Wow, after several years ive decided to try and resurrect this little blog of mine. I recently told a friend I missed having a place to write. Then out of nowhere a blog "challenge" if you will came about on a public group im in. So here I am and I'm going to try and keep this thing going. Bare with me as I make changes and update content. Feel free to sift through my old posts, you just might learn something new about me....

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Florida Day 2

Today was nice and relaxed.  We slept in.  Had breakfast at Denny's.   We went shopping at a grocery store for some snacks.  Then we went to an outlet mall where I bought myself some stuff.  I got a new short set and some coach sunglasses. 

After shopping we went to the pool and got some color.  The pool was soo very nice.  The water was soo warm and tasted like salt water a bit.  Then we went to a meet and greet for mom's work here.  We met some nice people, had a nice dinner, and umm, 3 gin and tonics on my part.  :)  Here are those pictures....

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Florida Day 1

Florida?  Yes, Florida!  My mom had a business trip she had to speak at in Fort Myers Florida.  Her work obviously was paying for her part, but it's at a spa resort and she invited me to come along with her!  So here we are....

Today was mostly a day of travel.  Let me ask you - have any of you been on a Continental flight lately?  Well I have really only traveled on Alaska Airlines {you know, I worked for them and my mom did before that....} and this whole Continental business was a bit crazy.  Crazy awful! 

In the same size plane that we have 32 rows of seats, they put 38.  This means.... NO LEG ROOM.  I mean, seriously none.  It was soo bad it was actually hysterical.  I mean to tell you I couldn't move at all.  Let me share some pictures to help you understand. 

My knees touching the seat.... I'm 5'6.
 My legs again, and my hips, which I admit are a bit wide, but this was outrageous.  Any wider and I wouldn't have fit in one seat! 
 My mom in her seat.  See how her legs are cramped and the tray table in up against her.  Also note in order to even take this picture that is my boob at the bottom - the bright blurry blob.  I had to hold the phone all the way up to my face.  It was soo tight in there.

That was the longest 4 hour plane ride EVER.   I did manage to finish reading my latest book and start a new one.  I'm well on my way to my goal this year.  I got myself 2 Coke Zero's on the flight, the first was a normal can, some basketball player on the side.  My second can however was very unique.... why?  Well, I couldn't even read it!

I thought it was really neat actually.  I had to take a picture of it to share. 

The other fun adventure that happened at the start of our trip was before we even boarded the first plane. 

Imagine with me if you will a man in his mid 50's.  He's reading a book across from you in the seating area and he has a nice button down shirt on with khaki's.  Upon further inspection you see his shirt is unbuttoned, halfway down his chest.  His grayish blonde chest hair is just out for show.  What do you notice next.... he starts STROKING his chest hair.  Like playing with it, rubbing it with one hand absentmindedly while reading his book.  Soo gross.  Mom and I about died laughing. 

Once we got to our hotel in Florida, after a second 2 hour cramped flight, we were greeted by an extremely drunk women trying not to fall while doing stretches.  Oh it was hilarious.  She was WASTED and there was a group of people watching her. 

The day did have some perks though.  We got upgraded on our rental car to a white dodge charger instead of a ford fusion.  We also got comp'd free valet parking tonight because we arrived so late and there was no guest parking near.  Oh and I had chocolate ice cream before writing this post. 

I leave you with a picture of my mother with a Papa Bush statue in the IAH airport.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What I've been working on

This week I started a new spring quilt.  It's with Central Park by Kate Spain for Moda.  Oh how I love it.  It's soo bright and cheery, really makes the sun come out!  I have a general layout in mind, I will finish up the 3rd square outline, then want to add a thin yellow brick border and then a thicker orange pattern border.  Not sure which fabric to use for the back yet.  It will be bound in simple white though.  Here is what I have going on and my inspiration for the 2 boarder idea.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Life Update

It's been awhile since I've really sat down to write.  I'm sorry about that. 

Things have started to become, dare I say it, normal, again.  I stayed at my mom's for nearly a month.  I didn't intend to do it, but it seemed right at the time.  Kris's meds started to really take hold and the changes have been more than I can express in words.  Two tiny pills a day have not just given me my husband back, it's given us a fresh start. 

He has been taking Abilify and Prozac now for 6 weeks.  The transformation is amazing.  The Abilify is VERY expensive, as in $500 a month, clearly not something we can afford, and he has no insurance {Aiden and I do of course}.  Well, God blessed us.  I am certain it was all the prayers going up for us.  There was a scholarship put out by Abilify's makers for those who can't afford the medication.  Kris' Dr. signed some papers and we sent in an application.  He was approved for up to 3 years of free medication!  And the Prozac generic is of course like $4 at Target so we got that under control!  Such a blessing.  This medication has been a life savor and to not have to worry about the additional cost is a dream come true.  One less stress.

I came back home 2 weeks ago and have been more than surprised.  Of course I saw Kris almost daily while I was with my mom, but I was afraid it was all too good to be true.  Since I've been back home we are not fighting daily, hardly at all really - a mere bicker here and there but I blame that on my PMS.  :)  He hasn't been having any hallucinations or hearing things, no delusions or suspicions.  Really nothing.  He hasn't been depressed, he has been motivated to work on cars, eating full meals, he has energy and is flirty and laughs with me all the time.  Just like we are newlyweds again.  Our love life has improved too, I think with everything that was happening I was becoming seriously detached, but now it's like making love to my husband with new eyes. 

Not to mention we are ALL getting sleep!  Like, lots of it.  Aiden was waking up nightly around 2am.  It used to be a bother, but we just put him back down after a bottle and diaper change.  Then the last couple months it became playing for up to 2 hours in the middle of the night.  It was miserable.  He was cranky, I was cranky, Kris was exhausted from not sleeping before the meds and from Aiden.  Well, I moved back home and said "enough is enough!".  We let him cry.  No more rocking to sleep, rocking at 12am, 2am and then playing until 4.  Up at 6.  We were done.  The first night he cried 50 minutes, then slept most the night.  Within 3 days we were down to 5 minutes and sleeping from 7pm-7am.  Now it's like he was always this way.  For example, I gave him a bottle and then when it was gone I laid him down in his crib.  He blew me a kiss and waved - then grabbed a binky and I walked out and said goodnight.  He went straight to sleep and we will all wake up around 7am tomorrow happy and rested.

AMAZING what sleep can do for all of us.  Not to mention, him going to bed at 7 means Kris and I have some time together in the evenings to watch a movie, or our shows without being interrupted.  Or like tonight, I can sit and write a little update, he is working on a car with his dad.  Plus I have had tons of time to sew.  We also got Aiden down to 1 2 hour nap on most days.  Life is good.

Life is beyond good.  I can't thank you all enough for the love and support we have been shown.  By family, friends, my blog community and church, and complete strangers.  Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts. 

Recent Projects

I've been a sewing fool lately.  It's been really relaxing and it's soo nice to see a project completed.  I still need to quilt Aiden's Dr. Seuss quilt but otherwise the bedroom set is complete.  I'll be keeping it a surprise for now though.  Here are a few other things I have completed, all within the last few days too!

First up is reversible luggage tag handles.  Mom and I are taking a trip soon and will use these then!

My Dad's table runner....

 A scrap pin cushion for myself!  These scraps are from my mom's table runner....

 Which is this right here....

 The back of it.

 Lastly I made myself a little zipper pouch.  It is big enough to hold my ereader, but I also was considering using it, or making another, to put tampons in to keep in my purse.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Laptop Case

My mom wanted a laptop case, and we are taking a trip soon.  What better time to get it done.  It took me less than an hour to measure, cut and stitch this baby up.  I just used 2 coordinating fabrics I had in my stash and regular batting.  Nothing to fancy, and I sort of made it up as I went along.  It sure did turn out nice for a quick project!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Peanut Butter Allergy??

Anyone else have a peanut butter allergy or a child who has a bad reaction to it?  We have tried Peanut Butter a couple times now and each time this is the reaction to literally just a lick.....

His eye got swollen this time.  He gets red blotches all over, last time he had a lot more and his entire body got bad.  This time he seriously had a finger lick and within 30 minutes his eye was almost swollen shut and his face and neck got really bad hives.  His breathing seems fine, and a cool bath with baking soda and then Benedryl seems to do the trick. 

Anyone else dealing with this?    I'm soo sad - I live on peanut butter...poor Aiden. 

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Design Wall!

I feel like the luckiest girl on earth.  My hubby made me a quick and impromptu design wall for my quilt squares.  I'd seen a lot online and was always jealous.  Well, turns out 4 pushpins and a hardly used flannel sheet can do the trick! 

I promptly hung up the Dr. Seuss squares that I've been working on for Aiden's toddler bed.  I can now see very clearly I need more yellow and bright color, too much red and blue going on thus far.  See how helpful it was already? 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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