December 30, 2011

It's Back.......

Not sure how many of you remember THIS CONVERSATION with Lil C from last year?

Well, now that you have refreshed your memory, Lil C has decided he wants to get his ears pierced A-G-A-I-N.

Once again we go through the whole thing; what kind of piercing, which ear or both ears, what kind of bling does he want in his ear........

It has been a year since we last had this conversation and I would say I have greatly calmed down about this particular subject.

Lil C decided he wants studs in his ears (thank God) and he is now ready to get them done. The problem? HeeHaw is now not on board.

So, once again, Lil C asks me to talk to HeeHaw on his behalf. Lil C has broached the subject with HeeHaw and was shut down.

I also tried reasoning with HeeHaw, to no avail. Apparently, HeeHaw thinks that an earring, or two, will bring along a "slacker" attitude with Lil C. Seriously? I couldn't make this shit up even if I tried.

So, right now I am waffling back and forth as to whether or not I am just going to take Lil C to have his ears pierced. I am tired of fighting with HeeHaw. And really? What can he do about it after it's done????

December 15, 2011

Holiday Crafts

When Lil C was about 8, he made this when he attended a Home Depot Kids Workshop:

Home Depot does a great job putting these workshops on! Seriously, these people are p-a-t-i-e-n-t with the kids! Here is what the website says:

FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

We used that little Snowman Napkin Holder for several years, until alas, it broke. I was very sad. Our little snowman used to sit proudly on the dinner table for all of December. The year it broke, I put him in the cupboard in the kitchen of things "to fix". Well, he sat there quite sadly for a couple of years. I didn't want to get rid of him, but I didn't know how to fix him.

When I separated from HeeHaw, I had completely forgot about that wooden Snowman. When I heard that the December Kids Workshop was to make this very project again, I cried out in delight!

It took NO arm twisting to get Doodle on board to making me one! She has completed several of these projects and proudly adds her pins to her day-glo Orange Vest.

So, 2 weeks ago, off we went at 9:30 in the morning to the Depot. Of course, I forgot Doodle's vest, and so did she.......... when we arrived, we saw a familiar face. CHB's grand-daughter was there making her own Snowman with her dad.

 Doodle working hard on getting the hat just right.

Bella getting ready to paint.

 Doodle and Bella painting their Snowman white.

And our completed Snowman Napkin Holder! Isn't he cute!

Here he is at home, all ready for napkins, and to spread holiday cheer.
For more info on these projects go to:
On the left hand side click on the upcoming workshops.

December 14, 2011

Doodle's Room Re-do........ well sort of

When my chitlins and I moved in with PB, Doodle took over the extra bedroom. Which many moons ago belonged to PB's son, Cdawg.

Cdawg had the choice before we moved in as to which bedroom he wanted. He chose, and he and Lil C share a room, and Doodle has her own.

Doodle and I have been talking about for months what she wanted to do with her room. She has a really cute bed set, in vibrant turquoise, lime green and white. She has all the matching pieces.

She wants to paint the room. Those very colors. Ouch, those are bright colors.......

We talked about painting in the spring, when we can leave the windows open and air out her room. So, in the meantime, she has been dealing with all the decorations that were on the wall from when she moved in. I didn't want to take anything down, decorate, and then yank it all back down to paint. Until.......... my mom was here and we were talking about this. She really put in to focus that Doodle probably didn't want to wait for her room to be done, but was too polite to say anything.

So I bit the bullet, and decided it was time to make Doodle's room fit for a girl. Thanksgiving weekend, while Doodle and Lil C were away, I got to work. I took down all the sports posters and prints, removed the skateboard hanging over the closet, and got to work.

Yes, these photos are from my phone and they were taken at night. My phone has crappy night quality photos too. BUT, I also knew there was going to be little to no chance I am going to take these photos with my camera anytime soon, so here ya go..........

I found these circles on clearance at Kohl's for $8, and they were the perfect colors for her room!

I added one of her many ribbon boards below that with a ton of photos of her.

I took a blank canvas, purchased on clearance for $6, spray painted it a color called Watermelon from Krylon ($4), and mounted two of my favorite photos of her on there, also added the "believe" decal she got at a birthday party, and the final touch was a scarf she knitted herself.

I mounted the photos in photo corners so she can change the photos whenever she wants to......

I added the tissue paper flowers, as well as the wall art above it. It spells out her name, and NO it's not crooked! I took the picture a little sideways.......

The little paper hanging was a gift a few years ago for Doodle's birthday. It came as a kit that she put together, using whatever combination of colors and stickers she wanted.

When she got home, PB and I told Doodle there had been a flood in her room, and that we had to move some stuff around and we hop that she isn't too disappointed with the mess..........

Well, she LOVED her room! I had also put her other ribbon boards, cork boards and other little frames on the wall around her room. I hung up the coordinated curtains as well, completing the transformation. She is now one happy camper and it was all worth it! Even if it means taking everything off the wall in the spring to paint, I will happily to do it. Cause her smile was worth all the effort!

Total transformation completed for $18. Not too shabby at all!

I didn't vanish......... well not completely

Apparently come Thanksgiving day I was done being thankful, since I've fallen off the face of the earth since then?

This years Thanksgiving was different for sure. It was the first time in several years that I wasn't with the entire neighborhood clan.

Our group of ladies didn't get together right after Halloween to start planning the turkey day menu.

There was no running to the store the night before to grab the 3 IMPORTANT ingredients you forgot.

No rushing around Thanksgiving morning to get the car packed up.

I actually sat on my rear end, drank a cup of coffee and watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In it's entirety. AND, I put up the Christmas tree, got all the lights on too.

I usually record the parade so that I can watch it later that weekend...........

PB had a wonderful surprise for me this Thanksgiving. As I was setting up the lights on the tree, a car pulls up outside. At first I don't recognize who it is. But as the person opens the door to get out? I screamed, ran outside in my slippers and hugged MY MOM!

PB had been working with her for a couple of weeks to get her here for the holiday! It was a great surprise!

We all got dressed and headed to PB's parents house for the holiday meal. We had a nice time, and enjoyed meeting PB's brother from out of state.

It was just different. Not bad, but not the same. I missed the easy camaraderie with my people. The few (oh who are we kidding?) several bottles of wine, the group dish washing and clean up, the olives on little fingers, going around the table saying what you are thankful for.........

I enjoyed my visit with my mom, and was sad to see her go, even though I know she will be back at Christmas. I had to work the day after Thanksgiving and my mom came to my office so we could eat lunch together. It was fun to gab for a while with no interruptions!

Hope your Turkey day was good. That you ate too much, drank too much, and enjoyed time with your favorite people!