January 24, 2012

dearest robin,


We're ready for you!

We've been getting your "room" ready, vacuuming, cleaning toilets, shopping, meal planning...and I think we're ready.


Sophie has set out all the proper princess attire by your bed, should you feel the need to sport a crown at any point during your visit.


We have goodies for you....


You're the FIRST familiar face we'll see in THREE months. CANNOT wait to see you, friend.
FOUR more hours!!!!!!!


xo,
{alicia}

January 23, 2012

my mother aka: pollyanna


Sometimes my mother seriously drives me nuts....

ok, just keep reading.

I call her to complain, vent, spew and here's why she ticks me off:
she doesn't do it back.
 Like she turns it all around and plays the stupid "Glad Game" on me.
She's impossible to complain to. I'll even say, "mom, just be crabby with me!!"
She just laughs...LAUGHS! Ugh, mother!

But I realized something when you tip things upside-down like that...you feel good, or at least better.
I might say, "ugh! this gross white carpet is so hard to keep clean."
She'll say, "oh, but doesn't it feel good under your feet."
Seriously??

So, it's Monday....and for a Monday, I'm pretty darn excited about it. I owe my mother for my cheery disposition. Thanks mom... even though you drive me crazy ;)


School: A challenge? Do my kids get on my nerves? Do I want to go in the closet and cry because I just explained the same thing 30 times?
Yes. Yes. And yes.

Mom's version (and the true version): I get to be with my kids each and every day and I will never never regret that. I have the luxury of taking my time teaching something that might be a challenge to one of them and who cares? Nobody's keeping track...it's ok.





Rain: It's been really rainy and gloomy. Boo.

Mom's version: Everything looks beautiful after a rain. Kids can splash in puddles. The cool air feels good. A little rain never killed anybody. And it makes for fabulous reading days.









And candle-burning...I got this at Target. (a couple people asked)
Also, I'm LOVING the Guernsey book :)


Meal Planning: It's tedious. I don't like going to the grocery store. It's expensive. I want a cook.

Mom's version: I get to take care of my family by making them meals. My kids are not picky. I have a friend coming TOMORROW!!! yeah!! and she and I will have a blast cooking together this week :)


Bottom line is I am blessed...like super blessed and I forget sometimes.
So, yeah mom :)

Happy Monday, peeps.

xo,
{alicia}

January 21, 2012

friday::saturday


This week was a blur. When your planner looks like the above picture, it's bound to be a busy one. I was in my workroom for about 8 hours straight on Thursday...my poor children. But thank YOU for your orders and support! Everything is shipped and on it's way.

Friday was errand day. And can I just say, Friday was a really dumb day.
I headed out the door with three kids in tow, and these:


Here's how it went:
appointment at 9
Target afterward, tried a "shortcut" and added 40 minutes to the morning
lost my debit card
to the bank to replace debit card
Target
Post Office
lunch at McD's (ugh)
Grocery Store
Redbox
Redbox rejects my temporary debit card
CVS
CVS tells me I don't have the right insurance card
Home to find the right card
Can't find
Unload car
Still can't find card
Husband saves the day
Back to CVS
Try Redbox again
Rejected again
Home
3:30pm
Ugh!


Somehow in the putting away of groceries, I purged my counter tops and cleared them all off and rearranged. I don't know what it is about that but I love my counters alllll cleared off. It felt good, like I actually accomplished something.

Spaghetti for dinner.
Baths
Stories...we love this one.


Sweats, popcorn, True Grit...it was good.


My darling little boy-clone of myself is quite the list-maker as of late. He's been making lists for the weekends. Here's todays list:


Yes, it says clean AND school. Yes, I'm mean. No, I don't care.
Academics were back-burnered both Thursday AND Friday (Friday is usually our make-up day) and we needed to get in our math and history time.
Also, I made my kids clean/dust/pick-up/put away/clean mirrors/wipe floors/vacuum and MY oh MY does it look niiiiice! The boys' wives will thank me one day.
Now if it would only stay this way till Tuesday night when my dear friend, ROBIN, gets here!!


They checked some things off their list and Jack and Jarrod headed to Target to fulfill Jack's tooth-pull prize. Noah chose to stay back so he could finish his math and play the NEW GAME when they got home.


He finished his math way too fast and had too much time to kill before they got home. He camped out by the door...with a chair...and his bible. mmmmk...



Finally, they made it!!!
(Dad is the hero today, that is for sure!)


I'll give you one guess at what the boys are doing right about now :)

They also brought lil' ol' me a gift....




I've been looking for a fedora FOREVER...don't you think I just needed one?! And they found me one at Walmart of all places. I must have a little pinhead...none of them would fit, but this one fits great! I love it.


So now, Sophia's napping, the boys are playing, Jarrod is reading.
Today is SOOO much better than yesterday.

It's 4pm, my coffee mug is full and steaming, and I have a pile of books and magazines waiting for me.




Sayonara, sweets :)

xo,
{alicia}

PS: Don't forget about free shipping in my shop till the end of the weekend. Code: WINTER12

January 19, 2012

free shipping for you

Good Day, beautifuls.



I just wanted to tell you 'ello and that I added a couple more thingies to my winter line yesterday. I've been feeling the need to paint lately, so here's what I came up with...




I have a couple of these and then a couple more Patchwork Heart banners...but one is spoken for. So that makes one. My mad math skills frighten me sometimes!


And also, since I'm sure you hate paying shipping as much as I do, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING in my shop today through Sunday! Just use this code: WINTER12 when you check out.

So, shop away, sweet things :)

See you next week!!

January 18, 2012

do y'all know ms. amy?


I received an email from Amy quite a while ago...a year? I can't remember, but a while. She told me about herself and how she'd been reading my blog for a while, but had never commented. (amy!! shame on you ;)) And how she and I had all these similarities like homeschooling, creative creating, and junking!
Well, since that first exchange, her and I have emailed/called/texted every week AND she's started her own blog. Amy is just an all-around awesome person, and I think you should all get to know her...



She's super fun...like, they have an ice skating rink in their backyard. How fun is that?!
They live in beautiful Montana (not nearly close enough to NC) and they go on these amazing camping excursions almost every weekend in the summer.

She has FOUR little girlies...can you even imagine??!!
Look how sweet...


Amy is constantly baking with them, crafting, playing...



She also makes these adorable little blooms that you can pin or clip to pretty much anything you can think of. She sent me some for Christmas...and some for Soph too and they. are. so. cute!!


(here's mine)


And also, Amy has a spot at the antique store where she lives. So she has a booth area and she changes it out for every season. I love that! I want to buy everything in it. She adds her handmade goodness too...
Here's what her booth looks like now for Valentine's Day...


And what it looked like for Christmas...




And for fall...


I just love it! Don't you just want to shop here!?
So, this is Amy. She is fun, talented, adorable, and so genuine. I just love her. We will meet someday...we're hoping this is the year.

You must go check out her blog now...ok? Ok.



Blogging is so darn cool.

xo,
{alicia}

January 15, 2012

everyday busy and my new winter line


Saturday morning: my Banker husband is getting yet another tattoo, my brother is in Vegas getting his credit card stolen, and then there's me...making chalkboards in my garage.
You know, just a typical Saturday.

I've been working this weekend on tying up loose ends on my Winter Etsy line and getting it all photographed and listed. And I'm done...hooray!



What is it about life that sometimes you have absolutely nothing going on and then just like THAT you're super busy? Is there an in-between stage where you're kinda busy, kinda not...just right?

All of the sudden I'm making plans, getting ready for visitors, filling in dates on my calendar.


We are so excited to have a stream of visitors coming starting in 10 days here and there until April. This is exciting and stressful all at once, do you get me??
The house will be clean that first day of their visit and then it'll be downhill from there. I'll have an itinerary of fun stuff to do and then when they leave my kids will think I'm super boring.



Life is all about balance. Balance and contentment. If we are busy, we want to not be so busy. If we are not busy, we are bored. I want to be content in all things. A work in progress is what I am.


And speaking of work, and if you are a fan of plaids and felts and coziness, go see my latest Winter Line in my shop...I'd be so happy if you did :)

Have a great week...busy or not so busy :)

xo,
{alicia}
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