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Life Lessons

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

I recently had an argument with my son about black suits. We went shopping for a new suit and he kept pulling out black jackets. I told him that at fourteen he had no real need for a solid black suit. Black suits were for funerals and very formal occasions, I explained, far too fancy for regular church services. Motherhood is full of teaching moments, important lessons and inconsequential lessons. Who knows if my son will even remember this little lesson about formal and informal suits based on color and cut.


Its funny sometimes to reflect on the lessons that have stayed with you. I was thinking of a few of the gems I’ve learned from my own mother.

  1. If you’re going to cut your hair short, do it in the winter. When its hot you’re going to want to be able to pull it back and off your neck.
  2. When buying eye glasses, pick a frame that matches your hair color- they will flatter your face.
  3. Never wear white or black to a wedding (I know this rule is considered old fashioned now, but I’m a die hard)
  4. Butter and real maple syrup.
  5. Don’t stay in hotels near pawn shops and don’t make eye contact with anyone on the street near a pawn shop.

I learned the hard way to always pack shampoo on a vacation.  When I was fourteen my mom, sister and I took a road trip through Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. The first morning on our trip I realized I didn’t have shampoo and I don’t think our motel offered any either. I asked my mom where the shampoo was- because surely it was her responsibility as Mom to make sure those things were packed! Mom was not amused or willing to share her shampoo and my sister and I were on our own for not packing any. Its something we all laugh about. At the time though I was mortified that I couldn’t wash my hair, I think I even resorted to bar soap a few times. In hindsight I don’t know why it never occurred to me to go to the nearest drug store and buy a bottle…but it didn’t. Life lesson learned.

At thirty-eight, I am still learning lessons from my mother, and I hope I never stop. My mother is amazing at supporting her daughters even when she thinks we are crazy or cannot see the logic in our choices. There were times when I made choices I knew my mother wasn’t happy about (getting married at twenty!), but she always, always supported me. As my own children are ageing and beginning to make their own independent choices- some of which I don’t agree with, I feel crazy, frustrated and helpless.  I recently asked my mother how she was able to be so supportive when my sister and I were sometimes making stupid choices. Her response just left me in awe. She told me she knew that she wasn’t always right, and that sometimes there is more than one way to do something, or an avenue that maybe she can’t see. I have been trying so hard to remember this as I ride the crazy roller coaster of raising teenagers…I’m trying to learn humility.


My parents divorced when I was very young and to be honest it still has ripple effects in my life today. The silver lining (more like platinum) in their divorce is that I now have Kathy in my life.  She and my father married when I was seven, and I love her. Because of Kathy I’ve been known to say “hooray for broken families!” I could not have asked for a better step mother. I’ve learned a few little gems from her along the way too.

  1. Never wear navy with black.
  2. Your purse, belt and shoes should always match (I’ve given up on the purse bit).
  3. Easter means new spring sandals!
  4. There is always something to laugh about, even in the midst of challenges.
  5. When eating a sandwich that has been cut into two triangles, you always eat from the end, not the center.

I laugh more with Kathy than anyone else in my life, she can take an ordinary situation and make it funny. When I was twelve or thirteen Kathy, my sister and I were all at the mall flipping through a clothing rack. Kathy pulled out a shirt that looked more like a leotard but with intentional under-wire cups (this was the 90’s), she held it up to us and said, “Its a fill-in-the-blanks shirt”.  I’m not sure what it was about how she said it, but my sister and I busted up laughing. For years after that when we saw shirts like that we’d call them fill-in-the-blanks and chuckle to ourselves.

I’m so grateful to have her in my life, I’m so thankful for her listening ear and her patience. She is probably one of the best listeners I know, sometimes I get off the phone and wonder if I even let her get a word in edgewise but she never makes me feel like I’ve monopolized the conversation.

I am so lucky to have these two women in my life.  I am a better person because of them, who I am today is because of them and their love for me (Dad gets credit too!).

Mom- thank you for never giving up on me, even when times were really hard. As a mother myself I understand some of the pain and sacrifice that comes from not giving up on your kid. I Love You.

Kathy- thank you for always listening to me, for being my friend, for making me laugh. You accepted me from day one. I Love you.

Happy Mother’s Day

Winner, Winner

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The winner of the set of Thank You Cards (according to Random Generator.org) is Shelly!!



Thanks to everyone who entered!  Keep your eyes out, I finally came up with this years free-valentine printable!!  Will hopefully have it ready in the next week or so.

This Year…

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

I will be thankful if I am able to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family instead of in the bathroom!

It started on Friday with the 2yo old, and a trip to the ER yesterday with the 10yo. Even Aaron and I have succumbed. Only the 7yo seems unscathed!


There is lots of TV time going on around here. I guess I should add netflix and amazon instant video to my gratitude list!

Also…Aaron accidently confused a laundry soap pack with a dishwasher soap pack.


Any suggestions on cleaning it out? We’ve rerun it multiple times and the bubbles are still there. How do I rinse all that soap out?

Kissy-Smoochy Trip

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

I’m tagging along on my husband’s business trip this weekend. We’ve been planning this for a while and my 7yo refers to it as our “romantical kissy smoochy trip”. Cracks.me.up.every.time.


It’s been 5years since we’ve taken a trip alone together. Fifteen years with this guy and I still get giddy about spending time with him!

I’m looking forward to some good sushi, uninterrupted dinner conversation, holding hands, exploring a new city, the ability to think without distractions from little people. Simple pleasures!

The littles are safely wrapped in their Grandmother’s sugar laced arms. I think they might even have more fun than me!

Kids Clothes Week -project #1

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Elsie Marley is hosting kids clothing week again, while I haven’ t been following the rules of sewing an hour a day, I did manage to squeak out a pair over “short-alls” for baby.

overalls & brown bear

I tried in vain to get her to stand still for a full length shot but she was having none of it!  I used Butterick 5713, the fabric is Wild World, the pocket print is from Joann’s.  I have used this pattern many times in the past and the sizing is all screwed up!  I cut these overalls out (I shortened them to shorts) in a size M, which according to the back makes them for about a 6-9 month baby.  Well, my very tall, well proportioned 16month old is SWIMMING in them.  They are way too wide, and the straps are probably an inch too long.

If…IF I make them again I would cut the sides out as a XS, with everything else as a M (and take an inch off the straps).  I might raise the pocket too…


Next up, I’m going to make vintage Simplicity 9513, one for baby and probably one for the shop.  Are you sewing for Kids Clothes Week?  What are you making?  Want to be inspired- check out the flickr gallery!

Photo Tips

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Do you sometimes get tired of hearing all about how great the Nikon DSLR’s are, or maybe you covet the Cannon rebel GT?  Me, I do.  What about those of us with point and shoots?  In fact my camera give me FULL manual mode- I just can’t switch lenses.  Well, Jessica, over at Pioneer Woman put together a post about giving up your flash for lent (I don’t actually use my flash anyway).  In her post she shares all sorts of great tips for getting great shots with a point and shoot!!!

After School Snack

I made cookies for the kids yesterday and I played around with shutter priority via Jessica’s suggestions and look- I TOOK A GOOD PHOTO!!  I’m so excited, so I had to share.  Now, click over there and read for some great tips yourself!!


Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

tomorrow I will:

-sweep up the little brown crumbs all over my floor

-fold the 3 loads of clean laundry waiting in the laundry room

-empty the last “junk” out of the christmas box

-remember to buy bleach

because today:

-I am going to bed early, really early.

3 kids is exhausting.  Will you think less of me as a mother if I confess that my one-year old is still not sleeping through the night?

That is the lovely thing about today….there is always a tomorrow!

A Whole Year

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Can you believe it?

party hat

I sure can’t, where pray tell, did the time go?  I miss my tiny snugly newborn whose head I couldn’t stop sniffing, or kissing!

birthday cupcakes

I’m not going to let myself feel guilty that her birthday cupcake comes from the grocery store (ie isn’t made by me).  In my defense I went to Urban Cookies today only to find they were closed, same for Honeymoon.  I promise to make cupcakes from scratch when we have the big family party next month.

p.s. yes, I made the party hat.  I could put a tutorial together if anyone was interested…..


Monday, December 20th, 2010

Last Friday I took my oldest daughter to the Nutcracker- for the first time.  We both wore vintage.

Wearing Vintage

I borrowed my dress from Jaylee who raided her mothers closet.  Her mom has the best collection of vintage dresses, I regret that my ribcage is not smaller, there were other CUTE dresses in the stash that I simply couldn’t zip up.

New Dress

I took my daughter to SAS and let her pick out what ever shiny fabric she wanted for a dress.  She chose this iridescent pink taffeta.  I used Advance 8279, a vintage pattern from (I’m guessing) the early 60’s.  The only changes I made were to replace the buttons with a zipper and add a sash instead of a belt.  Personally I thought she was the CUTEST dressed girl at the entire theater!

I really enjoyed sharing the nutcracker experience with her and I hope its something we make a tradition.  She was very attentive to the performance until after intermission where she fell asleep, and snored just a little bit!  Next year I think we’ll try the Saturday matinee.

Out in the Southwest

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Saturday morning I had plans…we were going to hit the Farmers Market, garage sales and Earth and Space day at ASU.

good bread

Then I saw this….and my plans seemed lame.  All I wanted to do was close my eyes and be at Jennifer’s house…listening to weekend edition with her, sitting by a fire and embroidering next to her knitting.  sigh…

heirloom tomatoes

But, I went forth and did my best to enjoy the 80+ degree fall we are having. What about you, how are you enjoying fall?

p.s. On a side note…I died my hair a few months back and kept forgetting to take a picture, but I finally remembered after I had my roots done on thursday.  The profile pic is now updated.