Hola! No, I don’t speak Spanish. I just like saying hola.

Hi!  So you’re going to have to bear with me…I’m new to this whole blogging thing.  I do a lot of DIY projects for around the house and figured I’d start documenting it.  Mainly for myself (just in case I want to redo something or make it for someone else–that way I know what I did and whether or not it was any good, haha).  And it’s here just in case anyone else wants to learn from my one billion mistakes.  Or to look at my blog to feel better about themselves (“Wow, I can do 10 times better of a job than that!”).

Let me start off by saying that I’m a complete novice. At everything.  Blogging.  Crafting.  Sewing.  DIY.  Building.  Raising children.  Cleaning.  Cooking.  So this is definitely more of a trial-and-error type blog.  If you ever have suggestions for how I can make something look nicer or easier (especially easier!!!) please speak up!  I will not be offended.  I’ll be incredibly grateful for your advice.

The picture above pretty much sums up our family to a tee.

First, a bit about me.  I’m a 32 year old stay at home mom.  My absolute favorite activity is reading.  Unfortunately, I don’t set aside nearly as much time for that as I would like.  I love reading any kind of fiction, as long as it doesn’t make me think too much, haha.  Some of my favorite authors are Jodi Piccoult, Emily Giffin, Janet Evanovich, Stephen King and John Grisham just to name a few.  I also like to scrapbook.  And by that I mean I’m currently scrapbooking my daughter’s birth.  She just turned 4.  I like cooking as well.  I try to make as many things from scratch as I can–bread, tortillas, desserts, dinners, yogurt, fruit rollups, my dog’s food, etc.  I was doing really well until I had my son about 6 months ago.  Now it’s a bit more difficult to balance it all.  My other favorite pastime goes hand-in-hand with cooking:  eating.  I love food.  All kinds of food.  I’m willing to try anything.  Especially if it has a high sugar content.  I was “Happy” this Halloween.  I was actually supposed to be Sleepy, but I accidentally ironed the wrong name onto my dwarf hat.  And that right there is a prime example of me and my projects…they’re well-intentioned, but just don’t seem to go as planned most of the time.

I’ve been married to my (mostly) awesome husband for 9 years.  Jeff is in the Army so I’ve been fortunate to see a decent part of the country (and Canada!) since we average about 1 1/2 years in a place before it’s time to move on.  I love moving around.  We try to see, do, and experience as much as we can in the short time we have at each place and it’s been wonderful so far.  There are downsides as well, such as deployments, but we try to take it all in stride.  Although he’s wearing the “Grumpy” hat, he’s actually not that Grumpy.  Only when he’s in a job that he really doesn’t enjoy–like the two years we were in Ottawa.  He was pretty Grumpy the majority of the time.

My daughter J is 4.  Up until a few weeks ago she was the perfect angel.  Listened to everything I said, didn’t question me, so well-behaved!  Not anymore.  She’s finally in that pushing boundaries/establishing independence phase I kept on hearing about and it’s been horrible.  Seriously.  But fortunately she’s still an angel 75% of the time.  And at Pre-K 3 hours a day.  And has a “rest time” for an hour a day alone in her room.  And Dad is in charge of bedtime, which is definitely the most trying part of the day.  So I suppose I shouldn’t complain.  But don’t worry, I still will.  As you can see, she’s Snow White.  This is fitting because she is absolutely obsessed with any and all princesses (like most other female little girls.  Sigh.) and because she picked the costume and then we revolved what we were going to be around her.  Which, by the way, was only supposed to be the baby, but somehow the rest of us got suckered up into dressing up as well.

My son, C, was born in April 2014.  So I’ll let you do the math to figure out how old he currently is.  He is the happiest, most easy going baby ever.  Which is refreshing since his sister was the total opposite.  Although that makes me worry that he’ll be a holy terror from the age of 1 on…  Like I said, he was supposed to be “Happy” since it fits him to a tee.  But Sleepy was at least second-best since he is a great, great sleeper.  I’m so jealous.

We also have a 4 legged child, a St. Bernard named Jackson.  He’s 6 years old and finally starting to calm down.  I always thought Saints were lazy and slept all day, but not this one!  Up until we moved here 3 months ago, he was going to doggie day care twice a week and the dog park at least once a week just to keep him  us sane.  But we all love him to death and it’s impossible to imagine what life is going to be like without him some day.  Fortunately we don’t have to worry about that since he’s going to live to be 70.  And “Dopey” couldn’t sum him up any better–he’s lovable, goofy and not exactly the brightest bulb in the box…

So, the blog.  I try to keep busy.  I almost always have a project in the works (hence the little time I have for reading).  And my projects vary.  Sometimes it involves sewing–quiet books, halloween costumes, dog beds, mending things.  Soon I’m hoping to start sewing clothing for my kids.  Sometimes I focus on building/redoing stuff for the kids–an activity center, a to-do board, cardboard vehicles, toy box…you get the idea.  The big one that I’m going to tackle soon is making a play kitchen out of an old cart.  I’m sure you’ve seen the million projects like that out there.  It’s going to be my daughter’s Christmas present (fingers crossed).  I also like to cook so I usually have an made-from-scratch recipe I’m trying.

As you’ve read, I’ve already done quite a few projects.  My first few entries are probably going to just be pictures of old projects and anything I can remember while making it–what I used, how I did it, what I would change, what I loved.  And then hopefully as I start new projects I can begin to document everything from the beginning.  We’ll see…

Thanks for reading!!

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