Happy New Year!

Hello everyone. I hope that you all had a great holiday season. I had a wonderful break from school and some time off to spend with my family without the stresses of homework.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to do more photography and to post more. So with that, here is a quick picture I snapped of my girls actually quiet and not fighting with one another. They were watching My Little Ponies on Netflix.

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Happy New Year!

~Melissa

YAY! | Decorations Part 1

Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. I especially love to decorate for it. I used to have  hodge podge Christmas decor, but the more I see the pretty ideas on Pinterest, the more it sucked me in! I did a pretty good job last year, but I love this years color scheme. So here is a glance of what I have going on so far!  -I am in the process of making a bigger star for my mantel.-

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The girls' tree in the kitchen

The girls’ tree in the kitchen

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Happy Holidays!

Decorations!

I love Christmas, it has to be my favorite holiday and time of the year. I love everything about it, the real reason for Christmas, the santa part, the family gatherings, music, FOOD, decorations….all of it. And yes, maybe even a little snow! I generally decorate here and there for other seasons/holidays, but Christmas takes the cake. The whole house turns into my own little Christmas wonderland and it always makes me so happy. This year will be especially special because this is my and J’s first Christmas. He really loves this time of year as well and it is SO nice to have someone around who loves this as much as I do.

I love being crafty, I am so thankful for Pinterest this year because it has given me SO many ideas of things I can make and ways to decorate. I have to say that I have already started my Christmas crafts and seriously thinking of setting up soon. I know, I know….it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, but I am “thankful” I can decorate anytime I want. 😉 We are headed home for Thanksgiving so I won’t be able to set up the traditional day after Thanksgiving I usually do. So I am thinking next week is the PERFECT time to start!

The girls are going to have their own tree this year with all of their girly cute ornaments. I think it will be real special watching them decorate their own personal tree however they want. This year mama wants a pretty tree LOL.

So this is my fall decor as of now, and this is probably the extent I am going to go because it is all coming down in a few days.

Sorry about the crappy quality, I used my daughter’s Canon to take these..BOOOOO.

Thanks for looking!

~Melissa

Joys of Parenting #634 |My Life

I want to start off by saying that flat paint is the stupidest invention ever. It does not belong on the walls in a home that is inhabited by anything other than ghosts. With that said…

My kids are artistic, and I love that they like to express themselves with their love of drawing. They also must think that I needed help with decorating, because they seem to color on the walls at any chance they get. Mainly my almost 5 year old. It is usually crayon, and even though I have that dreadful light tan flat paint all over my house, the magic eraser usually works well enough to keep me from running down the street screaming, but two days ago, it went to a whole new level.

I was upstairs folding clothes, my youngest was napping and my eldest was “supposed” to be cleaning the playroom on the first floor. I knew she was going to be playing more than cleaning, but what I saw when I walked down there sent a surge of anxiety through me of epic proportions.

I smelled it before I saw it, but there it was. Black fingernail polish! And it was everywhere! All over my white front door, my stupid flat paint walls-upon further investigating-their play kitchen, play plates, bowls, blocks, and their Carebear book shelf.

I sent her immediately up to her room so I could frantically clean up the mess. It was all scribbles, lines of black fingernail polish just everywhere. Cursing under my breath as I scrubbed, I came across something that made me stop and smile. Even though I was furious (she literally just got in trouble for coloring on the wall with crayon earlier the same day) I couldn’t help but think of my sweet baby upstairs. On her Carebear shelf she didn’t just scribble lines, but she drew a picture with the paint, and I couldn’t bring myself to erase it.

I got all the fingernail polish off everything, I did take up some of the paint from the door and I will have to repaint the wall, her play kitchen is like it was before, but I left this drawing.

As cute as this is, I will rejoice the day she outgrows this stage.

Facebook Cover Update

I wasn’t exactly thrilled when Facebook announced that they were changing over to the timeline layout. In fact, I held out almost as long as I could before I switched over. Horrible “privacy” settings aside, I actually like that we can be a bit more creative with our pages. Honestly, I loved MySpace because we could decorate our pages however we wanted. Weren’t those terrible moving .gifs the best? Or what about having a playlist that got to annoy/offend our visitors? Yah those were the days. Anywho.

I have a ton of ideas that I want to do to my page, though it all involves taking pictures to do it, which I have yet to do. *sigh* So I decided to work with what I had on hand. This is what I came up with…..for now.