Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Crazy week!

So wow, its been a couple of days indeed. Rough ones at that I might add. I'm almost positive Alexander is teething again, hes been dealing with it as best he can, but the other morning he was running a high temp. I was worried Id have to make a fast trip to his doctor with him, but Motrin helped him, and I think it made him happier to not really feel the tooth.

Josh was actually under the weather for a few days, and with the Air Show coming this weekend its been a really busy week. He also had guard this past weekend which means he worked Mon-Thurs then Sat, Sun, and now his regular work week. Those are the weekends we hate. I hate them because he wants to sleep in on Friday, and so do I! Obviously one of us has to get up for the little one. This Drill weekend Josh wasn't exactly quiet with Alex so I barely slept in.

This past Saturday I attempted some garage sales with my friend Jessi.
She also moved over here with her husband for her job. Its been nice having at least ONE female friend that I know I can relate with. I found a few things for the little man. A rocker in pretty great condition, and even a dress outfit which should fit him in time for Colin and AJs wedding this January. We also went to Olga's kitchen where I got Jessi lunch because her bday was this past weekend also, and we drove around the college campus where her and her husband will be taking some classes this fall. We were both fairly surprised at the size of it, being that its a community college and all. It was fun though. Target also had a sale on some things I want for the craft room, so Sunday me and little man went on a trip. I was able to get my 9 cube organizer one sale, I wanted 2 for the desk, kindof like this. I droll over her lovely set up. I figured one would work for now since I may want to set it up differently. I also picked up one of the wire cube organizers for now, Im thinking I will need another one or two of these for my yarn. Of course I did NOT pay that much and mine has 6 cubes so far.

I also managed to finish the shadowbox my Aunt commissioned me for, it turned out rather nice. I can't post pictures til it is gifted though because Im afraid that I would ruin the surprise. Ive also been hooking away at Alexander's blanket, and the living room blanket. I also have recieved some lovely squares for the Comfortghan I am doing, also a gift. Id love to have time to make Colin and AJ one as a gift too, we shall see. Josh kinda got on me about my WIP or UFOs, which ever you prefer, so Im going to have to work on that, however I told him that will probably always be an issue! haha. I've also decided to stock up, maybe over the next year, and enter myself in a flea market or craft show sometime next year. I have always wanted to be able to make some extra money off my crafts, and just never had enough to sell, or the right audience. Ive done a few custom order things here and there, but never the same thing I guess.

Im trying desperately to prepare the house for company this weekend. Josh's mother and step father will be here Thurs-Sun and my parents will be here on Sat for the air show. I love when company comes its just ughhh. I think you all know what Im talking about.

Well, now the little one is awake, so I must jet.

I will leave you all with this awesome picture of what I found while changing a light bulb. Its not pretty, mind you this house had been on the market for 3 months, and I doubt people were living in it for months before that. I sqeeled loudly when I saw this because I thought it was just a few flies in there. EW!!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I don't know how I could forget to write about this earlier this morning, I must have been sleeping still or something. Yesterday was our wedding anniversary! 2 years and counting. Let's see how many we can add to that. We really didn't celebrate anything, that's kinda of our style. Josh got out of work a little early and bought some ammo, which he sent me off to get him more. They had a limit of 6. Ammo is a royal pain in the rear end to get around here because people think Obama is gonna lay down the gun law. Anyhow, he stuck with the tradition gift of "cotton" and got me an awesome pillow, along with a pillow protector and a pillow case that shockingly matches our bedding well. He did good, and even if we have our problems, its been bliss.

busy busy busy

I really should try to post daily, but man the days fly by sometimes. Like...where did yesterday go?! Sheesh.

The past few days have consisted of cleaning, cooking, baking, and lots of baby loving.

I yet again attempted to make Mom's Banana Bread and it came out well this time, but the center of the second loaf sunk in again because it was under cooked. Someday I will get it right. I may need to try a different recipe.

Last night I decided to make a recipe given to me by my sister. It was fairly easy, and very yummy.

Penne Chicken Casserole
1 pound whole–wheat penne pasta
Cooking spray
1 ½ pounds boneless chicken breast
1 large jar tomato sauce
1 ½ cups part–skim shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 375°F.
Bring a large potof water to a boil; season with salt. When boiling, add pasta. Cook according to directions on package (about 7 to 8 minutes), or until al dente. When cooked, drain and rinse with cold water.

While pasta cooks, spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and arrange chicken breast on tray. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until cooked through.

Remove from oven and cool. When cool, dice into ½–inch pieces. Spray a 13–by–9–inch casserole dish with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, toss pasta, chicken, and sauce (add a bit more sauce if desired). Place mixture in a casserole dish and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and casserole is hot all the way through

It was veeeery yummy. Don't have a final product picture though, hubby was "starving"

I haven't done much in the crochet department because my Aunt is having me make a shadowbox for my cousin who just got engaged. Its been a hard process for sure. It takes me forever just to make a scrapbook page because Im so picky. I did however pick up my Butterfly Punch because first off I ADORE butterflies, and I would like to make a collage simular to here. I'd like to do one for the craft room and bedroom. We shall see.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Rainy Saturday

I have a couple pictures of Audrey's ripple, just waiting on a few from my sister cause I forgot to get some nice ones before giving the blanket to her. I used a ripple stitch from Jan Eaton 200 Ripple, and Vanna's Choice Baby colors Sweet Pea and Goldfish.

This was another other option. I wanted to try a Granny Ripple. I do believe I made this with "I Love This Yarn" This will go to a friend and former co-workers daughter Peyton.

I also, like I said, started the afghan for the living room. I am addicted to the stitch so its been hard to put down at night when Im watching Forensic Files. I've been forcing myself to put it down no later than 11pm or there will be rough days ahead.

I have only worked on this blanket for maybe 2 hours total and already Im so far...yikes!! I almost want to make my afghan with this stitch. I still haven't decided, either Wavy Blanket , the Larksfoot stitch above, or Lucy's from Attic24 ripple pattern. I picked the colors but now Im not so sure I want to use the Red Heart brand of yarn. I may have to look at Hobby Lobby.

I attempted to do some bargain shopping today but it was horribly rainy out. Good for our poor lawn, but not for garage saling. I went to 2 with only a bowl.

Its very pretty though, and large so I can make cookies in it, or salad?

Then I ventured into The Salvation Army in New Baltimore to check it out. By then it was pouring out. Thankfully I remembered the umbrella. I got soaked anyways. Of course they were busy busy so the front row of parking was completely full. I did get an organizer there and a candle holder, at least thats what I think it is. I may go back and get two more to put in the empty holes of the organizer, but I got it to keep my hooks in on my craft room desk, once that is built finally...someday...

I have been getting a few things for the room here and there, mostly if its on sale or at the $1 bins that Target/Micheals have.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I decided I need to make it a weekly habit to post. Life with a 7 month old still hasn't slowed down, in fact now that he is almost crawling it is getting harder to contain the little guy. Oh well, that's life. How could I not love it with a sweet little face like this???

I finished Audrey's blanket completely! 100% finished, and I love the boarder I decided to do. I have been stocking up on yarn, maybe its a bit of hording complex going on lately. I started the blanket for our living room, I chose various shades of brown and blue. I will post pictures this evening. I also bought the first colors of MY blanket. Yep, finally making something big for myself. I haven't made a blanket for me since I first re-taught myself to crochet.
Also I'll have to post about this past weekend, it really was a joy. I realize that sometimes the simple life is the better life, or at least for a long weekend! We decided to go to the Rye family reunion this year(my moms side) and it was up in the UP. Our whole clan was there pretty much and it was honestly really a breath of fresh air. I love being in the woods, minus skeeters, but I also got some time to snap some pictures. We intend on going for a longer visit next year to make it more worth while.