Tuesday, December 30, 2008


R said a new word yesterday....SHOES!!!! Too cool.
We went out to Pier Park Sunday and I bought 5 pairs of shoes for little one (all on clearance). Last night, I was showing them to my husband and had them all out on the floor. R walked by, bent down and pointed and said "shoes". I am beyond excited. Her words are coming ever so slowly in my opinion. Thanks to hubby she also made a really good attempt at saying "butthole". MEN!!

Christmas Chaos

We had a wonderful Christmas. My parents, hubbie's parents and hubbie's 2 older daughters were all at my house for Christmas. It was great just knowing little one had both sets of grandparents and her sisters with her on Christmas morning. Christmas morning we opened our gifts after R opened a few of hers and we watched her play with her new stuff. R loved her kitchen (from us) and ATV (from her sissies)- the rest of the stuff wasn't really important after she saw these gifts :) However, now she has discovered her baby dolls and enjoys giving them a bottle and patting them. After that, we had breakfast together as a family-note to self: bake the hashbrown casserole the night before-and cleaned up together. The rest of the morning and early afternoon was spent watching little one play and cooking.
We had Christmas Dinner around 6:30 and it was a simple, delicious meal. Usually, I spend at least 2 days frantically cooking for the big meal and end up spending no time with family and am exhausted by meal time. NOT this year. I cooked a few things, his Mom brought a few dishes, and hubby smoked a turkey I precooked in the oven. So much easier and less stressful. I have decided-mo more elaborate meals that take forever to prepare. Christmas is about family and togetherness and faith and hope and Christ-not about food and china and crystal.
On a side note- I did finish MOST of my handmade Christmas gifts. Yeah!! I was sewing at 10 pm on Christmas Eve but that's okay.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More gifts completed

I am finally getting a few things done. I made linen spray with nothing but vodka, distilled water, and fragrance oils. I bottled them in brushed aluminum bottles I got from Brambleberry (along with the oils). I am going to use a MARTHA template for the label :) I did make sure to use bath safe products so it can also be used as a body spray. I also made candles that are HEAVY on the fragrance. I love, love, love scented candles. So far I have only made espresso scented but plan to make a run to the store today for containers so I can make at leat one more kind. Hopefully, the recipients will like them too. Hope everyone is having a good Holiday season.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Too busy

I am so behind on the stuff I am making for gifts!!!!!!! I have no time for crafts between, work, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of baby. I was hoping she would be in bed by 9:00 pm and then I could work on gifts until 11:00 pm a few nights a week. That has NOT been happening. If little one is asleep by 10:00 pm, I am lucky. On a side note- R was on TV :) We went to Calypso's to watch the Alabama vs. Florida game on Saturday. She looked especially adorable in her Bama cheerleading outfit. Channel 7/WJHG was filming and got her on camera. TOO SWEET.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Crawler covers/Leg warmers

I was in a hurry this morning and realized it was colder than I thought outside. Little one was already dressed and I really didn't have time to change her clothes. I had a few pairs of knee socks hanging aroung that I was intending on turning into leg warmers. Well, I cheated. I simply cut the feet off of a pair with pinking shears and put them on Reagan. They look super cute and I can always hem them later. Not sure where I saw this idea but just thought I would share. I know there is a tutorial somwhere out there.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Sometimes I wonder why in the heck I changed professions. Let's see...less money, most don't get better, many don't want to get better, lies-lies-lies, feeling threatened by my clients, listening to the same complaints day after day, court appearances, subpoenas, attorneys, being looked at as the enemy, I'm sure I can come up with more but I will stop.
Enough ranting-I am so glad I made the switch but sometimes the stress of working with people with addictions and mental health problems is slightly overwhelming. I am happier doing this than anything else I have ever done (except maybe being a college student and bar hopping my time away :)). Just thought I would vent.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving and after

My Thanksgiving was spent nursing the family back to normal. As I discussed before, my little one was still recovering from her tummy bug. Well, my little Typhoid Mary passed her sickness along-my MIL and FIL both got sick. The hubby had chills, aches and pains but no GI issues. I did go shopping on Thanksgiving Day- for Gatorade, soup and disinfectants. I think I washed most every piece of bedding and towels/washcloths in my home. I also used disinfectant wipes or spray on just about every hard surface that someone might remotely come in contact with. All of baby's toys that could be washed were and the rest were wiped or sprayed. I am pretty sure my house is the most germ free it has ever been. So far I haven't gotten the full bug-only a few symptoms. I am certainly thankful for that and that no one's symptoms were bad enough to warrant a trip to the ER.