Friday, May 29

Bad Habits

We all have bad habits and we usually don't break them because they become a part of who we are. Here are some of mine.

1. Chewing on the plastic things that attach tags to your clothes. I love them for some reason. Justin does too. We always make sure to share and if not, then we have been known to fight like 3 year olds. Yes, we are mature adults.

2. Shaking. I am always moving. People think I am very impatient or anxious but my legs or arms are usually moving in some form. I just cannot help it.

3. Cracking my knuckles. It feels so goood.

4. Leaving doors open. Justin thinks I grew up in a barn because I am fine with leaving the front door/back door open. I don't consider all the bugs flying in. I also leave the refridgerator door open while I poor my glass of tea. Drives him NUTSO!

5. Indecision. This is a major problem. It is more like a disease rather than a bad habit. For the life of me I cannot make a decision easily. I usually know what I don't want but I rarely know what I do want. I like when people make descisions for me. But don't you dare make the wrong run because I will tell you straight up.

I've decided to do this five at a time. So these are the first five. When I feel like running on myself some more I'll shoot for five more. Until then...what are some of your bad habits?

Thursday, May 28

Memorial Day Weekend

Here in Ohio, Memorial Day weekend means that pools are open! I haven't been to the pool in years because I don't want anyone to see me in a suit. Yes, I am that pathetic. So every year I pray and hope that I will know someone with a pool. My parents have talked about getting one for years but have never committed.

Well this year all my dreams come true...not really but it sure is nice. Justin's dad built a new house and with it they built a pool. It is beautiful and relaxing and I looooove it. I don't feel any more comfortable in my swim suit, but at least I don't have to worry about a ton of people seeing me, and that is, afterall, all that matters.

Oh, and Ava loves the pool too. We
are looking into private swim lessons. She is a fish...sort of.

Sunday, May 17

A blooming weekend

This weekend was wonderfully spent with my family. It was so great to get outside and feel the sun on our faces. Ava had the greatest time playing outside in the dirt and water. I know that I will have my hands full all summer long because getting her indoors is a job that requires a cocktail at the end of it. It is painful and tiring and usually makes me want to scream but I don't because to add to her screaming would make everything worse. But I still look forward to every hot summer day that we will spend outdoors playing and seeking adventure.
The weekend started out with a graduation ceremony. Graduation season brings up many emotions for me. I'll be honest, I get a little angry because it seems that there are always so many places to go and it is difficult to find the time to get everywhere. We are always rushing. But I love the way graduation season reminds me of my own, and more importantly, where I was and who I was when I was graduating. It was five years ago and the journey that I've had since then is crazy, ridiculous, and very special. This years grad season got started in the right direction however. Nicolas, my five year old nephew, graduated from preschool. Little kids graduating is one of the cutest things ever. See for yourself....

Pretty stinkin cute right? He is really one of the most photogenic kids I've ever known. He loves to have his picture taken, and he is always smiling just as pretty as he is here in this picture. His two brothers are the same way. They are all adorable and the camera knows it. I'll share more of them later because they are too cute not to show you.

So Nicolas blooming from a preschool little kid to a kindergarten big kid was the first blooming action of the weekend. Saturday Justin and I started gardening. We are doing a regular flower garden around the house and hopefully in the next couple of weekends we will get our vegeatble garden started. Neither of us have ever gardening. I love flowers and all, but as for getting out there and building and planted a garden...I was a virgin. But not anymore. A garden virgin I am not. In fact, I might go as far and say I am a garden whore considering thats all I did ALL weekend. I am very impressed and proud with what we got accomplished. I've never considered myself good with a shovel but that picture to the right shows along the side of the house where I tilled up the yard with just a shovel, my foot, and these hands. Impressive right? I know Juston was impressed because he told me that he didn't know I could work like that. Well I showed him! But I started thinking that maybe I shouldn't have because npw he is going to try to put me to work more often. Shit. I should have thought about that sooner. After tilling, it started to rain so we went to Lowe's to pick out some flowers. I can pick out flowers that I like and want easily, but I don't know much about what to put where or what kind of sunlight each flower needs. So I just got what I liked, planted them where I thought they looked good, and filled in with mulch. I may not be Martha Stewart but I'd say we did pretty good for being virgins going into this. I am happy with what we got done in a mere two days. We make a pretty good team...most of the time. And my favorite part of the garden is my calla lily plant. Being my favorite flower it was a must for my garde. I got a yellow planted one a couple of weeks ago to keep planted in this awesome pot I found at TJ Maxx, but I wanted to have one in the ground too. It is beautiful and I could kiss it every day. And I might.

Thursday, May 7

I Dream of Etsy

My latest addiction and obsession is with etsy. I am head over heels in love, can't get enough of, and utterly infatuated with the endless possibilities that exist on etsy. I have always had a passion for things that are handmade. A lot of times I'll attempt it and if that doesn't work then buying it works too. In the fall I look forward to bazaars so that I can buy handmade christmas decorations and knitted dish cloths. The beauty and work that goes into making all of these one of a kind pieces pulls at my heart a little bit. It makes me happy that there are so many people out there being creative and sharing that with others. I do consider myself a creative person, but etsy PUTS ME TO SHAME. Seriously.

At first I didn't realize all of the possibilities over at etsy, but once I opened pandora's box all the money fell out of my wallet. Jewelry, bags, clothing, templates for this and that, everything cute baby, and did I mention the jewelry? My shopping cart keeps growing and growing and I'm not real sure what to do about it. I could quit, but then I would be sad since all I dream about all day is shopping etsy. The better idea is to get my creative juices boiling and open my own etsy shop so that I can take that money and spend it on my favorite etsy items.

They go vintage too. Cait, I can totally see you there. I have already picked out a few pieces for you. See what etsy does to me? It just makes me all mushy and gushy and want to spend money on EVERYONE, not just me! It is a beautiful world, really.

Go check it out, you won't regret it.