Saturday, December 30, 2006

New Years Goal List

2007 is upon us. Many people are making lists of their resolutions, so I thought I would put my list out there, too. I prefer to call them "goals" rather than "resolutions", because I think it makes them stay fresh in my mind throughout the year. My list isn't long, but I think I put down all of the goals that I feel strongly about going in to the New Year. I hope I can look back one year from now and say that I accomplished everything that I set out to. And if I don't, it's something to keep working toward. So here's my list of to-do's for 2007:

  • Spend as much time with the Munchkins as I possibly can.
  • Work with the Munchkins more on things like the ABC's, counting, colors, shapes, and other preschool-type learning stuff. Munchkin #1 will most definitely start HeadStart in the fall, and I want her to be ready. Munchkin #2 won't be far behind!
  • Take more time to appreciate the little things, those moments of my life which I will never be able to experience the same way twice, but will draw so much happiness from. A hug from one of the Munchkins, a cup of coffee with a friend. Sometimes I'm so caught up in the whirlwind of life that I forget to appreciate those little moments that make life worth living. I want to slow down a bit, and enjoy!
  • Tell the Munchkins I love them more often. Give more hugs and more kisses.
  • Pay down the debt I was left with after the divorce. Even if I can't pay the whole mess of it off this year, I can put a huge dent in it. The amount is easily manageable, by most standards, so a little will go a long way in this case.
  • Save a little money for an emergency fund, and hopefully someday, the down-payment on a new car.
  • Take a time-out for myself more often. A hot bubble bath, paint my nails, crochet in a quiet room for 10 minutes, have a cup of coffee and stare out the window in the morning. Anything to relax and refresh me.
  • Always be grateful for how blessed the Munchkins and I truly are. Friends, family, good health, a warm home, and best of all each other. We have come so far in the last couple of years. Always be grateful.

That's it. That's my list for 2007. The Munchkins and I wish everyone a safe, fun, and happy New Year, and hope that you all feel as blessed as we do throughout 2007.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

What the ....?

My Fortune Cookie told me:
Tomorrow will be an excellent day for putting Slinkies on an escalator.
Get a cookie from Miss Fortune

Ummm, yeah. Slinkies. On an escalator. Ok, I'll get right on that. (No, I won't.)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006


We had a wonderful Christmas here at chez Busy. The day was filled with family and friends coming and going, food, presents, and all-around holiday cheer. The Munchkins and I were extremely blessed this year, in a gift-y sense and in a love of our family-sense.

This is the Munchkins with my sister, Tiff. They are wearing their new pj's from Santa. Munchkin #1 is in love with Spiderman, and Munchkin #2 prefers Dora, as you can see. They still have not stopped playing with their new toys, and we haven't even opened them all yet. I might put some stuff away to pull out later on in the year, when they are getting bored with the toys they are playing with now.

As for some of the gifts that I gave:
Here is my mom on the left, and my aunt on the right, showing off their matching Serafina shawls. If I had went through with my whole contest idea, the purple Serafina on the right would have been the answer for Mystery Project #2. They both loved their shawls, and my mom wore hers for the rest of the day. Success!

I'll post more photos of the gifts that I made as I get better pics. Some of our pictures were digital, but the majority were taken with disposable cameras. Which reminds me, my wonderful boyfriend splurged on a new digital camera for me! So now you can expect some better pics around here! Thanks, baby!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve

I'm done! Yay! Everything is wrapped, decorated, groceries are bought, and I got pictures taken of everything I wanted to take pictures of. Ahhhhh, what a relief to be done and be able to finally relax. Since it's Christmas Eve, I thought I'd share my meager decorations. I know in the picture my tree looks very crooked, but it's really just the angle of the photo. And yes, that is a Santa hat for the tree-topper. I didn't have anything else to use last year, so I threw the hat on top of the tree, and I guess it's kind of a tradition now. The hat says "I Believe in Santa Claus," and I really like using it for the tree-topper because it's cute and different.

Here's the wreath I made, very simple. I took forever to make the bows, though. I wanted them to look just right.

And last, our stockings and some Christmas cards we've recieved this year. Ooh, we have to get going to Christmas dinner at the boyfriends. Have to hurry! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

A Little Side Project

I've been busy the last couple of days finished up decking out the house for the holiday. I put my tree up weeks ago, but only half-heartedly, and it really didn't look good. I paid a visit to Wal-Mart and picked up some ribbon, new ornaments, and these super cool sequined ornaments, among other things. When I got home to do the decorating, I discovered that the sequined ornaments weren't ornaments at all! They were a garland, rolled up in a tube and disguised as ornaments. So I made them into the ornaments I wanted them to be.

Ornament Garland
Originally uploaded by lill_mama83.

This is the end of the garland I deconstructed, pre-cutting. I simply cut the loop at the end and let the seed beads fall into a bowl. (The garland is basically fishing line threaded with seed beads, sequined balls and single sequins.) I then threaded about eighteen seed beads back onto the line above the ball and tied it in a loop. Then I cut the line below the ball, dropped the beads again, and tied a knot in the line directly beneath the ball. I then repeated the whole process for each successive ball, turning them into ornaments.

The boyfriend took this picture of me while I was working on the garland-to-ornament project. It's one of my favorite pictures of myself.

Ornaments 1
Originally uploaded by lill_mama83.
Here's what the ornaments looked like when I was done. I only did four, and the rest are, well, still a garland. I draped it around the rack our stockings are hanging from, and after the holidays I'll finish cutting it up. I'll have more time then to finish them. I really like how they turned out, and they pretty much look just like the ornaments that I originally thought they were. They look very pretty on my tree! I'll share pics of my tree, the wreath I made, and some other decorations in the next couple of days. Until then, I'll be wrapping!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

A Finished Present

I've finally finished something I can blog about, yay! I'm pretty sure that the recipients of this Christmas present are not blog readers, so I can share it. Yet another tied fleece blanket, red with dragons on one side, plain ole black on the other. It's huge, it covers my entire bed.

Very warm, very soft, very cuddly. I know that two people will be very happy curling up under it together.

Here's a close-up so you can get a better idea of what the dragons look like. Very Asian-inspired. For anyone who is wondering, I picked up both colors of fleece at a JoAnn's sale.

Well, I guess that's one more thing checked off the Christmas to-do list!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Only 11 More Days?!

Wow, time sure is flying by now that Christmas is really just around the corner. I have been SO busy! There hasn't been much blogging around here lately, because if I can manage to find the time to sit down and write a little something, I can't find the energy.

I'm pretty much finished with the holiday gift making. I have a few little somethings to work on yet, but nothing major. Oh, and I have some pillows to sew up and stuff, but the sewing machine has went crazy on me. I don't know if I'll be able to get it to cooperate with me in time to put those presents under the tree, but I'll do what I can.

My biggest concern now is getting everything wrapped up in time for Christmas morning. I have a LOT of presents to wrap! I'm really feeling the Christmas spirit, now (and the Christmas rush). Only 11 days to go!

On another note, I am going to hold off on having a contest for the Mystery Christmas Projects. I only managed to put up 3 hints, and I personally think that makes for a crappy contest. I promise I'll make up for it by having some kind of contest sometime in the new year.

Sunday, December 10, 2006


I just wanted to take a moment to express my sympathy for the James and Kati Kim family. As the mother of two small girls, this story really struck a chord with me, and I think it is so sad that the man who was trying so hard to save his family will not be reunited with them. I can't imagine the pain that the Kim family must be going through right now. There is a fundraiser planned to benefit the Kims, and gift baskets are being put together. If you would like to help, please check out one of those sites. And please take a moment to tell your family how much you love them. You may not get another chance.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

A Post With a Pic (Finally)!

I've been chugging away in the Christmas sweatshop, er, I mean, Christmas workshop. I'm only a little way from being done, yay! I might just make my goal of being done a week early. Then I can relax and focus on the Munchkins and having fun for the holidays. We're going to keep Christmas very casual in our family this year. No turkey-cooking for me! It would be so nice not to be stressed out over things I should be enjoying. I'll have pictures of some finished presents that I can show here soon, but until then, I have the hint for MCP #3.

Can you figure it out?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Little Pink Brain

Here's a cute little something to waste time with: It's fun to watch the little brain turn pink, but what's really weird is that the brain is pretty much dead-on!