlers Days outfit : all old navy

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Date night with my boys : all target, those are the same skinnies that I wore to church. That big bracelet is from pier one. I actually love their jewelry.

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 The lace shirt is target again. I was supposed to meet a girl about maternity pics and baby pics that night, but turns out she won't be getting maternity pics...she went into have her baby that night! So we never got to meet!

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New earrings that will be in the shop soon! I love them! 

I copied this from Casey at the Wiegands... I hadn't done one in awhile. Hope you have a great Wednesday! 

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6 am

2. How do you like your steak? medium

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema: hop

4. What is your favorite TV show? white collar

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? the beach.

6. What did you have for breakfast? cocoa krispies

7. What is your favorite food? pizza

8. Foods you dislike? olives and blueberries

9. Favorite place to eat? good tequilas

10. Favorite dressing? ranch

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? chrysler 300

12. What are your favorite clothes? dresses and tall shoes

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? I'd like to see where Jesus lived.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1/2 full!!

15. Where would you want to retire? with matt on a beach

16. Favorite time of day? sunset

17. Where were you born? central illinois

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? football
19. What is your favorite fragrance? how the clothes dryer smells coming back in the window

20. What is your favorite face cream? I don't know

21. Favorite baby/kids products? little crochet hats

22. People watcher? yes.

23. Are you a morning or night person? can be both.

24. Do you have any pets? nope, don't want any either

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? not yet;)
26. What did you want to be when you were little? a mom.

27. What is your favorite memory? when matt asked me to marry him

28. Are you a cat or dog person? dog person

29. Are you married? yes :)

30. Always wear your seat belt? of course!

31. Been in a car accident? yes.

32. Any pet peeves? complainers and people that have to "blow up" their stories

33. Favorite pizza toppings? pepperoni and green peppers

34. Favorite flower? peonies

35. Favorite ice cream? nothing beats plain old vanilla

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? taco bell

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? once, forgot to put on my blinker when I parallel parked.

38. From whom did you get your last email? i'm sure it was spam

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? ikea, pottery barn, old navy

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? maybe i will today

41. Like your job? love it.

42. Broccoli? yes, please

43. What was your favorite vacation? the cruise with matt, now i hope we get to take one with the boys

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? matt and the boys

45. What are you listening to right now? josh radin

46. What is your favorite color? aqua and lime

47. How many tattoos do you have? none.

48. coffee drinker? yes

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weekend recap

We headed off to Old Settlers Days in Brimfield this weekend. The boys think that it's awesome. There's a parade, pedal pulls, and some rides.

The flag raising was cool. Evidently, the firemen do this every year. I had never seen it. We usually are down at the other end of the parade at a friend's house. But this year we walked up town. 

Our national anthem gives me goose bumps every single time.

The boys on the other hand were just ready for the candy to be thrown out:)

Parade ready

Good thing Bo had on his cargo pants so he could fill his pockets with his stash of candy! I forgot to take any bags to collect it in.

Then there were the pedal tractor pulls. Bo got second and Slone got third. I'm not sure either of them really got what they were supposed to be doing. But Slone said he should have tried harded after he saw the trophy with the big gold tractor on it.

Check out Bo's cheezin smile while he pulls:)

When am I going to learn to not talk while I'm taping!?

Then the boys rode a few rides. Swings were the favorite of the day:)

It was the most beautiful day.
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