Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Proof I'm not a procrastinator

It all started with 6 metal buckets. Well, it really did.
 These 5 buckets were red. My aunt says, "can you paint these camo?". Well, I reckon I can. So my sister, cousin and I set to work, creating tiny tin camo buckets.

Now my friend wants some to use as Easter baskets or her kids. Their dad is Army so camo is probably rather but I their family. I, of course, said "sure". So here I am with 5 larger metal buckets.

 About to embark on the adventure of camo painting. If this pans out, I may learn how to do pink and blue camo too and sell the suckers.

I'm really excited about this project and can't wait to get started. First step, primer. Got to make my paint stick (the FIRST step was actually getting the freakin stickers off the damn things but with a combo of goo gone and steel wool, I prevailed!!)

Here is a "prime" example of my progress to date. Sorry, I couldn't help myself!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My Next 30 Years

So, my birthday is coming up.  Saturday to be exact.  I will have reached the ripe old age of 31.  I, myself, can not believe I have managed to live this long, so I don't expect you too either.

Anyways, with the upcoming anniversary of my birth, I thought I would do a little reflecting.  I won't bore you with all 30 years of my life, but mostly with this last year, the 30th.  This my very well have been THE BEST year of my life.  Of course it's had it's ups and downs.  A lot can happen in a year, I don't expect all of it to be pure awesomeness. (Though of course, this is ME we are talking about, right)

I wish I could pinpoint what it is about this year that has made it so great.  There really isn't one giant thing, but a lot of little things.  I still don't have a whole lot of friends, but I'm strangely ok with that.  I am back in school and doing rather well, though finding time to study is crazy hard.   I have acutally gained 30 of the 80 pounds I lost back.  I am still, however, probably in the best shape I have ever been in.  I am breaking barriers and doing things I never thought I would be doing.   I have hobbies.  My kids are happy, my husband is happy.

I have found a few things I am good at.  Like REALLY good at and actually enjoy doing, which is huge.  No more sitting around moping in boredom.  I finally am able to do thinks I've wanted to do for awhile.  I am more confident and branching out into more unfamiliar territory, a new thing for me. 

The biggest improvement is crawling out of this black hole that grabs ahold of me now and then.  I can feel it creeping in and I am able to shut it out, tell it to fuck off, and go do something that makes me happy, which is new to me.  I haven't always had it good, some years have been downright bad.  I have made dumb mistakes and hurt people intentionally.  Truth is, that's past.  I have finally realized that I should live my life for me and mine and I am going to live it exactly how I want to live it.

I can not be any more excited to see what this next year brings.  I have a feeling I will only get better as time goes by.  Bring it on, world, I'm ready.

Monday, August 27, 2012


Today I sent both my babies off to thier very first day of school.  I think it was really hard for Jaxon to get up as early as he did.  We are all such night owls.  He did really well though, he ate, brushed his teeth and got dressed in a timely manner, which for him is AWESOME.  He was so excited.  We all bundled into the car and drove him to school.  It's kind of a long way and I know he is excited to ride the bus tomorrow, but hey, it's the first day!  When we got to school, he almost left me at the door and bolted to his room.  He didn't want to stop for me to take his picture, he was sooo excited.  I admit, I got a little teary eyed.  That boy is getting so big!!

Then, you know, the three of us came home and took nap lol!  We were all still just so tired.   After our nap it was time to get Carter up and ready for his first day of Pre-k3.  He got dressed SO fast, it was awesome.  He was ready to go and was wanting daddy to hurry up and get ready so we could go.  He practically ran to the car! When we got to the school he was so very excited.  We saw Jaxon and his class coming back from lunch as we drove up.  He looked like such a big boy, doing what the teacher told him to, and waiting patiently. 

When we got around to drop Carter off, it was crazy hectic.  The little kids have lunch first, so they went straight into the hustle and bustle of a busy lunch room.  I think he got a little scared with all the chaos going on around him, but they let us walk him through the lunch line and sit him at his table.  He didn't say much, but he didn't cry, not even when we had to leave.  I think he will be ok once he figures out it's not bad to be in school.  I hope they are both having a lot of fun.  I still have 2 and a half hours until I can pick them up.  I am as caught up on MY schoolwork as I can be without my books (Come on UTA, get your shit together), so I guess I'm going to go to the gym.  Seems like a good time to start back to my workout routine.

I may not make the half marathon this year that I signed up for, but dammit, I will be doing one!! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sew, this happened....

It's been a very busy few weeks. I have found myself being much craftier than usual. First, I painted some buckets into camo patterns and found out I'm rather good at it. Then I made some curtains for my cousin, which turned out quite good (and I had quite a good time hanging out whilst making them). Today I made new body pillow covers for Ryan's and my own body pillows. I seem to be getting much better at sewing and guesstimating because these fit better and I didn't have near as many hangups as I did when I made the boys covers. I also think these went much faster. My next project is more camo buckets for a friend of mine. She intends to use them as Easter baskets for her boys. I've bought the buckets, now I just need the paints. I also just found out I can blog from my phone!! And add pics. I'll have to figure out how to change the picture placement an all, I'm not super tech savvy, but I'm so excited. Now I can keep up with my blog and not forget what I wanted to write about when I get home!!