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Button Trees!

Before Guild Wars 2 takes over my computer (I haven’t had the joy of playing it yet but it looks good), I figured I’d take a minute to share my latest whims.

As I mentioned before, it is that time of year when the creative bug bites me and I find myself up to my ears in projects I want to do. Here’s a bit of what I’ve done. They are all made out of paper, glue, and buttons on either foam board or canvas. I am hoping to make googly eye trees soon for Halloween where I put¬†googly eyes instead of buttons on somewhat more sinister trees. In the meantime… enjoy ūüôā

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Curtains….foiled again!

As I’ve mentioned, our eldest and his family are in town for a visit.
While sitting around my mother-in-laws on Sunday after our family lunch, I pulled out my handy-dandy¬†camera phone and proceeded to try to¬†get some better pictures of the grandkids than the ones I had gotten the other day. The 9 month old does anything but smile when I take her picture or moves every time¬†I hit the button. I actually have one really good picture of the eldest, who is 3, but that is for another post and it’s just one. But…back to this story

Corbin, the 3-year-old, has been quite shy most of his life so far, and the distance between the states most of the time doesn’t help matters much either. His and my relationship has been an interesting one.
Having raised one very shy child myself I take absolutely no offence, and definitely do not take it personally, when it comes time for hugs and kisses and he high tails it any direction that is away from me. My daughter-in-law felt quite bad. I myself, turned it into a game.
You don’t want to willingly give me a hug? Well than I guess the¬†tickle monster will have to tickle one out of you. After the chasing him down and tickling him, the tickle monster then swoops him up in her arms and grandma gets her hug.
After a few times of that he warmed up quite well, but as with everything, there is a price. Now, anytime I ask for a hug he takes off running from me to hide while laughing the entire way.
We have gone from the tickle monster, to the hug monster, to the hang you upside down monster. Any hugs I want are always a chase, with wonderful child laughter, that ends with me getting my hug, while he has a smile on his face the entire time.
So… as I pulled out my camera and said that I needed to get more pictures, Corbin proceeded to squeal and take off running for the curtains, laughing the entire way.
As usual, I made the best of it and attempted getting pictures anyway as he hid in the curtains, his child laughter being music to my ears, while trying to foil my plans of a good picture.
But…. I find these pictures amazing all the more just because of the joy I experienced in taking them. After all, this is where wonderful memories that will forever be cherished come from.




















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Wonderfull distractions


This week I have a new distraction from my blog.¬†One of our Navy boys is on leave and is in town visiting us…. with the grandkids. Today I am feeling a bit elderly. I have sore muscles from playing with the 3-year-old.¬†Muscles¬†that I didn’t realize how much I wasnt using them. I have not forgotten how much work children¬†are, I just didn’t think my body had. I must have flipped him upside down at least 20 times and still he said… again, again, again! Thankfully I remembered exactly how much fun a plain old cardboard box could be.

We recently had our hot water heater replaced and my husband had asked them to leave the box. He figured Id find¬†the long pieces¬†of cardboard useful for one of my creative projects. Well it was definitely¬†useful. Our youngest, who is now taller than 3 of his 4 brothers, proceeded¬†to put my grandson in the box and push him all around the house in it. He absolutely had a blast. “Help…¬†I stuck” he would say.¬†His uncle would tip the¬†box so you could just reach his hand to rescue him. Then by some stoke of luck he would miss your hand and slide down the inside of the box with a dramatic arrival to the bottom, which would then end in that wonderful child laughter emanating¬†from within the box. His uncle also had it tipped at one point so that they used it as a slide. He would slide to the bottom and then turn around and climb back up. I am extraordinarily¬†happy to find that at least one of my boys has the right frame of mind to know that although¬†making an open¬†cardboard slide on the staircase that curved with the stairs would be really awesome, it would be entirely¬†unsafe for a 3-year-old. In my head I was jumping for joy when he told me that.

Sometimes our children not only listen and learn from us, but also from others. As they laugh at the stupid but funny things their siblings or peers do, mentally they are filling that whole¬†event into the section of their brain that is labeled ‘what NOT to do’.

Children will never cease to amaze you.

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and the fortune cookie says….

Photo of an open fortune cookie

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had a fortune cookie yesterday and it said…

You will be fortunate in the opportunities presented to you.

Now…. all I need is for the opportunities to present themselves AND the capability to¬†recognize¬†when they do .

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To dream a little (or big) dream… again


I am somewhat excited. Ok, ok… I¬†am trying to keep it to a ‘somewhat’ excited level instead of an overly excited level. My husband is again in pursuit of his dream. Truth be told, it has actually become a family dream. It nice to¬†see him interested again and i¬†am hopeful that everything works out better this time. I can see now that several pieces¬†were not in their proper place before, and I really hope it is not the case this time around. You see, it goes a little something like this….

Between my husband and I¬†we have 5 boys, his mine and ours. The eldest and youngest are 10 years and 4 weeks apart, and depending on the month we are in, the 3 middle are a year apart. Right now they are 14, 18, 20, 21, and 24. In sept itll be 14, 19, 20, 21, and 24. Dec itll be 15, Jan will be 25…. and so on and so forth. It’s always¬†funny when people ask how old my kids are and I¬†stop to think about it. For one because I¬†have to take into consideration what month again, for two their reaction when I¬†name off 5 ages. Well having 5 boys, and being married to another at heart, they are all into gaming. Computer games, D&D, Xbox, you name it… we play it. And of course there’s¬†the smack talk. I’m sure you get the idea, but this is the base of his dream. A business that we can all get into and enjoy, take pride in, do together as a family, and a possible future for our children from our hearts (having a family of 7 really puts a tight grasp on your finances). So after trash talking and gaming with his boys while wishing he could do more for his family he came up with a brilliant idea for a family business. A gaming center.

We discussed it together, we discussed it with the boys. The boys loved the idea. We threw around crazy ideas and legitimate ones. All of us became excited and the idea grew bigger. When we started to doubt, the kids enthusiasm kept us going. We spent a couple of years¬†putting together ideas, plans, and avenues. We kept each other motivated. We still lacked the finances, we’ve both lost our jobs at different points (once at the same point), but there was still this dream we had as a family so we kept at it. We had finally found an angel investor.

It did take some money on our end but not as much as other opportunities and after discussing it with our boys, we decided to pursue this avenue. We worked this avenue for a good year. Sign this, do that, ect. We got as far as forming a corporation and a small business, license in our state. We were sooooo close. Then the economy fell apart.
The investor got cold feet (or lost money in other interests) and backed out of everything¬†he was getting involved in. So… we had a corporation and a business license but still had nothing. We were broke, in debt, and had put our time and energy into this for so long that it was devastating. Within the next year, my father in law passed away and that was it. My husband gave up. It was heartbreaking to see a man give up on his dream but it just didn’t¬†seem like it would ever be something that would work out for us. After so many speed bumps, brick walls, and just about every other¬†obsticle you could come across he gave up hope.

It is now years later and there is a spark of hope again. We have all still talked about opening the business but it was more like a fantasy, like planning on what we will do when we win the lottery. The eldest moved on in his life and joined the Navy, the middle one a few years later did the same. The start of turning this business thing back around was when the middle one stated that the Navy is/was his way of starting our family dream. He planned on establishing good (if not great credit) by the solid job of the military and very little bills, and if everything went the way he wanted he would have a good amount stashed away when he got out so he could pursue¬†the business. Well he is still in the military but, he got married before he left….. his finances are quite what he was planning on.
BUT…. this was the start of the kick in the pants my husband has needed. His boys continue to talk about the family business, continue to want to see it open, continue to have the dream, but most importantly… they have put their heart and desire to do this into it, for both them and their dad. It has opened their fathers eyes.

Lately there have been a few other things that have turned up that have really made him think of pursuing this once more. Things said at just the right time, things seen at just the right time, people met at just the right time to make him stop and think that we should go for this again.

The fact that all of his boys still want to do this, still want to be involved, and still want to this to work really helps to push him into pursuing this once more. He still has a fear that everything will get pulled out from under him once more, but everyday that fear is getting less and less.

I am hoping he once again gets as excited about this as he was before. It is something that he is so passionate about that he gets practically anyone else he talks to excited about it.
Even though we have a lot more to do once again, things have changed in a few years, but it could be worth it in the end.

Wether we start small or go big has yet to be determined, but i¬†will take either way. I am trying to not get too excited as of yet since we are not quite in full swing of pursuing it again, but there is hope. And i¬†can still dream about quitting my current job before we decide ūüėČ

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Everyone needs a reminder now and then

Smile at a stranger


While searching through an app on my phone, I found these words of wisdom (and fun). Enjoy! 


*When nothing goes right… go left.


*I don’t have time to hate people who hate me because I’m too busy loving people who love me.

Crazy Kawaii Bot

Crazy Kawaii Bot (Photo credit: Jenn and Tony Bot)









*Remind yourself that it’s ok not to be perfect.


*I hate when I’m singing a song and the artist gets the words wrong.


*You can’t expect to be old and wise if you were never young and crazy.

[crazy fun]

[crazy fun] (Photo credit: RHiNO NEAL)