Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My funny little girl...

I am Irish and love St. Patrick's Day. As soon as we realized that it fell on a Saturday this year we made plans to head to Chicago to see the river dyed green. Despite living in the area for 2 years we had yet to go see it. I told Bear all about how the leprechaun's were being tricky and dyed the river. She thought it was so neat and kept looking on the bridges for leprechauns. Here is a picture of my little family at the river... Ignore Bear's cranky face... she hates pictures being taken (and it was 80 degrees) but she was actually having a good time.
So fast forward to Monday. We were out to eat and she needed to go potty. We got in there and the water was blue. She had never seen this before and was fascinated. She said "Mommy it like the river but blue! Was it leprechauns?" I said "Hmm maybe it was smurfs!" She said "Yeah I think its smurfs! I pee in it and make it yellow!" Nice right? So after she hopped down to see if it was yellow and was shocked it was green! A lesson in color mixing right there in Firehouse Subs! Then she looks at me and said astounded "Mommy leprechauns no dyed the water! Smurfs and people PEED in it!!!" LOL I tried to stifle my laughter the best I could! How their little brains work! I almost died! Any hilarious revelations from your children?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Owls, Owls, and more Owls

I have a friend, one of my closest friends, who has just gotten her design blog up and running. You have to check her out here... It's AWESOME! Not just because the first few blogs are about ME... but because she is awesome! Her baby girl Penelope is exactly one month younger than Bees so we are going through a lot of the same things right now. She is my best friend from high school and although we live in different states I love that we have this new bond to share! Her blog today is about projects you are proud of and also happens to be an adorable sock owl mobile for Penelope. Bear decided Bees' "nursery" should be owls too so I thought I would show off a few projects I took on to decorate. Now all of a sudden there are owls EVERYWHERE but when I decided to do owls I couldn't find ANY! I searched high and low and eventually made my own art and stuffed animals. My mom made her cribsheet. Here are a few pictures!
In this one you can see the few owls I did find but I really wanted to show off the crib sheet mom made! So cute!

The little owl in the front is one mom and I made! We made her a couple. I'm very proud of them!

I couldn't find any artwork I loved so I made this one... I'm not super happy with it but I was 9 months pregnant and nesting and needed it DONE! The owls are pretty cute though!

So do you have any projects your proud of?

We all need a little support...

As moms I think it is soooooooo very important to have a community that you can rely on... Whether that is your church, friends from childhood, friends from a mommy group... it doesn't matter who it is as long as you have a group of people you can turn to who value you and you don't feel judged. There is enough judging going on in the mommy world... we need a safe haven.
I have joined several meetup mom groups in my area and met a couple of nice moms who I call friends. I have a TON of friends with babies that I connect with over facebook but the group I am most grateful for right now are my friends from the digi scrap world. If you know me you know how important pictures are to me. And you know how much I love to scrap them. After a year and a half I am still a relative newcomer to the digital scrap world but I LOVE it. I have really found a scrap "home" in although there are several other communities I frequent since alot of them overlap in designers and members.
We meet through message boards. We know each other through the pictures of our children. There are several scrappers I know its their layout purely from the pictures of their children. Others I know its one of their layouts just from the way they scrap. We share our lives through digital scrap book pages. We encourage each other. I'm not sure if it's something about women that scrapbook but I feel like kindred spirits. We also gather in chat rooms with the excuse of "speed scrapping" but really we are just chatting... or at least I am. In these chats we may discuss scrapbooking techniques and share kit ideas but more than likely we are discussing things like how everyone's kids sleep, how old everyone's kids are, how the weather is where everyone lives, the health of ailing parents, the health of our children. I love that it is a safe environment for us to share. I am now friends with several of the ladies on facebook and really looking forward to meeting quite a few in April at a scrapbooking retreat! I hope you have a safe place you can be a mom!