May your new year be full of much joy, happiness, and love...and no bad cases of chili or food poisoning!
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Run, for real.
Take a helicopter ride.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes, I actually did really well. I set the bar pretty low: make a new recipe each month and learn to sew-check and check! In 2010 I resolve to finish my painting projects and finish at least one craft/decor project a month.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes, our friends Tara and Tobin and Heidi and J.M.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Thankfully no.
5. What countries did you visit? None outside the US, but we finally made it to Hawaii!
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? Patience.
7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Maybe when my youngest was potty trained, but there was no specific day, just a week?
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Meeting personal goals, like learning to sew and running a distance.
9. What was your biggest failure? Losing my patience with my kids and feeling like I failed them.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing too serious, some sinus infections, allergies, and knee issues.
11. What was the best thing you bought? I'm guessing it will be my ticket to the National Championship Game. But, until then, the tickets to Hawaii, helicopter ride in Hawaii, Britney Spears concert ticket, and my cheetah print shoes.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My kids, overall, they are good kids.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Fellow co-worker who is supremely lazy and terrible at her job. Yet, she continues to get praise and even a bonus! Galling.
14. Where did most of your money go? The mortgage, preschool, high pockets.
15. What did you get really excited about? Britney Spears concert. National Championship Game and football season! Trip to Hawaii. My friend Amanda's surprise visit and new baby!
16. What song will always remind you of 2009? Single Ladies
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier
– thinner or fatter? Slightly Thinner.
– richer or poorer? Same, I think
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Take time for myself and spend more time with the kids. I know, no way I could do both.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Losing my temper with the kids.
20. How did you spend Christmas? At our home, with the kids and my parents.
21. Did you fall in love in 2009? I fall in love with my husband and kids in a new way every day, awww.
22. What was your favorite TV program? Project Runway and Glee-tie!
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Hate is a pretty strong word. I try not to hate, there are people I dislike though.
24. What was the best book you read? We've had fun reading the Madeline books this year at bedtime.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? I finally bought an ipod!
26. What did you want and get? Britney concert ticket, National Championship Game tickets, and my copper coffee table.
27. What did you want and not get? A bonus at work.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince and Confessions of a Shopaholic. What can I say? my tastes run the gamut!
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I think I worked that day and then there was take-out of some sort, 34.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Less tax payment, more take home pay?
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Retro with a classic twist.
32. What kept you sane? Working out. Friends, especially those with kids for my kids to play with.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Hugh Jackman, Eric Bana, Julian McMahon.34. What political issue stirred you the most? Healthcare.
35. Who did you miss? My kids when we were in Hawaii. My friends Amanda, Brooke, my sister and my brother.
36. Who was the best new person you met? Tricia; she's one of those people that is too nice to hate even though they are so accomplished, pretty, and pulled together.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. You can only control your actions.38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. My girls love dancing to "Party in the USA," so "throw my hands up, they're playing my song, butterflies fly away. Yeaa--aah, Party in the USA." that's what I will remember.
Have you seen the show? Thoughts?
As you may recall, I am a huge Texas Longhorn fan and my husband is an equally huge supporter of the Oklahoma Sooners. Our two girls are evenly split down the middle, one roots for the Horns and one roots for the Sooners. This year, each girl has asked Santa to bring them a doll. So, mommy and daddy are supplying the doll clothes. I saw this cute Texas Cheer outfit for the dolls and had to get it. That meant I also had to swallow my pride, suck it up, and get one made in an OU outfit. I think both turned out really cute.
Love looks past the differences to see what is within, whether those differences are trivial (team loyalty), or larger. Love prevails. Happy Love Thursday everyone & Merry Christmas Eve.
A “compromise” document is not the original document you sent me minus all my changes. A “simple” Agreement is likewise not a 53 page document.
Note to Rude Mother in my Daughter’s Class
This is not your first time driving to school, you know that the lane ends early. Cutting me off was not cool. That is 5 minute parking for a reason. If you pull in before me and are still in the classroom when I am done dropping off my 2 kids (less than 5 minutes), you are taking too long. If I then proceed to wait in my car for 3 minutes b/c I am blocked in at this point and have to get out to ask the people behind me to back up so that we all can get out since you have not yet made it to your car. You still haven’t gotten to your car when I leave, you are officially rude. No playdates for your kid.
Note to Christmas,
What the hell? How did you get here so quick?
Note to My Awesome Friend,
Thank you. Thank God your brother had tickets for us. Face Value!! Can’t believe it!! So lucky!!! Time to get new Texas Longhorns apparel for the game.
Note to Alabama,
Prepare to be stomped. Texas is coming. We’re Bigger, we’re badder, we’re underdogs. Just how we like it.
Note to Colt McCoy and Texas Offense,
Please show up on January 7th. Shock and Awe baby.
Note to Texas Defense,
You rock, keep it up.
Note to T,
Thanks for the card. Em was so excited to receive it. We’re so glad you are our friends. Thanks for always encouraging me. Merry Christmas!
Note to my Hair,
Decide what you are going to do and stick with it already. Who ever heard of schizophrenic hair?! You officially suck.
Note to new friends we've made this year,
We don't send Christmas cards, nothing personal. It started off as an early greeting, then morphed into procrastination, now it is our tradition. Expect a card on Texas Independence Day, or Arbor Day, or Tax Day, or Easter. Just not Christmas. We love you, pinky swear. you'll see.
My friend has spent the last two years renovating a house in town. She and her husband hosted an Open House yesterday so we could see their handiwork. My goodness, the house is a show stopper. Every detail is exquisite. It made me feel like we are just playing house. We have a very comfortable home, which is really just a nice way of saying that our decorating is evolving. We have to find a piece we like before we add to our decor. This house was done- 100% and 100% perfect. It looked straight out of House Beautiful or Architectural Digest. I would not be surprised to see it profiled in a major magazine soon.
The entire house is destined for my inspiration file. We took a tour upstairs and my daughter literally gasped when she saw this bathroom. My husband and I did as well. I almost saved this post for my Friday faavorite, but it is just too good not to share! The bathroom is huge-maybe 12x12? Gorgeous tile. You can see some details in the picture, but in person it was more fabulous. The light fixture is so beautiful, blue and gold. That is a morning coffee bar you see directly behind the tub. Oh, and that tub? Fabulous. Yes, (I believe) marble in the shower surround. Gorgeous, exquisite.
Here's the giveaway link if you'd like to try to win:
I consider myself something of a dessert connoisseur, and cupcakes are high on my list of loves. If you don't already know about the strawberry cupcakes at Crave Cupcakes (in Uptown Park), then your dessert life is incomplete. The strawberry cupcakes from Crave just may be the best cupcake ever. A very close second is Sugarbaby's Red Velvet. Normally I am a chocolate girl through and through, but the strawberry cupcakes are special and just perfect in every way. Perfectly mouthwatering...mmmm I think cupcakes are in order today. Yes, the chocolate ones are delicious as well.
The picture isn't the greatest quality, but its not what matters. What matters this Love Thursday is the Love that's within. I am a HUGE Texas Longhorn fan, especially football. I started planning on attending the National Championship game many weeks ago. Ok, actually as soon as our schedule was posted! What you don't know is that my husband is a HUGE Oklahoma Sooner fan. So, this football season has not been kind to him. Even though it pained him, he arranged my flights to and from LAX and transferred all the credits, etc so that I could fly out there for free! Whee. That's love.
We had a long travel weekend, so we were pretty tired this morning. Unfortunately, I have also been feeling sick, so that didn't help. The day was overcast, foggy, very spooky, very gloomy. The real trouble started when my husband tried taking the girls to preschool. His car wouldn't start. After we jumped the battery, he took off. Just as I was heading out the door for work, he called to tell me the car died again at the school. I needed to stay home until he got there so we could make sure the car didn't die again. Clearly, the story doesn't end there. We decide to take his car to the dealer. Well, we didn't really have a choice since the car is still under (extended) warranty (woo!) and my husband had a flight to catch for a business trip. After driving to the dealer, I then got to deliver my husband to the airport. I finally get to work and proceed to have one project after another tank. This means that the past few weeks of work I have been doing now has to be undone, redone, and finished by the end of the week-end of today would have been better. Swell. To top it off, one of the girls spiked a fever at school. Blammo- I need to take her the the doctor tomorrow (no school for kids with fevers). She's been complaining of a sore throat, as I have, and I am hoping its not strep. But frankly with my luck today, it will be strep.
Thank God tomorrow is a new day-and its not Monday!!
The deal I found through Kimba. Amazon has been running mega magazine discounts for about the last month. I didn't really take note, since I just added some subscriptions a few months prior. However, Kimba alerted me to the fact that Amazon is offering "O" the Oprah magazine for $5. What a deal! They were also offering (I believe) Real Simple, Coastal Living, House Beautiful for $5 or $10. If you or anyone on your Christmas list likes these magazines, it might be time to stock up.
My fabulous co-worker showed up with these this week and they are to die for. I am in love. I might have passed these up in the store, but in person, they are gorgeous. These are going on my watch list for after-Christmas sales! So cute.
The other day I was wrapping presents and I must have inspired my daughter. Em, my 5 year old, took some extra paper and started wrapping various items around the house and placed them under the tree for each member of the family. She wrapped advent chocolate for her dad, a catalog for me, and some highlighters for her sister. Other then the chocolate, all the gifts are still under the tree, waiting for Christmas Day reminding us that Love comes in all packages and sizes.
Merry Love Thursday everyone.
Have you been by Grosgrain Fabulous? I love her blog, she makes the most amazing frocks. A super talented mom, designer, and seamstress. I had to enter the competition for the Social Darling Frock, go see, I'll wait. So cute, right? You should enter too!
I'm joining one of my favorite bloggers "Parade of Ornaments" Tuesday and I just found my feature ornaments tonight. I have a number of wonderful and eclectic ornaments; from my childhood, our trips, etc. that I will showcase on Wednesday. But, yesterday I found these ornaments that my girls (3 and 5) made for us on Sunday. Sunday afternoon I gave them a bunch of wrapping paper, ribbons, paper punches, etc. and let them have art time while I finished a project that I will blog about soon. They started making presents and then made "ornaments" for the tree. I found them this morning and just adore them. I love seeing my children's creativity come out. So sweet. I love them!
The movie "White Christmas" is one of my favorite movies and all time favorite Christmas movies. One of my traditions is wrapping gifts while watching "White Christmas." This weekend the girls and I wacthed the movie while we wrapped gifts. During the "Sisters" number, I looked over and my older daughter, Em was singing every word. I was so proud! That movie scene means a lot to me and my sister, so it was neat to see her enjoying it as well, with her sister. Then, a few minutes later, Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby come out as the Haynes Sisters, and the announcer says "Now introducing, the Haynes Sisters." Em said, "Now introducing, the Haynes brothers.” Perfectly timed and perfectly hilarious.
Did anyone see Colt kick twice? I hope the Heisman voters did. Of course, I think Colt deserves the Heisman. While I think he should have gotten it last year (I've never seen Bradford or Tebow kick a ball in a college game), I don't think it will happen this year. I doubt the voters want to award another QB, that would be 3 years on a row and the voters don't like people to start thinking the Heisman is reserved for any one position.
I don't think I'll be able to sleep for awhile...Pasadena here I come!
Technically I saw Ree. However, I did not make it to get her signature. Y'all, there were a ton of people. They handed out tickets to wait in line, I was in group vanilla. There were about 25-45 people in each group. I was 10 groups down. If it had been a normal weekend, I would have just stuck it out. But, I had babysitters to get back to. I got to hear Ree answer a few questions and was surprised at how soft spoken she seemed to be. She answered the questions just as you would imagine her to, except the additional information we got to know about Marlboro Man's choice of underwear! That was a surprise! She did mention that she would be publishing Black Heels to Tractor Wheels in the next year or so. She mentioned that she was adding a new second section to the story so there would be more juicy bits to read. I love reading those blog posts, so I think the book will be a fun read. I hope that she comes back to Houston for that book signing so I can get my cookbook signed.
I didn't chicken out, but I didn't get the signature I wanted. Really I just wanted a chance to tell her how much I appreciate her photography and cooking tips, and that her stories keep me laughing on a daily basis. Ah well, I'll make some cinnamon rolls and get over the mammoth mess that dirving out to the signing and leaving without a signature was!
E: "How does God make us?"
Me:"Well, I don't know exactly, but I know He makes us with love."
E: Slight pause, "Oh, I know! First he makes bones to make a skeleton, then he puts all the insides, then he puts in love. Then, we are done."
Me: "Sounds good to me."
Snow in Houston! Actual snow. We enjoyed a snow day in Houston yesterday. We had about 6-7 hours of regular snowfall and flurries. However, the ground was still pretty warm, so there wasn't enough for snow angels or snowmen. We managed to have a small snowball fight in our front yard. The girls had a blast! These are a couple pictures I took yesterday-sorry for the graininess, I took them with my phone.
Does anyone know if there is a full moon?
Sewing was perhaps my mother’s favorite hobby and I remember many an hour spent at her side. I remember her taking us to the sewing stores and getting out the pattern books for us to look through. We would select our Halloween costumes, Christmas dresses, communion dresses, later our prom, and even my debutante dress. Some of my favorite outfits growing up were made by my mother. The quality stood the test of time and my daughters have worn those very same outfits. My mother sewed decorations, including all our Christmas stockings. She even hand-embroidered my sister’s stocking. When I started my own family, she sewed stockings for, first, my husband and then our two children. I wouldn’t think of ever buying a store bought stocking. It broke my heart to realize that my sister and brother never took their stockings with them when they started their own families. Nothing could be more beautiful than those stockings, made from scraps of fabric used to make our dresses, school clothes; the fabric of our lives.
I remember pinning fabric and helping her lay out each type of fabric. I know most types of fabric by sight thanks to my mother. Her hands sewed countless dresses over the years. That sewing machine certainly got a work out during high school when my mother lovingly sewed each party dress for me. She “volunteered” to make performance outfits for my entire dance team. Man, were they cute. I also remember selecting the pattern and fabric for my debutante dress. It would not be a stretch to say that she spent days hunched over that dress. I didn’t appreciate how complicated that pattern was, it was a true princess dress. The material was a very fine ivory with little dots all over and a hem detail that was gorgeous. Like most 18 year olds, I wanted a princess dress, and this one had ruffles and details galore. I fear that I will never be able to recreate those sleeves, how she made the ruffles stand up and meet in a ‘V” in the back? Talent. True, raw, unadulterated talent.
My sister and brother were never as interested in her sewing as I was. Looking back, it was a bonding time for my mother and me. We needed that bonding when I was in my teens. I was a stubborn, strong-willed child. Maybe the hours of sewing prep helped calm me and calm our relationship? Our last project was making “mermaid” skirts for my daughter's 4th birthday party. We made beautiful felt crowns and tulle skirts. In reality, she did most of the making. I did what I’ve always done, I cut, I pinned, I pressed, I snipped. But she did the heavy lifting. She did the creating. Hours of work poured out in hours of love for her child’s request to make this birthday gift for my child. And, those party favors were amazing.
I was always amazed at how easily my mother created gorgeous items where before there was only fabric, buttons, and ribbons. For years I have wanted to learn to create just like my mother. I wanted to continue her legacy and share her gift with my daughters. I noticed a few years ago that the sewing machine wasn’t coming out as often. I noticed that she was choosing to buy my daughters dresses, rather than making them. I noticed that I was the only adult child treasuring the things she made for her grandchildren. It rocked me to the core. This huge piece of our childhood was fading and no one seemed to give it the respect it was due. My mother’s talent was going softly into the night and I wept at that passing. My mother is getting older and, at first, had trouble with her shoulder and the machine, and now, her eyesight is hindering her. Since my mother is a master seamstress and anything sort of perfection is unacceptable. I asked her for a sewing machine for my birthday, intending to learn at her side. Time, aches, and pains got in the way. So, when I completed my sewing lessons at a craft school, my mother discussed giving me her sewing machine.
That was it, just a passing comment. But, I felt the gravity. My mother would no longer create. There would be no more shared projects. How would I learn to make a proper buttonhole? Who could teach me how to pleat? How would I learn to make those ruffles? Less than a week later, the machine came to me. No ceremony, just my dad putting it on my table. The baton passed. Quietly. I haven’t gotten the courage up to take the machine out yet. I am daunted by the legacy of my mother. I want to create just like she did. I want to sew with my daughters. I want this machine to transform me into more than a seamstress. I want to sew love into every piece I make.
One day soon, I will open the machine. I will create, and I will pass on the legacy before it is too late.
Mom, this is my promise to you- I will treat your sewing machine with the love and respect it deserves. Thank you for trusting me with your machine. It is far more than a machine to me. I love you. Happy Love Thursday everyone.
I started with a 5K on Halloween. I ran the whole way and finished with a good time. Then, I did another 5K. And yesterday I signed up for my first half marathon in July. ACK. That’s only 7 months to add another 9 miles to my running. Ack! Sure, that sounds like enough time. But I am freaking out.
I’ve been inspired by Kristen Emily, Linda, and Kristin. So, I’m hoping I can follow their lead. I’m hoping the end goal of accomplishment followed by a glass of wine will be enough to spur me on.
I'm hoping that posting this will keep me inspired enough to get moving...and keep moving!