Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Life in the fast lane... {& a Blog Award}

I have been completely missing in action this month - but I have good reason: my life needed living not documenting in blog world.  That and I have had ZERO time to fill this area of my life, this will change once school starts in a month!  
My boys play baseball - both of the older ones made the 'All-Star' teams for our League, and in unprecedented craziness, they both made it to the state level tournaments.  Meaning these last 11+ days were spent on the road in hotels and with not much of a schedule.  I was so thankful to arrive home yesterday evening.

Back to blogging things...
Last week, Jenn from My {not so) Glamorous Life tagged me for a Liebster award. ("The Liebster award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.)

There are some "rules" for the recipients of this award, but it's all in good fun! 
Here are the rules for receiving this award:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves 
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer. 
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post. 
4. Go to their page and tell them. 
5. No tag backs!

Here are the questions she chose for me to answer:
1. What is your favorite thing about being an adult?
Freedom to make your own choices (and know that you have to deal with the consequences).
2. What is your least favorite thing about being an adult?
Getting the mail - it used to be such a fun thing as a kid, but now the only thing that comes are bills and junk mail.
3. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Here - I love where I live.  A perfect place to raise my family - such a great supportive community.  We do love to travel, but coming home is one of the best parts of a trip.
4. What is the last movie you saw in the theatre?
We watched Sand Lot on the ball field last weekend as part of an awesome event.
5. What is your guilty pleasure?
Junk food and internet surfing after the kids are in bed each evening.
6. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
No question: Trondheim, Norway - we lived here for a while on an exchange, and I'd love to take our kids back there.
7. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Night - I am way more productive in the evening/night.  I rarely go to bed before midnight.
8. What is your favorite flower?
This is a funny question because I am just not that into flowers.  I love the funky pop art ones that are printed on fun fabrics, but an actual flower... I just do not have one.  Almost always I would rather a random bunch of mixed flowers over red roses!
9. What is your favorite season?
Which ever one is happening now!  I love all the seasons - I only hate how long spring takes to arrive in our area - we have a season between winter and spring where it is just brown.
10. How many tattoos do you have?
11. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Staying the nights at my Grandma's house and then she would bring us to the mall for lunch at Hudsen's!

Now for the lovely blogs that I am tagging:
Alexis @ Clean, Smart, Simple Style; Helen @ Run, Quilt, Knit, WriteBaby Jayne'sSugar Baby BoutiqueMs. Not So PerfectSecond Chance to DreamSew Pretty Sew FreeI Gotta Try ThatMandy MadeStars & Sunshine; and Fun Old Hag
{Some of these I have followed for awhile, others are new to me as well! - enjoy}

Please answer the following:
1. When you are stressed, what do you do to unwind?
2. What is your favorite meal to cook?
3. Finish this: Blogging for me.....
4. Will you or have you ever grown up?
5. If you won the lottery (or came into some other large amount of money) what would you purchase first?
6. When conflict arises do you engage or retreat?
7. What is the current style/feel of your house?
8. What you would actually like the style of your house to be?
9. If you could wave a magic wand today what would be the result?
10. What blog do you check first everyday without fail?
11. When you think about your support network, what word comes first to your mind?

Fun to celebrate those of us just starting out and trying to figure out this blog-world.  Have a lovely day!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Gifts Received and Given {Craftaholic Summer Gift Exchange}

Oh the crazy week I have just had and to blame it on anyone else would be false advertising.  Seriously, I sometimes put way too much on one little person than any 'sane' women should.
Saturday wrapped up the regular season of baseball around our house.  Our 'coach pitch' kid has been done for a while taking the '2 losses and out' route (hate to say, but I was none too sad that this was the case - I was just burnt out this year).  However the 'minor league' kid and the 'little league' (major division) kid pulled out victories in their championship games.  Being the dedicated high paid worker verbal punching bag volunteer, there were a few several way too many last minute jobs that needed to be completed this week.
Plus some of my family rolled into town, so there were fun times to be had, and anyone who knows me knows that I have a really hard time missing out.  As in I DO NOT MISS OUT on a good time or opportunity for kids to make fun memories with their cousins.
Oh yeah, and Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous holds a biannual gift exchange that I signed myself up for and the 'required to ship by' date was June 30th!
However, my gift from Reese arrived Thursday.  A purple clutch with a grey flower - honestly the colors could not be more perfect for what fits 'me.'  These are 2 of my most favorite colors (thanks bunches)!  This will be used plenty for all of the little things that I seem to loose - like phone car charger {that thing just does not stay in the car...}, battery charger for the camera, glasses, checkbook....
I have been told once or twice that I'd loose my head if it was not attached!

All along I sort of knew what I wanted to make, but the idea was still in the gelling stage.  For my gift person: I made a sign.  {I can post even though it is still en route because I am still anonymous to her!}
For the exchange Linda used Elfster to help with sign-ups and pairing of people - you did not make a gift for the person who had your name instead you had the great opportunity to make 2 friends through this exchange.
I was a little disappointed that I ended up having to use wood from 2 different pallets for this project, but then decided that is part of the character that pallet art brings into an item. (Or at least I rolled with what I had available)
Via Elfster, I was able to ask a few questions of my 'draw' - and this was a saying that she said was a favorite!  I may need one in my house as well...  Funny how sometimes things you make for others would and could fit wonderfully in your own home (not always of occasionally).

And for this holiday week - I plan to relax and enjoy it with my family!  We have a couple of shopping/coffee dates planned and possibly even a dinner.  Not to mention a few nights of campfires, visits, s'mores, baseball, 4-corners around the camp, and lots of fun.  {Now if I can just stay organized in the back-and-forth and in-and-out week.  What makes me the most nervous is keeping track of all of our stuff and making sure that it is all out of the way when it needs to be - I am just not always as efficient as some of my family members.}

Happy 4th!

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