Thursday, July 16, 2009

I'm not dead. I'm watching SYTYCD.

So it's no secret that I don't have quite as much free time as I used to, and because I spend at least three hours a week watching So You Think You Can Dance, I just haven't had time to blog. Not that I've ever been a real consistent blogger anyway.

So life is good. There's a lot of things that I could write about, but since that would take a long time, I'll give you convenient bulleted list. This will be fun, cause you can guess what I would say if I did take the time to ramble about...

-Josie finally actually turned two, which is funny cause she's been two for like six months.

-Having two kids isn't near as bad as I thought it would be.

-Newborns are a delicious breed of human.

-Do you ever feel like your workouts take up your entire day? Not only because IF you don't finish before the kids get up, they really DO take the whole day, but because all day is a recovery of your morning workout, and all day is also just a count down to your next work out. I hate that. I just want to workout and then forget about it.

-I wish I knew how to make Josie feel more secure, because recently (like yesterday and today) she's hit Merritt a couple of times, and it brings out the big bad Mama Bear in me, and I lose it. I really hate it when I lose it.

-Cooking dinner every night is a real beast.

-I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I've been busy with just as many projects as ever. I feel like since I have two kids I shouldn't have time for that kind of stuff, but yet I still find away. Everyone always asks me how I can manage to do everything, and to that I say, I don't. There isn't enough time to do everything, and so when I get a project done, I don't cook dinner or don't clean the house.

-I wish I knew how to balance my life better.

-I'm amazed that nobody ever talks about how poop and potty are such a huge part of motherhood. Who knew? Poop and Potty are significant part of my day. Everyday. It seems like there's always something to wipe, or wash, or change. But at least it's my kids' poop and potty I have to deal with, because that would really be gross if I had to clean up your kid's...

-I really like the library.

-Help! I can't stop reading self-help books!

-I signed up for a triathlon today. WOO WOO!!! (September 12, baby!)

I'm sure there's more I could bullet about, but it's already taken me like a half an hour to come up with that list.

Here are some pictures to accompany my bullets:


Two's birthday dress. I saw this in a magazine for $98, and recreated it for $4. I actually took pictures to make a tutorial if anyone is actually interested.

Just chillin...

Stealing Grandma's glasses...

Adam left his fake glasses here, and this is Josie right before she broke them. Sorry, Egg.

Josie and Mae enjoying a good read with Grandad.

Family vacay to my parents. They don't live in the cliff dwellings. (and don't judge me on how big my arm looks in this picture).

Mesa Verde. So cool.

What Josie does when we're not in the room.

Some sweet close-ups of my angel.

I bought an old military foot locker at DI for $3, planning to upholster it and make it into a toy chest. But once I started sanding it etc, it was so gross and nasty I decided to just make a new one entirely. So I just went down the Home Depot, bought some plywood, had them cut it to the dimensions I needed (do you know they do that for free?!) and then slapped the puppy together with some wood glue and nails, upholstered it and printed the fabric with a homemade stencil, and BAM. A new toy chest.
Here are the toys within.

I decided I needed a purse to use when I'm without my kids. I know, it doesn't happen often, but when it does, I always feel like I've got these big old mom-bags, and I don't feel cute (especially on date's with Allan). So I designed this little purse to help me feel more hip. Too much?

This doesn't look near as exciting as it is. I bought this curtain hardware at Ikea, and then free-handed some designs onto a big cut of fabric to make this room separator. Our front room is really pretty big, and all my sewing crap is just out in the open of my living room. I have long-loathed our set-up. So this divides the two areas and helps define the living spaces. I rearranged the whole room, and LOVE it. There's NOTHING so refreshing and exciting as rearranging furniture.

And another HUGE project I've been working on is my dang quilt (the one I've been working on for over a year for our king-sized bed). I'm ALMOST done with the top, and then it will probably just sit there for years until I have enough $$$ to actually have it quilted.

I never know how to wrap up huge posts like this, so I'll just say be glad that I used bullets to SUM up all this mumbo jumbo.



Super B said...

you look hot, your kids are precious. Your projects rock my world, and you are just awesome!! I love you. I am coming to town a couple weeks! Will you be around?

The Piersons said...

I love seeing all your projects, it seriously inspires me to try more things. I mean not even in your same ball park but after reading this I think, "I could paint an old frame or make some cute stuff for the nursery." :)

Sure love the latest pictures and think you two have the cutest kids ever.

Also did you cut your hair?

And I'm so impressed with the triathalon and all the working out. That all seems so far distant for me right now.

Averi said...

Ok first off, you look amazing. I don't know why u ask about my hair because yours looks GREAT! I just basically tell whoever does my hair to weave in dark all over and just a few small pieces of blond on top. I like it darker than I do lighter...

SECOND: your kids are blasted muffins, and cannot believe how much they've grown. It creeps me out to see my friends kids and how big they are because it means I am getting old, and still single. And will be a dusty uterus by the time I ever become a mom. (if I ever do).

THIRD: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Who in THE world has time to make all the stuff you do?? And so cute and cheap. I have zero creative talent that way. I'm so jealous. But I tip my MJ hat to you, cuz you my friend are friggin AMAZING.

Carrie said...

Mim. Wow. you are the woman I dream of being. I LOVE all your projects. ESPECIALLY YOUR PURSE. No it's not too much... geez it's fabulous. You just made up the pattern? It's awesome. You inspire me. I find myself feeling guilty for doing projects instead of something real wifey like cleaning and cooking and laundry. :) I'm so proud of you. And love the curtain and toy chest-- how clever. Seriously. I love your projects so much. Bless you. Bless you. Your kids are darlings. That Josie is a mini Mim. She & Mae on your dad's lap-- holy Mim & Eirene. Twinsies... Love yer face.

M-Ware said...

I salivated over approximately everything in that post. Your kids (that second pic of Josie in her little dress looked like a mini Eirene to me (and those leggings!)), the toy chest ("...and then slapped that puppy together" - WHO DOES THIS? amazing), that purse, which screams Anthropologie (and no way it's not too much), and then the curtain room separator (free hand???). Anyway, you never ceaseth to amaze and I love seeing all your creativity.

Rob and Marseille said...

I try and do a chore before I play during nap time. and for dinner-put something in the crockpot while they're eating lunch-try pork and bbq sauce and have it on rolls-thats our dinner tonight. fun projects!

Marilee Leishman said...

In response to your bullet points. I agree, I understand, I agree, It's great, I agree, I agree. Not necessarily in that order. Your projects are amazing. I especially love Josie's dress and the pose she is holding. I can't seem to take any good pics throughout the day. I just don't think of it when the time is right. Yours all are so cute.

Tamaran said...

Wow! You are amazing. I have projects...I have the stuff for them...and there it sits. I think you've inspired me to put some of my 4-H-eyness to work. Oh, and your children are absolutely darling.

Clark and Amy said...

LOVE the purse. I want to make one just like it! Do you have some kind of pattern? Tutorial?