April 29, 2011

Roller Skates

She's getting older. This one:

It's becoming more apparent each day as she starts asking questions about things.

Such as, "Why does daddy stand to go potty?"


"Who made the sun?" "God!"

She's getting oh so smart. Watching what we say around her is a constant thing now.

She pointed yesterday, "Mommy, what are those?"

Yup, those those. What am I supposed to say? "What are whats Kinzey?"


"Are those bibs?"

"No! They're roller skates."

Huh. Roller skates. Okay, I can go with that. You were closer with bibs, but come on you're two. I don't need you walking around pointing at those and saying what they are called (or one of the many things they can be called) on repeat, as I know you will. So for now, roller skates are fine by me.

So what are those things on your feet? Do I even want to know what she's calling those things?

Love you and all your Kinzey-isms.

April 22, 2011

She calls it her princess dress-I call it old curtains


No tutorial-just turned some old curtains into a new dress for this princess/camera hog. She loves it, what do you think? As it being only my second thing to ever sew, I’d have to say it’s a big improvement.



April 20, 2011

CREATE. I am NOT a seamstress.

As I continue The Shine Project challenges, I am continuously faced with items that I am not.

Not a baker:


Not a softball player:

Tuesday I decided to work on the CREATE- The Shine Project challenge.

I tried breaking in my sewing machine. Boy did I:



Yup. That’s a broken needle. Can a story ever end well if I start with one of those?


If your model is cute enough you won’t even notice the mistakes.




It’s too small around. The bottom is shorter on one side (and therefore hemmed unevenly). And she has shelf butt. If you could see the dress off of her, the part right below the uneven ties comes to a right angle. Shelf butt. Good job mom.



She likes it though. In fact, I even made a second one (well she’s outside chasing daddy and the lawnmower in the second one that I was putting on her to measure length). Second fail at sewing coming soon!


April 19, 2011

GOD is with me. God is WITH me. God IS with me. God is with ME.

The Lord that created everything, spends His time with me. How can you still have fear and guilt and doubt after realizing that?



I can do these things because MY God is with me. The Lord YOUR God is with you, too.
I know there are times when I feel like I





He commands me to.

So not only must I continue, I must do so with courage, strength, and HIM.
Each week it amazes me just how much I need to words in the weekly bibly verse study.
I'm constantly reminded that I am strong, powerful, courageous, and it's all because of Him.
When I feel beaten
I have to shake myself and draw strength from the Lord.

I have to shed my burdens, because they are not mine alone to carry. He carries them for me.

I have to rejoice in the chores, tasks, todo lists, schedules, games, LIFE I have. He gave them to me.

He chose me for this purpose. It is my duty to fulfill it.

He gives me all the tools and resources I would ever need. He gives me HIM. My Lord.

What more could I need?


April 18, 2011

We've been busy

Just to catch up:

Monday (April 11th) we celebrated our two year anniversary.
We had a small celebratory dinner on Tuesday for our anniversary. Nothing fancy. We were going to go to the race at TMS but my head hurt (for good reason). I did have a three day weekend so that was nice. Not really sure what I did with it though, I think I slept. That's good enough for me.
My phone's dead. It's causing some minor withdrawals from social networking. Such as, can't check in at foursquare, update or check facebook, twitter, email. Without it being in my hand I kind of forget.
Warrior Dash was this past Saturday. Should have some more pics soon. Here's what I do have (taken with a phone camera, so please excuse the poor quality)
I am counting this dash as part of my The Shine Project. I've never been in any race like this before (or anything past 8th grade cross country for that matter). It was awesome and painful and one of the best things I've ever done. Couldn't have finished without the people I ran with. Love ya'll (Olivia, Matt, and Ian)! We all worked hard for our "free beer", medal, shirt, viking hat, and handlebar moustaches! We'll they forgot to give us the last item.
My nose. It's still pretty painful. The swelling has gone down. I no longer look like an avatar. I did have a nice black eye (or two) for a bit. Most of the coloring from those are gone (or easily covered). I am sad to say that when I played softball last Friday night I was pretty scared that I would get hit in the face again. So I let the ball go over my head. Twice. I'd have updated pictures but my phone sucks.
I had plans of decorating and preparing and teaching for Easter. That didn't happen. I have been able to get Kinzey to learn a few things as we read through her and Houston's bible.
"Baby Jesus is the saviour" (saviour sounds like salve your)
"Baby Jesus' mommy is Mary."
"Baby Jesus' daddy is God."
"Baby Jesus' other daddy is Joseph." (Joseph sounds like Joe-suess)
They're pretty nifty to pull out at parties to make mommy and daddy proud.
1. Read the bible every day: I think I've only missed this past Saturday. Doing great so far, and even hubby jumped on the bandwagon!
2. Run 4x+ a week. Didn't happen. At all. In face the ONLY running I've done so far was at Warrior Dash. Bad Cris!
3. Catch up on The Shine Project challenges. It will happen! Probably.



April 9, 2011

Romans 8:28

"And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." -Romans 8:28

No pretty typography today. I’m running behind in the blogging department this week.

I absolutely love this verse. It is something I can read anytime I need comforting in any situation. This verse is a promise from God that everything that comes our way is going to work out for our own good, because we love and believe in God.It’s hard to remember when someone dies, when life is a mess, when everything seems to be going wrong, but it is still true that it will work out for our good. At the end of all of this (life) we find out why the good and the bad happened. The reasoning behind the hurt and pain and frustration was in our lives. For now, we have to trust God and His Word and believe that He is working everything out!

In other words, one day, when we stand before God and He explains to us everything that we didn't understand and why certain things had to happen, we will glorify Him.


Shine Project Catch Up

Write a letter to your teacher
I actually did the teacher letter one before I started The Shine Project.
I had many thanks to say to a one Mrs. Deborah Watson. Thanks for trying to keep me in class, thanks for encouraging my abilities in design, layout, and artwork. I wanted to give her credit where it was due. I am happy that I had her for three years in high school. I don’t still have what I wrote her, or her response, mainly because facebook can be annoying. I did however appreciate her response and was happy to know I am making her proud.
Give the mailman a valentine’s card
I’m not sure how I’ll accomplish this one, seeing as Valentine’s was back in February. I’ll keep you posted.
Do something you’ve never done
This one is hard. We’re supposed to become what we want to be. That alone is a tricky question. What do I want to be? Super mom, Social Media Maven, Artist, Photographer, Athletic, Organized. This list goes on. Then yesterday, something happened to me. I was warming up for softball and got hit square in the face with the ball. No excuse as to why I didn’t catch the darn thing (side note: Dad was right, I should always keep the ball in front of my face). After that, I still played. We lost (horrible 2-22). The thing was though, ever since I can remember I’ve always tried to be the tough one. Get hit, shake it off. I’d cry if it was bad enough, but I still never considered myself tough. This changed my view.

Share and Teach
Remember my Mini Chicken Pot Pies? Hubby and I had fun this past week cooking together. Easy recipe. Easy to teach. Easy to learn. He loves them so much, and now he won’t have to wait on me to make them next time. Plus it was fun to bond over cooking. I got tulips afterwards for teaching him (patiently) how to roll and fill the dough.


April 2, 2011

Lovely Blog Award and Seven Random Facts About Me!

Thanks so much for my lovely (and first ever!) blog award which comes from Samantha at My Endless To Do's.

I'd love to pass this award onto 15 other Lovely Bloggers (no particular order at all):

Congrats Ladies! I love reading and being inspired by every single one of you!

Part of the award is to tell 7 random things about myself. Easy peasy:

  1.  I grew up an only child. However, I am not an only child. My half-sister moved in with my (real) mom and (real) dad when I was 16. My full blooded sister moved in with me when I was 20. It's confusing, I know.
  2. I have the hardest time making friends. I'm shy until you know me, but you can't get to know me because I'm shy.
  3. I REALLY wanted to be on America's Next Top Model. You have to be at least 5'7. I'm 5'6 and a half.
  4. I want to make an impact on someone's life. I want to be their reason, inspiration, motivation to do _______.
  5. I lettered in Special Olympics Volleyball by playing on a unified team.
  6. I cannot bake. See? I can, however, cook. As in full on meals.
  7. I am a Buffy the Vamipre Slayer fanatic. I own all of the seasons on dvd. I use to have pages of magazines pulled out and tacked to my wall when I was younger just because it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer related.

Rules of the Award which you may choose to do a post about, otherwise enjoy the gratification of the award.

  1. Link back to the person who gave you the award.
  2. Give the award to 15 other bloggers.
  3. Tell us 7 things we may not know about you.

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