Friday, October 30, 2009

A confession of busy-ness

. Friday, October 30, 2009 .

Oh how the last week has flown by!  We went to Stockton (near Sacramento) for a wedding last Saturday and suddenly it's the day before Halloween!  Yikes my pumpkins aren't carved!  At least the candy is bought (and partially eaten, much to my waistlines chagrin!).
The biggest thing to slip through the cracks?  Ahh, that messy house of mine... I grabbed the clutter bull by the horns--he's a strong one--and went through the girls' toys (also #54 on the 101 list)...
Now for the scary part of the confession, here is how it looked when I started:

   I"m hiding under the laptop at this point...
And to make it worse, here is the during:
I feel like a poster child for a TLC intervention cleaning show!

Here are some of the things we are boxing up for a friend that is having a baby: 
Finally, it was clean!  Of course, the girls 'helped' some.  It's not perfect, but every basket is organized & what can I say?  We have a lot of fun at our house.

Happy Weekend and Happy Halloween!  Looking forward to trick-or-treating tomorrow!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Update on The List!

. Thursday, October 22, 2009 .

I've been working at checking numbers off my 101 list!  So let's see--
#95-inspire someone else to create a list--several friends have said they were going to make a list, though I have yet to see one 'officially', so I suppose that one is half-way off.
#85-Cut my hair!  I had almost 15 inches off just about a week ago-check the pics-

Boy Howdy!  It needed a snip snip!  I'm so happy I did it.  The drawback?  My pre-preggo hair was curly and I was hoping the curl would come back into it with the cut, no such luck.

#11-Go on a date night with Syl-what a fun check!  We went to the U2 concert on Tuesday night, it was an awesome show.  We were on the lower level about 20 rows from the stage.  They played for 2 1/2 hours!
Here's a little eye candy from the show...
This was the first time Syl had seen them.  I remember the first time I saw them in '92 and we pushed our way all the way to the front and Bono dripped sweat on us!  Ahh, youth...Now I wouldn't even consider standing in line so long and cramming into the space on the floor.  This is my favorite check so far!
Onto the rest of the list!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Lilly's First Birthday

. Sunday, October 18, 2009 .

My littlest baby, Lilly Belle, turned one (yikes!) about 3 weeks ago!  It was an awesome frog party--everyone came to our Lilly Pad for the shin-dig!  Tami Martin of Tami Martin Photography came and took pictures for us!  Does that seem a little yuppie? Maybe...ya know, I don't care, it was awesome to have her there.  Here are some of my faves...

 Here is the table all set for the party

We had bubbles for favors along with their plate and cups.  I made packages of frog and heart crayons for each little guest. And of course, lots of food!

 These are 'toadstools' that I made from marshmallows dipped in candy and topped with M&Ms and decorated with white icingNow these, are 'toadstools' I made from hard-boiled eggs topped with tomatoes and feta cheese!  The hubs helped with these, I would have done them a little different, but they came out really fun! I read about making them on the internet, but can't remember where now.Ahh, cake!  Lilly loved her cake, once Daddy showed her what was going on...Seriously, cannot believe my little one is into her second year of life!  We were so happy to celebrate this special day with so many family and friends! 

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

101 things in 1,001 Days!

. Wednesday, October 14, 2009 .

Here we go!  Some lovely ladies I know, Jaye & Kirstin are doing this list of goals called the Day Zero Project.  They inspired me to start my own list.  Here are the details:

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (
ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days? Many people (me included :P) have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. Apparently, the key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities. Hopefully, I won't wait until day 999 for some of them!

Drum Roll Please...
The List!

  1. Go to park everyday for a week
  2. Write a letter to go with the Christmas card
  3. Write letters to each kid for when older (0/3)
  4. Take the girls to the library twice a month (0/66)
  5. Emmy out of diapers
  6. Totally diaper free
  7. Emmy done with therapies
  8. One day a month devoted to Gary (0/33)
  9. One day a month devoted to Emmy (0/33)
  10. One day a month devoted to Lilly (0/33)
  11. Go on a date night with Syl once a month (0/33)
  12. Get Syl to go to bed early 5 nights in a row
  13. Write kids' birth stories (0/3)
  14. Ride bikes as a family at least 6x (0/6)
  15. Finish/create baby books (0/3)
  16. Organize Syl's family pictures
  17. Do the 365-photo-a-day project with pics of the kids (0/365)
  18. Get Syl a passport
  19. Get the kids passports (0/3)
  20. Take the kids fruit or veggie picking
  1. Make a larger financial contribution to the house
  2. Don’t eat out for a month (including quick fixes)
  3. Put $10 away for each goal completed (0/101)
  4. Pay for the person behind me in the drive thru
  5. Have a substantial savings account besides e-fund
  6. Tip 100% for excellent service
  7. Buy and donate an item to the food bank every week (0/143)
  8. Clip coupons
  9. Buy a fancy schmancy digital camera
  10. Buy a new Mac
  11. Adopt an entire family for Christmas (0/2)
  12. Give five 'I saw this and thought of you gifts' (0/5)
  1. Take kids to the snow
  2. Take kids to the Grand Canyon
  3. Take a spontaneous trip in state
  4. Take a spontaneous trip out of state
  5. Go to zoo lights
  6. Feed the giraffes at the zoo with the girls
  7. Take a trip out of the country
  8. Visit Kelley in CO
  9. Build a sandcastle
  1. Keep house REALLY clean for a week
  2. Decide what to do with all leftover wedding stuff
  3. Cut down clutter in office by half
  4. Completely declutter office
  5. Organize all-important papers
  6. Get a safe for papers
  7. Do legal documents (will, etc)
  8. The TV one day a week for a month (0/4)
  9. Organize photos
  10. Frame wedding pics
  11. Create a wedding album
  12. For every item of clothing I buy, purge 2
  13. Cull girls toys every month (0/33)
  14. Turn the computer off every night for a week (0/7)
  15. Plant flowers
  16. Keep pantry clean for a month
  17. Use only reusable grocery bags--REMEMBER to take them to the store!
  18. Get the whole family on a chore chart & follow it for 3 months (0/3)
  1. Learn to decorate a cake
  2. Learn to sew
  3. Sew an item for each family member (0/5)
  4. Hand make some Christmas gifts
  5. Take a photography class
  6. Learn Photoshop
  7. Take pics around town of things that start with A-Z (0/26)
  8. Make a blanket
  9. Get  or make new blinds/window treatments for all the windows in the house
  10. Paint a mural in the girls’ room
  1. Cook everyday for a week (0/7)
  2. Bake a cake for a friend
  3. Make a thanksgiving turkey
  4. Do a weekly meal plan 5x (0/5)
  5. Make homemade bread
  6. Have a just because party
  7. Host a game night
  8. Plan a surprise for someone
  1. Lose 5 lbs
  2. Lose 10 lbs
  3. Lose all post-wedding weight
  4. Go to the gym 3x a week for a month (0/12)
  5. Blog about goals
  6. Have 25 blog followers (0/25)
  7. Take a dance class
  8. Cut off my hair!
  9. Read a book every month
  10. Take a voice lesson
  11. Send a postcard to postsecret
  12. Paint a canvas
  13. Forgive 3 people
  14. Edit family movies
  15. Say no to something I don't want to do
  1. Take puppets to a new church
  2. Write a non-Christmas puppet show
  3. Inspire someone else to do their own 101 list
  4. Compliment a stranger
  5. Compliment a friend
  6. Meet more of our neighbors
  7. Meet an 'online' friend in person
  8. Walk in a charity event
  9. Make a new list of 101

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